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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Report: State Taxes Could Prevent OKC Thunder from Attracting Free Agents

ABC’s Oklahoma City affiliate is concerned state taxes may prevent Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant from adding a key free agent for a championship run. The station cited Americans for Tax Reform’s new grid of state taxes for NBA players that includes a couple of updates from a similar grid produced by Breitbart Sports on January 21, and it showed Oklahoma City players would have to pay their salary for more than two games to pay off their state taxes. Jul 29, 2013 6:28 AM PT

No Return Call for A-Rod for 4 Months

If the Yankees had chosen to return Alex Rodriguez to the line-up Sunday along with Derek Jeter, they would have had four of the top 20 active career players on the field. Curtis Granderson announced he was back Thursday with a 3-3 day that included a home run, and Ichiro Suzuki has played the whole season. Rodriguez is not only the odd man out, but things have gotten so bad he cannot even get a phone call returned for four months. Jul 28, 2013 2:41 PM PT

Tebow Physically Better than Drafted Tight Ends

If the New England Patriots did have an idea they might lose their dominant tight end duo of Rob Gronkowski (injury) and/or Aaron Hernandez, they may have a better physical prospect in Tim Tebow than they might have picked up in the draft. Tebow is faster (4.71 in the 40), more agile (cones and shuttle) and jumps almost six inches higher than the average tight end drafted this year, not to mention his 460 pound bench press. (see table below) Jul 28, 2013 5:55 AM PT

49ers CB Fires Agent After Forfeiting $2M Because of Blunder

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Tarell Brown learned this week via twitter he is getting a $2 million pay cut to less than $1 million a year, despite intercepting two passes in the playoffs and forcing a fumble in the Super Bowl. He then promptly fired his agent, Brian Overstreet, who did not inform him he had to work out at 49ers camp in Santa Clara instead of at home in Texas to receive the $2 million as part of his contract. Jul 28, 2013 5:50 AM PT

7 Shutouts Saturday; 4 by 1-0 Scores

On June 14, Breitbart Sports reported on the five shutouts of the evening after a decade of runs per game dropping by 0.78. Saturday the pitchers were even more dominant, as seven teams were shutout. Elias Sports reported via tweet that September 2, 2001 was the only other day that had ever featured four 1-0 shutouts. In an age of set relief rotations, the Rays Chris Archer was the only pitcher to record an official complete game shutout, but here are the accounts of each starting pitcher: Jul 27, 2013 11:08 PM PT

Youth Basketball Team Wears 'I am Trayvon' Shirts to Tourney

Those who showed up to evaluate basketball prospects at the Las Vegas Fab 48 also saw shirts featuring the words "I AM TRAYVON" on players just 11 days after George Zimmerman was found not guilty in his shooting death. Game Elite's 17-year-old basketball team from Atlanta showed up to warm up in the shirts the day before play started Thursday morning. Coach Ryan Falker said, "Even the caucasian player I have on my team, he wore it proudly." Jul 25, 2013 3:30 PM PT

First-Place Dodgers Best Team in Baseball

The Dodgers have gone from 9 1/2 games back to first place in exactly one month by putting the best team in baseball on the field. Carl Crawford has returned from injury to step into the leadoff role, and Monday has his second straight three-hit game as the Dodgers blasted the Toronto Blue Jays 14-5 behind one of their four dominant starting pitchers (Hyun-Jin Ryu, 8-3, 3.25). The Dodgers have outscored opponents by 47 runs in the past month, more than twice the margin of the Cardinals. Jul 23, 2013 10:35 AM PT

California Will Slam Mickelson with Hefty Tax Bill After Open Win

Earlier this year, Phil Mickelson suggested that he may have to move out of California because of the state's confiscatory tax rate. He later was pressured to walk back some of his comments, but after winning the Open Championship on Sunday--and earning $1.43 million--Mickelson may have to reassess his options. Forbes Magazine is now reminding Mickelson that California will benefit greatly from Mickelson’s British Open win Sunday. Jul 21, 2013 7:20 PM PT

Auburn Mourns Loss of Barber

AUBURN - When the students go home for the summer the population here drops to just over 30,000, and on Sunday many of them mourned the loss of Korvotney Barber, the leading rebounder (347) and statistically the greatest defensive player in the SEC in 2009 (4.1 wins). Only Blake Griffin, DeJuan Blair and two other players matched his ability to dominate the offensive and defensive glass that season. On Sunday, sources at Auburn University provided background information to Breitbart Sports on condition of anonymity in their time of mourning. Jul 21, 2013 6:10 PM PT

2 Perfect Throws Keep Arizona in 1st

The Los Angeles Dodgers used another dominant performance to win 9-2 over the Nationals to temporarily move into a tie for first place, but the Diamondbacks moved back in front by a 1/2 game hours later on great defensive throws. Centerfield AJ Pollock (pictured) tracked down a double by Pablo Sandoval at the left-centerfield wall, and fired a perfect strike to shortstop Cliff Pennington, whose relay was on the money to Miguel Montero to nail Buster Posey at home by inches. Jul 21, 2013 6:07 PM PT

Dual Lawsuits Escalated Against NCAA

The growing war between trial lawyers seeking huge payouts and sports centered on college games this weekend as NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn Saturday said litigation was not appropriate in concussion cases. The action occurred the day after attorneys asked to add thousands to their concussion lawsuit, while an attorney added six current players to a separate suit challenging the right of colleges and conferences to keep profits on jersey sales. Jul 20, 2013 3:30 PM PT

Hoops Options Grow for Wounded Veterans

Wounded Veterans have been able to compete in wheelchair basketball in events like the Warrior Games this summer (photo from Marines vs. Navy/Coast Guard game), and now some with lower limb amputations may even be able to compete and win against able-bodied, non-amputee teams. One of the 800 teams in the Oregon National Guard Hoopla 3 on 3 Basketball tournament is a team called AMP1, and all of the players on the team have lower-body amputations. Jul 19, 2013 10:09 PM PT

Injury-Free AL Central Projections

If every player in the AL Central had been healthy the first half, the Indians would likely be within a half game of the Tigers for the AL Central lead. Detroit benefited from a healthy first half, while Cleveland's catcher Yan Gomes played only 39 games. Jul 17, 2013 4:25 PM PT

Injury-Free AL East Projections

The New York Yankees would have likely improved by three games in the first-half if every team had been healthy. That would move them from their current fourth place ahead of the healthier Orioles and Rays to second place and a wildcard game against the Oakland A's. The projected standings if every player had been healthy are below. Jul 17, 2013 4:24 PM PT


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