Tendown April 19 2015

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Tendown 170 is here. This is Tendown 171.

1. Did Lawrence Phillips kill his cellmate?

2. Fill in O'Reilly's blank.  If you're a ____ or a ____ ____ it's open season on you.

3. Assuming the truth of #2, it makes this story incomprehensible.

4. Chase on the last Sopranos episode.


6. The best piece of TV criticism you'll read all year.

7. They gave away food at MSG.

8. Another Muslim killed, that's not what happened.

9.  How do they explain this?

Republicans by a ratio of more than 2-to-1 say the U.S. should support Israel even when its stances diverge with American interests, a new Bloomberg Politics poll finds. Democrats, by roughly the same ratio, say the opposite is true and that the U.S. must pursue its own interests over Israel's. 

10. Goddamn right we do.

And one more...

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

Your pal,


2015 NBA Playoff Pred...Screw It, We're Gonna Win! The Golden St. Warriors Are Gonna Win!!!

Friday, April 17, 2015

2015 NBA Playoff Predictions

Let me short version this.

Five teams have a possibility of winning the NBA Title.

Think of the Hawks and Cavs as the third tier; solidly the best teams in the East.  It's very likely one wins the conference.

Think of the Clips and Spurs as the second tier; either would be favored in the East; whichever survives their first round matchup becomes clearly the second best team in the tournament.

And then...

From 1974-77 the Golden St. Warriors won their only NBA Title since leaving Philadelphia and lost in the western finals and semis. It's the best stretch in Bay Area Basketball history.

I just missed it.  I was 4 when GSW won the NBA Championship; my first Warriors team was 77-78, and while there have been fun stretches (Run TMC, Sleepy Floyd scoring a thousand points in a playoff game against the Lakers, Baron Davis and the We Believe team that beat the Mavs in the playoffs) most Warriors teams have been bad (27 seasons of my years of Warrior fandom have had negative simple rating system scores; SRS is point differential and strength of schedule, I use it for all of my historical comparison lists; it's the best available historical metric) and the decision making has been godawful.

We dealt Robert Parish and the draft pick that turned into Kevin Mchale for Joe Barry Carroll.
We picked Purvis Short over Larry Bird.
We picked Russell Cross over Clyde Drexler.
We drafted Chris Washburn.
We dealt the pick that turned into Gary Payton for Alton Lister.
We dealt Mitch Richmond for Billy Owens
We took Joe Smith #1 overall.
We dealt Penny Hardaway and three number ones for Chris Webber and then dealt Chris Webber for Tom Gugliotta.
We picked Todd Fuller over Kobe Bryant.
We picked Adonal Foyle over Tracy McGrady.
We picked Brandan Wright over Joakim Noah.
We picked Ekpe Udoh over Greg Monroe.

I've been doing this blog a long time.  Here's me 5 years ago.

Take Greg Monroe.  Do not take Udoh.  Do not take Udoh.  Do not take Udoh.  Monroe is a sweet passing big man; he's Andrew Bogut; when we mistakenly sell low on Biedrins at least we'll have Monroe to fall back on.  Udoh is a 23 year old junior.  Do not take Udoh.

But guess what.

The Golden St Warriors, in 2015, are the best team in basketball by a sizeable degree.

Here's my list of every NBA Champion ranked by SRS.

5 of those champions had an SRS over 10.  Kareem and Oscar with the Bucks.  Wilt and West with the Lakers.  3 Jordan teams.  That's the whole list.

The Warriors SRS this year is 10.01.  This is the best team in franchise history by an unbelievable margin; this is the best team in the NBA by a sizeable margin - if the Warriors win the NBA Title they will be one of the very best basketball teams ever assembled.  

The Warriors are slight favorites, right now, +220, to win the NBA Title.  As crazy, as ahistorical as it is to say - you should run to make that investment.

Here's my brackets.

Atlanta over Brooklyn in 4
Cleveland over Boston in 5
Chicago over Milwaukee in 6
Toronto over Washington in 6

Atlanta over Toronto in 6
Cleveland over Chicago in 7

Atlanta over Cleveland in 7 (I'll be rooting for the Cavs, more fun that way).

Golden St. over New Orleans in 4
Memphis over Portland in 7
Houston over Dallas in 7
San Antonio over LA Clips in 7

Golden St. over Memphis in 5
San Antonio over Houston in 6

Golden St. over San Antonio in 6 

Golden St. over Atlanta in 6

2015 ALL NBA Teams

Monday, April 13, 2015

Here's the final build.  Here are my votes for All NBA for the 2014-15 season

First Team
D.Jordan LAC
A.Davis NO
F L.James Cle 
J.Harden Hou - MVP
G S.Curry GSt

Second Team
M.Gasol Mem
F  P.Gasol Chi
L.Aldridge Por
C.Paul LAC
R.Westbrook OKC

Third Team
D.Cousins Sac
B.Griffin LAC
G.Hayward Utah 
D.Lillard Port 
K.Irving Cle 

Fourth Team
C. A.Horford Atl
T.Duncan SA
F K.Leonard SA
G J. Butler Chi
G. K.Thompson GSt

Tendown April 12 2015

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Tendown 169 is here. This is Tendown 170.

1. 150 Years Ago - the Confederacy lost. Let's celebrate that.


3. O'Reilly lives on a mountain of lies.

9. None.  The answer is none.

10. I make baseball picks.

And finally...

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

Your pal,


2015 MLB Predictions - Final Build

Monday, April 6, 2015

100 Best Players in Baseball

Top 10 DH

Top 10 Relief Pitchers

Top 30 Starting Pitchers

Top 20 Catchers

Top 20 Third Basemen

Top 20 Second Basemen

Top 20 First Basemen

Top 20 Left Fielders

Top 20 Right Fielders

Top 20 Shortstops

100 Greatest Giants of All Time

Picks.  Win Totals.

AL East
1. Boston 88
2. Baltimore 86
3. Toronto 82
4. NYY 79
5. Tampa 79

AL Central
1. Cleveland 85
2. Detroit 83
3. Chicago 83
4. KC 78
5. Minnesota 69

AL West
1. Seattle 88
2. Oakland 86 -WC (over 82.5)
3. LAA 86 - WC
4. Houston 77
5. Texas 75

NL East
1. Washington 95
2. NYM 81
3. Miami 79 (under 83)
4. Atlanta 70
5. Philadelphia 65

NL Central
1. St Louis 90
2. Chicago 84 - WC
3. Pittsburgh 84 - WC
4. Milwaukee 79
5. Cincinnati 79

NL West
1. LAD 94
2. San Diego 83
3. SFG 83
4. Arizona 70
5. Colorado 70 (under 73.5)

World Series: Washington over Boston

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