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SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

In 1998, curling was introduced to the Olympics for women, and was re-introduced for men (after a 74-year break from it's first introduction).

Up until 2014, there have been 10 total sets of medals (G/S/B) handed out between the men's teams and the women's teams.

Canada had won 5 gold, 3 silver, and 2 bronze. They've ALWAYS won a medal for each discipline, and half the time they won gold.

Over the last two Olympics, the Canadian men's and women's teams went a combined 40-4 in their matches while winning 3 gold and 1 silver medal.

At the 2018 Olympics, Canada won ZERO curling medals. This will be considered a national disgrace.

If you had bet on that before the Olympics, you would have gotten "Leicester City wins the EPL" kind of odds.

posted by grum@work at 06:46 AM on February 23

NBA Pick 'Em Week 19: Coach Yourself Edition

Cleveland by 9 <-- dunk Golden State by 13 <-- dunk

posted by rcade at 08:29 PM on February 22

NBA Pick 'Em Week 19: Coach Yourself Edition

Dang it! Hopefully the games haven't started yet.

Washington at Cleveland by 12 (Thursday) -- dunk
L.A. Clippers at Golden State by 18 (Thursday) -- dunk

posted by NoMich at 08:07 PM on February 22

NBA Pick 'Em Week 19: Coach Yourself Edition

Thursday Clev by 6 GS by 9 SLAM

posted by scooby10672 at 07:52 PM on February 22

NBA Pick 'Em Week 19: Coach Yourself Edition

Man, after the last two weeks, I feel like I needed the All-Star break more than anyone.

Thurs:
CLE by 12 (slam)
GSW by 18 (slam)

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:16 PM on February 22

NBA Pick 'Em Week 19: Coach Yourself Edition

SLAM Cleveland by 8 (Thursday) SLAM
SLAM Golden State by 7 (Thursday) SLAM
Minnesota by 4 (Friday)
SLAM L.A. Lakers by 8 (Friday) SLAM
Oklahoma City by 3 (Saturday)
SLAM Cleveland by 11 (Sunday) SLAM
Washington by 6 (Sunday)

posted by bender at 06:25 PM on February 22

NBA Pick 'Em Week 19: Coach Yourself Edition

We've had some time to plot our moves for the stretch run. I thought I might have something going last time out, but it all went downhill fast. Here we go.

Thursday, Feb 22:

Cavaliers have had some time to work together, they're at home, but Wizards are a capable bunch. Cleveland by 9.

Golden State by 8.

Friday, Feb 23:

Houston by 14 SLAM

Lakers will say "Tanks a lot", and Mark Cuban will cringe. Los Angeles (purple and gold variety) by 7 SLAM

Saturday, Feb 24:

Two teams playing somewhat below optimal performance level. Golden State by 5

Sunday, Feb 25:

Cleveland by 13 SLAM

76ers have played well of late, but not here. Washington by 10.

posted by Howard_T at 06:05 PM on February 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

(how did you do that?)

I just put a closed bold tag < / b > (but without the spaces) at the beginning of my post, thus having the courtesy to do what grum apparently could not bring himself to do in his outrage.

Whoever had money on a curler being the first 2018 Olympian being stripped of a medal for doping made a lot of money on what surely had to be really long odds (although I assume the odds were flipped the other way for anyone betting on the first medalist stripped being Russian).

posted by holden at 04:08 PM on February 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

But grum, we down here *needed* this win so very badly. Please, give us this one thing.

No. No no no. No.

The women's curling team is going to go without a medal for the first time since it was introduced in 1998.

The men's curing team isn't going to the gold medal match for the first time it was re-introduced in 1998, and their first non-gold medal performance since 2002. And they got beat by ... the Americans?!

The women's hockey team didn't win a gold medal for the first time in 20 years.

Now everything rests on the men's hockey team to salvage our national pride for the two sports Canadians EXPECT to win every Olympics.

That's too much pressure on these Spengler Cup guys.

