Recent Comments by tron7

Pitcher Freaks Out Because of Bunt in 2-Run Game

This is probably the most baffling use of unwritten rules I've ever seen. Usually there's something you could point to that, if you were feeling really touchy, you could construe as being disrespectful somehow. This one though, there's just nothing there.

I'm starting to think baseball needs unwritten rules just to have something to get worked up about. Baseball doesn't have the physical interaction with the opposing team that the other team sports have so there's less tangible things to get upset about. If you really want to hate another team, out of frustration most likely, and you don't have any hit batters or hard slides, you have to search and grasp for reasons why. Unwritten rules are conveniently not written down so you can always find one obscure enough that someone on the other team is bound to offend it out of ignorance.

posted by tron7 at 03:11 PM on July 21

Germany Wins World Cup

When Kramer was a late addition for Khedira I was sure it was a day he would never forget.

posted by tron7 at 10:52 AM on July 15

SportsFilter's World Cup Confidence Pool Winner

So the win essentially came down to my dislike for Tiki-taka and my 50% Dutch blood.

posted by tron7 at 10:45 AM on July 15

LeBron James Returning to Cleveland

As for maximizing his money, why is LeBron the only guy who signed this sort of deal?

Because it's riskier. There's no one else who has signed recently that would be a sure fire max guy in two years. If Bosh and Melo can get 100 million it's safer to just do it now because they are less likely than LeBron to be worth substantially more in two years.

posted by tron7 at 12:49 PM on July 13

LeBron James Returning to Cleveland

Leaving aside Gilbert, what did the fanbase do other than express anger and disappointment?

Other than the jersey burning, I saw the same sentiments that Gilbert outlined in his letter coming out of the mouths and keyboards of every Cavs fan I interacted with. The circumstances explain why the city reacted as it did but I don't think it excuses them.

posted by tron7 at 03:08 PM on July 11

Argentina Faces The Netherlands for Spot in World Cup Final

Woah. It did not look like it was going to stop. That would have been amazing.

posted by tron7 at 02:12 PM on July 11

LeBron James Returning to Cleveland

Maybe that was Cleveland's 4 years in the wilderness before they were taken to the promised land?

posted by tron7 at 02:05 PM on July 11

LeBron James Returning to Cleveland

Ahh, I think you're onto something here, it was retroactive karma.

I would be happy for them if the fanbase and Gilbert hadn't reacted so childishly to LeBron leaving in 2010. I can't think of anything a NBA fanbase has done that is more distasteful to me. To see them get LeBron back, on top of the first overall picks the lottery has been cramming down their throat, rubs my sense of justice the wrong way.

posted by tron7 at 01:56 PM on July 11

LeBron James Returning to Cleveland

The letter from Dan Gilbert, the booing of the Cleveland fans, the jerseys being burned -- seeing all that was hard for them.

Does any city deserve this less than Cleveland? Everybody makes mistakes, sure, but usually you have to pay for them.

posted by tron7 at 12:59 PM on July 11

Jason Kidd joins Bucks as head coach

Bear in mind this is also the new Milwaukee ownership group that may have paid up to $150M more than needed to acquire arguably the league's weakest franchise.

Or $100M less than the highest offer. Yeah, it seems high but every franchise being sold right now is going for way over the expected price.

I wouldn't say he was "smelling like a rose"

Well Buck's ownership would. I appreciate that Lasry and Edens wanted to make a splash but I can't believe they went with this particular cannonball.

posted by tron7 at 10:07 PM on June 30

Jason Kidd joins Bucks as head coach

The Bucks saw how he turned around the mess in Brooklyn...

That's one way to look at it. You could also say he was a big part of the mess at the beginning of the season. When the dust settled he had a team that finished 8 games under their preseason over/under and wasn't a serious playoff contender. There was bad and good. I don't see how he gets out of the season smelling like a rose when he looked like a bumbling idiot for the first couple months of the season.

posted by tron7 at 12:40 PM on June 30

Jason Kidd joins Bucks as head coach

Why is Jason Kidd a sought-after coaching prospect? Wait, I'll rephrase. Is Kidd using witchcraft or sorcery in order to convince owners to hire him? The Bucks gave up two second rounders for Kidd and there was some talk of giving him full control, even if it's just the coaching position for now. I have no idea how Kidd commands this level of respect.

posted by tron7 at 11:42 AM on June 30

Luis Suarez Bites Opponent at World Cup

I'm really amused by Suarez's insistence on biting dudes.

posted by tron7 at 02:14 PM on June 24

LeBron Taking His Talents Out of South Beach

I want him to go back to Cleveland...

There is nothing I want less. Cleveland is probably the only team he could go to where I would actively root against him.

posted by tron7 at 01:09 PM on June 24

LeBron Taking His Talents Out of South Beach

If he wants to win a championship in Miami he needs to opt out and resign at a lower salary so the Heat can buy a better supporting cast.

