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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

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

1. Colts by 10, +1
2. Saints by 3, +1
3. Bengals by 3
4. 49ers by 5, +1
5. Rivers (SD)
6. Shady (Phi)
7. Ahmad Brooks (SF), +1

posted by LionIndex at 06:39 PM on January 03

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Poor Ed Hochuli got the Bills - Pats monsoon assignment. They could have used him in the KC game.

No, he blew a call in a game against the Chargers a couple years ago that cost them the game, because oddly, they didn't reverse the result of the game after the fact.

posted by LionIndex at 05:04 PM on December 30

Eagles, Packers Advance to Playoffs

The Chargers actually played either up or down to their competition this season. They beat the better teams and lost to the worse teams. The thing is, they have talent. They just can't seem to get it together. Yesterday, with the majority of the Chiefs starters in street clothes though, was uncomfortable to watch. I'm sure any Charger fan would agree.

Yep. That's a decent summary of the Chargers season - they've beaten 3 playoff teams on the road (Chiefs, Broncos, Eagles), and have also taken down the Colts (for a 5-2 total record against playoff teams), but have also lost to the two teams with the worst records in football. Who knows which team will show up in the playoffs?

posted by LionIndex at 01:09 PM on December 30

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Well, for the next few hours, the Chargers control their own destiny against a team that has absolutely nothing to play for. Take heart, Steelers fans, the Chargers are nowhere near reliable.

posted by LionIndex at 04:22 PM on December 29

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Chargers are still alive for a playoff spot, and play against a team that has nothing to gain by winning next week, but unfortunately also need the Jets to win on the road.

posted by LionIndex at 11:42 PM on December 22

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I kind of wonder now if Dallas' inability to stick to the run is a coaching design issue or just a QB who really wants to be "the guy" even if it's situationally not the right move

Well, at some point, if the QB keeps changing your run plays into pass plays, the coach has to drop the hammer and either not call plays with that possibility or put in a QB who'll just hand off the ball.

posted by LionIndex at 12:55 PM on December 16

New England Overcomes 24-Point Deficit to Beat Denver

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

New England Overcomes 24-Point Deficit to Beat Denver

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

New England Overcomes 24-Point Deficit to Beat Denver

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

New England Overcomes 24-Point Deficit to Beat Denver

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

Incognito and Martin: An Insider’s Story

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

Dolphins Suspend Incognito For Bullying, Intimidation Towards Miller

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

Dolphins Suspend Incognito For Bullying, Intimidation Towards Miller

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

St. Louis Cardinals Radio Signal Going, Going ...

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

Red Sox Even World Series at 2

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

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

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