Recent Comments by LionIndex

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

As well, the Padres team OPS (.634) and OPS (85) are higher than Jeter.

Right but the stat lines you posted previously are avg/obp/slug, right? And obviously, we have some injury/PED/consistency issues with the constantly rotating non-Seth Smith people and only one person qualifying for the batting title. So, yeah, I think Jeter would have been a net benefit to the Pads this season.

I'm going to go sit on the porch and look forlornly into the distance now.

posted by LionIndex at 10:11 PM on September 25

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Just checked. He'd be leading the team in average by 10 points. He'd be better than the team's average OBP by 40 points or so, but his slugging is a little below average. I'm sure we can work out a deal with him for next year, right?

posted by LionIndex at 07:39 PM on September 25

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I think he'd come pretty close to leading the Padres all those months, if not doing so outright.

posted by LionIndex at 07:34 PM on September 25

Atlanta Hawks to be sold after owner reveals racist email

He actually seems to be making a real apology instead of the "I'm sorry if your feelings got hurt" kind of thing. He's totally owning up to saying something offensive and seems to actually understand (or at least be able to reiterate what his PR team has told him) why his statements were offensive.

posted by LionIndex at 01:20 PM on September 07

Red Sox owner Tom Werner has become a dark horse candidate to be baseball's next commissioner

if he were a brilliant baseball mind wouldn't he still own the Padres?

It's been almost 20 years, and the mid-90's fire sale still makes me burn with rage.

posted by LionIndex at 12:58 PM on August 14

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

In my neck of the woods tiny denim shorts are the uniform of choice for young women exiting their place of residence. Not so much with the cowboy boots. They've led me to believe that I've started to enter old man territory in the "How can you go out looking like that?!?!" vein, because the shorts are generally short enough that the front pockets poke out from underneath them, and it's quite obvious that the makers of the shorts have used patterned cloth on those protruding pieces because they're meant to be seen.

posted by LionIndex at 01:45 PM on July 27

Padres' Odrisamer Despaigne Throwing No-Hitter Through 7

For anyone that comes by at some point in the future: The Padres are the only major league team that's never had a pitcher throw a no-hitter.

posted by LionIndex at 12:02 AM on July 22

Padres' Odrisamer Despaigne Throwing No-Hitter Through 7

Was it Leitner? I like him, but he's been doing the games since I was a kid (originally as the color guy for Jerry Coleman) so I don't really know any better.

posted by LionIndex at 09:10 PM on July 20

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

1. Shouldn't the fielder have thrown directly to home, forcing the play, without trying to tag?

It kind of depends on how much your throw is going to beat the runner at home by. Since there was one out with the bases loaded, the ideal thing to have happen is a double play - no runs score and you get out of a situation where it's pretty easy for the other team to score a run. So, in that way, the first baseman did the correct thing - he had plenty of time to tag the runner on the way to first and still beat the runner going home by a long shot. If he throws home directly, they'll likely only get one out on the play, the bases will still be loaded, and the next guy up could hit a single and score 2 runs or something (I only think the guy will hit a single because I'm a Padre fan and that's the best I can hope for).

posted by LionIndex at 11:48 PM on July 03

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I just like that Joe Harris gets to remain a Cavalier.

posted by LionIndex at 03:19 PM on June 27

Tim Lincecum Throws 2nd No-Hitter Against Padres

Koufax is kind of relevant too, since once NoMich asked the HOF question, I immediately wondered whether Lincecum's streak of good years would be any match for Koufax's, as long as we're talking about HOF pitchers that burned brightly for a short while. And, apparently not.

posted by LionIndex at 10:38 AM on June 26

Tim Lincecum Throws 2nd No-Hitter Against Padres

No, it's Sandy Koufax. 4 world series championships (twice as MVP), 4 no hitters, 3 CYs.

posted by LionIndex at 09:40 AM on June 26

Tim Lincecum Throws 2nd No-Hitter Against Padres

rcade did not jinx the bid.

