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SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Oilers as currently built are not really a good fit for Bruins-style hockey. Does Chiarelli know any other kind?

posted by rumple at 04:11 PM on April 24

Jameis Winston explains crab legs issue to Jim Harbaugh (Video)

Not really. It's a little more outrageous that he's being sued for "sexual battery, assault, false imprisonment and "intentional infliction of emotional distress arising out of forcible rape.""

posted by rumple at 04:10 PM on April 24

Remaining conviction against Barry Bonds is overturned.

So NOW will a MLB team sign him?

posted by rumple at 06:41 PM on April 23

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

The Oilers have also not gotten better on their 3rd and 4th lines, which are increasingly important. Part of it is veteran free agents have been keeping away, scared by the tire fire I guess. That's about to change. Their management is poor, their player development not necessarily poor, and definitely not as bad as people make out.

They completely rebuilt their scouting system in 2010 and there may be good results from their lower rounds on the way. Not many picks below about #20 step right in or even before 2 or 3 years seasoning.

Look how the Islanders took a defence comparable to Edmontons and rebuilt it in 10 minutes by getting Leddy and Boychuk. In the new NHL teams are having to shed their players to keep under the cap. Average players are increasingly available (good news for Edmonton) and good to very good players can also be had fairly routinely. For example, it seems very likely that Seabrook will be available this summer - Toews and Kane are getting 10 million each starting this summer. How long can the Preds afford to keep Josl, Weber and Jones? Etc.

Also, stacked teams can end up with an overflow of prospects and need to make trades to balance the present with the future. Example, Clendenning was arguably Chicago's top non-NHL defensive prospect. Vancouver picked him up for their 2014 5th round pick, Gustav Forsling. Chicago restocks for the future and doesn't have to deal with Clendenning who wouldn't be able to be sent up and down next year without clearing waivers. He's a guy who would right away be solid bottom six for Edmonton with very good potential to go top four and also run the powerplay.

Anyway, Edmonton doesn't even need to trade one of their top 6. New arena, hot talent, strong fan base - there'll be free agents choosing them for sure. They could trade Draisatl, but as likely they'll put him on the wing and turn him into a power forward. Good players on entry level contracts are almost as valuable as great players making 8 million/year.

posted by rumple at 05:32 PM on April 20

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

This whole meme that the Oilers ruin their prospects is just complete Bullshit. Taylor Hall is an excellent player, elite at his position. RNH just finshed his 2 1/2 year pro and is an excellent two way player on a shitty team. He's maybe one of the most under-rated players in the league. Yakupov has had a slow start on a crappy team but really looked good the last third of the season. Eberle was drafted 22nd overall which makes the Leafs drafting record look pathetic. The Oilers only first round miss recently has been Paajarvi, who did nothing after being traded away. All these players have had multiple coaches with radically different systems as well.

Yakupov and RNH are both second in their draft class for points. RNH has the highest points per game in his draft class. You could make the case that RNH was rushed into the NHL before he was physically ready and thereby hurt his shoulder. Possible. You could say Yakupov has been misused by his coaches and really only has flourished with the new coach and a centre with which he has chemistry. Neither of these are overly damning or even unusual.

It's too early to say, but Draisatl looks very promising and Nurse is almost guaranteed to be top 4 quality defenceman or top 2 more likely.

It's true their lower round draft choices have been pathetic and maybe some of that is bad development, maybe some is bad scouting. Whatever. Lots of teams in the league have lousy lower round records - it's a crapshoot. Those with great pickups often get lucky for a while then regress.

At least the Oilers didn't explicitly tank at the end of the season, they picked up their game a lot and showed real progress and actual pride, which a lot of their bottom-feeding cohort could learn from. They need some defence, and have some good ones ready for next year, and then their goaltending, which is decent but not great, will look a lot better than it does.

Not that I like the Oil, but I look forward to hating them again, and also seeing them stomp on Calgary for the next 10 years.

posted by rumple at 04:07 PM on April 19

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Seguin was often misused as well. He shone in skill roles but he got stuck on the 3rd and 4th lines a lot it seems to me.

These "slept with team-mates wife" are almost like a meme now. I wouldn't put a lot of weight on it.

