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Monday, January 15, 2007

Short Memory
I've blogged about this before, but it drives me nuts when Magic in particular says taht the Suns don't play defense, should be blowing certain teams away more, etc.

From 1979-1990 (Magic's prime years in which the Lakers averaged 59.3 wins/season), the Showtime Lakers scored 114.1 ppg. A good bit better than the Suns's 110.7 this year.

However, they also gave up 107.9 ppg, a ton better than the Suns's 102.4. So who didn't play defense? Only once, the 1989-90 team that won 58 games in Magic's "last" year, did Showtime hold opponents to less than 102.4 ppg.

How about differential? 6.2 for Showtime, 8.3 for the Suns. Only once, the 1986-87 team that won 65 games, did Showtime have a better differential than the Suns (9.3).

It was a different league, but the Showtime Lakers also allowed opponents to shoot 47.5%, never limiting them to less than 46.2%. To their credit, they also shot 51.5%, a difference of 4%. The Suns, by contrast allow only 45.4% shooting and shoot 49.5% themselves, a difference of 4.1%. It should also be noted that the Lakers and their opponents shot less than one three per game, whereas the Suns huck up 24/game (so their non-3 field goal percentage is a crazy 53.6%).

I'll spit out more stats the next time I get riled up like this. Yes, this is 11 seasons versus 1/2 a season, but all I'm asking is for some objective proof that the Showtime Lakers, or any high scoring team, has ever played better defense than the current version of the Suns, as seems to be the gospel.

NB: All stats before tonight's game, where the Suns "didn't play defense" but outscored their opponent by 15 points.
NB II: I used this to compile the Laker's stats.
NB III: Zeke's Knicks lead the league in technicals and flagrant fouls.
NB IV: How can anyone seriously consider voting for Kobe or Wade for MVP over Dirk, Duncan, or Nash?
NB V: I usually (read: never ever) read books at home, but my brother got me :07 Seconds [sic] or Less for Christmas, and I feel like I'm getting to know the Suns personally.

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Thursday, January 04, 2007

Another Win
Arizona is built a lot like the Suns, without the deep bench. However, their 1-5 has to be the best in the country. Ivan is mini-Dirk, Moos is playing like a senior JET, Williams is the new Elliott, McClellan is fierce and an amazing shooter, and Chase is living up to his 5-star+ billing. Check out the shot chart for tonight's game.

Some people disagree with me about the RPI, but he says nothing about the top two spots, which about seem right to me.

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Monday, January 01, 2007

Fiesta Bowl
On the interception, it would have been really unconventional, but I wonder if it would have been better to just run it to the center of the field, down it at the 1, then run all the time off and kick a field goal.

What's the deal with Chris Meyers ruining Johnson's proposal? What's the deal with Johnson not having a ring?

Not too many of the other games today were good. Some had stretches (Gator) that were outstanding, but Fiesta was the only one with 60+ minutes of excitement. I was annoyed that 4 games were on at once in the morning. Surely that could have been spread more evenly. On that note, only BCS games should be played after 12/31. I'm looking at you especially, GMAC and International.

In my bowl pool, I had such a bad day that I dropped from first to definitely out of the money.

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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

I highly recommend Bad Girls Club. To paraphrase The Soup, it's a house full of girls that couldn't pass the Real World's sanity test.

I hate: (1) Stephen Jackson; (2) Bears D; (3) Devin Hester.

Since ESPN Mobile was in business for only a few months and stopped trying after a couple months, I switched back to Sprint. No deal and they wouldn't let me back into my old contract. At least I got to port my number back (using my Austin address).

Boston Market frozen foods are mostly good. I recommend all of the soups and the mashed potatoes and gravy. No chicken, though?

For some reason, the windows in my new car are tough to clean. My guess is that there are still organics outgassing and that builds up on the windows, which is hard to clean with ammonia (Windex). I bought this and something similar to these and that gets them pretty clean. I'm still testing out all kinds of cleaning products and want to buy a hand vac.

Speaking of my car, I went to the LA Auto Show again a couple weeks ago. It's a really different experience when almost every car is worse than mine. The XLR-V still wins for best seat, though. I would give up heated and cooled to get that comfy.

Despite being #1 in RPI since I've been checking (at least the last 5 weeks), UA is still #7 in both polls. I guess it will take a UCLA win to get there.

The best NBA rookie I've seen this year is Bargnani (I was only one letter off!). I've also been impressed by Jack, Ellis, and TJ.


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Sunday, December 24, 2006

Leinart Out 9 Months
Is it Paris Hilton's?

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Sunday, December 03, 2006

Drinking Problem
I'll admit, I need to start going to AA meetings.

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Saturday, December 02, 2006

Find and Replace
Usually, when I have to do a task similar to find and replace in Word, I do it somewhat manually. I find that it helps to prevent errors like this.

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