Statistics! They’re every scientist’s friend. But they can be easy to misinterpret. Check out this thought exercise with Hank to understand how some mental kung fu known as Bayesian reasoning can use stats to draw some downright surprising conclusions.
Cowboys owner and General Manager Jerry Jones loves to make a splash in free agency, but at the moment he doesn’t have the salary cap space to do it.
Even after the Cowboys’ recent moves — including cutting center Phil Costa and restructuring the contracts of guard Mackenzy Bernadeau, quarterback Tony Romo, linebacker Sean Lee and cornerback Orlando Scandrick — the Cowboys only have about $2 million in cap space, according to ESPN.com.
Before Jones could make a splash with an addition, he may have to make a splash with a subtraction. And so the big question facing the Cowboys is whether they’ll release DeMarcus Ware, the defensive end they’re hoping will take a pay cut. If Ware doesn’t play ball on a restructured deal and Dallas releases him, the Cowboys will get $7.4 million in cap savings, which would put their total cap space at around $9.4 million.
There’s likely more cap relief coming for the Cowboys, as they can release receiver Miles Austin with a post-June 1 designation and free up another $5.5 million in cap room, but that cap room won’t be available until it’s time for the Cowboys to start using some of their cap space to sign their rookie class.
Basically, the Cowboys’ free agency plans hinge on what happens with Ware. If they release him or get him to take a new contract that provides immediate cap relief, Jones may be able to sign a key player in free agency. If things stay as they are, the Cowboys will mostly be observers while other teams are spending.
With about 20 laps remaining, crew chief Steve Letarte warned race leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. that he would be about a half-lap shy of enough fuel to finish Sunday’s Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
And even though his driver did everything he could in the closing laps to conserve fuel, Letarte couldn’t have been more precise.
Earnhardt was heading towards what would have been his second win in the first three races of the 2014 Sprint Cup season when his car began sputtering on the backstretch, coming out of turn two on the final lap.
Keselowski passed Earnhardt and went on to win the race. Junior, however, was able to restart his sputtering motor just enough to make it to the finish line in second place.
“We knew we were a lap short and tried to save as much as we could,” Earnhardt said. “We got to about half a lap and ran out off of (turn) two there.
“We took a gamble, didn’t win the race, but it still worked in our favor to run second. … It’s tough losing like that. That thing started sputtering off (turn) two and it’s really disappointing.”
Even though Earnhardt didn’t win, he nonetheless continued his torrid hot streak – the best start of his 15-year Sprint Cup career, with a win in the season opening Daytona 500 and back–to-back runner-up finishes at Phoenix and Las Vegas.
And while he also has never won at LVMS, Sunday marked the third time Earnhardt has finished second in 15 career starts there.
Although Keselowski won, he gained nothing on Earnhardt in the Sprint Cup standings. Junior came into Las Vegas leading Keselowski by six points, and that’s the same margin as both drivers leave Sin City after the first three races.
Now it’s on to Bristol Motor Speedway next Sunday, where both Keselowski and Earnhardt have won in the past.
“It sucks to lose like that, but we can’t let it be a negative,” Earnhardt said. “We have to go to Bristol and try to win there. Only way to be productive is to be positive, so we’ve got to look at the positives today and keep working toward our goal of winning some more races.”
In one moment, Matt Kenseth went from racing for the lead to battling to save his skidding Toyota in today’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
But as you’ll see in the clip above, Kenseth was able to get the car under control and avoid disaster. He went on to finish sixth, a result he’ll certainly take considering that it could’ve ended up much worse.
It occurs to me I have been blogging for nigh on 5 to 6 years now. When I first started blogging, I used an old WordPress themed location at http://lewp.wordpress.com/
I went back to delete some trash that had cropped up on the old site and started reading some of my old posts and such….not too shabby so I thought I would share.
Back in the day, it was fun going to QuikTrip Park and enjoying baseball. But like everything else in life, things change. But yeah, it was fun to go back and see old pictures and videos. Check it out:
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) March 9, 2014
Dallas Cowboys Tony Romo and Jason Garrett were spotted wearing Duke gear during Saturday night’s rivalry game in which the Blue Devils beat archrival North Carolina thanks to Jabari Parker’s career-high 30 points.
