Recent Comments by Etrigan

Braves' Aaron Harang Has No-Hitter Through 7

See, this is what you get for pulling a guy. It is indisputable, inarguable, an absolute known fact that Harang would have got Wright.

posted by Etrigan at 09:52 PM on April 18

Braves' Aaron Harang Has No-Hitter Through 7

Oh, boo. They pulled him.

posted by Etrigan at 09:38 PM on April 18

Braves' Aaron Harang Has No-Hitter Through 7

On ESPN right now: Repeat of 30 for 30.

On MLBN right now: Orioles at Red Sox, with a bug in the corner saying "A. Harang Hitless Thru 7 IP Stay Tuned".

What is the fucking point of an MLB Network if you're not switching to a 7-inning no-no?

posted by Etrigan at 09:35 PM on April 18

Yankees Go Around the Horn for Triple Play

SportsFilter's new mission is to get a parchment print of that poem signed by Solarte and Roberts and Sizemore. Bonus points for getting Sabathia, Rodriguez, Myers or Longoria to sign it too.

posted by Etrigan at 09:55 AM on April 18

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

*slowclap*

Bravo, Columbus. Bravo.

posted by Etrigan at 12:32 PM on April 17

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

This is probably #2 on the top 5 list of reasons why soccer/football isn't bigger in North America.

It's the #1 thing that's mocked but I don't think it's that big of a reason why North Americans aren't into soccer. The NBA has plenty of flopping and they're doing all right.

I'd say that it's a big reason because of the perception of the difference that it makes. (Note that I say perception; all of this is based on how people think things work rather than actual statistics.) In soccer, a single goal is incredibly important, so a single flop can make the difference. In basketball, teams are expected to score 100 points a game, so a single flop has a much smaller effect on the game.

posted by Etrigan at 07:21 PM on April 15

UMass Basketball Player Says He's Gay

I don't think there's an absolute "size of the group in the know" or "taking affirmative steps to broadcast it to the world" rule to being out.

I don't think we're quite at the point where being gay is just a thing that happens and no one makes a to-do about it in big-ticket sports. You've always got sports writers and sports information staffers looking to make a name for themselves by breaking something interesting, even in the WCC or Ivy League.

Just was surprised that the media was so quick to christen him the "first openly gay D-I athlete" basically on his own say-so.

First openly gay D-I men's basketball player, not first openly gay D-I athlete.

posted by Etrigan at 07:02 AM on April 10

UMass Basketball Player Says He's Gay

I've heard that (out to friends only) described as the Takei Maneuver -- the erstwhile Mr. Sulu was known to be gay in Trek fandom for at least a decade before the general public was told.

posted by Etrigan at 09:06 PM on April 09

LPGA players frustrated by Golf Digest cover of Gretzky

"The question is who are they trying to sell to?" Stanford said. "If the answer is men 25 years old through 45 years old, then I guess that's what they have to do. You know the old saying, sex sells. And nobody can argue with that. It's just the way it is."

They're not even selling sex, they're selling controversy. This cover doesn't get any 25-to-45-year-old men buying Golf Digest who weren't already buying it, but the fallout over the cover reminds people that the magazine exists.

posted by Etrigan at 01:25 PM on April 04

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Yep, it's over. Congrats, rcade.

posted by Etrigan at 02:25 PM on March 31

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Following up from Monday's Huddle: Roddy White does the right thing, honors Twitter bet.

posted by Etrigan at 10:08 PM on March 28

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Regional National Labor Relations Board rules that college football players are employees and are therefore eligible to form a union. Northwestern will appeal to the NLRB headquarters in Washington, then whoever loses that one will doubtless take it to court.

posted by Etrigan at 03:23 PM on March 26

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

You weren't converting between American and Canadian time.

posted by Etrigan at 02:35 PM on March 26

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

New NFL rules for this season (and some that didn't make it):

Proposals passed:
  • Officials can now use replay review to rule on loose ball recoveriesthe so-called "NaVorro Bowman" rule, so dubbed after the 49ers were unable to challenge an obvious Niners fumble recovery in the NFC Championship that the refs awarded to the Seahawks.
  • The goalpost uprights will be extended five feet higher, to reduce the instances of a kick sailing above the upright and leaving it to the officials' judgment.
  • The game clock will no longer stop when a quarterback is sacked.
  • "Roll up blocks," where a blocker hits the side of the knee of a player, are banned.
  • Officials will now be able to speak wirelessly with each other, and with the central replay office.
  • While not a new rule, the existing rule forbidding the use of the ball as a prop during TD celebrations will be extended to ban dunking the ball over the crossbar.
Proposals tabled for further review:
  • Though a proposal to move the line of scrimmage on PATs to the 25 was officially tabled, there will be a change. For the first two weeks of the preseason, extra point tries will be snapped from the 20, making it roughly a 38-yard kick. (Historical data says to expect a success rate in the high 80s.) The league will monitor the results, and presumably vote on changing the rule at next year's meetings.
  • A proposal to do away with overtime in preseason games and let them end in ties.
  • A proposal to add six boundary-line cameras at every game to make replay reviews more conclusive. (This was the one where Bill Belichick joked that the NFL needs to hold a bake sale if they can't afford the cameras.)
Proposals voted down:
  • Owners voted against moving the kickoff from the 35-yard-line to the 40.
  • Owners voted against a proposal that would have made every play challengeable by coaches.
  • Owners voted against allowing officials to use replay to review personal foul penalty calls.

