Recent Comments by bender

Fan Hit in Head by Foul Ball Through Home-Plate Netting

Gotta disagree with this. Other than the debatable rudeness of squeezing in front of the other fans during an at bat (you can't wait a minute to block their view?) she's tight up against a mesh net with her back turned while someone throws fastballs at it.

I will grant that walking in front of other people during a pitch is a rude move on her part, but someone walking during a pitch (in front of someone or otherwise) is something that will definitely happen, and this should be taken into account in the design of the safety net.

posted by bender at 10:26 AM on April 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Did anybody catch the premiere of MLB Statcast for last night's Cards-Nats game? I watched the later innings of the game, but I don't have MLB Network, so I only saw the regular local feed.

posted by bender at 10:21 AM on April 22

Fan Hit in Head by Foul Ball Through Home-Plate Netting

I agree completely with grum (and, on edit, tahoe). The netting is there to perform precisely the function that it failed to do, because (as rcade implies) most people cannot react that quickly. The fact that she was hit while doing something completely reasonable for a ballgame attendee (as opposed to, say, putting her face right up in the net) shows that the net was either designed poorly or improperly installed or maintained.

posted by bender at 01:13 PM on April 21

U.S. Men Win 2-0 Over Mexico in San Antonio

It was his 3rd cap but his first start and first goal.

posted by bender at 08:39 PM on April 16

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

Atlanta in 5
Cleveland in 5
Chicago in 6
Washington in 6
Golden State in 4
Dallas in 7
LA Clippers in 7
Portland in 6

Steph Curry
Blake Griffin

posted by bender at 08:38 PM on April 16

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Now

Montreal in 5
Washington in 6
Nashville in 7
Calgary in 6
NY Rangers in 4
Detroit in 6
St. Louis in 5
Winnipeg in 7

posted by bender at 05:25 PM on April 15

Losing Wisconsin Coach Laments 'Rent-a-Player' Trend

Can you imagine a journalism or doctor draft?

Mel Kiper needs something to do over the summer.

posted by bender at 12:25 PM on April 08

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Very fun game to watch last night. Maybe it was Duke's defense clamping down, but after a very solid performance, Wisconsin seemed gassed for the final few minutes. I had hope after Kaminsky hit the gotta-have-it 3 to cut the lead to 5 followed by the bucket after the timeout to get it down to 3, but from that point on they just looked spent.

posted by bender at 01:51 PM on April 07

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Ha! That reminds me of this amusing slate piece.

posted by bender at 10:39 AM on April 06

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Do the '72 Dolphins still do that, or is that just a convenient myth that gets perpetuated every year?

posted by bender at 09:36 AM on March 30

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

World Cup Qatar 2022 is officially on the schedule for November/December and has also been compressed to 28 days. Related.

posted by bender at 01:16 PM on March 20

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I concur; excellent movie.

posted by bender at 12:45 PM on February 22

Semi-regular update: Julio Franco is still playing baseball.

Julio Franco played with Mike Hargrove. Hargrove retired, became a manager, and then retired as a manager, and Franco was still playing in the majors.

And also played for Mike Hargrove!

posted by bender at 08:55 PM on February 09

Patriots Win Super Bowl 0x31 After Epic Last-Second Interception

Same answer until anything changes ...

Joe Montana. Not even close. Never lost a Superbowl. 4-3 (sic) is admirable, 4-0 is excellence.

