The funny thing is I forgot to add a comment in my weekend round up of my visit to Columbus for the NCAA tournament saying that in the middle of the second game on the first day, I had the epiphany of noticing that nobody on the lineup cards for any of the 8 teams had a 6/7/8/9 in their digits (after frantically scanning the program to confirm it). I made the assumption that it was for the hand signals, and I'm glad I was right.
What the article doesn't mention is that a team can have a "0" or a "00" on their roster, but not both.
posted by grum@work at 09:51 PM on March 31
18. Rod Marsh & Ian Botham.
In an Ashes match Botham arrived at the wicket to a bit of cheek from the Aussie keeper.
Marsh : "So how's your wife and my kid's?".
Botham: "Wife's fine. Kid's are retarded".
Probably apocryphal, as I've heard that used in movies before, but still awesome.
posted by grum@work at 08:39 AM on March 31
It seemed for a while there if you weren't long off the tee and aggressive with your irons you weren't typically in contention very often because the courses were getting longer, and pin placements more ridiculous.
There was a term they used when they changed the courses like that:
I think the issue right now is that he simply can't hit the ball properly, regardless of the length of the shot. He's seems to be a physical mess, and he's trying to overcompensate and it's turning him into an emotional mess. It would be like a former-fastball pitcher who now has a minor injury, and then deciding to alter his mechanics so he can still throw the ball hard. More often than not, it's going to lead to more injury and more adjustments and eventually you aren't doing anything right.
posted by grum@work at 09:40 PM on March 30
This is like watching the end of Steve Carlton's career. One of the greats of all time struggling mightily with the end of his career, and refusing to go quietly into the night while chipping away at the legacy he built.
I would love for Tiger to be "Tiger" one last time at the Masters (redemption/recovery stories are so hot), but I'm not holding out hope.
posted by grum@work at 12:03 PM on March 30
If/when an undefeated elite NCAA men's basketball team loses it's first game of the season, do the 1975-76 Indiana Hoosiers uncork some champagne and celebrate in the manner of the 1972 Miami Dolphins?
P.T.I. had one of the players from that team on for a brief interview (I forget which one) and asked him just that. He said they don't do any celebration, and in fact it wouldn't diminish their accomplishment one bit if someone else pulled it off. He said the Hoosiers would still be undefeated champions, and he'd be happy to see other kids have a chance to relish that opportunity.
posted by grum@work at 09:56 AM on March 30
Help this North American figure out what is going on in the article:
"Sending off" usually means a batter has been bowled/run/caught out. What is it that the Aussies were doing that was controversial?
"Sledging"? Can I get a quick definition for that?
posted by grum@work at 09:52 AM on March 30
grum's brief review of his visit to the NCAA Round 2/Round 3 games in Columbus, Ohio:
posted by grum@work at 02:47 PM on March 24
There is a 30-minute "highlights" show that pops up in the late hours on the Sportsnet channels (Canadian). The actual games are PPV/subscription to watch, so that's not an option for me, but I've been enjoying some of the highlights.
posted by grum@work at 11:13 AM on March 17
The "Richard Riot" was 60 years ago today.
The Globe and Mail has some archival photos from that time.
posted by grum@work at 08:27 AM on March 17
Pool #: 160458
The scoring system is called "Seed Difference Bonus".
The normal scoring is counted:
1 point for a correct round of 64 pick
2 points for a correct round of 32 pick
4 points for a correct round of 16 pick
8 points for a correct round of 8 pick
16 points for a correct round of 4 pick
32 points for a correct final winner
As well, bonus points are awarded for upsets, equal to the seed differential.
So if a #12 upsets a #5, you get 7 bonus points (regardless of the round it happens).
If a #1 beats a #16, you don't get any bonus points.
This will reward riskier picks that are right.
posted by grum@work at 10:01 PM on March 16
Video of Wayne Rooney being knocked out whilst boxing in kitchen is released on a newspaper website.
Wayne Rooney scores for Manchester United and then gives everyone an awesome goal celebration.
posted by grum@work at 11:25 PM on March 15
Puns on Sportsfilter?
Some things will never change...
posted by grum@work at 10:07 PM on March 15
I'm going to Columbus to watch the games there on Friday and Sunday.
Unfortunately, we didn't get any of the big name teams.
