John Pudner

John Pudner

John Pudner wrote his first statistical analysis for the New York Post more than 20 years ago, ranking pitchers on opposite Sundays from when Bill James ranked batters, and he was named as the top sports news writer in his newspaper class in Virginia by the Virginia Press Association. 

Since then he has run more than 200 political campaigns for candidates or ballot issues while continuing to write statistical analysis for sports and developing a database of thousands of basketball players at and writing for He met with and advised several NBA teams to advice on the future performance of potential draft picks this year. His work for the Alabama Farmers Federation in 2010 included helping to coordinating door-to-door efforts that reached the homes of 170,000 voters, and his more recent statistical work was featured by CNN/Sports Illustrated.

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Value Add Player/Team Rankings: SEC

Defending champion Florida should battle Kentucky for the title, but Value Add Projections have seven SEC teams in the tournament with a potential eighth being defending tournament champion Mississippi. Florida’s Kasey Hill should be back in time to give Florida a good shot at Kentucky. The preseason Value Add First Team All-Conference team included three Kentucky players in Julius Randle, Andrew Harrison, and Alex Pythress, the latter of which has taken a back seat to the younger stars. Dec 2, 2013 11:53 PM PT

Value Add Player/Team Rankings: Big East

Georgetown and Marquette, who tied with departed Louisville for the title last year, will have to battle Missouri Valley champion Creighton and a Villanova team that has already defeated No. 2 Kansas. Georgetown won at No. 10 VCU 84-80 for a second top-10 win for the conference. Butler has looked strong, but losing Roosevelt Jones for the season may have cost them the upset of Oklahoma State and a two-point loss to LSU. Dec 2, 2013 11:44 PM PT

Value Add Player/Team Rankings: ACC

Defending season and tournament champion Miami will have to rebuild from the bottom of the even tougher ACC. UNC’s season could rest on if PJ Hairston is able to play. NC State’s TJ Warren is the top Value Add player and a 1st Team All-American, but Duke has three of the five All-Conference Players in Rasheed Sulaimon, Jabari Parker and Quinn Cook. Beginning Tuesday, the ACC will try to take the ACC-Big Ten challenge back from the Big Ten for the first time since 2008. Dec 2, 2013 12:20 PM PT

Value Add Player/Team Rankings: Big Ten

The Big Ten took the ACC-Big Ten challenge from the ACC for the first time in 2009, and has never given it back as they start their defense Tuesday. Ohio State’s destruction of No. 17 Marquette on the road and Michigan State’s win over No. 1 Kentucky is part of a potentially dominant season for the Big Ten. Defending season champion Indiana is the 21st best team in the country, but only sixth best in the loaded Big Ten. Value Add gives four of the 15 preseason All-Conference picks to the Big Ten including Player of the Year Glenn Robinson of Michigan. Dec 2, 2013 12:20 PM PT

Iron Bowl Celebrations Spread Far from Auburn

Following the path of RVs out of Auburn today showed just how far the celebration spread after the stunning last-second upset of Alabama Saturday. An investment in toilet paper in east Alabama would have been wise last week, as the home pictured is 18 miles from the site of the main toilet paper activity near campus. Dec 1, 2013 3:05 PM PT

Iron Bowl: Always Tough for State School to Lose to Agricultural School

In most states the big dollars go to the State University, with the agricultural/engineering university (Purdue, Texas A&M, Iowa State and Auburn) receiving the second most money, and then the sectional schools getting the crumbs. That is why the site of the Direct TV/ESPN bus leaving an agricultural campus just after the team beats the state school like this photo Sunday afternoon next to Auburn’s practice field is so important. Dec 1, 2013 2:31 PM PT

