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SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

13-Year-Old Girl Pitches Shutout To Send Team To LLWS

posted by Etrigan at 11:15 AM on August 11

Tony Stewart Kills Driver in Dirt-Track Race

Several other cars avoid him but the guy who this driver is pissed at happens to run him over?

Or, from the other angle, this driver doesn't walk up on several other cars, because he isn't pissed at them.

The most experienced driver on the track didn't comprehend the caution flag and slow enough to avoid killing a person? I'm not buying it.

Again, he didn't seem to me to be moving any faster than anyone else.

posted by Etrigan at 10:09 PM on August 10

Tony Stewart Kills Driver in Dirt-Track Race

There was a caution out on the track and every other driver was slowly going past the wreck and the driver on the track.

Stewart didn't seem to be going faster than anyone else in that video.

posted by Etrigan at 08:44 PM on August 10

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

It really depends on what the guaranteed dollars are.

La Canfora reports that all of the fully guaranteed money comes in the first year of the deal. Dalton will make $18 million guaranteed this season and will make $22 million by next February.

Beyond that, the contract is essentially pay as you [go].

Front-loading it like that makes sense, but not to $18M worth in a single year.

posted by Etrigan at 02:38 PM on August 04

Ray Rice Suspended for 2 Games

Terrell Pryor, who traded some OSU swag for a tattoo, was suspended for 5 games (thanks Deadspin commenter).

The NFL didn't really suspend Pryor for anything -- that 5-game suspension was because he had an active suspension against him from the NCAA, and the NFL has decided not to let people get out of NCAA suspensions by jumping to the NFL.

posted by Etrigan at 08:25 AM on July 25

Pitcher Freaks Out Because of Bunt in 2-Run Game

Which would probably play some part in explaining why Texas has the worst record in the league.

That's a fine theory, but the Rangers players are on pace to lose 1,715 days to the DL. The players on the field who are beating themselves are mostly players who shouldn't be on the field at all.

And yet, they've likely been the best players on every team they've ever been on up to this point. The idea that they're not quite as good as other MLB-level players and teams is baffling to them, so the other teams must somehow be playing unfairly.

I've seen it before in situations where guys who think they're really good at stuff get smoked by guys who are very good at it -- you get a lot of complaints about showboating and suchlike.

posted by Etrigan at 04:24 PM on July 21

Pitcher Freaks Out Because of Bunt in 2-Run Game

Oops. Last couple of seasons.

posted by Etrigan at 07:02 AM on July 21

Pitcher Freaks Out Because of Bunt in 2-Run Game

Is it just me, or is there a weird spike in "unwritten rules" complaints over the next couple of seasons? Or are we just hearing about them more?

posted by Etrigan at 09:00 PM on July 20

LeBron James Returning to Cleveland

You've got him in a can't-win box: If he does good, it's only because he wants people to think he's good.

QFT. "There's no such thing as true altruism, man" belongs in freshman dorms.

posted by Etrigan at 10:30 AM on July 13

LeBron James Returning to Cleveland

It could be about being in Cleveland while additionally optimizing his salary strategy as a secondary characteristic.

Few people could have paralleled my Lebron disdain up to this week (as a person, not as a player). But it seems to me that one has to make an unsupportable reach to make his return anything but what he says it is -- a move fueled far more by emotion than finance or glory. He fucked up four years ago, and the Decision will always be part of his legacy. But this move was a good one, for good reasons, by a more mature human being.

posted by Etrigan at 08:33 AM on July 13

LeBron James Returning to Cleveland

If Lebron knew he had to "return home" why did he meet with seven other teams?

I don't think he was saying it was the only thing he had ever been thinking about since losing the Finals this year, but it ended up being bigger than money or a situation where he's best poised to grab another ring.

posted by Etrigan at 01:36 PM on July 12

LeBron James Returning to Cleveland

Didn't the Cavs take LeBron to the Finals?

I think a couple of your nouns are reversed there.

posted by Etrigan at 04:47 PM on July 11

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Maddux anecdote alert:

Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux used to mosey up to rookies in the shower, engage them in conversation and, while pretending to listen to them talk, secretly pee down their legs.

posted by Etrigan at 01:52 PM on July 11

LeBron James Returning to Cleveland

Does any city deserve this less than Cleveland? Everybody makes mistakes, sure, but usually you have to pay for them.

