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Giants Win World Series

Your memory is going

That's no surprise, it never was much longer than a certain part of my anatomy. I was only counting the last one that put them ahead for good.

posted by Howard_T at 06:40 PM on October 31

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 19

Hamilton by 4

Calgary by 7

Edmonton by 8

Montreal by 5

posted by Reever at 04:35 PM on October 31

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 19

Ham by 5

Cal by 4

EDM by 3

Mon by 4

posted by JPR at 04:30 PM on October 31

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Cubs release statement about firing Renteria to hire Maddon as manager.

I would recommend reading the statement as it is one of the most detailed and honest ones about a personnel move that I've seen from a major sports franchise.

posted by grum@work at 02:59 PM on October 31

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Dave Brandon is resigning from his position as University of Michigan Athletic Director.

I continue to be baffled that the Shane Morris debacle is consistently one of the most harped on points against Brandon. It seems to me that decisions concerning on field injuries are a coach's responsibility.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 12:23 PM on October 31

Giants Win World Series

he plays against the data for an entire season which gets them to game 7 in the World Series

That is certainly one way of looking at it. Another would be: he stops touching the stove right before his hand gets burned badly.

he earned the win on the strength of Troy O'Leary's home run.

Your memory is going: Troy O'Leary's two homes runs (generating 7 RBI).

posted by yerfatma at 08:55 AM on October 31

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

That should be a FPP (god knows we need more). I was kind of hypnotized by that.

posted by hincandenza at 04:08 AM on October 31

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

This. Is. Amazing.

Surfing at 1,000 fps.

posted by owlhouse at 03:31 AM on October 31

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I'm not too sure about Kevin Garnett's math or English skills after this quote: "The [Smart] kid is very impressive," Garnett noted. "This is my first time seeing him live, playing against him and stuff. He and Rondo and Avery, that's going to be a tandem."

Son and I were at the game. Our new seats are excellent - right on the mid-court line and 5 rows back in the balcony. As for the game, it looks like most of the so-called experts are right. The Celtics will be a lot of fun to watch, but without anyone to effectively play in the low post, they will not be a playoff team. After the Celtics ran up 101 through 3 quarters, we decided to leave, beat the rush to the "T", and get home a bit early. There won't be a lot of this sort of blowout, but we'll enjoy it when it happens.

posted by Howard_T at 09:59 PM on October 30

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 19

Travel is a way of life for professional sports teams, so let's travel around Canada for a bit.

Hamilton at Ottawa: Depending on your route, it's something around 550 Km between the cities. One must cross the Trent, Moira, Salmon, Cataraqui, Rideau, and Napanee Rivers, among others, before finally crossing the Ottawa and reaching the Capitol City. Tiger Cats are known for establishing a territory for hunting and defending it, and a little water will not deter them. Looks like a group of REDBLACKS will be the next to fall prey. Hamilton by 8.

Winnipeg at Calgary: 1400 KM thereabouts for this trek. Forget about a nice bus ride across the prairies, this one needs an airplane ride. Perhaps that's what a Blue Bomber is all about, but one has business to attend to after the landing. Making a long trip and handling a bunch of Stampeders is a little too much to ask. Calgary by 16.

BC at Edmonton: Nearly 1200 Km of rough and rugged territory to traverse here. The Coastal Ranges are just the beginning, and the Rockies come next. While lions can climb trees, they don't do well in the mountains. The cats will need to fly. When they arrive, they will be faced with the denizens of the ice floes who would like nothing better than to turn the Lions into stuffed cats. Perhaps the kitties will surprise and put the Eskimos on ice. It could happen. BC by 6.

