Recent Comments by Mr Bismarck

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

It has been a year since we we received this gift...

Pressure's on, SUPERBOWLL half time show.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:32 PM on February 07

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50

"Instead Denver throw the ball on second and third down, if not all three downs"

"Three passing plays when you're trying to chew up clock? Isn't that how coaches get fired?"

"In your scenario, ("don't-get-fired-three-runs-and-a-punt")"

"I didn't suggest three straight rushes. I advocated against three straight passing plays. A<>B in this case."

You're not suggesting they run three times, or pass three times, and they actually did run twice. In real life. In the game that actually happened.

So your suggestion is they run only once instead? Because three passes gets you fired, but two are fine?

I understand the attraction of "what if!?" for sports fans and can happily go along with something like "what if Detroit remembered to defend the end zone against Green Bay!?" Because, (Detroit being a functioning football team aside), it's a reasonable question about a solitary event.

"What if my team kicked field goals while the other team completely ignored these new conditions" in game with six minutes, five timeouts and a two minute warning left clunked really loudly when I read it in the thread.

I'm sorry I picked it up and I would now like to get off this wild ride.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 02:56 PM on January 25

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50

Running up the middle twice, then throwing sideline and then punting gave the ball to New England at the 50 with one timeout and 1:52 left.

In your scenario, ("don't-get-fired-three-runs-and-a-punt"), even if you cause New England to use their final timeout, the Patriots now have to gain a whopping 17 yards in ~100 seconds to have a chance to win the game.

"Chewing up clock" at your own 20 with a two point lead and at least four clock stoppages to come doesn't involve running into the line three times with a completely ineffectual ground game, it involves getting a first down. Which, for Denver yesterday, means throwing*.

I'll concede that if New England score three more points yesterday, they win, because that's the way maths works, but the second New England make (or miss!) that first kick everything that follows changes.


*50% of Denver's rushing first downs yesterday came from Peyton ambling 12 yards at an amusingly glacial pace.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 02:11 PM on January 25

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50

"Denver's script after the first two drives (assuming no touchdown) would have probably been pretty much the same: chew up the clock, hold onto the ball, get a couple of first downs."

I don't agree.

Getting the ball back on your 20 with the two minute warning and three opponent timeouts to come doesn't lead to two straight runs up the middle and a sideline throw if you're only two points ahead.

Instead Denver throw the ball on second and third down, if not all three downs, convert for a first down, get to the two minute warning and then run into the line twice, cause New England to use its timeouts and Brady never has another serious chance.

Or, if you prefer, the reason the Pats have to go for two at the end is because Gostkwoski already missed from 32 in the game. So he also misses one of these three extra field goals we're giving him.

This fantasy football stuff is fun!

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:11 PM on January 25

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50

[Patriot Field Goal Speculation]

We're into butterfly wing territory here though. You can't rewrite the last six minutes of a football game and only change one team's script.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:12 AM on January 25

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50

When Marcus Cannon shook Von Miller's hand at the end it was the first time he touched Miller all day.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 08:37 AM on January 25

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Tom Brady in, The Manning.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 08:13 AM on January 21

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I think I just saw a Damon Lindelof-written movie pretending to be an NFL game.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:41 PM on January 16

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posted by Mr Bismarck at 02:15 PM on January 14

Steelers Coach Should've Been Flagged for Being on Field

Joey Porter went on to the field to enquire if Cincinnati would help Pittsburgh to win the game. The answer was "yes."

posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:07 AM on January 10

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Bucky Brooks on NFL.com on Wednesday...

"Biggest weaknesses: The Bengals lack a glaring weakness from a personnel standpoint, but their emotional control and discipline could prevent them from moving on in the tournament. The defense, in particular, is loaded with temperamental playmakers (like Vontaze Burfict and Adam Jones) with high-revving emotions. While the unit plays on a string on each level, the occasional lack of discipline and emotional control has resulted in Cincinnati ranking near the top of the NFL in penalties. Given the significant impact of penalties, particularly personal fouls, the Bengals must keep their cool or run the risk of short-circuiting their playoff run via a lack of composure."

posted by Mr Bismarck at 07:52 AM on January 10

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Adam Zampa sniffs out a wicket.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 02:27 PM on January 09

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

This is the same Cleveland Browns who fired analytics-favouring Joe Banner sometime during/after his deep dive into the 2014 draft Quarterback pool said the Browns should target Teddy Bridgewater, while also rating highly Derek Carr and Blake Bortles. Banner's report put a red flag on Manziel.

Bortles went #3 overall, but the Browns drafted Manziel ten spots before Bridgewater and 13 spots before Carr. Banner was let go in February 2014 before the draft.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:25 PM on January 05

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Since 1997 the Dallas Cowboys are 152-152.

