Poland 2-1 Portugal (Lewandowski - has to happen sometime)
Wales 1-2 Belgium (De Bruyne - kind of looks like Friday Night Lights-era Jesse Plemons, no?)
Germany 2-1 Italy (Muller time)
France 2-0 Iceland (Ollie G.)
posted by holden at 11:31 PM on June 29
Argentina 2-1 Chile
Cards: Medel, Rojo, Vidal
U.S 1-2 Colombia
First goal at 27:34
posted by holden at 12:12 PM on June 24
Switzerland 0-2 Poland (Lewandowski finally breaks his duck. Incidentally, how does a duck get broken? Is it a broken beak or a broken leg or wing?)
Wales 2-0 N. Ireland (Ramsey. Apparently a peroxide job does wonders for the chance to transfer to Man U, if you believe the Guardian's rumor mill.)
Croatia 3-1 Portugal (Mandzukic finally comes good. As an aside, Peresic. Dude looks like he's 50, but he's only 27.)
France 2-0 Ireland (Payet again. Thanks god for colonialism, say the former colonizers of the isle of Reunion.)
Germany 3-1 Slovakia (Muller looks like he's due for one, despite the fact that his Euro record is a stark contrast to his WC exploits.)
Hungary 1-2 Belgium (Lukakakakakuuuuu.....)
Italy 1-2 Spain (David Silva with that silky-smooth-let-me-seduce-your-wife-while-I-make-this-defense-splitting-pass-insouciance.)
Engerland 3-1 Iceland (Vardy Party in Your Mama's Pants.)
posted by holden at 12:44 AM on June 24
I picked Cleveland in 6 as well, on the theory that if it went back to Oakland tied, there was no way the Warriors would lose.
posted by holden at 10:19 PM on June 22
Man -- not sure how I missed the finals. Guess I only avoided the Costanza by flaking out and not picking.
I like the aggregate standings idea, but sometimes miss these things or elect not to participate because I know nothing (CFL).
posted by holden at 06:05 PM on June 22
U.S. 1-3 Argentina (Higuain)
Colombia 2-1 Chile (James)
posted by holden at 11:07 PM on June 20
bender - Vidal is suspended for the next game.
posted by holden at 11:05 PM on June 20
I used that block as a teaching moment and told my two oldest boys (10 and 8 years old) last night that the block was an example of how you never give up on a play. What I neglected to tell them is that they will never have half of the size, speed, or general athleticism to pull it off.
posted by holden at 11:40 AM on June 20
I know there is the negligible contact exception, but seems hand to face is a pretty bright-line rule - almost like a strict liability standard.
posted by holden at 11:38 AM on June 20
Loving a Fraze appearance.
On the NBA Finals front, quite a game (fairly sloppy, but plenty exciting) and quite a comeback. The cynical part of me would be inclined to say that LeBron was just playing it up for the cameras with the collapse and the crying, but really seems like he put his heart and soul into this. Just a pretty cool thing to see.
posted by holden at 11:31 PM on June 19
rcade -- thankfully Brooks, who I think has been the best US defender in this tournament, was not one of the players who will miss the next game. Bedoya and Wood are off due to yellow accumulation, while Jones is out for a straight red.
posted by holden at 10:44 PM on June 17
Agree. He arguably should have been MVP in a losing effort last year as well, but much more likely to happen if the series goes the distance.
posted by holden at 12:10 PM on June 17
I hate the two yellows/yellow card accumulation rule in international tournaments. It's just too small of a sample size that allows for fluky bookings to sideline a player. I would prefer to see three yellows with no reset or maybe after two yellows the player has to sit out the first half of the next match.
posted by holden at 10:03 AM on June 17
U.S. 2-1 Ecuador (Dempsey)
Peru 0-2 Colombia (James)
Argentina 3-0 Venezuela (Messi)
Mexico 1-1 Chile [Mexico advances on penalties 4-3] (Chicharito]
Three Floyds Zombie Dust
posted by holden at 11:32 PM on June 15
ESPN's punitive (non-)coverage of the NHL is one among several factors that have led me to effectively phase it out as a source of content. Basically am down to live sporting events I cannot get elsewhere and frankly have phased out a lot of that as well (more or less down to the international soccer tournaments, and I will take those on Spanish-language channels when I can).
