Recent Comments by holden

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Kind of interesting that Schilling, who turned the Twitter/internet brigade on those who said some reprehensible things about his daughter, is now facing the same type of backlash he encouraged not too long ago.

posted by holden at 01:06 AM on August 27

Fantasy Premier League, Week Three

Not making excuses, but this is going to be a bad fantasy year for me (after 7 or so consecutive finishes in the Champions League places and a couple of titles). It started with my fantasy baseball team just doing horribly and now this on the FPL front. I am blaming a somewhat busy work schedule, followed by the birth of my fourth child a month ago making me stupid. Actually, don't know how anyone who does not work a desk job keeps up with fantasy sports. I've been on paternity leave since the beginning of the season and have forgotten to set/tweak my lineup every gameweek so far.

posted by holden at 09:42 PM on August 22

ESPN Accidentally Fires Adam Schefter

Rumor-mongering chipmunks are like cockroaches vis-a-vis the apocalypse. Dude will outlast us all.

posted by holden at 09:37 PM on August 22

NFL Player Sends Back Young Sons' Participation Trophies

Owlie coaching Iggy Azalea in U14 soccer has got to be one of the all-time SPoFi classics (until we find out some member, male or female, spent the night with Derek Jeter and got a care package out of it).

I am of two minds on the participation trophies. On the one hand, my kids are stoked to get one (I have two boys in competitive sports, with one more boy on the way to playing competitive sports at age 4 and a fourth son who was just born), but on the other hand I am moderately sympathetic to the view that we are doing our kids a disservice by encouraging this "everyone-is-a-winner" mentality. That said, am fine with this through a certain age cut-off (although not exactly sure where that is at present, as my oldest is not yet 10).

posted by holden at 11:24 PM on August 16

Dear Roberto,

It was fair in the sense that Clemente had an off year the year prior, but would be curious to know how it compared to what other players were making. Clemente's teammate Bill Mazeroski had a pretty awful year at the plate the year prior (.241/.283/.339 with an OPS+ of 66, compared to .296/.332/.396 with an OPS+ of 92 for Clemente -- and a much huger drop of 31 points of OPS+ from 1958 to 1959 than Clemente's drop of 3 points), but perhaps Mazeroski's much-lauded defense at a premium defensive position made up the offensive difference between him and Clemente. Hard to find salary data for back then, and the one source I found suggested Clemente's salary for 1960 held steady at $17,500 (which is inconsistent with the letter) and that Mazeroski's actually decreased, so who knows whether Clemente was getting screwed on a comparitve basis due to ethnicity or other reasons.

posted by holden at 07:52 PM on August 01

Your 2015 MLB Hall of Fame Class

I wonder if Craig Maddox and Ron Glavine were on hand when Schmaltz was enshrined.

posted by holden at 02:52 PM on July 27

The Justice Department has ended its criminal case against Barry Bonds.

Nine years ago, I said this:

I seriously doubt Bonds gets jail time in any of this. First, perjury is quite difficult to prove, and this is going to come down to a he said/she said type of thing. Second, depending on the scope and nature of the tax transgressions, the more likely result is payment of back taxes and a fine to the IRS as part of a plea. I know the tax investigators have a hard on for Bonds (I believe the whole Balco thing was initiated by federal agents with the Dept. of the Treasury), but who knows if the U.S. Attorney does. Overall, though, great use of public resources. (And watch this post end up in yerfatma's great predictions list after Bonds gets 5 years in jail.)

Still thought it was a waste of public resources back then, apparently, and that was before they got to the tab we currently have (cannot find reliable figures anywhere, but have seen $6-10MM thrown out for just the Bonds prosecution and upwards of $50MM for Balco writ large).

posted by holden at 01:56 PM on July 21

The Justice Department has ended its criminal case against Barry Bonds.

Well, that was certainly worth the cost of the prosecution.

posted by holden at 01:34 PM on July 21

Pro Surfer Attacked by Shark During Competition

Imagine what that surfer would have done if he was a mixture of Wolverine, Robocop, and Superman (check the link, rcade).

posted by holden at 11:58 AM on July 20

Serena Williams and the Fear of a Dominant Black Woman

That's a fair point, and was what I assumed you were getting at. Navratilova gets best all-around/most-decorated women's tennis player of all time, while Graf or Williams is the greatest singles player of all time. In the same way one might look at swimmers and quibble on all-time rankings based on medals/world records across individual disciplines, relays, etc.

posted by holden at 10:50 AM on July 14

Serena Williams and the Fear of a Dominant Black Woman

I intentionally was being a bit on the nose with that one. My point was just that using the criteria of total grand slam titles won and including doubles and mixed doubles probably flies in the face of what most people would select as the criteria for all-time greatness (although in grum's defense, not sure he ever really used any other adjective/descriptor to describe what constitutes #1).

posted by holden at 09:19 AM on July 14

Serena Williams and the Fear of a Dominant Black Woman

If Serena pulls off the calendar grand slam, that will put her right up there with Steffi Graf as the #2/#3 female tennis player of all time.