Toronto at Montreal: Here in the confines of the more densely populated East, the travel is not as long, but still not without its travails. This is another trip of about 500 Km along Lake Ontario and down the St. Lawrence. There is an old song about a man who lost his girlfriend on one of the Thousand Islands. He spent his days "Calling for Florence, up the Saint Lawrence". The Argonauts hope they don't lose anything on the way, and they will be in for a tough fight when they get to Montreal. The Larks will be happy to stay in their bird cage and use Toronto in place of the usual lining of newspapers. Montreal by 9.

posted by Howard_T at 09:47 PM on October 30

Giants Win World Series

Baumgartner's effort is somewhat similar to that of Pedro Martinez in the 1999 ALDS. Pedro had left game 1 with back soreness, but came out of the bullpen in game 5. The Red Sox were down 8-7 after overcoming a 5-2 Cleveland lead, and then seeing Cleveland chase Derek Lowe who himself was on in relief of starter Bret Saberhagen. Pedro went 6 innings of no-hit ball, and he earned the win on the strength of Troy O'Leary's home run.

dfleming has the scoring rule correct. Had Affeldt allowed a tying or go-ahead run, then Baumgartner would have become the pitcher of record and would have earned the win. Still, a 5-inning save with a performance such as Baumgartner gave is not exactly chopped liver.

posted by Howard_T at 08:51 PM on October 30

Giants Win World Series

The plot for this alternate timeline where Yost doesn't bunt in the 5th would be interesting - he plays against the data for an entire season which gets them to game 7 in the World Series, then get hit by lightning/a heaved, massive burrito off a bridge/a Motley Crue drumstick at a concert, and when he wakes up is equipped with an entirely different analytical framework.

Because as you all know, if you change it at any other point, who knows what happens in the rest of the timeline. Perhaps he takes up swing dance because that's what the ladies in grade 11 were into.

posted by dfleming at 04:17 PM on October 30

Giants Win World Series

Great performance by Bumgarner, but agree with the bunting thing in the 5th. It's not that you necessarily play for the big inning, it's that you make Bumgarner work for it.

posted by holden at 03:58 PM on October 30

Giants Win World Series

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posted by yerfatma at 03:58 PM on October 30

Giants Win World Series

If only Erin had asked Rikkk for his phone number -- then they would have had to call in the cardio squad and hustle him out of there horizontally.

No umlauts? It's still Oktoberfest for one more day. Bitte fixen sie, Herr Kaleu.

posted by beaverboard at 02:58 PM on October 30

Giants Win World Series

Erin Andrews is staring a hole in Rikke Wilde*, thinking, "If he would just listen to me about probiotics!"

* Is that his Chippendale's name or something?

Taking a look at him...I'm guessing "no".

Though maybe he was in Motley Crue for a little bit.

Edited: apparently, SpoFi rejects umlauts. Good to know.

posted by Bonkers at 02:08 PM on October 30

Giants Win World Series

Yeah, I clicked on the Babe Ruth link and was confused, since that was clearly the joke, but the first part seemed genuine. I guess I need to recalibrate the sarcasm detector.

Rikk Wilde! HA! I hadn't noticed that the first time.

posted by bender at 01:44 PM on October 30

Giants Win World Series

this poor Chevy executive is the World Series LVP (Least Valuable Pitchman)

Erin Andrews is staring a hole in Rikke Wilde*, thinking, "If he would just listen to me about probiotics!"

* Is that his Chippendale's name or something?

posted by yerfatma at 12:32 PM on October 30

Giants Win World Series

bender: My comment about not fixing their reputation or being remembered for only that was a bit of satire, considering who it was that got caught stealing in 1926...

I get the feeling that if they had sent Gordon home, he might have made it because of the crazy KC karma that had carried them from not making the playoffs to making them to coming from behind in the wild-card game to getting them past "better" teams like the Angels and Orioles, to pushing it to Game 7...

I kind of wish they had tried. There have been many amazing "rolling the dice" chances that have created epic playoff moments:

posted by grum@work at 12:23 PM on October 30

Giants Win World Series

Chevy pitchman Rikk Wilde was just the capper of a typically weird Series-winning festivities. It seemed reporters and players alike were on the verge of tears, and I'm sorry MLB, but presenting the trophy in a small closet to the team's owners in front of no one just looks bush league. Give me the Stanley Cup presentation any day. At least Bud Selig didn't try to steal Erin Andrews' mic this time.

posted by geneparmesan at 11:56 AM on October 30

Giants Win World Series

Nobody can ever fix their reputation after something like that happens. Seriously, it's all he'll ever be remembered for...

