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HardCopy said...

I'm not sure any level of wins should be used as a benchmark. Win totals are heavily influenced by things the pitcher doesn't control - run support and the bullpen. If somebody like Tom Glavine played on bad teams his entire career and won only 225 games, he'd still be a no doubt HoFer.

May 1, 2013 at 10:54 a.m.
HardCopy said...

I like Hudson, but I don't think he's a Hall of Famer. He's a very good pitcher, but there were only 1-2 years early in his career where he was among the best pitchers in the league. He's never won the Cy Young, was only a serious contender for it once (2000), and has been to only 3 All Star games.

He doesn't have eye-popping strikeout totals and had a few seasons in the middle of his career where he was pretty mediocre. He's won a bunch of games (averages 17/season), but I think there are problems using that stat to heavily base your opinion of a pitcher on.

All marks of a very good career, but not Hall of Fame level. I think a good "rule" to have for HoF candidacy is that if you have to debate/ask the question if a player is deserving, the player probably shouldn't be in. HoF numbers leap off the page, and there really isn't any debate as to whether or not they should be in.

May 1, 2013 at 10:26 a.m.
HardCopy said...

That's a good point about Fisher. When he was there, the Titans always had pretty solid but not consistently elite players on defense. There were a couple of superstar-type years from Kearse and Haynesworth in there, but that's about all I can recall. I think he had a lot to do with the success on that side of the ball when he was there.

April 25, 2013 at 3:36 p.m.
HardCopy said...

To me, the Titans are in that unfortunate spot where they are currently a bad team and it isn't immediately apparent from looking at the roster how they might be better in 3-5 years.

CJ is wildly inconsistent from game to game and from carry to carry. Locker has been less than impressive, and he has limited weapons. Their offensive line isn't good. The defense is a complete train wreck at all levels. Last season, they might have been the most bland, vanilla team to watch in the entire league. They are going to need 2-3 really solid drafts in a row before they can think about competing again I think.

April 25, 2013 at 2:13 p.m.
HardCopy said...

Bispy - I'm not even sure about his skill set, because given the defenses he played against in college we never saw it on complete display. He's very athletic and mobile obviously, but I don't think he really ever had to read a defense in college. He made lots of throws to receivers who were just wide open. It was playground football. Things like audibling and making pre-snap reads might be something he has to learn from scratch.

April 24, 2013 at 3:18 p.m.
HardCopy said...

Speaking of the Gruden show, did anybody see Bray sit in his hot seat? He didn't say much, but completely bristled at Chucky's comment that he watch the Bama tape from last year "over and over again." Gave himself a "7 or 8" on game preparation if Brady/Brees are 10s. Came off as completely uncoachable and uninterested in paying attention to the particulars of the game.

Best 30 for 30? Really difficult to choose just one, but I'd say Pony Excess.

April 24, 2013 at 11:04 a.m.
HardCopy said...

Whoops - sorry to steal your thunder there Jay...

April 22, 2013 at 10:34 a.m.
HardCopy said...

I have little doubt Heyward is going to come around, but I have serious doubts about Uggly and B.J. Upton. B.J. needs to hit his little bro up on how to shorten his swing. He and Uggla could very well hit a combined .220 for the year with, of course, the customary boatload of Ks and overswings, and B.J. doesn't make up for it with walks like Uggla does.

On your question: Knowshon Moreno, Glenn Dorsey. I have an even bigger miss going the other way - and this guy wasn't even drafted - Arian Foster. I'm still can't believe how productive of a player he's been in the NFL given his college career. Didn't see that one coming.

April 22, 2013 at 10:25 a.m.
HardCopy said...

Also, just a quick thought on sports media and how things are covered/what gets ratings...

What if Evan Gattis played for the Yankees?

April 16, 2013 at 1:10 p.m.
HardCopy said...

I am a Braves fan, have been as long as I can remember, but I'm also pretty cynical. This team looks like a group that might win 100 games, win the NL East by double digits, then get swept in the NLDS averaging 13 Ks/game.

I think this squad is made to play well over a full regular season. Lots of high K guys with power. The problem with that is that the playoffs are a complete crap shoot. If they stay hot they can beat anybody. If the bats go cold for just a couple of games at the wrong time (i.e., the playoffs) they get bounced quickly.

The starting rotation is good but I don't know if it's good enough to completely shut good offensive teams down for an extended period if the bats do go cold.

April 16, 2013 at 12:25 p.m.
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