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I always figured young Greg Inglis would be a better NFL prospect than Hayne, but good luck to him.

And Craig Biggio had it comin'.

posted by owlhouse at 04:58 AM on September 05

Federal Judge Tosses Brady's 4-Game NFL Suspension

Man ESPN is the worst.

So when can the SpoFi community admit there was no "there" there? The NFL actively tried to catch the Patriots in a sting operation, ineptly tried to collect damning data, and yet even the biased Wells report admitted there wasn't even convincing evidence of any tampering actually happening- much less involvement from Brady et al? For 80 years the NFL didn't care, didn't even know there was a natural gas law, and Brady just wanted a low end but legal 12.5 PSI football.

Shouldn't this all have been a simple off-season scientific investigation and possible rules tweak of ball pressure setting and management? Because a fair number of posters here were looking for blood, demanding Brady impale himself on a non-existent violation that at most would warrant a small fine if it even happened- of which there's never been evidence it even happened?

Don't be like Lester Munson... admit you were wrong about the alleged "Cheatriots".

posted by hincandenza at 02:13 AM on September 05

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Not swinging is harder than it looks. Ask Michael Jordan or Pete Incaviglia.

posted by rcade at 04:23 PM on September 04

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Since he didn't actually swing a bat even ONCE during any of his plate appearances (20 pitches in all), this may be a "record" that is entirely NOT the product of the person now holding the "record". I could have set this record by just standing at the plate, and walking/running on command.

It's like Biggio holding the hit-by-pitch record. All he did was get hit. The record should be held by the pitchers that plunked him.

posted by grum@work at 04:06 PM on September 04

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Bryce Harper scores four runs and an RBI on zero at-bats. Coulda been five, but they put in a pinch hitter in the 6th while up by 13.

posted by Etrigan at 02:56 PM on September 04

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

but in a boneheaded move only allowed them for women.

Wow.

Never mind the discussion about "gender equality", how do you not implement it for the group of players that are REQUIRED to play more tennis (best of 5 vs best of 3)?

posted by grum@work at 01:30 PM on September 04

Federal Judge Tosses Brady's 4-Game NFL Suspension

I do agree with forrestv that he may be a useful stooge from the owners' perspective depending on how involved he has been in the revenue increases.


It's Pash that needs to be called to the stand when the appeal hearing gets underway. It seems more and more as though Pash has been playing a shadow Cheney to Goodell's nominal head of state George W.B.

Hard to imagine we're not even halfway through the term of the current CBA. Wonder if there will be a movement afoot to amend it before 2020.

If the owners do not see fit to terminate Goodell, it would be in their interest to modify the current CBA to prevent him from doing more damage while he remains in office. At the very least, add a provision that mandates independent arbitration.

posted by beaverboard at 12:21 PM on September 04

Federal Judge Tosses Brady's 4-Game NFL Suspension

ESPN's Lester Munson is doubling down, predicting the "league can and probably will succeed in its appeal of Berman's ruling". He has an . . . interesting history. And if you work with him, make sure to ask for cash.

posted by yerfatma at 12:14 PM on September 04

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The U.S. Open added a rule for water breaks this year because of the heat, but in a boneheaded move only allowed them for women. One of the men, Jack Sock, collapsed on the court yesterday.

posted by rcade at 11:23 AM on September 04

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Tim Tebow had some nice throws last night, including a 45-yard bomb and two touchdowns. He threw one pick on a fourth-and-15 that ended a drive close to the end zone and was elusive in the pocket, turning some sacks into decent gains.

I don't know if he'll make the team -- why keep a third quarterback anyway, Chip? -- but I feel like he might be an actual backup quarterback now.

posted by rcade at 11:20 AM on September 04

Federal Judge Tosses Brady's 4-Game NFL Suspension

I figure Goodell's current shelf life is good for another five years, when the current CBA expires. If he's still the commish, and there's no re-wording to reflect a fairer punitive system, expect a players' strike. And if that prediction comes true, I'd also bet one demand the NFLPA will have is a new commissioner.

posted by NerfballPro at 11:05 AM on September 04

Federal Judge Tosses Brady's 4-Game NFL Suspension

Might be time to put the house in Maine up for sale. I'd be willing to drive a couple of hours to (let the dog) crap on his lawn. I do agree with forrestv that he may be a useful stooge from the owners' perspective depending on how involved he has been in the revenue increases.

