This deal really makes a lot of sense for both teams. It also makes St. Louis a really scary threat to the western half of the NHL. As much as I dislike Ott, he may be the key to this deal, upping the grit from medium to extra-coarse.
posted by Howard_T at 03:38 PM on March 01
They always know how to welcome sailors (and the liberty buses still drop us off there, too).
What happens on cruise stays on cruise. You're giving away all of our secrets. Is Green Street still open for the window shopping?
posted by Howard_T at 02:49 PM on February 26
this display of human achievement.
...and he never even took off his jacket!!! AMAZING
posted by Howard_T at 02:43 PM on February 26
Seoul, Korea, Olympics were spread out around the country. It did not seem to be much of a problem, since transportation within the country was fast and convenient. I was aboard USS Midway at the time. Along with another aircraft carrier (USS Carl Vinson, I think) we were playing "security guard" in the Sea of Japan. Other than riding out a pretty good typhoon the cruise was unexciting. We had a few days of liberty in Pusan, and there were some tickets for events available through the ship's special services. I opted for some of the local events that were held in the watering holes of "Texas Street" in Pusan. I've not been back to Korea since 1989, and there was no evidence of any positive or negative change in Pusan.
posted by Howard_T at 04:01 PM on February 25
Remember the Golden Rules:
Defense wins championships (and bronze medals too).
Singles hitters drive Chevrolets; home run hitters drive Cadillacs (and watch the world series on TV).
You drive for show and putt for dough.
There are probably a dozen related sports cliches like the above, but the last 2 games by the US show the truth of the above. Given a couple of guys who can score, a somewhat above average goaltender, and tight TEAM defense, you can usually defeat even the most high-scoring squad. Perhaps the talent is not there, but the US team looked like it was selected on the basis of goal scoring ability rather than 2-way hockey ability. Finland had only to look at the US-Canada tape to see what would work against USA. A bad bounce, slight defensive mistake, momentary lapse, and the scoring opportunity was there for the Finns. Meanwhile, Finland turned the neutral zone into mud, prevented clean breakouts by the US, and collapsed to the front of the net when in their defensive zone. The US team did not have the pure skating advantage over Finland or Canada that it had over just about everyone else in the tournament, so taking the puck wide and moving through the neutral zone on the perimeter were out of the question. USA Hockey might need to take a long, hard look at those who have selected and coached this team.
Of course, it may well be moot. The Tavares injury will go a long way to discouraging NHL participation in the Olympics. Whether to continue to build the sport in North America via Olympic participation or to continue to build solely through the NHL and college hockey is a tough question to answer.
posted by Howard_T at 01:54 PM on February 22
Often, when a score might indicate a one-sided game, the saying is "the game was closer than the score indicates". Canada vs USA today was quite the opposite. While USA had some chances, Canada never seemed to be in danger. The way they played in their defensive zone was very much like the Bruins, and since Claude Julien is an assistant, I think he might have had something to do with that.
In yesterday's women's game, the dueling CA NA DA and U S A chants got just enough out of synch that I swear I heard one that went "CA NA DA eh".
posted by Howard_T at 02:35 PM on February 21
I've a love-hate feeling about the semifinal pairings. True enough that the regional rivalries are great, and they should produce some great intensity, but Canada vs USA belongs as the gold medal game, not a semi. Sweden and Finland are both good enough to beat either US or Canada in a semi - or the final for that matter - but my North American bias insists on the 2 heavyweights in the final. My biggest fear is that US and Canada will burn themselves out against each other in the semi and the winner will have nothing left against the Scandinavian side.
posted by Howard_T at 02:44 PM on February 19
Kain Coulter says football is a job, and his $75K scholarship was his pay. Testimony on whether or not college football players should be allowed to unionize was heard by the National Labor Relations Board today (Tuesday).
posted by Howard_T at 11:49 PM on February 18
Aha! I think I've figured out the man in the hat. The 3 crowns on the top contain sensitive microphones that listen in on conversations to detect seditious thoughts. Since there are 3 microphones, they can use Timed Differential of Arrival (TDOA) techniques to actually locate the speaker. That's where the double eagle comes in. There are video cameras inside the beaks, computer-driven hardware points the cameras when anti-Russian speech is detected, and the man in the hat calls his colleagues in security into action. If problems arise, the baton-shaped device near the man's right ear is a taser, and the egg-shaped thing near his left ear is a gas grenade. And you guys actually think he's just a sports fan. How little you unsuspecting capitalist fools understand. Just look at the suspicious expression on his face. It's a dead giveaway.
