Recent Comments by cl

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Seems like a one-armed extension on the backswing is pretty normal for Machado. Here's another example, but note how he was at least a little bit curious about what he slugged that time.

posted by cl at 08:35 AM on June 09

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

1. Denver by 3

2. Eric Decker

3. Marshawn Lynch

4. Trindon Holliday

5. Peyton Manning

6. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

7. Shaun Phillips

8. General Motors

9. 37 points

posted by cl at 09:40 PM on February 01

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

1. Patriots by 6 +1

2. Seahawks by 6 +3

3. Tom Brady

4. Eric Decker

5. Knowshon Moreno

6. Ahmad Brooks

posted by cl at 11:10 AM on January 19

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

1. Seahawks by 4 +1

2. Colts by 4

3. 49ers by 10 +2

4. Broncos by 17 +1

5. Eric Decker

6. Julius Thomas

7. Logan Ryan

posted by cl at 05:20 PM on January 10

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

1. Colts by 14, +1

2. Eagles by 17

3. Bengals by 10

4. 49ers by 4, +2

5. Andy Dalton

6. LeSean McCoy

7. Robert Mathis, +1

posted by cl at 01:49 PM on January 04

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Jacksonville to get a second team.

posted by cl at 03:27 PM on October 30

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Welcome to Oakland, Terrell.

posted by cl at 08:04 PM on March 10

SLYT: helluva dunk

I just want to feel like I've owned something so completely for once in my life. The perfect confluence of opportunity, vision, and skill. If it ever happens it'll be one amazing piece of code.

posted by cl at 02:45 PM on July 20

Skier Nick Zoricic Dies in Skicross Crash

I did see the video before reaching my conclusion. It seems fair to call out the design of a course that allows a skier who has hit a jump wrong to land directly on a "safety" fence.

posted by cl at 12:06 AM on March 11

Skier Nick Zoricic Dies in Skicross Crash

Egger said it was a "surprise" to see Zoricic's line of flight off the jump, though "we put the fences there because you have to protect the racers for the finish area."

You have failed immensely.

posted by cl at 06:57 PM on March 10

Super Bowl Pick 'em

Pats by 11
Under
Giants
Giants
Offense

posted by cl at 05:00 PM on February 05

NFL Playoff Pick'em, Championship Round

New England by 14
New York by 4

Flacco for 1
Cruz for 61
New England with 50%
New England with 75%

posted by cl at 08:13 AM on January 18

NFL Playoff Pick 'em, Divisional Round

San Francisco by 1
New England by 23
Baltimore by 4
Green Bay by 14

Welker
San Francisco
Lee

posted by cl at 08:48 AM on January 13

Flyers Fans Attacked Rangers Fans After Winter Classic

They would "know," lbb, because most humans are able to take visual and auditory input from their surroundings and use the data to create a pretty accurate model. They would also know, I'm betting, because they came from Jersey to watch a hockey game, not from Idaho to see the Liberty Bell.

I don't get the pointed remarks. I'm not even close to supporting what the Flyers fans did. I feel for the victims, especially if they truly weren't aware of the drunken hyper-machismo surrounding them.

posted by cl at 04:49 PM on January 05

Flyers Fans Attacked Rangers Fans After Winter Classic

If that constitutes looking for trouble, wearing an out-of-town jersey anywhere in public in Philly after a game would qualify.

No, it wouldn't. Geno's is a special kind of place.

posted by cl at 03:59 PM on January 05

Flyers Fans Attacked Rangers Fans After Winter Classic

The fools who assaulted the Rangers fans are completely to blame for their actions, and they should be punished in every reasonable means. They're the absolute worst. That's the story here, and I don't mean to redirect.

But it doesn't take a lot of imagination to think that Geno's would be an unstable and potentially unsafe scene for a couple of guys wearing Rangers jerseys at that very moment, and I think most hockey fans from Jersey would understand that very unfortunate fact.

I spent 6 years living just a few blocks from Pat's & Geno's, and it was an intersection I avoided after the stadiums let out, even wearing the right teams' logos, because it's just that kind of place.

posted by cl at 03:56 PM on January 05

Flyers Fans Attacked Rangers Fans After Winter Classic

Going to Geno's after that game seems like something you'd do if you were looking for trouble. Not to blame the victim, but that wasn't ever going to be a drama-free situation.

posted by cl at 02:41 PM on January 05

NFL Playoff Pick 'em

Cincinnati by 4
New Orleans by 11
New York by 10
Pittsburgh by 13

Suisham
Mendenhall
Pittsburgh

posted by cl at 11:39 PM on January 02

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

(especially that particular play as i still believe he was across the LOS when he threw it)

(already past the line of scrimmage, by the way)

I have to wonder if you've watched the play as many times as you claim. McCoy was two full yards from being considered past the line of scrimmage when he released the ball. LOS is the 39, he releases the ball at the 40 with his left arm at about the 41. His entire body would have to be past the 39 for them to call that, when in fact no part of his body is within a yard of it.

posted by cl at 12:47 PM on December 10

Pujols Going to Angels for 10 Years, $250 Million

This adds insult to injury for Astros fans.

posted by cl at 01:11 PM on December 08

No Teams Attend Terrell Owens Workout

A lot can be said about TO's time in Philly, but he did not underachieve. In fact, as an Eagle he showed how well he can play after recovering from a significant leg injury. Of course, that was a much younger TO.

posted by cl at 12:02 PM on October 26

Rangers Take 3-2 World Series Lead

If When...

