The Astros are a baseball team?
posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:53 AM on March 04
Fangraphs reviews last year's bunt doubles.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 02:02 PM on March 03
Meanwhile, a level below the top in England yesterday, bottom side Yeovil Town had three players sent off and scored an own goal and still got a point away to seventh-placed Reading.
Including the 8 minutes of added time, Yeovil had to play 32 minutes with 10 men-v-11, 28 minutes with 9-v-11 and 11 minutes with 8-v-11.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:37 PM on March 02
Oh, the Sterling currency symbol still doesn't work unless I do & pound ; like this £.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:47 PM on March 02
Newcastle have fined Pardew 100,000 and added in a formal warning about his conduct.
This will be on top of anything that comes from the FA.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 08:38 PM on March 01
Zlatan had to hit one with his weaker foot last week.
Another where the keeper's probably fortunate he didn't get in the way.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:36 AM on February 24
What a way for Selanne to go out.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:24 PM on February 22
posted by Mr Bismarck at 04:39 PM on February 20
"Is the use of Xenon in sports noble?"
posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:33 AM on February 16
I'm sad I didn't see this before the Superbowl.
Now they need to do one for cricket.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:08 PM on February 13
I thought the men's hockey started tomorrow. Guess the confidence pool is out.
The USA men have their first game tomorrow. As far as US TV is concerned that's the same thing as hockey starting tomorrow.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 03:37 PM on February 12
Two minutes to play in the third quarter and the Latvian goalie is up to 36 saves and onto the smelling salts to keep him upright.
Still 0-0. It's a shame they have shootouts in the group stages, because I could happily watch this game for another hour.
Edit : Wow... the Swiss broke from behind their own net and scored with 7 seconds to play. This was never a great game, but it was a really tough, good one for the full 60. I'll take a lot more of that please.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 02:11 PM on February 12
The USA-Canada Ladies Hockey game this morning was fun. The Canadians get to feel good with the win and the US get to feel aggrieved that Canada's second goal probably wasn't, as it sounded like the whistle went with the puck on, but not over the line.
The six-on-four to finish was exciting too.
Meanwhile, in men's hockey, the Latvian goalie has made about three different saves with his head. They keep stopping the game to ask him if he knows where he is. I'm not sure how hard you need to be hit to get that one wrong.
I love the big ice in the Olympics.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:20 PM on February 12
NBC.com's "live" Olympic coverage this morning was the 2010 men's ice hockey gold medal game. I realise there's no events today, but was still sort of miffed they'd give up on being able to preview stuff, or show more detail from yesterday in favour of a four year old hockey game.
Then I ended up watching the whole thing again and my heart was still pounding when the US pulled their goalie at the end, even though I know the result.
Great game. But seriously, NBC. You paid to cover the Olympics. Cover the Olympics.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:31 AM on February 07
NFL Helmets, (AFC here), from a long time ago and far, far away.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 02:27 PM on February 03
Wilson's so cheap they could even afford to waste $11,000,000 on Zach Miller this year and have money left over.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:06 PM on February 03
Wilson was good and the Broncos really struggled with is mobility - even when they got him in their plan of making him roll to his left - but I don't see how he gets MVP of that game.
Then during Smith's MVP presentation, a 9/11 Truther shows up. I presume the Broncos were running security for the press conference.
Meanwhile, I read somewhere that this was the first time in AFL/NFL history a game has finished 8-43.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:09 AM on February 03
There's your two point conversion. That's the set.
Unless we're counting drop kicks.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:15 PM on February 02
At least the Patriots scored first in that one.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 07:59 PM on February 02
Safety for first score and kick off off the crossbar. There's a lot of side bets coming in tonight.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 07:12 PM on February 02
Fastest score in superbowl history!
posted by Mr Bismarck at 06:36 PM on February 02
Everyone's favorite player Mr. Derrick Brooks announces that he's made the HOF. Way to blow the news.
More importantly, Ray Guy finally made it in.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:30 PM on February 01
Barca lost at home today, for the first time since April of 2012.
The two Madrid sides can both move past the Catalans tomorrow.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 05:53 PM on February 01
Barry being sent off for injuring one of his own teammates would have been funny.
Also funny - Props to the Manchester United's fans sense of humour last night, for singing "we're staying up" as their win lifted them to the magic 40 points.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:58 AM on January 29
Seeing how that game is going, you should probably keep drinking.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 03:57 PM on January 28
Chelsea got past Stoke today to move into the fifth round of the FA Cup and the subsequent draw pulled out :
Arsenal vs Liverpool.
Manchester City vs Chelsea.
Magic of the cup!
posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:43 PM on January 26
Dammit. Every time I post here recently it ends up a double.
So here's a group of Cincinnati Bengals' monkeys, riding dogs, herding some rams.
England will be delighted if they make it to a game requiring a penalty shoot out at this world cup.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:50 PM on January 22
"Mr. Bismark: You image does not work for me."
You are not ready for those pants.
