2008 Best Sports Moments

12/21/2008
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My favorite sports moment of 2008, too bad it was with the Brewers
Like any important reporter, it is that time of the year when I look back and reflect on the year that was and offer my inane opinion on the events that transpired these past 366 days. Since this is a highly professional website devoted to all that is sports, I will limit myself to the scope of that topic. With sports comes competitiveness, this article is no exception, each experience is ranked based on awesomeness.

#5 I win Football Picks

Having completely demolished my opponents in fantasy football for the 2007 season, I carried that momentum to a Nutcan.com Football Picks Championship title in February. Some might say it was luck, others might say picking the Packers every week made all the difference, but really it was just all my mad skillz besting everyone else.

#4 Giants beat the undefeated Patriots to win the Super Bowl

Everybody hated the Patriots after SpyGate, especially since after the scandal they felt the need to stick it to every team they played by running up the score. The improbable wish on everyone’s mind was a Super Bowl loss for the 18-0 Patriots. With the Packers not able to reach the big game, it would be up to the Giants to do the impossible. The regular season finale between these two teams had been one of the harder fought battles of the year, with the Patriots barely coming out of the game with a win to complete their 16-0 season. Karma came around though just in time for the February game between these two teams. Thank goodness too, because the Red Sox had just won the World Series and the Celtics were to win the NBA Championship in the summer months. Massachusetts’s Sports Cup was starting to runneth over, but Eli Manning and David Tyree decided that enough was enough. Watchers were treated to The Catch, a play that had so many juicy elements to it, it will probably be remembered as the best ever. In the end, the scoreboard declared that the Giants were the winners and that the Patriots would have to go home without another ring to add to their collection. It was a feel good story, for in the end, good had prevailed.

#3 Nutcan wins a close one against their undefeated rival

A Nutcan softball season is split into two rounds. The first round involves some losses, since there is no spring training for the team. By the second round, the team has gelled, with the defense coming together and the offense getting the bats going. There’s always one team that shouldn’t be in our lower level league, they always crush the teams they play and it just doesn’t seem right. Nutcan has never been that team, yet they always manage to play upset. The year before, we managed to beat the regular season undefeated champs to knock them out of the championship game. This year, things seemed to click a little sooner, but we were by no means the best team out on the field. However, when it was time to play the undefeated team this year, Nutcan rallied and won a close one 11-10. That win helped us to become second round champions, (still waiting on those t-shirts) and even though we didn’t beat them the third time we played them for the league championship, it was still a great season.

#2 Packers beat the Seahawks in the playoffs

Things were bleak, Ryan Grant had fumbled twice in the first few minutes, leading to a 14-0 Seahawks lead. I had already slumped down in my seat, despair filling my heart where hope had once been. But like the whole 2007 season, a magical thing happened that night in the snow. The score would end up being 42-20 in the Packers favor, but the numbers don’t really tell it all. It was exciting and fun, something this Packer season is sorely lacking. Favre was vintage, completing amazing passes, including a shovel pass to Donald Lee as he tripped over his own feet. That throw is very defining of Favre, and it was great to watch. It would’ve been even better if Fox had decided to implement HD a week earlier so we could get the full effect of the snow, but there‘s no need to be picky when your teams gifts you a game like this.

#1 Taking in a Brewers game at Miller Park


This won’t be considered in anyone else’s list but mine, but on June 1, I got to take in my first Brewer game at Miller Park with 20 members of my family. I could not have cared less about the outcome of the game (the Brewers crushed the Astros and hit about 10 homeruns) but the experience was unbelievable. As I’ve already mentioned before, Corey Hart threw a practice ball up to the 3rd level where we sat because we chanted his name during every half inning break. It made my day and I’m pretty sure it made his, as he laughed after we cheered because he had tossed up the ball to us. I would like to go again in 2009, maybe when the Twins play there.

So there you have it, some top sports moments from the year that was 2008. A list would not be complete without having a few dishonorable mentions. The Favre debacle, Twins losing to the White Sox to miss the playoffs, and the currently 0-15 Lions are a few bad things that come to mind. But ‘tis the holiday season and I see no need to dwell on them at this time.

Here’s to 2009, may there be more incredible moments, both sports and life related.

Sarah can't believe she wrote another article.

