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SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

That's certainly aesthetically worse, grum, but I remember Tommy John for more than the surgery.

posted by 86 at 08:44 AM on March 04

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Super Bowl-a-Geddon Edition

1. Broncos by 6

2. W. Welker

3. M. Lynch

4. Julius Thomas

5. Peyton Manning

6. D. Rogers-Cromartie

7. B. Wagner

8. A. Busch (Bud) +1

9. 48

posted by 86 at 02:58 PM on February 01

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Championship Games-a-Ganza Edition

Patriots by 4

Seahawks by 4 +1

P. Manning (Broncos) +1

D. Thomas (Broncos) +1

L.Blount (Patriots)

B. Wagner (Seahawks)

posted by 86 at 11:43 AM on January 19

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Round-a-Go-Go Edition

1. Seahawks by 6 +1

2. Patriots by 2 +1

3. Panthers by 4

4. Broncos by 19 +1

5. Demaryius Thomas (rec YDs)

5. Julius Thomas (rec TDs)

7. Earl Thomas

posted by 86 at 06:28 AM on January 11

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Wild-Card-a-Palooza Edition

1 - Colts by 2, +1

2 - Eagles by 3

3 - Bengals by 13

4 - Packers by 1

5 - Dalton

6 - McCoy

7 - Aldon Smith, +1

posted by 86 at 12:25 PM on January 04

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Oops, sorry, thought you were asking about post-season, for some reason. The regular season is different...

Article 4 The following shall apply to overtime games in the preseason and regular season.

(a) There shall be a maximum of one 15-minute period, even if the second team has not had an opportunity to possess the ball or if its initial possession has not ended. If the score is tied at the end of the period, the game shall result in a tie.

posted by 86 at 01:35 PM on June 17

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

An answer to rcade's question:

Article 5 (PDF) The following shall apply to overtime games in the postseason.

(a) If the score is tied at the end of a 15-minute overtime period, or if the second team's initial possession has not ended, another overtime period will begin, and play will continue, regardless of how many 15-minute periods are necessary.

posted by 86 at 12:40 PM on June 17

England's Rose take U.S. Open

How are the changes at Muirfield, JJ? I'm particularly curious about number nine, and any seemingly subtle ones I would gloss over from an ocean away.

posted by 86 at 12:00 PM on June 17

England's Rose take U.S. Open

I spent a good bit of time out at Merion this week and was thrilled with how things played out. The players, fans, and everyone else involved were awesome. I'm particularly thankful that Mother Nature took her turn early in the week giving the superintendent and all-star crew a chance. They came through with flying colors, I have to say.

I was pulling for Rose and happy to see him win. In game and character, he's a worthy champion.

Something else worth mentioning because pro athletes deserve credit when they earn it --- Most of the players were incredibly nice, but Els, Bubba, and Boo Weekley earn special notice for signing autographs for every kid in the crosswalk I was near on Tuesday. And extra-special notice for Darren Clarke who not only signed for every kid, but interacted with all of them in a very personable way, as well.

The only thing that sucks is now I have to wait a month for the Open Championship. Muirfield's list of winners ranks with any and it'll be interesting to see who adds their name to that bunch. Varden, Hagen, Player, Nicklaus, Trevino, Watson, Faldo (x2), Els and ___?

posted by 86 at 11:59 AM on June 17

England's Rose take U.S. Open

For what it's worth, JJ, Hogan had nearly the same shot in the playoff round and hit a 4-iron. Per the story, he hit a 1-iron the day before due to exhaustion. And that club was stolen, along with his shoes, before the playoff round began.

posted by 86 at 10:19 AM on June 17

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Not me, bill. My contribution wasn't enough to get us over the $500 mark, though I'm glad we made it.

posted by 86 at 10:21 AM on December 13

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Thanks for the reminder, bill. I finally had a spare moment and was able to help the cause.

posted by 86 at 01:52 PM on December 12

Working for the clampdown

Alfredsson and Hossa are key players to their teams who have been injured by goons

Carl Hagelin is a goon? He's a first-line player, 175 lbs soaking wet, won the fastest skater award, and had less than 25 PIMs this year.

