I don't know how in the world you can make a homunculus like Shanahan look good, but Dan and RG3 have managed to accomplish just that. Whoever quits this organization first will come off looking the best.
posted by phaedon at 02:20 PM on December 11
Seriously? Being happy our biggest rival lost is "shit[ting] on" them?
Self-respecting Michigan fans shouldn't be so happy their in-state rival beat their out-of-state rival for them. But do Michigan fans with self-respect exist is the question? Sorry. Go for one point next year. Glad you guys survived Akron. *drops mic, walks off*
posted by phaedon at 01:27 AM on December 09
There's just too much to talk about today. How about that Gronkowski tackle?
posted by phaedon at 06:27 PM on December 08
How the hell did the Pats come back and beat the Browns? I wish somebody would tell me why the onside kick exists.
posted by phaedon at 04:46 PM on December 08
Oh my God.. Pittsburgh and Baltimore games! My brain just broke!
posted by phaedon at 04:24 PM on December 08
There's no such thing as a bad analogy in this particular rivalry.
posted by phaedon at 02:26 PM on December 08
I think you misconstrue who I root for. I'm totally fine if Penn State has their dick on Michigan's shoulder and is peeing in their apple cider. Typical Wolverines move to go 3-5 and shit on Ohio State for losing one game in two years. (Albeit Urban is a douche.)
posted by phaedon at 02:18 PM on December 08
Penn State had a better Big 10 record than Michigan this year. *pats Michigan on head*
posted by phaedon at 01:33 PM on December 08
Dang, you're right. Orgeron's no outsider. He must be so pissed.
posted by phaedon at 09:20 PM on December 03
If the AD is choosing coaches partly based on criteria that are unique to the current way of handling things at SC, I will admit that of the two, Orgeron would be a hell of a lot harder to fire on the spot from the front steps of the team bus.
Orgeron is an outsider and he is overrated. He finished 0-8 against SEC teams while he was at Ole Miss and he's also one of Kiffin's boys. Sarkisian was an assistant at USC for 7 years prior to his stint at Washington. So if anything, they are keeping it within the family.
If USC needs to reboot for another year or two, let them reboot. If Orgeron beat UCLA, then maybe there's something to talk about. Can't wait to see what prestigious institution Kiffin fails upwards to.
posted by phaedon at 04:29 PM on December 03
New Footage Shows Mike Tomlin Stepping Toward The Field
posted by phaedon at 04:40 PM on December 02
Mike Tomlin may get a 6-figure fine for stepping out on the field in last week's game, and the Steelers may lose a draft pick. In other news, Roethlisberger is still quarterback.
posted by phaedon at 01:39 PM on December 01
Doesn't Ohio State need to get past Michigan State's defense next week before we talk about whether or not the Buckeyes deserve a shot at the national title game?
They do, but frankly because this game against the Wolverines wasn't a blow-out, there's actually a better chance the Buckeyes won't underestimate MSU and phone it in like they did today. It's a good thing the ejections won't impact the last game of the season.
posted by phaedon at 11:32 PM on November 30
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posted by phaedon at 07:39 PM on November 30
Oh. My. God. I picked OSU and Auburn this weekend. WOOHOO!! PUT OHIO STATE IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME!!
posted by phaedon at 07:26 PM on November 30
As an aside to anyone who sat through the whole game, did you find the constant shots of turkey farms weird?
I didn't notice that, I was sucked in by the 90's playlist though. Good lord. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones? And You're Unbelievable??
posted by phaedon at 01:04 AM on November 26
You're calling him done during one of the greatest seasons a quarterback has ever experienced.
I get it. And I'm not saying quarterbacks aren't allowed to have bad games. I like Pey Pey. Feel free to tell me what you thought happened last night. Those conditions, the competition, I mean, Peyton's the caliber of player where that stuff only feeds into his abilities, right?
What I saw was a guy that was managing the offense but couldn't throw the ball. Let's not pretend like his body hasn't been through a lot. Steve Young had some incredible stats right before he washed up.
posted by phaedon at 11:41 AM on November 25
Still not sure.
Me neither really. But you have to understand I hate the Patriots, and my best friend has a huge Flying Elvis tattooed on his chest and we were at his house. Other than the ridiculous tattoo, he's the quiet type, so we were absolutely letting him have it up until halftime. We got to watch him sink into a dark depression, only to totally come out of it. So you could say we all walked away happy. I don't think he sat down for two hours.
