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SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

So that's why we haven't heard from Danny Darwin in 28 years.

I thought it was because "Danny Darwin" was an alias of Jake "The Snake" Roberts.

posted by yerfatma at 12:41 PM on September 02

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Are we doing the NFL pick-em again?

posted by tron7 at 11:11 AM on September 02

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

So that's why we haven't heard from Danny Darwin in 28 years.

posted by NoMich at 10:53 AM on September 02

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

This game, from 28 years ago today, used a record 53 different players in it.
It was played over two days after being suspended in the top of the 15th.

Among them, 17 pitchers (and 2 pitchers as pinch-hitter/pinch-runner) that combined for a career total of 2097 wins.


G.Maddux 355 (losing pitcher)
N.Ryan 324 (Starter)
J.Moyer 269 (Starter)
D.Darwin 171 (winning pitcher)
R.Suttcliffe 171 (pinch-hitter)
S.Sanderson 163 (pinch-runner)
B.Knepper 146
S.Trout 88
L.Smith 71
A.Lopez 62
M.Keough 58
D.Smith 53 (blown save)
R.Davis 47
L.Andersen 40 (hold)
F.DiPino 35
C.Kerfeld 18
G.Hoffman 17
J.Solano 6 (blown save)
D.Gumpert 3
----------------
2097

It was also the very first MLB appearance for SpoFi's favourite hobo-murdering psychopath, who didn't actually pitch until September 3rd.

(hat tip to Baseball Think Factory for pointing this out)

posted by grum@work at 10:14 AM on September 02

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Funny Vine alert: South Africa cricketer Quinton de Kock thought he had pissed off teammate Dale Steyn (who is a rather intense sort of fellow).

posted by NoMich at 09:26 AM on September 02

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

It's a shock to me and a shock to you: old friend Luke Scott has run into some cultural differences in Korea.

posted by yerfatma at 09:18 AM on September 02

University of Minnesota Not Thrilled to Host Slurskins

I'll be very interested to see if this happens.

And "slurskins" is an excellent name.

posted by grum@work at 11:53 PM on September 01

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

A combined no-hitter by the Phillies today.

posted by grum@work at 11:26 PM on September 01

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Man U's moves feel like flailing to me. Can they really keep throwing money at their problems and expect a team to gel into a top-4 squad this season?

posted by rcade at 02:39 PM on September 01

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 10

owlhouse, the only connection I managed to make was the Toronto-Hamilton one. Is the Sydney Harbour Bridge standing in for the Burlington Skyway?

posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:36 PM on September 01

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Radamel Falcao to ManU, one year loan for nearly $10M and an option to buy him next Summer for 43.5m. Without questioning the Colombia striker's fitness for task or value for money, one does wonder why he was signed. Especially if they have another striker on the books good enough to play for Real Madrid.

Will Rooney be happy dropping deeper to play behind van Persie and Falcao? Where does this leave $100M man Angel di Maria and 37M price tagged Juan Mata, much less the emerging star Adnan Januszi and England winger Ashley Young?

More importantly, how does Falcao solve ManU's biggest problem of having a miserable defensive core--all that dosh to splash but not a central defender to fit the bill?

posted by billsaysthis at 02:24 PM on September 01

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The Eagles won't be wearing green until late this season because Nike fumbled the ball.

posted by rcade at 12:12 PM on September 01

St. Louis Rams Release Michael Sam

Sam isn't making the Rams' practice squad either, it appears. A lot of people have Sam jerseys for a team he won't be playing a down for.

posted by rcade at 09:35 AM on September 01

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Two finals matches, two sporting codes and two different cities in one day? It can be done, even if you are a player in both.

posted by owlhouse at 05:15 AM on September 01

New Yorker: The Twilight of Baseball

Surely if Trout or Harper played for the Yankees or the Red Sox he'd be real famous instead of baseball famous.

