Whither Phillip Rivers? I feel like any Romo/Brady/Manning competition in ref-yelling is merely for second place.
posted by LionIndex at 01:01 AM on November 26
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.
Barnwell has a bunch on this decision in his column at Grantland today. With picking the wind, you're also getting a much better shot at a touchback on the kickoff, as well as giving them a much tougher chance at a field goal - effectively extending the necessary drive by 10 yards - or a worse punting position should it come to that, and then you need a shorter drive to get to a game-winning field goal with no chance of a response by the other team. The only x-factor there is you're playing the highest scoring offense in the league.
posted by LionIndex at 11:02 AM on November 25
I don't think 9-2 is "gaudy,"
Well, that question actually came up in a conversation with friends a couple weeks ago when the Chiefs were undefeated.
posted by LionIndex at 01:43 AM on November 25
Prior to tonight's game, I was messing around with the Playoff Machine to see how many AFC teams I could get to finish at 9-7, and I maxed out at 8, but I had this game going to Denver.
Given that KC and Denver have built their gaudy records against some of the easiest schedules in the league, are the Pats secretly the AFC's best team?
posted by LionIndex at 12:52 AM on November 25
I kind of wonder, if Martin had "been a man" and stood up to Incognito, if we'd now just be hearing a bunch of stories about how he's not a team player or some sort of locker room cancer and disrupting the cohesiveness of team chemistry or something, and "I went through the same stuff that he beat up/killed Incognito for, and I didn't feel the need to beat up/kill my teammates because the team comes first" etc.
posted by LionIndex at 12:24 PM on November 07
I don't know about marginally competent - wasn't he a 2012 pro-bowler? Last article I saw at ESPN about the issue said that Miami team officials have said that Incognito won't play for them again.
posted by LionIndex at 06:56 PM on November 04
Kevin Seifert's Studs & Duds column last night also pointed out that Incognito isn't helping his own case with his twitter comments, which are basically threats.
posted by LionIndex at 10:34 AM on November 04
Yeah, 50K Watts will go a long way. The station that broadcasts the Padres runs at that power, and the transmitter is actually located in Mexico, but I can get the station well up into LA - I think I've picked it up on the 101 in the valley, but certainly at least as far as the 10. North of there, you start running into topographic difficulties. Who knows how far down into Baja you can get it, and if you have a station like that broadcasting in the relatively flat Midwest...
posted by LionIndex at 07:03 PM on October 30
I would have to say this falls into the "Would Suck" category, but we need an option for "Player forgets to touch home base after hitting a home run".
grumble grumble Matt Holliday 2007 grumble grumble
posted by LionIndex at 03:39 PM on October 28
For the most part, the AFC West hit the scheduling jackpot this year. And if you're the Chiefs, coming in last place last year, it's even easier.
posted by LionIndex at 11:59 AM on October 27
It was kind of amusing to see my Mexican Facebook friends posting "USA! USA!" as their status updates after that game.
posted by LionIndex at 04:11 PM on October 18
As a San Diegan, where the "Beat LA" chant occurs at every home game vs. the Dodgers, this is one of those series where I can't really root for anybody. The rare times that the Padres have made it to the postseason, they frequently get bounced out by the Cardinals, and we're just required by law to hate anything from LA. So I'm rooting for "Major PED scandal involving everybody on the field results in instant 80 game suspensions" or some other thing where neither LA or St Louis has any chance at the WS once they advance.
posted by LionIndex at 07:12 PM on October 12
In other Michigan State related news, I went to my first ever football game at the weekend, at the Big House.
I'll assume that you don't realize it, but this looks like an epic troll, on the level of talking about Man U after visiting City of Manchester Stadium - the Big House is at University of Michigan, which doesn't play Michigan State for a few weeks yet. No skin off my back, but some people will take that seriously (I reserve my ire for confusing Virginia Tech and University of Virginia).
posted by LionIndex at 11:31 AM on October 07
There was an article posted to MetaFilter a couple weeks ago about overuse of bunting, with Baker as the prime example of doing it badly.
posted by LionIndex at 03:21 PM on October 04
Supposedly the Bucs shopped Freeman around for a trade to every team in the league, so I wonder if there is actually any interest in him. It probably makes a difference now that they don't have to give anything up to get him, but did other GMs see the writing on the wall and just figure they'd be able to pick him up anyway? My first thought was Jags as well, maybe the Jets, but he'd be going to those teams as a potential starter. He might get picked up as a backup somewhere else.
posted by LionIndex at 05:02 PM on October 03
It seems like it's a really bad move for the Ravens, who've let go of seemingly half of their championship team, to start giving away draft picks. Tricky judgement call though, especially if they're getting one decent player. How many decent players could you get out of two or three later round picks? One seems like it would be doing pretty well.
posted by LionIndex at 01:12 PM on October 02
Aw, you just need to learn a small amount of Spanish and watch Telemundo or Univision, and then you might be able to cut back to ultra-basic cable, or even just broadcast TV depending on your area.
posted by LionIndex at 06:30 PM on September 30
Barnwell puts it at 28, which would be the largest ever.
posted by LionIndex at 10:23 AM on September 30
To be fair, the NFC East is atrocious.
