Recent Comments by grum@work

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Wainwright and the other pitchers are standing on the top step of the dugout, while Weaver is one step below...as a rookie should be.

posted by grum@work at 11:37 AM on August 25

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Time for the rookie to learn the team traditions.

posted by grum@work at 05:16 PM on August 24

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

grumble grumble Al Oerter grumble

grumble grumble single event grumble grumble

posted by grum@work at 09:23 AM on August 19

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Okay, NOW we can say Usain Bolt is the greatest Olympic track and field star of all time...right?

posted by grum@work at 09:51 PM on August 18

LeBron James Wants to Own an NBA Team

Obviously the market is changing and TV contracts may collapse

The only thing left on TV that people will watch live is sporting events...but I'm not sure that "TV" as we know it will be around in 20 years.

posted by grum@work at 05:13 PM on August 17

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I really hope Adrian Beltre has a few more years left in him.

posted by grum@work at 11:36 AM on August 16

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The picture (from the semi-finals, I assume) also captures DeGrasse's weird straight right arm running motion. It's so unorthodox.

As his coach says, don't fix what ain't broke.

posted by grum@work at 06:25 PM on August 15

Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky in the Same Relay? It Could Happen.

Why not do the same on the track for the 4x100m relays? Two men, two women, alternating each leg.

Or "team heptathlon", where you combine the scores of each member on the team (or they each do 3 events, and both do the final 800m as a 2x400m relay)?

Is there team golf at these Olympics? Each nation has a male/female pair, and it's alternating shots in match play single-elimination mode.

How about a combined weightlifting, where BOTH competitors work together to lift the (extra-long) bar?

posted by grum@work at 02:31 PM on August 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

So...Bolt's the greatest track and field star in Olympic history? Or does he have to win the 200m and 4x100m relay as well?

posted by grum@work at 12:31 AM on August 15

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Patrick Roy resigns as head coach (and VP) of the Colorado Avalanche.

I have thought long and hard over the course of the summer about how I might improve this team to give it the depth it needs and bring it to a higher level. To achieve this, the vision of the coach and VP-Hockey Operations needs to be perfectly aligned with that of the organization. He must also have a say in the decisions that impact the team's performance. These conditions are not currently met.

posted by grum@work at 02:40 PM on August 11

WGN Anchor Goes on Epic Rant About Rules for Covering Olympics

It's a really interesting situation in Canada.

CBC (national broadcaster) has the rights.

They've sold some of them to TSN (one national sports station) and they broadcast events on 4 different channels.

They've also sold some of the rights to SportsNet (another national sports network, and blood rivals with TSN), and they broadcast events on one of their channels.

However...

In the SportsCenter highlight shows every night, TSN can show actual highlights of the events (video) when talking about them. The soccer goals, rubgy tries, swimming finishes, gymnastic leaps, etc...whatever they want.

In the SportsCentral highlight shows every night, SportsNet can only show still images of the events when talking about them. Here is a still image of the Canadian soccer player celebrating! Here is a still image of the American swimmer standing in the starting blocks! Here is a still image of competitors standing around before the beginning of the beach volleyball tournament!

It's very weird.

posted by grum@work at 01:37 PM on August 11

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

"I'm putting out what I feel is the best lineup," Girardi began. "That's my job. That's in my job description."

Standard stuff there. He has crafted the same thought a thousand different ways since Sunday, and really since it became apparent Alex Rodriguez had stopped being a part of his immediate plans. But then Girardi added this, and we got a rare chance to take a peek at a peeled-back onion:

"My job description," Girardi said, "does not entail a farewell tour."

Except, of course, when the farewell tour goes for an entire season (2013 & 2014). Then, in 2014, you had no problem running out the second worst hitter in the American League (76 OPS+) in the #2 spot in the batting order for 141 games, and in the #1 spot for three more games.

I also like how "best lineup" right now includes both Aaron Hicks (48 OPS+) and Mark Teixeira (69 OPS+) for 10 of the past 11 games.

posted by grum@work at 09:56 AM on August 11

Tim Tebow Wants to Play Baseball

Speaking as a Canadian football expert (as of this week), Tebow's passing deficiencies would be more apparent there than in the NFL.

