The lawyer's name is Rusty Hardin. Doesn't that name sound familiar? I don't know about you, but when you get a heavy hitter like Roger Clemens' old mouthpiece, you are loading up for something.
Or, you want a lawyer who knows how to defend his client against (according to the client) spurious charges. I remember how everyone was sure Clemens was going to get nailed for perjury, but walked out of court without a scratch.
That's the kind of lawyer you'd want, and I don't blame Peterson (ignoring the charges against him) for going after the best counsel possible.
posted by grum@work at 08:22 AM on September 16
Nope. Same screen telling me to subscribe.
posted by grum@work at 03:32 PM on September 15
The Atlanta Hawks article won't show for non-subscribers.
posted by grum@work at 11:17 AM on September 15
Two things about that article.
"I've never seen him in a slump that lasted very long, because he is able to get back to that swing." said Joe Maddon, the manager of the Tampa Bay Rays.
He hasn't been watching lately, I guess. Jeter is 1-for-28 right now, and has batted .182/.215/.227 since August 1st.
All. Those. Stats.
posted by grum@work at 10:59 AM on September 15
With Chris Davis getting suspended 25 games for using Adderall/amps, there is a sad, extra twist to this story.
posted by grum@work at 09:57 PM on September 12
Can we still do the back and forth move from NHL 93 & 94 or is that banned too?
In my games, we banned the "cut to the middle from the boards while holding down the shot button and freezing the goalie" move. If anyone in our group did that, you had to play the rest of the game without a goalie.
posted by grum@work at 02:34 PM on September 12
If a player performs a spin-o-rama move correctly, then the puck still keeps moving forward. You don't stop the puck, but slow it down to a crawl and move around it.
However, like Raymond's attempt above, most of them do stop the puck moving forward (and often slam on the brakes themselves). Those should definitely be disallowed, and I'd say that more than 75% of the attempts were done "incorrectly".
And since its a judgement call the ref has to make, I think it's a good idea to simply stop them from being used altogether. If you want to bust one out on a breakaway, go ahead.
posted by grum@work at 02:29 PM on September 12
In a bizarre moment of umpiring, a Brewers pitcher was awarded a strikeout...after hitting two different Marlins batters...in the same at-bat.
posted by grum@work at 12:53 AM on September 12
I really hope picking Buffalo games incorrectly isn't a trend that is going to haunt me like it has done previous years. I finally ignore all of my wishcasting about their talent, and then they actually go ahead and beat the Bears. If I pick them to win this week, they'll lose.
posted by grum@work at 03:41 PM on September 11
To review: women with black eyes--2 games. Leagues with black eyes--indefinite. Does it add up now?
Oh, I'm stealing that one for sure.
posted by grum@work at 02:41 PM on September 11
If Rice told the truth about what happened as Ozzie Newsome confirmed, how is suspending Rice indefinitely the correct thing to do?
It isn't, unless you look at it through the NFL's "Oh shit! Hit the panic button!" lens of public relations. That's why I'm all for the press roasting Goodell over an open flame for this whole bizarre collection of actions.
posted by grum@work at 02:30 PM on September 11
As the New York Yankees fight for a final wild card spot, their glorious captain is turning into a albatross in their lineup, and someone should seriously consider asking him to "rest" for most of the remaining season if they want to remain competitive.
Of all players that started at least 20 games in MLB in August (201 of them), Jeter has the 9th worst OPS (.487). It's the worst OPS of any player that started that many games for a team with any reasonable hope of a playoff spot.
And it's gotten worse in September, as he's currently hitting even worse (.426 OPS) for September.
If the Yankees don't care about the playoffs, then there isn't any problem with leaving Jeter out there until the end.
posted by grum@work at 11:45 AM on September 11
And I wish you wouldn't put words in my mouth, grum; you're better than that. You even stated my key point yourself just above: "many, many years ago the NFL made a HUGE mistake by deciding to apply punishment for actions that occurred outside the game and had nothing to do with the NFL". That was at the heart of my post:
I agreed with you. I don't think the NFL should have to do anything about this, if they hadn't already set a precedent.
Not everyone that responded to your post disagreed with all your points, and you shouldn't assume you are under attack all the time.
For example, we have Hope Solo arrested for attacking her sister and underage nephew back in June, and she's still on the playing field, setting records, while she awaits a November trial. So why is that not more of an outrage?
