Two nights ago, internet hero, Ken Tremendous, presented a challenge to his followers by asking them to develop a roster of the worst MLB all-stars of all time. Included in his tweets was a reminder that every team must send a representative to the game every year.
This gave me an idea: “The MLB Lone-Star Game”
The concept was simple. Every year, a bunch of teams have only one representative that are selected to participate in the MLB All-Star Game. Some of these guys deserve to be there, but many others do not. My plan was to go back, identify every “lone-star,” (the only member of any given team that was selected as an all-star) and then using a few select stats, (WAR, ERA+ and WHIP) try to come up with the worst lone-star rosters possible.
I only looked at all-stars from 1977 and beyond, because that was the year of the Blue Jays’ and Mariners’ introduction into MLB, and if I’d stretched it out too far before that, this project would’ve taken entirely too long to complete.
Thanks to baseball-reference.com, several cups of coffee and a few 5 Hour Energies on top of that, I was able to compile the complete Lone-Star lists for each team since 1977 in just under two days.
Some of you may have seen Tim Marchman’s rant thoughtful post on Gawker Media’s sports weblog, Deadspin, earlier today. Marchman had clearly reached his boiling point after enough commenters posters made their feelings known about pageview-driven journalism. Boy was he steamed.
It was fun to get a new perspective on the age-old “clickbait” debate, but there was one major problem with his piece.
Tim Marchman has no idea what constitutes “clickbait.” Let me explain…
Welcome back to Heading for the Exits. It’s been awhile, but I’m back now. Probably won’t be staying long, but alas, here I am. Anyway, noted poet, Same Sad Echo, wrote something earlier today that really got my goat. He decided that despite being an admittedly great holiday, he still wanted to complain about a few Thanksgiving-related things. In response, I’ve decided to go ahead and give his piece the full FJM-style treatment. Let’s get to it.
Congratulations to the 2013 Who’s Nower Champion, PFTCommenter!
After a controversial move during the final matchup when he encouraged voters to choose his opponent instead of him, PFTCommenter proved that he is the master of reverse psychology, storming back from a wide margin at the time to conquer Piggy Poop Balls and crown himself the 2013 Who’s Nower Champion.
Well, here we are everybody. After almost five long weeks of drawn-out action, we’ve finally reached the dramatic conclusion of the 2013 HFTE Who’s Nower competition.
This week’s matchup is not for the faint of heart. In one corner we have the purveyor of strong takes and hard truths, PFTCommenter. In the other corner, we have a legend in his own right, Piggy Poop Balls.
QUICK PROGRAMMING NOTE: I apologize in advance for the short write up this week. I’m in the process of packing up my life for a two-thirds cross-country move, and am a bit short on time. Unfortunately, I will not be able to break down the Round of 8 with the detail and analysis that it deserves. The polls are staying open on this round a little later than normal, because I’ll be on the road next Monday-Wednesday. I’ll find a Starbucks or some place with free WIFI near my soon-to-be home for a write up later next week.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, here are some quick notes from the Round of 16:
I remember the summer of 2007 like it was yesterday. Sitting in my college apartment, waiting for my hangover to go away while calculating how many more summer classes I could afford to skip before my professors would begin deducting points from my overall grade as SportsCenter played in a continuous loop on my television. That summer sticks with me for a number of reasons, but one reason in particular stands out in my memory above all the rest – ESPN’s “Who’s Now” competition.
For the uninitiated, “Who’s Now” was a single-elimination, 32-contestant tournament to determine which athlete was the most “Now” back then. Tiger Woods plowed through the competition like they were Golden Corral hostesses or whatever, and won the tournament in a landslide. In case you were curious and wanted to have a “Holy shit, I can’t believe it’s only been six years since [person's name] was relevant!” experience, here is a bracket of the tournament, exactly as it occurred back in ’07:
And we’re back! I’d apologize and complain about being busy but screw it, I don’t owe any of you an explanation. The following is less “this is a cool story and odd disease name” and more “I find the pathophysiology of this disease interesting so maybe one of you will too.” It’s also going to require a little more background than usual. I’ll try to start from the ground-up.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a widespread and deadly condition. A leading cause of death in the US (3rd in the most recent census data available), COPD encompasses chronic bronchitis and emphysema. I’ll stick to emphysema, as it’s the more interesting of the two. While there is a rare genetic cause (A1AD, more prevalent among Northern Europeans), the main cause of emphysema is cigarette smoking.