Chip Kelly Fills in Missing Plot Points of Moneyball

Chip Kelly Fills in Missing Plot Points of Moneyball

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Is Chip Kelly bringing “Moneyball” to the NFL? Don’t laugh.
As the world continues to define what the Eagles’ head coach will do at the pro
level before he’s even held so much as a single practice, there have been some
suggesting Kelly will rely heavily on analytics – think Football Outsiders – to
dictate his decision making.

But there’s a problem with that line of thinking. Chip Kelly
says the Moneyball story has a serious plot hole. Via Tim McManus of Birds
24/7:

“It’s a different game. There are
analytics that you study because you can get information. We’re going to study
the statistics of our game but to equate it to Moneyball, no. Even Moneyball
itself if you really understand it, that’s not what they did. They had three
unbelievable rookie pitchers that nobody ever talks about. All they talked
about is how those guys are going to take hits or make people walk and do those
other things and it made for a great movie, but if you don’t have three great
pitchers in baseball it doesn’t matter, you ain’t getting anywhere. Watch the
movie, read the book they don’t talk about those pitchers at all, but those
pitchers were really, really good. It’s a good story but we’re not modeling
ourselves after Moneyball, I’ll tell you that.

In other words, advanced statistics are fine, and they can assist
franchises in making more well-informed decisions from the front office down to
the coaches on the sidelines. However, even though the Eagles went out and signed
a bunch of “mid-level” value free agents, they still need to develop a few aces
of their own so to speak.

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The Phillies season in one video: 'Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby'

The Phillies season in one video: 'Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby'

What is there to say about the Philadelphia Phillies?

In doing my usual postgame perusal of the Internet after their 7-2 loss on Wednesday night, I visited Phillies.com to see what kind of "highlights" they could have possibly posted from another crushing defeat at the hands of the Colorado Rockies.

Thankfully, the first thing that caught my eye was a video titled, "Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby."

It was not Larry Andersen in the Phanatic's arms. Nor me.

And that's the Phillies season in a nutshell.

"You gotta question the parenting skills here," John Kruk said on the telecast. And he's right! What kind of parent would raise their kid to be a Philly sports fan?!?

The Phillies now have the worst record in all of baseball. They're 4-20 in their last 24 games. It's their worst start to a season since 1960.

Even the Phanatic doesn't have enough popcorn to mask all the pain.

If you want to read about the upbeat approach Pete Mackanin is taking, go give this a gander.

"In a long season, these things sometimes happen," Mackanin told reporters. "I remember Atlanta, the first half last year, was terrible. They had a real good second half. I believe we just need to get something going. We're going to put something together. I believe that."

That makes one of us.

Highly ranked 2018 recruit Brandon Slater verbally commits to Villanova

Highly ranked 2018 recruit Brandon Slater verbally commits to Villanova

The future of Villanova basketball just got brighter.

Brandon Slater, a 6-foot-6 wing and highly touted 2018 recruit, told Scout.com on Wednesday night that he has verbally committed to the Wildcats.

He later made the announcement on Twitter.

Among the 2018 recruiting class, Slater, a product of Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, Virginia, is ranked in the top 30 by Scout.com and top 50 by ESPN.com. He's slated as a four-star talent by both media outlets.

Per ESPN, Slater had offers from Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Syracuse, USC and Virginia Tech. He is Villanova's first commitment for 2018.

"Going up there it just feels like a second home," Slater said, via Evan Daniels of Scout.com. "It gives me a good vibe. It's nothing like all the other schools. I just feel like a Villanova guy. It feels like PVI. It's already home."

Slater and Villanova head coach Jay Wright expressed their excitement on Twitter.