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May, 2016 Athlete of the Month

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

April is here.


Klay Thompson. Runners-up: LeBron James, Steph Curry, Clayton Kershaw

Almost half the year gone, who will be named Athlete of 2016?

January-Von Miller
February-Lionel Messi
March - Buddy Hield
April-Breanna Stewart
May - Klay Thompson

All Time Angels 25 Man Roster

Monday, May 30, 2016



Previous team.  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 Brian Downing (1978-90)          40.5    126
1B (LF) Darin Erstad (1996-06)     28.8    96   
2B Bobby Grich (1977-86)             41.3    124
SS Jim Fregosi (1961-71)                42.5    116
3B Troy Glaus (1998-04)                23.55  120
LF Garret Anderson (1994-08)       28.85  105
CF Mike Trout  (2011-)                  38.6    169
RF Tim Salmon  (1992-06)             43.85  128            
DH Vlad Guerrero  (2004-09)         27.5   141

2B Howie Kendrick (2006-14)      28.15  108
SS Erick Aybar (2006-15)               23.85  93
3B/2B/CF Chone Figgins (2002-09)  22.25  99    
CF/RF Torii Hunter (2008-12)       22.5    122
1B Wally Joyner (1986-91, 01)    19.65   121
C Bob Boone (1982-88)                13.45    71

P Chuck Finley (1986-99)              58.4    118
P Jered Weaver (2006-)                45.8     116
P Nolan Ryan (1972-79)                42.25   115
P Frank Tanana (1973-80)             36.25   118
P Mark Langston (1990-97)          29        109

Cl Troy Percival (1995-04)           26.25   157
P John Lackey (2002-09)               28.65   116
P Francisco Rodriguez (2002-08)  25.05  189
P Mike Witt (1981-90)                   23.75   107
P Jarrod Washburn (1998-05)        22.25   114

Tendown, May 29, 2016

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Tendown 227 is here. This is 228.



1. Every Week Until he Stops - Vote for Bernie Sanders.

2. Sanders Makes Things Better

3. Sanders Would Beat Trump.

4. Clinton's an Unsympathetic Plaintiff

5.
6. The Debate

The criticism is super weird to me.

Clinton's going to win the nomination, right?  That's the premise here, because if it's still a competitive race, there's not standing to criticize Sanders for trying to...campaign, I guess.

So, if she's going to win, there's no downside to her from this debate.  Someone takes shots at Trump without the returned fire hitting Clinton.  Further, there is some degree of Sanders support who may be animated against Trump based on this debate.  Clinton is their only outlet to express that opposition.

I literally don't get the Clinton camp's anger.

7. For example, this ugly, ugly piece.

8. What's Education For?

9. Identity Above All at Oberlin

10.  

And one more...




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

Your pal,

Jim

Top 100 NFL Players, 2016.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Every year, the players poll of the top 100 NFL players for the upcoming season is aired on NFL Network; every year, I do an accompanying list of my 100.  Them first, then me.