His was a bad hit, deserving of suspension, but he's not a goon and the Rangers will certainly miss him in the line-up.

posted by 86 at 11:51 AM on April 18

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I keep going back and forth. It's ridiculous until you look at what the Redskins and Cowboys paid out in that uncapped year ($176 million for the Skins, as opposed to $99 million the year before). And it's not like they just decided to sign a few players that year because the cap wouldn't matter. No, they planned it out, well in advance and took advantage of it when signing high profile players, Haynesworth in particular. Other teams, without the finances of the Redskins couldn't match that. So the Redskins gamed the system in a pretty sleazy way.

The sketchy thing on the part of the NFL is that they approved the contracts in question at some point. Unlike, say, the NHL that (finally) ruled a contract invalid because it attempted to get around the cap, the NFL approved these and waited (and then waited two more years) to enforce the rules. That makes no sense.

posted by 86 at 06:40 PM on March 12

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Sketchy stuff on the NFL's part, at least at first glance. I know the Redskins did not behave well here, and presumably the Cowboys didn't either, but I still wonder how the League can make this stick.

The Redskins gave Haynesworth $32 million during the first two years of his contract. Some of that was up front and for the first year (2009) and then $21 million due as a roster bonus during the 2010 offseason. It's apparently that $21 million that the league has issues with.

DeAngelo Hall's contract is also, per the NFL, problematic. He signed in 2009 and made $9.2 million that year and again in 2010 (the uncapped year). In 2011, his number dropped in half ($4.5). It rises from that point steadily back up to the $9 million mark over the next three years.

He will now, almost certainly, be cut.

posted by 86 at 04:28 PM on March 12

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Thanks for the link back in time, tron7. That was almost as much fun to read the second time around.

And for those who haven't seen it, check out the Grantland oral history piece. It is quite good.

posted by 86 at 04:43 PM on February 29

For Your Soul

Tiger Woods, second or third week of June 2000.

posted by 86 at 08:18 AM on February 08

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

"We, as a league, must do a better job of protecting the integrity of the game and the safety of our players. We must make it clear that those kinds of actions will not be tolerated and will be met with meaningful disciplinary action."

posted by 86 at 08:27 AM on April 19

From the barber's pole to between the pipes

If the Coyotes win the Cup will they put Fenton's name on it?

posted by 86 at 07:29 PM on December 17

Michael Vick Lights Up Washington for 6 TDs, 413 Yards

Per ESPN, McNabb's contract is not as ridiculous as previously thought.

posted by 86 at 12:33 PM on November 16

Fired Joe Morgan

In honor of Joe, they should leave his seat vacant.

posted by 86 at 07:07 PM on November 08

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Indoor soccer backheel goal. The pass leading up to it is quite nice as well.

posted by 86 at 10:10 AM on September 22

NHL team names, and how they got them.

...the flaming 'A' logo was replaced by a 'C'."

And the Negative Space Dong of Calgary was born.

posted by 86 at 01:16 PM on September 20

Is Mike Vick Back?

What particular play was brutal? He had two (2) bad passes, that is it. And they fell to dirt, not to Cowboys. No interceptions. No fumbles. No lost looks. No blatant mis-reads.

Add in four dropped passes, as well. Moss dropped a key first down. Sellers dropped two more throws. Armstrong dropped the second-down fade that should have been a TD.

He played serviceable, so-so football, nothing more. And this may all be semantics, but I\'ve seen \"brutal\" QB play (a lot over the last decade) and this was certainly an improvement.

posted by 86 at 03:40 PM on September 13

Is Mike Vick Back?

McNabb was brutal? Really? What game were you watching?

posted by 86 at 02:42 PM on September 13

An entire soap opera plays out in a mile.

It's a horse race from Mommouth Park that comes down to two horses, one called My Wife Knows Everything and another named The Wife Doesn't Know. Track announcer Larry Collmus provides the humorous call.

posted by 86 at 09:28 AM on August 26

Max Talbot: 'Ovechkin is a douche'

Here's Ted's Take.

(Via)

posted by 86 at 08:31 AM on July 29

US, England Advance in Group C

I'm here to help.

posted by 86 at 02:29 PM on June 23

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

46-45 now.