If players are kept out for doping, can't their managers as well?

posted by cl at 05:44 PM on October 25

Rangers Take 3-2 World Series Lead

If he gets into the HoF, his plaque should depict a phone up to his ear.

posted by cl at 11:55 AM on October 25

49ers Crush Buccaneers 48-3, Improve to 4-1

Well, be thankful for 3 points. One thing the Eagles have been good at is coming up empty in the red zone, either by turning the ball over or letting final seconds run off the clock.

posted by cl at 11:00 AM on October 10

Fox Sports: Francona 'Likely' Out in Boston

This will be Buck Showalter's job to lose.

Just kidding.

posted by cl at 10:55 AM on September 30

Rays, Cardinals Win Wildest Wild Cards

Gary Thorne's call of the Orioles tying the game was great. His call of the walk-off win was up there with the best. Pure joy, emotional outburst, and then let the scene speak for itself.

So fun to see a cellar dwelling team take it to their division powerhouse like that. A fun win in Baltimore, to say the least.

posted by cl at 01:38 AM on September 29

Rays, Cardinals Win Wildest Wild Cards

Both the O's and Rays were down to their final out in the ninth.

Their final strike.

posted by cl at 01:20 AM on September 29

Falcons KO Vick, Come Back to Beat Eagles

Isn't it also worth remembering that Vick had just suffered a brain injury? Maybe give him a teensy bit of room on this one?

posted by cl at 08:45 AM on September 20

Football Ref Attacked by Players, Coaches

rcade, your elephant detection glasses clearly need a prescription update.

posted by cl at 11:25 PM on September 02

The Depressing Demise of The Nature Boy

For the most part, we are not taught to be financially responsible. Making a lot of money doesn't change that fact, or protect you from disaster. You can simply crash and burn more spectacularly.

At some point though, most people learn. Trial and error, and all that.

posted by cl at 01:07 AM on August 26

Jim Thome Hits 600th Home Run

I remember going to watch a Reds-Phillies rain make-up game when Ken Griffey Jr. was sitting on 499. He didn't get the start and never got a plate appearance, but we got something just as nice when Thome hit his 400th. They've been linked in my mind ever since.

I think there's some truth in saying Thome helped change the Phillies culture of losing. Of course, his more measurable impact on the Phillies is the part he played in getting Charlie Manual in to manage the team. For Phillies fans, I think Thome is kind of like an old friend or relative that's no longer with you, but who's influence on the day-to-day is clearly visible.

posted by cl at 09:40 AM on August 17

Pro Golfer Smoked Pot During Tournaments

I've found the same works for me in disc golf. My game improves when I just carry a mid-long understable driver, something for mid-range, and a putter. I get to know the discs better, how they react to different releases, and eventually learn to how to make them work with any given shot. That said, it's fun to throw different plastics, so I like to handicap my game with too many options.

posted by cl at 02:34 PM on July 01

Bryce Harper Homers, Blows Kiss to Pitcher

I'm amazed that someone can watch that and come away with the opinion that the pitcher's ego is the problem.

posted by cl at 06:14 PM on June 07

'Pirates Lose' Beer Special Brings Bar Heat From Team

At this point, the Pirates should be appreciative that there are bar owners in town who are cognizant of their wins and losses.

posted by cl at 08:27 PM on May 17

Posada Asks Out of Yankees Lineup

"I think I've learned from this. It's not about Jorge Posada, it's about the team. I let some people down. Everything happens for a reason. You live with your mistakes, you move on."

Well, he hit about .800 yesterday in the cliche department.

posted by cl at 07:37 AM on May 16

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Fans slip'n'slide all the time, but I've not seen another team do it. Phillies players did help the Denver crew as a storm blew in a few years ago.

posted by cl at 06:34 PM on April 09

Manny Ramirez Retires from Baseball

Yeesh. Let the hate-on begin.

posted by cl at 04:41 PM on April 08

The top 10 sports broadcast calls of all time.

Several of these calls are in that 20th century ESPN montage (thanks spofi!). Talk about getting chills.

posted by cl at 06:27 PM on April 07

Nelson Cruz Homers in First 4 Games

And the Rangers win, 3-2.

posted by cl at 10:43 PM on April 05

Star Player Dies After Game-Winning Shot

I kind of hesitate to ask, but in the photo of him being lifted by a teammate, his hands are unusually red. Is that a signal that his heart was in trouble?

posted by cl at 01:28 PM on March 04

New Sport: Extreme Sitting

I am old.

posted by cl at 10:33 AM on February 10

New York Jets Back Up Big Talk by Beating Patriots

Yeah, Jim Nantz' outrage almost made me think I was watching FOX. Joe Buck would have tripped over himself apologising for airing such a disgusting act.

posted by cl at 01:03 PM on January 17

Michael Vick Wants to Get a Dog

Compare the outcry over abusing and "murdering" of fighting dogs with the accepted practices of puppy mills, profit-first factory farming, and even fenced hunting. The forgotten Eagles QB, Kevin Kolb, enjoys killing boar with a bowie knife. That was treated as nothing more than a fun bit of trivia when he was drafted, mainly framed in such a way to make Kolb seem brave and courageous. Maybe it's not as brutal as what Vick did, but the invective devoted to dog fighting and Vick in particular, in the scheme of things, strikes me as hypocritical.

