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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Exclusive: Top 50 NBA Prospects Based on Early Season Games

Andrew Wiggins (Kansas) is considered the top NBA prospect, but Jabari Parker (Duke Freshman) and Jordan Adams (UCLA Sophomore)are the two prospects who have made the the strongest case through the opening weeks of the season. The table below ranks the top 50 performances in the early season by NBA prospects based on Value Add which has been covered by ESPN. Nov 26, 2013 9:25 AM PT

Value Add Rankings:Top 25 College Basketball Teams

The day after the 2012 NCAA tournament ended, Value Add projected that Kentucky would fall dramatically in 2013 but then be a dominant No. 1 again in 2014. However, Arizona, Duke, Louisville and Michigan have closed the gap dramatically since then, and Marcus Smart's decision to stay at Oklahoma State makes them a potential contender. Here is the countdown of the projected Top 25 teams at Nov 11, 2013 11:10 PM PT

College Basketball Preview: Glenn Robinson, Jordan Adams Top Value Add Player Rankings

UCLA’s Jordan Adams broke his foot to end UCLA’s title hopes then lost teammate Shabazz Muhammad to the NBA. But Value Add projects him as the second best returning player this season behind only Michigan’s Glenn Robinson, and with Kyle Anderson also back, UCLA has two of the Top 50 best players in the country listed below. Nov 11, 2013 10:15 PM PT

ZZ Top Supports Red Sox as Top Rock Beard Index (RBI) Team

ZZ Top tried to keep Randy Johnson in Houston 25 years ago to give their Astros a chance at a World Series. Now their RBI (Rock Beard Index) has them rooting for the Boston Red Sox in the Fall Classic while Johnson stands near the stage taking photos of the band. Oct 23, 2013 4:01 PM PT

Taxpayers Asked to Save Astrodome

In July, we reported on bankrupt Detroit's request for $444 million from taxpayers for a new stadium for the Red Wings even though the team was fine where it was and was turning a profit. Now taxpayers in Houston are being asked to pay almost that much to pay for a stadium of great memories (see Nolan Ryan's photo above) that inspired even Ron Paul to wear a crazy uniform - but that no pro team will ever use again. Oct 21, 2013 9:33 PM PT

Grambling, Other HBC Schools Struggle to Improve Facilities

AUBURN - As late as 2008, Grambling's football team was named the national champion among Historically Black Colleges. However, the school has continued to struggle like other HBC schools who now have to compete with once-segregated state schools in the south that aggressively recruit the top black athletes and students with superior facilities. Leaders in Tuskegee near Auburn have seen the struggle play out. Oct 20, 2013 1:48 PM PT

Grambling, Producer of 100 NFL Players, Forfeits

Robinson is royalty (in the photo above from his funeral in 2007, Jesse Jackson kisses his wife Doris’s hand), but the athletic department and university he built may be the lowest in Division 1 sports. Not only has the football lost 18 straight to NCAA opponents, but Grambling had the only winless basketball team (0-28) of 347 who played Division 1. Oct 20, 2013 1:45 PM PT

Goodbye Sanchez? Geno Smith Gets 1st Big Win over Patriots

Mark Sanchez's best chance to start again for the Jets might rest on Geno Smith getting injured trying to run over a defender. Smith had plenty of help from a great defensive line rushing Tom Brady, a powerful running back behind him and a late call to set up the winning field goal. However, he also showed pinpoint accuracy on tight first-down throws, the ability to run over or around defenders, and perhaps most importantly the willingness to throw the ball away in a 30-27 overtime win over New England. Oct 20, 2013 1:40 PM PT

Red Sox Advance to World Series Against Cardinals

For the second time in the American League Championship Series, Detroit's Max Scherzer left with a lead only to watch a reliever give up a grand slam - this time to Shane Victorino to give the Red Sox a 5-2 win and send St. Louis to Boston for the opening of the World Series on Wednesday. Oct 19, 2013 9:38 PM PT

Auburn TKOs Johnny Football

When Cam Newton led Auburn to a national title they were often criticized for injuring opposing quarterbacks. Saturday they took out the biggest name in the game in Johnny Manziel in a game Newton predicted Auburn would win on Ladarius Owens drove him into the ground injuring his right shoulder to send him to the sideline. Like a boxer, he came back but was taken down with three more hits on the final drive of the game including a long sack by Dee Ford to secure Auburn's upset win. Oct 19, 2013 5:01 PM PT

Ryu-Puig Rookie Duo Helps Dodgers Win Game 3 over Cards

The rookie duo of the portly Hyun-Jin Ryu and sculpted Yasiel Puig helped pull the Dodgers within 2-1 in the NLCS. Ryu returned to the dominant form that ranked him No. 6 among all pitchers through August 16, and Puig blasted an RBI-triple to right to end a hitless series as the Dodgers won 3-0 Monday. Ryu threw seven shutout innings to save the Dodgers from falling to an almost insurmountable three games to none against the Cardinals in the NLCS. Oct 14, 2013 8:38 PM PT

Southern Legislator: Michigan Attendance Record Will Be 'Obliterated'

As if Michigan fans had not had a bad enough week with their upset loss to Penn State and the SEC having a record eight teams in the Top 25, a conservative Virginia legislator is now predicting even the Wolverines attendance record will be “obliterated” down South. Israel O’Quinn, who represents the Virginia side of Bristol in the legislature, told Breitbart Sports Monday that the attendance record would fall when Virginia Tech plays Tennessee at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Oct 14, 2013 6:54 PM PT

Top Offense in Baseball (Red Sox) Overcomes Best Pitching (Tigers) in Game 2

The top two pitching teams in baseball are squaring off against the top two hitting teams in baseball to try to make the World Series, and so far the batters have the edge. The best hitting team in all of baseball (adjusted for ballparks and DH/League) were shut down by the top pitching team in baseball according to for 16 innings only to have David Ortiz hit a grand slam to tie the ALCS 1-1. The second best hitting team in baseball (St. Louis) is already up 2-0 over the second best pitching team in baseball (Los Angeles Dodgers). Oct 13, 2013 9:06 PM PT

Tigers 2 Outs from No-Hitter, Hold on 1-0 over Red Sox in Game 1

Anibal Sanchez flirted with a no-hitter again, then had to watch from the bench as Boston's Daniel Nava fought a pitch into center field to break it up in the ninth, and Quintin Berry came in as a pinch runner to make it 27 of 27 on the base paths and threatened the Tigers 1-0 lead. However, relief ace Joaquin Benoit (2.01 ERA) was able to induce a full-count towering popup from Xander Boegaerts to preserve the win for the best pitching staff against the best offense in the league. Oct 12, 2013 8:43 PM PT

St. Louis Takes 2-0 Edge over Dodgers Behind Wacha

Michael Wacha did not allow a run for the fourth time in seven starts - and that was what it took to outduel Clayton Kershaw 1-0 and give the St. Louis Cardinals a two games to none lead in the National League Championship Series. The Cardinals have not scored more than two runs in any of his last three starts - and Wacha won all three games. Oct 12, 2013 4:05 PM PT


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