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TonyJM

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About TonyJM

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  • Birthday 05/04/1980

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    minor league baseball, rugby, politics
  1. FWIW, this is consistent with my experiences with transfer students as well. They usually end up a couple steps behind. The flip side is they tend to work really hard to catch up and get their money's worth. They take advantage of office hours, ask questions during class, etc... -Tony
  2. Man...I'll admit it: They completely got me this year. I've been a fan my entire life and I think that's made me as cynical as the next Lions fan. But the way this season broke down, I really thought this was the most talented Lions team I could remember and they were well on their way to locking down a high play-off seed. Hell, I didn't look at one mock draft the first half of the year. Going 2-6 down the stretch against teams with poor records and blowing six fourth quarter leads just seems unfathomable. That's why it gets me when people complain about the "same old Lions." It's never the same old Lions...The team always seems to find new and completely creative ways to kick their fans in the groin.
  3. Man...I'll admit it: They completely got me this year. I've been a fan my entire life and I think that's made me as cynical as the next Lions fan. But the way this season broke down, I really thought this was the most talented Lions team I could remember and they were well on their way to locking down a high play-off seed. Hell, I didn't look at one mock draft the first half of the year. Going 2-6 down the stretch against teams with poor records and blowing six fourth quarter leads just seems unfathomable. That's why it gets me when people complain about the "same old Lions." It's never the same old Lions...The team always seems to find new and completely creative ways to kick their fans in the groin.
  4. Can you actually blow up an NFL roster? It might be possible, but you'd end up with too much dead money to be competitive.
  5. Trying to figure out if I was more blindsided by Prince Fielder's signing or this trade. Probably the signing, but it's definitely close.
  6. Old threads always make me appreciate what we have now. Whenever things get rough for the Tigers, they remind me that there was a period in my life as a baseball fan where I debated issues like "Greg Norton or Eric Munson: Who is the better third base option?"
  7. Yeah...Frosted tips aside, Everett is no joke. Replicating his peak defensive numbers will be tough. I worry about that comparison in the same way I worry about Jamie Moyer comparisons for soft-tossing lefties. There aren't many successful guys with that skill set and there's always a concern the scouting report is biased by flashes of brilliance. Regardless, really interesting trade and should be a fun one to follow. -Tony
  8. Not sure about the injury or the fit...But I was talking to a buddy about this, and I think Jones has a slight edge over AJ Green for the most impressive player I've seen since I've been in Georgia. Some of it might be scheme -- he gets moved around a lot, but still, he drew (and beat) double-teams in almost every big game they had the past couple seasons. Certainly depends on the combine and whose available, but I'd be happy to see him in Detroit.
  9. Tram and Lou with a slight edge over Fick and Weaver.
  10. Agreed...He's certainly a little more dry, but he reminded me of his older brother, who I enjoyed in interviews as well. -Tony
  11. Agreed...Though the two guys that really stood out in terms of possession (in addition to Bradley) were Williams and Zusi. I think this was more of a reflection of Equador than those guys. I buy Zusi on set pieces, and I think Williams is a good defensive midfielder, but I don't think they're players who can control and move the ball against better sides. Not that I think there's really a better solution out there. I agree...And it's scary looking at the pool that replaces our current back four. Packwood getting time at Birmingham City is encouraging for the future, and I think Lichaj is a slightly better alternative at left back than what we've had. Otherwise, there's not much I think they can do. Bocanegra was a good player for us for a long time, but the idea that at 33, he and Cameron (or Goodson) can reign in Mexico's strikers is crazy. And there just doesn't seem like a better option out there. Yep...I'm not a Klinsman fan, but at a minimum, that was a fun game to watch. At this point, I'll take that from U.S. Soccer. Looking forward to seeing the friendly...Hopefully we'll get a healthy Josh Gatt. -Tony
  12. Yeah -- most of what I've seen suggests Chandler is out. He must be hearing good things from Germany.
  13. Finally a fun game to watch...In addition to Bradley, Cherundulo and Dempsey, I thought Zusi looked really sharp with his crosses and set pieces. On the other hand, Cameron hasn't looked nearly as sharp as he did against Mexico (again), and it really worries me how much better a 33 year old Steve Cherundulo is than the rest of the guys we run out in our back four. -Tony
  14. I think this is spot on, but a couple points...(1) We have enough huge datasets with this information to be able to come up with some scalar that would at least be more useful that what we've been doing when trying to discuss a "rushed" prospect. (2) This is why I'd like to see more confidence intervals/range statistics in baseball stats. We know that (A) different factors lead to more/less variance and (B) that GMs' frequently make trades with the goal of reducing the variance around expected player performance. Yet we keep either throwing out this information or simply not reporting it. In most other avenues where stats like these are produced, the confidence interval is more interesting than the estimate itself. -Tony
  15. I don't think this has to be a scouts versus minor league numbers point...Age per level is an important statistic that needs to be given more attention.* It was something that was largely ignored by folks evaluating/projecting Jackson (or given just passing attention). I still can't believe there isn't a good way to scale numbers using age/level to get a more accurate read on how well a player performed. At a minimum, I would think this could be factored into confidence intervals around a player's projection. -Tony *I've seen some nice arguments that age per level per position might also be worth a look.
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