Onceagain, the Society for American Baseball Research has chosen fifteen (non-ALDLAND) finalists for awards in the areas of contemporary and historical baseball analysis and commentary, and they are holding a public vote to determine the winners.
Last week, physguy highlighted a situation that can occur toward the end of each half of a football game: if the offense is driving and runs a pass play with time winding down, the defense’s best response often is to commit aggressive pass interference in order to eat the dwindling clock and avoid a touchdown. While he imposed a rule change to counter this defensive incentive, Roger Goodell and co. had not implemented it in time for this week’s games, and San Francisco head coach Chip Kelly, almost certainly having read our site last week, took advantage against the Saints on Sunday:
It can’t be more clear than that. As physguy wrote to me after seeing this play, “This Saints example . . . clearly shows that it needs to be addressed. My rule change makes it so that the defense can only force a FG by beating the offense fair and square.”
My first article for The Hardball Times takes the time machine back to the strike-shortened 1994 MLB season, where we find much historically significant activity in progress. Would Tony Gwynn have hit .400? Would the Montreal Expos finally win that elusive World Series championship? Could Gene Lamont predict baseball? Marshaling something approaching my best efforts, I make attempts of varying degrees of rigor to answer those questions, undoubtedly raising many more in the hopefully mildly entertaining process.
My latest post for Banished to the Pen contains more puns and music videos than strong conclusions, but it does provide a new data point on counterstrategic research in the context of baseball’s ever-popular defensive shifts.
The internet sports gambling legal battles rage on, cricket gets technical, and headphones that could help you become a better athlete, all in my most recent post for TechGraphs, a roundup of last week’s top sports technology stories.
Daily fantasy sports now are legal in one state, Mike Trout’s high-tech bat could make him even better this season, free hockey streaming, and American soccer stats from a German car company, all in my most recent post for TechGraphs, a roundup of last week’s top sports technology stories.
MLB.TV details are out for 2016, virtual reality at the NFL combine, and Steph Curry’s breaking the computer in my most recent post for TechGraphs, a roundup of the week’s top sports technology stories.
My latest post at TechGraphs checks in on the status of the baseball fan lawsuit regarding stadium safety netting and attempts to sort through what you will see (and won’t) in the way of expanded netting at parks beginning this season.