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SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Oh gods, I'm sure that a Sens/Preds Finals will be a ratings nightmare for NBC/NHL.

posted by NoMich at 08:50 AM on May 25

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Can't imagine why the league and the TV people would want the Penguins in the finals instead of the Senators.

posted by beaverboard at 08:24 AM on May 25

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Sens/Pens game 7 tonight, mothertruckers! Go Sens go! Then it will be go Preds go!

posted by NoMich at 08:01 AM on May 25

Left-for-Dead Celtics Beat Cavaliers in Game 3

Huh? The Celtics have a bunch of guys that would get minutes if they were on the Cavs team.

Nice that we got one good game out of the conference finals at least. I don't count game one of the WCF because I was so pissed off about the Kawhi injury.

posted by tron7 at 11:32 AM on May 23

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

Results

Golden State in 4

Top scorer: 126, Stephen Curry, Golden State (everyone but rcade)

Top rebounder: 31, Draymond Green, Golden State (ic23b, Howard_T, Ufez Jones, bender)

posted by rcade at 08:18 AM on May 23

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

Results

Anaheim in 6

Top points: 7: Filip Forsberg, Anaheim (no winners)

Goalie SV%: ..939, John Gibson, Anaheim (tahoemoj)

posted by rcade at 08:04 AM on May 23

Left-for-Dead Celtics Beat Cavaliers in Game 3

No questioning the Celtics players commitment. The 2004 Red Sox were down to a powerful team but did also have a number of incredibly talented players.

Celtics have 1 player who would get any time on the Cavs squad. But that doesn't mean they should pack it in. And I'd love to see them take the series.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:34 PM on May 22

Left-for-Dead Celtics Beat Cavaliers in Game 3

We were having a late supper at home (beef with snow peas, bok choy on the side) and watching the game as we ate. At the half, I decided to clear the table and do the dishes. (My wife doesn't know how good she has it.) By the time I was finished, it was a 2-point game, and wife was screaming her head off. The local talking heads are all talking up Marcus Smart, Avery Bradley, and a few others, but some credit has to go to the coach. The plays he drew up at the end of the game worked perfectly. Both plays were such that they put confidence in players who had either not been shooting well in the game or had not had a major role throughout the playoffs.

posted by Howard_T at 08:12 PM on May 22

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

This Peyton Manning anecdote is endearing as long as you don't know how he treated University of Tennessee athletic trainer Jamie Ann Naughright.

posted by rcade at 06:23 PM on May 22

Left-for-Dead Celtics Beat Cavaliers in Game 3

Wasn't able to watch last night's NBA game, but I was able to follow the score. The Celtics being down by 17 in the first half wasn't too bad, I told myself. I figured - the guys won't let this get as horrific as the other night.

Then I check back in and they're down by less than 10 going into the fourth. Got the involuntary tightening in my gut. (Almost any amount of gut tightening is welcome these days, regardless of cause).

This may not be an accurate parallel, but when I saw the final score, the first thing I thought of was Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS. After getting whomped by the Yankees 19-8 in Game 3 and with the inevitable doom of a four game sweep hanging overhead, the Red Sox tie Game 4 in the bottom of the ninth and win in extra innings.

I'm not expecting the Celtics to eventually prevail against all odds as the 2004 Red Sox did, but last night's win was a remarkable achievement. JR Smith only shot 3's and hit 50% of them. If he does that on a night when LeBron is having anywhere near his regular numbers, you'd have a different outcome.

But that terrific Boston bench scoring differential...I don't know...maybe there's a chance.

In pondering his upcoming roster moves, Ainge must be waking up every morning with a different thought in his head these days.

posted by beaverboard at 08:33 AM on May 22

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

This guy probably showed up hoping the Cubs were playing. For the record, I have never had this happen when I was umpiring a game.

posted by Howard_T at 12:48 AM on May 21

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

What the A League can learn from MLS.

theguardian.com

posted by owlhouse at 06:43 AM on May 20

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Even kids know how bad losing to the Padres is.

posted by bender at 05:32 PM on May 19

England Adds Post-Match Bans for Diving

I'm not worried about that. If any of the three reviewers calls it a non-dive, there's no punishment.

