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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

Islanders head west

But they won't get revenue from parking, concessions, etc., in the way that is supposedly essential for modern NHL teams to survive and which is a main reason they lobby for public funds for new arena construction. It doesn't add up at all.

posted by rumple at 01:27 PM on October 25

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Zidane's headbutt is immortalized in Paris.

posted by rumple at 05:55 PM on September 26

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs Pickem, Round 2

oh dammit, forgot. OK I will pick against the games already played, so to speak.

Washington in 7

St Louis in 7

Flyers in 5

Nashville in 7

posted by rumple at 02:29 PM on April 29

Power (Dis)Play? Teams In Black Draw More Penalties

and goofy assertions

It's part of the Scientific process to have and eliminate alternative hypotheses.

Also, it's a 10% difference in penalties called, which given his sample size is huge, it does beg for an explanation. So the old "correlation doesn't equal causation" thing is, as usual, a red herring.

posted by rumple at 08:38 PM on April 26

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Think North American professional leagues are aiming for parity? Two extremely close final standings tables from professional soccer leagues.

posted by rumple at 02:24 PM on April 18

NBA May Add Sponsor Logos to Jerseys

Hmmm. Fiskars could sponsor the Clippers. Red Bull will sponsor the Bulls, obviously. Fruit of the Loom gets the Knicks. And I dunno, V1agra gets the Heat.

posted by rumple at 02:17 AM on April 18

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs Pickem

Rangers in 6

Boston in 5

Panthers in 7

Pittsburgh in 6


Vancouver in 5

San Jose in 7

Nashville in 6

Phoenix in 7

posted by rumple at 04:07 PM on April 11

Knicks Starting Point Guard Suffers Linjury

He'll be walking with a linp for a while.

posted by rumple at 09:13 PM on March 31

Super Bowl Pick 'em

Patriots by 10

Under

Patriots

Patriots

Defence

posted by rumple at 05:49 PM on February 03

NFL Playoff Pick'em, Championship Round

New England by 6
49ers by 11

Worst Rusher: Tom Brady -3.0

Longest reception: Gronkowski 44 yds

Third Down: 49ers - 62%

Red Zone: 49ers - 62%

posted by rumple at 02:08 PM on January 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Beckham signs up for two more years with LA Galaxy.

posted by rumple at 09:28 PM on January 18

Patriots Win Laugher Over Broncos

By definition, about half the teams in the league are going to consider an "average quarterback" to be an upgrade.

posted by rumple at 01:03 PM on January 16

NFL Playoff Pick 'em, Divisional Round

What? No one picked Brady for long punting average? Never have I been so disappointed in the collective wisdom of Spofi.

posted by rumple at 10:28 PM on January 15

NFL Playoff Pick 'em, Divisional Round

San Francisco by 5

New England by 20

Baltimore by 11

Green Bay by 14

Receiver: Welker

Quickest: Green Bay

Punter - Turk (Houston)


Hey -- on the scoresheet you have folkways bolded for four points but credited with three.

posted by rumple at 10:55 PM on January 13

Alain Vigneault is desperately concerned about the health of Brad Marchand

This is the most bullshit front page post I've ever seen on SportsFilter. Get your own blog, for chrissakes.

posted by rumple at 09:36 PM on January 09

NFL Playoff Pick 'em

So I didn't follow the NFL at all this year, but since there is 10 minutes left to have some fun with it, here goes:

Cincinatti by 7

New Orleans by 11

Pittsburgh by 8

Giants by 10

Kicker - Suisham

Running Back - Benson

Turnovers - Pittsburgh

posted by rumple at 03:44 PM on January 07

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

That's a good question, but it's one that could be asked on 10 plays a game when the first tackler on the ball carrier (especially WR, or punt returns) comes in with no use of arms and just tries to lay his shoulder in hard. It's almost a cliche of old fart commentary that tacklers these days aren't using their arms, wrapping up the ball carrier, "football fundamentals", etc.

If Harrison hits McCoy in the chest, not wrapping him up at all, but knocking him on his ass nonetheless, then it is not some kind of remarkable, unusual "not using his arms" tackle - it's something you see multiple times every game.

posted by rumple at 04:24 PM on December 10

Colt McCoy's Dad Rips Browns for Playing Him After Hit

It is connected, in that if your loved ones are not allowed to speak up to protect your health, especially when you might have your noggin knocked into not the best of shape, and when you are enmeshed in an extremely macho subculture, then insularity of influence is part of the problem leading to concussions.

In short, McCoy's dazed response was to say he was fine and go back in. The coach's response was to let him. Those are not rational decisions.

Yes, in a general sense a dad shouldn't fight a man's battles, but dammit, someone has to advocate for his brain and huge respect to his dad for crossing that line.

posted by rumple at 04:11 PM on December 10

Colt McCoy's Dad Rips Browns for Playing Him After Hit

This seems like a bigger issue than the hit itself in many ways, in that it gets to the most important systemic problem - repetitive hits to the head causing permanent brain damage. A concussed but functional player on the field is a sitting duck - and he threw a completely lame interception right after -- I mean, that is itself a sign of concussion, no? It's not just the guys who get carried off the field unconscious I worry about, as much as it's the guys getting whacked and then going back in, or those whose entire game is a series of 50 sub-concussion head butts along the line.

