Recent Comments by grum@work

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

If Chris Archer's career as a superstar pitcher doesn't pan out, I'm pretty sure that every baseball broadcasting company in North America will line up to pay him big bucks to join their team.

That was some incredibly insightful and intelligent commentary on the pitching. It was also polite ("Sorry, ma'am." when he interrupted Mendoza) and required absolutely zero filler ("um, uh, like").

The fact that the kid was drafted right out of high school is even more surprising.

(I wished he hung around an extra inning or two, and they asked Kruk to go to the concession stands to grab a snack in the meantime.)

posted by grum@work at 09:37 PM on October 06

Miami Dolphins Fire Coach Joe Philbin

My favourite comment (from yerfatma's link):

It looks like Philbin was able to resolve that issue at practice. Tannehill looked a lot more comfortable getting intercepted during the game.

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

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Yikes. It's gotta be REAL bad if this happens right before the playoffs start.

Hopefully this celebration wasn't the final trigger...

posted by grum@work at 03:42 PM on October 05

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The priest allegedly approached the boy before Mass services at the church on Sunday, Sept. 13, and asked to see him in one of the rectory rooms, according to prosecutors. ... One of the parishioners who witnessed the incident contacted Newark Archdiocese officials on Sept. 25, and the Archdiocese in turn contacted the prosecutor's office on Sept. 28.

Outside of the actions of the priest, there is so much more wrong with this story.

- waiting 12 days before contacting someone - contacting the archdiocese first instead of the police - archdiocese waiting another 3 days before contacting the police

posted by grum@work at 11:23 AM on October 04

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

It's not often that a starting pitcher can have an ERA under two at the All-Star break, have his SECOND no-hitter of the year be in his final start, and still have no hope of finishing better than fourth in the Cy Young voting that year.

Well done, Max Scherzer.

posted by grum@work at 10:20 PM on October 03

Coke, Bud, McDonald's and Visa Demand Sepp Blatter Quit Immediately

Legal investigation? Who cares?!
Public outcry? Doesn't matter!
Internal pressure? Pffft!

Big corporations? Now they've got FIFA's attention.

posted by grum@work at 10:32 PM on October 02

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Come on, Kevin. Stop showing off in centerfield. You're just making everyone else look bad, now.

posted by grum@work at 09:56 PM on October 02

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I feel like someone has the obligation to address the 800 lb, and apparently very stoned, gorilla in the room.

It's his roundabout way of saying "Blonde with the breadstick is hot!".

posted by grum@work at 03:03 PM on October 02

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Commentator: "Parenting 2015!"

Since those are sorority girls, that makes them in the 18-22 year old range. Since this is the Colorado Rockies broadcast, one of those voices that decided to make fun of the women was probably Drew Goodman. Just looking at his profile, it mentions that he graduated from university in 1985, and has three boys. I wouldn't be surprised if his at least one of his boys in that same age group. So he's actually making fun of a parental group of which he is probably a member.

Also, it looks like those women are taking the selfie photos in between innings. Given how fucking annoying the between-inning "entertainment" can be at ballparks (commercial, commercial, silly scoreboard game, commercial), I'm not sure why it's such a bad thing to entertain themselves like that.

As well, I'm pretty sure that if you got a similar collection of young men together like that, they'd probably be just as pre-occupied with their smart phones as those women were, except that they'd be doing something less obvious like checking their fantasy football lineups and sending texts to their friends.

Finally, you'd think that people whose livelihood (broadcasters) depends on the sport being popular would realize that those photos they are taken are going to go onto social media, and be tagged "at the baseball game". MLB (as every other sport) would DREAM of that sort of fan-driven-advertisement, as can be pointed out by the fact that there is an ad on the screen (that they are reading out loud) that asks people to do just what those women are doing.

In summary, fuck those announcers.

posted by grum@work at 11:08 PM on October 01

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I'm an idiot.

TEX and LAA can't end up tied, so my nightmare scenario won't work.

