1. Chad Ford on the NBA draft:
The process is now both bigger and more impersonal. The more money teams spend, the more they believe they have a competitive advantage by hiding information from others. In 2001 I could get five GMs in a room to talk in detail about prospects (Jerry Krause excluded). Now … good luck. And the result? Despite all the innovations, teams are getting worse, not better, at making draft picks.2. Team Fortress 2 is now free to play.
Between 1990 and 1999, 37 percent of all lottery picks turned out to be All-Stars. 31 percent were busts.
This decade, just 21 percent of all lottery picks have turned into All-Stars, while a whopping 42 percent are draft busts.
3. San Diego Padres pitcher Evan Scribner wearing a Yoda backpack. (Bottom of the page.)