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  1. 2 points
    From 2011: http://news.discovery.com/human/newly-identified-tribe-in-the-amazon.html Same finding: http://blogs.aljazeera.net/americas/2011/06/23/photos-new-isolated-amazon-tribe From 2008: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/05/30/uncontacted-tribes-discov_n_104290.html
  2. 1 point
    <iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/0oH7tRN_0sc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Those 5 seconds are comedy gold. Also... <iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/v5Lmkm5EF5E" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> I might have peed a little bit.
  3. 1 point
    fWAR (Fangraphs WAR) uses FIP for pitchers. RP's and SP's are evaluated on a different basis because they have different replacement levels. rWAR (Baseball Reference WAR) uses a more convoluted method (basically a FIP type calcualtion involving total zone) and some leverage calculations. Similar to to fWAR, different replacement levels for RP's and SP's are considered in valuation. IP's are factored into the WAR contribution based on scale. No, woba is the only factor for fWAR/offense and only positional adjustments are considered. rWAR (offense) use a woba type methodolgy but I am unsure of the specifics. SB's are considered in the baserunning component. The other components are OWAR (offensive WAR, based on woba for fWAR) and dDWAR (defense WAR, using UZR for fWAR). Bunts/sac bunts shouldn't really factor into it as they are neutral. Bunt hits would be considered as any other hit.
  4. 1 point
    "I had the privilege, the honor really, of squatting behind Mickey Mantle. The power emanating from him was awesome." - Tim McCarver, announcing game 2 of the 2011 World Series. Brokeback baseball memories by Tim
  5. 1 point
    Gotta love math. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/9QBv2CFTSWU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  6. 1 point
    Yeah but team fandom isn't really what makes money. If your stadium sellsout when the big boys come to town, thats a good thing, and its good for local hotels and bars. Stars drive money for the sport. Stars are why people tune in to Sunday Night Baseball and Saturday baseball on Fox. So while you wouldn't root for whatever team Matt Wieters is on, unless its the O's, plenty of people would root for him, if he was a star. This is why there can be a Pujols (or hell a Ripken) even on bad teams. Ripken made money. Ripken was a draw. Pujols makes money. Griffey was a draw before and after the Mariners were contenders. These players make money for everyone. They don't have to play for the Yankees or Red Sox, although any Red Sock or Yankee will make money for everyone else. In addition you can't have a simple cap, you'd also have to have a salary floor. And if we leave it where the lowest 5 currently spend, we'd have a terrible product. The lower spenders would have to spend more to keep up with the floor.
  7. 1 point
    The Guy On a Buffalo video is absolutely hilarious. Here's an oldie but a goodie: [video=youtube;xQjt0Xzb5F8]
  8. 1 point
    <iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/6Bt_FX3JlS0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Marshmallows
  9. 1 point
    If Ronnie Brown doesn't pull his goal-line ball chuck, do the Eagles seek to trade him? That play may have saved a life.
  10. 1 point
    Because his asking price was $1.5- $2 million dollars and apparently the other organizations did not want or could not go that high. Remember, not every organization out there does the over slot thing so even if some team thought he was a late first round talent, they may not have the ownership go ahead to draft and pay a guy after that first round that kind of money. From what I heard, Delmonico was very impressive in the instructional league and may be one of the best high school hitter they have drafted in over 20+ years. Of course that's a bit of a backhanded compliment considering the hitters that made it the Orioles after being drafted out of high school is a very short list.
  11. 1 point
    I include myself firmly in the proFlacco camp but I have to admit I am starting to find it funny how defensive people on both sides of the argument get. I saw nothing wrong with this thread and it did generate some interesting discussion but also a couple of brash challenges. Flacco is almost as polarizing a player as Boller was with the main exception that Flacco is soooooo much better. Lol.
  12. 1 point
    Congrats Tank! We just had our 1st girl about a month and a half ago, after 2 boys. Amazing how a tiny person that really doesn't do much of anything can change your life so much. I know I don't need to tell you this, but be sure to take good care of your wife. She's earned it.
  13. 1 point
    http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/article_ab1e31a0-f9f1-11e0-983d-001cc4c002e0.html He's an alumnus, donates money (endowed his own chair for a History of Sports professor!), and they built him his own office on-campus for his use while writing his memoirs and apparently teaching history. This office: <img src="http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/host.madison.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/f/e1/fe1645c8-d8c8-5681-815e-c310ccb4868c/4e9e0ae0a95e6.image.jpg"/> First, thank Jesus, Moses, Muhammad, Budda, the Dali Lama, Kali and Annie Savoy. He's going after next season. Second, a Diamondbacks logo on the nameplate? Third, part of me thinks he'd be a good history teacher. The other part thinks he'd be the worst teacher EVER. Fourth, of COURSE his roommate at U-Dub was Herb frickin' Kohl!