Yes, but the AFC West was supposed to be even more so. Pretty much nobody saw this coming. But, aside from the Chiefs and Broncos, it may just be a competition of who can lose more effectively, and people just underestimated the NFC East's proficiency there.
posted by LionIndex at 08:33 PM on September 29
Halfway through their scheduled games, the AFC West is 7-1 vs. the NFC East
posted by LionIndex at 07:54 PM on September 29
At the same time I can't think of a single team other than the Yankees that would even be interested in Cano at anything near those terms.
posted by LionIndex at 02:52 PM on September 26
It's a bit of a shame that he got most of his financial figures from present day, rather than digging up other stuff like this in the past, although that might make the book/article encyclopedia length. We had a horrible situation in San Diego a bit over a decade (?) ago, where the Chargers' lease was written so that they effectively sold out every game at taxpayer expense. Any unsold tickets below a certain threshold would be picked up by the city, and as an added insult, the tickets bought by the city wouldn't count towards lifting any TV blackout. There were a few years there where the Chargers were absolutely horrible, so the owners could make money without even trying to field a good team. If not for that tremendous generation of ill will, the Chargers could very well have gotten the new stadium by now that they've lusted after for years. Article on the ticket guarantee here.
posted by LionIndex at 11:46 AM on September 25
Is there any requirement that the kick has to go 10 yards before the receiving team touches it, or is that just before the kicking team can touch it? Cuz Houston guy wouldn't have been able to get too much closer, although he definitely could have done better.
posted by LionIndex at 01:06 PM on September 23
Eh, I think 6-10 is probably the worst the Chargers could do. They have two games against the Raiders, one against the Jags, and then a whole bunch of toss-up games. They'll almost certainly lose twice to the Broncs and Chiefs, along with the Bengals and Miami. The Charger's defense is pretty worthless, but at least they're not playing hot potato with the ball any more.
And I'd agree with dfleming about the Giants, and maybe add the Bills, Steelers and Jets. Jets are 2-1, but they could easily go 4-9 for the rest of the seaon.
posted by LionIndex at 09:44 PM on September 22
This isn't what Norv signed up for.
There's a traumatized portion of my psyche that truly believes this is all Norv's idea.
posted by LionIndex at 11:22 PM on September 18
And LT's peak years were when we had a decent offensive line, which is why there's a lot of concern about that. Did LT start not doing so well because our line isn't that good any more? Is that why Mathews can't do too well (aside from the fumbles, obviously)? Will getting a better offensive line help our running game and thus also get Rivers back into form? It's a tough problem, and Rivers' ability might actually be suspect, but it's certainly not the only thing. Rivers' peak years were when he had a better receiving core, a better defense, and the best RB in the game. Of course he's going to look bad now compared to that.
posted by LionIndex at 12:50 PM on September 13
I'm a Charger fan, and we all seem to be watching Rivers very closely to try to figure out whether his issues are related to the lack of a decent O-line, Rivers falling apart, bad coaching decisions, or some combination of the three. Unfortunately, we didn't really get much help on the line in the offseason, so that may still be a factor. I'd think a "great" QB could overcome the lack of a line to a certain degree, so Rivers certainly isn't up at that level, but he may still be serviceable if we can get better protection and run blocking next time around. Unfortunately, we're probably not going to suck hard enough to be able to draft a franchise QB in the next round unless we get lucky with someone who's relatively unheralded, so we should probably just stick with trying to build up the line and hope Rivers and Mathews can do well enough with that to take us someplace. But we're going to have a lot of needs on offense the next couple years - we need to try to get an eventual replacement for Rivers (because even if he can still do well, he's getting towards the end), a replacement for Gates, and probably another running back in addition to fixing our line woes.
posted by LionIndex at 03:56 PM on September 12
File this under "ascribing more credit to Belichick than he actually deserves", but: I wonder if the Pats brought Tebow on just to hold him on the roster and then cut him in an attempt to spare fans from the whole circus this year? Sure, he can still sign somewhere else, but he'd have to learn a different system and wouldn't really have any time to get familiar with his new teammates, so that's a less attractive proposition than it already seems to be.