OK, can I go back to the 1950s now? There are some commies hiding under my bed, and I have to find them.
posted by Howard_T at 04:05 PM on February 18
Today's sports news includes the opening of spring training for the Red Sox. Meanwhile, those of us who favor the team are asking "why bother?". If they are training for spring, it appears to have been canceled this year. We are sitting here under about 5 feet of snow, with more in the forecast. Now 'summer training' might be a more appropriate name for the activity, since there will be no spring here.
The real news out of the Boston camp is that their starting pitching log jam has been partly relieved. Ryan Dempster has decided to take a year off. He says he wants to take more time with his kids, and a disc problem in his neck is bothering him and may limit his pitching. It's nice to see a guy with enough integrity to walk away and leave money on the table. He could easily have gone through the motions, made it through spring training, gone on the disabled list, and collected his millions in salary. Instead, he chose to walk away, giving the team a break from the salary and allowing other pitchers more opportunity to get innings. Dempster's lifetime earnings are pretty close to the 9-figure mark, so it's not like he's taking much of a financial hit. Still, the honesty is refreshing.
posted by Howard_T at 03:42 PM on February 17
Xenon? Interesting post. I had not thought of any use for Xenon beyond lighting products. It's a lot less obvious than blood doping or PED use, there seem to be no harmful effects, as there are with steroids, so why should it not be legal? My opinion is that as long as a performance enhancing technique is not otherwise harmful and it is made available to all, then let it be used.
posted by Howard_T at 04:46 PM on February 16
Fritos vs Doritos, eh? Johnny, they are both made by Frito-Lay, a division of Pepsi. Please put bags and bags of them on your shoulder. You see, Pepsi stock is a part of my portfolio, and the more you consume, the happier I, and all of Pepsi's stockholders, will be.
Perhaps Johnny will be drafted by Houston. A dose of Bill O'Brien teaching him how little Johnny knows about NFL quarterback play might remove some of the hubris and actually turn him into a useful player. You can bet that if he runs his mouth (or Twitter account) too much, there will be some interesting things happening in the locker room.
posted by Howard_T at 10:52 PM on February 14
A couple of things I thought about when I heard this news:
The Statue of Liberty will no longer be the least mobile figure in New York.
The Yankees will try to take some credit for increasing attendance in the parks they visit as Jeter makes his final appearances there.
OK, end of snark. I can echo yerfatma's words, above, about Jeter. He played the game to the best of his ability, which until the past few years was considerable. He brought no disgrace upon himself, his team, or baseball in general, and served the game well with his ability and his actions.
posted by Howard_T at 04:30 PM on February 13
I could see Sam going to a team with an experienced head coach who has a history of successfully bringing in players perceived as locker room concerns, like New England, or one with an owner or GM that likes the reputation of taking bold risks, like Dallas.
Robert Kraft has been quoted as saying something to the effect of "If he can come in and help the team win, he can play here". That about sums up the attitude that should prevail, and judging from reaction to the news so far, will prevail. You can bet there will be some teams who avoid Sam like the plague, while offering excuses like their need for a player of his skill set or his potential to fit their defensive scheme. Sam was good enough to be the co-defensive player of the year in the Southeastern Conference, thus anyone who says his skill set "won't fit" might just be trying to hide from something. If he's truly that good, you should be able to fit your defense to him, rather than the other way around.
are you regularly being attacked by women who try to strip your clothes off and sex you?
yerfatma, is this a quiz? If so, I would love to answer "yes", but sadly it is not so. The truth is "irregularly, and only by women of advanced age".
posted by Howard_T at 03:18 PM on February 10
One of my personal indicators and my dividing line on being a civilized society or not is the ability for that society to form an orderly line for things.
By that standard, and by the usual behavior of automobile drivers in Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire, civilization is far away from us.
posted by Howard_T at 03:30 PM on February 08
I've had the joyful (?) experience of toilets in Asia, Europe, Egypt, and most of the US. None of them were any worse than a porta-potty, in a hot climate, that was long overdue for servicing. I must say that some of those in Egypt showed me exactly why one uses the left hand for sanitary purposes and never uses anything but the right hand for eating.