But his skill as a running QB (like Flutie) could open things up for him.

posted by grum@work at 11:23 AM on August 10

Tim Tebow Wants to Play Baseball

I wouldn't be surprised if Tebow got a look from some club that put him at Triple-A to see what he could do.

If some team likes what they see, he probably starts in Rookie A ball, or A+ ball. I would have strong doubts he makes it up to AAA unless he's absolutely smashing all the minor leagues below him.

My Texas Rangers have done some outside-the-box signings before, like Josh Hamilton and Matt Bush, and those guys had big character concerns. Tebow is as squeaky clean as it gets in sports.

The difference there is that Hamilton and Bush were AMAZING baseball players before their troubles hit (albeit in high school and minor league ball). Tebow couldn't have been all that much in high school as no team even took a flyer on him in the draft.

MLB teams were willing to draft Tom Brady, Colin Kaepernick, Russell Wilson, Daunte Culpepper, John Elway, and Dan Marino...but not Tim Tebow.

posted by grum@work at 01:49 PM on August 09

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

In honour of Ichiro's 3000th hit, here is a great commercial he did with Griffey Jr. back in 2010.

I mention it because of this article.

posted by grum@work at 12:33 AM on August 09

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to Zlatan or not to Zlatan

Always dare to Zlatan!

posted by grum@work at 03:30 PM on August 08

Ichiro finally reaches 3,000 major league hits

For the past 3 years, there have been three active players that have had their names debated about for the "Is He a Hall of Famer?" discussions by the sabremetric community: Ichiro, Beltre, and David Ortiz.

Ichiro is going to fly in because while his advanced stats don't scream HOF, the narrative for him is much easier after reaching 3000 (and "4257"). Throw in the fact that no one in MLB can seem to find a bad thing to say about him (and tell many fantastic stories about him), that he's a pioneer (first great NPB hitter in MLB), and fan/writer favourite for those that hate the "three true outcomes" modern hitting style, and he'll probably be a first ballot winner.

Beltre is probably going to sale in as a first-ballot nominee because they probably won't vote on him for at least 7 or 8 years from now, and that will allow more of the sabremetric writers to get a ballot. He'll have the 3000 hits, the home runs, and the sterling defensive reputation, and the consistency.

Ortiz is the great dividing line for HOF voters. His discussion will be the most contentious of them all, with people lining up on both sides with stats and narrative in their support.

posted by grum@work at 06:52 AM on August 08

Jim Furyk Scores First 58 in PGA History

Congrats on the record, but I always wonder why it's the score (58) and not the shots under par that's measured/celebrated.

Getting a 58 on a par 70 (like this one) seems like it should be the same as getting a 60 on a par 72, but not as good as getting a 59 on a par 72.

For example, Notah Begay III, Chip Beck, David Duval, and (the original "Mr. 59") Al Geiberger all shot their 59 on par 72 courses (-13). That seems like it would be more of an accomplishment than Furyks 58 on a par 70 (-12).

posted by grum@work at 06:25 AM on August 08

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Because it's crazy time in MLB, I'll just point out that for the first time since they've ever recorded the statistic, the league leader in RBI (Jay Bruce, NL) has been traded in the middle of the season (to the Mets, from the Reds)

As well, the league leader in ERA (Aaron Sanchez, AL) has been told that he'll be going to the bullpen for the rest of the season (as he is only 24 years old and is already past his career high in innings pitched, and the Blue Jays brain trust thinks it's for the best).

posted by grum@work at 06:44 PM on August 01

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

all the more impressive for only recording 2 outs in the 1st

Damn it!

I don't know why I dropped the ---END OF INNING-- after the first groundout. It should obviously be after the second one:

Single
Single
Walk
Home run
Double (advanced to third on groundout)
Strikeout
Groundout
Walk (stole 2nd)
Single
Groundout
---END OF INNING---
Groundout
Single
Single
Homer
--PULLED--

(I bolded the baserunners that scored, in case there was confusion)

posted by grum@work at 04:01 PM on July 26

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Worst MLB Debut Contest! Who had it worse?

