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McDavid, possible breakout NFL star, World Juniors, baseball card holy grail, Patrice Bergeron and pizza, catchers, Maz

Wednesday 1/3/24

Connor McDavid had five points last night. He's going to end up leading the league again, despite his slow start. Ten back of the leader now. This is McDavid's ninth year in the league--seems like he just arrived. He's in his age twenty-seven season. Let's say he wins Art Ross this year. Ground still be to be made up, and Nikita Kucherov is a dynamic player himself. Gretzky won ten Art Ross trophies. McDavid has an outside chance of reaching that number. He'd already have six if he hadn't missed a bunch of games one year.

How about this guy as a pick to become a breakout star next year in the NFL: Zay Flowers.

Bruins have now won four in a row, steamrolling teams. Back on track.

Really was surprised yesterday that Switzerland erased a 2-0 in the World Juniors to take Sweden to OT, but could not believe the penalty that was assessed to Switzerland at the end of regulation. They must have showed the replay eight times, and at no point did I have any clue what the infraction could have possibly been. I mean at any time of any game, never mind that time of an elimination game.

Canada was upset, which makes Canadians themselves really upset. Some of those people lose their minds.

I have acquired one of the holy grails of baseball cards. We are talking a legendary piece of sports card collector history. That's right: Dave Kingman's 1972 Topps rookie card.

I don't really like seeing Patrice Bergeron doing commercials for Sal's Pizza and saying lines like how he sauced plenty of passes so he can probably sauce a pizza, too. I don't know why. I'm not saying this is rational on my part. It could be that I'm watching the Bruins and they go to commercial and there's Patrice and Sal. Or whom I think is Sal. He looks like a Sal. But I'm also not paying full attention.

Saw one of those "Break the WAR tie" discussions on a baseball history forum yesterday, where two--or more--players have the same career WAR and people opine on who was best and often put them in order. This was a good one: Yogi Berra, Mike Piazza, and Vladimir Guerrero. Same career WAR total for all of them. That was the order I went with. There are a lot of problems with WAR, one of them being that it shortchanges catchers. I think you could argue that defensively catcher is the most important position.

Bill Mazeroski is dumped on heavily by many baseball historians. They claim he's only in the Hall of Fame because of his famous home run. Bill James suggests that Mazeroski is not only the greatest defensive second baseman of all-time, but the greatest defensive baseball player, period. He bases a lot of his case on Mazeroski's ability to turn the double play. That's an interesting argument, which really comes down to the value of getting two out on one play. I think there's something in that.

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