Tendown July 24 2016

Sunday, July 24, 2016

233 is here. this Tendown 234

1. Man, this piece about Trump.

2. Drones

3. VP Kaine

4. Trump's Ghostwriter.


Just 'cause I feel like some Bonds.

6. time to talk about juiced balls again

7. These are the people we're supposed to vote for.

8.  Trump's speech.

9. Another shooting.

And more blue lives mattering here.

10.   Hey, look who came back.

And one more...

that's all for this time, I'll be back next time...if there is a next time...

Your pal,


2016 Fantasy Football Top 100

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Fantasy projection for the 2016 season.

1. Antonio Brown WR Pitt
2. Julio Jones WR Atl
3. Odell Beckham WR NYG
4. LeVeon Bell RB Pitt
5. DeAndre Hopkins WR Hou
6. Todd Gurley RB StL
7. Adrian Peterson RB Minn
8. David Johnson RB Ari
9. Ezekial Elliott RB Dall
10. Lamar Miller RB Hou
11. Devonta Freeman RB Atl
12. Allen Robinson WR Jax
13. Jamaal Charles RB KC
14. AJ Green WR Cin
15. Dez Bryant WR Dall
16. Rob Gronkowski TE NE
17. Jordy Nelson WR GB
18. Doug Martin RB TB
19. Mark Ingram RB NO
20. Eddie Lacy RB GB
21. Alshon Jeffery WR Chi
22 Mike Evans WR TB
23. LeSean McCoy RB Buff
24. Brandon Marshall WR NYJ
25. Sammy Watkins WR Buff
26. TY Hilton WR Ind
27. Aaron Rodgers QB GB
28. Keenan Allen WR SD
29. Amari Cooper WR Oak
30. Matt Forte RB NYJ
31. Brandin Cooks WR NO
32. Randall Cobb RB GB
33. Demaryius Thomas WR Den
34. Cam Newton QB Carol
35. Jeremy Maclin WR KC
36. Julian Edelman WR NE
37. Thomas Rawls RB Sea
38. Carlos Hyde RB Niners
39. Golden Tate WR Det
40. Eric Decker WR NYJ
41. Doug Baldwin WR Sea
42. Kelvin Benjamin WR Carol
43. Andrew Luck QB Ind
44. Latavius Murray RB Oak
45. Jarvis Landry WR Mia
46. CJ Anderson RB Den
47. Russell Wilson QB Sea
48. Ryan Matthews RB Phil
49. Jonathan Stewart RB Carol
50. Emmanuel Sanders WR Den

51. Dion Lewis RB NE
52. Jay Ajayi RB Mia
53. Larry Fitzgerald WR Ari
54. Drew Brees QB NO
55. Jeremy Langford RB Chi
56. DeSean Jackson WR Wash
57. Greg Olsen TE Carol
58. DeMarco Murray RB Tenn
59. Jordan Matthews WR Phi
60. DeVante Parker WR Mia
61. Michael Floyd WR Ari
62. Jordan Reed TE Wash
63. Ben Roethlisberger QB Pit
64. Matt Jones RB Wash
65. Allen Hurns WR Jax
66. Frank Gore RB Ind
67. Ameer Abdullah RB Det
68. Jeremy Hill RB Cin
69. Carson Palmer QB Ari
70. Donte Moncrief WR Ind
71. Giovani Bernard RB Cin
72. Danny Woodhead RB SD
73. Melvin Gordon RB SD
74. Tyler Eifert TE Cin
75. John Brown WR Ari
76. Travis Kelce TE KC
77. Delanie Walker TE Tenn
78. Corey Coleman WR Cle
79. TJ Yeldon RB Jax
80. Michael Crabtree WR Oak
81. Marvin Jones WR Det
82. Torrey Smith WR Niners
83. Steve Smith WR Balt
84. Duke Johnson RB Cle
85. Tyler Lockett WR Sea
86. Coby Fleener TE NO
87. Blake Bortles QB Jax
88. Charles Sims RB TB
89. Isaiah Crowell RB Cle
90. Laquon Treadwell WR Minn
91. Stefon Diggs WR Min
92. Vincent Jackson WR TB
93. L. Blount RB NE
94. Rashad Jennings RB NYG
95. Derrick Henry RB Ten
96. Karlos Williams RB Bills
97. Philip Rivers QB SD
98. Antonio Gates TE SD
99. Chris Ivory RB Jax
100. Kevin White WR Chi
101. Tom Brady QB NE  

MLB 50: 50 Best Franchise Players in MLB History

Monday, July 11, 2016

I've just completed a project putting together the all time rosters for every MLB franchise, you can get to the final team, and through that every other team, here.