posted by yerfatma at 09:38 AM on September 04

Federal Judge Tosses Brady's 4-Game NFL Suspension

Also, Goodell won't be in Foxboro next week as originally planned. Can't say I blame him; New Englanders anxious to burn an effigy of the commissioner wouldn't have minded swapping out for the real thing, as if it were late 17th century Salem.

posted by NerfballPro at 09:32 AM on September 04

Federal Judge Tosses Brady's 4-Game NFL Suspension

posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:23 AM on September 04

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

So, I wonder how well those Australian rugby lads would fare in the NFL? Oh, OK.

posted by NoMich at 09:04 AM on September 04

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

Montreal by 5

posted by rcade at 06:07 PM on September 03

Federal Judge Tosses Brady's 4-Game NFL Suspension

Goodell has an almost magical ability to handle a situation so that it spirals from something definable and manageable into something unpredictable and uncontrollable. And exponentially complex and damaging as it unfolds.

Now Greg Hardy is considering whether or not to go to court to contest his four game suspension - which had already been reduced from 10 games! These are the sorts of things that happen in Goodell's world. Ill factors beget other ill factors. You can't do the arithmetic up front on how fucked up things are liable to get.

Note to Greg:

You don't like the call on your home kung fu
Not every court is kangaroo
You're a lucky man
Better let it stand.

There has also been a dimension to Goodell's activities that has a deep and compelling sense of urgency to it. The shit he does matters to people that matter. It goes well beyond the stuff that other frightfully impaired commissioners like Selig and Bettman have done. Bill Simmons felt strongly enough to gamble his job on Goodell's character and lost. He's a seasoned, accomplished professional and he got emotional.

Once Goodell gets drummed out of league HQ, who knows where he'll end up. Sure as hell not in clandestine services. Every day is like the Bay of Pigs with this guy.

"Commissioner, the Trump campaign is on line one..."

posted by beaverboard at 06:06 PM on September 03

Federal Judge Tosses Brady's 4-Game NFL Suspension

How do we know he played an instrumental role in increased revenue instead of just being the guy at the top when it occurred? It's not like the league was hurting before he arrived.

posted by rcade at 06:04 PM on September 03

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

BC by 7

Saskatchewan by 4

Hamilton by 10

Calgary by 8

posted by Reever at 06:02 PM on September 03

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

Mon by 4; Win by 4; Ham by 6; Cal by 3!

posted by JPR at 06:00 PM on September 03

Federal Judge Tosses Brady's 4-Game NFL Suspension

Goodell has been steadily increasing revenue for the owners. He trounced the NFLPA in the last CBA negotiations. I imagine most owners are quite happy with his performance.

Incidents like this also help keep issues like long term brain damage from being in the headlines.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 05:37 PM on September 03

Federal Judge Tosses Brady's 4-Game NFL Suspension

National treasure Charles Pierce: "Have the National Football League's lawyers gotten their appeal filed yet, or were they too busy applying the league's concussion protocol to Roger Goodell, who got his bell rung good and proper by Judge Richard Berman on Thursday morning? I'm serious about this. If somebody asks him how many fingers he sees, and he answers, 'Article 46 of the collective bargaining agreement,' they should sideline him immediately."

posted by rcade at 04:13 PM on September 03

Federal Judge Tosses Brady's 4-Game NFL Suspension

Vince McMahon owns the WWE. Roger Goodell is just a hired hand. If he's hurting the credibility of the league and giving it PR black eyes on player conduct issues again and again, it's time the NFL owners asked themselves whether he's the right person for the job.

posted by rcade at 04:11 PM on September 03

Federal Judge Tosses Brady's 4-Game NFL Suspension

I don't care for Goodell, but I don't understand the cries for him to resign or be fired. The owners hired him to be what he istheir version of Vince McMahon. Except for the few owners who can't seem to get out of their own way, he takes all the heat away. Fans, media, and even non-football fans see him as a villainand people love to hate a heel. Is he Draconian? Absolutely. Inept? Eh. I bet a lot of people who used to hate Brady/The Patriots have sympathy now. I have an easier time believing he's a diabolical genius than Barney Fife.

posted by forrestv at 03:38 PM on September 03

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Oh, gods, this Twitter roundup. It just... keeps... going...

posted by Etrigan at 03:00 PM on September 03

Federal Judge Tosses Brady's 4-Game NFL Suspension

I wonder if anyone at the NFL suggested the response,

I can't even imagine it. That's far too reasonable for this crew.

