Sounds like someone is manzielphobic....
posted by grum@work at 09:37 PM on August 30
I think the NFL should allow him to be assigned to each of Cleveland's opponents on a rotational basis so he can help run Manziel out of the league as quickly as possible.
posted by beaverboard at 06:39 PM on August 30
This is the nuclear physics version of "Kill the Umpire (and anything else that gets in the way)".
posted by Howard_T at 06:30 PM on August 30
I thought so too. He's tied for fourth in the NFL in preseason sacks. I know St. Louis is described as being extremely deep in defensive line talent. Maybe some other sack-desperate team like Jacksonville will claim him.
posted by rcade at 06:27 PM on August 30
I'm pretty sure that the pitcher in the third graphic is Calvin Schiraldi.
posted by beaverboard at 06:25 PM on August 30
Because you always wanted to know..."What happens if you try to hit a baseball travelling at 90% of the speed of light?"
posted by grum@work at 06:16 PM on August 30
If Mike Trout walked into my neighborhood bar, I probably would not recognize him. I would recognize David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, and several members of the Red Sox.
If the bouncers don't toss him for being a teenager with fake id.
posted by grum@work at 06:15 PM on August 30
Very disappointing, I thought he would've made the cut.
posted by billsaysthis at 05:26 PM on August 30
That and the fact baseball is no longer America's Pastime...
So let me tell you all about "the good, old days". (Stop yawning! Pay attention, there will be a quiz.) My real interest in sports began around 1947-1948, when I was 6 or 7 years old. In the fall there was football. Not professional football, but college and high school. Pick a high school team in eastern Massachusetts in the late 1940s, and you will find its stadium packed with students, families, and much of the local citizenry with little or no connection to the team other than living in the town. Come winter and there was ice hockey. The Bruins were the team to follow in New England, there were fans in Chicago, Detroit, and New York, but in the US that was all. Granted these might have been the glory days for the AHL and the old IHL, but still the appeal of hockey was limited. Our household was a baseball place, and the Boston Braves was our team, but then, my eldest sister dragged me to every Winthrop High School game of baseball or football.
Don't forget in the late 1940s the mass media was limited to radio and print newspapers. The national radio networks covered sports, but such coverage was limited to baseball, the major college football teams, and a note here and there about pro football, hockey, and what might be considered minor sports like track and field. Boxing was still a big deal and received a lot of press and air time. When you read your newspaper or listened to your local radio station, you read or heard about local sports, and coverage of professional sports was limited to the local teams. The rest of the world appeared in the agate type. Television was broadcasting, but TV was still a novelty, and most of us watched only on the black-and-white screen on display in the window of the local TV and radio store. ESPN? What's that?
Once the football season was winding down, the media was dominated by baseball. The "hot stove league" was covered deeply and widely, and this in an era when there was no such thing as a free agent other than those who were just becoming of age. Spring and summer were dominated by baseball. The major leagues, all 16 teams, had the media all to themselves, but the professional minor leagues and the local amateur teams received their share of coverage. If you were a sports fan, you were a baseball fan, you understood the game, you knew the players, the players tended to stay in the same city for an entire career, and the local team was "yours".
So what is the "National Pastime", if it no longer is baseball? Really, there is no single thing. Baseball has lost popularity because of the competition from the other sports. The game tends to be slow, without the more constant action of basketball and ice hockey or the violence of football. It is a more cerebral game, the nuances are not easy to understand, and those who are casual fans just do not look at the game in the same way as someone who has played or been closely involved at a fairly high level. Now that the magic of TV, satellites, mobile devices, and what have you has enabled us to be in touch with whatever team in whatever part of the world we wish to follow, we have that wonderful thing called "choice". We have a menu that rich and varied. No longer are we limited to one or two things, with the occasional rarity thrown in as an appetizer.
