Thursday, October 27, 2016

Whether McCann?

Yankees rookie catcher Gary Sanchez was called up in early August, and proceeded to hit a record 11 home runs in his first 23 games. In the remaining 30 games he hit nine more, not too bad of a drop-off. Poor old Brian McCann needed 77 more games to equal Sanchez’ total of 20 home runs. But McCann is not at all poor.

With the Braves in need of a starting catcher, fans will cry for the return of McCann – but that’s exactly who they don’t need: an aging, expensive, fading former All-Star. Both Braves catchers out-hit McCann this year. Surely Coppy will find a front line catcher somewhere else. McCann even has his Gwinnett County mansion up for sale.   
053 201  34  060 12 20 042 24 057 299 376 657 1.032 G Sanchez
062 165  17  040 11 04 026 07 031 242 269 382 0.650 A Romine
130 429  56  104 13 20 058 54 099 242 335 413 0.748 B McCann
245 795 107 204 36 44 126 85 187
033 090 06 025 08 02 015 16 022 278 394 433 0.828 Anthony Recker
082 281 27 076 18 08 041 29 091 270 357 428 0.777 Tyler Flowers
081 247 15 054 15 02 023 06 029 219 243 304 0.547 AJ Pierzynski
196 618 48 155 41 12 079 51 142  
Both McCann and his Jeff Francoeur have seen a little of the country. McCann has played in every NL and AL ballpark. Frenchy has spent time with the Braves, Mets, Rangers, Royals, Albuquerque Isotopes, Phillies, and Marlins.
Warren Spahn finished his career with 363 wins as a pitcher and 363 hits as a batter.
In 1982 Joel Youngblood collected a hit in a day game for the Mets, then left the game when he was traded to the Expos. He traveled to Philadelphia and joined the Expos in the middle of their game, and collected a hit – two hits for two different teams in two different cities in one day.
Cal Ripken’s iron man streak of 2632 consecutive games played is the equivalent of more than 16 full seasons without missing a game.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Week 8 Total QB Rating

One of the reasons I review this list so often is when an announcer talks about how great a quarterback is, I’ll know how he compares to other QB’s in his conference and across the country. Is he a Heisman candidate? Is he a NFL prospect? If so, why is he rated so low?

Heisman voters look at the best player on the best team. Like a beauty pageant, any flaw counts points off. Hardly any are perfect. NFL scouts look more at physical attributes (size, arm strength) that performance on the field.
New this week: last week’s rating at the far right. One bad game can drop a QB ten or more spots.
1. 91.6 Lamar Jackson, Louisville (2) 90.9
2. 91.6 Sam Darnold, Southern California (1) 91.4
3. 90.3 Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma (4) 86.9
4. 90.2 Jake Browning, Washington (3) 89.7
8. 84.5 Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina (7) 84.6 (above)
11. 79.4 Deondre Francois, Florida State freshman (12)
12. 79.0 Wilton Speight, Michigan (30) 72.6
13. 78.6 Greg Ward, Houston (10) 82.0
16. 77.8 Trevor Knight, Texas A&M (17) 77.2
17. 77.7 Jalen Hurts, Alabama freshman
18. 77.7 Skyler Howard, West Virginia
19. 77.5 Sean White, Auburn (23) 74.4
22. 77.3 Chad Kelly, Ole Miss (11) 79.6
23. 75.9 Jerod Evans, Virginia Tech (28) 72.8
24. 75.3 Austin Allen, Arkansas (21) 75.2
25. 75.2 Deshaun Watson, Clemson (20) 75.4
26. 73.8 Nathan Peterman, Pittsburgh (26) 73.2
32. 71.2 Tommy Armstrong, Nebraska (25) 73.6
33. 70.9 Seth Russell, Baylor (34)
35. 69.9 Jesse Ertz, Kennesaw State (45) 66.7
37. 68.7 Eric Dungey, Syracuse (46) 66.5
38. 68.3 Brett Rypien, Boise State (32)
39. 68.3 Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State (35)
41. 68.0 Danny Etling, Louisiana State
43. 67.3 JT Barrett, Ohio State (33)
44. 67.1 Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State (42)
45. 66.6 Justin Thomas, Georgia Tech (40) 67.8
47. 65.6 Taysom Hill, Brigham Young (39) 67.9
48. 65.0 Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee (49) 64.4
49. 64.0 Shane Buechele, Texas freshman (41) 67.7
50. 63.5 DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame (50)
52. 62.8 Brad Kaaya, Miami (55) 62.2 (below)
54. 62.1 Josh Rosen, UCLA (57)
55. 62.1 Ryan Finley, NC State (44) 66.8
57. 61.6 Trace McSorley, Penn State (52) 63.6
61. 59.1 Drew Lock, Missouri (75) 54.0
69. 55.4 Mitch Leidner, Minnesota (63)
72. 54.9 Jacob Eason, Georgia freshman (66) 56.1
76. 53.4 John Wolford, Wake Forest (74) 54.0
79. 52.3 Conner Manning, Georgia State (79)  
80. 52.0 Kurt Benkert, Virginia (65) 56.1
81. 52.0 Ryan Burns, Stanford (73) 54.3
83. 50.8 Luke Del Rio, Florida (80) 51.6
85. 50.3 Daniel Jones, Duke (83)
89. 48.7 Patrick Towles, Boston College (86)
93. 46.7 Kevin Ellison, Georgia Southern (87)
108. 39.3 Kyle Shurmur, Vanderbilt (112)
126. 22.3 Brandon McIlwain, South Carolina freshman (126) 23.9

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Series Begins

Finally a World Series to be excited about, even though the Indians took an early lead.

