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SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The Philadelphia Phillies finished the season with a .389 win percentage (63-99) for 2015.
They were the worst team in baseball.

Philadelphia 76'ers :
15-37 in the 2015 portion of last season.
0-16 to start this season.
18 games remaining in this calendar year.
Even if they won all of them, they'd finish the calendar year with a .384 winning percentage.

posted by grum@work at 08:46 AM on November 27

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

You couldn't do that if you tried again a thousand times.

posted by grum@work at 08:10 AM on November 27

Big league baseball beneath Big Ben?

In case you are wondering what MLB would sound like when broadcast by the British... (NSFTF*)

*Not Safe For Texas Fans

posted by grum@work at 10:56 AM on November 26

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 12: Inadvertent Whistle Edition

Detroit by 3
Dallas by 6
Green Bay by 14 - The Turducken Lock
Minnesota by 7
Cincinnati by 6
Tennessee by 3
Tampa Bay by 6
Buffalo by 7
N.Y. Jets by 4
N.Y. Giants by 4
Jacksonville by 3
New Orleans by 7
Arizona by 14
Seattle by 9
New England by 10
Cleveland by 1

posted by grum@work at 09:50 PM on November 25

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Ugly baseball Xmas sweaters.

A personal favourite...

posted by grum@work at 03:58 PM on November 25

Tiger Woods to be a Ryder Cup vice captain in 2016

why would Davis Love III want someone in the team room who hasn't played on a winning US team since 1999?

Tiger is 4-1-2 in singles play in the Ryder Cup, and 9-16-1 in a team format. His partners in those team-ups are a combined 22-20-10 in singles play.

posted by grum@work at 11:13 AM on November 24

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

It's good to be the MVP.

posted by grum@work at 02:19 PM on November 20

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Side note: How long has that image been around? I swear I remember it from almost 10 years ago.

posted by grum@work at 01:29 PM on November 20

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

To be fair, they couldn't afford me. :)

(It's well known in the business of baseball that they WAY underpay positions that are comparable to others in the non-baseball world. Data analysts, techies, etc. The reason is that everyone wants to be part of a sports team, and will take a pay cut to get the job.)

I'd need to play with the PitchFx data for a month or two before I could even think of a job like that.

Also, my programming skills in C have atrophied since I started using a proprietary language in the insurance industry.

posted by grum@work at 01:28 PM on November 20

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Chris Assenheimer's response to being mocked for his 2nd place vote for Cruz.

For all those ripping me for Cruz over Trout. Cruz (.302, 44 HR, 93 RBIs). Trout (.299, 41 HR, 90 RBIs). #JustSayin

posted by grum@work at 08:02 PM on November 19

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

There was a ballot submitted for the AL MVP that had neither Donaldson (winner) or Trout (runner-up) in the #2 spot.

Nor the #3 finisher.

Nor the #4 finisher.

Nor the #5 finisher.

No, that person voted for the #6 finisher (Nelson Cruz) at #2.

Time to give Chris Assenheimer (Chronicle-Telegram in Cleveland) a concussion test...

posted by grum@work at 07:20 PM on November 19

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 11: Nobody Knows Anything Edition

Jacksonville by 3
Atlanta by 7
Chicago by 3
Oakland by 7
Dallas by 10
Philadelphia by 3
Carolina by 17 - Easy to open Master Lock
Baltimore by 7
Houston by 3
Kansas City by 6
Green Bay by 3
Seattle by 14
Arizona by 3
New England by 7

posted by grum@work at 11:30 PM on November 18

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Coaches relieved of duty while Dwight Howard was on the roster:

Johnny Davis
Chris Jent (interim)
Brian Hill
Stan Van Gundy (during off-season before Howard left)

Los Angeles:
Mike Brown
Bernie Bickerstaff (interim)

Kevin McHale

Five real coaches, two interim coaches, and four of the real coaches were fired mid-season, and the other one (Van Gundy) stated that he was told he was fired because of Howard.

posted by grum@work at 01:26 PM on November 18

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Nobody is really at fault for the soccer injury. The player just tripped, fell, and landed on the incoming player's leg. That's just a bad fluke. It's pretty gruesome, and I could only watch it once and immediately turned away.

posted by grum@work at 10:22 PM on November 17

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

J J Watt says the "Red Rifle" became a Red Ryder BB Gun, and Andy Dalton cries that Watt lacks integrity. Integrity?

