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SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Speaking at the Club World Cup in Marrakech, Morocco, Blatter told The Associated Press he was stunned by Garcia's decision to resign.

"I'm just surprised," Blatter said. "It's all what I can say. Just that."

"I mean, we're paying him, right? He didn't even ask for more. I just can't figure out his problem."

posted by Etrigan at 02:15 PM on December 17

The FSU Problem

I share some of the disdain for FSU's relative priorities, but it is a pretty good university for all that.

The irony is that its highest-ranked program on the U.S. News & World Report lists is criminology.

posted by Etrigan at 10:45 PM on December 16

Tide-Buckeyes, Ducks-Noles

TCU also beat Minnesota, remember. So that's two wins over ranked teams for TCU, two for Baylor, and three for Ohio State. That's an achievement from this season.

Just one thing to add, which I hadn't realized -- all four of TCU/Baylor's wins over ranked teams were home games, while all three of Ohio State's were on the road.

posted by Etrigan at 08:24 PM on December 10

Tide-Buckeyes, Ducks-Noles

Minnesota only lost to the two B1G division champions (including a 1-TD loss to Ohio State in November, when the Buckeyes were rolling), a Big 12 co-champion, and Illinois. That seems like a decent enough reason to put them at the bottom of the rankings.

posted by Etrigan at 09:18 AM on December 09

Tide-Buckeyes, Ducks-Noles

But everyone around here knows that I'm an Ohio State apologist, so granis of salt are not unwarranted.

I, on the other hand, am a Michigan and USC alum who would cheer for a meteor strike on an Ohio/Oregon title game, and I still think that the Buckeyes were a perfectly supportable choice for the #4 slot (aside from the fact that they suck).

posted by Etrigan at 06:10 PM on December 08

Tide-Buckeyes, Ducks-Noles

TCU also beat Minnesota, remember. So that's two wins over ranked teams for TCU, two for Baylor, and three for Ohio State. That's an achievement from this season.

I think the committee went into vapor lock over TCU-or-Baylor because of the head-to-head issue, not because they're TCU and Baylor. If it had been Texas-Oklahoma, I think we'd be seeing the same result.

posted by Etrigan at 05:37 PM on December 08

Tide-Buckeyes, Ducks-Noles

I find it hard to believe that f TCU or Baylor were Oklahoma or Texas they still would have been on the outside looking in.

If Texas had gone 11-1 this year, they would have non-conference wins over North Texas, BYU, and UCLA. That's one quality win (though UCLA looks worse now than they did all year).

If Oklahoma had gone 11-1 this year, they would have non-conference wins over Louisiana Tech, Tulsa, and Tennessee. That's zero quality wins.

Assume that one lost to the other and the other lost to West Virginia. Do you still put either of them over an undefeated Florida State, a one-loss SEC champion, a one-loss Pac-12 champion that avenged its only loss in a conference championship rematch, or a one-loss B1G champion that has been clearly improving since its early season loss and ran a pretty good Wisconsin team like an FCS game in September?

It's going to be difficult to make the case that any 11-1 Big 12 team is more deserving than any 12-1 power conference team.

posted by Etrigan at 01:52 PM on December 08

Tide-Buckeyes, Ducks-Noles

TCU will be defending the College Football Belt against Ole Miss in the Peach Bowl.

posted by Etrigan at 06:40 PM on December 07

Tide-Buckeyes, Ducks-Noles

grum would have voted for Robbie Bosco.

posted by Etrigan at 05:11 PM on December 07

Tide-Buckeyes, Ducks-Noles

Yeah, the B1G championship game definitely helped Ohio -- if they'd been sitting at home this weekend with two injured QBs, the committee would have slud Baylor up there instead.

Best part of the bracket announcement is the Big 12 commissioner claiming that they were always going to have co-champions, except that they would pick one as their representative for the big-money bowls, except that they wouldn't use any formal pre-determined criteria for it, except that they totally would, except except except...

posted by Etrigan at 01:50 PM on December 07

538: 7 Other Schools That May Follow UAB Out of Football

Way less money coming in, pretty much the same amount of money going out, I guess. You'd be spending less on coaches, but I can't imagine it's much less at the Div II levels than at upstart schools like these.

posted by Etrigan at 01:46 PM on December 07

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Great moments in NBA telestrator history: the newest entry.

Every time a boother takes the light pen to a graphic, I can only hear the sobs of the guy who tried to put together a concise and useful representation of data only to have some knob scrawl over it.

posted by Etrigan at 01:36 PM on December 04

Texans' Andre Johnson Takes At-Risk Kids on Toys 'R Us Shopping Spree

His uncle knows kids.