posted by Etrigan at 12:49 PM on March 26

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

Five years, minus three months (it can be assumed that the Bills' season ends in December, right?).

posted by Etrigan at 12:42 PM on March 26

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

There is no better exemplar of modern college athletics than an AD getting a week's pay bonus for a wrestler winning his weight class at the NCAA championship.

posted by Etrigan at 08:37 AM on March 26

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

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It's been a rough month for NFL owners. Someone check Bill Bidwill's meds.

posted by Etrigan at 04:48 PM on March 25

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Dan Snyder throws money at problem, probably thinks everything's cool now.

posted by Etrigan at 10:43 PM on March 24

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The Mercer fan is cool, though:

I don't expect anything from @roddywhiteTV because it wasn't even a legit bet. I do not want to be a distraction to The Falcons organization

posted by Etrigan at 01:34 PM on March 24

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Good god, every match this weekend in the South region will have an "upset" team (even counting #9 Pitt) in it. The West and East look downright predictable with only those every-damn-year 12 seeds getting past the first game.

posted by Etrigan at 12:18 AM on March 22

What is the best possible season a player could have?

I know this was about a single player, but to show the difference between greatness and bottom feeders, if a team goes 4-3 every week they'll finish with 92-93 wins and probably make the playoffs. If that same team goes 3-4 each week they'll lose 92-93 games and get their manager fired, etc. It's amazing to think that the difference is that minimal that one game out of every seven makes that big of a difference.

I've always been impressed by how low the spread is between great teams and horrible teams in baseball -- the best 162-game record was the 2001 Mariners, who crushed out 116 wins for a .716. Five NFL teams and two NBA teams beat that percentage last season. The worst 162-game record was the 2003 Tigers, with a pitiful .265; better than seven NFL teams and two NBA teams last year. Even if you take out the NFL with its tenfold fewer games, imagine a baseball equivalent of the 1995-96 Bulls -- they'd win a hundred and forty-two games. The 1972-73 76ers would have won just eighteen, and that's rounding up.

posted by Etrigan at 02:21 PM on March 18

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Spirit of the game!

posted by Etrigan at 12:44 PM on March 18

Enter the SportsFilter NCAA Bracket Contest

Send me your picks, grum. I'll only ask for 10 percent.

posted by Etrigan at 12:39 PM on March 18

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Just to be precise, it's "Dare to Zlatan"; somehow, the dude verbing himself makes it all the more awesome.

posted by Etrigan at 07:36 PM on March 17

Cowboys Release DeMarcus Ware

This is the perfect move to make, as it ensures that Tony Romo will have far more time on the field to prove he is the elite quarterback that the Cowboys have committed to making him.

posted by Etrigan at 08:08 PM on March 11

ESPN's Stuart Scott Fighting Cancer Since 2007

Stage 8 cancer is when Stuart Scott's tumors have spread to Arnold Schwarzenegger.

posted by Etrigan at 06:09 PM on March 11

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Any talk of reducing funding for municipal or county services anywhere in Florida so that a facility can host more Super Bowls is alarming, as so many departments are either already underfunded or routinely underperform.

See, this is another reason that the Super Bowl should be in the home stadium of the previous year's winner. Not that the NFL would ever do that, since they can use it as a bargaining chip for this sort of thing.

posted by Etrigan at 01:38 PM on March 11

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Dolphins owner reduces handout demand from $400M (funded by tourism tax) to $100M (funded by residents).

posted by Etrigan at 05:15 AM on March 11

Rashard Mendenhall Retiring from NFL

He made somewhere in the neighborhood of $13M. That's a pretty nice neighborhood if he wasn't a complete idiot with his money. Plus he already has a ring.

If he comes back, he can maybe command $1M, with the very real possibility of suffering permanent injury. Can't blame him at all.

posted by Etrigan at 04:23 PM on March 10

Detroit Lions Owner William Clay Ford Dies

No, I think Alan Rickman has more than one lifetime playoff win.