If you google "cleveland sports championships," this is the first result.

posted by Etrigan at 01:43 PM on July 11

LeBron James Returning to Cleveland

From the Sklar Brothers: Johnny football should send him a fruit basket for taking the pressure off.

posted by Etrigan at 01:04 PM on July 11

Brazil Faces Germany for Spot in World Cup Final

Did Brazil's coach actually make it to the press conference?

He almost didn't, but then he went around his goalie.

posted by Etrigan at 08:30 AM on July 09

Jason Kidd joins Bucks as head coach

I wouldn't say he was "smelling like a rose" -- clearly, the Nets didn't want him anymore, while the Bucks were desperate for anything to bounce back from the worst season in franchise history.

posted by Etrigan at 03:29 PM on June 30

Luis Suarez Banned 9 Games for Biting Opponent

Out of curiosity, how do other sports handle number-of-games suspensions that might include playoff or other non-scheduled games? Does A-Rod get a shorter suspension if the Yankees make the postseason?

posted by Etrigan at 06:40 PM on June 27

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I will give this to soccer: the low scoring means that these reactions are so much more justified than a ridiculous end zone celebration at the tail end of a 49-21 drubbing.

posted by Etrigan at 10:09 AM on June 24

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

"Hey, let's come up with a tiebreaker even worse than penalty kicks!"

posted by Etrigan at 07:56 AM on June 22

MLB Hall-of-Famer Tony Gwynn has died at age 54.

grum@work -- what's the best jigger-statz combo you can work up to prove that Tony Gwynn was superhuman? Was he 1.000 against lefties in AL stadiums on Tuesdays when the Padres were still in contention and runners were on first and third?

posted by Etrigan at 07:40 AM on June 17

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The Lakers think they can get Lebron (or Melo).

posted by Etrigan at 09:58 AM on June 10

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I feel sorry for your couch, grum.

posted by Etrigan at 01:06 PM on June 09

California Chrome Makes Triple Crown Bid

If the horses are being run so hard that they still haven't recovered two weeks later, then it seems to me that Mr. Coburn and his ilk are guilty of abusing these animals. Devaluing the Triple Crown by forcing more animals to be abused isn't really the best possible idea.

posted by Etrigan at 02:59 PM on June 08

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

RIP Don Zimmer, the last Brooklyn Dodger left in the game.

posted by Etrigan at 09:43 PM on June 04

CNN: Steve Ballmer Reaches Deal to Buy Clippers for $2 Billion

Yeah. *sigh*

posted by Etrigan at 12:45 PM on May 30

CNN: Steve Ballmer Reaches Deal to Buy Clippers for $2 Billion

I figure that his preference order is:

  1. Seattle NBA team
  2. big-market non-Seattle NBA team
  3. no NBA team
  4. small-market non-Seattle NBA team

posted by Etrigan at 10:32 AM on May 30

CNN: Steve Ballmer Reaches Deal to Buy Clippers for $2 Billion

Wow. I'm amazed that the NBA let it get that high. I genuinely believed they'd step in and more or less force the sale to a non-white guy (or at least a consortium of white guys headed by a non-white guy) for about $600M as a penalty to Sterling.

posted by Etrigan at 09:12 AM on May 30

Josh Beckett Throws First Dodgers No-Hitter Since Nomo

You didn't jinx it!

posted by Etrigan at 05:48 PM on May 25

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Sir, that is a vile slander that I cannot allow to stand. The royal family of the grand emirate of the State of Qatar would never stoop to handling crass, filthy "bags of money" when there are elegant, anonymous Swiss banks right down the street from FIFA headquarters.

posted by Etrigan at 02:27 PM on May 16

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Yeah, when the negatives are obvious, pointed out ahead of time and occur exactly as predicted, then you're not in the realm of "making mistakes" anymore.

posted by Etrigan at 11:08 AM on May 16

Gay Athlete Michael Sam Drafted by St. Louis

Do you really think there's zero statistical significance in the fact that 90 percent of the winners of that award over 10 years were picked in the first 33 picks?

Is there zero statistical significance that, statistically, he was around 260th at the Combine as well?

posted by Etrigan at 11:37 AM on May 13

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

It looks like teams only play every other day -- is that an official or unofficial limit, or might someone some day beat Belarus's two-day reign?

posted by Etrigan at 05:38 PM on May 12

Gay Athlete Michael Sam Drafted by St. Louis

From the article: Well, because that's not a very substantial sample, nor one that means much in terms of predictive value -- that award has been around only since 2003.

