Recent Comments by Mothball

Seahawks Edge Niners

rcade, there is no need to make special rules to help the Cowboys. Just Outlaw Jerry and they'll be fine. It may take a few years to recover, but they'll be fine with a real GM.

posted by Mothball at 12:00 PM on January 20

Taro Tsujimoto's story

That was a very fun read. What a character.

posted by Mothball at 04:35 PM on January 13

Down 38-10, Colts Beat Chiefs 45-44

Trent had one carry, fumbled the ball and I didn't see much of him after that.

posted by Mothball at 11:47 PM on January 04

Ohio State Falls, Auburn Likely to Face Florida State

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?

I think that Michigan States offense had as much to do with their victory as the defense did. Impressive job by the Spartans.

Auburn and Florida State. If you'd told me before the season started that it would come down to those two teams, I'd have laughed and happily offered to relieve you of your money.

posted by Mothball at 04:08 AM on December 08

Sporting KC Wins MLS Cup on 10th Round of Penalty Kicks

After 120 minutes of play, teams tend to play lousy ball. The lack of substitutions is the big difference. Sudden death in a game that is difficult to score can lead to ultra conservative play as exhausted players strive not to lose, rather than trying to win. It produces a style of play that is unattractive to watch.

They did experiment with the golden goal concept for a while, and it was a total failure. Overtimes became less likely to produce a goal.

posted by Mothball at 10:17 PM on December 07

UW Snaps Up Boise's Petersen

The Apple Cup is always the final game of the regular season for UW and WSU. That should make it easy to keep scheduled.

Agree with jjzucal about Orgeron. I've never really been sold on Sark though. Guess I'll find out in a few years if I'm an idiot or actually perceptive for once.

posted by Mothball at 10:12 PM on December 07

UW Snaps Up Boise's Petersen

I did not see that one coming. It makes sense I guess. He likes the Northwest and Washington is a much more forgiving school than USC. I think the Huskies made a good hire.

posted by Mothball at 04:12 PM on December 06

No criminal charges for Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston

Oh great. Now I'm reading the police reports. This is not a real fun read.

posted by Mothball at 03:26 AM on December 06

No criminal charges for Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston

The second persons DNA was her boyfriends. Meggs said that they were able to confirm that, but that he declined to talk to them. Essentially the problem would seem to be one quite common to rape reports. One person says that they were raped, the other says they weren't. Without something stronger to work with, it's almost impossible to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a rape occurred.

posted by Mothball at 10:48 PM on December 05

USC Hires Steve Sarkisian

And the rest of the Pac-12 can now breathe a deep sigh of relief. Sarkisian is a good coach and has done a good job at UW, but he wasn't mind blowing good. There's hope that USC won't jump straight back to the days of Carroll and roll everyone in the conference now.

posted by Mothball at 03:42 PM on December 02

Don't Play Thailand

Journalists !== maths wizzes, methinks!

What he said. I've noticed that journalists frequently stick numbers into stories that don't add up properly.

posted by Mothball at 11:20 PM on November 29

Incognito and Martin: An Insiderís Story

Judging by the fact that the latest comments from the Martin camp are from his lawyer, I think it is safe to assume that the Dolphins will soon be learning that they are a workplace, and subject to the same workplace laws on harassment as any other.

Also saw that the lawyer mentioned a malicious physical attack as well as daily verbal abuse. The drama continues.

posted by Mothball at 03:54 AM on November 08

St. Louis Cardinals Radio Signal Going, Going ...

Probably a safe bet on their part. For it to not be true, the person would have had to be there for both nights, and it being Boston, the media would have been all over it. Think about it, the right word to the media and the Red Sox would have been providing free tickets for the fan.

posted by Mothball at 02:21 PM on November 01

St. Louis Cardinals Radio Signal Going, Going ...

My granddad and great granddad were both Cardinals fans because of KMOX. They lived in the Texas panhandle. KMOX was listened to throughout the plains states back in the day.

posted by Mothball at 03:09 PM on October 31

Reds Fire Manager Dusty Baker

They were also tied for first in the NL for highest percentage of strikeouts ending with a swing (79%).

Then at least they went down swinging. :)

posted by Mothball at 05:18 AM on October 06

Rays, Rangers Meet in One-Game Playoff for Wild Card Spot

That is a pretty cool bit of trivia there. Sad to see my Rangers flame out, but probably better for my digestion over the next few weeks.

posted by Mothball at 11:54 PM on September 30

Rays, Rangers Meet in One-Game Playoff for Wild Card Spot

I'm just hoping the Rangers can take that streak to 9 games. Never should have come to this though.

posted by Mothball at 05:06 PM on September 30

NBA Finals Likely to Adopt 2-2-1-1-1 Format

Too bad, I always liked the 2-3-2 format. I do realize though that I am in the minority on that.

posted by Mothball at 05:04 PM on September 30

Browns Trade Trent Richardson to Colts

Nice job of saying what I was trying to say yerfatma. grumble grumble, this is what happens when you spend too many years lurking and never posting, can't make your point, keep getting lost in the forest.

posted by Mothball at 01:01 PM on September 19

Browns Trade Trent Richardson to Colts

That's a really simplistic way to look at it. Since he stepped on the field, he's been the focal point of the defence and the Browns have done zero to make teams pay for overcommitting to the run. This year, the Dolphins had 8 men in the box and the Ravens had three guys on him by the time he crossed the scrimmage line.

