Thursday, September 29, 2011

Corn maze for blondes

Adam Dunn: Lowest batting average in baseball history

Adam Dunn of the White Sox had a season to forget. He hit just .159, but didn't play in the White Sox final game and finished with 496 plate appearances. The post-1900 record low among qualifiers was set by Rob Deer at .179 in 1991. His 496 plate appearances is six short of the required 501 needed to qualify for the worst batting average ever.

However, an official MLB rules states the following:

From 1967 to the present, if the player with the highest average in a league fails to meet the minimum plate-appearance requirement, the remaining at-bats until qualification (e.g., 5 ABs, if the player finished the season with 497 plate appearances) are hypothetically considered hitless at-bats; if his recalculated batting average still tops the league, he is awarded the title. (This policy was invoked in 1981, securing Bill Madlock his third NL batting crown, and in 1996, when NL titlist Tony Gwynn finished the year with only 498 PAs.)
Using this logic, Dunn goes from 66 for 415 to 72 for 421 which calculates out to a .173 batting average thus giving him a season that will go down as one of the worst in history.

Dunn finished the 2011 season ranked 14th all-time in strikeouts with 1,809. He likely won't be able to reach Reggie Jackson's record of 2,597, though. He is signed through 2014 and surely won't be around after that assuming he even finishes out his contract. Dunn might be a buy low candidate for a team like the Royals.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Bridesmaids extended argument scene with Kristen Wiig and a teenager

Hilarious clip from Bridemaids where Kristen Wiig's character Annie argues with a teenager about nearly everything.

Floyd Mayweather and Victor Ortiz fight video

Check out how Floyd Mayweather knocked out Victor Ortiz. Click on the picture.

Here is Joe Posnanski's description:
This was a much-hyped fight in an era where few boxing matches break through the sports filter. Mayweather has never lost a fight but he apparently has never gotten his due for various reasons that are too complicated to get into here. Ortiz was welterweight champion under under one organization or another, though it is probably true that YOU are champion of some weight class and just haven't been told yet. There was a lot of effort to make this fight sound competitive, though people who know about boxing generally suggested that Ortiz wasn't in Mayweather's class. The only real mystery involved Mayweather, who had not fought in more than a year, still had his boxing skills. The gamblers thought so: Mayweather consistently stayed as an 8-to-1 favorite.
I did not pay the $483,439,268 dollars to get the fight on pay-per-view, but best I can tell from reports and discussion it went more or less according to plan. Mayweather battered Ortiz for three rounds, outclassed him, and even though the crowd was decidedly pro Ortiz, there was little to cheer. Then, in the fourth round, Ortiz had his first (and it turns out, only) moment of glory when he pinned Mayweather against the ropes, banged away, and this ended up, according to our own Bryan Armen Graham, "whipping the crowd into the white-noise wall of sound only championship fights can produce." 
But it was the end of that round where everything broke down. Ortiz -- and I don't want to assign motivation here because we can't know really anyone's motivation, but frustration seems as likely as anything -- shoved Mayweather in to ropes and deliberately head butted him. The irrepressible referee Joe Cortez, who I believe has refereed every single fight of the last 20 years that Mills Lane could not attend, stopped the fight to give Mayweather a moment to recover and to take a point away from Ortiz. At that point Ortiz -- who was either mortified by what he had done or wanted everyone to think so -- went in to hug Mayweather and kiss him on the cheek. And in the next instant, they touched gloves, but Ortiz seemed to be waiting for Cortez to restart the fight. Mayweather did not wait. He crushed Ortiz with a left and then followed with a savage right that left Ortiz on the canvas for a long time after the fight was over and Mayweather was declared the new champion. All the while, the crowd screamed.
There has already been a lot of talk about it, about Mayweather breaking the bonds of sportsmanship, about Ortiz forgetting boxing's first rule (protect yourself at all times), about Cortez taking his eye off the ball. I don't think there's much really to be learned about life in all of that. But I have to say, this whole thing kind of cracks me up. Think about the absurdity of it all. Two men hit each other over and over again for sport. This is fine. They hit each other again and again for the roar of the crowd that smells blood and, in its exuberance, all apologies to Bryan, can create a white-wall of sound that probably was also produced by fights between Christians and lions. This too is fine. Then, one of the two men purposely cracks the other with a head butt. This is not fine, but the man is punished for this indiscretion with the removal of a point so it's all even. The culprit accepts this one-point punishment as just deserts and offers a hug and a kiss as an apology. The two men then touch gloves and the man who was head butted bashes the other in the face so hard that he cannot get up for a long time.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Chad Ochocinco - is the Patriots stage too big for him?

Peter King says this:
Revelation of the day, bad: Starting to wonder if Chad Ochocinco has Steve Sax or Chuck Knoblauch disease. When I saw the Patriots in practice this summer -- one practice -- Ochocinco dropped three easy catches. He had a bad one in the opener at Miami. And Sunday, in Buffalo, Tom Brady laid a touchdown right in his hands late in the game. Couldn't have thrown a more perfect ball. Doink. Another drop. What is it with this guy? Stage too big for him after playing a career in nowhereland?