Your scenario happens, but I see more situations where there's nothing being avoided and the player just fakes it.

posted by rcade at 11:13 AM on May 19

England Adds Post-Match Bans for Diving

When talk of this has come up over the years I always wonder how you decide if someone dived in the following scenario (with the aim of tricking a match official): (1) Player A is running with the ball at speed (2) Player B sticks a leg out which will miss the ball but hit Player A's shin/knee (3) Player A, rather than risking injury, dives over Player B's out-thrust leg and lands on the ground

Depending on the speed at which the players are moving, the angle of the boot of Player B, the game situation (which theoretically shouldn't matter), you can give a yellow to Player A, you can give a yellow to Player B, you can give a red to Player B, you can call a foul on Player B, you can do nothing. The stakes are even higher when this occurs in the 18-yard box.

How does replay help with that?

posted by sbacharach at 11:08 AM on May 19

England Adds Post-Match Bans for Diving

I was wondering during the match if there had been any Premier League towns.

Happiness is so far gone here I have trouble believing it ever existed. I can enjoy neither the improbable success of Huddersfield Town nor the coach who was added to USMNT in 1996 by a manager who had never seen him play.

posted by rcade at 06:02 PM on May 18

England Adds Post-Match Bans for Diving

In other football news, sigh.

Or you're happy for a club whose wage bill is in the bottom 6 of the Championship.

Side note: there have been 10 "City" clubs in the Premier League; should Huddersfield Town win, it would become just the third "Town" after Ipswich Town and Swindon Town.

posted by jjzucal at 05:58 PM on May 18

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Still can't believe Wednesday lost to Huddersfield Town. It's a lot to ask for them to be top 6 again for a third straight year. Their window may have just closed.

posted by rcade at 05:05 PM on May 18

England Adds Post-Match Bans for Diving

Will be interesting to see what a 4 on 4 soccer match looks like.

posted by cixelsyd at 04:01 PM on May 18

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

When we get to Game 1 of the NBA finals, someone is going to have to take a loss.

Sounds right to me ..

The Cavs don't play anyone until the finals (sorry Celtics fans, nice young team but at least 2 superstars short) and Golden State is playing the Spurs without their 2 best players including the best all around player in the game (Leonard).

If both the Cavs and Golden State return the same rosters next season they will play in the NBA finals 4 consecutive years.

posted by cixelsyd at 02:50 PM on May 18

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

When we get to Game 1 of the NBA finals, someone is going to have to take a loss.

I'm not convinced that this is true. Can't see either team losing.

posted by tron7 at 01:19 PM on May 18

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Even juicier wishful thinking than the thought of Lonzo Ball going to the Lakers to continue the destabilization process in Buss country:

Ainge casually mentions that he's going to take Lonzo with the top pick and swap him to Philly. Just to see if the father's head explodes.

posted by beaverboard at 07:48 AM on May 18

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Nice glove flip and barehanded grab.

posted by NoMich at 07:17 AM on May 18

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

When we get to Game 1 of the NBA finals, someone is going to have to take a loss.

posted by beaverboard at 07:09 AM on May 18

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The most valuable single match in football will be between Huddersfield Town and Reading, at Wembley on May 29th.

posted by owlhouse at 09:05 PM on May 17

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

CLE in 5 - James, James.

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:16 AM on May 17

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Speaking of getting old in a hurry, Danny Ainge is just a fake pair of wire rim glasses away from being Mitch McConnell's stunt double.

posted by beaverboard at 11:12 AM on May 17

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I don't think it's interesting Bob Marley's grandson is in the NFL, but I think it's a shocker Rohan Marley's kid is already old enough to be in the NFL. Either he got an early start on fatherhood or I am old. Or both.

posted by yerfatma at 10:58 AM on May 17

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

It's time to make the prediction for the Eastern Conference and to take another look at the West. First, in the West, I said that Kawhi Leonard's defense would be the factor in the length of the series. Not that I will get any points for it, but Leonard goes down, Warriors go on an 18-0 run, and win a game in which they trailed by 25. No way this series is going past 5, and likely it will end in 4.