I'm hoping that Dayton makes it out of the play-in game, because they had a REALLY nice run last year, knocking off Ohio State, Syracuse, and Stanford. They'll essentially be playing another "home game", as the First Four is in Dayton, and their next series would be in Columbus.
I assume that there will be an official SpoFi bracket contest...
posted by grum@work at 09:37 PM on March 15
The changing cars halfway through just proves that electric cars will never work unless you have a regular car also.
Drive your local commutes everyday but if you want to take a trip forget it.
That's the kind of thing that buggy owners said about gas-powered "automobiles" over 100 years ago. If you really think this is the be-all-end-all of battery tech, then you're probably going to be very surprised in the (near) future.
posted by grum@work at 02:08 AM on March 15
Watching the Atlanta player flip out on the bench was great.
I understand the need for professionalism, but sometimes you just get so caught up in the amazing that it is okay to become a fan for a bit...as long as you accept the punishment later.
posted by grum@work at 03:57 PM on March 13
The Eagles traded Nick Foles to the St. Louis Rams on Tuesday in a perplexing move that brought former No. 1 overall pick Sam Bradford to Philadelphia after two major knee injuries and also required the Eagles to surrender their 2016 second-round pick.
posted by grum@work at 12:04 AM on March 11
So does someone want to try and explain how amps weren't "performance enhancing", and the fact that all of their favourite baseball heroes of the 1950s/60s/70s/80s that used them weren't "cheating"?
posted by grum@work at 11:56 PM on March 06
Well, Phaneuf is the captain, and that role comes with a target.
And Kessel is the highest paid and most talented Leaf, so that also comes with a target.
The fact that the media attention is negative is strictly because of the team results.
When the Leafs were winners, players like Doug Gilmour were lauded like gods among men by the media.
Hockey in Toronto (and Montreal) is unlike any other club sport in any other city in the world, except maybe football in Dallas. You're talking about the nation's most popular sport, in the nation's most populous city, without any other competing team. You also have quite a few media empires that are centered around Toronto (Bell, Rogers, Sun, Star) and now you have to produce infotainment to fill those eyes/ears/bits. When the team stinks, it's easy to write a new article every day that explains how they stink, why they stink, who should be blamed for the stink, and how you think it should be fixed. Who do you blame?
Coach, GM, captain, star..those are the easiest choices.
posted by grum@work at 02:41 PM on March 03
Yeah, this (naughty language) comic from 2004 pretty much explains it.
posted by grum@work at 10:17 PM on March 02
Hard to imagine how it could be 5 times worse ...
Punching a woman in the face while not talking to the press.
posted by grum@work at 11:45 AM on February 26
More rumours about athletes getting in trouble, Josh Hamilton has flown to NY to have a disciplinary hearing with MLB.
The top speculative reason is that he used cocaine a few months back, voluntarily admitted it to MLB, and is expecting to be punished for it (as he's a multiple-time offender when he was in the minors). However, because he voluntarily came forward, the belief is that he'll be treated as a first-time offender by MLB (minimal suspension, if any). It does seem that MLB can bring down an 80-game suspension on him, or even longer (as there was speculation that he was under some previous special agreement with MLB because of his earlier drug history, and there might not be any wiggle room).
In summary, Hamilton probably did cocaine, admitted it, and will either get a small suspension or miss most of the season.
(All we do know is that it definitely isn't PEDs.)
posted by grum@work at 09:16 PM on February 25
Hard to imagine how it could be 5 times worse that the Ray Rice hit without someone ending up in a full length file drawer at the morgue.
Punching 5 women in a row?
Punching a small girl in the face?
posted by grum@work at 09:09 PM on February 25
I think people need to give it some time still.
If you watch the game being played now compared to the 80s (which was incredibly high scoring), you'll see that the individual skill on display now is greater (on average) than back then. And it's greater than it was in the 90s, and probably greater still than the 00s.
You see plays now that were considered "amazing" back then (reverse passes when going behind the net, or between-the-leg passes/shots), becoming commonplace.
The age of Youtube is going to bring out even more creativity from young players.
I mean, watch these kids play!
posted by grum@work at 09:36 PM on February 23
Love to know where they think the State of RI is going to come up with money to build a new stadium for them.
