Recent Comments by Etrigan

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

LSU football is under the gun, thanks to the university running out of money. The athletic department pays for itself, of course, but without classes to attend, all of the players would be academically ineligible.

posted by Etrigan at 03:36 PM on February 12

Texans Owner Robert McNair: Cherokees Can't Hold Their Whiskey


Seriously, do none of these people employ PR professionals who can tell them "You will gain zero by saying anything on this issue. Just smile and nod and change the subject."?

posted by Etrigan at 08:04 PM on February 09

Peyton Manning Turns Super Bowl Moment into Beer Promotion

I assume about half of Aqib Talib's bonus check will be taken back by the NFL.

posted by Etrigan at 03:05 PM on February 08

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee discussed whether to induct Eddie DeBartolo Jr. for more than 50 minutes. They discussed whether to induct Brett Favre for roughly the length of time it took to read the previous sentence.

posted by Etrigan at 10:08 AM on February 07

U.S. Soccer Lawsuit Reveals Home Addresses of USWNT Players

Ugh. Seriously. I'm willing to bet they've already burned those email addresses, too.

posted by Etrigan at 10:32 PM on February 04

BMX Biker, X-Games Star Dave Mirra Dies

Goddammit, 2016.

posted by Etrigan at 10:31 PM on February 04

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Slate ranks every Super Bowl from best to worst.

I'd put XXXII (Elway's first win) higher.

posted by Etrigan at 02:48 PM on February 04

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

There are half a dozen good QBs in the draft this year. Connor Cook is a local and could well slip to 16.

posted by Etrigan at 10:49 PM on February 01

Mike Martz on Terrell Owens as Hall of Fame Finalist: 'Ridiculous'

Is there an Isaac Bruceberry cereal? A Torry Holt Flakes? No? T.O. wins.

posted by Etrigan at 01:30 PM on February 01

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Sources: Calvin Johnson told Lions he plans to retire

I hope this makes Caldwell take a long, hard look at whether he wants to keep his $22M QB.

posted by Etrigan at 07:59 PM on January 31

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

The most important question heading into Super Bowl week

posted by Etrigan at 07:50 PM on January 30

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Rob Manfred remains on the side of all that is good and right, at least a little.

posted by Etrigan at 01:47 PM on January 26

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50

*50% of Denver's rushing first downs yesterday came from Peyton ambling 12 yards at an amusingly glacial pace.


ETRIGAN: "Oh Christ they're gonna kill him his head is gonna snap right the fuck off what the hell is he doing oh Jesus I'm about to watch a murder on live television oh thank God it's done and he's still moving."


posted by Etrigan at 02:16 PM on January 25

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50

Did we get a replay showing why that pass was ruled a lateral? CBS blew it there.

They showed a couple of shots that made it pretty apparent that the receiver was behind the QB, while the challenge was being adjudicated, but they never really lined it out and telestrated it.

posted by Etrigan at 09:45 AM on January 25

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Yep. No apparent hard feelings.

posted by Etrigan at 12:24 PM on January 21

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Bills hire first full-time female coach. Kathryn Smith will be a quality control-special teams coach after spending the last year as Rex Ryan's admin assistant.

posted by Etrigan at 09:31 AM on January 21

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The Totally Real Text Convo Peyton And Eli Manning Had About Tom Brady

posted by Etrigan at 03:55 PM on January 20

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I don't get why the NHL felt it necessary to trade and demote him. Why not just have the Coyotes send him to Springfield and use that as the excuse?

posted by Etrigan at 10:38 AM on January 20

NFL Divisional Round Produces Predictable Results

I don't necessarily agree with the thesis statement of this article (and, to be fair, neither does Roethlisberger), but there was a lot going on in and immediately after that tackle that didn't need to happen.

I personally cheered in my living room when Roethlisberger was taken out of the game. I dislike him more than 99 percent of NFL players as a human being, or facsimile thereof. And I still think that tackle can fairly be described as an assault.

posted by Etrigan at 01:12 PM on January 19

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Pete Rose to enter Hall of Fame (for the Reds).

posted by Etrigan at 12:11 PM on January 19

NFL Divisional Round Produces Predictable Results

Was there something dirty about the tackle that hurt Roethlisberger?

He rode him down pretty hard. There was some in-game discussion by the commentators about whether it was against the QB-protection rules, but it was definitely more than was warranted.

posted by Etrigan at 11:43 AM on January 19

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Interesting read on the NFL head coaching interview process.

posted by Etrigan at 10:34 AM on January 19

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Holy crap, what a game. Larry Fitzgerald being left alone was bad enough, but good lord did he turn a small mistake into a tragedy for Green Bay.

posted by Etrigan at 11:40 PM on January 16

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Minnesota nice.

posted by Etrigan at 12:56 PM on January 14

NFL Approves Rams Move to Los Angeles, Chargers Invited to Join

You mean when they stole a team from Milwaukee?

posted by Etrigan at 07:34 PM on January 13

Alabama Wins College Football Championship

Alabama team bus drivers were the first ones to realize that Lane Kiffin isn't going to be a Tidesman much longer.

posted by Etrigan at 01:19 PM on January 12

Steelers Coach Should've Been Flagged for Being on Field

Burfict suspended three games, discipline of other players and coaches pending.

posted by Etrigan at 10:27 PM on January 11

Alabama Wins College Football Championship

Coker's getting frustrated. If they can't calm him down in the locker room, it's gonna be a looong second half for Bama. Or at least for Henry.

posted by Etrigan at 10:08 PM on January 11

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Coaches should employ a staffer just to stand behind them for the first half saying, "Don't do that."

