“I want people to be able to see me no matter who they are, what their sexuality is, and be inspired to be themselves, whatever that is. That’s the bottom line." -Phaidra Knight, recently retired USA Rugby star.
"One of the most uncomfortable things I've experienced, is carrying on a conversation with someone you love so much, who you've known your whole life, and it's a one-way conversation." -Michelle Marciniak
"[THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE WAS] Probably from one of my golf buddies. I think he said that I have to be comfortable being uncomfortable. I’ve grown up pretty privileged, and I’ve never really had to struggle. And the paths that I’ve chosen as an athlete, now I have to make decisions where I’m going to feel uncomfortable... Now, I have to make the choice, do I go after the dream and be a little bit uncomfortable or stay in my lane and work, which is what I’m used to." -Troy Mullins
"What I'm most proud of is the award is about the person [Margo Dydek] was, not just on the basketball court. Any time you win an award, it's overwhelming. Especially one of this nature. I think it's flattering. I'm honored." -Chris Dailey, the latest recipient of the Dydek award for an inspiring woman.
"There wasn't much to be said, just, 'We did it, we did it'. [MY HUSBAND'S] been telling me for a long time this was a possibility, and it took a leap of faith to believe him and totally buy in, so seeing him was probably the most special moment of the whole thing." -Sara Vaughn
Every wondered if pitchers have solved striking out the best players by just walking them too often? Some people do believe that by walking a good hitter often enough, they will start to lose their ability to hit well enough.
This issue came up a few seasons ago when Bryce Harper was slumping due to a higher number of walks. Recently with the slump of Judge, I wondered if one of the most walked players in the MLB was going through that same thing.
By using the number of walks and the number of strikeouts for the top players in each league that season, I tried to find the correlation of it all. This all leads to the question of: Does a higher number of walks lead to a high number of strikeouts?
2016- Mike Trout (116 W, 137 SO)
Paul Goldschmidt (110 W, 150 SO)
2015- Joey Votto (143 W, 135 SO)
Jose Bautista (110 W, 106 SO)
2014- Carlos Santana (113 W, 124 SO)
Matt Carpenter (95 W, 111 SO)
2013- Joey Votto (135 W, 138 SO)
Mike Trout (110 W, 136 SO)
2012- Adam Dunn (105 W, 222 SO)
Dan Uggla (94 W, 168 SO)
2011- Jose Bautista (132 W, 111 SO)
Joey Votto (110 W, 129 SO)
This is called small negative association, where the r is negative and below -0.3. The actual graph was listed at -0.246, so it fits the bill. This means that for every increase in one area, there is an decrease in the other and vice versa. So, for every walk there is actually a decrease in strikeouts. I guess we were wrong on this one.
The simulation sees how common it is for the small negative association to occur and it is actually very common. Therefore, we cannot conclude that an increased number of walks creates an increased number of strikeouts. But, since the pitchers like to do that to the best players, let them keep thinking that it works.
Hope that this debunked some previous hunches about walks!
"[COACH] said if anybody hit me really hard [IN PRACTICE], he was going to make them run, I think that's cool." -Olivia Perez
"I'd proven to the world that maturity, experience, dedication, and ingenuity can make up for a little senescence. Muscle tightening is not the only thing that happens to our bodies over time. We gain knowledge, focus, and understanding, and those things can help us win." -Dara Torres
Once again, I present to you another fun sports city for Throwback Thursday that I had the pleasure of going to! I hope you enjoy the hockey town of Edmonton as much as I did.
Rogers Place, Home of the Edmonton Oilers
As soon as you walk in through a back entrance (or the entrance right by the light rail stop), you will see this elaborate welcome. That pretty much sets you up for the rest of the wondrous new arena.
As you walk through the halls, you will stumble into a room with these banners, their practice rink, and a casino. Yep, you read that right, a casino was built in there.
I only took a picture of the banners because I liked seeing their golden years on there, especially the Stanley Cup champion years. It really does a good job of displaying tradition since this is new and that is evident in the new two photos.
The grand jewel of the place is the Great One. Taking a picture with this is a must for all hockey fans because going to Edmonton is not something you can do all the time and it is a big part of hockey history. The Great One spent a majority of his time playing in this city and still identifies with this team for NHL functions, so it's important to see why he means so much here.
Right next to the statue is a peak into the Oilers Hall of Fame, so feel free to look at jerseys throughout the years and the press conference room in there as well. You cannot go inside unless you sit in the special area at a game, so this was a nice preview.
And now here is a beautiful picture of the arena in the city! There are plans to build up the area around the arena (Ice District!) since this is a major project to make this area of the city more exciting. From what I saw, there will be the tallest tower in the western part of Canada there and more nice apartments as well. Once this project is completed, Ice District will be even more popular.
Places to Visit in Edmonton:
If you love going to the mall, or even just enjoy it, this is your place! Located before you hit the City Centre, the West Edmonton Mall is the largest mall in ALL of North America. It has everything you could normally do outside inside due to the weather of Edmonton. If you like water parks, mini golf, amusement parks, ice skating, and aquariums, then this is your place. It also has 800 or so stores as well, if you like to shop too.
Other than that, there are numerous malls scattered around the city.
If you like history, make sure to visit the Parliament building since Edmonton is the capital of Alberta. You will learn some good things about Alberta's history, including their connection to England. The area surrounding the building is a great sight in the summer as well, with all of the fountains and their wading areas.
If you think nature is your thing, then there are several different hiking areas outside of the city and there's the Saskatchewan River as well.
If you came for sports and it's not hockey season, hopefully it's football season because the Eskimos call this their home as well and you can try to catch a game if you are lucky.
Hope you enjoyed the photos of the beautiful Rogers Place because we all deserve to see that great new home to a new era of Oilers hockey!
Hi, I'm Jenna and I'm a sports fan! I've been avidly watching sports since 2011 because I found that by watching sports, I would be able to communicate with my dad and brother better. Ever since I got into sports, I've been able to enjoy myself more when I go to sporting events with my family.