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
The BBWAA passed a measure today mandating that all Hall of Fame ballots be public starting in 2018. It remains voluntary for this election
posted by Etrigan at 04:09 PM on December 06
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
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
Yep, sounds about right.
posted by Etrigan at 11:31 AM on December 05
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
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
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
(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.)
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
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
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
Favourite play of the day.
Yeah, that's gonna get "clarified" real soon.
posted by Etrigan at 01:51 PM on November 28
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
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."
posted by Etrigan at 10:57 AM on November 03
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
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
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
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
Can't stop watching these two idiots.
posted by Etrigan at 03:05 PM on October 18
Adrian Beltre displays impressive hand speed.
posted by Etrigan at 09:37 AM on October 10
Cubs-Pirates play to MLB's first tie since 2005.
posted by Etrigan at 11:13 AM on September 30
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
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
posted by Etrigan at 02:56 PM on September 16
Keep your eyes open during warmups, dude.
posted by Etrigan at 01:41 PM on September 13
"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
Dang, Jason Peters.
posted by Etrigan at 12:41 PM on September 12
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
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
That was a hell of a game for three quarters.
posted by Etrigan at 01:04 PM on September 04
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
Apply burn to ice.
posted by Etrigan at 01:34 PM on August 26
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
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
grumble grumble Al Oerter grumble
posted by Etrigan at 03:55 AM on August 19
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
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
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
Katie Ledecky is on some kind of porpoise DNA regimen, right?
posted by Etrigan at 12:30 PM on August 08
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
8/4 NEVER FORGET
posted by Etrigan at 02:24 PM on August 04
(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
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
It's amazing how often one's best option isn't stabbing.
posted by Etrigan at 07:11 AM on July 25
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
Kendra Harrison breaks 100m hurdles record, which is older than she is.
posted by Etrigan at 11:28 AM on July 23
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?
(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
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
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
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
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
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
A more recent wrestling storyline version.
posted by Etrigan at 09:29 AM on July 05
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
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
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
Why Lionel Messi's "Retirement" Is Probably Just A Threat
posted by Etrigan at 09:24 AM on June 27
This is a "Wait a minute, strike that, reverse it" thing, right?
posted by Etrigan at 06:54 AM on June 19
A couple of similar discussions from last year.
posted by Etrigan at 04:28 PM on June 17
Christ(ie), what an asshole.
posted by Etrigan at 07:09 AM on June 11
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