Buuut seriously: I'm torn between sadness at the death of anyone and notreallycaringness at the death of someone who had a pretty good run (nearly 89 years, and I suspect I suffered more in any given year of my life so far than he did ever) and turned a four-time NFL champion into the poster team for futility in the post-merger era.

I didn't dislike Wm. Clay Ford Sr., but I never found much to love about him.

Still: .

posted by Etrigan at 07:14 AM on March 10

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Ohio hockey state final declared tie between St. Ignatius, Sylvania Northview after 7 overtimes

When asked if he thought the game should have gone to a shootout, [Coach Pat] O'Rourke said he'd rather play 1,000 overtimes than see it come down to a shootout.
I like the cut of that gentleman's jib.

posted by Etrigan at 09:55 PM on March 09

In Fake Classes Scandal, UNC Fails Its Athletes—and Whistle-Blower

The professional ranks are always better than the college equivalent in every profession and every measurement.

Show me an NBA game from the last decade better than George Mason getting to the Final Four.

Show me an NFL game from the last decade that beat Appalachian State beating Michigan in week one.

A "measurement" for "top-notch" that doesn't include sheer joy misses the point.

posted by Etrigan at 04:25 PM on March 03

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Piers Morgan says Clarke's a pussy.

posted by Etrigan at 05:52 AM on March 02

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

"I believe people will come to the Ohio State-Michigan game even if you could take kids out of the student body [to play]. They're going to come to that game. I believe that. Same for the Duke-Carolina basketball game. I don't put that much value in an 18-, 19-year-old kid as being the guy who made Northwestern a good team. In my heart, I believe you can plug players in.''
Sounds a lot like, I don't know, every other labor force, then.

posted by Etrigan at 10:28 AM on February 28

Nets Sign First Openly Gay NBA Player

It's not (necessarily) a publicity stunt -- 10-days are so common there are rules in the Collective Bargaining Agreement about them. They're primarily used as short-term replacement contracts for injured or otherwise inactive players, but they're also used for midseason tryouts to see whether a player meshes well. The NYT did a story on them a couple of years ago.

posted by Etrigan at 09:45 AM on February 24

Dutch Speedskating Coach No Fan of American Football

Yeah, anyone who says we're diverting potential great speed skaters into football is clearly yanking someone's chain.

posted by Etrigan at 06:47 PM on February 23

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

That was a hell of a 1-0 ass-kicking. Well played all around, Canadians.

posted by Etrigan at 02:09 PM on February 21

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Love of the game.

posted by Etrigan at 12:31 PM on February 19

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Nick Folk wants narrower uprights for PAT attempts (or at least, he wants them if the alternative is taking away 99% accurate kicks for PATs entirely), and then he goes kind of nutbar talking about super-field-goals.

posted by Etrigan at 07:21 PM on February 12

Derek Jeter to Retire From Yankees After 2014 Season

Yeah, I can't really begrudge a farewell season for a 13-time All-Star and the longest-serving captain of the most storied franchise in American professional sports.

Yankees suck, but Jeter's one of the all-time greats.

posted by Etrigan at 04:10 PM on February 12

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Poor Belarus, the Iron Sheik of hockey.

posted by Etrigan at 03:20 PM on February 12

Missouri All-American Defensive Lineman Michael Sam Announces He Is Gay

I suspect Sam Sr. didn't tell Michael about how much he had to control his visceral reaction before he said he was okay with it.

posted by Etrigan at 07:43 AM on February 12

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Haslam's making a pretty compelling case for worst owner in NFL history (still not near worst human being who's owned a team, but at least Jerry and Al were successful at some point).

He's had, what, a year? Tough to come up with a case that passes Mike Brown or Dan Snyder in that time.

A year in which he's fired two coaches and two GMs. Snyder at least has a few playoffs to burnish his resume (the other stuff goes in the "human being" pile). I'll give you Brown, but at this rate, when Haslam hits 20 years as an owner, he'll be firing coaches at halftime. Of exhibition games.

posted by Etrigan at 07:47 PM on February 11

Missouri All-American Defensive Lineman Michael Sam Announces He Is Gay

Yeah, Te'o was definitely, like, there. He's a legitimate NFL starter, but he's not the standout on an otherwise crap defense, nor the lynchpin of a great unit. His rookie season didn't do anything to knock the girlfriend mess under the fold on his Wikipedia page.

posted by Etrigan at 01:45 PM on February 11

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Michael Lombardi out as Browns GM.

