Is UGA football elite? (by D.N. Nation)

The short answer for the 2015 version of the Bulldogs is, of course, absolutely not. For the second straight season, Georgia finds itself going into battle with a sub-SEC-quality quarterback, which is cancer for the sort of classic, pro-style offense the Dawgs prefer. And for the second straight season, Georgia is left because of Reasons … Continue reading “Is UGA football elite? (by D.N. Nation)”

The 44 Greatest Atlanta Braves, #22: Craig Kimbrel (by bledsoe)

No. 22: Craig Kimbrel Braves Seasons: 2010-2014 Right-handed Relief Pitcher 15-10; ERA 1.43, WHIP 0.903, 186 SV, 289 IP A comet. It is difficult to overstate how good this guy was. He blew away Smoltz’s club record for saves in 3 ½ seasons, leading the league in saves each year. In 2012, he had 42 … Continue reading “The 44 Greatest Atlanta Braves, #22: Craig Kimbrel (by bledsoe)”

#18: Tim Hudson (by bledsoe)

See the 44 Greatest Atlanta Braves here. No. 18: Tim Hudson RH Starting Pitcher Braves Seasons: 2005-2013 113-72; 3.56 ERA, 115 ERA+, 1.242 WHIP, 1573 IP Hudson, like McCann, didn’t make the Original List due to not meeting minimum career length. In 2007, Mac said that if he revised the list, Hudson would probably need … Continue reading “#18: Tim Hudson (by bledsoe)”

Terms of Employment – Here and There

At the end of another baseball season and with European soccer into its 10th game (out of a total of about 40) it can be instructive to compare the lot/fate of the highly paid young athletes employed in these sports in their respective countries… So similar and yet so different. As with people in general it’s … Continue reading “Terms of Employment – Here and There”

Keltner List: Barry Bonds (by Kevin Lee)

Here’s an easy one: who threw the ball when Sid slid? Before this discussion, here’s Mac’s preamble for these lists: The Keltner List was developed by Bill James as a device to evaluate a player’s Hall of Fame candidacy. In The Politics of Glory James says that it is probably his favorite tool to do … Continue reading “Keltner List: Barry Bonds (by Kevin Lee)”

#13: Brian McCann (by bledsoe)

See the 44 Greatest Atlanta Braves here. No. 13: BRIAN MCCANN LH Hitting, RH Throwing Catcher Braves Seasons: 2005-2013 .277/.350/.473; 176 HR, 661 RBI, 464 RS In the 2007 (not so long ago) online edition of the 44, there was no entry for Brian McCann. He flunked the three full seasons rule. Nonetheless, by the … Continue reading “#13: Brian McCann (by bledsoe)”

The 44 Greatest Atlanta Braves, Nine Years Later: Introduction (by bledsoe)

Of all the things Our Beloved Founder did on this site, my absolute favorite was the “44 Greatest Atlanta Braves.” This is the kind of barstool argument or back of the envelope noodling that I love, on a subject dear to my heart. It engendered a lot of nostalgic reminiscing from the gang and some … Continue reading “The 44 Greatest Atlanta Braves, Nine Years Later: Introduction (by bledsoe)”

A Fantasy Lust for New Life, New Power. Pick yours.

Life as in power.  Young power. But not Heyward power. Uninhibited power. Happy power. Self confident power. What we have none, none, of. But we’ve been seeing a lot of it lately, passing by, every night. We are a kid at a candy store with empty pockets. It was good to finally get to the … Continue reading “A Fantasy Lust for New Life, New Power. Pick yours.”

We aren’t the Champions! (Many join the humble vanquished Chukchi people).

We got ass whooped, time after time. Fans have been sentenced, But committed no crimes. Rangers and Dodgers, with Astros and Cards, Have had their share of sand kicked in their face So we can now sing: and we mean to go on, without Yankees and Pirates, and on We aren’t the champions, my friends. … Continue reading “We aren’t the Champions! (Many join the humble vanquished Chukchi people).”