The game at TD Garden last night was all that a game 7 should be. It was close for the better part of 3 quarters, and then the Wizards' emphasis on double teaming Thomas began to leave too many holes for others (Olynyk for one) to exploit. Heavy minutes in the first half on the Washington starters was a contributing factor to their legs beginning to go late in the game. The crowd was loud and rowdy, the atmosphere was electric, and it was a great evening. Now Celtics have to face Cleveland. This one will bring a lot of people back to reality, but it won't be boring. Cleveland will win the series, but Celtics will make it interesting. Cleveland in 6, LeBron James to lead the scoring, and LeBron James to haul in the most rebounds.

posted by Howard_T at 01:20 AM on May 17

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

My post was a generational overreach. I grew up with the Hardy Boys books in the olden days. Never saw the TV show, movie, or rasslers.

Frank and Joe would be on a case and needed to ditch their school clothes. They changed into their sleuthing trail gear, with checkered shirts, ball caps and bomber jackets. When I saw the post game Curry and Durant presser, all I could think of was the outfitting of young detectives 50 years ago.

Styles come around in cycles. When I watched "The Decision" a few years ago, I wondered who had resurrected the nicest shirt ever worn on Hee Haw and loaned it to LeBron.

posted by beaverboard at 12:48 PM on May 16

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Steve Palermo, MLB umpire who survived shooting, dead at 67

posted by tommytrump at 06:14 PM on May 15

Forest Green Rovers: The village team that reached the English Football Leagu

Glad to see them finally get through, but one concern: they now will be subject to Financial Fair Play regulations. How much more debt will the club be able to add on top of what was a total of 5.4 million after the 2014-15 season (can't find anything for 2015-16)?

posted by jjzucal at 02:10 PM on May 15

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Please to explain your joke, sir, thank you.


Disclaimer: I know who the Hardy Boys are, the rasslers included.

posted by NoMich at 11:07 AM on May 15

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Frank and Joe Hardy explain how they solved the case.

posted by beaverboard at 10:42 AM on May 15

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

If anyone was watching Arsenal-Southampton today, I am flummoxed by the foul throw call against Alexis Sanchez. He had two feet on the ground. The crowd and announcers acted like it was blindingly obvious he committed a foul. What was it?

It appears that I too am not authorized to watch any video of the foul throw, but I did find a series of stills of the throw.

From the stills it appears he starts the throw in with the ball above his head. A legal throw in delivers the ball from behind the head and over the head in one continuous motion.

posted by prof at 10:15 AM on May 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

"In bottom" ... love it.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:09 AM on May 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

There's been some outrage ('rage!) about this advertisement in Australia.

I actually found it funny.

Warning: features Ben Johnson (the real one) plus a few other dopes.

posted by owlhouse at 11:17 PM on May 14

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

Golden State in 6, Steph Curry, Draymond Green +1 +1 +1
Cleveland in 6, LeBron James, LeBron James

posted by bender at 10:43 PM on May 14

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

San Antonio in 7
Leonard
Aldridge

Cleveland in 6
LeBron
Thompson

posted by rcade at 01:06 PM on May 14

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

West:
GSW in 5 (although I'd be happy to be wrong) +1
PTS: Curry +1
REB: D. Green +1

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:57 AM on May 14

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

I will leave the Eastern Conference predictions until I have begun to heal the very sore throat I will have on Tuesday morning. A game 7 in Boston is unlike nearly any other sporting experience. Yours truly and his son will be in Section 316, Row 5, Seats 9 and 10. It will be intense.

Warriors vs Spurs will not be the walkover it might appear. Much will depend on the health of Kawhi Leonard and his ability to defend Curry and company. The ultimate result is predictable, but the number of games and the props are not. Let's go with Golden State in 6, Leading Scorer Curry, Glass Cleaner Green. +1 +1 +1

posted by Howard_T at 11:17 PM on May 13

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

Golden State in 5 +1
Points: Curry +1
Rebounds: Aldridge

Cleveland in 4
Points: James
Rebounds: Thompson

The conference finals schedule is ridiculous. Cleveland is at a disadvantage because their opponents are playing a long series. Like rcade says, they could stomp the other East team in 4 straight and still end up with less time to rest for the finals if the GS/SAS go 6 games.

