Recent Comments by rcade

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I'm posting on the NFL Pick 'em post tomorrow. If anyone has bonus categories they'd like to see, fire away.

posted by rcade at 07:58 PM on January 28

College Football Playoff Pressured to Change Dates

I'd rather see the College Football Playoff final on a Wednesday or Thursday night. Having it on Monday, a day after an NFL playoff weekend, was too short a time to enjoy the anticipation and wallow pre-game media hype.

posted by rcade at 07:27 PM on January 28

New MLB Commissioner: We May Ban Defensive Shifts

I hate this idea. The shifts are weird, but I want to see batters make opponents pay for doing it.

posted by rcade at 06:31 PM on January 27

Stats Guru: Patriots Hold Onto Ball Far Better Than Any Other Team

Video shows a Pats locker room attendant taking all 24 game balls into a bathroom, but only for 90 seconds.

posted by rcade at 08:01 AM on January 27

Stats Guru: Patriots Hold Onto Ball Far Better Than Any Other Team

For the Patriots to blame a change in temperature for 15% lower-pressures, requires balls to be inflated with 125-degree air. -- Neil deGrasse Tyson

posted by rcade at 06:43 PM on January 26

Stats Guru: Patriots Hold Onto Ball Far Better Than Any Other Team

Sharp has posted a followup. I haven't read the full piece, but it looks like he doesn't address criticisms. Instead he finds more ways to say the Pats look dodgy.

posted by rcade at 10:51 PM on January 25

Stats Guru: Patriots Hold Onto Ball Far Better Than Any Other Team

It's weird Goodell seems to want to punish. I'd love to see a reporter contact as many NFL owners as possible to see how much they care about this.

posted by rcade at 09:54 PM on January 25

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The NFL used to have a third-place game called the Playoff Bowl? I've been a fan since I was a kid in the '70s and I never heard of this.

posted by rcade at 06:52 PM on January 25

Josh Gordon Fails Substance Test, Out for Another Year

I can't rule that out. It worked for Don Meredith.

posted by rcade at 06:47 PM on January 25

Josh Gordon Fails Substance Test, Out for Another Year

The Jaguars are actually keeping open the possibility of letting Blackmon play for the team again if he gets himself sorted out. Before his suspension last year he had a few preseason and regular season games where he showed talent beyond anything else I've seen on the team from the current crop of receivers.

posted by rcade at 05:11 PM on January 25

Stats Guru: Patriots Hold Onto Ball Far Better Than Any Other Team

Because the Ravens weren't caught with dodgy balls.

Bill Nye has been a science educator for 22 years. He's got a mechanical engineering degree, has multiple patents and has done work in aeronautics and the space program. I think he's qualified to talk about the inflation of footballs without being dismissed as a "media personality." Nye declared himself a Seahawks fan in the GMA piece, so it's not like he hid that.

Belichick himself talked about the "rubbing process" in relation to PSI, so I don't see how Nye is being unfair to him.

To me, Belichick's explanation is pretty silly when you consider that the Colts balls were in the same environment as the Patriots, were tested in the same place and exposed to the same elements, yet were not below required PSI.

... that the Patriots violated any rules whatsoever is completely uncertain.

I think the fact 11 of 12 balls were below required PSI, while none of the Colts balls were, is enough evidence of rulebreaking to levy a fine. It might have been smart for Goodell to just do that right away and leave the rest for a future discussion on how non-kicking balls are tested and handled in games.

The world didn't end when the Patriots' groundskeeper cut a path for their kicker in the Snowplow game. If Goodell just punished the Pats for improperly inflated balls without getting into intent, this circus might already be taking down the tents.

posted by rcade at 04:50 PM on January 25

Stats Guru: Patriots Hold Onto Ball Far Better Than Any Other Team

Bill Nye the Science Guy scoffed at Belichick's ball-rubbing theory.