The only thing I can say positively is that the women put on a MUCH better performance in the shootout than the men have. Those two goals, by Daoust and Lamoureux, were NHL-calibre moves

posted by grum@work at 02:53 PM on February 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

(nice. must be a css grid thing.)

posted by NoMich at 01:07 PM on February 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

(he swapped the bolding for auto parentheses)

posted by beaverboard at 01:03 PM on February 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Oh, and it was almost a year ago that the US women went on strike for better pay.

posted by NoMich at 01:02 PM on February 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

(how did you do that?)

posted by NoMich at 12:59 PM on February 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I thought grum was upset about the U.S.-Czech Republic game.

And yes, you're welcome for me taking off the bolding.

posted by holden at 12:52 PM on February 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I too hate the shootout and think it's a ridiculous way to settle a game, especially a championship game (same with soccer's shootout thingie that sometimes settles World Cups). But grum, we down here *needed* this win so very badly. Please, give us this one thing.

(and can someone please end the strong tag that going on here!)

posted by NoMich at 12:50 PM on February 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

FFFFFFFFFFFUCK THE SHOOTOUT!

Even though it worked out in favor of the good old USA yesterday, I completely agree with you. Reducing a flowing, team-oriented game to a circus act sucks, especially when a gold medal is on the line between two bitter rivals.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:15 PM on February 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I too believe that the shootout was conceived by an anti-hockey satanic being to ruin the game. It was cleverly designed as a way to avoid the dreaded tie and to save us from being forced to watch through 3 or 4 overtime periods. We true hockey believers consider that being forced to watch overtime after overtime the equivalent of listening to an inspiring and uplifting 4-hour sermon at church. It might take a while, but we will be much better for it.

Now, about last night's, or should I say this morning's proceedings. For 2 1/2 periods I was sure that Canada would take the gold. They were playing harder, were better organized, and seemed to want it more. The latter half of the 3rd period and most of the overtime was a different story. The shootout put an end to what was up to that point an exciting and skillfully played hockey game. Of course, without the shootout they might yet be playing; the two teams were that closely matched. Ending it with a shootout is like pushing Michaelangelo aside and finishing the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel with a box of Crayola's.

posted by Howard_T at 10:31 AM on February 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

FFFFFFFFFFFUCK THE SHOOTOUT!

posted by grum@work at 02:14 AM on February 22

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Or...USA Hockey could have told the Olympic organizers:

"Look, this is ridiculous. We want to play one game against good old Czechoslovakia instead of back to back games against these splinter groups".

posted by beaverboard at 11:37 AM on February 21

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The Americans fell victim to one of the classic blunders!

  1. Never get involved in a land war in Asia.
  2. Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line.
  3. Never get into a shootout with the Czech Republic.
  4. posted by grum@work at 12:58 AM on February 21

MLB announces pace of play initiatives for '18

I'd love to see the period between innings trimmed to 1:30, but it means fewer commercials: less money that comes to the clubs. I really have a problem with the visits, especially since it includes players that "do not require either to vacate their position": an infield/pitcher meeting often is one to discuss strategy on defense or how to pitch to a batter; will infielders now have to yell strategy to the pitcher?

Why do I have a feeling much of this will be forgotten by the All-Star break? Sort of like defining the strike zone, then the strike zone returns to whatever umpires call.

posted by jjzucal at 09:37 PM on February 20

MLB announces pace of play initiatives for '18

6 visits per game seems a bit excessive. The high school rule is 2 visits per pitcher; on the third visit, you must change pitchers. You get another 2 visits after that. It has been a long time since I have seen the catcher come out about 2 or 3 steps in front of the plate to yell some encouragement (or epithets) at the pitcher. Perhaps this rule will bring that back. The rule was that a pitcher was allowed 8 warm up throws on his first entry into the game and 5 before starting a new inning. All warm up throws were to be completed in one minute. Now that there's longer between innings there's no reason a pitcher cannot be ready. These new rules won't do much to speed up the game. Cut the time between innings to one minute, and you immediately cut over 15 minutes from the game.