One of them is going to end up with at least 87 wins.

So the nightmare scenario is:

TEX/LAA (one of them) 87 wins
TEX/LAA (one of them) 86 wins
HOU 86 wins
NYY 86 wins
MIN 86 wins

So the team with 87 wins gets the AL West.
The remaining four teams would have to play the extra games for the wild card spots.

A vs B
C vs D

The winners of those games would be the wild card teams, where their order is determined by other tie-breaking rules.


TEX/LAA (one of them) 87 wins
HOU 87 wins

TEX/LAA (one of them) 86 wins
NYY 86 wins
MIN 86 wins

TEX/LAA (87 wins) vs HOU for the AL West division, loser gets Wild Card 1.
The remaining 3 teams would then have to play AvB, winner v C to determine the 2nd wild card.

posted by grum@work at 10:04 AM on October 01

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

the suddenly Godzilla Red Sox

They are the team (after the Blue Jays) that I would bet on to win the AL East next year. If they get their pitching in order, that batting lineup (assuming Pedroia/Ortiz don't crater) is scary.

posted by grum@work at 09:43 AM on October 01

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Okay, now that the Jays have clinched the AL East, let's get serious about a very important topic: Can we have a nightmare scenario (for the MLB schedule makers) for the AL wild card spots (and AL West division)?

Current standings:
TEX 86 wins (4 games left)
NYY 86 wins (4 games left)
HOU 83 wins (4 games left - currently playing tonight)
LAA 83 wins (4 games left)
MIN 82 wins (4 games left)

Future games:
TEX vs LAA (4 games)
NYY vs BOS (1 game), NYY vs BAL (3 games)
HOU vs SEA (1 game), HOU vs ARI (3 games)
MIN vs KC (4 games)

To achieve nightmare scenario:
LAA sweeps TEX
NYY loses every game
HOU wins 3 of 4
MIN sweeps KC

Result: 5 teams tied for 3 playoff spots

As best as I can figure out, the tie-breakers would be:

The AL West teams would be designated A/B/C based on tie-breakers like overall record vs each other.

Game 1: AL West Team A vs AL West Team B - winner gets AL West title
Game 2: NYY vs MIN - winner gets Wild Card spot
Game 3: Loser of Game 1 vs AL West Team C - winner gets Wild Card spot

posted by grum@work at 12:04 AM on October 01

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 4: First-Place Jacksonville Edition

Baltimore by 6
Miami by 3
Atlanta by 11
Buffalo by 14
Oakland by 6
Cincinnati by 3
Indianapolis by 7
Carolina by 11
Philadelphia by 7
San Diego by 3
Denver by 14
Arizona by 1
Green Bay by 20 (BUSH PARTY LOCK!)
Dallas by 3
Seattle by 17

posted by grum@work at 11:39 PM on September 30

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Follow-up: AA addresses the troops as the REAL party is about to start. (NSFW language)

posted by grum@work at 11:25 PM on September 30

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Looks like the Cards are going to avoid that aforementioned potentially awkward situation.

The Blue Jays didn't! Wooo!

Highlight of the game was when the HUGE group of Toronto fans that came to the game (some reporters believed it was 50/50 split in attendance) all started a chant to thank the man most responsible for the team's amazing 2nd half, GM Alex Anthopolous.

He was sitting in the crowd (with his front office staff) and acknowledged them at the end of it. He also then high-fived all of them as he made his way over to the dugout to celebrate with his team after the game was over.

posted by grum@work at 09:07 PM on September 30

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

And, in case you are wondering, the Detroit Tigers clinched the AL pennant exactly 70 years ago today (1945/09/30) by winning the first game of a (make-up) double-header against the St. Louis Browns. They cancelled the second game (because it was now unnecessary and because of the rain that was falling at the time.)

posted by grum@work at 11:41 AM on September 30

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Thanks to yesterday's rain-out, the Cardinals have the odd opportunity to clinch the NL Central in the first game of a doubleheader today. I'm curious as to what they would do about the usual champagne party woo woo time that comes with clinching.

