Oilers have talent, its just they only have one kind of talent. Their bold plan to completely ignore d-men and goalies when acquiring players makes what they have look much worse than what it is.
At some point they'll luck into a somewhat functional back-end (blind squirrels, etc.) and then the playoffs will be there.
posted by deflated at 11:31 PM on April 19
Blue Jays are interesting, the choices aren't as inspiring as I would expect. Alomar is obvious, then Bell. Stieb and Halladay next? Tony Fernandez, Joe Carter and Carlos Delgado just don't seem to be at the level you'd expect for a list like this.
posted by deflated at 02:39 AM on April 11
Deceptive. It lists career stats for the players and not stats with that franchise.
I want to be able to vote for Pedro as an Expo, no write-in vote for some team that plays near Baltimore. Make it so.
The first three Mariners seem obvious (Edgar, Jr. and Felix) but then I can't split Randy Johnson and Ichiro.
How on earth does Josh Hamilton get on the Rangers ballot? Michael Young, Kinsler, Beltre have all done more for the Rangers in the recent past.
Wish Kenny Lofton got some recognition for Cleveland.
posted by deflated at 03:13 AM on April 09
"Sending Off" - offering helpful tips to the batsman as he walks back to the dressing rooms after getting out.
"Sledging" - pithy observations on the technical ability, off-field habits and ancestors of opposition players.
posted by deflated at 10:57 AM on March 30
Maybe international ice would help but my gut feeling is there just aren't enough Datsyuks in the world for NHL hockey to be played the way Larianov imagines.
Those CSKA Moscow teams that Larianov played with got the pick of every draft-aged player in the country to fill out their roster, there was a ridiculous depth of talent. Practice 8 hours a day with those teammates to bake in some chemistry and the on-ice understanding gets to be telepathic.
I'm not sure how in the modern world you would draw the same level of talent together for long enough to build up that understanding. Watching old Red Army highlights its the puck movement that is amazing, they absolutely know/trust that someone will be there on the end of those blind passes. If anyone misses their spot those great passes turn into bad turnovers, pucks floating around in the middle of the neutral zone.
Unless we start cloning Sedins I don't see how there would ever be enough players with the right vision & cohesiveness to see a league-wide move to puck-movement offences.
posted by deflated at 05:48 PM on February 23
grum, I kind of agree with you on the hockey, kind of don't.
The exception to the rule from these parts is Milan Lucic; he was still playing on house teams in peewee before he worked out what he wanted. Then I look at a kid my son plays with who looks pretty special (he's been the best on the ice in very game we've played in the last 2 years) and see the amount his family have spent to get a 9y.o. that good and yeah, high-level hockey is stupidly expensive for families.
posted by deflated at 02:07 PM on February 15
Now I have visions of 300-lb linemen making "I got wood for sheep" jokes around a table.
5 more years, yerfatma. Started our youngest on Carcassonne at 6, he lapped it up.
posted by deflated at 12:02 AM on January 17
Time to buy a lottery ticket. :)
posted by deflated at 09:18 PM on January 12
Stepping away from the Manning theme for a moment, as a Broncos fan I cannot wait for the day that Fox and his mediocre-to-insipid coaching is booted out the door. Given the talent at his disposal his tenure has been the biggest waste of a potential championship window since Norv led the Chargers astray.
Last year in the SB, yesterday against the Colts the team did not look ready to play. The same ineffective vanilla 4-man pass rush all game. A dearth of those intermediate crossing routes that Manning has built a career on and screens designed to get D. Thomas into space; instead we got repeated low-percentage deep shots from a QB with an alleged quad injury. Putting Talib on an island against Hilton. The Colts killed the Broncos in preparation and intensity.
Gah. Is there not a happy medium somewhere between toxic boy-blunder McDaniels and stuck-in-1994 Fox?
posted by deflated at 05:37 PM on January 12
I don't mind the move for the Jets. They have a ton of cap space and a young QB who is actually showing some promise, getting an elite WR type to take some of the pressure may work here over the next couple of years.