I understand that, but if you say, "Bumgarner has gotten 14 outs in a row, and they already bobbled the ball twice on the play and the crowd is going nuts so maybe that puts more pressure to make a bad throw, so I decided it was worth a shot.." I'm not saying that I could have made that call, but I'd understand.

posted by bender at 11:09 AM on October 30

Giants Win World Series

Bonds looks good. Things seem right. His head is smaller now - back down to Pirate size.

I watched with the sound off, so I don't know whether the talking heads gave the Bochy-Righetti combo some of the same kind of love that they used to lavish on Cox-Mazzone and LaRussa-Duncan. Hopefully so.

posted by beaverboard at 10:57 AM on October 30

Giants Win World Series

I'm not sure that you could even fault the 3rd base coach for making the wrong call (given the likelihood of an out) and sending Gordon

If he's safe, or out on a bang-bang play, then it's a good call by the 3rd base coach/player.

If he's out by 10+ feet, then you wear the goat horns on your head for the rest of your life, just like this idiot did when he made the final out in the World Series by getting caught stealing 2nd base! Nobody can ever fix their reputation after something like that happens. Seriously, it's all he'll ever be remembered for...

posted by grum@work at 10:49 AM on October 30

Giants Win World Series

Given how Bumgarner was pitching, and how Sal Perez was hitting, maybe you take that chance anyways and hope for a bad throw/catch....

Man, an in the park homerun to tie game 7 of the World Series would have gone down as an all-time classic play! I'm not sure that you could even fault the 3rd base coach for making the wrong call (given the likelihood of an out) and sending Gordon--though that should by no means be construed as me saying he should have done that. This may be the rare situation where either choice was the right decision.

posted by bender at 10:40 AM on October 30

Giants Win World Series

If, you're like me, you wonder to yourself.... "What was Barry Bonds doing after SF won the World Series?" Well, here is your answer.

That's pretty cool.

posted by NoMich at 08:48 AM on October 30

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 19

Hamilton by 10
Calgary by 10
Edmonton by 5
Montreal... by .... 8

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:46 AM on October 30

Giants Win World Series

Here is the statcast of Gordon running around the bases in the 9th inning. From this, you can pretty much tell that he didn't really have an option of trying to score on the play, despite the misplay by Blanco and the bobble by Juan Perez. Even if he's running full out from 2nd to 3rd, Crawford's throw would have beaten him by 20 feet or so.

Given how Bumgarner was pitching, and how Sal Perez was hitting, maybe you take that chance anyways and hope for a bad throw/catch....

posted by grum@work at 08:36 AM on October 30

Giants Win World Series

If, you're like me, you wonder to yourself....

"What was Barry Bonds doing after SF won the World Series?"

Well, here is your answer.

posted by grum@work at 08:28 AM on October 30

Giants Win World Series

While Bumgarner was easily the World Series MVP, this poor Chevy executive is the World Series LVP (Least Valuable Pitchman):

That was just about as bad a TV appearance as you can get.

posted by grum@work at 08:20 AM on October 30

Giants Win World Series

Also, I wonder what happened in the parallel universe where Ned Yost doesn't bunt the runner over. Bumgarner was struggling with location against those first few batters, and giving up an out there seemed to make it easier for him to get out of the inning.

On edit, what rcade said.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:19 AM on October 30

Giants Win World Series

... if people could root against a 19-0 Patriots season or any more success from the Sox simply out of spite/jealousy, I'm free to root against any other dynasties as well.

I rooted against the Patriots perfect season because they kept crushing my hopes, week after week, and it was a pretty thrilling run. If I had known they'd actually lose the Super Bowl I might have done things differently.

The Giants are one of the great modern dynasties now. Credit to them for that. I was worried for the Royals when Kung Fu Panda was so loose before his first at-bat that he winked at the camera.

I hated Yost's decision to sacrifice bunt Escobar in the fifth with Infante on first and no outs. I know that has been Royals baseball, but it gave Bumgarner a free out when he had just come in and wasn't in his groove yet.

posted by rcade at 08:18 AM on October 30

Giants Win World Series

dfleming is correct. The "most effective" rule only applies if the lead is gained during the starter's short outing as per 10.17(b), or if the technical relief pitcher or record is deemed ineffective:

10.17(c) The official scorer shall not credit as the winning pitcher a relief pitcher who is ineffective in a brief appearance, when at least one succeeding relief pitcher pitches effectively in helping his team maintain its lead. In such a case, the official scorer shall credit as the winning pitcher the succeeding relief pitcher who was most effective, in the judgment of the official scorer.

