Author: Craig Calcaterra


Here’s one reason why baseball isn’t dying, you guys


Maybe baseball’s actual games don’t get the ratings that reports about dumb NFL pseudo-scandals do, but there’s at least one place where baseball has it over football: it’s use as a dumb password.

A company called SplashData releases an annual list of the 25 worst passwords based on leaked password lists from the previous year. This year’s just came out. Check out number 8, haters:

1. 123456
2. password
3. 12345
4. 12345678
5. qwerty
6. 123456789
7. 1234
8. baseball
9. dragon
10. football

In other news, most stories about “hackers” involve coding geniuses. But most actual high-profile hacks actually come from people of reasonable intelligence taking advantage of the stupidity and sloppiness of others. Oh, and every time they hack something, they have to audibly say “I’m in.” I saw that in a movie once.

Now if you’re excuse me, I’m off to change all of my passwords from “baseball” to “baseball69.”

(h/t to MLB Cut4)

The Tigers basically cut bait on Max Scherzer after he rejected their $144 million offer last year

Detroit Tigers v Toronto Blue Jays

Over the past month or two there were some reports that the Tigers were eager to re-sign Max Scherzer. But Jon Morosi reports today that, even if some in the front office were up for it, the owner likely would not have approved the deal, as he more or less cut bait on Scherzer last year after the righty rejected a $144 million offer:

. . . it’s very likely that Scherzer’s $144 million tender was the largest final offer rejected by an Ilitch employee in more than 50 combined seasons of Tigers and Red Wings ownership.

After Scherzer said no to that sum, sources say Ilitch never became fully re-engaged in trying to retain him — financially and perhaps emotionally, as well.

Huge deals like that always have to have ownership sign-off, and huge deals like that likely have an emotional component to them as well. Yes, we can crunch numbers all day and attempt to assign dollar values to them, but on a pretty basic level, the top-end deals require a calculation of how much a team is willing to overpay in order to win a championship in the short term. At least that’s how Ilitch appears to operate.

In light of that, it’s not all that surprising, really, that he wasn’t willing to go bigger than he had last year to sign Scherzer.

The man who invented instant replay has died

instant replay picture

You don’t tend to think of instant replay as being something that was “invented,” as such. It just seems logical and natural for us to expect that something which is shown on television can, almost immediately, be shown once again and, preferably, in slow motion.

But nope, it was invented. By a man named Tony Verna, who worked for CBS:

Verna invented the technique while he was working for CBS in 1963, when he developed a method for cueing tape right up to a play he wanted to immediately re-air. The network first used it during the Army-Navy game on December 7, 1963, causing mass confusion with viewers. Announcer Lindsey Nelson even had to warn viewers that the clip they were about to see “is not live,” and that “Army did not score again.”

Instant replay changed the way people watched sports and, eventually, the way sports were actually played, what with the adoption of replay review in most major sports now. It’s amazing it took as long as it did between Verna’s invention of it in 1963 and when it was finally adopted by leagues.

Verna died at his home on Sunday at the age of 81. He had been suffering from leukemia. His legacy will last, however, even if no one knows it’s his legacy.