If Mike Trout walked into my neighborhood bar, I probably would not recognize him. I would recognize David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, and several members of the Red Sox. Then again, if anyone except Tim Duncan, LeBron James, or several members of the Boston Celtics were to walk in, I wouldn't recognize them either. The point is, if you are a sports fan, you will favor one or two sports at the expense of the others. Within those sports you will have one or two teams that you follow closely. You will also follow the superstars, and if they do not get the closeup views of their faces in the media regularly, you won't recognize them either. Who and what you follow is your own choice, and the choices are now so broad that picking out more than a few is difficult.
So enjoy the era, sports fans. Follow whomever you wish, root for whatever sport and team you wish. America's National Pastime is now whatever you want it to be. Ain't it great?
posted by Howard_T at 12:07 PM on August 30
Trout's biggest problems are that he's been robbed of at least one MVP award, and that he's on the west coast.
That and the fact baseball is no longer America's Pastime and instead occupies a position next to basketball and below the NFL in the zeitgeist. Here are the yearly leaders in WAR for position players; I don't know there are a ton of guys who finished first more than once who were relatively anonymous, but it's also a different world media wise. And I think Rod Carew, Snuffy Stirnweiss and a few others could have gotten in and out of a bar without being noticed.
Also, is he baseball's "reigning king"? One of the most interesting things about Trout is how he's part of a group that divides newer, stats-friendly, maybe roto playing fans from older school fans, so there are plenty of baseball fans out there who would start talking up Miguel Cabrera when Trout walked into their local.
posted by yerfatma at 11:00 AM on August 30
Of course, the reason that basketball can develop memorable stars is that there are only 5 players on the court for each team, and they play for 80% of the game. In baseball, you have 9 players for each team, for only half the game, and the ones that might be famous sometimes only play every 5th game.
The thing is, Derek Jeter wasn't that "exciting" to talk about when he was early in his career. He didn't do anything that was memorable, and he may be the blandest speaking super star in sports history (with Steve Yzerman coming in a close second).
Even at the end of his career, Jeter's fame is because of the team he plays for, his off field bedding of a bevvy of bombshell beauties, the lack of real scandal, and his health/consistency. He never won a regular season MVP. His "black ink" statistic are shockingly weak (led the league in hits twice, and runs once), so much so they are less than half that of an average HOF.
Mike Trout already matches Jeter's career "black ink" stats in only his fourth season. Trout's biggest problems are that he's been robbed of at least one MVP award, and that he's on the west coast. More than half the fans of baseball don't have a chance to see him play because he doesn't start more than half his games after 9pm/10pm for those people. That's why the Angels are my #2 team I'm cheering for this year, as Trout NEEDS to showcase his ability in the playoffs so people will recognize this once-in-a-generation talent.
By the way, with the retirement of Jeter (and the future retirement of Ortiz, Suzuki), there is still an amazing set of young players that will keep us entertained (and are all under 30 years old):
and probably a lot more I can't just name right now.
posted by grum@work at 09:01 PM on August 29
Montreal by 3
Saskatchewan by 13
Toronto by 4
Calgary by 6
posted by Reever at 08:45 PM on August 29
Ottawa by 2
Saskatchewan by 8
Hamilton by 4
Calgary by 3
posted by JPR at 08:44 PM on August 29
10 minutes to get this in. I've been threatening to do it all week, but somehow things have kept me from the keyboard at the critical times. Anyway, here goes.
Ottawa at Montreal: Alouettes can't find their way to a win, but Redblacks have the wrong color scheme for Montreal on Labor Day weekend. Look for Montreal to win a squeaker. Montreal by 3.
Winnipeg at Saskatchewan: Ned Kelly, one of the roughest riders ever seen in Australia takes on the blue-coated bombers. Ned will win another round against the blue coats. Saskatchewan by 9.
Toronto at Hamilton: Argos go for a short trip along the lake and run into a bunch of kitties. Ticats have been declawed this season, and Argos are finding their stroke. Toronto by 6.
Edmonton at Calgary: The pretty good Eskimos take on the very good Stampeders. Look for the quadrupeds who run amok to keep the visitors frozen. Calgary by 16.
posted by Howard_T at 07:30 PM on August 29
It was Payton's second offense, too.
posted by Etrigan at 07:01 PM on August 29
Ill-stated statements absolved by well-parsed parchment.
posted by beaverboard at 05:30 PM on August 29
The thing is still out of whack. He's only adding four weeks to what he gave Rice.