I wonder how Jim Benning feels? He's doing a great job in Vancouver but he probably didn't know the Boston opening would happen so soon.

posted by rumple at 03:08 PM on April 15

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

They literally made the Chiarelli announcement 15 minutes after the verdict in the Hernandez case. Coincidence?

Chiarelli did a good job overall. Two finals, one cup. In the cap era it is really tough to keep good teams together. The trick is, like the Blackhawks, to have the right people in place when you have to get rid of the high priced guys. Losing Boychuk fits that model, without the replacement part. and the Hawks are going to be finding it tough with Toews and Kane's new contracts.

Losing Seguin, right now looks terrible. If he excels for a few more years it will look almost as bad the Neely trade in reverse. Maybe Brian Burke would be interested in a Lucic for Gaidreau deal?!

I mean, I hate the Bruins almost as much as the Leafs and Flyers, and I sure hope this is a start of a nice long period of mediocrity, but it's hard to objectively say Chiarelli did a poor job.

posted by rumple at 01:51 PM on April 15

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban and Willie O'Ree, the first black man to play in the National Hockey League, sit down with ESPN's John Saunders.

posted by rumple at 02:41 PM on February 23

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Serena Williams is to end her 14 year long boycott of Indian Wells, which started because of "racist undertones". Her father said at the time, "When Venus and I were walking down the stairs to our seats, people kept calling me nigger.' One said, I wish it was 75, we'd skin you alive' I think Indian Wells disgraced America."

"I was cringing when all that stuff was going on. It was unfair for the crowd to do that," tournament director Charlie Pasarell said." Williams' essay.

posted by rumple at 09:30 PM on February 04

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Very large image of all Formula 1 cars 1950 to 2004.

posted by rumple at 04:39 PM on February 03

Lisa Saxon, the woman who helped change sports writing forever.

This was really good, thanks for posting it.

posted by rumple at 04:05 PM on November 21

Despite Vehement Public Claims of Innocence, A-Rod Admitted to DEA He Used Steroids

Alex Rodriguez would have made the Hall of Fame without steroids.

James once developed a long-term career forecast model called Brock2 essentially a very early progenitor of a full-fledged projection system like PECOTA which could produce an expected career stat line for a player based on his career performance through a given age. Feed it Rodriguez's age 20-24 seasons, and it produces an absurd set of projected career totals: 3,573 hits; 668 doubles; 1,075 home runs. As mean projections for anybody, those numbers are silly (Trout through age 22 also generates a forecast of 3,646 hits, 740 doubles, and 826 home runs), but they underscore how incredible Rodriguez's first five full MLB seasons were. (Through 20 seasons, Rodriguez now has 2,939 hits, 519 doubles and 654 home runs.)

All of this, it bears mentioning, matters only if you believe Rodriguez began using PEDs in 2001, and didn't before that.

posted by rumple at 06:19 PM on November 06

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

One of the better articles on the Washington football team controversy, explaining the general, broader context for the increasing amount of indigenous activism against the name.

posted by rumple at 01:48 PM on November 04

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Washington R***kins cleared to continue their lawsuit against Native Americans. /nottheonion

posted by rumple at 12:12 AM on November 03

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

This was certainly an impressive drive by Seattle, even against the Raiders.

posted by rumple at 06:31 PM on November 02

Annotated list

No surprise, he loved the camera and the camera loved him. As the author points out, this picture is a rarity in that it shows him without self awareness or artifice.

posted by rumple at 03:48 PM on November 02

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

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

posted by rumple at 12:57 AM on October 28

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I did the hockey pool draft from a Subway in Campbell River which is not exactly the epicentre of the world, but I could pick up an open wifi from some neighbouring spot. Scarfed a footlong while my travelling companion read a book on the history of the Panama Canal. Made it to our field site on the last ferry.

