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CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

BC by 12

Edmonton by 29

Montreal by 10

Hamilton by 5

posted by rumple at 02:16 AM on July 29

Lou Lamoriello new Maple Leafs GM

Yes the Leafs have a steep uphill - they are five years behind what smarter clubs realized when rebuilding, and the landscape is only becoming more competitive. It'll take a while before it is easy for them to sign decent free agents at reasonable cost as well, I suspect.

I just posted to the huddle this piece showing some Toronto media has soured on Lamoriello already :)

posted by rumple at 08:36 PM on July 26

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Knives in Toronto are already out for Lou Lamoriello.

Something, something, popcorn.

posted by rumple at 08:32 PM on July 26

Lou Lamoriello new Maple Leafs GM

There's this thing called "playoffs" which Leafs fans may need to learn about.

And yeah I can dream about them losing to the Sens, but in reality, this whole Shanascheme likely works and I hate them more than ever once they win the cup, dammit.

posted by rumple at 04:40 PM on July 24

Lou Lamoriello new Maple Leafs GM

The Leafs seemed to be strongly moving in the direction of the analytics and "fancy stats". I wonder what Lou's feelings are towards that? Is he too old for that? The league is definitely changing at the moment with smaller, fast, skilled players being more recognized. That could change of course but drafting a bunch of dinosaurs is not going to go well at the moment.

What the Leafs need to do the most in the next few years is draft well and draft often. Since the 1990s I'm to sure the Devils drafting has been anything to write home about and I'm not sure Lou himself is up to speed with the game these days.

It's going to be a good show either way, I'm actually hoping for a complete trainwreck that sees Babcock fired in March despite having the Leafs in first overall, and Lou moving behind the bench then getting blown out in the first round by the Sens.

posted by rumple at 12:20 PM on July 24

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Thanks DJE. I knew I couldn't be doing that well overall but couldn't be bothered to go back and check previous results either. Thanks for running the contest. I expect to put in s strong bid for the Costanza when all is said and done.

posted by rumple at 02:14 AM on July 23

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Calgary by 14

BC by 8

Edmonton by 10

Saskatchewan by 3

Also, it looks like some of the scores don't add up. OK, mine doesn't appear to add up.

posted by rumple at 10:30 AM on July 22

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Or how about Zach Johnson? Sure, he just won the Open. But he probably should have retired before the tournament began, don't you think? He's the same age as Tiger Woods: 39. His last major came in 2007 at the Masters, more than a year before Woods won his last major at the 2008 US Open. Woods won five tournaments as recently as 2013. Johnson had only won five tournaments over the previous five years.

I guess you should enjoy your Claret Jug, Johnson. But know that you don't deserve it. You should have quit the sport a week ago. That's indisputable sports media logic.

posted by rumple at 01:58 PM on July 21

Indiana Pacers to Wear "Hoosiers" Inspired Uniform

Yeah but at least those brands make the actual equipment. This is advertising for a movie. I guess the "Mighty Ducks of Anaheim" crossed that barrier, this should be derided to the same extent.

I suppose the trend for camoflauge uniforms is more or less Armed Forces recruiting advertising as well, though arguably more subtle than this example.

posted by rumple at 01:57 PM on July 21

Indiana Pacers to Wear "Hoosiers" Inspired Uniform

Isn't this basically the introduction of major advertising to North American sports uniforms (big 4 sports anyhow)?

posted by rumple at 12:59 PM on July 21

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

Montreal by 5

Edmonton by 7

BC by 4

Calgary by 10

posted by rumple at 11:43 AM on July 15

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Tiger Woods still has his sights set on Jack Nicklaus' majors record.

"I'm still young".

posted by rumple at 01:44 PM on July 14

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This is a funny and well-written piece on Australian Test Cricketer Shane Watson, a "galloping fridge"

The thinking around how to play Watson has been some of the knottiest, most complex intellectual work produced in Australia this century. [burn!]

In sympathy with these sudden, jolting shifts across the spectrum of play, Watson's management of his own body has been, perhaps inevitably, similarly confused: bulky one day, lissom the next, he's never hit on the best strategy to tune his frame this fragile tuba to its optimal pitch. It's almost as if the man, having tested seemingly every position in the batting lineup and experimented with wildly divergent styles of bowling and muscular conditioning, has ended up estranged from himself. He's become a stranger to his own physique.

In the process, he's also become a stranger to the Australian dressing room.

posted by rumple at 01:40 PM on July 14

Top women tennis players balance body image with ambition

Female athletes often face the femininity police -- especially Serena Williams

These particular insults, especially when lobbed at black women, are difficult to see as anything other than racist, especially given their history as ways to denigrate the womanhood and sexuality of black women. But, Williams isn't the first female athlete to endure this treatment; she isn't even the first tennis player. It's common for women athletes especially when they win to be derided as something other than women.

