Recent Comments by tron7

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

>What is it with pitchers and their seemingly greater-than-normal penchant for quirky personalities?

Especially the lefties.

posted by tron7 at 11:12 AM on August 21

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I'm not sure I trust the judgment of someone who doesn't know that reference.

He understands the reference. He doesn't understand the scandal.

posted by tron7 at 04:24 PM on August 13

9-Year-Old Bat Boy Dies After Being Struck by Bat

I would put zero responsibility on the batter unless there was some evidence they were being extraordinarily reckless. You can go out there for any one at bat and avoid hitting someone but when you go out there a million times eventually someone is going to be somewhere you weren't anticipating. Wait for one person to clear and someone else comes running from a different direction. Every year you see something on the field happen that you've never seen before and the same can be true for things happening adjacent to the field.

As my aside, I once knocked out my grandparent's blue heeler when it tried to fetch a ball my brother had soft-tossed to me. The dog usually waited to fetch until after I hit the ball but not that time for whatever reason. That was 20 years ago now but I can still see it happening in slow motion in my mind's eye. She lay there twitching for about 5 minutes before getting up and acting like it never happened. Toughest dog I've ever known and she didn't stop chasing the ball until we put her in the ground.

posted by tron7 at 05:44 PM on August 03

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension on Appeal

I don't see how you can attack the idea of the NFL as the ultimate authority for matters like this without undermining the entire system of self-policing.

If they are going to come with heavy-handed and inconsistent punishments when there is a lack of any truly damning evidence, then I'm fine with undermining the system. Looking forward to it. Though, I'd settle for having a level-headed commissioner.

posted by tron7 at 10:31 AM on July 29

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension on Appeal

I'm glad it stays at 4 instead of dropping to 1 or 2 games. Seems more likely we'll get a court case this way and I would love to see how a real court rules on this.

posted by tron7 at 06:11 PM on July 28

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Sad to see Tulo leave Denver but it was starting to seem cruel to keep him here. Glad he didn't go to a New York ball club.

posted by tron7 at 11:27 AM on July 28

The Justice Department has ended its criminal case against Barry Bonds.

That was delicious. I read every comment.

Rust belt? Never heard of it!

posted by tron7 at 11:18 AM on July 22

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

What's the over/under on fouls to Jordan by the Mavs in the first regular season meeting? 10? 15?

I'm hoping for the over. A full game of Hack-a-DJ sounds like the perfect petty revenge in this case.

posted by tron7 at 10:47 AM on July 13

Zach Lowe's NBA Free-Agency Winners and Losers

The Clippers were already the most hated team in the league, I can't imagine this is going help matters. What do the Mavericks do now? What a disaster. Could teams use this to their advantage? If you have a free agent that you know is solid in staying could you send him out to commit to a conference rival only to have "second thoughts" and utterly ruin a franchise's free agency designs.

posted by tron7 at 09:44 AM on July 09

Zach Lowe's NBA Free-Agency Winners and Losers

Blake on the move.

Chris is on vacation.

posted by tron7 at 02:58 PM on July 08

Zach Lowe's NBA Free-Agency Winners and Losers

This is more entertaining than the Eastern Conference playoffs.

posted by tron7 at 02:44 PM on July 08

Zach Lowe's NBA Free-Agency Winners and Losers

The Knicks situation is interesting, and doubly so when your rooting interest holds a 2016 pick swap with them. Lowe seems to think they have a chance to be decent but I don't see how they are going to compete even in the weak East. They won't be able to stop anybody and I have a hard time believing that a group of strangers is going to progress up the learning curve of the triangle fast enough to get anywhere near a top ten offense. Now add in Melo coming off an injury (or possibly pouting) and Fisher having yet to prove that he's a competent coach and I think that situation could go really poorly.

posted by tron7 at 05:13 PM on July 07

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Another excellent NBA Super Saiyan GIF

posted by tron7 at 01:13 PM on June 29

Golden State Warriors Win NBA Title

Iggy wins the MVP because the Cavs ignore him on defense for the entire series. Warriors minus Iggy have a tough time in this series, the Warriors without Curry aren't even recognizable.

