Recent Comments by Etrigan

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Refs made 6 calls against the Broncos for 46 yards and 5 calls against the Patriots for 47. Hardly points to any obvious advantage and also results in a contest most fans are interested in: the players deciding the game and not the officials.

That doesn't speak at all to whether the calls were justified, though.

posted by Etrigan at 04:04 PM on November 30

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Sure, cutting the Pats' lead in the AFC East from five games to four was totally worth the effort involved to tilt the game in the Broncos' favor. That passes the sniff test.

posted by Etrigan at 12:43 PM on November 30

Kobe Bryant announces retirement

Bryant is also the first NBA player ever to play more than half of his life for one team, a record that is unlikely to be broken.

posted by Etrigan at 10:17 PM on November 29

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

But is it big enough for 45 lions?

posted by Etrigan at 07:38 AM on November 27

College Football Belt Backlog

I turned your list into a table to make it format properly. Sorry the site's code botched it the first time around.

Thanks. My HTML skills start and stop at "googling this thing and taking the first result", hence my basic fixed-width command and a bunch of manual tabs.

posted by Etrigan at 11:51 AM on November 25

College Football Belt Backlog

The CFB site does acknowledge that someone else also figured this out, but without listing the games involved. I do wish they'd make that more prominent.

posted by Etrigan at 11:50 AM on November 25

College Football Belt Backlog

Ah ha!

I had to search the coach for that year (Glen Harmeson) on CFBDataWarehouse, but Arkansas State's only win that year was their first game, and their second game was Mississippi State. September was only barely in the CFB season for a long damn time.

posted by Etrigan at 10:18 AM on November 25

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I did a thing over in the Columns section, if anyone wants to read the probable true lineage of the College Football Belt.

posted by Etrigan at 04:32 PM on November 24

College Football Belt Backlog

Ohio State10/25/1919
Notre Dame10/20/1923
West Virginia Wesleyan11/8/1924
West Virginia10/24/1925
Texas A&M11/5/1927
St Mary's12/5/1931
St Mary's11/4/1933
Mississippi State10/12/1935
Texas Tech9/26/1936
Wichita State10/9/1936
St Louis10/31/1936
Oregon State10/11/1941
Washington State10/25/1941
Texas A&M12/6/1941
Georgia Tech10/14/1944
Penn State11/1/1952
Southern Mississippi9/18/1953
Arkansas State11/7/1953
Mississippi State10/2/1954 ???
North Carolina10/11/1957
Georgia Tech10/8/1966
Notre Dame9/21/1968
Ohio State10/12/1968
Air Force11/14/1970

The "???" after Mississippi State taking the belt from Arkansas State in 1954 is because I couldn't find any record of Arkansas State's other games that season (they didn't lose any after beating Memphis in 1953). The game was in week 3, and apparently the Red Wolves were pretty good for a smaller school at that point, so I trusted to luck that they didn't drop an earlier game to some other school that no one bothers keeping track of.

posted by Etrigan at 04:30 PM on November 24

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Syracuse and Iowa State jump on the coaching carousel.

posted by Etrigan at 11:38 AM on November 23

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The Oregon sanctions included an 18-month show-cause order for Kelly, which would have expired last December. So he's technically clear, but would likely indeed invite increased scrutiny. That probably wouldn't be enough for anyone to overlook him, even USC or Miami.

posted by Etrigan at 09:57 AM on November 23

Baylor Takes College Football Belt from Oklahoma State

Also, seriously, how has ESPN not latched on to this yet? You could easily fill a few minutes on College Gameday with "analysis" of this week's CFB game.

posted by Etrigan at 01:01 PM on November 22

Baylor Takes College Football Belt from Oklahoma State

As of December/January, the Belt will have spent four entire seasons bouncing around the Big 12, ever since West Virginia came swaggering in with it in 2012. That's the longest single-conference span since the Belt was theoretically established in 1972.

posted by Etrigan at 01:00 PM on November 22

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Still riding pretty high over that huge Sparty win.

MSU led the Buckeyes and the Wolverines for a grand total of zero seconds and won both games. That is just weird.

posted by Etrigan at 10:36 PM on November 21

Bill Belichick Refuses to Be NFL's Fashion Model

Does anyone else like the look of these uniforms but hate the excessive rah-rah military posture of the NFL?

I hate both of them, but then, I hate camo anything, even when I'm wearing it.

posted by Etrigan at 04:17 PM on November 19

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Les Miles is on the hot seat at LSU?

As always, the question that people should be asking but aren't is Who would be better? Is there anyone looking for a job right now that even conceivably might be an upgrade?