Good on the Penguins.
posted by holden at 10:27 PM on June 13
I think Fox has generally done a pretty poor job with this tournament (the contrast to the Euros on ESPN is pretty stark, to my mind), but one thing that has kind of grown on me (even though its genesis is clearly in American football) is having the officiating commentator jump in to explain calls. Some of it is obviously super basic and just trying to find something for the guy to speak about, but in some cases there are some interesting insights/explanations. During the handball debacle last night, I thought he did a good job explaining what the ref should have done -- not on the call itself (although he opined on that as well) -- but in regards to controlling the players (basically said he should have gone to the sideline to confer with his assistant and told the players that anyone who crosses the line to get in his face is getting a card and then enforced that).
posted by holden at 09:03 AM on June 13
Is it too late to pull the World Cup from Russia?
posted by holden at 08:58 AM on June 13
Thank you Ticos.
posted by holden at 12:24 AM on June 12
Group A: France (winner), Switzerland (second), Giroud
Group B: England (winner), Russia (second), Vardy
Group C: Germany (winner), Poland (second), Lewandowski
Group D: Spain (winner), Croatia (second), Mandukić
Group E: Belgium (winner), Italy (second), Lukaku
Group F: Austria (winner), Portugal (second), Ronaldo
Four third-place advancing teams: Wales (Group B), Czech Republic (Group D), Sweden (Group E), Iceland (Group F)
Beer - Westmalle Tripel
posted by holden at 12:00 PM on June 09
Winner: Cleveland in 6
Combined Points: 230
No. of 3s: 140
posted by holden at 01:32 PM on June 02
Thanks for the heads up on Suarez, bill. Lots to keep track of between this and the Euros between who's injured/not, who's likely to start, etc. I initially had Neymar tabbed as my top scorer for Group B before realizing he was not playing in the tournament due to his participation in the Olympics.
With that additional info, I am going to change my Group C scorer to Edinson Cavani.
posted by holden at 01:17 PM on June 02
Group A: Colombia (winner), U.S., Carlos Bacca (goalscorer)
Group B: Brazil (winner), Ecuador, Hulk (goalscorer)
Group C: Uruguay (winner), Mexico, Suarez (goalscorer)
Group D: Chile (winner), Argentina, Aguero (goalscorer)
posted by holden at 11:57 AM on June 02
rcade - you have Brazil (Groups B and C) and Paraguay (Groups A and C) up there twice. Mexico should be in place of Brazil in Group C and Uruguay should be in place of Paraguay in Group C.
posted by holden at 10:51 AM on June 02
posted by holden at 11:44 PM on May 26
Interesting read, although some of the comments in the Deadspin article (from seemingly informed/qualified commenters) have me leaning towards the "probably not" camp.
posted by holden at 10:43 AM on May 24
I think that's maybe my third or fourth year running of finishing second. Kind of like Arsenal I guess.
I'm thinking we should get a Euro 2016 fantasy league going (maybe a little closer to the tournament, once rosters are finalized).
posted by holden at 02:13 PM on May 19
I kind of like irrational (probably more like less rational) homer grum as a change-of-pace from analytical grum.
I don't know whether Odor was throwing at Bautista's head (seems plausible), but I'm not sure the three examples above are particularly instructive. In each of those other DPs, he catches the ball at waist level or above. In the play from yesterday, Beltre seems to have short-armed the throw and Odor receives it down around his shin, and if you're trying for a quick exchange and throw in that position, a side-arm throw seems about as good an approach as any.
posted by holden at 11:54 AM on May 16
posted by holden at 11:21 PM on May 15
OKC in 7
Cavs in 5
PTs + REB + AST - Westbrook
BLOCKS - Green
STEALS - Lebron
PF - Green
FT - Harden ... er ... Durant
posted by holden at 11:07 PM on May 15
TB in 7
STL in 7
posted by holden at 10:36 PM on May 13
How is a four pitch walk unintentional? Is the pitcher that bad?
It was issued by reigning Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta. If MLB's Gameday strike zone is accurate, Arrieta seems to have been a little hard done by the ump's strike zone.
It's also notable that two of the intentional walks of Harper ended up loading the bases. In extra innings.
posted by holden at 12:12 PM on May 09
Goodness, baseball will be the worse for it when Bartolo retires.
posted by holden at 11:42 PM on May 07
I figured Majetor was a Mexican horse who was not a big fan of Mothers Day (or other things mother-related, for that matter).
posted by holden at 11:36 PM on May 07
posted by holden at 01:58 PM on May 02
Watch the Tom Hanks video. Pretty sure he was joking about putting money on Leicester.
posted by holden at 09:23 AM on May 02
Blues in 7
Islanders in 6
Capitals in 6
Sharks in 6
posted by holden at 12:43 PM on April 27
Golden State 4
San Antonio 5
Highest points (team): 113
Highest points (player): 39
posted by holden at 01:01 AM on April 15
I agree with Video Game Parlor. Seems like a steep price to pay, particularly in a year in which there is no sure-fire QB prospect. Rams do not seem to be just a QB away from contending (and thus could use all of those picks), although perhaps this is also motivated by having a marketable, franchise player for the return to LA (although I would think Gurley is pretty damn marketable).
posted by holden at 12:58 AM on April 15
posted by holden at 11:00 AM on April 13
He was taking off his shoes in Jeff Kent's truck.
posted by holden at 04:10 PM on March 27
For the record, holden, I wasn't offended, just surprised.