When Dominika Cibulkova lost to Sam Stosur back in 2012, she repeatedly stated that playing Stosur was "like playing a man". Amelie Mauresmo, former tennis dynamo, received flak about her sexuality, her gender and her physique. Martina Navratilova, widely regarded as one of the greatest tennis players of all time, was constantly derided as looking manly. And, when 6'8" WBNA athlete Brittney Griner showed off her dunking skills, she too was called "a man". Griner's response to the criticism? "Hey, that's my body, and I look the way I look."

Track and field athletes, soccer players, basketball players, tennis players, you name it: in any sport in which a woman has to actually train to be a formidable competitor, and has a physique that reflects that, you'll find discussion of their reputed sexual desirability (or supposed lack thereof) permeating the conversation.

posted by rumple at 01:36 PM on July 14

Top women tennis players balance body image with ambition

What's the equivalent in a male sport? A swimmer not shaving his body despite knowing they will lose 5/100 of a second? It's more or less unthinkable. Maybe some of the golfers who could be more fit, but then, they aren't really schlubbing off to enhance their looks.

The double standard for women is real enough. Change comes from both directions - (men) appreciate female athletic dominance however it looks; (women) don't leave anything on the red carpet?

Another factor here is the relatively revealing uniforms women often wear. If Serena had baggy shorts and men's tennis shorts her physique would be a lot less noticeable. Of course from her perspective, her physique may in fact be intimidating and a competitive advantage.

posted by rumple at 03:45 PM on July 13

Serena Williams and the Fear of a Dominant Black Woman

Yeah, the second comment on the Daily Beast article is:

I'm sure she has a prosperous future as leading spokesperson for Purina Gorilla Chow.

I flagged this yesterday but they haven't changed it.

I'm not sure racism is holding her back in a sporting sense anymore. Clearly she doesn't get the endorsements she perhaps would get otherwise. I find the central thesis that she is not more celebrated as a classic American story of an "unlikely rise against the odds from humble roots to dominate the world sporting scene" to be fairly compelling though. If she was a white woman from a backwoods Kentucky holler you can bet there'd be much more made of the character traits and hard work that got her to where she is. Instead she's commonly viewed as simply a contextless freak athlete when, as the article says, any of the top tennis players are also freak athletes by definition.

posted by rumple at 03:23 PM on July 13

Top women tennis players balance body image with ambition

The "I hate my muscles" quote is cited to 2005, when Kournikova was in the prime of her career. I agree it's jealousy, but not the retrospective kind, it comes from a time when she could have done something about it - at least experimented with her fitness levels and training to see if she could improve.

posted by rumple at 01:41 PM on July 13

GoFundMe Campaign Raising Money for Fenway Fan Struck by Bat

It seems like the Red Sox could cover that $30,000 out of sofa change. Possibly they don't want to suggest liability or something? I wonder if the players could do more?

Trying to keep my values calibrated BUT I hope they don't mandate nets along the sidelines. The big nets in hockey which brought in after that poor girl died in Minnesota are a real detraction from the atmosphere.

posted by rumple at 12:25 PM on July 13

Top women tennis players balance body image with ambition

Her comments do reek of sour grapes though (she was a loser relative to them), and the context of the book chapter you link is anti-Williams racist attitudes, so this might well be a case of Kournikova "othering" the Williams sisters.

posted by rumple at 12:22 PM on July 13

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

World's largest slingshot

posted by rumple at 11:55 AM on July 11

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three

Ottawa by 3

Winnipeg by 5

BC by 10

Toronto by 7

posted by rumple at 11:15 PM on July 08

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

Winnipeg by 7

Montreal by 5

BC by 4

Toronto by 12

posted by rumple at 08:09 PM on June 29

The 11th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Montreal by 3

Calgary by 15

Edmonton by 10

Winnipeg by 5

posted by rumple at 03:07 PM on June 23

Ex-Met Darryl Hamilton found dead in murder-suicide

Oh yeah, forgot about McNair. Didn't know about Hartman. Still, without anything to back it up, it seems like the murder-suicide is almost quintessentially a male crime.

posted by rumple at 01:49 AM on June 23

Pete Rose bet on MLB games while an active player in those games.

It's fairly hypocritical of baseball, a sport that has seen it's share of cheating scandals and overall bad behaviour, to decide that there is one single kind of misbehaviour that will get you a life sentence. I mean, wasn't it like way back last week that the Cardinals were found to have hacked another team's intellectual/commercial property? Baseball has this holier than thou thing going on which is frankly ludicrous and a figleaf on what is a cut-throat business.

