The Apple Cup is always the final game of the regular season for UW and WSU. That should make it easy to keep scheduled.
/I think it was a sexual inuendo.
posted by bender at 01:18 PM on December 08
I will grant that as penalty shootouts go, this one was very dramatic. I just hate that a game--particularly one for a championship--is decided by a contest that is so far removed from what they have spent the last 120 minutes, and indeed the last several months, doing.
Bender, what would be your suggestion? The idea of continuing overtime, perhaps with a sudden-death goal after 120 minutes, is not appealing, especially on a day when it's freezing. As George Carlin stated about baseball, "We don't know when it's gonna end."
I would like to see the game continue, and I am not opposed to allowing additional substitutions. I don't know if I have a preference to additional extra time periods as is currently or a sudden death format, but I would like to see the game ended playing something the resembles the game that they have been playing.
If that is not feasible (which maybe it really isn't), I also think the idea (which has been discussed here before) of holding the penalty shootout prior to the extra periods is worth experimenting with.
posted by bender at 01:11 PM on December 08
Can we get rid of the penalty shootout already? That is the least satisfying ending in all of sports.
posted by bender at 07:24 PM on December 07
I also believe the general US reaction has been massively overblown. Yes, it's a tough group, but it's a tough field. We are also a much improved team. I have seen way too much "Wait 'til 2018!"
posted by bender at 03:58 PM on December 07
I assumed that this would be the case, figuring if the the AG was bringing charges, he wouldn't have teased them yesterday for today's press conference. Or have a press conference.
posted by bender at 02:17 PM on December 05
I saw another article about that this morning. I wanted to believe it wasn't real.
posted by bender at 03:17 PM on December 03
How is it reductive? It's a simple fact. Ohio State doesn't control how strong its conference will be in any given year, but it does control who it plays in OOC games.
That's true, but it's also easier said than done considering conference schedules and how far in advance the big OOC matchups are set. Ohio State can't control how good the teams they choose will be several years later any more than they can predict what year will mark Iowa's return to dominance. The statement implies that Ohio State had the opportunity to schedule better OOC opponents and chose not to, which I don't believe is a fair assessment. When OSU scheduled Cal for this year, that also looked like a better opponent than they turned out to be. Of course, that can work out the other way as well--when OSU and Texas played in 2005 and 2006, I doubt the guys who inked that deal figured both teams would be in the top 5 for both games, but it worked out that way. The best you can do is take a look at your conference and look at the teams available and extend an offer. Eight years later, everyone you based that decision on is going to be selling used cars and signing autographs at the Holiday Inn, or maybe playing on Sunday.
The only reason we're not talking about Auburn's non-con murderer's row of Wazzu, Arkansas St., Western Carolina, and Florida Atlantic is because the SEC isn't down as far as the Big Ten is this year. At least we get a playoff next year to add 2 more teams to the mix.
posted by bender at 01:07 PM on December 02
Also, if the SEC, PAC, ACC, Big 12 and Big 10 all end up playing conference championship games
Point of clarification #1: Since the Big XII reduced to 10 teams, it no longer has a championship game. Of course, with only 10 teams, they can (and do) all play each other, so a championship game is unnecessary.
If Ohio State is kept out because of how strength of schedule affected computer rankings, that's a situation it helped create by scheduling Buffalo, San Diego State and Florida A&M as OOC opponents.
Point of clarification #2: The game against Florida A&M was a reschedule, as Ohio State previously had scheduled a series with Vanderbilt that was subsequently cancelled by SEC schedule changes (I believe associated with their adding of 2 teams). A separate series with Tennessee has also been similarly cancelled. All of that doesn't change the fact that OSU did play the teams listed above this season, but it's a little reductive to say that they helped create this situation by their own scheduling. We can all agree that we would have a better impression of how good Ohio State is this season if there had been stiffer competition on their schedule. At least we get to see a B1G championship game with Michigan State.
Of course, Florida State's non-conference schedule (Nevada, Bethune-Cookman, Idaho, Florida) isn't terribly exciting, either. They did beat Clemson in-conference, who is legitimately solid, but the rest of the ACC isn't any better than the rest of the Big Ten.
posted by bender at 09:26 AM on December 02
Hamilton by 2
posted by bender at 12:31 PM on November 21
I had been kind of indifferent on this call, but now I'm quite certain that the penalty should have been called. It's not uncatchable like most PI waveoffs because it's too high to reach. It's uncatchable because a defender is in better position...which is not uncatchable. I don't believe that that is reasonable justification, when the defender is clearly interfering with the receiver.