NFL Network List

110. Connor Barwin LB Eagles
109. Jamie Collins LB Patriots
108. Stephen Gostkowski K Patriots
107. Malcolm Jenkins S Eagles
106. Tyler Lockett WR Seahawks
105. Devin McCourty S Patriots
104. Vontae Davis CB Colts
103. Amari Cooper WR Raiders
102. TY Hilton WR Colts
101. Anthony Barr LB Minn
100. Derek Carr QB Oak
99. Cameron Jordan DE NO
98. Jarvis Landry WR Mia
97. Richie Incognito G Buff
96. Sammy Watkins WR Buff
95. Mike Daniels DT GB
94. Gary Barnidge TE Cle
93. Jeremy Maclin WR KC
92. Andrew Luck QB Ind
91. Travis Kelce TE KC
90. Matt Forte RB NYJ
89. Allen Hurns WR Jax
88. Cameron Heyward DE Pit
87. Julian Edelman WR NE
86. Jonathan Stewart RB Carol
85. Kirk Cousins QB Wash
84. Tamba Hali LB KC
83. Telvin Smith LB Jax
82. Delanie Walker TE Tenn
81. Alex Smith QB KC
80. Derrick Johnson LB KC
79. Ryan Kalil C Carol
78. Chris Ivory RB NYJ
77. Jordan Reed TE Wash
76. Linval Joseph DT Minn
75. Jamaal Charles RB KC
74. Emmanuel Sanders WR Den
73. Harrison Smith S Min
72. Doug Baldwin WR Sea
71. Calais Campbell DE Ari
70. Carlos Dunlap DE Cin
69. LeSean McCoy RB Buff
68. TJ Ward S Den
67. Andrew Whitworth T Cin
66. Earl Thomas S Sea
65. Marcus Peters CB KC
64. Reshad Jones S Mia
63. Gerald McCoy DT TB
62. Demaryius Thomas WR Den
61. Navorro Bowman ILB Niners
60. Reggie Nelson S Oakland
59. Michael Bennett DE Seattle
58. Kawann Short DT Carol
57. Clay Mathews LB GB
56. Blake Bortles QB Jax
55. Eric Berry S KC
54. Thomas Davis LB Carol
53. LaVonte David LB TB
52. Chris Harris CB Den
51. Dez Bryant WR Dall
50. Devonta Freeman RB Atl
49. Fletcher Cox DT Philly
48. Chandler Jones DE NE
47. Eli Manning QB NYG
46. Philip Rivers QB SD
45. Trent Williams T Wash
44. Tyler Eifert TE Cin
43. Ezekial Ansah DE Det
42. Tyron Smith OT Dall
41. Le'Veon Bell RB Pitt
40. Ndamukong Suh DT Mia
39. Muhammad Wilkerson DE NYJ
38. Greg Olsen TE Carol
37. Marshal Yanda G Balt
36. Demarcus Ware OLB Den
35. Andy Dalton QB Cin
34. Aqib Talib CB Den
33. Doug Martin RB TB
32. Kam Chancellor S Sea
31. Allen Robinson WR Jax
30. Drew Brees QB NO
29. Geno Atkins DT Cin
28. Tyrann Mathieu S Ariz
27. Larry Fitzgerald WR Ariz
26. Justin Houston LB KC
25. Brandon Marshall WR NYJ
24. Darrelle Revis CB NYJ
23. Joe Thomas T Cle
22. Todd Gurley RB StL
21. Ben Roethlisberger QB Pit
20. Richard Sherman QB Sea
19. DeAndre Hopkins WR Hou
18. Patrick Peterson CB Ari
17. Russell Wilson QB Sea
16. AJ Green WR Cin
15. Von Miller OLB Den
14. Aaron Donald DT Stl
13. Khalil Mack OLB Oak
12. Carson Palmer QB Ari
11. Josh Norman CB Wash
10. Odell Beckham WR NYG
9. Rob Gronkowski TE NE
8. Julio Jones WR Atl
7. Luke Kuechly LB Panthers
6. Aaron Rodgers QB Packers
5. Adrian Peterson RB Vikes
4. Antonio Brown WR Steelers
3. JJ Watt DE Texans
2. Tom Brady QB Patriots
1. Cam Newton QB Panthers


Jividen List


120Navorro Bowman LB Niners
119. Jonathan Stewart RB Panthers
118. Taylor Lewan T Titans
117. Reshad Jones S Dolphins
116. Linval Joseph DT Vikes
115. Ezekial Ansah DE Lions
114. Johnathan Joseph CB Texans
113. Darius Slay CB Eagles
112. Ronald Darby CB Bills
111. Desmond Trufant CB Falcons

110. TJ Ward S Broncos
109. Thomas Rawls RB Seahawks
108. Evan Mathis G Cards
107. Clay Mathews LB Packers
106. Kelechi Osemele G Raiders
105. Greg Olsen TE Panthers
104. Trai Turner G Panthers
103. Jerrell Freeman LB Bears
102. TJ Lang G Packers
101. Ezekial Elliott RB Cowboys

