and the desperate three from the corner.
Here's the play in GIF form. You really want a foul called on that? If he didn't block the shot the minimal body contact might draw a foul but he completely stuffs the ball. Green's momentum and the force of the block pushed him back.
posted by tron7 at 10:44 AM on June 19
Putting Wade back in nearly lost them the game. The whole offense is predicated on spacing the floor but then you have Wade who just won't shoot threes and it changes the whole complexion of their attack. Don't get me wrong, Wade is a great player and you have to put him in, but it changes everything.
There's so much to talk about in this game. Bosh with ballsiest block I've ever seen. Ole One Shoe hits a three. Tim Duncan's huge 1st half. Fat Boris playing great defense on LeBron for most of the game. Kawhi Leonard has had a great series (he doesn't score in bulk but he does everything else and shows up every game). Tony Parker's huge three that will now be forgotten.
Wow. Just wow.
posted by tron7 at 10:26 AM on June 19
Not sure why you're shoehorning Tebow into a conversation about a possible murder. Was it in question whether having Tebow on your team was better or worse than having a murderer?
posted by tron7 at 10:13 AM on June 19
Was just about to hit post. The game looked so finished that many Miami fans left early. They were not allowed to return.
posted by tron7 at 09:46 AM on June 19
Danny Green tweet from a year ago after being bounced by the Thunder.
posted by tron7 at 06:23 PM on June 17
Well, I said in an earlier post that I thought the series was in Miami's hands but this game changed my mind. The Spurs starters played a nearly perfect game and took this game by force. The Heat played pretty well here. Their 112 points per 100 possessions would lead the league, I thought their defense looked pretty sound most of the time despite giving up 122 points per 100, and they turned around their rebounding woes from their previous loss. The Spurs were just too good, no mistakes. Impressive stuff.
posted by tron7 at 11:58 AM on June 17
And here I was thinking that the Spurs' decision to have a second year guy, Kawhi Leonard, guarding LeBron was pretty much a concession to let him have his way on the court.
Tim Duncan: "We're guarding him with five guys,"
Kawhi has been great and he's definitely A) the Spurs best defender and B) outhustling LeBron on the boards but the Spurs are taking LeBron away and making the rest of the team try and beat them.
Again though, this game wasn't lost on the offensive end for the Heat. The Spurs got silly hot and then Miami's defense just crumbled, which they do from time to time.
posted by tron7 at 07:05 PM on June 12
Everything's put backs and dunks.
I'm not sure what your point is. Those are the only shots Chris Andersen ever takes and the only shots he should be taking. He's shown an amazing knack for timing his rim runs and it's not like those shots are easy to come by or Chris Bosh wouldn't be shooting 45% this playoffs.
posted by tron7 at 06:56 PM on June 12
Thinking about my last comment. The Spurs are like water seeping into every crack and crevice that's overlooked but I don't see them as a team that ever really imposes their will on other teams. So I see this series as more in the Heat's hands then the Spurs. The Spurs will exploit every weakness, now how many weaknesses will the Heat show?
posted by tron7 at 12:07 PM on June 12
He is the best player in the game today but has a few games every year where he looks disinterested.
Disinterested? I didn't see that. LeBron couldn't get his jumper to fall. It happens. An average isn't a straight line it's a series of peaks and valleys. I think he did get a little spooked by it, though. The Spurs were giving him a wide open three, at a point in the game where the Heat needed to catch up, and LeBron turned it down. For better or for worse, LeBron has a conscience. He's not the type of player who's going to keep bombing away.
Last night's game though, it didn't matter. Nobody is beating the Spurs when you get 13-19 from three out of Danny Green and Gary Neal.
I'm still hesitant to bet against the Heat. They've been outplayed for all but one of the quarters in this series, but that one quarter makes me think they could just up an steamroll the Spurs at any second.
posted by tron7 at 11:51 AM on June 12
The other question is: given the Patriots cut their 3rd string QB to sign Tebow, would you list Tim as your 3rd QB on gameday, given a 3rd QB can't come into the game until the 4th quarter or the first two QBs are hurt?
I think they got rid of the emergency quarterback rule a couple years ago so he should be able to play whenever he's needed.