Sounds like a plan.

posted by justgary at 10:44 PM on August 31

New Yorker: The Twilight of Baseball

Surely if Trout or Harper played for the Yankees or the Red Sox he'd be real famous instead of baseball famous.

posted by rcade at 09:25 PM on August 31

New Yorker: The Twilight of Baseball

Everyone in the shirtcocking crowd at Burning Man seemed to know who Greg Oden was.

posted by beaverboard at 09:20 PM on August 31

New Yorker: The Twilight of Baseball

Also, I wonder how Trout or Harper would fare if they played for the Yankees. Definitely would help any player become more recognizable.

posted by justgary at 04:45 PM on August 31

New Yorker: The Twilight of Baseball

Harper is a great comparison to Trout. He seems to enjoy attention, and has had some commercial success, and is even a similar styled player, but he hasn't lived up to expectations lately.

Give Harper Trout's stats and you might have something. I have no doubt there's less MLB player posters on kids walls than the NBA or NFL. Not sure how to fix that.

posted by justgary at 04:43 PM on August 31

New Yorker: The Twilight of Baseball

It's possible that Trout, like Pete Sampras, is a black hole of PR. But I don't see that much more attention being paid in the culture to Bryce Harper, a player who is more of a personality.

Part of the reason Reggie was a personality was because the commercials and other gigs made him one. Peyton Manning is an example of that. He turned out to be great on funny commercials, so that elevated his cultural clout.

posted by rcade at 04:29 PM on August 31

New Yorker: The Twilight of Baseball

You'd recognize Trout if he was treated like Reggie Jackson was in the '70s, with commercials and TV guest appearances and candy bars and the like. Everyone recognizes the top NFL and NBA stars.

I don't think it's really a fair comparison, though. Reggie was a personality. Does Trout want to go that route? Maybe those opportunities aren't there, and that does say something. I don't know. Was Jackson that recognizable and famous after 4 years? He wasn't a Yankee until his 11 year in the league.

But I'd recognize plenty of other baseball players. And there are plenty of football players that I wouldn't recognize in street clothes. Basketball players are different (extreme height, fewer players, lot of face time).

And I agree, baseball could become hockey. I just don't find the Trout example convincing. I'd recognize Josh Hamilton, Pujols, but Trout just seems pretty nondescript.

posted by justgary at 04:14 PM on August 31

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

This is like some form of acceptable child abuse.

Chukyo reportedly won the tournament after beating Miura Gakuen 2-0 in the final. Matsui made a relief appearance and threw 77 more pitches, bringing his total to 786 in two games.

posted by grum@work at 04:10 PM on August 31

New Yorker: The Twilight of Baseball

But back in the 70s there were only three networks. If you were on TV, there is a good chance people saw you because there wasn't much else on TV.

Our media choices are more divided, but I don't know that we see less of the most famous people today in our thousand-channel TV world. If anything they're more out there, hitting us on more platforms.

posted by rcade at 01:49 PM on August 31

New Yorker: The Twilight of Baseball

You'd recognize Trout if he was treated like Reggie Jackson was in the '70s, with commercials and TV guest appearances and candy bars and the like.

But back in the 70s there were only three networks. If you were on TV, there is a good chance people saw you because there wasn't much else on TV.

Nowadays, someone could appear on the same number of commercials and TV guest appearances and still be relatively anonymous, because there would be 10-50x as many channels to watch (which is assuming people consume their media through the TV).

The game requires a lot more attention than other sports with its 162-game season and an average game length of 2:58.

It's still shorter than an average NFL game, and there is FAR more action in an MLB game than an NFL game.

posted by grum@work at 01:03 PM on August 31

New Yorker: The Twilight of Baseball

But if he walked into a bar I doubt very seriously I'd recognize him. And that proves... really not much.

I think it shows a lot, unfortunately. Baseball is becoming hockey. That's not the worst fate in the world -- people who love hockey love it enough to keep it thriving within its niche -- but when your top stars no longer dominate the culture there's a cost to that. I can imagine a day when ESPN does to baseball what it did to hockey -- letting the TV deal go and suddenly caring 25% as much about the sport.

