The Worldwide Leader unveiled a rather cool feature yesterday, The Great Analytics Rankings, sorting all 122 NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL teams by “the strength of each franchise’s analytics staff, its buy-in from execs and coaches, its investment in biometric data and how much its approach is predicated on analytics.” I don’t know what biometric data is, but this is interesting nonetheless, at least as it pertains to our favorite teams.
We’ll start with the good. The Nats and O’s are both labeled as “believers,” meaning they rank somewhere in the top half among MLB teams. For the O’s, it’s thanks to “GM Dan Duquette, manager Buck Showalter and pitching coordinator Rick Peterson, all of whom are respected for their analytical thinking,” though “they need a more coherent, holistic approach and a stronger investment to compete with division rivals Tampa Bay, Boston and New York.”
I’m not sure if this is actually an *annual* ranking of the five major D.C. pro sports teams, but it is a nice time of year to do such a thing.
5. Washington Redskins
As Tom Boswell so kindly points out, the past two Redskins seasons were the franchise’s worst since 1961. Incredible.
But! Short of Dan Snyder selling the team, the best possible thing that could happen just happened: They finally hired a real GM. And a highly regarded one to boot!
Of course, he has a drinking problem, and this is the Redskins. Our enthusiasm is curbed by hopelessness. Continue reading
Here with a look at the ticket market for Caps-Blackhawks on New Year’s Day is Mr. Irrelevant Tickets partner TiqIQ.
The average price for tickets to the Winter Classic at Nationals Park on New Year’s Day is $487, which makes it the third-most expensive Winter Classic since TiqIQ started tracking the market five years ago. The only Winter Classic with more expensive tickets came at Citizens Bank Park in 2012 when the Rangers visited the Flyers. That year, there were plenty of Rangers’ fans who made the trip down 95, which was a big part in driving ticket prices above the $500 mark. This year, only the most die-hard of Blackhawk fans will be making the 700-mile trip to D.C. to see the Blackhawks play in their second Winter Classic.
After years of waiting, we finally get to see 2010 first-rounder Evgeny Kuznetsov lace ‘em up for the Caps. Enjoy his top 10 KHL goals (old but awesome) and read Tom Boswell and Puck Daddy before tonight’s debut.
In advance of tomorrow’s trade deadline, the Caps have acquired lefty forward Dustin Penner from the Ducks for a fourth-rounder.
Reaction from the Caps Twittersphere:
You’ve probably seen it already, many times many ways, but I just had to have it on my site. Alex Ovechkin’s breathtaking goal from last nights’ 5-0 win at Montreal:
It was Ovi’s 36th goal on the season. No one else has more than 28.
The Post’s Caps coverage is an ongoing debate, one that’s sure to be stirred by Mike Wise’s latest column:
It feels like it’s time to break up the nucleus, to shake up a roster with just three players not under contract for next season. It can only happen through a substantial trade, and that is why it is time for Mike Green to go.
Provocative! Russian Machine has the rebuttal:
Trading Green will solve exactly none of [the team's myriad] problems. It will just introduce more.
For the final word, my spirit leader for all things Caps, @japersrink:
Eight-year-old got to skate with the Caps and KO Tom Wilson. [RMNB]
For a look at Wilson’s true fight skills, see him vs. Toronto. [RMNB]
Caps lost in the shootout to Buffalo, which isn’t good. [Japers' Rink]
Ryan Miller made a ridiculous super-save in the process. [For The Win]
Skins personnel man Morocco Brown is up for the Bucs GM job. [TWT]
Kyle Shanahan interviewed for Dolphins offensive coordinator. [TWT]
49ers reportedly irked by Skins jerking their coaches around. [Insider]
There’s a case to be made for Jan Vesely, starter. [Bullets Forever]
The Phone Booth had a leak in the roof Saturday night. Wiz! [FTW]
Terps get blown out by FSU, are not in a good way. [Testudo Times]
Georgetown beat Butler in its “most thrilling game.” [Casual Hoya]
Maryland’s 2013 football season was a success, barely. [Testudo]