When it was first mentioned in this thread I thought this was some sort of joke we were playing on grum. It turns out it's real.

posted by 86 at 02:27 PM on June 23

US, England Advance in Group C

Harkes is brutal.

Algeria got hosed on an offside call in the first half as well. Granted, Dempsey scored on his chance when the phantom call took it away and the opposition were only "likely" to score. Still, it is worth noting for fairness sake.

Can anyone explain why the Algerians seemed satisfied to play for the tie?

On the game-winner... Howard's delivery of the ball to half-field into the path of a streaking Donovan was freakin' awesome.

posted by 86 at 01:38 PM on June 23

US Comes Back to Tie Slovenia 1-1

That image ignores the next step he takes with his left leg forward.

It's a blatant, unquestionable dive. It's a disgrace. His own teammates should be angry with him. His friends should laugh at him. And his family should be ashamed.

posted by 86 at 09:02 AM on June 19

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Boston.com's photo blog The Big Picture has some terrific images from the Vancouver games. Part 1 and Part 2. They might ease the hangover.

posted by 86 at 09:41 AM on March 02

Washington Hires Mike Shanahan as Coach

As long as Snyder owns this team they will not win a playoff game let alone make it to the SB.

I'd be the last person to defend Dan Snyder, but they won a playoff game in 2005.

posted by 86 at 10:00 AM on January 08

Matt Stafford Miked Up vs. Browns

That's fantastic stuff.

posted by 86 at 11:17 AM on November 26

Bills Fire Head Coach Dick Jauron

Jim Zorn is on the list as well.

posted by 86 at 04:59 PM on November 17

Crazy Finish in Michigan High School Football Game

It looked to me like he picked up the ball just as he was getting up from his knee. It's really tough to tell though.

posted by 86 at 04:40 PM on October 14

Washington's NFL Team Orders Newspaper to Remove Negative Photos

I hate my favorite football team.

posted by 86 at 11:19 AM on October 12

MLB Post-Season Pick 'Em, One-Game Playoff Edition

Twins by 5

Mauer

posted by 86 at 11:25 AM on October 05

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Didn't Pennington hit his receiver in the hands for a potential game-winning TD?

posted by 86 at 11:47 AM on September 23

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Jeez, back in the olden days when a mascot made an awesome take-down of a streaker, he acted like he'd done it before. Show some class, Mr. Giant Bee, show some class.

posted by 86 at 09:07 PM on September 19

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Or not.

posted by 86 at 04:54 PM on September 17

Top 100 Golf Courses in the World

It's tough to find something more subjective than ranking golf courses. There is no question that every golfer will come up with a different list.

Here is a blog by a guy who has dedicated himself to playing all of a Top 100 list.

posted by 86 at 10:10 AM on September 17

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Not a sport, but one helluva game.

posted by 86 at 04:15 PM on September 11

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Why don't more teams onside kick to the middle of the field? Everyone kicks towards the sidelines and it seems that a meaningful percentage of these kicks end up out of bounds. Why not kick to the center?

This would keep the ball in the field of play and allow all the players on the coverage team to converge on their opponents (since the recently changed rules require kicking teams to evenly distribute on both sides of the ball).

posted by 86 at 08:48 AM on September 09

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

That's amazing, rcade. Unbelievable.

posted by 86 at 12:05 PM on September 02

Down on the ground and spread 'em!

In.

posted by 86 at 06:42 PM on August 25

Photos from the American Section at Azteca Stadium

Sure, it wasn't nearly as bad as Azteca...

That is sort of my point --- While some are saying it's a soccer problem or a rivalry problem or a problem with Mexican fans, I don't see that being the case. It's the same sport, same teams, and even the same fans when they play at Giants Stadium, but less urine-tossing. And, unless my impressions are wrong, you could easily compare it to a heated Giants/Eagles or Yankees/Sox games.

