Yanks in the tank: Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte and Joba Chamberlain feel the heat.
The Yankees are on the verge of an epic collapse, the worst regular season meltdown in the storied 110-year history of the franchise.
At the end of play on July 18, the Yankees found themselves 10 games in front of the Orioles and 10 1/2 in front of the Rays in the AL East. They were cranking up the presses to print playoff tickets. Instead, they seem to be cracking under the pressure.
Since that high-water mark, the Bronx Bombers have played more like the Bronx Bumblers, squandering nearly all of that 10-game advantage. Their homer-happy lineup has failed to hit in the clutch, and the pitching staff has coughed up leads on a regular basis. To put in kindly, they’ve been playing a listless brand of ball for two months.
The Yankees have never blown a double digit lead and failed to finish in first place. According to STATS LLC, their biggest cushion in a season in which they failed to finish first was six games in 1933. That year the Yankees led the Washington Senators by six games on June 6, but eventually slipped to second while Washington won the AL flag. Incidentally, that was Washington’s last playoff appearance.
Since divisional play began in 1969, New York has advanced to the postseason each of the last 15 times it has been in first place on September 1. In fact, only five times in their history have the Yankees been in first place anytime in the month of September and failed to make the playoffs.
The Highlanders, as they were known back then, found themselves in first place after beating the Boston Americans (now the Red Sox) 3-2 on October 7. The next day, Boston swept a doubleheader from the Highlanders to capture the lead with two games left in the season. After an off-day Sunday (Sunday baseball was not permitted in New York at that time) Jack Chesbro’s wild pitch gave the American’s a 3-2 win and the American League pennant. Chesbro won 41 games for the Highlanders that year, still a major league record, but will forever be remembered for that fateful wild pitch.
The Yanks were tied with Cleveland with 12 games to play, but lost to the White Sox next day while Cleveland beat Washington. The Indians went on to their first World Championship, beating the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1920 World Series
Tied for first as late in mid-September with eight games remaining, the Yankees lost to Detroit the next day. Washington won its first and only title, beating the New York Giants in seven games in a dramatic World Series.
With seven games left in the season, the Yankees found themselves in a three-way tie with Cleveland and Boston. The Indians eventually beat the Red Sox in the American League’s first playoff, and then knocked off the Boston Braves for their second — and last — World Championship.
Playing their home games at Shea Stadium while Yankee Stadium was being refurbished, the Yankees were in first place with eight games remaining. However the red-hot Baltimore Orioles overtook the Yankees to win the AL East.
In 2010, the Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays battled down the stretch for the AL East crown. The two clubs were tied going into the final day of the season. That day the Yanks lost to Boston 8-4 while Tampa beat Kansas City 3-2 in 12 innings. However both teams were already assured playoff spots. So even though they failed to win the division, the Yankees still earned the wild card.
Look on the bright side Yankee fans. Nothing could be worse than 2004, when the arch-rival Red Sox came back from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Yankees in the ALCS — the only time in baseball history that’s ever happened . Yep, Boston snapped the Curse of the Bambino and their 86-year championship drought, while the Yankees were left to ponder their fate.
Mickey Mantle is the all time, walk-off home run king of the New York Yankees.
When Jim Thome hit a pinch-hit home run for the Phillies earlier this year, he broke the record for walk-off home runs in a career with 13. Thome had been tied with five Hall of Famers — Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx, Stan Musial, Frank Robinson and Mickey Mantle — before his record-setting blast.
Mantle actually had 13 walk-offs if you count his ninth inning, upper deck home run against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 of the 1964 World Series. And Of Ruth’s dozen walk-offs, he had 11 as a Yankee and one as a Red Sox.
The Yankees have hit 210 walk-off home runs in their long and illustrious history, the first by Wee Willie Keeler in 1905 as the then-named Highlanders beat the Washington Senators. Here are the Yankee walk-off kings.
Mickey Mantle (13) — Outside of the World Series winner, Mantle’s most famous walk-off occurred on May 22, 1963. That night, batting in the 11th inning against the Kansas City A’s, Mantle belted a ball he later called “the hardest ball I ever hit.” The ball was still rising when it struck the facade above the upper deck in right field at Yankee Stadium, 118 feet high and 370 feet from home plate. Some estimates say the ball might have traveled 600 feet or more.