If strike two is banishment, then strike one ought to at least be a season. Coach Payton got tossed for a year because he knew that his guys were going after other oversize, highly trained men in helmets and pads during the heat of battle.
posted by beaverboard at 03:21 PM on August 29
Nah. When its a hooker, it's just simple battery (which ultimately ends up in a grisly murder).
posted by tahoemoj at 01:54 PM on August 29
/this is a very confusing day for me....
posted by grum@work at 12:56 PM on August 29
posted by grum@work at 12:54 PM on August 29
For the field, maybe. For this abomination, no.
posted by yerfatma at 12:51 PM on August 29
By sending Greg Maddux far, far away?
posted by yerfatma at 12:50 PM on August 29
Is there time for Tim Horton's?
posted by tommytrump at 11:23 AM on August 29
Etrigan, I prosecute a lot of domestic battery cases here in Nevada, and the fall-back plea, at least in this state, tends to be "mutual affray" (a fight between two willing participants). But disorderly comes in a close second. Sadly, the nature of battered woman syndrome leads to a lot of unwilling witnesses who are the only ones who know hat really happened.
Trivia time about my adopted home state of Nevada! Nevada leads the nation in per capita fatalities resulting from domestic violence! I hope someday to help change that.
posted by tahoemoj at 10:05 AM on August 29
I look forward to a PhD thesis in Game Theory circa 2018 about estranged relationships in the NFL.
posted by yerfatma at 09:27 AM on August 29
I'm glad this is finally happening though I wish it applied to Rice.
posted by bperk at 11:30 PM on August 28
Also, I can't think of a better way to welcome College Football back than having a team run up 500 yards of offense against a conference rival...and they haven't even finished the 3rd quarter yet.
posted by Bonkers at 08:47 PM on August 28
I can't think of a better way to welcome College Football back than a game featuring a quarterback named Bo.
posted by Bonkers at 08:17 PM on August 28
I wonder how much weaseling is going to happen between accusation and conviction, and how many plea bargains to "disorderly conduct" will be made.
posted by Etrigan at 07:04 PM on August 28
Montreal by 6
Winnipeg by 3
Toronto by 13
Calgary by 11
posted by rcade at 06:41 PM on August 28
Yusmeiro Petit retired 46 batters in a row across multiple games, a new MLB record.
posted by rcade at 05:26 PM on August 28
What a throw! For once I'd like to hear Chris Berman call a highlight. It. Could. Go. All. The. Way.
posted by rcade at 02:35 PM on August 28
That CGI is terrible. Clearly can't be real.
posted by yerfatma at 12:07 PM on August 28
posted by grum@work at 10:34 AM on August 28
monti by 7
saski by 6
argosssssssssssssssi by 4. where they play is still up in the air!
cali by 5
posted by argoal at 10:16 AM on August 28
This season (haven't seen episode 3 yet) is weird: it's less dramatic than the others, but still has it's moments. I'm struggling because it turns out Matt Ryan is a pretty awesome person as far as I can tell (sneaking into the receivers' meeting simply to say in front of everyone he was wrong on a coverage read and the receiver was right, etc) but I can't bring myself to root for a team with Mike Tice on it. My wife keeps asking why I get so irritable when he speaks. I wish he still had his pencil behind the ear; it was as wonderful a comedic device as Homer Simpson's half glasses for a dope trying to appear smart.
posted by yerfatma at 08:43 AM on August 28
Watching Hard Knocks, I realize I'd love to see HBO follow a team throughout the season-especially a mid-grade team that struggles and may not end up achieving that much. I understand why NFL films wouldn't want to show that, but it'd be interesting to me.
Also, Bryan Cox is hilarious.
posted by Bonkers at 09:38 PM on August 27
I'm in the league and would of course join a new league.
