The quarterback class of the 2014 draft isn't what it was touted to be six months ago. Here's one scout ranking that only has Teddy Bridgewater, Derek Carr and Johnny Manziel in the first round.
Right, but Cousins is a third-rounder who will have a very short resume of NFL experience. I can't imagine there are a ton of teams chomping so hard at the bit to give up a second-rounder for Cousins if the alternative might be AJ McCarron.
posted by dfleming at 12:38 PM on December 12
I think this is actually a plan for Washington to highlight Cousins to make him available for a trade. There are a lot of teams that will be looking for a good young quarterback, and Washington needs draft picks.
Lots of young QB's in the draft this year - any team that wants a guy of Cousins' calibre (minus a couple of meaningless starts) is going to get one with one draft pick. I don't think it's a particularly fertile time to get a mint for a young QB with only a couple of starts under his belt as there will be a few around.
Plus - given how much this team has regressed, there can't be a lot of hope that Cousins comes into a team that's more or less given up and puts up great numbers. I think it's either Shanahan begging to be fired or a real concern that putting RG III out there at this point is only doing harmful things to his development.
posted by dfleming at 06:26 PM on December 11
My 6-month old daughter initiates harsher contact on me when I change her diaper.
I babysat an 8-month old on Saturday night. She wasn't above face-masking during a diaper change.
posted by dfleming at 02:30 PM on December 09
Totally, but to be fair, the Barnridge TD involved Aqib Talib (the closest player to defend) being bowled by a receiver right over within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage. How that wasn't offensive pass interference is beyond me.
posted by dfleming at 09:21 AM on December 09
How about that Gronkowski tackle?
Ugly. I definitely think anyone would give up concussions/brain damage for knee issues, but rules driving players low are going to be devastating for ligaments.
The Pats (assuming it is an ACL tear) have now lost an incredible amount of their core talent by week 14 - it's tough to be terribly optimistic about a playoff run when Josh Boyce, Michael Hoomanawanui and Austin Collie are playing increased roles.
posted by dfleming at 07:51 PM on December 08
He'll either flail himself into mediocrity, or be a 40/40 player.
Curtis Granderson showed the potential for that kind of thing, which is probably the upside that Cashman sees in this deal.
The thing I don't understand about this deal is how the Yankees are going to stay under the luxury tax (maybe that's out the window now.) Brett Gardner, one of their cheaper starting players, has been made totally redundant and will probably be traded. Granderson is out, and so is his 40+ HR potential. If they take on a slugger in LF, their outfield will be way more expensive than last year's - plus McCann and (presumably) Cano are more expensive than last year's starters.
The only way this works both skill-wise and financially is if they see Ellsbury as the 30/30 guy to replace Granderson's power, can plug and play a cheap but effective LF, trade Gardner for a young SP, and re-sign Cano at a reasonable rate. Otherwise they're going over the luxury tax or won't have enough $$ to flesh out a deep club.
posted by dfleming at 04:28 PM on December 04
He's a top notch base runner and defender -when healthy- but essentially more of a role player than a superstar.
If he's a role player, then there are probably 10 superstars in the league, tops.
$153m for a player of Ellsbury's calibre today is totally reasonable - however, looking at his age and the issues he's had over the last couple of seasons, it's the amount of risk you're taking that's unreasonable. He's got a great ceiling, but his entire game (assuming the 32 homer season is a fluke) is predicated on foot speed. Speed players can age gracefully, or, through injury can become Carl Crawford in no time. A couple of groin tears/pulls as his body ages and his whole value is zapped.
It's the risk, not the player's ceiling, that makes this contract pretty crazy, especially when the Red Sox might have Jackie Bradley with them in a year or two.
posted by dfleming at 02:14 PM on December 04
Nationals trade for fabulous pitcher with a funny name. Detroit receives bag of magic beans in return?