Ron Wright - April 14, 2002: In his debut, and only appearance in the majors, he struck out, hit into a triple-play, and then hit into a double-play. Three plate appearances producing six outs.

Adam Greenberg - July 9, 2005 - In his debut, he was hit in the head with the first pitch he ever faced in the majors. It almost killed him, and he didn't make it back to the majors for another 7 years, and then only as a late season promotional stunt by the Florida Marlins.

Mike Mayers - July 24, 2016 - In his debut as an emergency starting pitcher (due to a rain out earlier in the week and an extra-inning game the night before), his appearance went like this:

Single
Single
Walk
Home run
Double
Strikeout
Groundout
---END OF INNING---
Walk
Single
Groundout
Groundout
Single
Single
Homer
--PULLED--

A final line of : 1 1/3 IP, 8 H, 2 BB, 9 ER

Harry Heitman - July 27, 1918 - In his debut, he allowed all four batters he faced to reach base, and score, before being pulled. He has an infinite ERA as he immediately retired from MLB and joined the Army to go fight in WWI.

Larry Yount - September 15, 1971 - In his debut, he was brought in as a relief pitcher. During his warm-ups, he injured his arm, and was pulled from the game. He never pitched in the majors again.

posted by grum@work at 02:38 PM on July 26

The NBA officially pulls the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, NC

The NBA should do whatever they want.

posted by grum@work at 07:10 PM on July 21

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Demba Ba suffered a Theismann-like leg break in China's Super League.

I was expecting a hard feet-first tackle, or someone falling onto his leg after jumping for a header, but that's such an innocent looking collision that it took me a second (stomach-churning) viewing to even see where the contact occurred.

posted by grum@work at 09:40 PM on July 18

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

If you told Mickelson that he'd go into the final round of the Open Championship, trailing the leader by just one stroke, and that he'd shoot -6 for the final round, do you think he'd be happy with that?

And yet, he lost ground and finished 3 strokes back.

posted by grum@work at 01:38 PM on July 17

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

With the new 4 day break for the All-Star game, we now have today (Thursday) as another hour long sports show that will feature important things like:

- We care about the NBA summer league!
- Silly interviews we've been keeping in reserve!
- Best/worst/weirdest plays of the first half!
- Obscure free agents have been signed in NBA/NHL/NFL!
- Let's speculate about MLB's "second half".

posted by grum@work at 12:04 PM on July 14

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em Champion: Bender

Also, it would be a nice thing if picks could be entered in a way that keeps them secret until the "lock-in" time. I doubt it happens, but you could have someone wait until all the other picks are made for the final round, and then they make their picks based on best chance to win (by choosing the opposite of the leader, for example).

posted by grum@work at 12:43 PM on July 13

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

So the Canadian singing group (The Tenors) decided to alter the lyrics to the Canadian national anthem at the All-Star game, and held up an "All Lives Matter" sign while doing so.

That's...not good. If you want to protest, go ahead and hold up a sign or raise a fist or show a tattoo or whatever. But you don't fuck with the lyrics to the national anthem.

posted by grum@work at 08:31 PM on July 12

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em Champion: Bender

Did people like the smaller point increases in the Euro, the larger ones in the Copa, or no point increases at all for picking winners from round to round?

Here is my take on how I'd do it, but remember I put this together in about 10 minutes of pondering...


Let's say that there are a total of X points available for the entire tournament.

...

Breaking it down by how points are earned:

I think 75% of X should be allocated to picking the group winners/runners-up/3rd place teams, plus each round of the elimination rounds.
You should almost assuredly win if you pick every winner correctly, as that is the real skill.

I think 20% of X should be allocated to picking the scores of each game.
You can make up some ground by getting some games wrong, but getting the scores of others right.
That shows you might know how competitive each team is in the elimination rounds.

I think 5% of X should be allocated to the prop bets.
Guessing goal scorers, or card earners, or shots on goal is pretty much guessing for most people.
Reward the lucky guesses, but it should only be important in separating the almost identical picks each round.

...

