Friday, January 20, 2006


If the Pistons go 35-5 after forty games, is that more impressive or less impressive than the Tigers 35-5 start in 1984.


Anonymous DiffAnon said...

Less. It's harder to be that consistent, that long, in baseball. Too many weird-hop, one-bad-pitch, hot-pitcher nights. In basketball it's not a strange thought for a team to go an entire season with a .700+ winning percentage. It's too easy for a team with one or two talented players to dominate entire games, all year long. In other sports that kind of winning percentage would be the stuff of truly legendary teams.

This is another reason I like hockey far more than basketball.

January 20, 2006 11:13 AM  
Blogger Just Shu said...

I don't remember '84 that well, but I can't imgaine they dominated the way to Pistons are. I heard a stat last night of the 31 wins this year 18 were by 10 points or more and 8 were by 20 points. they seem to bein a differnt league then teh majority of the NBA.

That being said, 35 wins is 35 wins, and is equally impressive.

January 20, 2006 11:15 AM  
Blogger Air Time said...

I think its tougher in baseball, for the simple reason is that it has been done several times before in basketball and never done before or since in baseball.

And DiffAnon is right, Baseball is such a quirky game, that going 35-5 is really phenominal.

January 20, 2006 12:18 PM  
Blogger Krunk said...

I agree with Air and diffanon...Baseball is a much less consistent game.

January 20, 2006 12:28 PM  
Anonymous noahdaddy said...

I disagree only from the standpoint that 40 games is half the season in the NBA, while it's a quarter of the season in baseball.

Also, good teams almost ALWAYS beat mediocre/bad teams in baseball. In basketball, even the Hawks can beat the Spurs, or the Jazz can sweep the Pistons, on any given night. Also, playing one game of basketball is ten times more exhausting on a player than a baseball game.

January 20, 2006 12:36 PM  
Blogger Air Time said...

Noah Daddy, the thing is in baseball a bad team will frequently take one of three against a good team.

January 20, 2006 12:54 PM  
Blogger Air Time said...

If basketball is so much more a physically exhausting game than baseball, why is it that baseball players will frequently take a night off every two or three weeks, while it is unheard of for a basketball player to take a night off to get some rest.

January 20, 2006 12:55 PM  
Blogger The Zwicker said...

Excellent question. I would say that the Tigers' start was more impressive, partly for the same factors Noah Daddy thinks the Pistons' start is more impressive.

Being that 40 games is only one quarter of a baseball season. Also, back then, I'm pretty sure that there was no playing for home field advantage in the World Series. It merely alternated between the two leagues. Once the Tigers started hot, it would therefore have been very easy for them to take it easy a game here or a game there.

Also, as Air points out, it's very understandable and even common for a baseball team to lose one game of every series and still win 100 games, which has always been a big benchmark. Lastly, double digit winning streaks seem to be a lot more common in basketball than in baseball.

January 20, 2006 1:03 PM  
Blogger The Zwicker said...

Air, regarding taking time off, basketball players play less frequently. Baseball season has twice as many games but only takes two months or so longer than basketball season.

January 20, 2006 1:05 PM  
Blogger Air Time said...

zwicker -

I realize that basketball players have days off built into the schedule. The game is physically demanding. Which makes a baseball players streak that much more meaningful, because he doesn't have those days off built in, so the overall effect on his body may be just as demanding as a basketball season.

January 20, 2006 1:27 PM  
Blogger Krunk said...

And just think about the punishment that a pitcher takes on his arm...You can't find that kind of pain in basketball.To go 35-5 is pretty impressive.

January 21, 2006 7:13 PM  
Blogger iSrAeLiWannab said...

i dont get all the numbers...but basketball is cooler then baseball. hands down.

January 21, 2006 7:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

35-5 does not matter unless they win a best of 7 series at the end of June. The key is to go into the playoffs on a roll - just ask the colts


January 22, 2006 11:12 AM  
Blogger Air Time said...


I can't believe you're still bitter because the Blue Jays finished 15 games back in 1984.

As for the Colts reference, the Pistons are a lot different than the Colts. How many playoff games has Payton won in his career?

This Piston team went won a championship two years ago, and last season was six minutes away from a second title. I am not really concerned that they will pull a Vanderjagt and get knocked out in the first round of the playoffs.

January 22, 2006 11:20 AM  
Anonymous bernie_says said...

last night on the news, the sports guy said that the '84 tigers equivalent of the pistons current 35-5 record would have to be 70-10. i have no idea where he came up with that number, but he seems to think there is absolutely no comparison between the two 35-5's at all.

January 26, 2006 10:35 AM  
Blogger Air Time said...

I liked watching sportscenter last night when they compared the 84 tigers to the current pistons.

Its always fun seeing them show old tiger clips.

January 26, 2006 10:51 AM  

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