Recent Comments by dyams

Giants Win World Series

Win, save, whatever the case, Bumgarner was THE pitching staff for the Giants, period. It's actually better if he is credited with a save because we can now view him as the Giants' best starter and reliever. He is the entire reason they won this series because no other pitcher on their staff would have done the job in this game.

posted by dyams at 05:44 AM on October 30

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Colt McCoy is now 2-0 as a quarterback in Washington.

Kirk Cousins is somewhere weeping.

If Kirk Cousins isn't better than Colt McCoy, he needs to find a new line of work immediately, if not sooner.

posted by dyams at 06:46 PM on October 28

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

At least we won't have to listen to another Snoop weed-induced rant about Todd Haley and the Steeler offense this week.

posted by dyams at 07:49 PM on October 26

DeMarco Murray Ties Jim Brown Record

He's having a nice season. Too bad he's overdue to go down for several weeks with an injury.

posted by dyams at 07:38 PM on October 13

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Joba Chamberlain is not having a good post-season.

The guy looks like shit. Total slob. Doesn't even look like he can walk comfortably.

On another note, Kershaw parlayed his amazing regular season into a piss-poor playoff showing.

posted by dyams at 10:16 PM on October 03

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

AP: Law enforcement official says NFL had Ray Rice video in April

See you, Goodell. Don't let the door hit you in the ass.

posted by dyams at 06:53 PM on September 10

Area Man Buys Bills for $1B

This is really good news for western New York.

posted by dyams at 07:29 PM on September 09

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I never predict a team repeating in the NFL, but I can't get over the Seahawks opening win versus a solid Packers team. Even with the offensive weapons Green Bay can throw at opponents, Seattle beat the hell out of them. I remember being worried for the physical safety of Eddie Lacy as he struggled to gain extra yards while Seahawk after Seahawk took turns smashing into him. He's almost fortunate a concussion was all he came away with from that game.

With very few teams able to even come close to the firepower of the Packers and Broncos, Seattle's last two victims, I can't see anyone competing with them at this point, especially in the NFC. A healthy Percy Harvin makes the offense far more dynamic too.

Anything can and does happen, but a healthy Seattle is going to prove difficult to beat this year.

posted by dyams at 10:07 AM on September 07

Tony Stewart Kills Driver in Dirt-Track Race

Clarifying my statements, I in no way believe Stewart meant to harm Ward and seriously doubt there could ever be criminal charges filed against him. Stewart, however, is the only one who knows why this may have happened. I fully expect him to say he didn't see Ward, and the driver's dark suit and helmet do nothing but strengthen that possibility. If true, what a disastrous coincidence.

I just don't know how a driver fishtails his car during a caution lap.

posted by dyams at 07:34 AM on August 11

Tony Stewart Kills Driver in Dirt-Track Race

I guess it's just ironic that the guy who put him into the wall happens to plow him over. Several other cars avoid him but the guy who this driver is pissed at happens to run him over? Not a chance. The most experienced driver on the track didn't comprehend the caution flag and slow enough to avoid killing a person? I'm not buying it. Stewart was pissed that some little prick was calling him out, wanted to show him up and fucked up.

posted by dyams at 09:26 PM on August 10

Tony Stewart Kills Driver in Dirt-Track Race

I really have no idea if Stewart was invited or what. I just don't think he has the ability to pull back on his competitive juices, regardless of who he's racing against. His punk move didn't work the way he planned and now he has to be accountable.

posted by dyams at 06:58 PM on August 10

Tony Stewart Kills Driver in Dirt-Track Race

Stewart is a hothead who was pissed this kid was calling him out. He tried to show him up with that dick move and killed the guy. I'm sure he didn't mean to hit him but he messed up big time. There was a caution out on the track and every other driver was slowly going past the wreck and the driver on the track. How horrible when a millionaire driver does this to a young dirt track driver. He needs to be banned from motor sports for life, charged, and sued for everything he has. His temper finally messed him up. How horrible for the people at this small track.

posted by dyams at 03:36 PM on August 10

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Yeah, Goodell started out bold and strong. He now seems overwhelmed and confused. How he arrived at two games for Rice is a complete mystery.

posted by dyams at 08:08 PM on August 03

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Pirates suffer devastating injury

Horrible.

posted by dyams at 08:06 PM on July 24

LeBron James Returning to Cleveland

I didn't like LeBron prior to this move either. But I think a hometown hero doing this is a pretty special moment in sport. I hope he's able to pull it off.