With their roster, what the Patriots are doing this year - the games they end up winning, their game-time adjustments - is nothing short of miraculous. That move by Edelman? The first touchdown pass to the top corner that was vintage Brady? That ridiculous lob that Gronkowski almost caught? Man. I'm totally sentimental about it. And of course, Vegas gets the line right again.. these guys! Every week its a push!
So maybe I haven't been following the Broncos that closely this year. But I assumed they were a pass-based offense. Moreno had an unbelievable game, and Peyton - was it the cold? are his injuries catching up to him? - let's just say I'm surprised not more people are talking about it, but Peyton looks like he's done. He brought nothing tonight.
31 unanswered points against Manning, Welker, Moreno and Miller? I still can't believe it. That happens in college, not in the NFL. I say best game of the season in terms of pure fun - I mean let's not forget this all came down to that ridiculous punt recovery.
posted by phaedon at 11:24 AM on November 25
Best game of the season.
posted by phaedon at 04:34 AM on November 25
OMG I doubt Lester is going to have kids after that one.
posted by phaedon at 02:11 PM on November 24
but since he stopped being a good player he seems to have focused all his energy into staying in the spotlight however he can. The attempts at mentoring RGIII via any media outlet with a live microphone are sad and desperate.
He must have fell asleep during "likable black athlete" class, right?
Just kidding, not really. Then there's this
posted by phaedon at 05:35 PM on November 21
In other words, a penalty is a penalty in some situations.
Actually, what I'm trying to say is a different penalty (for example, more severe?) would have stood as a penalty in this very same situation. It's just that this particular type of penalty seems to feed into some sort of situational calculus, and I'm not exactly sure where that's laid out in the rulebook or even why that is.
posted by phaedon at 01:41 AM on November 20
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.
You are talking about away from the action penalties? I think you raise a good point. But I mean, obviously a block to the back downfield will affect a punt return. The entire field is in on the action.
However. Just to extend what you're saying and show how confusing the mixed signals can get, imagine if, all else being equal, instead of a full-body massage, there was a helmet-to-helmet defenseless receiver hit on Gronkowski at the top of his route. It's hard to imagine the refs (and by extension the NFL) justifying a strict no-call in that situation solely on the basis of the ball being uncatchable.
In other words, a penalty is a penalty in some situations. It's really a shame Kant isn't around to write about football. And if you really think about it, it's borderline retarded that all touchdowns are reviewed, but plays like this are not.
posted by phaedon at 01:27 AM on November 20
There is no way Gronk was making some kind of curl move there.
Mm. I respectfully disagree to at least some extent. I think one thing you have to keep in mind is Brady & Gronkowski have been playing together for what, three years? I think he makes a superhuman play if Lester isn't there. I think, absent Lester, you give Gronkowski that benefit of the doubt, period. He's earned it. He's the top tight end in the league. He's light years more physically gifted than the guy who is holding on to dear life trying to cover him. This is Rob Gronkowski catching a ball in the end zone.
The more important detail is Gronkowski is locked in on Brady even before he enters the end zone. Locked. In. Head completely turned around. Kuechly is in no man's land.
But. I think Gronkowski sees the ball is underthrown, feels Lester there, and his body instinctively gives up on the route. I mean, he sees Brady's throw isn't going to make it. And frankly, you overthrow the ball to Gronkowski. That's always been the play. He has hops, is 3" taller than Kuechly, and completely has the jump on him.
This is on Brady. Brady is throwing uncharacteristically zippy balls at the end of the game. And this season, he hasn't been dialed in all the way like he has been in the past. And the media naturally puts it on the young receivers. By and large, the commentators on these games, with the exception of Chris Collinsworth, are extremely deferential to veterans and couldn't tell you shit about what's actually happening on the field in terms of talent and in the locker room. Practically every game that the Patriots have won this season has involved a fourth-quarter march. Brady's so solid, that it is difficult to accept him being at 80 or 90%. And I think that's what happened here. There's obviously no outward indication or camera angle that will tell you that Brady didn't put enough sauce on that throw.
