Recent Comments by NerfballPro

Brady Hoke's Dangerous Incompetence So Bad ESPN Announcers Denounce It

Considering how bad Morris was, the fact that Brady Hoke is still employed at the University of Michigan nearly 48 hours after the game makes me think the AD should join the list of those who should be relieved of their duties as well.

posted by NerfballPro at 01:56 PM on September 29

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

An interesting historical find: a newsreel of the 1919 World Series, Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago White Sox. These are excerpts taken from various games and compiled into this report. For a perspective, this was assembled before word of the "Black Sox Scandal" broke and even includes a play where a Sox pitcher bobbles what arguably should've been an easy double-play ball. (Note: the edges of the film are noticeably degraded and do distract a little from the viewing)

posted by NerfballPro at 06:58 AM on May 04

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The Rays' Yunel Escobar strikes out on a 4-2 pitch.

posted by NerfballPro at 12:47 PM on April 23

DeSean Jackson released by the Eagles

Raiders maybe, but no chance with NE if his background reveals even a tiny bit of gang-related activity. Hernandez has taught them well.

No chance with anyone, likely, regardless of his talent. Hernandez schooled 32 NFL owners and GMs on what it's like to have a player with alleged gang issues and is known as a locker room distraction. It's a lesson that's going to stick for awhile, so it's tough to imagine any team picking him up for awhile.

posted by NerfballPro at 04:36 PM on March 28

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

At least we now know the true genesis of Incognito's tweets a couple of days ago. He must've been going crazy waiting for the report knowing the axe was going to fall squarely on his neck.

posted by NerfballPro at 12:08 PM on February 14

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Shanahan is thinking about benching RG3 for the season. Why not just resign now?

Why not have a little fun pissing off Dan Snyder on your way out?

posted by NerfballPro at 03:59 PM on December 10

Raider, 'Renaissance Man' Todd Christensen dead at 57

One of my favorites growing up.

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posted by NerfballPro at 08:55 AM on November 14

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

When satisfying the terms of a wager, in this case the Bears-Packers Monday night, goes horribly but comically wrong.

posted by NerfballPro at 09:13 AM on November 07

Red Sox Write Love Letter to Cardinals

So when do we all sit in a circle and start to sing "Kum-Ba-Yah"?

posted by NerfballPro at 09:51 AM on November 06

Gary Kubiak Collapses on Texas Sideline

I was fearing that Houston fans would be cheering his collapse.

posted by NerfballPro at 03:48 PM on November 04

Dolphins Suspend Incognito For Bullying, Intimidation Towards Miller

Can anyone see a scenario where the NFL or the Dolphins allow Jr to play another down of football ?

Incognito's contract ends after this season; smart money's on the following: not only has he already played his last down in Miami, even if Goodell allows him to play in the future he's likely played his last professional down, period.

posted by NerfballPro at 03:46 PM on November 04

Cards Win Game 3 Through Game-Ending Obstruction Call

Yes, that's the same umpire, but unless you're a time travelling person, that was over 3 years ago (June 2010).

Yep, I know better than to argue with the grum. I had the right game, the pitcher (Armando Galarraga), but had the date wrong. Though I could've sworn it happened not so long ago. Guess the chronometer in my TARDIS needs repair.

posted by NerfballPro at 08:53 AM on October 27

Cards Win Game 3 Through Game-Ending Obstruction Call

Hey, wasn't that Jim Joyce who made the call at third base? Wasn't he the guy who made that botched call that cost a pitcher a perfect game in the ninth inning last season?

posted by NerfballPro at 08:45 AM on October 27

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

In search of a lost baseball.

posted by NerfballPro at 01:02 PM on October 15

Mark Sanchez Hurt in Fourth Quarter of Preseason Game

I really do think Rex wants out of New York. He's an idiot, but if that's true I honestly can't blame him.

posted by NerfballPro at 03:38 AM on August 26

Ryan Braun Admits Using PEDs, Lying to Cover It Up

Lying is one thing; taking down someone else with your lies is a bigger issue.

