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111 NFL Brains Examined By Neuropathologist

As someone who has a bachelor's degree in mathematics, I can unequivocally state that this is strictly a statistical fluke, and in no way should anyone be able to infer that playing in the NFL can cause CTE. To do so would be to fly in the face of science and common sense. If anything, the NFL should consider suing this neuropathologist for the potential public relationship nightmare this has opened up for them.

Now, if you'll excuse me I have to go to my bank and cash this outrageously large donation cheque for my I've received for my think tank from a kind citizen named...[reading cheque] "Roger Woodell".

posted by grum@work at 02:00 PM on July 25

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Freeze Busted by Nutt Law Dog, Phone Log

For that description alone...

posted by grum@work at 11:59 PM on July 20

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I've finally gotten around to updating this:

MLB Last Man Standing List

It's a list of the last player to play for every now defunct/moved team in MLB history, and the last player ALIVE for some really old franchises/teams.

Bartolo Colon remains the last Expo standing, and there are only 5 remaining living Boston Braves (1876-1952) players.

posted by grum@work at 01:06 PM on July 20

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Jean Segura almost single-handedly saved the Mariners in the 9th inning with just his defense. It may be the greatest single inning of defensive work I've ever watched.

- first out of the inning : if he doesn't make this play, the winning run scores. Difficulty level: 9 out of 10

- second out of the inning : if he doesn't make this play, the winning run scores. Difficulty level: 5 out of 10

- third out of the inning : If he doesn't make this play the winning run scores. Difficulty level: 8 out of 10*


*Side note: If the baserunner going to second had simply run THROUGH the bag (instead of the instinctual slide that everyone is supposed to do), he's (probably) safe and the winning run scores. However, it's anti-intuitive to run through second base and I don't blame him for doing what he did.

posted by grum@work at 01:10 AM on July 18

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Kind of a rare event in the Jays/BoSox game.

The "win" wasn't given to the pitcher of record.

The Jays led 3-0 going into the bottom of the 7th inning in Boston.
Then, the Red Sox scored two runs and had two men on with two out.
The Jays brought in the relief pitcher (Leone).
He threw one pitch, which was hit for a double (tying the game) and also got the 3rd out (runner gunned down at home plate).

The top of the 8th saw the Jays score a run to take the lead back.

The bottom of the 8th saw a different pitcher (Tepera) throw a clean 1-2-3 inning.

Then Osuna gunned the Red Sox down 1-2-3 in the 9th.

Normally, Leone would get the win by being the pitcher of record.
However, the scorer (correctly) determined he was not "effective", and gave the "win" to Tepera.

I can't think of the last time that's happened, but I rarely notice it in box scores when I glance at them.

posted by grum@work at 10:55 PM on July 17

Roger Federer Wins 8th Wimbledon Championship

LeBron has been in the NBA Finals for seven straight years. It's an incredible feat.

It's the fact he's done it with two different teams during that stretch that makes it amazing.

K.C. Jones, Sam Jones, and Bill Russell went to the finals 8 straight seasons (and won each time) with the Boston Celtics, but LeBron's feat is more impressive to me.

posted by grum@work at 12:36 AM on July 17

Roger Federer Wins 8th Wimbledon Championship

Hello, all the above guys, and hello Mickelson, LeBron, and the Buffalo Bills, among others.

Two of those in your list have won championships multiple times, so the sting of losing is probably offset somewhat.

The Bills, however....

posted by grum@work at 12:54 PM on July 16

Roger Federer Wins 8th Wimbledon Championship

Federer, 35, last won in 2012.

And when he won then, everyone talked about how it was his last hurrah.

posted by grum@work at 12:02 PM on July 16

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

So, they haven't beaten the Brewers, Astros, Marlins, Rockies, Diamondbacks, or the Nationals/Expos

  • Brewers have been in the NL for only 20 seasons, and have only made the playoffs twice in that time.
  • Astros are no longer in the NL, so that's never going to happen.
  • The Yankees had their chance against the Marlins and blew it, which is amazing since the Marlins have made the playoffs in only twice in 24 seasons.
  • Rocktober is a rare event (3 times in 24 seasons), but the Yankees actually made it to the World Series in one of those times (2009).
  • They were two outs away with the best closer in history, so it's not like the Yankees didn't have their chance against the Diamondbacks.
  • Making it to the World Series at least once should be a requirement to be on this list. We might have had our matchup in 1994 as the Yankees and Expos were far and away the best teams in their leagues at season's end...

posted by grum@work at 10:00 PM on July 12

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

By the way, Judge is worth the price of admission until opposing pitchers and scouts find the holes in his swing.