posted by Howard_T at 03:42 PM on February 20

How Haudenosaunee women are overcoming stigma to earn a place in lacrosse

Fascinating. Thanks rumple.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:00 PM on February 20

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

From a former coach who is often frustrated to no end by LeBron James and his "King James" attitude towards basketball I sure have a much deeper appreciation for LeBron the person for the way he responded to various issues in the past week.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:26 PM on February 19

How Haudenosaunee women are overcoming stigma to earn a place in lacrosse

+100

posted by billsaysthis at 12:11 PM on February 19

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

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posted by DanielHeller at 06:33 AM on February 19

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Four fans ejected from United Center for directing racist taunts at Washington Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly

posted by tommytrump at 11:31 AM on February 18

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Former Argonauts head coach and GM Leo Cahill dead at age 89

posted by tommytrump at 08:46 PM on February 17

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

College hoops corruption case poised to take down Hall of Fame coaches, top programs, lottery picks

posted by NoMich at 11:14 PM on February 16

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

On the go at all hours, superb endurance and fitness, good reflexes, able to drive on both sides of the road, skilled at hosing cabbies, willing to disregard the law when expedient...these guys have "future uber driver" written all over them.

posted by beaverboard at 06:24 PM on February 16

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Say it ain't so, Gareth Barry! Four West Brom players steal a cab in Spain. All to get some McDonalds. While in Barcelona.

posted by yerfatma at 04:53 PM on February 16

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Between playing for the Bowden regime and the Davis regime, Janikowski's entire time in this country is like a long running mash up of Smokey and the Bandit and Dirty Harry.

I don't know why Janikowski stayed in Oakland so long. Surely he must have had chances to go elsewhere at some point. If he had gone to the Bears or Packers he would have become the king of the upper Midwest. Bigger than Ditka.

I will say this: the sound of the ball being struck during his field goal attempts was truly remarkable. I never heard another kicker produce a sound with as much presence and ferocity. I used to watch Raiders game highlights on NFL.com late on Sunday nights just to listen to his kicks.

Hell, when Goodell decided he wanted to get into the deflation business, the first thing he should have done was to check the psi on the Oakland K-balls after Seb J had bludgeoned some of the air out of 'em.

posted by beaverboard at 09:17 PM on February 15

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

An ode to Sebastian Janikowski: After 18 seasons, 268 games, one rumored nether-piercing, nine head coaches, and more than a few bumps in the road, Oakland is parting ways with the Polish Cannon

posted by Ufez Jones at 04:26 PM on February 15

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I would be happy if I could do that in FIFA, never mind real life on a big stage.

posted by yerfatma at 03:54 PM on February 15

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Apparently the FDA has approved a blood test that can detect whether someone has suffered a concussion: https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/15/fda-approves-blood-test-severity-concussions/. This article pulls from the NYTimes article. Neither mention how long the blood test takes to get results, so I have no idea whether it would be practical for sports sidelines.

posted by opel70 at 03:52 PM on February 15

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Fatty, I will be watching that goal for years. Any time I feel sad, boom!

posted by billsaysthis at 11:21 AM on February 15

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Helluva an ending for the USA v Canada hockey game. Can't wait for the gold medal game next week.

posted by NoMich at 08:03 AM on February 15

NBA Pick 'Em Week 18: Break Up Cleveland Edition

Wednesday Bos by 5 SLAM GS by 5 SLAM

Thursday Minn by 8 SLAM

posted by scooby10672 at 04:46 PM on February 14

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

That'll do:

posted by yerfatma at 04:31 PM on February 14

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Today's the day: Pitchers and catchers report

posted by beaverboard at 01:12 PM on February 14

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Blue Jays radio man Jerry Howarth calls it a career after 36 years

posted by tommytrump at 07:07 PM on February 13

NBA Pick 'Em Week 18: Break Up Cleveland Edition

Tuesday

Okla by 2 SLAM Den by 3

posted by scooby10672 at 07:01 PM on February 13

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

posted by yerfatma at 03:45 PM on February 13

NBA Pick 'Em Week 18: Break Up Cleveland Edition

I was doing great until Sunday afternoon. What looked like a tired Celtics team just couldn't keep up with the revamped Cavaliers. It didn't kill me in the standings, but it sure would have been great had it turned out the other way. For the record, I made the pick before the Cleveland Clearance, so there's that bit of consolation. The post-game ceremonies for Paul Pierce more than made up for a bad loss.

