The Cavaliers should be ashamed of themselves. Some of those Hawks had families, and now they can't look them in the eye after tonight's game.
posted by grum@work at 11:34 PM on May 04
Oh, and a hell of time in Toronto tonight.
At almost EXACTLY the same moment Justin Smoak did this in the bottom of the 9th inning, Kyle Lowry did that with no time on the clock.
Of course, Justin Smoak finished things off right by doing this on the very next pitch he saw in the bottom of the 10th inning.
Sadly, DeMar DeRozan didn't finish things off well for the Raptors.
posted by grum@work at 12:24 AM on May 04
I forgot to post this earlier.
Giancarlo Stanton drives a home run off the scoreboard, about 60 above the fence.
Watch it. It's bonkers. They measured it at 462 feet, but that still doesn't seem right.
posted by grum@work at 12:15 AM on May 04
Still up to date!
posted by grum@work at 07:13 PM on May 02
Raptors in 7.
posted by grum@work at 12:16 AM on May 02
Vin Scully talks about the history of beards.
And it's as awesome as you could expect it to be...
I seriously would listen to a collection of Vin Scully audio books of him talking about baseball and related matters.
posted by grum@work at 08:43 AM on May 01
Copying my picks from the other thread because I do have a minute here:
Golden State in 6
San Antonio in 7
Cleveland in 4
Technical foul: LeBron James
Three-pointers: Klay Thompson
posted by grum@work at 04:49 PM on April 30
Making my picks for the SpoFi basketball contest, as I'm not sure I'll be around later today:
Golden State in 6
I'll reserve my picks for the fourth matchup when we get an idea of who it is....
posted by grum@work at 09:26 AM on April 30
New Marlins manager Don Mattingly had this to say about his star second baseman Dee Gordon as the season started:
Well, here is the explanation!
posted by grum@work at 07:31 AM on April 29
When I see the bottom of the 8th inning in the Dodgers/Marlins game, I wonder if it set a record for the longest half-inning with 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 runs scored.
Bottom 8th: Justin Nicolino pitching
That's five different pitchers to face six batters, with four of the pitchers facing only one batter in the inning. That's also three different pinch-hitters, producing exactly zero hits. Only two balls were put into play for the inning.
posted by grum@work at 11:21 AM on April 28
I'm switching my pick from the Ducks to Sharks in 7.
posted by grum@work at 06:49 AM on April 28
NHL, NFL, same thing right?
Because there aren't any Canadian teams involved? :)
posted by grum@work at 09:24 AM on April 27
Blues in 6
Ducks in 7
Capitals in 7 (and this will be a series people will talk about for a while)
Lightning in 6
Top Goal Scorer: S.Crosby
Save Percentage: B.Holtby
Power Play: Capitals
Top Scoring Team: Capitals
posted by grum@work at 09:21 AM on April 27
A new fan to hockey tweets his reactions live while watching the game on TV.
"White people been hiding hockey from us for years bruh. This shit lit"
posted by grum@work at 07:33 PM on April 26
I'm not sure how the Twins/Nats game is crazier
Down by three runs in the 8th.
Score two runs in the bottom of the 8th.
A pinch-hit game tying solo home run by the best player in the NL (MLB?).
Another pinch-hitting pitcher gets a hit (Joe Ross in the 12th).
A catcher throwing error on a 2-out bunt by a relief pitcher to tie the game in the bottom of the 15th.
A walk-off home run by their 6th OF on the depth charts in the 16th inning.
More drama I guess than crazy, but Oliver Perez bunt-inducing-error with two out is pretty damn crazy (especially since the ball was going to roll foul if the catcher didn't touch it).
posted by grum@work at 01:00 PM on April 25
Okay, you're semi-weekly crazy stuff in MLB update:
Pirates' pitcher Jon Niese was used as a pinch-hitter in the top of the 13th inning, and got an RBI single on the 9th pitch of the at-bat. The single was fielded by the left fielder for the Diamondbacks, pitcher Shelby Miller.
Why was Miller in the game as an outfielder?
A combination of factors:
1) He was the pinch-runner for the Diamondbacks in the bottom of the 12th inning and scored the tying run to force it to go to the 13th inning. He was pinch-running for Zack Greinke, who was pinch-hitting for another pitcher.
2) Nick Ahmed had been thrown out of the game in the previous inning (just before Zack Greinke came to bat) for arguing balls/strikes. That meant the Diamondbacks had ZERO position players left on their bench. A pitcher was absolutely going to have to play out in the field.