I agree completely. As the best basketball player in the world, James should be able to do what he wants with regards to where he plays, how long he plays for, and pretty much name his terms. Regardless of what actually happens down the road, it can't be denied he loves his home, as does his wife. In this day and age, an athlete choosing Cleveland over the warm, glitzy places like Miami is pretty rare. We just recently had other young players say they wanted nothing to do with Cleveland. A player of this stature choosing to.go back there is a nice story.

posted by dyams at 09:10 AM on July 13

LeBron James Returning to Cleveland

I can't even imagine all the LeBron Cavaliers jerseys (the ones that didn't get burned) being dug out of drawers, boxes, etc. all over Ohio. Goes to show you, never throw anything away.

posted by dyams at 10:47 AM on July 12

LeBron James Returning to Cleveland

Nothing in the NBA really gets me excited, but this comes close. I'm happy for Cleveland, and I'm happy LeBron made this decision. The only thing that ever really turned me against LeBron in the past is the ridiculous way he announced his "decision" when he left for Miami. That was enough to make many NBA fans, as well as the entire city of Cleveland, very pissed. And as has been mentioned, Cleveland's championship history in all sports makes the city's anger understandable.

LeBron left because he wanted to win championships. He won a couple. I will never fault him for that. He seems to understand a bit better, with perspective, what his hometown means. There will always be a large number of LeBron haters, but Cleveland should be happy. They now have some of the pieces in place to make a strong move towards a championship of their own.

There's a lot of excitement in Cleveland right now, but I hope people don't equate LeBron (the best player in the world) with Manziel (who I truly feel will be a HUGE bust). The Manziel thing may crash and burn sometime towards the end of September. LeBron, hopefully, will finish his career in Cleveland and give the city an NBA crown.

posted by dyams at 04:12 PM on July 11

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Between situations like the one grum linked and the on-going replay debacle, major league umpires keep looking worse and worse.

On another topic, hopefully we're done with the media shoving microphones in Donald Sterling's face (like the interview with Anderson Cooper). It's like watching an animal die a slow, painful death. The guy is a complete idiot with some real issues, but setting him up to say one more stupid thing after another is ridiculous. Sterling could refuse to speak, but I don't see that happening. His legal team would have to shhot him with a tranquilizing dart. Now we have to start defending Magic Johnson again? Wow.

posted by dyams at 12:22 PM on May 13

Video: Ryan Braun Hits Jean Segura with Bat in Dugout

How stupid. I can see stretching a bit with the bat, but swinging it around like that? Ryan Braun has shown in his past to only be concerned with himself and this is another example. And no, I'm not making too much of this. It's the first things little children learn when they pick up a bat to begin team baseball: Watch where you're swinging the bat.

posted by dyams at 11:11 AM on April 27

Bench-Clearing Brawl Between Pirates, Brewers

Or Cole could have kept his mouth shut, been glad a runner didn't score, and gone back to the mound. Instead his taunt was all about someone showing him up.

posted by dyams at 02:29 PM on April 22

Exceptionally Small Crowds Greet New Baseball Season

Baseball is becoming one-dimensional. All position players think they are home run hitters, and the days of players knowing how to actually hit, especially hit to all fields, is practically gone. I can't believe the number of shifts defenses play against opposing lineups this year. Everyone from outfielders and first basemen to shortstops have drastic shifts put on against them, leaving half the field wide open. They ignore this, however, swing from their heels, and try to hit through the shift. Starting pitchers fan at least 10 batters per game because contact hitting is a lost art.

It's all making an already slow game very boring. Not a great scenario to attract fans.

posted by dyams at 09:17 PM on April 10

New Home Plate Rule Confuses Yankees

Yeah, that rule is going to be a problem. A real issue I had was that the replay seemed to show Cervelli was actually safe, but Girardi thought the run would count due to the catcher blocking the plate. He would have had to challenge the play to have them check to see if the actual safe/out call was blown.