I'm not seeing much of a rebuttal in this. How many years of data do we need to form a theory about where an SEC defensive player of the year is likely to get drafted?

He points out immediately after that line that other leagues' DPOTY winners have had similar runs that eventually ended.

posted by Etrigan at 03:41 PM on May 12

Gay Athlete Michael Sam Drafted by St. Louis

Yeah, what dfleming said. Plus he only apologized to Sam, but he sincerely apologized to his boss (and other people who can affect his personal bottom line):

I sincerely apologize to Mr. (Stephen) Ross, my teammates, coaches, staff and fans for these tweets. I am committed to represent the values of the Miami Dolphins organization and appreciate the opportunity I have been given to do so going forward.

posted by Etrigan at 10:49 AM on May 12

Gay Athlete Michael Sam Drafted by St. Louis

Wow. That was a masterful shitty PR-hack-written nonapology from Jones.

posted by Etrigan at 08:39 AM on May 12

Gay Athlete Michael Sam Drafted by St. Louis

NFL teams could care less about a player's sexual orientation ...

You can assert that, but I think the absence of an out gay athlete prior to Michael Sam suggests otherwise, as does how far he fell in the draft.

Now you're being tautological. The lack of prior out NFL players makes sense, but then you use his draft position to prove that he fell in the draft because he's gay, where other people are pointing out some evidence that he fell because he's an atypical NFL player in many other ways.

He was projected as a 3rd-4th rounder after he was named SEC DPOTY and before he came out. His performance at the Combine didn't make anyone feel good about how well he'd translate to the NFL, and as we've seen time and time again with draft busts and late-drafted superstars, the NFL and NCAA games are different enough to be different.

posted by Etrigan at 07:21 AM on May 12

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Atletico are top and are in the weird position where they know two points will definitely win them the title, but three points may not.

Explain that to me like I don't know anything about football standings, por favor.

posted by Etrigan at 03:01 PM on May 10

Josh Gordon Failed Drug Test, Faces Year-Long Suspension

Yeah, 18 hours isn't nearly enough time for the Lions to tantalize the fans with hope before crushing us.

posted by Etrigan at 12:04 PM on May 10

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Papelbon hasn't given up a regular-season home run to Cabrera, but it might have been this one.

posted by Etrigan at 06:07 AM on May 10

Live: 2014 NFL Draft

The Pats didn't like Manziel at all.

posted by Etrigan at 02:14 PM on May 09

Live: 2014 NFL Draft


And the best part is that Justin Gilbert will be able to call him "Second Choice" forever.

posted by Etrigan at 10:55 PM on May 08

Live: 2014 NFL Draft

Sucker bet.

posted by Etrigan at 10:41 PM on May 08

Live: 2014 NFL Draft

I would really, really enjoy it if the Jags picked Manziel in the 2nd.

posted by Etrigan at 09:41 PM on May 08

Live: 2014 NFL Draft

Ooh, that's two Aggies before Manziel.

posted by Etrigan at 09:01 PM on May 08

Kansas State denies player the right to transfer away

If only the coaches were treated as the faculty equivalent of the student-athletes -- tenure-track coaching positions would make for some hilarious situations.

posted by Etrigan at 02:12 PM on May 07

NBA Bans Donald Sterling for Life

I'm sorry for being unclear; I was using "most definitely" to indicate that I agreed with the supposition, not that it was proven.

posted by Etrigan at 08:41 AM on May 01

NBA Bans Donald Sterling for Life

And etrigan, I call V. Stiviano a girlfriend, and you call her- an employee. right. Who is getting sued for 1.8 ++ by Sterlings wife. some employee. But I bet you believe that she really is just an employee. sure she is.

Speaking of slicing out parts of sentences... I didn't say she was "just" an employee. I was responding to your characterization of the recording as being an illicit and illegal taping by a vengeful gold-digger, when it appeared to be a licit and legal taping by someone who was formally on the Sterling payroll for the purpose of recording him and who is heard on the tape reminding him that he is being recorded. I also don't think the timing of the conversation and the timing of the lawsuit are coincidental, either.

Did she leak the conversation as a response to getting fired and sued? Oh, most definitely. But she almost certainly got fired and sued because of the conversation too.

posted by Etrigan at 07:20 AM on May 01

NBA Bans Donald Sterling for Life

Ya know, Colin Cowherd today took a chance, as he often does, and said that this IS a slippery slope about how the NBA came to this tape-recorded conversation.