Looks like the Giants are on the slide too, never hurts to be better when the crosstown team is down.
posted by deflated at 08:31 PM on October 18
Sure they won't be the Seattle Metropolitans, Grum? Luongo back in the PNW is pure win.
posted by deflated at 10:21 PM on October 14
I like all these ideas and I like instant replay. Speed up the regular plays and take the time to get the 1% right.
The time between pitches rule could lead to some epic managerial meltdowns. Can't wait for the first called strike if the batter isn't in the box 1:45 after the ball gets to the pitcher.
posted by deflated at 06:24 PM on October 01
How on earth did Parrish screw up his relationship with Pulis that badly? That is a massive blunder.
posted by deflated at 10:58 PM on August 14
Unlimited ballots won't help that much; in 2013 only 6.6 names were listed on the average ballot, they aren't using the space they have now.
Until some of the voters pull their heads out of their asses this isn't going to change.
posted by deflated at 08:27 PM on July 26
Grum, BC is still Blue Jays territory - far, far more Jays games on local TV and who is going to watch the Mariners if given the choice? It hurts...
posted by deflated at 04:18 PM on April 24
I'd actually bet this is something stranger than we're imagining - as has been pointed out you don't need this sort of hardware for the obvious analysis.
The new Trackman-based playtracking system from MLBAM seems to be radar based; maybe someone is trying to process streaming data from multiple radar sources to determine how effective a pitcher is in real time - spin and plane of their curve, actual path of their fastball. Know if your starter has his stuff before you find out the hard way (or the opposite, maybe the other guy can't get his breaking ball working and its time to sit on the fastball).
posted by deflated at 11:04 PM on March 18
Broncos with Ware are going to have an outstanding front 7. The cap pain will hit in a couple of years as Peyton and his $20M cap number ride off into retirement; they have some flexibility.
posted by deflated at 11:08 PM on March 12
It was best for the Sabres that they moved Miller but it was still sad to see. He was one of the guys like Iginla who really carried a team for years and you wish they could have enough success to finish as a one-team guy. Good luck to him, he was good for Buffalo.
posted by deflated at 01:34 AM on March 01
Scientists and Celibate Rifles references? This really is the most discerning of sports discussion venues.
posted by deflated at 12:10 AM on January 15
Sorry but Morgan looks like a brave but easily dislikeable idiot in this.
Ditch your baseball-driven ideas about aiming at the batsman - cricket has a long and legal tradition of fast bowlers looking to hurt people and great innings by batsmen against the barrage. Look up Michael Holding getting after Geoff Boycott in 1981, Rick McCosker coming back out to bat with his jaw wired shut after getting it broken by a bouncer, some of the footage here. One of the primary ways of getting a batsman out - Leg Before Wicket - can only occur if the ball hits the batsman.
The Piers Morgan bit would be like Jim Rome continuing to call out Jim Everett as scared of the pass rush and then telling all and sundry that he, with his experience as a QB at the local community college, knows how to deal with the blitz. After being obnoxious about it over a period of time a retired Strahan or Kevin Greene type signs on to show him what the pros face. He then proceeds to completely bail under the first hint of a pass rush while talking smack to the ex-pro, leading the ex-pro to bury him for his troubles.
posted by deflated at 12:53 AM on December 29
No network anywhere can top CBC's hockey coverage.
CBC is the best technically but I've more than one friend who won't be sorry to see the back of the current HNIC people and format.
Yeah there is some Canucks bias in there but it seems like you get a better quality of play-by-play and colour guys on the TSN/Sportsnet broadcasts. CBC/HNIC seems to be getting more like ESPN every year - personality focused, controversial rather than incisive, everyone loves Don Cherry, etc.
posted by deflated at 06:01 PM on November 27
Since we're now officially in the hot stove season, do you think think we'll eventually start seeing WAR based contracts?
