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UMBC Beats Virginia in First 16-Over-1 Win Ever

I would think that guy would be Wilkins, although scoring hasn't really been his strong point. And Jerome shows some fire at times. Anderson used to fill that role.

posted by LionIndex at 05:09 PM on March 17

UMBC Beats Virginia in First 16-Over-1 Win Ever

It might just be the depression of the morning after, but I have a hard time seeing how UVa survives that as a basketball program. If everybody stays with the team (which I'm not sure I expect to happen) they'll be pretty decent next year, but our incoming recruiting class is pretty lackluster and this will kill recruiting for years. Not that Bennett was bringing in one-and-done type talent, but he has been getting some pretty highly regarded guys (Guy included) lately. That well might dry up for a bit.

posted by LionIndex at 02:37 PM on March 17

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Davidson also came pretty close against Kentucky.

posted by LionIndex at 04:57 PM on March 16

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Do the Norwegians yell in Norwegian? I think there are a few non-English speaking countries I've seen where the skip still yells in English.

posted by LionIndex at 03:58 PM on February 11

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St. John's basketball team has one of the more interesting tournament resume's I've ever heard of. They took a break from their winless conference campaign to take down #4 Duke, then go on the road and grab their first conference win at #1 Villanova.

posted by LionIndex at 09:14 PM on February 07

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U of Maryland is awfully close to DC too, if we're going to go and count Anaheim as part of LA.

posted by LionIndex at 10:47 PM on February 05

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How are you ruling on teams that don't play in the actual city - because if Northwestern is questionable as Chicago, how do you deal with the NY football teams (not to mention DC or SF), or the Angels actually playing in Anaheim (but then if you're including the Ducks...). But then why not "Bay Area" and toss in SF, Oakland and a bunch of other places.

Speaking of DC, they have the Football Team, Nats, Wizards and Caps. A couple options for NCAA basketball success (Georgetown, George Washington, maybe George Mason) but no viable football team that I can think of. Would a lacrosse championship count?

posted by LionIndex at 10:46 PM on February 05

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Duke was pretty mediocre the last time Virginia won at Cameron, too. So mediocre that we suspected K's medical sabbatical for his ailing back was really just him not wanting to be blamed for the quality of the team for a couple years.

posted by LionIndex at 11:38 AM on January 29

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Re: today's sporting events: wuuuuuuuuuuuuut

posted by LionIndex at 08:18 PM on January 14

Joe Morgan: "We hope the day never comes when known steroid users are voted into the Hall of Fame. They cheated. Steroid users don't belong here."

Gwynn's pretty meaningless in that list - except for a few odd years, he could still hit single digit home runs and the description would be accurate. But, he hit 14 in 1986. He wasn't able to top that until 11 years later, when he hit 17 in 1997, with only one other two-digit season in the interim. But I can totally believe Gwynn would mess with a reporter by calling something a Jose Canseco milshake.

posted by LionIndex at 12:11 AM on November 23

Astros Win World Series

San Diego: awesome weather all the time, never had a really serious earthquake: never won a damn thing.

posted by LionIndex at 09:31 AM on November 02

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Although maybe Louisville isn't such a huge upset any more. Otherwise, they still have Tech, Miami and Ga. Tech to go after today. Yeesh.

posted by LionIndex at 05:10 PM on October 28

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Yeah, but I think today was our last best chance at reaching bowl eligibility. We'd have to pull off a major upset in any of the last 4 games to get to 6 wins.

posted by LionIndex at 02:41 PM on October 28

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I also think it's partly due to Louisville, the Hoos, and FSU not playing good football right now.

L'ville and FSU are playing far below expectations, but UVA is playing way better than anyone expected, although still not "good".

posted by LionIndex at 11:12 AM on October 28

FoxSports "pivot to video" decision has cost them almost 90% of their audience.

I like what The Ringer does (and what Grantland did before them), where they'll have a written article with gifs or video clips embedded in it. A lot of times that visual aid really helps the article out, and they're never preceded by any ads or anything.

posted by LionIndex at 06:03 PM on October 25

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Come on, Kevin.

You're going to hurt yourself SOMEDAY with these catches....