Edit: Why does NBA.com say that the third game for GS/SAS isn't until next Saturday?! Maybe that's to balance out the early lead in games played (vs the East)?

posted by grum@work at 06:33 PM on May 13

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

Pittsburgh in 5

Fleury

Crosby

posted by tahoemoj at 03:45 PM on May 13

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

Golden State in 4 +2

Points Scorer. Stephen Curry +1

Rebounds. Draymond Green +1

Cleveland in 4

Points Scorer. LeBron James

Rebounds. Tristan Thompson

I think the conference finals shouldn't start until both match-ups are decided.

posted by ic23b at 02:29 PM on May 13

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

There are two bonus categories this time: points and rebounds.

Does anyone else question the NBA playing two conference final games in the West before a single one in the East? If Golden State or San Antonio wrapped that series up in 4 or 5, Cleveland could do the same and have a lot less time to rest before the Finals.

posted by rcade at 01:57 PM on May 13

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

The scores are in the previous discussion. The top scorers in the completed series were Lebron James (everybody got that one), James Harden (Ufez) and Gordon Hayward by one point over Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant (nobody).

Standings

 Week 1Week 2Total
Ufez Jones17522
bender14721
grum@work15520
Howard_T15520
ic23b15520
rcade13013
jimmydiscount10--10

posted by rcade at 01:50 PM on May 13

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The most inappropriate organ music I have ever heard. (Warning: blood)

posted by grum@work at 01:09 AM on May 13

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

Nashville in 6 +2
Ellis
Rinne

Pittsburgh in 7
Malkin
Fleury

posted by bender at 09:09 PM on May 12

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

Nashville in 6 +2
Getzlaf
Rinne

Ottawa in 6
Karlsson
Anderson

posted by rcade at 07:59 PM on May 12

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

Nashville in 5 +1
Ryan Ellis
Pekka Rinne

Ottawa in 6
Erik Karlsson
Craig Anderson

posted by MrFrisby at 07:11 PM on May 12

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

Anaheim in 7
Gibson +1
Getzlaf

More to come...

posted by tahoemoj at 07:04 PM on May 12

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

Nashville in 6 +2

Most points. Ryan Getzlaf

Best save %. Pekka Rinne

Pittsburgh in 6. (I want Ottawa to win)

Most Points. Evgeni Malkin

Best save %. Marc-Andre Fleury

posted by ic23b at 04:11 PM on May 12

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

Karlsson
Anderson

Forsberg +1
Rinne

posted by tommytrump at 03:46 PM on May 12

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

Nashville in 6 +2

Subban

Rinne

Ottawa in 7:

Malkin

Anderson

posted by rumple at 03:23 PM on May 12

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

Nashville in 7: +1
Points: Getzlaf
Save%: Rinne

Pittsburgh in 7:
Points: Crosby
Save%: Anderson

posted by grum@work at 01:16 PM on May 12

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

Nashville in 6 +2
Getzlaf
Rinne

Ottawa in 6
Karlsson
Anderson

posted by cixelsyd at 01:05 PM on May 12

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

Cool, you got this up before I hit the road:

Nashville in 6 +2
Top Points Scorer: R. Getzlaf (ANA)
Best Save Percentage: P. Rinne (NASH)

Pittsburgh in 5
Top Points Scorer: E. Malkin (PIT)
Best Save Percentage: MA Fleury (PIT)

posted by NoMich at 12:50 PM on May 12

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

There are two bonus opportunities this time: top point scorer and best save percentage.

posted by rcade at 12:28 PM on May 12

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Nashville in 6

Ottawa in 6

The Senators will play in front of a sellout crowd for the 2nd time this season and TSN is forced to admit that there is at least one other NHL team in Canada other than the Leafs.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:23 PM on May 12

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

The scores are in the previous discussion. The top point scorers in each series: Nashville/St.Louis had Ryan Ellis, Roman Josi and P.K. Subban at 5, Anaheim/Edmonton had Leon Draisatl at 13, Ottawa/New York Rangers had Erik Karlsson at 7 and Pittsburgh/Washington had Jake Guentzel at 8. The Karlsson pick earned points for grum@work, cixelsyd and rumple.