Left work at 5:45 Friday. Leftovers for dinner. I went to bed early because I was so worn out from the week. Saturday I worked from 7 am to 6 pm. Chickfila biscuits for breakfast and Jimmy Johns sandwiches for lunch.

Sunday we left home at 9 am to go to PCC. Then went straight to Turner Field for a season ticket holder event. Fox Brothers BBQ. Lots of signs and others stuff for sale, many for more than $200.00. Buddy Johnny Pierce bought a large sign. I bought a thick Braves scorebook and C bought a pennant – one dollar each. Almost bought a jersey. Line for the half price caps was too long. Never made it down on the field.

Fought traffic north to Pershing Point so Ceil could return some art supplies. Then we drove to the crowded Marietta Square for another Ceil errand. Didn't get home until 3 pm. After being gone for seven straight days, I was ready to crash.

I like car trips. If the object of the honeymoon is to spend time with your new spouse, seems like a car trip wouldn't be the worst thing in the world. Teaches you their likes and dislikes, strengths and weaknesses, what end of the toothpaste tube they use, etc.

Over the years C and I have driven to Florida several times, to Chicago, to Detroit, to Richmond, to Washington DC, to Memphis, Hilton Head, and of course to Myrtle Beach over 20 times.

Years ago Ceil and I went on one of those time share overnights up in NC, before we had kids. Not too impressed with the place. I wouldn't mind going on one down to Orlando if they included Disney tickets.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Falcons Lose in OT

I watched more of the Chargers game than any previous Falcon game. Every time I left the room the Falcons would score. I’d come back in and the Chargers would score. I agree completely on the 4th down call – when a back starts seven yards back it allows the defense to penetrate. Better for a quick fullback dive or QB sneak, or a quick pass. Same play lost the game of UGA last week.

The Falcons’ head coach earned the job for what he did with the Seahawks’ defense. He’s seen how the Falcons defense was tired, and had been unable to stop Rivers and the San Diego offense in the fourth quarter. Quinn went for it because he figured Atlanta better try to hang on to the ball, because SD would drive down and score, or use their deadly kicker for the game-winner. But the error to thinking like that was that the Chargers were due for a turnover, even if they don’t turn the ball over that much. Just like the interception Matt Ryan threw when the SD linebacker (who hadn’t had an interception all year) stopped covering one guy, the same thing could’ve happened to the Chargers in overtime.

Would’ve been something if Matt Bryant had hit that 58 yard field goal at the end of regulation. Instead it hit the upright.
The Falcons looked better than usual in their 1966 jerseys and white pants with plain stripes. But in 66 they wore red helmets, not the black helmets they wore yesterday. Instead they looked more like the Dirty Birds from the Jerry Glanville/Brett Favre/Jeff George/Dan Reeves/Chris Chandler era. Only difference: they wore light grey pants back then.
Jimmy Carter flipped the coin before the game. 
Not much other football. Saw the end of Bama Texas A&M. Surprised that Auburn blew out a decent Arkansas team.

In 2014 the Wall Street Journal published a graph showing the success rates of college football teams, showing both on field success as well as success in the classroom. The chart was broken down into four quadrants.
The top right quadrant indicated success both on the field and in the classroom. This is where a team would most like to be. From best to worst, in general order (from top right to lower left): Stanford, Clemson, UCLA, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Michigan State, Washington, Michigan, Florida, Arizona, Duke, Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Auburn, Iowa, Texas, Pitt, Indiana, Boise State, Arkansas, Georgia, Syracuse, Utah, Baylor, Cincinnati, South Carolina, BYU, Georgia Tech, West Virginia, and Texas Tech.
Lower right meant success on the field, but poor academics. Southern Cal, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Oregon State, Maryland, TCU, Oregon, Louisville, Houston, Oklahoma State, Miami, Oklahoma, Alabama, FSU, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Penn State.
Top left indicated a poor record on the field but good academic performance. Purdue, Rice, Wake Forest, Kansas, NC State, Virginia, Kentucky, Colorado, UConn, Hawaii, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana Monroe, Tulane.
Lower left was the worst place to be: poor academics and performance on the field. Teams in this quadrant, from “best” to worst: Iowa State, Cal, South Florida, Air Force, SMU, Wyoming, Rutgers, Appalachian State, UTEP.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Turner Field Play Day

Had lunch today with new Braves manager Brian Snitker at Turner Field, with a thousand season ticketholders. Saw several of my Braves buddies: Johnny, Norman, Bobby, Katie, The Chief, Michael, and even our SunTrust Field tour guide.
Passed on a half price Milwaukee Braves cap and Homestead Greys jersey, but bought a Braves scorebook and 1993 pennant for a dollar each. Katie scored two coveted Rome bobbleheads for a dollar each: Roxie and the Hot Dog.  
Ceil showed off her form throwing a baseball, wearing the sneakers her mother had handed down to her a couple of years ago.


