Sabermetric glossary

2 02 2012

Just in case you read my post about OPEQ and didn’t understand some of the stats I used, here is my own personal “glossary.” All of the following information (and all due credit) goes to Wikipedia as well as Fangraphs.com, which is a really amazing website. In addition, all the statistics that I use in calculating OPEQ come from Fangraphs and Baseball-Reference.com.

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You can check out my post on OPEQ here, http://thatgingermatt.wordpress.com/2012/02/01/overall-player-efficiency-quotient-a-new-sabermetric/. Like always, feedback helps me immensely.





Overall Player Efficiency Quotient… A New Sabermetric?

1 02 2012

Because I use my time wisely, I spent today developing a sabermetric that could possibly rate a player’s effectiveness in a way that is easy to understand. I’d love feedback on whether or not this makes sense. Here goes nothing…

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Again, this was just an idea I had and developed today. Feedback would be great! Thanks





Top 10: Reasons why Harry Potter totally sux.

25 07 2011

Ok every1, theres something that i need 2 talk about. Sum of my friends like this Harry Potter crap, and i just dont get it. It’s so gay! I mean come on, a wizard who runs around with some faggy Ginger, what a FAG! Like siriusly, do people actualy like this stuff! LOL! I’ve watched like 3 of thses dumb movies, and i cnat believe there sirius. Since im like a riter and stuff (LOL) i decided i would rite a top 10 reasons why Harry potter is super gay and only fags and stuff like him.

10. He wears glasses. Nerd!

LIKE SIRIUSLY! who wants to watch some 4 eye fag run around and try to beat up bad guys! LOL! Why doesnt Voldtermore or however you spell it just break his glasses LOL!

9. He plays with elfs and gay stuff

IN one of the Harry fag-er movies i watched he was sitting on his bed and he was talking to some gay elve thing named Dobie or something gay and it was really dumb and gay . Like, why dont they at least try to make it a little relistic or somthing, because elfs and stuff dont just show up in ppls bedrooms!!!!!

8. It’s a total ripoff of LOTR lol.

Did Jk rolling just like watch Lord of the Rings and say hey i could make a super lame book based off of these amazing movies? Cuz thats what it looks like LOL!!! 2 bad Lord of the rings wasnt a book and is a movie, becuz i would totally read it. Unless it was 2 long or something like that LOL.

7. It’s satanic! Duh!

I’m a christian, and everyone at my church says that Harry potter is really bad and should be burned and the only time a christian should even touch it is if there going to burn it lol. I havnt readed the books, but every1 says that it teaches kids to practice wiccan and that is just not cool at all. every1 should be a christian and not read harry potter or at least be a muslim or a jew and not follow some stupid satin harry potter religon lol.

6. Voldtermore isnt even that evel

Ok why is it that every1 in harry potter land wont say voldtermorts name but he couldnt even kill a baby LOL!!! if he’s suposed to be like a dark lord of something, than why didnt he just throw the stupid baby out of the window and save us all the time and money wasted on the supid wizard! lolz. roflcopter.

4. It’s British

Ok. if there’s one thing i hate more than harry potter it haz to be when stupid british riters make all kinds of money doing stupid stuff like harry potter and a tail of 2 citys. like, no british book has ever even been good. why cant british riters learn to rite good stuff like a fairwell to arms. that was a fiction book but it was american and wasnt sum stupid gay dumb harry potter!!!

4. JK Rolling isn’t even a good riter

where did she go to writing colege? thats what i want to know. like did any1 ever tell her that no one cares about some stupid wizard gay faggot? maybe she should write a real book like twilight or something. twilight is ficiton and is like harry potter but at least the charactors are cool and not gingers and arent ugly! steffinie meyer FTW!

3. He’s gay

This one goes without saying lol! for all intensive purposes he is just a homo and him and ron weazley are gay together! maybe him and malfoy should just hook up now and get it over with! This is just a nother example of why harry potter is bad for kids because it teaches kids to be gay which is against the bible and against god.

2. They make a nue movie like every other month!

this 1 really bugs me because its like jk rolling and the movie ppl only cares about money! theres more important things then money ya know!!!!!! like religin and real life stuff like sports and work. maybe if they focused on this stuff and not making crappy movies than the world would be a better place lol because there wouldnt be a harry potter and then they’d be focusing on more important stuff.

