Tag:Dantheman4250's College Basketball Blog
Posted on: March 25, 2008 11:56 am
Edited on: March 25, 2008 12:29 pm

Alpha Blog: Woody Paige likes us...is that good?

I'm conflicted. Maybe even more so than the people who work upstairs at CBSSports.com HQ.

Woody Paige dropped some MMOD love on Around the Horn. (fast forward to the last 35 seconds or so)

MMOD love is good.

Around the Horn is a bad show. Woody Paige likes us, he really likes us!

Woody Paige is really bad.

And he called us CBS SportsLine.com.

So free promotion? Yeah, that's good.

But does this equation work?

Is free promotion w/Boss Button mention > Woody Paige + Around the Horn + slightly wrong name?

Let's ask tipsy Dana Jacobs.

Tipsy Dana Jacobson: "Touchdown Jeebus!"

That doesn't even make sense, Dana.

Let's move on to something better, like the top four blogs I found today.

On to the best blogs ... around!  

With our stable of community whipping boys -- Freeman, Doyel, Prisco et al -- it's always refreshing to hear a blogger take some shots at one of our rivals. What Are You Talking About? goes off on CNNSi's delirous duo of Seth Davis (hey, we went to the same high school) and Stewart Mandel (we didn't).

Do you remember the worst trade you ever made in Fantasy baseball? Fantasy Baseball Q & A Blog: does: It involves the guy who drank too much of Mr. Burns' tonic and the guy who went on the DL for punching a water cooler for a HR king with a big dome, a guy with a bloody sock and Mr. New York Yankees. I can't remember mine, but I pulled off a doozy two years ago with editor extraordinaire Buzz Fagan: I sent him Luis Matos for Josh Towers. Oh yeah.

To my surprise, Gus Johnson's vocal chords surviving two rounds IS NOT on Dantheman4250's College Basketball Blog's Top 10 Storylines of the NCAA Tourmanent.

You know Stephen Curry for the 70 points he dropped on Gonzaga and Georgetown (sob). But did you know he's also a good passer? Basketball blog explains.

Posted on: March 20, 2008 10:49 am
Edited on: March 20, 2008 2:12 pm

Alpha Blog: Bill James helps you navigate MMOD

Bill James is a smart man. Correction. Bill James is a very smart man.

Bruce Pearl is have a little trouble figuring out just when the Vols are done.The mastermind between Baseball Abstract, the 1980s sabermetric guide to baseball and the foundation for Fantasy baseball and Moneyball philosophies has conquered the most important question in college basketball: When is a game over, but not officially over?

You know, like when American University is kicking the snot out of Tennessee Friday with 5 minutes to go. The Eagles are up 10, but is the game over? Of course not. What about if they're up by 10 and have the ball with 2 minutes to go? No. What if they're up by 10 with 45 seconds to go and have the ball? Bingo!

Here's why (the James formula):

-- Take the number of points one team is ahead.
-- Subtract three.
-- Add a half-point if the team that is ahead has the ball, and subtract a half-point if the other team has the ball. (Numbers less than zero become zero.)
Square that.
-- If the result is greater than the number of seconds left in the game, the lead is safe.

So the Eagles' number comes out to 56.25, which is more than the remaining 45 seconds. The lead is safe and the Eagles will always win. Always. Don't trust me, trust Bill James' words from Slate.com:

"Once a lead is safe, it's permanently safe, even if the score tightens up. You're down 17 with three to play; you can make a little run, maybe cut it to 8 with 1:41 to play. The lead, if it was once safe, remains safe. The theory of a safe lead is that to overcome it requires a series of events so improbable as to be essentially impossible. If the 'dead' team pulls back over the safety line, that just means that they got some part of the impossible sequence—not that they have a meaningful chance to run the whole thing."

Just some semi-useful information courtesy of the sports wizard to help you when you're navigating MMOD.

On to the best blogs ... around!      

If you can pull yourself away from the MMOD, give Dantheman4250's College Basketball Blog a shout. He'll be your answer man throughout the first day of the tourney.

While 'explosive diahreahea' is an excuse few bosses can counter, according to dook's buzz!,  I'm a big fan of gigantic eyeball or duodenum discharge for choops 'excuses.

I'm sad to report I watched American Idol last night (cough: and the night before). I wasn't controlling the remote, swear. Anyway, that guy Chikezie is getting a raw deal. He's solid. I feel dirty. Oh, why am I talking about this? josh's blog wrote about the show in his blog.

Shulaces has outdone himself once again with his Photo Caption Contest. Somebody out there can give him a good No. 4 caption. 

