Recent Comments by Etrigan

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Skip Bayless has decided to leave ESPN when his contract expires at the end of August.

posted by Etrigan at 02:56 PM on April 26

Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension Reinstated for DeflateGate

I don't see Goodell (delenda est)) thinking that "backing down" in that way would be good for the shield.

posted by Etrigan at 02:05 PM on April 25

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Holy balls.

posted by Etrigan at 07:36 PM on April 24

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle


Oh, god, Rembert Browne, never change.

posted by Etrigan at 03:15 PM on April 21

Giants' John Mara: NFL May Dump Kickoffs

Specifically, say a team scores. They would then get the ball on their own 30-yard line and have one chance to gain 15 additional yards and keep the ball. If they failed to gain 15 yards, the ball would turn over on downs. Alternatively, the team could choose to punt instead of attempting to gain 15 yards.

(Fun fact: This rule changed was proposed by then-Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano.)

I could have guessed that last part, because this idea is somehow genius and stupid at the same time. Here's an idea -- let's just give the other team the ball on the 20.

posted by Etrigan at 02:12 PM on April 20

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Conor McGregor: I have decided to retire young. Thanks for the cheese. Catch ya's later.

posted by Etrigan at 04:12 PM on April 19

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Oh, Titans. Never stop Titansing.

posted by Etrigan at 12:43 PM on April 18

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

The Toronto Raptors have never won their first playoff game. They are now 0-8.

posted by Etrigan at 04:05 PM on April 16

LA Rams Trade to Acquire 1st Pick in NFL Draft

Am I the only one who reads it as "La Rams" and thinks That really should be Los Rams... every so often?

posted by Etrigan at 01:20 PM on April 15

Kobe Bryant Scores 60 in Final NBA Game

You could not have written a more fitting last game for Kobe.

posted by Etrigan at 09:13 AM on April 14

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The collapse was so stunning and swift that I almost couldn't grasp what had happened.

The commentators noted that Spieth lost (I think) seven strokes to Willett in the span of 50 minutes.

posted by Etrigan at 04:10 PM on April 11

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

D'Brickashaw Ferguson retires after 10 years and 167 consecutive starts, having played every offensive snap for the Jets for the last decade (except for the final play of the 2008 season, where the entire offensive line was replaced by skill-position players (it didn't work)). He never so much as appeared on an injury report.

posted by Etrigan at 10:22 AM on April 08

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

PaddyPower refunded all Outright and 1st Round Leader bets on Els.

posted by Etrigan at 08:40 AM on April 08

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

15 Years Ago Today, Randy Johnson Exploded A Bird

posted by Etrigan at 02:41 PM on March 24

NFL knowingly distorted their own concussion research

We're talking about the NFL. They barely recognize the existence of money in denominations less than $100 -- fractional dollars? No chance.

posted by Etrigan at 01:38 PM on March 24

NFL knowingly distorted their own concussion research

It is also unclear why the omissions went unchallenged by league officials, by the epidemiologist whose job it was to ensure accurate data collection and by the editor of the medical journal that published the studies.

Really? Can't think of a $ingle rea$on that thi$ might have happened?

posted by Etrigan at 01:08 PM on March 24

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

For the record, holden, I wasn't offended, just surprised.

posted by Etrigan at 11:20 AM on March 24

Tennis Tourney Exec: Women Ride Men's Coattails, But They're Attractive

Will this not put the ardent feminist into a bit of a quandary? I think I would like to watch the fireworks as this point is argued.

Bless your heart.

posted by Etrigan at 11:55 AM on March 23

Tennis Tourney Exec: Women Ride Men's Coattails, But They're Attractive

Moore is out.

posted by Etrigan at 09:18 AM on March 22

Tennis Tourney Exec: Women Ride Men's Coattails, But They're Attractive

Yeah, there's always a good argument for why a particular group doesn't really deserve equality.

posted by Etrigan at 05:25 AM on March 22

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

12 points, 35 seconds. UNI had a 99.99% win probability.

posted by Etrigan at 09:10 AM on March 21

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle


posted by Etrigan at 05:39 PM on March 20

Gay minor league baseball player quit because of homophobic comments from teammates and coaches.

return to the game somewhere else in a more accepting environment - if such exists.

I'm sure there are more accepting environments, in the sense that those sorts of people tend to look over their shoulder before they talk, if they think A Gay might be in the area.

posted by Etrigan at 12:34 PM on March 17

March Madness 2016: Printable NCAA tournament bracket

Dear Middle Tennessee State -- The state of Michigan would like to extend its sympathies for the senseless atrocities that Tom Izzo is about to perpetrate upon your Blue Raiders as punishment-by-proxy to the selection committee for not seeding the Spartans at #1.

posted by Etrigan at 10:58 AM on March 14

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The Browns don't have a conduct clause in his contract so they can cut him now? They could save themselves 12 days of discomfort and uncertainty if they got it over with today.

They can get something for him if they trade him, as opposed to just cutting him, right?

posted by Etrigan at 04:10 PM on February 26

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

At Least 29 People Still Don't Know Who Won the Super Bowl

posted by Etrigan at 11:43 AM on February 23

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

He was clearly inside the three-point line. The scorer should be fired.

posted by Etrigan at 08:50 AM on February 20

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Google is like grum@work for boring stuff.

posted by Etrigan at 03:47 PM on February 19

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle


posted by Etrigan at 02:29 PM on February 18

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I just love the fact that the NHL keeps a list of possible emergency goalies in each city, and I want to fake up some credentials so I can let the Red Wings win by 75 goals some day.

posted by Etrigan at 09:52 AM on February 17

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Not a bad way to make 500 bones.

posted by Etrigan at 02:18 PM on February 16

Peyton Manning’s squeaky-clean image was built on lies

Title IX suit filed against UT, cites Manning incident as an example of the hostile environment.

posted by Etrigan at 06:25 PM on February 14

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