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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20-Inning Games Listed by Team

The following is a list of the 20-inning games played by each Major League Baseball team--and the results. Jun 8, 2013 7:15 PM PT

Nadal Blocks Djokovic from Career Grand Slam

Like the great Utah Jazz teams that had the misfortune of playing during the Michael Jordan era, Novak Djokovic has the misfortunate of trying to win a Grandslam during the era of the greatest clay court player in the history of tennis. Rafael Nadal rallied to defeat Djokovic again in France on Friday to move within one game Sunday of becoming the first player to win a single Grandslam event eight times (see table). Jun 7, 2013 8:58 AM PT

NBA Finals: Parker Leads Spurs to Game 1 Win

Dwyane Wade and LeBron James were right where Gregg Popovich wanted them, stuck on the bench, when Chris Andersen's follow-up shot gave the Heat a 76-73 lead with nine minutes to play. The two stars had been stuck on the bench for three minutes during the up-and-down game, and then Popovich surprisingly called a time out, allowing James to come back in the game. The Heat scored one field goal the next 5:50 as the Spurs took an 85-79 lead and would not trail again en route to a first-round upset sealed by Tony Parker's final basket with 0.1 seconds on the shot clock. Jun 6, 2013 9:32 PM PT

Breitbart Sports NBA Draft Preview: Top 20 Value Add Prospects

The NBA Draft has a more dramatic impact on teams than any other draft. The Cleveland Cavaliers more than doubled their wins the year after picking LeBron James with the top pick, and this year have the top pick again and hope not to make the mistake the Portland Trailblazers did in the 2007 NBA Draft when they took the 24th best Value Add player in the country (Greg Oden) over the best Value Add player (Kevin Durant). Jun 5, 2013 6:20 AM PT

MLB Draft Requires Patience

On Thursday, Major League baseball teams will use first round picks on Jonathan Gray and Mark Appel, hoping those potential future stars can help them win a few games in 2016. One team will draft San Diego University's Kris Bryant (pictured), who hit more home runs than three-quarters of all college TEAMS. Unlike in the NBA and NFL Drafts where a quarterback or star shooter can immediately improve a team, fewer than half of first round picks from four years ago have played in a single major league game. Jun 4, 2013 9:34 PM PT

Life After 30: Federer Loses, Serena Advances at French Open

The only player besides Rafael Nadal to win the French Open in the past eight years fell Tuesday. Life after 30 is proving tougher for Roger Federer, who won the title in 2009, but lost early in the Australian Open in January and struggled for stretches throughout this tournament and fell to the home favorite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 Tuesday. Jun 4, 2013 11:51 AM PT

Heat Win Game 7 Against Pacers with Suffocating Defense

The Indiana Pacers outshot the Miami Heat in the first half and was still behind 52-37 due to Miami's suffocating defense. The Heat forced 15 turnovers (Udonis Haslem, left, and Mario Chalmers double team Roy Hibbert in the photo) to only five for the Pacers in the half. The Heat's pressure nullified the Pacers' size advantage that had been decisive in much of the series, giving the Heat a 4-3 series win and a trip to the Finals to play the San Antonio Spurs. Jun 3, 2013 8:43 PM PT

3 American Women Hope for Upsets Monday in France

Three American women-Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Jamie Hampton, and Sloane Stephens--will hope for upsets in the Round of 16 on Monday at Roland Garros as the second week of the French Open gets under way. American Serena Williams is already through to the quarterfinals. Jun 3, 2013 2:03 AM PT

Roy Hibbert Towers Over Heat as Pacers Force Game 7

While the Heat made some three-pointers in the fourth quarter to cut the score to six points, the game was once again decided in the third quarter to force a Game 7 in Miami Monday for the right to play the Spurs for the NBA Title. Indiana defeated Miami 91-77 in Indiana. Breitbart Sports documented LeBron James's magic that started at the 10:53 mark of the third quarter and included 18 contributions in less than 11 minutes to bury the Pacers in Game 5. The Heat entered that same point leading 42-41 Saturday, but this time it was Indiana's defense that dominated the same stretch for a 27-9 run. Jun 1, 2013 8:59 PM PT

French Open: Four American Women in Round of 16

Americans on the East Coast may wake up Sunday to Serena Williams playing in the Round of 16 in the French Open. The No. 1 player in the world who used to be heckled during the tournament has apparently won the crowd over by speaking French. As shown on the table of all eight matches below, Williams was the most dominant player either men's or women's play in the Round of 32, winning 86 percent of her games (6-0, 6-2) to be one of four American women to advance. Once again, no American men made it to the Round of 16 on clay. Jun 1, 2013 7:25 PM PT

French Open: No American Men in Round of 16

Americans John Isner and Sam Querrey combined to win 55 games in the Round of 32 - and still there is no American in the French Open Round of 16. The slow pace of clay has frustrated many Americans over the years, but both showed incredible patience before falling 5-7, 6-7, 6-4, 7-6 and 8-10 for Isner and 6-2, 3-6, 6-2, 6-7 and 2-6 for Querrey for a combined 55-57 loss. The table below shows the eight match-ups and the percent of games each has won so far. Jun 1, 2013 7:18 PM PT

Saturday Viewers' Guide: NHL and NBA

The San Antonio Spurs get to rest again today while the other six teams still vying for a "Winter" championship are in action Saturday night. The Blackhawks, who started with the season's longest unbeaten streak host the Kings. The Bruins host the Penguins, who threatened the longest winning streak in NHL history. The Heat, who threatened the longest winning streak in NBA history, visit the Pacers. Stations, streaks, media markets and start times are as follows: Jun 1, 2013 12:16 PM PT

Roller Coaster: Muhammad to NBA, Dad to House Arrest

"Shabazz Muhammad comes in at No. 3, which ... well, we'll see." That was the main question ESPN had about my basketball projections last year, and Friday the saga of Muhammad continued with his father being ordered on house arrest, months after Muhammad was sited for improper benefits in trips to UNC and Duke, had the Kentucky staff he was going there, and served a 3-game suspension at UCLA. A look at the top 10 projected players and draft picks shows his roller coaster ride: May 31, 2013 8:39 PM PT

James' Magic 11 Minutes Propel Heat to 3-2 Series Lead

In one of the most dominant 11 minutes of action by one player, LeBron James did something every 35 seconds. During that stretch in the third quarter he either made a basket, grabbed a rebound, blocked a shot or drew a foul. The Pacers dominated the first 25 minutes and led 46-41, and by the end James had the Heat up 70-56 and the game was over before the third quarter, giving the Heat a crucial three games to two lead. May 31, 2013 3:41 AM PT

Pacers, Heat Players Fined for Flopping

On Thursday Indiana Pacer David West was cited by the NBA for deliberately hitting Dwyane Wade in the back of the head (flagrant-1) and for flopping when there was no foul on another occasion. LeBron James was also cited for flopping. Both were fined as the Pacers and Heat go through their second year of being in the center of the argument over "bad calls" and "cheap shots" in the NBA playoffs. May 30, 2013 3:41 PM PT

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