posted by rcade at 01:35 PM on January 25

Stats Guru: Patriots Hold Onto Ball Far Better Than Any Other Team

A WSJ commenter points out that a better metric would be fumbles per rushing attempts and pass completions, since no one is fumbling an incompletion. He notes: "When you re-analyze regular season data from 2010 to 2014, with total fumbles (not fumbles lost) in the numerator and rushing attempts plus receptions (not total offensive plays) in the denominator, the lowest incidence of fumbles is with the Ravens (0.82 fumbles per 100 rushes plus receptions). The Pats are ranked #2 on this statistic, at 0.85. Next come the Saints (0.90), Falcons (0.99) and Packers (1.06)."

posted by rcade at 10:35 AM on January 25

Stats Guru: Patriots Hold Onto Ball Far Better Than Any Other Team

More fun from a Wall Street Journal piece about Sharp's post:

Additionally, according to Stats, LLC, the six players who have played extensively for the Patriots and other teams in this span all fumbled far less frequently wearing the New England uniform. Including recovered fumbles, Danny Amendola, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Danny Woodhead, Wes Welker, Brandon LaFell and LeGarrette Blount have lost the ball eight times in 1,482 touches for the Patriots since 2010, or once every 185.3 times. For their other teams, they fumbled 22 times in 1,701 touches (once every 77.3).
The WSJ presents a graph on this with a proper axis beginning at 0. It still looks plenty dramatic.

posted by rcade at 08:40 AM on January 25

Stats Guru: Patriots Hold Onto Ball Far Better Than Any Other Team

An interesting comment to a Slate piece about this blog post:

If you watched the press conference today the Patriots admitted what they did and what their practice is. They create friction on the ball resulting heat which temporarily raises the PSI of the ball. They do this until the ball is turned over to the refs. The balls are checked or tested when received by the Refs in an 80 degree room before the game. After that the balls are secured and then taken to the field in the cold outside air where the air inside the ball reduces with temperature and therefor cause the ball to lose pressure.

They claim that don't break the rules technically because their method does not involve mechanically deflating the balls and they advise the refs to be sure the balls have pressure per the rules (which at that time they do). Their intention is to get balls that are under inflated and their practice in ball preparation makes it likely to occur.

posted by rcade at 08:34 AM on January 25

Stats Guru: Patriots Hold Onto Ball Far Better Than Any Other Team

Plays-per-fumble is hardly an unknown statistic. It is brought up in broadcasts where running backs are concerned.

I'm not a numbers geek. But looking at how often a team loses fumbles per offensive plays run seems like a relevant statistic to me. Turnovers have a strong effect on the outcome of games. If Belichick devised a way to increase ball security -- whether it was a "rubbing process" that results in deflation below 12.5 PSI after testing (his words), a coaching technique or a trait he can identify in players -- it could be a meaningful advantage.

You're making a lot about the graphs not having 0 as the base of Y axis, making them more visually dramatic and somewhat misleading. That's true, but I think you make too much of it. We're talking about a blog post, not a peer-reviewed academic study. Newspapers do what he did all the time in graphs -- I can remember my J profs yelling at us about doing it in the school paper. It's not always a calculated attempt to mislead. Sometimes it's just sloppy thinking in how a graph should be presented.

Personally, I've never seen it as much of a problem when the Y-axis range is right there on the graph and can be taken into account.

Which means, honestly, precisely nothing.

You use the Patriots passing a lot as a possible reason to explain this stat, but dismiss the Saints passing a lot as meaningless.

It seems to me you're trying to have it both ways. You're calling his statistical finding meaningless misleading junk while also coming up with reasons why the Patriots are so good at not losing fumbles.

posted by rcade at 08:27 AM on January 25

Stats Guru: Patriots Hold Onto Ball Far Better Than Any Other Team

Unsurprisingly, a team led by a no-doubt Hall of Fame quarterback runs more passing plays than normal.

New England's pass attempts per game, ranking in league:

2014: 7th
2013: 8th
2012: 4th
2011: 3rd
2010: 18th

Do you really think that explains New England's five-year run of non-fumbling? Here's New Orleans' pass attempts per game, ranking in league:

2014: 1st
2013: 4th
2012: 2nd
2011: 1st
2010: 1st

All those passes, yet New Orleans fumbled once every 126 plays over that time.

posted by rcade at 09:33 PM on January 24

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I declined to join the suit because they weren't asking for enough.