When Watt sacked Dalton, did he then filp him in the air to celebrate?

posted by grum@work at 07:54 PM on November 17

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

That would be a safety for the Patriots, but the game would be over and the Giants would win by one, right?

Yes, that would be a one-point win.

If it was the CFL, you could win by one point with a rouge (kick through the end zone). This, of course, is what sometimes makes the end of CFL games a crazy affair.

posted by grum@work at 03:45 PM on November 16

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

On the thread about "What baseball picture from this season would confuse people if they saw it 5 years ago?", this one was my absolute favourite:

  • Ichiro pitching...
  • ...for the Marlins...
  • ...but they are called "Miami".

posted by grum@work at 10:16 AM on November 16

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Side note:

Is there any chance of putting together a stand-alone thread for "Play of the Year" (or month) nominees? Like, a repository where we can just put a link to amazing plays from throughout the year (or month) so everyone can enjoy them?

There isn't any need for a voting or ranking system.

posted by grum@work at 09:42 AM on November 16

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Random amazing play video from this year:

Mike Trout's insane slide while stealing third base during a game in May.

I don't have a problem with calling this the greatest slide in the history of baseball.

I've seen "show-a-hand-take-it-away-touch-with-the-other-hand" slides many times.
I've seen "contort your body away from the tag" slides many times.
I've seen "hook your foot on the bag" slides many times.

I've never seen anyone do all three in one slide.

Trout is doing so many different things with his body at once, it's not surprising that the third baseman missed the tag AND that the umpire couldn't believe what he was witnessing (from his angle) and assumed he was out.

posted by grum@work at 09:37 AM on November 16

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 10: David Tyree Edition

Is it possible to finish with negative points?

Because I might finish with negative points this week.


posted by grum@work at 10:45 PM on November 15

Holly Holm Knocks Out Ronda Rousey in Huge UFC Upset

You could almost hear the groan from the UFC bigwigs and the producers of this movie.

The UFC might be trying to say that the rematch will be huge (and it will be), but Rousey as an undefeated champ was promo gold for them. Maybe Holm can be as charismatic as Rousey, but that's to be seen...

posted by grum@work at 08:23 PM on November 15

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 10: David Tyree Edition

Buffalo by 3
Green Bay by 21 - magnetically-sealed lock
Carolina by 9
St. Louis by 3
Philadelphia by 3
Pittsburgh by 6
Dallas by 3
New Orleans by 1
Baltimore by 9
Oakland by 7
Denver by 3
New England by 16
Seattle by 3
Cincinnati by 10

posted by grum@work at 11:54 PM on November 11

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

That one against the Raptors was the best, as he simply bullied his way against friend and foe to slam that home.

posted by grum@work at 02:29 PM on November 11

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

How big was Game 5 of the Jays/Rangers ALDS?

Big enough to be used as fodder for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Dallas Stars twitter beef.

Dallas fired the first shot (about the beer), and Toronto fired back.

