NFL Mock Draft

Everyone and their mother does mock drafts these days. Here’s mine. 1 Jaguars Travon Walker, Edge, Georgia 2 Lions Aidan Hutchinson, Edge, Michigan 3 Texans Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU 4 Jets Sauce Gardner, CB, Cincinnati 5 Giants Charles Cross, OT, Miss St. 6 Panthers Ikem Ekwonu, OT, NC State 7 Giants Kayvon Thibodeaux, Edge, Oregon 8 Falcons Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio St 9 Seahawks Evan Neal, OT, Alabama 10 Jets Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama 11 Commanders Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame 12 Vikings Drake London, WR, USC 13 Texans Jermaine Johnson, Edge, Florida St. 14 Ravens Jordan Davis, DT, … Continue reading NFL Mock Draft

2022 NFL Draft Bets

There was a long time I completely nerded out on the NFL draft. I was in a dynasty league that required it to be competitive. Since that league folded a few years back, coupled with years of ineptitude by Raiders’ drafters, I don’t dive all in on the draft as much as I use to. But that doesn’t stop me from firing bets off. Where would be the fun in that. I won’t have time to break down these, but did want to post my running log of NFL draft bets. These have been placed over the last couple of … Continue reading 2022 NFL Draft Bets

Mike Trout Watch: HOF WAR

One of the things I like to do every year near baseball’s opening day is take a look at where Angels outfielder Mike Trout is on the career WAR list (Baseball-Reference). He currently sits at 76.1. Trout is coming off an injury year, which combined with the shortened 2020 means he has “only” added 3.6 WAR over the last two seasons. Before that, his worst year was 6.9. So, last year, Trout passed Hall-of-Famers Paul Molitor, Old Hoss Radbourn and Sam Crawford. Up next in the pecking order, among hall-of-famers. These are all within reach with an Average Trout year. … Continue reading Mike Trout Watch: HOF WAR

Dunk City, Nine Years Ago Today

It was nine years ago today the world met Dunk City. 2013. Florida Gulf Coast University took the world by storm in the first two rounds of March Madness, knocking off Georgetown and San Diego St. as a 15-seed. And they did it in electrifying fashion. This year’s Sweet 16 has another 15-seed in the St. Peter’s Peacocks, but they did it in an entirely different fashion. Because very few could match Dunk City’s high-flying act. Seriously. Someone made a clip of all the dunks, because the internet is undefeated. Yes, I just watched it twice. You should too. I … Continue reading Dunk City, Nine Years Ago Today

This Is (March) Madness

I sit here staring at spreadsheets, brackets, survivor strategies…all of it. I’ve been on a nonstop podcast binge of nothing but college basketball and gambling. All listened to at 2x speed. I’m the guy who can tell you the exact expected win percentages of every team in the NCAA men’s bracket, for every round, based off an algorithm using both advanced analytics and human polling, factoring in travel distance even. I’m the guy who can tell you the point spread, within a point or two, of just about every potential matchup before the spreads are released. I’m the guy who … Continue reading This Is (March) Madness

College Basketball Power Ratings: The Field Of 68

The field is set. All 68 teams know their matchups. So, here are the IAW power ratings for all of the teams who saw their names called tonight. 1 Gonzaga Zags 100.0 2 Arizona Wildcats 95.9 3 Houston Cougars 94.9 4 Kansas Jayhawks 94.4 5 Tennessee Volunteers 94.4 6 Kentucky Wildcats 94.3 7 Baylor Bears 94.1 8 Iowa Hawkeyes 93.5 9 Auburn Tigers 93.2 10 Texas Tech Red Raiders 93.0 11 Duke Blue Devils 92.9 12 UCLA Bruins 92.9 13 Purdue Boilermakers 92.6 14 Villanova Wildcats 92.2 15 Illinois Illini 90.2 16 Arkansas Razorbacks 89.7 17 Connecticut Huskies 89.4 18 … Continue reading College Basketball Power Ratings: The Field Of 68

College Basketball Power Ratings

With conference tournament weekends in full swing, I’m finally getting to some power ratings for men’s college basketball. To recap, the are spread equalized. So to figure a spread, subtract one team’s power rating from the another and then adjust for any home court, which won’t be often from this point on. Starting with a top 40 today. I will circle back around next week with an update for the tournament field. 1 Gonzaga Zags 100.0 2 Arizona Wildcats 95.1 3 Kentucky Wildcats 95.1 4 Houston Cougars 94.3 5 Duke Blue Devils 94.1 6 Baylor Bears 94.1 7 Iowa Hawkeyes … Continue reading College Basketball Power Ratings