And frankly out of those two I'm happy for the result since Utd get the manure piled on heavier (watch out for Burnley this weekend chaps) and MK get more attention paid to their origin rather than less (as their gaffer forlornly suggested at the post-match presser).
posted by billsaysthis at 12:43 PM on August 27
2. Just who the heck is going to play LG?
Best guess is this move finds Marcus Cannon a permanent position and Josh Kline is the other tackle. Here's hoping the center they drafted who immediately got hurt, Brian Stork, is good enough to displace Ryan Wendell who can move back to guard as well if needed.
posted by yerfatma at 10:46 AM on August 27
Richie Incognito needs a team.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:19 AM on August 27
The joke that Greg Maddux tells his friends after he's had a few pops is that Belichick got stopped doing 110 on the interstate with a trunk full of Scarlet Knights.
Apparently, Belichick was so grimly alert and aware of his surroundings that he broke the field sobriety test equipment.
posted by beaverboard at 12:09 AM on August 27
This week, CFL teams re-imagined as classic Australian paintings. Montreal by 9. See if you can guess the connections. Saskatchewan by 15. They're probably very tenuous. Toronto by 10. Nobody bothered entering last week's music connection round. Edmonton by 14. Philistines.
posted by owlhouse at 09:18 PM on August 26
who does one root for between MK Dons and Man U?
AFC Wimbledon and FC United of Manchester.
posted by owlhouse at 09:11 PM on August 26
posted by Bonkers at 07:25 PM on August 26
The Belichick-Schiano love connection transcends all administrative transitions
But Greggles is gone...
posted by Bonkers at 07:17 PM on August 26
Aside from the "What is up with Belichick and Rutgers?" questions, I have 2 more.
1. What does getting a young tight end, supposedly a good one, but whose abilities were questioned a bit by his coach last week, mean with respect to the health of Gronkowski and Hoomanawanui? Spreading the entrails reveals an ominous sign.
2. Just who the heck is going to play LG?
posted by Howard_T at 05:29 PM on August 26
who does one root for between MK Dons and Man U? If it's MK Dons
Some kind of asteroid strike?
posted by Mr Bismarck at 05:04 PM on August 26
Yikes. 4-0! Paddy Power said 14 people bet on Franchise FC to win 4-0 at 500-to-1 odds.
posted by rcade at 04:58 PM on August 26
Montreal by 5
Saskatchewan by 16
Toronto by 3
Edmonton by 10
posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 04:41 PM on August 26
Ottawa by 11
Saskatchewan by 19
Toronto by 23
Calgary by 8
posted by tommytrump at 04:26 PM on August 26
A question of etiquette: who does one root for between MK Dons and Man U? If it's MK Dons, I have good news for you.
posted by yerfatma at 03:26 PM on August 26
The Belichick-Schiano love connection transcends all administrative transitions.
posted by beaverboard at 03:10 PM on August 26
I am in the current league (el tigre negro de holden). Happy to join the new league. Some of the other participants no longer actively participate on SpoFi, so while I am sure we will add some folks, we will lose some as well. Would help to have rcade or someone who will be around in future years as the manager for the new league though, as those things just get renewed year-over-year.
posted by holden at 02:41 PM on August 26
Ottawa by 7
Saskatchewan by 2
Toronto by 12
Calgary by 5
posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:52 PM on August 26
Tom Clancy is me. And I am he.
posted by yerfatma at 12:41 PM on August 26
Montreal by 7
Saskatchewan by 7
Toronto by 7
Edmonton by 7
posted by cixelsyd at 12:37 PM on August 26
JZ 1982 FC would like to join.
posted by bender at 12:30 PM on August 26
Our Fantasy Premier League has the following owners: el tigre negro de holden, BS Johnson, Tim Truxell, Wade Duchene, Lawn Wrangler, billsaysthis, John McClure, Jeffwa Hogue, Tom Clancy, me, t s e l s o n and ca buki.
