Recent Comments by LionIndex

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

So, Maryland does count then?

posted by LionIndex at 11:48 AM on March 21

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

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

posted by LionIndex at 08:18 PM on December 04

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

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

Chargers Will Apply to Move to L.A.

I've lived in Wisconsin for a little over a year, but I'm a San Diego native (surprisingly rare!) and still have hometown stuff in my Google News feed, so this isn't really surprising at all with how the discussions were going. SD was trying to hammer out a really quick stadium deal and get all the approvals in place, but the Chargers' owners basically announced their potential joint deal with the Raiders in Carson so late that there hasn't been enough time to clear all the legal hurdles, and that's been the main source of contention between the team and the city lately. The city announced that they were going to hammer through an environmental approval and all that stuff, while the Chargers have been saying the whole time "there's no way that'll hold up in court", which is essentially true. Even if a new stadium had the majority of San Diego behind it (and I don't think it does), there would be lawsuits picking apart every possible thing to keep it from being built, just like there were with PetCo Park.

I feel like if the owners weren't such utter, utter douchelords, they could have easily had a stadium built years ago, but they've poisoned the well to such a degree that I don't think a stadium would pass public vote in San Diego without them selling the team. Getting PetCo built and approved was a pain in the ass, and it was right around the time it finished that the Spanoses started saying that they also deserved a new stadium downtown. Around the same time, there was a huge scandal with the Chargers' lease at Qualcomm, where the city bought any unsold tickets, so that for the owners, every game was technically a sellout. However, every game being a "sellout" did nothing for home game blackouts, which happened fairly frequently since the Chargers were awful at the time. Since then, the owners have basically held a gun to the city's head every year demanding a new stadium, but they lack the political good will for any city government to take it seriously, so all that ever happened was special commissions doing studies on building a new stadium, but nothing more. It was actually kind of funny earlier this year when the Chargers announced their Carson deal, and the most milquetoast mayor San Diego's ever had's solution was to appoint another commission to study the issue, rightfully offending the Chargers, and the commission's recommendation was to put a new stadium right where the current one is, which has not ever been what the Chargers wanted.

Anyway, the Packers have a new fan.

posted by LionIndex at 03:58 PM on October 24

New York Mets Back in the World Series

I guess it's the last year of his contract, but the Mets are in a decent market and generally have some cash to spend, compared to a lot of other teams. Why wouldn't they make a concerted effort to keep him?

posted by LionIndex at 11:19 AM on October 22

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.


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