Considering that both Weeden and Richardson have been less than impressive, that almost sounds good. A deeper look though, finds that while Weeden has a td/int ratio problem, he does complete a decent (not good) percentage of his passes, and averaged 6.5 yds/att last season.

Richardson had a total of 2 carries for 20 or more yards last year on 267 carries. That isn't much production from the third pick. He is a good receiver, and when he gets into the secondary can run over people. He just doesn't have the ability to get past the front seven (or eight). It's not that he's a bad back, it's that you can replace him with a late 1st or early 2nd round pick, and pay less for the first 4 years.

posted by Mothball at 10:51 AM on September 19

Browns Trade Trent Richardson to Colts

They traded a back who averages 3.5 yds/carry for a first round pick. Sounds like a good deal to me. I think it's called getting something back for a bad pick last year.

posted by Mothball at 10:51 PM on September 18

Matt Besler's Yellow Card a Complete Farce

This is where the USSF needs to make some real noise. Two things should happen, the Mexican ref who gave the yellow preventing Besler from playing against Mexico needs to have a long conversation with the powers that be. The second thing is a suspension for Campbell for obviously faking a foul.

There was the comment made before the match (I think it was Klinsmann) that having a Mexican ref for a game immediately preceding a match with Mexico was not good since it could raise questions of bias if there were questionable cards given.

posted by Mothball at 04:36 PM on September 11

Bruno Mars to Play Super Bowl Halftime

You may be in luck Grum, watching the video, he seems to be pretty "old school". I'm in the same boat as you. I still hear songs here and there, but I never know the title artist, or to be honest, the lyrics.

posted by Mothball at 01:19 PM on September 09

NFL Settles with Players for $765 Million for Brain Traumas

And on a practical level, I respect the fact that the NFL will put a substantial amount of money into research that might eventually help solve the problem. A drop in the bucket compared to what it could do, but a hell of a lot of money nonetheless.

I'm not sure I can call $10 million for medical research a hell of a lot. For most things, I'd agree that is a lot of money. With medical research, I'm not sure how far that will really go. The downside to medical research is that it is VERY expensive.

posted by Mothball at 12:50 AM on August 30

Claim: Bobby Riggs Threw the Match Against Billie Jean King

While I didn't see the match at the time, I don't buy it. Between Riggs's chauvinism and ego, I don't think he could have kept his mouth shut afterwards. He hated losing that match.

posted by Mothball at 10:46 AM on August 27

Alex Rodriguez attorney accuses Yankees of hiding MRI results

I was trying to avoid the appearance of cynicism.

posted by Mothball at 04:22 PM on August 19

Alex Rodriguez attorney accuses Yankees of hiding MRI results

The only thing I could see is the Yankees hoping that he would hurt himself badly leading to either a career ending injury or at least missing an entire season so the insurance company could eat the cost.

That of course assumes a complete lack of ethics on the part of the Yankees management.

posted by Mothball at 12:36 PM on August 19

The Statistical Case Against Miguel Cabrera for MVP

I would interject that the award is Most Valuable Player, not Most Statistically Significant Season. Value is tricky to define in this setting.

Take the much maligned RBI and the oh so loved SB. How many games are won by a team with zero RBI's? How many are won with zero SB? From a pure winning game standpoint, RBI's are perhaps the most significant thing you see and a decent predictor of how a team will perform while SB isn't.

Looking at team totals for this season the three teams that led MLB in steals were in order, Milwaukee, San Diego, and Miami. The three leaders in RBI were Texas, New York Yankees, and Milwaukee. This tells me two things, stealing bases doesn't make a team a winner and Milwaukee really needs some more arms.

As far as the specifics of Cabrera's season, the argument that Ramirez and and Helton had seasons that were better in each category without winning an MVP is meaningless. The question is what the winners seasons looked like.

Personally I could see either Trout or Cabrera winning and would have been fine with it. Trout didn't do much in September as he cooled off while Cabrera was playing very well. On the whole I think it came down to more that just the triple crown, and Trout would have garnered more votes if he'd been hot down the stretch and gotten the Angels into the playoffs.

posted by Mothball at 03:23 PM on November 18

Formula 1 Racing Returns to the U.S.

So far the Circuit of the Americas seems to be pretty good. It seems to be challenging from a pure driving standpoint as well as being wide enough and laid out in a way that there is a good bit of overtaking. Quite a fun race so far.

posted by Mothball at 02:45 PM on November 18

Darvish Won't Play in Baseball Classic

He's a Ham Fighter. He can take it.

He's a fighter, not a Ham Fighter. Nippon Ham is the name of the company that owns the team. Fighters is the team nickname. Just thought I'd clarify.

posted by Mothball at 04:37 PM on November 07