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re: NHL Offseason Thread: Free Agency/Draft June 24-26 - Baloo
If I were a Habs fan.... I don't even know. I'd be beyond pissed. this would be like the Caps trading Ovechkin for a 30 year old 20-goal scorer signed to horrible contract. So... Jakub Voracek. Only if he was older. ...
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re: NHL Offseason Thread: Free Agency/Draft June 24-26 - Baloo
Hall for Subban would have been a fair deal. And, it would have helped both teams as the Oilers have a glut of young forwards and the Habs seem insistent on giving away one of the best blueliners in the league. And they can't score. But these are two of the worst trades I've ever seen. The Oiler...
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re: NHL Offseason Thread: Free Agency/Draft June 24-26 - Baloo
Jesus. Three huge stories, all in about 15 minutes. Hockey in Canada took it in the nuts. ...
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re: NHL Offseason Thread: Free Agency/Draft June 24-26 - Baloo
Holy crap! Second big trade in the hour! https://twitter.com/RealKyper/status/748243295504052225 #Blockbuster @CanadiensMTL trade PK Subban to @PredsNHL for Shea Weber #wow @Sportsnet @NHL....
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re: NHL Offseason Thread: Free Agency/Draft June 24-26 - Baloo
Oh my God. It's official. Adam Larsson for Taylor Hall. The Oilers would have been better off actually doing my ridiculous Orpik for RNH trade. This trade is so awful that it actually surpassed my joking "worst trade imaginable" scenario. Hug an Oilers fan. ...
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re: NHL Offseason Thread: Free Agency/Draft June 24-26 - Baloo
I can't believe the guy who gave away Tyler Seguin for peanuts would be dumb enough to do the same with Taylor... Oh. Nevermind. Go about your day....
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re: Deadpool and Spider-Man slam Batman vs Superman in New Marvel Comic - Baloo
Yeah, the Hail Hydra joke is the biggest zinger in there. Tons of comic fans are furious over that (which, as predicted by anyone with a brain, was explained in the next issue and will be certainly be resolved by the end of the arc). Besides, Deadpool exists to make fun of the comics industry. ...
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re: NHL Offseason Thread: Free Agency/Draft June 24-26 - Baloo
Rumors are the Oilers have just traded Taylor Hall. ...
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re: Sabermetrics folks--explain to me why BA is useless - Baloo
[quote]is there anyone arguing against this?[/quote] The mere fact that absolute player value stats are so popular... yes. I find the search for One True Number is inherently misguided. It's the wrong question. ...
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re: James Cameron: Pot Meet Kettle - Baloo
[quote]Welles was always in complete control over his films, and many consider him to the the GOAT.[/quote] .. and he never matched his debut. He also has a pretty thin resume: Citizien Kane, the Magnificent Ambersons, A Touch of Evil... what else? Othello was just rehashing his stage production....
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re: Sabermetrics folks--explain to me why BA is useless - Baloo
I'm not denying the existence of good hitters who strike out a ton. But it is really, really hard to do so. Strikeouts are the residue of power, so if you take a look at list of the all-time leaders in strikeouts, you'll have a list of great power hitters. But the only way to have a career with a...
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re: Sabermetrics folks--explain to me why BA is useless - Baloo
Votto's a former MVP. Heck, he was 3rd in the voting last year. He's a hell of a player and in his prime, he was awesome. But he's now 32, and he has the proverbial "old man skills". And old man skills age terribly. Why is he hitting 242 right now? Did a career 300 hitter suddenly forget how to ...
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re: Sabermetrics folks--explain to me why BA is useless - Baloo
[quote]Why? Any specific reason?[/quote] Because their numbers make no fricking sense. WAR is catastrophically wrong. First off, it gives credit for defense twice. First, there's the zone runs it uses to derive dWAR, and there's an additional positional adjustment. So, just for standing at second ...
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re: Sabermetrics folks--explain to me why BA is useless - Baloo
[quote]I love sabermetrics. I don't love the fact that it made a lot of douche-pretentious fans. I don't love the fact that it made a lot of fans very myopic to the point where they deny emotion or clutchness exists. Scouting is just as important as stat analysis, but the new age fans act as if st...
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re: Sabermetrics folks--explain to me why BA is useless - Baloo
[quote]It's common sense that more good things can happen when the ball is put in play than when the player is striking out.[/quote] If we're looking for a market inefficiency, it's this. Strikeouts are at an all-time high, and are still climbing. Strikeouts this year are up to 7.98/game. Even in...
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re: Sabermetrics folks--explain to me why BA is useless - Baloo
[quote]It was, in terms of making it known outside of the baseball world. [/quote] Maybe the term "sabermetrics" became known with Moneyball, but the concepts of sabermetrics and the value of walks and not giving away outs date back to Earl Weaver. He even wrote a book about, Weaver on Strategy, ...
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re: NHL Offseason Thread: Free Agency/Draft June 24-26 - Baloo
Kucherov is really good, but let's not get silly. Stamkos is probably one of the five best players in hockey. He's going to get paid a lot of money. And if the Oilers are intent on giving away RNH for a terrible defenseman, may we interest them in a gently used Brooks Orpik? ...
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re: Sabermetrics folks--explain to me why BA is useless - Baloo
It's not useless, it's just not a great guide on whether someone is a good hitter or not. For one thing, batting average is highly variable from season to season due to factors outside a hitter's control, mainly the fact that a hitter has very little control whether a batted ball in play becomes a h...
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re: Is nobody watching Preacher anymore? - Baloo
I think they made a huge mistake in which story they decided to tell first. Custer's family is by far the most interesting villains of the tale, and it makes for a good origin story. Everything about the first episode felt tonally off for me, and I didn't much enjoy it. Mrs. Baloo despised it. ...
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re: Billy Zane Thinks the End of Titanic is All Wrong - Baloo
I think it will land within the area they will certainly be searching. They aren't going home, they need to recoup costs. ...
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