Winston and another.
So the prosecutor has already decided that the victim is lying and Winston is innocent?
Thought that is what courts are for.
posted by cixelsyd at 03:37 PM on December 05
how the Yankees are going to stay under the luxury tax
Thinking that all of the "under the luxury tax" talk coming from the Yankees was just a bargaining ploy to somewhat reduce free agent market valuation so they could get players for less money than they would normally pay.
The Yankees build by buying the best free agents, always have, always will.
posted by cixelsyd at 07:35 PM on December 04
The Yankees are nuts
Ellsbury is a solid player but that contract is simply foolish. He's a top notch base runner and defender -when healthy- but essentially more of a role player than a superstar. And his game is completely dependent on his health and athleticism, both of which will deteriorate during the term of the contract.
My guess is he has 2 or 3 highly productive years maximum remaining.
I see it as simply an attempt by the Yanks to weaken an opponent for a year or 2. With the Red Sox having a lot of young talent in their organization waiting to step up losing Ellsbury hurts but isn't crippling.
posted by cixelsyd at 10:37 AM on December 04
Ol' Riverboat Ron is break that poor bot by the 3rd quarter next Sunday
When ya' got nuthin' but yer shirt and yer shoes there ain't much to lose .. let it roll.
posted by cixelsyd at 09:27 PM on December 03
Watch how many SEC coaches vote Auburn - Florida State - Alabama - Clemson - OSU
And watch the SEC teams get smoked yet again by underdogs in bowl games.
posted by cixelsyd at 12:34 AM on December 02
Why anyone would want to play defense in today's NFL is beyond me. I've seen some of the most ridiculous "personal foul" calls on quarterbacks and receivers, at 15 (often) crucial yards a pop. It's getting difficult to watch for me, so I can just imagine how coaches must feel
It should be noted that defensive players, lineman, wide receivers, special teams players, and running backs get hurt too; surprisingly there are no exclusive rules to protect players in these positions.
Do we want to see Tom Brady / Drew Brees / Aaron Rodgers get hurt? Hell no. Do we want to see them win a game because of enforcement of a bogus rule? Even less so.
Think of hockey disallowing contact on centers. Or basketball on guards.
What a crock of shit.
posted by cixelsyd at 12:30 AM on December 02
At least he didn't do anything stupid, like spill a drink
Pretty harsh punishment, but the NBA has a history of sticking to the book on it's decisions.
The NFL is more selective - almost a WWE approach, with defined good guys and bad guys and differing sets of rules and application for both.
I think you might be overstating it a bit much
I believe I always do.
But Tomlin's act is also clearly against the rules of the game, just as fixing is. Or video taping opponents practices - all are deliberate violations of rules of the game to influence the outcome.
posted by cixelsyd at 11:59 PM on November 29
Clearly influenced the play as well. NFL should fine the Steelers, and heavily to prevent any further similar situations. That's as serious as fixing the result of a game in my opinion.
posted by cixelsyd at 12:13 PM on November 29
Punting research? Just know that frozen footballs don't kick or bounce well.
Thanks again, DrJ.
posted by cixelsyd at 05:00 PM on November 28
Here's hoping Rogers figures out Canada extends beyond the 416 area code.
The deal with CBC indicates they are placing value on quality product. No network anywhere can top CBC's hockey coverage.
How the heck is TSN going to survive as a network televising only Leafs and Raptors games?
.. wait, those 2 teams have been TSN's sole focus since it's inception.
What I meant is when the public actually knows the situation and has another choice they are doomed.
posted by cixelsyd at 11:54 PM on November 26
the general idea is that while Moreno ran for more than 200 yards, he did it about 6 yards at a time whereas if you let Manning complete 35 passes, you're doomed regardless of the weather
With the way the Patriots played run defense Broncos should have just run the ball all game. Yes, they have Peyton Manning as their QB, but nearly every running play the Broncos backs were untouched before they had gained 3 to 4 yards. The only time the Broncos were stopped was when they threw the ball early in the down count and stopped themselves.
Pretty much looked like 2 playoff teams with only their B games last night neither playing well enough to win.
Brady's earned the poster gig this year
+1 on that.
Have only seen 3 Pats games this year but the same act every game, and it`s getting old. It`s fine to question an official and acceptable to be mad at a call or non-call. Prolonged diva fits are beyond acceptable; they are a no class act we don`t expect from Brady.
posted by cixelsyd at 06:44 PM on November 25
The back judge
The back judge also claimed the foul was pass interference, which would be the wrong call seeing as the ball was 10 yards away from the receiver. By making that call he clearly did not see the ball and the relationship of defender to receiver because of his positioning. It was a bad call and the officials and the NFL got it right.