Does the US Women's Soccer Team have a history of suspending their players for incidents outside the field of play? If not, then I don't see what the double standard is about this.
As for "public outrage" about her crimes, this is the first I've heard of it. As was mentioned above, are you expecting people to be outraged about a lower-tier sport that plays only sporadically (and rarely on TV), compared to the most popular sport in all of America that plays 3 nights a week on the highest rated television broadcasts?
Do you think assaults committed by Frontier League baseball players should get the same news headlines and public outcry as those committed by MLB players?
posted by grum@work at 10:14 AM on September 11
Seriously, what reaction were you hoping for?
Praise for his bravery in stating a contrarian position.
posted by grum@work at 12:06 AM on September 11
5. Terribly unpopular opinion: why should the NFL do anything? Here is, I guess, my really unpopular opinion: why, exactly, does the NFL have to do anything here? The law investigated, rendered a verdict, and the involved parties have moved on. So why does the NFL have to revisit the issue, or extend their sentence?
They have to do something because they started "doing something" about it years ago.
My personal opinion is that many, many years ago the NFL made a HUGE mistake by deciding to apply punishment for actions that occurred outside the game and had nothing to do with the NFL.
The smart move when the first player was charged with DUI (or possession of dope or whatever crime) would have been to have the NFL commissioner to release a statement that said, essentially, all external criminal matters are for the courts. If the fans say "But he should be punished!", don't do it. Leave it up to the criminal courts to decide, and let the team decide if they want that player on their roster.
However, the NFL decided to be judge and jury about extra-league matters, and once that boulder started to roll down the hill, it can't be stopped now. Once you punish one player for something outside the game, how do you not punish the next one? Or the one after that?
And at what point will the NFL not punish a player? What if a player gets charged with tax evasion? Or illegal garbage dumping? Or 3rd degree public intoxication?
That said, I'm perfectly happy to see Roger Goodell get lambasted with negative public opinion for his role in all this. He seemed to relish the role of hanging judge, and now he's the one that's looking straight at the guillotine....
posted by grum@work at 12:04 AM on September 11
Anything other than Hockey draws poorly.
The Toronto Raptors finished 10th in NBA attendance this year.
The Blue Jays used to hold the MLB attendance record (and were the first to break 4million for a season), and do better in attendance than lots of other teams (like the Orioles, Braves, Pirates, A's, Mariners, etc.) in better playoff positions.
And the soccer and lacrosse teams draw very well (over 18k and 13k respectively) for being 5th and 6th tier sports in the city.
posted by grum@work at 10:59 AM on September 10
A single game every year that doesn't conflict with NHL regular season or exhibition can't even garner 40K attendance in Toronto, even with cheaper ticket prices than Buffalo and hundreds of freebies.
For 2008 (the first year), the average ticket price in Toronto for the game was $183, while the average ticket price in Buffalo was $51 (in Canadian dollars).
That set the tone for the rest of the series. While they might have slashed ticket prices in later years, that initial cash grab was very poorly received. I didn't even know they slashed tickets for the 2013. I assumed they were still gouging fans.
The final game, which you mention had an attendance of less than 40k, was played between two teams that won a combined 10 games for the year, with an extremely out-of-date half-time show, the year after the Bills got drubbed 50-17 in Toronto, while the Bills were in the midst of a 14-year run of missing the playoffs.
Does the NFL really want to put a team into a non-football city?
The Greater Toronto Area has a population of over 6million.
It's a fairly wealthy city that is still growing.
The NFL should be clamouring to have such a large and untapped market available to them.
The downside of Toronto is that it doesn't count towards the TV deals that the NFL likes to tout all the time. But given the crazy sports-tv-war going on in Canada right now (SportsNet vs TSN), a Toronto team could easily double/triple the TV rights in Canada.
Rogers Centre capacity for football: 53,506
Attendance for 2013 game: 38,969 (against terrible non-division team)
Percent of capacity: 72.8%
Ralph Wilson Stadium capacity: 71,857
Attendance for home game after Toronto series: 54,305 (against an historic division rival in a playoff hunt)
Percent of capacity: 75.6%
posted by grum@work at 09:36 AM on September 10
I think the link is overstating the chance of a fine. It was clearly an accident and Lanning is laughing it off.
