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NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

C = Cavaliers or C = Celtics?

Not sure. He must mean the team with the 'C' sound.

posted by tron7 at 10:59 AM on April 17

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

Hawks in 5
Cavs in 5
Bulls in 5
Raptors in 7

Warriors in 4
Rockets in 5
Spurs in 6
Grizzlies in 6

East Leading Scorer: Irving
West Leading Scorer: Curry
Ejected: Blake Griffin
Moneyball: 30

posted by tron7 at 12:42 PM on April 16

Losing Wisconsin Coach Laments 'Rent-a-Player' Trend

Sure, but I don't care about Cavaliers fans.

posted by tron7 at 02:54 PM on April 08

Losing Wisconsin Coach Laments 'Rent-a-Player' Trend

I think that there might be.

The teams have reason to draft them if they are available, the league really doesn't. All of those players would be there at age 19. It's not like their rookie seasons were so great that you'd miss them if they weren't there.

What the NBA/NCAA should do is allow a player to declare for the NBA draft, and if they are not picked/signed, still allow them to attend college without ruining their NCAA eligibility. That should apply for high school students and active college students.

I could get behind this if there were somewhere for the players to play while they're still not good enough to pull significant NBA minutes. I don't want some 17 year old sitting on my NBA team's bench even if he might be the next LeBron/Jonathan Bender. So an expansion of the D-League or some sort of understanding with the NCAA but I have no idea what that would entail.

posted by tron7 at 02:25 PM on April 08

Losing Wisconsin Coach Laments 'Rent-a-Player' Trend

Then use journalism as an example.

Can you imagine a journalism or doctor draft? Pro sports is on a different planet from other occupations so I don't know how useful it is to compare them.

From the NBA's perspective there isn't much reason to be drafting 18 year olds. There are so few of them that are ready to play but teams still feel the pressure to take chances on them for the small chance that these seeds turn into superstars. So, the NBA takes a way that pressure and gives teams an extra year to see what those players are about before drafting them with the added bonus of controlling their rights further into their primes.

I don't like the age restriction from a fairness standpoint but there are a lot of things unfair about the NBA CBA. The draft: players are forced to move wherever they are drafted with no real recourse. Rookie scale contracts: players make far less than they are worth on the open market. Max contracts: players make far less than they are worth on the open market. Restricted free agency: team controlling where you work and your only recourse is to take a one year deal (risky and cheap) or continue to live/play where you don't want to. I would probably tinker with all of those before I would mess with the age restriction.

posted by tron7 at 11:13 AM on April 08

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I hope this NCAA championship is remembered for the officiating travesty that it was. I don't have much invested in college basketball and I only casually root for Wisconsin but I found that second half infuriating. Ticky-tack calls, no calls, blatantly wrong calls, anything that could be considered controversial went Duke's way. Nothing in sports bothers me more than officials ruining contests.

posted by tron7 at 01:54 PM on April 07

Yahoo Tourney Pick'em Pool

It was the only bracket I filled out this year and I can't find my picks anywhere. Oh well, I don't follow college ball much anymore so I was basically just guessing.

posted by tron7 at 11:15 AM on March 20

Yahoo Tourney Pick'em Pool

I ahhh... apparently didn't save my bracket. Do I win the Costanza or have I failed too hard even for George Costanza?

posted by tron7 at 10:11 AM on March 20

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

2015 Minnesota State High School All Hockey Hair Team

posted by tron7 at 04:26 PM on March 08

Curt Schilling Declares War on Twitter Trolls Abusing His Daughter

Twitter trolls versus Twitter mobs... I have no idea who to root for.

posted by tron7 at 06:34 PM on March 02

Patriots Win Super Bowl 0x31 After Epic Last-Second Interception

Have the goal posts been moved so far that now we're having a "whose better Montana or Brady" conversation instead of the "Manning or Brady" conversation?

It's a Super Bowl thread tradition to test the upper limits of the Super Bowl winning quarterback's place in history. Not that I don't think Brady is up there but this happens literally every year.

posted by tron7 at 10:32 AM on February 04

Patriots Win Super Bowl 0x31 After Epic Last-Second Interception

(Of course the 538 peeps disagree with me but there ya go.)

