Recent Comments by Etrigan

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

It's been about four hours since the first batch of "It's done!" tweets, which I believe is the longest lead time Kiffin has ever had or given on leaving a job.

posted by Etrigan at 11:53 AM on December 08

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I have a bad feeling that 2016 is not going to be confined to one of our primitive Earth-years.

(Exhibit A: Lemmy died in 2015.)

posted by Etrigan at 03:07 PM on December 05

Three conference champions and Ohio State walk into a stadium...

I only see two possibilities: Alabama isn't really as good as they've seemed and Washington will beat them, or Alabama is really as good as they've seemed and Ohio State won't be able to beat them either.

Saban is 9-1 in championship games (SEC or national). The 1 was to Tim Tebow, and God ain't on Urban Meyer's side.

posted by Etrigan at 12:26 PM on December 05

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Yep, sounds about right.

posted by Etrigan at 11:31 AM on December 05

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Aaand no parking near Ford Field. So we're all watching it on The Deuce.

posted by Etrigan at 08:05 PM on December 02

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Dammit, babysitter flaked. Spouse grew up in Kalamazoo, so I get to stay home with the toddler.

posted by Etrigan at 06:50 PM on December 02

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Looks like they're having trouble selling out the MAC title game tonight -- my spouse just got four tickets for free at work.

posted by Etrigan at 02:36 PM on December 02

All-Star Game No Longer Decides World Series Home Field

(Players on the winning team will be rewarded with cash bonuses, which will be, for the vast majority of them, a much bigger incentive than home-field advantage for their league's eventual champion ever was.)
I have to admit, that's probably better for everyone.

But how about this crazy idea: Game 7 is at the stadium of the team that won the last World Series. Not of the two teams who are in the World Series, mind you -- if the Red Sox and the Dodgers are in WS2017 and take it to seven, then it's played at Wrigley Field.

(I also think the Super Bowl should be played in the previous year's winner's home stadium. Imagine a Lambeau Field Super Bowl.)

posted by Etrigan at 01:12 PM on December 01

The Hot Seat is just lukewarm now

I'm still not sold on Helton. He's supposed to be smart enough to see that Darnold was better than Browne before the season. If Helton had been that smart, there's a good chance that USC would be in the Pac-12 title game this weekend and have a legit shot at the playoff.

posted by Etrigan at 11:49 AM on December 01

How the Chicago Bears became NFL's most untroubled losers

It's always been weird to me how Chicago, which is the most top-to-bottom, day-in-and-day-out sports-crazy city I've ever seen, treats its teams like a first-grader. Sure, it would be great if he was at the top of his class, but really, as long as he doesn't bite anyone on the playground so often he gets expelled, then things are fine.

posted by Etrigan at 12:00 PM on November 29

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Favourite play of the day.

Yeah, that's gonna get "clarified" real soon.

posted by Etrigan at 01:51 PM on November 28

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

After this weekend, there's at least a chance that we're in the national title hunt. A pair of 4-6 rivalry games won't help any, but if Colorado stumbles, a 10-3 undefeated-since-new-quarterback-installed Pac-12 champion might be as compelling as a 2-loss champion of some other conference.

posted by Etrigan at 03:04 PM on November 14

Cubs Win World Series

As I said over on the other site, two things:

I have never heard my father cry in my entire life until I called him after the last out last night.

This morning, in the office: "Why are you wearing jeans?" "My father is a Chicagoan, I was born in Illinois, and my timesheet line code is under the Illinois office. You're lucky I'm A) here at all, and 2) wearing pants at all." "Fair enough."

posted by Etrigan at 10:57 AM on November 03

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Rickles won't die until he's insulted everyone in the world individually. Unfortunately, he's most of the way there.

posted by Etrigan at 07:30 PM on November 02

Patriots Trade Jamie Collins to Browns for 3rd Round Pick

Doing the trade math, a Browns third rounder is roughly equivalent to a Pats second rounder. The Pats will be picking at the back end of Round 2 and the Browns at the top of Round 3. Perhaps just 2 or 3 picks separating the two slots, and then you can pay the third rounder less.