Standings

Week 1Week 2Total
rumple10616
NoMich7512
rcade8311
tommytrump6511
ic23b5510
MrFrisby7310
tahoemoj5510
grum@work729
bender639
prof549
billsaysthis4--4
cixelsyd224

posted by rcade at 12:14 PM on May 12

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Nashville in 6
Pittsburgh in 7

posted by bender at 11:19 AM on May 12

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

My NHL picks

Nashville in 5
Ottawa in 6

Gary Bettman's head explodes.

posted by tommytrump at 08:04 AM on May 12

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I have Lonzo Ball fatigue
And the kid ain't even in the league

posted by beaverboard at 06:17 AM on May 12

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

So I have visions of Lonzo Ball dropping in the NBA draft because organizations won't want anything to do with his nut case father.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:16 AM on May 12

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I'm not sure when I'll be available this weekend, so my picks as well:

Nashville in 7
Pittsburgh in 7

posted by grum@work at 12:12 AM on May 12

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

This has been doing the rounds for a while. A few veterans from the extremely violent 1974-75 Ashes Series between Australia and England share a few stories. David Lloyd's description of being hit in a sensitive spot by a 95 mph ball from Jeff Thomson is the highlight. You don't have to understand cricket, but you might have trouble with the accents.

posted by owlhouse at 12:12 AM on May 12

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I'll be out on Harkers Island doing some fishing and carpentry work this weekend, so here's some NHL picks:

Nashville in 6
Pittsburgh in 6

[placeholder for the prop bets]

posted by NoMich at 10:38 PM on May 11

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

It speaks to how I've come to understand the game I was so excited to see Everton had gotten off that particular leaderboard this year.

posted by yerfatma at 07:29 PM on May 11

THE PATRIOTS, TOM BRADY AND THE GATHERING STORM

I saw Marino's last game as a pro -- the divisional round shellacking in Jacksonville. That season was pretty rough. It also sent Jimmy Johnson into coaching retirement.

posted by rcade at 05:48 PM on May 11

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I watched that 3rd period last night and I saw an NHL team vs the Keystone Kops. The Caps could not get out of their own way and I lost count of the turnovers that they committed. They looked worse than the late-era Hurricanes on their worst nights.

posted by NoMich at 10:26 AM on May 11

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

 📂 National Hockey League 
  └📁 Washington Capitals 
   └📁 Ovechkin era 
    └📁 Semi-final appearances 
     └⚠️ Folder is empty

posted by grum@work at 10:23 AM on May 11

THE PATRIOTS, TOM BRADY AND THE GATHERING STORM

Three wild card factors in this: injury, Josh McDaniels, and Gisele.

If McDaniels takes a HC job somewhere, no guarantee that the new guy would be able to keep the Pats' offense at the same high level. Football might stop being fun for that unit.

Brady is superb at avoiding injury, but he also takes a fair amount of contact. Anything can happen at anytime. It could start with an injury on the OL, and a sub who missed an assignment in a protection scheme.

Gisele has probably already said "enough already" a bunch of times, but you never know when the message might finally sink home. I always remind myself that her armed security detail have fired their weapons at people in public before. I wouldn't want to send her into Xena mode. She's already laid down the law about Tom's presidential buddy connection.

If any drama begins to develop, when the games are on, I'll turn off the sound on the TV. No way I want to listen to all the foaming at the mouth that would go along with shots of Brady sitting on the bench in uniform and not playing, or standing on the sideline in crutches.

I don't want to see this end up like Marino's career did - he was reduced to hobbling around and screaming at his offense after every play in a deep state of frustration.

posted by beaverboard at 08:51 AM on May 11

THE PATRIOTS, TOM BRADY AND THE GATHERING STORM

I don't see how Belichick trades Brady while he's playing like Brady. It'll take a sustained period of bad quarterbacking that leads to a benching first.

posted by rcade at 08:38 AM on May 11

THE PATRIOTS, TOM BRADY AND THE GATHERING STORM

I don't see how Belichick trades Brady while he's playing like Brady. It'll take a sustained period of bad quarterbacking that leads to a benching first.

posted by rcade at 08:38 AM on May 11

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Aaron Hernandez may have killed Odin Lloyd to hide his relationship with a man.

posted by rcade at 08:05 AM on May 11

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The interwebs won't let me see the Sanchez throw-in, but speaking of football incompetence, over the course of the Premier League season...

posted by owlhouse at 01:10 AM on May 11

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Aside from the Spurs prolonged greatness which we may be seeing the tail end of, the NBA is BORING. The best players all join together on 3 or 4 teams and any casual fan can pick at least 3 of the 4 conference finalists and probably both of the championship contenders at the beginning of the season. Throw in the bs officiating that teams get at home and the preferential treatment of the star players and it is downright annoying to watch. A team playing game 7 at home? Don't even bother watching - pre-order the t-shirt and get some exercise instead.

