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This Day in S.I. Cover History: May 13, 1991

Okay little late on this but it works as the subject, Roger Clemens, did have a start on May 13, 1991 and he's very much in the news right now as he does his best Bret Favre impression on whether he'll play this year or not. Or was Favre doing a Clemens impression? We've dealing with Roger's retirement questions for three years now.   Roger Clemens was off to a blistering start to the '91 season as he had won all six of his starts and at one point in early in the season had tossed 30 consecutive scoreless innings.   Clemens' 1991 statistics coming into May 13th: 6-0, 0.73 ERA, 51 strikeouts, 8 walks   Red Sox record going into May 13th: 18-10, 1st place in A.L. East, 1 game ahead of Toronto   Clemens on May 13th, 1991: No decision, 8 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K. Red Sox lose at home to the White Sox 4-3 in 10 innings. White Sox had an early 2-0 lead on two rbi hits by Robin Ventura. Red Sox took the lead with a three run 7th highlighted on a Steve Lyons single and Sammy Sosa error that led to two runs. Clemens was lifted after eight for closer Jeff Reardon but he blew the save on a two out, pinch hit homerun to Matt Merullo. White Sox win it in the 10th on a Ron Karkovice rbi single off of Jeff Gray.   Other MLB action on May 13th, 1991: Angels' Luis Polonia has five hits in a 9-5 win over the Indians...Blue Jays' Todd Stottlemyre improves to 5-0 with 8 1/3 strong innings, beating the Royals 4-2...Brothers Tony & Chris Gwynn both homer, Tony off of David Cone in the Padres 5-2 over the Mets and Chris, pinch hitting, off of Bill Sampen in the Dodgers 8-3 win over the Expos...Phillies' closer Mitch Williams blows a 3-1 lead in San Francisco in the 9th giving up a homerun to Steve Decker and an rbi double to Matt Williams but John Kruk homers off of Rod Beck in the 11th to give Philadelphia a 3-2 win.   Other sports action May 13th, 1991: Detroit Pistons beat the Boston Celtics 104-97 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semis, tying the series at 2-2...Nate Archibald and Dave Cowens are inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.   Fun With Google on May 13th, 1991: A discussion on whether or not Hal Morris could hit .400? Morris was hitting .402 thru May 12th. He'd go 0 for 5 on May 13th and never again get to .400. Google jinx!

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Tecmo Super Bowl Simulated Season: Week 1

About four years out of Boredom I went on a binge of downloading roms to play old NES games. It was fun for a little while but playing on the keyboard got old fast. One of the games I downloaded of course was the favorite childhood video game of many men my age, Tecmo Super Bowl. A couple of weeks ago I finally had the itch again to play TSB but again playing on the keyboard just isn't nearly as fun as playing the original on the NES. So I decided for my next series of blog entires was to simulate a TSB season and track it here on my blog.   Yes I'm officially out of ideas.   Anyways I'll just be doing the quick simulation of each game. I thought about sitting through computer vs. computer games but that would take too damn long and get boring. Besides the computer can play really fucking stupid, like ignoring the wide open receiver streaking 50 yards down the field and throwing to tight end underneath who is covered. Maybe when I get to the playoffs I'll do that and add some screen captures.   For Week 1 the big game was obviously the rematch of the 1990 NFC Championship between the Giants and 49ers. Giants blew a 21-0 lead here in the 4th but prevailed in overtime 24-21. The big news of the week though is an upset win over the Redskins, the Lions lost Barry Sanders to injury. Randall Cunnigham, or better known as QB Eagles, went off against the Packers with 348 yards passing and 5 touchdowns.   Week 1 Scores   Seattle 27, New Orleans 21 -John L Williams: 5 catches, 121 yards   L.A. Rams 24, Phoenix 21 OT -Henry Ellard: 5 catches, 147 yards   Philadelphia 38, Green Bay 24 -Randall Cunningham: 348 yards passing   San Diego 21, Pittsburgh 20 -Anthony Miller: 6 catches, 106 yards   N.Y. Jets 31, Tampa Bay 28 OT -Jets: 176 yards rushing   N.Y. Giants 24, San Francisco 21 OT -Phil Simms: 154 yards passing   Indianapolis 19, New England 14 -Steve Grogan: 16% comp pct, 46 yards   Denver 38, Cincinnati 14 -Bobby Humphrey: 14 rushes, 116 yards   Buffalo 24, Miami 21 -Thurman Thomas: 191 total yards   L.A. Raiders 30, Houston 21 -Oilers: 12 yards rushing   Detroit 17, Redskins 14 -Barry Sanders: 106 yards rushing, leaves injured   Dallas 24, Cleveland 10 -Jay Novacek: 4 catches, 102 yards   Minnesota 30, Chicago 17 -Wade Wilson: 204 yards passing   Kansas City 38, Atlanta 0 -Falcons: 64 total yards, 3 first downs   Leaders thru Week 1   As I get later into the season I'll add expanded leaders. I've never quite figured out what the hell formula Tecmo used for passing rating on the game as it is obviously not the standard NFL version.   Passing Leaders Rating: Randall Cunnigham 302.0 Yards: Cunningham 348 TD: Cunnigham 5   Receiving Leaders Receptions: Art Monk; Anthony Miller, 6 Yards: Henry Ellard; Fred Barnett, 147 TD: Many with 2   Rushing Leaders Yards: Bobby Humphrey, 116 TD: Many with 2   Defensive Leaders INT: Many with 2 Sacks: Richard Dent; Lawrence Taylor; Al Baker, 3