It would take a HELL of a late career run to match Navratilova (59 grand slam titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles).

It would have taken a HELL of late career run for Pedro Martinez (219 career wins) to match Gaylord Perry (314 career wins) on the list of all-time starting pitchers.

Navratilova remains the most decorated female player of all time, but best (measured by most dominant in the event (singles) by which individual greatness is and should be measured) is a two-horse race between Graf and Serena.

posted by holden at 11:16 PM on July 13

Wimbledon Finals: Novak Djokovic vs. Roger Federer, Serena Williams vs. Garbine Muguruza

If Muguruza wins, $50 to me if the headline over a photo of the joyous player reads "Basque-ing in Glory!"

posted by holden at 04:29 PM on July 10

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

For better or worse (as a First Amendment absolutist a la rcade, I personally find this for the better), First Amendment jurisprudence has typically shied away from adapting to technological changes. And when Congress attempts to respond to technology, at least as it relates to speech (they have had much more success on copyright matters, among other areas), the courts have often overruled large swaths of laws as being too restrictive of speech, including most of the Communications Decency Act and all of the Child Online Protection Act. There seems to be some action relating to whether "citizen media" qualify for First Amendment protections that would apply to the ordinary press, which raises some interesting questions about drawing the line between a local reporter and a neighborhood gossip with an internet platform.

The courts have shown more of a willingness to adapt interpretations of constitutional matters to technological change in connection with the Fourth Amendment, with respect to different means of effecting searches. Some interesting cases under the Sixth Amendment relating to whether taking a victim's testimony at trial via video conference and the like violates the right of the accused to confront his/her witnesses. Obviously some Eighth Amendment case law around how technological advances should inform thinking on what constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.

But the courts have largely declined to undertake or accept this type of analysis as relates to the Second Amendment (in terms of accepting/adopting any sort of argument that maybe the Second Amendment should be assessed in light of the type of weaponry and killing power available to the average 1780s militiaman vs. what the average citizen can buy at Wal-Mart or Cabela's today).

Still waiting for a case on how the Third Amendment applies in the Airbnb age when those pesky soldiers want to be quartered in residences secured through online bookings. Scalia would surely would write a convoluted opinion about the meaning of "house" in the 18th century, while Thomas would argue that the amendment only applies to houses that had been built by the date of ratification in 1791.

posted by holden at 04:26 PM on July 10

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

What is the downside to a society where JPP decides when and where to tell the world he's lost a finger, or someone gets the opportunity to tell the world on their own terms they're going through gender therapy, or has M.S? What do we lose?

The slippery slope is when this concerns, say, the President or a Presidential candidate. In those types of cases, the public may well have a legitimate interest in knowing of any medical issues that the officeholder or candidate may not want to disclose. Better to have the broad immunity/privileges of the press from a legal standpoint to protect for those circumstances and hope that any sort of journalistic ethics would dictate appropriate discretion when dealing with less weighty matters.

I think the biggest problem I have with this whole story is the screenshot itself. If Schefter wanted to report that he had "inside sources" about the information, then I wouldn't care (or, obviously, even know he had that photo). Then it would be up to Schefter to convince the public without revealing the private medical information. Heck, it could simply be a janitor that saw the player being wheeled back to the room with a missing finger.

Or he even could have gone so far as to state "I have seen the medical records and can confirm that he has had his right index finger amputated," in which case it is his credibility he is asking people to trust directly rather than the credibility of an unnamed source. I would have been a lot more okay with that than what he actually did.

posted by holden at 01:26 PM on July 10

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

It will just take 20 years or so for the courts to be tech-savvy enough to understand the issues in front of them.