posted by LionIndex at 12:48 PM on August 31
I think Jigger Statz could maybe the term for the horribly contorted conditional stat reports from Elias or whoever, like "Whoshisface is the first player since 1905 to hit two home runs off his brother in a major league night game".
posted by LionIndex at 02:42 PM on August 24
From the Jim Caple article at ESPN: According to various sources, only five players had 4,000 hits in the majors and minors combined: Rose, Cobb, Hank Aaron, Stan Musial and Jigger Statz (a little-known player because 3,356 of his hits were in the old Pacific Coast League). Whether you count Japan as a major league or a minor league -- or something in between -- Ichiro is about to join that elite fraternity.
So he's still in pretty select company no matter where you put the Japanese leagues.
posted by LionIndex at 09:26 PM on August 23
Given the way they played Thursday, I think Sorensen may have leapfrogged into the #2 spot ahead of Whitehurst, although some of Whitehurst's mistakes were more attributable to Robert Meacham.
posted by LionIndex at 12:48 PM on August 11
Is it me or is anyone else weirded by the fact that all the players (judging by surnames alone) are Hispanic?
The clinic was in Florida, right? I think it's just that a lot of players come from areas around the Caribbean. At least for the Padres, Cabrera's Nicuraguan, Grandal (probably not mentioned here because he already did a 50-game suspension) is Cuban.
posted by LionIndex at 01:10 AM on August 06
That's true, but alcohol can't make a stone bleed. I've seen it too often, whatever vice a person believes but keeps hidden from the world, be it racism, misogyny, anti-semitism, homophobia, or what have you, put enough alcohol in that body and watch it come to the surface.
True, but sometimes people get so pissed that they say awful things they don't even mean just because they want to hurt the other person. Not that that's what happened with Cooper, but if you've lived a life without having that kind of thing happen, I'm deeply envious.
posted by LionIndex at 11:45 PM on August 01
Fox really shows their hand there by calling it the Martin verdict, don't they.
posted by LionIndex at 10:24 AM on July 16
Sort of surprised it wasn't Quentin with the HBP.
posted by LionIndex at 02:41 PM on July 14
Hernandez is now apparently being investigated for two killings in Boston in 2012.
posted by LionIndex at 02:09 PM on June 27
Well, actually, yeah. Padres called up a Cuban rookie last year who hit 4 homers in 7 games, and may now be facing life banishment.
posted by LionIndex at 03:02 PM on June 08
Anyone wanna take odds on Puig's PED use?
posted by LionIndex at 01:50 AM on June 07
Is double jeopardy a concept that MLB actually needs to worry about?
posted by LionIndex at 12:05 PM on June 05
Ronde Barber has finally decided to hang up his leather helmet and high top shoes after a near-Methuselan number of years in the league.
Not that he's been doing a bad job or anything, but it's time. Tiki went out maybe a little early (only 5 years ago), but it's really impressive that Ronde's lasted so long. They were in my class at UVa, which was heavily represented in the draft, and we had a couple guys in the pros from then that lasted a long time - James Farrior went until 2011. Jamie Sharper seemed pretty durable and then fell apart pretty quickly.
posted by LionIndex at 03:30 AM on May 09
The thing that concerns me about that video is amount of head first hits and cross checks to the head, especially at the beginning.
Exactly - that's why I was saying that most of the hits would be illegal. It seemed like the vast majority of the video was cross-checks, and then there's the one slow-mo cross-check to the neck by a UNC (Hopkins maybe) player that gets repeated, and for the life of me I can't figure out why. Of course someone's going down if you club them in the neck with a length of metal.
But anyway, supposedly the hardest hits, mostly illegal, still tamer than football.
posted by LionIndex at 05:26 PM on April 25
I don't know about youth league lacrosse, but the sport in general has pretty strict contact rules regardless of the age level. Hits to the head are penalized in almost every circumstance - I always felt like the helmets were more for protection from the ball or errant sticks flying around than from anything deliberate. While contact is part of the game, it's definitely not the point of the game as much as it is in football. Also, as the skill level of players increases, the contact level generally decreases, especially for full-on hits. Most of the contact I see when I watch NCAA games is just defenders riding attackers to keep them away from the goal, so there's no real "impact" to the contact. Even when I played in high school, we'd only see someone really get lit up once or twice a season.