I really just like the idea of Tebow and Gronk in the same locker room.
posted by tron7 at 09:24 AM on June 11
I'm not sure he's ever had a block better than that. I'm not a fan of the pounding chest theatrics but he doesn't do it that often that it bugs me.
Anyway, he got back into the play and was the screen man in the pick and roll. He got the ball, drew defenders, and kicked to the wing for an open three.
posted by tron7 at 02:15 PM on June 10
LeBron James finished with 17 points
And one gigantic block.
posted by tron7 at 12:26 PM on June 10
How about a curve ball pass?
For no reason either, Bonner wasn't even open. Just got bored, I guess.
posted by tron7 at 02:39 PM on June 07
That was some great basketball. This is going to be a lot prettier series than Heat/Pacers. Twelve personal fouls per team and only twelve combined turnovers on the game. This is what NBA basketball is supposed to look like.
posted by tron7 at 10:12 AM on June 07
Has a team ever won Coach Of The Year and Exec of The Year and then had them both leave within a month of winning the awards? The Nuggets fire George Karl.
On edit: I take too long to post.
posted by tron7 at 12:28 PM on June 06
I think someone might be counting suspensions before they hatch.
I always figured suspensions were more of a live-birth situation.
posted by tron7 at 09:55 AM on June 05
The "motherfuckers" bit I liked though. I haven't watched the Pacers much this year and even I know he's a defensive monster, mainly because I've been reading (and loving) Zach Lowe at Grantland all season.
I think it takes the mainstream media awhile to figure out a really good defensive center unless they are getting a lot of blocks. Hibbert, Tyson Chandler, Marc Gasol, Bogut are all guys who got their due as defensive stalwarts later than they should have. I think it's because defense is harder to see in a box score and it's not even always apparent watching the game live.
posted by tron7 at 01:04 PM on June 03
A joke so bad he got fined $75K for it.
I honestly didn't know that anyone (besides comedians) was offended at the use of "no homo". It's vulgar and has never been funny but I don't see the inherent insult in it.
posted by tron7 at 11:10 AM on June 03
Lance Stephenson, LeBron, and David West all fined $5K for game 4 flops. No fines given to the game 4 refs for all of their flailing attempts at officiating.
posted by tron7 at 12:22 PM on May 30
Most polarizing virgin athlete.
Certainly the most virgin polarizing athlete.
posted by tron7 at 06:23 PM on May 13
I guess it kinda does look like from.
There was a lot that went into the Tebow hate. He was drafted by McDaniels (universally hated here) who traded up to get him when seemingly no one else wanted him. There's Tim being Tim, which some people just can not handle. There's the Tebow fans who are just relentless and basically forced Tebow into the starting lineup over Brady Quinn who was Orton's backup at the time (Tebow was third string) and that didn't sit well when a player's fanbase seems to be pulling the strings. Then, when Tebow does get to play neither side ever got a foothold in the argument. Tebow would look just mind-numingly awful and still win, or he would play pretty well one week and abysmally the next. Both sides had something to cling to every week. Was it exciting? Hell yes. Did I have any confidence that Tebow could replicate his modest success? No.
Yeah, that whole winning-games thing is enough to piss any team and their fans off. Having to fill Kyle Orton's shoes would be a daunting task for anyone.
Oh, I know, we are such horrible fans.
You have no idea what you're talking about.
posted by tron7 at 12:00 PM on May 13
The fans loved it in Denver, and the only ones who seemed to despise it in the city was Elway and Fox.
This is completely incorrect. There was heavy criticism of Tebow after every single game and an equal measure of Tebow worship to go with it. You could not talk about the Broncos without it getting contentious. The local sports talk radio was having the time of their lives. I've never seen a fan base so split on one of their own players. I was watching one of the games at a bar and there was nearly a fight mid game between the pro-Tebow and anti-Tebow factions. Take what you see nationally and turn the volume up to 11 if you want to know what it was like in Denver for Tebow time.
posted by tron7 at 02:27 AM on May 13
- How does the NBA have ZERO games scheduled this early in the playoffs?
