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NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: Concussion Protocol Edition

I'm so bad at this but I love it

Denver at Indianapolis on NBC (Thursday) DEN by 6 (Is this the Thursday night game? I have no idea of the score)
Chicago at Detroit on NFL (Saturday) DET by 10 LOCK
L.A. Chargers at Kansas City on NFL (Saturday) LAC by 8 LOCK
Houston at Jacksonville on CBS (Sunday) JAX by 7 LOCK
Miami at Buffalo on CBS (Sunday) MIA by 3 LOCK
Baltimore at Cleveland on CBS (Sunday) BAL by 7 LOCK
Cincinnati at Minnesota on CBS (Sunday) MIN by 9 LOCK
N.Y. Jets at New Orleans on CBS (Sunday) NO by 5
Philadelphia at N.Y. Giants on Fox (Sunday) NYG by 2
Arizona at Washington on Fox (Sunday) WAS by 4
Green Bay at Carolina on Fox (Sunday) CAR by 7 LOCK
L.A. Rams at Seattle on Fox (Sunday) SEA by 7
New England at Pittsburgh on CBS (Sunday) PIT by 3
Tennessee at San Francisco on CBS (Sunday) TEN by 3
Dallas at Oakland on NBC (Sunday) DAL by 4
Atlanta at Tampa Bay on ESPN (Monday) ATL by 4

posted by werty at 10:36 PM on December 14

NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Get Better Ryan Shazier Edition

New Orleans at Atlanta on NBC (Thursday) NO by 8
Indianapolis at Buffalo on CBS (Sunday) BUF by 3
Chicago at Cincinnati on Fox (Sunday) CIN by 5
Green Bay at Cleveland on Fox (Sunday) GB by 11 LOCK
Oakland at Kansas City on CBS (Sunday) OAK by 4
Dallas at N.Y. Giants on Fox (Sunday) NYG by 10 LOCK
Detroit at Tampa Bay on Fox (Sunday) DET by 6 LOCK
Minnesota at Carolina on CBS (Sunday) MIN by 4
San Francisco at Houston on Fox (Sunday) HOU by 3
N.Y. Jets at Denver on CBS (Sunday) DEN by 3
Tennessee at Arizona on CBS (Sunday) TEN by 3
Washington at L.A. Chargers on CBS (Sunday) LAC by 6
Philadelphia at L.A. Rams on Fox (Sunday) PHI by 4
Seattle at Jacksonville on Fox (Sunday) SEA by 5 LOCK
Baltimore at Pittsburgh on NBC (Sunday) PIT by 5
New England at Miami on ESPN (Monday) NE by 8 LOCK

posted by werty at 07:51 PM on December 07

NFL Pick 'Em Week 13: With the First Pick the Giants Take Edition

Washington at Dallas on NBC (Thursday) WAS by 7 LOCK
Minnesota at Atlanta on Fox (Sunday) MIN by 7
New England at Buffalo on CBS (Sunday) NE by 11 LOCK
San Francisco at Chicago on CBS (Sunday) CHI by 3
Tampa Bay at Green Bay on Fox (Sunday) TB by 5
Houston at Tennessee on CBS (Sunday) TEN by 8 LOCK
Denver at Miami on Fox (Sunday) MIA by 3
Kansas City at N.Y. Jets on CBS (Sunday) NYJ by 5
Indianapolis at Jacksonville on CBS (Sunday) JAX by 9
Detroit at Baltimore on Fox (Sunday) DET by 5
Cleveland at L.A. Chargers on CBS (Sunday) LAC by 14 LOCK
N.Y. Giants at Oakland on Fox (Sunday) OAK by 14 LOCK
Carolina at New Orleans on Fox (Sunday) NO by 8
L.A. Rams at Arizona on Fox (Sunday) LAR by 7
Philadelphia at Seattle on NBC (Sunday) PHI by 12 LOCK
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati on ESPN (Monday) PIT by 10 LOCK