1. READING SUX AND IS 4 NERDS!

LOL WHO READS REALLY! PPL ONLY READ IN SCHOOL BECAUSE ITS GAY AND FOR NERDZ AND PPL WHO CANT EVEN GET A DATE LOL! GO AHEAD AND READ YOUr books because im gonna go out and half a lIFE LOL! I HAVE A GIRLFRIEND FOR LIKE 2 MONTHS AND I DIDNT GET IT READING DUMB GAY BOOKS! As soon as ppl realise that books are dumb, and harry potter is gay, there will be less lame ppl and more of the kind of ppl i want to hang out with lol!!!!

 





One hour exposès: The real Craigslist

21 07 2011

What follows is the result of spending one hour and thirty-five minutes on Craigslist. I swear to God all of this is real and copied word for word from Craigslist. I have nothing to gain by making any of this up. Viewer discretion is advised… You have been warned.

UGLY MEAN CAT—–FREE- LOU IS A MEAN CAT. SHE WILL PROBABLY BITE AND SCRATCH YOU. SHE WILL PEE ON YOUR CARPET. SHE WILL NOT GO OUT OF HOUSE. SHE IS SPAYED. SHE HAS TO GO TO NEW OWNERS.

Looking to unload in you- I just wanna meet up fill ya up and disappear. I have a gf so lets be discreet. Put fill me up as the email subject and send a pic please. If ya want leave your number so I can get hold of ya too

Chatty Unusual Gal with no pants on crossing Moravia Rd yesterday- You: 30-ish woman with nothing on but long shirt with your ass out, crossing Moravia Rd at Moravia Park Dr., with a weave weft of curly blond hair pinned to the back of your hair, making a face like you were getting away with murder, with your ass out, maybe enjoying drugs?

Us: Horny hippy metalhead couple (long curly red hair, long curly grey hair) sitting in a beautiful 1999 green Subaru Impreza, on the way to the VFW in Rosedale to sing Karaoke with Mom and Dad and eat funnel cakes
Did we share something real?

I GOT SOMEONES DEAD GRANDMOTHER IN URN- SHE WAS IN A STORAGE LOCKER NONE OF HER FAMILY WANT HER, SO IM OFFERING HER TO YOU AT A DISCOUNT PRICE, ASHES ARE STARTING TO LEAK FROM BOTTOM, I DID DROP HER,

I ALSO GOT HER PHOTOS
SHE WAS APROX 67 YEARS OLD, 170 POUNDS, 5’7
THIS MIGHT BE THE BEST PIECE OF ASH YOULL EVER GET
I GOT TO DO SOMETHING WITH HER NO FUNERAL HOME WILL TAKE HER,
THIS WILL BE GREAT FOR HALLOWEEN
SHE IS IN A BLACK URN APROX 10″ HIGH X 5 X 5 WITH BRASS PRAYING HANDS
GREAT PIECE FOR YOUR MANTAL
YES YOU CAN SELL ANYTHING DEAD AS LONG AS YOU DIDNT KILL THEM
A FRIEND OF MINE JUST SOLD A SKULL ON E-BAY

FREE TOYS AND TOILET-FREE TOYS TO PICK UP.

FREE TOILET FROM REMOLDELING HOME TO PICK UP.

Free clean dirt- I have approximately a 20′Lx14′Wx4′H of CLEAN DIRT FOR FREE. You pick up and haul. CALL ***-***-**** ASK FOR MIKE

Lookin for the Fat and or Desperate- Hi, my name is ***** 29 6’4″ black male. Ima nice guy with passion and frustration built up. Im open minded, down to earth and horny lol. Im clean, safe and a little freaky. Im looking for a woman for Adult Fun, Sex. No games or BS. Put “Horny” in the subject so i know you are real. Im at home bored so the sooner the better.

Sat next to you in the Harry Potter movie..- I sat next to you in the new Deathly Hallows movie.. You were looking mighty sexy. We shared the second row together, it was like everyone else in the theatre knew that was our row and didn’t want to sit there.. I wanted so bad to get a tub of popcorn and cut a hole in the bottom..

What you just read were only a few of the disturbing things I found on Craigslist, most of which were far too vulgar to post on my blog, which is saying something considering the ones I did post. I can firmly say that some of the things I read in the “casual encounters” section were far beyond disturbing, and borderline traumatizing. Don’t believe me? Check it out on your own, but preferably not in front of polite company. All I can say from this is that I learned one important fact: if you’re a woman jogging, every guy you pass wants to have sex with you. Inversely, if you’re a man with a six pack which you generally expose, finding a date for the evening shouldn’t be much of a problem. Oh the human mind… It’s a sick thing, and Craigslist confirms it.





