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Derek Jeter says the contract negotiating process that portrayed him as greedy made him angry. He also says he doesn't envision this being his last contract. The next negotiation should be tons o' fun.
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Happy Wednesday everyone, here's my Top 5 for December 8, 2010 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com. 1. Quick Hits

The truth is, I get all that. I also know that if it weren't for Steinbrenner, baseball wouldn't be as popular as it is today. 4. Last Chance A holiday auction being run by Grey Flannel ends today. At last check, the handwritten speech, Mickey Mantle's last to his adoring public, was going for over \$6,600. In the speech he advises his "little teammates" out there, not to do drugs and alcohol but to become an organ donor. Another Mantle item, a baseball in which he wrote out the words "F__ked Up" under his signature, was going for over \$3,100. Here's the auction site. When Mantle was in the hospital, he sent famed collect Barry Halper, a signed "soiled" doctors glove. That was the Mick's sense of humor. These days, I half expect that glove to come up for auction as well. 5. Lies, Damn Lies, And Statistics Earned Run Average I understand. Earned runs yielded, multiplied by 9, divided by innings pitched. But quarterback rating? What gobbledygook. Thanks to subscriber Gary S. for the formula. (I added a 16th step.)

1. Divide a quarterback's completed passes by pass attempts.
2. Subtract 0.3.
3. Divide by 0.2 and record the total. The sum cannot be greater than 2.375 or less than zero.
4. Divide passing yards by pass attempts.
5. Subtract 3.
6. Divide by 4 and record the total. The sum cannot be greater than 2.375 or less than zero.
7. Divide touchdown passes by pass attempts.
8. Divide by 0.05 and record the total. The sum cannot be greater than 2.375 or less than zero.
9. Divide interceptions by pass attempts.
10. Subtract that number from 0.095.
11. Divide that product by 0.04 and record the total. The sum cannot be greater than 2.375 or less than zero.
12. Add the four totals you recorded.
13. Multiply that total by 100.
14. Divide by 6.
15. The final number is your quarterback rating.
16. Get a life.

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