Recent Comments by rcade

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 13

B.C. by 12.

Hamilton by 4

Calgary by 13

Saskatchewan by 22

posted by rcade at 02:46 PM on September 19

Vikings' Adrian Peterson Indicted for Child Injury

An Andrew Sullivan reader offers a psychologist's take on why harsh corporal punishment on a young child is such a bad idea.

The short answer is that when the developing brain endures prolonged "fear states," a person is more likely to be violent as an adult.

I'm probably wrong, but this observation makes me wonder if NFL football players are more likely to have endured corporal punishment and thus more capable of playing an extremely violent sport at its highest level.

posted by rcade at 10:12 AM on September 19

Ron Washington Resigns as Texas Rangers Manager

That press conference is profoundly weird.

If Ron Washington thinks he needs to quit his job to save his marriage, I don't question that.

But why was he represented at the press conference by a lawyer experienced in white-collar criminal defense, and why has he hired public-relations and crisis-management consultants?

As a Rangers fan I didn't need Wash apologizing to me for adultery. I don't like him in that way.

I like the idea being floated of Michael Young as his successor.

posted by rcade at 08:26 AM on September 19

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Peyton Manning bought 21 pizza restaurants in Denver weeks before Colorado legalized pot.

They're posting record sales.

posted by rcade at 02:34 PM on September 18

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I was one of the kids who opened up Yale, attending from 2nd through 5th grade in 1975-78. My younger brother and sister were four years behind me there. Sounds like you just missed us.

Go Roadrunners! (We chose that mascot. It was a heated debate that tore us apart not unlike today's Scotland vote.)

posted by rcade at 02:22 PM on September 18

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

When I went to school in Texas in the '70s and '80s, teachers would threaten to paddle students and some carried out that threat. I can remember being in class while a teacher took a student to the adjacent resource room for paddling, then listening to the kid wail.

Paddles seemed to disappear from that school district in Richardson within 3-5 years, but when I moved to the smaller town of Burleson in middle school, they were back. Some teachers hung them up on their class wall (labeled "Board of Education"). My basketball coach occasionally paddled players in the locker room after practice as we were changing out of our gym clothes or uniforms, and in retrospect it was a spectacle both awkward and homoerotic.

posted by rcade at 01:32 PM on September 18

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

If the NFL had half a brain, they would have an office that did nothing but overpump any positive league or player related story they could get their hands on.

I wonder if sports fans would visit a site that was about athletes doing good works. Read a little Deadspin to work up a nice rage, then visit Goodspin to even out.

posted by rcade at 11:58 AM on September 18

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

There's an interesting trend in the ESPN online poll results for whether the Vikings should have suspended Adrian Peterson. The Yes votes are in the majority everywhere but the south.

posted by rcade at 06:48 AM on September 18

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I don't see a sports world without positive role models. I see an environment that gives far more attention to negative stories about athletes than positive ones.

Adam Wainwright builds orphanages and clean-water projects in Haiti. Cool story, and he runs a cool charity, but it's reported locally and forgotten.

Any random story about athlete misbehavior, including Jameis Winston standing on a table at college and yelling a profane Internet meme, is going to spread wider than that.

posted by rcade at 06:33 AM on September 18

Vikings' Adrian Peterson Indicted for Child Injury

What exactly was Peterson trying to get his kid to learn by doing this to him?

From a story: "Peterson's son had pushed another one of Peterson's children off of a motorbike video game."

I don't believe in corporal punishment. Didn't like it as a kid, don't do it as an adult. But do you think it is unusual for a dad to give a four-year-old a spanking because he was physically violent with another kid?

posted by rcade at 03:04 PM on September 17

Vikings' Adrian Peterson Indicted for Child Injury

I don't see how the injuries rise to the level of being a criminal offense, given that corporal punishment by parents and schools is still widespread in this country. In schools, in the last year of data available, 223,190 students were paddled.

It seems capricious that Peterson is being punished for this, absent more evidence that the media has not yet brought to light.