posted by werty at 07:53 PM on November 30

NFL Pick 'Em Week 12: Turkey Leg Award Edition

Minnesota at Detroit on Fox (Thursday) MIN by 7
L.A. Chargers at Dallas on CBS (Thursday) LAC by 11
N.Y. Giants at Washington on NBC (Thursday) WAS by 6
Tampa Bay at Atlanta on Fox (Sunday) ATL by 7
Cleveland at Cincinnati on CBS (Sunday) CIN by 4
Tennessee at Indianapolis on Fox (Sunday) IND by 3
Buffalo at Kansas City on CBS (Sunday) KC by 4
Miami at New England on CBS (Sunday) NE by 9 LOCK
Carolina at N.Y. Jets on Fox (Sunday) NYJ by 2
Chicago at Philadelphia on Fox (Sunday) PHI by 8 LOCK
Seattle at San Francisco on Fox (Sunday) SEA by 10
Denver at Oakland on CBS (Sunday) OAK by 3
New Orleans at L.A. Rams on CBS (Sunday) NO by 4
Jacksonville at Arizona on CBS (Sunday) JAX by 6
Green Bay at Pittsburgh on NBC (Sunday) PIT by 7 LOCK
Houston at Baltimore on ESPN (Monday) BAL by 7 LOCK

posted by werty at 10:53 PM on November 22

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Jerry Jones is Detrimental Edition

Tennessee at Pittsburgh on NBC (Thursday) PIT by 7
Jacksonville at Cleveland on CBS (Sunday) JAX by 9
Detroit at Chicago on Fox (Sunday) DET by 4
Baltimore at Green Bay on CBS (Sunday) BAL by 11
Tampa Bay at Miami on Fox (Sunday) MIA by 3
L.A. Rams at Minnesota on Fox (Sunday) MIN by 2
Washington at New Orleans on Fox (Sunday) NO by 7 LOCK
Kansas City at N.Y. Giants on CBS (Sunday) KC by 17 LOCK
Arizona at Houston on Fox (Sunday) HOU by 3
Buffalo at L.A. Chargers on Fox (Sunday) LAC by 11
Cincinnati at Denver on CBS (Sunday) DEN by 3
New England at Oakland on CBS (Sunday) NE by 9
Philadelphia at Dallas on NBC (Sunday) PHI by 15
Atlanta at Seattle on ESPN (Monday) SEA by 8

posted by werty at 05:12 PM on November 16

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: Detroit Wins in Lambeau Edition

This would be more fun if I didn't forget to play every now and again.

Seattle at Arizona on NBC (Thursday) SEA by 9
New Orleans at Buffalo on Fox (Sunday) NO by 4
Green Bay at Chicago on Fox (Sunday) CHI by 5
Cleveland at Detroit on CBS (Sunday) DET by 10 LOCK
Cincinnati at Tennessee on Fox (Sunday) TEN by 3
Pittsburgh at Indianapolis on CBS (Sunday) PIT by 8 LOCK
N.Y. Jets at Tampa Bay on CBS (Sunday) NYJ by 7
Minnesota at Washington on Fox (Sunday) MIN by 5
L.A. Chargers at Jacksonville on CBS (Sunday) JAX by 6
Houston at L.A. Rams on CBS (Sunday) LAR by 7
Dallas at Atlanta on Fox (Sunday) ATL by 3
N.Y. Giants at San Francisco on Fox (Sunday) SF by 2
New England at Denver on Fox (Sunday) NE by 5
Miami at Carolina on ESPN (Monday) CAR by 7

posted by werty at 12:08 PM on November 09

NFL Pick 'Em Week 8: Sacksonville Edition

Miami at Baltimore on CBS (Thursday) BAL by 3
Minnesota at Cleveland on NFL (Sunday) MIN by 10 LOCK
Oakland at Buffalo on CBS (Sunday)OAK by 3
Indianapolis at Cincinnati on CBS (Sunday) CIN by 7 LOCK
L.A. Chargers at New England on CBS (Sunday) NE by 9 LOCK
Chicago at New Orleans on Fox (Sunday) NO by 8
Atlanta at N.Y. Jets on Fox (Sunday) ATL by 4
San Francisco at Philadelphia on Fox (Sunday) PHI by 11 LOCK
Carolina at Tampa Bay on Fox (Sunday) CAR by 5
Houston at Seattle on CBS (Sunday) SEA by 6
Dallas at Washington on Fox (Sunday) DAL by 4
Pittsburgh at Detroit on NBC (Sunday) DET by 3
Denver at Kansas City on ESPN (Sunday) KC by 7

posted by werty at 08:07 PM on October 26

NFL Pick 'Em Week 7: Brett Hundley Edition

I was super sad that I missed making picks last week but it doesn't look like I missed much.