I expect that Goodell will fine him $3.50, and then when he actually watches the video of the kick, he'll fine him $200million.
posted by grum@work at 11:15 PM on September 08
The NFL also took action, saying on Twitter that commissioner "Roger Goodell has announced that based on new video evidence that became available today he has indefinitely suspended Ray Rice."
What the fuck did they think happened in the elevator that would cause her to be knocked out and allow him to drag her limp body from the elevator?!
Do they think she took a swing at him, missed, and knocked herself out?
Do they think he faked a punch, she flinched, bounced her head off the wall, and knocked herself out?
Unless Goodell is the dumbest motherfucker on the planet, he had a good idea what happened in that elevator (in general terms), so this video shouldn't really have changed anything. The only reason Rice has been suspended is because now the NFL looks REALLY bad for that lame two-game suspension after everyone can see exactly how Rice knocked her out.
posted by grum@work at 04:03 PM on September 08
Yeah, it's illegal. He got an unnecessary roughness penalty, and I wouldn't be surprised if the NFL commish hits him with a nominal fine as well.
posted by grum@work at 07:52 AM on September 08
It's bad enough to be on the Cleveland Browns, but you have to have THIS happen to you as well?
posted by grum@work at 11:58 PM on September 07
The email makes me wonder how much he could have talked about the marketing challenges of attracting more white black fans to the Atlanta Hawks Toronto Maple Leafs without it being considered racist.
It's probably going to sound racist regardless of which race was the focus...
Side note: I found this line in the email particularly weird.
Our kiss cam is better done than any in the league.
How does one determine that?
posted by grum@work at 06:42 PM on September 07
As much as I've ragged on the over-Jeteriffication of this MLB season, it was still a nice ceremony for him today. I think they went a LITTLE overboard with the guests, but the fans enjoyed it so how can I really complain.
posted by grum@work at 04:53 PM on September 07
"I wrote a very bad email, and I should be punished. If I'm forced to sell my team for, oh I don't know, one or two billion dollars, I accept that as a consequence of my actions."
posted by grum@work at 12:54 PM on September 07
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington resigns to address and "off-field personal matter".
Let's hope it isn't drugs, again.
Billy Beane: It's not that hard to manage a team with that many injuries. Tell'em, Wash.
Ron Washington: It's incredibly hard.
posted by grum@work at 04:19 PM on September 05
I also think we should have a year-end "Costanza Trophy" as well.
Eligible are those that entered every official SpoFi/Jigger Statz Cup tournament.
It is calculated by simply reversing the scoring system (counting bottom 5 qualifiers in each tournament instead of top 5) and awarding the trophy to the highest point scorer.
posted by grum@work at 02:22 PM on September 05
Ichiro Suzuki Uncensored en Espanol.
I really hope there is a movie made about his life/times in MLB. There are so many awesome stories about him (his expletive-filled pre-game All-Star speeches, for example) that I'm sure there are dozens more behind the scenes stuff that would be fun to see/hear about.
posted by grum@work at 04:56 PM on September 04
It seems that A.J. Pierzynski also had fewer unintentional walks (12) than HBP (15) in 2003. I missed it because I didn't expect someone to be intentionally walked (12) as much as he was unintentionally walked (12), and still have so few total walks (24).
posted by grum@work at 04:49 PM on September 04
In 2013, Sterling Marte had fewer unintentional walks (23) than times hit by pitch (25).
That's the only time I can find for someone who qualified for a batting title.
Other players have had equal amounts (A.J. Pierzynski in 2004 (15/15) and 2013 (9/9), Lou Johnson 1965 (16/16)) but no one else has ever had more (since they've recorded intentional walks and hbp).
Mike Zunino has 14 of each this year, but he needs to average over 5 PA per game in every remaining Seattle game on the schedule to qualify for the batting title (and still get plunked at least one more time).
posted by grum@work at 02:33 PM on September 04
Click on the link in the post title, and it should take you directly to the group.
posted by grum@work at 10:56 AM on September 04
Some people really do need a computer to help them with their picks:
Tim Tebow drafted in 1.3% ESPN fantasy football leagues despite being retired for two years and working as an SEC football analyst.
posted by grum@work at 11:21 PM on September 03
A lot of times when I play online games I wish I could write code to make all the decisions. The game would be one by the best coding.
I'm in a long-time baseball fantasy league with protection lists (12 players + rookies/prospects).