Babe Ruth (11) — The Babe hit more memorable home runs throughout his career than anyone. His signature walk-off occurred on September 24, 1925. With one out in the bottom of the 11th inning and the bases loaded, he hit a grand slam to beat the Chicago White Sox, 6-5. Ruth also hit a walk-off home run for the Boston Red Sox early in his career.
Yogi Berra (7) — Three of Berra’s walk-offs came against the Red Sox (1955, 1957, 1958). He victimized Boston hurlers Ellis Kinder, Ike Delock and Willard Nixon respectively.
Alex Rodriguez (6) and Graig Nettles (6) — A-Rod’s highlight was a two-out, ninth inning grand slam that gave the Yankees a 10-7 win over the Orioles early in the 2007 season. Both Rodriguez and Nettles belted extra-inning home runs to beat Boston. A-Rod’s 15th inning blast gave the Yankees a 2-0 win in 2009; Nettles hit a 14th inning walk-off to give the Yankees a 6-4 win in 1978.
Bernie Williams (5) — Bernie is the only player in MLB history with two walk-off home runs in the playoffs. Bernie went boom against the Orioles in the 11th in 1996, and three years later repeated the feat against the Red Sox. Both homers occurred in the first game of the ALCS, and both times the Yankees went on to capture the pennant and World Series..
7. Joe DiMaggio (4), Tommy Henrich (4), Reggie Jackson (4), Chris Chambliss (4) — DiMaggio hit a three-run blast to beat the St. Louis Browns, 15-12, in 1938. Henrich hit three of his four walk-offs in 1949, including the first in World Series history to defeat Don New Newcombe and the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game One of the 1949 World Series. Reggie’s most memorable walk-off was a two-out, ninth inning blast to beat the Red Sox, 2-0, in a key September 1977 game. Chambliss hit the first pitch in the bottom of the ninth for the home run that gave the Yankees the 1976 pennant against the Kansas City Royals.
BTW: Lou Gehrig, Bill Dickey, Joe Gordon, Charlie Keller, Joe Collins, Tom Tresh. Oscar Gamble, Mel Hall and Jason Giambi each hit three walk-off home runs for the Yanks. Roger Maris, Derek Jeter, Hideki Matsui, and Tony Lazzeri were among those tied with two.
Claudell Washington hit a two-run homer to beat the Tigers in the 18th inning of a September, 1988, contest. It ranks as the latest walk-off home run in Yankee history. Two nights earlier, Washington victimized the Tigers with a ninth-inning walk-off homer.
Walk-off grand slams: Babe Ruth (1925), Red Ruffing (1933), Charlie Keller (1942), Joe Pepitone (1969), Ruppert Jones (1980), Mike Pagliarulo (1987), Jason Giambi (2002) and Alex Rodriguez (2007)
Catcher Russell Martin hit the Yankees recent walk-off, a lead-off shut to beat the crosstown rival Mets 5-4 in June.
Billy Mills won gold in the 10k final in 1964, one of the greatest upsets in Olympic history.
When Galen Rupp won the silver medal in the men’s 10,000 meter final in London the other day, he became the first American to medal in the event since Billy Mills took the gold in the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo.
The only other American ever to medal in the 10K was Louis Tewanima, below, who took silver in the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm.
Both Mills and Tewanima were native Americans. Mills, also known as Makata Taka Helawas a member of the Oglala Lakota (Sioux) Tribe. Tewanima was a Hope Indian and ran for the Carlisle Indian School, where he was a teammate of Jim Thorpe.
Mills’ victory is still considered one of the greatest of all Olympic upsets. The favorite was Australia’s Ron Clarke, the world record-holder in the 10K.
Mills was a virtual unknown. He had finished second in the U.S. Olympic trials. His time in the preliminaries was a full minute slower than Clarke’s.