He was like, Give em 80 seconds to run through the store and let em just get what they want.' And I was like, That's not enough time.' And he was like, They can grab a lot.'

posted by Etrigan at 06:18 PM on December 03

Bye-bye Blazers:

From rcade's second link:

And the second time, Little Bear's Board stopped UAB from hiring the coach it wanted because, presumably, the coach UAB wanted -- Jimbo Fisher -- might also be wanted by Alabama.
Oh, how different the world might be...

And that was in 2006, when Alabama was, at best, only slightly relevant.

On the sportstalk yesterday, they were saying that Alabama has never played UAB, specifically because Lii'l Bear wouldn't allow it. He had a mad on for that program for years.

posted by Etrigan at 08:57 PM on December 02

MLB umpire Dale Scott comes out as gay in quietest way possible.

The real takeaway from this is that there is a Referee magazine.

posted by Etrigan at 04:11 PM on December 02

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

If he'd knocked it out of her hands before she sat down, it wouldn't be a fumble recovery, either. Gresham was clearly giving it to her, not attempting a pass into coverage.

posted by Etrigan at 01:54 PM on November 19

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Wait... So people complain to the government about something, the government says "You're right to complain, that thing violates regulations," and the violator gets to sue the people who complained?

posted by Etrigan at 06:02 AM on November 03

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I continue to be baffled that the Shane Morris debacle is consistently one of the most harped on points against Brandon. It seems to me that decisions concerning on field injuries are a coach's responsibility.

From my 'gander perspective, I feel like it was more "It's Dave Brandon's fault that the football team in general is in disarray, and Shane Morris is only one very visible symptom of that disarray." That concussion was just a hook to hang a grievance on.

posted by Etrigan at 08:26 PM on October 31

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

TCU takes the College Football Belt, ending Oklahoma's third and longest reign. TCU's only previous reign was in 1991, when they beat Rice and then lost at Baylor the next week. The Horned Frogs travel to Baylor next week.

posted by Etrigan at 08:06 PM on October 04

Why no one wants to host the 2022 Olympics

I admit, I'm kinda looking forward to seeing the Vast Empty Crumbling Arenas of Almaty photo essay in 2024.

posted by Etrigan at 08:22 PM on October 03

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I'm really, really surprised by the Duke numbers, since I know very, very, few Duke football fans (it's a tiny, private, rich, elite school that historically hasn't been all that good at football, though they've done better recently). There are lots of Duke basketball fans, to be sure. And somehow, I didn't even see UNC in there.

The graphic has been updated with a note saying that Facebook screwed up North Carolina.

I'm dubious, as well. In Hamilton County, Ohio, home of the City of Cincinnati, the University of Cincinnati Bearcats weren't even in the top 3. And in Butler County, Ohio, Miami University wasn't listed, either, despite the fact that there isn't much in Butler County, Ohio, besides Miami U.

I think the issue there is that Cincinnati and Miami don't have substantial football rivalries with the Buckeyes, so it's more acceptable to be a fan of both than of, say, Michigan and Michigan State. So you get a fair number of people who like both on Facebook, and there are a lot more people who really like Ohio State and refuse to like Cincy or Miami than vice versa.

Also, given that Ohio State is half again the size of Cincy and three times the size of Miami, the proportion of Ohio State alumni outside of Columbus is probably outsized as well (I mean, shit, they're the second-most-liked team in places as far away as Colorado).

posted by Etrigan at 04:33 PM on October 03

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Another day, another visualization of fandom based on Facebook likes, this one of college teams. Zoom in to see breakouts by county and ZIP code.

posted by Etrigan at 12:35 PM on October 03

Why no one wants to host the 2022 Olympics

That was a vicious beatdown of which Upton Sinclair would be proud. "'No evidence uncovered' is on a win streak." in particular is award-worthy.

posted by Etrigan at 12:34 PM on October 03

Lights On

The article says NFL, but the FCC website doesn't single out football.

The Federal Communications Commission repealed its sports blackout rules, which prohibited cable and satellite operators from airing any sports event that was blacked out on a local broadcast station.

posted by Etrigan at 04:12 PM on October 01

Brady Hoke's Dangerous Incompetence So Bad ESPN Announcers Denounce It

With all the money Brandon brings into the university it is more likely that they might keep him.