Every spring, we draft around 20 players, and then we have two more drafts of 5 rounds each (one in late May, one in mid-July).
Not everyone can make the smaller drafts (our owner list is spread out over the GTA and beyond), so people will send their lists to other people who are attending the draft. Usually, those lists are about 20-25 players long. Even though there are 50 players drafted (ten owners * 5 players), not everyone has the same need for the same players.
One year, I knew I couldn't make one of the smaller drafts as I was out of town. The week before the draft, I sent my list to the commissioner to draft for me.
I had written out a list of 40 players, broken down into four groups of 10 (A, B, C, D). With that list, at the bottom was an algorithm on how to draft from these lists. It was (roughly):
When I got home that day, there was an email from the commish with my picks that said "That's the last time we're doing that for you."
I heard later that while everyone else thought it was a fun exercise of figuring out my mindset for the rules, the commish wasn't quite so enthused.
posted by grum@work at 02:39 PM on September 03
Not a great start.
I enter my registration information, and it crashed out when I hit finished.
It did, however, seem to save the info as the link in the post title worked and took me to the group when I clicked it again.
That interface for choosing teams? Too fancy, by half.
posted by grum@work at 01:42 PM on September 03
I think I know who the cup should be named after...
posted by grum@work at 01:34 PM on September 03
I know he's not hitting very well, but the man IS still alive, right?
So why do they need to wear a patch in his honour?
Also, how...messed up... is it that he'll be honouring himself?
All that is left is for him to end his speech on the final day with:
"Today [today], I consider myself [myself], the most awesome man [man] on the face of the Earth [earth]."
posted by grum@work at 09:30 PM on September 02
Got a better alternative? I haven't set it up yet.
No, of course not. I'm one of those idiots who complains about something without providing an alternative/solution.
posted by grum@work at 04:09 PM on September 02
It'll be the same as last year, run on Yahoo.
posted by grum@work at 03:04 PM on September 02
Adam Dunn hit a HR in his first game with the A's.
He was traded to the A's by the White Sox.
He hit a HR in his first game with the White Sox.
He was signed by the White Sox after previously playing for the Nationals.
He hit a HR in his first game with the Nationals.
posted by grum@work at 02:57 PM on September 02
This game, from 28 years ago today, used a record 53 different players in it.
It was played over two days after being suspended in the top of the 15th.
Among them, 17 pitchers (and 2 pitchers as pinch-hitter/pinch-runner) that combined for a career total of 2097 wins.
G.Maddux 355 (losing pitcher)
N.Ryan 324 (Starter)
J.Moyer 269 (Starter)
D.Darwin 171 (winning pitcher)
R.Suttcliffe 171 (pinch-hitter)
S.Sanderson 163 (pinch-runner)
D.Smith 53 (blown save)
L.Andersen 40 (hold)
J.Solano 6 (blown save)
It was also the very first MLB appearance for SpoFi's favourite hobo-murdering psychopath, who didn't actually pitch until September 3rd.
(hat tip to Baseball Think Factory for pointing this out)
posted by grum@work at 10:14 AM on September 02
I'll be very interested to see if this happens.
And "slurskins" is an excellent name.
posted by grum@work at 11:53 PM on September 01
A combined no-hitter by the Phillies today.
posted by grum@work at 11:26 PM on September 01
This is like some form of acceptable child abuse.
Chukyo reportedly won the tournament after beating Miura Gakuen 2-0 in the final. Matsui made a relief appearance and threw 77 more pitches, bringing his total to 786 in two games.
posted by grum@work at 04:10 PM on August 31
You'd recognize Trout if he was treated like Reggie Jackson was in the '70s, with commercials and TV guest appearances and candy bars and the like.
But back in the 70s there were only three networks. If you were on TV, there is a good chance people saw you because there wasn't much else on TV.
Nowadays, someone could appear on the same number of commercials and TV guest appearances and still be relatively anonymous, because there would be 10-50x as many channels to watch (which is assuming people consume their media through the TV).
The game requires a lot more attention than other sports with its 162-game season and an average game length of 2:58.
It's still shorter than an average NFL game, and there is FAR more action in an MLB game than an NFL game.
posted by grum@work at 01:03 PM on August 31
Sounds like someone is manzielphobic....
posted by grum@work at 09:37 PM on August 30
Because you always wanted to know..."What happens if you try to hit a baseball travelling at 90% of the speed of light?"
posted by grum@work at 06:16 PM on August 30
If Mike Trout walked into my neighborhood bar, I probably would not recognize him. I would recognize David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, and several members of the Red Sox.