It's strange that a play can still be reviewed for something (in this instance the blocking of the plate) but even if it's apparent the actual safe/out call was missed, it won't be changed unless the manager challenges it. Here I was under the assumption the goal was to get calls correct.

posted by dyams at 07:04 PM on April 06

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Last night, the Yankees' opening day roster had a different position player at each spot than a year ago. Brett Gardner moved from center to left. Everybody else was new.

Sabathia was the same, too. The way he pitched, however, made me wish someone new was in for him, too. The Astros didn't hit balls harder in pre game batting practice.

Sorry about the above blank post by me. I hate when I'm posting something from an iPad and, when trying to hit one of the buttons for Bold, Italic, or Link, they are hidden under the adds on the right. I tried to fix it, couldn't, dinner was ready, gave up, blah, blah, blah.

posted by dyams at 06:26 PM on April 02

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Glad Cincinnati has such beautiful weather for their Opening Day festivities, tahoemoj. It's what this day in Major League Baseball should be about.

It used to be all teams were even in the standings on Opening Day. If not for a late Padres rally, the Dodgers would have been 3-0 by Opening Day.

posted by dyams at 12:45 PM on March 31

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Maybe someday the Premier League will start its season with Manchester United playing their first two games in Pittsburgh.

posted by dyams at 01:00 PM on March 30

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

"The other side of the Earth"?

Depends where you are standing, I suppose.

Point is, opening day used to generally mean the first game and pitch took place in Cincinnati, Ohio. Even though I haven't walked off the distance, Sydney, Australia (where the Dodgers and Diamondbacks opened their regular season) is a long damn way from there.

posted by dyams at 10:49 AM on March 30

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

It's difficult to either figure out or get excited for major league baseball's opening day when the Dodgers will have three regular season games already played a few days before most teams even see the field. The fact two of those games took place on the other side of the earth ruins the buzz too. I used to look forward to opening day (and even take the day off from work), but now I just say "Whatever."

posted by dyams at 10:11 AM on March 30

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

The Midwest bracket in the NCAA basketball tournament turned out to be as crazy as expected. I said it at the start, though, that there is no reason a Kentucky squad should ever be a number eight seed. They fill their roster with the best young talent in the country each and every year and, like we're witnessing, generally have the capability to win and advance against anyone. It really seems the committee wanted to throw the kitchen sink at Wichita State in order to have to give them a number one seed. A few of the teams in the Midwest should have been placed elsewhere. Wichita State was a very strong team, played one of the most entertaining games of the tournament against Kentucky, but came up short. Granted a loss can happen to anyone at any time but I would have liked to have seen them a bit longer.

posted by dyams at 07:46 AM on March 29

Maurice Jones-Drew Inks 3-Year Deal with Raiders

Quickly glancing at the Jaguars current roster, if they sell 10 season tickets, it should be considered a miracle. Instead of being considered for a possible move to LA, maybe they should ponder a move to the SEC.

posted by dyams at 07:38 PM on March 28

DeSean Jackson released by the Eagles

Unless he's in prison, there's no WAY he's not playing NFL football next season.

posted by dyams at 07:32 PM on March 28

DeSean Jackson released by the Eagles

Sounds like a perfect pickup for either the Patriots or Raiders.

posted by dyams at 01:43 PM on March 28

Detroit Tigers, Miguel Cabrera agree to 8 year extension

The Tigers were lucky enough to get out of the stupid contract they gave to Prince Fielder, so what do they do? Give this kind of money to Cabrera. Brilliant.

posted by dyams at 12:30 PM on March 28

Ralph Wilson, founder and owner of the Buffalo Bills, dies at 95

Owners like Wilson don't exist anymore. He was a class act, through and through. Sports miss true gentlemen like him when they pass, leaving behind the nitwits with bucks to carry on in their absence. RIP, Mr. Wilson.