The Toronto Blue Jays are in exactly the same situation in Baltimore today. With only 30 minutes between the end of the game and the second one, I assume it'll just be jumping around on the mound for now.

Then, after the second game is completed (with a AAA/backup/scrub lineup), they'll get some serious partying on in the visitor's locker room.

posted by grum@work at 11:27 AM on September 30

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Were you at the Patriots game on Sunday, but have a hard time proving it to your friends?

Well, maybe you can use this.

This 360 degree photo clearly shows every single person that was in their seats in the stadium when the photo was snapped.

Simply rotate to find your section, and use the mouse wheel to zoom into your seat.

I hope you were smiling!

posted by grum@work at 08:36 AM on September 29

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Oh, Onion. Never ever stop being awesome.

posted by grum@work at 12:28 AM on September 29

Toronto Blue Jays Clinch Playoff Spot, But Nobody Notices

I assume this has something to do with the improbable nature of the Blue Jays clinching a playoff spot with a week to go (or at all) and not wanting to jinx it.


posted by grum@work at 10:04 PM on September 27

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

The ballot for "baseball catch of the year" just added another (expected) name.

posted by grum@work at 11:48 PM on September 26

Toronto Blue Jays Clinch Playoff Spot, But Nobody Notices

I didn't figure it out, actually. It was someone else that figured it out in a reddit thread, and posted it to see if anyone could poke holes in it. Everyone went over the numbers and it was right.

I'm sorry if I gave the impression that I discovered this, or that it was my work. I usually link to this sort of thing properly, but it was late (early) and it slipped my mind to include the link.

I've been away from my computer all day, and didn't notice this post until now.

It would be good if rcade could remove my name from the description in the thread title so it doesn't make anyone think I was trying to steal credit for someone else's work.

(Ironically, I do this sort of calculation all the time near the end of the baseball season, looking for the ridiculous 3-, 4-, or 5-way tie for multiple playoff spots. This is the one time I didn't do it.)

posted by grum@work at 11:47 PM on September 26

Toronto Blue Jays Clinch Playoff Spot, But Nobody Notices

All of the major sports networks keep saying the Toronto Blue Jays magic number for clinching a playoff spot (at least a Wild Card spot) is 1.

However, it's zero. They've already clinched. Even if LAA wins tonight, the Jays have still clinched.

Texas, LAA, and Houston are fighting for two playoff spots (one of the AL Wild Card and AL West). For Toronto to be knocked out of the playoffs (assuming the Yankees win outright), all three teams must have at least 88 wins at the end of the season (tying Toronto and forcing a nightmare playoff scenario to determine division/wild card spots).

If LAA wins tonight (leading 8-3 in the 8th as I type this), they'll have 79 wins.
Houston has 80 wins.
Texas has 84 wins.

For all three teams to tie (or pass) the Jays at 88 wins:
LAA needs to win 9 games, and they have 9 games left.
Houston has to win 8 games, and they have 8 games left.
Texas has to win 4 games, and they have 9 games left.

But Houston plays Texas for the next two games.
So Houston has to win those two games for them to pass Toronto.
So Texas would then have to win 4 games in the 7 remaining games.

But Texas plays LAA for four games, and LAA has to win all four of those games to have any chance of reaching 88 wins.

Therefore Texas would have to win 4 games in the 3 remaining games, which is impossible.