My introduction to Asian bathroom etiquette came on my second day as a young lieutenant on Okinawa. I sat on one of a row of toilets in my BOQ. Two of the ladies that cleaned the premises walked in, sat down - one on either side of me - and proceeded to have a long, animated conversation in Japanese. I can only guess at the subject.
posted by Howard_T at 05:29 PM on February 06
A local article showed the list of programs (all sitcoms) that would be displaced by CBS broadcasting NFL football. After looking at the list, I believe that for this reason alone, NFL football on CBS is worth it.
posted by Howard_T at 05:18 PM on February 06
I see that Bill Belichick and Peyton Manning were in the same foursome during a practice round at Pebble Beach. My question for Belichick would be, "Does Manning scream "Omaha" before every shot, or just off the tee?"
posted by Howard_T at 05:15 PM on February 06
The "Breaking Madden" stuff was great. Found myself scaring the cats by laughing uncontrollably. The short gif of "Mom" being knocked over by the snap was eerily similar to Denver's first play from scrimmage.
posted by Howard_T at 05:12 PM on February 03
Went up to Lincoln, NH to watch the Super Bowl with my son who was up skiing at Loon Mt. Didn't bring my laptop with me, so I'm a bit late commenting on the game.
The game was really disappointing. I didn't much care about the outcome -- there really was no good outcome for a Patriots fan -- but it looked like Denver was never really ready to be there. Seattle showed the efficacy of good preparation, good execution of the things they normally do, and the benefits of having a really good defense.
The commercials this year were really disappointing. The only notable ones were the stray puppy and Clydesdale bit from Budweiser and the time machine thing from Doritos. The time machine one had been previewed, so it lost some of its impact for me. Did the people who buy the air time know something we did not?
I watched portions of both the Puppy Bowl and the Kitty Bowl until the "cuteness" factor threatened to raise my blood glucose levels beyond what is safe. The best thing about these two shows is that the animals are all up for adoption. I would have my name in for a couple of the kittens, but I already have 3 adult cats, and I am in no need of further spontaneous entertainment.
Now that football is finally out of the way, all I can say is "Pitchers and catchers report in 12 days".
posted by Howard_T at 02:23 PM on February 03
ursus, since I find myself somewhat pressed for time during the summer, I find I'm unable to competently manage a fantasy team. This is my polite way of spinning it and saying I suck at fantasy baseball, but it is true. Thus, the Bloody Sox will no longer appear in the fantasy league. If you could post periodic updates on standings, trades, etc., to the SpoFi home page so I could keep up with things, it would be appreciated.
Anyway, my best to all who compete this year.
posted by Howard_T at 02:06 PM on February 03
the sartorial excellence that is the demonstrated here
I had a necktie with that exact pattern. It won me 1st place at many an ugly tie contest. Perhaps the intent is that the uniforms will interfere with the opponent's concentration.
posted by Howard_T at 03:29 PM on January 22
I'm loving rcade's timeline. Got that Dealey Plaza feel to it.
Now to find out who was on the "grassy knoll" with the teleprompter for Sherman.
posted by Howard_T at 02:23 PM on January 21
You get a fine if you start your 4th line?
How about a fine if you start 5 defensemen? My memory is a bit hazy on this, but my dad and I attended a game in January, 1969, in Boston vs Toronto in which Leafs' coach Punch Imlach put 5 defensemen on the ice to start the game. The intent was to start a brawl, put Boston's top players (Orr, Esposito, and company) into the box, or even better to the dressing room, and then use the advantage that might give Toronto to get an early lead. Basically, it is a 1-game trade of the likes of Mike Pelyk, Jim Dorey, Jim McKenney, and so on for Orr, Esposito, Hodge, and whomever else you can involve. Toronto had a couple of pretty good D-men at the time. Tim Horton, Pat Quinn, and Rick Ley could handle themselves well, but I wouldn't have wanted any two or three of them in exchange for Orr. I remember no action by the league, although Boston won the game, which I suppose was punishment enough.
posted by Howard_T at 02:18 PM on January 21
He has an out clause after five years.
Ah, but the more important question is whether the Dodgers have an out clause...
Ah, but the more important question is whether the Dodgers have an out clause...
The most important question is how many outs Kershaw can record over the next 5 years. Anything less than 2500 means the Dodgers got gypped. (Assuming about 175 innings per season).