I think the refs have to make a decision whether to reward the Patriots with another attempt to score, if the penalty affected the outcome of the play. I get it, and I think it's understandable. What bothers me is that the flag was thrown, and in every other aspect of the game, that has meaning. Challenges by the coach or reviews by the officials at this point involve conclusive instant replay evidence. This used to not be the case years ago but very much is the case today. Why the sudden change in methodology is beyond me. Probably Vegas.
posted by phaedon at 10:18 PM on November 19
posted by rcade
And what's interesting about that clip is, we're basically talking about Gronkowski taking one extra step. If he pulls up one step before, you have to call the penalty.
Although the more I watch it, the more I see Gronkowski's body breaking for the ball earlier and his shoulders being grabbed by Kuechly. I mean, Gronk is tracking the ball all the way. Still doesn't negate double coverage. Man, Kuechly basically got away with murder.
posted by phaedon at 08:09 PM on November 19
Just to reiterate my point, it's called a curl route. Gronkowski is clearly running full steam towards the back of the end zone with the option to curl back. He definitely has the ability to come back to the ball.
Still, Lester's there. This isn't just about "what Gronkowski could have done if Kuechly wasn't there." There's double coverage. Even if Kuechly didn't hold him it's hard to believe that that ball wouldn't have been picked off. Lester's cutting towards the ball a good two feet in front of where Gronkowski would need to be for the completion.
Gronkowski has the momentum to catch the ball; he doesn't have the momentum to come out ahead of Lester. The ball was underthrown.
posted by phaedon at 07:05 PM on November 19
My impression is that Gronk was never going to get to that ball even if he was untouched.
Disclaimer: I hate the Patriots. But I think Gronkowski is totally capable of curling back to the ball and catching it. Kuechly is just totally fucking lost and just blatantly wraps Gronkowski up. Individual achievement aside, the real problem is the double coverage. Unless Gronk rips Lester's arms off, there's just no way he's not intercepting that ball.
Still, the bigger problem is the fact that the flag was thrown. It was picked up with no explanation. There was no review. I don't get it.
posted by phaedon at 01:20 PM on November 19
It's raining morons in Buffalo:
posted by phaedon at 12:49 PM on November 18
I am a true Patriots-hater and have to say I really like what I'm seeing from them this year. They are fun to watch - tons of talent, not entirely comfortable in their system and not very deep.
I have them going to the Super Bowl, if they stay healthy and beat the Panthers tomorrow. (I don't make a lot of money sportsbetting.)
posted by phaedon at 01:05 PM on November 17
The best is Farrell letting Workman bat (with Napoli sitting on the bench) and then relieving him one out later.
posted by phaedon at 02:13 PM on October 27
Craig got up and moved back towards 2nd
Two reasons why I think you might be wrong on this one:
#1: Why would Craig ever want to run back to 2nd? When in the history of baseball - without a runner in front of them - has a player slid into third and made it to the bag and then got up in order to run back to second? To accomplish what? He's either safe or he isn't.
#2: Craig slid into third with his right leg first and his body facing the infield. He also got nailed in the arm by that throw - you can see Middlebrooks never even got his glove on the ball - and then he had Middlebrooks fall on top of him (all of this at 2 minute mark of this video). So in reality, he wasn't turning to second, he was simply getting up at an angle that happened to be facing second base. He looks back down the foul line to see where the ball is, never once looking at second. Since the ball ricocheted off his arm and into foul territory, he appears to be look back into the outfield where he thinks the ball should be, and then takes off. Not sure he sees it. Oquendo is probably yelling in his ear to fucking run home. Still no reason to even consider taking off for second.
It's weird, they each have 2 rings in the last decade, yet you'd think they were both rookie teams tasting post-season glory for the first time
Yeah well let's not forget St. Louis has made it back to the World Series in one year without Pujols and LaRussa, and the Red Sox are without, well, Francona.
posted by phaedon at 04:49 AM on October 27
the Saltalamacchia throw was horrible, he should have held on to it with Kozma up next and two outs, just like Breslow on Thursday.
Before you get all worked up about how shitty your Sox handled the situation, I would like to remind you that the Cardinals, with one out, only had runners on second and third. There was no force-out at home. So the question is, who the fuck green-lit Molina? Because with Pedroia playing extremely shallow, and with the ball going straight into his glove, this had keep your fat ass at third written all over it.