The NFL will soon go the same route NASCAR went when they decided to eliminate all the smaller venues where they held races throughout it's history in favor of larger areas; it's popularity will start to slowly diminish. Eliminating the smaller cities from having NFL teams in favor of larger cities with population, but that don't really give a damn about the team, will cost the league down the road. Thinking the league will start crossing borders into other countries won't work out the way the NFL thinks it might.

posted by dyams at 08:13 PM on March 25

Enter the SportsFilter NCAA Bracket Contest

Is there a way of getting into the pool without entering a cell number and agreeing to bullshit marketing text messages? Yahoo is garbage.

posted by dyams at 09:46 PM on March 18

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I figured Decker, being a glamour boy, and his model girlfriend, were seeing the Big Apple as more than a place to play football.

posted by dyams at 06:08 AM on March 14

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Eric Decker goes from being Peyton Manning's number 3 receiver to Geno Smith's number 1. Wonder how that will work out for him?

posted by dyams at 06:03 AM on March 13

ESPN's Stuart Scott Fighting Cancer Since 2007

I never really cared much for Scott, mainly due to seeing him in person once and witnessing how rude he was to people. I do, however, respect him for how he has approached this terrible disease.

posted by dyams at 08:52 PM on March 11

Miller & Ott traded to St. Louis; Sabres get Halak and Stewart, prospect and two picks

Really glad the Sabres were able to get some value in return for Miller. As time went on, I was afraid nobody would bite, Miller wouldn't resign, and Buffalo would get nothing.

Miller worked hard through several inept attempts the Sabres made at rebuilding. He played well for years with terrible, underachieving defense in front of him, as well as poor offense. He deserved better, and hopefully St. Louis can give him some much deserved success.

Ott is the type of player and leader any team would love to have. The Blues did well picking up both.

posted by dyams at 10:37 PM on February 28

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

With the way my dislike for A-Rod has grown in recent years, I am amazed at where he ranks in lifetime stats, and where he could have moved up to if he would have handled his issues and gotten on the field. He would have easily reached the 3,000 hit milestone (61 away); become only the third player in history to drive in over 2,000 runs (needing 31 RBI, leaving him behind only Aaron and Ruth); and with seven HRs passed Willie Mays to fourth spot behind Bonds, Aaron and Ruth.

Oh well. It's actually appropriate a douche like him be banished from the game before he reaches those grand plateaus.

posted by dyams at 12:44 PM on February 28

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Both very cool pictures. Thanks for sharing those rcade.

posted by dyams at 09:59 AM on February 17

1,000 Texts Between Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito

I'm of the opinion they are both idiots and should stay out of football.

posted by dyams at 05:47 PM on February 09

St. Louis Rams Owner Buys Land in Los Angeles

I can't even describe how tired I've become over the years with talk of shoving a team, or teams back in Los Angeles. Give the city another chance for an epic failure. Cater to the elite crowd with prime boxes and seating, while ignoring the common folks who are the life-blood of any franchise.

Sounds just like the current Yankee Stadium.

posted by dyams at 07:16 PM on February 06

Seattle Wins Super Bowl 0x30

Rams fans like myself can't help but be concerned, seeing as how the team can improve year to year but being able to leap over Seattle, San Francisco, and a very good defense in Arizona, all in their division, is frustrating to say the least.

It seems a defense like Seattle matches up better with a QB like Manning, who doesn't pose the threat of taking off and running with the ball, than with someone like Colin Kaepernick of the Niners. The Seahawks defensive sipped allows them to move and adjust to practically any receiver, or group of receivers, but when a QB needs to be watched so he doesn't take of for 20 or so yards, that's a huge challenge for any squad.

posted by dyams at 12:46 PM on February 03

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Super Bowl-a-Geddon Edition

I'll call this one beginners luck as this is the first time I've participated in any SportsFilter Pick 'Ems. Just wish the SB itself could have been as competitive.

posted by dyams at 06:24 AM on February 03

Seattle Wins Super Bowl 0x30

Can't really overlook how Wilson played, though. He made some great throws, kept drives going, and didn't make costly turnovers. But yes, the Seattle defense made the game a joke.