Kansas City at Oakland on CBS (Thursday) KC by 5
Tampa Bay at Buffalo on Fox (Sunday) BUF by 2
Carolina at Chicago on CBS (Sunday) CAR by 3
Tennessee at Cleveland on CBS (Sunday) TEN by 7 LOCK
New Orleans at Green Bay on Fox (Sunday) NO by 6
Jacksonville at Indianapolis on CBS (Sunday) JAX by 9
Arizona at L.A. Rams on Fox (Sunday) ARI by 4
N.Y. Jets at Miami on Fox (Sunday) NYJ by 2
Baltimore at Minnesota on CBS (Sunday) MIN by 4
Dallas at San Francisco on Fox (Sunday) DAL by 5
Seattle at N.Y. Giants on CBS (Sunday) SEA by 10
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh on CBS (Sunday) PIT by 7
Denver at L.A. Chargers on CBS (Sunday) DEN by 6
Atlanta at New England on NBC (Sunday) ATL by 3
Washington at Philadelphia on ESPN (Monday) PHI by 11

posted by werty at 11:29 PM on October 18

NFL Pick 'Em Week 5: Cam Newton's Spoiled Yogurt Edition

New England at Tampa Bay on CBS (Thursday) TB by 3
Buffalo at Cincinnati (Sunday) BUF by 3
N.Y. Jets at Cleveland (Sunday) NYJ by 4
Carolina at Detroit (Sunday) DET by 3
San Francisco at Indianapolis (Sunday) IND by 3
Tennessee at Miami (Sunday) TEN by 3
L.A. Chargers at N.Y. Giants (Sunday) NYG by 3
Arizona at Philadelphia (Sunday) PHI by 7
Jacksonville at Pittsburgh (Sunday) PIT by 7 LOCK
Baltimore at Oakland (Sunday) BAL by 3
Seattle at L.A. Rams (Sunday) SEA by 7
Green Bay at Dallas (Sunday) GB by 3
Kansas City at Houston (Sunday) KC by 4
Minnesota at Chicago (Monday) MIN by 6

posted by werty at 06:16 PM on October 05

The most important news about the NHL this season: Jagr will play!

If Jagr plays most of the season he'll own the record for most games played. Good for him.

posted by werty at 03:24 PM on October 02

NFL Pick 'Em Week 4: I Won't Stand for That Edition

Not even sure why I'm doing this after last week's showing, but:

Chicago at Green Bay on CBS GB by 5
New Orleans at Miami on Fox NO by 3
Buffalo at Atlanta on CBS ATL by 6
Cincinnati at Cleveland on CBS CIN by 9
L.A. Rams at Dallas on Fox DAL by 7
Detroit at Minnesota on Fox DET by 3
Carolina at New England on Fox NE by 4
Jacksonville at N.Y. Jets on CBS JAX by 6
Pittsburgh at Baltimore on CBS BAL by 2
Tennessee at Houston on CBS HOU by 2
San Francisco at Arizona on Fox ARI by 7
Philadelphia at L.A. Chargers on Fox PHI by 8 LOCK
N.Y. Giants at Tampa Bay on Fox TB by 5
Oakland at Denver on CBS DEN by 3
Indianapolis at Seattle on NBC SEA by 6
Washington at Kansas City on ESPN KC by 4

