Recent Comments by LionIndex

How close are we to a London Jaguars NFL franchise?

That then burns in a disastrous fire?

posted by LionIndex at 01:12 PM on August 05

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I was hoping my Padres would finally have something that they're exceptionally good at compared to the rest of the league, so I went back and checked where their streak of winning such games stands within baseball history, and unfortunately it turns out they're only ahead of Seattle, Toronto, Tampa, Colorado, Arizona and Miami; and pretty close to tied with Milwaukee, Kansas City, and Washington/Montreal. Stupid Padres.

posted by LionIndex at 01:11 PM on May 19

Bill Simmons Out at ESPN

I have a bunch of non-Simmons things at Grantland that I read pretty regularly, and they're not just other things I click on after I'm done reading a Simmons article. The only Simmons pieces I even look forward to are his weekly NFL articles and picks. Since I don't care at all about NBA basketball, I pretty much have zero interest in anything else he does.

Otherwise, I like reading Bill Barnwell's NFL wrap-ups early in the week, Jonah Keri's baseball articles, recaps or articles about TV by Andy Greenwald, and I religiously follow Mark Titus' columns during college basketball season. I even enjoy some of Steve Hyden's music writing. I don't really do much with movies, but I've enjoyed Wesley Morris' articles when I've read them.

Even though I like Barnwell, when he took over Simmons' NFL picks columns while Simmons was on suspension last year, I did miss Simmons. Barnwell does a really good job with egghead statistical analysis, but I only need one column worth of that stuff a week. Simmons is kind of a self-aware doofus average Joe fan in his columns, which I usually get a kick out of.

posted by LionIndex at 07:33 PM on May 08

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Now, if only they could get Mike Fetters as their pitching coach...

posted by LionIndex at 08:21 PM on May 04

Fan Hit in Head by Foul Ball Through Home-Plate Netting

I've sat in the very front row before, and the usher for our section came down and specifically told us to be careful. The nets are going to have some give no matter what, but they could probably be located a little more towards the field.

posted by LionIndex at 01:20 PM on April 21

Who are the "Franchise Four"?

The Padres are kind of bizarre - Hoffman and Gwynn are obvious, but after that the "franchise-y-ness" and/or talent level drops off considerably. We've got great guys we got rid of for whatever reason (Peavy, Winfield, Gonzalez are on the list; you could also add Joe Carter, Fred McGriff, Roberto Alomar, Kevin McReynolds, etc., etc); guys we got later in their careers while they still had a few good years left (Garvey's on the list; but you could also have Garry Templeton, Craig Nettles, Kevin Brown, Steve Finley, Ken Caminiti, and any number of guys who had about as much influence as Garv); then you've got guys who were "San Diego good", like Jones and Colbert. The Padres have only retired 5 non-Robinson numbers - Garvey, Gwynn, Winfield, Jones and Hoffman; so you other than the two obvious ones you have two guys who played 2/3 of their career elsewhere and gained more fame doing so, or a pitcher with a losing record. Yay.

posted by LionIndex at 02:17 PM on April 11

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I kind of hate it, but since I don't live somewhere covered by the city sites, I don't really care about that aspect. Given the timing of the rollout, I was hoping it was an April Fools joke, but it's still around. The mobile site is completely worthless now. It's almost (well, not really "almost", more like "completely") like they just want you to be confused and click all over the place instead of being able to get to exactly what you want or know immediately that a certain story is not something you're terribly interested in, because they've removed any notion of associativity between items that are grouped together. Right now, the big story on the front page is an updated draft board, with a big picture and the draft stories under the picture on the left. Under the picture on the right are a bunch of headlines that have absolutely nothing to do with anything else in that box - these all used to be conveniently located in the upper right corner. It's just a big mish mash of gobbledygook all over the place and I barely feel like sorting through it all. I think they're trying to get me to click on things I wouldn't normally be interested in looking at, but it's going to have the totally opposite effect just because of the lack of any hierarchy.

posted by LionIndex at 07:38 PM on April 02

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

ACC has a pretty good chance to be 9-0 after today. Virginia and Louisville might have a bit of trouble getting through tomorrow, but the conference is looking really good.

posted by LionIndex at 11:23 PM on March 21

SF 49er rookie Chris Borland retires at age 24 due to worries about his future health from concussions.

