Infographic: Cost of Proposals at Baseball Stadiums

Another infographic that came out yesterday aside from the Facebook Data Science to commemorate Opening Day came from Swimmingly. The site asked all 30 MLB franchises about their rates when it comes to proposals.

Five teams (Blue Jays, Angels, Royals, Orioles, Mets) don’t offer such an event to be a part of the official baseball in-game experience.

PNC Park has the cheapest (at just $39 for a message that is written on the scoreboard). In contrast, Dodger Stadium has the most expensive (at $2500 for a live video board proposal).

But hey as what the site said, you could just pop the question during a pitching change. Or do what Kanye West did.

 

Facebook illustrates dominant Yankee fandom across the US

To mark Opening Day, Facebook Data Science revealed a map illustrating baseball fandom on a per county basis throughout the United States.

As you can see, the Yankees are the most “liked” team in baseball, yet they are considered by many as the most “hated” team in the sport.

Three teams are devoid of counties that support them (on a majority basis): the Mets, the A’s, (who each have a team to share a metropolis with) and the Blue Jays (Canadian, eh).

Feel free to analyze and poke fun at the map.

 

Photo: Thurman Thomas helping Jim Kelly’s spirits

Jim Kelly was a warrior on the football field, and he is now battling for his life, as he fights inoperable but treatable form of cancer. He certainly isn’t alone, as family and friends have come to show support, like former Buffalo Bills teammate Thurman Thomas.

Thomas visited Kelly along with Bruce Smith and Andre Reed and while spending time with Kelly to raise his spirits, Thomas helped his old signal caller to put together a puzzle.
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Report: Eagles cut DeSean Jackson over gang affiliations

Desean JacksonWell, we can’t say we didn’t see this coming…

According to the Eagles’ team Twitter account, DeSean Jackson has officially been cut by the team effective immediately. While the team has declined to offer any specifics, ESPN’s Adam Schefter retweeted a story from NJ.com suggesting that the star wide receiver’s known gang affiliations could be to blame for him being cut outright by the team rather than traded.

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Johnny Football, pro day pioneer

All I needed to see

All I needed to see

If you love the NFL Draft like I do then you’ve no doubt already heard tell of Johnny Manziel’s great pro day. Not only did JFF make “all” the throws with accuracy and velocity, he did so while wearing full gear! Apparently, this is the first time a QB has ever done his full pro day drills in pads and a helmet and it is proof of how much JFF loves football and will most assuredly succeed in the NFL. It’s a tough claim to disprove so we’ll just go along with it, even with some doubt in the back of the mind.

At least where the NFL pundit class is concerned, JFF answered most of the questions that have until now dogged his pre-draft status even though he has been, at times, considered the best player in the draft. For all of the awesome entertainment JFF has provided over the past two seasons he’s an undersized system QB with a penchant for running. Manziel is pretty much a lock to go in the top 10 now but a great pro day with unprecedented skill displays doesn’t come anywhere close to guaranteeing a good career in the big league. The first guy that popped into my head:

Pro Day hall of famer

Remember how awesome it was that he could throw 50 yards while on his knees? Raiders fans probably remember how easily he could throw 10 feet into the dirt at about 175 mph better than all of his Hail Mary throws that would have come after he had been sacked.

Good for JFF at having a “great” pro day following Teddy Bridgewater’s “horrible” pro day. I guess Johnny will get drafted over Teddy (and it might as well be 1956 with those names.) Your pro day performance has little predictive ability in terms of a whole career. At least it means nothing to us yokels watching at home and the vast majority (really close to 100%, might even be 100%, which is a pretty solid majority) of NFL Draft reporters and blogs. Even though JFF broke new ground by wearing a helmet and pads, he might not actually be the first QB to be competent in in a helmet and pads. We’ll keep you posted on that as it develops.

One last capper that makes the point about reportage on the event seem extra silly. You’ve probably heard about all the QB pro days that the Browns are skipping and laughed at Oh, you stupid Browns! They’re scheduling private workouts with the top QBs, JFF included. They aren’t going out of their way to be hilarious, my guess is they just don’t expect to glean much useful information from these things. They might still be idiots but we can’t really tell that from our positions, you and me. Get it?

 

Watch: Tim Cowlishaw slams Kentucky

As we told you earlier, Manhattan Jaspers head coach Steve Masiello had his new job offer from the University of South Florida rescinded after it was revealed that he lied on his resume about earning a degree at the University of Kentucky. Not suprisingly, this was one of the hot take segments on ESPN’s Around the Horn. The Dallas Morning News’ Tim Cowlishaw, a regular on the show, took this as an opportunity to slam Kentucky:

“What’s the difference between having a degree from Kentucky and almost having a degree from Kentucky?”

Ignore the groans on set of show, they wanted to LOL just as much as you just did. Cowlishaw would later joke that he was trying to pick up Twitter followers.

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