I did catch the last GS - Utah game the other night. The Warriors were killing Utah with their 8/9/10 players against Utah's starters. Utah has a decent young team but like most other teams can't compete with a crew of superstars. And they'll probably be worse next year when their best player decides to leave and join one of the top 3 or 4 teams that has a shot. Sad.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:18 PM on May 10

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Unfortunate to see the Cavs and Warriors ho-humming their way along and checking their manicures at their leisure while their prospective upcoming opponents are having to work their behinds off to prevail and will be gassed when the conference finals start.

More than ever, I wish that the Thunder had closed the deal and defeated Golden State last year. I'd love to see what things would look like now if that had happened.

posted by beaverboard at 10:57 PM on May 10

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Because nothing happens in sports if it isn't immediately turned into a meme-able image/video.

posted by grum@work at 10:56 PM on May 10

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

If anyone was watching Arsenal-Southampton today, I am flummoxed by the foul throw call against Alexis Sanchez. He had two feet on the ground. The crowd and announcers acted like it was blindingly obvious he committed a foul. What was it?

posted by rcade at 10:14 PM on May 10

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Kevin Pillar doing Kevin Pillar things again, and wowing the opposing team's announcer.

posted by grum@work at 10:12 AM on May 09

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I admit it, I clicked the heart for that response. I also did the same for the Roman Josi/PK Subban photo. I am now wondering if Mike Milbury has had his old-man-yelling-at-cloud moment over that photo yet.

posted by NoMich at 06:45 AM on May 09

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

NHL.com reporter roasts ESPN when it looks like they want to use his content for their network.

ESPN Assignment Desk: Hello, can you follow us so that we can send you a DM?

Arpon Basu: I followed but if it's to ask permission to use content, don't bother. The answer is no. This is why you should have reporters.

posted by grum@work at 10:56 PM on May 08

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

That may have been an ironic use of it. That's the common retort in the Jays sub-Reddit when they lose another game.

To be fair, when two of your starting pitchers (20 game winner and the AL ERA leader), your perennial-MVP third baseman, and your all-star-level shortstop have been out of action for most of the season, it does make it hard to be competitive.

posted by grum@work at 01:22 AM on May 07

THE FUTURE OF FOOTBALL

everyone has to play on both sides of the ball with no substitutions

This was the rule in NCAA football until 1941. As is the case in soccer, if you came out of the game, you stayed out of the game. Because of the shortage of skilled college players due to WW II (they were volunteering for military service), free substitution was allowed. The NFL followed suit in 1943. For the 1953 season the NCAA changed the rules to allow only 1 player to be substituted after each play. "General" Robert Neyland, then Tennessee head coach, hailed this as the end of "chickenshit football". This lasted until the 1964 season when unlimited substitution was once again allowed. During the era of limited substitution, the service academies were among the more successful teams. This was due to the physical conditioning required year round of the Cadets and Midshipmen, thus giving them more stamina than those who got into shape for the season and neglected conditioning otherwise.

posted by Howard_T at 12:28 AM on May 07

THE FUTURE OF FOOTBALL

Fabulous, thorough piece. But it omits discussion of the key factor in football that brought it to its current state. Platooning.

Every other team sport, except baseball and cricket, are structured so that the team that controls the ball may lose it at nay moment and suddenly find itself playing defines , rather than offence. Accordingly, those sports contain a natural inhibitor against specialization. Specialization leads to selection for specialization. So, you have linemen who get bigger and bigger who could never play any other position. You have running backs who could never defend a pass. Etc.