I've totally forgotten which coach or even which game, but the commentators noted at some point over the weekend that one of the coaches had a designated assistant who was essentially the Challenge Caller -- when something looked close, the head coach would just glance over at that guy, who presumably was focused on the broadcast feed and could give him a quick Yes or No. Seems like a thing that will expand, if it hasn't already.

posted by Etrigan at 04:15 PM on January 11

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Yeah, it could easily be a blowout either way or go to infinite overtime.

posted by Etrigan at 10:12 AM on January 11

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Yeah, the refs let that one get out of control, despite the commentators trying to sell that nothing more could possibly have been done.

I've totally lost track of when headhunting/targeting is and isn't allowed anymore.

posted by Etrigan at 12:58 AM on January 10

Tennis Player Throws Racquet, Hits Ball Boy

I believe you meant "YEEEEEEAAAAAAAAH!"

posted by Etrigan at 09:21 PM on January 09

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Hoyer is spectacularly bad.

The commentary about how O'Brien won back the team by admitting he'd made mistakes in QB selection was particularly hilarious.

posted by Etrigan at 06:09 PM on January 09

Tennis Player Throws Racquet, Hits Ball Boy

If she wasn't throwing it, she was certainly not holding it safely. But either way, Ostapenko lost, so justice is served.

posted by Etrigan at 07:09 PM on January 08

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Can anyone explain Deadspin? It used to be sports-focused, but now it offers occasional sports with entirely random dudebro stuff and things that defy all categorization

Of course it rises and falls, but the Deadspin main page is currently:

That's Why The Lakers Need To Cater To Their Youngsters

Beware Jeff Jones's Post-Game Handshakes

Bryce Alford's Step-Back Three Downs #7 Arizona

The UFC Is Putting Conor McGregor And Holly Holm On The Same Card And Oh My God

Court Docs: MLS Coach Spanked Players, Called Concussed Players Pussies And More

Fred Smoot: The Sex Boat Wasn't Even That Cool

Sweet Life: A Van Man Shows You How To Dude It --

Deadspin Up All Night: You're Not!

Maine Governor Blames Heroin Epidemic on Men "Named D-Money" Who Deal Drugs and "Impregnate a Young White Girl" --

Alexandre Pato Turns Down Crazy Money From Second-Tier Chinese Club, Pissing Off Current Employers

Meet the pro basketball playera Penn State productwho plays Chewbacca in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

This Is The Year I Stop Picking At Myself Like A Freak --

The Ultimate Guide to All the Science Fiction and Fantasy TV Shows Coming in 2016 --

Amazon's Having a Big Sale on...Chewing Gum --

Bucs Called Lovie Smith To Set Up Meeting To Fire Him, Ended Up Just Firing Him Over The Phone

Denver Nuggets "White Pride" Hat Provides A Valuable Lesson In Phrasing

Damn, You're Not Reading Any Books by White Men This Year? That's So Freakin Brave and Cool --

Actually, Daily Fantasy Is Good, Because I Won A Bunch Of Money On It

That's 12 out of 18 purely sports-focused stories. They're a Gawker site, so they're going to be linking to other Gawker stories to cross-promote (Maine Governor..., The Ultimate Guide..., and Damn, You're Not...). The Amazon gum sale story is essentially an ad, so that's really only two out of 13 "Deadspin" stories that aren't inarguably sports (Sweet Life... and This Is The Year...).

posted by Etrigan at 08:40 AM on January 08

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Cleveland just hired Paul DePodesta to be "Chief Strategy Officer", answerable only to the team president. Seems like a great return home for DePodesta, who was a scout and special assistant to the GM in the 1990s before Billy Beane hired him away. I'm sure he'll do great things for the Indians.

(whispering from off camera)

The Browns? Wait, no, he's a baseball guy. That can't be right...

posted by Etrigan at 12:32 PM on January 05

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Oh, and Chip wants the job.

posted by Etrigan at 09:15 AM on January 04

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Harbaugh pipes in, of course.

posted by Etrigan at 09:11 AM on January 04

TCU Keeps College Football Belt with 31-Point Comeback

Goddamn, what a game. I guess Adams showed how much more important he was to his team.

Arkansas probably has the best chance at taking the CFB away from the Big 12, so there's a good chance it'll align to the CFP champions for the first time next October.

