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 www.valueaddbasketball.com and writing for www.crackedsidewalks.com. 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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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 www.masseyratings.com: 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

Fastest Player Helps Reds Get Within 2 1/2

For once the focus of a Dodgers game was not on Yasiel Puig in right field, but on Billy Hamilton coming out of the dugout to try to keep his perfect streak as a pinch runner going after stealing the all-time professional record 155 bases last year in the minor leagues. Sep 7, 2013 5:59 AM PT

Revis Tries to Continue Jets' 45-year Nightmare

The MetLife Stadium match-ups do not look good for Sunday at 1 pm ET. Rex Ryan is melting down, while Darrelle Revis has been reviewing the Jets playbook with teammates. Revis could also line-up opposite rookie Geno Smith, who had a 3-interception game. The bad 45-year saga for Jets fans could continue. Sep 6, 2013 6:49 AM PT

Value Add Projections: Dodgers over Tigers in World Series if It Comes Down to Pitching

If it comes down to nothing but who has the better pitching, the Dodgers would beat the Tigers in the World Series, according to Value Add. Game 1 would be a toss-up between two of the three most valuable pitchers in baseball in Clayton Kershaw vs. Max Scherzer, but the Dodgers would have an edge in Games 2-4 with Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Ricky Nolasco now all in the Value Add top 20. Here are the potential World Series pitching match-ups. Sep 4, 2013 6:10 AM PT

Value Add: AL Playoff Outlook

If the American League playoffs started today and played out by who had the better starting pitching based on www.valueaddbaseball.com, the A’s would have a big edge in a one-game playoff with the Rays (A.J. Griffin ranked 22nd with a 9.45 Value Add over Matt Moore 49th/7.16). Sep 4, 2013 6:01 AM PT

Value Add: NL Playoff Match-ups

If the National League playoffs started today, the Reds would have a big edge in the one-game playoff with Mat Latos (4th best Value Add at 12.36) favored over the Cardinals Adam Wainwright (16th/9.96). In fact, Latos just beat Wainwright 7-2 in a possible preview. A Braves-Reds series would look very even, but a Dodgers-Pirates series would not. Sep 4, 2013 5:57 AM PT

Value Add Adjusts for DH, Ranks All 218 Pitchers

The Value Add baseball ratings through Thursday include 228 pitchers who have made at least five starts this year. The biggest movement continues to be from the Dodgers Zack Greinke, who has moved all the way up to 12th. In analyzing the 3966 starts in the Value Add database, we calculated that, given the same support, a pitcher in an NL ball park had a 1% better chance of winning even after adjusting for the ballpark. Sep 4, 2013 5:47 AM PT

Patriots Coach Doesn't Rule Out Bringing Back Tebow

The possibilities mentioned for Tim Tebow on these pages include the Canadian football league or the Chicago Bears (see Kevin Scholla's argument here), but how about the New England Patriots? Bill Belichick did not rule out the possibility of bringing Tebow back during the season, as organizations sometimes do for players who they cut after the preseason. Sep 2, 2013 2:25 PM PT

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