If you're playing Fantasy Premier League this season, post here and let me know, and indicate whether you're in the current league. We can create a new SportsFilter 2014-15 league, but I don't want to lose anybody in the old one.
posted by rcade at 11:56 AM on August 26
No, not my league sorry. I posted a message to the league forum, hopefully the owner gets emailed when this happens.
posted by billsaysthis at 10:35 AM on August 26
Montreal by 4
Winnipeg by 6
Hamilton by 14
Edmonton by 13
posted by bender at 10:34 AM on August 26
Ottawa by 3
Saskatchewan by 3
Hamilton by 6
Calgary by 10
posted by ic23b at 03:23 AM on August 26
Montreal by 5
Hamilton by 3
Calgary by 7
posted by goddam at 10:54 PM on August 25
Montreal puts up a good fight, but suffers a fourth-quarter fade in Winnipeg, and Toronto suffers much the same fate in Edmonton. Calgary rides roughshod over the former Rough Riders. And in the most competitive (and only intra-divisional) game, Saskatchewan just edges B.C. in Vancouver to get the upper hand in their division race.
Out to prove that word count matters, Howard_T and owlhouse both have big weeks to jump into a tie for first. Howard_T nails two spreads for a monster eight points, while owlhouse hits three margins for six. Reever also nails the Winnipeg spread to climb into contention.
Yessir, it's the formal halfway point of the season: the Labour Day Classic! Black tie only please.
Ottawa @ Montreal (Friday, August 29)
Yikeswhich team is in worse shape? Ottawa's lost five in a row, Montreal six. Good thing they're getting this game over with first.
Winnipeg @ Saskatchewan (Sunday, August 31)
Speaking of five in a row, that's how many Saskatchewan's won. And yet they're still tied for third with Winnipeg. The loser of this game will find themselves four points, and three teams, back of first.
Toronto @ Hamilton (Monday, September 1)
Hamilton finally gets their new stadium, AND a game against a divisional opponent! Unfortunately for them, it's Toronto coming to town.
Edmonton @ Calgary (Monday, September 1)
The marquee game of the week. Both teams are 7-1, tied for first, and on a three-game winning streak. Winner takes all! ...until they play again next week, of course.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:23 PM on August 25
Harrumph. Where's Billsaysthis? I think it's his league.
posted by rcade at 09:09 PM on August 25
I like the itemized suspension. It would've been fun to see a Billy Martin punishment for mistreating the umps split up that way. One game for covering the mound with dirt, two games for cursing at the ump, one game for giving the ump a pair of glasses ...
posted by rcade at 09:04 PM on August 25
It's weird, when I click that link, I get a page with "You have been invited to join "League of Elite Gentleman"," that asks me to login. When I login, though, it just takes me to my team and doesn't join the league. When I search either of those numbers, I am told they are not valid league codes.
posted by bender at 08:31 PM on August 25
So, everyone then.
posted by Etrigan at 05:03 PM on August 25
Michael Sam bails out fan who makes unwise Twitter bet.
Everyone wins in the end.
Except Johnny Football.
posted by grum@work at 04:29 PM on August 25
Michael Sam bails out fan who makes unwise Twitter bet.
posted by Etrigan at 02:31 PM on August 25
posted by yerfatma at 12:28 PM on August 25
Australia's Mitchell Johnson has something against the Fox Sports commentary guys. (autoplaying video on the page, but it's the video you want to watch)
posted by NoMich at 07:57 AM on August 25
Watched Florida get handled by a clearly inferior Louisville squad 2 years ago (Teddy B aside). My observation was that the Gators appeared more focused on style and status than football. Coaching is an issue ...
posted by cixelsyd at 10:41 PM on August 24
I have asked the government to issue me a dollar for every reference I can find to Florida coach Will Muschamp being on the hot seat, and they are considering my proposal. If they approve the request, I'll be the second coming of Jed Clampett.
Generous food and beverage vouchers for all my fellow SpoFites hang in the balance. Call your congressperson.
posted by beaverboard at 09:46 PM on August 24
It looks like the ID is 250725. Try the league code 389923-364514 or the autojoin link.
posted by rcade at 10:55 AM on August 24
Is there a league ID# or something? I couldn't figure out how to join (or find) the spofi league.
posted by bender at 10:17 PM on August 23
@rcade site search seems busted.