It's like the NCAA, full of some terrible shenanigans, but OMG if an athlete gets a free pen then pin his ass to the wall. Obviously what Rose did was not right, and obviously he's kind of a jackass which doesn't help his case, but enough is enough.

posted by rumple at 01:46 AM on June 23

Tokyo 2020 Committee Releases Short List of New Sports

Skateboard would be cool too. Amazing skills and it would attract a good demographic which always seems to matter in these things.

I'd watch downhill longboard races!

posted by rumple at 01:39 AM on June 23

Ex-Met Darryl Hamilton found dead in murder-suicide

Was not expecting him to be the murdered one. I can't think of another woman-instigated murder suicide. Very sad all around. And the poor baby.

posted by rumple at 09:57 PM on June 22

Tokyo 2020 Committee Releases Short List of New Sports

Squash seems like a no brainer. Very widely played and demanding high athleticism.

I'd live to see some climbing events too. Such great athletes.

posted by rumple at 09:53 PM on June 22

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Comparing pitstops across motorsports.

posted by rumple at 01:53 PM on June 21

Max Scherzer Has Perfect Game Through 8 2/3, But Hits Tabata

What's up with the chocolate sauce thing?

posted by rumple at 02:21 AM on June 21

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It seems like these top flight athletes should be able to, tired or not, just metronomically drain 95% of free throws. I mean, look what those biathlon athletes can do when completely maxxed out.

But basketball has never been my thing mainly because I never grew past the knee high stage, so who knows. I was more of a low centre of gravity rugby player wherein finesse under stress was actually maladaptive.

posted by rumple at 05:55 PM on June 15

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Speaking of basketball (which I don't really follow) but not the current series, I thought this image of a recent LA Lakers team free throw percentage in practice vs free throw percentage in games was pretty interesting, to see who drops off the most under pressure.

(Not sure how to do inline images that aren't the wrong size)

posted by rumple at 12:48 PM on June 15

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Players from the losing team have won MVP (Conn Smythe) in the NHL a few times. Always a goalie who's dragged his team to the finals IIRC.

posted by rumple at 12:46 PM on June 15

American Pharoah vs. Secretariat

The 2015 announcer sure sounds like a robot compared to the 1973 one, who sounds like a deranged fan in the best way.

posted by rumple at 01:46 PM on June 12

Corey Crawford Comes Up Big as Blackhawks Even Stanley Cup at 2

I think Duncan Keith is ahead right now, since Toews and Kane have dried up a little.

Tampa is pretty wide open, could be Johnson if he scores a few more, could be Bishop if he is great down the stretch, could be Hedman.

posted by rumple at 01:17 AM on June 12

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Lawrence Phillips: letters home from prison

posted by rumple at 03:15 PM on June 07

Enter the Women's World Cup Confidence Pool

Worked for me, thanks rcade.


Bribery scandal follows FIFA to Women's World Cup.


Toronto media trolls the rest of the country.


Also, there is the small matter of Edmonton. This requires some delicacy.

Edmonton, God love you. In some ways you are the romantic home of soccer in Canada. But when the whole country has to stand up in front of the rest of the world, you can't be the first one talking. We just need you to stand there quietly, looking supportive.

No, no, not in front. They'll see you. Stand behind Vancouver. No, on the other side of Montreal. All right, why don't you just crouch down behind Halifax and we'll hope everyone thinks you're Ottawa.

Of course the author goes on to equate Liverpool with Sunderland which shows he's not really that into soccer.

posted by rumple at 03:52 PM on June 05

Matthew Dellavedova and the Australian Way.

Great article with fun links, thanks.

Takeaway is, Australia is a country full of Brad Marchands. Not sure how you feel about that.

posted by rumple at 01:40 AM on June 02

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Easily one of the best goals I have ever seen. Maybe the best in terms of individual wizardry. Better than his famous "dribble through the other team from the half" goal anyway.

posted by rumple at 05:32 PM on May 31

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One of the more vividly disturbing boxing pics I have seen for a while.

posted by rumple at 03:10 PM on May 31

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

.... and Blatter re-elected.

posted by rumple at 03:49 PM on May 29

Blackhawks Force Game 7 With 5-2 Win Over Ducks

More on Keith the Freak

This is an amazing series, the best hockey I've seen in years. My partner is from Chicago so I am sucking it up as a Vancouver fan and rooting for the Hawks.

It's not uncommon to see four or five Hall of Fame locks on the ice at one time, the top end of talent on these teams is ridiculous. It's hard to imagine either the Bolts or the Rangers hanging with whoever wins in the west.

posted by rumple at 12:34 PM on May 28

Calvin Peete

"Tradition, they can keep it," he said. "Asking a black man about the tradition of the Masters is like asking if he enjoyed his forefathers being slaves."

posted by rumple at 02:05 PM on April 29

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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