(Note: Regardless of how common it is, I'd be happy to see this practice fade into the past.)

posted by rcade at 10:54 AM on September 17

Giancarlo Stanton Hit in Face with 88-Mph Pitch

posted by rcade at 04:08 PM on September 16

Vikings' Adrian Peterson Indicted for Child Injury

The second shoe dropping is not a good sign for Peterson. Given the new climate where the league has to prove extra double good that it cares about domestic violence, I think Goodell will likely drop the hammer on him.

posted by rcade at 11:15 AM on September 16

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Why should the Rutgers AD be compelled to apologize for a fan's shirt that ridicules Penn State for its pedophile cover up? Rutgers didn't sell the shirt or voice any approval for the shirt. Fans mock their rivals in ways that are in questionable taste all the time in sports.

posted by rcade at 11:13 AM on September 16

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Here's a cool family memento shared by a guy whose great-uncle was offered an NFL tryout in the 1940s:

posted by rcade at 08:58 PM on September 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The Oregon Duck is Donald Duck. The school's AD in the '40s was a friend of Walt Disney and the agreement was formalized in 1973. Part of the deal is that gear with him on it isn't sold nationally.

posted by rcade at 07:16 AM on September 14

Vikings' Adrian Peterson Indicted for Child Injury

We don't know all the details yet, but I'll bet the public take on this ends up with as much praise for Peterson as criticism. And we're going to hear from a lot of people whose dads took the paddle, switch or belt to them.

But I drafted Peterson with the fourth pick in a way-too-serious fantasy league. So you can guess why I might be looking for reasons to believe this is minor.

posted by rcade at 09:51 PM on September 12

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 12

Edmonton by 16

Calgary by 11

B.C by 12

Saskatchewan by 20

posted by rcade at 05:51 PM on September 12

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

That's how I read it. The job reminds me of what the title character does on Showtime's Ray Donovan. He gets a call when a mega-rich client in Hollywood does something criminal or massively stupid and cleans it up before the press gets involved.

posted by rcade at 12:09 PM on September 12

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

Interesting story today casting further doubt on the idea the NFL never saw the video before this week:

"A former NFL team security director who does not want to be identified told CBS News that in his career, there was never a case where he sought surveillance tapes from hotels, nightclubs or local law enforcement and did not obtain it."

Every NFL team hires a security director. A job description of the position states that duties include "personal visits to local casinos, night clubs, etc. requesting the cooperation of the establishments' management in the event a player or team employee is perceived as a potential problem."

posted by rcade at 10:12 AM on September 12

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 2

I'm facing the same dilemma with the Jaguars this week going on the road against the LanhamActViolators.

posted by rcade at 03:57 PM on September 11

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

Rice was suspended 2 games, Goodell changed the rules after the fact and said that anyone charged with domestic violence would be suspended 6 games.

Goodell did not apply the six-game penalty to Rice when the NFL announced it. Rice was still on a two-game suspension when the video in the elevator was revealed by TMZ.

posted by rcade at 02:23 PM on September 11

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

There's a clear double standard at work when it comes to male and female violence that I call "incredibly sexist".

I don't see anyone defending domestic violence by women. You have a good point about Hope Solo being treated differently within her sport by not being suspended ahead of a criminal punishment, but the biggest reason for less public outrage is that women's soccer has a much lower profile than the NFL.

As for the rest, I vehemently disagree with the idea that throwing a punch is "almost instinctual" or justifiable in any circumstance in a domestic situation. A punch isn't a defensive act; it's an offensive one. It does not defuse a situation, it escalates it.

When you rationalize that Rice's punch might be defensible because it was just one punch and she hit him too, it makes me question whether you've ever known a woman who was a victim of domestic violence. There are a lot of men beating on their much smaller, much weaker female partners. To me, that trend matters far more than all these other things you'd rather us condemn, like the NFL using disciplinary policies for PR damage control.

posted by rcade at 08:13 AM on September 11

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

It's a little disturbing how much this Canadian broadcaster keeps his cool while Mike Tyson is calling him a piece of s---.

posted by rcade at 07:25 PM on September 10

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

Lord knows, no one who replied seemed to do more than cherry speak key quotes and strawman the shit out of this.


I tried to give you the benefit of my perspective. Others did as well. But I guess you rolled in here with all the answers.

Your possible scenario of Janay Rice as the provoker got a little less likely today. Sources told ESPN that Ray Rice spat in her face twice, once outside the elevator and once inside, "prompting her to retaliate with movements that were ultimately countered with a knockout punch."