Tuesday, Feb 13:

Cavaliers are not as good as they looked on Sunday, but Thunder have not played well lately. Cleveland by 8.

Spurs by 6.

Wednesday, Feb 14:

Celtics need to hold Williams from going nuts and get a few shots to fall late in the game. Boston by 9.

It doesn't matter who holds the clipboard. Golden State by 14 SLAM

Thursday, Feb 15:

Minnesota by 11

posted by Howard_T at 01:57 PM on February 13

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

It's right in my profile!

posted by yerfatma at 11:03 AM on February 13

NBA Pick 'Em Week 18: Break Up Cleveland Edition

Ugh, what a crap week.

CLE by 9
SA by 7
Boston by 8
GSW by 17 - SLAM
MINN by 12

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:53 AM on February 13

NBA Pick 'Em Week 18: Break Up Cleveland Edition

Oklahoma City (Tuesday) by 8
Denver (Tuesday) by 4
Boston (Wednesday) by 6
Golden State (Wednesday) by 13 - SLAM
Minnesota (Thursday) by 9 - SLAM

posted by tron7 at 10:21 AM on February 13

NBA Pick 'Em Week 18: Break Up Cleveland Edition

Cleveland by 6
San Antonio by 8
Boston by 5
Golden State by 10 <-- slam
Minnesota by 8

posted by rcade at 08:33 AM on February 13

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Sizegenetics male extra Nocube d bal max

posted by anniebrewer at 06:43 AM on February 13

NBA Pick 'Em Week 18: Break Up Cleveland Edition

Cleveland by 5 (Tuesday)
San Antonio by 3 (Tuesday)
Boston by 6 (Wednesday)
SLAM Golden State by 11 on ESPN (Wednesday) SLAM
SLAM Minnesota by 10 (Thursday) SLAM

posted by bender at 08:32 PM on February 12

NBA Pick 'Em Week 18: Break Up Cleveland Edition

Cleveland by 6 at Oklahoma City (Tuesday)
San Antonio at Denver by 8 (Tuesday)
L.A. Clippers at Boston by 8 (Wednesday)
Golden State by 8 at Portland (Wednesday)
L.A. Lakers at Minnesota by 14 (Thursday) -- dunk

posted by NoMich at 03:50 PM on February 12

NBA Pick 'Em Week 18: Break Up Cleveland Edition

Oklahoma City by 4

Denver by 10 (slam)

Boston by 5 (slam)

Golden State by 14 (slam)

Minnesota by 7

posted by Goyoucolts at 03:14 PM on February 12

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Tron7: Could you send me an email to my last name at gmail.com? I need to send your fabulous array of prizes.

posted by rcade at 02:58 PM on February 12

Isaiah Thomas Traded for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance

did the Cavs get better with these deals?

Much better. They purged a bunch of aging all-stars who never fit and were in Cavs uniforms only because they were LeBron's buddies and they got rid of IT who LeBron didn't approve of.

I think the question is not how long it takes them to gel but rather whether Lue can prevent them from being tainted by the situation in Cleveland for at least the next 3 months. They would have an excellent chance in the East playoffs and they have a solid roster to build on once LeBron is gone.

posted by cixelsyd at 01:17 PM on February 12

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

beaverboard, I would be very careful if your wife starts collecting rocks from the garden.

posted by Howard_T at 05:23 PM on February 11

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Do the Norwegians yell in Norwegian? I think there are a few non-English speaking countries I've seen where the skip still yells in English.

posted by LionIndex at 03:58 PM on February 11

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Update: my wife now says that she wants to be the first female curler to represent Tonga in the Olympics. But she only wants to compete in the mixed doubles tournament.

posted by beaverboard at 10:55 AM on February 11

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Entering Day 4:

I was gliding around the house in my stocking feet and casually decided to do a little housework. I grabbed a small plastic household broom from the closet. My wife immediately began hollering instructions to me in Norwegian. There was some sort of residue in the hallway. I scrubbed at it vigorously for what seemed like several long seconds. I'm not sure if I got it all.

posted by beaverboard at 10:49 AM on February 11

NBA Pick 'Em Week 17: Take Cleveland Off TV Edition

Okay, burn it all down.