The Toronto Blue Jays have guaranteed at least a wild card spot, so their magic number should be 0.

posted by grum@work at 12:48 AM on September 26

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

One more note...Chris Davis should have 47 HR this year, but he's had 4 of them pulled back from over the wall, and this one is the craziest of the bunch.

posted by grum@work at 11:36 PM on September 25

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

This play tonight

is pretty much the opposite

of this play 9 years ago.

posted by grum@work at 11:33 PM on September 25

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 3: Indy's Bad Luck Edition

Washington by 4
Oakland by 7
Atlanta by 3
Indianapolis by 7
St. Louis by 3
San Diego by 11
New England by...fuck..a lot...let's say 19
Philadelphia by 5
New Orleans by 9
Baltimore by 5
Tampa Bay by 1
Arizona by 11
Miami by 1
Seattle by 14
Denver by 7
Green Bay by 17 "Hickory dickory dock, this pick is my sure lock."

posted by grum@work at 02:48 PM on September 23

In Hockey Gaming, It Will Always Be 1994

The only reason I owned a Sega Genesis was to play NHL 94 (and 95). They were the only games I ever bought for it.

Our standing rule was that one guy would choose the teams in the game, and the other guy would get to choose which one was his team. So, you could list the Blackhawks vs the Canucks (for Bure) if you wanted...

posted by grum@work at 07:35 PM on September 22

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

That's too clever by half.

...and just as painful by that much, too.


posted by grum@work at 04:29 PM on September 21

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Someday, MLB will get around to banning the "wide takeout slide" at second base, like they did the "plow into the catcher" play at home.

Pirates' star rookie injured in take out slide.

What Coghlan did was perfectly acceptable in today's version of major league baseball, but maybe it shouldn't be allowed any more.

posted by grum@work at 03:22 PM on September 17

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Toronto Blue Jays celebrating Mexican Independence Day:

Jose Bautista

Other Jays

But one of their teammates has a problem with that second photo...

posted by grum@work at 02:10 PM on September 17

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 2: Teddy Bridgewater Fail Mary Edition

Denver by 4
New England by 1
Arizona by 14
San Diego by 6
Tennessee by 9
Minnesota by 3
New Orleans by 9
New York Giants by 11
Pittsburgh by 17 "You gotta lock that down."
St. Louis by 20
Carolina by 3
Baltimore by 14
Miami by 3
Philadelphia by 9
Green Bay by 4
Indianapolis by 13

posted by grum@work at 12:29 AM on September 17

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

In case anyone was curious...

What happens when 22 defensive ends play against 22 quarterbacks in Madden 16?

More gold from Jon Bois.

posted by grum@work at 11:22 AM on September 15

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I guess the ball was inflated properly...and greased.

posted by grum@work at 09:38 AM on September 14

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Why is it a catch if he steps over the line and back again? Wouldn't being out of play negate the second part of the catch?

posted by grum@work at 10:51 AM on September 13

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Tweet from a Toronto police officer during the 5-walk, 1-hit, 1-hbp top of the 11th inning in the Jays/Yankees game this afternoon:

If you're loaded like the bases have been at Yankee Stadium, walk home just like the #BlueJays are.

posted by grum@work at 08:35 PM on September 12

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Man, the ratings for the US Open women's final are going to be just BRUTAL.

posted by grum@work at 03:10 PM on September 11

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

That Trump/football promo is fantastic.

posted by grum@work at 10:20 PM on September 10

Super Bowl Ditches Roman Numerals

It seemed pretty obvious to me why they didn't go with the Roman numeral for 50.

posted by grum@work at 03:00 PM on September 10

James Blake reportedly thrown to the ground, cuffed and detained by several NYPD officers.

They misidentified an identity thief?


*META Even This Acronym

posted by grum@work at 02:28 PM on September 10

Cheating in Sports

You could add PEDs to the cheater's list!

posted by grum@work at 02:27 PM on September 10

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 1: Win One for the Duke

New England by 3
Buffalo by 3
Green Bay by 12
Seattle by 11
Cleveland by 1
Miami by 5
Carolina by 17
Kansas City by 4
New Orleans by 6
San Diego by 11
Denver by 9
Oakland by 1
Tennessee by 6
Dallas by 11
Philadelphia by 10
Minnesota by 3

posted by grum@work at 08:34 PM on September 08

2 High School Players Intentionally Hit Referee

Both players were ejected. Northside ISD athletic director Stan Laing said the video was "very disturbing." Laing said the district is investigating the sequence of events leading up to the play, and the UIL is aware of what happened. "The question of what instigated that is what we're trying to figure out," Laing said.