Again, it's the Padres. Pretty hard to jinx it.

posted by LionIndex at 06:31 PM on June 25

Tim Lincecum Throws 2nd No-Hitter Against Padres

And yet, no Padre has ever thrown a no-hitter. Getting a no-no against the Padres this year should come with an asterisk or something.

posted by LionIndex at 06:16 PM on June 25

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I've kind of become a Mexico fan by osmosis - I'm 15 minutes from the border so a lot of friends and co-workers have Mexican roots and it's nice to see them happy. I feel like the USMNT rivalry with Mexico is sort of a friendly one - we take games against them very seriously, but there's no antagonism.

They were playing the Univision reaction to one of the goals on the radio when I drove in this morning, and it was pretty great too.

posted by LionIndex at 01:01 PM on June 24

MLB Hall-of-Famer Tony Gwynn has died at age 54.

Also: 5 gold gloves.

posted by LionIndex at 11:29 PM on June 16

MLB Hall-of-Famer Tony Gwynn has died at age 54.

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They should make his grave 6" shallower than normal so that he'll always be in the 5.5 hole.

posted by LionIndex at 12:10 PM on June 16

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I only see half the ads - the right margin for me is set to somewhere right in the middle, or more likely, the ads expanded to the right over the old margin. The part of the ads that I can see appears to be the same size as it used to be. (Chrome)

posted by LionIndex at 10:02 PM on April 14

Exceptionally Small Crowds Greet New Baseball Season

Padres had record attendance on their opening day this year (108% of capacity or something), so they're bucking the trend. Of course, it was a Sunday game against the Dodgers.

posted by LionIndex at 04:56 PM on April 10

Oops: Atlanta Braves Set Fire to U.S. Flag

Maybe it touched the ground or got dirty or something and they just wanted to dispose of it properly, and also a bit fantastically? Just a bit, though.

posted by LionIndex at 01:47 PM on April 10

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I'm just glad the Padres lead the league for even one day in anything good. If the pattern of the last few seasons holds, it'll be the last time they're above .500 until August or something, so let me have my moment.

posted by LionIndex at 08:30 PM on March 31

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I think Dayton and Harvard were fairly common upset picks. I didn't enter the thingy here, but I saw a lot of chatter about those, picked Dayton myself and thought harder than most picks about Harvard. A bunch of people probably picked one or the other but not both.

The killer for me was this evening - I picked NC State, St. Joe's and North Dakota, so I was sitting there following the scores at work feeling like a genius. Then I left to go home and everything went to shit. At least North Dakota pulled it out. Buffet had already earned the right to keep his money thanks to Harvard

posted by LionIndex at 01:53 AM on March 21

Enter the SportsFilter NCAA Bracket Contest

Protip: the road to a billion dollars starts with Virginia beating Michigan to win the championship

From your fingertips to God's browser history, NoMich.

posted by LionIndex at 04:20 PM on March 18

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

It's a mixed bag in the ACC. Syracuse obviously did pretty well, and Pitt did OK, but they were the only former Big East teams in the top half of the league - BC, Miami, Virginia Tech and Notre Dame were all pretty lousy, with BC, VT, and ND filling out the bottom end. BC is an odd case - given the way they played last year and how many guys they were bringing back, I thought they'd do pretty well.

posted by LionIndex at 03:29 PM on March 16

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Yeah, I'm sort of glad none of these Johnny-come-lately Big East guys made it. I'm also kind of embarrassed to be glad about that.

posted by LionIndex at 12:28 PM on March 16

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

They have been making slight improvements every year under Bennett, which is really all you can ask for. I guess I'll be ok if they plateau from here on out though.

posted by LionIndex at 06:43 PM on March 14

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

And the outlook for next year is still good! We lose Harris and Mitchell, but that just means that Anderson and Gill start.

posted by LionIndex at 05:50 PM on March 14

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

They've been sloooooowly building up the last few years. Last year was pretty sketchy, but we (alumni speaking here) knew we'd be really good this year, but not the kind of good they've been since the start of the conference season. Other than a couple guys transferring because they were never going to get off the bench, the only guy we lost from last year was Jontel Evans, who played amazing defense and could handle the ball but was a total liability on offense. He was replaced with London Perrantes, who's just a first year (<--UVa style guide requirement) who makes very few mistakes, but can also knock down a bunch of 3s. Additionally, they got Brogdon back after he was out injured last year, a pretty good transfer in Gill, and the rest of the team matured a bit. For the first part of the season, we were probably leaning too heavily on Harris to score, but we eventually figured out that we go 8 or 9 deep with guys that can put up double digits any given night, and that's quite an obstacle for an opponent to overcome when UVa also only allows 55 points a game.