Saturday: Golden State by 21 (slam)

Sunday: Boston by 5

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:05 PM on February 10

Isaiah Thomas Traded for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance

Folks are saying they got better skill and talentwise, but not many are talking about how Lue is going to get that group to gel on the spot with no time to spare.

Maybe they should move the team to Columbus, where there's enough methyl cellulose to gel the Red Sea.

posted by beaverboard at 11:50 PM on February 09

Isaiah Thomas Traded for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance

Serious question here: did the Cavs get better with these deals?

posted by NoMich at 10:32 PM on February 09

Geoff Cameron: What Must Change in U.S. Soccer

Cameron is not wrong. The US Soccer president elected tomorrow needs to get on this page, no matter how he or she thinks it might embarrass MLS.

posted by billsaysthis at 07:56 PM on February 09

Isaiah Thomas Traded for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance

I suppose from a business/financial standpoint it could be a good move for the Lakers even if they never make the playoffs during LeBron's term.

posted by cixelsyd at 06:31 PM on February 09

Isaiah Thomas Traded for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance

I don't disagree with that but it won't stop them from trying.

posted by tron7 at 03:45 PM on February 09

Isaiah Thomas Traded for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance

If the Lakers were anywhere near a playoff caliber team with a strong nucleus and another star player or 2, like both the Heat and the Cavs were, it makes sense. You can rest the old guy during the season and save him for a deep playoff run. But the Lakers aren't anywhere near that. Their best players, Ingram/Hart/Ball, are just entering the NBA and won't reach their potential for another 2 or 3 years.

posted by cixelsyd at 03:40 PM on February 09

Isaiah Thomas Traded for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance

Things worked out well for Thomas. IT is free of the LeBron's "me" show in Cleveland and can be a big part of a young rebuilding team in LA.

The move also confirms that the Lakers have no interest whatsoever in James as a free agent which will allow James to take his unique set of "talents" elsewhere.

The exact opposite of my take. Thomas gets dumped and won't see the playoffs in a contract year. I put the odds of him re-signing with the Lakers at 1%. The Lakers get out of Clarkson's deal to open up cap space for a run at LeBron. Their backup plan is a bunch of other free agents whom they'll have very little competition in signing but surely their number one priority is best player in the league that is likely going to exit his current team.

posted by tron7 at 01:17 PM on February 09

Isaiah Thomas Traded for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance

I don't think you can compare Karl Malone at 40 or Nash & Payton at the end of their careers to LeBron. Maybe LeBron's time is coming to an end, but he's certainly one of the top 3-5 players I would want my team to sign to a max deal.

posted by yerfatma at 12:53 PM on February 09

Jason Kelce, Ladies and Gentlemen

I knew that Travis was outspoken/flamboyant, but I had no idea that his brother made him like like a shrinking violet in comparison! Kelce has a great career in the WWE waiting for him upon retirement if he wants it.

His outfit also led me to learn about Philly's annual mummer's parade, which looks like a hell of a good time.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:32 PM on February 09

NBA Pick 'Em Week 17: Take Cleveland Off TV Edition

Sheesh. This is not going well. Let's re-set and try again:

Friday:
Detroit by 17 (SLAM)
Minnesota by 14 (SLAM)

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:30 PM on February 09

Isaiah Thomas Traded for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance

Wonder why?

Good point.

