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Morten

Morten Andersen just became the second kicker inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Here’s the piece I wrote about him in The Kansas City Star 15 years ago. As far as I know, his son Sebastian did not actually become a kicker.

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More on Extra Innings

A great point here on changing extra innings from Michael Mulvihill, Executive Vice President, Research for Fox Sports.

Michael would know — I was not aware the ratings hold firm or even spike for extra innings. That would make all the difference. My traditionalist side can sing again!

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Extra Innings

When it comes to baseball, yes, I tend to be a traditionalist in that my first reaction to every new idea is, “Uh … how about no?” I can’t help that. The timelessness of the game appeals to me. I’m drawn to this quaint (and, admittedly, ridiculous) notion that while everything in the world changes, baseball stays the same. Ninety feet. Sixty feet six inches. Bartolo Colon. I like stuff staying the same.

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Spring Training Surprises

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It has been a hectic couple of weeks, moving to MLB.com and MLB Network, getting some sort of death flu, drafting furniture with Michael Schur, having an emergency Super Bowl PosCast¬†and so on. I’m hoping things will settle down over the next little bit.

In the meantime, we did a package on potential surprises in Spring Training this year.

And I looked back at the ultimate Spring Training surprise, Albert Pujols in 2001.

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Priest and TD

For three seasons, 1996-98, Terrell Davis was more or less unstoppable for the Denver Broncos. TD’s three glorious seasons, like Sandy Koufax’s four seasons from 1963-66, were a perfect blend of talent and circumstance and surroundings. Davis was a breathtaking runner. The Broncos had an all-world offensive line. And Denver quarterback, John Elway, still had the big arm and stature, keeping defensive players looking downfield.

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Tiger Again

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You probably have heard: Tiger Woods withdrew again. It is, best I can tell, the seventh time he has withdrawn in the middle of a golf tournament since he turned 35 years old. This was one of the weirder ones because of the way it played out.

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Hall of Fame Survey II

Another Hall of Fame Survey

This one is more of a “test your knowledge” kind of Hall of Fame survey, though there are a few opinion questions in there.

You might wonder where all this is leading. So am I.

No, wait, that’s not right — I know where it’s leading. In July, as part of the Hall of Fame celebration, I’m going to give you this massive Hall of Fame idea that I’ve been working on. It’s not actually for a NEW Hall of Fame. It’s more like a new way to look at the Hall of Fame. Maybe. If it comes out right.

In the meantime, I’ll post some results here as we go. Some of them are pretty interesting though I know enough to know not to put all that much stock in them since the study is naturally biased toward people who come to this blog or follow me on Twitter.

Anyway, I think the survey is kind of fun.

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PosCast: Super Bowl LI

Yes, I sound like I’m about to die. And yes, Michael this week decides to confront his demons as he considers being a Patriots fan in the age of Trump. You can decide for yourself whether to listen. We do talk a little Super Bowl.

But the good news is that, unquestionably, our stupidest ever draft will be up in the next couple of days.

Listen on Stitcher

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Fed

Let’s talk for a minute about Roger Federer’s backhand. It’s a magical thing, that backhand. His forehand is, of course, a dominant weapon, powerful and accurate, one of the great shots in the history of tennis. His serve is perfection, nothing less. Federer is an artist at the net — touch and force, whatever he needs — and the overhead is probably his most underappreciated shot because he makes it look so easy … and it isn’t easy at all.

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Hall of Fame Survey

SURVEY LINK.

I’m mostly out of pocket this week — I’m in Columbus for MAGI FEST, an extremely cool magic festival run in part by my friend Joshua Jay. Hoping to get a lot of great Houdini stuff this week.

Did I mention I’m writing a book on Houdini’s impact on today’s world?

But I’m also working on a massive Hall of Fame project, one that you already aided when you added comments to various Hall of Fame lists I threw together. I’m hoping to have it done next week as I kick off my official start at MLB.com. Exciting.

In any case, as a final thing, I put together a Hall of Fame survey. It should take 5-10 minutes, would love for you to jump in.

I was going to try to actually embed the survey here but it isn’t working — I think I have to install javascript on the site or something — so here is a link for the survey.

Once more: THIS IS THE SURVEY LINK.

Heck, I’ll put it on top too.

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