Great series. I was hoping James could pull it off just for how crazy the story would have been.

posted by tron7 at 01:06 AM on June 17

Warriors Win Game 5, Need One More for NBA Championship

There really should be some mini-Oscars for GIFs

I'd watch that, but only if they pronounce GIFs correctly.

posted by tron7 at 12:30 PM on June 15

Warriors Win Game 5, Need One More for NBA Championship

I think we should be grateful that LeBron James doesn't play the cynical draw a foul game that James Harden does. LeBron had only 9 free throws in a game where he went to the rim constantly against very physical defense. If he wanted to accentuate the contact he was getting we'd be in for a much less watchable game. Though, if he was a better free throw shooter maybe he would be more interested in drawing fouls. Whatever the reason, I'm glad we don't see a parade to the stripe.

posted by tron7 at 11:19 AM on June 15

Warriors Win Game 5, Need One More for NBA Championship

I do not understand playing Mozgov for 9 minutes last night

If you have a stiff at center, sure, try going small. Mozgov has been the only dependable Cavalier out there so it's surprising to me that they decided to limit his minutes. It seems like an overreaction to Iguodala making shots last game. I'd let Iguodala shoot because if he misses his first couple he gets really tentative about shooting threes and then he becomes a liability in the half court.

On the other side of the ball, I think they need to put Curry in some PnR. Whoever Curry is guarding is the screen man and make Curry have to deal with LeBron coming off a screen.

posted by tron7 at 11:09 AM on June 15

Golden State Exposes Cleveland in Game 4 Rout

That and the fact they got entirely away from his post game

I thought Golden State did a lot better job denying post entry. It felt dangerous and a lot of effort to get the ball where he wanted it and even then they would often be left with little time on the shot clock.

The supporting cast, sans Mozgov, was horrible last night. Just abysmal. Shumpert doesn't want to shoot anymore. JR couldn't hit anything. JR is great right up to the point that you need him to be great, I've been being disapointed by JR for nearly a decade now.The fact that James Jones is getting minutes in the finals is utterly absurd.

posted by tron7 at 10:08 AM on June 12

Golden State Exposes Cleveland in Game 4 Rout

and accidentally flashing the ABC audience in a wardrobe malfunction.

Best finals ever.

posted by tron7 at 09:56 AM on June 12

LeBron James Puts Cavaliers Up 2-1 on Warriors

As good as the story is, I feel like the Warriors are one great stretch from restoring order to the universe. They'll hang 20 in a row on the Cavaliers to make a game a laugher and Stella will get her groove back.

I agree but I felt that way after games one and two as well. I'm starting to waiver on if it will come or come in time.

Whatever happens from here on out, this is going to be a memorable series. Either the series goes long or the Cavaliers pull a monumental upset. Even if the Warriors blow their doors off for three straight we'll remember the first three games stretch out of LeBron.

posted by tron7 at 01:13 PM on June 10

LeBron James Puts Cavaliers Up 2-1 on Warriors

This is getting ridiculous.

posted by tron7 at 10:48 AM on June 10

Warriors Win Game 1 of Finals Despite LeBron's 44 Points

I'm less enthused about Iguodala's happy landing in Golden State.

posted by tron7 at 03:30 PM on June 05

Warriors Win Game 1 of Finals Despite LeBron's 44 Points

Man, great game and hell of a missed opportunity for the Cavs. I would have liked to see LeBron go to the rim on the final play of regulation but when that jumper is falling I can see why he'd want to keep shooting it. No matter how hot LeBron gets he's still best when he's going at the rim, there's nothing to do but foul him or send about three guys at him.

Shumpert's prayer at the buzzer would have been the weirdest finals game ending ever and it was so close to going in.