Kay's Korner Klick of the Day  

And our Klick of the Day goes to Third and Goal for an in-depth look at good-bad movies. Suprisingly, no Best of the Best or Kay's Korner favorite, Side Out.

Posted on: March 12, 2008 11:43 am
Edited on: March 12, 2008 3:52 pm

Alpha Blog: Bud Selig makes Mike Hampton's salary

If you were ever a doubter that baseball -- and all sports -- are 98 percent business, 2 percent about the game, then read up on Bud Selig's compensation.

The baseball commish pocked $14.5 million buckaroos last year. He'll do it again this year. So he's worth around one Mike Hampton. Or if Did you hear how much Buddy boy makes?you like players that actually produce, he's worth one Lance Berkman, Vladimir Guerrero or Carlos Delgado. (salary list)

Now, I know what you're thinking. Eric, we know baseball's a business and of course the CEO is going to get paid in accordance with how well the business is doing.

I hear ya.

But how much of how well baseball is doing is due to Selig?

I don't think much.

Baseball has more equity than any other sport. It's been around since the 19th century and has the easiest marketing hook of all the sports -- tradition. It also has the summer sports marketplace to itself, highly visible stars and ballparks that serve as mints.

(Quick note: he failed to properly nip performance-enhancing drugs in the, uh, bud and/or instill a hard salary cap)

There are more economics to that, and even some that counter-balance profits (strong labor union), but in the end baseball is a business still worth buying into it.

So I'm not surprised to see his salary. But I was surprised to see his expense account. Who's he hanging with, Spitzer?

On to the best blogs ... around!    


You can have beefs with our writers all you want. But there's nobody I know who lives and breathes baseball like Scott Miller. A must-read for Jake Peavy -- or pitching -- fans. Scott Miller's Bull Pennings reports.

What did Butler winning the Horizon League title do to its seeding hopes? Dantheman4250's College Basketball Blog bumps the Bulldogs up to a No. 4 seed. I can't disagree. Who says mid-majors can't be seeded like BCS schools?

Our value metric is the hot topic along the boards. (Insert Name Here) wants an explanation. I'm not the person to give it right now. I am investigating it -- this thing is actually pretty complicated, sort of like figuring out the Luxury Tax in Monopoly -- and once I have an answer I'm comfortable writing, I will share. Sorry I can't give you more at the moment. And by the way, we're CBSSports.com!

Player evaluation skills a must brings up an interesting issue. Let's say a coach, we'll call him Bell Bilichik, gets caught cheating. But we all sort of agree cheating happens in the sport. Then other coaches, who may or may not have cheated as well, start pointing fingers and dropping fluffy quotes about how Bell Bilichik is ruining the game. Is that OK?

In the Crease has a problem with hockey coverage, notably ESPN's lack of it. We're here for ya buddy. We've got puck heads coming out the wazoo, and not to toot my own goal-blaring horn, but I'm poised to win our in-house Fantasy league.
Posted on: March 11, 2008 11:31 am
Edited on: March 11, 2008 2:36 pm

Alpha Blog: Your brackets vs. Parrish, again

It's silly to even bring this up. But we're silly people here. The Heat have 20 games remaining. And you know something? They may not win any of them.

Tie feeling a little tight, Pat Riley?I know, I know. No team finishes on what would be a 25-game losing skid. But if there's any team that can make a run at this, the Heat are doing their best. Their coach has checked out. Their star is off making "appearances" at his new restaurants. They have a Mark Blount, and a Ricky Davis, to boot.

They lose games like last night's heartbreaker to the Clippers (they can't even trip their way to a win).

Shawn Marion can only do so much.

Chris Quinn? 'Nuff said. Sorry CBSSports.com sales guru David Salinas. Apparently, they're BFF or something.

If DNP's were a favorable metric, this team would have locked up a playoff berth right now.

OK, so I'm looking at the schedule and when your team still has games against foes like New York, Milwaukee, Memphis and Indiana, you're bound to get a win somewhere in there.

But wouldn't it just be something if they didn't? Oh, the schadenfreude!

So they probably will get a win at some point. I just hope it's in their final game, against a team that just took a "doubleheader" against you. No better way to stop a potential 25-game losing streak heading into 2008-'09 than by beating the team that won the league's first "doubleheader" in 25 years. Maybe I'll watch that finale at D Wade's Sports Grill.

On to the best blogs ... around!    

Baseball Bloggin'

Sorry fellow Nats fans, but despite two-ninths of our roster potentially being filled by Boone's, I won't expect a cheap wine sponsorship coming Brett's way. Scott Miller's Bull Pennings reports.