I would watch curling with UBoats.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 02:06 PM on January 22
posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:49 PM on January 21
Say hello to the Norwegian Olympic Curling team.
Without seams on the ball, how would it work? DID YOU THINK ABOUT THAT?
A cricket ball has seams. There's even a type of bowler called a "seam bowler."
Seam bowling is typically faster than a Spinner's deliveries and it is trying to incorporate randomness, like a Knuckleballer, but that randomness comes from the seam hitting the dirt.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:37 AM on January 21
If I have this right, a Knuckleball gets its unpredictability from the Pitcher trying to do literally nothing with the ball, so that aerodynamic forces take over and even the Pitcher doesn't know what the ball is going to do.
I don't think there's an analogous delivery from Cricket Spinners - even the "Arm ball" has a bit of backspin on it and can be deliberately made to move the other way off the ground.
If you switch to a much looser definition of Knuckleball - "the Pitcher has no idea where this is going" - then the only way you could have something similar is with a Spinner who decides on spin type, speed and the flight of the delivery and then lands exactly on the dry crack in the surface he's aiming for. The ball will pick up extra action from the cracked surface, but even then it's more likely to exaggerate the action the spinner put on the ball, rather than do something completely unpredictable.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:34 AM on January 21
"Here's a crazy idea."
"Make it illegal for quarterbacks to run the football"
And deny us Manning's glacial bootleg touchdown against the Cowboys? What's wrong with you?
posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:34 AM on January 20
Game of Throwns?
I'll get my coat.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:20 PM on January 19
"air drop screenprinters"
Haven't the SEALs expanded to include a team for this purpose yet?
No doubt Denver also has shirts printed already, they just haven't been photographed on sale. I'm sure the shirts won't be overblown on ESPN tomorrow if the Pats lose.
Still, if results go in favour of Manning, the picture will go nicely in the scrapbook alongside the Ray Lewis retirement party billboard and the 19-0 Trademark application.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:17 PM on January 19
"Hey everybody, it's Hockey Day in Canada, let's celebrate our game!!"
"This content is currently unavailable."
What is it? ESPN's hockey coverage?
posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:53 AM on January 19
What. The fuck.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:38 PM on January 18
Manchester City scored their 100th goal of the season today and then added three more.
They still have sixteen games to go just in the Premier league and they're averaging very nearly four goals a game at home.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:43 PM on January 18
Roger Goodell's GMail account hacked...
You win, nerds.
Also, thumbs up for Jerry Jones' email address.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 02:02 PM on January 16
"my Google-fu did"
Possibly because I made it when you mentioned a GIF.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:50 PM on January 15
posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:46 PM on January 15
Peyton Manning explains "Omaha."
The answer isn't as funny as the face he pulls in reaction to the question.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:30 PM on January 15
Randall Cunningham hit something like a 90 yard punt once against the Giants.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:15 PM on January 13
Also home of "Britished Logos" and regular comics, like Kyle Romo.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:37 PM on January 05
Angry Bama woman attack!
Her super power is booze.
Props to, well, everyone, for not hitting her back.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:25 PM on January 03
I'm trying to find the link, but the Frankenstein's Quarterback of Weeden, Hoyer and Campbell combined would have been about sixth-to-eighth in the league for yards and touchdowns this year. Which is good considering they have one Wide Receiver and traded away their starting back.
I also read that passing to that "one wide receiver" Cleveland QBs have a passer rating of 100+. Passing to everyone else they're at a rating of about 67.
Edit : It's a throw-away in this preview page on Grantland. Search for the Jets-Browns notes.
"If Jasobriandon Campoyereeden were a person, he'd be sixth in the NFL in passing yards and seventh in TDs. "
posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:40 AM on December 30
No doubt - and even one level higher as they put an Offensive Line coach - Juan Castillo - in as Defensive Co-ordinator. After that it's not really a surprise that players were asked to work outside their specialised and preferred roles.
Asomugha made his living in Oakland playing between the receiver and the Quarterback and using the sideline for help. At which point you could forget about that side of the field and Oakland would play a high low Safety mix. Meanwhile, in Philly, Castillo had the defence roll assignments about, meaning you could take Asomugha out of coverage simply by using motion, at which point he'd shift responsibility to some sort of deep safety role and he's just not the same player in space.
There's a play at the end of the game against the Giants last year, where New York needs a score with time running out. The Eagles play some sort of cover 3, but with the Giants throwing three receivers to the left, instead of playing off cover for his deep third, Asomugha comes up to press the receiver, maintains a perfect trail position and would have had an interception if not for the receiver he was covering mugging him and drawing a flag.
I'd have to imagine that maintaining elite play at Corner into your 30s is hard - Champ Bailey is some sort of freak - but Philly could have got a lot more out of Asomugha if they'd got out of their own way.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:26 AM on December 30
Belichick has unfinished business in Cleveland. I think he should go back. Please.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:33 AM on December 30
ITYM 'to the delight of an audience'
Indeed. Shane Warne tweeted that Brett Lee had an entire country behind him in his assault on Morgan. "And I don't mean Australia."