Coming down the home stretch in Tokyo, Mills burst past several runners and sprinted toward the finish, overtaking Mohammed Gammoudi of Tunisia and Clarke, who earned the bronze.
American television viewers were able to hear the surprise and drama as NBC expert analyst Dick Bank screamed, “Look at Mills, look at Mills” For bringing that drama to the coverage, Bank was fired.
One hundred years ago, Tewanima finished second to Finnish runner Hannes Kolehmainen the same games where Thorpe won both the pentathlon and decathlon
Mo Farsh, Rupp’s friend and training partner, won gold in London and Great Bitian’s first medal ever in the 10,000 meters. Both Farah and Rupp were coached by Alberto Salazar, three-time winner of the New York Maraghon and USA Track and Field Hall of Fame.
When Andy Murray steps on Centre Court at Wimbledon tomorrow, he will be the first British gentleman to reach the Wimbledon finals since Henry Wilfred “Bunny” Austin in 1938.
Bunny is best known as the first tennis player to wear shorts. In 1932 he decided that the traditional tennis attire, cricket flannels, weighed him down too much. He suffered from jaundice and was handicapped by the weight of his sweat-soaked long trousers in hot weather.
Austin bought a pair of shorts to use at Forest Hills in the 1937 US Open, and subsequently became the first player to wear them at Wimbledon.
Here are 10 other “Bunny” Austin sparklers:
1. The nickname Bunny came from a comic strip, Pip, Squeak and Wilfred.
2. While still an undergraduate at Cambridge University he reached the semi-finals of the men’s doubles at Wimbledon in 1926.
3. By the 1930s, Austin was ranked among the world’s top ten players.
4. In his first Wimbledon men’s singles final in 1932 he was beaten by Ellsworth Vines of the United States in three sets. In the 1938 championship, Austin lost to American Don Budge, 6-1, 6-0. 6-3.
5. He was a key member of the British David Cup team that won three straight titles starting in 1933.
6. A pioneer, Austin is credited with the design of the modern tennis racket — the split shaft.
7. Bunny married the actress Phyllis Konstam in 1931, after meeting her on a transatlantic liner while travelling for the US Open. Together, they were one of the celebrity couples of the age
8. Austin played tennis with Charlie Chaplin, was a friend of Daphne du Maurier, Ronald Colman and Harold Lloyd, and met both Queen Mary and FDR.
9. Although ostracized by the All-England Club because he was a conscientious objector, he served as a private in the US Army Air Force during World War II.
10. He died on his 94th birthday in 2000, several months after appearing at Centre Court during a millennium celebration.
BTW: The last Englishman to win Wimbledon was Fred Perry, who beat German Gottfried von Cramm 6–1, 6–1, 6–0, in 1936 for his third straight championship…The last British woman to win Wimbledon was Virginia Wade in 1977
1. Ted Williams
It was Ted Williams who once said: “All I want out of life is that when I walk down the street folks will say, ‘There goes the greatest hitter that ever lived.’” Teddy Ballgame got his wish. Williams hit .344 lifetime and won six American League batting titles despite losing five years to military service as a fighter pilot, first in World War II and later the Korean War. He was the last MLB player to bat .400. Williams went in the final day of the 1941 season guaranteed to hit .400, but elected to play a doubleheader in Philadelphia. He went 6-for-8 to finish at .406. Williams won the Triple Crown in 1942 and then again in 1947. The Splendid Splinter played his entire career with the Boston Red Sox. In 1957, Williams hit .388 to win the batting title — at age 39. He won his sixth and final batting title the next season. In 1960, Williams hit a home run at Fenway Park in his final at bat, prompting John Updike to write his famous essay Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu.
2. Ty Cobb
The Georgia Peach, Tyrus Raymond Cobb boasts the highest lifetime batting average of any player at .366. He is second all-time in hits with 4,191, trailing only Pete Rose (4,256). Beginning in 1907, Cobb won nine consecutive AL batting titles (including the disputed 1910 race with Nap Lajoie, where according to MLB Cobb hit .385 to edge out Lajoie .384). Then after losing the 1916 race, he won three more in a row starting in 1917. Perhaps the most complex personality ever to appear in a big league uniform, Cobb was the dominant player in the American League during the Deadball Era. During his 24-year big league career, nearly all of it with the Detroit Tigers, Cobb captured a record 12 batting titles, batted over .400 three times, hit above .300 for 23 straight seasons, and won the 1909 Triple Crown. When he retired in 1928, Cobb was also the all-time leader in stolen bases with 892.
