7 really dumb things Skip Bayless has said and the stats to prove him wrong

ESPN First Take personality Skip Bayless is known to be factually incorrect a surprisingly large percentage of the time. So I decided to find some of the most ridiculous statements he’s made over the years and prove him totally wrong. Enjoy.————————————————————————————————————
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“I’ll say it AGAIN. Give me RG3 over Luck – any day, any night, and year, any career.”

RG3 career stats: 37 games, 14-21 record, 8,097 Yds, 40 TD, 23 INT

 Luck career stats: 48 games, 33-15 record, 12,957 Yds, 86 TD, 43 INT

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“One day Robert Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 6.39.43 PMGriffin III will be a better QB than Aaron Rodgers.”

RG3 since statement: 22 games, 5-15 record, 4,897 Yds, 20 TD, 18 INT

Rodgers since statement: 25 games, 18-7 record, 6,917 Yds, 55 TD, 11 INT

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“I would take Brandon Weeden in the top 10 before I would take Ryan Tannehill.”

Weeden career stScreen Shot 2015-09-04 at 6.38.51 PMats: 28 games, 5-16 record, 5,419 Yds, 26 TD, 28 INT

Tannehill career stats: 48 games, 23-25 record, 11,252 Yds, 63 TD, 42 INT

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“The drafting of Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden will change the race in the division in the next few years.”

 AFC NORTH STANDINGS BY YEAR

2011 (before Ricardson, Weeden are drafted) 2012 (Richardson and Weeden’s rookie seasons) 2013 (Richardson traded in September) 2014 (Weeden released in March)
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Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 6.39.34 PM“Wow, sensational move by Indy trading for Trent Richardson. Browns pretty much give up on this season, wait to use multiple picks in draft.”

Richardson since trade: 316 carries, 977 yards, 3.1 yards per carry, 6 TD, 5 fumbles

-Waived by Colts in March 2015, released by Raiders in August 2015

-3.33 career yards per carry is second-worst in NFL history

-The below pictures exist:

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Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 6.38.42 PM“Notre Dame 24, Bama 23. Manti plays with a Heisman-sized chip on shoulder pads, Golson makes one more play than A.J.” 

Final score: Alabama 42, Notre Dame 14

-Manti Te’o: 3 solo tackles, 0 tackles for loss, 0 sacks, 0 INT, 0 forced fumbles

-Everett Golson: 21/36, 270 Yds, 1 TD, 1 INT, 5 carries, -7 Yds

-A.J. McCarron: 20/28, 264 Yds, 4 TD, 0 INT, 1 carry, 9 Yds

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Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 6.41.58 PM“Tim Tebow is the next Brett Favre!” 

That’s just not smart.

HP Sports Brief Special: Girls soccer team assists in HPHS family’s struggle with breast cancer

The HPHS girls soccer team took on archrival Deerfield on Thursday night in a pivotal CSL North matchup. But the real story from that night was how the team rallied together to raise $574 in support of assistant coach Alex Conejo and his wife’s battle with breast cancer. She has been in remission since January 2014, and Conejo was honored to see such an effort be made on behalf of his family and his wife’s struggle. Sam Brief reports from Wolters Field in this HP Sports Brief special.

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HP Sports Brief special: Discussing the changing landscape of sports media with Chicago’s finest

In this HP Sports Brief special, I had the opportunity of speaking with some of Chicago’s premier sports writers, broadcasters and agents about how social media has changed the way their jobs function and the way sports fans consume media. Mark Giangreco, Brad Biggs, Ryan Baker, Mark Bartelstein, Kevin Fishbain, Peter Rudman and Ed Sherman all shared their views with me. Feel free to send any feedback using the “Contact Me” page on the lefthand column. You can also find me on Twitter and on Facebook. Also, be sure to check out my YouTube channel.

SportVU analytics taking hold in college hoops

This summer while at Northwestern’s Medill Cherubs program, I worked for weeks on what was our main assignment—to write a story on any trend that was happening anywhere in the world.

For my story, I chose to write about SportVU, a system of cameras in the rafters of every NBA arena and 3 college ones (Duke, Marquette, Louisville) that tracks player movement to spit out crazy advanced performance data. For the story, I made more phone calls than I thought would be humanly possible, once even making 41 calls in an hour. In the end, I interviewed people like J.A. Adande, Mike Trudell, Kirk Goldsberry and officials with NBA and NCAA teams.

Today, my nearly 2,000-word story was published on SB Nation’s Bucky’s 5th Quarter site. Check it out by clicking here.

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What sportsmanship means to us: Highland Park High School

Here’s a video I produced for a Central Suburban League contest on what sportsmanship and school spirit mean to Highland Park High School. Feel free to send any feedback using the “Contact Me” page on the lefthand column. You can also find me on Twitter and on Facebook. Also, be sure to check out my YouTube channel.

One Yard: Turning heartbreak into redemption

After Highland Park football’s historic 9-0 season this year, I co-produced a documentary on the Giants’ season. After 14 interviews and over a month of editing, it’s finally done.

This piece, “One Yard,” highlights the Giants’ journey from facing heartbreak after falling one yard short of a conference title last year vs. GBN. We look into their quest for redemption this year on GBN’s home turf, coupled with a drive to win the conference for the first time since ’09 and cap off the first undefeated regular season in school history—all in coach Hal Chiodo’s final season at HPHS.

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Abby George steals the show as Niles North upends Highland Park

In Friday night’s pivotal CSL North boys basketball contest, Niles North senior Abby George scored 27 points on 7-of-9 shooting to lift the Vikings over Highland Park, 51-50. You can find my game coverage for the Pioneer Press/Chicago Tribune Media by clicking here.

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HP Sports Brief: 5 wrestlers advance to sectionals, boys basketball on 5-game win streak

5 was the magic number yesterday. The HP wrestling squad advanced 5 wrestlers to this week’s sectional meet and the boys basketball team had won 5 in a row, including a 64-31 rout on Friday night. Sam Brief reports in this HP Sports Brief.

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HP Sports Brief Update: David Sachs beats the buzzer, Grace Quirk signs letter of intent

With Highland Park trailing 52-51 against No. 8 St. Joe’s with 3.3 seconds left, senior guard David Sachs dribbled down the length of the court and nailed a buzzer-beating layup to give the Giants a 53-52 upset win. Also, senior basketball and soccer star Grace Quirk signed her letter of intent to play goalie at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Wednesday. Sam Brief reports in this HP Sports Brief.

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HP Sports Brief: Boys basketball team falls to Deerfield, rebounds less than 24 hours later

The Highland Park boys basketball team led Deerfield, 12-10, after a quarter but scored just 16 points in the final 3 quarters and fell to their conference rivals, 42-28. But the Giants rebounded the next morning against Julian, 52-36, and maintain a positive outlook for the rest of their season. Sam Brief reports for HPTV in this episode of the HP Sports Brief.

And here’s the link for my coverage for Chicago Tribune Media/Pioneer Press.

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