As to the question of whether or not Kuechly was preventing Gronkowski from getting to the ball and how that weighs in, I think the only relevant details are that the receiver was in the path of the pass and was interfered with. How many punt returns have been called back by a block in the back behind the returner or how many long running plays have come back due to a hold on the other side of the line? You can commit a penalty that does not really give you an advantage over the situation that you are in.
posted by bender at 12:26 AM on November 20
Oh. There is no picture on my page either, for some reason. I did google the teams and find the story, though. I do not understand how that banner could be made and someone didn't think better of it to stop it from reaching the field.
posted by bender at 10:38 AM on November 18
Grum, I think you're missing the first link.
posted by bender at 09:52 AM on November 18
Hamilton by 5
Calgary by 5
posted by bender at 02:08 PM on November 14
Montreal by 2
BC by 19
posted by bender at 08:38 AM on November 08
3) Due to fantasy football, people notice more injuries to players on teams other than the ones they support. (and injuries to less-than-stars gather more coverage)
posted by bender at 08:31 PM on November 06
1918 was a thing in 2004... when the real streak was still alive. Years without a championship is noteworthy. Noting years since the fans have been able to celebrate a title won at home just ignores the other recent championships and makes them sound spoiled. It's a good thing the Sox didn't win in 5 games so they could get that monkey off their back.
posted by bender at 03:04 PM on November 01
On the heels of Boston's worst-to-first World Series run, I have a shot at backing up last season's CFL pick 'em title with this season's Costanza!
Montreal by 3
Calgary by 5
Winnipeg by 18
Edmonton by 10
posted by bender at 09:22 AM on October 31
On the other hand, such a play couldn't ever be a loss, since the hitter would be at worst the winning run- if he missed home plate, then all preceding runs scored anyway (unless it was a solo shot), to either tie or go ahead before the hitter crossed the plate.
It could. If it was, say, 6-4 in the bottom of the 9th with 2 out and 1 on, the batter would be the game-tying run, and his out would end the game rather than tie it.
posted by bender at 04:00 PM on October 28
The last is especially funny, when McCarver is saying "just did get a piece of the plate" when the replay and PitchFX show the ball about 8" outside.
I'm willing to call this "artistic license" by McCarver when a pitch he didn't think was in the zone was called a strike and he has to call it as the ump called it.
Are we placing bets on which of the items on the grum list will happen? I'd like to take Fielder catches fair/foul ball & goes out of play (into the stands or dugout), winning run advances home on umpire ruling, but not until they go back to Fenway.
posted by bender at 01:34 PM on October 28
Man, I can watch that over and over again.
posted by bender at 05:22 PM on October 23
Sorry about that. Here's the Lionel Messi link.
posted by bender at 02:08 PM on October 23
Winnipeg by 19
B.C. by 10
Hamilton by 16
Saskatchewan by 3
posted by bender at 11:01 AM on October 23
Lionel Messi has just become the first footballer to break into the top-10 list of America's favorite athletes, according to the vast ESPN Sports Poll (October 2012-September 2013.)
posted by bender at 09:25 AM on October 23
The US players after Zusi scored and a few minutes later after the game winner were among the least excited-looking players who just scored I've ever seen. I also felt bad for Panama, although these comments from Kyle Beckerman (via @Rogbennett) certainly make sense: "@KyleBeckerman tells me Panamanian players were begging US to take it easy on the field. "I told them I got to play hard to get to Brazil""
posted by bender at 10:41 AM on October 18
In case anyone missed the wild finish in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying Tuesday night, Graham Zusi has been cannonized in Mexico.
posted by bender at 08:29 AM on October 18
I saw somewhere that they have 384 uniform combos. That cant be right can it?
You could have something like:
6 helmets x 4 jerseys x 4 pants x 4 socks/gloves = 384 combinations
...not that they would necessarily wear the pink helmets with the green jerseys and the black pants and the yellow socks/gloves.
Ignoring for a minute that neither pink nor black are their colors, I would agree that those uniforms work.
posted by bender at 01:37 PM on October 17
Calgary by 15
Winnipeg by 14
B.C. by 9
Hamilton by 3
posted by bender at 11:11 AM on October 17
Personally, I think anything a fan can reach from the stands should be considered fair game for fans to catch, whether or not a player had a shot at it.
