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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Ricky Hatton TKOs Paulie Malignaggi

While the rest of the country was witnessing Texas Tech p*ss away their national title hopes, I was watching Ricky Hatton vs. Paulie Malignaggi. Rumors had Hatton ending his career after this fight, and he may have ended his career in style with absolute domination of Malignaggi.

The Hatton supporters were out in full force, as Hatton was peppering the Brooklyn man with left hooks and shots to the body. On occasion he did hurt Malignaggi to the point of nearly knocking him down, but he was unable to. Didn't matter though, it was a thorough butt-whipping and trainer Buddy McGirt waved the towel in the 11th round.

It's the first time Malignaggi has been stopped, and the second time he's lost. He is a painful fighter to watch, jabbed more than power punched, and he cannot stop holding.

On the Undercard: James Kirkland impressed by knocking out Brian Vera. He delivered devastating body punches and knocked Vera down 3 times in this wicked beating. Kirkland looks like a good prospect that you don't want to mess around with. He remains undefeated and earned some good reps with his win.

DSRTSV - 11/22/08

Remember this one, when "The Dream" bitched John Starks to keep...well, the dream alive. Of course this led to back-to-back titles for the group before M.J. came back and taught 'em all who the champs really were...

Outdrafting Andy - Scorecard Update

Just a quick update about our Outdrafting Andy Reid Spectacular: I've still been toying with the draft scoring, but here's a basic outline (again, input is appreciated,
  • Players will be scored on quality or presumed quality (for players only in the league a few years)
  • They'll be graded on a 5 point system, meaning that a 0 would be never playing an NFL game to a 5 being roughly a pro-bowler (multiple times). I may award bonuses to drafting of all-pros, potential hall of famers and the like.
  • I've been debating the use of another score with respect to finding diamonds in the rough and draft busts. I may either apply this to the score of the player or make it a separate score (i.e. Tom Brady is worth more than say Richard Seymour because Brady was found in the 6th round. My issue with this is that judging coaches' drafting ability also needs to take in account the ability to hit on first rounders due to the cap/money implications).
  • The same time period will be considered for each coach/regime
  • Trades will be considered, but (most likely) judged on a case-by-case basis. For example, the Randy Moss for a 4th rounder trade may appear as though the Patriots hosed the Raiders, but let's be honest here, what were the Raiders going to do? Still, the Patriots certainly deserve some points for getting a potential hall of famer with a few gallons in the tank left to construct one of the best offenses ever.
  • I'll do my best to maintain some consistency with my scoring, but if said player was a flash in the pan, but propelled his team to the title, his is indeed more valuable than a similar player suffering on a craptastic team.
  • Scores per draft will be adjusted for number of picks and/or things out of his control (I might make the Patriots' loss of a pick in 07 a push). Again, trades will probably be taken as a total package (using the Moss example, I might simply grade the Raiders combined 4th rounders and average the score...though I have no intention of using the Raiders).
  • I will utilize an average draft score so that we can compare coaches who didn't have similar lengths in tenure (for example, Tony Dungy's only been at Indy since 2002...its unfair to not give him three years, though we could count his Tampa time)
  • And of course, I'm going to use an unbiased and fairly knowledgeable (equally knowledgeable) as a check to remove my possible bias.
So hopefully we'll have Big Andy's draft up shortly (I've been having lots of fun scouring draft boards and old trade articles). That being said, here's the list of regimes I will be pulling from:
  • Philadelphia Eagles (Andy Reid)
  • Seattle Seahawks (Mike Holmgren)
  • New England Patriots (Bill Belichick)
  • Jacksonville Jaguars (Jack Del Rio)
  • Dallas Cowboys (Jerry Jones err Wade Phillips, though we'll be counting the Parcells years because of how involved Jones was regardless)
  • Denver Broncos (Mike Shanahan)
  • Chicago Bears (Lovie Smith)
  • San Diego Charges (Norv Turner...but all the A.J. Smith era)
So hopefully it'll prove some point and we'll have a lot of fun.

Late Saturday Daily "Linkin' Logs" (11/22/08)

Admittedly, we think we need a weekend crew for BNB, but until we get one (again, hit us up if you're interested...we can talk about it), myself and a few fellow BNBers will try to fill the void.

With that in mind, I'll try to provide a few links and commentary for today:
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