Excitement index is one factor but it's not the only factor. The context of '07 and the ridiculousness of the helmet catch put that super bowl on top for me. Then '97 for personal reasons. This Super Bowl probably ranks third for me. The '08 and '12 Super Bowls are next in line. I found myself penalizing the games decided by a late field goal. It's a lot more exciting for me when offenses and defenses make the deciding plays.

posted by tron7 at 12:13 PM on February 02

Patriots Win Super Bowl 0x31 After Epic Last-Second Interception

Chris Matthews was the intended receiver - what Superbowl folklore he would've been had he caught that ball.

It feels like we are going to forget about Chris Matthews because of the result of the game but what a crazy story. He was the entire Seattle offense in the first half.

posted by tron7 at 10:57 PM on February 01

Patriots Win Super Bowl 0x31 After Epic Last-Second Interception

The win probability graph for this game is damn sexy.

posted by tron7 at 10:52 PM on February 01

Stats Guru: Patriots Hold Onto Ball Far Better Than Any Other Team

This reminds me of the Serial podcast in that once you have the implication of guilt, even pretty normal things look dodgy. If you would have learned that the Pats were 2nd in fumbles before all this started you wouldn't have thought anything of it but now it's supposed to mean something. You can barely notice the difference in PSI but now it determines fumbles, passing, and who knows what else.

I was a little annoyed by this story to start with but now I'm hoping it lasts til Sunday. Honestly, it's more entertaining than the standard Super Bowl coverage. I will watch the opening snap of the Super Bowl and wonder, for the first time in my life, what PSI that ball is at. Then I will drink a beer and never think about it again.

posted by tron7 at 11:19 PM on January 25

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

I think it holds up.

posted by tron7 at 12:17 PM on January 22

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

But the point of penalties is to prevent - not to punish - otherwise, they're just revenue generators

Fines keep me from driving twenty over and they'll keep the Patriots from tossing flaccid pigskins around. I don't care if people drive ten over and I don't care if Tom Brady wants his balls at 11 PSI.

posted by tron7 at 12:00 PM on January 22

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

I'm working under the suspicion that, if the Patriots did this, they do this every game. I doubt Brady would want properly inflated balls some games but not others.* So the league either didn't investigate or waited to investigate but nothing points to them caring before this incident.

*Unless it's a cold weather thing maybe

posted by tron7 at 11:41 AM on January 22

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

So we're in agreement that the right punishment might prevent an act from happening.

Sure, but I think we disagree on the severity of the crime. I think it's speeding, punishable by fine if it gets out of hand.

posted by tron7 at 11:36 AM on January 22

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

Obviously someone once gave a fuck about ball pressure because there was a rule about it.

This is not true. The Colts complained to the league earlier in the season about the Patriots doing it.

Never been a story or a fine before this week even though the league has known about it since November. I'd say that's not really giving a fuck. Unless you think the Patriots only did it for this one game, I suppose. I'm not hand-waving away the rule-breaking. They should pay the fine. I'm suggesting they didn't think it was a big deal. If I thought they would throw me in prison for speeding, I wouldn't speed, but they never have before so I knowingly break the law and drive ten over. I'm going to keep riding the speeding analogy, if you don't mind.

posted by tron7 at 11:22 AM on January 22

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

Obviously someone at the Patriots believed the underinflated balls would give them a competitive edge, so they broke the rule and now should face punishment.

Sure, but it should be speeding ticket punishment, not murder punishment.

posted by tron7 at 10:51 AM on January 22

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

Like I said, it's not the balls, it's the conspiracy (and seeming recidivism) that should be harshly punished.

I see this as so far from the spying stuff that I wouldn't consider it recidivism. It's OJ getting a speeding ticket. If it happened, which seems likely but I'm not sure yet, it is somebody sticking a needle in a ball for 3 seconds because that's how how Brady likes them and no one has ever once given a fuck about ball pressure. They intentionally broke the rule but I don't even know why the rule exists. Either let the quarterbacks make the balls the way they want them or else take it out of their hands completely.

posted by tron7 at 10:48 AM on January 22

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

I don't think a ref is as likely to notice suspicious balls as a quarterback. The ref's not going to be OCD about how a football feels in his hand.