“The program just oozes with winning,” Romo said in an interview with ESPN afterward. “You can learn a lot in that environment.”
Yeah, I bet you can Tony.
It sounds a little odd to say Mike Modano’s No. 9 is being “retired” Saturday.
“Retired’’ has such a finality to it, and the funny thing about the ceremony is that it really is just another part of Modano’s role in moving Dallas hockey forward. It’s a celebration that shines a spotlight on the game, and gets the Stars back into the consciousness of sports fans.
“Everybody has their one thing that they’re good at, and if you ever find it, you want to stick with it.” —Rick Baird
On April 9, 2011, at a tournament in Richmond, Virginia, an IT manager named Rick Baird notched 18 straight hole-in-one shots to record a perfect putt-putt score. In more than 50 years of sanctioned competition, it was just the third time that anyone had achieved the feat.
Putt-putt is different from miniature golf. It’s played only on official courses; there are no pirate ships, no windmills, and no holes that cannot be conquered with one stroke — if you execute the perfect shot. On that day in 2011, Baird executed the perfect shot 18 times in a row.
Mickey Duzyj, an illustrator whose work you’ve seen on Grantland, wanted to tell Rick’s story. He told me about Rick and the community of putt-putt enthusiasts he belongs to. I was immediately sold. Mickey partnered with Chris Isenberg, Jeremy Johnstone, and the team at Victory Journal to bring this project to life.
Conference realignment has forced the unfortunate end to a number of traditional college football rivalries, including Texas and Texas A&M. New head coach at Texas Charlie Strong has dropped the gauntlet the way many new coaches do today in attempting to fire up the momentum to see some of those rivalries resume. Unfortunately, Strong is somewhat misguided in how the series with Texas A&M should be brought back from the dead.
“You’d like to play it in a neutral site somewhere, where every year it’s in that spot, whether it’s Houston or Dallas,” Strong said in an interview with CBSSports.com.
A neutral site game? C’mon Coach Strong. Texas and Texas A&M deserves so much better than being played in a watered down pro football stadium, even if it were to be played in Arlington, home of one of the emerging super venues for college football.
Call me old-fashioned — I can take it — but it seems to me that if we were able to get Texas and Texas A&M back together again, then playing it in Austin or College Station should be the only way to go. Considering the tradition and passion that ignites when these two long time historic rivals get together, the sport would benefit much more from that than playing a game of this magnitude and hype in an NFL stadium. But hey, cash is king, right?
Consider it a compromise, or a last resort. The problem all schools face these days is expanded conferences are more and more looking to expand conference schedules and push conference schedules to nine games. The SEC is reviewing that possibility right now. Playing nine games makes it difficult for some teams to get in a preferred seven home games each season, which means sometimes some school is going to have to bite the bullet and budge. With the stadium sizes at Texas and Texas A&M, losing a home game any given year is noting either school would look forward to. But if a broadcast partner and the Dallas Cowboys or Houston Texans got involved with the planning and organization (and the funding), then it is a different story.
Strong knows that nothing will happen until his bosses figure something out though.
“It’s all about the two ADs getting together and getting that figured out,” Strong said. “When you look at it, it’s been such a huge rivalry game. … I think at some point it will get worked out.”
Right now the fans at Texas and Texas A&M both appear to be fine having gone their separate ways. That is a shame. Egos have gotten the best of both sides, but over time that will calm down and the Longhorns and Aggies will play again. And that will be a good thing.
You already knew that Tyler Seguin was popular with the ladies. I mean the guy has dated a Playboy Playmate and may have been involved with a famous Olympic gymnast. But did you know that even ice girls love him too?
Check out this great photo of the Dallas Stars’ ice girls going nuts after Seguin recorded his third goal on Thursday night to give him a hat trick in a 6-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks:
— Just Dangle Hockey™ (@JustDangle) March 7, 2014
Seguin also had two assists in the game. What a dreamboat.
Oh, and think he’s not loving Dallas too? He has 63 points in 61 games this season and is four away from matching his career-high set with the Bruins two seasons ago.