I'm actually shocked at how little Detroit got back for a very good starter who's under team control for two more years. There are a ton of teams out there with big pitching needs and it feels like Detroit had Washington approach them and didn't shop around before accepting a package.
posted by dfleming at 03:45 PM on December 03
Ryan Erxleben, fastest punter alive.
I've got him running 60 yards (starting when he crosses his own 40) with a directional adjustment at the 30 in 6.5 seconds. That's the equivalent of running 1 1/2 4.33 40 yard dashes in a row.
Which makes me wonder if the GIF's been sped up a little, but if not, someone needs to get him catching passes with those kind of burners.
posted by dfleming at 03:14 PM on November 29
Strange to me Foulke didn't even make the ballot. I know there's a bias against relievers, but 6 years of 150+ ERA+ and essentially burning out his career to win a Series has to count for something.
Can you identify even a season where Foulke was the best reliever in baseball? Foulke in my mind was a very good stopper, a step behind Rivera or Gagne even during his best seasons. He had 5-6 very good years, and barring injury probably had a few more in him.
As a Red Sox fan, I'd give the guy the shirt off my back in a heartbeat for the work he did, but John Wettland and Tom Henke barely scraped the ballot. Foulke's body of work is lesser than theirs.
posted by dfleming at 03:14 PM on November 27
But liking the Pats doesn't blind me to Brady acting like a sourpuss who is too old for this bleep.
And that's fine. Like you said, I don't know you, and I can't read your specific mind.
But - the Tom Brady as a whiner shtick has been around for years - and where people set the line as to it being "too much" from Brady, but not not too much from other QB's, is completely arbitrary.
I'm not saying Brady isn't a whiner - he is - but you opened this line with "he complains too much to the zebras and to his teammates."
And what I'm saying is that the "Brady is a whiner/Eli pouts when things don't go his way/Peyton emphatically shows his disappointment when a receiver drops a pass/Rivers basically dies when he's contacted" themes are ones that when it's in the ethereal, you notice it more.
It took the Pats playing the Giants more for me to start noticing Eli's tantrums - and now I see it all the time. Does he do it empirically more than anyone else? I have no idea. Do I notice it more than I do Drew Brees? Sure.
posted by dfleming at 09:26 AM on November 26
Whither Phillip Rivers? I feel like any Romo/Brady/Manning competition in ref-yelling is merely for second place.
Which comes back to my point - who's whiniest often comes down to whose team or which quarterback you just don't like. You start from a position and use confirmation bias to fill it in. It's human nature.
Nearly 1/2 of the QB's in the NFL don't have the cachet to argue calls at all - they're either injury replacements, young guys, or guys who are just trying to hold on to their job week to week. The other half are, depending on who you cheer for, all whiners or chronically dealing with bad calls.
It also irks me that the two terms used here - "prima donna" and "diva" - are gendered insults, of the "man up" variety.
posted by dfleming at 08:09 AM on November 26
He complains too much to the zebras and to his teammates. It's making him look like a prima donna.
How much is "too much?"
Manning and Romo are both chronic complainers, but somehow Brady's the poster child for it. The subjectivity of who people cheer for (and against) I think has more to do with the perception of who is a prima donna and who is effective at getting calls through protest than anything objective.
posted by dfleming at 11:36 AM on November 25
I think some combination of age/ankle injuries made it tough for Peyton to get any zip on the ball as the game progressed and players got colder. That's why they ran Moreno down their throats - Peyton's second-half passes were wobbly and the pick was a 5 yard pass that was underthrown by 2 yards.
That's going to be a big problem if it continues. Moreno's had 65 touches in the last two games - for a guy with a history of injuries/rotational back status, they have got to find other options to not run him into the ground before the playoffs begin. That's an unsustainable volume for most backs without the initials AP.
