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SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Somehow, in some way, the English women's national team has come up with an even more ENGLISH (heartbreaking) way to lose a World Cup match than their male counterparts could have imagined.

posted by grum@work at 10:37 PM on July 01

This is Vin Scully's 66th season broadcasting Dodger games. Seriously.

He first started broadcasting Dodger games in 1950.

  • There were only 48 states in the union at the time.

  • All five best picture nominees at the Oscars that year were in black & white, the last year that ever happened.

  • St. Louis was the western-most team in MLB. There are now 12 teams further west.

  • Since broadcasting his first Dodger game, Ken Griffey was born, grew up, played 19 seasons in MLB, retired, and his son also played 22 seasons in MLB, and retired 5 years ago.

  • He's also broadcasted the entire careers of Gus Bell (1950-1964), his son Buddy Bell (1972-1989), and his sons David Bell (1995-2006) and Mike Bell (2000).

  • There have been twelve different presidents during that time.

  • One of the players he did play-by-play about was born more than 106 years ago.

  • It was the last season that Connie Mack was a manager in MLB. He was born almost 153 years ago.

posted by grum@work at 10:55 PM on June 29

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The best part is how Ehlo falls down on the side lines in perfect timing with Jordan's transformation, like he was felled by the energy wave.

posted by grum@work at 03:21 PM on June 29

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Baseball is a pretty easy sport to play.

Except for these guys:

posted by grum@work at 08:49 PM on June 28

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Um, there's this guy named Mike Trout ...

Do you have a specific play he's made this season that tops those two?

(I said "Play of the Year", not "Player of the Year".)

posted by grum@work at 12:36 AM on June 25

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Josh Donaldson actually does what everyone THINKS Derek Jeter did.

So now you have to ask...

Which Blue Jays player will win the "Play of the Year" award?

Donaldson for the above catch, or Kevin Pillar?

posted by grum@work at 04:22 PM on June 24

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

When Rose says he started gambling "when I became a manager," do you think he meant "when I became a manager exclusively and was no longer a player-manager"? That seems like a strained interpretation to me -- but it's the one all over the media today. If anyone finds a contemporary media account that acknowledges Rose has said in the past he gambled as a player-manager, I'd love to see the link.

The problem is that Rose has a history of changing his story to fit the information that has come out. Maybe he did mean "player-manager" and shortened it to "manager", but given his extensive history of lying, I definitely won't be giving him the benefit of the doubt.

chasing the all-time hit record until getting 4,192 on Sept. 11, 1985. I imagine that pursuit was his major preoccupation -- it certainly was mine during the season.

Ah. This would help explain your point of view.

I was only 14 at the time, and more interested in the Blue Jays pursuit of their first playoff appearance. I was barely paying attention to the NL at the time, and Rose's run would have been a secondary/tertiary thing in my mind.

To me, Rose is an overrated historical figure for his records, and a creep because of his self-promotion (playing himself in pursuit of the records) and breaking "the cardinal rule". In fact, his appearances at WWE events and being an Arrested Development visual gag have a stronger positive resonance with me now.

posted by grum@work at 03:59 PM on June 24

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Kid jaws with Miggy Cabrera, and gets a surprise.

posted by grum@work at 09:55 AM on June 24

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

So there's your public act of contrition and a heartfelt pledge for future sterling conduct. That was enough to convince you, right?

And he followed up that sterling conduct by still lying about it 5 years later.

Yawn.

posted by grum@work at 10:39 PM on June 23

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

In his 2004 autobiography, My Prison Without Bars, Rose admitted betting on baseball when he was a player-manager.

Are you sure about this?

Then please explain this for me:

In an interview Thursday [April 23, 2015] with Michael Kay on ESPN NY 98.7 FM, Rose reiterated that he did not bet on baseball when he was a player.

John Dowd, who led the original investigation, responded to Rose's Thursday claims by saying Rose is lying.

