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"perhaps because he expects pitchers to react that way if he crowds the plate, or, more likely, because he's aware that charging the mound would further deteriorate his image." Could it also be, perhaps, that he's just not as much of a jerk as a lot of people think? That maybe he's actually a calm and even-tempered (albeit prickly) guy? "The Giants pitcher, Jamey Wright, did NOT retaliate" Bonds specifically asked him not to. Good for him.
posted by sellout at 04:46 PM on May 19
It takes into account every match played since 1872? It is kind of an historical ranking system, yes, but older matches don't have as much weight as they might appear to. Take Turkey's 2002 World Cup run, for example. They began the tournament ranked #32, and by the end they were at #13. With a strong performance in a major tournament, they jumped well above their previous best mark. The new coach idea wouldn't really work, of course, as players last much longer than national team managers. I was kind of thinking that FIFA going back eight years was a stretch. Eight years includes two World Cups, two Euro Championships, and a bunch of other major tournaments and qualifiers. Got to have a decent sample size to have a decent ranking. Only using the last couple of years severely limits not only the number of matches taken into consideration, but the importance of the matches involved.
posted by sellout at 04:07 PM on May 17
Have a look at EloRatings. FIFA's ratings are consistently garbage.
posted by sellout at 02:29 PM on May 17
Will I be the only person unsurprised when the Clippers take out Phoenix?
posted by sellout at 02:09 PM on May 11
I'm sure we can eliminate Northern Virginia from the mix. Angelos would have an aneurysm if MLB tried to stick a third team anywhere near Baltimore/DC. Everyone's talking Vegas, Portland, Puerto Rico. How about San Antonio? Any interest down there?
posted by sellout at 04:47 PM on November 22
John Chaney's coaching T-Ball now?
posted by sellout at 03:05 AM on July 29
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