First, wow, a lot of retirees this year, and I don't imagine the trend will slow.

Second, wow, 49ers are toast.

posted by LionIndex at 11:40 PM on March 16

Your 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament bracket.

Harvard is an incredibly hard team to play against and well coached.

I agree about being well-coached, but I don't think they're as much of a threat this year as last year. They came awful close to not even winning the Ivy League, and does anyone really have any opinions on how good Yale is for comparison? They're also one of three teams UVa held to under 30 - the others are Georgia Tech and Rutgers. Last year, Harvard was a legitimate first round upset pick.

I think you're right though that UNC has an extreme variance between their best and worst selves, so if Harvard catches them at the right time...

posted by LionIndex at 02:05 PM on March 16

Your 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament bracket.

Well, Harvard can certainly commiserate.

posted by LionIndex at 06:59 AM on March 16

Your 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament bracket.

538 has their interactive bracket up. I enjoy that Duke has the most cupcake-y region, and yet they're picked behind UVa and Arizona to win the Championship.

posted by LionIndex at 12:07 AM on March 16

Your 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament bracket.

I went to Virginia, so I'll have them going pretty far, depending on how much rust I feel Anderson will be able to shake off in what time frame. I'd kind of like to see a UNI vs. UVa game in the 8, just to make pundit's heads explode. I hope the desire for revenge comes into play to get to the 16, but I'm strangely not worried about Oklahoma or Providence.

Kind of surprised that UCLA and Texas made it in. I feel like Davidson is pretty heavily under-seeded and could cause some trouble, not to mention UNI or Wichita. South region has some teams that are all offense (Duke, Gonzaga, Davidson, Iowa State), but has SDSU to round it out.

I've seen AZ fans complaining about not getting a 1 seed, but they're not even the first 2 seed. I mostly feel like the top 8 slots in the bracket are pretty solidly done.

posted by LionIndex at 08:42 PM on March 15

Chargers, Raiders Pursue Shared Stadium in Los Angeles

Pro teams are so good at these stadium extortion schemes I'll be surprised if L.A. gets any of these teams.

I actually wouldn't be surprised if they got the Chargers, who have been threatening to leave for LA for a looooooooong time (around ten years) and San Diego's done basically nothing about it. At this point, after poisoning the well with their moving threats and their prior lease contract with the city (where all their games were basically sellouts, with the city picking up the tab for any unsold tickets while the team went 1-15) the owners don't really have the backing of the public. San Diego's most recent response was to put together a committee to try to find a site for a new stadium, which in SD terms means they're not doing anything, just punting the issue down the road for the next administration to handle. There's just not any kind of political will for a stadium and SD politicians are too cowardly to really make a move one way or the other, so unless there's a way to get one built with public money without having it go to an election referendum it's not going to happen.

posted by LionIndex at 07:16 PM on February 20

James Shields Signs with San Diego Padres

I don't know that "playoff-caliber" would necessarily be in the cards for the Pads anyway, but I'd think they're starting with "hey let's not be the historically worst hitting team ever" and "hey let's try to actually sell some tickets" first. Given the Padre's recent history with free agent signings, I'm really giving them the side-eye myself and not expecting things to go well, but I can't remember a time since the turn of the millennium where there's ever been a national new story about "Padres sign _______" and here we're talking about third one this offseason.

It would be nice if all this was accompanied by actually trying to draft good players and then actually sign those good players, but that may still be too much to hope for.

posted by LionIndex at 01:09 PM on February 09

Seahawks Advance to Super Bowl 0x31 with 16-Point Comeback

everyone in the room in the Seattle home I was in

I'm in Wisconsin, and when Seattle went up near the end of regulation, there were screams from surrounding houses as if someone was being violently murdered.

posted by LionIndex at 07:28 PM on January 19

High school coach suspended after basketball team wins by 159 points.