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Bengals' Jerome Simpson And Anthony Collins busted for Marijuana Shipment

Cincinnati Bengals idiots teammates Jerome Simpson and Anthony Collins, both 25, were at Simpson's home in Crestview Hills, Ky., yesterday when a package allegedly containing 2.5 pounds of marijuana arrived at the house in what authorities called a controlled delivery.


Check it out here.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Bengals’ Marvin Lewis Fails on Fourth Down

This article thinks that Marvin Lewis failed on fourth down against the Broncos. Sounds about right to me.


Don Marco..... The Master Crayola Artist
Don Marco was born in Northern Minnesota in the late 1920's. His interest in art was evident even before starting school. As a young adult in the Army Air Corp, he began his life's career in Air Traffic Control, which continued until his retirement from Honolulu International Airport in 1973.  Much Of his spare time was spent as a professional artist.

Before retirement, Don started developing a technique to create fine art, using Crayola Crayons. Shortly after retiring, he published his first print. Living in Southern California, his work was in demand, including commissions from Mr. Burt Reynolds and a one-man show at his Dinner Theater in Florida.

Hard to imagine these are done with crayons!!!


 John Wayne


 Chief Red Wing

 Catch of the day

 Black Eagle

 Bear Bull

 End of the Day


 High Country Morning

 James Arness

 Mountain Man

 Sioux Warrior


 Tom Selleck

 Navajo Meeting


Burt Reynolds

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Bengals 27, Browns 17 - wrapup

Bengals 27, Browns 17

It came in a losing effort, but worth noting was the stellar performance of Browns second-year cornerback Joe Haden. He seems to be the A.F.C.’s next superstar. The No. 7 overall pick from a year ago, he shut out No. 4 overall pick A.J. Green (not counting the 44-yard touchdown that Green scored after the Bengals snapped the ball when the Browns’ D was still milling about in a huddle). Haden has rare agility; he changes directions like a fish, even out of a backpedal.

Bengals O vs. Browns D
It’s hard to believe that Cedric Benson had 121 yards rushing. That was a product of a high volume of carries. Benson played well, the left side of the offensive line got movement, but there was never the sense that the Bengals were dominating on the ground. Credit Jay Gruden for running the offense through Benson. Andy Dalton was good in his one half of work. He had enough time and space in the pocket to pitch a tent. He was extremely accurate. Tight end Jermaine Gresham was Cincy’s go-to guy. The Bengals designed several nice plays for him that forced the safeties and linebackers to make tough decisions in zone coverage. The Browns needed more of a pass-rush outside. Lastly, left cornerback Joe Haden was absolutely fabulous.

Browns O vs. Bengals D
The lack of explosiveness of the Browns’ passing attack became evident, especially late in the fourth quarter when they had to run the hurry-up. The Browns manipulated McCoy’s reads by having all of his downfield throws in the first half come from a moving pocket (usually off play-action). This tactic is common with young quarterbacks; it slices the field in half and makes for defined reads. But it’s a limiting tactic over all. The Bengals had good activity from their front four. Both corners played well (Leon Hall especially), and safety Reggie Nelson had the best second-half performance of his thus far underwhelming career. Nelson was effective in coverage and made several clean, fast stops as an added defender in the box.
I found this here and here.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Great-grandmother Joan Lloyd

Just sayin'.
  • Roughly 2 million women in the U.S. have breast implants.
  • The average cost for breast augmentation is $3,700.
  • Six percent of women with implants return for a size adjustment or to have them taken out altogether.
  • Thirty-four is the average age that an American woman has breast augmentation.
  • The average increase for those electing augmentation is two cup sizes

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and the 26-27-60 rule

The 26-27-60 rule is one of the best tools to determine if a quarterback will be successful in the NFL. There aren't many exceptions. The 26 is the acceptable minimum Wonderlic Score. The 27 is minimum number of games started and the 60 is the percent of passes completed.

Check out the stats:

Guys who made the cut:
P. Manning 28-45-63
Rivers 30-49-64
Brees 28-36-61
Romo 37-35-62
Schaub 31-36-67
E. Manning 39-38-61
Ryan 32-28-60
Bradford 36-31-67
Orton 26-37-60

Here is who did not make the cut:
Leaf 27-24-53
Harrington 32-26-55
Akili 26-11-58
Couch 22-27-64
Carr 24-26-62
Claussen 23-35-63
Russell 24-29-61

Of course, there are exceptions to every rule:
Roethlisberger 25-38-65
Flacco 27-22-64

Andy Dalton put up a line of 29-50-61.7. He won 43 of those 50 games and improved on his stats every year. Dalton will be a quality NFL quarterback.