Meanwhile, Dan Carpenter missed an extra point for Buffalo today. Then his accuracy improved.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:36 AM on January 04

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Curry and Casspi activate cheat mode.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:39 PM on December 29

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Leicester City become the first team in Premiership history to be bottom of the league one Christmas and top of the league the next Christmas.

Just like everyone predicted.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:54 PM on December 19

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

So that 14 second Ronda Rousey victory is no longer the shortest title bout in UFC history.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:11 AM on December 13

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:18 PM on December 04

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Oh, Lions.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 08:26 AM on December 04

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The end to Monday Night Football may be the Brownsiest thing I've ever seen.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:54 PM on November 30

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Ipswich Town with a classic Championship goal against Charlton yesterday. Championship tiki taka.

Cloughie wouldn't be happy.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:34 AM on November 29

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Missed opportunity to be Bismarcks.

Also, scroll through the non-consideration list and be completely unsurprised by how frequently "Fighting Sioux" shows up.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:36 PM on November 19

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

So this just happened.

"3rd & 3 on PHI 27 (5:11) (No Huddle, Shotgun) S.Bradford to PHI 17 for -10 yards (D.Shelby). FUMBLES (D.Shelby), RECOVERED by MIA-O.Vernon at PHI 12. O.Vernon to PHI 7 for 5 yards (D.Kelly). FUMBLES (D.Kelly), RECOVERED by PHI-S.Bradford at PHI 3. S.Bradford to PHI 27 for 24 yards (O.Vernon). PENALTY on PHI-A.Barbre, Offensive Holding, 10 yards, enforced at PHI 27 - No Play. Miami challenged the loose ball recovery ruling, and the play was REVERSED. (No Huddle, Shotgun) S.Bradford to PHI 17 for -10 yards (D.Shelby). FUMBLES (D.Shelby), and recovers at PHI 3. S.Bradford to PHI 3 for no gain (O.Vernon). Penalty on PHI-A.Barbre, Offensive Holding, declined"

posted by Mr Bismarck at 02:33 PM on November 15

Holly Holm Knocks Out Ronda Rousey in Huge UFC Upset

The Ronda Rousey hype train just totally derailed in Australia.

Holly Holm's takedown defence was good enough and then striking technique was more than Rousey could handle.

Rousey refused to touch gloves before the bell, which is entertaining the fans of schadenfreude.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:08 AM on November 15

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I can't watch a highlight on the "World" version of ESPN about a game in Europe because I'm Canadian.

Canadians: can get a hit here.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 02:01 PM on November 02

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Here's that final Final try from the Kiwis.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:07 PM on October 31

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

That final New Zealand try was a really spectacular dagger.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:57 PM on October 31

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Breaking : New Zealand good at rugby.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:27 PM on October 31

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Alexander Burmitsov disagrees with the refer... ehhhh, ok, maybe you got me.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 07:12 PM on October 27

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

ESPN is successfully ruining Grantland.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:26 AM on October 22

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Aren't those clever fans just too cute? Having such fun, and so pleased with themselves.

Please note what's missing from the phone. The time and date.

People enjoying themselves are such jerks!

I feel like I'm missing a point here, but the time is on the "screen."

Maybe next week they can bring the behind the scenes conversation that led to that fake punt.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:02 AM on October 19

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

posted by Mr Bismarck at 08:00 AM on October 19

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I still don't know what this was.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:23 PM on October 18

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

England are playing cricket against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi at the moment and for folks who think baseball goes on a bit, English Captain Alastair Cook was at bat for 13 hours and 56 minutes, scoring 263 runs.

According to the BBC, more than 215,000 babies were born while he was batting. The ones who were born when he first went in to bat are probably in school now.

It's the longest ever innings, by time, for an English batsman, but only the third longest in test history.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 04:55 PM on October 16

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

So, this happened.

His stuck done got stuck.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:03 AM on October 16

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Not sure if this has been linked already, but this was an enjoyable piece of writing about whatever that was that happened yesterday.

"Maybe this is the tip-off that something crazy was bound to happen. A "well-played elimination game between the Rangers and Blue Jays?" In what bizarro universe are we living when that is the situation?

We are in a universe where the Cubs are are not only in the playoffs, but they're the ones WAITING to see who they get to play."

...

"Kevin Pillar sounds like the name Kevin Millar gave to the cops when they caught him drinking a beer at a house party when he was 17. "I'm Kevin Pillar.""

posted by Mr Bismarck at 04:17 PM on October 15

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

England are leading 2-0 at half time against Lithuania tonight, courtesy of a second goal that went in off the goalie's head.