"He bet when he was a player-manager in '85-'86 and the proof is from Ron Peters in the report," Dowd told Outside the Lines' William Weinbaum, "and there is more evidence from others and from gambling records. It's all right there that he bet as a player-manager."

"That's the way Pete is. He knows the truth and he lied about it in his book," Dowd added.

He was lying right up until 2 months before he got caught in his lies.

Again.

posted by grum@work at 10:36 PM on June 23

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

If you don't believe me, ask Rob Manfred, who said in May he'd consider reinstatement.

Oh, I see you've fallen victim to Manfred's tactic of not taking a stance on anything that is ever put in front of him, regardless of of how silly it might sound. It's a great move by him as it keeps his critics on both sides at bay, since "considering" means both "I might do it" and "I might not do it", without committing to anything.

Here are all the things Rob Manferd is "considering":

Pete Rose reinstatement
shorter schedule
team in Montreal
DH for both leagues
modifying the strike zone
eliminating the defensive shifts

What do you the chances are that he follows through with ANY of those changes in the next 5 years?

That's a Charlie Brown and the football scenario, and danging it out there when you're so adamant about continuing the ban is not serious. Be honest, Lucy. Any admission Rose made would be thrown into the pile of reasons to justify dragging this all the way to his grave.

Well, I don't think Pete Rose can "admit" to anything else at this point, so it doesn't matter anymore.

Every other time he seems to admit to something, it's either because someone has provided proof that he was previously lying, or he can make money off it (with a book).

Besides, he's walked himself right to the edge of the pier, and doesn't have any more room to go. What is left for him to admit? I provided the list at the beginning of this thread about all the previous lies that have been exposed. There is only one more to go, and if he admits that one then of course there is no chance of ever being reinstated, so there isn't any point in admitting it.

However, if he admitted at the beginning to everything he conceded to at this point, then maybe he'd have a much better case to plead to the commissioner.

Finally, Pete Rose agreed to a lifetime ban from MLB. I'm not sure why that agreement should be rescinded just because he's had a change of heart.

posted by grum@work at 10:22 PM on June 23

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

Since you think the idea of Rose's family seeking reinstatement after his death is something to snicker about, the chance we'll see eye to eye on this is close to zero.

My snicker was about the idea that the Veteran's Committee would even THINK about voting him into the HOF, regardless of his status on this mortal coil. Other than a couple of hold outs (like Mike Schmidt, former teammates), his contemporaries have made it clear that he wouldn't get voted in if the time ever came.

can manage to understand the seriousness of a rule without punishing Rose for another quarter century or two

Then why is it a lifetime ban? It was known to players before Rose went and broke the rules. The impetus should be on those to explain why a previously established rule should be changed, not why an existing rule should be enforced.

What interest hasn't already been served that will be served with more time?

"Lifetime ban" doesn't really mean much if you don't actually enforce it for a lifetime.

Pete Rose is the shining example of how serious that rule really is to MLB. One of the stars of the game is ostracized because he broke that rule. Everyone sees that the MLB means business about players betting on baseball. The moment they cut that sentence, it sends the message to everyone "Okay, we don't think it's REALLY important any more."

posted by grum@work at 04:37 PM on June 23

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

They should be allowed to do this. It would be smart for Manfred to reinstate him so that the Rose scandal can fade into history.

It would be even smarter NOT to do this so the Rose scandal NEVER fades into history. You want future players/managers/personnel to NEVER forget about the punishment for breaking the rule.

posted by grum@work at 01:39 PM on June 23

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

They don't have the choice, so we don't know what some organization in baseball would do if the commissioner allowed it.

Oh, I'm pretty sure that the Reds would welcome him home with open arms if MLB would allow them.

Heck, MLB has relented once already by letting him appear for the "All-Century" team moment during the 1999 All-Star game.

posted by grum@work at 01:07 PM on June 23

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

I haven't been, but I suspect there are exhibits there with some of his memorabilia

From what I understand, there are about 15-20 pieces of Rose memorabilia in the HOF (tied to the Big Red Machine, the hit record, games played record, etc.)

posted by grum@work at 12:57 PM on June 23

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

Well, it does have the word "lifetime" in it.