Of course, in his first and only appearance in the outfield, the Pirates hit an RBI-double to LF, and an RBI-single to left field, to eventually win the game.
And guess what? That wasn't the craziest game of the day...
posted by grum@work at 09:42 AM on April 25
dared to Zlatan
Yes. Yes, he did.
posted by grum@work at 09:24 PM on April 24
Jose Guillen - 1998
Yasiel Puig - 2016
Same stadium (Coors Field).
Same location (right-centre field).
Same chain of events (fly ball bounces off wall as right fielder tries to catch it, then fielder runs it down and throws to third).
Same jaw-dropping results.
posted by grum@work at 02:03 PM on April 23
Just in case anyone was curious:
Team batting numbers:
Cubs* - .243/.300/.378 84 OPS+
Angels** - .220/.294/.306/ 77 OPS+
posted by grum@work at 11:30 AM on April 22
Prince at the Super Bowl
Yup. As good as I remember it.
posted by grum@work at 07:34 PM on April 21
Another day, another bizarre play in MLB.
Official MLB Rule 5.09g: A pitched ball lodges in the umpire's or catcher's mask or paraphernalia, and remains out of play, runners advance one base;
posted by grum@work at 07:02 AM on April 21
Why is baseball so great?
Because even though the game has been played for over one hundred years, you'll still see something you've never seen before.
Balk called! Umpires reverse it! Manager complains! Umpires reverse the reversal! Other manager complains! Gets tossed!
posted by grum@work at 11:53 PM on April 19
As I previously mentioned, I think listening to Vin Scully broadcast a baseball game is one of the best things a sports fan can listen to. He makes every thing sound better. Even...
reading a grocery list.
It really is as good as it sounds.
posted by grum@work at 12:27 AM on April 18
Well, they are the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
It really is their full name.
posted by grum@work at 12:26 AM on April 18
Vin Scully tells his Jackie Robinson story on Jackie Robinson day...for the last time.
I want Vin Scully to put all of his favourite stories into audio book format so I can listen to them for the rest of my life.
posted by grum@work at 03:57 PM on April 16
I'm going to be honest, I thought the NHL would be the first to do this.
posted by grum@work at 05:34 PM on April 15
(1) Cleveland in 4
(2) Toronto in 6
(3) Miami in 6
(5) Boston in 7
(1) Golden State in 4
(2) San Antonio in 5
(3) Oklahoma City in 7
(5) Portland in 7
- What will be the highest single game point total a team reaches in the first round? 129 points
- What will be the highest single game point total a player will score in the first round? 42 points
posted by grum@work at 04:33 PM on April 14
The Blue Jays lineup card last night:
posted by grum@work at 08:59 AM on April 14
Rachel Nichols "" @Rachel__Nichols
Just spoke to Shaq - he said "I challenged him to get 50 and the mother****er got 60"
posted by grum@work at 08:36 AM on April 14
He shot over 40%, his team won, and he was lights out in that fourth quarter.
It might have been an embarrassing final season for Kobe, but it was a hell of a final game.
posted by grum@work at 06:14 AM on April 14
MLB to start the night, then bounce back and forth between the NBA games (as they are on neighbouring TSN stations here in Canada).
That's assuming, of course, I have the TV to myself (as the other one is on the fritz and the replacement doesn't arrive until Friday).
posted by grum@work at 06:46 PM on April 13
For the record, my "J.Benn" entry means JAMIE Benn. The good one.
(I assume that's what Howard_T's entry is as well.)
posted by grum@work at 06:07 AM on April 13
Florida in 5
Lightning in 7
Washington in 5
Pittsburgh in 6
Dallas in 6
St. Louis in 6
Nashville in 7
Los Angeles in 6
posted by grum@work at 06:34 PM on April 12
Some commentators portrayed Spieth's final round as the worst collapse ever, but I would disagree.
I think their reasoning would be:
1) Norman's collapse, as you said, was a 3-hour nightmare that never stopped. It was more of a crumbling than a collapse, like a 100-year-old house starting to slowly show cracks and splinters, and then slowly sinking to the ground over the span of a few months. Spieth's collapse was like someone dynamited the foundation of the house while you were out getting groceries, and when you came back you found a pile of rubble.
2) Your description of McIlroy's collapse is correct, in that everyone was almost expecting it. For that reason, Spieth's collapse is worse because he had finished 2nd, 1st, and was leading every round until that 11th hole. There was no indication (and previous contradicting evidence) that he could collapse like that at Augusta. It would be like watching Steve Nash (90% success rate) miss 6 free throws in a row after sinking the first 12 of the game.