Then they need to talk to young Roberto Osuna (from "Other Team In Yankees' Division"). He's almost 3 years younger than Judge, and the giant is 0-for-5 against him with 4 strikeouts.

posted by grum@work at 09:50 PM on July 12

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

This ESPN headline is just terrible.

If only Cano was still playing MLB for some other team...

posted by grum@work at 01:15 PM on July 12

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I had no idea that Scott Newlands was such a popular choice to sing O Canada at sporting events. I've found ten different performances by him on Youtube.

posted by grum@work at 10:26 AM on July 12

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Toronto Blue Jays All-Star first baseman shot her a nasty look when she did it.

posted by grum@work at 10:22 AM on July 12

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Judge's teammate Dellin Betances expresses what everyone felt like watching Judge.

posted by grum@work at 10:22 PM on July 10

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Normally the HR derby isn't all that enticing to me.

But, I'm going to admit that I was curious to see how Judge would do.

And...well...holy shit.

He wasn't even trying in the final round, and he won it with 2 minutes to spare and no timeouts.

posted by grum@work at 10:03 PM on July 10

Wayne Rooney Signs Two-Year Deal with Everton

According to the reports from January 2017, ManU made more money than any football club in the world. The figure touted is 515.3 million pounds . They have massive sponsorship deals with Chevrolet and Adidas.

Everton doesn't appear in the top 20 for the world rankings. 20th spot was held by Leicester City, with 128.7 million pounds.

So yeah, there's a MAJOR financial discrepancy between the two clubs.

posted by grum@work at 07:33 PM on July 09

Wayne Rooney Signs Two-Year Deal with Everton

It's like going from the New York Yankees (one of the greats of MLB history but isn't currently top of the league but is close) to the Toronto Blue Jays or Minnesota Twins (used to be a great franchise ~30 years ago, but now consistently sits in the mid-level of the league).

posted by grum@work at 05:22 PM on July 09

Wayne Rooney Signs Two-Year Deal with Everton

Wow. That's going to be weird seeing him in the blue instead of the red.

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

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Online, I still see people typing "Bra7i1" to provoke Brazilians...

posted by grum@work at 06:05 PM on July 08

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

A lengthy no-rain rain delay and then a memorable night yesterday (and this morning) at Nats Park.

The sense of camaraderie among the fans in this story is the same one that exists for fans of games that go into CRAZY long extra innings. I was at the July 1 (Canada Day) Jays game from last year, where they lost to the Indians in 19 innings. Thankfully, it was a 1pm start so it was only just after 7:30pm when it ended, but it really didn't hurt as much as you'd expect for a close loss. We saw our best hitter (Encarnacion) get ejected (which is amazing since he's generally the coolest/nicest guy on the field), our manager get ejected (one of three times I saw him get tossed in the five games I went to last year), TWO position players pitch for the Jays (Ryan "0.00 ERA" Goins, and Darwin Barney) and FOUR appearances by the grounds crew.

I still have the paper copy of my ticket from that game.

posted by grum@work at 03:54 PM on July 07

Tennis Player Suffers Terrible Knee Injury at Wimbledon

It looked like her knee cap was dislocated (like what happened to the Yankees outfielder Dustin Fowler), and I'm guessing another muscle/ligament tore in the process.

That would have been a helpless feeling for Cirstea. You want to comfort her, but there is absolutely nothing you can do about her pain. The last thing you'd want to do is touch/move the leg and possibly do even more damage.

posted by grum@work at 02:48 PM on July 07

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Is this it?

Is the last remaining Montreal Expos player finally gone?

I gotta admit, I'll be a bit sad to see the fat, steroid-using, team-quitting, secret-second-family guy finally retire.

posted by grum@work at 12:44 AM on June 30

The LA Clippers trade PG Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets

Basketball is slowly turning into the EPL, with the haves and have-nots in talent distribution.

posted by grum@work at 09:33 PM on June 28

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Nolan Arenado makes a hell of a play.

posted by grum@work at 09:31 PM on June 28

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Gary Bettman has fully embraced the heel role.

Good for him.

posted by grum@work at 11:37 AM on June 24

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The Canadiens sure do like to make a splash in the off-season...

posted by grum@work at 09:18 AM on June 16

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Crosby brings the cup into the locker room.

Real men don't wear ski goggles when celebrating.

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

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I couldn't believe that the NBA had THREE DAYS in between games. That's ridiculous.

posted by grum@work at 12:04 PM on June 12

SportsFilter NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: rcade

To use the worst metaphor possible, you hit a half-court shot in the dying seconds to win this, rcade.

You jumped past four people (5 if you consider your tie with me before the round started) in the last round to win the tournament.

posted by grum@work at 01:30 AM on June 12

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

It's that time of year where Seattle Mariners fans get REALLY salty about the Canadian invasion into their stadium.

