We get plenty of questions around these parts. Here are a few of them:
Is Curt Schilling a Hall of Famer?
Where did you ever come up with this one?
Does he get in? I canít answer that with authority.
There was a caller on WEEI yesterday afternoon who made some astute points about todayís baseball writers being more in tune with sabermetrics, and if those were the ones doing the voting in five years, that Schilling faced less of a bumpy road to Cooperstown. Thatís true, and those people will look at stats like his adjusted ERA of 127, as well as, obviously, his postseason career, and make solid arguments as to why he certainly belongs.
Still though, a Hall of Fame vote is a Hall of Fame vote for life, and there are far too many curmudgeonly voters out there who are going to look mainly at the number 216 and deem him unworthy. Then again, I havenít heard too many over the past 24 hours argue against his case, have you?
Hereís Rob Neyer:
It's not his 216 career wins. It's not his .597 career winning percentage. It's not his 11-2 record in postseason games, or his 2.23 ERA. It's not even the bloody sock. It's all of those things.
Catfish Hunter was easily elected to the Hall of Fame, with a 224-166 record and a bit of extra credit for going 9-6 with a 3.26 ERA in October. His career ERA+ was 104 (not that anybody who voted for him would have known that). Schilling's got nearly as many wins, significantly fewer losses, a better postseason record, and a blow-Catfish-out-of-the-water 127 ERA+ (which every voter today should know about).
Two years I was lukewarm about Schilling's Hall of Fame candidacy. I wasn't against it, exactly. But neither was I for it. But during those two years, Schilling helped pitch the Red Sox to another championship and I got just a little bit smarter. Today I can't imagine a Hall of Fame without him.
Or, as Ken Davidoff puts it: ďShould the BBWAA actually still exist in December 2012, I'll examine it much more thoroughly.Ē
Did Sundayís win over New Jersey calm your fears about the Bruins?
I mean, that was a big-time showing Sunday afternoon on Causeway, particularly against one of the leagueís hottest goalies in Martin Brodeur, who simply had a bad afternoon. It was indeed encouraging that when this team faced a must-win, thatís how they responded. Still, Iíd be lying if I said any of the first-round matchups (Rangers, Canadiens, Panthers, or Penguins) doesnít scare the heck out of me. But at this point, Iím ready for the playoffs to just get here. I've had enough of the "can they do it?" questions, and just want to see them carry it out.
Kevin Garnett is back. Discuss.
Not really formed as a question there, but the big man looked pretty good in his return last night, no? As for his team, letís give them the next few games playing as a whole unit once again before we start fretting about getting out of the East.
Top 5ís have apparently replaced ď25 thingsĒ in popularity on Facebook. Can you give us, oh, letís say, the top 5 shows on TV right now?
2. Friday Night Lights
3. How I Met Your Mother
4. The Office
5. The Amazing Race
Absent, of course, is ď24,Ē which, while still entertaining, can in no way any longer be considered in anyoneís assessment of the best five shows on TV right now.
Looking forward to the Clemens exposť?
Although itís littered with sweet karma, the whole Roger Clemens saga saddens me somewhat, to see a certain Hall of Famer, one that many of us held in some regard over the past two decades, fall to earth so definitively and rapidly. Itís difficult to take joy in a manís unfolding. That being said, once I finish plowing through Dennis Lehaneís ďThe Given DayĒ (epic), Jeff Pearlmanís take on the Rocket is next on the list. Not saying we should revel in what it reveals, but it'll be tough not to.
Speaking of, if you donít already frequent Pearlmanís blog, you should.
Howís your bracket doing?
Iíve still got 13 teams in the Sweet 16, so I canít complain all that much. Although that still has me way down in the standings based on the lack of points I was able to amass in the first round, which was riddled with cross-outs on my sheet. These next two rounds will either make or break, obviously. I got word today that Iím in 649,016th place in the CBS national bracket challenge. Sweet.
So, who wins it all?
Iíve got Louisville, but Iím skeptical. Whichever team wins that potential Memphis-UConn showdown this weekend might have the inside edge. North Carolina is making me a believer, too, despite their own struggles over the weekend. If you watched it, you understand that the 84-70 score vs. LSU was nowhere near indicative of the game. I do like Villanova to upset Pitt should it come to that. Hold a gun to my head, and Iíd probably give you four other teams that I think can pull it off other than the one I picked. But weíll stick with Louisville.
So, what does Japanís win in the WBC mean anyway?
They won? Good for them.
The Patriots are going to open the season against the Bills on "Monday Night Football." What do you think?
Iím shocked that ESPN would want to showcase any season-opener involving Terrell Owens. Truly.
Is it too early to start laying out all the reasons why this is finally the Billsí year?