It's last Friday's fault. Four game 6s with prospective game 7s on Sunday. When all of those series ended last Friday the NBA needed somebody to play on their Sunday showcase so the Thunder-Grizz and Knicks-Pacers started their series on only one day rest. They've been going every other day for 4-5 games straight and the NBA decided to give them extra time on a travel day since they gained extra time when all those game 7s fell through. Friday's fault.
posted by tron7 at 10:06 AM on May 10
Joey Crawford doing his hothead thing tossed Chris Paul and Zach Randolph last night after the game was more or less over.
Why does the NBA still employ this man? At least he had the decency to wait until it was essentially over.
posted by tron7 at 05:46 PM on May 04
It's a little strange to me that this story seems like such a big deal when John Amaechi came out in 2007. While Jason Collins is technically not retired he isn't much more than roster fodder at this point and I would be surprised to see another team sign him. Is it that big of a deal that he's technically an active player or are we, as a society, just more accepting of players being gay now than we were in 2007?
On edit: Here's the Spofi discussion on Amaechi from '07
posted by tron7 at 02:34 PM on April 29
They popped up to gloat about Tebow winning more playoff games as a Bronco than Manning but I haven't heard from them since.
posted by tron7 at 11:14 AM on April 29
All of Yu Darvish's pitches at once. From Reddit.
posted by tron7 at 02:47 PM on April 25
Sequence of events...
But... how do you mark that in the book?
posted by tron7 at 11:26 AM on April 20
At least Foxboro was spared. Jokes about bombing there can still be funny, thank god.
So you found Stevie Johnson's joke more callous than using a tragedy to try and prove a point you made on the internet a couple weeks ago?
posted by tron7 at 06:13 PM on April 15
BI, I have it on good authority that you've been inducted to the Spofi Hall of Fame! Congrats!
posted by tron7 at 01:49 PM on April 08
This site, like it or not, conforms to the idea of agreeing and jumping in line with the norms, or the popular way of thinking about certain topics. You are upset for being "shit on" for posting topics, but a bigger concern may be for those who are "gang" shit-on because their comments stray from the norm. Once that starts it always appears a subject with the potential for any two-way dialogue disappears.
Your standards for a gang-shitting are pretty low. A sarcastic comment and a plea to lighten up and we're bending your will? What do you want us to do when you overreact to a joke?
posted by tron7 at 04:09 PM on April 05
No, it will only be fucking hilarious if thousands of innocent people in South Korea are destroyed and the US finds themselves involved in another conflict it can't afford to be in.
Well if that happens we'll have a lot more to deal with than Stevie Johnson's perceived insensitivity. Anyway, I've learned to just stop worrying and love the bomb.
posted by tron7 at 11:54 AM on April 05
Yeah, he'll really have to eat his words if Foxboro get's nuked.
posted by tron7 at 10:22 AM on April 05
I had a lot of misconceptions about JaVale McGee when he came to the Nugget's last year. I saw the lowlights and figured that pretty much summed the guy up but he's become one of my favorites on the team and the player I probably think about the most. This piece by Ben Hochman at the Denver Post is some of the best work I've seen in explaining The Great Adventure that is JaVale McGee.
posted by tron7 at 06:39 PM on April 01
Look how much happier the Dolphin looks now that he got that damn helmet off.
posted by tron7 at 02:21 PM on March 28
posted by tron7 at 01:34 AM on March 26
Baltimore Ravens agree to terms with Elvis Dumervil
I think Dumervil will be good for the Raven's but I'm not sad to see him go. He gets eaten alive in the run game as a 4-3 End and had the quietest 11 sacks I've ever seen last year. The worst part about losing Elvis is that we no longer have Von Dum as a nickname for our pass rush.
posted by tron7 at 05:16 PM on March 25
He's a non-Welker! I don't know what that means but it seems to be the chief complaint. You left out younger, by the way. I think they should have signed Welker but they saw something they didn't like. If I can't have Welker for whatever reason (and again, I don't agree with this) I would probably give Amendola 10 million guaranteed to take over Welker's old roll.
posted by tron7 at 12:49 PM on March 14
That Amendola deal is great for the Pats. He's not Welker but I think he can fill much of that same role, provided he can stay on the field.
posted by tron7 at 10:41 PM on March 13
How to get ejected in the NBA.
posted by tron7 at 10:38 PM on March 13
Belichick is just fucking with us now, right? $6 million per year for two years seems about as affordable as possible for Welker.
posted by tron7 at 06:14 PM on March 13
And for those interested in the sharp-toothed pitch invader, it was a Beech Marten, which is significantly larger than your average mustelid.