If that happens, it'll be the first time the fake champions hold the real belt since Auburn in 2011. They lost it to Clemson in week 3.

posted by Etrigan at 07:32 PM on January 03

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

How does that Texans one work? If they go all the way to the end, it's "50% chance of div. champ". (And the Colts eventually get to "49% chance of div. champ".) Is that a points-scored tiebreaker situation or what?

posted by Etrigan at 02:56 PM on January 03

Tide open as TD favorites vs. Tigers

Ratings were down by 1/3 from last year thanks to ESPN and the CFP committee wanting to establish New Year's Eve as a football appointment day.

posted by Etrigan at 08:03 PM on January 01

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Carly Fiorina is the fucking worst.

posted by Etrigan at 07:57 PM on January 01

Tide open as TD favorites vs. Tigers

Clemson will have to play as well as they can and hope that Alabama only plays an average (for Alabama) game. Ole Miss only beat them because of a couple of lucky long plays and an insane 5-0 turnover margin.

One touchdown favorites? Jesus, take Bama and the points.

posted by Etrigan at 06:01 PM on January 01

Eagles fire Chip Kelly

In addition to Lurie making his power play from above(-ish), the locker room was not unhappy to see Kelly go. If your GM isn't happy, you can survive a 6-win season. If your players aren't happy, you can survive a 6-win season. If they're both unhappy, you'd better be in double digits.

posted by Etrigan at 03:39 PM on December 30

Eagles fire Chip Kelly

Philly PD joins in the beatdown.

posted by Etrigan at 03:37 PM on December 30

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

If you're looking for SportsFilter's NBA Pick 'Em, there are no nationally televised games this week.

Any idea why that is? Is it college football bowl games taking all the airtime? Some other reason? The NBA is still playing, after all.

posted by Etrigan at 02:31 PM on December 30

Eagles fire Chip Kelly

Also would be interesting to know how many college AD's are now muttering to themselves: "Hell, if I had known that this was going to happen..."

I would kill to have been Blake James' bartender last night. "Another one? Are you sure?" "KEEP 'EM FUCKIN' COMIN'."

posted by Etrigan at 08:26 AM on December 30

Eagles fire Chip Kelly

I feel like by not firing Caldwell, the Lions have more or less accepted that he wasn't the problem (of course, it's Martha Ford's butler running the team now, so who the fuck knows).

I dunno, maybe some other NFL team will want to take a flyer on Kelly now, but I think he's in a Lane Kiffin situation at this point where he's proven he can't coach an NFL team and will have to make another case in the college ranks before anyone else gives him a chance.

posted by Etrigan at 08:09 PM on December 29

Eagles fire Chip Kelly

Eagles fire Chip Kelly, only Ball State and Texas State currently have openings in the college ranks. Looks like he'll be sitting 2016 out.

posted by Etrigan at 07:46 PM on December 29

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

The Vegas Bowl and the Celebration Bowl (HBCU Championship) have set a very high bar for this bowl season.

posted by Etrigan at 09:36 AM on December 20

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

We all know Tony Romo is crafty. I think he's done something that ruins every other quarterback who comes to Dallas.

Every other quarterback?

posted by Etrigan at 11:52 PM on December 19

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Aren't most Olympic-level athletes employees of their national sports ministries so they have more time to train?

Not Canadian curlers.

Chinese curlers, at least, are:

"They can wake up and go curl, and go work out, and get paid to do that. That's their lives," Brad Jacobs, a bank employee who leads the Canadian team, told The Toronto Star.

posted by Etrigan at 04:08 PM on December 17

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I'm pretty sure there aren't any true professional curlers, as even the top players in the world have second jobs.

Aren't most Olympic-level athletes employees of their national sports ministries so they have more time to train?

posted by Etrigan at 02:15 PM on December 17

U.S. Women's Soccer Wants a Level Playing Field

Hang Up and Listen had a good segment on this last week.

posted by Etrigan at 01:01 PM on December 15

It's Who We Are?


I really can't summon up any more outrage at outrageous racist bullshit anymore. It's not a bug of American society, it's a feature.

Change your fucking team name, you fucks.

posted by Etrigan at 04:18 PM on December 14

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Best 12-1 team in the league.

posted by Etrigan at 11:14 PM on December 13

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Despite the incorrect result, the Army-Navy game was a hell of a lot of fun. The rivalry is still owned by the squiddies, but four of the last five have been within a touchdown.

posted by Etrigan at 09:52 PM on December 12

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Patrick O'Sullivan on his abusive Hockey Dad and real courage.

posted by Etrigan at 01:53 PM on December 10

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Reno, '80s. Basically the whole time the Silver Sox were called the Padres.

posted by Etrigan at 01:39 PM on December 09

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

And the oldest town in Nevada, Genoa, was founded by Mormon settlers.

Between Juh-NOE-uh and VUR-dye, living in northern Nevada really screwed up my visit to Italy many years later.

posted by Etrigan at 12:46 PM on December 09