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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Dog-Fighting, Cockfighting Rings Shut Down from GA to CA

Monday the Humane Society announced 260 pit bulls were freed in Alabama, and then the Sacramento Bee topped that figure by announcing 267 gamecocks were freed in California as numerous arrests were made in dog fighting and cockfighting operations. Aug 26, 2013 7:20 PM PT

Scoreboard: Tigers, Angels, Red Sox Pitchers Dominate Weekend

Three pitching staffs were dominant in this weekend’s 3-game series. The Angels (-13 below .500) allowed only two Mariners runs and the Tigers (+24) allowed only four Mets runs in the two weekend sweeps. The Red Sox (+22) allowed only five to be the first team to beat the Dodgers (+22) in a series in more than two months while matching them at 22 games above .500. All weekend scores are listed on the alphabetical scoreboard below. Aug 25, 2013 8:44 PM PT

Dodgers 1st with 4 of Top 20 Value Add Pitchers

The game-by-game Value Add breakdown of 3,652 starts and the runs allowed by the starting pitchers (9485), defense (805), relievers (4843) against the 15321 runs their offenses scored produces the rankings of 210 starting pitchers below. In a four-game playoff series the Dodgers would now have four Top 20 pitchers with Clayton Kershaw (2nd), Hyun-Jin Ryu (10th), Zack Greinke (18th) and Ricky Nolasco (moved from 31st to 19th with Friday's 2-0 win. Aug 24, 2013 8:56 PM PT

RIP: 'Quicker than Mass' Champion Meminger

Dean Meminger (pictured defending), who won national titles at both the college and pro levels not far from his Harlem home by being “quicker than 11:15 Mass at a seaside resort" has been found dead in Harlem. Aug 24, 2013 12:52 PM PT

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


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