Who cares?

I mean, could there possibly be ANY mitigating circumstances that would allow for that cowardly attack on a defenseless official?

posted by grum@work at 08:28 PM on September 06

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Since he didn't actually swing a bat even ONCE during any of his plate appearances (20 pitches in all), this may be a "record" that is entirely NOT the product of the person now holding the "record". I could have set this record by just standing at the plate, and walking/running on command.

It's like Biggio holding the hit-by-pitch record. All he did was get hit. The record should be held by the pitchers that plunked him.

posted by grum@work at 04:06 PM on September 04

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

but in a boneheaded move only allowed them for women.


Never mind the discussion about "gender equality", how do you not implement it for the group of players that are REQUIRED to play more tennis (best of 5 vs best of 3)?

posted by grum@work at 01:30 PM on September 04

Federal Judge Tosses Brady's 4-Game NFL Suspension

That pretty much has to be the end of the line for Goodell, right?

This has got to be the last in a line of public embarrassments for his office/league. Maybe he'll make it through the season, but surely the owners will look at this final straw and give him the boot. They'll want to find someone fresh, that doesn't have the scent of "bumbling/ineptitude" all over him/her....

posted by grum@work at 10:47 AM on September 03

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Nope, but I found an illegal version of the video by searching for their names.

I expect Interpol to arrest me at any moment...

posted by grum@work at 08:44 PM on September 02

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

When you're hot, you're hot.

Josh Donaldson tagged up and scored...on a pop-out to the second baseman.

posted by grum@work at 08:24 PM on September 02

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Well, it's over for me as that video isn't available in my country.

posted by grum@work at 08:24 AM on September 02

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The Dodgers think they got one hit off Jake Arrieta.

Looking at this replay, it looks like a hit to me.

If the opposing team's scorer calls it an error, then I'll tend to lean in that direction as well.

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

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

who can sign a pre-contract in January to move next summer for zero dollars down and zero in add-ons

You crazy Europeans and your wacky sports transaction rules.

posted by grum@work at 02:36 PM on September 01

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

MLB commissioner rules against reinstatement for famous player banned from the game for gambling incident...just not the one you were expecting.

posted by grum@work at 10:13 AM on September 01

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Vin Scully has announced that he's coming back to broadcast another season of Dodger baseball (his 67th).

The next night, he waxed poetically about the sun and the moon.

If there is one announcer I want to be immortal, it's Mr. Scully.

posted by grum@work at 08:55 PM on August 30

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

... makes them look like frilly black knickers ...

I did not expect to be aroused by a discussion of men's soccer kits...

posted by grum@work at 01:38 PM on August 28

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Just your regular 1-3-1 kick-and-blind-toss putout.

posted by grum@work at 10:24 AM on August 28

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Oh, look. I have to throw someone out at third.


posted by grum@work at 01:15 PM on August 27

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Every MLB logo change throughout the years.

posted by grum@work at 10:42 AM on August 26

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Jose Bautista vs Sportsnet TV

That's an awkward situation as Rogers owns the station (Sportsnet) and the team (Blue Jays), so it is an internal struggle during a recent high point for both of them.

I'm in Bautista's corner as that was pretty much a promotional spot for the clothier, so why would the kid be the one paying for the suit.

posted by grum@work at 09:55 AM on August 26

IndyCar Driver Justin Wilson Dies After Debris Hit to Helmet

I've always wondered why there was open-cockpit racing in this day and age. Is there a reason why you want to have the head of the driver exposed like that? I understand it would be warm to fully enclose the cockpit, but you could put in air vents to allow air to move around, and easily install a quick-release mechanism for opening the cockpit.

It would protect the drive from flukes like this, and for when the car flips over.

Obviously, this is wonderful hindsight commentary, but I can't be the first person that has considered it.

posted by grum@work at 10:04 PM on August 24