P.s. Do you really not recognize that your reference to "RadFem nonsense about how all women are Victorian-era delicate flowers and all men -- especially black men -- are savage beasts of lust and rage" was a total straw man? I let that slide, but if you're going to claim you were strawmanned we can go over all the arguments you refuted that no one is actually making.

posted by rcade at 06:00 PM on September 10

Area Man Buys Bills for $1B

I don't think we know yet whether the Toronto series could work. Things take time to develop. The first Super Bowl had 33,000 unsold seats. Playing one or two games in Toronto a season seems like a good way to strengthen the financial position, TV audience and fan base of the small-market Bills.

It's certainly easier for Bills fans than what the Jags are doing by going to London each year. I wait years for Dallas to come to play Jacksonville. They are this year, and guess where it is?

posted by rcade at 10:14 AM on September 10

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

Don't hit people if you don't want to be hit I mention this as an addendum to the above, only because I think it's important- and perhaps you'll think me a caveman, but if I went up to an NFL player and took a swing, no one would feel bad if I got knocked out. So if you think it's bad when he defends himself from a woman who is slapping at him and coming at him because she's a woman... then you are being sexist.

A man savagely punches his fiance and knocks her out -- a blow that could have killed her -- and you're concerned about sexism against men? I'm not getting that at all. You are rationalizing what Ray Rice did with the suggestion he was defending himself, but he's a muscular 212-pound man in world-class athletic condition. Even if she had struck him first in the elevator, which she didn't do from what I saw, he could have defended himself without punching her. Jay Z managed to defend himself from Beyonce's sister when she attacked him in an elevator without assaulting her back.

In the '90s my wife spent months with domestic violence victims and perpetrators on an investigative journalism series for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Your perception that Janay Rice defending her now-husband likely means that it was "an isolated incident" runs contrary to what she learned in that story. Many women who are victims of domestic violence and stay with their abusers often recant their accusations or defend the abuser. There's a deeply dysfunctional psychology that plays out in these relationships. Some abusers are very good at manipulating their victims into thinking they're to blame for "provoking" them. Victims buy into the cycle of brutal violence followed by passionate contrition and think that's how a relationship is supposed to work.

Janay Rice could be the victim of ongoing domestic abuse and still say what she's saying today. We don't know based on the information available.

Sorry, but I prefer "a man never hits a woman" over "don't hit people if you don't want to be hit" as an operating principle for male/female couples. Men are generally much stronger and bigger than their partners. Men hit their partners more than women do. Men kill their partners more than women do. Nothing good comes from a man hitting a woman. If a man is being hit by a woman and he is more physically capable than the woman, he should remove himself from the situation. If he's less capable, he won't be able to punch his way out of the problem any more than a woman could.

I would never teach my sons that it's OK to hit a woman if she hit them first.

As for the NFL not needing to do anything in response to this, the league depends too much on the goodwill of fans, the media and corporate sponsors to ignore a crime of violence committed by a player. Some people find fault in the NFL extending Rice's suspension because of the new video, but the league is a for-profit business that is always going to protect its bottom line. Rice brutally punching his wife in the face is a PR disaster. Businesses in the midst of a PR disaster do everything they can to make it go away as fast as possible. Social media can make a PR disaster much worse than they used to be.

Look at the pro sports-catering company that had an exec caught on video abusing a dog. Their first response was to state that he "has agreed to attend counseling to address his anger management issues and has publicly expressed he is deeply ashamed and remorseful for his behavior." When that didn't stop the PR damage, a few days later they got his resignation.

Was it fair to give that exec a chance to save his job and then yank it out from under him? No. But if you've made your company take an ongoing financial and PR hit because of your criminal actions, at some point the company might decide to cut its losses. Sucks to be you. Sucks worse to be your victim.

posted by rcade at 09:56 AM on September 10

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Charles Barkley says Michael Jordan is mad at him for his on-air criticisms of Jordan's performance owning the Charlotte Hornets.

posted by rcade at 05:56 PM on September 09

Area Man Buys Bills for $1B

I'm glad the Bills are staying in Buffalo, and even happier that Donald Trump didn't get the team. I wonder what this means for the Toronto games.

posted by rcade at 04:47 PM on September 09

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

You're suggesting that as we find out exactly about how bad specific Penn State leaders and athletic department leaders acted in covering up a serial sex abuser, it will make Penn State as a whole look better? I'm guessing not.

posted by rcade at 10:23 PM on September 08

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

The Ravens tweeted this on May 23: "Janay Rice says she deeply regrets the role that she played the night of the incident." It stayed up until today.

posted by rcade at 08:33 PM on September 08

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

Exactly! So now Goodell thinks that suspending Rice indefinitely will make people forget that he initially suspended him 2 games.

