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Feb 04 2013

The Harbaugh Bowl


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Ahh, Super Bowl XLVII. Once a year, it gives football fans the opportunity to congregate with friends and family while having good food, mass amounts of beer and to actually watch the commercials that went for $4 million per 30 second time slot. This year was monumental to the Baltimore Ravens considering that it’s their 2nd Super Bowl championship and also the last season for seasoned veteran Ray Lewis. Also, that their star quarterback Joe Flacco earned the MVP award. Who could forget that the head coaches of both teams are biologically related? Talk about sibling rivalry on a grand scale. I’m sure both Jim and John Harbaugh were rooting for each other but when it came to game time, it was all business.

 

On the other hand, the San Francisco 49ers made history for themselves even though they were 4 points shy of victory. Not only have they won 5 Super Bowl championships with legendary players such as Joe Montana, Jerry Rice and Steve Young but having a young quarterback with only 11 starts in the season is remarkable. Colin Kaepernick was outstanding even though he lacked the experience that most players have but with his 15 yard touchdown run in the 4th quarter, he set a Super Bowl record of longest touchdown run by a quarterback. We also can’t forget his right hand men, wide receivers Michael Crabtree and Randy Moss, as well as tight end Vernon Davis who assisted in making those touchdowns in the 2nd half of the game. Ironically when Kaepernick was a child, he wrote a letter that was submitted in a time capsule which predicted that he would be 6’4 and would play for the 49ers or Packers, even if they aren’t good in the next 7 years. Amazingly enough, his dreams came true and I’m sure that he was astounded when he found out that he would be the starting quarterback for the 49ers at a Super Bowl championship game. Although the 49ers probably analyzed every move, every pass and every play that might have caused their defeat, Kaepernick and his team put up a good fight. The Ravens didn’t sweep them off their feet completely and faced a challenging team for the trophy. Good for you Ravens but ultimately Niners, there’s always next year!

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Oct 12 2012

What exactly is moneyball?


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Now since the novel by Michael Lewis has been published and the movie starring A-list actors was a hit, this word “moneyball” has become prevalent in mainstream society but the question is, do most people know what this really is? Of course, avid baseball fans are well aware of this phenomenon innovated by Billy Beane, who was the general manager of the Oakland Athletics in 1997. In my Sports Leadership & Management curriculum, I recently was reading about how the concept of moneyball was born due to MLB franchise values and the disparity between large market and small market teams. Due to the fact that the MLB doesn’t share local TV revenue (meaning that they don’t make money off of how many viewers tune into ballgames), it causes large “media market teams” such as the New York Yankees to earn more revenue compared to the Colorado Rockies. This causes a disadvantage and a potential monopoly among major league teams and the possibility of losing top notch players because salary requirements can’t be met. During the 1990’s when Billy Beane was a professional scout, he realized this discrepancy and developed a concept of building a team on a low budget while using sabermetrics, a concept of analyzing baseball through objective evidence and then it evolved into the word “moneyball”.  The whole idea of moneyball is to have a winning team without having to recruit high profile players with high salary demands. This idea that Beane invented and enacted as a GM after the 1997 season with the A’s was to focus primarily on the statistics of players and to use quantitative analysis of baseball, rather than just recruiting talented baseball players who had a high batting average or a low ERA. Beane wanted to draft intelligently and hired statistician Bill James to analyze mathematical theories to put together a team that would consistently win. Now, teams such as the Toronto Blue Jays and the Boston Red Sox have utilized “moneyball”. To sum it up, a professional baseball franchise doesn’t need to have a large amount of revenue to recruit skilled baseball players but rather have the capability to analyze statistics, probability, and to draft players who are worth it.

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