Amongst many other possible injuries he could have incurred with that catch, I was pretty worried about him getting a concussion from his head hitting the wall after sliding over 2/3 of the warning track.

posted by LionIndex at 10:29 PM on August 28

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Making it to the World Series at least once should be a requirement to be on this list.

Sure, but I just wanted to know how much of the NL, past or current (but only including teams that still exist) has been beaten by the Yankees in the World Series. Roughly 2/3 is pretty amazing, and it's notable that all the teams they haven't beat didn't come into the league until at least the 60s, and include 3 teams (half their misses) that didn't come in until the 90s.

posted by LionIndex at 06:20 AM on July 13

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Aw, missed one. So, 10 out of 16.

posted by LionIndex at 07:45 PM on July 12

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Answering my own request: They've beaten the Cubs, Dodgers, Giants, Phillies, Cardinals, Braves, Padres, Mets, and Pirates. So, they haven't beaten the Brewers, Astros, Marlins, Rockies, Diamondbacks, or the Nationals/Expos, making them 9 for 15 possible teams.

posted by LionIndex at 06:23 PM on July 12

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Jigger statz request: how many NL teams (current or former) have NOT lost to the Yankees in the World Series?

posted by LionIndex at 06:16 PM on July 12

THE FUTURE OF FOOTBALL

I don't know about the weight limit - that just means that potentially, I have a team full of Steve Atwaters and Ronnie Lotts. It's not the same thing as the constant car crash of the current linemen, but velocity is the other half of the momentum equation.

posted by LionIndex at 07:04 PM on May 03

ESPN laying off 100, including on-air personalities

ESPN does put minorities on screen and treat them as if their opinions are valid, which is something only a commie pinko would do.

posted by LionIndex at 12:22 PM on April 27

National Review Takes on NFL Relocation Shakedowns

So you are one of the lucky few who has been to beautiful Goldfield, Nevada (pop. 268)

Aw, darn, I turned off at Lida Junction to head over to Mammoth. Even that much of the drive from Vegas, and then on to US 395, was pretty mindblowing, in large part because of how empty it was. I might have seen 10 other cars between Beatty and Big Pine. So I just saw the BFE part.

While San Diego has tried to upgrade its stadium over the years, nothing had been done for 20 years or so, and at least they hadn't gone and built an entirely new one. The Charger's old home has been around for 50 years now.

posted by LionIndex at 07:53 PM on April 05

NFL team owners approve Raiders' move to Vegas

But you repeat yourself.

posted by LionIndex at 09:48 PM on March 27

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How in the world would Illinois grab Bennett when Wisconsin couldn't? I mean, aside from a giant pile of cash. Are there hot take artists even throwing that out as a possibility?

posted by LionIndex at 02:35 PM on March 16

Surprising almost no one, the Chargers decide to move to LA.

This article almost perfectly encapsulates how I, and possibly quite a few other San Diegans, feel about the Chargers ownership. Every sentence feels ridiculously true.

posted by LionIndex at 11:09 AM on January 13

Surprising almost no one, the Chargers decide to move to LA.

Chargers fans could tell themselves their team is still close and might flop in L.A. and come back.

I think that's the most likely scenario for San Diego to ever have an NFL team again, however unlikely it may actually be, but I think the Spanos family would have to sell the team first. I can't see the NFL expanding again unless they can add 4 teams, which would dilute the talent level a lot. (You add 4 teams to get a total of 36, realign to have 6 teams in 3 divisions in each conference; playoff format remains basically the same but with 3 wild cards instead of 2)

It might be changing, but one hallmark of sports fandom in San Diego is that the city has been largely made up of transplants who bring along their own sports allegiances for a long time - people come out for military stuff and stick around afterwards or whatever. They may follow the Chargers or Padres on radio or TV but never fully transition their allegiance to the degree that they plunk down for season tickets, and with the track record of those teams, who can really blame them? Fans of visiting teams have always been a sizeable presence at any San Diego sporting event.

posted by LionIndex at 01:42 PM on January 12

Surprising almost no one, the Chargers decide to move to LA.