I used to see the Marten's bigger brother, the Fisher, occasionally in Wisconsin. We also had some family cats disappear around the time of the visit. I can't prove anything but before the Fisher showed up we had some pretty competent outdoor cats. Anyway, it's a fun wiki read.
Fishers are one of the few predators that seek out and kill porcupines. There are stories in popular literature that fishers can flip a porcupine onto its back and "scoop out its belly like a ripe melon."
This was identified as an exaggerated misconception as early as 1966.
Observational studies show that fishers will make repeated biting attacks on the face of a porcupine and kill it after about 2530 minutes.
Okay, that's still pretty rad.
posted by tron7 at 06:42 PM on March 11
So you'd read the review if it was by a defensive end?
posted by tron7 at 09:42 PM on March 08
Crawford not playing tonight in Denver. Did he hurt himself throwing that lob? Worth it.
And as I'm typing this Craig Sager is telling me he injured an ankle in the first and kept playing.
posted by tron7 at 12:06 AM on March 08
The video starts so quickly and the play is so strange that it's hard to figure out what the hell is going on. Does credit really go to Kobe for tricking the Hornets? Dantoni? I can't imagine you'd actually draw up a play intending the defense to forget which basket they're guarding.
posted by tron7 at 12:13 PM on March 07
If this happened in the basketball version of Friday Night Lights I would roll my eyes so hard.
posted by tron7 at 10:13 AM on March 05
Dagger! To be fair, it looked like it went in.
posted by tron7 at 01:39 AM on February 28
The NFL according to British teens. via Reddit. Goodell's right, they are chomping at the bit to get football over there.
posted by tron7 at 11:06 AM on February 23
Oh, right, Jason Collins. In my mind he was somehow more irrelevant than the guy with no ACL. That 8 fouls per game is going to be tough to swing if he ever manages to play 36 minutes per game.
posted by tron7 at 11:41 AM on February 22
Only if you don't count Jordan Crawford to the Celts in return for Six Fouls and a collection of body parts from Leandro Barbosa!
Sadly, Washington doesn't even get the six fouls.
posted by tron7 at 10:01 AM on February 22
Worst. Trade Deadline. Ever. Redick to Milwaukee the biggest deal of the day.
posted by tron7 at 03:49 PM on February 21
If he broke down the door with a cricket bat it doesn't seem that odd that he would bring it into the bloody bathroom. The only thing out of this story that seems completely implausible is that she wouldn't yell back from the bathroom. The Manti Teo saga seemed about as likely, to me, so I'm willing to hold out for more evidence.
posted by tron7 at 02:29 PM on February 19
Pistorius' account of the events.
posted by tron7 at 12:41 PM on February 19
Yeah, ok, I should have said murder. Murder rarely makes sense is what I was getting at.
posted by tron7 at 10:40 AM on February 14
Things always make more sense than shooting someone on purpose.
posted by tron7 at 10:19 AM on February 14
Wasn't familiar with that acronym and the first search hit is International Tournament of Young Mathematicians (ITYM)!
As I see it, the problem came when the IOC, in an effort to appeal to younger viewers, threw in these modern "sports." Snowboarding? Short-track roller racing? Rugby?
This is great, I hadn't seen a '_____: not a sport' comment on Spofi in a coon's age.
posted by tron7 at 10:07 AM on February 13
Like a helmet causing a concussion.
posted by tron7 at 05:26 PM on February 08
Now I'm wondering if a team has ever been that close to elimination and went on to win the title. If not, shouldn't the play have a nickname or something? 'The Bomb' or 'Rahim's Brainfart' or 'The Stupidest Fucking Thing I've Ever Seen'
posted by tron7 at 10:53 PM on February 04
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