Oh gods...

posted by Etrigan at 03:48 PM on November 19

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The University of North Dakota has switched from an offensive mascot to a merely lame and generic one: presenting your UND Fighting Hawks.

posted by Etrigan at 10:41 AM on November 19

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

So my oldest kid just asked what the Pats-Giants result was, and I told him Pats by a point. He asked whether it was overtime, and I told him no, it was regulation, and that a team could not win an NFL game in overtime by 1 point. But then I got to thinking:

If the game had ended in a tie and the Giants got the ball first and got a field goal, the Patriots would have the opportunity to score a touchdown. Brady takes them all the way down the field, but Brandon Meriweather picks him off in the end zone. Meriweather then inexplicably doesn't take a knee, but steps out of the end zone, realizes his mistake, and takes a step back and then takes a knee-- all under his own power.

That would be a safety for the Patriots, but the game would be over and the Giants would win by one, right?

posted by Etrigan at 08:50 PM on November 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The Lions just snapped a 24-year losing streak at Lambeau, a streak that was mentioned approximately seventeen thousand times over the course of the telecast.

The last time Detroit beat Green Bay on the road:

  • Fifteen percent of the current Lions roster had not been born.
  • HC Jim Caldwell was the QB coach at Penn State, where his third-string redshirt freshman QB was Kerry Collins, who would go on to play 16 seasons and go to two Pro Bowls before retiring from the NFL.
  • OC Jim Bob Cooter was seven years old.
  • Owner Martha Firestone Ford had been eligible for Social Security for a year and a half.

    posted by Etrigan at 05:35 PM on November 15

  • Holly Holm Knocks Out Ronda Rousey in Huge UFC Upset

    Is that where Phillip Hughs got hit by the cricket ball that killed him?

    No, that was in Sydney.

    posted by Etrigan at 12:39 PM on November 15

    SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

    He was only out of work for one day -- the Titans wanted David Cobb and had to free up a roster spot.

    posted by Etrigan at 08:17 PM on November 13

    SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

    Missouri HC to resign due to health issues.

    posted by Etrigan at 04:28 PM on November 13

    SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle


    (I mean, it would have been better if De La Hoya had said all this before he made a shitload of money off of Mayweather, but still, it's nice to see.)

    posted by Etrigan at 03:59 PM on November 13

    SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

    Clipboard Jesus rises again.

    posted by Etrigan at 10:40 AM on November 13

    SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

    Minnesota is off the coaching carousel.

    posted by Etrigan at 01:16 PM on November 12

    Racism Between the Goal Posts

    Really, I guess if you look hard enough and want it bad enough you can conjure up racism in everything.

    Especially if you do a statistical analysis that shows actual effects of racism.

    posted by Etrigan at 12:28 PM on November 11

    SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

    How many times did they show that "3 yards to the record" graphic? I was barely half-watching and saw it at least thrice.

    posted by Etrigan at 10:05 PM on November 08

    Oklahoma State Takes College Football Belt From TCU

    Both teams were undefeated leading into their sport's real championship game, which has been decided on the field since 1972.

    There's an older version (the College Football Heavyweight Championship) that disappeared a few years ago that traced it all the way to Rutgers-Princeton in 1869, and it synched up with Nebraska in 1972, so the CFB/CFHWC has always been decided on the field.

    TCU's 14-game run was the longest for a champion since Miami's 32 straight from 2000 to 2003.

    "Vacating" the belt halfway through USC's 24-game reign is BS.

    posted by Etrigan at 09:43 PM on November 08

    SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

    Preliminary stat of the day: Last coach to get another NFL HC job after leaving #Lions was Buddy Parker in 1957. 16 coaches have come, gone since then w/out resurfacing

    (Except Dick Jauron, who was the interim Lions coach for five games after Steve Mariucci was fired and went on to be the head coach of the Buffalo Bills.)

    ((It also ignores George Wilson, who coached the Miami Dolphins for four years before the NFL-AFL merger.))

    The last Lions HC to HC anywhere else was Buddy Parker, who coached the Steelers for eight years without making the playoffs. Before him was Bo McMillin, who led the Eagles to a 2-0 record before being diagnosed with stomach cancer, retiring, and dying of a heart attack six months later. Then there was Dutch Clark, who HCd the Cleveland Rams to four mediocre seasons. Before and after Dutch was Potsy Clark, who HCd the Lions to an NFL title in 1935, left the team, came back for one year and went 5-5-1.

    ((Wilson never made the AFL playoffs with the Dolphins.))

    No former Detroit Lions head coach has gone on to lead a team to the playoffs, not even the Lions.

    posted by Etrigan at 10:16 AM on November 06

    SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

    Matthew Stafford $17.7M Entire OL & all RBs: $16.9M

    That explains why he seems to take as many hits as all of them combined.

    posted by Etrigan at 01:40 PM on November 05

    SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

    "Total wipeout."