So 5-0 in Super Bowls is the only criterion by which you would define another quarterback as better than Joe Montana? Is Jim Kelly's 0-4 record evidence of his complete incompetence? Surely Trent Dilfer should occupy his seat in the Hall of Fame.

posted by bender at 10:48 AM on February 02

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest, Super Bowl 0x31 Round

Seattle by 5 points

Most passing yards: Tom Brady

Most rushing yards: Marshawn Lynch

Most receiving yards: Brandon LaFell

First touchdown: Rob Gronkowski

Player with a sack: Michael Bennett

Player with an interception: Darrelle Revis

Total score: 47

First quarter: 10

Second quarter: 23

Third quarter: 30

posted by bender at 10:35 PM on January 30

College Football Playoff Pressured to Change Dates

It's bizarre to me that the countdown shows would be the conflict as opposed to the fact that it is New Year's Eve. People (myself included) are used to doing things on New Year's Eve. I, for one, would appreciate not having to talk my wife into having football on next NYE when Ohio State is in the playoff again.

posted by bender at 06:19 PM on January 29

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Rcade, are you in on this lawsuit?

posted by bender at 10:47 PM on January 23

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

It stands to reason that the league has handed over the responsibility of providing the balls to the teams for a reason. When the balls are inflated to the quarterbacks' liking, then they will perform better, making for better play. As mentioned earlier, different QBs like more or less air pressure, but the refs have an opportunity to check the balls before the game. If that happened, then it is the refs' responsibility to determine that the balls are legal or not, and the Patriots should not be on the hook, even if the balls they submitted were under-inflated. HOWEVER, if the balls were inspected and the Patriots subsequently somehow switched in new illegal balls (not that I know of any evidence of that happening), then that would be a big deal, and they deserve a hefty punishment.

If there was no pre-game inspection (which I also don't believe to be the case), then there would be some amount of shared blame between the Patriots and the league, and some sort of modest punishment should be handed down.

posted by bender at 01:40 PM on January 23

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

That certainly seems plausible to me, though more importantly, if it is the refs' job to inspect the balls before the game, then they dropped the ball here.

posted by bender at 11:32 AM on January 23

High school coach suspended after basketball team wins by 159 points.

Clearly, the coach could have had his team playing in a less aggressive manner, but at least one of these teams should have been in a different division. There is no value to either team for this game taking place.

posted by bender at 04:38 PM on January 19

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I have no objection to changing the rule, and I agree the Dez Bryant made a great play and it sucks that he was not awarded a catch for it. He may have been attempting to advance the ball, but his attempt to catch the pass was the reason that he ultimately hit the ground. His lunge toward the goal line does not change the fact that he was going to hit the ground anyway. *Perhaps* there's an argument to be made if he was being tackled, but he was not.

He went up to catch the ball, and that action resulted in him on the ground with the ball, at which time it was jostled loose when it hit the ground. Per the language I quoted above, that is not a catch.

posted by bender at 03:03 PM on January 19

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Rule 8, Section 1, Article 3, Item 1: Player Going to the Ground:

If a player goes to the ground in the act of catching a pass (with or without contact by an opponent), he must maintain control of the ball throughout the process of contacting the ground, whether in the field of play or the end zone. If he loses control of the ball, and the ball touches the ground before he regains control, the pass is incomplete. If he regains control prior to the ball touching the ground, the pass is complete.

I don't see where it matters whether or not he made a football move, as he was going to the ground while catching the ball.

posted by bender at 10:14 PM on January 18

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I would say that the difference between those two plays is that Bryant is being tackled by Amukamara in the older play (and could have otherwise continued running) while in last week's play, Bryant was going down to the ground while making the catch (and not in any way being tackled). If you go to the ground while making a catch, you have to come up with the ball.

posted by bender at 03:32 PM on January 18

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest, Conference Championship Round

Seattle by 9
Indianapolis by 4
Andrew Luck
Marshawn Lynch
Jordy Nelson

posted by bender at 02:45 PM on January 16

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

A mere 26 months and 3 career starts since his first unfortunate public remarks on the subject, Cardale Jones has come full circle on the value of education. His teammates also had some twitter fun at his expense.

posted by bender at 02:28 PM on January 16

Buckeyes Win College Football Playoff

JT Barrett says that he expects all 3 quarterbacks to be Buckeyes next season. Of course, he's the only one who doesn't really have any options. I suppose if Cardale Jones is leaving, we'll know tomorrow (unless Urban Meyer's calls to delay the deadline are heard).

posted by bender at 01:41 PM on January 14

Buckeyes Win College Football Playoff

double post deleted

posted by bender at 05:06 PM on January 13

Buckeyes Win College Football Playoff

I think bookies could care less who wins any sporting event. Bets are usually hedged and they win regardless. Probably not always, but in most cases.