Breaking it down by rounds:

50% of X should be in the group stage.
That's the real challenge as there are multiple games and smart players should be able to separate from barely cognizant players like myself.

10% of X for the Round of 16.

10% of X for the quarterfinals.

10% of X for the semi-finals.

20% of X for the finals.
It's the most important one, and it still gives someone a chance to leap frog (like Bender did) over people to win the title, but stops someone from making TOO much of a move if they had no clue in the previous rounds.

posted by grum@work at 04:45 PM on July 12

Tim Duncan announces retirement

NBA : NHL :: Tim Duncan : Steve Yzerman Niklas Lidstrom

(Changed my mind)

posted by grum@work at 04:25 PM on July 11

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Final

Changing my yellow card list:

Pepe, Giroud, Alves

posted by grum@work at 12:52 AM on July 10

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Final

France 2, Portugal 0

Goal: Griezmann

Yellow cards: Pepe, Payet, Giroud, Alves

Shots on target: 9

Clarification: If a player draws two yellow cards in the match, will they get 35 points (5+5+25), or just 30 points (5+25).

posted by grum@work at 01:48 AM on July 09

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Well, look at that!

posted by grum@work at 11:38 AM on July 08

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I had trouble on replay seeing it strike the hand.

I didn't have to actually see the contact to know hit his hand.

After the French player headed the ball, the direction the ball bounced afterwards said it struck SOMETHING (as it went up softly instead of horizontally quickly). The only thing that it could have struck was the hand.

And yes, like yerfatma said, what they hell would you jump in the air like that?

posted by grum@work at 10:30 PM on July 07

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Oh, come on.

There is no possible way that those two weren't "impaired" in some way.

After removing the passenger, the officer was able to wake up Robinson, turn off the car and remove his seat belt, according to the report.

Robinson thought he was still on the road and didn't want to exit the vehicle, according to the report. He tried to open the driver's side door about three times after the officer repeated that the car was sinking in the pond, according to the report.

posted by grum@work at 12:23 AM on July 07

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The Jays/Royals just finished a three game series, where the combined time for all three games was 6h50m. With 25 total runs, and 10 total relief appearances (both teams combined), the games were all done in less than 2.5hours each:

Game 1: 2h10m
Game 2: 2h24m
Game 3: 2h16m

Pay attention, rest of MLB. That's how you play fast and entertaining baseball.

posted by grum@work at 09:35 PM on July 06

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Semifinals

Mine, too.

Portugal 2, Wales 1 (Ronaldo)
France 2, Germany 1 (Payet)

posted by grum@work at 09:35 AM on July 06

Kevin Durant signs with Golden State

Yes, the Shield implosion/betrayal is a great choice.

Now, they have to follow it up with KD/Rollins doing a curb stomp on Bogut/Orton as a sign that he's been kicked out of the Authority.

posted by grum@work at 11:23 AM on July 05

Kevin Durant signs with Golden State

It's almost like some sort of WWE story line is developing.

LeBron was the "face", then became the "heel" when he joined Miami. Then he became the "tweener" when he went back to Cleveland.

GSW (Curry) become the new "face" with the fast play and exciting results.

Then, GSW do a heel turn by taunting LeBron in this year finals, and LeBron completes his "face turn" by overcoming the odds and winning for his home town.

GSW then completes the "heel turn" by bringing in a former enemy to join them to try and crush LeBron again.

posted by grum@work at 03:18 PM on July 04

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

There is some speculation that he might not be as injured as expected, but that he's doing it for the team (so they can call up more pitchers) and get a nice paycheque while resting. Either way, for a guy the Jays fans were hoping would get sent down (since TULO, Travis, and Barney are better choices), he's immediately vaulted up into fan favourite status again.

posted by grum@work at 03:24 PM on July 02

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Also:

Goins throws a curveball.

