o Analyze results, identify trends and predict outcomes for NFL, NBA, WTA and ATP matches.

o Assign player fantasy sports value, measure player efficiency, and compare and rank teams across eras.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Isiah Bets On “Pocket Jacks”, Again

I have longed considered Thomas’ player acquisition style as someone playing a high-stakes card game. Perhaps I might have to consider whether Isiah sees himself more as a poet or Scrabble player. Since he’s been in charge of the Knicks, he has acquired:

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Monday, July 31, 2006

Mets Chop Chipper-less Braves

Jones’ absence essentially ended any real chance the Braves had in the series, to catch the division-leading Mets or possibly a Wild Card spot. The sweep allows the Mets to put a history of Braves' dominance behind, even if only for the year.

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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Knicks Not Rich Enough To Afford Butler

This proved to be a double-edged sword, in that the contracted amount is low enough to demonstrate the predicament Thomas is in, as far as “salary cap and luxury tax hell”. If the contract was for, what many deem to be the fair market value for a decent or unproven NBA, somewhere in the range of $5million for 3 years then the Knicks not matching would be more palatable.

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Monday, July 17, 2006

The WNBA Lifestyle?

The league’s problem is not that it lacks an identity or relevance, to the point where the predominant post-commentary on the All-Star game was an impromptu dunk contest, where most of the players failed to get it in. If lack of interest for such an exhibition game was the death knell to a league, then the NFL would be in great peril, as probably would MLB.

The answer lies equally in what is exhibited during the competition, as much as what female athletes do in their private lives. Last year, Sheryl Swoopes announced that she was in a lesbian relationship. That type of story could have served - and probably was hoped to become – a beacon into the WNBA life. Instead after a few weeks of minor discussion it faded because the viewing public made a distinction between lifestyle and personal space.

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Will Knicks Quit on the Quick?

Can summer league success carry over into the regular season? This brings us back the question of talent and where exactly the Knicks are. Did they quit on their coach last season? By all accounts and specifically because of the results of the Larry Brown era – I mean season, of 23 wins and 59 losses.

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