Goodell isn't working out. It's time for the NFL to begin thinking about new leadership.

posted by rcade at 05:07 PM on September 08

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Maurice Jones-Drew just invented the fumble punt.

posted by rcade at 02:12 PM on September 08

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

Regarding Yerfatma's link, there's something that bothers me about sportswriters trying to explain an athlete's serious criminal transgressions. It always feels like the ultimate goal is to scrub up their image so we can get back to our regularly scheduled idol worship.

I'll never forget the Super Bowl where anchors Greg Gumbel and Phil Simms relayed Ray Lewis' feelings about the murders of two men and his role in the crime, which he had apparently said to them off-camera. It was a gauzy treatment that was intended to make one of that game's biggest stars look good. To make Lewis look better, they expressed how he wanted to "someday" contact their families, as if that in any way could come close to making things right after he (at best) covered up the murders.

posted by rcade at 01:44 PM on September 08

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I think the link is overstating the chance of a fine. It was clearly an accident and Lanning is laughing it off.

posted by rcade at 11:16 AM on September 08

Atlanta Hawks to be sold after owner reveals racist email

Levenson has six other owners and the Hawks are worth an estimated $425 million, so his payday isn't likely to be anywhere close to $1 billion.

The email makes me wonder how much he could have talked about the marketing challenges of attracting more white fans to the Atlanta Hawks without it being considered racist. Is it an issue he can't touch at all, so discussing things like music genre choices and white fans being the minority in the arena bars is off limits? Or is there a code he's supposed to use?

I also wonder if the Braves moving their stadium north to the county with no mass transit is in part about race. Fulton County (current home) is 48.1% white, 44.6% black. Cobb County (new home) is 56.0% white, 29.6% black.

posted by rcade at 06:01 PM on September 07

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 11

Edmonton by 13

Montreal by 8

Saskatchewan by 10

posted by rcade at 09:25 AM on September 06

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Skip Bayliss thinks Jerry Jones is right about Jimmy Johnson.

I'm not a Jones defender by any stretch -- he has turned a storied franchise into a mediocrity -- but I've heard enough (and seen enough back in my newspaper days) to think Johnson earned Jones' animosity many times over.

Johnson, at least back then, was a sorry excuse for a human being in his personal relationships. Cheryl Hall of the Dallas Morning News recounts an interview she did of him: "The day Jerry Jones hired Johnson, the new coach took his wife to dinner and fired her. He said to Hall, "I told her, 'I can either be head football coach of the Dallas Cowboys or married to you. I've decided to be head football coach of the Dallas Cowboys.'"

posted by rcade at 07:35 AM on September 06

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

It took a complaint by another university to prompt the violation decision.

Yes, it did. So what? Universities rat each other out all the time on recruiting rules. That's a part of the system.

posted by rcade at 04:16 PM on September 05

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

They're only calling it a secondary violation, which "carry little if any punishment because they are typically inadvertent in nature and represent no significant competitive advantage."

If you have a dumb rule on the books and somebody broke it, sending them official notice they broke it without punishing them seems like a proper resolution.

posted by rcade at 12:59 PM on September 05

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em, 2014 Edition

If you are still having trouble joining the group, join the weekly pick 'em on NFL.Com anyway. That way you can be added later and your picks will count.

posted by rcade at 07:53 PM on September 04

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Good move by the Daily News.

I wonder if a side effect of the controversy will be for the media and fans to refer to NFL teams more by their place name and less by mascot. Becoming an EPL fan has gotten me used to that approach, where mascots are almost all used far less often.

posted by rcade at 04:04 PM on September 04

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em, 2014 Edition

35 entries so far.

posted by rcade at 01:52 PM on September 04

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I was in a CBS fantasy draft last night for a long-term league. Computer problems turned the thing into utter chaos and the draft was suspended and some picks reversed multiple times.

It gave me time to think.

Does anyone else think it would be cool to play a fantasy league where you must let a robot pick for you? You'd have better control over your picks than just to rank players in a queue, and perhaps could even write scripts to make even more fine-grained decisions.