(It's pretty funny that the Leafs have only three wins, and two of them are against the powerhouse Stars.)

posted by grum@work at 11:13 AM on November 11

Athletics doping: Wada commission wants Russia ban

Well, they had the whole infrastructure in place from their USSR period, so I'm not terribly surprised that it was still ongoing. Now that the Sochi Olympics have passed, the Olympic community can impose whatever punishment they want without worrying about disrupting a future Olympic venue.

posted by grum@work at 06:26 PM on November 09

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

That's a nightmare scenario for the OHL commissioner. He needs to make sure the team keeps playing, but I don't know what he can do to the owner of the team making a personnel decision like that.

posted by grum@work at 01:02 PM on November 09

Oklahoma State Takes College Football Belt From TCU

That Ole Miss/Arkansans game was all kinds of crazy at the end...

posted by grum@work at 11:49 AM on November 08

"Shuttering of Grantland Hints at Corroding ESPN Culture, Competency, and Gumption"

Sports is a stealth definer of social values,

1947, man. That's when it became obvious to everyone that sports can help push social change.

posted by grum@work at 04:25 PM on November 05

NFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine: Blaine Gabbert Edition

Cincinnati by 9
Buffalo by 7
St. Louis by 14
New England by 17 - LOCK
New Orleans by 10
New York Jets by 3
Oakland by 7
Green Bay by 6
Atlanta by 10
New York Giants by 13
Denver by 7
Philadelphia by 10
San Diego by 14

posted by grum@work at 08:59 AM on November 05

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

"No one in the SEC would understand that...except Vanderbilt."

That some quality gold right there.

posted by grum@work at 02:01 PM on November 04

Titans Fire Ken Whisenhunt, Make Mike Mularkey Interim Coach

Here's hoping someone wins the division at 6-10!

You're aiming too high!
If you assume that the AFC South teams lose EVERY non-division game here on out, and the remaining intra-divisional games break right...

Week 11: Titans beat Jaguars
Week 13: Titans beat Jaguars (again)
Week 14: Jaguars beat Colts
Week 15: Texans beat Colts
Week 16: Titans beat Texans
Week 17: Colts beat Titans
Week 17: Jaguars beat Texans

Total wins (current + remaining intra-divisional)

Colts (3+1) = 4
Texans (3+1) = 4
Jaguars (2+2) = 4
Titans (1+3) = 4

You'd then have to use tie-breakers to determine which 4-12 team would get home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

posted by grum@work at 04:39 PM on November 03

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Fourteen of Jaromir Jagr's current teammates on the Florida Panthers were born after his NHL debut on October 3rd, 1990. As the season continues, I'm sure more players will be added to that list.

In Gordie Howe's last NHL season, 34 of his teammates were born after his NHL debut in 1946.

posted by grum@work at 10:33 AM on November 03

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

More Proof Gerard Deulofeu Is A Brilliant Lunatic

I can see the dive video in that link (and MrB's gif), but the actually good plays by Deulofeu I can't see because (sing it with me)..."This content is not available in your location."

As for the dive, that is definitely in need of a "hidden sniper" gif version.

posted by grum@work at 03:46 PM on November 02

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Gerard Delofeu played an amazing game, opening goal, two assists and still had to be yanked after an hour because of a yellow card. Because he cannot, and I can't stress this enough, cannot dive convincingly.

I can't watch a highlight on the "World" version of ESPN about a game in Europe because I'm Canadian.

The first sports league (real or e-sport) that figures out that you WANT your highlights on every platform in every nation...they are going to rule the world.

posted by grum@work at 11:42 AM on November 02

Steve Williams: Tiger Woods Treated Me Like a Slave

posted by grum@work at 09:10 AM on November 02

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Oh, and that's the 111th time in a row that the team that [wanted to win it the most/never gave up/had great team chemistry/knew how to win] has actually won the World Series. It's really quite an amazing streak!

posted by grum@work at 08:58 AM on November 02

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Total number of ESPN experts that predicted the Royals to make it to the playoffs this year: 4 out of 15 (and only 2 predicted a division title, and NONE of them had them getting to the World Series)

Total number of FOX experts that predicted the Royals to make it to the playoffs this year: 0 out of 12

Total number of SI experts that predicted the Royals to make it to the playoffs this year: 0 out of 6

Total number of CBS experts that predicted the Royals to make it to the playoffs this year: 1 out of 6 (and only as a wild card to lose in the first round)

Total number of Grantland experts that predicted the Royals to make to the playoffs this year: 0 out of 6

Other experts that didn't pick the Royals to make the playoffs:
The Sporting News
Baseball Prospectus

That's 5 out of 48 "experts" predicted the Royals to just make the playoffs, and none of them predicted they'd reach the World Series, never mind win it all.

posted by grum@work at 08:56 AM on November 02

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

So Familia becomes the first pitcher in baseball history to blow three saves in one playoff series. If he holds those saves the Mets have 3 wins and are leading going into the 9th in another game.