I feel like the Powers That Be will realize that the money will come anyway thanks to the B1G Network and suchlike, and that on-field success is going to drive that more than selling another ad on the stadium. I think the only way Brandon sticks around is firing Hoke and getting a #1 top tier proven coach, or convincing Schlissel etc. that a new AD won't be able to hire that #1 top tier proven coach until he gets his feet on the ground.

(If UM fires Brandon and then Hoke, hopefully the biology professor at the top won't notice that Charlie Weis is now available).

Ann Arbor will burn to the fucking ground if they hire Weis. To the ground.

(My favorite thing about Charlie Weis right now is that he's still being paid by both Notre Dame and Kansas not to coach. You have to admire that level of Getting Over.)

posted by Etrigan at 11:26 AM on September 30

Brady Hoke's Dangerous Incompetence So Bad ESPN Announcers Denounce It

The ever-present Unnamed Q. Source says that two Michigan Men are already being considered for Brandon's job.

This is against a backdrop of a brand-new UM President with very little experience in dealing with big-time college athletics (he was Dean of Biological Sciences at Cal, but that's as close as he got). One of the most-cited (locally, at least) issues in the disastrous hire of Rich Rodriguez back in 2007 was that no one involved in the hire had ever conducted a coaching search before. If Schlissel and the Board of Regents want to get rid of Brandon and Hoke, they'll want to dump Brandon ASAP to get someone in place to hire Hoke's replacement before Signing Day.

posted by Etrigan at 06:03 AM on September 30

Brady Hoke's Dangerous Incompetence So Bad ESPN Announcers Denounce It

Considering how bad Morris was, the fact that Brady Hoke is still employed at the University of Michigan nearly 48 hours after the game makes me think the AD should join the list of those who should be relieved of their duties as well.

You are not alone in this -- I was at the game, and near the end of the 1st half, on 3rd and 13 from about the 3 yard line, Hoke called a run up the middle. The student section immediately broke out into a FIRE BRANDON chant (Dave Brandon is the AD who has pissed off the students, the faculty, the alumni and pretty much everyone else he's physically capable of pissing off at least once in his five-year tenure). Not FIRE BRADY -- I think the students have accepted that Hoke is simply in over his head.

I left the game (sick kid) after the third quarter, but saw that play later and was appalled that Morris went back in (aside from the fact that Hoke should have been arguing over the targeting non-call for long enough for the third-string QB to get his damn helmet on in the first place).

Hoke might finish the season, but he won't be Michigan's coach in January.

posted by Etrigan at 04:19 PM on September 29

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

So he's better than 99.9999999 percent of the population of the world. That's pretty good.

posted by Etrigan at 04:49 PM on September 25

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Sometimes, the Mets let you down immediately, even if it takes a whole year to set it up.

posted by Etrigan at 03:25 PM on September 25

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Every employee must be accountable to ESPN and those engaged in our editorial operations must also operate within ESPN's journalistic standards.
Notice how they carefully use the term "ESPN's journalistic standards" so as not to be accused of holding Simmons to, say, actual journalistic standards.

posted by Etrigan at 08:17 PM on September 24

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Seriously, who in the ever-loving fuck at ESPN thought, "Yeah, we definitely need to hear from Ray Lewis on this. That can't possibly make him and us look like incredible fucking morons."? If I'd been on that set, I would have taken a fire axe to the fusebox to keep that off the air.

posted by Etrigan at 02:34 PM on September 24

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Yes, scores on 3rd down are counted as conversions. Technically, if a team went for a field goal on 3rd down and made it, it would be a conversion.

posted by Etrigan at 09:28 PM on September 21

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Winston suspended for entire Clemson game

Oh look, another Firm Moral Stance from an institution that realized how craven their Previous Firm Moral Stance was.

posted by Etrigan at 11:45 PM on September 19

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

If the NFL had half a brain, they would have an office that did nothing but overpump any positive league or player related story they could get their hands on.