I think this is generally true, but I was reading something yesterday that suggested that the sports books stood to lose quite a bit if Ohio State won because the Braxton Miller injury raised the Buckeyes' championship futures payout from 12-1 to as much as 50-1 and there were still a lot of takers on that bet.

posted by bender at 05:05 PM on January 13

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest, Divisional Round

Yeah, I didn't figure that was the case. I don't know what happened, though. It definitely went to the next screen--maybe I hit preview instead of post.

posted by bender at 11:33 AM on January 11

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest, Divisional Round

Did I have a post that was deleted, or did I just not enter it properly? I definitely came here yesterday to make picks, but they are not here. I believe they were:

Baltimore by 3
Seattle by 13
Green Bay by 4
Denver by 17
Marshawn Lynch
DeMarcus Ware

posted by bender at 10:53 AM on January 11

ESPN Anchor Stuart Scott Dies


posted by bender at 01:49 PM on January 04

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest, Wild Card Round

Andrew Luck of Dallas with the most yards thrown

I didn't know there were two Andrew Lucks in the NFL.

posted by bender at 10:41 AM on January 04

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest, Wild Card Round

I didn't know there were two Chris Clemons in the NFL.

I would clarify that it was the Cardinals' Chris Clemons, but I guess both of they saw the same amount of action this postseason, so it doesn't much matter.

posted by bender at 09:51 PM on January 03

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest, Wild Card Round

Arizona by 8
Pittsburgh by 3
Detroit by 4
Indianapolis by 12
Andrew Luck
Chris Clemons

posted by bender at 11:28 AM on January 03

Sources: Jim Harbaugh Expected to Take Michigan Job

Remember when Jim Harbaugh played Screech's cousin on Saved by the Bell'?

posted by bender at 10:30 AM on December 30

Sources: Jim Harbaugh Expected to Take Michigan Job

Harbaugh will do well at Michigan. Then, after his contract nears its completion, the NFL will come calling once again. I suspect he will go the same route as Bill O'Brien, Pete Carroll, or Dennis Erickson and depart the Maize and Blue in favor of the green and greener dollars of the NFL.

I'm not saying that Harbaugh won't be drawn back to the NFL, but if the reported value of his upcoming contract is accurate, it is every bit as green as the pastures of even the most well-compensated NFL coaches.

posted by bender at 07:05 PM on December 29

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Does someone out there know how to add a sniper to this Chris Jones flop vine like those soccer dive gifs from some while back?

posted by bender at 02:15 PM on December 29

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Are you implying that the CFL has better quarterbacks than the NFL?

posted by bender at 09:57 AM on December 15

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Final Standings

I would like to note that I was a perfect 7-for-7 picking losers on the road to the Grey Cup! You can't teach those skills.

posted by bender at 01:00 AM on December 05

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

Perfect score so far!...

Hamilton by 7

posted by bender at 12:47 AM on November 30

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle


posted by bender at 08:55 PM on November 22

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Also, Wake 6, VT 3 in 2 OT. What the hell?!

posted by bender at 05:02 PM on November 22

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Well, that escalated quickly. Now that Oklahoma's Samaje Perine has bested Melvin Gordon's still-warm single-game rushing mark with 427 yards and 5 TDs versus Kansas (he also lead the team in receiving with 1 catch for 19 yards), who will break the record next week? I bet Gordon wishes he had played the 4th quarter last week...

posted by bender at 04:54 PM on November 22

Blind-sided: Blue Jacketsí Jack Johnson is bankrupt; who led him there is biggest shocker

Millions of future dollars!

posted by bender at 04:08 PM on November 21

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The Blue Jackets' Jack Johnson is bankrupt.

posted by bender at 06:08 PM on November 20

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

**golf clap**

posted by bender at 11:46 AM on November 20

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Finals Edition

Judging by my playoff week 1 performance, no one wants to borrow the coin this week.