2887.gifAlex - 3618 Posts
12/21/2008 @ 11:28:06 PM
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Pooh, I just screwed that comment up. To recap:

#2 was good, also Badgers Big Ten regular season and tournament championships, going to the Sweet 16 in Detroit, Brewers in general, best moment was Braun's grand slam walk-off, Tiger winning the Open on one leg, KG and Jesus Shuttlesworth getting rings, Schelloto getting 3 assists in Columbus' MLS Cup win, somehow climbing to second in FF even though I've employed roughly 500 different RBs, an exciting fantasy baseball stretch run, and my personal #1 was catching a beautiful muskellunge.
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12/22/2008 @ 12:20:33 AM
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While I suppose there are no hard and fast rules to these sorts of lists, I find it somewhat amusing that Sarah had 3 of her 5 events that were things that technically took place in 2008, yet were really associated with the 2007 NFL season. That can't be a good sign for her "current" teams.

Good to see Sarah's first article in 1785 days. I for one am looking forward to her next article, slated for 11/11/2013, no doubt about how she's fed up with all the space debris she has to deal with on her way to Mars every morning.
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12/22/2008 @ 07:16:16 AM
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Alex Wrote - Today @ 12:28:06 AM
best moment was Braun's grand slam walk-off

The score was tied, so Jeremy says the grandslam was overkill. This doesn't qualify as a top moment. But seriously, my favorite Brewer moment was Braun's Home Run in the 7th inning of the last game of the season. I even have the audio of it in my cell phone, and I listen to it every now and then to cheer me up.
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12/22/2008 @ 05:06:46 PM
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Jeremy Wrote - Today @ 12:20:33 AM
While I suppose there are no hard and fast rules to these sorts of lists, I find it somewhat amusing that Sarah had 3 of her 5 events that were things that technically took place in 2008, yet were really associated with the 2007 NFL season.


Yeah, especially the NFL picks "moment". If you only go by the games played in 2008 I "won" last season's playoffs and am leading this regular season so far (knock on wood emoticon [or brick]). emoticon


As for my "Best Sports Moment", I think it had to be my (almost unassisted) triple play for Nutcan softball. My "Worst Sports Moment" is a tie among all my numerous failures at trying to make a good throw to first base.
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12/22/2008 @ 05:22:43 PM
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This was a good article.

Nutcan softball rules. Best moment, Jon yelling at the ref.
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12/22/2008 @ 06:28:51 PM
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You could count on that ump to completely blow at least one call per game.
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12/22/2008 @ 07:07:02 PM
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Alex Wrote - Yesterday @ 11:28:06 PM
Pooh, I just screwed that comment up. To recap:

#2 was good, also Badgers Big Ten regular season and tournament championships, going to the Sweet 16 in Detroit, Brewers in general, best moment was Braun's grand slam walk-off, Tiger winning the Open on one leg, KG and Jesus Shuttlesworth getting rings, Schelloto getting 3 assists in Columbus' MLS Cup win, somehow climbing to second in FF even though I've employed roughly 500 different RBs, an exciting fantasy baseball stretch run, and my personal #1 was catching a beautiful muskellunge.


Yea those were all going to be on my list, but then I decided to limit myself to 5 moments....emoticon
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12/25/2008 @ 04:21:20 PM
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I can't believe Sarah wrote an article. And I'm just learning about it now. Merry Christmas indeed.

You know, I was thinking about writing this article. I was gonna include the Super Bowl and Nutcan softball of course. I can't remember if I had other specific things I was going to do. It'd be hard not to include tiger vs. rocco on there, but I do get tired of tiger stories. Still, it was a pretty captivating story as far as golf stories go. By the way, a guy recapped the biggest moments of the year in ESPN mag and I was reminded also of Josh Hamilton and Federer vs. Nadal. (Though, for whatever reason, that tennis match rubbed me the wrong way. I think because I didn't know who to root for.) Also, speaking of tennis, he brought up the Williams sisters too. They are actually one of the really great ongoing sports stories of the last decade or so, despite the fact that they only get a bit of attention outside tennis circles. And this year they added to their stories in a significant way by again winning individually and together.

Anyway I can't think of anything else that jumps out off the top of my head.

Alex Wrote - 12/21/2008 @ 11:28:06 PM
Schelloto getting 3 assists in Columbus' MLS Cup win


Oh yeah. Schelloto of course. 2008 will always be remembered as the year of Schelloto. Then again, that guy is probably just overhyped because of the never ending Columbus, Ohio media bias.

PackOne Wrote - 12/22/2008 @ 05:22:43 PM

Nutcan softball rules. Best moment, Jon yelling at the ref.


He yelled at me. I might have yelled something TO him. But he yelled AT me.