Saturday, October 22, 2016

Get Out of the Way of Type A

Things every type-A person wants you to know, another list by Dr. Travis Bradberry for LinkedIn.
ME: after reading the list, I’m still thankful I’m not a type-A person. Is Bradberry just listing his own likes and dislikes?
1. Winning is the only option. Everything is a competition, even the most mundane activities.
2. They live and die by their goals.
3. They’re always stressed. (So everyone around us should be as well, right?).
4. They squeeze something into every possible moment. Sometimes they overdo it. In their determination to avoid downtime, they inadvertently create downtime for others.
5. They want you to get to the point (even if I couldn’t care less).
6. They hate to wait.
7. They’re conscientious (not always – only on stuff important to them).
8. They multitask (even though true multitasking is impossible). (they think they’re not being rude, but they are).
9. They have a tough time relaxing.
10. They have an unrealistic sense of urgency – even about some trivial matters.
11. They follow a schedule (not always).
12. They’re restless.
Bradberry’s recap / apology: “we know we can be awfully hard on everybody, but we’re harder on ourselves (are you sure?). This may be difficult to see because no one else is privy to the perfectionist that’s grading or berating our every move inside our own heads. Just know this – we care a lot – and we really are sorry if our personality makes us hard to get along with sometimes."
ME: Apology accepted. Unfortunately not every type-A willingly acknowledges and apologizes for their often rude and overbearing behavior. Again, I’m glad I’m not type-A. Funny that most posting comments list all their numerous college degrees and/or business titles, in an effort to justify their importance. Of course, us type-B’s aren’t perfect either. Not sure we blame our shortcomings on our personality type.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Week 7 Total QB Rating

After appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated, Heisman candidate Lamar Jackson has dropped out of the top spot.

Also making big moves up this week: Deshaun Watson, Justin Thomas, and Jacob Eason.

1. 91.4 Sam Darnold, Southern Cal (above)
2. 90.9 Lamar Jackson, Louisville 
3. 89.7 Jake Browning, Washington
4. 86.9 Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
7. 84.6 Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina – look out Jackets

10. 82.0 Greg Ward, Houston
11. 79.6 Chad Kelly, Ole Miss
12. 79.4 Deondre Francois, Florida State freshman
17. 77.2 Trevor Knight, Texas A&M

20. 75.4 Deshaun Watson, Clemson – continues to climb
21. 75.2 Austin Allen, Arkansas
23. 74.4 Sean White, Auburn – continues to climb
25. 73.6 Tommy Armstrong, Nebraska
26. 73.2 Nathan Peterman, Pittsburgh
28. 72.8 Jerod Evans, Virginia Tech – look out, Jackets

30. 72.6 Wilton Speight, Michigan
32. 70.6 Brett Rypien, Boise State
33. 70.3 JT Barrett, Ohio State
34. 69.9 Seth Russell, Baylor
35. 69.8 Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State
39. 67.9 Taysom Hill, Brigham Young – NFL prospect?

40. 67.8 Justin Thomas, Georgia Tech
41. 67.7 Shane Buechele, Texas freshman
42. 67.5 Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State
43. 67.1 Danny Etling, Louisiana State
44. 66.8 Ryan Finley, NC State – INT in OT hurt
45. 66.7 Jesse Ertz, Kennesaw State
46. 66.5 Eric Dungey, Syracuse
49. 64.4 Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee – NFL prospect?

50. 63.7 DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame – why they’re losing?
51. 63.7 Kenny Hill, Texas Christian
52. 63.6 Trace McSorley, Penn State – much better than Hackenberg
54. 62.8 Favian Upshaw, Georgia Southern
55. 62.2 Brad Kaaya, Miami
57. 61.7 Josh Rosen, UCLA – SI cover boy

63. 58.3 Mitch Leidner, Minnesota
65. 56.4 Kurt Benkert, Virginia
66. 56.1 Jacob Eason, Georgia – big jump upward

73. 54.3 Ryan Burns, Stanford – why they’re losing?
74. 54.0 John Wolford, Wake Forest
75. 54.0 Drew Lock, Missouri
79. 52.4 Conner Manning, Georgia State

80. 51.6 Luke Del Rio, Florida – bodes well for Georgia?
81. 51.4 Stephen Johnson, Kentucky – bodes well for Georgia?
83. 50.2 Daniel Jones, Duke – bodes well for Tech?
86. 49.5 Patrick Towles, Boston College
87. 49.3 Kevin Ellison, Georgia Southern

112. 37.9 Kyle Shurmur, Vanderbilt – still beat Georgia
126. 23.9 Brandon McIlwain, South Carolina – only 3 are worse