That'll depend pretty heavily on how much of the fan base feels alienated now, and whether that feeling sticks. I don't know that the Chargers are going to have any more success in creating a fan base in LA than the Rams have, even though the Rams had a remnant of one from when they were there previously (the Chargers' previous tenure in LA was too brief and long ago to have any impact now). Alienating fans has seemed to me like it's been the Spanos family's primary goal for over a decade now, so maybe they've already hit rock bottom, but I feel like a lot of the reasons for their desire to move to LA in the first place are just fantasies that have very little chance of actually happening. They've traded a market of 3 million where there's only one other major team in town for one that splits fan attention between 12 or so franchises and major college teams, many of which play during the football season. They've basically sacrificed a home game every year whenever the Raiders come to town. I have a really hard time seeing any benefit to the move, aside from that they're now in LA and can therefore sell the team for more money.

posted by LionIndex at 12:20 PM on January 12

It's the end of the World Cup as we know it

I'm guessing penalty kicks.

posted by LionIndex at 08:39 PM on January 10

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I was actually a bit surprised that he actually missed a game at all, since there were ten days between the tripping incident and the next game and I'm beyond cynical about K's self-righteous bullshit.

posted by LionIndex at 07:42 PM on January 06

Haslams apologize for 'disappointing year'

Still better owners than Spanos.

posted by LionIndex at 09:30 AM on January 06

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I don't know if you can really call it a "play" but, "The Rain Delay" should probably be on a list of sports events somewhere because of its possible impact.

posted by LionIndex at 07:58 PM on January 01

Tampa Bay Rowdies Launch Campaign to Enter MLS

They also officially changed their name to North Carolina FC, which is kind of difficult to say

What if I pronounce it "cackalackyfuck"?

posted by LionIndex at 03:00 PM on December 07

Strong Out, Herman In (probably)

The score is too high for basketball even. /Virginia fan

posted by LionIndex at 05:07 PM on November 26

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Doubtful. The whole thing with moving to LA was to "protect their market", since the owners said 25% of their ticket sales go to people in LA and they didn't want to lose that and any potential market growth to a new team coming in. It was all about money, and they're not going to make more money in Mexico than they do in San Diego.

posted by LionIndex at 08:17 AM on November 10

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In a rare bout of sanity, voters in San Diego rejected the tax which would've paid for the Charger's new stadium.

If the Spanos family hadn't spent the last 15 years vigorously fucking San Diego in the ear, the election might have gone their way. One year of making nice doesn't make up for all that. I don't know if they'll even go to LA now - what for? To be the 2nd banana team in a town that's never cared about you? That's a Donald Sterling move.

posted by LionIndex at 09:49 PM on November 09

NCAA pulls championship events from North Carolina over HB2

For the next two years anyway.

posted by LionIndex at 07:37 AM on September 13

NCAA pulls championship events from North Carolina over HB2

Isn't the ACC tournament moving to Brooklyn or something regardless?

posted by LionIndex at 07:35 AM on September 13

Teddy Bridgewater Tears ACL, Will Miss Season

Sure, but Belichick usually has a team without too many gaping holes and scads of draft picks, so he can take a flyer on a 3rd or 4th round QB once in a while.

posted by LionIndex at 11:04 AM on August 31

Tim Tebow Wants to Play Baseball

MLB teams were willing to draft Tom Brady, Colin Kaepernick, Russell Wilson, Daunte Culpepper, John Elway, and Dan Marino...but not Tim Tebow.

... and Johnny Manziel

posted by LionIndex at 05:16 PM on August 09

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On the one hand, I wish the Padres would keep good players around and try to build a decent team with them instead of trading them away. On the other, they bought pretty low on Kemp and Melvin Upton and seemingly got pretty good value in their trades with them when they turned out not to be has-beens, and the Padres seem to be able to crank out decent pitching like it's nothing. On the gripping hand, I wish they didn't trade our own valuable prospects for has-beens in the first place, but that may just be their fate.

posted by LionIndex at 12:20 AM on August 02

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Are the all-star teams going to be forced to wear old skool Padres uniforms, or was that just a home run derby thing? I got more joy out of that than I should have.

posted by LionIndex at 12:34 PM on July 12

The Ringer

I'm happy to see a few familiar names from Grantland in there. Hopefully they get Mark Titus back once college basketball starts up again.