The NFL needed to get one right to make up for the way they handled the Brooks hit on Brees. Fine the guy 15K for a good play and then give Mankins a total pass on a cheap and deliberate intent to injure ... I don't get it. Yes, Brees is more important to league revenues than Brooks is, or the guy Mankins tried to take the knees out of, but laying the player safety card loses all credibility this week.
One thing is for sure - neither one of those crews are doing playoff games this year.
posted by cixelsyd at 11:57 PM on November 21
Banjo Pickin' Inbreds by 17 (Saskatchewan)
posted by cixelsyd at 09:41 PM on November 20
Was it a marginal call? Yeah. Will you see more marginal end zone calls that stand, especially if it benefits the home team? Yeah
It would have been a bigger story today if the officials awarded a pass interference penalty on that play as Gronk had no chance of catching an under thrown ball. Media everywhere would have been pulling out tuck and snowplow videos.
There is a lot of aggressive defense being played in the NFL and home teams are certainly getting more and more beneficial calls, but I don't believe this fits into that category at all. I've seen much more obvious contact be given a pass each and every week.
Sure be interesting to see the breakdown of penalties each team takes home vs away ...
posted by cixelsyd at 12:33 AM on November 20
My impression is that Gronk was never going to get to that ball even if he was untouched
There is no way he could have made up that ground before the ball got there
and try to outwrestle the defender for the ball
I don't buy this. His momentum is taking him towards the back of the end zone while the defender has broken on the ball. If you watch his reaction it appears he gives up before the interception is made.
Had the ball been thrown 8 more yards and been closer to Gronk I'd have a different opinion.
Ultimately the team that played a more complete game won.
posted by cixelsyd at 04:55 PM on November 19
Newton had a great game. Guy is equally a solid game manager and big play waiting to happen - scary.
posted by cixelsyd at 09:55 AM on November 19
Do you really think your team would release an athlete of Gronk's caliber over one offensive racial joke?
Never. In fact players on my favorite NFL team are guilty of much worse.
My point is some emphasis should be placed on character. Welker can still play and was a major player in all of the Patriots success. Cut him loose for Gronk / Hernandez while obviously knowing the character of the latter? Huge mistake.
Don't ever change
No problem, bro - I don't intend to.
posted by cixelsyd at 01:59 AM on November 17
Some athletes just aren't very bright
Yup. Great athletic talent but sorely lacking elsewhere.
Patriots kept this guy and Hernandez and let Welker walk: quite a commentary on the organization and it's values.
posted by cixelsyd at 02:37 AM on November 16
Hamilton by 6
Calgary by 9
posted by cixelsyd at 11:55 PM on November 13
It's obvious from that story that Hurd had no history purchasing or distributing cocaine. He's someone who smoked a lot of weed and often provided the same for his buddies ... and not a very bright guy.
The authorities played Hurd like a fiddle while building substantial charges against him. So conspiring to entrap a wannabe criminal is acceptable, but conspiring to be a criminal means life in prison?
posted by cixelsyd at 12:28 PM on November 13
Reiterating my earlier opinion, there are people who aren't ruffled by words or actions normally considered taboo. Realize others are and be perceptive enough to proceed accordingly.
Martin obviously is a guy that was bothered by the Incognito's shtick.
If Incognito had the least amount of respect for Martin in this case he would have conducted himself differently.
posted by cixelsyd at 06:30 PM on November 07
Montreal by 5
Saskatchewan by 3
(by the way, kickers up here also get points for missing field goals and touchback punts - crazy, eh?)
posted by cixelsyd at 06:07 PM on November 07
"There might be a team that gives him a chance because he's a good person ..."
Clearly not the same vote he gives Incognito in the story, where he justifies the guy's bullying antics.
Be interesting to know if it was Martin who took Murtha's spot on the roster.
posted by cixelsyd at 03:37 PM on November 07
Maybe it's just me, but this seems like a bit of a well-polished smear job, from a guy who, while professing to be friends with Martin and Incognito, actually seems
I read the same from this story. The writer professes at the start as "not having a dog in this fight", an extremely poor choice of words used in relating to a controversial NFL story, then immediately appears to praise Incognito at every opportunity while bashing Martin.
Clearly he does have a horse in this race.