Ridley's putting himself on the Laurence Maroney train pretty damn quick. Bolden and Vereen don't have the capacity for between-the-tackles running that Ridley does, but the Pats have historically been pretty quick to adapt away from traditional skillsets if the players can't hold on to the ball.
posted by dfleming at 07:20 AM on November 25
This is unfortunate - for the Bulls, they've worked hard to build a core team that is now on the shakiest of ground. Rose is too good of a talent to walk away from, but they're going to be pressed financially starting this offseason to keep their core together.
posted by dfleming at 06:44 PM on November 24
So there was a determination that, in essence, uncatchability, that the ball was intercepted at or about the same time the primary contact against the receiver occurred."
posted by dfleming at 05:59 PM on November 19
I have to agree with Bill Barnwell's take: it probably wasn't interference*, it was definitely defensive holding but either way it didn't decide the game.
Well sure - most games could be won or lost much earlier if a few plays go a different way, but that doesn't negate the fact that botched calls have an effect on the game's outcome.
The Pats would've had another stellar chance from 5 yards closer on a defensive holding call (or from the 1 on an interference call) where any points they put up are the final ones. It's a big deal in the first quarter, but because there's no opportunity for a team to come back after, it's an even bigger deal with 0 time left on the clock.
posted by dfleming at 03:32 PM on November 19
Welker can still play and was a major player in all of the Patriots success. Cut him loose for Gronk / Hernandez while obviously knowing the character of the latter? Huge mistake.
That wasn't the choice they made. You are willfully ignoring that they replaced Welker with Amendola, a similar guy with (seemingly) no character issues. At no point did anyone, anywhere, discuss Gronk or Hernandez' contracts (which were signed before this offseason) as the reason they didn't resign Welker.
Character matters, but it doesn't make a slot WR into a pro bowl TE. The choice you're talking about is absurd.
posted by dfleming at 12:02 PM on November 17
Patriots kept this guy and Hernandez and let Welker walk: quite a commentary on the organization and it's values.
What? Hernandez once it was clear he was involved in a murder was released. Linking something like this to something of that magnitude is beyond a stretch. Are you advocating that you think your team would release him, and subsequently all other 31 teams in the NFL would let him sit unclaimed, over something like this?
Welker was let walk because they believed Amendola was a better use of their money. There's been nothing to suggest that Danny's anything less than a stand up guy.
If we walk through the 32 teams in the NFL right now, I am sure we can find examples on every squad where the "organization and its values" could be cherry picked.
posted by dfleming at 09:43 AM on November 16
He apologizes to those he offended, not to everyone?
If you watch the video, a bunch of people laugh. Those people aren't owed an apology.
posted by dfleming at 06:56 PM on November 15
Miguel Cabrera wins second straight AL MVP award, getting 23/30 first-place votes in the process.
posted by dfleming at 06:48 PM on November 14
It should be noted that Turner Field wasn't built for the Braves, but for the Olympics (Centennial Olympic Stadium). The Braves took it over when the Olympics were done.
True, but as far as I understand, they incurred no capital cost in the process. So while it's not the perfect structure, it was a brand-new structure they got with no liabilities other than their lease terms.
posted by dfleming at 02:22 PM on November 12
As for the claim of requiring $200 million to improve the "fan experience," what is that, making the stadium look more like a video game? Giant video boards, giant advertising signs, louder-than-hell music systems?
They had until recently the biggest high-def video screen in the world, before Jerry Jones blew it out of the water.
If you see it from the Braves' perspective - why spend "$200 million" to retrofit a facility when you can find another sucker government to let you spend only $200 million towards the use of a brand-new facility?
posted by dfleming at 05:29 PM on November 11
Rookie salaries are limited by a cap, and the best players will be thinking about earning that big long-term deal after the initial one ends.
I'm not sure with information we have available to us today about the effects of football on one's long-term health that people won't adapt. It's not inconceivable that smart people will use football to get a four-year degree with no debt and perhaps a little capital to start on by playing short-term. Myron Rolle got out a couple of years into his career to go to medical school. Brad Butler got out to get into government.