posted by werty at 08:04 PM on September 28

NFL Pick 'Em Week 3: Rushing Leader Kareem Hunt Edition

L.A. Rams at San Francisco on NFL (Thursday) LAR by 7
Baltimore at Jacksonville on Yahoo (Sunday) BAL by 5
Denver at Buffalo on CBS (Sunday) DEN by 8 LOCK
Pittsburgh at Chicago on CBS (Sunday) PIT by 9 LOCK
Atlanta at Detroit on Fox (Sunday) ATL by 3
Cleveland at Indianapolis on CBS (Sunday) CLE by 4
Tampa Bay at Minnesota on Fox (Sunday) TB by 3
Houston at New England on CBS (Sunday) NE by 11
Miami at N.Y. Jets on CBS (Sunday) MIA by 7
N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia on CBS (Sunday) PHI by 10
New Orleans at Carolina on Fox (Sunday) CAR by 7
Seattle at Tennessee on Fox (Sunday) SEA by 3
Cincinnati at Green Bay on CBS (Sunday) GB by 5
Kansas City at L.A. Chargers on CBS (Sunday) KC by 7 LOCK
Oakland at Washington on NBC (Sunday) OAK by 5
Dallas at Arizona on ESPN (Monday) ARI by 3

posted by werty at 02:42 PM on September 21

NFL Pick 'Em Week 2: Undefeated Jaguars Edition

Houston at Cincinnati on NFL (Thursday) Cincinnati by 3
Cleveland at Baltimore on CBS (Sunday) Baltimore by 4
Buffalo at Carolina on CBS (Sunday) Carolina by 5
Arizona at Indianapolis on Fox (Sunday) Arizona by 7
Tennessee at Jacksonville on CBS (Sunday) Tennessee by 3
Philadelphia at Kansas City on Fox (Sunday) KC by 4
New England at New Orleans on CBS (Sunday) NE by 3
Minnesota at Pittsburgh on Fox (Sunday) Pittsburgh by 4
Chicago at Tampa Bay on Fox (Sunday) TB by 5
Miami at L.A. Chargers on CBS (Sunday) Miami by 4
N.Y. Jets at Oakland on CBS (Sunday) Oakland by 7 LOCK
Dallas at Denver on Fox (Sunday) Denver by 3
Washington at L.A. Rams on Fox (Sunday) LA by 3
San Francisco at Seattle on Fox (Sunday) Seattle by 8 LOCK
Green Bay at Atlanta on NBC (Sunday) GB by 3
Detroit at N.Y. Giants on ESPN (Monday) NYG by 3

posted by werty at 08:18 PM on September 14

Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em Contest

How have I never participated in this before?

Kansas City by 3 (!)
Buffalo by 7 LOCK
Philadelphia by 3
Tennessee by 3
Houston by 6 LOCK
Detroit by 3
Pittsburgh by 10 LOCK
Atlanta by 4
Cincinnati by 3
Indianapolis by 5
Carolina by 9
Green Bay by 4
N.Y. Giants by 3
Minnesota by 4
Denver by 7

posted by werty at 01:39 PM on September 07

Tony Romo heading into broadcasting with CBS

Why does Romo get to slot into the lead analyst spot without any experience? I'm not a fan of Simms in the booth, but he's a veteran and well regarded presence. Seems like a steep promise for CBS to snare Romo--he may be terrible at the job.

posted by werty at 05:57 PM on April 04

Longtime ESPN Broadcaster John Saunders Dies

Saunders was a great broadcaster, classy and subtle with a great sense of humor. I was a regular watcher of "The Sports Reporters" for years, in part for his steady hand. He will be missed.

posted by werty at 01:25 PM on August 10

Mookie Betts Turns Out into Homer With Tumble Over Fence

The NFL replay officials would have ruled that a catch. Both feet down and forward progress showing possession of the ball.

posted by werty at 12:07 AM on July 29

Federal Judge Orders Cancellation of Redskins Trademarks

No idea what happened to my _(ツ)_/ there. _(ツ)_/

posted by werty at 01:51 PM on July 08

Federal Judge Orders Cancellation of Redskins Trademarks

It is interesting to think that black-market merchandise sales are now incontestable by the team. The ruling actually has no effect on the team's ongoing business, just the ability to defend the valuable product pipeline associated with it.

We won't see a big shift away from existing contracts, but we may see an upstart without NFL licensing rights start to flood the market with unofficial-but-it-doesn't-matter Redskins goods, and when the team sends a C&D, _(ツ)_/ . It starts small but could cost the team millions of dollars over time. The question is whether it convinces Daniel Snyder to update his team identity to one he can legally protect.

posted by werty at 01:51 PM on July 08

Pete Rose bet on MLB games while an active player in those games.