Barney strikes out Napoli.

posted by grum@work at 01:26 PM on July 02

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

tommy: Your link isn't working, but I'm going to assume it's news that Goins went on the DL.

posted by grum@work at 01:23 PM on July 02

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Part 3

Bottom of the 14th:

The Jays best chance to score in about...2 hours? After a single, a force out at second and then Pillar hustling like a mofo to beat out a double play turn, Darwin Barney (today's second baseman...for now) hit a ball down the left field line. Pillar was hustling to third and MAYBE thinking about going home, but was given the stop light (and rightly so...the left fielder played it perfectly and made a perfect throw to the cut-off man...Pillar would have been dead at home if he had tried). Barney took second on the play. Carrera drew a walk, and up came Josh Donaldson. He hit a LOT of walk-off home runs last year, and he hit a grand slam in the home opener (which was the last home game I attended before this one). Sadly, with the crowd (about 60% capacity still) bellowing MVP, he checked his swing on a 2-2 count and hit a dribbler right to the first baseman.

Everyone sat down. Again.

At this point, everyone's voices were getting a bit raw, their hands hurt from clapping. Beer had stopped being served after the 7th inning stretch, which is probably a good thing at this point. The concession stands were still serving food, until they simply ran out of it later in the game.

Top of the 15th:

Toronto's worst reliever, Drew Storen, had already thrown a shutout inning, when he finally got in trouble. First and third, one out. In comes a reliever from the previous night, Bo Schultz. He was the last available reliever in the pen, as the other ones had simply been used today, or used to much yesterday. He induced a double play and the crowd went bananas.

Bottom of the 15th:

Remember that terrible hitter, Josh Thole. On the first pitch he sees, he smashes the ball all the way to the wall, where the OF catches it. We honestly thought that would have been the craziest thing of the night if he won it with a walk-off.

There was still more to come....

Top of the 16th:

Tired Bo Schultz allowed two singles to open the inning. First and third, nobody out. Everyone started to accept that this is how it was going to end. The next batter popped out. The next batter struck out. The next batter lined out to Donaldson at third. The place goes bananas, albeit a bit softer because of exhaustion.

Top of the 17th:

Uh, oh. Bo Schultz is injured. He's noticeably holding his leg. They come out to talk to him, and he agrees to try and finish the inning. The Jays have sent backup infielder Ryan Goins to the bullpen to warm up. The crowd around the bullpen is going nuts. Schultz proves to be a warrior and gets the last two outs of the inning. He limps off the field to a standing ovation.

Top of the 18th:

Ryan Goins runs in from the bullpen.

The crowd goes crazy.

They announce him as the new pitcher.

The crowd goes crazy.

He throws his first warm up pitch over the catcher and to the back stop.

The crowd goes..uh..silent.

He gets a strike to the first batter.

The crowd goes crazy, again.

The first two batters get singles, so it's first and third, nobody out. (We've seen this before a few times!)

Among my group, we discuss that if Cleveland scores 3 runs this inning before ending the inning, we'll leave so we can get on the subway and go. Then, even MORE craziness happens.

The next batter hits a ball to the second baseman (pulled in tight) and he does a quick fake to throw to first, and the runner breaks for home. Barney throws home, and they've got the runner in a run down. They get him out, and the place erupts! They walk the next batter to load the bases. The last batter Goins faces, he induces a double play and he walks off the mound a hero for life. He pitched a scoreless inning.

Now, for SURE, the Jays could create history and get the win for a position player pitching.

Bottom of the 18th:

They didn't.

Top of the 19th:

Darwin Barney (2B) replaces Goins as the pitcher. Devon Travis (DH after Encarnacion got tossed 5 hours earlier) moves to 2B, and Toronto gives up the DH role. Barney gets a standing ovation. He then gives up a home run to the first batter. Sadness washes over the crowd. But then he gets the next two batters to pop up. And then it happens.

Darwin Barney strikes out Mike Napoli swinging.

Here comes another standing ovation.

Bottom of the 19th:

Toronto doesn't score, but Donaldson hits a fly ball to right that looks like it might go out, but the OF catches at the base of the wall.