As a negotiating point I'd be surprised if it hasn't happened already. Scott Boras prepared a 73-page report on Prince Fielder when he was selling him as a free agent, I'd be amazed if WAR (and similar SABR-ish metrics) weren't involved. Teams have access to tools and internal statistical measures we'll never see as the raw data is private, stats are very significant to some teams.
If you're talking about a contract with WAR-based incentives I'd say just this side of never, the defensive component of WAR is far too volatile for either side to want to use it.
posted by deflated at 12:57 AM on November 01
Okay, Leaf fans need to get a grip. This is Brian Burke we're talking about; if he was going to sign a FA today he would have nailed down the details long before today. Whether you like his talent evaluation or not he is skilled and experienced in the mechanics of being an NHL GM. These are probably the same fans who whined that he didn't nab the Sedins before they re-upped for the Canucks and complain that Rick Nash wants to be a Leaf so just get him, alright?
posted by deflated at 11:22 PM on July 02
"Who will rid me of this meddlesome quarterback?"
Heh - makes the history geek in me laugh. After this I can totally see Elway stamping out revolts among the Broncos faithful for the rest of his reign.
posted by deflated at 10:51 PM on March 20
As a Broncos fan I'm not that happy to get Peyton on the team - I'd still like to see that his arm strength has come back and he can still feel his fingers after the first sack. As a Broncos fan I'm overjoyed that I no longer have to watch Timmy lob passes into the stands and be just good enough to keep him in Denver. Bleh.
posted by deflated at 08:00 PM on March 19
Absolutely. And add one for batters flouncing around adjusting gloves and helmets in baseball. Get up there and make your play.
posted by deflated at 06:02 PM on March 09
If you're going to call Eli the "default choice," you should identify the player more deserving of the award.
Eli had a solid game against a middling pass defence in a SB with no standout player. Lots of completions, had trouble converting them into scores. As the most visible player on the winning team he was the easy choice. If through some miracle Bradshaw fumbles at the 1 instead of scoring then Brady gets the MVP and we're having the same conversation - he didn't do much wrong but its not exactly Desmond Howard ripping the game open.
posted by deflated at 11:31 PM on February 08
Eli needs at least 5 seasons as good as this year or he shouldn't be in. He's done less than Philip Rivers except for those two SBs and nobody is pumping him up for the HOF yet.
Here's another view: Eli has done far, far less in his career than Terrell Davis. Davis had a much more impressive regular season career, has two rings, got a SB MVP by dominating rather than being the default choice. Davis probably isn't getting in the HOF as many consider his career too short. Eli is not a HOFer today.
posted by deflated at 07:30 PM on February 08
The evolution of competitors and their training (legal or otherwise) leaves me to believe that the super-elite in the 21st century would dominate anyone from more than 20 years ago.
Then I'll take Eddy Merckx raised and trained in a modern environment. There hasn't been some sudden evolution of genetically superior sportsmen, we just know more about how to prepare them for competion. When these sort of questions come up (and who hasn't worked through this with friends over a beer or three?) I'll always argue for the guy who just crushed his competition, who was so much better than those around him that you know they were the one-in-a-century type who could do it in any era.
Babe Ruth, Merckx, Heather McKay, Edwin Moses, Abebe Bikila - any of them would excel if they were born again in 1990 and competing today.
(and getting back to the JLD challenge - I think I could live with losing if I got to see that modern Merckx riding the TdF against one of Armstrong's Blue Train USPS squads. Immovable force/irresistable object, etc.)
posted by deflated at 04:45 PM on February 08
Hang your head in shame if you suggested any cyclist but Eddie Merckx from the 1969 TdF. He took all three jerseys (overall, mountain and points) and the combativity award. Record winning margin at 17+ minutes. Untouchable.
That said I'm taking Walter Lindrum and billiards. Only lost his world title when he retired.
posted by deflated at 11:43 AM on February 08
I just heard from a friend that they had 17 undrafted players starting this Superbowl.
