Recent Comments by Etrigan

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 that because it's the only day where absolutely nothing else is going on in the Big 4?


(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

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

No, it was still Euro 2016.

posted by Etrigan at 07:08 AM on June 11

MMA Fighter Kimbo Slice Dies

Possibly the platonic ideal of "shocked but unshocked." He lived a hell of a life, and I'm sorry he's gone.

posted by Etrigan at 06:26 AM on June 07

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I would think it would be much easier. Is he even in the NFLPA at this point?

posted by Etrigan at 12:37 PM on June 06

Baylor fires Art Briles over criminal coverups

So, keeping it in a strictly sportsian context, will the NCAA have anything to say about this? They more or less abdicated their moral-arbiter-off-the-field role after Penn State, but could they twist this into "These players should have been eligible and therefore you lose X wins and suffer Y sanctions"?

posted by Etrigan at 01:27 PM on May 27

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Kenneth Starr (yeah, that one) is reportedly about to be fired as President and Chancellor of Baylor University due to the ever-expanding scandal over sexual assaults by football players and cover-ups thereof. Ah, irony.

posted by Etrigan at 11:47 AM on May 24

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

It was Colon's own fault that his cover was blown. Because he briefly represented himself in the custody dispute, his name was listed as an attorney in the case, sabotaging the "anonymous" shield the former couple had been granted by a judge.

posted by Etrigan at 01:40 PM on May 19

British Open Drops Muirfield for Not Admitting Women

I was actually watching the Golf Channel when this broke (the baby likes green and soft, soothing voices), and over the next hour or so, I was struck at how they seemed totally incapable of finding anyone who would publicly defend the restriction. Every time another middle-aged white guy popped up on the screen, I'd think, Okay, here we go..., but nope, the sonofabitch would talk about how it's 2016 and how are we still talking about this and look at how many women play golf and this makes golf look like a bunch of middle-aged white guys.

posted by Etrigan at 01:37 PM on May 19

Rockies SS Jose Reyes receives 52-game suspension for domestic violence incident

"after which she was treated at a local hospital"

posted by Etrigan at 06:47 PM on May 14

Grosse Ile H.S. lacrosse team accused of killing animal before game

It was a guinea pig (it's in the tags and some other story I can't find on my phone).

posted by Etrigan at 07:53 PM on May 12

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Having problems with signing up new accounts. (I checked this and verified that it don't work at the moment.)

posted by Etrigan at 02:11 PM on May 09

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Big Sexy, the Last Expo, the Dean of the Game, Bartolo Colon has hit his first home run.

posted by Etrigan at 09:47 PM on May 07

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

QB decommits from Texas A&M. Receivers coach subtweets. Several other A&M recruits say "Well, fuck you too."

posted by Etrigan at 10:59 AM on May 05

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