There aren't a lot of examples today, but this generation of football players knows more about their future than any others. Like the oil fields in Alberta/shale fields in North Dakota, many keep going back every year, but the smart ones bank their money and get out before their bodies/families disintegrate. I think we'll see more of this in future years.
posted by dfleming at 09:17 AM on November 11
Why should the Red Sox care which National League team they face in a hypothetical future World Series?
I've played a lot of sports in my time, and I can tell you regularly there are teams I really love playing - whether they're evenly matched, good sports, or just fun to be around. There are also teams I hate - cheaters, people who constantly nag on officials, or who are just not fun to be around.
Ditto for places - some fans are horribly disrespectful to opposing players, while others really just love the game. So I don't think it's wholly unreasonable to think after a pretty great series to think that you'd love to do that again.
posted by dfleming at 07:28 PM on November 05
I don't get the hate - complimenting another city on their fans and their team is something people do in interviews all the time. The Red Sox ownership respect the Cardinals. They like playing them.
I wonder how Red Sox fans would've reacted if the Mets wrote them a love letter in 1986.
Obviously context matters - would Red Sox fans react the same way to Buckner today, given they've won 3 world series' recently? Of course not. St. Louis isn't in a decades long drought of winning.
posted by dfleming at 03:35 PM on November 05
In today's "not surprising" news stories, the NFLPA sees their only role in this as holding clubs and teams accountable for providing a safe environment. So, a player-oriented problem involving other players, and the player's association doesn't see a role for themselves in making it any better.
posted by dfleming at 10:28 AM on November 05
Can anyone see a scenario where the NFL or the Dolphins allow Jr to play another down of football ?
Sure. Probably not for the Dolphins, though.
Incognito enters some bullshit program aimed at reforming him, does some community service and is back next year. Chris Culliver didn't miss a down of football for what he said last year. Riley Cooper was openly racist and sought counselling and is still on the same team. There's a culture of tolerance, so long as the impact on the NFL's reputation is contained.
posted by dfleming at 03:57 PM on November 04
It is despicable that grown men think they can treat someone like this.
Not only did he bully him behind closed doors, but Incognito Sr.'s (alleged) allegations of suicide and mental instability will hamper this kid's ability to succeed and earn a big contract in the future as he'll be considered a flight risk. He's going to be dealing with those, founded or not, for the rest of his career.
I say this as a pretty big sports fan - every story I hear about systemic issues of bullying, racism, homophobia, covering up medical risks, sexual assault on kids, dumping huge financial liabilities on cities, and cheating/doping - it gets a little bit harder to invest my hard earned time and money in them.
posted by dfleming at 01:53 PM on November 04
If Jacksonville doesn't want him I'm sure there are many NFL teams who will jump at the chance to sign someone with his talent.
Paging Bill Bellichek. A late-round pick this offseason for Blackmon is right up the Pats' alley and would solve some of their receiver woes if he could get his head on straight.
That said, Jacksonville I think is way too talent shallow to let him go. Yes, he's troubled - but they're not going to get a return for him that will have even a fraction of the upside...and right now, they don't have a lot of upside anywhere. I think he gets another shot.
posted by dfleming at 07:26 PM on November 03
Nevertheless, Emery gets a hold of Holtby and just repeatedly punches him in the head with no real response from Holtby, and no intervention from the refs/linesmen.
I don't know how the NHL can't throw the book at Emery, especially after this after-game quote:
"He didn't want to fight, but I basically said, 'Protect yourself,"' Emery said.
His was a completely predatory attack, with a linesman there when Holtby clearly states he doesn't want to fight. If the NHL is at all serious about getting violence out of the game, this is something they need to come down hard on. There's no retribution, protection or context to explain a need to fight there - all Holtby did all game was stop shots.
posted by dfleming at 09:37 AM on November 02
Mike Trout would have earned about $60M over the last two years, why the hell WOULDN'T you sign that contract?
I don't disagree with you now that the results are in, but there are a few questions or reasons I think this is a bad idea for players and for teams:
1) What % of players are vastly underpaid, based on WAR, like Mike Trout? It seems to me the only scenario that really applies to is players who are under team control for a period of time where their ability to get raises is muted by an existing pay structure or arbitration system. Once you're a FA, $30m/season for that kind of production is attainable.