Regardless - what a performance by Bumgarner. Something for the ages.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:16 AM on October 30

Giants Win World Series

Postseason memories I can tell to my grandkids from my porch rocker:

I saw Gibson in '67, Lolich in '68, Hershiser in '88, Johnson in '01, Bumgarner in '14...

posted by beaverboard at 08:03 AM on October 30

Giants Win World Series

Affeldt really was an unsung hero this postseason - 11 1/3 scoreless innings of relief, 7 holds, and two key wins - the other being the complete bailout job he did for Santiago Castilla that preserved the lead before Ishikawa hit the big home run against St. Louis.

posted by dfleming at 07:57 AM on October 30

Giants Win World Series

If the initial starter is ineffective, doesn't the official scorer have discretion to choose any reliever he or she feels contributed most to the win, even if it was not the pitcher of record when the final lead was taken? I thought it was originally a win, they even mentioned it on air in like the 8th or 9th after Joe Buck mentioned the 5 inning save and corrected himself shortly after. So why did it turn it from a win to a save a while later?

The relief pitcher of record who enters the game needs to be deemed ineffective by the scorers in order for them to pick someone else as the winner. Affeldt was the pitcher of record when they scored the 3rd run and had thrown 2.1 scoreless innings which doesn't qualify as being ineffective.

There are degrees of judgment involved, but Affeldt did a solid job and deserved the win, while Baumgarner deserved the save. I think the scorers got a bit caught up initially in the romance, which to be fair, I would too.

posted by dfleming at 07:53 AM on October 30

Giants Win World Series

Pfft! Beginner's luck.

posted by NoMich at 07:02 AM on October 30

Giants Win World Series

Win, save, whatever the case, Bumgarner was THE pitching staff for the Giants, period. It's actually better if he is credited with a save because we can now view him as the Giants' best starter and reliever. He is the entire reason they won this series because no other pitcher on their staff would have done the job in this game.

posted by dyams at 05:44 AM on October 30

Giants Win World Series

Congrats to San Franciso, although I was rooting for underdog KC so we could get a champion who hasn't won recently. Besides, if people could root against a 19-0 Patriots season or any more success from the Sox simply out of spite/jealousy, I'm free to root against any other dynasties as well. :)

I still don't fully understand Bumgarner getting a 5-inning "save". If the initial starter is ineffective, doesn't the official scorer have discretion to choose any reliever he or she feels contributed most to the win, even if it was not the pitcher of record when the final lead was taken? I thought it was originally a win, they even mentioned it on air in like the 8th or 9th after Joe Buck mentioned the 5 inning save and corrected himself shortly after. So why did it turn it from a win to a save a while later?

Could use some Howard_T wisdom on this...

posted by hincandenza at 02:48 AM on October 30

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 19

Australian Sports Heroes, if they played CFL.

Hailing from the capital city (or close enough), that would be Ottawa by 9. Cowboy legends. Calgary by 7. Home of the One? The Wayne Gretzky of Rugby League. Edmonton by 12. Francophones? We've got 'em. Montreal by 15.

posted by owlhouse at 12:08 AM on October 30

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

This Bumgarner kid...he's pretty amazing.

posted by grum@work at 10:54 PM on October 29

What's in a shirt?

AIA seem to be paying way over the odds to be on the front of Spurs' shirts. And adidas (I presume) are hoping QPR stays longer than this year in the Prem. They might have thought with the AirAsia sponsorship they could shift a few more units in Southeast Asia, but this region is the home of the fake replica shirt, and while they are a cheap airline and we do use them to save money, everyone hates AirAsia.

posted by owlhouse at 09:28 PM on October 29

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Watching the 30 for 30 on The Boz, which is fantastic.