Watch the videos and understand why some people call Safeco Field "SkyDome West" when Toronto comes to town.

Morales home run

Smoak home run

Osuna locks down the save

posted by grum@work at 10:00 AM on June 11

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Some of you can hate him, but you have to respect the baseball smarts of Jose Bautista.

View from the outfield of the steal.

posted by grum@work at 09:54 AM on June 11

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Pirates beat reporter does a nice interview with Jason Taillon (pitcher coming back from fight with cancer), and ESPN asks if they can use the interview on their "platforms" and offer only "credit" as payment.

He responds. And the twitterverse responds to him.

(Jayson Stark was an ESPN writer for 17 years before being canned by them as a cost-cutting measure.)

This is the second time ESPN has asked to use other people's work after firing most of their reporters.

posted by grum@work at 09:50 AM on June 11

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Oh, Lebron.

Why do you taunt us mortals like this?

posted by grum@work at 11:26 PM on June 09

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: The Finals

Winner: Cleveland

Games: 7

MVP: James

Scorer: James

Rebounder: James

Margin: 17

Combined Score: 217

Tiebreaker: 167

posted by grum@work at 07:05 PM on May 31

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

By the way, the best part of that brawl was how little Buster Posey (SF catcher) cared about trying to stop Harper from getting to Strickland. He didn't make a move to intervene or interfere until Harper had already thrown a punch.

In the full video of the at-bat, you can see Strickland shake off EVERY signal from Posey before throwing the bean ball. Posey knew what was coming, but probably didn't want it to happen.

I think the fact that Strickland decided to throw at Harper because of home runs he hit THREE YEARS AGO bothered Posey (since he'd be the prime retaliation target for the Nationals), so he basically said "fuck it, you're on your own" to Strickland when Harper charged.

posted by grum@work at 09:53 AM on May 30

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I'm almost sure he wanted to throw the helmet at the pitcher, but it slipped. The rule is grip the brim for underhand toss, grip the main part for an overhand toss. He made the mistake of using an underhand grip for an overhand toss.

posted by grum@work at 09:46 AM on May 30

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

By the way, his public statement about the incident is a textbook example of how it should be done:

"I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions," Woods said. "I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved. What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn't realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly," he said.

"I would like to apologize with all my heart to my family, friends and the fans. I expect more from myself too. I will do everything in my power to ensure this never happens again. I fully cooperated with law enforcement, and I would like to personally thank the representatives of the Jupiter Police Department and the Palm Beach County Sheriff's office for their professionalism."

Admit the mistake, accept the blame/punishment and apologize. Praising the authorities for their part in the matter is just icing on the cake. It's almost impossible to find fault with that statement.

posted by grum@work at 10:56 PM on May 29

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The NHL playoffs are still going. When that's done, Canadians will notice the CFL again.

posted by grum@work at 07:26 PM on May 29

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Stanley Cup Final

1. Winner: Nashville

2. Number of games that team will require : 5 games

3. The longest game : 2 OT

4. First player to score a goal: Subban

5. Conn Smythe winner: Rinne

6. Player to score the most goals: Forsberg

7. Player to get the most assists: Crosby +1

8. Player with the best plus/minus: Subban

9. Player with the most penalty minutes: Neal

10. Starting goaltender with the best save percentage: Rinne

Tiebreaker: 19 goals

posted by grum@work at 12:48 AM on May 29

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

Golden State in 5 +1
Points: Curry +1
Rebounds: Aldridge

Cleveland in 4 +1
Points: James +1
Rebounds: Thompson

The conference finals schedule is ridiculous. Cleveland is at a disadvantage because their opponents are playing a long series. Like rcade says, they could stomp the other East team in 4 straight and still end up with less time to rest for the finals if the GS/SAS go 6 games.

Edit: Why does NBA.com say that the third game for GS/SAS isn't until next Saturday?! Maybe that's to balance out the early lead in games played (vs the East)?

posted by grum@work at 06:33 PM on May 13

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The most inappropriate organ music I have ever heard. (Warning: blood)

posted by grum@work at 01:09 AM on May 13

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

Nashville in 7: +1
Points: Getzlaf
Save%: Rinne

Pittsburgh in 7: +2
Points: Crosby +1
Save%: Anderson

posted by grum@work at 01:16 PM on May 12

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I'm not sure when I'll be available this weekend, so my picks as well:

Nashville in 7
Pittsburgh in 7

posted by grum@work at 12:12 AM on May 12

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

 📂 National Hockey League 
  └📁 Washington Capitals 
   └📁 Ovechkin era 
    └📁 Semi-final appearances 
     └⚠️ Folder is empty

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

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Because nothing happens in sports if it isn't immediately turned into a meme-able image/video.

posted by grum@work at 10:56 PM on May 10

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Kevin Pillar doing Kevin Pillar things again, and wowing the opposing team's announcer.

posted by grum@work at 10:12 AM on May 09

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

NHL.com reporter roasts ESPN when it looks like they want to use his content for their network.