I think that has more to do with their passion for drafting crappy DBs and needing to cover the gaps than great talent recognition. If it wasn't for Mayo the '07, '08 and '09 drafts would be grim indeed. I don't know if I'd really use players like Welker or Woodhead - signed as UDFAs by other teams then signed as regular FAs by the Pats - for that either.
posted by deflated at 08:29 PM on February 06
The amazing thing about this case wasn't the outcome, but how long it took.
Crank your cynicism up a little higher and it will all make sense.
By prolonging the case for a year they kept the biggest drawcard in pro cycling on his bike and in races for as long as possible. Sponsors and broadcasters are very happy that Contador spent last summer trying for the Giro/Tour double in vain, far more interesting to the sometime fans than the alternatives (e.g. while Cadel Evans is a hero in Australia, in the big Euro markets he isn't particularly popular or marketable).
As it is Contador will be back riding in the 2012 Vuelta. He gets a two year ban but it is backdated to the point where he'll be winning again in 6 months. Everyone (except Contador and his team) is happy, revenue streams are preserved, life goes on.
posted by deflated at 01:54 PM on February 06
Ah well, there goes most of the interest in this year's TdF. Surely not even the Schlecks could screw up a gilt-edged opportunity like this; with no big bad Contador to worry about RadioShack will just grind up Evans and the last week will be a procession.
posted by deflated at 12:46 PM on February 06
Yeah, he got him in the face. Piss-poor judgement on Lowe's part.
posted by deflated at 03:15 PM on February 05
Please, please make this happen to Jeffery Loria.
posted by deflated at 01:49 PM on January 26
Joey Michaels, aren't the majority of NFL punts torpedos? I thought that was one of the reasons the Aussie punters did so well, their drop punts traveled in the air differently and messed up PRs.
(Unless you're referring to Aussie Rules football, where there is a desperate shortage of booming torpedo punts. More drop kicks is what we need in the NFL with less Bayless in any form)
posted by deflated at 03:35 PM on January 25
Why is there so much problem with the definition of clipping? Marchand's hit on Salo was classic clipping, drops his righ shoulder into Salo's knees and he was punished for this by Shanahan as illustrated in his explanation video.
Both Hamhuis and Raymond in the videos in the Boston.com link hit above the knees and so were not assessed clipping penallties. If you want a Canucks example look at Ballard, who I believe was called for clipping on a hip check in the San Jose series last year. His penalty, unlike Marchand, was only a 2 min minor - any clipping penalty that results in an injury is an automatic 5 min major and is subject to post-game review.
I'm not sure if I agree with the policy (too much of the punishment is decided by how badly the victim got hurt - punish the action, not the outcome) but everything here is exactly in line with the NHL rulebook and Shanahan's attitude to repeat offenders.
(personal bias: Marchand's head-fake towards the puck before diving into Salo absolutely makes my blood boil. Faking a player into a position where they can't defend themselves from a marginal-at-best hit is the sort of crap that needs to be stamped out of the game yesterday. Marchand is down in the gutter with Matt Cooke and Ulf Samuelsson for me now)
posted by deflated at 08:38 PM on January 09
I wish you hadn't gone there, owlhouse. Last I saw Cambodia had set the poverty line as people living on less than $1.25 a day; in contrast the subsidised meals in the story are $3 per dinner. I love this story and its a great initiative but no-one looks good comparing poverty in the US to Cambodia.
(Sorry, pet peeve. Rant off, good for the kids)
posted by deflated at 11:39 AM on December 23
Its Norv and the Chargers; you can't expect them to do it the easy way.
posted by deflated at 01:44 PM on September 26
50 pts on 24 shots with 11 rebounds? He did more to win that game than the rest of the Nuggets combined. When you're scoring that efficiently (and the rest are shooting well south of 50%) the team would be insane not to feed him the ball every possession. Assists aren't an issue on this one.
posted by deflated at 11:27 AM on February 09
Is there really no love for Bobby Orr around here? 99 was special but Orr's 70-71 season was out of this world; 129 points and +124 from a d-man just shouldn't be possible, that was true dominance in hockey. If only they had arthroscopes back then.