So the balls aren't deflated enough for a normal person to tell the difference but enough to warrant talking about losing draft picks or suspending a coach for a Super Bowl?

I'm with these guys:

NFL head coaches here at Senior Bowl seem downright offended that people think this deflation stuff is a big deal.

posted by tron7 at 10:24 AM on January 22

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

So the league lets teams inflate balls to their liking but not too much to their liking. I don't think the league thinks it's that important or they would impose a system like hincandenza suggested where everyone uses the same balls. So they broke the rules. Seems more like a 15 yard penalty than a suspension.

posted by tron7 at 05:54 PM on January 21

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

What is going on? Somebody is going to have to explain to me why this is a big deal. The officials handled the balls between every play and if they couldn't tell something was wrong I'm not going to worry about it too much. Suspending the coach or taking draft picks sounds absolutely ludicrous to me.

edit: You don't have to, I'm just really confused.

posted by tron7 at 05:24 PM on January 21

The Gaming Obsession of the Green Bay Packers

The game's popularity among the Packers is due in part to the lack of other things to do in town.

Can confirm. Though, I doubt there's a franchise with better hunting/fishing options. There is probably a tree stand within five miles of the stadium and the bay is full of walleyes right now.

posted by tron7 at 11:05 AM on January 16

Colts Silence Broncos Offense, Make Peyton Manning Look Old

Stepping away from the Manning theme for a moment, as a Broncos fan I cannot wait for the day that Fox and his mediocre-to-insipid coaching is booted out the door.


posted by tron7 at 05:57 PM on January 12

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

As of January 1, Harden's close-range field goal percentage ranked a mediocre 21st within a group of 27 NBA players who had attempted at least 200 shots within eight feet of the hoop. But a closer examination reveals that, incredibly, the Rockets retrieve a ridiculous 55 percent of Harden's close-range misses, which is by far the highest share for any volume shooter in the league. Put another way: Harden converts only 54 percent of his interior chances, but when you consider that freakish offensive rebounding rate, a whopping 79 percent of his close-range attempts result in either a bucket or a fresh 24 for his team.

Shots at the rim generate offensive rebounds 35% of the time on average. Harden has taken 155 shots from 0-8 feet this year so the difference between Harden's 55% this year and the expected 35% is 15 rebounds. That may mean something, or it may just be luck. I'd be interested to compare it to the numbers from the last couple years.

posted by tron7 at 03:37 PM on January 12

Packers Rally Past Cowboys, Who No Longer Love the Refs

Colts punter returner was obliterated by his own teammate (and a Bronco), causing (what was ruled at the time) a fumble.

I guess the unconscious man made a football move where Dez Bryant did not.

posted by tron7 at 11:32 AM on January 12

Chris Wondolowski Relives That Shot

I don't mind too much that the better team advanced.

It's a different kind of disappointment than that. Wondo's miss stole a great story from us. The fact that Belgium was so good made Howard look that much more the magician and made the story that much better. The improbability of it was the draw. Then comes the improbable miss. The fact that Wondolowski is a grinder and an all around nice guy almost makes it worse as he would have made a great hero.

posted by tron7 at 04:07 PM on December 19

The Boston Celtics have traded Rajon Rondo to Dallas

If they finalized the deal in time, Brandan Wright would be tradeable again by the trade deadline and I think he would pull a decent haul. Wright is limited in what he can do but extraordinarily good at scoring efficiently and not turning the ball over. That's a lot more valuable to playoff teams than it will be to the Celtics over the next few years.

I don't really like the trade for the Mavs as it tinkers with the league's best offense and I don't think Rondo will do much to help their defense. Ultimately, I trust Carlisle to make it work but it's not a trade I would have made.

posted by tron7 at 11:26 AM on December 19

Can True Sports Fans Switch to a New Favorite Team?