Whatever they do, they shouldn't ask a certain Red Sox alumni to be the pitch man for some public Rhode Island funds...
posted by grum@work at 01:18 PM on February 23
"[Pawsox owner] Ben [Mondor] was a giant among men who saved baseball for the State of Rhode Island," Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino 2010
Obviously their love of Ben Franklin overrides their love of Ben Mondor.
posted by grum@work at 12:24 PM on February 23
From zero teams to three teams in the blink of an eye?
posted by grum@work at 10:51 AM on February 20
How much of a degenerate gambler do you have to be to bet on a friendly match between Belarussian squads?
posted by grum@work at 11:32 AM on February 19
Cartoonist's take on the EPL's new five billion pound TV deal.
posted by grum@work at 11:30 AM on February 19
Yup, they fired a ref right after the game to cover up a scandal that didn't yet exist.
Technically, the inklings of a scandal were already there before the game (since I think it was Baltimore that complained about it before, and that's why the league was looking into it during the AFC championship game).
posted by grum@work at 08:46 PM on February 18
Didn't you think he was lying?
My initial thought was "Germany is outshooting Brazil 5 to 1?!", but then his buddy yelled back "GTFO!" and the first guy said "No, seriously. It's 5 to 1 for Germany!", and so I realized it was the score.
posted by grum@work at 09:33 AM on February 18
I tried to do something similar with the Brazil/Germany World Cup game (so I could watch it after work), but on my drive home I had to get gas and I overheard one guy yell the half-time score to another. Granted, that's not the official final score, but you can be pretty damn sure you knew who won that game at that point...
posted by grum@work at 08:44 AM on February 18
Cross your fingers Julio Franco lights it up in Japan!
Regardless of your age, I hope EVERYONE does this. The world of sports is a better place with guys like Julio Franco still wanting to keep playing the game he loves.
posted by grum@work at 10:30 AM on February 17
With Jason Giambi's announced retirement, there are now ZERO players in any of the four major sports (NHL/MLB/NBA/NFL) that are older than me.
Hand me my cane.
posted by grum@work at 09:00 AM on February 17
The problem is even more evident up here in Canada with regards to hockey.
The sport is probably the most expensive one in North America to participate in as a child (equipment costs and ice rentals), so there is almost zero chance poor kids will even get into the game. Then, when you throw in traveling all-star teams and the cost required there, it even eliminates even the lower end of the "middle" class kids.
I know of a former co-worker who was secretly happy that both his sons were only "average" at hockey, because he really didn't want to have to tell them that they couldn't participate in the traveling team leagues because of the prohibitive costs.
And in Canada, if you aren't in the upper echelon of your age group before you get to peewee (13 years old), then you definitely won't land on a competitive midget team, and if you aren't on a competitive midget team (where you'll get scouted), then you definitely won't be drafted by a junior league team (major, A, B, or C).
posted by grum@work at 01:28 AM on February 15
Bleak few days for great NCAA basketball coaches as Jerry Tarkanian passes away too.
Bobby Knight has reportedly gone into hiding with medical team, a priest, and the collected works of Monty Python, until this all blows over.
posted by grum@work at 01:10 PM on February 11
When he started his professional baseball career, actor James Franco wasn't born yet.
posted by grum@work at 04:33 PM on February 10
In one of those "who would have guessed", two titans of baseball longevity, Julio Franco & Nolan Ryan, never faced each other in a real MLB game.
posted by grum@work at 06:37 PM on February 09
Julio Franco played with Mike Hargrove. Hargrove retired, became a manager, and then retired as a manager, and Franco was still playing in the majors.
posted by grum@work at 06:35 PM on February 09
From Baseball Think Factory:
Julio Franco's debut as a pro baseball player is closer to Pearl Harbor than it is today.
posted by grum@work at 03:45 PM on February 09
Of all the info I've learned about Coach Smith, for some reason I like that he is getting credit for the "point at the passer" thing after a basket. That acknowledgement of your teammate assisting you is a real good "team" thing, and reflects on Smith's coaching strategy.
posted by grum@work at 08:45 AM on February 09
There are dividing lines in time of hockey viewership that are defined by who you believe the greatest player of all time is:
Cyclone Taylor, Joe Malone, Howie Morenz, Maurice Richard, Gordie Howe, Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky
Most hockey people understand that Wayne Gretzky's dominance is what defines him as the greatest of all time, but everyone also understands there is a reason only one player has ever been known as "Mr. Hockey".