We really should have celebrated Gretzky's 50th when he turned 39 or something.
posted by deflated at 11:42 AM on January 26
former Tour de France winner
In the same way that Ben Johnson is a former 100m gold medalist. (and yes, it is very likely that both of them were just the ones unfortunate enouogh to get caught)
posted by deflated at 06:21 PM on January 18
The average NFL career lasts three and a half years. The average player has that window to earn enough money to justify the long-term damage that years of football will leave them with on retirement - the bad knees, operations, dementia, etc. A primer on player health
You better believe they should fight for every cent they can grab in the next CBA.
posted by deflated at 06:46 PM on January 12
Anyone else appalled by the state of the field?
Purely anecdotal, but it looks like some journalists certainly found the field to be a crappy surface. Torn ACL, ouch.
posted by deflated at 06:36 PM on January 12
And then on the fourth day, she got to bat.
Dunno about that but you can bet if the selectors had spotted Waugh in the crowd they'd have been trying to find some pads for him.
posted by deflated at 12:01 PM on January 06
JohnSoCal, the team that needs to answer questions is the USA squad. Pre-tournament favorites, home ice, reigning champs, out before the final. As a neutral cheering for one of the smaller countries to win their semi-final loss was the biggest flop of the tournament, a soft effort.
Good on the Russians tho'. 3 great comebacks and once they got rolling they were fun to watch.
posted by deflated at 11:57 AM on January 06
He claims that "writers" will weigh the steroids more heavily than the stats
hincandenza, I'm not sure why you're so worked up about Kurkjian - based on the McGwire example the writers are weighing the steroids more heavily than the stats. Kurkjian seems pretty accurate with that assessment, and I think he's correct that the voters won't do Palmiero any favors compared to McGwire. Personally I think its nuts to imagine that the BBWAA is anything like a monolithical cabal when it comes to the HOF; Dan Shaunessey is not Ray Ratto is not Joe Posnanski is not Keith Law (once he gets his 10 years membership and can vote).
The article nicely sums up Palmeiro's dominant career and explains why he will certainly get fewer votes than he deserves/is expected based on raw numbers.
posted by deflated at 02:38 AM on December 31
Whether or not Charles cares about people liking what he says or not, he needs to still be able to stand up sometimes and admit the biggest dick is himself.
Actually I think Barkley has no problem admitting when he's a dick. Haven't seen to much weaseling from him when he gets called on something stupid.
That said I have no problem with him making fun of this. Satirizing the idiot on the wrong end of a potential sexual harassment case sounds like a fine suggestion, make the whole affair as embarrassing as possible. He isn't making light of the act, he's laughing at the actor.
posted by deflated at 02:21 PM on December 21
"A ground ball up the middle and just past Jeter's glove. That's a tough base hit for Lee to give up, as it scores another run this inning."
I LOL'ed. Well played, sir.
posted by deflated at 12:57 PM on December 14
1) There is no way on earth Haynesworth ends up in Denver. You think he wants to play on the worst 3-4 defense in the NFL? (and there aren't the players on the roster to switch back to 4-3 ATM). The Broncos aren't exactly one guy away from winning, either.
2) There is no sane reason from either side for Meyer to coach in Denver. He leaves one of the best college coaching jobs due to health reasons to rebuild a bottom 5 NFL team? Denver is going to take a flyer on a high-profile college coach who has never coached in the pros after a spectacular failure with trying a high-profile OC who had minimal experience in his position? No to both.
posted by deflated at 11:14 AM on December 09
Gah. Where on earth did this idea that McDaniels was the only coach who would want to play Tebow come from? Any sane coach taking over a demolition job like Denver is going to do a pretty careful assessment of potential assets they can build on. If Tebow has the talent and motivation, he'll have a job. If he's the second coming of Ryan Leaf he'll be playing Arena ball.
