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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NFC West: 49ers Travel to Seattle to Determine Best NFC Team

The San Francisco at Seattle game this week pits the two teams tied for the second best Week 1 Rating behind only the Broncos. Anquan Boldin's 13 catches for 208 yards were almost 100 yards more than the Seahawks allowed TOTAL through the air against Cam Newton, so something has to give. The winner of this game will have the early edge for home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs, while both are very likely to be back in the playoffs. St. Louis pulled out the battle for third place, but with home field advantage the teams look about even. The Week 1 Ratings in the NFC West: Sep 9, 2013 9:07 AM PT

NFC South: Saints Leapfrog Falcons, Only Week 1 Winner

The Saints wasted no time getting to the top of the NFC South Week 1 Ratings in Sean Payton's return, beating the Dolphins while the Panthers and Bucs let games slip away late. Cam Newton's 125 yard passing, albeit against a tough Seahawks defense, was the day's biggest disappointment for a quarterback who played so well in the second half of 2012 and he will need to improve when they travel to Buffalo this week. The Week 1 Ratings: Sep 9, 2013 8:55 AM PT

NFC North: Bush Puts Lions in middle of 3-way Battle with Packers, Bears

Reggie Bush (21 carries for 90 yards, 4 catches 104 yards) could be the final piece for the Lions, whose Week 1 rating was virtually even with both the Bears and Packers. The odd team out in the Week 1 ratings is Adrian Peterson's Vikings, as the MVP cannot do it alone for the Vikings. While his highlight reel 78-yard run on his first carry looked great, the Lions did not worry about the passing game in holding him to 17 carries for 15 yards the rest of the way, and he next faces a Bears defense that that allowed only 25 yards to BenJarvus Green-Ellis in beating the Bengals. The Week 1 Ratings in the NFC North: Sep 9, 2013 8:49 AM PT

NFC East: Cowboys Shoot to Top Pending RG3 vs. Vick

The Dallas Cowboys shot to first in the NFC East with an impressive win over the Giants, capped by Brandon Carr's 49-yard interception return for the sixth turnover of the game. With the scoring-happy NFL, turnovers become even more important as the only way to stop the opponent. The Monday night game will answer a lot of questions regarding if Michael Vick can prosper again in the fast-paced Oregon Ducks offense, and if RG3 looks like he is all the way back. The Week 1 Ratings, without the benefit of the Eagles at Redskins game Monday, are below: Sep 9, 2013 8:40 AM PT

AFC West: Broncos Easily Best in NFL; Chiefs Strong Debut

The Denver Broncos Week 1 Rating is 10 points better than anyone else in the NFL, confirming them as the early Super Bowl favorites behind Peyton Manning's seven touchdowns against the defending champion Ravens heading into the next Manning bowl in New York. The division looks better than expected overall, as Andy Reid's Chiefs would be a surprise wild card team based on the Week 1 rating, while Terrelle Pryor's running (112 yards) and passing (19-29 for 217 yards) was almost enough for the Raiders to upset Andrew Luck and the Colts. The Week 1 Ratings in the AFC West: Sep 9, 2013 8:29 AM PT

AFC North: Bengals Best Rating of Four 0-1 Teams

The good news for the Cincinnati Bengals is that even a good Bears defense could not cover AJ Green, and with the once-mighty conference going 0-4 in Week 1, the Bengals were clearly the best team. They battled tough in Chicago, while the other three were embarrassed and the Bengals may get plenty of sacks against a terrible Browns offensive line and a Steelers' team that lost Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey for the season. Sep 9, 2013 8:11 AM PT

AFC East: Dolphins Match Patriots Week 1 Ratings

The Dolphins rated just higher than the Patriots in Week 1, as their defensive line manhandled the Browns (Cameron Wake 2 1/2 sacks), helping to force three interceptions (two by Dmitri Patterson) to give them a great shot to disrupt Andrew Luck in Indy next. Tom Brady found a way to win, and they rated 8-points better than than Thursday's opponent the Jets this week, but the long-term may hinge on when Rob Gronkowski returns. The one-day ratings: Sep 9, 2013 8:04 AM PT