^^ this.

posted by werty at 11:25 PM on June 22

Pete Rose bet on MLB games while an active player in those games.

Like dfleming says, the cover-up is often worse than the crime. At the very least, it exacerbates it, and makes one's ability to forgive exceedingly difficult. (Compare Andy Pettitte to Roger Clemens--they probably both used PEDs together, but Pettitte was slowly, then warmly welcomed back to the Yankees, while Clemens still walks around defending himself to skeptics.)

Also, Rose's punishment--which he personally accepted at the time--was a lifetime ban from participation in anything related to Major League Baseball. He's been petitioning in public to change the terms of his deal. Sounds like whoever leaked this notebook to ESPN disagrees.

posted by werty at 05:17 PM on June 22

Kraft Says Patriots Won't Appeal DeflateGate Punishment

That's interesting, @rcade, even more so given that Kraft typically stands in solidarity with his team, and Brady is still denying and fighting his verdict.

I suppose this may also have been a bit of expectations management on Kraft's part. After Goodell decided to personally hear Brady's appeal (which I still love--"why don't you tell me why I was wrong, Tom"), Kraft realized that going head-to-head with the commissioner on this one would not lead to an ending that the public would embrace.

posted by werty at 02:06 PM on May 19

The Hidden Value of a Knuckleballer

I hope there's always a knuckleballer in the major leagues. R.A. Dickey gave the knucklers and their fans a lot of hope as Tim Wakefield aged. Fingers crossed Wright makes the team.

posted by werty at 11:42 AM on March 24

Semi-regular update: Julio Franco is still playing baseball.

Do what you love.

posted by werty at 04:06 PM on February 09

Martin Brodeur to Announce Retirement.

As a longtime Devils and Brodeur fan, I too would have liked to see him retire in New Jersey. It's a bit unseemly for him to be retiring as an active member of the Blues organization. Of course, this isn't the first time Brodeur made an indecorous decision, so those of us who follow him and his career are less than surprised.

I'm also of the opinion that if a ballplayer wants to play ball, and can get paid to play ball, he shouldn't be denigrated for doing so (cf. Rickey Henderson, minor leaguer). Why not keep doing what you love? Brodeur brought a Hall of Fame career and three Stanley Cups to New Jersey, of all places. All we can say is thanks.

posted by werty at 10:56 PM on January 27

New MLB Commissioner: We May Ban Defensive Shifts

Also, if hitters were less reliant on True Outcome moments, the smarter ones would (could, should) practice opposite-field and spray hitting, and negate the impact of the shifts against them. Think there'd be some way to shift against Tony Gwynn? Wade Boggs?

posted by werty at 02:22 PM on January 27

Four players voted into the baseball Hall of Fame

Who the heck voted for Aaron Boone?

posted by werty at 03:21 PM on January 06

New York Jets Fire Rex Ryan, GM John Idzik

Howard, what you're describing is a good defensive coordinator. Rex is a great motivator and a fun guy, and his players loved him, particularly his defensemen. But he never put together a strong offense; even in Rex's good initial years, a fair amount of luck drove Sanchez's success. I liked having Rex as HC of the NYJ but his track record left the team with no choice.

posted by werty at 03:33 PM on December 29

Can True Sports Fans Switch to a New Favorite Team?

I can address this firsthand, as I grew up a Washington Redskins fan but let go of my favoritism early in the Daniel Snyder era.

I've been a not-Redskins fan for nearly 15 years now. I can confirm that letting go of a favorite is doable; I had valid reasons for stopping cheering for them (and this was pre-name-kerfuffles), and they resonated long enough that they stayed factual. If I'm hanging out with Jonathan the Skins fan and they're on TV, I'll take their side for a bit, but I don't really care.

What I haven't been able to do, though, is pick up a new favorite. I'm in New York, so logically, I'd root for the Giants or Jets. But it's hard to become a Giants fan after rooting against them for so long, although I do respect them organizationally. That left the Jets, and, well, it's hard for anyone to be a Jets fan, let alone a grown adult who grew up rooting for an NFC team. So I cheer for the Jets but I don't have any real passion for them.