New Big East a Top 3 Conference, Will Help Fox Sports 1

The new Big East took two Top 5 teams from the Big 12 to the wire Friday, with Oklahoma State having to block a last second shot to hold on against Butler and No. 2 Kansas being stunned by Villanova. The tables below show the team-by-team comparison for the ACC and Big East based on the calculations at, which calculate that each conference would win 81 percent of their games if all 351 teams played each other on a neutral court. Good news for Fox Sports 1. Nov 30, 2013 8:25 AM PT

Exclusive: Top 50 NBA Prospects Based on Early Season Games

Andrew Wiggins (Kansas) is considered the top NBA prospect, but Jabari Parker (Duke Freshman) and Jordan Adams (UCLA Sophomore)are the two prospects who have made the the strongest case through the opening weeks of the season. The table below ranks the top 50 performances in the early season by NBA prospects based on Value Add which has been covered by ESPN. Nov 26, 2013 9:25 AM PT

Value Add Rankings:Top 25 College Basketball Teams

The day after the 2012 NCAA tournament ended, Value Add projected that Kentucky would fall dramatically in 2013 but then be a dominant No. 1 again in 2014. However, Arizona, Duke, Louisville and Michigan have closed the gap dramatically since then, and Marcus Smart's decision to stay at Oklahoma State makes them a potential contender. Here is the countdown of the projected Top 25 teams at Nov 11, 2013 11:10 PM PT

College Basketball Preview: Glenn Robinson, Jordan Adams Top Value Add Player Rankings

UCLA’s Jordan Adams broke his foot to end UCLA’s title hopes then lost teammate Shabazz Muhammad to the NBA. But Value Add projects him as the second best returning player this season behind only Michigan’s Glenn Robinson, and with Kyle Anderson also back, UCLA has two of the Top 50 best players in the country listed below. Nov 11, 2013 10:15 PM PT

ZZ Top Supports Red Sox as Top Rock Beard Index (RBI) Team

ZZ Top tried to keep Randy Johnson in Houston 25 years ago to give their Astros a chance at a World Series. Now their RBI (Rock Beard Index) has them rooting for the Boston Red Sox in the Fall Classic while Johnson stands near the stage taking photos of the band. Oct 23, 2013 4:01 PM PT

Taxpayers Asked to Save Astrodome

In July, we reported on bankrupt Detroit's request for $444 million from taxpayers for a new stadium for the Red Wings even though the team was fine where it was and was turning a profit. Now taxpayers in Houston are being asked to pay almost that much to pay for a stadium of great memories (see Nolan Ryan's photo above) that inspired even Ron Paul to wear a crazy uniform - but that no pro team will ever use again. Oct 21, 2013 9:33 PM PT

Grambling, Other HBC Schools Struggle to Improve Facilities

AUBURN - As late as 2008, Grambling's football team was named the national champion among Historically Black Colleges. However, the school has continued to struggle like other HBC schools who now have to compete with once-segregated state schools in the south that aggressively recruit the top black athletes and students with superior facilities. Leaders in Tuskegee near Auburn have seen the struggle play out. Oct 20, 2013 1:48 PM PT

Grambling, Producer of 100 NFL Players, Forfeits

Robinson is royalty (in the photo above from his funeral in 2007, Jesse Jackson kisses his wife Doris’s hand), but the athletic department and university he built may be the lowest in Division 1 sports. Not only has the football lost 18 straight to NCAA opponents, but Grambling had the only winless basketball team (0-28) of 347 who played Division 1. Oct 20, 2013 1:45 PM PT

Goodbye Sanchez? Geno Smith Gets 1st Big Win over Patriots

Mark Sanchez's best chance to start again for the Jets might rest on Geno Smith getting injured trying to run over a defender. Smith had plenty of help from a great defensive line rushing Tom Brady, a powerful running back behind him and a late call to set up the winning field goal. However, he also showed pinpoint accuracy on tight first-down throws, the ability to run over or around defenders, and perhaps most importantly the willingness to throw the ball away in a 30-27 overtime win over New England. Oct 20, 2013 1:40 PM PT


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