And Dino Laurenzi should be on the phone to his lawyer making arrangements to sue Braun for an amount that he won't have to worry about putting his, grandkids, and great grandkids through college, all expenses paid.

posted by NerfballPro at 09:49 AM on August 24

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

MLB suspends Ryan Dempster for 5 games for allegedly hitting Alex Rodriguez deliberately.

Probably for failing to knock A-Rod out for 211 games with his fastball.

posted by NerfballPro at 07:35 AM on August 21

Philadelphia Eagles' Riley Cooper apologizes for racial slur

We've all said stupid shit in anger, often when we've been drinking.

That's true, but alcohol can't make a stone bleed. I've seen it too often, whatever vice a person believes but keeps hidden from the world, be it racism, misogyny, anti-semitism, homophobia, or what have you, put enough alcohol in that body and watch it come to the surface. No matter how well Cooper mans up here, apparently the context and circumstance was enough to make Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson speak out against him. Now, say what you will about those two, but I don't see Cooper as an Eagle come opening day.

posted by NerfballPro at 10:34 PM on August 01

Cowboys Stadium Renamed AT&T Stadium

Finally the Cowboys will have enough money to field a competitive team.

You mean Jerry's relenting and hiring a decent GM and letting football-knowledgeable people run the team? I thought this discussion thread was about the renaming of Cowboys Stadium.

posted by NerfballPro at 07:01 PM on July 26

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Funny. $72.5 million is a slap in the face I'd love to have any day.

posted by NerfballPro at 05:25 PM on July 23

MLB suspends Ryan Braun for remainder of season

I imagine Braun accepting a suspension means they have some strong evidence against the players.

Translation: your ass is grass, A-Rod.

posted by NerfballPro at 08:29 PM on July 22

Nashville Predators Paint Ice Yellow

Don't eat the yellow ice.

posted by NerfballPro at 06:12 PM on July 18

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

12-year-old Ohio State fan beats "Michigan"

posted by NerfballPro at 01:19 PM on July 10

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The decision 2013 is today.

posted by NerfballPro at 09:23 AM on July 05

New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez in semi-nude viral dance video

Did they finally retire the butt fumble from it's spot as Not Top Ten champion?

In a word, no.

posted by NerfballPro at 09:59 AM on June 28

Patriots Release Aaron Hernandez

To explain my above post, it wasn't an intention to blame Goodell as it was to point out that, perhaps any policy he's tried to implement has been ineffectual or even irrelevant. Even going through bounty-gate with the Saints you have to give him a degree of credit for trying.


So he's not a complete scumbag. Y'know, as far as [alleged] psychopathic borderline serial killers go.

As far as alleged psychopathic borderline serial killers with ties to gangs go.

posted by NerfballPro at 04:12 PM on June 27

Patriots Release Aaron Hernandez

...Hernandez' arrest was the 27th arrest of an NFL player since the Super Bowl in February.

Dear Roger,

Kudos on the success of your player conduct policy.

--an NFL fan

posted by NerfballPro at 12:29 AM on June 27

Patriots Release Aaron Hernandez

What kills me about this, is by waiving Hernandez, the Patriots have waived the right to recoup salary already paid to him, and are still on the hook for the rest of his contract. The next two years are a $12.5M hit the Patriots have to absorb against the salary cap. So Hernandez gets paid to (very possibly) do serious time.

What the hell is wrong with sports culture in the U.S.?

posted by NerfballPro at 02:42 PM on June 26

Aaron Hernandez's home searched in possible homicide probe

Dude has some real problems.

Dude has some real real problems.

posted by NerfballPro at 08:52 AM on June 21

Late Comeback Keeps Heat Alive

I'm not a Heat fan by any stretch of the imagination, and I'm of the vast majority of people that wanted to see them fail. However, I have to admit a certain admiration of this team's "fuck you all" attitude toward the naysayers and critics who want to see them fail as miserably as possible. With the exception of the first season the "big three" were together, they've gotten the job done (note I'm writing this hours before the Game 7 tipoff). Like them or loathe them, you have to give them at least a degree of begrudging respect for the way they've buckled down and taken care of business.