On edit: Man ESPN is the worst.

posted by tron7 at 02:58 PM on September 03

Federal Judge Tosses Brady's 4-Game NFL Suspension

I wonder if anyone at the NFL suggested the response, "We asked a federal court to affirm our disciplinary process in the punishment of a player and the court told us that it couldn't. We will learn from this experience, make changes to our enforcement of player conduct and will not be filing an appeal."

Goodell may win an appeal, but at what cost? The league needs to stop the bleeding and move on.

posted by rcade at 02:41 PM on September 03

Federal Judge Tosses Brady's 4-Game NFL Suspension

Goddammit, Goodell, the writing is on the wall. Resign already. I want to watch the NFL again.

posted by Etrigan at 02:30 PM on September 03

Federal Judge Tosses Brady's 4-Game NFL Suspension

Man ESPN is the worst.

I feel like every SpoFi comment should start with this phrase, regardless of context, in perpetuity.

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:12 PM on September 03

Federal Judge Tosses Brady's 4-Game NFL Suspension

Man ESPN is the worst. They spent 7 months hounding the Pats and with their legal experts saying Brady had no chance. Now they just thrust Tedy Bruschi out front to rant and everyone else is hounding the league. I'll admit it's an improvement.

League is appealing because of course they are. Daniel Snyder looks more reflective than the NFL front office.

posted by yerfatma at 12:38 PM on September 03

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

monti by 5

sask by 4

UGH!!! pussyc'ts by 8

cal by 4

GO ARGOS GO!!

posted by argoal at 12:02 PM on September 03

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

Montreal by 13

Saskatchewan by 10

Hamilton by 4

Calgary by 9

posted by tahoemoj at 11:51 AM on September 03

Federal Judge Tosses Brady's 4-Game NFL Suspension

This is not a day of vindication. There are more squares left on the game board. The unctuous dunce is still in office.

We're at the point with Goodell where if someone were to tell me that Matt Millen was available and willing to oversee the league, my immediate response would be: "When can he start?"

posted by beaverboard at 11:49 AM on September 03

Federal Judge Tosses Brady's 4-Game NFL Suspension

Know Justice, Know Peace!

posted by yerfatma at 11:32 AM on September 03

Federal Judge Tosses Brady's 4-Game NFL Suspension

That verdict must have left Goodell feeling...

I can't do it.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:12 AM on September 03

Federal Judge Tosses Brady's 4-Game NFL Suspension

That pretty much has to be the end of the line for Goodell, right?

This has got to be the last in a line of public embarrassments for his office/league. Maybe he'll make it through the season, but surely the owners will look at this final straw and give him the boot. They'll want to find someone fresh, that doesn't have the scent of "bumbling/ineptitude" all over him/her....

posted by grum@work at 10:47 AM on September 03

Federal Judge Tosses Brady's 4-Game NFL Suspension

The NFL appeals only to find that Judge Berman on the bench again!

posted by tron7 at 10:44 AM on September 03

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I am starting to consider buying Redskins season tickets just to encourage the organization to never change.

Ever.

I know they're horrible and should disappear, but the comedy is just so so good.

posted by yerfatma at 08:24 AM on September 03

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

Montreal by 4

Winnipeg by 14

Hamilton by 11

Calgary by 4

posted by goddam at 02:30 AM on September 03

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

Rough week last week. This week will be better (at least, I know it won't be worse/lol).

Montreal by 6

Winnipeg by 22

Hamilton by 10

Calgary by 3

posted by jagsnumberone at 01:00 AM on September 03

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I blame capitalism.

posted by NoMich at 09:49 PM on September 02

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

Canoe teams, owlhouse.

Montreal by 7
Saskatchewan by 10
Hamilton by 21
Calgary by 30

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:33 PM on September 02

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

Away teams! (or are they Road teams in Canada?)