Methinks it was not a money truck; it had to be a money convoy - of semis.
posted by Howard_T at 03:21 PM on January 16
An interesting analysis of Tom Brady's line calls in the game against Indianapolis was offered in the Boston Herald recently. All I really want to know is why are all linebackers named Mike?
posted by Howard_T at 02:31 PM on January 14
A knee injury sunk Titanic's career
I wonder if applying ice might have worsened things.
Great post about Tsujimoto. It had me laughing loudly enough to cause my son to ask if I had completely lost my mind (no great loss there, but...).
posted by Howard_T at 02:16 PM on January 14
I understand the NFL is contemplating a safety rule requiring LeGarrette Blount to wear a helmet equipped with flashing lights and a triple-tone air horn. Something that large, moving that fast is flat out dangerous to would-be tacklers.
posted by Howard_T at 02:49 PM on January 12
It doesn't take a large dog to inflict havoc. My 11-pound female cat is a dark tortoise shell color, and is nearly invisible in the dark. She also has a habit of lying at the top of the stairs at night - only during the summer when there's a cool breeze there. I've come close to falling over her, so now I make sure I feel my way around - gently mind you - with my foot. If I am close, she'll let me know with a loud meow.
posted by Howard_T at 02:44 PM on January 12
Penn State has opted to hire James Franklin form Vanderbilt as their new football head coach. Franklin is from PA, said all the right words about his hiring, and ran a pretty successful program at Vandy, a place known more for hoops and academics than football. There is a bit of a cloud over Franklin, as 4 of his players were implicated in a rape. He suspended the 4, and their trial is pending. Some have suggested that Franklin suppressed evidence in the case, but an investigation said not so. Still, after the Sandusky affair, the last thing Penn State needs is another tainted coach in the program.
posted by Howard_T at 10:02 PM on January 11
What's Dierdorf thinking? Giving up 2 points and gaining a chance to put the ball back to the Colts' 30 or so is quite preferable to the probable 7 that you would give up with a Colts' 1st & goal at the 2.
By the way, nice punt, Zoltan.
posted by Howard_T at 09:54 PM on January 11
Can someone please explain the case against Tim Raines? I'm at a loss.
I'd vote for him, but here goes my attempt:
Very competently said, grum. Now, how can we make you a BBWA member and get you a HoF ballot every year. I would be willing to bet that fewer than half of the BBWA HoF voters do as much research as you, and that's the whole problem. Perhaps no ballot should be accepted unless accompanied by an explanation of the logic behind it.
posted by Howard_T at 02:48 PM on January 09
Filled out a Boston Celtics season ticket holder survey on line recently. In it I indicated that I went back to about the 1952-1953 season in my fandom. Last night at the game one of the season ticket liaison reps came by my seat with a thank you gift. It was a montage of 4 black-and-white photographs of Celtics stars from the '50s and '60s. Among them was a photo taken at the Cincinnati Gardens around 1966 showing Boston's Tom "Satch" Sanders going up for a layup. What's great about the picture is the inclusion in the frame of the Royals' Jerry Lucas and Tom Hawkins, both greats of the game. It made my night.
posted by Howard_T at 09:27 PM on January 04
To all SpoFites everywhere, my best wishes for a very happy new year. Those who are east of the bulge of Brasil or west of Kiribati have had their celebratory toasts, while the rest of us are waiting for the midnight hour. There will be championships for some, disappointment for many, but in all may the spirit of friendly competition prevail.
posted by Howard_T at 09:24 PM on December 31
ESPN has the rights to the New Zealand - West Indies tour (first ODI here), so that's an easy way to watch for free from the US.
Thanks for the heads up, etagloh, I'll have to watch at least some of it. Some of my mom's family played cricket for clubs in Barbados and Trinidad, but I don't think any were good enough to make the West Indies squad. Still, I have to root for the team from my Bajan mom's home.
posted by Howard_T at 06:04 PM on December 30
the Chargers are nowhere near reliable
Nor were the officials. Alas.
posted by Howard_T at 05:57 PM on December 30
At one point when Eagle was driveling on nonsensically, Dan Fouts calmly and plainly told him to shut up
Too bad Fouts won't take his own advice. It was painful to listen to him mis-identify players time after time, as well as to hear analysis that could have been done with more insight by a twelve-year-old Pop Warner player.