You'd recognize Trout if he was treated like Reggie Jackson was in the '70s, with commercials and TV guest appearances and candy bars and the like. Everyone recognizes the top NFL and NBA stars.

What I wonder is whether baseball will still attract enough young fans to replace us old fogeys who grew up when baseball was king. The game requires a lot more attention than other sports with its 162-game season and an average game length of 2:58.

posted by rcade at 10:42 AM on August 31

New Yorker: The Twilight of Baseball

The Trout angle seems really weak. I watch quite a few Angel games, and I watch Trout highlights often. I recognize him when he comes up to bat. I recognize him in his uniform.

But if he walked into a bar I doubt very seriously I'd recognize him. And that proves... really not much.

The 'baseball isn't our national pastime' story has been going on for years. No, it will probably never be as popular as the NFL unless the NFL folds, but I have confidence it'll be just fine unless those in charge fuck it up, which could happen.

In general, I agree with Howard. Choices are everywhere. The world is far different than when baseball was our pastime.

posted by justgary at 08:45 AM on August 31

St. Louis Rams Release Michael Sam

Sounds like someone is manzielphobic....

posted by grum@work at 09:37 PM on August 30

St. Louis Rams Release Michael Sam

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

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

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

St. Louis Rams Release Michael Sam

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

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I'm pretty sure that the pitcher in the third graphic is Calvin Schiraldi.

posted by beaverboard at 06:25 PM on August 30

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

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

New Yorker: The Twilight of Baseball

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

St. Louis Rams Release Michael Sam

Very disappointing, I thought he would've made the cut.

posted by billsaysthis at 05:26 PM on August 30

New Yorker: The Twilight of Baseball

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

New Yorker: The Twilight of Baseball

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

New Yorker: The Twilight of Baseball

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):

Yasiel Puig
Jose Abreu
Mike Trout
Giancarlo Stanton
Clayton Kershaw
Jonathan Lucroy
Buster Posey
Andrew McCutchen
Billy Hamilton
Anthony Rizzo
Stephen Strasburg
Bryce Harper
Jose Altuve
Josh Donaldson
Cory Kluber
Felix Hernandez
Max Scherzer
Chris Sale
Yu Darvish
David Price
Adam Jones
Manny Machado
and probably a lot more I can't just name right now.

posted by grum@work at 09:01 PM on August 29

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 10

Montreal by 3

Saskatchewan by 13

Toronto by 4

Calgary by 6

posted by Reever at 08:45 PM on August 29

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 10

Ottawa by 2

Saskatchewan by 8

Hamilton by 4

Calgary by 3

posted by JPR at 08:44 PM on August 29

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 10

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

Roger Goodell Figures Out Domestic Violence is Bad

It was Payton's second offense, too.

posted by Etrigan at 07:01 PM on August 29

Weird Penalty Called on Vanderbilt Jersey

Ill-stated statements absolved by well-parsed parchment.

posted by beaverboard at 05:30 PM on August 29

Roger Goodell Figures Out Domestic Violence is Bad

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

Roger Goodell Figures Out Domestic Violence is Bad

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

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I...uh...what?!

/this is a very confusing day for me....

posted by grum@work at 12:56 PM on August 29

Weird Penalty Called on Vanderbilt Jersey

I...uh...what?!

posted by grum@work at 12:54 PM on August 29

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

For the field, maybe. For this abomination, no.

posted by yerfatma at 12:51 PM on August 29

Roger Goodell Figures Out Domestic Violence is Bad

By sending Greg Maddux far, far away?

posted by yerfatma at 12:50 PM on August 29

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Is there time for Tim Horton's?

posted by tommytrump at 11:23 AM on August 29

Roger Goodell Figures Out Domestic Violence is Bad

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

Roger Goodell Figures Out Domestic Violence is Bad

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

Roger Goodell Figures Out Domestic Violence is Bad

I'm glad this is finally happening though I wish it applied to Rice.