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2006 Player Rankings: Designated Hitters

For those who don't remember here were my 2004 and 2005 player rankings I posted on the forums.   2004   2005   These rankings are purely based on what the player did this past season. Past performance and potential future value are not taken into account. For hitters I take into account five statiscal compotents: OPS, Value Over Replacment Player (VORP), Equivalent Average (EQA), Runs Created, and Win Shares.   Now with the regular position lists I take the top 30 players at each position in games started which means not necessarily every team will have a player on the list. But I decided to get DH's out of the way because it's the shortest list and if you looked at my A.L. MVP ballot you already see the Top 3. In 2004 I did a normal DH list but last year with a complete lack of everyday DH's outside Oritz and Hafner I did combo list of DH's and players who played a lot but didn't fit into of the position lists. But this year we had at least a few more everyday DH's and there actually wasn't that many players this year who played a lot but didn't fit into the other lists. In fact the only player that had more than 500 plate appearances but wasn't in the Top 30 in games started at any position was Jay Payton who played 40+ games at every outfield position so I'm going to throw him in the leftfielders list.   So now onto the DH list which again isn't very interesting and once you get past the Big 5 there is a big drop off with a lot part-time/injured players and a couple of guys who were released. I took only the Top 14 in games started at DH. Jason Giambi played a few more games at DH than first base so that's why he's on it. Also for each position I'll list who I had as the Top 3 in 2004 and 2005 before the 2006 rankings.   2004 Top 3 DH's   1. Travis Hafner 2. David Ortiz 3. Erubiel Durazo   2005 Top 3 DH's   1. David Ortiz 2. Travis Hafner 3. Mike Sweeney   2006 Designated Hitter Rankings   1. David Ortiz, Red Sox 2. Travis Hafner, Indians 3. Jim Thome, White Sox 4. Jason Giambi, Yankees 5. Frank Thomas, A's 6. Jay Gibbons, Orioles 7. Jonny Gomes, Devil Rays 8. Tim Salmon, Angels 9. Mike Sweeney, Royals 10. Matt Stairs, Royals/Rangers/Tigers 11. Phil Nevin, Rangers/Cubs/Twins 12. Javy Lopez, Orioles/Red Sox 13. Carl Everett, Mariners 14. Rondell White, Twins   I think White produced more for the Twins today than he did for the entire season.

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Much better

After the 2001, 2002, 2003 ALDS and a choke the last week of the season in 2004 I'm a little weary whenever the A's make things more interesting than it neeeds to be as I showed last night. But tonight they made it easy. Angels lose before the A's game ends and the A's crush the Mariners 12-3 for division title #14. Congratulations to Jason Kendall and Mark Kotsay on their first trip to the postseason.   For work and family reasons I can't make it to the ALDS but I am going to purchase ALCS tickets just in case. Hey they got to get out the division series eventually, right?

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