So do life prison sentences. Yet ...

Life in prison without parole exists, doesn't it?
And even if you have a life prison sentence with the possibility of parole, it doesn't mean they have to give you parole just because you've been in there for a long period of time.

You're conflating this with crimes like embezzlement ...

Grum brought that comparison up, not me.

Actually, you made a slight side step with the analogy.

I said that the embezzler wouldn't be welcomed back to the company from which he embezzled.

My original comment:
It's like an employee of the company that was a model citizen for the first 30 years, but then during the last 10 years he embezzled millions of dollars and was finally caught. Do you decide 20 years after he was fired to ignore the embezzlement and give him a gold watch for his retirement?

Gold watches are given by companies to former employees, not by industries as a whole.

You then took it as an embezzler being released from prison not getting any job. My analogy was with the original company (MLB), which includes all the teams in MLB, all the minor-league teams owned by the MLB teams (affiliated), and working with MLB (agents). As I pointed out, he's gotten jobs around MLB (autographs, independent leagues, broadcasting), but not with MLB.

posted by grum@work at 10:42 AM on June 23

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

Most embezzlers would have been convicted and released long before 26 years had passed and could be hired by any entity that wanted to hire him.

Pete Rose is working for FOX Sports.
Pete Rose has done work for the WWE (and is in THEIR HOF).
Pete Rose goes to autograph shows and gets paid quite handsomely for doing so.
Pete Rose also did a promotional appearance for an independent league team.

I don't see Pete Rose having any problem earning a living outside of MLB (and their wholly-owned minor league teams).

In this case the "company" (MLB) has made it clear it will never hire him again.

Alex Rodriguez was suspended for a season for being a huge PED cheat. Is what Rose did 26 times as bad?

Yes. Actually, much worse than 26 times as bad. ARod's usage did not put the integrity in question for the games in which he participated. Nobody takes PEDs in order to do worse.

Marge Schott was banned in 1996 for racist, anti-Semitic, anti-gay, pro-Nazi and pro-Hitler statements and reinstated two years later. Is what Rose did 13 times as bad?

Yes. Schott was a terrible person, but she did not risk the integrity of the sport. Her personal opinions don't affect the outcome of the games.

As has been stated many times, there is one rule that MLB holds above all others for their employees, ever since the Black Sox scandal.

Don't. Bet. On. Baseball.

He knew it. He broke it. He got his punishment.

It would be like petitioning the government to rehire someone who had been convicted of treason/spying. "Oh, it was 26 years ago, and he's sorry he did it. He deserves another chance!"

Can you honestly tell me that when Pete Rose received a "lifetime" ban, you thought it would be for his entire life?

Well, it does have the word "lifetime" in it. When Pete Rose is dead, his family can petition to have him reinstated and then maybe he can get in on a Veteran's Committee ballot.

*snicker*

One more thing: Do you think that Tim Donaghy should be allowed to referee NBA games after a few more years of banishment? If not, then why would Pete Rose be allowed back in the game? Is it only because he's the "Hit King"? So really good/famous players/people should have a different set of rules than everyone else?

posted by grum@work at 11:13 PM on June 22

Ex-Met Darryl Hamilton found dead in murder-suicide

I can't think of another woman-instigated murder suicide. Very sad all around. And the poor baby.

Sadly, I can think of a couple of famous ones.

posted by grum@work at 10:09 PM on June 22

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

The bottom line for me is that he's 74.

Is he still alive? Has the definition of "permanent" changed?

I saw it explained like this:

It's like an employee of the company that was a model citizen for the first 30 years, but then during the last 10 years he embezzled millions of dollars and was finally caught. Do you decide 20 years after he was fired to ignore the embezzlement and give him a gold watch for his retirement?

posted by grum@work at 10:03 PM on June 22

SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em final results

Yay, me (and ic23b)!

posted by grum@work at 05:20 PM on June 22

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

I never saw Rose's potential reinstatement hinging on him being someone who was wrongly punished.