Every football game I watch now consists of me muttering either "Dez woulda caught that" or "that's a football move" after all pass plays.

posted by rcade at 11:13 PM on January 23

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

... sports reporters are one thing and sports talking heads are quite another.

True, but there are enough reputable, professional sports reporters that we generally can get enough of the truth on a situation like this to form an educated opinion. So I disagree with the idea that we were going on nothing but baseless speculation the past several days before the NFL finally went on the record.

posted by rcade at 10:34 PM on January 23

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

The NFL has issued a statement that makes the investigation sound like something it could drag out for months.

posted by rcade at 02:05 PM on January 23

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

This is a story that the league completely doesn't want. Further poking by interested parties will show how detached from reality the league has been on this issue, like other issues.

I hate to throw another Roger under the bus, but Goodell is a spectacularly bad commissioner at crisis management.

One of the reasons this story keeps growing is because the media can speculate on punishments like banning Belichick from the Super Bowl without looking like hysterics. Another is the perception of stonewalling. A third is the public spectacle of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady being dragged in front of the cameras for questioning.

The NFL could have avoided all that by imposing a penalty already after deeming the 11 deflated balls as clear evidence of rule-breaking. Goodell could announce that the Patriots will lose a fourth-round pick in 2015 and more punishments may be doled out later if further evidence comes to light. He could then describe the steps being taken to avoid this problem in the future.

I think that would smother this story within 48 hours.

posted by rcade at 01:55 PM on January 23

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

For all I know, this drama is playing out just as Belichick would have it.

I think it would be foolish on his part to think this helps his team. It's a big distraction that's getting bigger. All three broadcast networks led with the story tonight.

The Patriots don't need outside drama to rally around. They're a creative, solid, well-coached team with experienced hands across the organization. They don't need to invent a sense of persecution -- like some immature athletes do with all their "you didn't respect us, everybody doubted us" garbage -- to find their motivation to win the Super Bowl.

posted by rcade at 08:20 PM on January 22

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

We accept the sports media as a reasonably accurate gatherer of information all the time. Don't you find it a little odd to insist on a higher standard than that because the Patriots had dodgy balls?

posted by rcade at 08:03 PM on January 22

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

No - I find it painfully ironic that someone calling for "the fucking truth" is so ingrained in a story that currently has anonymous league sources at the core of it and no actual, you know, report you can read.

When the league is stonewalling, what else can people do but regard the best NFL reporters' work as the authority on what happened? Roger Goodell is once again mismanaging a crisis. Tom Brady claimed today he's never been interviewed by the league about the balls. Four days in, and the NFL hasn't talked to him?

posted by rcade at 07:33 PM on January 22

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

Fines keep me from driving twenty over ...

School zones keep you from speeding at all. Maybe dodgy balls are a school zone, not an interstate.

posted by rcade at 12:54 PM on January 22

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

Never been a story or a fine before this week even though the league has known about it since November.

There wouldn't be any news value in a story while it was still an unverified suspicion.

To me, your comment is like waving off the importance of an NCAA recruiting violation because it wasn't reported until the school got caught. How is that a mitigating circumstance at all?

posted by rcade at 11:36 AM on January 22

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

Sure, but it should be speeding ticket punishment, not murder punishment.

If I had to choose one or the other, I'd agree with you. Some of the talk is getting out of hand. The Christian Science Monitor actually ran this headline yesterday: "Will Patriots be banned from the Super Bowl?"

... and no one has ever once given a fuck about ball pressure.

This is not true. The Colts complained to the league earlier in the season about the Patriots doing it. The NFL was planning to inspect the Patriots' footballs at halftime even without the Colts noting the dodgy ball after the interception.

posted by rcade at 10:58 AM on January 22

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

So the balls aren't deflated enough for a normal person to tell the difference ...

Why does this matter? The NFL had a rule, the ref inspected the footballs, someone deflated 11 of 12 footballs up to 2 PSI. Arguing a league rule is stupid after it has been intentionally broken is beside the point. Obviously someone at the Patriots believed the underinflated balls would give them a competitive edge, so they broke the rule and now should face punishment.

posted by rcade at 10:33 AM on January 22

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

Shouldn't repeat offenders be punished more harshly?