BC by 7

Peg by 7

Toronto by 7

Edmonton by 7

posted by owlhouse at 09:29 PM on September 02

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

Montreal by 7

Winnipeg by 11

Toronto by 13

Calgary by 17

posted by rumple at 09:01 PM on September 02

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Nope, but I found an illegal version of the video by searching for their names.

I expect Interpol to arrest me at any moment...

posted by grum@work at 08:44 PM on September 02

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Sorry grum. Here's an article on what happened. Hopefully the video in there will play for you.

posted by NoMich at 08:39 PM on September 02

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When you're hot, you're hot.

Josh Donaldson tagged up and scored...on a pop-out to the second baseman.

posted by grum@work at 08:24 PM on September 02

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

Montreal by 4

Saskatchewan by 6

Hamilton by 11

Edmonton by 7

posted by jjzucal at 07:19 PM on September 02

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

Montreal by 11

Winnipeg by 4

Toronto by 11

Calgary by 4

posted by tommytrump at 06:44 PM on September 02

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

Montreal by 3
SASKATCHEWAN by 10
Hamilton by 17
Calgary by 4

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 06:39 PM on September 02

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

Montreal by 6

Winnipeg by 8

Toronto by 7

Edmonton by 5

posted by ic23b at 06:24 PM on September 02

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

Montreal by 3

Winnipeg by 7

Hamilton by 10

Calgary by 10

posted by cixelsyd at 04:15 PM on September 02

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

BC by 8
Saskatchewan by 12
Toronto by 11
Edmonton by 3

posted by bender at 04:06 PM on September 02

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

Montreal hangs on to stun the Hamilton faithful as the Ti-Cats' winning streak comes to a close. Toronto can't quite get it going in Edmonton, while Winnipeg just can't get anything going at home. And in Ottawa, the Roughriders' hard-luck season continues, and it wasn't even close.

MTL @ HAMTOR @ EDMCGY @ WPGSSK @ OTT
ResultMontreal by 3Edmonton by 23Calgary by 28Ottawa by 22
Margin of Error2 to 416 to 3020 to 3615 to 29

A rare goose egg for jags as argoal closes to 9 points out does that count as drama?

SpoFiteMTL @ HAMSTOR @ EDMSCGY @ WPGSSSK @ OTTSPointsTotal Points
jagsnumberone 043
argoalMontreal Edmonton Calgary 334
JPR Ottawa 130
tahoemj Ottawa 130
ic23b Edmonton Calgary Ottawa 330
benderMontreal Edmonton 229
cixelsyd Edmonton Ottawa 229
rcade Edmonton Calgary Ottawa 326
tommytrumpMontreal Calgary Ottawa 326
goddam Calgary 125
Reever Calgary 125
rumple Edmonton Ottawa17325
DrJohnEvans Calgary 121
jjzucal Edmonton 119
Ying Yang Mafia Ottawa20219
owlhouseMontreal Edmonton 216
Howard_T 013

The Labour Day Classics line up nicely this year between division contenders. Also, Saskatchewan plays this week, much to the chagrin of Saskatchewanians.

WEEK 11

BC @ Montreal (Thursday, September 3)
The Fair-to-Middling Bowl: Montreal is in last place, but that's only four points away from first in the East. Meanwhile, B.C. is just trying to hang on to a playoff spot.

Winnipeg @ Saskatchewan (Sunday, September 6)
Times are tough in Winnipeg: they've lost three in a row and are a long way down in the division standings. But they've added to their QB depth by picking up Matt Nichols, and hey! They play Saskatchewan this week.

Toronto @ Hamilton (Monday, September 7)
This Labour Day Classic has some teeth to it: the winner gets first place in the division. Hamilton's been the better team by point differential, but Toronto's got... well... um, Ricky Ray might be close to returning? That's something!

Edmonton @ Calgary (Monday, September 7)
The other rivalry game is nearly as close: an Edmonton win will move them into a first-place tie with Calgary. But who the heck will they start at quarterback?

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 03:36 PM on September 02

If You See Bart Starr at Brett Favre's Number Retirement Ceremony ...

Thanks so much for posting this. Haven't gotten all the way through it yet due to a temporary shortfall in emotional fortitude. But I will.

