I am not at all surprised that the plays chosen for the Bills and Browns are bad. Just sad.
MLB won their arbitration case today against Barry Bonds. The arbiter ruled that MLB did not collude to keep Bonds off of a major league roster. Deadspin suggests that this is good for Bonds, as he’ll slowly work his way back into baseball, and indeed has been doing some work with the Giants. It would help him rehabilitate his image and get him in the HOF, which is very good.
All the same, any idiot can see that there was collusion. Bonds had an amazing season in 2007 and offered to play for the league minimum. Not a single team made him an offer. I find that highly suspicious. It’s over, so I guess it doesn’t matter, but it still bothers me somewhat.
Fivethirtyeight had a great post about Chase Utley and his chances to get inducted into the HOF. Based on JAWS, Jay Jaffe’s system for evaluating a player’s peak in terms of WAR, Utley is one of the very best second basemen of all time. The article compares his peak to that of Jackie Robinson, which is nothing to sneeze at. However, his traditional stats are extremely pedestrian, and the Hall’s track record isn’t great when it comes to players who don’t hit magic numbers. It’s an interesting argument, to be sure. I don’t know if I would put him in the Hall or not. Jeff Kent’s case is much better, except for being a tremendous ass and possibly having issues with PEDs. Utley certainly wouldn’t cheapen the HOF by any stretch, and I wouldn’t complain if he made it, but unless there’s a huge grassroots movement to get him in, ala Blyleven, I just don’t see it. Maybe he has another three or four productive years; he’s 31, but he’s been injury prone. I guess we’ll have to see!
I found this gem of an article that highlights some of the major gameplay changes in Madden 16. QB inaccuracy and more penalties are two that leap out at me as important and useful; it also sounds like wide receivers will play defensive backs more intelligently. The news is equally good for Franchise mode, although it sounds like contracts haven’t been a priority. I also like the reworking of Scouting, although changing it every year seems excessive. I’ll be picking up a copy as soon as it’s available, and I’ll share my thoughts when the opportunity comes!
This is something of a shame, but Shaw’s career as a Brown is most likely over thanks to a thumb injury. I thought Shaw looked pretty decent last season, but Manziel is the clear no. 2 with McCown as the clear no. 1, and as DBN pointed out, it’s just not that likely that the Browns waste a roster spot on a third string QB. I hope he does well wherever he lands (unless it’s Baltimore or Pittsburgh).
Kevin, I hope you enjoy the overpaid carcasses of Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher. Hopefully, this gives Cleveland some payroll flexibility in the offseason to pay players who aren’t overrated (Bourn) or underperforming (Swisher).
If you try to connect to your VPN using Cisco AnyConnect and get the following error after upgrading to Windows 10:
The Client Agent has encountered an error.
The fix is simple, and is the same one as for Windows 8: open regedit and go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\vpnva. In there, modify the DisplayName key so that it reads Cisco AnyConnect VPN Virtual Miniport Adapter for Windows x64 and restart the VPN client. Once you do that, you should be able to connect to your VPN once more.