posted by LionIndex at 05:48 PM on March 14

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Yeah, and since the time I described, San Diego County has gone from 19 high schools playing lacrosse as a club sport, with some schools having girls on the teams because there was no girl's team, to just about every school (44 or something) in the county playing. When I played, we were lucky to have enough guys to fill out a team, so having one ultra-specialized guy wasn't really an option.

posted by LionIndex at 10:45 AM on March 08

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I don't know if it only comes into play late in the game, but there is a sort of time limit after which the offense has to keep the ball in the box, which makes it easier for defenses.

I played high school lacrosse in Southern California, when it was just starting to take hold, so I don't know if my experience was really different from others playing at that level, but our special teams were just made up of guys that were regular position players. Every middie line had a guy who practiced faceoffs, although we'd generally try to have the line with our best guy out when they happened.

posted by LionIndex at 12:41 AM on March 08

In Fake Classes Scandal, UNC Fails Its Athletes—and Whistle-Blower

If you could bottle the looks of pain and disbelief on the Carolina bench during and after the game, I could sell enough of it via subscription email list to be able to retire comfortably.

Yeah, as another non-UNC ACC alum, I'd probably take a bottle of it a week. I'm still sorry I could only listen to Duke lose to Lehigh on the radio instead of being able to watch it.

posted by LionIndex at 01:55 AM on March 05

How Cities Fared After the Olympics Left Town

I think Barcelona is what every city submitting bids to host the games hopes for, but I don't think that most cities can quite so easily replicate its success. I think Barcelona was somewhat of a world cultural capital that people had sort of forgotten about or overlooked for some time, I'd guess due to the Franco regime, and the Olympics reminded people how great a city it was. I don't know how many cities have that kind of potential for revitalization. Atlanta doesn't have the cultural capital, and most other cities that have hosted since were the dominant cities in their country anyway. I'd think for a city to follow the Barcelona model, it'd have to be some major city that had sort of recently escaped some kind of oppressive government, so maybe Eastern Bloc capitals or Santiago, Chile or something. But then, I don't know if the Beijing games attracted people to Beijing or scared them away with all the pollution.

posted by LionIndex at 10:46 AM on February 25

Missouri All-American Defensive Lineman Michael Sam Announces He Is Gay

But you're right in that I'd call Te'o more "serviceable" than "a big part".

posted by LionIndex at 12:51 PM on February 11

Missouri All-American Defensive Lineman Michael Sam Announces He Is Gay

Actually, yes he was. He went through the growing pains that any rookie player will go through, so he's not a world-beater or anything, and he was injured for a while at the beginning of the season which further delayed his development. However, he's a pretty integral part of the defense now and was getting a lot of praise from the local announcing team towards the end of the season.

I made the point in the thread on this topic on MetaFilter that Te'o playing in San Diego probably had a significant impact on his disappearance from the media's eye - playing for a west coast team in a small media market seemed to really dampen the uproar over everything. If Sam can actually tackle, I'm sure the Chargers would love to provide the same service for him. His projected draft level before coming out aligns pretty closely with where I think we'd want to take a DL or pass rusher if he converts to LB.

posted by LionIndex at 12:48 PM on February 11

Missouri All-American Defensive Lineman Michael Sam Announces He Is Gay

Yeah, but all the draft nonsense goes on for the next month and a half. So, player coming out of college with stuff like this is more relevant now than in the Fall.

posted by LionIndex at 11:18 PM on February 10

Missouri All-American Defensive Lineman Michael Sam Announces He Is Gay

Based on how long it took after Jackie Robinson joined the Dodgers to when the last MLB team was to integrate, I'd say we've got about 10-12 years before we get to the "yawn" point.