The quote of the night from Brian so far, in response to getting popped for steroids: "I let The Boz handle it, and The Boz doesn't make good decisions."

posted by Bonkers at 07:47 PM on October 29

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 19

Hamilton by 18

Calgary by 20

B.C. by 10

Montreal by 4

posted by ic23b at 05:43 PM on October 29

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Does size matter? Apparently so at White Hart Lane.

posted by yerfatma at 04:03 PM on October 29

Denver Broncos Fan Disappears During Game

Wasn't that a Glenn Campbell ditty?

posted by yerfatma at 03:57 PM on October 29

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 19

cats by 11

cal by 12

edy by 6

Argos by 2

posted by argoal at 03:43 PM on October 29

Denver Broncos Fan Disappears During Game

That slopper sounds good. Now I want to walk to Pueblo.

posted by rcade at 03:18 PM on October 29

Denver Broncos Fan Disappears During Game

Sloppers generally include grilled buns

Before or after eating?

posted by yerfatma at 02:42 PM on October 29

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

"[She] wouldn't be able to handle it It's nothing against you personally but all the time I'm alive, a woman will never referee in my league."

Nothing against you, it's more an issue with the 50% of the world that shares the same gender as you.

posted by yerfatma at 02:42 PM on October 29

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

That is a classic clip.

One of my favorite all time quotes comes from a James Joyce fishing trip of legend with a few close friends. Can't remember who all the others were (notable wits and intellects), but they were in or beside a stream when one of them caught a fish, took it off the hook, dropped it in his creel and proclaimed:

"Woman's plaice is in the holm".

posted by beaverboard at 12:28 PM on October 29

Denver Broncos Fan Disappears During Game

That burger looks both frightening and alluring. Reminds me of the lava flow currently coming down from Kilauea to consume anything in its path.

Hunter Pence would totally enjoy that menu item because...he supposedly eats pizza with a knife and fork.

posted by beaverboard at 12:18 PM on October 29

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 19

Hamilton by 17

Winnipeg by 5

BC by 14

Montreal by 2

posted by goddam at 12:17 PM on October 29

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

"A woman's place is in the kitchen and not on a football field."

posted by grum@work at 12:04 PM on October 29

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 19

Ottawa by 7

Calgary by 2

British Columbia by 8

Toronto by 6

posted by tommytrump at 11:53 AM on October 29

Denver Broncos Fan Disappears During Game

Honestly, the green chile makes up for any lack of culture.

posted by tron7 at 11:34 AM on October 29

What's in a shirt?

Raised collars you can pop? Pass. Just the simple v-neck collar, thanks.

While I had to hold in a gag when Liverpool's third jersey, awful enough in design, also added a collar as you scrolled, without collars you can pop we don't get this.

posted by yerfatma at 11:20 AM on October 29

Denver Broncos Fan Disappears During Game

Wait, Pueblo, CO isn't a hot-bed of learning and culture? Why did all of my childhood reading material come from there then?

posted by yerfatma at 11:17 AM on October 29

What's in a shirt?

FFP my a55! That difference is enough to have four or five next level of quality higher players, and makes me wonder how any club can hope to break into the top six other than one of the big boys falling down (such as ManU last season and Liverpool the season before).

I have to believe that Manchester United has a much bigger operating budget (outside of player contracts) than a lot of those teams. Not enough to make up the difference, but it'll eat a large chunk.

posted by grum@work at 11:15 AM on October 29

What's in a shirt?

Oh, that's a REALLY pretty web presentation of the information. I, too, would like a nice breakdown of the data in a table.

They have a link to buy a kit at an online store at the start of the article, but not on each screen where they show the kits themselves. That should have been an obvious design decision.

Notes about the kits themselves:

  • Liverpool's third jersey is far too busy/confusing with the criss-crossing stripes and colours.
  • Southhampton manufacture their own kits, and have a different sponsor for home/away? That's...interesting.
  • I like that Swansea away jersey with the black/red contrast.
  • I'm surprised every team doesn't have a "third jersey", just for the possibility of added sales.
  • Raised collars you can pop? Pass. Just the simple v-neck collar, thanks.

I would like to see this done for all of the teams in all of the sports in all of the countries. It'll make hunting for my next jersey in my collection much easier.

posted by grum@work at 11:13 AM on October 29

Denver Broncos Fan Disappears During Game

It makes sense if you think about it. The concessions at Invesco are average at best and there's only one reason to go to Pueblo.