It's a compensatory pick, and it's conditional to the Browns actually getting one, so it'll either be at the end of R3 or (if the Browns don't get it) it'll be the Browns' fourth-round pick.

posted by Etrigan at 10:00 AM on November 01

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Someone threw a dildo on the field during the Patriots-Bills game. I have so many questions.

posted by Etrigan at 01:59 PM on October 31

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The overall program is called "Preteen Football", and it includes age-based divisions from Flag (5-6 years old), Jr. Pee-Wee (7-8), Pee-Wee (9-10), Jr. Varsity (11-12), and Varsity (13-14). "Prehighschool" would seem to be more accurate, but unwieldy.

posted by Etrigan at 04:11 PM on October 26

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Can't stop watching these two idiots.

posted by Etrigan at 03:05 PM on October 18

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Adrian Beltre displays impressive hand speed.

posted by Etrigan at 09:37 AM on October 10

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Cubs-Pirates play to MLB's first tie since 2005.

posted by Etrigan at 11:13 AM on September 30

Packers Returner Ingeniously Exploits Out-of-Bounds Rule

Randall Cobb did it four years ago.

It's a dumb rule that I can't believe the competition committee hasn't "clarified".

posted by Etrigan at 02:05 PM on September 27

Les Miles out at LSU

Petrino might be dumb enough to try his shtick at a top-flight program one more time, but I think he's realized that it's pretty nice being the big dog at Louisville, where he'll be able to coast for at least a decade on "Remember when I walloped the shit out of Florida State?"

posted by Etrigan at 11:13 AM on September 26

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

facepalm.gif

posted by Etrigan at 02:56 PM on September 16

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Keep your eyes open during warmups, dude.

posted by Etrigan at 01:41 PM on September 13

NCAA pulls championship events from North Carolina over HB2

"I wish the NCAA was this concerned about the women who were raped at Baylor."

Jesus. Fucking. Christ.

posted by Etrigan at 12:31 PM on September 13

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Dang, Jason Peters.

posted by Etrigan at 12:41 PM on September 12

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Tony Romo is 80-53 with the Cowboys since he became the starting QB. In that same time, all other QBs with the Cowboys are 1-14.

posted by Etrigan at 10:09 AM on September 12

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Congratulations to Arkansas, the new holders of the lineal college football championship. This is the Razorbacks' third reign (one in the 1960s, or the pre-CollegeFootballBelt.com era). Barring a major upset by Texas State, looks like Alabama will reunify the fake playoff "championship" with the true title some time in October.

posted by Etrigan at 10:24 AM on September 11

TCU Begins Defense of College Football Belt Against South Dakota State

That was a hell of a game for three quarters.

posted by Etrigan at 01:04 PM on September 04

Sam Bradford to Vikings, Mark Sanchez to Cowboys

an origami rendering of a Bull Terrier created by a visually impaired person.

The stadium or Bradford?

posted by Etrigan at 02:06 PM on September 03

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Apply burn to ice.

posted by Etrigan at 01:34 PM on August 26

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I am willing to accept that Bolt is the greatest Olympic track athlete ever, but not the unchallenged greatest athletics athlete.

posted by Etrigan at 12:59 PM on August 19

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

grumble grumble single event grumble grumble

If there were slightly-heavier discus and throw-from-your-off-foot discus and relay discus of all of those permutations, Al Oerter would have more medals than Phelps and Bolt combined.

posted by Etrigan at 12:58 PM on August 19

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

grumble grumble Al Oerter grumble

posted by Etrigan at 03:55 AM on August 19

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I'm sure it's Google-able, but can someone explain to me why it seems like all of the bronze medals in freestyle wrestling are ties?

Combat sports don't do bronze medal matches. Both semifinal... I don't want to say "losers", but the two people who don't win in the semifinals each get a bronze.

posted by Etrigan at 02:04 PM on August 18

Tim Tebow Wants to Play Baseball

Jordan started in AA ball, and he was actually good at his other sport. There's no way Tebow starts in AAA.

posted by Etrigan at 10:45 AM on August 10

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Apparently you septics have college rodeo teams.