100. Cameron Wake DE Dolphins
99. Demarcus Ware OLB Broncos
98. Richie Incognito G Bills
97.  LeSean McCoy RB Bills
96. Lamar Miller RB Texans
95. Jimmy Graham TE Seahawks
94. Steve Smith WR Ravens
93. Philip Rivers QB Chargers
92. Amari Cooper WR Raiders
91. Reggie Nelson S Raiders

90. Malcolm Jenkins S Eagles
89. Jarvis Landry WR Dolphins
88. Doug Baldwin WR Seahawks
87. Jamaal Charles RB Chiefs
86. Delanie Walker TE Titans
85. Derek Carr QB Raiders
84. Doug Martin RB Bucs
83. Sammy Watkins WR Bills
82. Dont’a Hightower LB Patriots
81. Pernell McPhee LB Bears

80. Andy Dalton QB Bengals
79. Damon Harrison DT Giants
78. KJ Wright LB Seahawks
77. Kam Chancellor S Seahawks
76. Emmanuel Sanders WR Broncos
75. Malik Jackson DT Jags
74. Marcel Dareus DT Bills
73. Robert Quinn DE Rams
72. Eric Berry S Chiefs
71. Devin McCourty S NE

70. Eric Weddle S Ravens
69. Mike Evans WR Bucs
68. Larry Fitzgerald WR Cards
67. Brandon Marshall WR Jets
66. Vontae Davis CB Colts
65.  Jordy Nelson WR Packers
64. Darrelle Revis CB Jets
63. Matt Ryan QB Falcons
62. Andrew Luck QB Colts
61. Sheldon Richardson DE Jets

60. Todd Gurley RB Rams
59. Calais Campbell DE Cards
58. Leonard Williams DT Jets
57. Muhammad Wilkerson DT Jets
56. Derrick Johnson LB Chiefs
55. Jason Verrett CB Chargers
54. Olivier Vernon DE Giants
53. Trent Williams T Redskins
52. Sean Lee LB Cowboys
51. Cameron Jordan DE Saints

50. Andrew Whitworth T Bengals
49. Allen Robinson WR Jags
48. Mike Daniels DT Packers
47. Anthony Barr LB Vikes
46. Jurrell Casey DT Titans
45. Teron Armstead T Saints
44. Jamie Collins LB Patriots
43. Harrison Smith S Vikes
42. Joe Staley T Niners
41. Zack Martin G Cowboys

40. Gerald McCoy DT Bucs
39.  Josh Sitton G Packers
38. Carson Palmer QB Cards
37. Dez Bryant WR Cowboys
36. Adrian Peterson RB Vikes
35. Travis Frederick C Cowboys
34. Josh Norman CB Redskins
33. Chris Harris CB Broncos
32. Earl Thomas S Seahawks
31. Fletcher Cox DT Eagles

30. Kawann Short DT Panthers
29. Michael Bennett DE Seahawks
28. Alshon Jeffery WR Bears
27.  DeAndre Hopkins WR Texans
26. Justin Houston LB Chiefs
25. Patrick Peterson CB Cards
24. Tyrann Mathieu S Cards
23. Ndmukong Suh DT Dolphins
22.  Geno Atkins DT Bengals
21. Marshal Yanda G Ravens

20. Russell Wilson QB Seahawks
19. AJ Green WR Bengals
18. Odell Beckham WR Giants
17.  LeVeon Bell RB Steelers
16. Ben Roethlisberger QB Steelers
15. Drew Brees QB Saints
14. Richard Sherman CB Seahawks
13. Julio Jones WR Falcons
12. Tom Brady QB Patriots
11. Von Miller OLB Broncos

10. Cam Newton QB Panthers
9. Khalil Mack LB Raiders
8.  Tyron Smith T Cowboys
7.  Joe Thomas T Browns
6. Aaron Rodgers QB Packers
5. Rob Gronkowski TE Patriots
4. Antonio Brown WR Steelers
3. Aaron Donald DT Rams
2. Luke Kuechly LB Panthers 
1. JJ Watt DT Texans







All Time Braves 25 Man Roster

Previous team is here.  Through 2016.