Speaking of jokes, I can't get over that snap screw-up/safety to begin the game. Everyone talks about nerves and jitters players have when a Super Bowl starts, so what does Denver and Peyton do? Instead of calling and running plays, allowing their team to settle into the game, Manning has to start his (often) ridiculous wandering around, yelling out calls, etc? For gods sake, it's the first play of a game you've been preparing for for two weeks! Get up to the line and run the damn play.

It's also scary to think how much better Seattle could have been this year with a healthy Percy Harvin. He adds a dimension Seattle lacked (if you can actually say their team lacks anything).

posted by dyams at 06:19 AM on February 03

Seattle Wins Super Bowl 0x30

You're not playing the Chargers or Raiders anymore, Peyton.

posted by dyams at 09:28 PM on February 02

Seattle Wins Super Bowl 0x30

Denver is pathetic.

The commercial with Bob Dylan was HOT!

posted by dyams at 09:07 PM on February 02

Strahan, Brooks lead NFL Hall of Fame class

I'm so happy Andre Reed is finally in. He was so great during the Bills' heyday.

posted by dyams at 10:25 AM on February 02

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Super Bowl-a-Geddon Edition

This has proven to be one of the toughest games to pick that I can remember. The determining factor for me, though, is the fact I just can't take hearing about or seeing Peyton Manning any longer. My god, the guy is everywhere and on everything! Having him win the Super Bowl, as well as the game MVP (which is a certainty if the Broncos win), is just too much. With that in mind:

Seattle by 6 +1

Eric Decker (once again; I don't know why)

Marshawn Lynch

Marshawn Lynch +1

Russell Wilson

Byron Maxwell

Shaun Phillips

Bud/Bud Light +1

52

posted by dyams at 10:14 AM on February 02

Richard Sherman, the Man Behind the Mouth

I really like Sherman. He's a tough, driven player. I seriously doubt any player can consider themselves great at the cornerback position without having an attitude that will, obviously, turn some people off.

It's possible his post-game rant is now one of the best PR moves ever. The publicity he has received, while not all positive, is publicity nonetheless. If he winds up shutting down Demaryius Thomas in the Super Bowl, his stock will be through the roof.

posted by dyams at 06:37 PM on January 26

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

180 days = 1 life

posted by dyams at 05:55 PM on January 24

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Halftime shows...who actually watches them? Halftime during the Super Bowl is for a quick snack, taking a leak, and a couple shots of Black Velvet Caramel.

posted by dyams at 08:52 PM on January 23

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Yankees really had no choice but to go all in on the guy. With all their question marks and holes, Passing on a potential top starter is too much of a risk. Hopefully he lives up to the hype.

I also think the Yankees may look to someone like Garza (or another of the remaining free agent starters) to fill their fifth rotation slot.

posted by dyams at 04:18 PM on January 22

Seahawks Edge Niners

Still wondering why anyone would care what Verlander necessarily thought about the issue. American League pitchers are neck-and-neck with NFL punters in the bad-ass department. Actually, punters are probably several notches higher on the toughness meter.

posted by dyams at 08:47 PM on January 20

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Championship Games-a-Ganza Edition

Just like my regular fantasy season I overestimate Eric Decker, and my defensive player choices are generally wrong. Otherwise, I'm happy at this point. Tight race.

posted by dyams at 05:37 PM on January 20

Seahawks Edge Niners

While we're changing the rules, let's make it illegal for teams to win the final regular season game against the Cowboys.


Now you're just talking crazy!

posted by dyams at 10:13 AM on January 20

Seahawks Edge Niners

At least Bowman's fumble recovery that wasn't called didn't wind up costing the Niners points. Too bad the guy had to get hurt, though.

posted by dyams at 09:28 PM on January 19

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

The officials should just leave the ice and let them kill each other.

posted by dyams at 11:03 PM on January 18

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Championship Games-a-Ganza Edition

Broncos by 3 +1

Seahawks by 6 +3

Manning, Den. +1

Decker, Den. +1

Lynch, Sea.

Wagner, Sea.

posted by dyams at 10:28 AM on January 18

Dodgers Drive Money Truck to Kershaw's House

The show I watched this morning calculated Kershaw to make roughly $9,000 per pitch.

Nothing outrageous about that.

posted by dyams at 06:39 PM on January 16