Haslam's making a pretty compelling case for worst owner in NFL history (still not near worst human being who's owned a team, but at least Jerry and Al were successful at some point).

posted by Etrigan at 12:47 PM on February 11

Missouri All-American Defensive Lineman Michael Sam Announces He Is Gay

Chargers, and yes. But he wasn't a big part of the defense, such as it was.

posted by Etrigan at 12:41 PM on February 11

Missouri All-American Defensive Lineman Michael Sam Announces He Is Gay

All this needs is for Tim Tebow to say something anti-gay and ESPN will EXPLODE WITH COVERAGE!

The CBS Sports Radio Minute yesterday briefly covered this, and then the commentator went off on a thing about "If he's a hero, why was Tim Tebow mocked for his" and then I turned the channel so hard my eight-year-old asked if the guy on the radio had said a bad word.

"No, just a stupid thought," I replied.

posted by Etrigan at 09:43 AM on February 11

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

ARod has dropped his lawsuit against MLB et al, which I guess also means he's accepting his full suspension.

posted by Etrigan at 10:03 PM on February 07

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Paved roads isn't a "health and safety issue" either, but you'd think modern nations would have those.

Safe, quick transport of food, medicine and sick people most definitely is a health and safety issue.

Let's see if the toilet paper wastebaskets are cleaned in a timely fashion.

That still doesn't explain the dual toilets or the non-flushing ones.

I agree that Sochi is a cobbled-together jumped-up tiny resort town that isn't up to the task of hosting these Games; I just don't think that the "Don't flush toilet paper" signs are an indication of that. They're just an indication that it's in Russia.

posted by Etrigan at 02:45 PM on February 07

CBS to Air 8 NFL Games on Thursday Night

I doubt they'll leave anything else on Thursday nights because of the West Coast time difference. NBC doesn't bother putting anything before Sunday Night Football.

posted by Etrigan at 11:45 PM on February 06

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

$25 donated in honor of Ray Guy.

Who's next?

posted by Etrigan at 11:26 PM on February 06

St. Louis Rams Owner Buys Land in Los Angeles

How can it possibly make financial sense to keep a team out of the second-largest TV market in the country for 20 years, no matter how much is gained elsewhere?

How many billions have cities smaller than Los Angeles spent on sweetheart deals because every owner would totally rather be in Los Angeles, a city that's already lost more NFL/AFL franchises than any other city has ever had? For instance:

Khan is putting $31 million into putting billboards larger than the one in Dallas in the end zones at Everbank Field, so that's another reason to hope the team stays.

Khan is paying $20 million for those billboards; the city is putting up more than twice that and expressly turned down a proposal requiring the Jaguars to reimburse the city for this upgrade if they move.

posted by Etrigan at 11:15 PM on February 06

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

What if it was expecting paved roads? What if it was expecting working fire sprinklers?

I'm not talking about eating utensils, or how people queue, or "wacky" traffic signs.

Seriously, grum, throwing your toilet paper in the wastebasket (and yes, they have wastebaskets in every stall when you can't flush the paper) is not really the health and safety issue you seem to think it is.

posted by Etrigan at 06:22 PM on February 06

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

It's not just the toilets -- the entire sewage system just isn't set up to handle paper. Rejiggering that might well have been part of the $50B price tag of this monstrosity, but in a country that doesn't generally feature that, it really is a "cultural" thing.

It sounds like a horrible, horrible thing, I know. But really, it's not that big a deal. Bathrooms in places like this don't smell any shittier than bathrooms in the West.

Would Vancouver, London, Tokyo not be mocked if they had any of those toilets shown above?

Trust me, we'll be seeing plenty of stories about wacky toilets in six years.

posted by Etrigan at 02:38 PM on February 06

Seattle Wins Super Bowl 0x30

It's weird how incredibly invested Broncos fans were. I guess the combination of expectation and total meltdown really threw them.

posted by Etrigan at 09:47 PM on February 05

CBS to Air 8 NFL Games on Thursday Night

CNNMoney says broadcast CBS.

posted by Etrigan at 09:41 PM on February 05

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Toilets that don't accept toilet paper

For the record, this is pretty common once you get east of about the Danube. I thought it was a joke the first week or so I was in the Middle East, and then my toilet clogged like WHOA.

posted by Etrigan at 04:30 PM on February 05

Seattle Wins Super Bowl 0x30

Not so much up in arms, but there'd definitely be some sneering on Twitter.

posted by Etrigan at 08:11 PM on February 03

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Yeah, if you were to construct a team from whole cloth to match against Peyton Manning, you'd come up with something much like the Seahawks. I'm amazed that "Defense wins championships" was given such short shrift by the talking heads (and Vegas) this time around.

posted by Etrigan at 04:16 PM on February 03

Seattle Wins Super Bowl 0x30

Yes, I've already sent him a message suggesting he take a break from Facebook and, perhaps, seek some sort of therapy.

Tell him Detroit says "Hi."

posted by Etrigan at 03:14 PM on February 03