3. Rogers Hornsby
Generally considered the greatest right-hand hitter in baseball history, Rogers Hornsby, below, won seven National League batting titles, six in a row between 1920 and 1925, while playing second base for the St. Louis Cardinals. Hornsby has the highest single season batting average in baseball history, .424 in 1924. Between 1922 and 1925, the Rajah batted .401, 384, .424 and .403. He won his final batting title with the Boston Braves in 1928 when he hit .387. Hornsby ranks second all-time with a .358 lifetime average. Hornsby won a pair of Triple Crowns, in 1922 and 1925. He was also the first National Leaguer to reach 300 home runs.
4. Stan Musial
Stan The Man wore the uniform of the St. Louis Cardinals for his entire career. The model of consistency, Musial stands fourth all-time with 3,630 hits — 1,815 at home, 1,815 on the road. Musial won seven NL batting titles. His career numbers are stunning: .331 average, .725 doubles, 177 triples, 475 homers, 1,949 runs, and 1,951 RBI. Musial’s best season was 1948, when his career-best .376 average and 131 RBIs led the NL. In fact he led the league in every significant batting category except home runs. His dominance included four games in which he picked up five hits, tying Ty Cobb’s 20th Century record for five-hit games in one season. For the havoc he raised in Ebbets Field that year, Dodger fans on the receiving end of four Musial hits christened him “Stan the Man.”
5. Tony Gwynn
Since Stan Musial retired in 1963, nearly 50 years ago, there hasn’t been a better hitter than Tony Gwynn. A San Diego Padre from 1982 to 2001, Gwynn owns a record-tying eight NL batting titles, He hit .394 in 1993, the highest average since Ted Williams batted .406 in 1941. That kicked off a string of four straight batting titles as Gwynn hit. 368, 353, and .372. Gwynn finished with 3,141 hits and a .338 lifetime batting average. A true student of hitting, Gwynn was an early advocate of using videotape to study his swing, while his five outfield Gold Glove Awards, 319 career stolen bases and 15 All-Star Game selections attest to his superior all-around play.
6. Rod Carew
Rod Carew, below, won seven AL batting titles while playing for the Minnesota Twins, including four straight starting in 1972. He hit a career high .388 in 1977, and wound up his career with a .328 lifetime average and 3,053 hits. Carew used a variety of relaxed, crouched batting stances to hit over .300 in 15 consecutive seasons with the Twins and Angels. He was honored as AL Rookie of the Year in 1967, won the league MVP 10 years later and was named to 18 straight All-Star teams. He remains a national hero in Panama.
7. Shoeless Joe Jackson
Joe Jackson never won a batting title, yet finished with the third highest lifetime batting average in baseball history at .356. He hit .408 in his first full season with the Cleveland Indians in 1911, but lost the batting title to Ty Cobb, who hit .420. Shoeless Joe followed that up with a .395 campaign in 1912. He was hitting .382 for the White Sox in 1920 when he was tossed out of baseball, after he and seven teammates contrived to throw the 1919 World Series. Jackson hit .375 during that tainted World Series to lead all hitters.
8. Honus Wagner
Johannes Peter “Honus” Wagner, The Flying Dutchman, played nearly his entire career with the Pittsburgh Pirates before retiring in 1917. He won eight NL batting titles, tied for the most in NL history with Tony Gwynn. Wagner hit a career high .381 in 1900, and won four batting titles in a row starting in 1906 and culminating with a World Championship Pittsburgh team in 1909. He also led the league in slugging six times, and in stolen bases five times. His 3,419 hits are seventh all time, and he finished his career with a .328 lifetime batting average Wagner also had 723 stolen bases,
9. Harry Heilmann
A 342 lifetime hitter, outfielder-first baseman Harry Heilmann of the Detroit Tigers hit .394, .403, .393 and .398 every other year starting in 1921. But Heilmann was the most impressive in 1921. He battled Cobb, who was also Detroit’s manager, in a neck-and-neck race for the AL batting title, eventually outlasting his tutor with a .394 average. Cobb finished at .389. “When he beat Ty Cobb out for the batting championship Ty didn’t really talk with him again,” daughter-in-law Marguerite Heilmann said. “He was kind of irrational about it and wasn’t really dad’s cup of tea.”