On edit: Invesco? What year is it?

posted by tron7 at 11:06 AM on October 29

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 19

Ham by 7

Wpg by 3

Edmonton by 7

Montreal by 7

posted by cixelsyd at 10:44 AM on October 29

What's in a shirt?

Excellent graphics presentation, though a link to a table would have been useful too.

But look at the top five, Man City running last in that group at over GBP50M/year, and Everton at 7th and under GBP20M/year. FFP my a55! That difference is enough to have four or five next level of quality higher players, and makes me wonder how any club can hope to break into the top six other than one of the big boys falling down (such as ManU last season and Liverpool the season before).

posted by billsaysthis at 10:38 AM on October 29

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Knowing they were facing a rookie Quarterback, the Buccaneers threw some defensive looks at the Vikings that Bridgewater had not seen before.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:32 AM on October 29

Denver Broncos Fan Disappears During Game

Pueblo, eh? That makes sense. A no credit card, no cell phone kind of guy, he was probably on his way to join the Amish in the San Luis Valley.

posted by beaverboard at 10:31 AM on October 29

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 19

Well, barring a miracle run down the stretch, it appears that my goose egg for the first 3 weeks has dug me too big of a hole to seal my fate for the Costanza. If only I'd known that Heads=Home from the beginning, I'd be solidly middle of the pack!

Hamilton by 10
Winnipeg by 14
B.C. by 11
Montreal by 15

posted by bender at 09:53 AM on October 29

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 19

Ottawa makes some noise on an emotional night, but Montreal hangs on for the win. Kerry Joseph and Bo Levi Mitchell suit up for an old-fashioned shootout in which Calgary prevails. Toronto gives up an early lead, but comes back in the end to send Hamilton's fans home in tears. Winnipeg hangs tough, but a strong fourth quarter from the Lions catapaults B.C. into the playoffs.

MTL @ OTTSSK @ CGYHAM @ TORBC @ WPG
ResultMontreal by 6Calgary by 13Toronto by 2B.C. by 5
Margin of Error4 to 89 to 171 to 34 to 7

JPR has a strong week but misses on the Toronto win, which could be costly: argoal hits the Toronto margin to pull ahead by two points.

SpoFiteMTL @ OTTSSSK @ CGYSHAM @ TORSBC @ WPGSPointsTotal Points
argoalMontreal Calgary9Toronto3B.C. 669
JPRMontreal7Calgary B.C.4567
cixelsydMontreal Calgary B.C.7464
Howard_TMontreal7Calgary Toronto B.C. 563
rcadeMontreal Calgary13 Toronto B.C. 663
ReeverMontreal8 B.C.7462
owlhouseMontreal Toronto B.C. 358
tommytrumpMontreal Calgary16Toronto B.C. 556
goddamMontreal Toronto B.C. 355
ic23bMontreal Calgary B.C. 355
DrJohnEvansMontreal Calgary B.C. 353
benderMontreal B.C. 246

WEEK 19

Here's a count of teams that have clinched a playoff berth, by division. West: four, East: zero. Should be an interesting couple of weeks.

Hamilton @ Ottawa (Friday, October 31)
After a tough loss in Toronto, Hamilton needs to win both of their last two games in order to secure a playoff berth. Fortunately for them, playing Ottawa is a good way to start a winning streak.

Winnipeg @ Calgary (Saturday, November 1)
Winnipeg's lost eight in a row and is looking for answers for 2015. Calgary's cruising with the division wrapped up and a four-game win streak to boot. Maybe TiVo this one and fast-forward through it later.

B.C. @ Edmonton (Saturday, November 1)
This is interesting: if my math is right, B.C. is still in the mix for a home playoff game. But they need to win this game by at least seven points to keep that dream alive. It's young upstart Mike Reilly against wiley veteran Kevin Glenn. Should be fun!

Toronto @ Montreal (Sunday, November 2)
More jostling for position: a Toronto win would move them into a tie with Montreal for first place. But the vivid memories of an uninspired Argos loss at the hands of the Alouettes two weeks ago haven't faded, and a Montreal win this week would seal the division race in their favour.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:21 AM on October 29

What's in a shirt?