Still love this opening from FreeDarko (RIP) on liberated fandom:

I've heard that the worst thing you can do in the wide world of sport fandom is be a fair weather one. Okay, I can get with that. If your point of reference is the tribal sphere, and you dawdle on the margins until there's good reason to perk up, it's not just insincere. It implies that the team owes you something, that your devotion to them depends on their proving themselves devotion-worthy. If you live in a city low itching for chauvinistic rallying points, the machine of pride doesn't operate if some people have the right to stand to judgment. I'm not saying that hometown fans are always unthinking monoliths. But if the team becomes a take-it-or-leave-it proposition, then the circuits of faith are jammed up to their core.

I think it's well-known, though, that FreeDarko could give a fuck less about provincial forms of worship. We exist on a higher, or at least more time-consuming, plane known as "liberated fandom." Put simply, we like the teams that meet our vague and furry criteria, such that our sensibility can find a match worth its while. This is no more shocking than only reading books that get good reviews, or avoiding a shitty bar even though your friend works there. I don't mean to disparage all ye fine people who have home teams, or insist that the two are mutually exclusive. Hell, some of my proudest moments as a watcher of the game have come when I've been able to approximate some sort of Arenas-derived pull for the Wizards. Alas, I am a wanderer by trade and a malcontent by spirit, and thus must make my way without the comfort of community.

posted by tron7 at 06:43 PM on December 17

Can True Sports Fans Switch to a New Favorite Team?

I'm all over the map.

MLB: I've dabbled with the Twins when I was in school in the Twin Cities and the Rockies now that I live in Denver but I will always be a Brewers fan first and foremost. They were THE team of my childhood and I spent more hours listening to Uecker than I can count.

NFL: Despite living in Wisconsin I got roped in by Elway early and held dual fanship until Super Bowl XXXII when my hand was forced and I became a full fledged Broncos fan. I'm the only non-Packer fan in my entire extended family. I do find myself pulling for the Packers but it's mostly in hoping my dad doesn't have a heart attack.

NBA: I was a fan of KG's Wolves in college, rooted for the Bucks after I was out of school, and root for the Nuggets now that I'm in Denver. Though, with Shaw as coach, my eye has started to wander back to that sexy Bucks squad. I'm not really concerned if I'm seen as a True Sports Fan or not. I get as emotionally invested as anybody. The NBA seems to lend itself most to the idea of liberated fandom.

EPL: Like rcade, I've been following since 2006 but I've yet to acquire any kind of fandom. I've cast my lot in with ManU, Everton, and Arsenal for stints but nothing has stuck.

posted by tron7 at 06:34 PM on December 17

Lure Banned from Competitive Fishing for Being 'Too Effective'

So, I guess the flasher up front draws their attention and then it looks like a school in the back? I've done a lot of fishing in my life but I'm still amused by the things you can make fish want to eat.

posted by tron7 at 03:14 PM on December 02

Searching for Balance: The NBA’s Lopsided Conference Problem

I don't want the league to reformat the playoffs or conferences. The East is bad, real bad, and there will be some lousy playoff teams in the East and some team out west is going to win 50 games and miss the playoffs and I'm fine with that. I don't need everything to be 100% fair. I can see why the West owners and even the fans can get riled up about how bad the East is but I don't think it helps the league that much to rearrange everything.

posted by tron7 at 03:11 PM on December 02

0-16 Philadelphia 76ers Two Games from Worst Start in NBA History

76ers regular season wins this season
Eagles regular season wins this season

posted by tron7 at 02:58 PM on December 01

0-16 Philadelphia 76ers Two Games from Worst Start in NBA History

It's the worst team I've ever seen. A lot of weird things happen in an 82 game schedule and they'll fall into some wins but it's hard to imagine this team getting to double digits.

Compare the 76ers roster to the 11-12 Bobcats who won only 7 games out of 66. I think the Bobcats probably win seven out of every ten games versus this 76ers squad.

posted by tron7 at 01:15 PM on December 01

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 12

Would have been better off following the Costanza Principle this week. 5/13 so far. I also pick against the spread for funsies and there I'm 3/13. Yikes.

posted by tron7 at 11:34 AM on November 17

Clif Bar Drops Sponsorship of 5 Climbers Over Risks They Take

Well I started drawing up a response but the statements from Clif Bar and Honnold are perfect as is.