I'm still not really sure who I'm rooting for in this series. I'll go with whoever is down in the series until I figure it out.

posted by tron7 at 11:50 AM on June 05

SpoFil NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

- Which team will win? - Warriors
- How many games will it take? - 6
- Who will win MVP of the series? Curry
- Rebounds: Tristan Thompson
- Assists: James
- Free throws attempted: James
- Steals: Curry
- Blocks: Bogut
- Personal fouls: Draymond Green
- Turnovers: James
- Which player will have the highest 3-point Percentage: Klay Thompson
- How many total technical fouls will be called?: 3
- What will be the largest margin of victory in a single game be?: 23
- How many total triple-doubles will be scored?: 2
- How many total points will the leading scorer score (come within +/- 10)?: 180

posted by tron7 at 12:02 PM on June 03

FIFA President Sepp Blatter Announces His Resignation

I was surprised last week that he could stay in power and now I'm surprised that he's resigning. There's been so many allegations I just assumed he was untouchable if he had made it this long.

posted by tron7 at 02:54 PM on June 02

Golden State Reaches First NBA Finals in 40 Years

Enjoy the conference trophy.

Warriors are -250 favorites to win the series.

posted by tron7 at 01:04 PM on May 28

LeBron Takes Cavaliers to NBA Finals in First Season Back

I don't think the trade was a mistake. The mistake was not figuring out how to properly utilize Love. It shouldn't have been that difficult to work in a player of Love's skill set. That said, Love was still a better player this year than Wiggins. Wiggins played a ton of minutes this year and put a lot of shots up, which won him a ROY award*, but he didn't play very well overall. Now, you put him on a team with LeBron and don't ask him to do much and he might have been playing all right by playoff time... or they might have struggled to make him fit in the same way that happened with Love. The highlights would be fun, though.

*Wiggin's numbers, while very similar to Durant's rookie season in Seattle, are pretty bad for a ROY winning season. Though, not nearly as bad as MCW's last year.

posted by tron7 at 02:25 PM on May 27

Rockets Avoid Sweep Behind Harden Heroics, Curry Tumble

Houston stays alive for one more game after the Curry injury but this thing feels over. Disappointing that the series has come to this as the games in Golden State were excellent and were contests that easily could have went the Rocket's way. Harden was amazing in game 2 right up until the final play and it stinks that his performance is going to be forgotten in the loss of the game and series.

Though, nothing is as disappointing as the ECF where the Hawks have apparently forgotten how to fly.

posted by tron7 at 10:20 AM on May 26

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Am I obligated to like Chris Paul? He seems like the spiritual descendent of John Stockton: amazing point guard who is hated throughout the league for . . . "playing with an edge."

I don't mind the edge, it's mostly the acting that gets me with Paul. Every single drive in the lane sees Paul yelling and throwing his head back like he's being tortured. When they make Chris Paul bobbleheads they should put the yelling face on them so you could re-enact the game. Then there's the throwing up shots from half court in intentional foul situations and chastising the ref when he doesn't get free throws. It's all a bit much even for this unapologetic ref hater.

posted by tron7 at 10:28 AM on May 19

SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em

Oh, right. I'll go with Ariza

posted by tron7 at 05:47 PM on May 18

SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em

Cleveland in 5
Golden State in 5
East Points - LeBron
West Points - Harden
Blocks - Horford
Steals - Millsap
Foul out - Howard
Offensive Rebounds - Tristan Thompson
Reb + Assists - Draymond Green
Largest Margin of Victory - 15

posted by tron7 at 03:08 PM on May 18

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Ladies and gentlemen, NBA basketball.

posted by tron7 at 11:04 PM on May 17

NFL Announces Punishment for Patriots' Deflated Balls

The NFL rulebook doesn't say it's OK for balls to go below 12.5 because of the Ideal Gas Law.

That doesn't seem unreasonable to you? It seems like it would be pretty difficult to find a starting PSIM that would keep the ball in a one PSI range for the entirety of a four hour game. Especially if the range on the pressure gauges can vary by as much as .45 PSI. I suppose if you filled the balls in cold weather it would work. Anyway, if you're going to be this legalistic about the rule, shouldn't you follow suit for the punishment?

posted by tron7 at 05:48 PM on May 15

NFL Announces Punishment for Patriots' Deflated Balls

Oh, hey, there might be a an NFL movie already in the works. Luke Wilson? I like these casting choices better.

posted by tron7 at 11:54 AM on May 15

NFL Announces Punishment for Patriots' Deflated Balls

The whole thing should be live TV on The Lifetime Network.