Post game:

Exhaustion, and not really sadness at losing because we had witness so many amazing things. The bullpen is praised beyond belief, the defense is lauded, and the offense is shamed.

posted by grum@work at 11:39 AM on July 02

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Part 2

Top of the 7th: The Indians loaded the bases at this point, and Stroman was pulled for Brett Cecil. Cecil had come off the disabled list two days ago, and had pitched the previous night (and quite well). But earlier in the season he was one of the reasons the Jays bullpen was depicted as a dumpster fire. The Jays bullpen had allowed (at one point in May) almost half of all inherited runners to score. Twice they had given up grand slam home runs after the previous pitcher had been pulled. So, everyone was nervous. He came through as he induced a deep fly to Kevin Pillar.

So begins the battle of the bullpens (as Indians starter Tomlin was pulled to start the 7th)...and more.

Top of the 10th: The Indians get a man on first and second, with two out. Jose Ramirez his a slicing fly ball that drops into the outfield and scores the runner from second...which is what would have happened in every other game being played today, except Kevin Pillar did another Kevin Pillar thing, to end the inning. There were still about 80% of the fans in the stadium, and everyone felt that THIS meant the Jays were going to win it now.

This is a feeling that would be repeated a lot today.

Bottom of the 12th: I only mention this inning because the Jays got a man on third (but with two outs). Smoak was up to bat, and he had a history of tying games up in regulation with a home run, and then winning it in extras. That did not happen here, as he popped up.

Bottom of the 13th: Russell Martin got tossed from the game for arguing pitches after striking out. He was very calm before the ejection, and probably didn't say anything that deserved being ejected. After getting tossed? Malice! It took the current manager (big Demarco Hale), the third base coach, and the first base coach to hold him back. The video doesn't show it, but he was FURIOUS at the ump for getting tossed, and the three men were straining to keep him from getting too close to the ump.

At this point, the worst hitter on the Jays team, Josh Thole came in to fill in for the catcher position.

posted by grum@work at 11:16 AM on July 02

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

My report from the Canada Day Marathon game:

Part 1

I was in section 233, row 8, seat 1. I was there with my parents and my sister, while my wife stayed at my parents' place with our 3-year-old daughter. Before leaving for the game, my daughter asked us when we'd be back. "Oh, we'll be back long before dinner."

It was a giveaway day, so the first 20,000 to arrive got a free Toronto Blue Jays beach towel (sponsored by Honda). We arrived early (as the game was sold out) and we wandered about for a while to watch batting practice. The pregame festivities were very nice (with some Olympians being honoured, including at least 4 members of the fencing team, a few of the armed forces, and James Hinchcliffe throwing out the first pitch), including them trotting out the ginormous Canadian flag (behind held by about a hundred armed forces personnel). It takes up the entire outfield.

Bottom of the first: The first two batters (Carrera and Donaldson) are struck out looking. Both of them gave the stink eye to the umpire, but didn't say anything. Then, Edwin Encarnacion was struck out looking. He turned and looked at the umpire as well. Then he got tossed. A quick note: EE is one of the quietest guys you will ever hear in baseball. He rarely talks (as his English is still tough to understand) and he rarely demonstrates against umpires. After he got tossed, he flipped out. He MAY have bumped the umpire when he charged at him to start yelling, but I haven't heard anything about that yet. Neverthless, Jays manager John Gibbons came charging out of the dugout to try and save Eddie from more problems....and then got tossed as well. Gibby leads the league in getting tossed, and that's two games in a row I've seen it happen. (The last game I saw was last Friday in Chicago when I watched him get tossed from my seat in Celluar Field.)

Side note: Is there something about this umpire, strike zones, and the Toronto Blue Jays? Well, there is a history...and it seems that it's not just the Blue Jays that have a problem with him.

The starting pitcher for the Jays is their young gun Marcus Stroman. He had been going through a very rough patch this season, so much so that worried fans were thinking that he should go down to the minors to try and work things out. Today, he was great. The only run scored against him was a lead-off double followed by a single in the third inning. Otherwise, he kept things under control, until he was finally removed.

The Jays tied it up in the 6th inning with a home run by Smoak.

posted by grum@work at 11:15 AM on July 02

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Don't they have the choice to wear something else, or are they stuck with onerous contracts?