This is part of why I say it wasn't a mistake. I understand that there are rules against fans touching balls in play, but if MLB doesn't want fans touching balls in play, they should design the stadium so that they can't reach a ball in play.* If someone touches a ball without falling into the field, then he had every bit as much right to it as any of the players.
Even more, though, it wasn't a mistake because a fan looking at a foul ball coming in his direction is thinking (a) I want that ball, and (b) I do not want to be hit by that ball. While looking up at the ball, he cannot be expected to know where the railing is or where the players are or if they might catch it. Expecting anything more is both ridiculous and unreasonable.
*I do not want to see foul lines redesigned in any way because of this. I do think that outfield fence should be designed in such a way that fans are not able to reach below the top of the fence to possibly catch a homerun ball that might have landed short.
posted by bender at 05:32 PM on October 14
It wasn't even a mistake. He was sitting in the front row, and a foul ball was coming his way. I don't believe anyone who says that they would have gotten out of the way so that Alou could catch the ball. Any other person in that situation would have either tried to catch the ball or gotten out of the way because they didn't want to get hit (making room for someone else to try to catch the ball). It is completely unfair to Steve Bartman that the world ever even learned his name.
posted by bender at 04:08 PM on October 14
B.C. by 17
Saskatchewan by 10
Winnipeg by 7
Toronto by 2
posted by bender at 09:04 AM on October 10
Predictionmachine.com makes the case for benching Peyton Manning against the Jags. Even with Brock Osweiler (?) at the helm, the Broncos are overwhelming favorites per their simulations.
posted by bender at 01:45 PM on October 08
No one seemed to be doing anything but waiting for the replay official to make that call. That was a coach's challenge in all but name.
Then what are we arguing about? The play was reviewed and overturned. When that happens, if the result of the replay benefits the team that called the timeout, they get the timeout back. It has not mattered if they called a challenge or if the challenge call came from the booth as a result of a decision that was made during the timeout.
I do not understand why you have stated that "the time out was not in any way erroneously called," nor do I believe it was erroneously called.
posted by bender at 10:13 PM on October 06
I'm not (usually) a conspiracist, but I am a Michigan alum, so I'll just say that the B1G refs are totally protecting the Buckeyes, and Urban Meyer can go fuck himself for screaming to try to get that timeout back after it was the only thing that got him the four points that ended up winning the game.
Actually, it was the tip of the ball being completely across the goal line that got the touchdown. When the reviews are called by the booth, and there is a guy whose only job is to decide if a play is close enough to merit another look, there is no reason that I timeout should ever be necessary to get a replay on a play that gets overturned. Now, I don't know if Urban Meyer knew there was a chance of getting the call overturned when he called that timeout or not, but there is plenty of precedent for coaches calling timeout ahead of an eventual review, and being returned their timeout when the call changes in their favor.
posted by bender at 02:07 PM on October 06
Toronto by 16
B.C. by 3
Edmonton by 7
Winnipeg by 13
posted by bender at 11:26 AM on October 03
Is there a difference in skillset somehow between LT and RT, or is it just that you put your better better tackle on the QB's blind side, and more QBs are right-handed? Put another way, if you had a right-handed QB one year and got a new lefty the next year, could you swap sides with your tackles and expect similar results?
posted by bender at 03:09 PM on October 02
I'd say it's more important for the Reds to get home field advantage than the Pirates.
Since they (presumably) will be playing one another, as they have done frequently this season, we can probably boil this down to that:
In Cincinnati, the Reds went 4-3 (with 3 to play)
In Pittsburgh, the Pirates went 5-4, though the Reds won 2 out of 3 last week.
That looks like a toss-up, though I'm sure both will want this game at home. I suppose a more interesting question is if the teams will pitch this series to try to set up the rotation for the 1-game playoff (and subsequent playoffs), or if they will pitch to win the series and get home field.
posted by bender at 10:02 AM on September 27
B.C. by 19
Calgary by 12
Edmonton by 7
Saskatchewan by 6
posted by bender at 05:49 PM on September 26
NCAA to restore Penn State football scholarships beginning in 2014-15. The restoration of scholarships has been laid out by the NCAA to allow the football team to increase to 75 in 2014-15, 80 in 2015-16, and begin competing with 85 scholarship student-athletes again in the 2016-17 academic year.
posted by bender at 02:18 PM on September 24
Is there any requirement that the kick has to go 10 yards before the receiving team touches it, or is that just before the kicking team can touch it? Cuz Houston guy wouldn't have been able to get too much closer, although he definitely could have done better.
