October 30, 2014

2013 NBA Draft: Sixers Big Board

Draft time! It's enough to get me off of Twitter to write more than 140 characters. It's an interesting draft for the Sixers. There is no big talent at the top, but the Sixers, and their new radio-silent analytics-loving GM, have 3 picks in the top 42. Sam Hinkie showed that he could find diamonds in the rough in Houston, and there are certainly some players that can be had from 30 on that could be the next Chandler Parsons or Danny Green. If I'm the Sixers, here is how my Big Board would … [Read more...]

The Philly Fifty, #23: Eddie Plank, Athletics

Eddie Plank

For the complete list and explanation of criteria and scoring, check out the Philly Fifty page Longevity - 5 The pitcher who has thrown the most innings professionally in Philadelphia? It's not Robin Roberts (3,739 IP), but lefty Eddie Plank, who threw 14 straight seasons for the A's from 1901-1914, and averaged an amazing 276 innings per season. His 3,860 innings are the most in Philly's history. Peak - 4 It's hard to identify a peak for Plank - he was very good his entire career. … [Read more...]

The Philly Fifty, #24: Tom Gola, LaSalle/Warriors

Tom Gola

For the complete list and explanation of criteria and scoring, check out the Philly Fifty page Longevity - 4 Gola is one of a couple athletes on here who had stints in Philly with multiple teams. Gola spent 10 years playing in Philly, 4 with LaSalle ('51-'54) and 6 with the Warriors ('55-'61). Peak - 4 In the college game, Gola was arguably the best player in the country over a period of several years. In 1953-54,  he led LaSalle to the title game and won the Final Four's most … [Read more...]

The Philly Fifty, #25: Moses Malone, Sixers

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For the complete list and explanation of criteria and scoring, check out the Philly Fifty page Longevity - 2 Even though he's damn near an icon in the city, he only played for the Sixers for 5 seasons. 4 during his prime, and 1 return engagement on his way out. Peak - 5 The best player in the league in 1982-83, his first with the team, and darn near the best for his other 3 prime seasons. In his MVP year, he went for 24.5 points, 15.3 boards and 2.0 blocks per game. The next three … [Read more...]

The Philly Fifty, #26: Brian Westbrook, Eagles

Brian Westbrook

For the complete list and explanation of criteria and scoring, check out the Philly Fifty page Longevity - 3 It seems like longer, but Brian Westbrook spent 8 seasons with the Eagles, only 5 of which he was a full-time, and healthy, starter. Peak - 4 At his peak, Westbrook was one of the top 2 or 3 offensive weapons the league. 2007 was his best season, when he led the NFL with 2,104 yards from scrimmage. He ran for over 1,300 yards that year and was only the 7th RB in history to … [Read more...]

The Philly Fifty, #27: Curt Schilling, Phillies

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For the complete list and explanation of criteria and scoring, check out the Philly Fifty page Longevity - 4 Schilling was traded twice (Red Sox to Orioles, Orioles to Astros) before he landed with the Phillies in 1992 for Jason Grimsley. That trade started an 8 1/2 year career with the Phillies, more than twice his time with any other franchise. Peak - 4 Schilling's career peaked in Arizona, but for the Phillies, he peaked in 1997 and 1998, when he pitched a combined 523 innings, … [Read more...]

The Philly Fifty, #28: Chuck Klein, Phillies

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For the complete list and explanation of criteria and scoring, check out the Philly Fifty page Longevity - 5 Klein spent his first 6 years with the Phillies, then came back for 2.5 after a couple years with the Cubs, then after a one year stint with the Pirates, he finished his career with 5 years as basically a bench player. All told, there were parts of 15 years as a Phillie, and over 1,400 games. Peak - 5 Klein finished in the top-2 in the MVP voting from 1931-1933, winning in … [Read more...]

Pre-Spring Training MLB Power Rankings

Is everyone getting the itch? With the Mariners reporting for pitchers and catchers this past weekend, spring training is officially underway. I have already begun crunching numbers and messing around with pointless predictions because that is how I cope with the anticipation. That being said - here is how I currently have the 30 MLB teams ranked. Keep in mind I did not do this solely subjectively - rather I took the rosters for each team, looked at the 25-man roster's 2011 WAR, adjusted … [Read more...]

The Philly Fifty, #29: Billy Cunningham, Sixers

Billy Cunningham

For the complete list and explanation of criteria and scoring, check out the Philly Fifty page Longevity - 4 Cunningham played 9 years here with two stints with the Sixers. He started off his NBA career with 7 years here, then took a 2 years hiatus to the Carolina Cougars of the ABA, only to return to the Sixers for his final two seasons. Peak - 4 Cunningham made first-team all-NBA 3 times as a Sixer. His best season was probably 1969-70 when he averaged 26.1 points, 13.6 rebounds … [Read more...]

The Philly Fifty, #30: Steve Van Buren, Eagles

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For the complete list and explanation of criteria and scoring, check out the Philly Fifty page Longevity - 3 Played 8 seasons, his entire career, with the Eagles. Was drafted in 1944 out of LSU with the 5th overall pick and played until he was 31. Peak - 4 A top-5 player at any position for much of his career. Led the league in rushing yards and total touchdowns in the same year twice. Popularity - 2 You don't run into a ton of Van Buren jerseys on game day. Team Success - … [Read more...]