It would help but it's not a requirement. Hell, even at max money he's wildly underpaid. If you can't put a contender around LeBron, it's not LeBron's fault.

Miami as constructed is just fine, by the way. They could transition away from their frenetic trapping, and physically demanding, defense that's been producing diminishing results and continue to rule the East with their current roster plus a few minor tweaks.

posted by tron7 at 01:07 PM on June 24

World Cup Confidence Pool Leader

Something is definitely wrong with the scoring, it says I'm winning?!

posted by tron7 at 05:20 PM on June 20

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

For reference, here's Alex Avila getting hit on Friday by David Ortiz's follow through. See the difference in Papi's reaction?

It proves that Machado doesn't care but not necessarily that he did it on purpose. If it was intentional, it looks a lot more natural than his bat throws do.

posted by tron7 at 12:00 AM on June 09

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Machado overreacted to being tagged in the chest forcefully (while attempting to dodge the tag)

I'll say. That's pretty touchy if that's what started the whole thing. Why they decided to retaliate the next day, after they'd presumably seen a replay, is a little perplexing. I guess once you start jawing you don't want to back down even when there's video evidence showing a rather benign play.

What would have happened if he had actually hit the pitcher with the bat?

posted by tron7 at 11:55 PM on June 08

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Argh... linked before I completely read. Not Win Shares but is using Win Shares.

posted by tron7 at 01:06 PM on June 04

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Gasol doesn't get enough credit for his stretch from '08 - '11. His rank in Win Shares over that stretch: 4th in '08-09, 7th in '09-10 (65 games), 2nd in '10-11. He played with Kobe so he gets overlooked but his numbers definitely warranted some MVP attention.

There's also his Spanish National team accomplishments as the basketball hall of fame is not limited to NBA performance.

Even so I'm not sure if he's hall of fame or not. I really don't have a good handle for exactly how good you have to be for basketball hall of fame consideration.

On edit: Here is an ESPN the magazine article suggesting a re-do of the hall with an arbitrary Win Shares cutoff of 100 and Gasol is at 113.1

There's a giant ad blocking my link button
http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/8736873/nba-experts-rebuild-springfield-hall-fame-espn-magazine

posted by tron7 at 12:48 PM on June 04

CNN: Steve Ballmer Reaches Deal to Buy Clippers for $2 Billion

big money, high profile, racist vanquishing owner in town looking to prove himself with the Clippers.

I know he says he plans on keeping the team in Los Angeles but it was just a year ago he was trying to move the Kings to Seattle. I'm not sure whether it's better to split the LA market or own the Seattle market or how much that even matters to Ballmer.

posted by tron7 at 10:20 AM on May 30

Landon Donovan Left Off World Cup Roster

I had heard some rumblings that this might happen. I'm not sure it effects the USMNT's chances all that much but it really makes me sad.

posted by tron7 at 10:54 AM on May 23

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

And Kawhi Leonard, the quietest superstar, leads the team in Win Shares.

posted by tron7 at 10:50 AM on May 23

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

This is probably #2 on the top 5 list of reasons why soccer/football isn't bigger in North America.

It's the #1 thing that's mocked but I don't think it's that big of a reason why North Americans aren't into soccer. The NBA has plenty of flopping and they're doing all right.

posted by tron7 at 02:35 PM on April 15

Four strikes and you're out

Ahhh tron7, it appears you need a calibration on your sarcasm detector.

Is there a version of Poe's Law that applies to umpire satire? It's either that or I'm still smarting from the bat being taken out of my hands on my first at bat of the summer.

posted by tron7 at 05:49 PM on April 04

Four strikes and you're out

Umpires do not make the wrong call! They might make the incorrect call at certain times, but because the umpire makes the call, and it is a judgement call, the call is not wrong. If replay is used, and the call is overruled, the umpire was not wrong, merely incorrect.

I call therefore it's right. Might help you sleep at night but it's infuriating to players having to deal with the "right" albeit incorrect calls.

posted by tron7 at 12:50 PM on April 04

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The Rays cut 3,000 seats at the Trop, mostly to make a walkway that circles the field.

Meanwhile the Rockies cut a bunch of seats (I can't seem to find how many) to put in a rooftop bar (AKA the Party Deck or Poop Deck depending on who you're talking to). There's been some criticism regarding the Monfort's spending priorities and focus on booze, there's already a microbrewery in the stadium. Personally, I think it looks great but I assume it's going to be hell getting in there for awhile. I'd really like it if they opened her up when the Rockies are out of town. Having a beer overlooking the empty stadium just after the sun drops over the mountains and sets their rims aglow... well, that sounds mighty nice.

posted by tron7 at 09:19 PM on April 01

Doctors Staple Aroldis Chapman Back Together

Heard about the play but I hadn't seen it until now. Wow, that is terrifying.

posted by tron7 at 08:02 PM on March 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Decker was telling one of the local guys here that the Jet's offer was far and away the most money he was being offered. The other offers being in the 5 million per year range. The Broncos didn't even make an offer according to him.

posted by tron7 at 11:11 AM on March 14

In Fake Classes Scandal, UNC Fails Its Athletes—and Whistle-Blower

Show me an NBA game from the last decade better than George Mason getting to the Final Four.