At which point the technology will be another twenty years ahead.

posted by holden at 12:21 PM on July 10

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

While Schefter is entitled to legal protection as a journalist, let's not kid ourselves that he is actually a journalist as one might typically construe that word. I believe his entire existence is to report tips, primarily through Twitter and then as a talking head on Sports Center or other bullshit ESPN programming. Seriously, when was the last time you read something from Adam Schefter and thought, "Wow, that is some serious investigative journalism or analysis?" (and listen, I appreciate that there is a wide spectrum of what constitutes journalism including doing little more than just reporting facts). All I can think of when I see him is a chipmunk commenter on a chipmunk blog who posts "First!" on every damn post. Sometimes his breathless reporting on the various ESPN programs leads me to believe that he thinks he is covering the Camp David Accords or the Kennedy assassination or something. "Sources tell me Dez Bryant has met with both Sadat and Begin in an effort to lend his services to the highest bidder. My sources suggest he wants to be dropping, not catching, bombs."

I believe journalists are entitled to broad leeway to write/say what they want (and I am in favor of a broad reading of who is a journalist for purposes of first amendment law) -- it's what makes our country great, and just take a look a Britain's libel laws to see the chilling effect of a different presumption/burden of proof on such matters -- but Schefter is just shit at being a journalist, if that's what he really is. Just look at his Twitter feed and I defy you to find one original thought. And I get that he's not being paid to provide any original thoughts, but daaaamn what that guy "reports" is such low-value claptrap.

When it comes down to it, what he did was a pretty scummy thing to do. I just fail to see why publishing someone's actual medical records, which are about as private as it gets, was necessary. Schefter seems more than happy to peddle rumor and innuendo at all times, and when multiple media reports had come out that Pierre-Paul had his finger amputated, why not just post "sources that have seen his medical records have confirmed that..." Definitive proof or confirmation from Pierre-Paul's camp/the Giants/the NFL is going to come out sooner or later, and Schefter seems happy to rely on anonymously sourced information without a shred of documentary evidence for most of his other "scoops." But seems he had to be the guy to raise his cheeky little chipmunk fucking hand with that dumb chipmunk grin to be the first to tell the class that, yes, he had definitive proof that Sally Squirrel pissed her pants on the bus on the way to school and here he was going to show it, when a simple report that this had happened and was confirmed by multiple witnesses would have sufficed without the photos of poor Sally with piss all over her sad little squirrel school uniform.

I doubt there's a cause of action here against Schefter from a pure legal standpoint, but I do think he should be convicted in the court of public opinion for basically being the TMZ of the NFL and for also having a very skewed sense of proportionality and propriety. Sometimes you just sit on something "juicy" because it's the right thing to do or publication of the same is totally unnecessary/disproportionate considering the circumstances. Did the public interest here actually justify the invasion of privacy? Did not think I would ever agree with James Harrison on much of anything, but think he's right on this one.

posted by holden at 01:02 AM on July 10

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Protection from what? HIPAA only applies to people working for specific medical agencies. There's nothing illegal about asking for or receiving information protected under the act. It is the sole responsibility of the person bound by HIPAA not to give it.

How about a state law tort claim for invasion of privacy? I think the media probably wins on that one, but that would be the basis of the claim, not a HIPAA violation.

posted by holden at 03:39 PM on July 09

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Irrespective of legality, seems highly unethical.

posted by holden at 01:05 PM on July 09

U.S. Defeats Germany, Advances to Women's World Cup Final

Good work by the American women. Yes, Germany probably got jobbed on some calls (Johnston could/should have been sent off for denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity (although the German player did go to ground rather easily) and the foul on Morgan was marginally outside of the box), but the U.S. probably deserved it on the balance of play.

rcade's comments re Rapinoe at the end of the half notwithstanding, one thing I noticed in watching the game was the lack of cynicism in the women's game -- just a lot less embellishment and time-wasting when compared to men's soccer.

posted by holden at 01:03 AM on July 01

Pete Rose bet on MLB games while an active player in those games.

I didn't realize that evidence so critical could be kept off limits, unacknowledged, hidden from public view, and shuttled around between government bureaus like that. Even though the people keeping the documents hidden knew full well how useful they would be to an ongoing investigation. They could have redacted the documents to protect the third parties that they claim to be so concerned about.

The reasoning of the US Attorney's office for denying access to the material sounds and feels like discretionary nonsense. They were content to let the saga play out as it did without that evidence. So much time, effort, and bullshit wrangling could have been avoided.

I actually find it kind of refreshing that the government kept this under wraps as long as it did. If this investigation had happened today, it seems almost a certainty that there would have been a leak, as there was with the PED list that (to date) has provided the only evidence that David Ortiz, among others, was a PED user, and the leak of Barry Bonds' grand jury testimony (although the latter was leaked by a non-government attorney, who was duly punished).

