Thursday, December 31, 2009


Mariano Rivera already ahead of Gossage in WAR--Davidoff

"Lee Smith: I think we can all agree that

on that front, although I did vote for him once (two years ago, I believe). He hung around a long time, yet he wasn't that good, so the No is rather easy.

Interesting note on closers' WAR, by the way:

Although I don't see it stated, it's possible Mr. Davidoff is only using part of the above pitchers' careers, that of regular season, to measure WAR. He does not mention if the stat combines regular AND post season play.

I just don't understand why anyone deliberately goes into the field of MLB writing knowing they will be tools of Bud Selig.

Monday, December 21, 2009


Gammons: Rivera both MVP and Cy Young of last 15 years

Gammons: I'd have to wait till the offseason but what I'd really like to do is go to Panama with

I would love to know more about where he comes from and how he has maintained that incredible balance."...

(Yes, but Selig's stenographers kept him off the ballot in droves...) ed.


Friday, December 18, 2009


'Basketball's Mariano Rivera'...

took it right to Charlie Bell, gave him a little fake before shooting a fadeaway
12/17/09, from DimeMagazine, Gerald Narciso, "More proof that Kobe Bryant cannot be guarded"

Sunday, December 13, 2009


Mariano at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Metallica's song, 'Enter Sandman' is played during Rivera's entrances.
via Yankee Stadium's Misfits of Row X.


Saturday, December 12, 2009


They say it everywhere -except the ballot

"In the past 15 years, (Mariano) Rivera is the sport's MVP and Cy Young,


'Has Brady lost the Mariano Mystique?'

"Since he became a starter in 2001, quarterback Tom Brady has been the Mariano Rivera of NFL closers.
Entering the fourth quarter of the NFL season, battered Brady has his sights set on from, 12/12/09, by Mike Reiss, "Has New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady lost the Mariano Rivera Mystique?"

Friday, December 11, 2009


With game on the line, the 'science is settled'...

"In's recent survey of general managers, 89.7 percent of the respondents picked (Kobe) Bryant as
up from 88.9 percent last year. Try finding any other situation in sports, other than perhaps picking Tiger Woods to take the do-or-die putt
where so many would come down on the same side of the debate."...

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Thursday, December 10, 2009


Jon Gruden channels Mo to inspire Pittsburgh Steeler closers

Jon Gruden channels Mo to teach Pittsburgh Steelers how to close big games again. From Twitter, Monday night, 11/9/09:

"Has this year's team become so sure of itself and the knowledge of its system that the players didn't sense the need to pay attention to the details As recently as the Monday night game, ESPN analyst Jon Gruden was comparing the Steelers to
The Mariano Rivera of the NFL has morphed into the league's answer to Matt Capps.
from article in Indiana (Pennsylvania) Gazette by Rick Weaver, "Differing Views on Steelers"


Wednesday, December 02, 2009


The NBA's Mariano--Bulls blog

They’re the players who come into the game to close out your win, in basketball to shut down the opponents

“It’s who can make that Mariano Rivera team,” said Dumars. “I don’t know how many others are out there. I know Kobe’s (Bryant) on there. I know Paul Pierce is on there, and I can name some other guys. But he’s on there, too. He’s proven he’s a closer.”...

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