Photos of the day: Sam Shields’ new ink, a look at some other athlete “masterpieces”

20 07 2011

It seems as though a lockout does crazy things to the human psyche…

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Apparently the ongoing NFL lockout isn’t stopping all of the Green Bay Packers from getting their championship rings. Sam Shields, Green Bay cornerback is now sporting a reminder of the Packers 2011 championship; a reminder of the permanent variety. Now i’m no fan of tattoos (especially this one) but they are steadily becoming a party of the culture that surrounds professional sports. In today’s day and age, one would be hard pressed to go to a sporting event and not see some ink on the arm of an athlete. I’m not anti-tattoo, but this one seems a little over the top, especially considering the fact that if Shields ever regresses to… let’s say less than football shape, that “G” is going to look like a blob the size of Green Bay.

What do you think of Shields’ new ink? Leave me a comment, and while you’re at it, check out these other athletes that sport outlandish and bizarre tattoos.

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(From left: Dennis Rodman, Chris “Birdman” Andersen, Mike Tyson)





Satire Saturday: Pittsburgh Pirates face child labor lawsuit.

16 07 2011

Despite entering the All Star break with their best record in recent memory, the Pittsburgh Pirates may find their stellar 2011 season in jeopardy. Due to the recent discovery of birth certificates and other legal documents, the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball club has been accused of employing several minors illegally.

“We were simply doing some mandatory background checks, standard stuff really, when we came across something very curious.” said MLB documentation specialist Chaz Sheffield. “While I was going over the birth certificates of several players under contract, I found that an alarming number of Pirates were under the age of 16.” Sheffield continued.

The players in question, pitcher Paul Maholm and outfielder Alex Presley, were proven to be well under the age of 16, which therefore not only breached the terms of their contracts, but also put Pittsburgh in violation of Pennsylvania’s strict child labor laws. In Pennsylvania, children under the age of 18 are permitted to work, but only with the proper paperwork, which is distributed by the minor’s respective school district.

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Alex Presley (left) and Paul Maholm, the accused underage players.

“It wasn’t hard to see that they [The Pirates] were both trying to take a shortcut in their player development and blatantly disregarding the law. It’s a shame, but it happens far more often than you might think.” Sheffield added.

Not only was the necessary documentation non-existant, but both players were in violation of the MLB’s age requirement of 18, further breaching their respective contracts. This is the first major age violation scandal in the MLB since the infamous “Julio Franco affair” of 2008, in which Franco was publicly revealed as being 89 years old, and subsequently euthanized at the executive order of MLB commissioner Bud Selig.

No charges have yet been filed against the Pirates, but Maholm and Presley have both been removed from the 40 man roster. In related moves, the Pirates have promoted former first baseman Sid Bream as well as pitcher Ian Snell to fill in the empty spots in the roster.

Pittsburgh Pirates’ manager Clint Hurdle refused comment on behalf of Maholm and Presley, citing that they were unable to provide a statement as it was time for their afternoon nap.





The ten (previously) unwritten rules of Facebook

13 07 2011

In this day and age, just about everyone is on some form of a social networking site. With the brutal, public death of Myspace and the underuse of Twitter (at least in my area), Facebook stands tall as the king of social media. All thanks to Mark Zuckerburg, I now have the distinct privilege of knowing the exactly what everyone I know is doing, as they are doing it. Though Facebook can be a great way to get together with friends, there are several ways that people can ruin it for everyone else… or at least ruin it for all of their “friends”. It is because of this that I am proud to present the ten unwritten rules of Facebook. If everyone would just take these ten suggestions to heart, Facebook would be a much happier place for us all. Without any further delay, let’s begin.

Number 10: Take the term “friend” very lightly

Sure, the point of a social network is to be, well, social, but being friends with someone online and friends in the real world are two different things. I know people that have upwards of 1000 Facebook friends, but have never even met or talked to many of them. Personally, I have 35 Facebook friends at the moment, and I’ve had Facebook for around three years (other than a two month hiatus… long story…). It’s not that I people won’t add me or anything, it’s simply the fact that after I graduated high school, I decided I was going to go through my friends list and delete everyone that I felt as though I wouldn’t talk to on the internet. In the end, I went from several hundred all the way down to 35. I still keep in touch with many of the people I “unfriended” in real life, but they weren’t exactly essential to my Facebook experience. All in all, just remember, a friend request is a lot different than a real friendship.

Number 9: Don’t set a profile picture that you wouldn’t want your grandmother to see.

This is a very important one, because ones profile picture is the first thing that people see when they look someone up. Honestly, if I’m considering adding you, and your profile picture is of you holding a red plastic beer cup and whipping the finger, I’m probably going to think again. Particularly with the amount of parents, grandparents, etc. that are now on Facebook, I’m sure the last thing you want your mother to see is her son or daughter smoking a joint around a camp fire. This isn’t to say that everyone’s profile pic should be completely G rated, but seriously, I’d rather see you do a kegstand in real life than in a thumbnail picture.