Why should the government be compelled to assist a private (MLB) investigation? I get that it is a matter of public interest, but the fact that the government did not use its police powers to smear/impugn someone who was not a target of the investigation that secured the evidence at hand is surprising and welcome from my perspective.

posted by holden at 11:15 AM on June 23

Chicago Blackhawks Win Stanley Cup

Super tight series, but would have enjoyed an overtime or two as well.

posted by holden at 03:20 PM on June 16

St. Louis Cardinals Investigated by F.B.I. for Hacking Astros

The posting of the information to an anonymous file site would seem to suggest that the motivation, at least in part, was to embarrass Jeff Luhnow. Not sure why you would call attention to the hack if the intent was to use the information to competitive advantage. Not that motivation really matters here.

I would be surprised if anyone in the higher reaches of the Cardinals front office would be stupid enough to have authorized this or to have condoned it once known. But the good thing with the FBI involvement/criminal justice system angle is that there should be more transparency into what went down than in your typical sports league internal investigation/Robert Goodell kangaroo court.

posted by holden at 03:12 PM on June 16

Chicago Blackhawks Win Stanley Cup

This hockey game is pretty fantastic.

Quick quiz -- which of these verbs has not been used by Doc Emerick to describe game play?


posted by holden at 09:59 PM on June 15

American Pharoah vs. Secretariat

"He is moving like a tremendous machine!" One of my favorite calls ever.

posted by holden at 04:50 PM on June 12

Corey Crawford Comes Up Big as Blackhawks Even Stanley Cup at 2

Super tight and entertaining series so far. Teams seem really evenly matched.

posted by holden at 12:01 PM on June 11

U.S. Men Beat Germany After Beating The Netherlands

Klinsmann said after the World Cup that he thought the U.S. showed too much respect to Germany and Belgium and were tentative and reactive as a result. Still do not love giving each of Holland and Germany basically 2/3 of the possession, but the U.S. obviously did more when it had the ball than in those two World Cup games and seemed less cowed by the opposition.

posted by holden at 11:44 AM on June 11

U.S. Men Beat Germany After Beating The Netherlands

Say what you will about less-than-full-strength opposition (although the U.S. did not field its first-choice squad either), but I think these games and outcomes are very valuable for the USMNT in terms of gaining experience and reflecting positives to build on. Good way to try out some fringe players as well and see what they have.

posted by holden at 10:54 AM on June 11

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Cavs are kind of getting jobbed here in OT.

posted by holden at 11:12 PM on June 07

Lightning Beat Blackhawks to Even Stanley Cup at 1

This is shaping up to be a pretty good series. As a "neutral,"' here's hoping it's this much fun when they get back here to Chicago.

posted by holden at 11:05 PM on June 07

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Watching Cards-Dodgers on MLB Network now and might as well be the History Channel. Love Vin Scully.

posted by holden at 12:16 AM on June 07

SpoFil NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

Win - Warriors
Games - 6
MVP - Curry
Rebounds - Green
Assists - LeBron
Free Throw Attempts - LeBron
Steals - Green
Blocks - Mozgov
Fouls - Bogut
Turnovers - LeBron
3-pt % - Curry
Tech fouls - 3
Largest MOV - 14
Triple Doubles - 1
Total points - 160

posted by holden at 05:23 PM on June 04

Matthew Dellavedova and the Australian Way.

"Fuck you, bison!!! Whoops."

posted by holden at 12:53 AM on June 03

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Stanley Cup Finals

Winner: Chicago +1
Duration: 7 games
Longest game: 2OT
TV rating: 2.5 +1
First goal: Tyler Johnson
Conn Smythe: Toews
Goals: Kane
Assists: Toews
Points: Toews
Plus/minus: Toews
Penalty minutes: Tyler Johnson
GAA: Bishop
SpoFite: cixelsyd +1

posted by holden at 05:34 PM on May 31

Golden State Routs Houston, Takes Commanding 3-0 Lead

The thing with Curry is that he's just so fun to watch -- I have a hard time thinking anyone could dislike him. He's like Mariano Rivera with a much more well-rounded skill set.

posted by holden at 12:49 AM on May 25

NFL Moves PAT Kicks Back to 15-Yard Line

I assume if a team lines up for the PAT and the defense jumps offside, that the only option is to take a 5-yard penalty to move up the kick to the 10 yard-line (as opposed to somehow electing to take a half-the-distance penalty and go for 2 from the one)?

posted by holden at 09:09 AM on May 20

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Starwood Preferred Traveler Note of the Week. The coffee at the Chariot Motor Coach Inn in Toledo is very weak, but those vibrating beds are a nice touch. Unfortunately what could have been a near-perfect stay was ruined by the woman speaking loudly on her cell phone by the pool when I was doing my morning laps. Well, that and the vomit in the pool.