Like grum says, I have a passel of team preferences (the Steelers first and foremost) but no new favorite. My young children even parrot me on Sunday afternoons and say, "I'm just rooting for a good game."

posted by werty at 02:09 PM on December 17

Despite Vehement Public Claims of Innocence, A-Rod Admitted to DEA He Used Steroids

It seems the main reason the Yankees are keeping Rodriguez is fiscal: if he re-injures himself, or retires due to an inability to play because of his hip surgeries, then the club can run his salary through an insurance claim and recoup 75 or 80 cents on the dollar.

As grum says, if they cut him, they'd make a bunch of fans like me happy, but even the Yankees have a hard time throwing away $61,000,000 for PR goodwill. The team looked into cutting him for lying and cheating previously and found no contractual out clauses. Not to mention that he could play well out of spite and club 20-25 homers and actually earn his keep, in which case many fans would probably just shrug and let him keep hitting.

With the negativity surrounding him, though, I'd love to see the Yanks take a hard-line stance and kick him to the curb, or try outrighting him to the minors. The current club lacks likability even without Rodriguez on the team.

posted by werty at 11:27 AM on November 06

Jason Kidd joins Bucks as head coach

The NYT suggested Kidd made this happen after trying and failing to take personnel control of the Nets. The Bucks saw how he turned around the mess in Brooklyn and figured they'd give him a shot. Incredibly pushy, though, no?

posted by werty at 12:15 PM on June 30

Yankees Go Around the Horn for Triple Play

Fun fact from ESPN: the Yanks have turned three triple plays in the last 45 years, and CC Sabathia has been on the mound all three times.

posted by werty at 11:07 PM on April 17

Enter the SportsFilter NCAA Bracket Contest

In. Is there a contest here per se or am I just filling out a bracket for someone else to soundly beat?

posted by werty at 10:01 AM on March 18

Baseball Hall of Fame ballot released.

Grum obviously doesn't believe in punishing PED users. Which is fine, but allowing players who benefited into the HOF means they should be measured by a higher statistical standard. Grum's got at least four players on his macro-level list in this category.

posted by werty at 11:13 AM on November 27

Tigers and Rangers Swap Prince Fielder and Ian Kinsler

I love this trade, both for the sensibility on both sides and the sheer chutzpah of trading a front-line star for a fan favorite. I wonder if either player had any sense it was coming.

posted by werty at 10:18 AM on November 21

Girardi Spurns Cubs, Signs 4-Year Deal with Yankees

No one seems to remember that Girardi became a success as an active player while with the Yankees. He steered them to their first modern-dynasty-era title, in 1996, and was present for '97 and '98 while graciously molding Jorge Posada into a star. The 2009 championship he achieved as manager was his fourth World Series title, all with the Yankees.

The Yankees of recent vintage are a loyal bunch; they've had two managers in the past 18 years and the same GM for 15. Girardi and Brian Cashman and Randy Levine and the Steinbrenners have a decades-long relationship now, one that by and large seems respectful and appreciative. The Yankees made no hesitation in privately and publicly asking Girardi to come back.

You're the manager of a successful baseball team that has taken good care of you since your 20s. You make millions and have a happy, stable family life in a home not far from work. Your employer offers you a 50% raise to stay for four more years. Would *you* shrug and move to Chicago?

Welcome back, Joe. Glad you never left.

posted by werty at 04:18 PM on October 10

Pujols Going to Angels for 10 Years, $250 Million

I'm sad as a bit of a baseball purist to see Pujols go to the highest bidder. He traded 50 years of adulation for the guaranteed contract, and I imagined him being the kind of person who would like that lifelong community stability. Of course, if someone waved $50 million under my nose, I might do the same as he just did.

