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Friday, June 10, 2005

ESPN Power Rankings

In the lastest power rankings on ESPN.com, we've managed to do something we probably haven't done in years: break into the teens.

That's right, we've ended our slump of being laughed at, in the bottom third of the league. Their comment on us from two weeks ago? "23. Pittsburgh Pirates: General manager Dave Littlefield is "very satisfied" with Lloyd McClendon as manager. Really. He wasn't kidding."

How'd we fair last week, you ask? More Sarcasm: "21. Pittsburgh Pirates: The Pirates rolled off six straight games from May 18-24, but finished the month losing six of their last seven. At least they had a winning streak."

But this week, we hit number 19. While our review wasn't raving with praise, it was certainly not sarcastic/demeaning: "19. Pittsburgh Pirates: On their current homestand, the Bucs are coming off consecutive series victories against the Marlins, Braves and Orioles. Next up: Tampa Bay."

Power rankings were brought up elsewhere earlier this week, the main focus of the discussion being media-biased rankings of the middle-of-the-pack teams. I'm inclined to agree; teams like the Yankees and Red Sux will eternally be placed ahead of the Pirates until the Pirates are winning games in the playoffs those other teams aren't in. However, we were ranked somewhere around 28 at the beginning of the year (I tried to find the old rankings, but they only archived back to week 6, when we were 23rd) so it's nice to see them giving us some legit upward mobility in the rankings. That said, I still agree with the sentiment that ESPN sucks.

--Jeremy

4 Comments:

Blogger Rowdy said...

That stuff finally rolls off me. People just can't pay attention to every team in the league, and they seize on the chance to reduce their homework by writing off teams altogether.

7:44 PM  
Blogger Rory said...

On Baseball Tonight they were actually saying that we have been playing really well. Then they praised Lloyd endlessly for the job he's done.

11:28 PM  
Blogger Pat said...

Yeah but that praise tonight all came from Larry Bowa. Not that praise isn't nice, but I mean it's Larry Bowa.

12:57 AM  
Blogger Zach XOR Jeremy said...

As I said, I take their power rankings with a grain of salt, but it's nice to see us break out of the bottom third at least. That means they're at least paying enough attention to realize that we're not a bad team. And yeah, Baseball Tonight has been decent about praising us, although it's still more of a tragedy than a triumph when we beat a team like the Marlins or Braves. To them, that is, to me it's freakin sweet.

7:44 AM  

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