AFC South: Titans Defense Dominates, Next Plays at Houston

The Tennessee Titans pulled off the big upset of the day, with a defense that improved from last in the league to one that allowed only 195 yards while forcing two fumbles and registering five sacks of Ben Roethlisberger. The team rating almost as high as the division-favorite Houston Texans, and we will quickly learn if they are for real when they travel to Houston for their next game. Andrew Luck was brilliant as the Colts survived, but they will go in as underdogs against the Dolphins this week. All three will get to beat up on the Jaguars, who rated two touchdowns worst than then second worst team in the league (the Browns). The Week 1 ratings are: Sep 8, 2013 11:36 PM PT

Refs Steal Another TD from Packers

After giving up a touchdown on a bad call by replacement referees last September out west (see photo below), the Packers lost another touchdown out west Sunday to real referees (photo above). They may not get as much sympathy this time for the bad call after Clay Matthews' late hit on San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (photo above). Sep 8, 2013 5:10 PM PT

Pirates, Rays, Rangers Lose Twice to Open Playoff Doors

While most are focused on football this weekend, the race for the baseball playoff spots heated up. Teams losing Friday and Saturday included the Rangers (to let the A's move into first in the AL West), the Rays (to leave six teams within 3 1/2 games of the two wild card spots) and the Pirates (to let the Cardinals move into first in the NL Central and the Reds get within a game of the Pirates. Sep 8, 2013 1:31 AM PT

NFL Alphabetical Schedule

The NFL has dominated sports ratings for years. Baseball disappears for most on Sunday's once the NFL kicks off. While college basketball dominates March, most hardly know the season has started in November and December when the NFL is still playing. Unless you are a Ravens or Broncos fan, your team kicks off Sunday or Monday. Look up any team alphabetically by their nickname below to get the opponent and starting time of their NFL opener. Sep 8, 2013 12:05 AM PT

Big Ten Goes 4-0 vs. BCS in Down Weekend for SEC

AUBURN - The Big Ten dominated Saturday, and the SEC joined the old Big East (American Athletic Conference) as the big losers or the day. The Big Ten not only went 4-0 against other BCS teams, but won three of the four by more than 10 points more than expected to lay out the case that the long SEC dominance that started in the 2007 Bowl Games could be at an end. The following are all match-ups, with how much better or worse each team did than the predicted result at Sep 7, 2013 10:45 PM PT

Old Big East Football May Not Recover from Legaux Injury

As their former Big East basketball partners prepare to start their first season on Fox Sports 1, the football hopes for the American Athletic Conference to remain a major conference may have been dealt a final blow when Cincinnati quarterback Munchie Legaux had a touchdown taken away and then appeared to be seriously hurt on a hit by Tim Kynard. Sep 7, 2013 12:47 PM PT

Fox Sports 1 Counts on USC (10:30 ET) to Boost Ratings

Fox Sports 1 hopes that USC (13 million metro population in Los Angeles) can improve on the low 0.45 Rating for Boise State (1.6 million population in all of Idaho) in their debut week. ABC's marque match-up between Georgia and Clemson drew more than 10 times the viewers of any Fox Sports 1 game last Saturday. Sep 7, 2013 11:42 AM PT

Petit Stands Tall: Giants Pitcher Comes Within One Strike of Perfect Game

San Francisco Giants pitcher Yusmeiro Petit came within one out, and one foot, of joining Jim Bunning and six other pitchers as the only NL pitchers to throw perfect games since 1880. Petit dominated 26 of 28 Arizona batters, allowing only a 6th inning line drive to left by Patrick Corbin, the opposing pitcher, and a line drive to right by Eric Chavez with two outs in the ninth. Petit was an unknown pitcher with a career ERA over 5.00 making only his third start of the season Friday night. Sep 7, 2013 6:00 AM PT


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