Friday, March 2, 2007

Where love that travelled far had found me

You know how SNL sketches rarely turn out well as feature length films? I wonder if the same holds true for converting commercials into TV shows:
ABC has turned the series of quirky Geico commercials featuring caveman characters into an actual half-hour comedy project, reports Variety.

"Cavemen" will revolve around three pre-historic men who must battle prejudice as they attempt to live as normal thirtysomethings in modern Atlanta.

The project, from ABC TV Studio, is written by Joe Lawson, an advertising copywriter who was behind the "Caveman" ads -- as well as other Geico commercials like the cockney-speaking Geico gecko.

Great, a series of commercials that were played out and weird after the first two 15 second incarnations will be stretched out to 23 minutes of new material per week. Fish-out-of-water comedy ahoy!

Monday, February 26, 2007

I heard this great thing on the radio

I was listening to WFAN 660AM out of New York on Sunday around 5 in the afternoon, and Richard Neer was on the air. There was some argument about ARod with a caller, and Neer was explaining that Mickey Mantle and ARod had near identical batting averages in the postseason (.257 and .256, respectively). He then gave the caveat that he wasn't trying to say ARod was as "clutch" as Mantle or anything, but said he wanted to talk about batting average after the break.

Well, I wanted to hear this because I was half afraid of what might come. Back on the air, he paid lip service to "you really need to see a guy every day to appreciate him" type stuff, but he said that statistics are one way to evaluate a player. He then discussed OBP and explained OPS, and that stats guys had determined OBP should be weighted more than SLG% after all. He then went on to explain and discuss EqA,
and how it is a valuable tool to understand and grade the performances of individual players. He then described good and bad EqAs.

I was amazed and would have been fine with crying tears of joy. This is like a bishop of the Catholic Church of the Middle Ages acknowledging that the Earth is round and not the center of the universe, or something to that affect. Just to hear someone who has a major voice in sports journalism not only be somewhat sane but also be open to advanced stats is incredible. I wish I could have his babies, and name them WARP2 and WARP3.

What is even more interesting is that the number one broadcast show on that radio station is Mike & The Mad Dog, two men who have a vast knowledge of baseball history but have little to no understanding of how baseball happens.

In other news of logical advancement in the baseball world, Washington Nationals manager Manny Acta recognizes the advantages of OBP over small ball. Wow!