"We have and always will support athletes in many adventure-based sports, including climbing," the company said. "And inherent in the idea of adventure is risk. We appreciate that assessing risk is a very personal decision. This isn't about drawing a line for the sport or limiting athletes from pursuing their passions. We're drawing a line for ourselves. We understand that this is a gray area, but we felt a need to start somewhere and start now."

And from Honnold:

"It's a general reflection on risk," Honnold said. "The risk decision that Clif is making is the same kind of decision that we all make as athletes. I think it's completely fair for them to draw a line. It's a very personal decision. If Clif thought about it and said that that's the line that they want to take, I can't begrudge that. That's the same kind of line I draw with risk."

posted by tron7 at 11:32 AM on November 17

Denver Broncos Fan Disappears During Game

Honestly, the green chile makes up for any lack of culture.

posted by tron7 at 11:34 AM on October 29

Denver Broncos Fan Disappears During Game

It makes sense if you think about it. The concessions at Invesco are average at best and there's only one reason to go to Pueblo.

On edit: Invesco? What year is it?

posted by tron7 at 11:06 AM on October 29

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

That assumes perfect umpiring, which we do not have.

Oh, I'm well aware of that truth. Robot umps, man. Can't wait.

posted by tron7 at 06:24 PM on October 15

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

What makes pitch framing joy-inducing while flopping/diving in other sports is roundly criticized? In both cases the player resorts to trying to fool the official instead of trying to win the play in honest competition. I think the sport would be better if there weren't important strategies revolving around trying to get calls you don't deserve.

posted by tron7 at 10:35 AM on October 14

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Just thinking about them has me giggling. How can you be against that?

I've played my whole life and I've been that batter too many times. There's no joy for me in missed calls, just the memory residue of how I felt after a thousand lost at bats. There's not many feelings better than squaring up a baseball and not many worse than getting the rug yanked from under you by an umpire.

posted by tron7 at 01:04 AM on October 09

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Huh? I'm not sure what you mean by "more human element".

Oh... damn, I thought it was a pretty good joke. They always get better when you have to explain them, right? Selig once said in reference to instant replay, "I think the human element is vital to baseball." I, for one, can not wait until baseball is umpired by robots.

posted by tron7 at 02:31 PM on October 08

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

In all honesty, they look like the exact same pitch with the pitcher, catcher, hitter, and umpire moving exactly the same way.

I definitely see more human element in the second gif.

posted by tron7 at 11:20 AM on October 08

The NBA has a new TV deal.

Somehow this TV deal exceeded even the wildest expectations similar to the way that the prices of franchises recently has surprised basically anyone that wasn't trying to buy one. Or maybe the people buying franchises were privy to the upcoming TV deal. Anyway, there is a lot of money being spread around and it's not clear to me why.

These next few summers of free agency are going to be bonkers. Everyone is going to have cap flexibility, literally everyone. I think it'll be a mad house. I'm also interested to see if the salaries of the mid-level talent, the 5-10 million dollar guys now, will raise with the cap. Currently, those guys are the most overpaid players relative to their production. If that level of player doesn't see a pay raise it might be more viable to win without a superstar in the NBA. Getting rid of max contracts could also do the trick.

I root for a team in the non-preferred NBA market of Denver. I don't necessarily want the NBA to focus on small markets but I think it would be beneficial if franchises had an alternate path to building a contender than trying to find a superstar at all costs.

posted by tron7 at 04:28 PM on October 06

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

I don't think the NFL should have to do anything about this, if they hadn't already set a precedent.

I agree with this as well and I think it's gong to be difficult to ever go back now. I don't know that it will ever happen at this point. I do know that this case would probably not be the best time to wash your hands of dispensing discipline.

Further, I'm really not a fan of this broader trend in recent years, this PR-driven idea that until the angry twittering hordes have been sated in their lust for vengeance and biblical retribution, you simply must keep punishing private individuals in some publicly visible way.