10. Wade Boggs
One of several left-hand hitting batting champs to wear a Red Sox uniform, Wade Boggs, below, won five AL batting titles, and four in a row from 1985 to 1988 — .368, .357, .363 and ..366. Boggs, a third baseman, was later traded to the Yankees, where he hit ..342 in 1994, his last great year. Boggs collected his 3,000th hit, a home run, with his hometown Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 1999. Boggs holds a .328 average and 3,010 lifetime hits. Utilizing great bat control and a good eye, Boggs strung together seven consecutive seasons of 200 or more hits, and is a member of the 3,000-hit club despite not getting a chance to play in the big leagues regularly until he was nearly 25.
Lefty O’Doul — Francis Joseph “Lefty” O’Doul was nearly 30 years old by the time he played his first full season for the New York Giants in 1928. He retired after the 1934 season, having won batting titles with the Phillies in 1929 (.398) and the Dodgers in 1932 (.368) and finished with a .349 lifetime batting average.
George Sisler – A first baseman for the St. Louis Brown, Sisler hit .402 in 1920 and .420 in 1922 to lead the American League in batting. He had 257 hits in 1920, a record that stood up for nearly 90 years before broken by Ichiro Suzuki in 2004. Sisler compiled a .340 lifetime batting average.
Babe Ruth — The Babe has made fame as a slugger — and even a pitcher — but his hitting prowess is often understated. Ruth had a .342 lifetime, tied with Dan Brouther’s for ninth all-time. The Babe won a batting title with a .378 mark in 1924; one year after hitting a career high .393 and losing out to Harry Heilmann’s .403
Albert Pujols boasts a .325 lifetime mark, tops among all active player. He led the NL in batting in 2003 (.359). Ichiro Suzuki has a .323 lifetime BA with batting titles in 2001 (.350) and 2004 (.372). He broke Sisler’s single-season hit record with 262 hits in 2004. Catcher Joe Mauer led the AL in hitting in 2006 (.347), 2008 (.328) and 2009 (.365) and has a .323 career mark.
Losing Mariano River may turn out to be the defining moment of the Yankee season.
In 1992, the New York Yankees finished with a 76-86 record, 20 games behind the Toronto Blue Jays and tied for fourth place in the AL East. It was Buck Showalter’s first year at the helm
That year, the Yankees missed the playoffs for the 11th year in a row. Since 1992, they’ve missed the playoffs just twice.
That was 20 years ago. That was then and this is now, But a quarter of the way through the 2012 season, we may be looking at the worst Yankee team since 1992.
Here’s 10 reasons why:
1. No Mo — For 15 years, the Yankees have had the biggest security blanket in the history of baseball. Then Mariano Rivera injured his knee shagging fly balls in Kansas City. No more. No Mo.
2. RISP means RIP — Yankees routinely get into scoring position, then die at second and/or third base. Worst in the majors this month in hitting with runners in scoring position.
3. Warning track power — They’re not playing A-Rod $30 million a year to be a singles hitter. The ball doesn’t explode off his bat they way it did a few years ago. The days of 35 homers, 120 RBIs are history.
4. CC and pray — Reloaded in the off-season, the Yankee rotation was supposed to be a plus. But outside of CC Sabathia there are a lot of inconsistencies, older arms and question marks.
5. HR or bust — Only once all year have the Yankees won a game in which they didn’t hit a home run. Only twice this year have they won a game in which they scored less than five runs. Which leads to….
6. Slow stripes — Without Brett Gardner, the Yankees are plodding along, showing their age. It’s pretty much station to station. There’s very little little ball in the Bronx.