A lot of times when I play online games I wish I could write code to make all the decisions. The game would be won by the best coding.

posted by rcade at 02:04 PM on September 03

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em, 2014 Edition

I checked the new user process and it looks like there's no phone requirement. If there are other concerns about running this on NFL.Com, let me know now.

I figured that a no-spread league would be more popular, but let me know if that's not the case.

The SportsFilter Cup may get a better name and a grand prize. The rules will be close to what grum@work proposed and finalized in the next few weeks. This contest will have a point multiplier of 5 since it requires weekly entries.

I was hoping to run this using SportsFilter code, like the World Cup, but I'm finishing a book on Minecraft programming in Java.

posted by rcade at 01:14 PM on September 03

Dallas Cowboys to Sign Michael Sam After Physical

Yes, you do have to like the Cowboys. Welcome to my nightmare. I wish I could quit them.

posted by rcade at 07:51 PM on September 02

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle


Got a better alternative? I haven't set it up yet.

posted by rcade at 03:55 PM on September 02

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The NFL Pick Em will be set up today or tomorrow. It'll be the same as last year, run on Yahoo.

Chase Headley has a hit in all 30 ballparks.

posted by rcade at 02:35 PM on September 02

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Man U's moves feel like flailing to me. Can they really keep throwing money at their problems and expect a team to gel into a top-4 squad this season?

posted by rcade at 02:39 PM on September 01

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The Eagles won't be wearing green until late this season because Nike fumbled the ball.

posted by rcade at 12:12 PM on September 01

St. Louis Rams Release Michael Sam

Sam isn't making the Rams' practice squad either, it appears. A lot of people have Sam jerseys for a team he won't be playing a down for.

posted by rcade at 09:35 AM on September 01

New Yorker: The Twilight of Baseball

Surely if Trout or Harper played for the Yankees or the Red Sox he'd be real famous instead of baseball famous.

posted by rcade at 09:25 PM on August 31

New Yorker: The Twilight of Baseball

It's possible that Trout, like Pete Sampras, is a black hole of PR. But I don't see that much more attention being paid in the culture to Bryce Harper, a player who is more of a personality.

Part of the reason Reggie was a personality was because the commercials and other gigs made him one. Peyton Manning is an example of that. He turned out to be great on funny commercials, so that elevated his cultural clout.

posted by rcade at 04:29 PM on August 31

New Yorker: The Twilight of Baseball

But back in the 70s there were only three networks. If you were on TV, there is a good chance people saw you because there wasn't much else on TV.

Our media choices are more divided, but I don't know that we see less of the most famous people today in our thousand-channel TV world. If anything they're more out there, hitting us on more platforms.

posted by rcade at 01:49 PM on August 31

New Yorker: The Twilight of Baseball

But if he walked into a bar I doubt very seriously I'd recognize him. And that proves... really not much.

I think it shows a lot, unfortunately. Baseball is becoming hockey. That's not the worst fate in the world -- people who love hockey love it enough to keep it thriving within its niche -- but when your top stars no longer dominate the culture there's a cost to that. I can imagine a day when ESPN does to baseball what it did to hockey -- letting the TV deal go and suddenly caring 25% as much about the sport.

You'd recognize Trout if he was treated like Reggie Jackson was in the '70s, with commercials and TV guest appearances and candy bars and the like. Everyone recognizes the top NFL and NBA stars.

What I wonder is whether baseball will still attract enough young fans to replace us old fogeys who grew up when baseball was king. The game requires a lot more attention than other sports with its 162-game season and an average game length of 2:58.

posted by rcade at 10:42 AM on August 31

St. Louis Rams Release Michael Sam

I thought so too. He's tied for fourth in the NFL in preseason sacks. I know St. Louis is described as being extremely deep in defensive line talent. Maybe some other sack-desperate team like Jacksonville will claim him.

posted by rcade at 06:27 PM on August 30

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 10

Montreal by 6

Winnipeg by 3

Toronto by 13

Calgary by 11

posted by rcade at 06:41 PM on August 28

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Yusmeiro Petit retired 46 batters in a row across multiple games, a new MLB record.

posted by rcade at 05:26 PM on August 28

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

What a throw! For once I'd like to hear Chris Berman call a highlight. It. Could. Go. All. The. Way.

posted by rcade at 02:35 PM on August 28

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Yikes. 4-0! Paddy Power said 14 people bet on Franchise FC to win 4-0 at 500-to-1 odds.

posted by rcade at 04:58 PM on August 26