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RA versus ERA 1871-2010: Baseball Databank Data Dump 2.3.1

Earned Run Average distorts the contribution of pitchers in multiple ways, yet it is still widely used. Until everyone gets on board with a Runs Allowed scale, here are the easy conversions.

Open Championship Ratings Lowest in 28 Years

The final round of the Open Championship proved to turn audiences away from ESPN on Sunday. The overnight rating of 2.6 for the telecast is the lowest since 1991, when ABC aired the final round to a 2.9 number.

The Perfect Goodbye: Watching Watson's Farewell to the Old Course

Yesterday afternoon on the east coast, I didn't get a chance to watch Tom Watson's (likely) final competitive round at St. Andrews. But I wanted to make sure that I saw Watson play 18 one last time at the Old Course.

This Wind Merited Suspending Play at the British Open? LOL

Even the British scorers at the Open Championship think that suspending play there is absolutely ridiculous. They posted an alert about the high wind delay with a jab at the R&A.

Play Is Suspended in Second Round of Open Championship

Despite the total lack of rain at the Old Course right now, it's just too windy for players to be able to mark and unmark their balls on putting surfaces without danger of it moving. Since the high wind and its impact are detrimental to the players experiencing it, play has been suspended.

The Phantom Ace and Scandinavian People

Just a few minutes ago, the Open Championship leaderboard had Swede Peter Hanson at -7 and threatening to take on Rory McIlroy's 63, or even better. They had Hanson making a one at the par 4 16th - a 423 yard hole. Not impossible, but surely not likely. And then the R&A realized their mistake that Hanson had not even finished the hole yet and took it down.

At Least One Ryan Is Going to St. Andrews

Yesterday's final round of the AT&T National was an awfully impressive one for Ryan Moore. The Scratch Golf co-owner posted 65 in the last day of the tournament, which left him approximately an hour to wait to see if he would get into the British Open.

Agg! Something Horrible Has Happened at St. Andrews!

Perhaps Nessie has gone onto land to protest the lengthening of the Road Hole at St. Andrews, but one of the webcams that the R&A has set up at the Home of Golf has gone askew.

2012 London Olympic Mascots Disqualify R&A from Future Design Changes

The 2012 Olympic mascot designs alone should prohibit the R&A from modifying any of the Open rota. But since this aesthetic nightmare won't stop Peter Dawson from thinking twice, Paul Casey has proposed that some British courses be afforded the same protections as historic landmarks and buildings so as to prevent changes to them.

When Did Golf Get So Interesting?

I was always told that in order to play or be interested in golf, you had to be a middle-aged white guy, wear goofy pants, and have a huge ass. At some point in the last six months, though - probably the day after Thanksgiving - golf got a whole lot more compelling.

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