I think there's a point where standing around on the court doing nothing is as disrespectful as running up the score. They were ahead by so much at halftime I'd almost bet the losing team wouldn't be able to catch up even if the winning team just handed them the ball every time they got it and didn't defend at all. If you were on that losing team, is that how you'd want the game to be played, being treated like a bunch of preschoolers? Or would you actually want to play basketball? I don't even know how you're supposed to display sportsmanship when your winning basket is your first one.

posted by LionIndex at 06:41 PM on January 18

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest, Conference Championship Round

Seattle by 4
New England by 16
Most Points: New England
Most Passing: Brady
Most Rushing: Russel Wilson
Most Receiving: Randall Cobb

posted by LionIndex at 09:18 AM on January 17

Free Climbers Finish 19-Day Scamper Up El Capitan

So it doesn't diminish the achievement in the least, particularly since a free solo of this particular climb is widely regarded as impossible.

I haven't seen anything confirming it for sure, but I think the route is probably bolted. If there was some way to clear the ropes from behind yourself or if you had a 2000 foot rope you could do it by yourself.

posted by LionIndex at 08:44 PM on January 15

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest, Divisional Round

New England by 12

Seattle by 16

Dallas by 7

Denver by 7

Most points: New England

Rushing: CJ Anderson

Sack: Von Miller

GB Temp: 18 (a warming trend!)

posted by LionIndex at 11:43 AM on January 10

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest, Wild Card Round

Carolina by 4
Pittsburgh by 10
Dallas by 8
Cincinnati by 4

Most points: Pittsburgh
Most passing yards: Romo
Interception: Rashad Johnson

posted by LionIndex at 12:53 PM on January 03

Can True Sports Fans Switch to a New Favorite Team?

I grew up in San Diego, and actually just moved away at the end of this summer. I don't know if I'll ever lose a soft spot for the Chargers or Padres, but the Chargers may certainly test that if they decide to exercise their termination clause and move away some year. The owners are already such punks (although nowhere near Snyder or Sterling) that it's a bit difficult.

Growing up in San Diego, you pretty much learn to hate every team in every sport from LA, so I never got into hockey or pro basketball (the Clippers moved when I was quite young). Now that I'm living in western Wisconsin, there's a growing affinity for the Wild, and they must put some kind of Packer stuff in the water. But, I don't think any football fan from anywhere outside of the NFC North can really hate the Packers. I still don't really feel like following pro basketball, although I check the Cavs box scores every once in a while just to see how Joe Harris is doing.

posted by LionIndex at 08:10 PM on December 17

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Guessing you have no aspirations of becoming a Yankee executive.

That was actually kind of my reaction to the trade - that it seemed like a really Yankee move. But, at least they're getting help with the salary for Kemp and they didn't have to give up anything too valuable.

posted by LionIndex at 02:26 PM on December 12

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Yeah, but we already have Carlos Quentin.

I'd rather us just actually draft good players and develop them instead of gambling on vets where you keep your fingers crossed that they're going to be able to play. This just seems like a continuation of the policies Jonah Keri wrote about earlier this year.

posted by LionIndex at 08:23 PM on December 11

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I don't know that I really want Matt Kemp on the Padres, but Grandal hasn't seemed to be incredibly awesome since getting busted for PEDs, so...

posted by LionIndex at 01:33 PM on December 11

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The league needs to tell the Chargeros

Oye, pinche guey, se llaman Los Cargadores.

posted by LionIndex at 08:47 PM on December 08

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Ha! I was just pulling that out of my ass, but I was actually right. I'll have to mention those stats like they mean something sometime.

posted by LionIndex at 06:17 PM on October 18

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I think Hoffy was especially bad in games played in Arizona under a waxing moon and where his brother was a base coach.

**waits**

posted by LionIndex at 08:29 PM on October 17

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Jonah Keri mentions it in his current article about the Giants manager Bruce Bochy, praising Bochy for using his bullpen in a retro way instead of hewing to Conventional Wisdom.

When Bochy managed the Padres, he'd frequently bring in Trevor Hoffman (2nd in career saves ever) in tie situations, so that's not a new thing for him either. It always seemed like Hoffy wasn't quite as reliable in a tie game as when he had a lead, but I don't know if that's some odd kind of confirmation bias or if stats would back that up (don't bother looking, grum).

posted by LionIndex at 01:51 PM on October 17

Royals Advance to First World Series Since 1985

Their situation is eerily similar to Rocktober of 2007, but I hope they're able to do better in the World Series and don't suffer or lose their hot streak in the long wait for the Series to start like the Rockies did.

posted by LionIndex at 09:48 PM on October 15

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