    (of the Lions front-office staff)

    posted by Etrigan at 01:35 PM on November 05

    SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

    Martha Ford fires Lions GM and President.

    posted by Etrigan at 12:27 PM on November 05

    SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

    Adidas will help high schools change racist nicknames.

    posted by Etrigan at 11:15 AM on November 05

    SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

    Turned on Sportscenter just in time to hear Trevor Matich's concerns the integrity of the college playoff polling process could be upset by "A fourteen year-old who has never seen a football game with a spreadsheet."

    What was the context for this, if there was any?

    posted by Etrigan at 12:55 PM on November 03

    Titans Fire Ken Whisenhunt, Make Mike Mularkey Interim Coach

    I might have linked to this story about an anti-Lane Kiffin political attack ad in Tennessee from last year, but I just found out that it won an award for attack ads.

    posted by Etrigan at 11:16 AM on November 03

    SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

    Hawaii fires Norm Chow. There are now 10 FBS coaching vacancies to be filled during the offseason, and it's only barely November.

    posted by Etrigan at 05:43 PM on November 01

    SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

    Guess who specifically never played in the World Series? Mondesi's father, Raul R. Mondesi, who appeared in 1,525 regular-season games and never even made it to a Championship Series round. Meanwhile, his son has already been in a World Series.
    Buuurn, CBS.

    posted by Etrigan at 08:59 PM on October 31

    SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

    J.T. Barrett suspended from Ohio State's next game after DUI arrest.

    posted by Etrigan at 10:03 AM on October 31

    Jewelry Store Locks Doors at Sight of NBA Player

    But I hope the team rents a broken-down looking bus and just piles out in the parking lot one morning.

    Or finds the nearest public park and has a free Come Meet Your Bucks Picnic. Really paralyze those poor clerks, all those people in their nice Rolexy neighborhood.

    posted by Etrigan at 01:58 PM on October 29

    Jewelry Store Locks Doors at Sight of NBA Player

    "They just didn't sound like legitimate customers," a worker told the dispatcher.
    You know, not articulate.

    posted by Etrigan at 01:00 PM on October 29

    SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

    Jerry Kill retires from Minnesota, effective immediately. "Health reasons" given, likely due to Kill's epilepsy.

    posted by Etrigan at 08:58 AM on October 28

    SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

    Does anyone remember a CFB season that's had this many firings/resignations/retirements this early? This is getting ridiculous. Even if you take out Sarkisian (who would likely be at least quietly suspended even if USC was 8-0) and Spurrier (who could have easily coasted to the end of the year), there's O'Leary, Golden, Edsall, McCarney, Beckman...

    posted by Etrigan at 12:37 PM on October 26

    SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

    Let's not give them the proverbial ink they crave.

    posted by Etrigan at 10:01 PM on October 23

    SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

    Ref Chosen For El Clsico Claims He Was Ordered To Favor Real Madrid

    posted by Etrigan at 12:41 PM on October 22

    SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

    I only listen to one Grantland podcast -- Cheap Heat, about pro wrestling -- and they have been super careful to not say anything about the elephant in the room since Simmons was fired. I think it came up once, and they said, "Well, we're just peons in a studio, we don't know anything, moving on..."

    posted by Etrigan at 12:07 PM on October 22

    SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

    Being mandated to allow camera crews, reporters of both genders, and god knows how many other support staff into an area where you are expected to bathe and change clothes as a precondition to employment has a certain element of harassment to it.

    Camera crews, yes. The sex or sexuality of the reporters and other people around shouldn't enter into it.

    posted by Etrigan at 08:56 AM on October 21

    SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

    This is why Gorbachev laughed when he heard someone mention how fucked up the old Soviet work week was.

    The Soviet Union was on DST for its entire existence -- Russia was on it when the Revolution happened, and the Communists never changed back. Solzhenitsyn referred to it in One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, pointing out that the system was so powerful that it even moved the sun so it wasn't directly overhead at noon anymore.

    posted by Etrigan at 01:13 PM on October 19

    SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

    RIP Bevo XIV. Retirement kills.

    posted by Etrigan at 02:51 PM on October 16

    SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

    Fantasy sports have been considered games of skill, not gambling, for decades.

    Fantasy sports that extend throughout seasons have; the closer to this "daily fantasy" model you get, the hazier the difference. Federal law currently defines it thusly:

    (1) Bet or wager. The term "bet or wager"

    (E) does not include

    (ix) participation in any fantasy or simulation sports game or educational game or contest in which (if the game or contest involves a team or teams) no fantasy or simulation sports team is based on the current membership of an actual team that is a member of an amateur or professional sports organization (as those terms are defined in section 3701 of title 28) and that meets the following conditions:

    (II) All winning outcomes reflect the relative knowledge and skill of the participants and are determined predominantly by accumulated statistical results of the performance of individuals (athletes in the case of sports events) in multiple real-world sporting or other events.