Maybe it's because I watch too much football, but the quality of announcing, and particularly analysis appears to be declining. Too bad there are no more like Ray Scott, who told you who was involved in a play, the outcome, down and distance, and pretty much shut up otherwise. As for analysts, perhaps the networks ought to place an upper limit of words per game on them, and fine them heavily for every word that exceeds the limit. Extra fines could be imposed for excessive use of tired cliches, stale analysis, and inappropriate metaphors.
Poor Ed Hochuli got the Bills - Pats monsoon assignment.
I think Hochuli and crew were ready to kill Buffalo for all of the penalties, while hoping the Patriots would keep running the ball to move the clock along. 'Twas a bit damp out there. Too bad LeGarrett Blount didn't think about doing a swimming stroke or 2 after he dove in for his late TD. Then again, the NFL probably would have fined him for it.
posted by Howard_T at 05:55 PM on December 30
Early front-runners to replace him are...and Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien
O'Brien seems to be leading the popularity contest among coach shopping NFL teams . He is supposedly the front-runner in Houston, and now is in the mix for Cleveland. If O'Brien takes either job, he might be falling for some fool's gold. Perhaps he will make a lot more money in the short run, but at Penn State assuming a continuation of the success he has so far enjoyed, he would very likely have a well-paid lifetime gig. There's no accounting for individual preference here, but the long-term successful job at a major college program would seem to trump 4- or 5- years of high pay in the NFL meat grinder.
Assuming O'Brien takes an NFL job, whom does Penn State go after? My bet would be Greg Schiano, now unemployed. He ran a pretty good program at Rutgers, and he has a background with Penn State as a defensive backfield coach under Joe Paterno. Schiano has indicated that he would like to remain in the NFL, but his hiring to another head coaching position is somewhat improbable. It is more likely that he would take a coordinator position somewhere. If McDaniels leaves Belichick's side for Cleveland, he might wind up as Offensive Coordinator with the Pats, although his defensive background would seem to work against this. Nonetheless, he does have a good connection with Belichick, and there are a number of players on the Patriots who came from Rutgers or Tampa Bay.
How the roulette wheel will turn, and whose number will come up where always makes for some off-season fun.
posted by Howard_T at 05:39 PM on December 30
I know this is a day late (family gathering for Christmas dinner in CT), but the wish is no less sincere. I hope an pray that this will be a blessed Christmas for all, especially my fellow SpoFites. May your games be well-played and exciting, your teams be successful, and sportsmanship prevail.
posted by Howard_T at 03:53 PM on December 26
I saw this in the mail bag of one of the blogger's columns in The Boston Globe. Perhaps it will give some of us who really need to get outside more often something to think about during the holidays. Anyway, here it is:
A little green man wearing a black and white striped shirt has just landed his ship next to you. He blows his whistle to get your attention, and makes you an offer. He will give you a one-time round trip in a time machine, but the trip can only go back in time, not forward (just so you cannot make a pile in the sports books in Las Vegas). The other restriction is that you must go to a sporting event, and one game only.
I told you, the green man was wearing a black and white striped shirt. That should have been a clue. So what's your answer? I'm pretty sure this group of SpoFites can come up with some good ones. My pick was the USA vs Russia Olympic hockey game. No, not the well-known "miracle" of 1980. Rather, I would like to have seen live the 1960 game when a few college kids and a bunch of true amateurs beat the Red Army juggernaut. I saw it on TV, but I would love to have been there at the outdoor rink. Second choice for me would be any one of the 3 games between Red Sox and Yankees when Boston, largely on the heroics of David Ortiz, overcame a 3-0 series deficit to force the decisive game 7 that put the Sox into the World Series.
posted by Howard_T at 05:05 PM on December 24
It's not the worst thing I've ever seen, but I think it could use some tinkering. How about adjustment of draft position for signing a free agent from another team? MLB attaches the forfeiture of draft picks for signing free agents that have received a qualifying offer. Perhaps the NBA could do the same thing. The problem is that teams that have low picks would be encouraged to sign free agents, and the team losing the free agent would be stuck with little return. I've never been in favor of a team being able to "tank", and the ping-pong balls were not the solution. I always felt that the league commissioner was able somehow to rig the balls to penalize certain teams. Something like the wheel would put a premium on the ability to find worthwhile players in the middle and late rounds.