As many others have pointed out there's a lot of stuff that goes on in the context of team sports that society frowns upon. But in any situation, team or otherwise, it is clearly evident from the outset what will be considered acceptable or unacceptable behavior. Incognito crossed the line here. There is a chance that he's simply a big dumb fat guy who didn't pick up on Martin's reactions to his antics, but I'm pretty sold at this point that it was his intent to bully a team mate.
posted by cixelsyd at 03:04 PM on November 07
Thanks DrJ for running the pool and for the weekly summaries. Thanks also to all pool members and congrats jjz.
posted by cixelsyd at 10:00 PM on November 04
Not only did he bully him behind closed doors, but Incognito Sr.'s (alleged) allegations of suicide and mental instability will hamper this kid's ability to succeed and earn
Although I believe the US legal system is more about money than law, I hope in this situation Martin finds good representation and brings charges against both Jr and Sr.
Can anyone see a scenario where the NFL or the Dolphins allow Jr to play another down of football ?
posted by cixelsyd at 03:23 PM on November 04
If only Tom Landry was the GM of the Cowboys ...
posted by cixelsyd at 11:33 PM on November 02
Toronto by 8
BC by 10
Winnipeg by 7
Saskatchewan by 14
posted by cixelsyd at 09:34 AM on October 31
* talks out his ass
* = Colin Cowherd, Skip Bayless, Michael Wilbon, Stephen Smith, and on, and on ...
It's part of the job description of an ESPN commentator. These guys are the Jerry Springers of the sports world, put in place solely to evoke a "no way, that's crazy shit" response to their shock me blathering.
posted by cixelsyd at 09:24 AM on October 31
So Jerry Jones has proclaimed that Deion could shutdown Megatron.
I guess JJ doesn't recall Jerry Rice scorching Deion on a regular basis.
Although Megatron isn't Jerry Rice, he's still a great receiver. He is also bigger and more physical than Rice. Deion was a good cover guy but physical receivers had their way with him.
posted by cixelsyd at 12:30 PM on October 29
That is the best pickoff I've ever not seen. Or wish I'd seen. Or seen on replay.
But really, what the hell is the runner doing? With one of the best hitters in the game at the plate stealing a base shouldn't even be a thought. I suppose he was cheating to get a jump in the event of a hit ... poor decision, worse execution.
posted by cixelsyd at 09:42 AM on October 28
Please take the hint and go to the CFL to get some experience/training
1. The CFL doesn't want him.
2. The CFL doesn't want him.
3. He'd be a fool to play in the CFL as he currently can command at least 10 times the salary he would make in the CFL in whatever business venture he chooses.
posted by cixelsyd at 05:41 PM on October 24
Lester should consider selling advertising on the inside of his glove for his next start.
posted by cixelsyd at 05:33 PM on October 24
I didn't see last night's game.
What I'd like to see is video of the Cards at bats.
Rarely have I ever seen an inning of baseball where a ball has not been fouled off, bounced in the dirt, or simply been exchanged for other reasons between the home plate umpire and catcher.
Umpires also know the flight patterns of pitches .. these guys see over 200 pitches every night of the year.
Surely the umpire knows if a ball has been doctored.
posted by cixelsyd at 11:52 AM on October 24
Best part of that link is this comment:
" Ohhhhh, that's why Kozma couldn't catch the ball....it was slippery. That explains everything!!!! "
posted by cixelsyd at 10:44 AM on October 24
Toronto by 13
Montreal by 7
Calgary by 7
posted by cixelsyd at 12:35 AM on October 24
Like all things involving the Patriots, it is getting blown out of proportion by their critics
More like it's getting blown out of proportion by the Patriots and fans thereof.
They committed a penalty, the penalty was called, end of story.
posted by cixelsyd at 01:24 PM on October 22
lots of clutching, grabbing, and physical play that, for the most part, went uncalled
I'm noticing home teams getting a lot of preferential treatment on the receiver contact this year. I hope the NFL officiating doesn't erode into what we are subjected to in the NBA.
posted by cixelsyd at 02:21 PM on October 21
There have been several very poor displays of umpiring in the ALCS
I can't recall watching a game where the home plate ball / strike calls were so inconsistent as last night's Sox - Tigers tilt. Normally if an ump either calls a tight or generous strike zone. Last night pitches hitting corners were called balls and pitches way off the plate strikes.
posted by cixelsyd at 09:58 AM on October 18
Calgary by 8
Toronto by 10
Saskatchewan by 9
Montreal by 7
posted by cixelsyd at 11:19 AM on October 17
I also wonder how far down the list the first NHL team would be
posted by cixelsyd at 11:30 AM on October 16
Calgary by 10
Saskatchewan by 10
Montreal by 10
Hamilton by 10
posted by cixelsyd at 10:48 AM on October 10
I'm not sure what the upside in his staying is
He makes great money, he's achieved near rock star status in NY, and his employer has the means and has and will continue to buy him anything he needs to be somewhat successful.