Here's a video of the hardest hits from 2009 - most of which are illegal in some way, usually cross-checking. Other than the guy taking a stick in the neck, most of them are just one guy pushing another. I've seen much worse.
posted by LionIndex at 12:48 PM on April 25
Depending on drinking experience, what kind of beer, and the weight and body composition of the person.
posted by LionIndex at 02:24 PM on April 21
I think holden's got it - the Dodgers and their payroll/trades/free agent signings have been big news since the latter part of last season, along with the new ownership group with Magic Johnson and all that, and that's the lens through which the whole Quentin/Greinke thing is magnified. I don't think any stats matter for the story other than Greinke's salary and the Dodgers' payroll.
First line from ABC news article: You are about to watch a brawl that broke out at a game in san diego. And it left a pitcher worth nearly $150 million
New York Times had something similar.
posted by LionIndex at 01:02 AM on April 13
As of right now, ESPN has 5 stories on their front page about the brawl, and Grantland has one. One story misleadingly calls Greinke an "ace" when he's the Dodgers' #2 starter. I just have a hard time believing that happens if the teams involved aren't the Dodgers, Red Sox or Yankees, mostly because the big undercurrent to the story is Greinke's salary.
posted by LionIndex at 05:26 PM on April 12
Is he stupid enough to think that if a pitcher wanted to intentionally hit him he would do it with a marshmallow?
I wouldn't put it past him. I don't think anybody other than Quentin believes that he got beaned intentionally.
posted by LionIndex at 05:21 PM on April 12
As far as umpiring, there's no bias. But I don't think this would be all over the news if the tables were reversed or if it was a Padres-Rockies game. There would certainly be media coverage, but not to the level that it's been. It's not so much a anti-San Diego bias as apathy. Which, honestly, is somewhat deserved, since we're not much more than a AAA club at this point. Was it a big deal that Quentin got plunked two games prior and had to sit for the game prior to last night?
posted by LionIndex at 05:07 PM on April 12
Interesting question on local (San Diego) talk radio today: If Matt Kemp charged Jason Marquis and injured him last night, would anybody give a shit? Would anybody from Grantland write a story about it?
posted by LionIndex at 04:16 PM on April 12
Hooray for the future ACC!
posted by LionIndex at 08:07 PM on April 09
Well, he had been suspended previously, so the university was apparently aware of his "methods" but just wasn't going to go as far as firing him until the video aired.
I'll say one thing for the guy though, his apology after getting fired was at least an actual apology and he admitted that he was wrong and his treatment of players wasn't the way to do things.
posted by LionIndex at 06:18 PM on April 03
That was actually a pretty decent article - just seeing the headline here, I was wondering what in the world USC was thinking and ready to laugh at them, but I guess the truth is that they just don't have many options to choose from. And with the guys that in years past would be moving up to the big programs choosing to stay put (Stevens, Smart), they can't really go poaching.
posted by LionIndex at 11:39 AM on April 02
Even though I didn't fill out a bracket or anything, I enjoy reading the updates at ESPN for their tournament challenge. They don't give a percentage of people taking Wichita State to win the whole thing out of all the brackets submitted, but simple math says it's .03%. No matter how today shakes out, somewhere around 50 people (out of over 8 million) will have the correct final four. Obama is still doing better than every ESPN analyst.
posted by LionIndex at 10:55 AM on March 31
Yeah, everybody at ESPN had either Indiana or Miami winning the East, so they're all hosed. A few had G'Town or VCU winning the South, but generally, it seems like still having 3/4 of your Final Four intact at this point is pretty normal.
posted by LionIndex at 11:32 AM on March 29
It is sort of ironic that the Patriots would wear redcoats.
posted by LionIndex at 06:35 PM on March 28
I have no ties to Miami and no emotional attachment to the team, but I actually like the change. I'm more disappointed that they're changing the facemask color to white.
posted by LionIndex at 11:21 AM on March 28
Boy, it sure would be nice to have a game today that's not a blowout.
posted by LionIndex at 07:15 PM on March 23
Well, at least you got four hours. :/
posted by LionIndex at 11:14 AM on March 23
This year it is completely free.
It looks like it's that way for four hours, then you have to have a cable subscription. I couldn't get it to work anyway, but that was only in chrome. Maybe I'll try some other browser.
posted by LionIndex at 06:05 PM on March 22
As far as I can remember, the the committee has tried to give higher seeds locations at least in their region, only moving teams into odd places when they have conflicting seedings (like, Kentucky and Duke or UNC being 1 seeds - someone's going to have to go to a different region, usually the "lower" 1 seed).
posted by LionIndex at 12:37 AM on March 18
And would the Vikings then have 2 first round picks if they wanted to trade up and try to get a QB early? Yeah, that could be a really good move all-around.
posted by LionIndex at 04:22 PM on March 11
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