Recent Comments by Etrigan

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Yeah, a second-half suspension would be more interesting, at least.

posted by Etrigan at 02:09 PM on September 17

Vikings' Adrian Peterson Indicted for Child Injury

Discipline vs. Abuse

Texas Attorney General page on Child Abuse

The law specifically excludes "reasonable" discipline by the child's parent, guardian, or conservator; corporal punishment is not in itself abusive under the law. An act or omission is abusive only if "observable and material impairment" occurs as a result, or if it causes "substantial harm," or exposes the child to risk of substantial harm.

posted by Etrigan at 06:03 PM on September 16

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Penn State doesn't get to climb on a moral high horse about a decade-long coverup for at least a decade after the coverup, sorry.

posted by Etrigan at 01:52 PM on September 16

Vikings' Adrian Peterson Indicted for Child Injury

The Vikings have lost a sponsor. Peterson has now officially damaged the NFL's bank accounts. He's toast.

posted by Etrigan at 01:41 PM on September 16

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Works for me, a non-subscriber, but I get a "3 articles per month free" pop-up.

posted by Etrigan at 06:05 PM on September 15

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

hincandenza, you and I have gone at it a few times here, but I've always at least respected you as a human being. That is no longer the case. Fourteen hundred words on why it's not really that bad that a professional athlete knocked a fellow human being unconscious and dragged her out of an elevator by the hair, and it's somehow everyone else's fault that he lost his job?


posted by Etrigan at 09:46 AM on September 10

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

Apparently the NFL went only to law enforcement to request the video, not to the Casino, who say they would've gladly shown them the tape.

The NFL seems to operate with the same investigative rigor as my 8-year-old looking for his lunchbox.

"Where's your lunchbox?" (turns in a circle) "I don't know. I guess I lost it." "Is it in your backpack?" "No, I must have lost it." "Why don't you check your backpack?" "Oookaaay, but I probably lost it." (takes lunchbox out of backpack) "Maybe you should actually look next time?" "I guess..."

posted by Etrigan at 11:13 AM on September 09

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Penn State bowl ban lifted effective immediately.

posted by Etrigan at 03:08 PM on September 08

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

How dare he do that to a man with a 152.1 career passer rating.

posted by Etrigan at 09:58 AM on September 08

Atlanta Hawks to be sold after owner reveals racist email

Or is there a code he's supposed to use?


posted by Etrigan at 07:48 PM on September 07

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em, 2014 Edition

Woo hoo! I'm in the lead!

posted by Etrigan at 06:34 PM on September 05

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

What is it with feel-good practice squad stories this year?

posted by Etrigan at 06:32 PM on September 05

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Geno Auriemma hit with a secondary violation for calling 13-year-old Mo'ne Davis and congratulating her on being awesome.

posted by Etrigan at 11:51 PM on September 04

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

"I played against the '85 Bears in '86."

Oh, Chris...

posted by Etrigan at 11:17 PM on September 04

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Was that in response to "Seattle doesn't miss any tackles. Except for that one just now."?

posted by Etrigan at 11:06 PM on September 04

Colts Owner Irsay Suspended 6 Games for DUI

True dat. Probably just boilerplate for any OWI.

posted by Etrigan at 06:39 PM on September 04

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The fifth largest newspaper in the country will no longer use the name or logo of the Washington football team.

posted by Etrigan at 02:44 PM on September 04

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I'd like to see how many of those were auto-picked. I mean, it's not likely, but I was in a 20-team league in 2006 where the auto-draft gave someone (not me, I swear) Jerome Bettis in the last round.

posted by Etrigan at 02:18 PM on September 04

Colts Owner Irsay Suspended 6 Games for DUI

No, but the judge isn't likely to issue a ban on things that might be legitimately required for medical reasons.

posted by Etrigan at 02:13 PM on September 04

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em, 2014 Edition

I keep looking for a Save button or some kind of confirmation that I picked things. There isn't one, is there?

Also, another vote here for the Jigger Statz Memorial Cup.

posted by Etrigan at 09:05 AM on September 04

Colts Owner Irsay Suspended 6 Games for DUI

Those are all controlled substances, so obtaining them without a prescription is illegal anyway. There's no need for the court to extra-bar Irsay from doing something illegal.

posted by Etrigan at 09:02 AM on September 04

Dallas Cowboys to Sign Michael Sam After Physical

Oh goddammit. Now I have to like the Cowboys?

posted by Etrigan at 06:23 PM on September 02

Roger Goodell Figures Out Domestic Violence is Bad

It was Payton's second offense, too.

posted by Etrigan at 07:01 PM on August 29

Roger Goodell Figures Out Domestic Violence is Bad

I wonder how much weaseling is going to happen between accusation and conviction, and how many plea bargains to "disorderly conduct" will be made.

posted by Etrigan at 07:04 PM on August 28

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

So, everyone then.

posted by Etrigan at 05:03 PM on August 25

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Michael Sam bails out fan who makes unwise Twitter bet.

posted by Etrigan at 02:31 PM on August 25

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