7. Tex mess — Mark Teixeira is a wreck. He’s battling a bronchial illness, his average has gone down each year he’s been a Yankee, and he absolutely refuses to hit against a shift.
8. Home groan pitching — Been an issue for many years. Hughes, Nova, Joba, the Killer Bs…and they let the best one, Ian Kennedy, get away. The Yankees haven’t developed a Cy Young winner since Ron Guidry in 1978.
9. Joe must go — In the Steinbrenner-Martin salad days, George would have already fired and re-hired Billy. If the Yankees don’t make the playoffs with the highest payroll in baseball, Girardi will be on the hot seat in New York.
10. Injuries — Not an excuse, but the Yankees have been hit hard by injuries. Mariano, David Robertson, Michael Pinieda, Gardner, Joba, that’s a fifth of the roster right there.
They say history repeats itself. Well it does sometimes, and it did today.
The Yankees comeback from a 9-0 deficit raised the echoes from a Yankee-Red Sox game, just over 62 years ago.
It was April 18, 1950, Opening Day at Fenway Park. Yankees vs. Red Sox.
Boston pounded Yankee starter Allie Reynolds and, like today, led 9-0 entering the sixth inning following Billy Goodman’s two-run homer.
New York rallied, but still trailed 10-4 going into the top of the eighth. Then the Yankees struck for nine runs. Billy Martin, right, making his major league debut, doubled and singled in the eighth inning and knocked in three runs.
The Yankees added to the carnage in the ninth on an RBI double by Joe DiMaggio and a run-scoring single by Yogi Berra to win 15-10.
Sounds familiar, huh.
And again: The Yankees also rebounded from a 9-0 deficit to beat the Red Sox on June 26, 1987, at Yankee Stadium. The Yanks knocked out reigning Cy Young and MVP winner Roger Clemens with an 11-run third inning. They then won the game 12.11 on a base hit by Wayne Tolleson in the 10th inning that scored Mike Pagliarulo.
It’s a story that began more than 40 years ago at a small Jesuit liberal arts college in New England. The tapestry includes the United States Supreme Court, a Pulitzer Prize and the unbeaten 1972 Miami Dolphins.
In Fraternity, Diane Brady, a journalist for BusinessWeek, writes about five African American men who arrived at the College of the Holy Cross during the racially tense time of the late 60s and early 70s, and went on to great success in life. Brady describes the bonds between these men and their peers, and their connection with the Rev. John E. Brooks, later the President of Holy Cross, who convinced them to study at the college atop Mount St. James in Worcester, Mass.
The Fraternity five adorn the cover of the book. One of them, Eddie Jenkins, was a member of that perfect Dolphin team. The others are Jenkins’ HC roommate and star litigator Ted Wells ’72; Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas ’71; Pulitzer-Prize winning author of the novel The Known World; Ed Jones ’72; and former New York City deputy mayor and investment banker Stan Grayson ’72, who also played three years for the HC basketball team.
Jenkins, a running back, attended high school at St. Francis Prep in Brooklyn. He played in just three freshman games at HC before breaking a rib. All but two games of his sophomore season were wiped out because of the hepatitis outbreak which quarantined the entire team and forced cancellation of the remainder of the 1969 schedule.
The Crusaders were 0-10-1 in 1970, a UConn tie the only saving grace. But in a game at Boston University that year, Jenkins was on the receiving end of the longest pass play in HC history, a 99-yard touchdown completion from Colin Clapton. In that same game, Joe Wilson, who later played for the Bengals and the Patriots, set a school record with a 94-yard touchdown run.
Eddie Jenkins played in just 20 games at Holy Cross, and his teams won seven. He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the 11th round (285th overall) of the 1972 NFL draft. Jenkins sat below names like Larry Csonka, Mercury Morris and Jim Kiick on the Dolphin depth chart, and saw action as a special teams player.
Super Bowl Champions
He was on the field in the Los Angeles Coliseum, wearing #28, Dolphin aqua and orange, when Miami won the Super Bowl against the Washington Redskins and finished 17-0.