I appreciate @holden's perspective on fandom. I suspect most Mets fans felt the same way about losing Reyes the other day: yes, we wanted the guy, but he got how much to leave? Oh, okay, then.

posted by werty at 01:54 PM on December 08

The Science of Baseball's Magical Necklaces

Grum, NoMich, I can confirm that the pull-down trick works in reverse, and without necklaces. It revolves around qi and balance. I'm no expert but I've been to doctors who practice applied kinesiology and use it to find structural weaknesses that are tied into stresses and emotions. (I'll stop there before I start sounding too New Agey. My experience has to do with tinnitus, tangent yadda etc.)

I found it so fascinating that I've tried it myself on my wife and gotten it to work. You can do it too:

1. Have a person hold out his or her arm parallel to the floor and resist a push. For an added touch tell the person to think about something pleasant.

2. Press down on the forearm. For most people resistance is easy.

3. Now tell the person to think of something troubling or sad. (I think on my wife I said something like "think about our baby's fever from the other night.")

4. Press down again, and watch as the person suddenly has no ability to push back.

Again, I don't get why it works, but it does. Whether or not the sports necklace helps restore balance, who knows--the demo could easily be rigged. But philosophically it's not impossible.

posted by werty at 10:47 AM on October 20

Men's Tennis at Point of No Returns

And while I'm here, Borg-Tanner at Wimbledon, 1979. Look how gentle the game was! (With metal rackets, too.)

posted by werty at 11:33 AM on June 29

Men's Tennis at Point of No Returns

Assessment of Roscoe Tanner's serve force. I wish I had seen this show as a kid.

posted by werty at 11:30 AM on June 29

NHL attendance dips by 2.5 per cent

Meanwhile, the Stanley Cup Finals scored their highest TV ratings since 1974.

posted by werty at 09:26 PM on June 15

Texas Rangers' bankruptcy affects players most of all

Via the Awl, which also noted (right as I was thinking it) that the Mets are paying Bobby Bonilla a million bucks a year until 2035.

posted by werty at 10:57 AM on May 25


The spots were directed by Alejandro Gonzlez Irritu, best known for the feature films Babel and 21 Grams.

posted by werty at 04:20 PM on May 23

Are NFL Broadcasts Too Good?

The big issue, to me, is the whole 11-minutes-of-ball-in-play that was widely reported over the winter. There's a lot of downtime at a football game. Baseball has a lot of downtime, of course, but you're often enjoying beautiful weather and whiling away the time, whereas football weather can be much different. (Also, baseball lends itself to extensive debate and contemplation. Football is about the action, which makes the waits much more painful.)

posted by werty at 12:11 PM on March 29

Can the Yankees Be Stopped?

It will be interesting to watch what happens to the Yankees when their mid-90's personnel core finally retires. Jeter has said he wants to play for awhile yet, which ensures the team's top-level identity. But the combination of Jeter, Posada and Rivera is the homegrown soul, not to mention three of its best players. Who are the Yankees when they go?

For all the Joba jabber, none of the new guys has reached top-tier status (and I say this as someone who repeatedly points out Cano's top-10 AL batting average and Melky Cabrera's walk-off knack). At least one of the callups has to be ascendant to get a little organizational continuity.

The Yanks were a half-step from turning into the circa-2001 Orioles the past two years--lots of free agents and few wins. CC and Teixeira have been good enough to hold that off. But for how long?

posted by werty at 04:23 PM on October 21

ESPN's Steve Phillips caught in affair with 22-year-old production assistant

Remember, too, that Steve Phillips had a different, and equally public, consensual affair in 1998 with a Mets employee while employed as the Mets' GM.

posted by werty at 04:17 PM on October 21

Phil Mickelson hits backwards better than you hit forwards

There's a lot more to being an elite athlete than raw talent. Ask Stephon Marbury.

Mickelson has some unbelievable skills that make him a terrific talent and personality. Does he not always focus on the right things? Sure. Does that make a shot like this any less awesome? Definitely not.

JJ: Winged Foot the way you played it is much different than the course the pros play. The greens are far faster and trickier, the rough thicker. Oh, and there's the whole on-the-cusp-of-winning-the-U.S-Open thing. Doesn't take away from his poor decision-making, but don't think your experience matched his in any way.

posted by werty at 10:22 AM on July 02

Doug Glanville

Glanville's been writing for some time. He's a University of Pennsylvania grad and one of the more literate and eloquent baseball players of our time.