I know this sounds weird but I really want a Roger Goodell movie. I'm thinking W. but with footballs. Not sure who I want playing the lead.

posted by tron7 at 10:14 AM on May 15

NFL Announces Punishment for Patriots' Deflated Balls

IT IS THE RULES. FOLLOW THEM.

Sure, it's like speeding. Brady got pulled over for going ten over and the judge gave him four years in prison when he didn't admit to speeding. Oh, and the cop didn't actually have the radar gun reading but he was probably speeding.

I guess I think it's far less important than most people. If you see this as a minor offense the whole thing looks like a giant fiasco and a witch hunt but if you think ball pressure is important it maybe makes more sense. I don't know what to make of Aaron Rodgers then if lower ball pressure is the key to victory. I don't know what to make of the league letting anyone adjust the balls at all if it's such a big deal.

posted by tron7 at 02:29 PM on May 12

NFL Announces Punishment for Patriots' Deflated Balls

Play one - a run....

Except the officials control what football is being used. Kicking balls are already separate.

It's not an equal playing field if one team is breaking that rule and has players more accustomed to using a ball outside that range than an opponent.

This seems pretty minor to me. If a defender grabbed a ball that wasn't as inflated as he's used to, I don't see that causing disadvantage.

You should provide context for this statement. What similar infractions were punished lightly?

Teams warming balls, quarterbacks reporting that they try to get balls as full or flat as possible.

posted by tron7 at 01:21 PM on May 12

NFL Announces Punishment for Patriots' Deflated Balls

I don't regard intentionally deflating the balls below the amount allowed by the rules as a minor offense.

Well, when the league ignores, lightly punishes, or gives warnings for similar infractions it shows the league treating it as minor.

What the Patriots did affected competition. The rule on the proper inflation of the balls was there for a reason.

What exactly is that reason? What is this a slippery slope to? Quarterbacks inflating the football to their liking leads to what, exactly? With the lax enforcement by officials it seems to me that this was already the case for the most part.

posted by tron7 at 12:43 PM on May 12

NFL Announces Punishment for Patriots' Deflated Balls

This punishment is far more detrimental to the league than anything the Patriots have done. When a commissioner can tee off arbitrarily with his banhammer on any team when he doesn't like their reaction to being accused of a minor offense it makes it look like the commissioner and the league are putting their thumb on the scale. Fine all you want but when you start deciding who can be on the field, that is effecting competition.

What's worse is that this is all out of spite. If the NFL actually cared about how inflated the footballs were, there is no principled reason why you would allow a team to play a half of the AFC championship game with balls they expected were deflated. The league could have told the Patriots to knock it off or measured the balls before the game and levied a fine (if they were even under at the time) but they wanted their sting so they could make a stink about it and now everything stinks.

posted by tron7 at 10:40 AM on May 12

NFL Announces Punishment for Patriots' Deflated Balls

This... is bullshit. I wouldn't think there would be any punishment at all so to see a quarter of a season for Brady and 1st and 4th for the organization... I don't even believe it.

posted by tron7 at 06:14 PM on May 11

SpoFi NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

Cleveland in 5
Atlanta in 6
LA Clippers in 7
Golden State in 4

Gasol for East rebounder
Jordan for West rebounder
Korver for threes
10.0 assists/game

posted by tron7 at 12:52 PM on May 03

Sources: Billy Donovan will coach the OKC Thunder

Not good enough for Denver. In Denver you have to know how to win when it counts. Franchise record 57 win season? GTFO. That's why we hired a winner like Shaw. Dude won three titles and was on the coaching staff for two more.

posted by tron7 at 10:39 AM on May 01

Sources: Billy Donovan will coach the OKC Thunder

I understand the reluctance in trusting college coaches but after witnessing the two year dumpster fire that was Brian Shaw's head coaching debut I don't think hiring assistants is very safe either. What's that leave us with, re-treads and hall of fame point guards with no coaching experience?

posted by tron7 at 04:54 PM on April 30

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