Only if there are rules that stipulate it. Lacking that, the punishment should fit the specific violation.

posted by rcade at 09:29 AM on January 22

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

If you just want to punish the team and not the coach, take away ALL of the Patriots draft picks for the upcoming draft (unless the pick has already been traded away), and make them draft dead last in every round for the next three drafts after that.

That's way too harsh for a rules violation that suggests a $25,000 fine as part of the punishment.

Taking away a single high draft pick would be a significant penalty.

SpyGate was eight years ago. The Patriots haven't been caught cheating since then. Either they didn't cut as many corners or they got better at cheating.

posted by rcade at 08:30 AM on January 22

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

Nick Lowery once slapped a ballboy after they cursed each other out in a disagreement over warm balls.

Read the link all the way to the end for a fantastic Bill Parcells quote.

posted by rcade at 09:06 PM on January 21

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

Bill Polian's suggestion: Just keep the balls in the refs' custody until right before the game, then have a neutral party handle them on the sidelines.

Apparently that's what happened when the league got sick of kickers messing with the balls all the time to give them accuracy juju.

posted by rcade at 07:36 PM on January 21

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

Regarding how this scandal is being received, are there really a lot of NFL fans who hate the Patriots without a clear reason to do so, such as them beating your team in the AFC East for seemingly ever?

I don't have strong feelings about the Patriots, with the exception that I am interested in seeing Brady and Belichick try for one more ring while they are on this great run of theirs. But that's a minor motivation at best. They are just a team that provides a casual fan with a little more reason to care when your own team is on the golf course.

I think I'd like to see them punished if they were intentionally cheating, but I'm more invested in seeing this resolved quickly so Super Bowl week is about other things.

posted by rcade at 07:31 PM on January 21

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

How does the ref inspect the ball pre-game? Is there a pressure gauge handy, or does he just give them a once over and say "Good enough", and there was no malice?

I have read too much on this and can't find the story, but they're measured to make sure they're from 12.5 PSI to 13.5 PSI. Unless there's a ball whisperer working for the zebras, that suggests a gauge is involved.

As for how obvious the underinflation would be, I saw Mark Brunell on ESPN holding balls two PSI apart and he said there's a "remarkable difference". And he's the greatest quarterback Jacksonville has ever known, so that counts for something in my book.

I don't think a ref is as likely to notice suspicious balls as a quarterback. The ref's not going to be OCD about how a football feels in his hand.

posted by rcade at 07:14 PM on January 21

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

So the league lets teams inflate balls to their liking but not too much to their liking.

No, it doesn't. After the ref inspects the balls teams are not allowed to alter them.

posted by rcade at 06:11 PM on January 21

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

I do think there's one potential mitigating circumstance: If there's evidence lots of teams do it, the Patriots should get a much lighter punishment.

posted by rcade at 05:39 PM on January 21

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

Somebody is going to have to explain to me why this is a big deal.

If someone on the Patriots intentionally deflated footballs after they were inspected, in an attempt to give the team a competitive advantage, how can you not see that violation of the rules as a big deal? Clearly the league thinks the inflation of the balls is important, because there's a rule and pre-game inspections.

posted by rcade at 05:35 PM on January 21

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

Maybe .. but the issue is bigger than that.

It's big enough in the long term that I could see the Patriots losing a high-round draft pick, which would be costly and deter future attempts to break the rules.

But suggesting it should justify a punishment that significantly affects this Super Bowl is too much. It also would punish Seattle, which would see a victory tarnished by the perception that New England lost because of what the league did to them.

posted by rcade at 05:06 PM on January 21

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

Don't you think suspending Belichick would have a much greater impact on the Super Bowl than 11 underinflated balls had on the AFC Championship Game?

posted by rcade at 04:44 PM on January 21

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

What a time for Goodell to be faced with another disciplinary opportunity. He can't possibly do anything that would hurt the Patriots' chances in the Super Bowl, can he? If he were to suspend Belichick it would ruin the game.