One of the things this piece made me wonder about for the first time is how the hell the Packers were able to gather themselves after the punishment they took in the Ice Bowl, to the point where they were able to go out and dominate a damn good Raider team in the Super Bowl.

posted by beaverboard at 11:08 AM on September 02

Only 1 Game Apart, But Brady/NFL Negotiations Fail

Well sheeeiitttt!

posted by billsaysthis at 10:48 AM on September 02

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Well, it's over for me as that video isn't available in my country.

posted by grum@work at 08:24 AM on September 02

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The race ain't over 'til it's over.

posted by NoMich at 07:54 AM on September 02

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The Dodgers think they got one hit off Jake Arrieta.

Looking at this replay, it looks like a hit to me.

If the opposing team's scorer calls it an error, then I'll tend to lean in that direction as well.

posted by grum@work at 06:44 PM on September 01

Only 1 Game Apart, But Brady/NFL Negotiations Fail

A story about how James Harrison believes Goodell will win contains this line:

But as CBSSports.com's Jared Dubin points out, whatever Berman decides, we're beyond guilt and innocence. This is about procedure.

Shit just got REAL.

posted by rcade at 06:44 PM on September 01

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Roughriders fire Brendan Taman, Corey Chamblin after 0-9 start

posted by tommytrump at 05:25 PM on September 01

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The Dodgers think they got one hit off Jake Arrieta.

Looking at this replay, it looks like a hit to me.

posted by rcade at 05:20 PM on September 01

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

who can sign a pre-contract in January to move next summer for zero dollars down and zero in add-ons

You crazy Europeans and your wacky sports transaction rules.

posted by grum@work at 02:36 PM on September 01

Only 1 Game Apart, But Brady/NFL Negotiations Fail

And ten years from now Belichick will still be doing rip and runs and burying AFC East coaches.

Give me a couple of days to finish the last episode and we can all start making Show Me a Hero references.

posted by yerfatma at 01:36 PM on September 01

Only 1 Game Apart, But Brady/NFL Negotiations Fail

"Come at the king, you best not miss." -- Omar, The Wire

Yeah, well, eventually Omar got got and Brady's name is his name.

posted by tron7 at 12:59 PM on September 01

Only 1 Game Apart, But Brady/NFL Negotiations Fail

Complaining to the press is not the same thing as filing a suit, though. Kraft had a shot to take on Goodell and he cheesed out.

posted by rcade at 12:42 PM on September 01

Only 1 Game Apart, But Brady/NFL Negotiations Fail

Kraft's decision to accept the fine and loss of draft picks instead of filing suit suggests that even he is willing to make nice and move on.

He retracted that position a month or so ago, apologizing to Pats fans for trusting in the NFL office to get things right.

posted by yerfatma at 12:01 PM on September 01

Only 1 Game Apart, But Brady/NFL Negotiations Fail

The goal is continued relentless exposure of the incompetence of the commissioner and of the absurdity of his disciplinary strategy and decisions.

"Come at the king, you best not miss." -- Omar, The Wire

Is that goal more important to them than having Brady playing in December? The chance of bringing down Goodell is slim. Kraft's decision to accept the fine and loss of draft picks instead of filing suit suggests that even he is willing to make nice and move on.

posted by rcade at 11:24 AM on September 01

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

In a complete comedy of errors, David de Gea's transfer to Real Madrid misses the deadline by just. this. much. Madrid blame United for sending them computer files they couldn't open, while others speculate this was Ed Woodward's revenge for stringing them along on Sergio Ramos.

Victor Valdes' move to Turkey also fell through, though at least the last of last season's keepers, Anders Lindgaard, did get his transfer done. As it was to West Brom, one does wonder though.