3) van de Velde's single hole implosion wasn't as bad because this was a relatively unknown doing something insanely stupid on a single hole. That's not unheard of at all.
Spieth's "I'd like to be anywhere but here" look on his face during the green jacket ceremony was tough to look at. Unless Willett wins another major, or otherwise makes a name for himself beyond this moment, I think everyone is going to remember Jordan's collapse more than Danny's win.
posted by grum@work at 12:33 PM on April 11
So, an Englishman wins the Masters after watching the leader of the first three rounds collapses on the final round.
Is it live, or is it Memorex?
posted by grum@work at 09:57 AM on April 11
With my adopted team, the Chennai Super Kings, not allowed to participate this year, I'm not sure how excited I'll be to watch it.
posted by grum@work at 04:49 PM on April 09
It went from funny, to shocking, to depressing, to embarrassing to watch in the span of 30 seconds,
posted by grum@work at 07:01 PM on April 07
For me, this story is what sports are all about: one friend gets annoyed by another, decides to eviscerate the other's favorite team in Football Manager.
There is a subset of video game reporting/story-telling that involves taking something with a set of rules and then trying to stretch/subvert/break those rules for humourous/horrifying results.
Things like "Mr. Bones' Wild Ride", Sim Torturing, and my personal favourite "Breaking Madden" series on SBNation.
Messing around with league simulations is also a favourite of mine.
posted by grum@work at 04:12 PM on April 07
At one point yesterday, the Toronto Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay Rays had completed their four game series before 16* other teams had even started their second game of the season.
* Yankees, Astros, Orioles, Twins, Angels, Cubs, Red Sox, Indians, Mets, Royals, Nationals, Braves, Marlins, Tigers, Phillies, Reds
posted by grum@work at 10:05 AM on April 07
The San Diego Padres have been shut out their first three games of the season.
They are currently batting, as a team, .120/.138/.130.
(Last year, noted hilariously-bad batter Bartolo Colon hit .138/.150/.155 for the season.)
And this also happened...
posted by grum@work at 09:44 AM on April 07
I really liked how the final shot was handled afterwards, with all that slo-mo video of the shot and the aftermath as the streamers were cascading down.
Now imagine if they went to video review and saw that the shot was late. They'd have to clean up all those streamers before play could continue in OT.
posted by grum@work at 10:08 AM on April 05
Nice and exciting last 12 seconds of play...
posted by grum@work at 06:37 AM on April 05
Cleveland to win the AL Central? In your estimation, is Cleveland that good or is the Central that down? Is KC going to suffer that much of a downturn this season?
As much as the Blue Jays are going to be powered by hitting, the Indians are going to do the same with their pitching.
Kluber, Carrasco, and Salazar are fantastic. Tomlin is ready to break out (look at that K/BB ratio). Anderson, I'm not as high on, but Bauer could also make a return to the rotation.
posted by grum@work at 02:07 PM on April 04
I forgot to post my predictions for the MLB season:
AL East: Toronto
AL Central: Cleveland
AL West: Houston
AL Wild Card #1: Boston
AL Wild Card #2: KC
NL East: Washington
NL Central: Chicago
NL West: SF
NL Wild Card #1: New York
NL Wild Card #2: St. Louis
ALCS: Toronto over Houston
ALCS MVP: Marcus Stroman
NLCS: Chicago over St. Louis
NLCS MVP: Kyle Schwarber
World Series: Toronto over Chicago
World Series MVP: Michael Saunders
AL MVP: Jose Altuve
AL CY: Marcus Stroman
AL ROY: Sean Manaea
NL MVP: Bryce Harper
NL CY: Clayton Kershaw
NL ROY: Corey Seager
AL Batting Champ: Jose Altuve (.359)
NL Batting Champ: Andrew McCutchen (.333)
AL ERA Champ: M.Stroman (2.30)
NL ERA Champ: C.Kershaw (2.10)
AL HR Champ: Nelson Cruz (49)
NL HR Champ: Bryce Harper (46)
AL Wins Leader: D.Price (22)
NL Wins Leader: J.Lester (19)
posted by grum@work at 11:05 AM on April 04
Police have not said what her blood alcohol level was, but she appears extremely glassy eyed in her mug shot.
I hate that statement. You also get that glassy-eyed look if you were crying, and considering what had just happened to her, that wouldn't be all that surprising.
That said, she's an idiot.
posted by grum@work at 10:25 PM on April 03
That is some David Freese-level stuff right there.
posted by grum@work at 03:12 PM on April 03
Machado getting a 30% shot to do 40/40 is optimistic.