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 Joe Torre (1960-68)                 33.8      130
1B Fred Tenney (1894-07, 11)  34.5      111
2B Jeff Blauser (1987-97)          23.2      106
SS Herman Long (1890-02)      43.6       95
3B Eddie Mathews (1952-66)  90.5      145
LF Wally Berger (1930-37)      34.35    141
CF Andruw Jones (1996-07)    57.15    113
RF Hank Aaron (1954-74)       139.5    158

3B Chipper Jones (1993-2012)  81.55   141
CF/RF Dale Murphy (1976-89)  43.85  125
RF/CF Tommy Holmes (1942-51) 33.2  123
SS Johnny Logan (1951-61)       33         96
1B/LF Joe Adcock (1953-62)    26.85   131
C Javy Lopez  (1992-03)            28.65    114
2B/SS Rabbit Maranville (1912-20, 29-33, 35)    22.4   83 

P Warren Spahn (1942, 46-64)   102.95  120
P Phil Niekro (1964-83, 87)       84.15     119
P Kid Nichols  (1890-01)           81.15      143
P Tom Glavine (1987-02, 08)    73.1       121
P Greg Maddux (1993-03)         72           163

CL John Smoltz (1988-08)        78.1       127
P Vic Willis (1898-05)               37.6       120
P John Clarkson (1888-92)       33.05     128
P Jim Whitney (1881-85)          31.85    114
P Lew Burdette (1951-63)         30.8      102



All Time Giants 25 Man Roster

Friday, May 27, 2016

Through 2016

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 Buck Ewing (1883-89, 91-93)          40.95  146     
1B Willie McCovey (1959-73, 77-80) 61.05 149   
2B Frankie Frisch (1919-26)                   35.55 116
SS Travis Jackson (1922-36)                 43.45 102
3B Art Devlin (1904-11)                       34.4   110
LF Barry Bonds (1993-2007)                123.5 199
CF Willie Mays (1951-72)                    148.15    157
RF Mel Ott (1926-47)                            105.85  155

Bench
1B Roger Connor (1883-89, 91, 93-4)  56.85  161
1B Bill Terry (1923-36)                           50.7 136
SS/3B Travis Jackson (1922-36)                   43.45  102
SS/3B/CF George Davis (1893-01, 03) 42.4 132
LF/RF Mike Tiernan (1887-99)              43.2   138
2B Jeff Kent (1997-02)                            35.35   136
C Buster Posey (2009-                            37.3   136

SP Christy Mathewson (1900-16)         99.65  136
SP Carl Hubbell  (1928-43)                    70.3    130
SP Juan Marichal (1960-73)                   62.9    125
SP Amos Rusie  (1890-98)                      60.5   137
SP Mickey Welch  (1882-92)                 44.6    119

Cl Gary Lavelle (1974-84)                     24.55    128
RP Hal Schumacher   (1931-42, 46)     34.1       111
RP Gaylord Perry (1962-71)                  34.85       119
RP Matt Cain  (2005-                            33.05     111
RP Johnny Antonelli (1954-60)           33.85     124


Big Board - 2016 WWE Roster 1-100

Thursday, May 26, 2016

WWE is splitting again, dividing the roster between RAW and Smackdown.

Much like I'd do before an NFL or NBA draft, here's my big board - 100 deep with anyone under contract eligible. Bobby Roode is rumored to have a deal, but absent it being official he's not on the list.


