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Here's the thing. I'm watching one of these shows on the Cooking Channel featuring food trucks. There's a Scottish expat making fish and chips; in a thick brogue he somewhat wearily explains his irritation with Americans who habitually order a side of tartar sauce: "tartar sauce is basically gherkins." That's this blog. I claim no particular insight, no revelation. If you enjoy the flavor, great, but this blog is basically gherkins.

Giants Up Two Games to 1

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Over the course of these SFG posts I've given a couple of statistics.

The best team in baseball when they score 3 runs - San Francisco.
The best team in baseball when they score first - the Phillies.  The second best - the Giants.

Now, with a deep breath, let me give you a third.

19 times in the history of the NLCS a team has gone up 2-1. 

15 times, that team went on to win the pennant.

The Giants are now up 2-1 in this series. 

Bumgarner Wednesday.  Lincecum Thursday.   

Top 50 NBA Players - 2010-11 Edition

A year ago, I posted this list  of the 50 best players in the NBA. 

The methodology remains the same here.  Note, this is just for this season, not beyond or behind - and the metrics just forecast regular season performance, if you think Kobe has magical postseason powers, I disagree with you, but that's not reflected in this list.  This isn't a fantasy draftboard.  I also have one of those. I've had my first fantasy draft, I'll discuss it later in this post. My pre-season picks are here.

1. LeBron James
2. Chris Paul
3. Dwight Howard
4. Kevin Durant
5. Dwayne Wade
6. Deron Williams
7. Kobe Bryant
8. Brandon Roy
9. Rajon Rondo
10. Tim Duncan
11. Dirk Nowitzki
12. Manu Ginobli
13. Danny Granger
14. Chauncey Billups
15. Stephan Curry (GSW!  GSW!  I'm a long suffering Warrior fan, for those uninitiated)
16. Pau Gasol
17. Steve Nash
18. Tyreke Evans
19. Josh Smith
20. Amare Stoudemire
21. Kevin Love
22. Carmello Anthony
23. Gerald Wallace
24. Brook Lopez
25. Chris Bosh
26. David Lee (GSW!  GSW!)
27. Andrew Bynum
28. Greg Oden
29. Andre Iguodala
30. Andrew Bogut
31. Jason Kidd
32. Derek Rose
33. Carlos Boozer
34. Russell Westbrook
35. Marc Gasol
36. Al Jefferson
37. Moe Williams
38. Al Horford
39. Joe Johnson
40. Andre Kirilenko
41. Darren Collison
42. Danilo Gallinari
43. Joakim Noah
44. Paul Pierce
45. Devin Harris
46. Nene Hilario
47. Gilbert Arenas
48. Nicholas Batum
49. Anthony Randolph
50. Lou Williams

Eastern Conference All-Stars

C Howard
PF Smith
SF James
PG Rondo
SG Wade

C Stoudemire
C Lopez
F Granger
F Wallace
F Bosh
G Iguodala
G Rose

Western Conference All Stars

C Bynum
PF Duncan
SF Durant
PG Paul
SG Bryant

C Oden
F Nowitzki
F Gasol
F Love
G Williams
G Roy
G Ginobli

I'm in two fantasy leagues, last year I added a third and may again this year.  12 team, $, roto, standard positions, 10 starters, 3 reserves.

C Lee, Bargnani, Bynum
-I'll play two centers a week with the extra being a flex, when Bynum's back I'll look to move one of them.
F Garnett, West, Kirelnko, A. Johnson, D Wright
-I had the 4th overall pick, not ideal, ideally you want top 3 or back of the first round, my choice was between Dirk and Kobe, I had Dirk rated higher - but decided the value was in forwards this year - faced with the same scenario again I'd make the other decision.  Wright and Johnson could both wind up as streamers, ideally you don't want two from the same position in that spot, so I'm a little softer at forward than is ideal.
G Kobe, Billups, J-Rich, Allen, Thornton
-Thornton's a big time sleeper, right now he's my fifth guard.

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