All of which is to say, lookout suckas, The Hagfish are going to run amok this season.

posted by rumple at 02:39 AM on October 06

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The time is fine, my schedule isn't. I'll see if I can find someone and/or break the trip. Do you recall how long the draft took?

posted by rumple at 12:41 PM on October 05

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Damn, got up early for the SpoFi hockey pool draft then saw it is at 7.00 PM. When I'll be on the road. Oh well, bring on the computer rankings I guess.

posted by rumple at 11:03 AM on October 05

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Highschool newspaper editor suspended for refusing to print the word R--skins

posted by rumple at 05:28 PM on September 22

Play SportsFilter's ESPN Fantasy Hockey League

Thanks, rcade, I'm in.

posted by rumple at 05:11 PM on September 21

Play SportsFilter's ESPN Fantasy Hockey League

Hi. I was the Hagfish, and did not get an invite from ESPN.

posted by rumple at 03:50 PM on September 21

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Stuart Broad takes a ball to the facemask for the England cricket team.

posted by rumple at 01:10 PM on August 09

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Shakhtar Donetsk's owner has confirmed six players have refused to return to Ukraine for the new season as conflict rages around the club's home city.

Brazilians Douglas Costa, Fred, Dentinho, Alex Teixiera and Ismaily plus Argentine striker Facundo Ferreyra remained in France following a friendly against Lyon on Saturday.

posted by rumple at 01:30 PM on July 21

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

What if every NHL player "went home", like LeBron James? Here are the 7 Canadian teams - looks like it would be between Vancouver and Winnipeg, with Toronto just needing a better goalie.

posted by rumple at 05:01 PM on July 18

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Results, Blame-the-World-Cup Edition

Thanks for doing this rcade. I was actually trying to win, so the Constanza was come by honestly.

Crazy free agency period in the NHL. The Stars look really good. The Central Division is going to be crazy.

The Canucks are trying to retool on the fly which is going to be tricky considering the division they are in, where at the very least Edmonton is going to be a lot better I think from below and it's hard to imagine the Canucks running with the Kings, Sharks and Ducks quite yet. Probably only three teams make it from the Pacific division into the playoffs, too, since the Central is so stacked. Still if there is a Pacific team to slip, it's probably going to be the Sharks, unless the Kings are so casual they fall too far behind. Ducks could take it all this coming year though.

All the same I see the Canucks placing 4th in the Pacific and missing the playoffs, then drafting like 15th overall or something. ugh.

posted by rumple at 03:50 PM on July 03

U.S. Falls to Belgium Despite Epic Tim Howard Performance

It's exciting how evenly matched (or equally flawed) the final eight teams are. Brazil has looked disorganized, Holland has struggled at times, Argentina gives up a lot of chances, Belgium has not taken their chances (Howard had a lot to say about that, but really...), Germany has struggled against teams they should completely dominate. Costa Rica has looked very well drilled but may not be able to penetrate the top defences.

The only teams who really look solid front to back and in form are France (who themselves were a little underwhelming against Nigeria) and Colombia (who had the easiest group and then got Uruguay with no Suarez)- and both are in very tough in their quarter final game vs Brazil and Germany respectively.

It'll be a heckuva couple of weeks.

posted by rumple at 10:56 PM on July 01

U.S. Falls to Belgium Despite Epic Tim Howard Performance

I couldn't bring myself to root for the USA but I was very impressed with their tenacity. Their final ball was really not there and the skill imbalance was clear - I'm sure Americans are not happy to have these sorts of moral victories or finding comfort in defeat but if they can couple that heart and organization to having just a little more incision on the finish they will be able to hang with anyone in world soccer.

posted by rumple at 07:47 PM on July 01

Luis Suarez Bites Opponent at World Cup

To be fair, Bergeron stuck his finger in Burrows mouth....

posted by rumple at 08:32 PM on June 24

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Stanley Cup Round

Don't worry ic23b, I've got the Costanza almost locked up.

posted by rumple at 08:34 PM on June 04

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Stanley Cup Round

LA in 5 +2

MVP Kopitar

Goals Carter

Points. Kopitar

PIM M Staal

TOI. Doughty

posted by rumple at 07:49 PM on June 04

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 3

Montreal in 7

Pacioretty as top scorer

Chicago in 5

Hossa as top scorer

winning the Costanza is still winning, right, guys? Right?

posted by rumple at 01:38 PM on May 17

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 2

Sorry, I'm in a pretty remote camp right now. My picks:

Montreal in 7 +2

Pittsburgh in 7

Anaheim in 7

Chicago in 4 +1

posted by rumple at 01:25 AM on May 02

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 1

I'll go against the teams that won or are leading, got in late...