2) Performance-based contracts benefit GMs - what happens if Trout is hurt for the year? Today, he gets paid - tomorrow, he doesn't. Especially for pitchers, the prospect of a season-ending injury at some point in your career is a good one. You're trading certainty on a pretty good FA market for uncertainty and a small amount of upside financially. Trout at his current rate gets $30m/year on the open market - do you think an achievable variable contract at $40m or $50m is out there? The top players aren't hitting much of a ceiling these days in guaranteed money.
3) Performance-based contracts would kill small market teams with a budget. Seriously - a team like Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh or Oakland, whose success doesn't scale in terms of financials (seeing as they can't get people out to see some really exciting players) - you could almost see a situation where they're forced to trade players away mid-season because they can't afford how successful they are.
posted by dfleming at 10:23 AM on November 01
FanGraphs has Pedroia with 1.0 more WAR than Zobrist this year.
Unless I am having vision problems, they're both at 5.4, no?
Zobrist is also a peculiar case, because if he did the exact same thing he did last year (5.4 WAR in 700 PA), he'd be 0.1 behind Pedroia's total since 2002 with about 100 fewer PA. Having watched the two a lot during BOS-TB games, perhaps it's the homer in me but it just felt like Pedroia was more impactful.
posted by dfleming at 08:39 PM on October 31
I'll admit to being biased from watching him play most days, but who the heck are the 3 guys ahead of him? In fact, who's the one?
Zobrist's had a higher WAR two years ago and the same as Pedroia this year. Matt Carpenter had the highest WAR of all second basemen this year. I'd list Pedroia above them both, as would most, but on the point of who're more valuable at the position, they're at least in the discussion. Brandon Phillips is a ways back.
There's a reason that I put him in brackets - I figure he's been in the top 3 each year.
Peavy was a star before he got hurt, but there's a pretty good chasm between that guy and the guy everyone was nervous letting start in the World Series.
posted by dfleming at 05:25 PM on October 31
I was saying this to my dad - other than Ortiz, the Red Sox really don't have players who'd be considered in the top 2-3 at their position (maybe Pedroia.) Same with the Cardinals.
A lot of guys who are pretty good, but winning after jettisoning some of their best players really should be a model that teams look at. Star power costs you greatly, but depth might be what helps you win it all. The Red Sox were on their 4th closer by the time they got to Uehara.
It'd take a lot of stones to pass on Kershaw or Cabrera right now, but looking at the Angels/Dodgers/Yankees there's some logic to consider it.
posted by dfleming at 03:09 PM on October 31
Carlos Beltran must be seething at that one, yerfatma.
posted by dfleming at 02:44 PM on October 31
It's amazing that in the last 5 years, a Boston-area team has won each of the major sports titles.
To put it into perspective, New York-area has double the teams and has to go back to 1973 to grab one of each. Chicago would have to go back to 1985.
posted by dfleming at 01:34 PM on October 31
Outstanding end to an outstanding series. I know I'm going to annoy my grandkids with tales of Ortiz.
posted by dfleming at 06:40 AM on October 31
I remember that every game he pitched, there was always a groan in the crowd when he gave up his first hit or walked his first batter, because the sense was always that today might be the perfect game or no-hitter.
I was in third base seats, around 8 rows back in September '99 (thanks to that weird friend of my dad's who made that happen) when he went into Yankee Stadium and struck out 17 on his way to a one-hitter.
The home run was early, but even in Yankee Stadium you could just feel by about inning four that Yankee and Boston fans alike knew that might be the only hit they'd get. I've never seen pitching completely deflate a lineup like that before.
It's the only truly special performance I've been live for. I saw Pedro one more time and he was off, which at the time meant 2 runs over 6 1/3 with 6 or 7 K's.
posted by dfleming at 10:05 AM on October 30
Still, if St. Louis does win on Wednesday, the pitching match up for Game 7 doesn't look too good for Boston. Peavy will start, but the leash will be short - choke collar short.