I thought that yesterday, but then it turned out that the sidebar ads were just pushing the search results past the bottom of the screen, and I could get them when I scrolled down. Not that I might not fix that, but the results were still there.
posted by bender at 10:16 PM on August 23
I think you can be added at any time. I haven't been able to find out who created the league last year. It still says we're a 2013-14 league in the name,
If necessary, we can create a new league so everyone can be in it.
posted by rcade at 07:56 PM on August 23
Winnipeg by 8 with a touchdown by Nic Grigsby and field goal by Lirim Hajrullahu late.
Edmonton by 10 when no more points are scored after the midpoint of the second.
Calgary by 15
Saskatchewan by 13
posted by rcade at 05:12 PM on August 23
Does anyone else enjoy Drew Magary's "Why Your Team Sucks" series on Deadspin as much as I do? That dude cracks me up, but the fan comments leave me in stitches.
posted by tahoemoj at 11:10 AM on August 23
@rcade site search seems busted.
posted by billsaysthis at 10:31 AM on August 23
This is old news, but LeGarrette Blount, Le'Veon Bell, and a female friend were involved in a drug-related incident. No charges have been filed, but the police expect to file possession charges against all three, as well as DUI charges against Bell. I post this only because I am curious about something. After last season, quite a few Patriots fans were surprised that Blount was not signed by New England. He had been a valuable contributor to the offense, and his contract would not have been outrageously expensive. What my evil mind wonders is whether or not the Patriots knew something about Blount and avoided signing him just because of the possibility of this sort of problem. New England has become somewhat hypersensitive about these things since the Aaron Hernandez situation.
I realize this will give the NE bashers something to talk about, but I still wanted to put the thought out there.
posted by Howard_T at 09:30 PM on August 22
Winnipeg by 10
Edmonton by 3
Calgary by 17
Saskatchewan by 7
posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:50 PM on August 22
Is it still possible to get into the Fantasy EPL? I have a team in a league with other people, but I'm not sure how to join the spofi league.
posted by bender at 12:48 PM on August 22
Edmonton by 7
BC by 3
posted by JPR at 11:08 AM on August 22
Winnipeg by 8
Edmonton by 3
Calgary by 17
BC by 4
posted by Reever at 11:05 AM on August 22
I promise there will be no bad puns this week. I think I exhausted my supply anyway. Looks like my picks were just about as bad as my puns. Perhaps we'll do better this time.
Montreal at Winnipeg: Last time they met at the Larks' nest, the Bombers prevailed by a single point. This time the Larks have to travel to the Blue Bombers' hangar. The Bombers have not been flying too high of late, but the Alouettes seem to be stuck on the ground entirely. Winnipeg by 8.
Toronto at Edmonton: Argonauts have shown some signs of life lately, but their schedule has been a busy one. Eskimos meanwhile have been mushing right along. Toronto could give Edmonton a battle, but between 3 games in 11 days and the travel to Edmonton, the Argos might just be a bit worn down. Edmonton by 14.
Calgary at Ottawa: Redblacks nearly pulled one out against Eskimos last week, but lost a close one. Calgary had an easy time with Ottawa at home in week 7, and there is no reason the rampaging quadrupeds should slow down on the road. Calgary by 11.
Saskatchewan at BC: Lions have roared their way to 3 in a row since losing to Winnpeg, although 2 of the wins were tight. Rough Riders have put together 4 in a row since losing to these self-same Lions. This one could be a dandy. Logic dictates Saskatchewan, but BC is due for a strong showing. BC by 4.
posted by Howard_T at 11:14 PM on August 21
Tan's revenge costs Ian Moody his job and Malky Mackay what seemed likely to be his next one.
