It’s been a while since I checked in.
- My fantasy baseball draft is Saturday, so I’m spending pretty much every free minute between now and then preparing for it. Baseball season kind of sneaked up on me this year, since HU’s basketball season lasted longer than usual. Combine that with the D-I tourney’s late start (March 20), and I have a bunch of things to track in the sports world.
- I haven’t forgotten about reviewing HU’s last game and the season as a whole. I’ll try to mix that kind of thing in with some baseball posts starting next week. One thing I have learned in my last few months of blogging is that I shouldn’t give myself deadlines for posting stuff. While I try to keep the content coming, I’m not going to make myself feel bad for going a week or more between posts.
- Getting back to baseball, I’m going to try and keep up the same thing I was doing last year, with regular reviews of the previous week’s Braves games. I may cut back on my own stat tracking and just point you to FanGraphs and some other awesome stat sites for the good stuff. They’ve added some great pitch-type data in the last few weeks, by the way.
- Throughout the offseason, I’ve been trying to figure out what the Braves are going to do for regional TV coverage of the 45 games that will be broadcast this year on Peachtree TV, an Atlanta local station that was formerly the TBS local feed. I have Charter cable service in Ringgold, and as of yet, they have not officially announced an agreement to broadcast the games throughout the rest of the Braves’ TV footprint. Comcast has agreed to carry them on CSS, which they jointly own with Charter, but opening day is less than a week away, and there’s still some question as to whether those games will be available for Charter subscribers. More discussion can be found here.
- I’ve been mostly pleased with my cable service over the years. I had Comcast when I lived in Hamilton County, but when I moved to Georgia, my options were to get Charter if I wanted cable, or to use Ringgold Telephone Company’s TV service, or to get satellite TV. Since the only acceptable internet option was Charter (some people don’t mind DSL, but I can’t stand the slow speed, especially at RTC’s high prices), I went with what I understood and chose cable TV. After making the move to HD, though, satellite has caught my interest once again. Aside from their handful of ESPN Sunday Night and FOX Saturday appearances, I won’t be seeing any of the Braves’ regular broadcasts in HD on Charter, despite the fact that both FSN and SportSouth (and apparently Peachtree) have HD feeds. The only problem for now is that neither DirecTV nor Dish has confirmed that they will get the Peachtree games. I’m leaning toward Dish if they do get the games, since like cable, DirecTV doesn’t offer the regional sports networks I want in HD. Dish also has an awesome DVR service, from what I understand, and it’s cheaper than DirecTV.
- Moving on to basketball, my brackets had a rough weekend, with my “official” bracket falling to the 31st percentile on ESPN. I had the Devils losing in the title game in that bracket, but I still feel good about my other Final Four teams for now (Louisville, Kansas, Texas). The path is easier for UCLA with all the upsets in the West region, so I think they should emerge from that group. Ken Pomeroy has an excellent analysis of the remaining field at Basketball Prospectus. My “by the numbers” bracket, in which I basically just picked the Pomeroy favorite in each matchup, is in the 98th percentile. Perhaps I should rely less on my own instincts. It’s too much fun to take some risks in filling out my bracket, or I would turn that in as my official one every year.
That’s all for now.