1.       Shinsuke Nakamura
2.       AJ Styles
3.       Sami Zayn
4.       Finn Balor
5.       Cesaro
6.       Seth Rollins
7.       Brock Lesnar
8.       Hideo Itami
9.       Kevin Owens
10.   Samoa Joe
11.   Austin Aries
12.   Neville
13.   Dolph Ziggler
14.   Dean Ambrose
15.   Paul Heyman
16.   Andrade Almas
17.   Kalisto
18.   Luke Harper
19.   John Cena
20.   Chris Jericho
21.   Asuka
22.   Roman Reigns
23.   Usos
24.   Bray Wyatt
25.   Apollo Crews
26.   Sasha Banks
27.   Gable/Jordan
28.   Mauro Renallo
29.   Sheamus
30.   Anderson/Gallows
31.   New Day
32.   Bayley
33.   Gargano/Ciampa
34.   Alberto del Rio
35.   Rusev/Lana
36.   Jack Swagger
37.   TM61
38.   Rich Swann
39.   Dash/Dawson
40.   Randy Orton
41.   William Regal
42.   Daniel Bryan 
43.   Becky Lynch
44.   Charlotte
45.   Cass/Enzo
46.   HHH
47.   Miz/Maryse
48.   Ric Flair
49.   Dudleys
50.   Goldust
51.   Fandango
52.   Chris Girard
53.   Colons
54.   Zack Ryder
55.   Tyler Breeze
56.   Natalya
57.   Paige
58.   Emma
59. Edge/Christian
60. Foleys
61.  Steve Austin
62.  Renee Young
63. Undertaker
  64. The Rock
65.   Tyson Kidd
66.   Corey Graves
67.   Scott Stanford
68.   Joey Styles
69.   Ryan Ward
70. Joey Mercury
71.   Sara del Rey
72.   Fit Finlay
73.   James Gibson
74.   Dean Malenko
75.   Arn Anderson
76.   Brian Kendrick
77.   Matt Bloom
78.   Robbie Brookside
79  Jim Johnston 
80.   Road Dogg
81.   Funaki
82.   Billy Kidman
73.   Pat Patterson
84.   Howard Finkel
85.   Shawn Michaels
86.   Ricky Steamboat
87.   Sting
88.   Booker T
89.   Baron Corbin
90.   Titus O’Neil
91.   Erick Rowan 
92.   Eric Young
93.   Bellas
94. Nia Jax
95.   Charles Robinson
96.   Tony Chimel 
97.  Jimmy Jacobs
98.  Heath Slater
99. Curtis Axel
100. Ryback

Tendown, May 22, 2016

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Tendown 226 is here.  This is 227.



1.



4. 





9.




10.  


And one more...


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

Your pal,

Jim

At the Quarter Pole - First Look at the 2016 MLB All Star Rosters

Monday, May 16, 2016

I do this exercise each year at the 40, 60, and finally the 80 game mark, full 34 man all star rosters for both leagues.  Each team represented, 21 position players, 13 pitchers.

I'm only interested in this season's play, it's an evaluation of the best players so far in 2016.

I also do this opportunity to make updated postseason predictions.  These are they.