Slippery-slope arguments are the last refuge of a scoundrel. "Well, sure, this guy's bad, but what about the people who aren't bad?!?"

And that people feel, generally, that "if we don't like you, then its OK to get stuff like this by any means.." but "if you are well-liked, then it would have been an invasion of privacy..."

Who's saying this?

So we have the NBA, a huge, world-class sports league, about to strip an owner of his assets because of what he said to a girlfriend, exposing his racists feelings, on an audio tape that they got somehow.

I believe you mean "...because of what he said to an employee he paid to record his conversation who reminded him during the conversation that the conversation was being recorded..."

And the players, along with Sharpton and Jackson (who showed up to protest anyways) can make demands, have them met, and then make MORE demands- and thats OK, without question?

What demands were made, and then met, and who then made more demands? I've seen a single demand: throw Donald Sterling out of the NBA Owners Club. That's it. Al Sharpton's organization was there; using his name as a beacon of Oh Look Here Comes The Demands is at best misleading. So Jesse Jackson used this as a bridge to talk about affirmative action (in an interview conducted somewhere else entirely, mind you) -- big deal. That doesn't mean anything to anyone else in the conversation.

He gets no one sticking up for his due process, he gets no day in court- he gets his audio played all over the airwaves because no one likes him.

Due process? He's not being convicted of a crime, he's being told by a voluntary association that he voluntarily joined and which he has had a hand in writing the rules of for more than three decades that they want him out, and oh by the way he's going to make nine figures on the deal. And he hasn't denied anything on the tapes.

Rather than patting each other on the back for a jolly job well done, can't we look at the totality of this whole mess, and say that the future, perhaps we can do better than have guys like Donald Sterling ever associated with professional sports franchises?

Who here wouldn't love to keep people like Sterling out of sports? How do you propose we do that?

And saying that the NBA did a good thing today isn't unjustifiable back-patting, it's saying that today they did the right thing, even though you're loudly arguing that they didn't, or at least that it's all fruit of a poisoned tree.

Your arguments are just that: arguing. You're not expressing any coherent position other than "Everyone is wrong and/or sucks."

posted by Etrigan at 08:04 PM on April 30

NBA Bans Donald Sterling for Life

Leominster, what is your intent in this conversation? I'm asking seriously here. What's your preferred outcome here on SportsFilter of this discussion?

posted by Etrigan at 05:24 PM on April 30

NBA Bans Donald Sterling for Life

The NBA has a habit and history of NOT dealing with nasty issues.

You know what'll help them change that? Railing at them for actually dealing with one.

posted by Etrigan at 11:24 AM on April 30

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Oh he did not do that.

posted by Etrigan at 11:19 AM on April 30

NBA Bans Donald Sterling for Life

You would think that someone who is supposedly as astute as Sterling might have thought about this before encouraging recording.

You don't get to be a billionaire without thinking that you are always the smartest guy in every room you're in (oh, sure, some other guy might know more about some single topic, but you're smarter than him, in ways that count). Your opinions are right, because they're yours, and you have applied the exact right amount of effort into developing them and thought them all through perfectly logically, because you are so damn smart.

Sterling wanted to be recorded because his words and opinions and thoughts and ramblings were better than everyone else's and needed to be preserved for posterity. Other people whose recordings came back to bite them were not as smart as Donald T. Sterling.

posted by Etrigan at 08:18 AM on April 30

NBA Bans Donald Sterling for Life

This was Adam Silver's first big call as commissioner, and I'm sure he knew it was going to be a defining one after 20 years working for David Stern.

So you're saying he put Sterling in the freezer overnight to make sure he made the right call?

posted by Etrigan at 08:17 PM on April 29

NBA Bans Donald Sterling for Life

His girlfriend set him up and directed the conversation to race, but he said what he said and deserves what he gets.

His "archivist," whom he apparently paid to record him because his golden thoughts sometimes escaped his mouth too quickly for his brain to remember them, and who reminded him during the conversation that she was recording, and whom he fired after she refused to sign a confidentiality agreement about that conversation.

posted by Etrigan at 05:13 PM on April 29

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Wow. That is a cursed playoff series.

posted by Etrigan at 09:47 AM on April 29

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

grum: The recap of that game only refers to "a pair of throwing errors," so I guess the collision wasn't scored as an error for whatever reason.

posted by Etrigan at 03:03 PM on April 21

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

STATS says it was the first three-error play since 2007. THANKS OBAMA.

posted by Etrigan at 09:34 AM on April 21

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