  14. 1 point
    <iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/1P0yfq2wDvU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> :laughlol:
  15. 1 point
    I don't know that I'd get too hung up on YPC for anything. Of course, as a general rule, you'd like your back to 4.0 YPC or more but that only tells you so much. Look at how many of our total yards that Rice accounts for. If my math is right, as a team we have a total of 1836 yds from scrimmage this year and Ray Rice has accounted for 700 yds rushing and receiving so far. That puts him at 38% of our total offensive output. Your not going to convince me that "generic RB of your choice" is going to duplicate that kind of output. In regards to what it may or may not cost to lock Rice up long term, you have to remember that Ray and Ed are going to be coming off the books shortly, which will create some space. Also, there are plenty of ways to be creative under the cap and retain the guys you want to retain. I could see us giving Rice a 5 yr deal with $20-25 mill guaranteed. If you structure the deal correctly, we could move the larger annual salary where we need to in an effort to make the deal as cap friendly as possible. For a guy with production like Rice, I don't see that type of deal as unreasonable or anyway crippling to our franchise. Also, when talking about the Ravens FO, I have the utmost confidence the right thing will be done. If Rice wants more money the Ravens deem appropriate, they'll let him walk.
  16. 1 point
    Here it is... You have carte blanche to redo the organization as you see fit...except we are keeping the Stockstills...we've already resigned almost all our scouts...and we would like you to promote this one guy internally up to scouting director to replace Jordan... Oh, and this is no biggie i'm sure, but you have to run every trade idea or free agent signing through your coach. You can offer any free agent what you think it will take to get him to sign...as long as its the 3rd or 4th highest offer on the table. Feel free to sign any international prospect you like, as long as they aren't from Cuba, and cost under $25. Why are you laughing...John! Lou! Why is this guy laughing at us! Get the Stockstills on the phone and see if they're done shining my shoes and washing my car yet! Are you done laughing yet. So how much are you looking to earn here, because i've got a shiny quarter with your name on it. And how long before you can return this organization to prominence? Also can you go pick up my dry cleaning too? (door slams)
  17. 1 point
    This one always cracked me up [video=youtube;nGeKSiCQkPw]
  18. 1 point
    And this would be incorrect. Signing bonus money is excluded from the 30% rule. One quick example is Terrell Suggs who received 10M in his first year and 23 million in year 2. The signing bonus only applies to player salary for any year in a capped year. For your reference, it's page 107 sec.7 of the new CBA. Guaranteed money is allocated over the life of the contract. That includes all signing bonus money, roster bonus money and team's options. Again, the 30% rule does not apply here. There was a 2.5MM cap hit when the team cut McGahee in 2011 and there will be another 3.5MM cap hit in 2012. Despite the salary savings, we still had to account for his prorated guarantees over the seven years.
  19. 1 point
    I have to say, this has really become one of the better threads on this site and I always look forward to the discussion each week. Lot's of great perspective by knowledgeable Ravens fans who aren't just throwing the usual bash the team reteric out there. Kudos to Tony for getting this started each week!
  20. 1 point
    Teams can allocate the signing bonus portion any way they want over the life of the contract, but it can't increase more than 30% from one year to the next. Example: if they put $10 million of it in 2011, in 2012 it can't be more than $13 million. 2013 it couldn't be more than 16.9...and so on. Most teams will structure contracts like I laid out before, so that near the end of the deal they can cut bait without any real cap implications. It is how you hear "we can cut player X and save _______ against the cap." If they are in the final year(s) of the deal they almost all the time have paid out the entire signing bonus or have a tiny bit left, so whatever the salary is at that point it comes clean off the books against the cap. McGahee's deal was a perfect example, it was a "7 year deal" but in reality all the signing bonus money was paid out in 4 years and after that the Ravens just cut him and saved all of the $6 million (or so) in base salary they had for him on their cap for the remaining years. He had no signing bonus allocated so there was no "cap hit". I hope that clears things up.
  21. 1 point
    If Edsall keeps this up I might have to become the JTrea of the Terps forum.
  22. 1 point
    This why O's fans are so great. What a great read. The human emotion of an amazingly fantastic night captured here forever. Thanks guys. I was at the game living it in real time and I'm still on a cloud.
  23. 1 point
    Thanks man. I'm looking forward to it. Hoping to get a boy at some point, but I'm very happy to have anything.
  24. 0 points
    Time for Peter to turn on the charm and show DiPoto what a real Mickey Mouse operation we have.
  25. -1 points
    Is this topic a joke? I seriously cannot believe someone made this topic. The Bengals schedule thus far has been an absolute joke. Lets see what he does when he has to play four games against the Steelers and Ravens and their run game is absolutely shutdown. Lets throw Michael Vick, Matt Ryan, Josh Freeman, and Philip Rivers into this comparison as well. Hey Alex Smith is having a great year, I'd take him over all the previously listed QBs. Small sample size...
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