I'm pretty sure that his reinstatement did hinge on him being truthful and showing contrition about what he had done.

I don't think we've seen any of that, have we?

posted by grum@work at 04:42 PM on June 22

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I was so used to the best players in the game being among the older players in the game (ARod, Bonds, Clemens, Johnson, etc), that the fact that there are so many great younger players is a breath of fresh air.

I was going to try and list them all, but there are too many.

It really is like a new golden era for position players. We just finished a golden era for pitchers (Johnson, Clemens, Martinez, Maddux, Glavine, Smoltz, Mussina, etc), so it's about time the hitters/fielders step up.

posted by grum@work at 03:48 PM on June 22

Tokyo 2020 Committee Releases Short List of New Sports

Roller Derby?

Oh, now I'd definitely watch.

posted by grum@work at 02:49 PM on June 22

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

And like that, Rob Manfred takes the application for reinstatement from Pete Rose's lawyer and tosses it into the garbage.

Let's go through the list one more time:

"I never bet on sports."
"I never bet on baseball."
"I never bet on Reds games."
"I never bet on Reds games as a player."
"I never bet against the Reds as a player."

That last statement by Rose is the only one he hasn't been caught lying about...yet.

posted by grum@work at 02:45 PM on June 22

Tokyo 2020 Committee Releases Short List of New Sports

I wonder if they'd go to some scaled down version of football (5 minute quarters, full stop time). I don't understand how else they could do it. Maybe video game football...

I assumed baseball was going to be back in the Olympics if Japan was hosting. They are the two-time champs at the World Baseball Classic.

Roller sports? As in hockey? Or as in half-pipe/course flips/tricks?

Wushu? If it's just the synchronized/ballet aspect (taolu), then that's a waste of time. If it's the full contact fighting aspect (sanda), now you have my attention.

Surfing? Healthy athletes wearing skin tight outfits? Yeah, that'll be a TV draw for sure.

posted by grum@work at 02:35 PM on June 22

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Female French teen added to MLB international registration list.

posted by grum@work at 11:21 AM on June 22

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Sweden and Brazil crashing out are going to be tough for me to overcome.

posted by grum@work at 09:23 AM on June 22

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Pitching might be a genetic trait.

"King" Felix Hernandez's kid throws out a ceremonial first pitch.

posted by grum@work at 09:07 AM on June 22

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Nice hops, rook.

I love how after the pitcher (Keuchel) gets the ball back, he stops to watch the replay on the jumbotron. I'd want to see that again, too.

posted by grum@work at 11:47 PM on June 21

Max Scherzer Has Perfect Game Through 8 2/3, But Hits Tabata

*poof*

Dave Stieb threw back-to-back one-hitters on September 24, 1988 and September 30, 1988.

In both cases, the solitary hit came in the 9th inning with two out.

On the first one, the ball was hit directly at Manny Lee (2B), and as he reached down to field it, it hit the point where the (artificial) grass meets the dirt and skipped up and over Lee (who jumped to try and corral it, but couldn't reach it).
On the second one, a pinch-hitter lofted an inside-out excuse-me single down the right field line.

But Stieb wasn't done. The second game of the set was the last game of the regular season. In his second game of the following season (1989), Stieb lost ANOTHER no-hitter (actually, a perfect game) with two outs in the 9th inning.

So that's three no-hitters lost with two outs in the 9th inning, in just four games pitched.

(Side note: He also threw a one-hitter earlier in the 1988 season, and then another one-hitter later in the 1989 season. He finally got his no-hitter in the 1990 season.)

(Second side note: He was the best pitcher in the 1980s, not Jack Morris, and deserved a LOT more HOF votes than he got.)