AL East
1. Boston (89)
2. Toronto (84)
3. Tampa
4. Baltimore
5. NYY

AL Central
1. CWS (91)
2. Cle (84)
3. Det
4. KC
5. Min

AL West
1. Sea (87)
2. Tex (82)
3. Hou
4. Angels
5. A's

NL East
1. Wash (91)
2. NYM (90)
3. Mia
4. Phillies
5. Atl

NL Central
1. Cubs (102)
2. Pit (84)
3. StL
4. Mil
5. Cin

NL West
1. LAD (91)
2. SFG (87)
3. Ari
4. Col
5. SD

NL
C Y.Molina Stl 1.35
    W.Ramos Wash 1.15
   
1B A.Rizzo Chi 2.2 - MVP
      P.Goldschmidt Ari 1.05

2B B.Zobrist Chi 1.8
      D.Murphy Wash 1.6

SS A.Diaz StL 1.95
      T.Story Col 1.55
      A.Russell Chi 1.55

3B N.Arenado Col 2.15
      M.Carpenter StL 1.7
     M.Prado Mia 1.4

LF R.Braun Mil 1.7
      M.Upton SD 1.6
      A.Duvall Cin 1.4

CF D.Fowler Chi 2.2
       O.Herrera Phi 1.4    

RF B.Harper Wash 1.85
     M.Conforto NYM 1.35
      G.Polanco Pit 1.3

DH Y.Cespedes NYM 1.65

SP  J.Arrieta Chi 2.65 - Cy
      C.Kershaw LAD 2.4
      N.Syndergaard NYM 1.95
      J.Samardzija SFG 1.85
      J.Lester Chi 1.75
     T.Chatwood Col 1.75
     D.Pomerantz SD 1.75
      J.Cueto SFG 1.6
     J.Fernandez Mia 1.5
       M.Wisler Atl 1.05
     
RP D.Phelps Mia 1.3
      S.Casilla SFG 1.05
      F.Rodney SD 1.3

AL
C S.Perez KC 1.15
    C.Iannetta Sea .9

1B C.Davis Balt 1.2
      M.Cabrera Det 1.15
      J.Mauer Min 1.05

2B J.Altuve Hou 2.65
      R.Cano Sea 2.05
     L.Forsythe TB 1.7

SS X.Bogaerts Bos 1.85
      F.Lindor Cle 1.5

3B M.Machado Balt 2.55
      T.Shaw Bos 1.7
      A.Beltre Tex 1.25

LF C.Rasmus Hou 1.15
     B.Guyer TB 1.25
     
CF M.Trout LAA 1.9
     K.Pillar Tor 1.55
      J.Bradley Bos 1.4

RF A.Eaton CWS 2.6 - MVP
      G.Springer Hou 1.7

DH D.Ortiz Bos 1.85

SP  C.Sale CWS 2.65 - Cy
      J.Zimmerman Det 2.4
      J.Quintana CWS - 2.35
      D.Salazar Cle 1.75
      JA Happ Tor 1.75
      C.Tillman Balt 1.65
      R.Porcello Bos 1.45
      S.Wright Bos 1.45
      R.Hill Oak 1.35
      C.Lewis Tex 1.3
     
RP    E.Ramirez TB 1.6
         A.Miller NYY 1.4
         R.Madson Oak 1.2
       
   





Tendown, May 15, 2016

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Tendown 225 is here.  This is 226.


Trump supporters....


1. He's back.

2. Abandoning Liberal Defensiveness

3. What's an allegory?

4. 

5.


7. 




“access to positions of power by members of the subordinate classes does not change the fact of domination: it only changes its personnel.”

And one more...

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

Your pal,

Jim

Calling the Shot Again, The Warriors Are Going Back to Back

Friday, May 13, 2016

Here were my playoff predictions.

I've been talking about something for two seasons now; in NBA history, an SRS (basketball-reference) of 10+ only means two things, an NBA Title or losing to another 10+ team that wins the NBA Title.

1971 Bucks 11.92 - NBA Champs
1972 Lakers 11.65 - NBA Champs
1972 Bucks 10.70 - Lost to Lakers in Western Finals
1992 Bulls 10.07 - NBA Champs
1996 Bulls 11.60 - NBA Champs
1997 Bulls 10.70 - NBA Champs
2015 Warriors 10.01 -NBA Champs


That was true until last night.  Because in 2016 we had two teams hit 10.

2016 Warriors 10.38
2016 Spurs 10.28

OKC killed the Spurs, making that team the best to not make the conference finals.

Prior to the playoffs I noted that OKC, although a very good team, would have to do something no team had ever done and do it twice in order just to make the finals.

They've done half of that, they've beaten the Spurs, they're the first sub 10 SRS in NBA history to take out a 10 SRS in the playoffs.  But to make the finals they have to do it again.

That's not the side I'm betting.  

Warriors go back to back. 


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