Game 6, 2013 NBA Finals

Though, I don't watch college sports very often anymore so one seems infinitely more important than the other through my eyes.

posted by tron7 at 01:13 PM on March 04

Missouri All-American Defensive Lineman Michael Sam Announces He Is Gay

How many DPOY awards is it going to take to tuck that girlfriend story under the fold? I still can barely believe that story was real.

posted by tron7 at 02:18 PM on February 11

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Michael Lombardi out as Browns GM.

posted by tron7 at 12:14 PM on February 11

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Super Bowl summary in one animated .gif:

Source of this is Breaking Madden (not sure if it was posted here). Pretty amusing read and a decent depiction of what it felt like watching the Super Bowl as a Bronco fan.

posted by tron7 at 02:33 PM on February 03

Seattle Wins Super Bowl 0x30

The most striking thing to me about Seattle's defense is how extraordinary their tackling is. If they touch you, you're on the ground. No extra yards. Very rarely do you even see the pile get pushed. I've been watching Demaryius all year and haven't seen him bottled up and dropped so easily. Knowshon was running into piles exiting via the same door he used to get in. I didn't realize how big of an impact that would have on Denver's offense.

I can't think of any Bronco that had a good game. That seems strange to me. I would think at least someone somewhere would have played well but it seems that every individual was bested by their counterpart.

posted by tron7 at 02:15 PM on February 03

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

His career was cut down in it's jersey-selling prime! He was on pace to be a first-ballot entry into the jersey-selling hall of fame.

posted by tron7 at 04:50 PM on February 02

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I've said it before and I'll say it again: No one in the NFL is paid to play football. They are paid to sell tickets and jerseys to fans and eyeballs to advertisers.

Then how do you explain Tebow not having a job?

posted by tron7 at 12:56 PM on January 31

Richard Sherman, the Man Behind the Mouth

I seriously doubt any player can consider themselves great at the cornerback position without having an attitude that will, obviously, turn some people off.

He'll share the field with one this Sunday.

posted by tron7 at 05:23 PM on January 28

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

As I read the rule, a punter or kicker in the act of attempting a tackle wouldn't be likely to get hit in a way that draws a penalty.

Any time a punter/kicker gets hit they are either tackling someone or trying to get into position to tackle someone. If a kicker gets hit completely away from the play then you have my full blessing to flag and fine.

I've never heard of punters or kickers practicing blocking or tackling.

Maybe they should. Maybe not tackling but find a way to increase their awareness as the hits that usually hurt kickers and punters are the blindside variety.

posted by tron7 at 04:54 PM on January 14

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Was that the goal?

posted by tron7 at 04:47 PM on January 14

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

he will literally get his fucking neck broken out there.

That guy was trying to block and/or tackle. That's his job too. Would that hit draw a fine if it was put onto another special teamer? I'm not really sure if it would or not. The way the NFL is going right now, for better or worse, is that if you hit anyone hard you're likely to draw a penalty or fine.

posted by tron7 at 04:13 PM on January 14

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I don't think there's any benefit to the game to seeing a punter or kicker laid out by a brutal hit.

Is there benefit to other special teamers getting laid out by brutal hits? I'm not calling for unnecessary roughness towards kickers but if they want to try and tackle somebody they shouldn't get any more protection than any other player would get.

Though, if I had my way, I'd get rid of kicking altogether in football.

posted by tron7 at 04:06 PM on January 14

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Yeah, like those wussy receivers who are in the air, or those candy-ass runners who have already been stopped -- or, the worst of them all, that wimpy non-football-playing "kickoff or punt returner attempting to field a kick in the air."

Those are all defenseless positions. A kicker during the return: not a defenseless position. What about being a kicker makes him more defenseless than any other special teamer trying to cover a kick?

Wimpy, candy-ass, wussy... I mean, the sarcasm is great but I don't see how that's my side of the argument labeling them as such. The rulebook essentially implies that they're not football players if they're always considered defenseless.

posted by tron7 at 03:07 PM on January 14

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

It isn't a new ruling. In a rule against hitting players in a defenseless posture, the NFL rulebook includes in the definition "a kicker/punter during the kick or during the return." I don't see anything ridiculous about the rule.

Then shouldn't they just leave the field directly after kicking? Once a kicker/punter is through his kicking motion he's not defenseless, he can defend himself by staying away from the action if he doesn't want to play football.

posted by tron7 at 02:16 PM on January 14

Seahawks Stymie Saints

What in the actual fuck was Colston doing there?