*poof*

posted by grum@work at 02:39 AM on June 21

Golden State Warriors Win NBA Title

I don't really understand how Iguodala can win the MVP, unless there is now a mandate from the league office that the player has to come from the winning team.

You have to come up with some weird rational not to give it to the obvious most valuable player in the Finals (James).

It's like when they handed out Hart trophies in the NHL to anyone other than Mario Lemieux or Wayne Gretzky between 1980 and 1993.

posted by grum@work at 08:29 AM on June 17

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

That's from the 2012-13 season (the only time Howard, Nash, and Peace were all on the Lakers at the same time).

posted by grum@work at 01:56 PM on June 15

Warriors Win Game 5, Need One More for NBA Championship

By the way, it's the same guy who made this one of Dellavedova and LeBron, and the maker said he was inspired by the Mexican soccer coach.

posted by grum@work at 12:13 PM on June 15

Warriors Win Game 5, Need One More for NBA Championship

I marvel at the skill displayed in creating a gif like that. I can't imagine all the effort it took, and it was done in less than 12 hours.

Look at all the elements involved!

- giving him a big head
- placing him in front of a different background
- colour palette swapping his jersey
- the eyes/hair
- the fire/electric crackle around his arms
- the small touches like the shockwave when he slaps his chest
- the debris that passes IN FRONT of him

There really should be some mini-Oscars for GIFs and <30 second internet videos. These people should be rewarded for their effort to entertain me for 30 seconds at a time.

posted by grum@work at 12:09 PM on June 15

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

LeBron wins the MVP if the Cavs win the series. Duh.

If the Warriors win in 6 games, then I think LeBron wins the MVP if it goes to OT or he puts up some insane numbers (say, 50 points, or 30/20/20) and Curry is just "good". If the Warriors stomp the exhausted Cavs in game 6 (win by more than 15 points), then Curry gets the award.

If the Warriors win in 7 games, and LeBron is the leading scorer for the entire series, then I think he wins the MVP. If Curry has more points, he gets the award.

posted by grum@work at 11:38 AM on June 15

Warriors Win Game 5, Need One More for NBA Championship

I picked the Warriors to win, but I'm cheering for the "underdog" Cavs.

I want LeBron to get this title because it would make for a great story, but I think Curry's game is the most entertaining to watch.

I'm very conflicted about this series, especially since I'm not a huge NBA fan.

posted by grum@work at 11:32 AM on June 15

American Pharoah vs. Secretariat

The "tremendous machine" call is right up there with "Do you believe in miracles?", "Go crazy, folks! Go crazy!", and (my personal favourite) "In a year that has been so improbable the impossible has happened." (Which is made even better because Scully doesn't say a damn word after the ball leaves the park, until Gibson has rounded the bases, touched home, and has been mobbed by his teammates for a bit.)

posted by grum@work at 11:05 PM on June 13

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

There still might be a Dusty finish, so I'm not sure that Death has really won that match.

posted by grum@work at 03:28 PM on June 11

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

Stamkos didn't really "miss", as much as his shot was deflected by a stick while heading towards an open net.

posted by grum@work at 12:41 PM on June 11

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Yeah, watching that 30-for-30 episode made the scene from Seinfeld a bit funnier:

KRAMER: No. I was kicked out for fightin' with one of the players. [leaving]
JERRY: Wait. Way--way--way--way--way--way--wait! Who?!
KRAMER: [stops] W--Reggie Miller.
ELAINE: Cheryl Miller's brother?

...

JERRY: Can you believe that?
ELAINE: I didn't know Cheryl Miller's brother played basketball.

posted by grum@work at 10:56 AM on June 11

NBC Sports to NHL: Hey Good Lookin', Shave Those Playoff Beards

Grum is, if I recall correctly, in Toronto. A few months ago when I was in the Annex, men with buns and ponytails outnumbered women with buns and ponytails by about 3:1.

