The Treadmill of Overspending

For ages, we've been hearing the meme that it's terrible to be "in the middle of the pack" on the "treadmill of mediocrity" and that it's better to just lose. It's gotten such wide-spread acceptance that now Magic Johnson is joining the bandwagon:

“I hope the Lakers lose every game,” Johnson told Newsday. “Because if you’re going to lose, lose. I’m serious. … You can’t be in the middle of the pack. You either have to be great or you have to be bad to get a good pick.”

But there is no "treadmill of mediocrity". There is only a "Hamster Wheel of Insanity."


The 2014/15 MVP Race: Fear the Beards

Arturo breaks out his MVP metric and finds it has a deep love of facial hair this season. Daryl will enjoy this one.


The Boxscore Geeks Show: Kobe vs. Batman

Kobe vs. MJ, Superman vs. Batman, and how is this year's rookie crop looking?


An Early Look at the 2014 Rookie Class

"The deepest draft ever," they said. "You'd be stupid not to tank this year," they said.

Time will, of course, tell, but so far I see no evidence to contradict my early prediction that this year, like every other year in NBA history, at least one of the top draft picks will be a bust. There is no certainty around the future performance of NCAA athletes, so stockpiling picks is far more important than maximizing your 25% chance at the #1 overall pick.


The Boxscore Geeks Show: the 76ers, Charles Barkley, and 30 for 30

How bad can the 76ers be? What we think of Charles Barkley's opinions on Ferguson. Finally, we have some opinions on the NFL and general sports reporting.