posted by Howard_T at 11:18 PM on December 23
What can you do in 0.2 seconds of basketball? Try this. The fun part is the prescient comment by Heinsohn.
posted by Howard_T at 03:22 PM on December 19
As Michael Corleone would say:
Adopt this attitude, and we will soon see the headline: "Sudden epidemic of broken legs in off-ice incidents strikes NHL players". The league will employ a team of "enforcement" personnel, all with names like Bruno, Luigi, ar Salvatore, to oversee the head injury prevention program. If nothing else works, this would be a sure-fire plan.
posted by Howard_T at 02:35 PM on December 18
Time for a bit of a rant about football color analysts and NFL officiating in general: Twice today there were non-calls of pass interference late in the game, one in NE-Miami, and the other in Green Bay-Dallas. Both calls were "tight", but still quite obvious, even in "real" time. In both cases, the color analyst made some comment about the referees "letting them play", one actually referencing that little time remained in the game, and the other not directly saying it, rather inferring it. My rant is that if said analysts think it might have been called in the first quarter, why do they think the referees should not call it late in the fourth. If there's no consistency in officiating, then say so. Don't try to make me believe that there is a secret section of the NFL rule book that applies only to the last 5 minutes of a game. This sort of inconsistency is just one more argument in favor of the NFL hiring full-time officials whose only job would be officiating. Sure, they only work once per week, but the rest of their week would be spent in much the same way players spend theirs - studying film and practicing. A crew would be able to critique their previous performances, with some league guidance in cases of poor performance. A couple of days could be spent scouting the next game, and practice on crew coordination, positioning, and field coverage would be useful. In other words, in a game being played by high-paid players, coached by high-paid coaches, in front of tens of thousands of fans at the stadium and possibly millions more on TV, with millions of dollars in playoff appearance money riding on the game, using amateurs, or at best semi-professionals, as officials is ridiculous.
posted by Howard_T at 08:53 PM on December 15
So is it simply the case that runners have historically "bowled over" the catcher and everyone including the umpires just accepted that- but it was never a legal move by the runner?
Obstruction, as defined in Rule 2.0, has always been pretty clear, leaving it to the umpire's judgement in determining when a fielder was actually in the act of making a play. The clever catcher would position himself such that a throw would come to him when he was in a blocking position. While this tended to push the envelope, it was not so obvious that it merited obstruction. If a catcher did not actually have possession of the ball as a runner was making hard contact, it was quite likely the catcher would be unable to catch the ball, let alone catch, turn, and tag.
The wording of the new rule has not yet been determined, but I think it might go something like this:
Plays at the Plate: If the catcher or any other fielder is in position to attempt a tag of a runner approaching home plate, the runner must avoid direct contact with the fielder. He may do so by a slide, taking a route to the plate that avoids contact, or by giving himself up. If the runner fails to avoid contact, the ball shall be declared dead, the runner shall be declared out regardless of whether or not a tag is applied, and if in the judgement of the umpire the contact is intentional the runner shall be ejected from the game.
This is similar to what appears in the high school rule book. It has been in use for a long time, and it has done its job in limiting serious injury. I had to apply it only once when a runner got caught in "no man's land", that is, too close to retreat, too far away to slide, and unsure of what to do next. He put his arms up to protect himself and ran into the catcher. I had no choice but to eject, and to his and his dad's credit, they were quite remorseful and apologized to me and to the other players involved. My response was that if the rule were not quite so hard and fast (no judgement of malice or intent, I would not have ejected him, but I had no choice. My report to the state association (ejection involved, report required) recommended that the automatic one-game suspension for ejection be waived.
posted by Howard_T at 03:09 PM on December 13
Per my previous comment, here's a bit of Johnny Most at his best and another from BuzzFeed with a couple of Jack Edwards' finest.
posted by Howard_T at 09:52 PM on December 12
As long as whoever is doing the play-by-play gets it right and calls it clearly, I can stand the overkill. Of course, I was raised on the late Johnny Most, Boston Celtics' announcer, and in my senior years I'm a great fan of Bruins' TV announcer Jack Edwards. Take it over the top if you will, just be entertaining and get it right.
posted by Howard_T at 02:56 PM on December 12
Prater's kick was made in high-altitude Denver, which helps kick distance
It's time for the dreaded asterisk to enter the NFL record book.
