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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
posted by LionIndex at 04:21 PM on January 31
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
I hope cixelsyd went to Vegas this weekend. Jesus.
posted by LionIndex at 04:20 PM on January 12
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
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
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
posted by LionIndex at 08:55 PM on January 11
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
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
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
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
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
Padres legend Jerry Coleman has died
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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