posted by bperk at 11:30 PM on August 28

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

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

Roger Goodell Figures Out Domestic Violence is Bad

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

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 10

Montreal by 6

Winnipeg by 3

Toronto by 13

Calgary by 11

posted by rcade at 06:41 PM on August 28

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

That CGI is terrible. Clearly can't be real.

posted by yerfatma at 12:07 PM on August 28

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Wow.

posted by grum@work at 10:34 AM on August 28

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 10

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

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

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

Annual Patriots trade key piece right before season move

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

Annual Patriots trade key piece right before season move

2. Just who the heck is going to play LG?

Richie Incognito needs a team.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:19 AM on August 27

Annual Patriots trade key piece right before season move

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

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 10

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

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

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

Annual Patriots trade key piece right before season move

Addendum: nevermind.

posted by Bonkers at 07:25 PM on August 26

Annual Patriots trade key piece right before season move

The Belichick-Schiano love connection transcends all administrative transitions

But Greggles is gone...

posted by Bonkers at 07:17 PM on August 26

Annual Patriots trade key piece right before season move

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

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

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

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 10

Montreal by 5
Saskatchewan by 16
Toronto by 3
Edmonton by 10

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 04:41 PM on August 26

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 10

Ottawa by 11

Saskatchewan by 19

Toronto by 23

Calgary by 8

posted by tommytrump at 04:26 PM on August 26

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

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

Annual Patriots trade key piece right before season move

The Belichick-Schiano love connection transcends all administrative transitions.

posted by beaverboard at 03:10 PM on August 26

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

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

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 10

Ottawa by 7 Saskatchewan by 2 Toronto by 12 Calgary by 5

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:52 PM on August 26

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Tom Clancy is me. And I am he.

posted by yerfatma at 12:41 PM on August 26

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 10

Montreal by 7

Saskatchewan by 7

Toronto by 7

Edmonton by 7

posted by cixelsyd at 12:37 PM on August 26

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

JZ 1982 FC would like to join.

posted by bender at 12:30 PM on August 26

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

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

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 10

Montreal by 4
Winnipeg by 6
Hamilton by 14
Edmonton by 13

posted by bender at 10:34 AM on August 26

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 10

Ottawa by 3

Saskatchewan by 3

Hamilton by 6

Calgary by 10

posted by ic23b at 03:23 AM on August 26

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 10

Montreal by 5

Saskatchewan by 8

Hamilton by 3

Calgary by 7

posted by goddam at 10:54 PM on August 25

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 10

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.

MTL @ WPGTOR @ EDMCGY @ OTTSSK @ BC
ResultWinnipeg by 8Edmonton by 14Calgary by 25Saskatchewan by 4
Margin of Error6 to 1010 to 1818 to 333 to 5

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.

SpoFiteMTL @ WPGSTOR @ EDMSCGY @ OTTSSSK @ BCSPointsTotal Points
Howard_TWinnipeg8Edmonton14Calgary 4834
owlhouseWinnipeg10Edmonton12Calgary21 634
JPRWinnipeg6Edmonton Calgary 433
argoalWinnipeg Calgary 230
ReeverWinnipeg8Edmonton Calgary 4430
cixelsydWinnipeg7Edmonton10Calgary 529
rcade Calgary Saskatchewan 229
tommytrump Calgary23Saskatchewan 329
DrJohnEvansWinnipeg10Edmonton Calgary Saskatchewan 528
benderWinnipeg Edmonton Calgary 326
goddam Edmonton Calgary18 325
ic23b Edmonton Calgary26 323
Ying Yang Mafia 021

WEEK 10

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.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:23 PM on August 25

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Harrumph. Where's Billsaysthis? I think it's his league.

posted by rcade at 09:09 PM on August 25

Diego Simeone gets eight match ban

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

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

So, everyone then.

posted by Etrigan at 05:03 PM on August 25

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Michael Sam bails out fan who makes unwise Twitter bet.

posted by Etrigan at 02:31 PM on August 25

Diego Simeone gets eight match ban

posted by yerfatma at 12:28 PM on August 25

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

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