Looking at this in a normal browser instead of a mobile/ tablet, the scroll wheel thing is actually pretty cool.

posted by yerfatma at 08:50 AM on October 29

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Prediction:

Top of 9th inning, Hunter Pence hits a game-tying hit with two out.
Top of 11th inning, Hunter Pence hits a home run to give the Giants the lead.
Bottom of 11th inning, Hunter Pence dives to catch a two-out, bases loaded, sinking liner to save the game.

Hunter Pence, the living legend, begins tonight.

posted by grum@work at 08:15 AM on October 29

Denver Broncos Fan Disappears During Game

Good news, but if this was something he did on his own, he has some 'splainin to do. A lot of police effort was expended in the search for him.

posted by rcade at 06:45 AM on October 29

Denver Broncos Fan Disappears During Game

Kitterman was found, unharmed Tuesday. But the mystery behind his disappearance still remains.....

posted by NerfballPro at 05:08 AM on October 29

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

See, they would've said that to Ol' Colt a few years ago, but he didn't let a little thing like mediocrity get in the way of an occasional paycheque.

posted by dfleming at 10:38 PM on October 28

Minor League Hockey Player Suffers Gruesome Cut from Skate

Update (sorry, it's from ESPN)

posted by tommytrump at 08:08 PM on October 28

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Colt McCoy is now 2-0 as a quarterback in Washington.

Kirk Cousins is somewhere weeping.

If Kirk Cousins isn't better than Colt McCoy, he needs to find a new line of work immediately, if not sooner.

posted by dyams at 06:46 PM on October 28

Denver Broncos Fan Disappears During Game

Bakke said that from the time they arrived to the stadium at 4:30 p.m. until Kitterman's disappearance, the 53-year-old man had consumed only a few beers.

posted by beaverboard at 04:04 PM on October 28

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Dallas is going to wish it had that one back. The schedule gets tougher now, with the exception of the London game against Jacksonville.

posted by rcade at 12:40 PM on October 28

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Colt McCoy is now 2-0 as a quarterback in Washington.

Kirk Cousins is somewhere weeping.

posted by Bonkers at 08:07 AM on October 28

Denver Broncos Fan Disappears During Game

That's a fairly new stadium, you'd have to figure there are security cameras everywhere.

posted by tommytrump at 01:12 AM on October 28

Minor League Hockey Player Suffers Gruesome Cut from Skate

Gruesome story. Cseter is fortunate that there were people who knew how to help him, otherwise the incident would have been fatal. I checked the Huntsville, AL, Times website, but there was nothing about the incident there. I suppose it wasn't a real big deal, considering that it is Alabama and this is football season.

posted by Howard_T at 01:10 AM on October 28

Top Cardinals Prospect Oscar Tavares Killed in Car Accident

Young athletes and fast cars seem to have a problem getting along with each other. If one must place blame for such a tragedy, it could fall upon the leagues, the clubs, and probably more heavily upon the agents. Counseling about how to handle sudden wealth and popularity is needed. There have been too many needless deaths from fast vehicles, alcohol, and irresponsible behavior that might have been prevented by someone taking the young people aside and helping them understand how to stay out of trouble.

posted by Howard_T at 01:01 AM on October 28

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Bruins go to Boston Children's Hospital, dressed as Elsa, Anna, etc.

posted by rumple at 12:57 AM on October 28

Denver Broncos Fan Disappears During Game

That's messed up.

Did he fall down some unused maintenance shaft? Kidnapped? Ran away to a second life?

posted by grum@work at 10:11 PM on October 27

Top Cardinals Prospect Oscar Tavares Killed in Car Accident

Really sad. One of the most promising young talents that was coming up in the league.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 06:01 PM on October 27

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The Crimson Tide Foundation said they wanted to "keep Saban happy".

That's like South Carolina wanting to keep Spurrier thoughtful and sincere.

posted by beaverboard at 01:17 PM on October 27

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Nick Saban's house is paid for. By boosters.

posted by yerfatma at 12:49 PM on October 27

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The fastest player in the Premier League this year sprinted 36kph. And his name is Phil Jagielka.

posted by yerfatma at 10:30 AM on October 27

Top Cardinals Prospect Oscar Tavares Killed in Car Accident

For some, this was Tavares' first introduction to MLB fans (during a pre-season game).

