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|May-13-12|| ||Jim Bartle: That's some amazing stuff, PB. I mean, Todd van Poppel once threww two scoreless innings?|
Of course Ernie Shore of the Red Sox once threw a nine-inning 27-out win in relief. In fact he threw a perfect game. Babe Ruth started, walked the first batter, and was thrown out for arguing with the umpire. I think he even hit the ump.
Shore came in, the guy who had walked was thrown out trying to steal, and Shore retired 26 straight.
|May-13-12|| ||Jim Bartle: The Celtics go back well before the 1940s. The most famous team of the 1920s was a barnstorming team (though they did play in some leagues) called the Original Celtics.|
|May-13-12|| ||WannaBe: Is it just me, and I'm a Lakers fan, that OKC is gonna run Kobe and the gang off the court in 6 games? |
World Peace's elbow in the last regular season meeting between the two teams ain't gonna help none. It'll only make OKC & J. Harden angrier.
Still think it will be San Anton and OKC for the Western Conf. Finals.
I am intrigued by this Pacers-Miami matchup, got a team that is under the microscope whole season, and a team that no one expected to do (so) well this season.
That said, I expect BOS-MIA for the Eastern Conf. Finals, rating will go through the roof. It will go 7 games. K. McHale will make a last second jumper to win it for Boston.
|May-13-12|| ||I play the Fred: <Is it just me, and I'm a Lakers fan, that OKC is gonna run Kobe and the gang off the court in 6 games?>|
You're 83% correct. The series will go five games.
|May-13-12|| ||Jim Bartle: Hey, they're showing a "classic" Yankee game on TV. Andy Pettite is pitching and Derek Jeter just made a diving catch of a line drive. It's great to watch and remember how they used to play.|
|May-13-12|| ||Jim Bartle: Even if Boston gets by the Sixers, I don't think they have a chance against Miami this year. Pierce and Allen are going at half-speed, and I don't think Garnett can maintain his spectacular play (29, 28 points) of the past couple of games. And Rondo can't do it by himself.|
|May-13-12|| ||WannaBe: <Jim Bartle> Bring back Parrish, McHale, D. Johnson, and someguy named Bird, heard he's pretty good (For a white-boy).|
|May-13-12|| ||Jim Bartle: Never gonna happen again, not anything like it. Never be a Kareem-Magic-Worthy quality team again either. You're never going to see a team with three legitimate stars again, much less four, unless one is a rookie or second-year guy.|
There might be one possibility, if a team has an internal problems or a player has personal problems. That's how the Celts got Dennis Johnson, when Phoenix had big-time drug problem on the team, and just wanted to clean house. Plus I think Phoenix still didn't know how good DJ was.
|May-13-12|| ||I play the Fred: <Never be a Kareem-Magic-Worthy quality team again either. You're never going to see a team with three legitimate stars again>|
Oklahoma City? Miami? San Antonio has three no-doubter HOFers on its roster right now.
People made the same argument after the NFL implemented free agency; then the Patriots went to three Super Bowls in four years. As long as organizations are smart, there will always be a team or two to corner the market on taleny. And, in the case of Miami, big money will snap up available talent.
|May-13-12|| ||Jim Bartle: I disagree, Fred. I don't think Bosh is a true star, and as good as Parker and Ginobili are, I don't see them as on the level of the top guys on those 80s Lakers and Boston teams. OKC clearly has two stars, Durant and Westbrook, and the rest are supporting players. (I think Westbrook is going to fade incoming years; there's something I don't trust about his game.)|
I'm still picking San Antonio this year, by the way.
As I remember it, the Patriots built their team by picking up lower-rated players who were actually good and fit the system. What's the name of that linebacker who also played fullback sometimes? He was a nobody when they picked him up yet he became a key to the defense. And of course they got Brady with a 6th-round pick.
|May-13-12|| ||Jim Bartle: I see that David Stern said today that flopping is a problem in the NBA.|
I know some guys let themselves go down (a lot less since Reggie Miller retired), but I think so much is asked of defenders in order to avoid blocking fouls that guys are going to look as if they're flopping all the time.
A defender is required to be absolutely still, not even the upper body moving, as a guy drives into him to get a charging call. He has to be a statue--it's ridiculous. So natually an unmoving defender is going to go down when he's hit even if it's not that hard. If he prepares himself in order not to go down, he'll get called for the block.
|May-13-12|| ||WannaBe: Biggest flopper, Vladi Divac. He even played for the Lakers!!|
|May-13-12|| ||Jim Bartle: What about Dick Fosbury?|
|May-13-12|| ||WannaBe: Speaking of Fosbury (I had to google him), how come no one high dive into the water feet first like the ol' days??|
|May-14-12|| ||Phony Benoni: Thank goodness for the Armistice! We almost lost Brooklyn!|
|May-14-12|| ||Phony Benoni: I may have to bookmark this site. That first statistic about the Clippers - Grizzlies series is amazing.|
|May-14-12|| ||Jim Bartle: I think the key in that Elias note is "first round." Most first-round series are not that competitive--for simplicity we can say only the 3 vs. 6 and 4 vs. 5, even if 7 and 8 seeds have won a couple of times--so that would leave only 54 of the 107 series as possibilities.|
Of those 54 let's say half go to a seventh go to a seventh game, probably more than actually occurred. That leaves 27.
So the visiting team only wins 25% of game sevens, that leaves us with seven times the visitor won a game seven.
And only one of those seven also won the opening game on the road. I'd say that's unlikely but not extremely so.
|May-14-12|| ||WannaBe: Someone have put a lid over the baskets in this Phi-Bos game...|
|May-14-12|| ||WannaBe: Yep, the Lakers are being ran off the court, not even half-time yet...|
|May-14-12|| ||WannaBe: Found a new online streaming video place: http://www.livep2p.tv/|
|May-14-12|| ||WannaBe: Sign seen at Okla. City.:
Woodshed This Way ====>
|May-15-12|| ||Jim Bartle: Some of the Philadelphia-Boston game last night was really ugly. I think there was one point when neither team scored for four minutes. It was 57-49 at the end of three quarters when I fell asleep, so I guess both teams picked up in the last quarter to get to 82-81.|
|May-15-12|| ||Jim Bartle: Pretty good old-time face-to-face argument between Charlie Manuel and Ump John Davidson today. Lamentably Manuel stopped before kicking dirt on Davidson, and he didn't turn his cap around to be able to get closer.|
What I couldn't figure out is what the argument was about it. An Astro swung and missed (struck out) on a wild pitch and was easily safe at first. Somehow this started a very heated argument.
|May-15-12|| ||WannaBe: Second juror have been removed from the Roger Clemens case, for falling asleep.|
|May-15-12|| ||Phony Benoni: <JB> Did the umpire block the catcher going for the ball?|
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