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
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
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
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
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
"The other side of the Earth"?
Depends where you are standing, I suppose.
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
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
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
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
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
Sounds like a perfect pickup for either the Patriots or Raiders.
posted by dyams at 01:43 PM on March 28
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Both very cool pictures. Thanks for sharing those rcade.
posted by dyams at 09:59 AM on February 17
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
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
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
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
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
You're not playing the Chargers or Raiders anymore, Peyton.
posted by dyams at 09:28 PM on February 02
Denver is pathetic.
The commercial with Bob Dylan was HOT!
posted by dyams at 09:07 PM on February 02
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
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 +1
Bud/Bud Light +1
posted by dyams at 10:14 AM on February 02
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
180 days = 1 life
posted by dyams at 05:55 PM on January 24
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
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
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
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
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
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
The officials should just leave the ice and let them kill each other.
posted by dyams at 11:03 PM on January 18
Broncos by 3 +1
Seahawks by 6 +3
Manning, Den. +1
Decker, Den. +1
posted by dyams at 10:28 AM on January 18
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
Agree with everything said above about Arod. If everyone, including myself, can look past my dislike for the guy, it's hard to believe he's not getting unfairly shafted. All this PED bullshit over the past several years and they hammer this guy in this manner? Major League Baseball is a joke.
And rcade, I have said over and over, on this site, that all kicking should be done away with in pro football. Now, with the ruling that kickers are defenseless at all times? Ridiculous. Kickoffs are stupid now, with the majority going out of the end zone. If punting the ball away is necessary, bring back the days when other players on the roster assume those duties. I hate games being decided by little kickers (Janikowski not included) who, if they happen to get bumped by another player, need to be carted off the field.
posted by dyams at 07:48 PM on January 13
Can't argue with the NFC results. The best two teams in the conference, division rivals, facing off to earn a trip to New Jersey (I should say Super Bowl; New Jersey sounds as if the winner will be penalized).
posted by dyams at 08:51 PM on January 12
Another in a long line of horrible calls by the officials on the "roughing the passer" call on SF at the 5 minute mark. The interception a few plays after that made it pointless, though.
posted by dyams at 03:48 PM on January 12
Haven't watched a lot of Seahawks games, but I'll say that they generally seem play boring, to be honest.
Their defense is aggressive and exciting, but their offense has been so one-dimensional this season with Lynch's running and not much else. Russell Wilson needs some more weapons, although I think having Percy Harvin healthy for a full season would have made a huge difference. I feel bad for Harvin, because you could just see how badly he wanted to play yesterday but it's just not in the cards for him this year. Golden Tate has come on to some extent, but I have never seen him as a number 1 guy for a receiving corp.
posted by dyams at 01:27 PM on January 12
Seahawks by 7 +2
Patriots by 3 +1
49ers by 2 +1
Broncos by 8 +2
Edelman, NE (rec. yards)
Decker, Den. (Rec. TDs)
Sherman, Sea. (Int. or Fum. Rec.)
posted by dyams at 07:58 AM on January 11
Glad I didn't have to throw a football in that cold. That had to be tough.
In another great bit of scheduling, Indy plays at New England next Saturday at 8:15, while the earlier game is in Seattle (versus New Orleans). Early forcast, though, is for temps in the 30s in Foxboro, which shouldn't be bad at all.
posted by dyams at 09:23 PM on January 05
If not for Indy's huge comeback, every road team would have won their playoff games this weekend.
posted by dyams at 07:47 PM on January 05
The Bengals should reimburse all Cinci fans who attended this game after that uninspired performance.
posted by dyams at 05:48 PM on January 05
Shannon Sharpe is one of many reasons I can't ever watch the network pregame shows.
posted by dyams at 03:19 PM on January 05
When it was all said and done, it's a sense of relief that the horrid NFC East is finished for the year.
posted by dyams at 01:40 PM on January 05
Happily, the second half is much better.
posted by dyams at 07:42 PM on January 04
After watching so many excellent college football games, the NFL really blows. Maybe Indy has a comeback in them, but the first half has sucked big-time.
posted by dyams at 05:59 PM on January 04
Colts by 3, +1
Saints by 10, +1
Bengals by 14
49ers by 3, +3
Justin Smith (SF)
posted by dyams at 10:00 PM on January 03
It really stinks that Green Bay gets a home playoff game having won their terrible division, while San Francisco wins 12 games and has to go to Wisconsin to play in ridiculous conditions that Lambeau fans don't even want to attend. A rule that should change is if teams have to play in a wild card game, the team with the best record should get home field.
Where I live it's currently minus 1 degrees. It's so cold my dog doesn't even want to go out. Sunday at game time in Green Bay is supposed to be minus 4 degrees, going down to minus 9 by the time the game ends. With any type of wind chill, the tempurature will probably be at least 3-5 degrees colder, minimum. That's ridiculous and dangerous.
posted by dyams at 09:34 PM on January 03
I agree, Grum. Miami is terrible, too. The majority of the AFC is flawed.
The Chargers actually played either up or down to their competition this season. They beat the better teams and lost to the worse teams. The thing is, they have talent. They just can't seem to get it together. Yesterday, with the majority of the Chiefs starters in street clothes though, was uncomfortable to watch. I'm sure any Charger fan would agree.
posted by dyams at 12:14 PM on December 30
The Chargers knocking off the Giants, Raiders, and the Chiefs AA affiliate doesn't really change my impression. Wins are wins, but that display yesterday, at home, in a must-win situation, was terrible. I only wish the Chiefs could have converted a simple (these days, especially in perfect conditions) 41-yard field goal and a much more dangerous Steelers team would have made it in.
The Chargers even lined up illegally on that field goal attempt, meaning Succup should have been given another shot at knocking SD out.
posted by dyams at 10:51 AM on December 30
The Eagles have enough weapons to make things interesting in the playoffs. Ending the on-going Dallas misery is something I'm thankful to them for.
Green Bay's win over Chicago was a mix of bad/crazy calls and plays, as well as Aaron Rodgers returning. Their offense is looking decent, but I don't see the defense being able to win against a foe the Packers can't outscore.
The only problem I have with the playoff picture is the Chargers getting in following their performance. They are one of the first teams I feel actually backed into the playoffs with a win.
posted by dyams at 10:14 AM on December 30
I think Hoyer looked good at QB and would have helped the Browns quite a bit. He was light years ahead of Weeden, and Campbell shouldn't have been counted on to start this many games and succeed.
It seems unfair, but it also feels as if the Browns have their eye on someone specific, such as Bill O' Brien.
posted by dyams at 10:05 AM on December 30
Marc Trestman makes the late Tom Landry look like Robin Williams.
posted by dyams at 05:50 PM on December 29
I don't know...it's one of the only possible reasons I can even think of in which Piers Morgan looks like more of a man than the pussy throwing. Brett Lee looks to me like a complete idiot. Put his wuss ass in the batters box versus Aroldis Chapman with Chapman only looking to throw at him. I'd pay to see that.
posted by dyams at 10:59 PM on December 28
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