I think he should be allowed to keep a dog or two inside his home, with their well-being monitored as part of his parole and with a harsh consequence for any sign mistreatment.

posted by cl at 09:52 AM on December 16

Cliff Lee is ... a Phillie?

Is there such a thing as the Phillie discount?

40 years ago, Curt Flood filed a lawsuit that changed baseball to fight his trade to Philadelphia. I wonder what he would say today.

posted by cl at 12:22 PM on December 14

Cliff Lee is ... a Phillie?

Best 4th starter in the league? By a wide margin.

You could make the case that the Phillies have not only the best rotation in baseball, but from top to bottom, the best 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th starters. Unless Blanton gets shipped out, which seems likely.

posted by cl at 12:07 PM on December 14

Jeter, Yankee Contract Talks to Be 'All Business'

Beer costs $8 because people pay it.
On edit: yeah.

posted by cl at 11:25 AM on November 05

MLB Post-Season Pick 'Em, World Series Edition

Rangers in 7
Josh Hamilton
3
3:44

posted by cl at 09:34 AM on October 27

Great Sports Calls, Chosen by Posnanski

Harry Kalas' call of the 2008 Phillies championship was good (especially as it would be his final big game), but not great. But Chris Wheeler's willpower to remain silent and let Harry have it is amazing.

Watch it.

And how funny is it that he interrupts his wild celebration for a moment to jot down the "K" on his scorecard?

posted by cl at 05:54 PM on October 21

MLB Post-Season Pick 'Em, LCS Edition

Phillies in 5
Yankees in 5
Oswalt, Sabathia
Under

posted by cl at 05:03 PM on October 13

Doctober

Yeah, have fun in game 2 Orlando. Make sure to wear those earplugs.

posted by cl at 10:52 PM on October 06

MLB Post-Season Pick 'Em, LDS Edition

Phillies in 3, Giants in 3, Rays in 4, Twins in 5; Jayson Werth; AL +12

posted by cl at 10:01 AM on October 04

Tour De France Winner Tests Positive For Steroid

Thanks for the links, apoch.

Contador's defense seems plausible, but I have a couple questions. Does clenbuterol affect the body even after none remains in the system? And is it theoretically possible that some other compound could cover up or mask clenbuterol?

An estimated 50 picograms per milliliter was the highest amount detected in the tests, according to a report from Contador's legal team. It seems like that that much would not have an effect by itself, so unless he had taken more, and then (unsuccessfully) masked it with something else, I don't understand how it could have benefited him. And then this source claims, "if you want the quasi-anabolic effect from the clen, it'll take more than 2weeks." Interesting.

A vegan would be dead before week three of the Tour.

Uh, no. A low-carb dieter, however...

posted by cl at 04:00 PM on September 30

Orioles Pitcher Keeps Hitting Yankees

Seriously? As the article mentions, AJ Burnett leads the league in hit batters this year, including two Orioles on the very day in question, and Joba Chamberlain led the league last year. Cry me a river, Joe.

posted by cl at 02:29 PM on September 22

Ohio Mascot Tackles Brutus Buckeye

I'd love to hear the security feed while that went down.

"Uh, we've got a... ah... 241? Uh, we've got an assault with intent to pep? Right."

posted by cl at 01:41 PM on September 22

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Matt Diaz trips red man.

And by the way, that security guard's faceplant is exactly the kind of thing I like seeing instead of taserings. Take it away, Benny.

posted by cl at 01:05 AM on September 21

There's the snap

#21: Why facemasks were introduced.

posted by cl at 09:51 AM on September 20

Klemens Indikted

Poor Roger Clemens. He'll need to procreate 1,038 more times if he wants to have as many Ks as Nolan Ryan.

posted by cl at 03:05 PM on August 19

Bull Leaps into Crowd in Spain, Injures 40

Mess with the bull, you get the horns.

Reminds me of that Shark Attack bit that Gilbert Arenas ripped off a while back.

posted by cl at 12:19 PM on August 19

ESPN: Umps Miss 1-in-5 Close Calls

Nate Silver's response.

Phrased differently, and less sensationally, about one call is missed for every four games.

posted by cl at 06:07 PM on August 16

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Robbie McEwen's take sounds about right. Either foul by itself may have gotten him disqualified from the stage result. It was the combination of the two that got him the boot. Agreed also that Cav and HTC are probably under extra scrutiny because of the Tour de Suisse crash. They'll have a hard time shaking the dirty label now. I've enjoyed the HTC/Garmin rivalry though. Go argyle!

posted by cl at 07:04 PM on July 15