Maybe LA has such a huge fixation on LeBron as a player that they ignore everything else just to sign him. They also ignore the fact that they would be tying the future of their franchise to a 34 year old aging star player and the previous similar experiments with Karl Malone, Steve Nash, and Gary Payton. Not to mention their experience with Kobe where they never made the playoffs in the 4 years after he turned 34 and never seriously challenged for a championship after he was 31.

I think they go hard after Paul George and go hard on a few RFAs. Hell, event Kevin Durant makes a whole lot more sense than James.

But wouldn't it be great as Celtics fan to have the Lakers end up holding the Queen of Spades.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:00 AM on February 09

Isaiah Thomas Traded for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance

IT . . . can be a big part of a young rebuilding team in LA.

The move also confirms that the Lakers have no interest whatsoever in James as a free agent which will allow James to take his unique set of "talents" elsewhere.

IT is on an expiring deal, which means LA wants him for cap space. Wonder why?

posted by yerfatma at 10:17 AM on February 09

NBA Pick 'Em Week 17: Take Cleveland Off TV Edition

Detroit (Friday) by 11
Minnesota (Friday) by 12 - SLAM
Golden State (Saturday) by 7
Cleveland (Sunday) by 6

posted by tron7 at 10:09 AM on February 09

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Barring a complete and total collapse, the woofies will certainly making the tournament. At this point, they have avoided a dreaded Tuesday game for the ACC tournament.

posted by NoMich at 07:05 AM on February 09

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Guessing that State will get a tournament bid this year if they stay on track, since the committee went 8 or 9 deep in the ACC with last year's selections.

As always, I encourage all conference teams to beat Syracuse and keep them the heck out of the tournament. Boeheim may never leave. The nation was only 200 years old when he took the job.

posted by beaverboard at 10:39 PM on February 08

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Hopefully you are able to watch tonight's Duke/Carolina game. Another great one. Hopefully Duke wears the Heels down to a nub so that State can take care of business on Saturday afternoon

posted by NoMich at 09:50 PM on February 08

Jason Kelce, Ladies and Gentlemen

In the less taciturn, more demonstrative post-Belichick NFL, teams are going to ask themselves "Do we have a guy like this on the roster?" If the answer is no, they'll want to find one.

When Mike Lombardi called the Eagles a "nightmare matchup" going into the Super Bowl, he probably didn't realize that the dream would continue on the other side of Sunday.

Notice that Kelce didn't say anything bad about Collinsworth and Michaels, who gave him a lot of love during the game.

Having now beaten the Pats, somehow I don't see Kelce following the Michael Strahan path into the network broadcast field.

But if someone ever wants to cook up a concept like "Duck Dynasty does Mardi Gras", then I think he's got a gig.

posted by beaverboard at 07:24 PM on February 08

NBA Pick 'Em Week 17: Take Cleveland Off TV Edition

Thursday Bos by 2 Okla by 4 SLAM

Friday Det by 3 SLAM Minn by 3 SLAM

Saturday GS by 6 SLAM

Sunday Bos by 6

posted by scooby10672 at 06:53 PM on February 08

NBA Pick 'Em Week 17: Take Cleveland Off TV Edition

Thursday:
Boston by 6
Thunder by 19 (slam)

posted by Ufez Jones at 06:19 PM on February 08

Isaiah Thomas Traded for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance

So, the Lakers will have Thomas and Ball as their point guards?

No.

LeBron is working on a deal to get all of the Ball brothers into Cavs uniforms for the 2019 season, at the same time working a major network deal for a team based prime time reality show.

Then he plans to run for US President in 2020.

posted by cixelsyd at 05:25 PM on February 08

Isaiah Thomas Traded for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance

Crushed that the duo of Shumpert and JR Smith has been broken up. Words are inadequate right now. Crushed.

Can't wait till LaVar and Isaiah come face to face. When I heard that LaVar was going to check out Lithuanian teams, I was hoping he'd end up with BC Larungaitis, but no such luck.