Anyway, I guess we need to add "Sarah writing an article" to the list of top moments of the year.
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12/26/2008 @ 08:03:26 AM
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"C'mon the Twins won the world series with that."
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12/26/2008 @ 07:23:48 PM
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PackOne Wrote - Today @ 08:03:26 AM
"C'mon the Twins won the world series with that."


I don't know what this means, but once I do, I will be sure to respond accordingly.
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12/27/2008 @ 06:46:07 PM
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It is something Jon said to the ref.
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12/27/2008 @ 06:46:15 PM
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That was funny.
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12/28/2008 @ 01:25:07 AM
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Here's another great moment from this last year. Dwight Howard in the dunk competition. The best dunk competition performance since (at least) the Vince Carter year. Howard took an event that has been a yawner for most of the last decade and made everyone jump/laugh/yell, etc. because of his sense of humor, creativity, ridiculous skill, and the fact that he probably had the best dunk ever that wasn't actually a dunk.

By the way, we haven't mentioned the olympics yet. Of course, you almost have to have two separate discussions/lists on olympic years. I mean you could find 10 moments from Beijing that hold their own against the things that happened the other 11.5 months of 2008.

Which brings me to a slightly different thought. What were the top moments of the sports year where the entire nation jumped off the couch/yelled/etc.? You know, like how everyone in the country gasped or yelled when Jerome Bettis fumbled that ball a couple years ago. Though the moment doesn't have to be that same sentiment, just the same kind of collective reaction moment. And they basically have to be nationally televised events.

I would say the ones that stick out to me are:
-Dwight Howard breaking out the Superman cape (and/or any of his really good dunks) Was there anyone watching who didn't physically or verbally react in some way to this? I can't imagine someone just sitting and watching silently.

-USA swimming relay beating France with a comeback win on the last half of the final leg. I know Matt and I were up and yelling and I think PackOne said he was too.

-Michael Phelps winning by the narrowest of margins (though I didn't see it live, I can only imagine that everyone reacted wildly)

-another one might be Mario Chalmers hitting the three to send the Championship game to OT.

-And although I reacted with mockery, the Favre underhand pass in the snow playoff game might barely qualify. But only because we've all been classically conditioned to say things like, "What a gamer!" anytime Favre does, well, anything.

-Oh, and the Helmet Catch. It's so obvious I almost forgot it.

-Shelloto's third assist. Our grandchildren will ask us where we were when this happened.
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12/29/2008 @ 02:01:36 PM
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You missed a big one, Tiger on the 18th on Sunday at the Open. Article about the tournament: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/columns/story?columnist=wojciechowski_gene&id=3782360&sportCat=golf&lpos=spotlight&lid=tab5pos2
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12/31/2008 @ 01:17:48 AM
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Possibly. I don't think I watched that. I watched a large portion of the playoff but I don't think I caught Sunday's action. Or inaction. It was golf, right?
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12/31/2008 @ 07:17:14 AM
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I taped the last nine of Sunday's round and the entire playoff. I have to say it was riveting, especially the last hole of regulation and the last 4 holes of the playoff.
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12/31/2008 @ 10:07:24 AM
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I can't believe no one has mentioned this.

First place on the line. Gomez runs into Span in the outfield, which allows a multi-run inning to continue, then the pair of them take the game over at the plate.

It gets tarnished a bit in hindsight since in the end it didn't matter, but you could say that about a lot of sports moments.

To me this is the undebatable top moment. In fact, if you were to break the game up it might be all 5 top moments. It was, in a word, epic.

Otherwise:

Vikings goalline stand leads to 99 yard TD.
Vikings get two safteys in one half against a bumbling Aaron Rodgers.
Ryan Longwell kicks 50 yard FG for the NFC North Title.
Vikings thump Cardinals on the road.
Shelloto's third assist.
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12/31/2008 @ 10:29:17 AM
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Scott Wrote - 12/22/2008 @ 07:16:16 AM
Alex Wrote - 12/21/2008 @ 11:28:06 PM
best moment was Braun's grand slam walk-off

The score was tied, so Jeremy says the grandslam was overkill. This doesn't qualify as a top moment. But seriously, my favorite Brewer moment was Braun's Home Run in the 7th inning of the last game of the season. I even have the audio of it in my cell phone, and I listen to it every now and then to cheer me up.


Ok, look at it this way. Let's say the bases were empty, 10th inning, you were down to your last out, Braun steps up to the plate, and launches one deep to keep the Brewers playoff hopes alive. Would that have been any LESS exciting? No. Therefor the fact that it was a Grand Slam didn't make it MORE exciting. If anything it made the moment less exciting because the moment wasn't nearly as desperate as it would be if the bases were empty, considering any hit would win the game with the bases loaded.