ESPN Assignment Desk: Hello, can you follow us so that we can send you a DM?

Arpon Basu: I followed but if it's to ask permission to use content, don't bother. The answer is no. This is why you should have reporters.

posted by grum@work at 10:56 PM on May 08

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

That may have been an ironic use of it. That's the common retort in the Jays sub-Reddit when they lose another game.

To be fair, when two of your starting pitchers (20 game winner and the AL ERA leader), your perennial-MVP third baseman, and your all-star-level shortstop have been out of action for most of the season, it does make it hard to be competitive.

posted by grum@work at 01:22 AM on May 07

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Now, for something completely different:

Aaron Judge is a very strong young man.

posted by grum@work at 08:02 PM on May 02

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Plus, Fenway Park is private property, yes? If so, then I don't think the racist goons are covered by the 1st Amendment in this case.

Oh, absolutely. I just don't think a private establishment can FINE someone on their premises for being racist, and I'm pretty sure that the government can't fine the person for swearing on private property, so that's why I said the idea of fining someone would be a non-starter.

posted by grum@work at 08:00 PM on May 02

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Fining someone for saying racist slurs is just ASKING for the ACLU to come down on you hard.

This isn't "shouting fire in a theatre". This is just expressing abhorrent ideas out loud, and I'm pretty sure the best you could hope for would be to toss someone from the ballpark (like you could do with any person you don't want in there for any reason).

posted by grum@work at 03:36 PM on May 02

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I think the way to handle racist fans is to ban them for life, and if they got the tickets from somebody else ban that person as well.

I like the idea of banning people from the stadium, but that's going to make the security theatre at stadiums take twice as long as they have to do face recognition on everyone that enters.

There is also no way that MLB will implement the "ticket owner" ban idea, as that would scare away the market to sell tickets on the MLB-approved StubHub, thus taking that extra coin from the MLB/team pockets.

Public shaming, plus the knowledge that some players might actively avoid signing with a team because of their fans, is the only hope that you'll see any change.

posted by grum@work at 01:58 PM on May 02

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

A better arm than I ever had, regardless of my fitness level or age.

posted by grum@work at 01:37 PM on May 01

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The secret seems to be that you have Taylor Hall on your team. If that's your team, then they are now 4-for-7 in winning the NHL draft lottery.

posted by grum@work at 04:19 PM on April 30

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Second Round

Boston in 7 - I.Thomas +2 +1
Cleveland in 7 - L.James +1 +1
San Antonio in 5 - K.Leonard +1
Golden State in 4 - S.Curry +2

posted by grum@work at 01:18 AM on April 30

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

They've since fixed the page.

Before, it only showed four games for the Raps/Cavs, but seven games for the Spurs/Rockets.

posted by grum@work at 09:22 AM on April 29

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

These Blue Jays are just spectacularly terrible this year.

The worst part is that they've only had two blowout losses this year. Everything else seems to be either losing in extra innings, or blowing a chance to tie it in the 8th/9th inning with base runners on and down by a couple of runs.

Now, they are playing without perennial MVP candidate Josh Donaldson, starting shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, and their top two pitchers from last year (finishing 6th/7th in Cy Young voting), Aaron Sanchez, and J.A. Happ, so I'm not surprised they are losing more than they are winning...

But still, man. This is just painful.

And with the Raptors surely to be bounced quickly by the Cavs, that means the Jays won't have anything to hide behind for the rest of the season.

Edit: And if you think I'm being negative about the Raptors chances, please observe that NBA.com doesn't even bother trying to list the "if necessary" Games 5/6/7 of the series on their schedules (but do so for the Rockets/Spurs series).

posted by grum@work at 01:04 AM on April 29

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Dead grandmas, tiny babies...how will the 2018 draft class top these stage props next year?

posted by grum@work at 03:44 PM on April 28

Joey Barton in trouble - again

Other gamblers can't see what he's doing with his bets unless he tells them, so signalling can't be the reason.

Somebody has to know he's made those bets, otherwise they can't be made. Either it's someone at the betting firm, or the person he asks to make them for him...

posted by grum@work at 08:18 AM on April 28

Joey Barton in trouble - again

The problem with even small bets AGAINST his own team is that it could be used as a signal to other gamblers that something isn't right. Maybe he knows someone is going to fix the match. Maybe he knows that someone is hiding an injury. Maybe he knows that the ref is in on it.

posted by grum@work at 12:44 AM on April 28