For some of the players, if they aren't winning any tournaments, then the Nike money might be what gets them through the year. If they don't wear the branded stuff, they don't get paid.

posted by grum@work at 08:12 AM on July 01

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

After hitting himself in the face with a foul ball, and then later being hit by a foul ball while sitting in the dugout, St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Aledmys Diaz is taking no chances while sitting in the dugout for this game.

posted by grum@work at 10:43 AM on June 30

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Quarterfinals

I deserve some points for picking Rooney as a scorer in the England game.

Portugal 2
, Poland 1 (Ronaldo)
Belgium 3, Wales 1 (Bale)
Italy 2, Germany 2 (Eder) (Italy wins on PK)
France 4, Iceland 1 (Payet)

posted by grum@work at 10:13 PM on June 29

This

I'm a Leafs fan and I'm very sad that Montreal traded PK away. I always look forward to his energy and excitement when he's playing the Leafs. Now, he's been banished to hockey purgatory in Nashville.

posted by grum@work at 07:27 PM on June 29

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The "unbeatable Cleveland" virus has spread from one professional team to the next.

June 1 to June 11 : Lake Erie Monsters win all four games in the AHL Calder Cup finals to win the title.

June 12 to June 16 : Cleveland Cavaliers win last three games in the NBA Finals to win the title.

June 17 to June 28 : Cleveland Indians win the last 11 games they've played.

June 18 to June 25 : Cleveland Gladiators win both games they've played.

posted by grum@work at 12:06 PM on June 29

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

First Brexit. Now this game. If I'm a member of the English monarchy, I'd be REAL careful for the next few days. Anything that can go wrong for the English has, so far.

posted by grum@work at 05:09 PM on June 27

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Is there any hope that Buffon will do a retirement tour in MLS? He is such a fun character to watch play, and I'm going to take his word that he was ignorant of fascist connotations of "88" and the t-shirt.

posted by grum@work at 02:09 PM on June 27

Copa America Pick 'Em: Finals

I'm too late for the 3rd place game:

Argentina 3, Chile 1
Goals: Messi
Cards: Medel, Gaitan, Vidal
First Goal: 8:30

posted by grum@work at 03:02 PM on June 26

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Round of 16

(the previous day had my Copa America picks)

My Euro picks:

Switzerland 2, Poland 0 (Mehmedi)
Portugal 3, Croatia 2 (Ronaldo)
Wales 2, Northern Ireland 1 (Bale)

France 4, Ireland 0 (Payet)
Germany 3, Slovakia 0 (Muller)
Belgium 1, Hungary 0 (Benteke)

Italy 2 (win on penalty kicks), Spain 2 (Eder)
England 3, Iceland 1 (Rooney)

posted by grum@work at 08:30 PM on June 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

That Iceland goal call is exactly how I would want my announcer to sound if something insanely amazing were to happen.

posted by grum@work at 07:39 PM on June 22

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: NoMich

Is there an on-going update for the 2016 SpoFi Overall Pick'em results?

posted by grum@work at 03:18 PM on June 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Borrrring!

(Seriously...I have no idea how Pillar isn't injured from all of these plays. He's made of adamantium, I guess.)

posted by grum@work at 11:42 AM on June 22

Copa America Pick 'Em: Finals

I'm not going to have internet access from Thursday - Sunday morning.

Therefore, I'm going to make my picks for the Copa America final now:

Argentina 3 - Colombia/Chile 1 (Messi)

Tie-breaker :
If it's time of last goal : 83 minutes
If it's time of first goal: 21 minutes
If it's number of cards (yellow+red): 6
If it's possession percentage: Argentina 68%

I'll have to wait to see the results on Wednesday to make my Euro 2016 picks for the round of 16.

posted by grum@work at 12:12 AM on June 22

Dustin Johnson Won U.S. Open Without Knowing What His Score Would Be

It was true amateur hour stuff by the USGA. I can't imagine how the nightmare scenario (DJ ahead by a stroke, or tied, after the final hole) could possibly be handled without a problem. They lucked out that nothing happened this time.

I don't even care about the actual ruling. Just make a decision in a timely fashion so that everyone understands where they stand with regards to the leaderboard.

posted by grum@work at 02:16 PM on June 21