You'd be surprised too if you walked into your kitchen and saw Bernie Sanders doing that to your mom. (I know, I know -- too soon.)
posted by holden at 12:34 PM on March 24
In an attempt to avoid the banhammer, just want to apologize for my role in what happened in the Huddle yesterday. Definitely got way out of hand, and I unfortunately fanned the flames. The Maddux thing was obviously riffing on a long-standing joke, but had no idea there were that many Trump fans on this board.
posted by holden at 10:02 AM on March 24
Welcome to the Hootie Johnson Club.
posted by holden at 09:09 PM on March 21
Good read. Larry Brown does not come off particularly well in this reckoning.
posted by holden at 08:48 PM on March 06
Broncos 7 Lock
posted by holden at 06:48 PM on February 07
I still see a number of two-handed set shots in my son's Chicago Catholic Youth League 4th-grade basketball games.
posted by holden at 09:19 PM on January 30
That's fair in as far as the clock is concerned (for some reason was under the mistaken impression that the clock ran from boot to whistle on a touchback) and in the field position (for some reason, I had remembered both of those possessions ending inside the ten), but I do think Denver's play-calling would not be so conservative if they did not have the 8-point lead. Seemed their strategy in the last several possessions was "don't do anything stupid."
posted by holden at 10:40 AM on January 25
If New England had kicked a field goal on the last three possessions instead of going for touchdowns, they would have won the game.
While that is obviously true, it's hard to say how the game would have played out had the Patriots kicked field goals -- would have made a difference in field position (Denver's starting field position and Patriots field position after Broncos punts) and amount of clock available for the Patriots (at a minimum, due to kickoffs), and might have influenced Bronco's offensive strategy.
posted by holden at 10:00 AM on January 25
Exhibit C that a tenacious pass rush is kryptonite to the Brady-era Patriots offense. Fun game from the neutral's perspective. And yes, that game was close enough that it goes the other way at Foxborough.
posted by holden at 08:05 PM on January 24
I think my picks from last week were not tallied.
Denver by 3 LOCK
Carolina by 7 LOCK
Most total yards - NE
Most turnovers - ARI
Most passing yards - Brady
Most rushing yards - Stewart
Most receiving yards - Fitzgerald
Sack - Von Miller
Interception - Peterson
posted by holden at 06:13 PM on January 22
New England 6
Arizona 10 LOCK
Denver 10 LOCK
posted by holden at 04:33 PM on January 16
Raise your hand if you thought this was going to link to an article about Dustin Johnson.
posted by holden at 12:08 AM on January 15
St. Louis really has gotten the stiff arm from major league sports over the years. The NFL made sure that Cleveland was taken care of after Modell left. The NBA made sure that Charlotte was taken care of after Shinn left. The NHL took care of Minnesota after the North Stars left. Baltimore would have been taken care of if Modell hadn't gone there. And so on and so forth.
Add to that the Spirits of St. Louis being one of two then-active teams not to survive the ABA-NBA merger. Mitigated by the fact that (a) they had only been in St. Louis for two seasons before the merger, and (b) the owners made out like bandits.
posted by holden at 02:20 PM on January 13
I only had one transfer. If you don't use one in a given week, it carries over until you use 2 in one week.
posted by holden at 12:03 PM on January 12
Andy Reid doesn't have that problem. He knows how to endure when things get messed up.
If by endure, you mean standing around looking confused and throwing challenge flags on calls that have no chance of being overturned, I agree.
posted by holden at 02:01 PM on January 11
As someone who (I believe) did not really participate in any of the Deflategate threads, all I will say about the outrage discrepancy is that (1) there is a perception (right or wrong) that the Patriots are serial cheaters, and (2) people seem to get more worked up about allegations of chicanery that happens between the lines or could directly affect what happens between the lines than something that is much more indirectly related to what happens on the field. I get that Manning is about as big as it gets, but no one (media or public) has ever really seemed to care too much about PEDs in the NFL. It seems more likely than not that Antonio Gates will go to the Hall of Fame regardless of his PED suspension earlier this year, whereas better baseball players who were never suspended (Clemens, Bonds) may never get into Cooperstown.
posted by holden at 06:26 PM on January 09
Kansas City by 7
Cincinnati by 6
Seattle by 10 LOCK
Green Bay by 3
posted by holden at 03:08 PM on January 08
I initially read yerfatma's post above and said to myself "What the hell does the guy from The Hold Steady care about Manning and HGH?," followed by "Oooh, and the drummer does not agree with him on it!" Would have been a lot more fun that way rather than a couple (or at least one confirmed) blowhards at the Globe.
I do find the lack of follow up on the story interesting/curious, but does anyone give a shit whether an aging QB coming off of a major surgery potentially used something to aid/speed his recovery?
posted by holden at 01:47 PM on January 08
Anyone have a link to (or their own) handy list of where former Grantland authors are publishing pieces? I know some of the big-sport big names (Lowe, Barnwell) are at ESPN, but would be curious where some of the others have landed (to the extent they have found regular or at least frequent gigs).
posted by holden at 01:26 PM on January 08
I saw bacne on Bagwell once at the community pool in Sugar Land. Will never get my vote.
posted by holden at 11:40 PM on January 06
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