Years from now, Crowder and IT can tell their grandkids: Even before we got to Cleveland, they named the arena after us.

posted by beaverboard at 03:44 PM on February 08

Isaiah Thomas Traded for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance

I don't follow the inner dynamics at Cleveland. I figured that people are OK playing with him as long as they can handle not being treated like the top dog and don't mind an unofficial player-coach who is also an unofficial player-GM.

posted by rcade at 02:52 PM on February 08

Isaiah Thomas Traded for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance

So, the Lakers will have Thomas and Ball as their point guards?

posted by NoMich at 02:49 PM on February 08

Isaiah Thomas Traded for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance

LeBron runs Cleveland - he decides who the coach is, who they trade for, who they draft. He also decides what plays they run and when he wants to play defense. He is an immense talent but has become an uncontrollable monster due to the way he has been handled in Cleveland and nobody wants to play with him there.

Would LA be able to erase all of the fringe drama and get James to simply focus on playing the game hard in a team environment? I really doubt it.

Does Paul George sign with the Lakers if he knows LeBron is going there? I doubt that also.

posted by cixelsyd at 02:33 PM on February 08

Isaiah Thomas Traded for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance

I don't disagree, rcade, but I think Cleveland's moves make it much more likely that LeBron stays with the Cavs. The organization bent over backwards today to try and get him to stay -- I think that will have a serious impact on his next Decision.

posted by Goyoucolts at 02:04 PM on February 08

Isaiah Thomas Traded for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance

ESPN is saying that the move is great for L.A. because it means they can make a play for LeBron and Paul George in the off-season.

posted by rcade at 01:49 PM on February 08

Isaiah Thomas Traded for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance

So the Cavs just blew up their entire roster and Jimmy G just signed the richest per-year deal in NFL history with the 49ers. Sports Twitter is ridiculous today.

posted by Goyoucolts at 01:36 PM on February 08

NBA Pick 'Em Week 17: Take Cleveland Off TV Edition

I am glad I ignored LeBron's advice and watched the Cavs on TV last night. What a game winner.

posted by rcade at 01:31 PM on February 08

Isaiah Thomas Traded for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance

Things worked out well for Thomas.
IT is free of the LeBron's "me" show in Cleveland and can be a big part of a young rebuilding team in LA.

The move also confirms that the Lakers have no interest whatsoever in James as a free agent which will allow James to take his unique set of "talents" elsewhere.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:42 PM on February 08

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Patriots now canvassing Cape Cod taverns searching for a new DC in the Patricia tradition

The Patriots had a DC?

posted by cixelsyd at 12:33 PM on February 08

NBA Pick 'Em Week 17: Take Cleveland Off TV Edition

Cleveland by 3 (Wednesday)
Phoenix by 4 (Wednesday)
Washington by 5 (Thursday)
Oklahoma City by 5 (Thursday)
SLAM Detroit by 8 (Friday) SLAM
Minnesota by 7 (Friday)
Golden State by 7 (Saturday)
Cleveland by 3 (Sunday)

posted by bender at 11:06 AM on February 08

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Alright, I've found a bit of free time here at work so I can revisit this silly idea.

I hear ya on the Anaheim thing, so let's make this a metro area. After all, the Jets and Giants still play their games in New Jersey, right? However, I'm still making the call that Ann Arbor is not part of the Detroit metro area. I'm also going to make the same judgement on LA/Anaheim and San Francisco/San Jose. Don't at me.

With that, let's Dallas and DC to the mix:

Los Angeles: Rams/Chargers, Lakers/Clippers, Dodgers, Kings, USC/UCLA, USC/UCLA.

Dallas: Cowboys, Mavericks, Rangers, Stars, TCU, TCU.

Washington, DC: DC NFL Franchise, Wizards, Nationals, Capitals, Georgetown/Maryland, Maryland.