“We didn’t know it was going to be a perfect season,” Jenkins told the Worcester Telegram years later. “It just kept building. Honest, it was game by game. No one ever thought about this perfect season.”
After sitting out the 1973 season, Jenkins played for the Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots and New York Giants in 1974. Following his NFL career, Jenkins studied law at Suffolk. He formerly worked in private practice, as a prosecutor, a labor lawyer,and later in several Commonwealth of Massachusetts executive positions. He is currently MassDOT’s chief diversity and civil rights officer.
Jenkins has two children. His son Julian, a former defensive end at Stanford, played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2006.
SportsLifer Note: 1969-70 was my freshman year at the Cross. In December, 65 black students took a stand, threw down their student IDs and quit Holy Cross to protest a racially-tinged college ruling. Throughout the school year there were anti-Vietnam protest marches, the tragedy of Kent State and second semester closings at universities across the county, and a concert by The Who in the Holy Cross fieldhouse, just weeks after Woodstock. The HC football team was 0-2, losing to Harvard and Dartmouth before hepatitis hit.
Data is everywhere today. But it’s turning that data into useful, real-time information that makes all the difference.
To that point, IBM is working with the Miami Dolphins to enhance the overall fan experience for sports, music and media at Sun Life Stadium
By using analytics technology from IBM, the Dolphins are transforming Sun Life into a state-of-the-art entertainment destination.
The Dolphins will have a complete interconnected view of stadium activity — from weather alerts, to security to traffic flow into and around the stadium — allowing them to predict and act according to real-time events.
Those same analytics will allow the Dolphins to analyze visitor spending habits on concessions, merchandise and dining services to see through the eyes of the fan. They’ll be able to predict consumer preferences for both current and future events, helping to reduce inefficiencies and ultimately costs.
Sun Life is using IBM’s Intelligent Operations Center for Smarter Cities, supported on the IBM SmartCloud, to address the logistical and management challenges facing the stadium staff.
“Stadiums such as Sun Life have become microcosms of cities with similar requirements for services such as water, energy, transportation, communication and public safety,” said Gerry Mooney, GM, IBM Smarter Cities. “IBM is working around the world to make stadiums smarter by infusing intelligent automation that senses and acts to improve conditions including rerouting traffic, predicting overflows, ensuring public safety and preventing outages.”
The Dolphins and Sun Life will also be able to use social media like Facebook and Twitter to engage with fans both locally in South Florida and around the world.
Now if only the Dolphins could use analytics technology to find their way back to the football prowess they experienced when they won their last Super Bowl nearly 40 years ago.
New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin has quickly become one LIN-credible story.
He’s taken the NBA by surprise, Twitter by trend, and the Giants off the back pages of the New York tabloids.
You cannot stop Jeremy Lin…you can only hope to contain him.
A little over a week ago, Lin was buried at the end of the Knick bench, just up from the Erie BayHawks of the D-League, cut by both the Rockets and Warriors. Jeremy who?
He had never started an NBA game or scored more than 13 points. Now he’s setting records.
Lin doused the Los Angeles Lakers for a career-high 38 points the other night. He scored 89 points in his first three career starts, the most by any player since the merger between the NBA and ABA in 1976-77. That includes Jordan, Bird, Magic, Kobe, LeBron…all of them.
He is the first NBA player to average at least 20 points and seven assists in his first three starts since 1991.
Lin played college ball at Harvard, an institute of higher learning that has produced more U.S. Presidents than NBA players.
Undrafted out of college, he was signed by Golden State and was used sparingly last year. Lin was picked up the Houston Rockets, then waived, and signed with the Knicks as a free agent on December 27. Talk about a holiday present.
One of the few Asian Americans in NBA history, Lin is also the first American player to be of Chinese or of Taiwanese descent in the league.
Headline writers, bloggers and quipsters coast to coast and around the world are having a field day with Jeremy Lin phenomenon.
Here are the SportsLifer’s top 10 LIN-isms.
The Mighty LIN
All he does is LIN
He’s a LINtellectual from Harvard
The LIN Dynasty
Oh, the LINsanity
Knicks Missing LINk