Keith Olbermann has run a bunch of updates/tributes to him over the past couple of months.
The account of his health taking a bad turn.
Howe getting better and photos with fans.
Just a couple of days ago.
posted by grum@work at 03:16 PM on February 08
Fans are collectively, "the 12th man" or "the twelve," and individually they are "a twelve" or "twelves." I want no part of that silly shit.
In the CFL, the Saskatchewan Rough Riders' fans call themselves the "13th man" (as there are 12 men on the field for each team in the CFL). This phrase came back to haunt them quite horribly a few years ago.
posted by grum@work at 01:32 PM on February 05
If you have a 5.1 or more sound system, you can probably simulate the "no announcers" feel by unplugging the center speaker. That's usually where the announcer voices come from in the audio mix.
I had a buggy connection for my center speaker a while ago, and when I was watching a hockey game, it dropped out after a commercial break. I then heard all the sounds of the skates, ice, sticks, body checks, the crowd...but no announcers. It was great.
I wasn't in a hurry to fix that problem until we needed to watch something other than sports.
posted by grum@work at 03:36 PM on February 04
I would say that Manning is the better quarterback (skills), but Brady is the most successful (results).
I leave it to your imagination to determine how things would have turned out if Manning had Belichick as a coach, or Brady didn't.
posted by grum@work at 11:31 AM on February 04
The only sport I really enjoy the play-by-play in is Hockey.
And Vin Scully doing baseball, all by himself.
posted by grum@work at 11:28 AM on February 04
This discussion reminds me of one of my favourite videos.
posted by grum@work at 01:01 PM on February 03
Well, he lost two, so Montana's still better
This is the basis of the argument for Montana. Never failed to win the big game, was never outplayed in the big game.
This is the basis of the argument for Montana. Never failed to win the big game, was never outplayed in the big game.
Actually, Montana lost 7 big games.
Every game in the playoffs, from the wild card to the Super Bowl, is by default "the big game". It is the last game of the season for you if you lose. It stops being "the big game" after you've won, because there is another "big game" to be played, until there aren't any more games to be played. You can't win that last "big game" unless you win the previous "big game".
Based on that logic used for Montana (never failed to win the big game), if QB loses in the first round of the playoffs 9 out of 10 years, but wins one Super Bowl, he would be considered "better" than Jim Kelly.
That's plain old nuts.
posted by grum@work at 12:16 PM on February 03
Nutbar conspiracy theory time - the "play" was about making Russell Wilson, the more brandable guy, a hero.
The reason that theory falls apart is that if they really wanted Wilson to be the hero, they simply run an option-sweep play, giving Wilson the opportunity to pass it (small hero) or keep it and run it in (big hero). His scrambling ability was on display throughout the game, so it's not like they would be asking for something unusual (like making Peyton Manning do it).
posted by grum@work at 09:29 AM on February 03
This should be called the Levy Principle.
posted by grum@work at 01:17 PM on February 02
"Browns QB Johnny Manziel has entered treatment Wednesday . . . "
posted by grum@work at 11:12 AM on February 02
Any time the NFL tells me that concussions are down, I just have to remind myself that it's reported concussions.
Edelman seemed to be concussed after a helmet-to-helmet hit, when he put his forearm down (and his knee, on review) and then stumbled down the field.(I say "stumbled" because of two noticeable jerky head motions he makes when he's running. That looks like someone trying to compensate for his bell being rung.) Then, he was tackled on another play, and seemed to have a hard time getting up again (which the announcer said was because of his hip). Finally, he tried to catch a ball over his head by leaping backward, and he landed in such a way that his head bounced off the turf.
According to this article, at no point was Edelman ever taken off the field, or examined by a doctor in the "quiet room", despite independent medical doctors on the sideline requesting that he be examined.
posted by grum@work at 11:09 AM on February 02
Two individual ridiculous plays. Do they overshadow Brady's achievements? I guess it might feel like that now, but over time Brady's performance will float to the top.
Crazy/rare moments overshadow almost everything because they are easy-to-remember single moments, and unless a player has a transcendent game (Doug Williams, for example), consistency tends to be forgotten.