Here's a list of the 50 best players; so, this isn't the 50 best players in MLB history, nor is a list of players who only played for one team their entire career - this list views players as different people when they change uniforms (Babe Ruth who played for the Yankees is one guy, Babe Ruth who played for the Sox a different guy).

See?  That's this list.  One team performance only.  WAR is B-Ref+Davenport

1.       Walter Johnson Senators(Twins) 151.85
2.       Willie Mays Giants 151
3.       Hank Aaron Braves 139.5
4.       Babe Ruth Yankees 136.4
5.       Ty Cobb Tigers 130.1
6.       Stan Musial Cards 124.05
7.       Honus Wagner Pirates 120.65
8.       Barry Bonds Giants 118.6
9.       Ted Williams Red Sox 116.55
10.    Mike Schmidt Phils 108.45
11.    Cal Ripken Orioles 105.75
12.    Lou Gehrig Yankees 105.25
13.    Christy Mathewson Giants 103.35
14.    Warren Spahn Braves 102.95
15.    Mel Ott Giants 101.7
16.    Mickey Mantle Yankees 99.95
17.    Albert Pujols Cardinals 91.4
18.    Eddie Mathews Braves 90.5
19.    Mariano Rivera Yankees 90.1
20.    George Brett Royals 90
21.    Roger Clemens Red Sox 86.75
22.    Carl Yastrzemski Red Sox 86.25
23.    Phil Niekro Braves 84.15
24.    Bob Gibson Cards 83.4
25.    Al Kaline Tigers 83.25
26.    Rogers Hornsby Cards 82.4
27.    Cap Anson Cubs 82.4
28.    Robin Yount Brewers 81.95
29.    Rickey Henderson A’s 81.7
30.    Roberto Clemente Pirates 81.6
31.    Chipper Jones Braves 81.55
32.    Kid Nichols Braves 81.15
33.    Lou Whitaker Tigers 80
34.    Alan Trammell Tigers 78.35
35.    Barry Larkin Reds 78.25
36.    John Smoltz Braves 78.1
37.    Johnny Bench Reds 78.05
38.    Nap Lajoie Indians 77.7
39.    Joe DiMaggio Yankees 76.7
40.    Frank Thomas White Sox 76.65
41.    Charlie Gehringer Tigers 76.3
42.    Pete Rose Reds 75.65
43.    Jeff Bagwell Astros 75.45
44.    Edgar Martinez Mariners 75.35
45.    Tom Seaver Mets 74.4
46.    Derek Jeter Yankees 74.25
47.    Eddie Plank Athletics 73.15
48.    Tom Glavine Braves 73.1
49.    Luke Appling White Sox 72.95
50.    Greg Maddux Braves 72

          So, if we put together a 25 man roster, here's how it would look.

          C Bench (Reds)
          1B Gehrig (Yankees)
          2B Horsnby (Cardinals)
          SS Wagner (Pirates)
          3B Schmidt (Phillies)
          LF Ruth (Yankees)
          CF Mays (Giants)
          RF Aaron (Braves)

          C Berra (Yankees)
          CF Cobb (Tigers)
          RF/1B Musial (Cards)
          LF Bonds (Giants)
          LF Williams (Red Sox)
          SS/3B Ripken (Orioles)
          2B Whitaker (Tigers)

          P Johnson (Senators)
          P Mathewson (Giants)
          P Spahn (Braves)
          P Niekro (Braves)
          P Gibson (Cards)
          Cl Rivera (Yankees) 
          P Nichols (Braves)
          P Smoltz (Braves)
          P Seaver (Mets) 
          P Plank (Athletics)

Tendown, July 10 2016

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Tendown 232 is here. This is Tendown 233

1. Durant.

They aren’t here just to change the way the game will look, they’re here to take everything. We had a few weeks to laugh at Joe Lacob’s “light-years ahead” proclamation after the team’s postseason collapse. With one move, the discourse has shifted once again. The myth has become the monolith.