Number 8: Don’t set a depressing status in the hopes of getting some attention

Statuses like this are just sad, and not sad in the sense of people feeling bad for you. I really don’t have a whole lot to say on the subject, other than crying for help on the internet is a terrible way to go about ones problems. If it’s really that bad, talk to someone, don’t wait for someone to ask you about it.

Number 7: Song lyric statuses are a good way to make people hate you

If I had a nickel for every time I’ve seen the status, “Can we pretend that airplanes in the night sky are like shooting stars, I could really use a wish right now,” I would be writing this from my summer home in Beverly Hills rather than in my bedroom in Pennsylvania. Come on people, I like the song “Forever” as much as the next guy, but you don’t see me telling everyone that “like a sprained ankle, boy, I ain’t nothin’ to play with.” Yeah, we all get it, you have an iTunes account and a gift card you got for your birthday, no need to share what you listen to with everyone else, because honestly, I couldn’t care less about seemingly deep song lyrics that vaguely apply to a situation in your life. And for the love of God, no more Bruno Mars!

Number 6: If someone doesn’t IM you back, there’s probably a good reason

I was talking to a friend of mine a few weeks back, and when we came to the subject of Facebook, he told me about this girl that IMs him several times on a daily basis, only saying “Hey”, “Sup”, or “I’m bored”. Let’s be honest, Facebook may be a great place for existing friendships, but it’s a terrible place to meet new people, especially through the chat feature. If you are the person sending these unanswered messages, maybe it’s time to think about why no one wants to talk to you. Who knows, maybe it’s because you’re lonely, so you set depressing statuses all the time.

Number 5: Liking a comment is NOT an appropriate way to end a conversation

Again, I don’t have a whole lot to say on this one, other than that it’s extremely aggravating trying to have a conversation, and after your last comment, you get a little notification that says “John Stossle likes your comment”, and nothing comes afterward. At least have the decency to end the conversation with words, rather than simply liking a comment. It’s basic conversational etiquette.

Number 4: For the love of God, don’t add your parents as friends if you have something you don’t want them to see!

Remember earlier when I said not to set a profile pic you wouldn’t want your grandmother to see? Statuses can be equally as dangerous, but luckily, there is a simple remedy. I’m going to give all of you an insider secret… Are you ready? If you don’t want a family member to see something on Facebook that you really want to post, don’t accept their friend request. Woah, mindblowing stuff right there.

Number 3: Remember some basic philosophies when uploading pictures.

Number three on my list is actually three separates rules in one. It’s a rule within a rule within a rule, basically it’s the Inception of Facebook guidelines.

Rule 3A: Girls, if your picture is of you holding your cell phone up to a mirror, then well, there’s no hope for you.

Rule 3B: Guys, if your picture is of you holding your cell phone up to a mirror, then well, there’s no hope for you.

Rule 3C: Girls and Guys, if your picture is of you making out with your significant other, then well, there’s no hope for you.

Number 2: Facebook fights solve nothing, other than the boredom of the people outside of the fight.

Facebook fights, we’ve all seen them, and truthfully, they’re one of the biggest reasons why I still have Facebook today. Nothing is better than watching a fight unfold on the internet, there’s just something magical about it. I once saw a quote about internet altercations, and I think it’s one of the most painfully honest things I’ve ever read. It went something like this: “Fighting on the internet is a lot like competing in the Special Olympics, even if you win, you’re still retarded.” That pretty much says it all?

Number 1: NEVER under any circumstance leave your profile logged in at a friends house!

Here we are, the golden rule of Facebook: never allow anyone unmonitored access to your profile. Doing so is easily the best way possible to let the whole world know that not only do you “like” gay men, rainbows, and Richard Simmons, but you also are looking for some hot asians in the area. You may not have the desire to talk to that creepy kid in your math class, but rest assured, if you leave your profile logged in, “you” will surely have a lengthy, intimate conversation with that same kid. Not to mention, your profile picture will most likely be changed to one photoshopped of you offering small children candy in exchange for getting in your white van.

There you have it, ten of possibly the most important guidelines for Facebook you will ever read. Like I said earlier, Facebook is a great tool, so w   hy not use it in a way that will make it more friendly for everyone you interact with. Finally, and most importantly, I’ll leave you with this thought. Even though this didn’t make it into the rule, it doesn’t make it any less true: guys, when a girl likes your status, it does not mean she wants to hook up with you.








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