If that is the case, it seems we can point to the location of the event as a significant factor in this mess. Terrible fan behavior happens in the States (and elsewhere), but it seems to be taken to a particularly disgusting and dangerous level in Azteca when the USAians come to town. They should do something about that.

posted by 86 at 12:05 PM on August 18

Photos from the American Section at Azteca Stadium

Another useful point of comparison is the Mexico / US games in the States. If I'm not mistaken those games are often filled with Mexican supporters to a point where it feels like a road game for the US side. Do the Mexican fans chuck rocks and urine and vomit at those games? I don't recall it being an issue. Are the fans rowdy? Yes! But a better rowdy, not a urine-tossing, battery-throwing rowdy. It is at least something more akin to what you see at a heated rivalry game in the NFL / NHL / NBA / MLB.

I don't condone or excuse the Azteca fans one bit, but this speaks to the point that the fault extends greatly to stadium security, the Mexican FA, FIFA and CONCACAF for failing to take proper actions that would prevent --- or at least limit --- this crap.

posted by 86 at 10:31 AM on August 18

Eagles Sign Michael Vick to Two-Year Deal

Yes, they ran some wildcat formations last year with DeSean Jackson at QB.

posted by 86 at 08:39 AM on August 14

Big Papi press conference

You know what is sketchy? Sketchy.

Fact is, we have lots and lots of facts.

posted by 86 at 09:45 AM on August 09

Spofi EPL Fantasy League 09-10 Week 0 Update

I'm in and hoping to avoid a sophomore slump.

posted by 86 at 10:11 AM on July 20

Should Tiger Woods Be Doing More for Charity?

The last bit of the first link says it all... If Brown calls Woods, maybe something tremendous can happen. Absent that contact, harping on Tiger in the press does a disservice to them both.

posted by 86 at 04:34 PM on July 06

Marian Hossa signs 12-year deal with Chicago

holden, I was under the impression that salaries in the NHL could not vary much from year to year over the life of a contract. Am I mistaken?

posted by 86 at 04:48 PM on July 01

Drunks Heckle Tiger Woods, Fred Funk at US Open

Yeah, that's fairly old news, rcade. In fact, I think JJ brought this up hear ages ago (though I'm too lazy to dig through and find it).

posted by 86 at 03:23 PM on June 22

The Madness of Temporary Ski Jumps

That is awesome.

posted by 86 at 08:18 PM on June 20

Roger Clemens -- Wait for It -- Denies Using Steroids

My favorite part was during the HoF questions. At one point Clemens gets confused and says the wrong pronoun while referring to himself. I'm guessing this is because he's reading what someone else wrote for him. He says:

"At one point a while back your spirit was a little bit broken, but ... uh ... I don't think anyone cares about that..."

He then goes on to talk some more about stuff that no one cares about.

I like this because it illustrates that Clemens cannot handle an interview with a year to prep and someone feeding him answers while he's responding. Also, because as a means to recover, he immediately declares that no one cares about what he just said.

posted by 86 at 03:28 PM on May 12

Where's the consistency?

I should point out that my characterization of the events is extreme to the other side, mostly because I'm playing devil's (Canadien's) advocate here. In truth, it was a typical hockey scrum with a hit-to-the-head and the scrutiny that playoff action brings added to the mixture.

posted by 86 at 11:22 AM on April 20

Where's the consistency?

To clarify:

Lucic is dancing with Schnieder

Lucic is skating around cross-checking Schnieder repeatedly.

Lapierre comes skating in to mix it up.

Lapierre comes skating in to stand up for his teammate who is being crosschecked repeatedly.

Lucic hits Lapierre him in the face.

As to your larger point --- There is no consistency. You're absolutely right. And yes, it's a damn shame.

posted by 86 at 10:59 AM on April 20

Where's the consistency?

There is no consistency. You're absolutely right. And yes, it's a damn shame. That crap by Cammalleri and Carcillo is particularly pitiful.

That said, Lucic was not simply "defending himself". In fact, in an honest moment, I think even Lucic would laugh about that description.

posted by 86 at 09:11 AM on April 20

Stanley Cup Playoff Pick'em

A) Boston in 4 B) New York Rangers in 6 C) Carolina in 7 D) Philadelphia in 6

E) San Jose in 5 F) Detroit in 5 G) St. Louis in 7 H) Chicago in 6

posted by 86 at 11:21 AM on April 15