I consider this matter closed, and I await your apology.
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12/31/2008 @ 11:05:26 AM
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You're full of it, Jeremy. Of course a grand slam made it more exciting.
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12/31/2008 @ 12:36:59 PM
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I disagree with Jeremy not because what he is saying is about the Brewers, but because his reasoning is so wrong. Had the brewers been losing, that would have been a little more exciting (for a techincal standpoint). But that's not what we are talking about.

I was MORE excited because there was still SOME suspense. The ball could have gone foul, it's not always known instantly if the ball is long enough; Plus, a homerun is the most exciting play in sports no matter when it happens (maybe the triple is more exciting, but those are so rare). Jeremy is being Mr. nit-pic recently (Wild Card isn't anything, clinch is the wrong word, walk off walks are more exciting than walk-off grandslams when the score is tied).
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12/31/2008 @ 01:00:41 PM
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Ryan Braun being voted in as an all star.
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12/31/2008 @ 01:30:02 PM
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Scott Wrote - Today @ 12:36:59 PM
Jeremy is being Mr. nit-pic recently (Wild Card isn't anything, clinch is the wrong word, walk off walks are more exciting than walk-off grandslams when the score is tied).


I only nit pick when people demonstrate over and over and over that they aren't actually reading anything I type. Did I say anywhere a walk off walk is as exciting as a walk off grand slam? No. All I said was the fact that it was a Grand Slam, in a tied game, doesn't make it any more exciting than a walk off homerun.

I never said the wild card "isn't anything," just that it's not the same as winning something.
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12/31/2008 @ 01:34:10 PM
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Yes it does make it more exciting! That's the thing.
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12/31/2008 @ 01:35:32 PM
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Let's say the bases were empty, 10th inning, you were down to your last out, Braun steps up to the plate, and launches one deep to keep the Brewers playoff hopes alive. Would that have been any LESS exciting?
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12/31/2008 @ 01:53:38 PM
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It's a matter of comparison. Winning is winning, sure- but the manner in which they won was that much cooler.

It would certainly be less exciting for a solo HR than a GS- not because the solo was bad or anything, just a lesser degree of awesome.

I think you're just being a grinch. Does someone have a case of the Wednesdays?
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12/31/2008 @ 02:01:00 PM
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Jeremy Wrote - Today @ 01:35:32 PM
Let's say the bases were empty, 10th inning, you were down to your last out, Braun steps up to the plate, and launches one deep to keep the Brewers playoff hopes alive. Would that have been any LESS exciting?


Excitement is subjective, so arguing what Scott should be more exited over is, to me, kind of stupid.
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12/31/2008 @ 02:02:17 PM
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bases loaded, bottom of the ninth, two outs, tie score....that's what kids like me dreamt about when we were little, standing in my front yard with a bat in my hand, swinging at phantom pitches, calling the play-by-play to myself. There's nothing more exciting than living the dream.
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12/31/2008 @ 02:06:23 PM
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You should succeed in that situation. Or, at least the odds are much more stacked in your favor than usual.
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12/31/2008 @ 02:07:30 PM
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I actually agree with Jeremy's premise. Giving the generic situation of tie game in the 10th, a grand slam really isn't more exciting than a solo shot. So let me add in what made it more exciting in this case. It was the only grand slam for the Brewers all year. And below are the Brewers stats for the season with the bases loaded. As you can see, it was exhilarating that Braun got any sort of hit based on these numbers. For me, there was the excitement of winning the game + excitement of a Brewer actually coming through for once with the bases loaded.

AVG OBP SLG OPS
.190 .261 .302 .563

season totals
AVG OBP SLG OPS
.253 .325 .431 .757
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12/31/2008 @ 02:09:25 PM
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Fair enough. Good night everybody!

Edit: Also, if memory serves, Braun himself was slumping at the time.
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12/31/2008 @ 02:34:49 PM
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Scott Wrote - Today @ 02:02:17 PM
bases loaded, bottom of the ninth, two outs, tie score....that's what kids like me dreamt about when we were little, standing in my front yard with a bat in my hand, swinging at phantom pitches, calling the play-by-play to myself. There's nothing more exciting than living the dream.

Jeremy Wrote - Today @ 02:06:23 PM
You should succeed in that situation. Or, at least the odds are much more stacked in your favor than usual.


