Monthly Archives: March 2012

They have an SP1 through 5, but no A,E,I,O,Us.

It started out, as it so often does, as a simple, innocent tweet.  Carrie Muskat, MLB.COM Cubs beat writer, tweeted the following Thursday afternoon: Carrie Muskat ‏ @CarrieMuskat Rotation order will be Demp, Garza, Samardzija, Volstad and Maholm. #Cubs I … Continue reading

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March Moniker Madness – FINAL FOUR

After developing an initial field of 512 names and going through weeks of preliminary rounds to get down to a more standard bracket of 64, and four more rounds after THAT, we’re finally finalizing our Final Four (with infinite finality!). … Continue reading

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Its time for the Elite Eight in March Moniker Madness

A couple of 1-seeds finally fell in the regional semis in the Madness, with Johnny Dickshot finally petering out in the Sounds Dirty bracket, and Kila Ka’aihue’s Spelling Bee charge to the title getting lost in translation.  Only two regions … Continue reading

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Symmetrical Slash Lines

As Andrew McCutchen’s new six-year deal was being finalized a few weeks ago, ESPN’s Mark Simon tweeted the following: “Here’s statistical symmetry for you– entering last September, Andrew McCutchen’s 2011 slashline was  .272/.372/.472″ (Note: Its true …) Symmetry is a … Continue reading

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Sweet Sixteen set in March Moniker Madness

There were some mild upsets in the round of 32 of the Madness, as sentimental favorites like Doug Gwodsz and Buttercup Dickerson fell.  As announcers might say in these circumstances . . . “its a shame one of these names … Continue reading

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March Moniker Madness – Down to Field of 32

The “chalk” mostly held up during the round of 64 matchups.  Only five double-digit seeds won out of the 32 pairings. The updated bracket is shown in this PDF.  We’ll now list all 16 “round of 32″ match-ups here, and … Continue reading

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Spring is Here, and Spring was in the Majors

At 1:14 AM Eastern time this morning, the Vernal Equinox occurred, bringing with it the first day of Spring.  (As an aside, ever notice how most of “Spring Training” actually takes place in the Winter?). Here at the VORG, we … Continue reading

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