No dis to the Cubs, but Girardi only leaves NY if he's moving to a team loaded with young talent poised to move up. Cubs are at least 3 years from fitting that bill.
posted by cixelsyd at 10:22 PM on October 09
Oh snap, you've been mildly insulted by the guy who runs the Broncos' twitter feed!
Yes, it's a real big deal. Anyone who is bruised by anything posted on twitter, facebook, or a forum needs a tuneup.
But one does need to ask why anyone within the Broncos org would be compelled to throw such a barb? Sit back an enjoy a good squad.
Peyton can't play forever ... cranking opponents up won't do anything to keep him healthy.
posted by cixelsyd at 02:03 AM on October 09
BC by 7
Calgary by 24
posted by cixelsyd at 10:59 AM on October 03
signs $64-million, eight-year extension
That is a shocker. A career minus player who never kills penalties.
Guess the Leafs must be selling lots of Kessel jerseys ...
posted by cixelsyd at 01:19 PM on October 01
If I was running the Yankees, I'd use the overwhelming money advantage in the minors everywhere I could
Couldn't agree more. A business strategy of continually buying assets at their peak value might fill some seats, definitely is an ego stroke, but doesn't result in on field results.
posted by cixelsyd at 02:49 PM on September 27
BC by 14
Hamilton by 4
Toronto by 7
Saskatchewan by 7
posted by cixelsyd at 12:13 AM on September 27
At the end of last year we heard talk of the Yanks concentrating on reeling in their payroll. Based on this years results I think they better stick with what they know ... buy every free agent they can get their hands on and overpay every player by at least 40%. They were really successful in the years they simply bought all of their competition's best players.
posted by cixelsyd at 12:11 AM on September 27
he Yankees would be bonkers to sign on to something this big without seeing the market for him develop
posted by cixelsyd at 04:09 PM on September 26
but in no way is he worth 2 1/2 Pedroias per season
It's been almost a year since the Yankees signed a player to a crippling contract so maybe Cano cashes in. At the same time I can't think of a single team other than the Yankees that would even be interested in Cano at anything near those terms.
posted by cixelsyd at 02:15 PM on September 26
The Sabre that got beat up is the one that dropped the gloves first.
Showed some guts - he's 5'11" 185lb and he stood toe to toe with the 6'5" 220lb goon in waiting who was being evaluated as a potential replacement for Orr and McLaren.
posted by cixelsyd at 05:02 PM on September 24
I don't condone goons in Hockey either, but must point out the Leafs are possibly the worst team for employing guys who never get a shift if it isn't to target opponents better players.
Some Leafs opponents feel they need goons in the lineup when they play the Leafs to counter Carlyle's tactics. Enter Scott to start a shift after the Sabres watched yet another in a long line of Leafs goons beat the crap out of a much smaller teammate.
Yet all we hear in from the Toronto media is about how much of a mismatch Scott vs Kessel was. Maybe Kessel thought he needed to slash Scott to get away. But waiting until Scott was grabbed by 2 Leaf players and then returning to slash him a second time and then spear him is gutless.
posted by cixelsyd at 03:00 PM on September 24
The third was a spear, again while his mates are holding the guy getting speared.
Look, if it's anyone but Kessel the guy is gone for an extended period of time.
It's gutless and dangerous and has no place in the game.
posted by cixelsyd at 04:30 PM on September 23
Um, Ronnie Lott
posted by cixelsyd at 04:19 PM on September 23
I hope Kessel gets a suspension (1-2 games)
Crazy when a rule is in place that gives an automatic 10 games for leaving the bench yet there is no definition for chopping and spearing a player who is being held by 2 of your teammates.
Kessel should be gone for at least 20.
posted by cixelsyd at 12:20 PM on September 23
The big problem for the Steelers ...
Don't follow the Steelers closely, but every game I've seen them play Maurkice Pouncey completely dominated the center of the line. He was the Steelers MVP, and his injury is a huge reason Ben and the offense looks so brutal this year.
posted by cixelsyd at 12:09 PM on September 23
Just imagine what boxing could be with the likes/talents of Norton today .....
posted by cixelsyd at 01:12 AM on September 20
Andy Reid ...
posted by cixelsyd at 11:44 PM on September 19
posted by cixelsyd at 02:57 PM on September 19
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