Yes, but there is also much more pressure on the batter to succeed then if he came up with the bases empty, which adds to the moment. For the fans, the sense of anticipation is probably much higher as well. The action that loads the bases can help to build up the "energy" and emotions of the crowd so that what ever happens next has more of an emotional impact than if the bases were empty, at least that's how I see it.
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12/31/2008 @ 03:01:03 PM
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Jeremy Wrote - Today @ 03:09:25 PM
Fair enough. Good night everybody! Edit: Also, if memory serves, Braun himself was slumping at the time.


Braun was fighting a strained intercostal muscle, so yes, he was slumping.
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12/31/2008 @ 03:16:35 PM
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Jeremy Wrote - Today @ 03:06:23 PM
You should succeed in that situation. Or, at least the odds are much more stacked in your favor than usual.


Also, look at players' Batting Averages with bases loaded. It would appear that the odds are in their favor, but generally batters have lower BAs with the bases loaded than with the bases loaded.
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12/31/2008 @ 03:26:25 PM
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Scott Wrote - Today @ 03:16:35 PM
It would appear that the odds are in their favor, but generally batters have lower BAs with the bases loaded than with the bases loaded.


Seems unlikely.
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01/01/2009 @ 07:37:10 AM
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Well, for one, Ryan Braun batted .304 with none on base, and .231 with the bases loaded.
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01/01/2009 @ 01:29:58 PM
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Jeremy Wrote - Yesterday @ 03:26:25 PM
Scott Wrote - Yesterday @ 03:16:35 PM
It would appear that the odds are in their favor, but generally batters have lower BAs with the bases loaded than with the bases loaded.


Seems unlikely.
Read what you typed. emoticon

I don't doubt batting average is lower. Aside from the added pressure, there's a force at every base.

Maybe Matt knows where to look. I can't find any data, but I'd be willing to bet the odds of you getting an RBI, thus winning, in that situation is still higher than with the bases empty, which is the important part to the pointless exercise.
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12/21/2013 @ 01:18:56 PM
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Jeremy Wrote - 12/22/2008 @ 12:20:33 AM

Good to see Sarah's first article in 1785 days. I for one am looking forward to her next article, slated for 11/11/2013, no doubt about how she's fed up with all the space debris she has to deal with on her way to Mars every morning.

This date seems like it should've been more in the future... I did get in one article between this one and the deadline so I'm not a complete failure at things. emoticon
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Schellotoemoticon
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01/05/2019 @ 12:28:09 PM
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I knew that was going to be the topic when I saw this thread had activity. Looks like he just got hired as the LA Galaxy coach.
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01/05/2019 @ 09:20:34 PM
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I was crying from laughter after rereading these comments. Jon's take was that he was a jerk. Still funny.
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Rereading this thread in greater detail makes me miss the days when I could list multiple things that happened in the sports year or even remember anything aside from this week's results. And, of course, discussing it all on here. Maybe we all did research or something, or maybe we were all just a decade younger and less busy.

Off the top of my head, I'd say the Vikings victory over the Saints on the last play (Keenum to Diggs TD) would be on the short list for 2018 (roughly a year ago from today, coincidentally). Also, I don't really remember what happened ten years ago between Rocco (Baldelli? jk, Mediate) and Tiger, but Tiger competing for a major on Sunday this year was amazing to watch. He was playing at such a high level, it was fun to see.
Shaun White at the Olympics was thrilling in the same kind of way. Speaking of the Olympics, Curling! US Men win gold in an improbable but fun way.
The continued presence of Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic at the top of their sport, despite being old guys, was a thing again, this time because of the sudden resurgence of Djokovic. And Serena Williams losing the US Open Final due in part to a verbal dust-up with the chair umpire was a large enough thing to overshadow the story of the winner, Naomi Osaka, who played an amazing tournament and deserves to be acknowledged for it.

I can't think of any baseball moments that meant anything on a national stage. Basketball played out mostly how we thought it would, the biggest stories that stick with me are the Rockets missing virtually every three point shot in the deciding game of the WCF against the Warriors, LeBron absolutely carrying his team to the finals, the strange ending of the first game of that finals, and then LeBron going to the Lakers during free agency.

OK, so I remember some stuff, but it took a little bit of time and some reminders.
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flower .jpgPackOne - "That's what I call gettin a piece of Pi"
01/17/2019 @ 10:36:31 AM
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I don't miss a lot more than I miss Nutcan softball games.
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fry6beeu9.jpgJeremy - 8953 Posts
01/17/2019 @ 12:02:45 PM
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It was basically my only exercise for the year.
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