But if he does nothing or gives only a wrist slap, it risks dominating the headlines for Super Bowl week. This is a marquee game between two great teams and has the potential to be one of the greatest matches of the century.

Assuming he finds evidence of cheating, I think Goodell should take a draft pick from the Patriots and hit them with a big fine as soon as possible. The idea this needs to be investigated for days or weeks is a bit absurd. If 11 of 12 balls were underinflated after passing inspection, that's enough evidence to levy a punishment and move on.

The NFL and Patriots are lucky the game wasn't close.

posted by rcade at 04:24 PM on January 21

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Belichick did something to my balls, but I don't like to talk about it.

posted by rcade at 04:07 PM on January 21

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Spammers knocked us offline today. I think the problem is under control.

posted by rcade at 03:47 PM on January 21

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Julius Peppers did tell him to slide. Peppers should have been thinking runback and looking for somebody to block.

I think Burnett had a good shot at the end zone and an all but certain shot at putting Green Bay in field goal range.

posted by rcade at 09:08 PM on January 20

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The all-22 of the Morgan Burnett pick shows how wide open the field was ahead of him.

posted by rcade at 07:55 PM on January 20

Patriots crush Colts in the rain

Even if this was a sneaky move by the Patriots, it seems like a relatively small infraction to me that isn't worth the brouhaha.

If some balls were underinflated it should be punished under whatever guidelines the NFL has for that situation (draft pick, fine, or the like). The league should have already figured out whether a rule was broken -- it doesn't take long to weigh a football -- and announced the outcome.

To me, this should be no bigger than an owner getting a minor punishment for tampering. It's a one- or two-day story and that's the end of it. Goodell is giving it legs by letting the allegation linger.

posted by rcade at 12:21 PM on January 20

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

Beat the clock sudden-death ...

I like this.

posted by rcade at 08:02 PM on January 19

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

It was the smart move at the time.

I thought it was too cautious at the time. A slide makes sense when your team can run out the clock on an opponent. I don't think it made sense there, when it seems like field goal position was his for the taking.

Philosophically, I think it's better for a team late in the playoffs to show boldness and try to seize victory than to use caution to hold on to a lead. It doesn't always work, but the mindset often pays dividends with more aggressive, confident play later on. When Mike McCarthy went for two field goals on fourth-and-goal from the 1 and one-half line, I thought he was playing it way too safe. Seattle was going to get points. Green Bay had the running game to make those touchdowns a high-percentage play.

posted by rcade at 08:00 PM on January 19

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

I hope that clarifies what I mean by different conversation, that we're talking past each other because of different but equally valid definitions of "fair". I'm critiquing the current rules as unfair by that second definition, because they- in a timed sport especially- are not giving both teams equal and reasonable chance at victory.

I understand what you're getting at better, now. I thought the 2011 rule change made sudden death more fair, so I think there's room for considering whether sudden death is fair.

But I'm going to challenge the idea that it's inherently unfair to let a team win a football game by scoring a touchdown first in overtime because the other offense never gets the ball.

There are three components to a team: offense, defense and special teams. All three can score, so why does the offense need to touch the ball for an overtime to be fair?

Seattle scored touchdowns on 22% of its drives in 2014. NFL teams score touchdowns around 16% of the time when they start on their own 16, which is around where Seattle began the final drive. So Green Bay began the drive with around a four-in-five chance of preventing a touchdown, leaving out other variables.

posted by rcade at 07:52 PM on January 19

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

On another topic, I want to see the all-22 view of the Morgan Burnett interception with 5:13 left in the game. If he doesn't slide, it looks like he had a shot at a pick-6 or at least a 20- to 30-yard-return to put the Packers in field goal range. There were almost no potential tacklers on the side of the field he was running towards as he caught the pick.

posted by rcade at 06:33 PM on January 19

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

Why this is not the rule in playoff football is hard to understand. It works for hockey ...

I don't think it works all that well for hockey. After 2 OTs the players typically are completely out of gas. The quality of play is so bad that the winning goal often seems more like a fluke than a moment of greatness.

posted by rcade at 06:22 PM on January 19

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

Also the "team worthy of the Super Bowl" part is odd to me; there's no handicap in professional sports, so the Packers don't have some NFL requirement to score more points in less time than their opponent.