Meanwhile van Gaal will have to manage two unhappy keepers for at least 3-4 months and wind up with nothing to show for one of the world's best keepers, who can sign a pre-contract in January to move next summer for zero dollars down and zero in add-ons.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:47 AM on September 01

Only 1 Game Apart, But Brady/NFL Negotiations Fail

there are probably some owners who are ready to place Goodell alongside Jimmy Hoffa for having orchestrated this fiasco on behalf of the NFL

Do you think so? The league has been in the public eye all off-season with a story of telenovela-quality drama. No matter which way Berman rules has the league really been hurt by this at all? It just feels like the NFL is getting one step closer to reality TV and if there is a change of commisioner— is that Vince McMahon's entrance music I hear? And wait, who's his manager? Is that He Hate Me?!

posted by yerfatma at 10:42 AM on September 01

Only 1 Game Apart, But Brady/NFL Negotiations Fail

Of course all my irony-and-doomsday-prone friends whose families came from the old country (via County Cork) are saying over pints that Brady will get to play but will get dinged up by Rex's defense and they'll have to send Garoppolo out there anyway.

posted by beaverboard at 10:21 AM on September 01

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

MLB commissioner rules against reinstatement for famous player banned from the game for gambling incident...just not the one you were expecting.

posted by grum@work at 10:13 AM on September 01

Only 1 Game Apart, But Brady/NFL Negotiations Fail

The goal is continued relentless exposure of the incompetence of the commissioner and of the absurdity of his disciplinary strategy and decisions. The torment that the league is currently enduring is entirely of Goodell's making. Both through his bumbling actions and his derelict inactions. It's just a question of how long it will take for the owners to do what they need to do.

Despite all the prestige and persuasiveness that Kraft has accrued as an owner, he doesn't need to stand up and ask for Goodell's head at this point. He can (and should) let his colleagues do the deed themselves of their own free will without his influence. Kraft has previously shown a willingness to try to be reasonable and find a way forward, and has been compliant by accepting the fine and loss of draft choices that Goodell foisted on his franchise without ample foundation or merit.

I certainly wish that Kraft had fought back on that instead, as a firm defense on all fronts would have hastened the exposure and demise of this plague of a commissioner.

posted by beaverboard at 10:12 AM on September 01

Only 1 Game Apart, But Brady/NFL Negotiations Fail

Does it really serve Brady or the Pats to push a potential suspension deeper into a season by filing an appeal?

posted by rcade at 09:40 AM on September 01

Only 1 Game Apart, But Brady/NFL Negotiations Fail

If Berman rules for the NFL, Brady will probably file for a stay, and this thing will continue on while Brady suits up and plays.

By now, there are probably some owners who are ready to place Goodell alongside Jimmy Hoffa for having orchestrated this fiasco on behalf of the NFL. Which is an understandable sentiment. The problem being that Hoffa deserves better company.

It's almost unimaginable to recall that at one time, the Pats were the league's golden boys to whom the commissioner was happily indebted for having tuck ruled the despised Al Davis' Raiders and kept them out of the Super Bowl. By the time the deflation tale is fully told, the bad blood between Davis and the league will be seen as practice squad level compared to the splendor of the enmity that now exists between Kraft and Goodell.

At this point, my main interest in seeing the Pats win another title is so I can watch the team stare Goodell's sorry ass off the stage in total silence at the trophy presentation.

posted by beaverboard at 09:02 AM on September 01

Only 1 Game Apart, But Brady/NFL Negotiations Fail

Six-quarter suspension. Bring him out at halftime to crush the hopes of my Jacksonville Jaguars when they've taken a nigh insurmountable four-point lead.

posted by rcade at 12:15 AM on September 01

Fantasy Premier League, Week Four

I benched Aaron Creswell just in time for him to score 12 in West Ham's demolition of Liverpool and acquired Tim Howard so he could score another 11 on my bench.

But the Creswell move only was to make room in the starting lineup for Swansea's Bafetimbi Gomis, who scored 7 and looks like the real deal. He's a mad scrambler around the box and has an epic goal celebration.

posted by rcade at 10:15 PM on August 31

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The only reason I know that fax machines still exist.

posted by owlhouse at 09:58 PM on August 31

Fantasy Premier League, Week Four

I had my best week with 59 points thanks to Sagna's two assists. I'm thinking about Mahrez given ... Milner, Hazard, Puncheon, Cazorla, thanks for playing 90 minutes, but not much else. At least my forwards Wilson, Vardy and Pelle scored.

Let's see how we do in two weeks ... international break this weekend.