This bugs me even when I think the person who Twitter's Eye of Sauron is gazing at is deserving of scorn. I'm here for the protest but then it starts turning into a mob, flipping over cars and breaking in windows, and suddenly I'm not so keen on the cause.

There's a clear double standard at work when it comes to male and female violence that I call "incredibly sexist".

I guess I'm fine with the double standard. I don't think it's a product of sexism, I think it's a product of the reality of men being generally bigger and more capable of causing physical damage. If I seeing it become more of a problem going the other way I'll change my view.

posted by tron7 at 01:02 PM on September 11

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The Pirates' John Holdzkom has brought the palmball back to Major League Baseball.

I can't figure out why that would do anything other than go deceptively slowly. Also, where is the best place to find more of this pitch-porn? I've seen the PitchCraft stuff over at Grantland and need more.

posted by tron7 at 04:59 PM on September 10

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released


Ooh, are we starting a hivemind?!

posted by tron7 at 04:50 PM on September 10

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The NBA is negotiating a new media deal that is reportedly in the $2 billion dollars a year range which would boost the cap by about $16 million for the 2016-17 season.

posted by tron7 at 10:47 AM on September 09

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

It is baffling to me that these consequences weren't dolled out originally. Who would've complained if this had been the original punishment? A handful of Ravens fans who would've been silenced as soon as the video leaked. Instead, the league and team piss off everyone with uneven punishments that look like they are only protecting their bottoms and bottom lines. So it looks like the League wanting to protect it's stars but then the league is still crushing players for marijuana. I realize there is language in the CBA specifically regarding marijuana but Goodell has shown no qualms about flexing his power before. Who is going to turn away from their fandom because Josh Gordon got his suspension reduced or removed?

The motivations have always seemed very clear when it came to the NFL and Goodell but this year it seems like he just let go of the wheel.

posted by tron7 at 10:36 AM on September 09

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Are we doing the NFL pick-em again?

posted by tron7 at 11:11 AM on September 02

Yours Truly, Dr. Z.

It's a cruel condition for anyone but it seems fantastically cruel for someone who spent his career as a communicator. Great job by NFL Films to get the story across for him.

posted by tron7 at 05:00 PM on August 17

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Westbrook was a liability at first.

Westbrook wasn't good his rookie year but he was far from a disaster. Anthony Bennett's season was on a different level of suck.

Andrew Bynum comes to mind

It's 300 minutes from an 18 year old but it's still a good example of a player having a horrible rookie season and turning into an all star. It's not quite as bad as Bennett's rookie season but it's close enough.

posted by tron7 at 10:40 AM on August 06

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

How many good NBA players do you know who started off with a year that bad? I'm struggling to think of any examples at all. Would I completely give up on him? No, but I also wouldn't think twice about trading him for a top ten player.

posted by tron7 at 01:42 AM on August 06

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Looks like Kevin Love will be going to Cleveland by way of Philadelphia.

I thought they'd be be a 50 win team before and I think they'll crush the East now. Losing Wiggins hurts them about 3-4 years from now but there's a significant chance that Wiggins never gets as good as Love is right now. The Cavs butchered LeBron's first go around by overpaying for marginal or over the hill talent. This is different, Kevin Love is just entering his prime and is already a top 5-10 player.

So Cleveland trades away it's two #1 picks to land Kevin Love?

Anthony Bennet had such a horrible year that his value is well below what you would normally see for a #1 pick. I mean, it was nearly Adam Morrison bad.

posted by tron7 at 04:46 PM on August 05

Ray Rice Suspended for 2 Games

...Jason Whitlock who told us we couldn't judge Ray Rice because we didn't know what happened and the fact the DA is letting him off suggests there must be extenuating circumstances because DAs aren't in the habit of cutting young black men a break.

I haven't really been following this story. Do we know why the DA is letting him off? I think that bugs me more than the length of the NFL suspension.

Of all the suspensions Goodell has handed out I can't believe this is the one he chooses not to be heavy-handed on. He had to know the league was going to come under scrutiny for a small suspension.

posted by tron7 at 05:38 PM on July 25

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