    (III) No winning outcome is based

    (aa) on the score, point-spread, or any performance or performances of any single real-world team or any combination of such teams; or

    (bb) solely on any single performance of an individual athlete in any single real-world sporting or other event.

    Note the multiple instances of "multiple" there.

    It's a joke for our states to claim gambling is a societal harm while they collect millions with their monopoly on running lotteries.


    posted by Etrigan at 02:50 PM on October 16

    Matthew Stafford: the $53m mistake costing the Detroit Lions dearly

    The worst part about the Lions is the apathy that pervades the entire organization.

    And, to a certain extent, the fanbase -- "Same old Lions". Failure is anticipated, and even getting hosed in the playoffs last year was met with more of a "Well, it's their own damn fault for letting it be that close" than "We got screwed!"

    posted by Etrigan at 03:07 PM on October 15

    SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

    I would have two issues with that, one major and one minor.

    Major -- Is there any priority besides "first come first served"? Because I would hate to keep losing my picks (random though they would likely be) to someone who just woke up earlier. Minor -- It excludes participants in Thursday games.

    Otherwise, if it's not a big 20-team league where you're picking fourth-string players with zero points on the year, it sounds fun.

    (I also like that must-start-pickups rule.)

    posted by Etrigan at 11:15 AM on October 14

    SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

    The UNT loss was the worst by a FBS team to an FCS team ever, 66-7. At Homecoming. To a team paid $425,000 to play the game.

    I honestly don't see how that happens. Sure, UNT is barely FBS, but jeez, you're at least getting I-A talent, right? Seems like you should be able to just let them go out there and call plays themselves and at least be competitive with a Big Sky school that hasn't had consecutive winning seasons in a decade.

    posted by Etrigan at 01:26 PM on October 13

    Matthew Stafford: the $53m mistake costing the Detroit Lions dearly


    Unless we see an 11-game win streak and more than one game in January, he's done. Hometown boy Connor Cook next year, maybe?

    posted by Etrigan at 12:01 PM on October 13

    The Hot Seat

    Kiffin might be a good head coach if he can learn from his mistakes and from being around Saban.

    I think we're still a season or two away from a top-tier team wanting to take on Kiffin and/or Kiffin wanting to work at a second-tier school. If Alabama ends up winning the Playoff with two straight 50-point games, sure, but anything else, he's still a touch radioactive.

    I think he'd be a great fit in the "Head Coach as CEO" model that a few people (Stewart Mandel among them) have started to semi-advocate -- you install a guy who's good at wooing both recruits and donors as the Head Coach, but on Saturdays, that guy is just sitting in the booth and letting one of the Coordinators run the actual game (Joe Moglia does this at Coastal Carolina, I think). Kiffin would be a great Senior Coordinator/Assistant Head Coach With No Expectations Of Being The Head Coach Fucking Ever Don't Even Think About It under a good CEO-type.

    posted by Etrigan at 11:58 AM on October 13

    The Hot Seat

    Holy shit, now it's Spurrier retiring.

    posted by Etrigan at 10:17 PM on October 12

    The Hot Seat

    I'm glad to see Orgeron doing well back home - God forbid he or anyone else has thoughts about him looking at the USC job at this point.

    I hope he head-fakes LSU into cutting him a bigger check, at least.

    posted by Etrigan at 10:08 PM on October 12

    The Hot Seat

    ...and USC's Steve Sarkisian very likely gone pending a temporary leave of absence to deal with alcohol issues.

    Well, never mind -- he's done. Somehow, Pat Haden has managed to do yet another thing the exact wrong way.

    posted by Etrigan at 09:09 PM on October 12

    The Hot Seat

    Still a lot of Les Miles haters in bayou country and probably always will be, but who do they realistically think they could bring in there that can do better?

    I will never get the hate for Miles by LSU fans. They had half a national championship in the modern era before he got there, and a full one since. Do they really think that he's the problem?

    posted by Etrigan at 02:32 PM on October 12

    SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

    Somebody temper my expectations: Michigan isn't really legit yet, is it? I mean, three straight shut-outs for the first time since 1980, fine, but BYU and Northwestern were just pretend-ranked, weren't they? And a TD loss to Utah isn't really a thing, especially in the first week, right?

    posted by Etrigan at 08:59 PM on October 10

    SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

    Rules in sports should be enforced. If the rule is bad, get rid of it later. If we let the refs decide whether a rule is too obscure to enforce, that's an arbitrary standard no fan would accept against their team.

    Quoting for truth. He broke the rule because he knew batting the ball would more likely lead to a positive outcome than falling on it or trying to pick it up, and the rules say you can't do that.

    posted by Etrigan at 11:16 AM on October 07