2. Durant

Curry told Durant in a text message that he could care less about who is the face of the franchise, who gets the most recognition or who sells the most shoes (Curry is with Under Armor, Durant with Nike). The two-time NBA MVP also told Durant that if Durant won the MVP award again he would be in the front row of the press conference clapping for him. In closing, Curry’s message to Durant was that all he truly cared about was winning championships and he’d like to do that as his teammate.

3. Durant

That link's behind the paywall, but here's the bottom line:

Golden State projects to have a net rating of plus-12.8 points per 100 possessions -- far better than last year's mark (plus-11.6).

4. Durant

The collective shooting on this team is outrageous -- including perhaps the two greatest shooters ever, with a seven-foot gunslinger about to enjoy the cleanest catch-and-shoot looks he has ever had. Only three guys had a larger gap than Kevin Durantbetween their actual field-goal percentage and the mark we would have expected based on the difficulty of those shots, per SportVU data provided to One of the three was reigning two-time MVPStephen Curry. Things are about to get much easier for Durant and Curry.

5. Let's talk some more about Alexander Hamilton

For Hamilton, personal and military force, unrestrained by the slightest consideration of law, were joined ineluctably to American wealth, American unity, and America modernity.

6. And let's talk about the musical itself

despite the proliferation of black and brown bodies onstage, not a single enslaved or free person of color exists as a character in this play. For the space of only a couple of bars, a chorus member assumes the role of Sally Hemings, but is recognizable as such only by those who catch Jefferson’s reference to the enslaved woman with whom he had an ongoing sexual relationship. Unless one listens carefully to the lyrics—which do mention slavery a handful of times—one could easily assume that slavery did not exist in this world, and certainly that it was not an important part of the lives and livelihoods of the men who created the nation.

7. The 4th of July

8. The Shootings.

9. Kansas.

The nation’s eyes should be trained on Kansas. This is what happens when you put Republicans in charge with the freedom to pursue their economic ideology. It’s not just a moral train wreck in terms of inequality and shared prosperity. It doesn’t even work to keep the lights on and make the trains run on time. Conservative economic orthodoxy is completely dysfunctional for running governments and society because it’s built on assumptions that aren’t true: rich people don’t create jobs, cutting their taxes doesn’t stimulate growth, cutting government services doesn’t “free up” capital to be spent on private sector growth, etc. What actually happens is that the rich simply hoard more money, corporations build up savings in their balance sheets, government cuts damage public confidence and infrastructure, and regular people don’t have as much money to spend, which dries up the consumer confidence and spending that is the real driver of job and economic growth.

10. Every Week, Except For Next Week, When Tendown Goes Dark, Back the 24th.

And one more...

That's all for this time.  I'll be back next time....if there is a next time....

Your pal,


All Time Blue Jays 25 Man Roster

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Last team here.

Through 2015

New project, all time rosters for each team. WAR is B-Ref+Davenport. Other numbers are OPS+/ERA+.

The structure of all of these teams will be the same, 7 bench players (well, 6 for AL teams since they have a DH) with someone able to backup every position. 10 pitchers, a legitimate bullpen arm as closer. 

C Ernie Whitt                                1977-89           23.6           102
1B Carlos Delgado                       1993-04           40.1           142
2B Roberto Alomar                      1991-95           24.75         123
SS Tony Fernandez       1983-90, 93, 98-9, 01    44.9           106
3B Edwin Encarnacion              2009-               25.6            136  
LF George Bell                              1981-90           20.05         119
CF Vernon Wells                            1999-10          28.3            108
RF Jose Bautista                           2008-              40.05          147
DH (RF) Jesse Barfield                  1981-89         31.9            118

1B John Olerud                            1989-96           26.45          130
CF Devon White                          1991-95           25.2            102                    
LF Shannon Stewart                     1995-03, 08     18.1         108
2B Aaron Hill                                2005-11           21.1          92
3B/SS Rance Mulliniks               1982-92           20.4         114 
C Gregg Zaun                                 2004-08            10.1          98     

P Dave Stieb                                  1979-92, 98     59.55         123
P Roy Halladay                             1998-09           53.6            133
P Jimmy Key                                  1984-92           34.1            121
P Pat Hentgen                                1991-09, 04    30.55          110
P Jim Clancy                                  1977-88           27.85         103

Cl Tom Henke                               1985-92           23.95          167
P Juan Guzman                              1991-98          22.55          111
P Roger Clemens                           1997-98          20.65          196
P David Wells                       1987-92, 99-00      18.65          110
P Duane Ward                                1986-95          15.2            128

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