This means "Own Goal" now has 50 goals for England, moving back into a tie with Wayne Rooney for all time leading England scorer.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 03:48 PM on October 12

Fifa Suspends Blatter and Platini

May I nominate, for the FIFA positions and board, us? Surely we couldn't harm the world in the way this crew has.

Speak for yourself. Give me $2,500,000 and you can have a world cup on the moon.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:45 AM on October 09

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

As far as I'm aware, The glory of Reading is a roundabout.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 03:32 PM on October 07

Miami Dolphins Fire Coach Joe Philbin

If the Tannehill thing is accurate then Donte Stallworth has a nice extra layer to add: Tom Brady used to pay practice squad players who intercepted him.

Meanwhile, some guy from the NFL is complaining about picking on a QB without a character blemish based on second-hand sources, which is chucklesome considering how the NFL spent its off-season.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 08:19 PM on October 06

Miami Dolphins Fire Coach Joe Philbin

There was a special commentary moment during the game where Ian Eagle said something like "Another failed third down. They've made that the focus of practice this week."

I mean, I wouldn't be completely surprised.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:19 AM on October 06

Miami Dolphins Fire Coach Joe Philbin

I saw Wilson's story yesterday. It doesn't ring true of the Tannehill who shows up in front of the press - I've never picked up a petulant vibe from him - but with this franchise, anything is possible.

After he got turned down for stadium funding I was hoping Ross would move the team to LA so I could sort of give up on them. Probably kidding myself though.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 08:52 AM on October 06

Miami Dolphins Fire Coach Joe Philbin

Defensive Co-ordinator Kevin Coyle is apparently out the door as well.

With half a secondary and no linebackers the Dolphins' defence is actually pretty terrible, but probably not last-in-the-NFL terrible.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 03:37 PM on October 05

Miami Dolphins Fire Coach Joe Philbin

Huzzah! The fact that we're promoting the Tight Ends Coach to interim leadership says a lot. I don't think we can poach anyone from another team during the season, so I don't think this makes the team better, but Philbin was such a beige sack of nothing that in some way, even worse is better.

I was hoping we'd give the job to Lazor, so that when he inevitably tanked, we could hold up signs saying "FIRE THE LAZOR."

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:22 PM on October 05

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

posted by Mr Bismarck at 04:05 PM on October 01

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The photo is so high def I can read the other team's playbook.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:36 AM on September 29

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Scotland have woken up at half time.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:41 AM on September 27

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

From today's Porsche Carrera race in France...

The much more expensive version of Cup stacking.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:39 AM on September 27

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Lewandowski had a disappointing last half hour though.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:27 AM on September 23

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:48 AM on September 21

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

posted by Mr Bismarck at 03:08 PM on September 20

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Annnnd... the Vine was deleted. Boo.

Here's the version without yakety sax.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:49 AM on September 14

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

(Turn the sound on)

posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:29 AM on September 14

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

It only negates the play if he's touching the ball while he's grounded over the rope, at which point it counts as a six for the batsman.

So he catches the ball, throws it back into the air, grounds outside the rope, then jumps back inside and catches his own throw and then lands in fair territory, which means the batsman is out.

Even Maxwell thinks it's a silly rule, but if you took all the silly rules out of cricket there'd not be much left.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:28 AM on September 13

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I was hoping it was a sign that the Patriots were doubling down on everything, and we'd see deliberately broken comms, Roethlisberger's footballs replaced with frisbees and Patriot staffers in the crowd shooting Steeler defensive backs with sedatives, via those Rhinoceros dart guns you see on National Geographic.

Actually, I'm pretty sure that last one happened.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:47 AM on September 11

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

"Plus the Steelers lost a TD when the receiver's toes slid out of bounds in the end zone just before making the catch."

A Recevier who's fast with poor awareness. And you say the Raiders drafted him?

posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:27 AM on September 11

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Meanwhile, England need a win today against mighty San Marino to guarantee they'll be at the 2016 European Nations Championship.

They're currently leading 2-0 thanks to a penalty from Rooney and an own goal. Ian-terestingly, Rooney's goal made him England's joint all-time leading scorer with 49, (alongside Bobby Charlton), and then the own goal was also the 49th in England's history.

So Rooney, Charlton and (OG) are now all tied for the lead.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:48 PM on September 05

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Geno Smith?

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:43 PM on September 05

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

The Eagles have released Tim Tebow.

With ironmen like Bradford and Sanchez on the team, I give it to week four before he's back in Philadelphia.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:29 PM on September 05

Federal Judge Tosses Brady's 4-Game NFL Suspension

posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:23 AM on September 04