Saturday, March 26, 2011

Organizational Rankings

You may have recently come across this at  Basically, the Fangraphs writers were asked to rank each major league organization according to four factors.  The resulting  organizational rankings are being posted at Fangraphs (they’re halfway through as I write this.

I saw this as an opportunity to rank the organizations myself and then see how my rankings compared to those of the Fangraphs team of experts.

The four factors used to determine the rankings are (with their weighted value in parentheses):

Friday, March 18, 2011

NBR: The Best of the 00’s (Film)

I’ve spent a lot of time preparing my article on the best baseball players of the 2000’s (2000-2009).  I’ve put a lot of time and thought into it, so it’s taken me longer than I expected.  Then I got the idea to list the best films of the 2000’s.  It didn’t take nearly as long as I expected and was fun to put together.

I’ll start by naming my favorites by genre, and then I’ll finish with the best acting performances of the decade.  The following is based solely on my opinion, of course.  Keep in mind that I haven’t seen everything, even including some really notable films that everyone ELSE has seen, but I haven’t gotten around to yet.  Feel free to leave a comment if you wish to dispute my rankings.

The Best Action/Adventure Films:

#5:  The Dark Knight

This was as nasty and brutish as anything Thomas Hobbes could have envisioned.  It was also pretty brilliant.  I only had a few problems with it, notably the fact that it was crammed with a little too much plot.  But Heath Ledger was an inspiration.  I doubt he would have won the Oscar had he survived, but in any case I think he deserved it. 

#4:  Iron Man

I really don’t know what to say about Iron Man that hasn’t been said.  Every bit of it was just a good movie, superhero or not.  You can’t say that about many “franchise” movies.

#3:  Kill Bill Vol. 1

Monday, March 14, 2011

2011 MLB Predictions


Boston Red Sox (96-66)

New York Yankees* (91-71)

Tampa Bay Rays (87-75)

Toronto Blue Jays (78-84)

Baltimore Orioles (78-84)