You don't know who Blake Davis is, but after you get through My never ending Story......, you will. Hint: He's stuck on the depth chart behind Brandon Fahey.

The Wonderful World of Gonos does the unthinkable -- compiles the all-time Rays Fantasy lineup. Rolando Arrojo, wow.

Bracketology Bloggin'

My Fantasy Baseball Team has a simple question: WHY DOES EVERYONE HATE STANFORD????????????????. (Warning: If the subject line wasn't bad enough, there are blatant Elaine Benis uses of punctuation throughout the blog)What's that Jim, a 10 seed for Syracuse?

dbacksfan414 has Kentucky as an 8 seed. Gary Parrish has the Wildcats as a 10 seed. I'm with Parrish on this one. While the turnaround is a good story, this is still an 18-win team at the moment and the road wins aren't impressive.

Steady Bloggin has Kent State as a 12 seed. Gary Parrish has the Flashes as a 10 seed. Call me Goldilocks, I like them as an 11 seed if they win out.

Dantheman4250's College Basketball Blog has the Miami (Hurricanes) as a 7 seed. Gary Parrish has them as a 9 seed. A win vs. N.C. State and they're no worse than a 9. That, plus a win or two in the tourney and we may be talking 7. I like those road wins vs. VCU and Miss. State.

Bryan's Babbling has Syracuse as a 9 seed. Gary Parrish has the Orange an 11 seed. It would take a nice win at Villanova to get me to buy them as a 9 seed. Without a solid Big East tourney run, I think we're looking at a 10 at best, but more likely an 11.

If you made me pick a likely champion right here, right now. I'd agree with Hunter21's Blog.

Jason Wells is like every other blogger. He has Maryland as a bubble team. No way the Terps get into the tourney unless they make the ACC finals. Gary Williams has had better coaching seasons.

Ballyhooing Bloggin'

The Blog to End All Blogs is mad, and not going to take it anymore. He hates the ratings system and love fests. So do we, so do we. The latter that is. 

Posted on: March 10, 2008 11:14 am
Edited on: March 10, 2008 3:26 pm

Alpha Blog: Comparing your 16 vs. Parrish's

Welcome to the Alpha Blog (formerly Blog Day Afternoon). Shulaces and I have swapped duties, so he'll now be taking the afternoon/evening blog roundup and I'll take the overnight/morning batch. I can only hope to fill his shus adequately.

Where do we put the Aussie and the Commodores?To tip things off, we're going to start Monday off with a little feature we'll run occasionally called "Beat our Beat Writer." Up first is choops connoisseur Gary Parrish and his Projecting the Field. You bloggers have taken a shining to projecting fields (better than vomit, right?) so let's see how y'all stack up against Parrish. With less than a week before Selection Sunday, the clock is taking before the Big Dance. There is no room for error. 

What we'll do today is match your top four seeds by region against Parrish's. There will be two metrics:

1. How close did you match him across the board (exact team in his exact seed and region)
2. Ignoring placement, did you have the same 16 teams he did

If you're mentioned below, please share why you chose different placement than our spiky-haired columnist.

Blog Days of Summer & other seasons has 15 of the 16 teams Parrish has (Vandy in, Butler out) and matched up two teams (Stanford, UCLA) in the exact same spot as our expert.

dbacksfan414 has all 16 teams Parrish has, but seeds four of them differently. Notably, Big East regular season champion Georgetown is a three seed.

Twelve of 14 isn't what raises eyebrows in Dantheman4250's College Basketball Blog. It's where the blog has Purdue (a six seed) that intrigues me.

I assume there's only three worth promoting because everybody's rolling into work an hour late today. Will post more as they surface.

And now for something(s) completely different.    

For an in-depth look at the Conference USA, check out Blogs and Ends, done by our very own video producer Matt Brodsky. You'll understand why we put him in the A/V department very quickly.

I'm already in three Fantasy baseball leagues. I'm drafting in one right now. I have one coming around the corner, and because I work for CBSSports.com, I'm sure I'll have another invite or three coming my way. So I like seeing what people do in their Fantasy drafts. I like a lot of random thoughts of buckeye22's draft (Granderson, Garko, Zimmerman and Gorzelanny). But Yahoo!? C'mon, buddy!

Why can't we just let the whole Patriots thing go? That's what My take on things wants to know in the blog's term-paper length opus on the subject matter. Used -- the NASCAR defense. Not used in the blog? The Chewbacca Defense. 

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com