See also:

posted by werty at 02:27 PM on March 05

Playing Golf May Damage Your Hearing

As a longtime tinnitus sufferer I've known this for years. A well-hit drive makes quite a crack. I often came home from a round of golf with a louder ringing in my ears than before playing. For awhile I was wearing earplugs to tee off, although I'm not playing enough these days to worry about it.

posted by werty at 11:41 AM on January 05

Olympic Traitor?

Last night NBC profiled a softball player who "defected" to Russia to play in these Olympics, too. She's 31 and didn't make the US team. Other athletes have done it as well.

On the one hand, dyams is right--if he's not good enough to play for Team USA, the US shouldn't care if he plays elsewhere. From a patriotic angle, though, it's quite a contrast from, say, Lopez Lomong or Bernard Legat, who are proudly competing as US citizens after coming to America to pursue their dreams.

posted by werty at 01:47 PM on August 18

Johnny Damon to sign with Yanks.

Signing Damon isn't the most impressive move of the winter, but it is a solid maneuver for the Yanks. In all seriousness, Bubba Crosby--a 29-year-old with a .221 career batting average--is not the kind of player the Yankees put in center field. The team had to find someone more substantial, and a four-year deal (rather than Scott Boras's overreaching seven-year request) is not outrageous. Damon's stats are still solid; his batting average has increased three years in a row. I'm not sure I understand what makes him a great leadoff hitter, though, given that he's trending toward 15 stolen bases next season. Jeter has roughly equal speed and a better OBP, although he tends to hit better in the 2 slot. Still, I like the signing. As a Sox fan I think this sucks. And therein lies the extra money George paid.

posted by werty at 08:46 AM on December 21

WS Ratings suck! Thank you, FOX!

I felt like complaining about the late start times, but the 14-inning game had a peak audience in the ninth, which was midnight Eastern. So that wasn't the culprit. Part of the decline comes from the lack of Red Sox fever this year. The White Sox are a lower draw even in their home town. Had it been the Cubs, we might have seen higher ratings. No doubt marketing and positioning have an impact, but it's hard to gauge. Personally, I wouldn't wait until Saturday for Game 1 of the World Series, but that's a baseball fan's opinion, not a TV planner's.

posted by werty at 10:28 AM on October 28

Palmiero busted?

Does this now make Palmeiro a perjurer in Congress, and if so, what is the punishment?

posted by werty at 12:22 PM on August 01


Ah, I take that back. Games are still listed but the actual seats are unavailable. (Thank goodness.) Interesting that the games were still "scheduled" in the NHL's mind.

posted by werty at 01:21 PM on February 16


Interestingly, you can still buy tickets to this season's NHL games on

posted by werty at 01:19 PM on February 16

A big problem is that hockey has high costs. Much of the USA is warm most of the year, meaning ice hockey must be played indoors at rinks with expensive ice time and 24-hour bookings. Then there's all the equipment. Baseball, football, basketball--all lend themselves to pickup games and back-alley throwarounds, which let kids play and develop and enjoy the sport at an early age. Without committed parents and some disposable income, hockey doesn't become much of a concern to children, which lessens the interest of the nation as a whole. Until Tiger Woods came along, golf suffered from much the same problem. On a macro level, I'm not sure the NHL can solve its most crucial ill, which is kids who don't play ice hockey and as a result don't develop an interest in the sport. It had better fix everything else, though, so the league doesn't fall apart.

posted by werty at 12:53 PM on March 18

Schumachers to race despite tragic personal loss.

the fact that they will race today highlights just how dedicated both brothers are Or: the fact that they will race today highlights just how cold-hearted both brothers are Interpret at your leisure.

posted by werty at 01:50 PM on April 21

Colts player speaks out against teammates, coach.

How bad must your leadership be for the kicker to go public with his complaints?

posted by werty at 12:31 PM on January 29

Boston's new GM is my age...

As my coworker said, "28 is really young to be running anything." Hey, if he screws up, my Yankees benefit.

posted by werty at 11:40 AM on November 25

Baseball to be dropped from the Olympic Games?

Walking isn't universal?

posted by werty at 08:51 AM on August 29