It's opening day! I'm always optimistic!
posted by grum@work at 12:59 PM on April 03
Before I read the article and see their predictions...
75 stolen bases (last by Jose Reyes, 2007)
Dee Gordon stole 64 in 148 games in 2014, and 58 in 145 games in 2015. His OBP has gone up every season for the past 3 seasons. He won a Silver Slugger and Gold Glove, and the Marlins a terrible team. Barring a fluke injury, he should get into 155+ games this season, and could break 75 stolen bases (especially with an old-school manager like Mattingly (who has seen first hand what a speedster can do)).
I'll give him a 35% chance to pull it off.
250 innings pitched (Justin Verlander, 2011)
David Price through 248.1IP in 2014. He's just signed a massive contract with the Boston Red Sox. He's going to be asked to show his worth for that contract. I think there is a better than decent chance (barring injury, I'd say 40%) that he breaks 250IP this year.
100 relief innings (Scott Proctor, 2006)
Given the rise of the bullpen (Royals), there MIGHT be a chance for a pitcher to do this again, but I think it's time has run out. The player with the best hope of pulling this off is probably Dellin Betances (Yankees). He threw 84IP in relief last year when he was the #2 reliever. He's been bumped down to #3 (well, when Chapman comes back from suspension), so I could see his role be expanded to the 6th/7th inning. I'll say a 30% chance he reaches 100IP (especially if Chapman/Miller don't falter).
40/40 club (Alfonso Soriano, 2006)
The best choice to do it:
Manny Machado (35/20 last season) and he's only 23 years old. A tiny bump in power, more chances on the basepaths, and he's my guess as to who pulls it off this year. I'll say 30% chance.
20 sacrifice bunts by a non-pitcher (Juan Pierre, 2007)
Ugh. I hope this never gets broken. It's a silly mark and something any manager should never aspire to see broken on their team, and no player should ever WANT to break. I think the only hope is a terrible hitter on what would be a great hitting team.
Hello, Darwin Barney (Blue Jays)! If you're batting, and you have guys like Pillar (86% contact rate), Donaldson, Bautista, Encarnacion, and Tulowitzki batting after you, then maybe a manager might consider you bunting over a runner or two (if there are zero outs) to give the other guys the chance to knock them in.
Still, I can't see it happening. Let's say a 15% chance of it occurring.
posted by grum@work at 10:06 AM on April 03
I think intentional facemask penalties are personal fouls, aren't they?
posted by grum@work at 09:16 AM on March 24
Do you like diving/embellishing? Because this is how you get diving/embellishing.
How long will it take before someone does the soccer flop because the opposition put his hand on his chest during a heated moment?
posted by grum@work at 02:07 PM on March 23
You can watch a soccer match and be done in two hours. A baseball game could be a five hour commitment. Which one is more compatible with modern sensibilities?
How long would a soccer match be if they just kept playing until someone won (without shootouts)? With everyone but the keepers getting progressively more exhausted, you could easily end up with a 5 hour match.
posted by grum@work at 02:04 PM on March 23
Is there a reason, other than historical precedence, why women's tennis is best of three and men's is best of five?
None that I can find. It's based on the old idea that the "fairer sex" wouldn't be able to handle the grueling 5-set matches, like they wouldn't be able to handle being in the army, or driving racing automobiles.
posted by grum@work at 11:00 AM on March 23
If men and women play sets in the same amount of time.
That was part of my assumption in point 1. If you want to go data mining and determine the difference between men and women tennis matches in terms of games/time, go right ahead. My assumption was based on neutral values. However, if you think that women sets last 69% longer than men sets (in a major), well I think you might be surprised.
Until women are given the option of playing best of five in majors, paying them less isn't very equitable either. If women in the workplace were paid 70% because they only got 70% as many work hours as men, they'd still be economically disadvantaged even with an equal per-hour compensation.
Are women asking to play 5 sets? If not, isn't that the same as saying an employee who is only given 70% of the hours to work, but doesn't want to work more than that, is being unfairly paid? If men are then told to only play 3 sets at majors, then I expect their pay to be reduce to the level of women. I don't think I'll hold my breath on this one.
For non-major tournaments, I believe that men and women should be paid the same (based on equal popularity/match length/ad revenue).
If the goal of a pro sport is to maximize fan satisfaction, basing pay on duration of the event seems arbitrary to me. How big a factor in your personal enjoyment of tennis is the number of sets? Do you like men's tennis 5/3rds as much as women's?