Tampa in 7

CBJ in 7 (as if)

Dallas in 6

Chicago in 5 +1

Kings in 7 +2

Flyers (yuk) in 6

Detroit in 7 if there is a god

Avalanche in 5

Total: 3 points

posted by rumple at 12:35 AM on April 17

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

How much it costs to propose at every MLB stadium.

posted by rumple at 12:02 PM on April 01

Dodgers Set Record with $234 Million Payroll

Will the Dodgers be any good?

posted by rumple at 08:56 PM on March 31

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Some of the players identified themselves here.

Sounds like he is challenging the bench, drunk Bieksa style...

posted by rumple at 06:56 PM on March 31

Missouri All-American Defensive Lineman Michael Sam Announces He Is Gay

Comments from two Seahawks: (Does the "light-hearted" comment mean that Sam would be expected to suck up some homophobia, or laugh it off somehow?).

On how it would play out if they play on the same team as Michael Sam: Michael Robinson: "Honestly for me, it's really about what the guy does on the field. If he can help this football team win and he can be a force, that's my teammate. I'm really not concerned with what he does off the field or what he does in his personal life. Now, we may not be at the same bars together, but at the same time if he's a baller, he's my teammate. I'm with him."

Michael Bennett: "I agree. The guy is an explosive playerIf anything, it has to be about his skill level and not about his sexual preference. The guy is a good player and he should get his shot."

On how Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman being deaf played out in the locker room: Robinson: "I have so much respect for DC and how he goes about his business. But DC, he's deaf a little bit and he makes light of it; we crack jokes, we go back and forth, and I think it got to the point where it's not even an issue anymore. It's going to depend on how [Michael Sam] comes into the locker room and how he sees himself. If he comes in confident and it's light-hearted, he'll be fine."

On Michael Sam: Bennett: "The team that he has to go to has to be built with strong leaders. If it doesn't have strong leaders, this kind of stuff can tear a team apart. But I believe there are a lot of good people in the NFL that understand that times are changing and people are different. I hope that everybody accepts him."

posted by rumple at 07:08 PM on February 12

Sacre Bleu! Los Angeles Lakers Run Out of Players

Has a puck ever split in two? I guess it must have but ......

posted by rumple at 09:49 PM on February 08

Sacre Bleu! Los Angeles Lakers Run Out of Players

What happens when a puck splits in two?

posted by rumple at 07:20 PM on February 06

Seattle Wins Super Bowl 0x30

Someone up thread linked to a site where a geek with too much time documents every score combination ever and yeah according to that 43-8 had never happened before. I don't know if anyone knew that before the game, it'd make a good Vegas bet (odds the final score will be unique for the last 100 years).

I'm not sure about 8-43 though, for some reason the site doesn't list that as a separate outcome. grum, I thought you might have some insight into that?

Denver just really got manhandled, which is a remarkable thing to happen to an elite professional team, but it happened.

posted by rumple at 04:01 PM on February 03

Seattle Wins Super Bowl 0x30

Smith also recovered a fumble, I think. But really a game like this someone on the Seattle defence has to win it, right?

posted by rumple at 12:24 AM on February 03

Seattle Wins Super Bowl 0x30

This was the first game in NFL history to end with a score of 43-8.

posted by rumple at 11:01 PM on February 02

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Super Bowl-a-Geddon Edition

1. Seattle by 14 +1

2. Percy Harvin

3. Russel Wilson

4. Wilson

5. Wilson

6. Thomas

7. Bennet

8. Geico?

9. 45

posted by rumple at 01:19 AM on February 01

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Championship Games-a-Ganza Edition

Patriots by 3

Seahawks by 11 +1

Manning +1

D. Thomas +1

Lynch

Sherman

posted by rumple at 11:35 PM on January 17

Dodgers Drive Money Truck to Kershaw's House

What seven year (or similar) deals for pitchers have worked out? Obviously he is young and highly accomplished but it seems (anecdata) that pitching is very high risk.