posted by Howard_T at 08:49 PM on December 09
Success speaks for itself. Some may object to the personality of 1 or 2 of them, but their records are indeed worthy of HoF induction.
posted by Howard_T at 08:47 PM on December 09
While my emotional side feels that Orpik deserved what he got, my rational side just cannot condone Thornton's actions. He'll get a lengthy suspension, and that will be that. In the meantime, what about Neal's hit on Marchand? Not only is that a case of targeting the head, it is also the lowest of cheap shots to knee the head of a player lying on the ice. Ericsson is out with his second concussion of the season while Orpik was "conscious and alert" at the hospital, was released to travel with the team, and may very well not miss any time at all. Many are saying that Orpik's hit on Ericsson was "borderline", but a careful look at the video shows Orpik raising his shoulder just enough to get the head. Had this been called perhaps the resultant mess would have been avoided.
Now we find out that another Bruin will miss significant time due to an injury sustained against Pittsburgh. Chris Kelly will be out for several weeks with a broken fibula suffered as the result of a slash by Pascal Dupuis. Pardon my Boston fandom, but it seems that Pittsburgh is connected to an awful lot of injuries to others due to "questionable" tactics. But when one gets too close to "our boy Crosby" or any of the other Pitt luminaries, the outcry from Penguins to the league offices is loud and long. I know I'll be yelled at for this, but it would be nice if Pitt would clean it up a bit.
posted by Howard_T at 09:22 PM on December 08
The deal for Ellsbury is entirely reasonable, and most of us here in BoSox Land had seen something like this coming for a long time. Good on ya, Jacoby, you've got your pile of money. You deserve it, even if it is from that group in NYC. As far as Ellsbury being brittle or fragile, the 2 serious injuries he has suffered were the result of a couple of pretty hard hits, and such as these are not likely to recur. What is likely is a deterioration of athletic skills over the term of the contract, but what NY is probably betting on is to have the deterioration not becoming serious for at least four years. As hincandenza points out, Ellsbury will profit from the ridiculous RF dimensions in Yankee Stadium. While he does have some power, I don't really think he will become a 40-40 player, nor do I believe he will flail himself into mediocrity. I see a 25 HR per year, .295 BA player who has good defensive skills, although not a particularly great arm. His value will be his potential for taking extra bases. The risk is a leg injury that causes a permanent decline in his running ability. this will reduce his defense to that of an average center fielder, and could mean a move into one of the corners. A slower Ellsbury will no longer be the base stealing threat, and while .295 hitters with some power are valuable, they are not MVPs. One other injury might give some problems, and that would be something that permanently affects his swing. If the OBP drops to something below average, then the base running threat is reduced. All in all, I would love to have had Ellsbury in Boston for a few more years, but not at that sort of money and not for that long. We'll see how it all works out.
posted by Howard_T at 04:38 PM on December 04
A woman charged with killing a fellow Alabama fan after the end of last weekend's Iron Bowl football game was angry that the victim and others didn't seem upset over the Crimson Tide's loss to archrival Auburn, said the sister of the slain woman.
One of the technicians at my dentist's office is a fierce, and I mean really fierce, Crimson Tide fan. I am cancelling any visits until the passion dies down. I have few enough teeth left as it is, I don't need any more losses.
posted by Howard_T at 04:12 PM on December 03
The 10 vote max thing needs to go.
Whenever there is a large class (>10), perhaps a first round elimination could be adopted. Base it on the "Hare" ballot, where instead of simply marking 10 choices from the field, the elector ranks his 10 choices from 1 to 10. When the ballots are counted a determination is made based on the number of electors how many number 1 selections will qualify a player for the final 10. Once any player has reached the number required, his number 1 ballots are screened to determine the number 2 selection, and these number 2 votes are added to the appropriate players and treated as additional number 1 votes. It sounds really complicated, but it's not so hard. The Episcopal Diocese of NH has been using this procedure to elect candidates for multiple seats for quite a while, and it works well. There is also a simple computer program for counting the votes that would prove useful when the electors are widely separated by geography.
