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Peyton Manning dances? Peyton Manning dances

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated July 28th at 6:36pm 268928211

We don’t care if they knew the cameras were rolling and had a pretty good idea that this would be an Internet sensation. Sometimes even the preconceived viral videos work out for the best.

Submitted: Peyton Manning and (to a lesser extent) Wes Welker dancing to “Rocky Top,” the Tennessee fight song, via 9News in Colorado:

Monday (Twins with and without Mauer) edition: Wha' Happened?

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated July 28th at 10:07am 268890711

mauertossA very basic stat for your Monday morning, since we were curious about it and decided to delve into it:

Since 2011, also know as the beginning of the end for the Twins, there have been 182 games in which Joe Mauer has not started (regardless of whether he was playing catcher, DH or first base).

There have been 408 games in which he has started. The Twins’ records, year-by-year and cumulatively, games he has started and not started are as follows:

2011: Started — 31-47 /// Not started — 32-52

2012: Started — 57-87 /// Not started — 9-9

2013: Started — 49-61 /// Not started — 17-35

2014: Started — 36-40 /// Not started — 11-17

Total: Started — 173-235 /// Not started — 69-113

The winning percentage in games Mauer has started is .424, and in games he has not started it’s .379. Over the course of a full season, that’s the difference between about a 68-win team and a 61-win team.

Surely there are many more factors than that, but it is a large enough sample size to draw a conclusion that we inherently already knew: the Twins miss Mauer when he’s not in the lineup, even if he is struggling like he was for much of this season, and his absences have certainly contributed to making a bad team even worse.

TFD: Ryan Raburn might have made the worst fielding play of all time

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated July 25th at 5:03pm 268657772

Ryan Raburn, you guys. This was not a good play. In fact, you could say it is one of the worst plays we have ever seen. The only thing that would have made it worse/better is if the 1-0 score had held up. Alas, Kansas City did win in extra innings, at least.


A decade ago, a Love/Wiggins deal would pretty much be dead

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated July 25th at 9:11pm 268619952

wigginsAnyone frustrated by the NBA rule that says draft picks can’t be traded for 30 days after they sign — and count us among those, since we’re eager to see a Kevin Love/Andrew Wiggins deal and move on with our lives — should note that it could be worse.

A decade ago, this deal would pretty much be dead — and not because Love was 15 and Wiggins was 9, though we suppose that would pretty much kill any NBA deal as well.

We found this nugget from a Cleveland AP story interesting:

There have been restrictions placed on trading newly signed rookies dating back at least to the 1998-99 collective bargaining agreement. At that time, rookies were lumped in with all free agents into a rule that prevents any newly signed player from being traded for three months or before Dec. 15 of the next season – whichever is longer.

The rule was modified in the 2005 CBA, separating rookie contracts into a different category with the shorter, 30-day timeline between signing date and trade eligibility.

In the case of Wiggins, Dec. 15 would have been the date in question, or about 45 days into the NBA season. In other words, no deal, since it appears his salary being on the books is important to making this trade happen and his salary is only on the books now that he has signed.

What’s the point of the rule, anyway? Why can’t teams just trade players, including rookies, whenever they please?

It was designed to prevent teams from circumventing salary cap rules.  … The spirit behind the rule is that if a rookie is traded immediately after he signs, it gives the appearance that the acquiring team is the one that is in fact signing him.

That doesn’t make a ton of sense to us, but then again the NBA collective bargaining agreement is a tangled web from which few people escape fully unscathed.

Just be happy, we suppose, that a trade is still possible, even if it will take until the end of August to be official.

Friday (Another interesting social media day for Sam Ponder) edition: Wha' Happened?

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated July 25th at 12:31pm 268601742

Christian Ponder and his wife, Samantha, shared with the world a picture of their daughter, Bowden Sainte-Claire, via Instagram the other day. They largely escaped the court of public opinion unscathed, save for folks who couldn’t resist taking pot-shots at Ponder’s QBing or their choice for a baby name.

Friday is a new day, as they say, and Sam Ponder turned the page by offering up a tweet late last evening that said this:

She has a point, of course, and a good one at that. While having a sports web site or constantly supporting a sports web site filled with “hottest women in sports” slide shows or “lovely ladies of the day” does not mean you participate in or condone physical abuse of women, it is certainly part of a culture of objectification and at best diminishes your authority on any hot takes about abuse and at worst contributes to a collective way of thought that makes abuse possible.

You can imagine, though, the Twitter replies mostly did not agree. You can read them for yourself, and we won’t pretend to be the morality police here, but we dare say the majority of them reinforce the very point Ponder was making.

Some of the challenges to her point were thoughtful and enhanced the discussion.

The one in which she was asked to fix someone a sandwich before being called a degrading word … that did not enhance the discussion.


Chicago WSox - WP: R. Belisario 7 FINAL
Detroit - LP: J. Soria 4
Colorado - LP: P. Hernandez 1 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - WP: J. Arrieta 3
St. Louis - WP: S. Miller 6 FINAL
San Diego - LP: O. Despaigne 2
Philadelphia - WP: A. Bastardo 10 FINAL
Washington - LP: G. Gonzalez 4
LA Angels - WP: H. Santiago 1 FINAL
Baltimore - LP: R. Webb 0
Seattle - WP: J. Beimel 6 FINAL
Cleveland - LP: B. Shaw 5
Cincinnati - WP: J. Cueto 3 FINAL
Miami - LP: T. Koehler 1
Minnesota - LP: C. Thielbar 3 FINAL
Kansas City - WP: Y. Ventura 6
Toronto - WP: A. Sanchez 6 FINAL
Houston - LP: C. Qualls 5
Pittsburgh - LP: J. Locke 4 FINAL
Arizona - WP: O. Perez 7
Atlanta - LP: J. Teheran 1 FINAL
Los Angeles - WP: C. Kershaw 2
NY Giants 8/3/14 7:00 PM
Winnipeg 27 FINAL
Hamilton 26
Toronto 6:00 PM
Brt Columbia 9:00 PM
Saskatchewan 8/2/14 6:00 PM
Saskatchewan 8/7/14 7:30 PM
Edmonton 8/8/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton 8/8/14 9:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Ottawa 8/9/14 6:30 PM
Atlanta 85 FINAL
Tulsa 75
Phoenix 67 FINAL
Minnesota 75
New York 74 FINAL
Chicago 87
Indiana 76 FINAL
Seattle 67



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