-- if they sweep, it's because they're so stacked, so it's no big deal; if they go to seven games, it's because they don't try real hard.

Indiana is an up and coming team that likely put the pieces together just to match up against (and beat) Miami. Ultimately, experience won out this time but don't be surprised if the Pacers take the Heat out in next year's playoffs if they stay healthy.

posted by NerfballPro at 05:28 AM on June 20

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Brawl aftermath: total of eight Dodgers and Diamondbacks suspended; Ian Kennedy gets 10 games.

posted by NerfballPro at 02:26 PM on June 14

Spurs Crush Heat in Game 3

And here I was thinking that the Spurs' decision to have a second year guy, Kawhi Leonard, guarding LeBron was pretty much a concession to let him have his way on the court. Have Parker, Duncan and Ginobili guard Wade, Bosh, and anyone else who could help LeBron out; make him carry the entire weight of his team on his shoulders because we know what those results have been in the past, right?

Turns out Popovich putting Leonard on LeBron was a genius move for more direct reasons. Leonard is giving LeBron fits in the paint as well as the perimeter, and the field goal percentage last night is very telling of his defensive efforts. And when you factor in how beat up the Heat are from the Pacers series, it's looking pretty good for the Spurs to finish the series before it gets a chance to return to Miami.

Still, at least 2 games to go, and anything can happen.

posted by NerfballPro at 04:18 PM on June 12

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The Arizona Diamondbacks pay a special tribute to Cory Hahn.

posted by NerfballPro at 11:10 AM on June 09

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Brain Urlacher retires.

Prompting the Arizona Cardinals to honor him by channelling Dennis Green.

posted by NerfballPro at 05:11 PM on May 22

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Update on the Boston Marathon bombing story: it was a hot time in Watertown last night.

posted by NerfballPro at 08:55 AM on April 19

Explosions at Finish Line of Boston Marathon

I don't have a link handy, but I've heard that authorities have a lead on at least one guy who might be directly responsible for the bombs. Justice here is what matters to me instead of the ongoing debate on dark humor here, with all due respect to the involved parties.

posted by NerfballPro at 09:06 AM on April 16

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Carlos Quentin makes his living by putting himself in the trajectory of rapidly moving hard objects.

Granted, this is the first time he's charged the mound following getting hit, but you better believe his antics last night caught the attention of more than one major league GM.

Quentin may be baseball's precursor to what could be hockey's enforcer or "goon." He's a big guy who crowds the plate and shakes off 100 mph fastballs hitting his body like nothing more than mosquito bites. It also didn't seem to take much after the hit to set him off and charge the mound. And you have to admit, the way he plowed in Greinke, as ugly as it was, had to have impressed a few decision-makers working for other clubs. All Greinke did was lower his shoulder to brace himself for Quentin's hit, and his collarbone gave way pretty easily. GMs in the future may set their eye on such a guy in future drafts who could later get "bounty" assignments to "take out" key players on other teams under the cover of future bench-clearing parties. Hey, it's worked out in football and hockey, right?

Big guy who doesn't get hurt by getting hit, and now carrying a hot-head reputation who can injure another player by running into him. For this reason, Bud Selig needs to come down hard on Quentin, but he probably won't.

posted by NerfballPro at 02:35 PM on April 12

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Whoops. The Detroit Free Press has some explaining to do.

Wow, a glimpse into an alternate universe. I was wondering how Capt. Kirk and the Federation of the mirror universe turned evil.

posted by NerfballPro at 03:34 PM on April 10

Rutgers' coach Mike Rice Berates Players at Practice

But, you wonder how quick they'd terminate Rice if his break-em-down then break-em-some-more style actually yielded considerably better results.

posted by NerfballPro at 02:48 PM on April 03

Louisville's Kevin Ware Suffers Broken Leg

Even with some medic training in the Army, I nearly surrendered my last meal watching that video.

