It’s Jake At Eight

by A.J. Coltrane

The Tennesse Titans traded up to draft Jake Locker with the 8th pick in the 2011 NFL draft. Locker was the second quarterback selected, much to the surprise of about everybody. To some degree this is Tennesse pushing the “reset button” on the Vince Young pick. Locker and Young both had mid-4.5 […]

Expected Wins And The Bell Curve

by A.J. Coltrane

Disclaimer:  Unusually shoddy use of sabermetrics and statistics ahead! This post is a thought experiment, a combination of ideas I’ve been kicking around. The concept can now “Fly, be free”, and go roost somewhere else.

Prior to the 2011 season, the sabermetric community and the gambling community agreed in their assessments of how […]

Top Chef Masters – Season 3

By Iron Chef Leftovers

TCM has a new host and a new format! Or so the trailers tell me. Apparently when they reformatted the show, they forgot to cast an actual set of master chefs. Don’t get me wrong, the lineup is impressive, but when I hear the term “master”, I am really thinking of […]

Carmelo, Revisited

by A.J. Coltrane

Carmelo Anthony had 42 points and 17 rebounds against the Celtics last night. He got those numbers despite the fact that Chauncey Billups missed the game due to injury, and Amar’e Stoudamire departed at halftime with back spasms. I’ve compared Carmelo to Antoine Walker before, but what he did last night was impressive.

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Hitting The Roof At Safeco

by A.J. Coltrane

Now you can pick him out of a police lineup if needed.

It took twelve years, but somebody finally did it. Ryan Raburn became a trivia answer last night by becoming the first player to hit the Safeco Field roof. (Technically it was a beam supporting the roof, but still.)

In other news: […]

The Mariners Should Be Worried…

By Blaidd Drwg

And not about the team on the field, we already knew that product wouldn’t be particularly good. The attendance is what they should worry about. In the 6 game home stand the M’s just completed, they drew 138,127 fans, which is an average of 23,000 per game – not great, but not […]

The NBA Playoffs — More Predictable Than They’d Like You To Believe

by A.J. Coltrane

According to John Hollinger (ESPN insider only), there are some fairly hard and fast “rules” governing the NBA Playoffs:

Teams that don’t have home-court in the first round, and lost the season series to their opponent, almost always lose.

Up until last season, teams in this situation had lost 41 straight times. Ouch. […]

The Crocodile Death Roll

By Iron Chef Leftovers

From an Iron Chef favorite, Pearls Before Swine. This joke works on so many different levels.

Mark Bittman’s Eggless Pasta And Crackers

by A.J. Coltrane

No, it’s not pasta with crackers, it’s pasta and crackers. What got my attention is that they’re basically the same recipe:

Eggless Pasta Ingredient Crackers 2 cups Flour 1 cup 1/2 cup (hot) Water 1/4 cup 2 TBP (Olive) Butter or Oil 2 TBP (Corn) 1 tsp Salt 1/2 tsp

These are both “4 […]

Bonds’ Bird

by A.J. Coltrane

MLB.com is running a series of the “20 Greatest Games Ever Played”. Included is this gem from game 7 of the 1992 Braves – Pirates series:

… Sid Bream, Mark Lemke and Andy Van Slyke are the guests. (As part of the conversation, Van Slyke told MLB Network that on the Francisco […]