Joe Kelly's leash isn't going to be very long either - his WHIP this postseason is nearly 1.5 and he's not won a game yet in the postseason. I don't think the situation for either squad is one where they're thinking they will get 6+ innings of quality starting pitching.
posted by dfleming at 09:55 AM on October 30
Marshall's never gotten a pass for his actions - I have no idea how you missed it, but his being one of the first athletes with a public mental illness was a big deal in 2011. He also admitted he had issues with anger and alcohol, and got treatment for those along the way.
posted by dfleming at 08:15 PM on October 28
Yeah, I agree with tahoemoj.
Certainly it's fine to remember what someone did, but if they've honestly sought treatment for a mental illness and are working to get past it, it's pretty heartless to continue to call them out for it.
If Merriweather was even remotely repentant and trying not to hurt people, it'd be one thing to compare the two statements, but that's not what we have here at all.
posted by dfleming at 06:01 PM on October 28
Oh - bunt foul on the third strike. Followed by your forced retirement.
posted by dfleming at 03:09 PM on October 28
Maybe one or two more:
Homerun ball hits roof/speakers/catwalks in play, is caught to end game.
Umpire interference in the infield, allowing a runner to advance home.
posted by dfleming at 12:55 PM on October 28
I wonder if there have ever been back to back World Series games that have ended without a traditional put out. An obstruction call and a pickoff - crazy series!
posted by dfleming at 07:22 AM on October 28
This is a photo of Lester pitching as of September 28th. No weird green spot.
I dunno - I have no explanation for what it is (maybe his glove has some kind of structural defect they fixed with glue?), but doesn't it seem risky to introduce a foreign substance in game one of the World Series? Not just for the risk of getting caught, but if it adds spin or movement, you're going to have to locate your pitches in a whole new way. Just seems like a lot of risk for a guy who's never had this accusation (as far as I remember) before.
posted by dfleming at 01:01 PM on October 24
Last year, he was third in yardage, tied for fourth in completion percentage and 6th in TDs. He had an abnormally high pick rate, but that wasn't normal for him, and it left him 10th in passer rating.
In 2011, he was seventh in yardage, third in completion percentage and 5th in TDs. He was third in passer rating behind Rodgers, Brady and Brees.
His career passer rating is behind only Aaron Rodgers, Steve Young, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. All of those guys would get called elite, regardless of how imperfect a stat passer rating is. He's been consistently a great quarterback who loses it in the clutch, which is the point of me saying this game is more or less his career - long bouts of very good quarterback play tainted by how it ends.
posted by dfleming at 09:37 PM on October 06
The pick was a bad decision brought on by the pressure up the middle, about the only pressure the Broncos got all game.
There was that one play in the first half where Romo was nearly sacked about 4 times before threading the needle to Witten upfield for 15+ yards. It was astonishingly accurate for the amount of pressure he dealt with on that play.
After games like that it's hard to believe Romo isn't an elite quarterback.
He is an elite QB - it's just that he has the most inopportune timing for his mistakes, and people have long memories about them.
posted by dfleming at 08:58 PM on October 06
Tony Romo's career, envisioned in one game. What a performance, only to be busted up by a pick in his own territory with a little over two minutes remaining.
posted by dfleming at 07:44 PM on October 06
The Josh Freeman era is officially over in Tampa Bay as he was released today. My thought is he's in a Jags uniform by the end of the week.
posted by dfleming at 03:43 PM on October 03
Put another way, if you had a right-handed QB one year and got a new lefty the next year, could you swap sides with your tackles and expect similar results?
It really depends on the linemen, their handedness and their versatility. Yerfatma and Howard_T nail it.
