Monthly Archives: April 2014
In honor of our NBA preview podcast (find it here!), here are some YouTubes to continue to stoke excitement/waste time on a Friday afternoon. Thanks to the NBA, whose embrace of advanced metrics, emergent analytical technology, social media and streaming video continue to be of great assistance to lazy bloggers for posts like this.
Major League Baseball, we’re looking at you. Clean it up.
Blake Griffin emerging as much more than a dunker.
Kevin Durant is your official DYC MVP pick.
And, in honor of this classic clip, the top 10 crossovers from 2013-2014.
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With the bizarre news that Clemson quarterback Chad Kelly was hauled away from practice in handcuffs and dismissed from the team yesterday, the battle to replace Tajh Boyd has gotten a lot less interesting.
For Kelly, who has a long history of bizarre behavior, this was long overdue.
– Here is friend of the DudeYouPodcast Brandi Mills playing “Chad Kelly or Kanye West Tweet?” on the Garnet and Black Attack podcast in January (FF to 40:18).
– Prior to his arrival in Auburn-with-a-lake, he called out (the now starter) Cole Stoudt on Twitter: “Your on the bench for a reason. And i come soon! Just letting you know.”
Unfortunately, his Twitter account has been deleted in light of yesterday’s news.
– He has a rap song. Called Chad Kelly. Do yourself a favor and listen.
While Kelly is by far the most interesting story in play here, this really may spell trouble for Clemson. True freshman DeShaun Watson broke his collarbone last week. Ranked the #1 dual-threat QB in the country by 247sports, he was expected to contend for a starting job immediately. Kelly’s whipping boy, the 5th-year senior Stoudt, has played the backup role for the past 3 years but, ya know, was getting pushed by two guys 3 and 4 years his junior. He has a career line of 86/119, 742 yards, 8 TD’s, and just one pick.
Those numbers look terrific until you dive in a little deeper, and see that most of his 2013 work came against South Carolina State and Wake Forest (NOTE: NOT JUGGERNAUTS). The only other QB on the roster is former Grayson (I think that’s in Atlanta!) QBNick Schuessler, a walk-on whose only stats at Clemson are of the Spring Game variety.
While Stoudt is now the man, there seems to be a reason he was in an open competition with two younger guys.
Chad Kelly. Number 12. Swag. Under Armour All-American. Swag. Watch how I touch down (in the back of a cop car).
Welcome to 2014, a strange time where Jason Heyward is the longest-tenured Atlanta Brave at 24 years old. Brian McCann is lecturing people about playing baseball ‘the right way’ in pinstripes. Tim Hudson pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings for the Giants last night. And Dan Uggla has only struck out once in three games.
Strange days indeed, as the 2014 Atlanta Braves promise to be the most #BARVES team in a recent history of #BARVES-ing.
What is #BARVES-ing, you ask? It can be so many things. The Atlanta Braves have a history of doing the inexplicable on both the positive and negative side. Backing up a 14-run outing by getting shut out on two hits. Batting B.J. Upton second. Being unbeatable in June and pathetic in October. Winning 96 games with two guys making outs 5 out of every 6 tries. More or less, #BARVESING is being ironically unpredictable. Learn to embrace chaos, and expect the unexpected.
So yes, this is the most #BARVES team ever.
– We’re in year two of the Up-Up-and-J-Hey outfield, and…B.J. Upton is batting second. Fredi Gonzalez putting together a lineup card: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. Heyward is not a traditional leadoff man in any sense of the word, and the team would be better served by putting him in a run-producing spot. Through three games, he has demonstrated why he is such a unique and valuable player, driving in the first two runs of the season (14 innings in– #BARVES!) and preventing two hits with matching sliding catches in the 1-0 win Thursday.
As for Justin Upton, I don’t care to look up the numbers since his 12-homer April of 2013, but they can’t be great. He is capable of being the best hitter on this team, but seems to want to match his older brother in enigmatic-ness. Because, you know, #BARVES.
– People say that there’s nothing fun about watching baseball besides hitting, and the Braves have a cure for that for at least the next 7 seasons. His name: Andrelton Simmons. (Yes, the video is 26 minutes long. I’m aware.)
– The Braves have an issue with keeping pitchers’ elbows intact, as the starting rotation looked like this a month ago:
1. Kris Medlen
2. Julio Teheran
3. Mike Minor
4. Brandon Beachy
5. Alex Wood.
Ummm, that is no longer an accurate portrayal of the pitching staff, as a guy named David Hale is pitching at Washington tonight, and Aaron “I kinda look like Droopy Dog” Harang took a no-hitter into the 7th inning in Milwaukee.
Currently, the Braves are trotting out a rotation of Teheran/Wood/Droops/the aforementioned Hale. There is not a 5th starter, because nobody is healthy enough. Mike Minor is recovering from offseason urethra surgery (ouch). Although he is not a savior, one has to applaud Frank Wren backing up a GARDA truck to Ervin Santana, who should be ready to pitch for the Braves by next week. And then there’s Gavin Floyd, whose jersey I may have to buy because forgettable players with my surname are rare.
– The bullpen was the MASH unit of the team last year, but the guys who survived turned out to be pretty good. Not many teams can match Luis Avilan/David Carpenter/Craig Kimbrel as a lefty/righty/closer combo, and no team can match Craig Kimbrel.
– Freddie Freeman seems to be the one guy who is immune to #BARVES-ing. OH GOD WHAT HAVE I DONE?
The Braves are not a World Series team this year, with no pitching depth and a lineup capable of striking out 25 times in a night against the right pitching staff. They will be at once infuriating and inspiring. Unfortunately, the injuries to Medlen and Beachy force Julio Teheran to become an ace before he is ready, and Alex Wood to become a #2, which he may never be. All of this with a lineup that will give 1000 plate appearances to Dan Uggla and B.J. Upton.
Best-case, the Braves eke out a Wild Card berth with 88-90 wins, and go full #BARVES on a playoff run where the lineup starts mashing and the young pitchers go all Maddux/Glavine/Smoltz on us.
Worst-case: more injuries, more chaos, and perhaps protests and riots centered around the Braves’ move to Cobb County.
Your 2014 Atlanta BARVES, ladies and gentlemen. Enjoy them, but don’t become attached. Celebrate their wins, but don’t sing their praises. Go BARVES.
In a word…YES!
Lost in the hullabaloo of these little portraits Richt has been sending to recruits is the fact that HE STOLE THE IDEA FROM ME!
When I was in a heated recruiting battle over the internship services of Chad Floyd last summer, I sent him this. I think the picture speaks for itself.
That’s all I got/