posted by rumple at 08:34 PM on January 15

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Round-a-Go-Go Edition

1. Seattle by 15 +1

2. Patriots by 5 +1

3. Panthers by 3

4. Broncos by 18 +1

5. Golden Tate

6. Golden Tate (because I wish my name was "Golden")

7. Earl Thomas

Hey I have 1 point, I am pretty sure these selections will guarantee me that Costanza

posted by rumple at 06:56 PM on January 10

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Wild-Card-a-Palooza Edition

Chiefs by 6

Eagles by 3

Bengals by 5

Packers by 9

QB: Rivers

RB: Lacy (GB)

Sack: Jordan (Saints), +1

posted by rumple at 12:33 AM on January 04

Piers Morgan Bowled Over

Someone so inclined could stream almost any of these matches at a place like crictime dot com, for example.

posted by rumple at 02:12 AM on December 30

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

That attack by Thornton is quite a bit worse than the Bertuzzi-Moore incident.

posted by rumple at 01:29 AM on December 08

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, no stranger to controversy north of the border, stepped into one of the more contentious issues in the United States Wednesday, declaring that the NFL's Washington Redskins should not change their name.

"To me, that's ridiculous," he told reporters on Wednesday. "What are we going to call the Cleveland Indians? The Cleveland Aboriginals?

I'm so proud to be Canadian

posted by rumple at 12:10 AM on December 06

New Year's Eve, 1975

I remember that series well, the final Murphy/Hawerchuk/Gretzky/Lemieux goal, I'll never forget that. But the 1975 game was the height of my kidly hockey geek and of course at that time there were barely any replays let alone sports shows, youtube, whatever - so it stands kind of pure in my memory and honestly it gave me tingles just watching the first 10 minutes.

posted by rumple at 11:24 PM on December 04

Fan tackles Marty the Marmot mascot during musical chairs at WHL hockey game

Oh yeah, the tea shoppes out here are abuzz with the scandal. The Hooligans!

posted by rumple at 01:24 AM on November 05

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The iPhone App store (in Canada at least) is blocking out the R-word.

Says it all, really.

posted by rumple at 06:35 PM on September 17

The Boston Bruins are the toughest team in the NHL

"We need aesthetics of violence, because violence is about pain, and pain is something we all need to understand. We need something in our culture that tells stories about it. Inflicting pain, enduring pain, owning pain. Mastering it. Making it- this thing that all humans instinctively fear, this thing that entire moral philosophies have been invented to avoid- yours. This is a fantasy many of us have and a narrative most of us will sometimes need. Maybe it was needed more when hockey players were birthed in mining towns and logging camps and fans came to the games from the factories and docks, when everyone who came to the barn came from a world of grinding, exhausting, injurious physical labor. Once upon a time it may have been easier to empathize with the idea that sometimes you need to take a blow to make a living- or deliver one to protect you and yours.

The kind of aesthetics- the emotional moments- that hockey provides are not exactly flourishing in the modern world, which is perhaps why the defenders of old-time hockey are so terrified of seeing them eroded further. This kind of art is important to them. They need it, and don't want it to be stripped away just because some other fans are unmoved. So they try to pretend it's necessary for winning and losing, because no one will have sympathy if you simply say, "it gives me the sort of feelings I want to feel.""

posted by rumple at 01:46 PM on June 14

Blackhawks Win Game 1 in Triple OT

As a Canucks fan, this series is going to be a weirdly excruciating schadenfreude sandwich.

I found myself clinging to a single positive hope - that Brad Marchand might have turned out to be the goat on the overtime goal. Nope, but probably more chances of that to come.

posted by rumple at 01:44 PM on June 13

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Manchester City's Carlos Tevez apparently lost his paystub. Count the figures to the left of the decimal, and weep. Something about seeing the pay in such a mundane setting is shocking. Not to mention the 24 GBP fine -- I'm sure that hurt.

Hope the server bounced back up gracefully

posted by rumple at 04:43 PM on November 28

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Just wondering where the Wednesday huddle is?

posted by rumple at 02:24 PM on November 28

Cole: Football Should Eliminate the PAT

Just make the PAT less automatic by changing it to, say, a 40 or 45 yarder. With the probability reduced to something like 75%, coaches will go for the 2 pointer more often, and misses will factor into a lot more games = more moments of intense interest for the fan.

posted by rumple at 03:25 PM on November 23