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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Michael Lombardi out as Browns GM.
posted by tron7 at 12:14 PM on February 11
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
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
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
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
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
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
Was that the goal?
posted by tron7 at 04:47 PM on January 14
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Great link, thanks.
posted by tron7 at 05:26 PM on December 20
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
Not the first time Masai Ujiri has fleeced the Knicks, probably not the last.
posted by tron7 at 10:12 AM on December 19
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
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
MLB to ban home plate collisions.
posted by tron7 at 07:33 PM on December 11
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
We should all pitch in and buy Grum a ballot.
posted by tron7 at 10:09 AM on November 27
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
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
Best game of the season.
Was it? I thought the Dallas game was better. Last night was a turnover festival with alternating beneficiaries.
I think that game meant a lot more for the Patriots, and NFL fans in general, than it did for the Broncos. I didn't get excited when the Broncos went up 24 and I didn't really mind when the Patriots stormed back. I did get annoyed when the Broncos didn't put the game away in overtime when they had the chance. Anyway, it looked like a big game on the schedule but it sure didn't feel like one from my point of view.
posted by tron7 at 10:27 AM on November 25
The ball was intercepted uncontested because Gronk was being interfered with.
If that's your impression of what happened. My impression is that Gronk was never going to get to that ball even if he was untouched.
posted by tron7 at 12:54 PM on November 19
but the Cheeseheads have had it way too good for too long when it comes to having a continuous stretch of top-notch QB play
Sure, but everyone else has been hurt. Even their Super Bowl year they had a ton of injuries. Can't we just call it even?
posted by tron7 at 10:15 PM on November 05
Black Bull's unis and Orange Knick's uniforms from last night must have been for Halloween, right?
posted by tron7 at 03:02 PM on November 01
...would be Joycean in its idiocy.
Love it. Stealing it.
posted by tron7 at 03:54 PM on October 28
It's already happened!
Last night's play would be listed as CS, correct?
Also, that's pretty crazy. Did not know that.
posted by tron7 at 12:37 PM on October 28
Double play with tying run on base
Walk off fielder's choice
I think this would be good, I'm assuming they went for the double play and didn't get it.
Walk off error
This would suck.
Winning run walked in
The most anticlimactic way to end a game.
Winning run balked in
Do not want.
Walkoff fan interference
Last out for batting out of order
When is the last time this has happened?
Baserunner hit by batted ball
I would rather not see this.
Batter/runner hit by batted ball
This would take some effort
Catcher's interference with bases loaded
I hate all of the Buckner-type moments.
Wild pitch on intentional walk
It seems like this one could happen. Hate.
Tying run scores, ruled out, for last out of game, on appeal at third base
Either the umpire or the runner gets roasted by fans. Hate
Fielder throws a glove at ball, advancing winning run from first
Batter/runner who hit game winning HR passes another baserunner
In the hypothetical, this is pretty amusing.
Fielder catches fair/foul ball & goes out of play (into the stands or dugout), winning run advances home on umpire ruling
I think the rule would be changed.
Swinging strikeout of final batter, passed ball, winning run scores from third
Pretty interesting. I'm on board.
posted by tron7 at 11:33 AM on October 28
So the question is, who the fuck green-lit Molina?
I would have. There's very little downside if both runners are going on contact.
Here's the transcript from the conference with the umpires.
The video in that link, a press conference with the umpires and a guy with a copy of the rulebook with a backdrop stating world series, is pulled directly from my nightmares.
posted by tron7 at 12:08 PM on October 27
What a stupid ending. From everything I've seen it was the right call but that doesn't make me feel any better about it. There are no heros when an umpire ends the game.
posted by tron7 at 01:18 AM on October 27
I don't mind the rule but if the first time you call it essentially decides a game then the enforcement needs to be scrutinized.
posted by tron7 at 04:03 PM on October 22
My brother is extremely allergic to tree nuts, almost killed him once and he's had a couple other worrisome reactions, but I wouldn't expect a stadium to stop serving nuts because of it. Having peanut free sections seems like a better solution.
FWIW, the Wikipedia entry on peanut allergies
An increasing body of medical opinion holds that recent increases in peanut allergies and the measures taken in response show elements of mass psychogenic illness, hysterical reactions grossly out of proportion to the level of danger.
posted by tron7 at 10:39 AM on October 18
That's the part that bothers me the most. If Alou doesn't act like a petulant ass, then no one says anything about the foul ball. "Oops, Alou couldn't get it because it was in the stands."
If the inning doesn't blow up then no one remembers Alou's reaction. The consequences of his reaction ending up being huge but it seems like an honest mistake in the moment.
posted by tron7 at 02:18 AM on October 15
The world's second greatest batsman is retiring.
Something NSFW going on in the sidebar. Not sure what exactly. They appear to be doing it wrong.
posted by tron7 at 10:11 AM on October 10
Oh snap, you've been mildly insulted by the guy who runs the Broncos' twitter feed! How does this rank in the top 20 of "things Jaguar's fans have to be upset about"?
posted by tron7 at 04:50 PM on October 08
Romo had pressure all game long. That O line is brutal and had Romo scrambling for his life but kept he making some absolutely beautiful passes.
Romo held the ball on some plays and let the rush eventually get to him, one at a time, and Romo made some nifty escapes. I wouldn't call that pressure. The pass rush was miserable pretty much all day. You don't throw for 500 yards if there's a good pass rush.
posted by tron7 at 11:04 AM on October 07
The pick was a bad decision brought on by the pressure up the middle, about the only pressure the Broncos got all game. He still had a window, but it was small, he missed, and Trevathan made an amazing play on the ball. I'm trying to think of any other bad throw that Romo had all game and coming up empty. Amazing performance by Romo, just a horrible time for his one mistake of the game.
The naked bootleg by Manning was hilarious. Has a cameraman ever been faked out so badly?
posted by tron7 at 08:40 PM on October 06
I prefer the 2-3-2 but I care about it so little that this will probably be a net positive once I factor in that I won't have to listen to people talk about it anymore.
posted by tron7 at 06:08 PM on September 30
...even if your O line was drafted exclusively from a retirement home in Shaker Heights.
Tights and skirts, baby. Skirts and tights.
Only time I've heard of Shaker Heights.
posted by tron7 at 02:49 PM on September 19
...offset by the livelier "compressed" bats that were legal in Oh's day...
You have anything more on this? Google search didn't turn up much.
posted by tron7 at 11:09 AM on September 16
If I'm a Niner's fan, I'm bringing along a badge just to see what kind of mischief I can get in, or out of.
posted by tron7 at 04:05 PM on September 13
A great attitude would be, "I would love to help a team any way I could," or even "I would certainly listen to anyone who thought I could help their team,"
Says you. I don't find it especially great. I see it as the players preference and similar to deciding to retire when you still could conceivably help a team.
Hmmm...If I had to guess the order of comment generation...
TO had a pretty good run.
posted by tron7 at 02:11 AM on September 11
And yet, even a Tebow detractor is willing to say that he has "a great attitude" despite his stated preference for not playing at all over converting to anything but quarterback.
That's a reach. I don't see how latching onto a roster as a backup TE is more noble than not playing.
posted by tron7 at 01:09 PM on September 10
He won't be signed this year. It must be three seasons before he rises from the dead.
posted by tron7 at 09:51 AM on September 10
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