Remember the 100-yd interception/touchdown by Pittsburgh at the end of the 1st half against Arizona? Remember the great catch by Holmes for the winning touchdown in the back of the endzone (with the two-tippy-toe-touch to stay in bounds)?
Now, do you remember which quarterback had the better game (statistically)?
At the beginning of the fourth quarter Seattle had a 91% win probability which Brady methodically erased with 14 unanswered points. The last drive might be overshadowed by the later ridiculousness but it hardly will be forgotten.
Of course, NE had a 79% win probability with less than 2 minutes in the game, and Seattle had a 88% win probability with a minute left in the game (and the score hadn't changed in between). That's a 67% change while Brady just looked at the jumbotron. That's how ridiculous that final drive is, and overshadows everything else in the game.
posted by grum@work at 10:13 AM on February 02
Oh, and in case anyone was wondering why Jeremy Lane didn't come back into the game yesterday after that interception:
posted by grum@work at 08:00 AM on February 02
I think that's what bothers me about this Super Bowl.
If Seattle doesn't score on that final drive because they rushed Lynch twice (thrice) and couldn't get in, or Wilson's attempt to loft one into the endzone goes incomplete after a couple of rush attempts, or even if Kearse doesn't make the circus catch and the Seattle drive dies quietly out near mid-field, I think this Super Bowl would have been labeled as one of the greats, and Brady would have had a crowning moment.
Instead, "the play call" happens, and the rest of the game is completely overshadowed, and Brady's victory is tainted with a "well, yeah but...".
posted by grum@work at 07:56 AM on February 02
Tweets from Harvard Sports:
The Pats allowed opponents to score 81% of the time in power situations (runs on 3rd/4th & <2, or w/i 2 yds of goalline). Dead last in NFL.
SEA was second in the league in power situations, getting stuffed just 17% of the time. Lynch converted 17 of 20 3rd/4ths & short this year.
In summary, Tom Brady won this Super Bowl by sitting on the sidelines and watching Pete Carroll (and his OC) make probably the biggest single boneheaded coaching decision in sports over the last 50 years. The only ones I can think of that might be close are Grady Little not pulling Pedro Martinez in 2003, and John McNamara leaving Bill Buckner at 1st base in game 6 of the 1986 World Series.
Huh. Boston seems to play a prominent role in these stories.
I know it's from the what-if department, but it's stunning to consider that a total of maybe 4-5 inches of combined difference in the location of only two passes- one the improbable, heartbreaking "helmet catch" in 2007, and one the in-and-out of his hands incompletion to Wes Welker in 2011- and we would be talking about 6-time winner Tom Brady, owner of the only 19-0 season in history.
Of course, we could just as well be talking about 6-time Super Bowl loser Tom Brady, as today was the biggest Super Bowl margin of victory in his career (4 points).
For his 3 other wins, the margin of victory has been:
2005 - Vinatieri field goal with 0:04 left in the fourth quarter
2004 - Vinatieri field goal with 0:00 left in the fourth quarter
2002 - Vinatieri field goal with 8:40 left in the 4th quarter
This is the only Super Bowl win in Brady's career where the margin of victory/winning play is because of him, and I'm pretty damn sure no one is going to remember that drive any time soon...
posted by grum@work at 07:44 AM on February 02
My wife (who was in another room) asked what happened.
My description was:
"Seattle just shit their pants, pulled the pants over their head, and then fell off a cliff with the shitty pants on their head."
"You could just say they choked...."
posted by grum@work at 10:09 PM on February 01
Wow. Seattle chokes hard core.
posted by grum@work at 10:01 PM on February 01
That was an entertaining half time show.
It had some songs I liked, it had some very striking visuals, it had a surprise (for me, as I didn't know that Missy Elliot was taking part), and it had dancing palm trees and sharks.
Can't ask for much more than that...
posted by grum@work at 08:28 PM on February 01
Actually, that sounds like a pretty exciting game. At no point is any team more than 7 points ahead at the beginning/end of a quarter.
posted by grum@work at 02:10 PM on February 01
Seattle by 3
Most passing yards: Brady
Most rushing yards: Lynch
Most receiving yards: Gronkowski
First touchdown: Lynch
Player with a sack: Avril
Player with an interception: Sherman
Total score: 43
First quarter: 10
Second quarter: 30
Third quarter: 37
posted by grum@work at 01:48 AM on January 31
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