Born and raised in Toronto for 20 years, but I've lived in London (2 hours west) for the past 20 years. The last time I was in Toronto it was a bit chilly, so everyone had on hoodies so I couldn't see the hairstyles (on Queen Street West).

As someone who has been rocking a terrible Van Dyke for the last 15 years, I'm happy to see beards become more acceptable. Of course, I'm just one "I don't want to hug Daddy, his beard itches!" statement from my 2-year-old daughter away from shaving it all off.

When I used to have glorious locks of thick silky hair on this head (in my 20s/early 30s), I still wouldn't have ever gotten a man bun if they were ever popular at the time.

posted by grum@work at 01:32 PM on June 10

LeBron James Puts Cavaliers Up 2-1 on Warriors

James might be doing well because he has no pressure on him.

If he wins, then it's a "greatest of all time" performance.
If he loses, then it's a "valiant effort" because of the injuries around him.

If he really feels that way, maybe he's simply relaxed now and that's freed him to perform at another level.
(Sort of like after he won his first title, the next one was even easier.)

posted by grum@work at 01:24 PM on June 10

LeBron James Puts Cavaliers Up 2-1 on Warriors

Yeah, the 1988 Dodgers are more of the "scrappy underdogs with good players overcome evil team", but it's a good comparison.

The closest comparison I can think of where the team did NOT win would be the 2002 SF Giants. Barry Bonds pretty much carried the Giants all the way to the title with a very minimal* supporting cast.

*I'm hand waving Jeff Kent, and that's a mistake. He was a star player as well, and had a good playoffs. But Barry Bonds was other-worldly: .356/.581/.978 in 74 plate appearances, so the narrative was pretty much Bonds vs everyone else.

posted by grum@work at 12:23 PM on June 10

LeBron James Puts Cavaliers Up 2-1 on Warriors

The 1982 Islanders had a LOT more talent than just Bossy.

They had one of the 5 greatest defensemen of all time (Denis Potvin), and HOF players in Bryan Trottier and Billy Smith.

(I refuse to acknowledge Clark Gillies as a "Hall of Fame" player. Ugh.)

posted by grum@work at 12:13 PM on June 10

LeBron James Puts Cavaliers Up 2-1 on Warriors

If James pulls this off (and it's still a big IF), I'm having a hard time thinking of a comparable "King and his Court" championship win in any other sport.

The closest I can come is the 1992-93 Montreal Canadiens winning the Stanley Cup. It was (in rough terms) all-time great Patrick Roy and some "good" players. Denis Savard was a shell of his former self by then and the other notable players are definitely not HOF material (Damphousse, Muller, Carbonneau).

While the LA Kings (their opponent in the finals) did finish lower in the standings than the Canadiens, they were a team filled with HOF players (Gretzky, Robitaille, Kurri, Coffey, Blake).

Everyone pretty much agreed that Roy's performance carried that team to the title.

posted by grum@work at 11:49 AM on June 10

NBC Sports to NHL: Hey Good Lookin', Shave Those Playoff Beards

Man bun?

[Google]

Oh. Well, if he's doing it, then it MUST be cool.

posted by grum@work at 09:47 AM on June 10

NBC Sports to NHL: Hey Good Lookin', Shave Those Playoff Beards

Talking about beards, did something happen about 3 or 4 years ago that suddenly triggered all of the athletes to start trying to grow beards during the regular season?

MLB is FILLED with furry-faced guys now, when it used to be very rare.

And it's not just Jose-Bautista-esque shadow beards, but massive Grizzy-Adams-esque super-beards, like Evan Gattis or Dallas Keuchel or Mike Napoli.

Is this a result of NHL playoff beards getting more attention in the last few years, and high profile NBA beards like James Harden?

posted by grum@work at 09:50 PM on June 09

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Hell of a weekend for sports.