Apparently you can't do anything electronically and be certain it will stay private, who'da thunk it.
posted by billsaysthis at 03:26 PM on August 21
CFL commissioner Mark Cohon to step down
posted by tommytrump at 02:05 PM on August 21
Edmonton by 8
Calgary by 18
BC by 6
posted by goddam at 10:59 AM on August 21
Winnipeg by 7
Edmonton by 10
Calgary by 14
BC by 10
posted by cixelsyd at 11:29 PM on August 20
Australian songs as CFL team theme songs? You got it. Winnipeg by 10. Prizes for guessing the links or associations. Edmonton by 12. Actually, there won't be any prizes. Calgary by 21. Except the satisfaction of winning a weird Commonwealth Competition. BC by 18.
posted by owlhouse at 10:39 PM on August 20
peg by 4
argos by 3
cal by 11
bc by 5
posted by argoal at 08:54 PM on August 20
Montreal by 2
Edmonton by 2
Calgary by 26
B.C. by 8
posted by ic23b at 07:25 PM on August 20
Professor Helmetcatch Von Reflex
posted by grum@work at 04:05 PM on August 20
This brings to mind what I heard yesterday afternoon on the DC ESPN radio affiliate AM 980. Kevin Sheehan was discussing and taking calls regarding Phil Simms' recent comments regarding referring to the team as Washington in the season opener. In defending the team name, his viewpoint was that Simms was being self-promoting in opposing the name but not declining to work the game or refusing payment for it. That didn't make a whole lot of sense to me, but a number of callers chimed in to agree. I happen to think that Simms accomplishes more by making this statement and subsequently working the game, using only the name "Washington" than by working a different game.
Bringing it back around to Mike Carey, I certainly respect his personal stand, even if it was only for himself, and I think I understand why he felt that it needed to remain a secret. I kind of wish, though, that this had leaked out while he was still working, as he would have been able to say that he wasn't trying to go public with his view but that it was important to him. More importantly, it would have put the league in the position of having to either back him up or take some sort of action against one of their best referees, which actually could have spurred a change.
posted by bender at 02:55 PM on August 20
Hadn't really thought about this for many a year. Glad to see it's still a righteous clusterfuck.
posted by tahoemoj at 02:28 PM on August 20
Calgary by 23
Saskatchewan by 8
posted by tommytrump at 02:04 PM on August 20
Giants to protest game after bizarre loss.
they were told the Cubs would do "everything in their power to make the field playable," but the last 90 minutes of the delay involved one man and one rake.
posted by grum@work at 01:58 PM on August 20
Winnipeg by 2
Edmonton by 3
Calgary by 10
B.C. by 3
posted by bender at 01:00 PM on August 20
Do you like fumbles? Then you would've loved the 10-8 turnover fest in Ottawa. Do you like big receptions and touchdowns? Then Calgary's 30-20 win over Hamilton might be more your speed. Take the average of the two and you get Saskatchewan's 16-11 win over Montreal. Double it and you see Toronto going 1-1 on the week, winning against Winnipeg but coming up short against the Lions.
More movement in the ranks this week, as JPR hangs onto the top spot but just barely. More is almost certain to come, with nine other players within 6 points of first.
Back to a normal four games this week, so you'll need to find something else to do with your Tuesday night.
Montreal @ Winnipeg (Friday, August 22)
If Montreal is going to win their second game, a suddenly struggling Winnipeg team is a good place to start. But that's a big ifmaybe Montreal is the Bombers' stepping stone back into contention.
Toronto @ Edmonton (Saturday, August 23)
Edmonton has been hot, and it's tough to bet against a West team right now. But there have been signs of Edmonton overperforming, and Toronto had flashes of excellence in its games last week.
Calgary @ Ottawa (Sunday, August 24)
A third game in a row against the likes of Hamilton and Ottawa means that Calgary is probably going to pad its division lead. Although maybe a second look against the same team so soon will yield unexpected results? But probably not.
Saskatchewan @ B.C. (Sunday, August 24)
Here's an intriguing early battle for playoff positioning. Both these teams are tied for last place AND just one win out of first. B.C. has won three straight and the 'Riders four, so it's a collision of momentum this Sunday.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:23 AM on August 20
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