I don't know about that. I obviously don't have firsthand experience of the racial climate in 1947, but I think we're a lot further down the path of equality at this point with LGBT rights than we were with racial stuff at the time Jackie joined the Dodgers. I mean, that was 7 years before Brown v. Board of Education so there was still a long way to go with integration. We're already up to 20 or so states with legal gay marriage, along with the Feds and the military essentially being equal. I'd give it more like 2-5 years.

posted by LionIndex at 11:41 PM on February 09

St. Louis Rams Owner Buys Land in Los Angeles

Note that Hollywood Park closed last year and it's land has been/will be sold, so there's a lot of potential for something huge to go into that spot.

posted by LionIndex at 05:48 PM on February 06

Seattle Wins Super Bowl 0x30

That game kind of made a mockery of the concept of an MVP. If Wilson and the offense never even step on the field, the Seahawks still win by two scores. Is there any kind of precedent for giving the MVP to "the defense"?

posted by LionIndex at 12:30 AM on February 03

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Super Bowl-a-Geddon Edition

1. Seattle by 4 +1
2. Decker (DEN)
3. Wilson (SEA)
4. Welker (DEN)
5. Wilson (SEA)
6. Rogers-Cromartie (DEN)
7. Cliff Avril (SEA)
8. Toyota
9. 44

posted by LionIndex at 04:21 PM on January 31

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

It's kind of a "this is your moment of zen" thing, where Peyton has a thousand yard stare in a shower of blue/orange/white confetti. If you're getting a still image, the only difference in the animated gif is the confetti moving.

posted by LionIndex at 09:04 AM on January 22

Broncos Overwhelm Patriots

If the Broncos suffer another last minute lapse in the secondary, whoever is at fault will need to head to Kansas without showering and apply for amnesty

Quentin Jammer? He'll probably get picked on all day. He's pretty experienced, but he's been in the league a while and has probably lost a step. That made a difference in the game when he came in for the injured CB and had to cover Keenan Allen, but might not be such a problem against WRs that aren't as talented or fast as Allen.

posted by LionIndex at 01:50 PM on January 19

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Championship Games-a-Ganza Edition

1. Broncos by 14 +2
2. Seahawks by 4 +1
3. Manning (Den) +1
4. Boldin (SF)
5. Blount (NE)
6. Ahmad Brooks (SF)

posted by LionIndex at 11:12 AM on January 17

Broncos Hold Off Chargers

That's what they do, but just going off what Bill Barnwell (at Grantland) says in all his "Thank You for not Coaching" articles, they should go for two the first chance they get.

posted by LionIndex at 03:46 PM on January 13

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I'm kind of surprised that Aussie rules guys haven't been more of a thing for punters since Darren Bennett and the guy Philly used to have were in the league - they kick just as well as a punter but aren't any kind of liability for tackling.

posted by LionIndex at 02:18 PM on January 13

Broncos Hold Off Chargers

I think the only distinction is that if you know you're going to have to do something risky (2 point conversion, onside kick, stuff like that), you don't want to put it off - get it done early so that if you fail you still have time to deal with the repercussions.

posted by LionIndex at 01:37 PM on January 13

49ers Smother Panthers

I guess the converse of that is if the team you hate has been on a pathetic run for such a long time that you kind of forget about it, like I have with the Raiders.

posted by LionIndex at 12:26 PM on January 13

Broncos Hold Off Chargers

If you have 4 minutes and two timeouts left and you're only down by a TD, that ain't too scary. I think they've been in worse situations this year already.

posted by LionIndex at 12:19 PM on January 13

Broncos Hold Off Chargers

I agreed that they only needed a stop the next time around. They were down by enough the first time that they needed to start making risky plays to get back into it, and there was no hope of getting back into the game without getting a successful onside kick. But they only needed *one* to get back in the game. So, you take your risky play early in case it fails and you need to do it again. An onside kick is only a 15% or so chance of success (although there was a stat flashed on the screen that Novak has been ridiculously successful at them), so it's not something you want to throw out there just because. I would have thought that a team would generally have a better chance at getting a stop on 3rd and 17 (or just getting a stop at some point anyway) than recovering a 2nd onside kick, especially when the risk of onside failure is so high.

posted by LionIndex at 12:12 PM on January 13

Broncos Hold Off Chargers

I always assumed it meant "Hike, for real!"

