Legendary Cleveland Browns coach Paul Brown decided he had to find Otto Graham’s successor in 1952.
With his first-round pick in the NFL draft, Brown chose quarterback Harry Agganis, the son of poor immigrants and a standout at Boston University. Agganis was a bit of a legend in Boston. A multi-sport high school star in West Lynn, Massachusetts, he was recruited by 75 colleges but chose BU so he could be near his widowed mother.
Aaron Hicks (B), 37 percent, New York Yankees vs. Miami Marlins (LHP Caleb Smith): If you rank players on a per-plate-appearance basis, Hicks excels. The problem is he can’t avoid injuries. Well, he’s healthy now, so take advantage, especially facing a weak arm at home.
Hitter ratings account for the opposing starting pitcher’s history (three years’ worth), as well as ballpark factors. “LH” and “RH” ratings account only for left- and right-handed batters, respectively.
Weighted on-base average (wOBA) is the primary statistic used in the calculation. Ratings range from 1 to 10, with 10 representing the best possible matchup, statistically speaking, and 1 representing the worst. For example, a 10 is a must-start rating, while a 1 should be avoided (if possible); a 1-2 is poor, 3-4 is fair, 5-6 is average, 7-8 is very good and 9-10 is excellent.
“That’s one guy I really am intrigued with because he can spin it and he’s been in a pro-style offense and he’s been hard coached by Bobby (Petrino),” he said. “He brings that unique skill set and it makes me look back at Vince Young. Vince could beat you and he was a heck of a leader. I don’t know why it didn’t work out for him but listening to him now, telling his story, he’s like, ‘I didn’t put the time in.’”
The big thing there to pay attention to are that Jackson, unknown to many casual observers, actually DID run a pro-style offense at Louisville. This intrigues Arians, a noted quarterback guru during his time coaching in the league.
Sachin Chandan, ESPN The Magazine researcher: A hot goalie can bring you places, and maybe it can bring Lord Stanley to the Strip. Fleury had a sterling .927 save percentage during the regular season, and has followed that up with a mind-numbing .977 clip in the playoffs, by far the best in the league. For perspective, the past 10 goalies to reach the Stanley Cup Final combined for a playoff save percentage of .926. Fleury brings 118 games of playoff experience from his time in Pittsburgh to form an unshakable defense between the pipes.