But the culture of football states that getting your bell rung is part of the game - and yet if there was proper sidelines procedures then if nothing else, the coaches running out of players would change the head-centric nature of the game (and yeah, I'm talking about lineman play here with routine smacking of heads, as well as open field tackles).

rcade - yeah, he will lose his "man card" and that too is another symptom of the problem.

But you know, his dad is not "probably right", he is absolutely 100% right and it's a breakthrough that he is speaking up.

If a culture of disgust and ostracization could arise among players, coaches, parents, and others for chronic offenders that might also help. Matt Cooke, for example, is a bit of a pariah in the NHL, even his own teammates barely tolerate him as a necessary evil (true in Vancouver well before the Savard hit, all the rumours were he was held in contempt, and yet play on he does.....). In the NHL, the recent poll of players was strongly in favour of fighting across the board, while equally strongly in favour of eliminating head shots. Seems kind of contradictory, but I guess there is a sense the former follow from the latter, or at least prevent the latter, and the notion that maybe ?50% of the players will never have a fight in their whole career but any one of them could get Cooked.

My solution - put accelerometers into helmets and have that as part of the diagnostic criteria - above a certain G, then sit out of the game, or a mandatory check up in the doctors office, off field, away from coaches.

posted by rumple at 03:32 PM on December 10

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I don't at all have a dog in this fight, but it certainly looks to me like the QB has tucked the ball under his arm and then at the very last minute he pulls it back and tosses the pass. I've seen a lot of quarterbacks scramble and I don't recall them tucking the ball until it is clear they are going to run.

My question is, does that make any difference - tuck or no tuck? I get the ball wasn't in his hand at the time he was hit, so late, but then when Harrison is lining him up the ball is in the tuck and not in a throwing position. His decision to suddenly untuck and throw is not that common from the football I have seen and maybe it somehow fooled Harrison too.

Anyway, the overall concern is the massive helmet to helmet hit which should never be tolerated under any circumstances and warrants a suspension, late or not.

posted by rumple at 03:17 PM on December 10

The Physical Toll of Being a Goon

This is an excellent series which I've been reading for the last few days. I don't recall if it is mentioned in the article, but no surprise the recent news that Boogard's brain shows advanced Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).

It is really worth reading the short journal or mini-biography Boogard wrote shortly before his death. The Times has a eccentrically-formatted facsimile of it as well as a transcription (click the "text" tab). It is such a vivid account of growing up on the Prairies in youth hockey culture - it is rare to see such an unlaundered, unedited, so intensely naive account of that way of life. I found myself completely drawn into it - it's comparable to another Canadian classic of working-class memoirs: Roger Caron's Go-Boy.

The facsimile is perhaps a sad window into disordered thinking.

Anyway, Boogard had a lot of fights in Junior and took a lot of shots to the head before he learned how to really use his size. With his limited ice time I wonder if he is the key case of CTE being caused by hockey fights versus the chronic head-smacked-into-boards scenario. It seems in the NFL that it is the routine smacking of heads which may be causing the problem as much as the big impact concussions. I guess what I am saying is, the means by which CTE is produced in Hockey is not yet understood. Boogard's fate suggests fighting, but Rick Rypien's fate - a fast skater who could really play, got significant ice time all through junior, and delivered a lot of hits along the boards as well as fought a fair bit - suggests it is not necessarily that simple.

posted by rumple at 12:39 PM on December 06

NHL governors adopt radical realignment plan

Another nice map.

I saw a comment to the effect that having the top three teams per division, plus four wildcards would be more fair vs the 4/8:4/7 model. And another comment (I have no original thoughts) that the TB/Florida placement was because the Canadian teams are a huge draw with the Florida snowbirds and retirees from Canuckistan.

posted by rumple at 11:36 PM on December 05

NHL governors adopt radical realignment plan

* Boston, Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Buffalo, Florida and Tampa Bay

Two of these things are not like the others .....

The four respective Conference champions would meet in the third round of the Playoffs, with the survivors playing for the Stanley Cup.

I guess it will be A vs B, and C vs D in the semis? Article doesn't say.

This is good for Vancouver in that it makes way more games within the PST zone, and cuts out the long intra-division Minnesota road trips. Also the play every other team home and away each year makes so much effing sense I am surprised they implemented it.

The seven team vs eight team structure does raise fundamental issues of fairness though. 4/7 chance vs 4/8 chance of making the playoffs is a huge deal. Also, the first two rounds of the playoffs being intra-division [*kaff* "conference"] does raise spectre of monotony of matchups year in year out.

Which might be the monotony of getting clock cleaned by the resurgent Oilers for the next five years.

posted by rumple at 10:40 PM on December 05