He was projected as a 2nd-3rd round pick and got taken at the end of the 1st round. Tebow was a reach but the consensus was he had a decent shot at being a productive NFL player. He'll get his chance, up to him to do something with it.
That being said he is just an asset and Denver really needs to get draft picks back for one of Orton or Tebow - having both on the roster next year doesn't make any sense. Maybe the Jags 4th rounder would be enough for a team desperate for picks.
posted by deflated at 12:04 PM on December 08
If Rogers can find away to take the Leafs and Raptors to an in-house channel and far away from my regular sports programming I am all for it. Less Leafs on HNIC? I'm good with that.
posted by deflated at 01:19 PM on December 01
Yep, Steelers got some bad calls. Guess what? They have so much history now that they will get bad calls the rest of the season.
The refs have now seen in their weekly post-mortems so much video of incidents from earlier in the year - helmet hits, late hits, etc - that it is inevitable that they will pay far more attention to some Steelers players. More scrutiny, more calls both good and bad. For a similar scenario in another sport see the Colin Campbell emails or the Burrows incident in the NHL - players get a rep for certain things.
If you want to live close to the edge, have a rep, eventually the officials catch on to your act. Deal with it. Maybe in another half season of toeing the official's line the Steelers can go back to league-average penalties. Doubt it, that isn't how they play.
posted by deflated at 03:51 PM on November 23
One of the few times 'Nuke it from orbit - its the only way to be sure' really does seem appropriate.
posted by deflated at 12:10 PM on November 21
Popcorn time, this one is going to be good.
I don't think I've got problems with any inconsistencies from Campbell (it pretty hard to find any, from what I've read) but I hate seeing someone with such poor judgement in a position of responsibility. For someone in charge of discipline to document in detail their biases against both officials and players is spectacularly stupid.
posted by deflated at 12:07 PM on November 16
I'd like to echo the request for a cite on Nash bashing the US. That's news to me.
Something is weird here. On one hand Nash just made what looks like a hugely insensitive announcement. On the other hand a lot of his charity work is child-focused and he has proven in the past to be both articulate and reasoning; I find it hard to believe he didn't understand how crappy this would look. Even if he's a complete amoral bastard that puts up a good front I'd expect him to pick a more politic time to announce this unless there is something else driving the timing.
posted by deflated at 11:57 AM on November 16
Crap idea. Tilts the playing field that much more in the Yankees (and Red Sox, etc.) favor. The AL playoffs with 2 wild cards this season (and many recent seasons) is an AL East benefit, funneling more money to the big payroll teams.
posted by deflated at 11:54 AM on November 02
Heh. Owlhouse, I too was dragged along to the Sydney test in 1976 as a young'un. Andy Roberts was the Windies bowler that stuck in my mind, to a little kid he just looked menacing coming in to bowl. What a spectacular team they turned into, it seemed like they would keep producing dominant fast bowlers forever.
Pretty amazing array of bowling talent in that 75/76 series. Roberts, Holding Gibbs, Thommo, Lillee - 1300+ test wickets between them. The Perth test was pretty much the blueprint for the Windies dominance for the next 20 years. Good times.
posted by deflated at 01:21 PM on October 27
If Cutler was still in Denver it wouldn't be worse. If Cutler was still around maybe they wouldn't have frittered away all those high draft picks they got for him on reaches like Tebow, Ayers, Smith, Quinn and Moreno.
McDaniels has been horrible at anything that doesn't involve a forward pass. He inherits a top 10 offense with a historically bad defense and proceeds to retool the offense - yup, that must have been the problem. He alienated a number of his coaching staff, notably Nolan and Dennison. Player management isn't exactly his strong suit.
posted by deflated at 08:22 PM on October 25
In Indiana public intoxication is a misdemeanour punishable by up to $180 days in jail &/or a $1000 fine. There probably is some sort of 'legal limit' above which they can realistically charge the suspect, etc. As always Google is your friend if you're interested in the details.
Kind of like his style, myself. No property damage, emergency room visits, move on.
posted by deflated at 04:33 PM on October 20
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