You also have to keep in mind that Yadier Molina (and his brother Bengie) are already world-famous for their shitty baserunning. If you look closely, Craig doesn't immediately take off for third. Why? Because he isn't a moron like Molina.
So the fact that Molina's huge gaffe at third resulted in a run is truly an act of God. I mean, the guy didn't even slide into the catcher; instead he comes to a dead stop two feet in front of the bag. Without that shit performance, Saltalamacchia would never have attempted the heads-up double play.
But Saltalamacchia's throw to third sailed right, causing Middlebrooks to crash into Craig. Hard to imagine Saltalamacchia playing tomorrow. But if you think about it, it's St. Louis third base coach Jose Oquendo that really deserves to be canned. I doubt Craig would have made it home even without the obstruction.
And say what you will, but that was definitely obstruction. Middlebrooks sticks his cleats up and flounders on the ground like a fish out of water for a half second before tucking his knees in and sitting up.
posted by phaedon at 03:59 AM on October 27
The other thing that should be pointed out is that if Molina hadn't slid into home like a little girl - two feet short of the plate and with no contact - Saltalalala would never have tossed the ball back to third.
And the Cards should've also put in a pinch runner for Molina earlier in the inning, his fat ass could only make it to third on the previous play.
I mean it was a real clusterfuck of mistakes. I'm also sick of starting pitchers getting pulled mid-inning because of pitch counts. The Cards were in really bad shape until rookies Rosenthal and Wong basically saved the day. Meanwhile it looks like Kozma is desperately trying to Bill Buckner every fucking game.
I love playoff baseball. Go Cardinals!
posted by phaedon at 01:49 AM on October 27
Oh man, I'll be shocked if Craig didn't twist both ankles and lose a testicle on that utterly graceless slide into "the area around" home plate. The invisible pizza strikes again.
posted by phaedon at 01:03 AM on October 27
The Cubs are a dead-end you save for the end of your career. At 48, Girardi is one of the youngest managers in the AL.
Meanwhile, he couldn't possibly fuck things up in New York. The fact that he can stick up for A-Rod in the media and get a 4-year deal out of the front office is practically the stuff of legend. I bet he's one of the few people keeping that clubhouse together. Now it's just a matter of seeing where Cano lands.
posted by phaedon at 12:21 AM on October 10
Somebody explain to me the NFL regulation that prevented CBS from showing the last two minutes of the Baltimore/Buffalo game and force me to watch bumbling idiocy.
posted by phaedon at 04:30 PM on September 29
I meant to say this last week, RG3's career in the NFL is over.
posted by phaedon at 06:37 PM on September 22
First of all, I'm pretty sure Tebow will have the limelight on him for a long time to come. And if he becomes a counselor or a public speaker and raises a family, my hat's off to him. What a wonderful, honorable life. I sort of resent the implication that that would be a failure.
Also, aren't Tebows famous for over-throwing their receivers? A football on the roof, perhaps? I don't know, the Onion disagrees.
posted by phaedon at 05:59 PM on August 30
There's just something so not smooth about Sanchez. As for the Jets.
Try to imagine, that last year, for no fucking reason, they traded for Tebow, didn't use him, traded him to the Patriots, and then draft a quarterback who is quite possibly worse than Tebow. They are literally going backwards.
If you're looking for an added chuckle, Geno Smith fired his agents because he was drafted in the second round, and not in the top 10, like he had hoped.
posted by phaedon at 11:14 PM on August 25
Jose Canseco for President?
posted by phaedon at 06:06 PM on August 05
posted by phaedon at 05:02 PM on August 01
D'Antoni really is a total fucking disaster.
posted by phaedon at 01:54 PM on June 27
That was one of the best hockey games I've ever seen. 5 hours on the edge of my seat. Just shocked that Chicago managed to tie it up in regulation. There was a sequence in the second overtime where Crawford fell on his ass, a shot was missed, he got back up, blocked another shot.. then there's that shot Daugavins missed. Just amazing stuff.
Hats off to the Bruins. Chicago's offensive pressure is relentless, but Boston snaps back very quickly.