That's...gotta hurt.

Three of the reasons the Mets made it to the World Series (Familia all year, Cespedes after the trade, Murphy in the playoffs) all came up craptacular in the series itself. Cespedes and Murphy probably cost themselves millions of dollars in the last week.

posted by grum@work at 08:37 AM on November 02

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Amazing that they let the play run all the way. And didn't see the Miami player coming on the field from the sideline when they did the review.

I'm glad they let the play run its course, even if they thought it might have been a dead ball. Better to be sure after the fact, than to blow the whistle by mistake and kill the play when it might not have ended.

As for the helmetless player running onto the field, that really is bizarre they didn't mention it afterwards, but I've been told that the play would have been a dead ball foul and would not have negated the touchdown.

posted by grum@work at 04:48 PM on November 01

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Let's not celebrate that play too much...

As a result of that play, the officiating crew, the replay crew, and the communicator have been suspended for two games because of four mistakes they made during the play and afterwards.

For example, not correctly calling the player down before the lateral:

posted by grum@work at 01:09 PM on November 01

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Noah "Thor" Syndergaard's quote about his high-and-tight opening pitch to Alcides Escobar:

I mean, I certainly wasn't trying to hit the guy, that's for sure. I just didn't want him getting too comfortable. If they have a problem with me throwing inside, then they can meet me 60 feet, 6 inches away. I've got no problem with that.

At 6'6", I don't think TOO many batters are going to be excited about charging the mound when Syndergaard says that.

posted by grum@work at 04:47 PM on October 31

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

No! Yes! No!

posted by grum@work at 07:21 PM on October 30

Grantland is dead

That's too bad. I always enjoyed reading any articles to which someone else posted a link.

posted by grum@work at 02:27 PM on October 30

GM Alex Anthopolous leaving Blue Jays after rejecting extension.

And Anthopoulos' signature move this year that probably helped him win that award?

Trading for Josh Donaldson. How did that work out?

Announcement #2 today...

posted by grum@work at 04:09 PM on October 29

GM Alex Anthopolous leaving Blue Jays after rejecting extension.

Of course, this would be announced today...

Being a Toronto sports fan is like living in a perpetual dark comedy sketch.

posted by grum@work at 02:45 PM on October 29

Jewelry Store Locks Doors at Sight of NBA Player

Can't lie, the first thing that comes to mind...

posted by grum@work at 01:20 PM on October 29

GM Alex Anthopolous leaving Blue Jays after rejecting extension.


posted by grum@work at 09:24 AM on October 29

GM Alex Anthopolous leaving Blue Jays after rejecting extension.

This is the darkest fucking timeline.

The most successful season in more than two decades (in terms of team performance, ratings, attendance, publicity), and the new guy decides to push out the architect of the success.

The worst part about this would be if AA lands a job with a competitor and then proceeds to rob the Blue Jays blind (like he did to the A's and Angels).

I didn't think the Blue Jays could possibly kill the momentum they had built up this year, but this might do it.

posted by grum@work at 09:01 AM on October 29

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Michael Jordan's Mansion Wants You To Buy It, Mocks Other Weakling Mansions

That really is a nice goddamn mansion.

Way too big to be useful for anyone other than a large multi-generational family living together, but it would be fun to visit.