Montreal by 15
Edmonton by 17

posted by bender at 05:13 PM on November 19

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Don't look now, but Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon III just broke LaDainian Tomlinson's single game rushing record with 408 yards (and 4 TDs) through THREE QUARTERS vs. Nebraska.

posted by bender at 06:37 PM on November 15

FIFA Goal of the Year nominees


Joe Hart is the gift that keeps on giving!

posted by bender at 05:37 PM on November 14

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Semi-Finals Edition

BC by 11
Saskatchewan by 6

posted by bender at 02:38 PM on November 13

CFL Pick 'Em, Final Standings

Good times indeed! Before next season starts, I'll have to see if I can find a Canadian coin, which certainly would give me a healthy advantage.

posted by bender at 08:46 AM on November 12

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 20

4 points last week! Watch out, tommytrump, I'm not going down without a fight!

Toronto by 5
B.C. by 13
Montreal by 2
Saskatchewan by 3

posted by bender at 03:26 PM on November 07

Giants Win World Series

Yeah, I clicked on the Babe Ruth link and was confused, since that was clearly the joke, but the first part seemed genuine. I guess I need to recalibrate the sarcasm detector.

Rikk Wilde! HA! I hadn't noticed that the first time.

posted by bender at 01:44 PM on October 30

Giants Win World Series

Nobody can ever fix their reputation after something like that happens. Seriously, it's all he'll ever be remembered for...

I understand that, but if you say, "Bumgarner has gotten 14 outs in a row, and they already bobbled the ball twice on the play and the crowd is going nuts so maybe that puts more pressure to make a bad throw, so I decided it was worth a shot.." I'm not saying that I could have made that call, but I'd understand.

posted by bender at 11:09 AM on October 30

Giants Win World Series

Given how Bumgarner was pitching, and how Sal Perez was hitting, maybe you take that chance anyways and hope for a bad throw/catch....

Man, an in the park homerun to tie game 7 of the World Series would have gone down as an all-time classic play! I'm not sure that you could even fault the 3rd base coach for making the wrong call (given the likelihood of an out) and sending Gordon--though that should by no means be construed as me saying he should have done that. This may be the rare situation where either choice was the right decision.

posted by bender at 10:40 AM on October 30

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 19

Well, barring a miracle run down the stretch, it appears that my goose egg for the first 3 weeks has dug me too big of a hole to seal my fate for the Costanza. If only I'd known that Heads=Home from the beginning, I'd be solidly middle of the pack!

Hamilton by 10
Winnipeg by 14
B.C. by 11
Montreal by 15

posted by bender at 09:53 AM on October 29

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 18

Montreal by 16
Saskatchewan by 12
Hamilton by 5
B.C. by 12

posted by bender at 10:18 AM on October 22

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The .gifs aren't displaying on my laptop for some reason, but can anyone look closely enough at Dale Scott's head and determine if it is in exactly the same spot on both pitches?

It's hard to tell because his head is moving the whole time, but comparing where it is when it finishes with reference to the "S" in Stadium behind him, I would say that he is slightly to the right in the second one--making it all the more noteworthy that he called the pitch a strike, since it was slightly further away.

posted by bender at 08:09 AM on October 09

MLB Pace-of-Game Committee Suggests Six New Rules

MLB doesn't help itself by scattering playoff games across four channels -- five if some games overlap and start on Fox Sports 2. Fans whose TV provider doesn't have MLB Network or FS2 are going to be thrilled when games are airing on those networks.

Seriously. What is up with that crap?!

posted by bender at 10:15 AM on October 07

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

That Tennessee checkerboard is very impressive.

posted by bender at 01:59 PM on October 06