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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Pope Calls on Athletes to Be Role Models

Pope Francis called on athletes to be role models, reminding them that they are followed closely both on the field – or “the pitch,” as the avid soccer fan describes it. His comments occurred eight months after then-Pope Benedict addressed athletes from the 2012 Olympics and asked them to avoid “short cuts, as in the case of doping.” Aug 24, 2013 11:33 AM PT

SMU Gets Scrutiny, Hopes to Land Basketball Prospect Mudiay

The college basketball world will wait for the Saturday night announcement by Emmanuel Mudiay, who all assumed would be the latest field general of NBA-bound players putting in a year or two at Kentucky. However, on Monday, he tweeted, "Sometimes u just have to shock the world!" Aug 24, 2013 11:18 AM PT

Auburn vs. USC for Top Tailgating School

AUBURN – Washington State fans who travel with the team will have to determine who has the best tailgaters in the country. The Cougars travel to Auburn next Saturday for a 4 pm ET game on ESPNU, then travel to USC the next week for a 7:30 ET game on Fox Sports 1 – thus pitting them against the top two tailgating schools in the country according to a new Yahoo Sports ranking. Former USC great and conservative activist Riki Ellison weighed in on the comparison of fans. Aug 23, 2013 8:24 PM PT

Alphabetical Scoreboard: A's Losing Ground

The A's were the big losers in the weekday series (see all 52 games below), as they lost a series to the Mariners and had the three teams trying to keep them out of the playoffs sweep. The Rangers pulled 2.5 games ahead of the A's for the AL West, and the Indians (2.5 behind the A's) and Yankees (3.5) are both within four games of stealing the last playoff spot from the A's - who also lost a series last week to the worst team in baseball (Astros). Aug 22, 2013 9:52 PM PT

White House Fails to Distinguish Between Lane, Trayvon Cases

Based on a statement Wednesday, the White House does not see the need to make a distinction between someone who says he killed an individual in self-defense because the individual was beating his head into a sidewalk, and someone who, according to police, allegedly killed another individual out of boredom by shooting him in the back. The first victim was Trayvon Martin, and the second was Australian baseball player Christopher Lane, about whom White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Obama’s comments after the Trayvon Martin case should apply. Aug 21, 2013 4:14 PM PT

Baseball Also Lost Board Games to Lawsuits

The flow of baseball that is being disrupted by instant replay and lawsuits has destroyed the flow that lent itself to Ronald Reagan making up foul balls to a radio audience and fans playing board games that pitted the 1927 New York Yankees against the 1975 Cincinnati Reds and many of the other 34 all-time great teams listed below. Baseball lent itself perfectly to both radio and board games, because a simple roll of the dice or flip of a card or wire feed back to the visiting radio station could relay a play at a time. Aug 21, 2013 3:40 PM PT

Arizona Wins: Diamondbacks 21-4 with Corbin, 44-55 without

Patrick Corbin continued to make it clear why he is the No. 1 pitcher at Tuesday by going into a hitter's park to hand the Reds only their fourth loss in 14 games. Arizona has now won 40% more often when Corbin starts (21-4, .840) then when he does not (44-55, .444) - a disparity few have matched since Steve Carlton in 1972. Aug 20, 2013 11:12 PM PT

Air Jordan Shoe Leads to Another Shooting

Two Christmases ago, the Air Jordan XI Retro Concords (see photo) caused police to respond to fights from New York to Washington, and last Christmas a Houston man was fatally shot when his Air Jordan's were robbed. Now the release of the Air Jordan 4, called the “Green Glow,” has led to a shooting in Las Vegas. Jordan shoes often get $400 on the streets once stores run out. Aug 18, 2013 9:25 PM PT

Exclusive—13-year-old Cowboy Mounted Shooting Prodigy Sam Andress Speaks to Breitbart Sports

While Bull Riding has been outdrawing barrel racing and other equestrian events at rodeos, arming barrel racers with Colt 45s and making them take out 10 targets is growing in popularity as “Cowboy Mounted Shooting (CMSA, see footage here)." The sport may now have a star in 13-year-old qualifier Sam Andress (photo courtesy of Joe Spikes), who told Breitbart Sports the sport is as legitimate as football, baseball or track, and came across as more balanced than many youth stars. Aug 18, 2013 8:25 PM PT

Alphabetic Scoreboard: Lowly White Sox Only Team to Sweep

The Chicago White Sox entered the weekend 28 games below .500 (-28), and improved to -25 by being the only team to sweep a weekend series, as shown on the Alphabetical Scoreboard below. The big winners among contenders were the Cardinals and Orioles (look up your team to see their scores from Friday, Saturday and Sunday and how many games above or below .500 they were after each game). Aug 18, 2013 8:20 PM PT

Fox Sports 1 Central Casting Gets Irish Fighter

The first day of Fox Sports 1 featured an Irishman traveling to Boston and dominating a fight for many viewers who had never seen him fight before. Conor McGregor won to help support the decision by Fox to feature UFC in Boston for Fox Sports 1 gave them the ethnic appeal of the bar crowd surrounding Cruise in the movie "Far and Away." Aug 17, 2013 5:37 PM PT

Value Add: Rating All 30 Pitching Rotations

The Los Angeles Dodgers have the best four-man playoff rotation, but the Cincinnati Reds are the only team with three “Aces” in their rotation (pitchers in the top 30 at However, the Reds' dominant pitching at the No. 5 spot let them nudge out the Dodgers as well as the Tigers and Red Sox for the best overall starting pitching. Aug 17, 2013 4:56 AM PT

Ryu Improves to 6th Most Valuable of 205 Pitchers

The top five pitchers on the new look database above will stay the same when the ratings are updated Saturday (see all 205 pitchers to make at least five starts below). Reader feedback urged us to move the Value Add rating just right of the player and team, and then follow that with the pitcher's innings pitched in starts, earned runs allowed, total starts and how many of those were victories, and the average score in their games so far. Aug 17, 2013 1:00 AM PT

Alphabetical Scoreboard: Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Reds Sweep

The poor Diamondbacks swept but gained no grounds as the two other teams that swept on the Alphabetical Scoreboard (See all teams' week on table below) for Monday through Thursday are the Dodgers (they are chasing for the NL West) and the Reds who (they are chasing for the wildcard). The Reds not only swept the Cubs, but beat the Brewers Thursday, with a staff that was ranked #1 in last week, and is now half a game behind the Cardinals and 2 1/2 behind the Pirates in the NL Central. Aug 15, 2013 11:41 PM PT


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