Anywhere else? If not, what city/metro area do you see winning the Ultramega Cup?

posted by NoMich at 09:42 AM on February 08

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Beaverboard, I have been thinking much the same thing about the possibility of the Patriots luring Garoppolo back from the 49ers. I look for Belichick and Brady to be gone not later than the end of the 2019 season. Belichick will use the time to work with Brian Flores, current Linebackers Coach and heir apparent to Matt Patricia's job as Defensive Coordinator, to bring him up to a higher level of excellence. There was some discussion about Greg Schiano being hired as a sort of consultant/assistant head coach, ultimately taking over for Belichick, but I think that the Kraft's might have scotched that idea.

Goyoucolts, I am unable to feel any sympathy for the Colts. It goes back to 1984 when my wife and I lived in Baltimore. I was a Patriots fan, but I rather liked the Colts for their history, involvement with the city, and the things like the marching band. If I had to root for another team, Baltimore was the one. When the Irsay family packed up the team in the middle of the night and moved them to Indianapolis, I lost all respect for them. I know it's not right to wish ill fortune on anyone, but somehow doing it to the Colts is payback for 1984. I do agree that there is a lack of integrity on McDaniels's part, and he has likely eliminated himself from any consideration for a head coaching position in the future. He has made his bed and now must lie in it.

posted by Howard_T at 10:44 PM on February 07

The search for Jackie Wallace

I finally took the few minutes to read this, and I came away with a great sense of sadness. Jackie Wallace's story is too familiar to me; not that I had ever heard of him, but I have known a few others who fought the same demons. A number of them have been able to hang on to their lives, but a few were not. It took a totaled pick up truck and serious internal injuries to wake up my nephew, but he has been sober for nearly 40 years. I thank God for his success, as I do for the success of my wife's cousin. He overcame a lifestyle that exists only in the dregs of society, and he has been sober for over 30 years. Not too long ago I lost a friend and co-worker. He was one of our "gang" of hard workers and hard partiers. The partying took over, and he ended it with a gun to his head. Don't ever think it's easy to get past an addiction. It is always lurking there waiting for the smallest opportunity. Pray for the Jackie Wallace's of this world.

posted by Howard_T at 10:06 PM on February 07

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

St. John's basketball team has one of the more interesting tournament resume's I've ever heard of. They took a break from their winless conference campaign to take down #4 Duke, then go on the road and grab their first conference win at #1 Villanova.

posted by LionIndex at 09:14 PM on February 07

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Matt Patricia enters Federal Witness Protection program.

Patriots now canvassing Cape Cod taverns searching for a new DC in the Patricia tradition.

posted by beaverboard at 08:54 PM on February 07

NBA Pick 'Em Week 17: Take Cleveland Off TV Edition

Minnesota by 6
San Antonio by 11 <-- dunk
Boston by 4
Oklahoma City by 10 <-- dunk
Detroit by 4
Minnesota by 9 <-- dunk
Golden State by 14 <-- dunk
Boston by 4

posted by rcade at 07:57 PM on February 07

NBA Pick 'Em Week 17: Take Cleveland Off TV Edition

Wednesday 1-7

Clev by 2 SA by 4 (SLAM)

posted by scooby10672 at 07:56 PM on February 07

NBA Pick 'Em Week 17: Take Cleveland Off TV Edition

Wednesday:
Minnesota by 7
Phoenix by 5

posted by Ufez Jones at 06:21 PM on February 07

The Film the NFL doesn't want you to see

the NFL diagnosed at least 281 traumatic brain injuries this season

There were 2009 different players that played in at least one game during the 2017 season.

That means almost 14% of the players (assuming each player only had one concussion, but I know that less than 281 players got one because some had two) that played this season got a concussion.

I can't imagine any other sport or profession (outside of full contact combat sports) that would be okay with that high percentage of their participants suffering brain injuries.

posted by grum@work at 03:02 PM on February 07

The Film the NFL doesn't want you to see

I thought it was really creative in that it divorces the normal viewing of a "hit" and remixes it into something else .... there's no little "thrill" for each one, just a hurt player and then the spooky rise of bodies.

They do a few in normal order near the end of the trailer. Possibly watching a half hour or more of reversed ones in the whole film would induce a new understanding of the spectacle, or if they mixed them up .... .

posted by rumple at 02:51 PM on February 07