The ball must either travel 10 yards or be touched by the receiving team before the kicking team may touch it. The receiving team has to be 10 yards away at the kick, but they may touch it as soon as they reach it. Houston guy just wasn't expecting to be making a play.
posted by bender at 01:12 PM on September 23
Prince Fielder snacks on a fan's nachos after missing a foul ball.
posted by bender at 08:57 AM on September 20
Winnipeg by 18
Montreal by 8
Calgary by 12
B.C. by 2
posted by bender at 09:21 PM on September 19
With FIFA already in crisis mode over their selection of Qatar for 2022, could Fox Sports block possible plans for a Winter World Cup or even unseat Qatar as hosts altogether?
posted by bender at 03:15 PM on September 17
Also, WKMG TV in Orlando apologized for having to air today's Jags game.
posted by bender at 11:26 PM on September 15
KickTV has posted its latest installment of The Hex, US vs. Mexico.
posted by bender at 11:24 PM on September 15
Calgary by 4
Winnipeg by 4
Toronto by 1
B.C. by 8
posted by bender at 12:43 PM on September 12
Attending the game last night, I was impressed at just how well the pro-USA crowd was achieved. There really was very little green either in the stadium or in the tailgating lots. Clearly this game could be played in a much larger stadium, but kudos for making a real home field advantage such a priority.
posted by bender at 01:38 PM on September 11
It's somewhat amazing to think that a US win Tuesday over Mexico and a Honduras win Tuesday over Panama (both playing at home) would ensure that Mexico could finish no better than 4th and have to go to the playoff for Brazil. I suppose that happens when you score only once (that one in a loss) in four matches at home; they're lucky to have 3 points out of those performances.
posted by bender at 02:34 PM on September 07
There certainly was. I was very amused by the yellow card that was given for the first dive, though about 4 minutes later because the ref didn't want to stop the play. Watching the game in a bar and unable to hear the commentators due to the crowd din, I wasn't quite sure at first what was going on.
I wasn't so sure about the yellow given to Costa Rica's keeper and the subsequent penalty kick, though perhaps the referee had a better view of that than the camera angles I saw.
posted by bender at 02:31 PM on September 07
I certainly wouldn't want to discount a fine effort by the Ticos, but man, do we miss Michael Bradley when he isn't on the field.
I'll be at the match Tuesday in Columbus, and Mexico is backed into a corner. We'll see how both sides respond to disappointing results yesterday.
posted by bender at 12:58 PM on September 07
A synagogue in Alabama is not quite ready for some football.
posted by bender at 05:17 PM on September 05
posted by bender at 03:42 PM on September 05
Ha! The perils of picking by coin flip when there is near consensus of who will win all the games. Maybe I'll do better this week.
Calgary by 10
B.C. by 6
Montreal by 7
Saskatchewan by 4
posted by bender at 10:58 AM on September 05
Hamilton by 7
Winnipeg by 11
Calgary by 2
Toronto by 11
posted by bender at 08:39 AM on August 29
White Sox bench coach Mark Parent was ejected while exchanging lineup cards yesterday.
posted by bender at 08:28 AM on August 26
...or at least make himself so tempting a target for the fields that the existing runner(s) will advance easily.
Unless the team in question is the Nationals, in which case the lead runner is likely to be the one thrown out.
posted by bender at 10:51 PM on August 22
From the Posnanski article, I'm not sure if it's completely fair to compare stats across sports, but when he does, it certainly makes things like errors seem silly. In any event, a very well written piece.
posted by bender at 04:25 PM on August 22
Montreal by 6
Toronto by 10
Winnipeg by 14
Saskatchewan by 12
posted by bender at 02:10 PM on August 21
I have no idea if there is anything to this claim, but this is not a healthy relationship between player and team.
posted by bender at 08:51 PM on August 18
Winnipeg by 12
Saskatchewan by 6
Calgary by 11
Edmonton by 16
posted by bender at 08:24 AM on August 13
And now introducing your Mr. Paul Aints!
posted by bender at 08:47 AM on August 09
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