Hope you’re all having a nice weekend. Here’s a dose of what I’ve been looking at and reading this weekend.
It’s a good thing they actually play the games on the field, otherwise the baseball season might be totally demoralizing. Baseball Prospectus simulated the season 50,000 times to figure out their projections and it’s not going to be a fun summer in Tribe town if they’re right. In the end, the Tribe has a 23.3% chance at the playoffs and a mere 1.7% chance at winning the World Series. The good news? That’s still second in the A.L. Central.
As I was reading Terry Pluto’s latest at Cleveland.com, he pointed out just how bad the options are on the free agent market at backup quarterback. We’re talking about Brady Quinn, Seneca Wallace, Colt McCoy, Mark Sanchez, Matt Flynn, Josh Freeman, Jimmy Clausen and Rex Grossman. It made me want to rank them based purely on who you’d want as a backup quarterback. So here’s how I think my list would be from worst to first. Go ahead and rank them yourself in the comments.
Yep. I don’t particularly like Matt Flynn as a starter, but for whatever reason out of all remaining options he gives me the most confidence as a backup. This list also makes me consider the Browns drafting two quarterbacks to fill up that QB depth chart for the season.
I hate that Omar Vizquel is associated with the Detroit Tigers. At least as a coach the Indians won’t have to face the defensive genius, right? It turns out the Tigers at least had a conversation about the possibility of a comeback.
The manager laughed. And you would have thought that was the end of this discussion. Except Ausmus then picked it up again, musing out loud that Vizquel “could probably handle it. I don’t know if he could play 150 games. But he could probably be a platoon shortstop if he got himself in shape. He certainly still has the hands.”
On second though, maybe a 46 year-old Vizquel would finally give the Tribe an advantage if he played against them. Nobody maintains their athletic ability forever, right?
So, you’re welcome to do what you want as a spectator at a hockey game within reason. Still, you have to think about your own self-preservation at all times. This fan found out that the glass protecting him from the action could only go so far.
Wayne Rooney is good at soccer. He can even score from just under a half field away from the goal.
A friend of mine texted me out of the blue to talk music on Friday and to my surprise it was to talk about Scottish band Biffy Clyro. I discovered them for myself on Spotify sometime last year and listened to a couple songs. It sounded good to me, but not so good that I was going to come back and listen to more. Upon further inspection, I think I like it even more than that. Upon listening again, I found a band that plays a pretty intricate form of rock music in a very user-friendly manner. I found guitar runs that really impressed me when I really listened more closely. So, I’m giving them another try and figured I would share with you.