Now that I've said my peace... GO BLACKHAWKS!
posted by phaedon at 01:58 AM on June 14
Yeah it's strange. I think the younger me wouldn't have thought this was a big deal, but the older, more experienced version of me understands the difference between what is right and self-evident, versus what is. And how hard you have to fight for the basics sometimes.
Having said that, I'm curious to see how the bigger story evolves. Sports culture is a firm step behind the popular landscape in terms of the enlightened treatment of homosexuals as fellow human beings, and frankly the fact that Jason Collins is a nobody at the end of his career speaks volumes as to how much more work might need to be done.
posted by phaedon at 07:11 PM on April 29
News outlets are reporting Pat Summerall has passed.
posted by phaedon at 05:19 PM on April 16
This tragedy will be procesed and people will move on. Another movie theatre will be shot up. More school children will be massacred. More buildings where people are working will be blown up or destroyed. It's almost like people are trying to out-do each other when it comes to these acts.
We wait until another sporting event, probably in a over-filled stadium next time, shocks us. And we know it will happen. It's just a question of when and where.
I just want to say I don't own a television. The type of world you are describing is largely the by-product of a system of information distribution that is designed to grab your attention as strongly and for as long as possible and make all the money it can doing so.
It is horror porn. One in which you are completely passive, everything is indeed hopeless, and you are waiting for the next stimulant.
So until cameras start following all the good things that are happening in this world, I don't think what you're watching in the news is an accurate reflection of anything. You are suffering from burn-out, you are overly sensitive to people that are talking about this with a sense of humor, and you are speaking about "we" and "us" with far too broad strokes, like the commentators on television. Speak for yourself.
posted by phaedon at 10:19 PM on April 15
I think it's probably ok to let a little dark humor slide, unless typing furiously at someone you don't know after such a brutal incident is your idea of rising to the occasion.
Please don't take any offense. If we can't do anything about what happened today, the least we can do is make sure to pour ourselves into our loved ones and each other in the kindest and most life-affirming way possible.
posted by phaedon at 08:23 PM on April 15
Nothing more satisfying than watching Michigan lose. Nothing.
There were a few moments there where it looked like Louisville couldn't put anything up in the paint, and Michigan was playing above the rim. But you knew after Louisville fell behind but managed to lay a smackdown before the second-half even started that it was all over.
posted by phaedon at 07:09 PM on April 09
I'm not even going to pretend like I can watch Michigan play. I could only watch the last 30 seconds and even that was a huge disappointment. What a shitty offensive foul call. The announcers wouldn't even entertain how shitty it was.
Louisville, my life is in your hands.
posted by phaedon at 11:54 PM on April 06
Now link to a highlight reel of Louisville in the second half and include the same warning.
posted by phaedon at 07:50 PM on March 31
best nfl tweet ever.
posted by phaedon at 09:32 PM on March 29
posted by phaedon at 05:47 PM on March 18
Skip Bayliss is a fucking joke. It's a shame Sherman didn't have it in him to do a better takedown than that. Pretty shocking not only that ESPN would censor one of its best writers, but give something for all the other sports outlets to talk about.
posted by phaedon at 03:36 AM on March 16
Pepsi MAX & Jeff Gordon Present: "Test Drive"
posted by phaedon at 02:58 PM on March 14
Somebody please add a coffin to this video.
posted by phaedon at 07:10 PM on March 11
Wizards broadcaster mistakes airball for game-winner
posted by phaedon at 03:47 PM on February 28
As much as I want to hate NASCAR, there is something about the last ten laps, and the winner doing donuts on the Daytona logo, that gets me fired up like nothing else in sports.
posted by phaedon at 04:43 PM on February 24
Folkways, duly noted. However, I'm sure that you would appreciate that if a public person like Tebow were to speak at that church, it would in effect act as an endorsement of that church pastor's views. If the people at that church want to hear what he has to say, let them travel to a place less bigoted to do so. No reason for that asswipe of a pastor to reap any collateral rewards from Tebow's presence.
And yes, to speak to jmd82's point, a person like him is in an impossible situation. Therefore, it is completely within his "rights" as a religious speaker to choose where and when he speaks. And to think I would believe Jeffress's take on the situation.
posted by phaedon at 02:09 AM on February 22
Oh yay, is there we get to inject religious vitriol into the thread, if only to show how stupid everyone else is, and how smart we are?
posted by phaedon at 07:37 PM on February 21
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