If the bouncers don't toss him for being a teenager with fake id.
posted by grum@work at 06:15 PM on August 30
Of course, the reason that basketball can develop memorable stars is that there are only 5 players on the court for each team, and they play for 80% of the game. In baseball, you have 9 players for each team, for only half the game, and the ones that might be famous sometimes only play every 5th game.
The thing is, Derek Jeter wasn't that "exciting" to talk about when he was early in his career. He didn't do anything that was memorable, and he may be the blandest speaking super star in sports history (with Steve Yzerman coming in a close second).
Even at the end of his career, Jeter's fame is because of the team he plays for, his off field bedding of a bevvy of bombshell beauties, the lack of real scandal, and his health/consistency. He never won a regular season MVP. His "black ink" statistic are shockingly weak (led the league in hits twice, and runs once), so much so they are less than half that of an average HOF.
Mike Trout already matches Jeter's career "black ink" stats in only his fourth season. Trout's biggest problems are that he's been robbed of at least one MVP award, and that he's on the west coast. More than half the fans of baseball don't have a chance to see him play because he doesn't start more than half his games after 9pm/10pm for those people. That's why the Angels are my #2 team I'm cheering for this year, as Trout NEEDS to showcase his ability in the playoffs so people will recognize this once-in-a-generation talent.
By the way, with the retirement of Jeter (and the future retirement of Ortiz, Suzuki), there is still an amazing set of young players that will keep us entertained (and are all under 30 years old):
and probably a lot more I can't just name right now.
posted by grum@work at 09:01 PM on August 29
/this is a very confusing day for me....
posted by grum@work at 12:56 PM on August 29
posted by grum@work at 12:54 PM on August 29
posted by grum@work at 10:34 AM on August 28
Michael Sam bails out fan who makes unwise Twitter bet.
Everyone wins in the end.
Except Johnny Football.
posted by grum@work at 04:29 PM on August 25
Professor Helmetcatch Von Reflex
posted by grum@work at 04:05 PM on August 20
Giants to protest game after bizarre loss.
they were told the Cubs would do "everything in their power to make the field playable," but the last 90 minutes of the delay involved one man and one rake.
posted by grum@work at 01:58 PM on August 20
Awesome post-game speech by a coach to a losing Little League World Series team.
/Don't listen to Jimmy this one time.
posted by grum@work at 12:55 PM on August 19
Dr. Z was known for getting his Super Bowl picks on the cover of Sports Illustrated. His picks were both amazing, and terrible. He was also known for writing the definitive book about pro football.
(a hat tip to the posting on Metafilter about this story)
posted by grum@work at 01:32 PM on August 17
I'd love to hear the reasoning behind picking ManUtd in the top four,
I already explained why...
Completely uninformed guesses:
posted by grum@work at 08:04 PM on August 16
Completely uninformed guesses:
Title: Manchester City
Top Four: Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal
Best Champions League Showing for an English Team:Liverpool
Relegated: Southhampton, Crystal Palace, Burnley
Top Scorer: Diego Costa
Most Assists: Cesc Fabregas
Most clean sheets (team): Chelsea
posted by grum@work at 12:36 PM on August 15
posted by grum@work at 01:27 PM on August 14
MeatSaber is right. If you pay for a play-index account at Baseball Reference, you can search their database for just about anything.
Since 2000, order of pitchers hitting seasons (by OPS+), minimum 20 PA in the season, at least 80% of their games as a pitcher.
Since 1901, order of pitcher hitting careers (by OPS+), minimum 100 PA, at least 80% of their games as a pitcher.
Since 1901, most HR by a pitcher in their career, minimum 100 PA, at least 80% of their games as a pitcher.
Longest streak of games with at least one PA where there were no hits or walks, by a pitcher, since 1914.
I can't imagine not paying my annual membership to have silly fun like this.
posted by grum@work at 08:48 PM on August 13
Robin Williams never did a real sports movie, but he had a fantastic sports fan moment in "Good Will Hunting" that I thought was amazing (0:45-2:24 of this scene):
posted by grum@work at 12:19 PM on August 13
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