Thursday, May 26, 2016

Top 5 - John Wayne Movies

Today would have been the Duke's 109th birthday. here are what I consider his top 5 movies.

1. True Grit
2. The Quiet Man
3. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
4. Red River
5. (tie) Rooster Cogburn (tie) She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Linky Links

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- TD Bank getting rid of it's coin counting machines. On a related item - it's time to discontinue the penny.

- How to make a cheese ball machine gun out of a leaf blower. When you see it - most guys will want one. But once you have it - you'd probably use it just once or twice.

- Heh heh - Alien as retold from the cat's perspective

- Gary Johnson up to 10% in Fox News Poll. Just getting started!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Linky Links

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- On this day in history

- What happens when you swallow your gum? You know you've asked yourself this question.

- Take it off! Take it all off!

- Forrest bathing? I try to take a walk, a trek or a hike an hour each day. Who knew I was at the forefront of a new movement?

- Is Carlos Beltran really a Hall of Fame player? My immediate reaction is if Dwight Evans isn't in then Beltran doesn't belong but I may have to give this more thought.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Player Comparison - Yaz vs Ortiz

Some attention whores in Boston like to declare that David Ortiz was a more impactful or better hitter than Ted Williams but until someone says about Ortiz, "there goes the best hitter that ever lived" I'm not playing that game. However, I was curious about how Ortiz compares to Captain Carl - Carl Yastrzemski.

Player A - 2291 G/ 1360 R/ 513 HR/ 1674 RBI/ .285 BA/ .928 OPS/ 140 OPS+
Player B - 3308 G/ 1816 R/ 452 HR/ 1844 RBI/ .285 BA/ .841 OPS/ 130 OPS+

Ortiz is Player A and Yaz is Player B. Very close - very close indeed. The numbers get even more interesting if you just drop the last 3-years of Yaz's career.  That would give each player 20-years of MLB service. Yaz would then have a better BA and be 8 RBI ahead of Ortiz (for now). It is true that Yaz did win an MVP but surprisingly Ortiz had more Top 5 MVP finishes (5 to 2 for Yaz). Ortiz would appear to be the better slugger but surprisingly Ortiz never led the league in slugging (something Yaz did 3-times).

Yaz should get the nod as the better all-around player with 7 Gold Gloves as an outfielder and 164 stolen bases to Ortiz's 16. However, are those factors outweighed or at least equaled by Ortiz's postseason heroics? But even there surprisingly Yaz had a better postseason OPS (1.047 to Ortiz's .964) but in just 17 games versus 82 for Ortiz.

Very close - very close indeed!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Linky Links

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- The last cast member of Casablanca passes away

- Larry Fitzgerald keeps his promise to his mom and gets his degree. Great story but being a cynical sort I had two immediate thoughts; University of Phoenix? Does that really count? Also - why no mention of his dad?

- The argument against killing all mosquitoes

- Fantastic advice

- Yesterday was Rob Gronkowski's birthday - here's why Patriots fans idolize him