It's not duration of the event (by time), it's expected entertainment value. Would you pay equal amounts for a tournament pass if you were expected to see 3 rounds of the tournament, or 5 rounds of the tournament?
In soccer, is golden goal worse than full overtime periods because it's shorter? I hate seeing an epic match end with the players all gassed and hanging on for PKs.
You're talking about individual game results, not expected results. Every team goes into the game expecting to play X minutes. Some play X+Y minutes because that's how it goes, but the expectation is the same. Soccer players aren't paid per minute, they are paid per game (regardless of how many minutes in each game they play).
posted by grum@work at 10:34 AM on March 23
I wish we could have more of that in team sports, like putting the equivalent of 10% of total NFL salaries into a pool that's awarded to players based on playoff victories.
I'm not sure what you mean here.
Players already get paid more if they win playoff games.
posted by grum@work at 09:42 AM on March 23
Out in the real world, women earn only 77 cents for every dollar that men earn.
The gender wage gap has stayed the same since 2001, so things are not getting better.
April 12 is Equal Pay Day.
I know which side I'm on.
The gender wage gap has stayed the same since 2001, so things are not getting better.
April 12 is Equal Pay Day.
I know which side I'm on.
I'm pretty sure everyone in this discussion is on the same side, but that doesn't mean it is applied the same way.
Let's start with some basic assumptions for my calculations:
1) A set of men's tennis is equal to a set of women's tennis, in terms of entertainment value and length of time. It might not be (and I'm not sure which gender has longer sets), but I'm going to say it is for the ease of calculations.
2) Revenue earned by the broadcaster is based on advertising time sold, which is a factor of time (more time, more ads). As a result, a broadcaster is going to pay higher rights fees if they can sell more advertisement. This assumes that men and women matches draw the same relative advertising revenue which, again, I'm going to assume for calculating purposes.
The length of time for a match is dependent on the number of sets played. If we were to assume two equal opponents were to play each other, then if we assign a 50% chance for either to win a set, the number of sets for a men's or women's match works out to:
- A wins 2 straight sets.
- B wins 2 straight sets.
- A wins 2 out of 3 sets (losing the first or second set). There are two results like this.
- B wins 2 out of 3 sets (losing the first or second set). There are two results like this.
Therefore, there are 6 different outcomes. Two of them are 2 sets each, and four of them are 3 sets each.
Therefore, the average number of sets in a women's match would be 2 2/3 sets.
- A wins 3 straight sets.
- B wins 3 straight sets.
- A wins 3 out of 4 sets (losing the first, second, or third set). There are three results like this.
- B wins 3 out of 4 sets (losing the first, second, or third set). There are three results like this.
- A wins 3 out of 5 sets (losing two of the first four sets). There are six results like this.
- B wins 3 out of 5 sets (losing two of the first four sets). There are six results like this.
Therefore, there are 20 different outcomes. Two of them are 3 sets each, 6 of them are 4 sets each, and 12 of them are 5 sets each.
Therefore, the average number of sets in a men's match would be 4 1/2 sets.
That means, on average, the men play 1 5/6 more sets per match than the women.
That's about 69% more.
I'm for equal pay for equal play, but that isn't the case here in majors.
If women start to play 5 set matches, then they should definitely be paid the same amount as men. If men start to play 3 set matches, then they should definitely be paid the same amount as women.
But if there is still a significant difference in match length, I don't think the phrase "same pay for same work" applies here.
posted by grum@work at 09:38 AM on March 23
Well, I think women shouldn't get equal prize money at major tennis tournaments if they are only playing best-of-3-set matches and men are playing best-of-5-set matches. The men are simply playing more (time/play-wise) than the women as a default, and should be paid more. That's definitely not a case for equal work/equal pay.
Now, if you want to pay equal appearance fees for your stars to non-major tournaments, or equal prize amounts when both genders play best-of-3-set matches, that seems fair.
posted by grum@work at 06:24 AM on March 22
[checks NCAA results]
[sets fire to bracket]
posted by grum@work at 05:19 PM on March 18
Just remember, MLB/Selig wanted you to believe that no team in the majors could find a spot for Barry Bonds in 2008, even at the league minimum. Yet, at age 51, he beat players less than HALF HIS AGE in an impromptu HR derby.
posted by grum@work at 09:58 PM on March 16
Daniel Nava and Mike Scioscia perform a long con on a Seattle runner in order to turn a double play.
posted by grum@work at 12:00 PM on March 16
In like Flynn.
posted by grum@work at 02:03 PM on March 14
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