I have some admiration for Morgan taking his lumps, but if he actually stood his ground, (like he was accusing England of failing to do), then he wouldn't have been hit at all. The only way Lee hits you bowling four feet outside leg stump is if your sphincter has tightened and you're trying to run away.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 04:05 PM on December 29
So I'm questioning what the cricket pitcher (bowler?) showed here.
Nothing. Exactly the same thing Lee yorking the off-stump six times would have shown.
The comparison to baseball doesn't stand up. Deliberately and repeatedly bowling at the body is a legitimate tactic in cricket, with a long history.
I'd be in favour of everyone who says something dumb on Twitter having to face six short ones.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:01 AM on December 29
If anyone gets the opportunity to watch a re-run of tonight's Anderson Silva vs Chis Weidman fight, just... don't.
Weidman's only serious issue in the first fight was in dealing with Silva's kicks, so he worked on checking those all through this camp. In round two he got his knee in place to check a very hard kick and Silva's leg went the full Theismann.
No one needs to see that.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:36 AM on December 29
If they had a subscription channel that just played Piers Morgan getting hit with a cricket ball for 19 hours a day I'd buy that.
What's Merv Hughes doing these days?
posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:59 AM on December 28
1982, Estadi de Sarria in Barcelona to see Italy vs Brazil. One of those moments that completely change your outlook, when you're a kid. I watched a European team play defence for 90 minutes and be largely outclassed and still beat Brazil.
Interestingly, while I was running around my front room celebrating at the result, the person who would go on to be one of my best friends 20 years later was running out of his house to lay in a field and cry because he couldn't believe Brazil could lose.
I also like watching this one to be reminded of just how quick Socrates was, for a guy who smoked a couple hundred cigarettes. Per game.
Brazil - France in 1986 would also be a good one to get to watch again. Joel Bats had saved a penalty from Zico in regular play and then the penalty shoot out was intense.
Socrates had started doing this slow runup, scoop-shoot penalty in the top corner and I'd never seen a keeper get near it. Then Bats flew up to the corner to turn it away.
Ipswich 6-0 Manchester United in 1980 would also be a good stop to make.
Perhaps you could just drop me back in May 1978 before Ipswich won the FA Cup and leave me there and I'll work my own way back.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:44 PM on December 25
I'll always love the Lions for giving a job to a Quarterback called Chuck Long.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:34 AM on December 17
Stats for Rudolph R. N. Reindeer. It's the similarity scores that get me.
2008 stats. Bravo.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:09 PM on December 16
I agree with you but Romo also deserves his fair share of blame for the last play. He audibled out of a called run play at the line of scrimmage. The offensive line is run blocking and Demarco Murray was clearly expecting a run play.
Edit: If the left tackle had known it was a pass they probably would have completed it. Beasley was open initially but Matthews had a clear path to Romo.
If you go with Tim Hasselbeck's dissection of the play then this is an artifact of the play calling style in Dallas. The call that came into Romo's helmet would have been "[name of run play] "x-flash" - that x-flash is a "tag" on the end of the call meaning it's a designated run all the way, but if there's a favourable matchup, then Romo can decide to pass instead to the "X" receiver.
The key part is that even if Romo decides to pass, this is communicated to no one else. The line will still run block and Murray will still hit his hand-off point.
Hasselbeck said that some teams will just not send in a "tagged" play toward the end, preferring instead to run into ten defenders. However, he went on to say that it's Romo's responsibility to understand that if he goes to the tag, then he must understand what this means with regards to the run play blocking that's called.
Firstly, the player responsible for blocking Matthews is the Tight End on the right hand side (#89) - he has to cross all the way over the formation to get there. With this is mind Romo must pass the ball off a one step drop or else Matthews is completely unblocked. After the game you can hear Romo talk about how he expected Matthews to read the left tackle's "down" block, diagnose run and take himself out of the play. Instead he ignores the tackle's block direction and runs straight to Romo.
This is the point where what follows is on Romo - he escapes Matthews, but at that point he can throw the ball away or, better yet, run or fall to the floor and eat the ball - both of those options, (run/fall over), keep the clock running.
Of course, if he does run back to the LoS and slide and the Cowboys then punt, you're still relying on the Cowboy defence to stop the Packers driving ~70 yards in two minutes with a time out. But at least then the conversation isn't Romo chokes part 643.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:30 PM on December 16
There are a few teams around the league that should try out the Dolphins' long snapper at Quarterback, because dude throws a beautiful spiral backwards through his own legs.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:09 AM on December 16
Time for a bit of a rant about football color analysts and NFL officiating in general:
The good news is it's not every officiating crew. Last week one crew called the barest of touches for Pass Interference at the very end of a game.
I forget who the Browns were playing.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:31 PM on December 15
A moment of silence for nine Euros worth of beer.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 05:00 PM on December 14
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