On Saturday alone, I watched

- Serena Williams win her 20th Grand Slam title
- the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years
- the opening match for the Women's World Cup (including a late victory for the hosts)
- an amazing Stanley Cup final game
- Barcelona claim the treble

And on Sunday I saw something happen in a MLB game that I had never seen before.

posted by grum@work at 03:02 PM on June 08

James Scores Triple-Double as Cavs Even NBA Finals at 1

I picked the Warriors in 5, but I'm still cheering for King James.

He's doing everything he can (and what he's doing isn't pretty) to carry his team in this series. If he has to win by bulk shooting, then go ahead.

posted by grum@work at 02:53 PM on June 08

A bit of history

I tried to not care about the race as the hype was being built, simply because I'd been burned so much before by horses that seemed "destined" to win (last year's California Chrome being the most recent).

Before the race, I did my usual thing of watching this video about Secretariat at Belmont, just to remind me that there still hasn't been another horse like him since.

Then, as the race started, I fell back into the same pattern. I got drawn into the hope, and I waited for the crash. When AP rounded that final turn, I found myself yelling at the TV.
(My 2-year-old daughter was sitting beside me and was confused.)

When he won the race, I clapped.
(As did my daughter...)

I'm glad I watched it, and I'm glad it's finally over. I just wish his name had spelled correctly...

I actually wouldn't be surprised if the same thing happened as it did ~40 years ago, where we end up with a rash of Triple Crown winners (2 in 3 years, maybe).

posted by grum@work at 09:39 PM on June 07

Lightning Beat Blackhawks to Even Stanley Cup at 1

Yeah, that does look awfully well choreographed...

posted by grum@work at 12:20 PM on June 07

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Yup. That's a foul.

posted by grum@work at 09:19 AM on June 07

Enter the Women's World Cup Confidence Pool

But on my trips to Edmonton I haven't ever had to think about scheduling my golf or tennis around the smog index as I do in the "big smoke".

There was a total of one "smog alert" (for two days) for all of 2013 and 2014.

posted by grum@work at 09:49 PM on June 05

Enter the Women's World Cup Confidence Pool

Done.

As for the Toronto trolling, that's just because they're not hosting a match.
They wasted their money on the Pan Am Games.

As a Canadian, and someone who lived in Toronto for 20+ years (and lives only 2 hours away), I had no idea the Pan Am Games were still a thing until they announced they were hosting them. I would MUCH rather have had the Women's World Cup than this baby-Olympics thing.

Edit: I can't seem to read the article. The link (and even clicking on the title on the webpage itself) produces a "can't load, too many looping references" error in Chrome.

posted by grum@work at 08:18 PM on June 05

Warriors Win Game 1 of Finals Despite LeBron's 44 Points

I'm cheering for Lebron James and his (with Irving probably out) rag-tag bunch of misfits.

If he wins this title, with this collection of teammates...

How do you deny him a spot beside Jordan and Chamberlain at the top of the basketball pyramid.

posted by grum@work at 01:37 PM on June 05

Blackhawks Rally Late, Beat Lightning in Game 1 of Stanley Cup

UP+UP+DOWN+DOWN+LEFT+RIGHT+LEFT+RIGHT+B+A

NHL 2K15 Goal Cheat Code Enabled

posted by grum@work at 10:36 PM on June 03

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Way back in the day... (where "way back" still refers to a time AFTER 9/11).

posted by grum@work at 12:19 PM on June 03

SpoFil NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

Whoops.

Largest margin of victory: 12 points

posted by grum@work at 08:26 AM on June 03

SpoFil NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

Win - Golden State Warriors (but I'm cheering for Lebron)
Games - 5
MVP - Curry
Rebounds - James
Assists - James
Free Throw Attempts - James
Steals - Green
Blocks - Bogut
Fouls - Bogut
Turnovers - Curry
3-pt % - Irving
Tech fouls - 5
Triple Doubles - 5
Total points - 153

posted by grum@work at 10:44 PM on June 02

FIFA President Sepp Blatter Announces His Resignation

I'm surprised no one has posted a headline like

"FIFA Clears Up Blatter Infection"

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