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Prep Those DVRs: 'The Franchise: A Season with the San Francisco Giants' To Get Previewed April 13

Showtime and MLB Productions have revealed a little more information about the docu-series following the World Champion San Francisco Giants. The show, now called “The Franchise: A Season with the San Francisco Giants,” will get a sneak preview Wednesday April 13, two weeks after Opening Day. The series premiere is slated for Wednesday, July 13.

The companies also released a great trailer, which unfortunately is not embeddable. Check out the trailer here.

As we reported in January, the show will follow the team through the entire 2011 season, giving viewers a behind-the-scenes look at what happens when the players aren’t on the field.

If the trailer is any indication, look for star pitcher Tim Lincecum and closer Brian Wilson to be the stars of the show (though it certainly isn’t a surprise in the outspoken Wilson’s case).

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Columnist Says Jay Bilas Doesn't Know What He's Talking About

You can add Michael Bradley of Philadelphia Magazine to the list of people that won’t be receiving a holiday card from the Bilas family this December.

Bradley called out ESPN analyst Jay Bilas following his comments on Selection Sunday that VCU wasn’t worthy of making the NCAA Tournament.

“What Bilas and his kind don’t understand – - or don’t want to admit – - is that college basketball is no longer the top-flight sport it was even 10 years ago. It may still provide some thrilling moments in March, but the overall quality of play has dropped considerably. A variety of reasons can be cited, including the yearly exodus of top underclassmen to the NBA, a continued decaying of fundamentals at the high school level (thanks, AAU ball!) that forces coaches to use strategies that feature athleticism, rather than skill, and a moving away from team-first attitudes among better players aching to be playing professionally. Read more

Two Harvard Stats Geeks Land Gigs With Pro Basketball Teams

We’ve mentioned the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective before. They are the group that tackles problems such as “Who wrote this column: Bill Simmons, Rick Reilly, or Kevin Whitlock?” and “Should a football team give up free touchdowns?

It’s all fun and games, until the students land jobs with major teams.

According to the Harvard Crimson, sophomore John Ezekowitz and junior Jason Rosenfeld scored gigs with the Phoenix Suns and the Shanghai Sharks, respectively, in part based on their work for HSAC.

It’s perhaps not a huge surprise that the Sharks would be interested in taking advantage of every available statistic. They are owned by Yao Ming, who plays for the Houston Rockets. The Rockets, in turn, employ general manager Daryl Morey who Simmons nicknamed “Dork Elvis” for his ahead of the curve analysis. (See Michael LewisThe No Stats All-Star for an example.) But still, it’s very cool to see the pair get an opportunity to change the game.

Pretty soon, these kids are going to rule the sports world. Assuming, of course, they don’t already.