PS - this whole WBC/Cotto situation is precisely why I stopped watching boxing in favor of MMA. I can't say that I won't watch Cotto-GGG if that match were to be signed, but dropping the WBC belt points to the fact that Cotto had no intention of facing Golovkin next (after paying him $800k to step aside for the Canelo fight).
While it is shaping up to be the best card of the year, I still don't think 194 will top UFC 100 in terms of number of PPV buys (1.6m... next closest post-Lesnar buyrate was 1.1m for Silva-Weidman 2/Rousey-Tate 2). I actually don't think Aldo will kill him, provided McGregor doesn't get leg-kicked to death ala Faber. WEC Aldo would be a favorite by a landslide, but UFC Aldo hasn't beaten anyone by stoppage, save for the first Mendes fight. I can't imagine McGregor allowing Aldo to outpoint him for 5 rounds without opening up and desperately seeking to end the fight himself. The guy seems to have a granite chin, so it should be a good scrap. I am equally, if not more interested in the Weidman-Rockhold fight and Jacare/Romero should be good as well. Let's hope nobody gets injured between now and then.
I'd have to figure that Holm wants the rematch as much as anybody, because it's probably the biggest payday she'll ever see, as that PPV will easily be one of the top-3 in buyrate in UFC history if/when it happens. If she fights someone like Tate in the interim and is defeated, she loses that earning potential, kind of like how Cyborg lost out on her chance to cash in when Rousey got dismantled. While I agree that Rousey's reasoning for not fighting Cyborg at anywhere other than 135 was laughable (when she would gladly fight Carano at 145), the Penn-Machida fight you're referring to took place in K1 over 10 years ago. There were lots of openweight bouts in Japan, something that would never be sanctioned in the states in modern-day MMA.
I haven't seen much from him, but recall the pre-draft scouting reports rating his arm as either above-average or plus. In fact, I think that was the thing that he got the most praise for, aside from having a brother who got drafted by the Red Sox.
The thing that separates Rick from the likes of Morgan, Michonne, and Carol is that he's the only one who has kept his children alive through it all, essentially justifying his actions. He's one of the few who has a reason to survive beyond self-preservation. That is what continues to make his character interesting to me, as I've wondered myself, if I'd have the want to go on living in a post-apocalyptic world if my children had perished... but also knowing that I'd be willing do whatever it took to keep them alive.
Hated the Cecchini pick when they made it, given the dearth of hitting talent in the system. It was a high-floor/low-ceiling pick (for a HS player). I'm not generally a fan of middle infielders who don't have either plus power or plus speed, because they're a dime a dozen - unless they happen to be elite defenders (which he is not). It burns me even more now, considering that the next SS selected after him that year was Corey Seager.
If the Mets play KC, it's really going to be a tale of two games. The Mets have a huge advantage in SP, whereas it swings the opposite way when the teams get to their pens. The Royals were 66-4 when leading after the 5th inning. The Mets would need to make sure to jump out to early leads against KC's (mostly pedestrian) SP's and get their own starters to work into the 7th with a multi-run lead in order to win the series.
Highly doubt they'll be getting a compensatory pick for Murphy, since they're not going to risk him taking the $15.8m qualifying offer if he can't find a satisfactory multi-year deal. If he keeps up this pace throughout the postseason, maybe they roll the dice that some team has a short memory and offers him a very lucrative contract. Not likely though... On top of that, Cespedes can't be given a QO after having been traded during the season, so no compensation when he leaves either. Didn't mean to be a Debbie Downer.... looking forward to some deGromination tonight.
My first reaction was to make a half-serious statement that Ethier should've let it drop and told my friend as much. He disagreed and said you can't do it in that spot, so early in the game. Realistically though, Greinke being ahead 0-2 on d'Arnaud is somewhere in the neighborhood of a 75% chance of a non-run scoring out. It's a tough call in real life, but in the vacuum of analyzing the numbers, letting it drop and preserving the lead (with a stud pitcher against a lineup that was basically helpless outside of 2 guys) was probably the smart play.
Not sure you get how this works. They're analyzing discrete events to show how they affect the outcome of the game, or rather, how they alter the probability of the possible outcomes. Nobody is suggesting that they have some uber nerd crystal ball that allows them to see into the future. If Familia hits a 3-run homer after Mattingly chose to walk Flores in the 9th, does that make it a bad decision?