posted by LionIndex at 08:31 PM on June 02

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I'm a native San Diegan, and I'm really proud that they were able to pull something like PetCo off. San Diego is normally not an innovator for aesthetics, but during the high water mark for retro-styled ballparks, they went and built an actual modernist one. I don't think it's the best one out there, but it's way better than playing at Qualcomm.

posted by LionIndex at 10:50 AM on May 08

Opening Day for the Greatest Numerical Sport

For major league baseball, you're looking at Yankee Stadium, Citi Field (or whatever, the Mets play there), or Fenway (Red Sox). I myself have only been to Yankee Stadium pre-remodel, so I can't compare with the others, but Fenway has a reputation. It's slightly further from New Haven than the New York stadiums would be.

posted by LionIndex at 07:08 AM on April 04

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So, Maryland does count then?

posted by LionIndex at 11:48 AM on March 21

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Oh, no one's going to get that one.

But us Virginia fans are peeing our pants right now.

posted by LionIndex at 05:33 PM on March 18

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I would have put MSU in as a 1 seed over Oregon, and I'd probably have them as the 3rd 1 seed and Virginia the 4th, but I think Virginia's resume is good enough for a 1 this year. They beat West Virginia and Miami on neutral courts, beat Cal, Villanova, Miami and UNC at home, and dubbed Louisville both times they played in their home-and-home series. They lost the conference season and tournament titles to basically the 2nd highest seed, missing the season title by only one game, while MSU lost the season to a 5 seed. So, they own 9 victories over teams in the tournament field, including at least one team at every seed level 6 and better, and would have 2 more if Louisville was eligible and came in as a 4-6.

posted by LionIndex at 01:40 PM on March 14

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Ah, I'm a mid-90s grad, so my tournament experience begins with knocking off 1 seed Kansas to make the 8 in 1995.

posted by LionIndex at 11:58 AM on March 14

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Well, to be fair, UVA has historically underperformed as a high seed (your sample size here is really just the last two years) because they keep running into a horribly underseeded MSU team. It's not so egregious this year, but I'd bet the vast majority of people give MSU a better chance at the title this year than Oregon.

posted by LionIndex at 08:24 AM on March 14

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I think they're totally demoralized from the Virginia game.

posted by LionIndex at 08:34 PM on February 05

Steelers Coach Should've Been Flagged for Being on Field

Any reason they wouldn't trade McCarron to another team? If his stock is overinflated, it seems like a good thing to do, maybe pick up athe least a 3rd round draft pick, possibly 2nd if a team is desperate enough.

posted by LionIndex at 05:48 PM on January 11

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I'm an hour or so east of the Cities, and I'm about to take my dog out. It's -4.5 out right now. -12 with wind chill.

posted by LionIndex at 12:53 PM on January 10

Tennis Player Throws Racquet, Hits Ball Boy

so justice is served.

*sad trombone*

posted by LionIndex at 08:39 PM on January 08

North Texas Hires North Carolina OC Seth Littrell as Head Coach

Tangentially related, there's a school in my wife's home town (Thousand Oaks, CA) called California Lutheran University. Their team name is the "Kingsmen" or something similarly bland and innocuous. I've desperately wanted their mascot to be a train, but no luck.

posted by LionIndex at 09:40 PM on December 05

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The Padres don't have to worry about this at all.

posted by LionIndex at 08:18 PM on December 04

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Las serpientes de espaldas diamantes?

posted by LionIndex at 07:19 PM on December 04

Titans Fire Ken Whisenhunt, Make Mike Mularkey Interim Coach

I'd guess that Whiz will end being another Norv - totally inept at being a head coach, but highly regarded as an offensive coordinator. He'll get another job at the end of the season, if not sooner.

posted by LionIndex at 02:13 PM on November 04

Chargers Will Apply to Move to L.A.

That's the crazy thing, that they're planning on splitting a stadium with the Raiders in an area where I'd guess the Raiders still have a far larger presence than the Chargers have managed to build up during recent years and the Norv era. Yesterday will look like a picnic compared to future "home" games against the Raiders, even if the Raiders don't end up moving into the same stadium.

posted by LionIndex at 01:24 PM on October 26

Chargers Will Apply to Move to L.A.

Local take on the subject.

posted by LionIndex at 10:10 AM on October 25