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  1. You now C town is good right? Like critically acclaimed good? Like A tier below Parks?

    Comment by Ryan — January 20, 2012 @ 4:05 pm

  2. Know*

    Comment by Ryan — January 20, 2012 @ 4:06 pm

  3. Well, if TV critics like it, I totally take my comments back.

    Comment by Matt Klaassen — January 20, 2012 @ 4:10 pm

  4. Cougar Town is not about what its name is and hasn’t been since about 6 episodes in. It’s the same creative team as Scrubs and stars the best ensemble comedic cast on TV right now on this side of the pond (Peep Show has the edge worldwide imo). I started watching the show as a joke (during a somewhat depressed time) myself and ended up falling for it, hard. It easily tops Community and 30 Rock and is in the same class as Parks and Recreation and Peep Show as my top current running comedies.

    Now I look forward to being ridiculed for this being the first comment. I have nothing to say about Chris Snyder or the Astros. Yes, I read this site every day. No, I’m not trolling the internet for Cougar Town remarks to respond to…

    Comment by Reuben — January 20, 2012 @ 4:10 pm

  5. It was panned initially, then retooled and found it’s flow. Not a bad show at all. You probably saw it during the bad, initial phase.

    They went so far away from the initial version that the title, “Cougartown” is openly laughed at by the creators and stars.

    Comment by RationalSportsFan — January 20, 2012 @ 4:18 pm

  6. Looks like Cougar Town responses is all you’re getting. Sorry for derailing the conversation.

    Comment by Reuben — January 20, 2012 @ 4:19 pm

  7. Cougar Town never left us…it’s just been renamed “Happy Endings”.

    Comment by KCDaveInLA — January 20, 2012 @ 4:19 pm

  8. More comment on the title:

    Clicked on article to find out what the oddly-named article was about. Then Houston came up in the first paragraph. Houston…A Cougar returns.

    I then suddenly thought Lance Berkman had somehow been traded and was back in with his hometown club and that cougar was some misguided joke about Big Puma’s age.

    Anyway, good to see Snyder getting a job again. Great ballplayer.

    Comment by Mac — January 20, 2012 @ 4:25 pm

  9. In the second-to-last full paragraph, you mean this is a decent move for Houston right? Not Arizona?

    Comment by drewcorb — January 20, 2012 @ 4:27 pm

  10. I saw part of the first episode and nearly retched at how awful it was. My best friend loves it, so I have to believe it does improve, which is not saying much.

    Comment by Baltar — January 20, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

  11. My wife liked that show, but I also caught her watching Eat Pray Love one time, so it still might be awful.

    Comment by Cougar — January 20, 2012 @ 4:36 pm

  12. Congrats on the hilarious intro and ending. This is like a funnier version of the excellent science documentary “Connections.”

    Comment by Baltar — January 20, 2012 @ 4:38 pm

  13. If Fangraphs strives for informed analysis, you might not want to blindly critique something else. Just as the Devil Rays stunk, so too did early Cougar Town. Both are great now. At least Tampa Bay had the good sense to change their weird name.

    Comment by yuniform — January 20, 2012 @ 4:58 pm

  14. The gulf between Snyder and Quintero is much narrower than your write-up suggests, Matt.

    Sure, Snyder has a far superior walk rate and more HR power. Defensively, they both score similarly in the framing study with Quintero being stingier with passed balls and better against the stolen base. What Quintero really has going for him over Snyder is the 13 pickoffs he has recorded playing half-time over the last two years – how do we quantify the impact of those stolen outs and the carryover effect that those pickoffs may have on on-base lead aggressiveness?

    They’re pretty much the same guy to me, just with their respective two best skills skewed in two different directions.

    Comment by reillocity — January 20, 2012 @ 5:14 pm

  15. A cougar is a puma, but a puma is not necessarily a cougar.

    Comment by newman — January 20, 2012 @ 5:23 pm

  16. Sometimes it sucks being an Astros fan. Cust and Snyder? Sigh…so this is what it feels like to live in Pittsburgh.

    Comment by Super Shredder — January 20, 2012 @ 5:28 pm

  17. I gotta say, I like red-haired Laura Prepon WAY more than I like blonde Laura Prepon.

    Comment by Bryz — January 20, 2012 @ 5:53 pm

  18. Sometimes a puma is an owl.

    (Berkman played for the Rice Owls.)

    Comment by Hal Jordan — January 20, 2012 @ 6:19 pm

  19. If you’ve only seen one episode of Cougar Town and you’re calling it awful, then you obviously don’t know what you are talking about.

    Cougar Town is one of the greatest and funniest comedies on TV right now. Watch it again on February 14th and you’ll see what I’m talking about. (I saw an advanced screening of 3 new episodes tonight so I know its good.)

    The show has changed a great deal since it began. Just give something a chance before you go spouting off judgment on the internet. To those of us who actually watch the show and know how good it is, your comments make you sound incredibly ignorant.

    Comment by Lauren — January 21, 2012 @ 6:50 am

  20. Six seasons and a movie.

    Comment by DLoth — January 21, 2012 @ 11:23 am

  21. This link: that is referenced in the article re: catchers framing pitches is informative and interesting. Worth a read!

    Comment by jakesprecher — January 21, 2012 @ 4:31 pm

  22. If Abed likes it, it’s good enough for me. Cougartown was actually awesome.

    Comment by MCR — January 21, 2012 @ 7:36 pm

  23. The critics liked it as soon as it stopped being about cougars.

    Coincidentally, that’s also when the show completely lost its audience. It was a much more successful show when it was awful.

    Comment by Llewdor — January 21, 2012 @ 8:02 pm

  24. a surprising amount of Cougartown fans amongst us

    Comment by Matty Brown — January 22, 2012 @ 8:12 am

  25. This is what happens when you take baseball away.

    Comment by Men everywhere — January 22, 2012 @ 9:11 am

  26. I’ll join in on the praise for Couger Town. It’s a very funny show and a very different one from it’s original incarnation. Give it another try, Matt.

    Comment by TheBunk — January 23, 2012 @ 2:54 am

  27. I completely agree with Baltar’s post. Except for the ‘hilarious’ part though – did he/she read the same article? This was dreck.

    Comment by Courtney Cox — January 23, 2012 @ 11:40 am

  28. Well, duh, that goes with out saying. Red heads are like left handed pitchers with extreme talent – there is no comparison when all is right.

    On a somewhat related note, has there ever been a worseactor/actress on a program that reached syndication than Prepon? In all seriousness, who is even close?

    Comment by McConaughey — January 23, 2012 @ 11:43 am

  29. Amen. This site should actually do that more often & this piece, in spite of its considerable warts, demonstrates that.

    Comment by The Jean Genie — January 23, 2012 @ 11:45 am

  30. Is this really a battle worth fighting? On a baseball statistics website…?

    Comment by BlackOps — January 23, 2012 @ 9:54 pm

  31. Screw you. It’s called ‘nuance’.

    Comment by Laura Prepon — January 24, 2012 @ 10:37 am

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