Beer Nerdness. Purple Nurple American Pale Ale is a tasty brew for those who like hops, malt, and water.

Coffee Nerdness. Starbucks could do worse things than hire more employees like Briana, the barista at the Starbucks at the tollway oasis at exit 37 of the New Jersey Turnpike. She makes the perfect white chocolate macchiato. I ordered a macchiato in Italy once and it was an espresso with a little bit of steamed milk in it and all I could think was "boy, do they not know what they are missing."

posted by holden at 01:59 AM on May 20

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Is he wiping his nose as he tries (and fails) to get to his feet? Or is that just an optical illusion/weird spasm that does not have a purpose?

Guess now I know what Gollum playing soccer looks like.

posted by holden at 03:54 PM on May 18

SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em

Cleveland in 6
Warriors in 6
East Points: LeBron
West Points: Harden
East Blocks: Mozgov
West Steals: Green
Foul-out: Bogut
Off. Rebounds: Howard
REB + AST: LeBron
MOV: 23

posted by holden at 03:14 PM on May 18

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 3

Chicago in 7 +2
New York in 7
Goals: Kane
Power Play Goals: Kane
PIM: Andrew Shaw
Save %: Lundqvist

posted by holden at 05:50 PM on May 15

Bill Simmons Out at ESPN

I think Simmons' greatest accomplishment has been the talent he has put together/curated/cultivated at Grantland (although who knows how much that is due to him vs. other editors/management), and agree with yerfatma that it will be interesting to see what they do. Suspect it will be governed in large part by what kind of contracts they have with Grantland and whether Simmons' agreement has any sort of non-solicit or other restrictive covenants that will keep him from poaching Grantland staff.

Will be interesting to see Simmons freed from the handcuffs of not being able to criticize ESPN -- its programming, other "talent," conflicts of interest and kid gloves treatment of its content licensors, making itself the story, etc. I suppose he's going to have quite a bit of motivation to rip them, and wherever he goes he will presumably have quite a big platform to do so and quite a big audience to hear/see/read it.

I can take or leave most of Simmons' writing (found this to be pretty humorous), but find myself reading quite a bit of Grantland content and curious to see how the life of that site plays out.

posted by holden at 11:35 AM on May 10

Yes, But Is It A Sport?

In the U.S., there has been a debate (and several court cases) as to whether poker is a game of chance or a game of skill. At issue in those cases is whether individuals or organizations could be prosecuted under anti-gambling laws for participating in or running poker games. In at least a couple of the cases, the court has found that poker is primarily a game of skill.

posted by holden at 11:11 AM on May 07

The Man Who Never Was, Or Who Was He?

Great read; thanks.

posted by holden at 12:01 PM on May 06

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

This weekend's sweep of the Pirates by the Cardinals was the first time that the Cardinals have swept a 3-game series in which all games went to extra innings and the first time that feat has been accomplished since 1925, when the Reds swept the Boston Braves in all extra-inning games from June 4-7.

posted by holden at 10:47 AM on May 04

SpoFi NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

Bulls in 7
Atlanta in 7
Clippers in 6
Golden State in 5
Eastern rebounds: Gasol
Western rebounds: Griffin
Three-pointers: Curry
Assists: 9.0

posted by holden at 10:43 AM on May 04

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 2

Chicago in 6 +1 (Kane) +1
Ducks in 5 +2 (Kesler)
Habs in 7 (Stamkos) +1
Rangers in 6 +1 (Ovechkin)
GAA: Price

posted by holden at 01:10 PM on April 30

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The St. Louis vote is wonky (although nothing as egregious as leaving Cy Young off the Boston list). I predicted Pujols would be left off in favor of Ozzie Smith, for a ballot of Musial, Hornsby, Gibson and Ozzie (which should probably be Musial, Hornsby, Pujols then Gibson). But I never would have guessed that Rogers Hornsby (127 career WAR, 90+ of which came with the Cardinals) would be dropped in favor of Lou Brock (45.2 career WAR). The fact that Brock is apparently polling higher than Ozzie (76.4 career WAR) is a head scratcher as well. Guess there are a bunch of Tribe Called Quest fans in the STL.