Oh, that's nothing. You know what Virginia Tech's only national championship is? Bass fishing.

posted by Etrigan at 10:00 AM on August 09

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Katie Ledecky is on some kind of porpoise DNA regimen, right?

posted by Etrigan at 12:30 PM on August 08

Jim Furyk Scores First 58 in PGA History

Furyk's accomplishment would be meaningless if Pyongyang Golf Complex was on the PGA Tour.

Danger Mouse finished Gleneagles in 1.

posted by Etrigan at 12:28 PM on August 08

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

8/4 NEVER FORGET

posted by Etrigan at 02:24 PM on August 04

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

*sigh*

(Officials misplace keys to stadium, have to use bolt cutters to let people in for early Olympics women's soccer match.)

posted by Etrigan at 12:49 PM on August 04

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Oh, man, that hop after. It's nice to be remembered that Mac was an asshole because he wanted to win every damn time.

posted by Etrigan at 09:26 AM on August 04

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

It's amazing how often one's best option isn't stabbing.

posted by Etrigan at 07:11 AM on July 25

The NBA officially pulls the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, NC

I'm always glad for these threads and their way of showing me how tenuous our grasp on civilization really is.

posted by Etrigan at 06:09 PM on July 24

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Kendra Harrison breaks 100m hurdles record, which is older than she is.

posted by Etrigan at 11:28 AM on July 23

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

the ESPYs are always on the day after the MLB All-Star Game...is that because it's the only day where absolutely nothing else is going on in the Big 4?

Yep.

(The day before is the only other day of the year that no MLB, NBA, NFL, or NHL games are played, but the Home Run Derby etc. are typically held.)

posted by Etrigan at 11:58 AM on July 14

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Cuban's take was for teams not to play someone who can't hit free throws, or for players learn to make free throws. My humble (well, maybe a little humble) opinion is that free throw shooting is an NBA skill. If you don't have it, your team should suffer the consequences.

Take fouls out of the game, then. There should be a very, very small number of times when "committing a foul" or "drawing a penalty" is in any way advantageous to the team/player that's doing it (I'm okay with the occasional intentional penalty in football to back a kick up a little, for instance). Not every damn game.

posted by Etrigan at 11:57 AM on July 14

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The NBA's ineffectual anti-hacking rule will now be somewhat more effectual:

The current rule for away-from-the-play fouls applicable to the last two minutes of the fourth period (and last two minutes of any overtime) pursuant to which the fouled team is awarded one free throw and retains possession of the ball will be extended to the last two minutes of each period.

posted by Etrigan at 01:44 PM on July 13

Tim Duncan announces retirement

Nine thousand playoff minutes. That's insane; what's more insane is that LeBron is within 1000.

posted by Etrigan at 12:06 PM on July 11

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Bartolo Coln is going to the All-Star Game. So the entire world doesn't suck.

posted by Etrigan at 06:45 PM on July 08

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

There is no possible way that those two weren't "impaired" in some way.

I once woke up on the side of a highway, my car turned off, my seat belt off, the keys in the passenger seat. To this day, I have no idea why I'm not dead.

posted by Etrigan at 10:46 AM on July 07

Kevin Durant signs with Golden State

A more recent wrestling storyline version.

posted by Etrigan at 09:29 AM on July 05

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The latest episode of Malcolm Gladwell's podcast is about why so few basketball players shoot free throws underhanded. Pretty good.

posted by Etrigan at 10:07 AM on June 30

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Florida State declares itself 2015 Florida state football champions and spends $62K on championship rings.

posted by Etrigan at 07:39 PM on June 28

Legendary University of Tennessee Basketball Coach Pat Summitt passes away at age 64.

She had one class (her last) that never went to a Final Four since the NCAA women's tournament started. One.And that class won three SEC championships.

posted by Etrigan at 07:33 PM on June 28

Lionel Messi retires from Argentina after Copa America final loss to Chile

Why Lionel Messi's "Retirement" Is Probably Just A Threat

posted by Etrigan at 09:24 AM on June 27

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

This is a "Wait a minute, strike that, reverse it" thing, right?

posted by Etrigan at 06:54 AM on June 19

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

A couple of similar discussions from last year.

posted by Etrigan at 04:28 PM on June 17

Chris Christie: Hot Female Tennis Players Are Hot

Christ(ie), what an asshole.

posted by Etrigan at 07:09 AM on June 11