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Mets over the Phillies? Who knew that joke would still be funny three years in a row?
The National League has no excuse for not winning this year's All-Star Game. According to your Player Value Ranking (Scouting Reports, April 6), eight of the top 10 position players and four of the five highest-rated pitchers play in the Senior Circuit.
Until 2008 it had been 26 years since the Brewers made their last playoff appearance. Now to see CC Sabathia on your cover in his new uniform (Big Love, April 6) is a painful reminder of how MLB is mishandling its small-market clubs. The only consolation I will have is watching the Yankees, with the players they bought, fall short of their World Series expectations for a ninth straight year.
As a former financial analyst, I'm a big fan of statistical modeling. I'm also a big fan of the Angels, and any statistical model that says Torii Hunter cost the team four runs with his outfield play last season (Baseball's Next Top Models, April 6) still needs some tweaking.
Rough and Tumble
The physicality of college basketball (Only the Strong Survive, April 6) has soured the sport to such a degree that a great many of the games have become unwatchable. The NBA, says Villanova assistant Doug West, "legislated a lot of physicality out of the game"—and that's because the physicality nearly killed the game in the late 1990s. The pro game is now high scoring and free flowing, and it's as popular as it has been since Michael Jordan's heyday. In recent years the NFL and the NHL have also moved to free up their sports. College basketball, meanwhile, has moved in the opposite direction, and the results have been disastrous.
The article ends with the following words: "Bodies on the floor, fouls on the scoreboard, blood in the air." That's exactly why I've stopped watching college basketball.
Truth in Numbers