Sudden death overtime has been part of the NFL playoffs since 1946, so the Packers had a requirement that has been faced by playoff teams for almost 70 years -- don't let your opponent score in overtime before you do. Thanks to the 2011 rule change, the Packers had an even lower requirement than that -- don't let your opponent score a touchdown on its first possession.

It's not like the Packers were blindsided by the situation, like a team affected by an obscure rule or a controversial call (hi, Dez!). Sudden death is the fundamental rule of overtime. They knew what it would take and let the Seahawks march right down the field. To me that failure, more than the onside kick or two-point conversion, is where they became Super Bowl pretenders.

If Seattle can score a TD in overtime and then say "Hey were ahead- quick just stop the game clock and call it for us, we win!", then why can't GB just stop the clock with 3:52 left in the 4th and say "Hey look, we win!"? 99 times out of 100, they would be right, too.

That's an absurd comparison. The former is an NFL rule in place for longer than either of us has been alive. The latter is nothing like any rule in any level of football ever played.

Trying to rationalize a scenario in which sudden death overtime isn't legitimate NFL football is like making a case against the forward pass.

posted by rcade at 06:17 PM on January 19

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

Football is too grueling a sport to play full overtime quarters. It's a shame Green Bay never got the ball again, but a team worthy of the Super Bowl should be able to keep an opponent out of the end zone on its first overtime drive.

posted by rcade at 04:15 PM on January 19

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

If the receiver has taken control of the ball and begun to attempt to advance, he is no longer in the act of catching a pass.

Exactly. Refs decide when a receiver is done catching the pass, so any drop after that point would be a fumble instead of an incompletion.

You're not reading the rule correctly, Bender. The reason a football move matters is because such a move is the dividing line between an incompletion and a fumble.

Dean Blandino, the NFL officiating exec who made the call on the play with referee Gene Steratore, acknowledges that it matters whether Bryant made a football move. Here's his quote:

"We looked at that aspect of it, and in order for it to be a football move, it's got to be more obvious than that, reaching the ball out with both hands, extending it for the goal line. That is all part of, in our view, all part of his momentum in going to the ground, and he lost the ball when he hit the ground. That, in our view, made it incomplete, and we feel like it's a consistent application of the rule as it has been written over the last couple of years."

posted by rcade at 04:11 PM on January 19

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Jacksonville has been a good situation for coach Gus Bradley. He was chosen by a new GM and both of them got two years in which results weren't expected so they could get young and build from scratch. Now they have $21 million in cap space -- the most in the league -- along with the No. 3 pick, and they've already got quarterback, wide receiver and defensive line pretty well addressed.

posted by rcade at 01:26 PM on January 19

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

Telling a team to half-ass it would be too vague. Things like what Grum suggests are more likely to slow down the rout.

The point isn't to let the losing team catch up -- it's to avoid a mauling so massive that it gets attention and calls the winner's sportsmanship into question. If this game ended 80-15 nobody would have cared. Some coaches like to press their boot on the neck of an opponent way too long.

posted by rcade at 10:04 PM on January 18

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

How does Ha-Ha Clinton Dix not get to the two-point can of corn that Russell Wilson threw to Luke Willson?

posted by rcade at 06:57 PM on January 18

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

Matthews' chance to play the Super Bowl should be in question after that head hit.

This game is not at all what I expected. Seattle has been giving the ball away so cheaply it boggles the mind.

posted by rcade at 04:36 PM on January 18

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Not if you made a football move after the catch. Losing the ball would then be considered a fumble.

posted by rcade at 03:40 PM on January 18

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

A writer on Bleacher Report finds a play where Dez Bryant made the exact same moves as last week and it was called a catch on replay.

I'm blinded by bitter, bitter tears, but putting your hand down so you can kick out your legs and dive for the end zone should be considered a football move.

posted by rcade at 02:52 PM on January 18

Mets charging their own minor leaguers to attend

The money to pay Bobby Bonilla has gotta come from somewhere.

The Mets should also make the players pay for their uniforms, equipment and team picture.

posted by rcade at 01:42 PM on January 18