Posts Tagged ‘football’

Texas Good?

Posted by    |    July 9th, 2013 at 11:27 am

Texas Good now means Texas average. Will 2013 be more of the same or will UT turn the corner?

Marc Gasol, The Conquest of Advanced Metrics, And What It Means For Football

Posted by    |    April 24th, 2013 at 4:42 pm

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In 2010, Felix Hernandez won the Cy Young Award despite winning only 13 games. He likely deserved it, despite the uproar it caused among many fans, “baseball men”, and less analytically inclined journalists. The notion that a pitcher can’t control his team’s offensive output shouldn’t be revolutionary, but in a world where “good face” was a key piece of prospect scouting reports, it’s understandable.

Hernandez’s achievement – absolutely unthinkable before the Moneyball revolution – is often hailed as the final proof of the conquest of advanced metrics in baseball. The hierarchy of the “seasoned baseball man” and the narrative of the winner or loser athlete (dependent on their team chemistry!) was overthrown. That doesn’t mean there aren’t numerous holdouts – you can hear them on your local sports radio every afternoon; and statistics can certainly be misused and abused without contextual understanding, but our comprehension of baseball has irrevocably changed.

So, too, basketball.

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Cowboys Showing Potential for Upcoming Season

Posted by    |    June 21st, 2012 at 10:16 am

Could this be the year that the Cowboys finally clinch that elusive sixth Super Bowl Title? The odds seem to be more in their favor than ever. Several columnists and bloggers from all around nation have noticed that the Cowboys may have all of the right cards in their hand to make a significant run for the championship, but will that be enough?

One of the things that will certainly help the ‘Boys’ performance is their power ranking, which this year is significantly lower than usual. Columnist Jeric Griffin argues that this low ranking takes a significant amount of weight off of the Cowboys’ shoulders, who haven’t been performing well in high-pressure situations (think one playoff win in the past 15 seasons).

Additionally, it seems that the Cowboys have finally found a backup Quarterback capable of delivering when Tony Romo is out of commission, which seems to happen more often than we would like.

Kyle Orton, whom the Cowboys signed in March, has a few legs up on his predecessors according to ESPN blogger Calvin Watkins. Where Kitna was held up by his age and Johnson by his strength, Orton is not held back by either and should be able to fill Romo’s shoes.

Speaking of Romo, the pressure to deliver this season is on him more than ever. While the media seems to have eased off of the team as a whole, Romo has not been given that same luxury. Some columnists, including Tom Firme, have noted that it appears as though Romo himself has been put into the hot seat. Despite all of this criticism, however, he remains among the top performing quarterbacks in the NFL.

What remains to be seen is if Romo can work with the team facing less scrutiny this year to bring the Cowboys to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1995, or at least contend for a playoff win.

What do you think? Post back your comments, thoughts, or favorite Romo moment below.

Penny Wise and Pound Foolish: Rumors of Florida State and the Big 12

Posted by    |    May 15th, 2012 at 5:30 am

Editors Note:  At YouPlusDallas, we love to read  everything from our friends at Frank the Tank.  We are also Texas grads, A&M grads, …  smu grads.  So it comes at no surprise that we might disagree with some of what “Frank” has to say here.  We in Dallas, Austin, Houston, and San Antonio like the idea of the Seminoles playing in Texas and visa versa.  Take a read, and consider the possibilities.

For long-time readers of this blog, you know how important that I consider TV rights to be in shaping the world of sports, both college and pro.  It has driven conference realignment the past couple of years, convinced the reactionary leaders of college football to finally institute a playoff, turned the NFL into a financial juggernaut and exacerbated the differences in the fortunes of franchises in the NBA and Major League Baseball.  From the first post that I had in writing about Big Ten expansion, I emphasized how important that the TV revenue from the conference’s deals with ABC/ESPN and the Big Ten Network would be in luring a football power when most fans only thought about geography and historical rivalries.

However, it feels as though the world has gone in the other direction where even hardcore football fans seem to believe that TV revenue is all that matters in conference realignment.  That’s not quite correct, either, as I also tried to indicate in that original Big Ten Expansion post.  Factors such as academics and cultural fit matter if a conference wants to be strong for the long-term as opposed to just the length of the current TV contract. (more…)

Kris Jenkin’s View of Life in the NFL

Posted by    |    November 20th, 2011 at 4:27 pm

The New York Times posted a very good article on life in the NFL here.  It is about the NFL life of Kris Jenkins.   “The Carolina Panthers selected Kris Jenkins in the second round of the N.F.L. 2001 draft. He was on four Pro Bowl teams and named All-Pro three times in seven seasons with them. In 2002 and 2003, he was a dominant player on the Panthers’ defensive line, helping them reach the Super Bowlfor the first time.”   This article is a good read for the fan and player alike.