I wish Kevin Ware the best and hope he gets well soon.

posted by NerfballPro at 06:01 AM on April 01

Miami Dolphins Change Their Logo

It looks so bland and corporate. Like an airline or shipping company logo.

My first thought was a Star-Kist logo that was rejected years ago.

posted by NerfballPro at 04:54 PM on March 28

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I hope we haven't seen the last of Mr. Adams.

posted by NerfballPro at 11:19 AM on March 26

There are buzzer beaters and then there are BUZZER BEATERS

Not even the greatest hack writer in Hollywood could've come up with this scenario and outcome.

posted by NerfballPro at 10:55 AM on March 05

49ers Have Deal to Trade Alex Smith

And the apparent winner of the Alex Smith sweepstakes is (drum roll please).......

posted by NerfballPro at 03:17 PM on February 27

Danica Patrick wins the pole position at Daytona 500.

Well, finally, a female in the pole position, and it does not involve exotic dancing or removal of clothing.

The advertising agency that handles the GoDaddy account just got an idea for a 30 second spot during Super Bowl XLIX.

posted by NerfballPro at 04:13 PM on February 18

Olympics drop wrestling for 2020

I'm not a wrestling fan, but to me the Olympics really lost something with the elimination of this event.

posted by NerfballPro at 08:20 PM on February 12

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

A Civil-War-era baseball card fetches $92,000 in Maine.

posted by NerfballPro at 08:47 PM on February 06

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Well, he wasn't able to get to proclaim he was going to Disney World, but Titus Young's dream finally did come true.

posted by NerfballPro at 04:47 PM on February 04

NFL Pick 'Em Champion: Ying Yang Mafia

Next year I think I'm going to take a cue from this year's Big Game and shut off the lights when I do my picks; I might get a better score that way!

Seriously, Congrats to the Ravens and YYM.

posted by NerfballPro at 02:23 PM on February 04

NFL Pick 'Em, Super Bowl Edition

1. San Francisco 0x31'ers

2. Over

3. Joseph Flacco

4. Frank Gore

5. Michael Crabtree

6. Colin Kaepernick

7. NaVorro Bowman

8. Ray Lewis

9. Aldon Smith

10. Doritos

11. 46.8

12. 59

posted by NerfballPro at 08:16 PM on February 02

X Games Snowmobile Rider in Critical Condition

.

posted by NerfballPro at 01:47 PM on January 31

X Games Snowmobile Rider in Critical Condition

The sad but inevitable has happened.

posted by NerfballPro at 01:46 PM on January 31

The NFL Pick 'Em, Pro Bowl Edition

1. NFC

2. Under

3. Peyton Manning

4. Adrian Peterson

5. Fitzgerald

6. Morstead

posted by NerfballPro at 09:56 AM on January 27

NFL Pick 'Em, Championship Round

San Francisco

New England

Joe Flacco

Kaepernick

Dashon Goldson (SF)

Atlanta

posted by NerfballPro at 09:20 AM on January 20

Lance Armstrong Admits Using PEDs, Destroying People

That aggression against people is what burns me on Lance.

Insert old cliche about "power corrupts" here.

posted by NerfballPro at 03:14 PM on January 18

Manti Te'o's dead girlfriend was... fake?

One of the stories written before the hoax was revealed.

Kinda proves Te'o was in on the hoax. Anyone disagree?

posted by NerfballPro at 04:50 AM on January 17

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

How about a congress of ravens? Or perhaps just Congress?

Really, just Congress is fine with me.

posted by NerfballPro at 03:11 PM on January 16

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

If the Ravens win, New Englanders will be eating crow.

posted by NerfballPro at 02:25 PM on January 16

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Agreed. If you don't want the kicker to get an extra practice shot, don't "ice" him. It's that simple.

posted by NerfballPro at 02:14 PM on January 14

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Read an ESPN column where the writer said Denver wasn't expected to go as far as they did this year.

A lot of people wrote off the Broncos believing that Peyton would be mostly ineffective following three neck surgeries and an entire season off at his age.

posted by NerfballPro at 02:45 PM on January 13