[And yes, I appreciate WAR (all figures above from Baseball Reference) is not the end all, be all of career value analysis, but at a minimum should provide a sense of whether any ranking passes the straight-faced test, which the current Cardinals vote does not.]

posted by holden at 04:39 PM on April 23

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Canada, Brazil, and Germany being among the few countries that are represented in all 4 sports.

I am assuming Brazil is on the NHL list because of Robyn Regehr, so in light of his retirement that country probably comes off the list for next year's iteration. And depending on how "nationality" is defined/construed maybe should not be on the list at all.

posted by holden at 11:35 AM on April 23

Fan Hit in Head by Foul Ball Through Home-Plate Netting

I have been in some seating areas at some ballparks where the ushers do not let you return to your seat before other than in between batters or in between innings. That said, you can't really control the reverse of this (i.e., when people exit their seats), so there will always be risks. Seems like this is really a combination responsibility of patrons to be aware and exercise good judgment (both in terms of safety and communal etiquette) and ballparks to have nets that actually protect against this and to enforce when attendees can return to at least certain seats.

posted by holden at 12:46 PM on April 22

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Find some shade, set up the folding chair, bring a couple of novels and an esky.

Oh, owlie. Our Puritan roots effectively mean no beer in public places. We got the religious fundamentalists and you got the criminals. Thanks, England.

posted by holden at 10:22 PM on April 20

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Did any of the parents slip you some cash? I'm in the early stages of the kids-in-sorts thing (my boys are 9, 7 and 4), but some of the mind-numbing tedium has given me a much greater appreciation of/for my parents.

posted by holden at 04:21 PM on April 20

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Two hour and two minute Sunday night baseball game, as the Cardinals finish the sweep with a 2-1 victory over the Reds. Very refreshing, especially considering the 4 hour Red Sox-Yankees games we often get in that spot. Combination of two relatively fast-working pitchers (Wainwright and Leake) who pitched good not great games (very few walks, but few strikeouts as well -- lots of outs on contact) and some pretty mediocre-to-bad at bats. Oh, and no in-inning pitching changes (3 total pitchers, with both starters going 8 innings -- which is a complete game in the case of Leake).

posted by holden at 10:22 PM on April 19

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

Howard_T -- as long as you are calling for Yannick Noah to get ejected, why not Tito Horford, Dell Curry, or Mychal Thompson?

posted by holden at 10:25 AM on April 17

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

Hawks in 5
Cleveland in 4
Bulls in 5
Wizards in 7

Warriors in 5
Houston in 7
Spurs in 7
Grizzlies in 6

Blake Griffin
28.5 points

posted by holden at 07:36 PM on April 16

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Now

Habs in 6 +2
Wings in 7
Rangers in 6 +1
Caps in 7 +2
Blues in 6
Canucks in 6
Predators in 7
Ducks in 5 +1


posted by holden at 07:49 PM on April 15

Famous Texas Sportswriter Jim Dent Convicted of 10th DWI

I think after getting ten and filling your punch card, you should at minimum get a free entree of your choice.

posted by holden at 12:25 AM on April 12

Who are the "Franchise Four"?

Cardinals vote will be interesting. Assuming voting for a team will primarily be done by fans of that team, my guess would be that the list is Musial, Hornsby, Gibson, and Ozzie, but should probably include Pujols (at the expense of Ozzie).

posted by holden at 01:04 PM on April 09

Losing Wisconsin Coach Laments 'Rent-a-Player' Trend

Job qualifications are unfair when their intent and effect are basically protectionist. Doctors have job qualifications because a certain level of skill and training is necessary before someone practices medicine, particularly considering the stakes. Basketball is different -- we have seen that some of these players can actually compete at age 18, so there is not much of a rational basis for the "job qualification," other than protecting the current players and protecting owners and GMS from the risk of failure and the consequences of bad decisions.

posted by holden at 06:57 PM on April 07

The best 3-point shooter you never saw

Good read; thanks for passing along. I was in the same fellowship program as the author, Doc Searls, a couple of years back. Too bad I didn't know back then that he was an amateur basketball historian.

posted by holden at 02:36 PM on April 06

LA Dodgers set MLB payroll record.

That is a lot of money. Here is a complete list of opening day payrolls.

Relative to how they are expected to perform, looks like the Pirates are especially good bang-for-the-buck. Cards, Cubs, and Seattle (assuming you buy into the Cubs and Mariners hype) as well.

posted by holden at 11:34 AM on April 06