And here is probably the highlight of his career, just this month:

posted by grum@work at 08:39 AM on October 27

Top Cardinals Prospect Oscar Tavares Killed in Car Accident

If the Cardinals make it to the World Series, he isn't in the Dominican Republic for this to happen.

In the minors, he had all the makings of a star outfielder, like a lite version of Andrew McCutchen. If he filled up his frame with a bit more muscle (which he had a lot of time to do, being only 22 years old), then he would have been one of the stars of the (inevitable) next NLCS Cardinals team.

posted by grum@work at 08:11 AM on October 27

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

At least when Stephen Tulloch did it, the Lions won the game...

posted by MeatSaber at 11:14 PM on October 26

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The part of the academy that agreed deals for Enner Valencia and Sakho for the same amount that Liverpool paid for Balotelli.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:50 PM on October 26

Top Cardinals Prospect Oscar Tavares Killed in Car Accident

The Taveras (and his girlfriend, it should be noted) news is awful. 22 is incredibly young to bury someone. Dude seemed to have a bright career ahead of him as well.

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:49 PM on October 26

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

West Ham. The Academy is back.

Maybe.

posted by owlhouse at 09:05 PM on October 26

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

At least we won't have to listen to another Snoop weed-induced rant about Todd Haley and the Steeler offense this week.

posted by dyams at 07:49 PM on October 26

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

There was a funny moment in West Ham's 2-1 shocker over Man City. Enner Valencia flew into the crowd after making the pass that led to the Hammers' first goal by Morgan Amalfitano. This was the Man City end, so Valencia was caught by their fans several rows deep. Amalfitano decided to hop the boards and join him, putting his hands on two of those fans to get his balance. This was not well-received by the fans.

In other news, is this really kick-it-long-and-pray West Ham?

posted by rcade at 06:07 PM on October 26

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

That's the second NFL player to go down with a leaping celebration. You'd think they'd learn...

posted by grum@work at 04:26 PM on October 26

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

When you sack the backup Quarterback while losing by 25 points, you probably shouldn't celebrate.

Especially if you then injure yourself doing so.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 04:17 PM on October 26

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

As of 2:40 pm ET today, Wikipedia's Brady Hoke entry begins as follows:

Brady Patrick Hoke (born November 3, 1958) is the former head football coach of the Michigan Wolverines football team, where he has served until the eight game of the 2014 season.

No mention of this anywhere else that I've seen. Looks like another temporary WP hoax, this one self-fulfilling perhaps.

posted by beaverboard at 02:43 PM on October 26

PGA Exec Calls Ian Poulter 'Little School Girl'

The PGA has removed Bishop from office. (He only had a month left to go in his term, so perhaps he felt as though he could cut loose a bit.)

SERVPRO is proud to be the Official Cleanup and Restoration Company of the PGA TOUR.

Hopefully, someone in a dark blazer at PGA HQ has their 800 number.

posted by beaverboard at 08:39 PM on October 24

PGA Exec Calls Ian Poulter 'Little School Girl'

Totally unacceptable: the PGA isn't supposed to acknowledge the existence of women. The idea they exist and have opinions is abhorrent.

posted by yerfatma at 07:13 PM on October 24

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

If you cover soccer for the MLS, try not to have any opinions. The article asks if this is what Don Garber meant when he said,

"I do not only ask, I insist that all those people who are paid to work in the sport, whether that's an MLS employee, an MLS coach, or whether it's a coach for the U.S. national team, they align with the vision that has been established by the leaders in the sport."

Reading that only deepens my opinion he's a very small, very insecure moron.

Some Google VP wasn't informed no one cares who does it second and went and broke Felix Baumgartner's space dive record.

posted by yerfatma at 02:25 PM on October 24

Steve Nash’s transcendent career has come to a close

Obviously the best Canadian basketball player of all time, and the primary reason* that we've seen an influx of Canadian players in March Madness (and then in the NBA).

It's interesting that Steve Nash's career ends just as Nik Stauskas' career is about to begin.

*Along with the introduction of the Toronto Raptors.

posted by grum@work at 12:37 PM on October 24