Posts filed under “Sports”

How to Bury the Lede

The following narrative and news item comes my way via a professional journalist (cue the oxymoron jokes) friend.  Emphasis mine:

Now, when you’re in the sports information business, you generally highlight the exploits of your own team, not your opponents. With very, very, very rare exceptions. I’d say the eighth Division I perfect game in the last half-century might be one of those rare exceptions.

But nope, I’d be wrong. Because here is the George Washington write-up of the game:

The George Washington baseball team held No. 1 Virginia to just two runs on Tuesday evening at Davenport Field but were unable to compliment the strong pitching performance at the plate, falling 2-0.

GW (7-18) pitchers Tommy Gately, Kenny O’Brien and Craig Lejeune combined to hold Virginia (25-2) to just two runs on six hits. The top-ranked Cavaliers entered the game batting .297 as a team and averaging over seven runs per contest.

Hmmm. Ok. Tell me more.

Gately got the start for GW and pitched three innings, allowing just three hits and two earned runs with one strikeout. He worked his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the third by inducing two pop outs.

Both Virginia runs were scored in the bottom of the fourth inning after Gately exited the game. Ryan Levine led off the frame with a single and Kenny Swab followed with a walk to put two on with no outs.

Gotcha. How about the Cavaliers? Did they do anything interesting?

Virginia would score their first run after Reed Gragnini reached on a fielders choice. Another run would score via a balk but O’Brien escaped the inning without any further damage and allowed just two hits over the next three innings.

Oh. Ok. And, uh, nothing else noteworthy? Wait, what’s this is the seventh paragraph?

The two runs were all the Cavaliers would need as starting pitcher Will Roberts was perfect on the mound, striking out 10 batters en route to the eighth nine-inning perfect game in NCAA Division I (since 1957) history and the first since 2002.

Category: Really, really bad calls, Sports

Floating Soccer Field

TMB bank have launched a new brand vision “Make THE Difference” by making a film to inspire people to start thinking differently. With a hope that they will start to Make THE Difference to their own world. It doesn’t have to be big, but a little can create positive changes. This film is based on…Read More

Category: Sports, Weekend

Bracketology: Sweet Sixteen of Corporate Bankruptcy

Warning: Legal wonkery ahead: Powerhouse law firm Weill Gotshal published a “Sweet 16″ of most influential, transformative, or game-changing U.S. bankruptcy decisions. At their bankruptcy blog (really), you can choose your favorite bankruptcy case — they and Weill will eventually crown a March bankruptcy madness winner: > > Hat tip Dealbook

Category: Legal, Sports

Ronaldo Top 10 Goals

A video honoring Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima, the greatest pure striker to ever grace the game. He has been an icon and a star of the Brazilian national team, and has forged a hugely successful career based on not just talent, but determination and a quest for excellence.

Category: Sports, Weekend

MJ vs Kobe

I’ve really enjoyed watching the Lakers over the past few years, but there really isn’t a contest (via Daily Infographic) > Michael Jordan vs Kobe Bryant click for larger graphic >

Category: Digital Media, Sports, Weekend

Wayne Rooney Goal (Bicycle Kick)

Manchester Derby February 12, 2011 Amazing Goal of Wayne Rooney vs Manchester City in Barclays Premier League. ManU – ManCity: 2-1 Third time’s a charm — This is the official broadcast, and should stick around Video: Rooney’s Bicycle Kick from all angles

Category: Sports, Weekend

Best SuperBowl Commercials

These were my favorite Superbowl commercials: > Audi Big Game Commercial 2011 – Release the Hounds A surprisingly witty spot from Audi: ~~~ Chrysler Eminem Super Bowl Commercial – Imported From Detroit Powerful and emotional piece: ~~~ Volkswagen Commercial: The Force I love the frustration in the kid visible in his body language: ~~~ Volkswagen…Read More

Category: Humor, Sports, Television, Weekend

Annualized Cost of Super Bowl Ad = $3.2 TN, German GDP

Here’s a little fun breaking the law of large numbers on the eve of the Superbowl.   The cost of a 30 second ad during game time will average around $3 million.  You we do the math for you: > 1 > That’s one big nut and almost equivalent to the size of German GDP, the…Read More

Category: Data Analysis, Sports, Television

History of the Superbowl

This is the first 10% of a huge Superbowl chartporn, via Daily Infographic:

click for ginormous graphic

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Category: Digital Media, Sports

Dear Mark Cuban: Please Buy the NY Mets

I remember my first  baseball game: Yankees vs Detroit Tigers. I was in first grade, and my dad took me to Yankee stadium from Teaneck, N.J. where we lived. The seats were directly behind home plate, but several levels up. We walked out from the maze of stairs into the brightly lit stadium, the brilliant…Read More

Category: Sports, Venture Capital