Lefty QBs do really test a team's versatility - often times running backs end up running more to the opposite side than they're used to, receivers need to get used to receiving the ball with the opposite spin/fade to it. That said - the defense are also tested - their primary pass rusher will often switch sides to rush from the blind, which mean their bullrush/spin/hand moves need to adjust, and corners need to deal with different trajectories for the ball coming in.
I have a theory, with nothing more than confirmation bias, that one of the reason some of the more prominent lefty QBs (Young, Vick, Tebow) were very mobile was one part survival and another part thriving. Starting in high school, if your line broke down because it wasn't used to the angles/switching sides, you'd get killed if they could straight rush you. A couple of ways to avoid that would be to run the ball and use play action to draw the D in. Being able to roll out meant opening the field up and offering more chances to run.
So, as a result, perhaps lefty QBs saw more reasons to run the ball, got better at it, and arrived in the pros a little more mobile as a result. Again, an unproven theory, but one I kinda like as a lefty QB with all of one year of high-school experience.
posted by dfleming at 04:13 PM on October 02
If the Jags are certain he won't re-sign, then the trade makes sense. But if there's any chance at all he could be signed for a long-term deal, isn't that worth more than a couple 4-or-higher picks?
I think the logic is probably that Joeckel is going to be a top LT - it's his natural position, and RTs are generally cheaper (as they're not on the blindside) so a more efficient way to build the line might be to draft/sign an RT for less and hang on to Joeckel long-term.
posted by dfleming at 03:04 PM on October 02
How many decent players could you get out of two or three later round picks?
I think especially because Monroe seems like a pretty decent left tackle, those are tougher to fill through the later rounds.
Of course, they might've been able to sign him as a FA after the season - but getting to the playoffs with a subpar LT is going to be a challenge, and getting him integrated on a potentially winning team is a step towards resigning him.
posted by dfleming at 01:54 PM on October 02
A deal that probably ensures he won't play with a true #1 center for the duration of a career, given Clarkson's deal on the front-end and (I hope) paying Morgan Reilly and Nazem Kadri appropriately to be the #1 D and a #1 winger on the back end of the deal.
$8m per year is a lot of money, but the Leafs need Kessel more than he needs them and it reflects that.
posted by dfleming at 01:11 PM on October 01
It would be interesting to see if Armond Armstead comes off the PUP list.
One of the papers (NESN maybe?) mentioned seeing him after the Tampa game - said he'd noticably lost weight, which for someone who was a shade over 300 pounds to begin with is not good.
Kyle Love is actually still an FA - might be a stopgap, especially given the Pats' propensity to bring back guys who get the system.
posted by dfleming at 12:01 PM on September 30
Last night's Pats win came at a hefty price - reports from the Boston Globe are that Vince Wilfork suffered a season-ending achilles tear.
It'll be interesting to see if the Pats move to a 3-4 as a result, as DT depth is not something they have a ton of - and nobody's going to replace #75.
posted by dfleming at 08:50 AM on September 30
What just irks me about articles like that are statements like this:
Patriots players have been waiting and wondering what the holdup is.
No definition on which players, no attributable quotes, nothing. It's bullshit.
posted by dfleming at 02:16 PM on September 28
Series winner wasn't really a part of the defined criteria, was it? I agree with what you are saying entirely and it's mildly pedantic, but if the criteria was paying 40% more and stealing from a direct competitor, Giambi fits.
posted by dfleming at 01:24 PM on September 27
I suppose a more interesting question is if the teams will pitch this series to try to set up the rotation for the 1-game playoff (and subsequent playoffs), or if they will pitch to win the series and get home field.
I think you have to pitch the series - in addition to the slight home field advantage, the Pirates need a jolt of confidence heading into the postseason - to have lost 2 of 3 already recently to the Reds, plus another series, AND being on the road is a lot to overcome.
A one-game playoff certainly is a bit of a craps shoot, but I'd still rather come in feeling hot.
posted by dfleming at 12:07 PM on September 27
Jason Giambi fits, but they were not the only team to raid the A's cupboard over the years.
posted by dfleming at 11:58 AM on September 27
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