No matter how it is done, eliminating any excess number of candidates should be done. The main thing is to do it without hurting the chances in future, less crowded, years of a player eliminated prior to the final 10. Perhaps he could be treated as if his retirement had been delayed a year, or he could be protected from the minimum percentage rule for a crowded year. Any such thing would still be preferable to the present system.
posted by Howard_T at 03:20 PM on November 30
Now some total jerk of a writer has sold his ballot to Deadspin. I don't care what you might think of the process as it exists now, but the HoF voters owe it to the nominees and more so to those now in the HoF to make some sort of intelligent, or at least justifiable, selection.
I pretty much agree with hincandenza's choices. While my WASP sense of morality dislikes the idea of the PED users like Bonds, Clemens, et al being elected, the evidence is that these guys had some real accomplishment to their credit before they used the bad stuff. For his nickname alone I think Fred McGriff - the Crime Dog McGruff - ought to be in. I do agree that his numbers fall just short to make it against this class. If Maddux is elected, Cooperstown will not be a safe place around the time of the induction ceremonies.
posted by Howard_T at 11:34 PM on November 27
Rose's injury is a meniscus tear. It must be a rather extensive tear to keep him out for an entire season. I had 2 tears at the same time in my left knee when I was in my mid-50s when I was umpiring. The arthroscopic surgery kept me off the ball field for about 3 or 4 weeks. True, umpiring does not involve the cutting, leaping, and fast stops of basketball, but it still requires mobility and quickness. While Im not exactly into conspiracy theories, could it be that losing Rose for a few weeks would put Chicago into a position where they were in the playoffs, but well down in the table, thus reducing their chances of getting to the NBA finals? Keeping Rose out for the season might just make the Bulls bad enough to finish out of the playoffs and give them a much better draft position. Gee, Ya think someone would really do that?
posted by Howard_T at 03:31 PM on November 25
All-in-all last night was an excellent example of a coach developing a defensive game plan, and then making a critical decision that was somewhat out of the norm. Denver's most effective weapon, even under the wind and cold conditions of last night, is Peyton Manning. He is the one player who can win the game nearly single-handedly. Conceding the run, even to the likes of Moreno and his 200+ yards, was the correct strategy. Over the larger part of the field, outside the red zone, Moreno could rack up good yards, but was unlikely to break one for a score. Facing the larger than usual contingent of defensive backs and quicker linebackers, Manning was effectively limited to the short game. Once Denver entered the red zone, the New England defense went to a more conventional set, and since the amount of field to cover was reduced, the defense was able to concentrate. It was a slight variation of the old "bend but don't break" scheme of former Patriots teams.
Taking the wind for the OT was an obvious decision. Manning's numbers against the wind were good, but not as good as those with the wind. Belichick had confidence in his defense being able to prevent a Denver touchdown on the first drive, and after that it became a field position battle in which one waited for the critical error by the opponent. In those circumstances, the wind at one's back was a decider. Having the strange bounce of a wind-blown punt be the deciding play was aesthetically displeasing to the purist, but to Patriots' fans it was beauty in the highest.
posted by Howard_T at 03:17 PM on November 25
I'm looking forward to Thanksgiving at my wife's stepsister's place. Her husband is a Gator through and through, while my son is a Penn State grad and Nittany Lion devotee. For the past couple of years, we've been on the receiving end of a lot of grief. I think it will be very quiet around the table this year.
posted by Howard_T at 02:55 PM on November 25
NE doing a fantastic job of reminding me to go to bed early.
In the words of that great philosopher and talking head, Lee Corso, "Not so fast, my friend." A TD drive and now a turnover deep in Denver territory has NE with 1st & goal at the 1. Stay tuned.
posted by Howard_T at 10:34 PM on November 24
I still have no idea why the Steelers insist on breaking out those horrid, striped throwback uniforms.
It is likely that someone in management told the team they would have to wear them every week until they started playing better. I guess the threat worked.
posted by Howard_T at 08:41 PM on November 17
"you're the sperm donor, aren't you?"
My 24-year-old son and I were riding the T (Red Line train) to the Celtics' game last night, when his eye caught an advertisement. It was seeking volunteer sperm donors, required donors to have a college degree, or to be pursuing same. They were also offering up to $1200 per month. My comment to him was that he ought to look it up. After all, why not make some spare change doing the things you usually do. No comment from son, other than a nervous snicker.
Congratulations to you and most deservingly to your wife, yefatma. Raise her right to be a true fan.
posted by Howard_T at 09:36 PM on November 16
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