I am currently taking part in a fantasy baseball league that is based on sabermetrics as well as regular statistics. The goal of the league is to compare two teams’ performances based on the different stats and see how they can match up.
The idea to do a sabermetrics fantasy league was brought up a couple years ago by Vince Gennaro, the President of SABR who also advises MLB teams about how to use sabermetrics. He had some college students who were SABR interns start the league, but my friend Max Melamed and I wanted to see how the league would play out depending on which stats were used for the rosters. Max is a10th grader in New York City at the same school I go to, and he started the first ever SABR sabermetrics Club with other baseball and stats fans and his math teacher as their advisor. One of the other participants, Tom Hoffmeister, is an 11th grade student from Baltimore whom I met last summer at SABR 43 at the baseball card session then caught up with again at this spring’s Analytics conference in Phoenix.
Earlier this week, Maya Moore took time out of her very busy July schedule to score 48 points — the second most in WNBA history.
On Tuesday night, Moore led her Minnesota Lynx in a double-overtime win against the Atlanta Dream, 112-108. Moore made 16 of 30 attempts and went 7-9 from the three-point line. Her huge night gave her the second highest points total in league history, behind Riquna Williams’ 51 points last season for the Tulsa Shock. (Moore's stat line also included 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and one block.)
Her mindset was simple: “If it’s my shot and I’m open, shoot the ball,” Moore said. “If it’s not, pass to an open teammate.”
Having a hard time accepting that World Cup is over? Then you might want to check out the 2014 RoboCup, happening this week in Brazil. Just don’t expect any tears or flops from these robot competitors!
LeBron James never went to college — he jumped to the NBA straight from high school. But in his essay about why he decided to return to Cleveland, LeBron said his four years in Miami were “almost like college for other kids.”
King James’ time with the Heat was not without its ups and downs, just like a normal college experience. So that got us thinking about what his four years in Miami would look like if here were actually attending college — let’s call it Heat University.
Here’s what we came up with:
If there's one thing athletes obsess over, it's their stats. And when it comes to football, one thing NFLers really, really care about is their Madden rating. EA Sports knows all about this, so they decided to have a little fun with some top 2014 draft picks.
The video game publisher asked players like Jadeveon Clowney, Teddy Bridgewater, and Johnny Manziel what they thought their Madden 15 rating should be. The athletes answer — with really high numbers, of course — and then EA Sports showed them how they're really rated in the game. Needless to say none of them really agreed with the game's assessment of their talents:
New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings was only six when he first fell in love with magic. "I was watching TV, and this guy pulled a rabbit out of his hat — the old classic," says the sixth-year player, who signed with the Giants in March. "I was like, 'Wow! I wonder how he did that.' " He received a magic kit from his family for Christmas, and he was hooked. "I figured out one or two little tricks," he says, "but when I tried to do them, they didn't have any awe effect."
It wasn't until Jennings got to Liberty University that he focused on honing his skills as a magician in his spare time, choosing to focus on card tricks for an entire semester. When he went home for a family dinner, he practiced what he had learned. "They lost their minds," he said of his family's reaction to his sleight of hand work. Has he tricked his Giants teammates yet? "I'm going to wait for camp," he says. "When everybody is tired, it's a good time to make everybody smile."
This summer, Jennings shared his tricks to pull your own card tricks. Check them out, and watch Jennings work his magic on one of SI Kids' editors!
Over the weekend, the FIL World Lacrosse Championships came to an end. And for the fifth straight time, the United States met Canada in the final. And for only the second time, Canada went home the winner.
The Canadians defeated Team USA, 8-5, to win their third FIL World Lacrosse championship and second in three tournaments. Canada won thanks to some incredible defense, especially from goalie Dillon Ward. He stopped 10 shots in the championship game, earning him All-World goalie and MVP titles.
“The defense makes a couple great stands and Dillon Ward makes a couple great saves," said Rany Mearns, Canada's head coach. "I’m so proud and happy for our guys. They put a lot of work into this, and any time that you can end up on top, it’s a special moment.”
Canada and the US meeting for a rematch of the 2010 title game attracted plenty of attention. But the bigger story came earlier in the day in the third-place game: The Iroquois Nationals defeated perennial medal-favorite Australia, 16-5, to take bronze in the tournament.