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College Basketball Preview – Mid-Majors

November 26, 2012 |

Anyone who plays fantasy baseball with me knows I love creating ridiculous spreadsheets that use a combination of prior years’ statistics and current year player rankings to illustrate why my team will destroy theirs again that year. I considered doing something similar for this quick look into the best of this year’s mid-major college basketball teams. I thought that maybe by looking at the 19 teams from mid-major conferences who have reached the Sweet 16 or better in the past five years, we could see in the statistics some similar factor that made them successful—maybe turnover margin, three-point percentage, total defense, and free-throws taken and made per game—and use that knowledge to help predict which teams this year are constructed to allow for success in those same facets of the game. But considering the number of teams, number of variables, and that we really don’t need a Nate Silver-like level of precision with our predictions here, I’ll leave that up to you all, and rely on old-fashioned, always reliable gut instinct. Without further ado, here are six teams that Dickie V may be screaming are “Awesome Baby!!!” throughout the year, and especially come tournament time.
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Sports Week In Review 10/26-11/1

November 5, 2012 |

October is really the greatest sports month of the year. You have the MLB playoffs, both college and professional football are in full swing, the NBA gets underway and hockey would normally be a few games into the season. With a plethora of sporting events to watch here are some of the highlights from the past week.

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Week 8 Fantasy Football Preview

October 25, 2012 |

I wish a happy Thursday to all of you fantasy freaks. As we approach the halfway point of the season, some of the early season trends which we chalked up as flukes are starting to show some staying power while others are who we thought they were, to borrow a page from Denny Green’s book. I know one suspicion of mine that was confirmed this week, was to never, ever, ever draft a holdout running back. Following in Chris Johnson’s footsteps, Maurice Jones-Drew went down this week with a foot injury that could keep him out for weeks. While I don’t care for Rashad Jennings against Green Bay this week, he’s certainly someone that you should have already put in a claim for in your league. If you haven’t yet, you can check to see if he’s still around, but I highly doubt it.
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Week 7 Fantasy Football Preview

October 18, 2012 |

Now that all of us at have recovered from the insanity otherwise known as the Great American Beer Festival, it’s time to get back into our regular routines. That means it’s time for us to take a look at this week’s match-ups and identify who’s primed for a breakout performance and who else might be ready to take a breather from your team’s lineup for the week. Here’s the Week 7 Fantasy Football Preview!
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Week 5 Fantasy Football Preview

October 4, 2012 |

I’m sure that, like me, some of you were bitten by the monsters that were masquerading as the San Francisco and Chicago defenses last week.  Sometimes you just have to throw your hands up and remember that fantasy football is a cruel, unapologetic beast, and that’s on a good day.
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Fantasy Football Weekly Preview

September 28, 2012 |

I never thought I’d be SO HAPPY to have the regular officials back, but after watching countless replays of the “Inaccurate Reception” from Monday Night, Ed Hochuli and his traveling gun show I’ll be a sight for sore eyes this weekend.  I hope everyone read last week’s column and followed my advice, as there was a minimum of 100 points scored between the players I recommended you take a look at.  If you branched out on your own, it’s okay, I’m not offended.  We’ve just met and trust takes a long time to build.  Let’s just hope that you come around before your fantasy football team is mathematically eliminated from play-off contention, eh?
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Sports Week-in-Review: Football in Full Swing Edition

September 24, 2012 |

I haven’t had cable television in over a month. No Gossip Girl, no Say Yes to the Dress, and worst of all, no SportsCenter or live sports. In that month I’ve moved, gotten a new roommate, and worst of all, was asked to write about the current events in the Sport-o-sphere. How am I going to do that without television!? I need that feeling of an unnecessarily large remote in my hand (seriously, does anyone even use the back half of that thing?), needlessly flipping back and forth between channels; otherwise watching the NFL isn’t truly watching the NFL.

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Porchdrinking Fantasy Football Weekly Preview

September 20, 2012 |

I’ve finally finished traveling the country in search of the most up-to-date information on the fantasy football circuit. The good news? I’m back and can share this information with all of you. The bad news? The only bad news is for your opponents. You’re going to want to bookmark our page (you mean you haven’t done so already?) and make this part of your weekly preparation ritual. Not doing so is basically spotting your opponent a lead before the week’s games have even begun.

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PorchDrinking Sports Week-in-Review 9/7-9/13

September 17, 2012 |

I told my girlfriend two weeks ago that I wanted to spend the entire weekend with her. Just the two of us doing whatever she wanted—she nearly had tears in her eyes. At the end of the weekend I let her know that I would be busy for the next six months.

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PorchDrinking Fantasy Football Draft Recap

September 13, 2012 |

Thank you to everyone for stopping by to read the draft recap for the inaugural fantasy football league.  Along with a pick-by-pick breakdown of every round, I’ve also included a brief snippet of analysis behind why I made the selection I did.  There also may be a snide remark mocking my fellow owners for their poorly made decisions.  On a rare occasion, I might even dole out some praise.  Be sure to check back weekly to see a quick breakdown on the previous week’s match-ups as well as some recommendations I have for the upcoming weekend’s matchups.  Good luck and good drinking! Read More

PorchDrinking Joins Louisville Hate Day

August 30, 2012 |

One of the main reason exists today is due to the success of another blog, Kentucky Sports Radio. As many of our readers know, I am originally from Lexington, Kentucky where bourbon is the more prevalent drink of choice … Read More

Fantasy Draft List

August 29, 2012 |

Armchair quarterbacks, it’s time to move your recliners to the porch. Nothing goes better together than football and beer —for proof, look no further than the advertisements during any football game ever. And since there’s no shame in having a cold one during a game, it stands to reason that you might as well drink beer during fantasy football too, right?

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NFL (Non)Storylines

August 27, 2012 |

I think everyone is so caught up in the baseball storylines this August that we have almost totally forgotten that the NFL is almost back (sarcasm). It’s time to take a look at some of the less discussed story lines heading into this season.
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PorchDrinking Challenges YOU to Fantasy Football

August 23, 2012 |

Think you have what it takes to challenge the PorchDrinking staff at Fantasy Football? We have four spots left in our PorchDrinking league. Take on our staff members and be part of the weekly mocking, insults, and general busting of … Read More

Sports Week In Review: Post-Olympic, Pre-NFL Edition

August 21, 2012 |

Covering sports a week after the Olympics feels kind of like showing up for midnight at Time’s Square on January 2. But still, plenty of stuff happened in sports this week. Here’s what you might have missed:
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Sports Week in Review

August 13, 2012 |

It’s not often you see several people clinch the coveted title of “the greatest of all-time” in three sports in one week, but we did this week. Here’s a look back at a memorable week in the sporting world.

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Midweek Sports and Olympics Week in Review

August 9, 2012 |

Sports have entered their annual late-summer Twilight Zone between baseball’s dog days and the collective anticipation of what’s to come in fall and winter. Thankfully, we can enjoy the Summer Olympics every four years. The thirtieth Olympiad has taken … Read More

Olympic Observation Not So Roundtable

August 1, 2012 |

Typically at around 2pm on Wednesdays we have a roundtable discussion about something or another, whether it be whether the 90’s housed the most prolific run of children’s tv shows or what people remember most from the Olympics.  Following that … Read More

Sports Week in Review: Olympic Edition

July 30, 2012 |

The opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympics was, what’s the word I’m looking for … spectacularly weird, boring, insufferable? Let’s go with just weird. But those weird opening ceremonies mark the start of the most exciting two weeks in … Read More