(There are some OLD TVs in that house, however. Gotta upgrade those first.)

posted by grum@work at 08:15 AM on October 29

NFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight: Waitin' All Week for Sunday Night

New England by 9 - Locked and loaded
Kansas City by 10
Atlanta by 7
Minnesota by 3
Arizona by 14
St. Louis by 11
New York Giants by 3
Cincinnati by 7
Baltimore by 1
Tennessee by 4
Oakland by 3
Seattle by 6
Green Bay by 3
Carolina by 3

posted by grum@work at 11:01 PM on October 28

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Genuine celebrations of big plays - Gibson, Carter, Papi are good examples - are awesome.

So Bautista's "Bat Flip Heard 'Round the World" in the ALDS Game 5 wasn't a "celebration of a big play"?

posted by grum@work at 03:08 PM on October 28

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Rather than trying to establish what situations justify bat flips why don't we all just realize the act is complete douche baggery in all situations.

Pass. Celebration of success shouldn't be considered "douche baggery", if it's a legitimately impressive feat or important moment.

Was Carlos Delgado's bat flip after hitting his 4th HR of the game a "douche bag" thing to do? (Note: The ball was hit SO HARD that hit it ABOVE the restaurant's facing windows, and bounced UP.) It's only happened 16 times in baseball history. Can he celebrate that moment?

What makes a bat flip a "douche bag" move, but fist pumping and celebrating running around the bases perfectly okay? Joe Carter? Kirk Gibson? Douche bags?

posted by grum@work at 11:34 AM on October 28

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Did anyone in the press get Sam Dyson's reaction to Eric Hosmer's bat flip on the game-winning sac fly? I have to know if Hosmer is playing the game the right way by doing a bat flip on a ball that was caught by the outfielder, and Dyson seems to be the arbiter of class.

posted by grum@work at 10:37 AM on October 28

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Yeah, that second non-call by the refs on the Johnson run is a no win situation for the defenders.

I guess more of them could have simply pushed him over, but if one of them hit him to try and jar the ball loose, they would have definitely been flagged.

posted by grum@work at 06:36 PM on October 27

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Huh. Ralph Branca is still alive (89 years old). Which reminds me that I need to take some time and update my "Last Man Standing" lists of players remaining from moved/folded baseball teams.

A quick check shows that Bruce Chen and Bartolo Colon are currently the last Expos standing in the major leagues. Chen announced his retirement, and Colon is currently participating in the World Series.

There are a couple of players in the minor leagues still (Harris, Izturis) but it looks like Colon might win the last man standing award for the Expos.

posted by grum@work at 10:31 AM on October 27

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Why do we think it is Fred Payne and not the regular starting catcher, Boss Schmidt? Is it because this guy looks lankier than 200lbs?

posted by grum@work at 04:35 PM on October 26

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

As a Jays fan, I don't think getting knocked out of the ALCS is ever going to feel good, but this ending had everything you could hope for as a fan.

- the fan favourite amazing moment (Bautista with 2HR)
- the comeback
- great defensive play (Revere's bloody catch)
- a chance to tie/win the game
- the signature moment you can point to and say "We wuz robbed!" (the 2nd "home run" by the Royals)
- the conspiracy moment

In the end, the Royals won because they made a great play (Cain scoring on the single), and the Jays got beat (two strikeouts with a man on third in the 9th inning).

It was a hell of a year as a Jays fan, and we'll still have the thrill of "The Bat Flip Heard 'Round the World".

posted by grum@work at 09:15 AM on October 24

New York Mets Back in the World Series

The downside to the sweep is that there is no baseball today.

Not one game.

/stares out window

posted by grum@work at 08:51 AM on October 22

NFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven: Don't Snap It, Griff Edition

Seattle by 3
Buffalo by 10
Minnesota by 6
Atlanta by 7
Indianapolis by 3
Pittsburgh by 1
St. Louis by 4
Houston by 7
New England by 11 - my Loch Ness Monster
Tampa Bay by 9
Oakland by 7
Dallas by 3
Carolina by 9
Arizona by 12

posted by grum@work at 10:40 PM on October 21

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Happy birthday to one of the patron saints of Sportsfilter!

posted by grum@work at 09:37 AM on October 20