BTW, Crystal Palace, Leicester and Swansea are 2-3-4; Chelsea is 13th and Spurs are 16th. It's a beautiful thing.

posted by jjzucal at 08:32 PM on August 31

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I just re-created Koharski's Donuts, our fantasy hockey league on ESPN. Invites went out to last year's owners. If you'd like to join us if an opening becomes available, let me know.

posted by rcade at 05:55 PM on August 31

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Toronto Blue Jays hire Cleveland Indians president Mark Shapiro to replace Paul Beeston

posted by tommytrump at 05:51 PM on August 31

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Noting that the Bills released Fred Jackson, the first thought that entered my mind was him going to Foxboro as Antowain Smith 2.0

posted by beaverboard at 05:13 PM on August 31

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Youu Rangg?

posted by beaverboard at 02:43 PM on August 31

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The Cubs' Jake Arrieta threw a no-hitter vs the Dodgers and the Cubs flew back home while wearing onesies.

posted by NoMich at 01:27 PM on August 31

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Vin Scully has announced that he's coming back to broadcast another season of Dodger baseball (his 67th).

The next night, he waxed poetically about the sun and the moon.

If there is one announcer I want to be immortal, it's Mr. Scully.

posted by grum@work at 08:55 PM on August 30

Fan Dies After Fall from Upper Deck at Braves Game

The man, Braves season ticket holder Gregory Murray of Alpharetta, Georgia, reportedly stood on his seat to jeer A-Rod, lost his balance and fell over the railing.

posted by rcade at 05:41 PM on August 30

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Question: Another win over United. Was that the toughest of the lot?

Swansea City captain Ashley Williams: Yeah, I think so. I think they've improved a lot since last season. It was a very difficult game. A lot of problems for us.

Strange days.

posted by rcade at 01:50 PM on August 30

UNT Has Put 32 Football Walk-Ons On Scholarship in 4 Seasons

Great story. McCarney is the Anti-Saban.

posted by beaverboard at 10:33 AM on August 30

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The game continued after the fan fell last night, which brought up this factoid in a comment: In 1946, 33 people died in a crush at an FA Cup game between Bolton and Stoke City at Burnden Park. The dead were brought down to the touchline, a new touchline was made out of sawdust and the game continued.

posted by rcade at 09:53 AM on August 30

UNT Has Put 32 Football Walk-Ons On Scholarship in 4 Seasons

This is cool -- I didn't realize UNT was doing so much more of this than other programs -- but I dispute the writer's claim that "North Texas, in a general sense, doesn't need a walk-on program to be successful -- not when the school sits just outside of the Dallas area, with its dozens of successful high school programs, and not with inroads throughout Texas, perhaps the nation's most fertile recruiting landscape."

UNT definitely needs this, because it doesn't recruit well historically against all the other Texas FBS schools. McCarney is doing the same thing he did at Iowa State and looking for ways an underdog can succeed and grow.

posted by rcade at 10:38 PM on August 29

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Wow. Liverpool sure reverted to their end of last season form today, which is strange since half the starters either weren't at the club then or played in different positions. Talk about blowing up a strong start to the season!

posted by billsaysthis at 12:02 PM on August 29

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

University of Illinois has decided that one week before the season opener is a good time to part ways with head coach Tim Beckman.

posted by bender at 04:38 PM on August 28

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Shhhhh. Nobody tell Reever and JPR about the score of last night's game.

posted by tahoemoj at 04:08 PM on August 28

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The pattern of the new third kit Chelsea shorts ...

... makes them look like frilly black knickers ...

Sepp Blatter design those?

posted by tommytrump at 03:49 PM on August 28

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Ham by 6; Tor by 3; Win by 3; Ott by 3.

posted by JPR at 03:11 PM on August 28

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Hamilton by 12

Toronto by 4

Calgary by 8

Saskatchewan by 3

posted by Reever at 03:10 PM on August 28

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

... makes them look like frilly black knickers ...

I did not expect to be aroused by a discussion of men's soccer kits...

posted by grum@work at 01:38 PM on August 28

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Just your regular 1-3-1 kick-and-blind-toss putout.

That's why they work on those in spring training.

posted by tommytrump at 01:18 PM on August 28

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Chelsea: We appeal to your inner woman

posted by billsaysthis at 12:31 PM on August 28

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The pattern of the new third kit Chelsea shorts ...

... makes them look like frilly black knickers ...

posted by rcade at 11:24 AM on August 28