The Edifice of Selfless Player News?

posted by Etrigan at 10:06 AM on September 18

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Yeah, a second-half suspension would be more interesting, at least.

posted by Etrigan at 02:09 PM on September 17

Vikings' Adrian Peterson Indicted for Child Injury

Discipline vs. Abuse

Texas Attorney General page on Child Abuse

The law specifically excludes "reasonable" discipline by the child's parent, guardian, or conservator; corporal punishment is not in itself abusive under the law. An act or omission is abusive only if "observable and material impairment" occurs as a result, or if it causes "substantial harm," or exposes the child to risk of substantial harm.

posted by Etrigan at 06:03 PM on September 16

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Penn State doesn't get to climb on a moral high horse about a decade-long coverup for at least a decade after the coverup, sorry.

posted by Etrigan at 01:52 PM on September 16

Vikings' Adrian Peterson Indicted for Child Injury

The Vikings have lost a sponsor. Peterson has now officially damaged the NFL's bank accounts. He's toast.

posted by Etrigan at 01:41 PM on September 16

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Works for me, a non-subscriber, but I get a "3 articles per month free" pop-up.

posted by Etrigan at 06:05 PM on September 15

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

hincandenza, you and I have gone at it a few times here, but I've always at least respected you as a human being. That is no longer the case. Fourteen hundred words on why it's not really that bad that a professional athlete knocked a fellow human being unconscious and dragged her out of an elevator by the hair, and it's somehow everyone else's fault that he lost his job?

*plonk*

posted by Etrigan at 09:46 AM on September 10

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

Apparently the NFL went only to law enforcement to request the video, not to the Casino, who say they would've gladly shown them the tape.

The NFL seems to operate with the same investigative rigor as my 8-year-old looking for his lunchbox.

"Where's your lunchbox?" (turns in a circle) "I don't know. I guess I lost it." "Is it in your backpack?" "No, I must have lost it." "Why don't you check your backpack?" "Oookaaay, but I probably lost it." (takes lunchbox out of backpack) "Maybe you should actually look next time?" "I guess..."

posted by Etrigan at 11:13 AM on September 09

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Penn State bowl ban lifted effective immediately.

posted by Etrigan at 03:08 PM on September 08

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

How dare he do that to a man with a 152.1 career passer rating.

posted by Etrigan at 09:58 AM on September 08

Atlanta Hawks to be sold after owner reveals racist email

Or is there a code he's supposed to use?

"Upscale."

posted by Etrigan at 07:48 PM on September 07

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em, 2014 Edition

Woo hoo! I'm in the lead!

posted by Etrigan at 06:34 PM on September 05

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

What is it with feel-good practice squad stories this year?

posted by Etrigan at 06:32 PM on September 05

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Geno Auriemma hit with a secondary violation for calling 13-year-old Mo'ne Davis and congratulating her on being awesome.

posted by Etrigan at 11:51 PM on September 04

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

"I played against the '85 Bears in '86."

Oh, Chris...

posted by Etrigan at 11:17 PM on September 04

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Was that in response to "Seattle doesn't miss any tackles. Except for that one just now."?

posted by Etrigan at 11:06 PM on September 04

Colts Owner Irsay Suspended 6 Games for DUI

True dat. Probably just boilerplate for any OWI.

posted by Etrigan at 06:39 PM on September 04

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The fifth largest newspaper in the country will no longer use the name or logo of the Washington football team.

posted by Etrigan at 02:44 PM on September 04

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I'd like to see how many of those were auto-picked. I mean, it's not likely, but I was in a 20-team league in 2006 where the auto-draft gave someone (not me, I swear) Jerome Bettis in the last round.

posted by Etrigan at 02:18 PM on September 04

Colts Owner Irsay Suspended 6 Games for DUI

No, but the judge isn't likely to issue a ban on things that might be legitimately required for medical reasons.

posted by Etrigan at 02:13 PM on September 04

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em, 2014 Edition

I keep looking for a Save button or some kind of confirmation that I picked things. There isn't one, is there?

Also, another vote here for the Jigger Statz Memorial Cup.

posted by Etrigan at 09:05 AM on September 04

Colts Owner Irsay Suspended 6 Games for DUI

Those are all controlled substances, so obtaining them without a prescription is illegal anyway. There's no need for the court to extra-bar Irsay from doing something illegal.

posted by Etrigan at 09:02 AM on September 04

Dallas Cowboys to Sign Michael Sam After Physical

Oh goddammit. Now I have to like the Cowboys?

posted by Etrigan at 06:23 PM on September 02

Roger Goodell Figures Out Domestic Violence is Bad

It was Payton's second offense, too.

posted by Etrigan at 07:01 PM on August 29

Roger Goodell Figures Out Domestic Violence is Bad

I wonder how much weaseling is going to happen between accusation and conviction, and how many plea bargains to "disorderly conduct" will be made.

posted by Etrigan at 07:04 PM on August 28

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

So, everyone then.

posted by Etrigan at 05:03 PM on August 25

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Michael Sam bails out fan who makes unwise Twitter bet.

posted by Etrigan at 02:31 PM on August 25