We’ve Got Ourselves a Game 7

We’re in the 4th inning of Game 7 of Rays-Red Sox ALCS and the Rays just tied it up on an Evan Longoria double.  So far, John Lester and Matt Garza have looked terrific.  Garza has only surrendered a first inning solo homer to Dustin Pedroia, and Lester has only given up a single to Akinori Iwamura and the Longoria double.  Both have struck out six.

This is what I want out of a Game 7, a pitcher’s duel.  Right now, both pitchers are really throwing well, so it’s going to come down to which pitcher makes the first mistake.  These are the games where heroes are made, not the ones that end 12-9.  Willy Aybar almost made himself the hero, but his fly ball hit off the top of the wall.  Now Dioner Navarro has an infield single and the Rays are in business.

Now Rocco Baldelli has singled home Aybar for the 2-1 lead. I’m pulling for the Rays; the Red Sox have gotten old, I’m ready for a fresh team in the Series and there’s no one more fresh than the Rays.  I may update this throughout the game if something strikes me…like the kid they just showed in the Redskins jersey.  What’s he thinking?  Red Sox, Rays, Redskins?  Give the tickets to someone who cares.

Update:  Rays win.  Matt Garza is the MVP.  World Series starts on Wednesday night in Tampa Bay.  Interesting to see Joe Maddon stick with rookie David Price to close out the game, but hey, it worked well.

2008 NFL Power Rankings (Week 6)

Okay, I realized it’s a little last minute, but I am getting this done before the first games kick off this week so it still counts. Plus I did say that I would put these up. But since these are late anyhow, I decided to have a little bit of fun with them, just to mix it up a bit. So instead of going through and deciding who should be ranked where, I simply made a formula to determine the rankings for me. This formula is by no means perfect, but I did find that it has the teams ranked at least close to where I would have ranked them on my own. The formula isn’t too terribly complex, but it’s complex enough that I don’t really feel like explaining it, so as an alternative I will just tell you that the three main components are win percentage, point differential (on a per game average), and a compilation of multiple professional power ranking. In the end, my formula gave me a “score” for each team and then I ranked them based on those points. Like I said, this formula isn’t perfect, the point scale won’t make a whole lot of since to anybody, so don’t put too much thought into it. I don’t think that the Titans are three times better than the Giants, these are just the numbers that the formula spit out. There are some things that I definitely want to change for future use of this formula, but for now I give you this:

Rank LW Team W L Win % PD/G Avg Rnk Score
1 2 Tennessee 5 0 1.00 11.80 1.19 2720.00
2 1 NY Giants 4 1 0.80 11.40 2.63 972.19
3 7 Pittsburgh 4 1 0.80 4.80 2.75 736.00
4 3 Buffalo 4 1 0.80 4.40 5.38 370.60
5 12 Washington 4 2 0.67 1.50 6.56 223.49
6 8 Tampa Bay 4 2 0.67 7.33 8.69 213.59
7 4 Dallas 4 2 0.67 5.67 8.31 209.86
8 20 Arizona 4 2 0.67 5.50 9.63 180.09
9 17 Indianapolis 3 2 0.60 3.40 8.13 176.49
10 11 Carolina 4 2 0.67 3.33 10.50 151.32
11 14 Denver 4 2 0.67 2.00 11.69 128.34
12 6 San Diego 3 3 0.50 6.50 11.31 119.34
13 5 Philadelphia 3 3 0.50 7.33 13.00 107.05
14 25 Atlanta 4 2 0.67 2.00 14.38 104.35
15 19 NY Jets 3 2 0.60 2.20 15.31 88.95
16 9 New Orleans 3 3 0.50 6.50 16.69 80.90
17 16 Jacksonville 3 3 0.50 -0.67 13.31 74.49
18 15 Chicago 3 3 0.50 6.50 18.38 73.47
19 10 Green Bay 3 3 0.50 2.50 18.69 61.54
20 18 New England 3 2 0.60 -4.00 16.13 61.40
21 21 Minnesota 3 3 0.50 -1.00 19.94 48.90
22 24 Miami 2 3 0.40 0.80 23.25 36.65
23 13 Baltimore 2 3 0.40 -1.80 22.13 33.81
24 26 Cleveland 2 3 0.40 -2.20 22.31 32.81
25 23 San Francisco 2 4 0.33 -4.33 27.00 19.96
26 27 Houston 1 4 0.20 -9.20 25.63 8.82
27 22 Seattle 1 4 0.20 -10.20 25.81 7.98
28 28 Oakland 1 4 0.20 -10.80 28.88 6.72
29 29 Kansas City 1 4 0.20 -13.20 29.81 4.90
30 30 Cincinnati 0 6 0.00 -9.33 30.38 0.37
31 31 Detroit 0 5 0.00 -16.60 31.63 0.12
32 32 St. Louis 1 4 0.20 -20.40 28.63 0.07

Legend: W-Wins, L-Losses, PD/G- Point Differential per Game, Score-The number my formula gave me for each team.

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