Do you play defense for the Chargers?

posted by LionIndex at 08:17 PM on January 12

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Round-a-Go-Go Edition

I hope cixelsyd went to Vegas this weekend. Jesus.

posted by LionIndex at 04:20 PM on January 12

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Round-a-Go-Go Edition

Cheat sheet for next week, with all the numbers where increasing your spread doesn't move your bottom end up but increases the differentials that will score you a point:

If you think the spread will be: 3; pick 4 (picking 3 only scores exactly, picking 4 also gets you 4 and 5)

If you think the spread will be: 6; pick 7 (5-7 range vs. 5-9 range)

If you think the spread will be: 9; pick 10 (7-11 vs. 7-13)
If you think the spread will be: 13; pick 14 (10-16 vs. 10-18)
16-->17, etc. After that probably not too useful.

posted by LionIndex at 12:10 AM on January 12

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Round-a-Go-Go Edition

Yeah, I think in the future, it's easier for whoever's scoring the thing if it's based on the actual spread, because then you know the range of correct answers and can just go down the list and tick them off without having to do any more calculations.

posted by LionIndex at 11:15 PM on January 11

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Round-a-Go-Go Edition

Ufez, I had a pick last week for 3, when the final ended up being 2.

3 x .3 = .9, which would have made my pick 2.1, but .9 gets rounded down to 0, so to get a low point spread you have to nail it. Almost better to just pick 4, and then you're covered for 3-5, while picking 3 will only get you 3.

Wish I'd realized that before making picks this week.

posted by LionIndex at 09:26 PM on January 11

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Round-a-Go-Go Edition

D'oh.

posted by LionIndex at 08:55 PM on January 11

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Round-a-Go-Go Edition

I don't think so; the difference was 8, and it's .30 each way rounded down- so 2.4 points, rounded down, is a range of 6-10 to get the extra point.

For some reason I thought it was the spread you picked rather than the actual one, but it's much easier to score based on the actual spread than having to calculate everybody's individual spread range. Also, I get two points based on the actual spread and only one based on mine, so I would approve of this method. I missed a couple spreads last weekend by a point.

posted by LionIndex at 08:39 PM on January 11

Seahawks Stymie Saints

but Brees didn't really throw the ball down there. Which is ridiculous, I don't know what's wrong with him.

I didn't watch too much of the game, but the announcers were talking something about Brees wearing a glove and maybe that messing with his throws (they were replaying a total duck at the time). He doesn't normally wear a glove, right?

posted by LionIndex at 07:44 PM on January 11

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Round-a-Go-Go Edition

1. Seahawks by 6 +1
2. Patriots by 10 +1
3. 49ers by 3 +1
4. Broncos by 9 +2
5. Decker (Den)
6. Davis (SF)
7. Weddle (SD)

posted by LionIndex at 04:22 PM on January 10

MMA fighter Joe Torrez kills armed intruder Sal Garces in New Mexico

Sure, but I'd at least like them to do an investigation to figure out the facts of the situation, you know? They shouldn't just take Torrez' word for it. Not that this would actually be the case, but what if Torrez was just having a get-together with friends and then got pissed for some reason and went on a rampage, and then made it look like there was a forced entry to the door or something? I'd at least want the police to rule that, and probably a bunch of other not-so-far-fetched things, out. At least make sure Torrez' story is plausible.

posted by LionIndex at 01:11 PM on January 06

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Wild-Card-a-Palooza Edition

Looks like the Bengals ruined a few 4-for-4 picks.

As a Charger fan, I'm quite happy to lose that point. 4-0 road record against playoff teams!

posted by LionIndex at 08:27 PM on January 05

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Padres legend Jerry Coleman has died

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He didn't actually play on the team obviously, but did manage a bit; his legacy is more tied to his tenure in the broadcast booth around here. He was the radio guy for pretty much all my life, and had fairly recently cut back to just doing day games and a sort of tag-team relationship with his broadcast partners.

posted by LionIndex at 07:55 PM on January 05