Recent Comments by Etrigan

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

TCU takes the College Football Belt, ending Oklahoma's third and longest reign. TCU's only previous reign was in 1991, when they beat Rice and then lost at Baylor the next week. The Horned Frogs travel to Baylor next week.

posted by Etrigan at 08:06 PM on October 04

Why no one wants to host the 2022 Olympics

I admit, I'm kinda looking forward to seeing the Vast Empty Crumbling Arenas of Almaty photo essay in 2024.

posted by Etrigan at 08:22 PM on October 03

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I'm really, really surprised by the Duke numbers, since I know very, very, few Duke football fans (it's a tiny, private, rich, elite school that historically hasn't been all that good at football, though they've done better recently). There are lots of Duke basketball fans, to be sure. And somehow, I didn't even see UNC in there.

The graphic has been updated with a note saying that Facebook screwed up North Carolina.

I'm dubious, as well. In Hamilton County, Ohio, home of the City of Cincinnati, the University of Cincinnati Bearcats weren't even in the top 3. And in Butler County, Ohio, Miami University wasn't listed, either, despite the fact that there isn't much in Butler County, Ohio, besides Miami U.

I think the issue there is that Cincinnati and Miami don't have substantial football rivalries with the Buckeyes, so it's more acceptable to be a fan of both than of, say, Michigan and Michigan State. So you get a fair number of people who like both on Facebook, and there are a lot more people who really like Ohio State and refuse to like Cincy or Miami than vice versa.

Also, given that Ohio State is half again the size of Cincy and three times the size of Miami, the proportion of Ohio State alumni outside of Columbus is probably outsized as well (I mean, shit, they're the second-most-liked team in places as far away as Colorado).

posted by Etrigan at 04:33 PM on October 03

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Another day, another visualization of fandom based on Facebook likes, this one of college teams. Zoom in to see breakouts by county and ZIP code.

posted by Etrigan at 12:35 PM on October 03

Why no one wants to host the 2022 Olympics

That was a vicious beatdown of which Upton Sinclair would be proud. "'No evidence uncovered' is on a win streak." in particular is award-worthy.

posted by Etrigan at 12:34 PM on October 03

Lights On

The article says NFL, but the FCC website doesn't single out football.

The Federal Communications Commission repealed its sports blackout rules, which prohibited cable and satellite operators from airing any sports event that was blacked out on a local broadcast station.

posted by Etrigan at 04:12 PM on October 01

Brady Hoke's Dangerous Incompetence So Bad ESPN Announcers Denounce It

With all the money Brandon brings into the university it is more likely that they might keep him.

I feel like the Powers That Be will realize that the money will come anyway thanks to the B1G Network and suchlike, and that on-field success is going to drive that more than selling another ad on the stadium. I think the only way Brandon sticks around is firing Hoke and getting a #1 top tier proven coach, or convincing Schlissel etc. that a new AD won't be able to hire that #1 top tier proven coach until he gets his feet on the ground.

(If UM fires Brandon and then Hoke, hopefully the biology professor at the top won't notice that Charlie Weis is now available).

Ann Arbor will burn to the fucking ground if they hire Weis. To the ground.

(My favorite thing about Charlie Weis right now is that he's still being paid by both Notre Dame and Kansas not to coach. You have to admire that level of Getting Over.)

posted by Etrigan at 11:26 AM on September 30

Brady Hoke's Dangerous Incompetence So Bad ESPN Announcers Denounce It

The ever-present Unnamed Q. Source says that two Michigan Men are already being considered for Brandon's job.

This is against a backdrop of a brand-new UM President with very little experience in dealing with big-time college athletics (he was Dean of Biological Sciences at Cal, but that's as close as he got). One of the most-cited (locally, at least) issues in the disastrous hire of Rich Rodriguez back in 2007 was that no one involved in the hire had ever conducted a coaching search before. If Schlissel and the Board of Regents want to get rid of Brandon and Hoke, they'll want to dump Brandon ASAP to get someone in place to hire Hoke's replacement before Signing Day.

posted by Etrigan at 06:03 AM on September 30

Brady Hoke's Dangerous Incompetence So Bad ESPN Announcers Denounce It

Considering how bad Morris was, the fact that Brady Hoke is still employed at the University of Michigan nearly 48 hours after the game makes me think the AD should join the list of those who should be relieved of their duties as well.

You are not alone in this -- I was at the game, and near the end of the 1st half, on 3rd and 13 from about the 3 yard line, Hoke called a run up the middle. The student section immediately broke out into a FIRE BRANDON chant (Dave Brandon is the AD who has pissed off the students, the faculty, the alumni and pretty much everyone else he's physically capable of pissing off at least once in his five-year tenure). Not FIRE BRADY -- I think the students have accepted that Hoke is simply in over his head.

I left the game (sick kid) after the third quarter, but saw that play later and was appalled that Morris went back in (aside from the fact that Hoke should have been arguing over the targeting non-call for long enough for the third-string QB to get his damn helmet on in the first place).

Hoke might finish the season, but he won't be Michigan's coach in January.

posted by Etrigan at 04:19 PM on September 29

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

So he's better than 99.9999999 percent of the population of the world. That's pretty good.

posted by Etrigan at 04:49 PM on September 25

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Sometimes, the Mets let you down immediately, even if it takes a whole year to set it up.

posted by Etrigan at 03:25 PM on September 25

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Every employee must be accountable to ESPN and those engaged in our editorial operations must also operate within ESPN's journalistic standards.
Notice how they carefully use the term "ESPN's journalistic standards" so as not to be accused of holding Simmons to, say, actual journalistic standards.

posted by Etrigan at 08:17 PM on September 24

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Seriously, who in the ever-loving fuck at ESPN thought, "Yeah, we definitely need to hear from Ray Lewis on this. That can't possibly make him and us look like incredible fucking morons."? If I'd been on that set, I would have taken a fire axe to the fusebox to keep that off the air.

posted by Etrigan at 02:34 PM on September 24

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Yes, scores on 3rd down are counted as conversions. Technically, if a team went for a field goal on 3rd down and made it, it would be a conversion.

posted by Etrigan at 09:28 PM on September 21

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Winston suspended for entire Clemson game

Oh look, another Firm Moral Stance from an institution that realized how craven their Previous Firm Moral Stance was.

posted by Etrigan at 11:45 PM on September 19

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

If the NFL had half a brain, they would have an office that did nothing but overpump any positive league or player related story they could get their hands on.

The Edifice of Selfless Player News?

posted by Etrigan at 10:06 AM on September 18

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?

*plonk*

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?

"Upscale."

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