The fact that a team that loses the ball gets to change players has led football to develop unidimensional athletes. Other sports -- hockey, basketball, rugby, soccer -- require such a range of skill that extreme body types and extreme behaviours are limited by the inherent requirements of the game. Baseball, which also has a hiatus between offensive and defensive periods for a given team -- has forcibly introduced this natural limiting factor, by the rule against substitutions: if you substitute, the departing player is out of the game for good. Without this, we'd see human hitting machines against a new breed for fielder, each "bred" for his position. Of course, there are stereotypical athletic forms for each position. But the tendency to go to extremes is hemmed in by the need to play "on the other side of the ball". [The key idiosyncrasy of baseball is that the defence has control of the means of play -- i.e. the baseball. So the offence is always reacting. A team can't decide what it will do and then staff up for exactly that play. Other sports prevent the latter by allowing the other team to play offence as soon as the ball (puck) turns over, creating the same uncertainty as receiving pitches in baseball does.]

So, any fix for the violence in football has to contend with the basic setup of the game. Possible changes are: (1) everyone has to play on both sides of the ball with no substitutions; (2) after a turnover, the defence has to stay on the field at least for first down; (3) cutting the play clock down to 24 seconds (which would emphasize conditioning);...there are others.

posted by hexagram at 08:16 PM on May 06

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I saw a Blue Jays fan on Twitter playing the "It's Still Early" card.

Rangers fan agrees.

posted by rcade at 07:14 PM on May 06

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

the only bottle of rum the Class 6 (liquor) store had was Bacardi 151 proof

My father's friend had a similar story about the time the non-drinker was in charge of booze for a fishing trip and no one noticed until it was far too late to notice.

posted by yerfatma at 02:11 PM on May 06

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Just went and checked our bottle of Bombay in the cupboard.

Unfortunately/fortunately not sourced from Canada.

/Delete where applicable.

posted by owlhouse at 12:01 AM on May 06

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I said that I thought of it as an alert.

I might think of it as an opportunity. It reminds me of a time about 48 years ago when a group of us, wanting to get out of the heat and humidity of Subic Bay, Philippines, decided to take advantage of a long weekend and drive up to Baguio, which is in the mountains north of Manila, We played a little bit of golf at the course that was maintained by the Air Force and stayed in the guest houses at what was then Camp John Hay. In the evening it was party time, so we decided on rum and coke. The problem was that the only bottle of rum the Class 6 (liquor) store had was Bacardi 151 proof. The 4 of us finished it in one evening, and trust me, there was no golf (and damn little physical movement) the next day. I would imagine that 190 proof Bombay Sapphire might have a similar effect.

posted by Howard_T at 11:00 PM on May 05

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

A cold, wet Friday afternoon message to our Canadian friends.

My wife asked me if this was a warning. I said that I thought of it as an alert.

posted by beaverboard at 04:40 PM on May 05

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Jeter & Bush vs Dave Stewart & Romney for the Marlins? There must be better things to do.

posted by yerfatma at 04:20 PM on May 05

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Starting to question the Celtics' "Let them tire themselves out" parenting approach to the Wizards.

posted by yerfatma at 10:03 AM on May 05

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Kelly Olynyk's Dancing With The Stars invitation is now all but assured.

Meanwhile, Bradley Beal will be joining the dolphin act at Sea World as a summer celebrity guest.

posted by beaverboard at 09:11 AM on May 05

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Surely if we needed a football metaphor for the extended Trumpcare congressional fiasco then the buttfumble is the way to go.

posted by deflated at 01:35 AM on May 05

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

As much fun as that quote is, he apparently said "punch," not "punt."

posted by holden at 08:59 PM on May 04

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

..adding, "I'm tremendously proud of the President for ringing the post of congressional deadlock, ensuring that House leaders fouled off the all-important 3-2 pitch with the bases loaded, resulting in a let for repeated first serve."

posted by tahoemoj at 04:32 PM on May 04

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Reince Priebus celebrating the passage of Trumpcare today: "The president stepped up and helped punt the ball into the end zone."

posted by rcade at 04:06 PM on May 04

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Lifetime ban issued to Red Sox fan who used racial slurs.

posted by rumple at 01:13 PM on May 04

THE FUTURE OF FOOTBALL

I don't know about the weight limit - that just means that potentially, I have a team full of Steve Atwaters and Ronnie Lotts. It's not the same thing as the constant car crash of the current linemen, but velocity is the other half of the momentum equation.

Besides, there's this bit of reality.

posted by NoMich at 06:31 AM on May 04