Hit the wrong button on the controller.

posted by tron7 at 07:47 PM on January 11

Seahawks Stymie Saints

Awww, man. We were cheated out of a Hail Mary attempt.

Edit: 'We' being viewers. Love Hail Marys.

posted by tron7 at 07:46 PM on January 11

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Bob Costas Rips Olympic Snowboarding Slopestyle, Calls It Jackass Stuff'

Why slopestyle, just because it's new to the Olympics? I don't see how he's cool with halfpipe but slopestyle is Jackass stuff. Anyway, I'm far more interested in slopestyle competitions than halfpipe.

posted by tron7 at 02:47 PM on January 09

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Btw, congrats to tron7 and owlhouse for finishing with a 135-115 record against the spread. tron7 wins via tie breakers.

Woo! Back-to-back pick-em champion!

I've heard the break even line for betting NFL games is right around 52.5% which means only 4 spofites, out of the 20 or so that were active the entire year, would have made any money if they bet all the games.

posted by tron7 at 03:47 PM on January 07

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The Kings are 4-6 with Gay in the lineup, which is actually an improvement percentage wise for them, but he's also shooting an unsustainable 48% from the field. There will be regression.

True shooting .558 which is higher than any of his single season marks. Though, he is rebounding at a career low rate and turning the ball over at a career high rate since the trade so regression will both hurt and help him.

Really, I don't think he's that bad of a player, just the most overpaid and overrated. Here are some of the guys on his similarity scores on basketball reference: Thad Young, Jared Dudley, Marvin Williams. If he was held in the same regard as those guys I probably would never talk about the guy.

posted by tron7 at 12:08 PM on January 02

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The Raptors are 9-3 over their last 12 with wins over the Thunder and the Pacers. The best part about trading for Rudy Gay is how good you get when you eventually trade him away.

posted by tron7 at 10:10 AM on January 02

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The NBA's possible solution to tanking: The Wheel. I expected to hate this but the more I think about it the more I like it.

posted by tron7 at 02:51 PM on December 23

Dennis Rodman is the third best player in NBA history

Great link, thanks.

posted by tron7 at 05:26 PM on December 20

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

If you run off a 5-game winning streak in the NBA eastern conference...

Not sure any of those teams are capable of winning 5 games in a row.

I would say maybe this is the year the NBA realizes that the current division system is silly but the entire Eastern Conference is so bad that I don't think anyone will care when the Atlantic (Titanic) division winner finishes under .500 and gets a 4-seed.

posted by tron7 at 05:25 PM on December 20

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Not the first time Masai Ujiri has fleeced the Knicks, probably not the last.

posted by tron7 at 10:12 AM on December 19

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Andrea Bargnani with the most baffling shot selection I've ever seen.

The Knicks would go on to win in 2OT as the Bucks are tanking harder than George Patton.

posted by tron7 at 11:30 PM on December 18

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I think it's the nature of the NFL now that you can do pretty much everything correctly and still get fined. If the punter sees that hit coming he's going to lower himself enough to brace for the impact and he probably wouldn't catch that under the chin like he did. The margins are razor thin and the game isn't played in slo-motion. Though, I'm okay with the fines. I think it's just going to be part of the game now that if you want to hit people hard you have to be willing to take a financial hit. I'm just not willing to call the guy dirty. Reckless, sure, but not dirty.

posted by tron7 at 11:30 PM on December 16

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

MLB to ban home plate collisions.

posted by tron7 at 07:33 PM on December 11

Baseball Hall of Fame ballot released.

I'm not a big fan of what they are doing.

Yeah, I can see where you wouldn't want the idea of the hall cheapened. I think we're already there so I appreciate Deadspin illustrating how silly this has all become.

But there are three I don't recognize at all and a few more that register a blip.

Jacque Jones made the ballot?! That's crazy, right?

posted by tron7 at 11:59 AM on November 27

Baseball Hall of Fame ballot released.

We should all pitch in and buy Grum a ballot.

posted by tron7 at 10:09 AM on November 27

New England Overcomes 24-Point Deficit to Beat Denver

Feel free to tell me what you thought happened last night.

He was throwing into 20 mph wind over the last two quarters. There was a bunch of drops. No one ever seemed to be terribly open.

posted by tron7 at 12:00 PM on November 25

New England Overcomes 24-Point Deficit to Beat Denver

The risk of giving up a touchdown on the first possession seems far lower than the advantage of not playing into freezing 20-mph wind. The Hoodie's move seemed like the obvious call.

Moreno has no problem running into the wind. I was happy the Broncos got the ball first, I thought that was their best chance to win. Though, I didn't think it was a horrible decision by Belichick.

posted by tron7 at 11:56 AM on November 25