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Fan Dies After Fall from Upper Deck at Braves Game

The man, Braves season ticket holder Gregory Murray of Alpharetta, Georgia, reportedly stood on his seat to jeer A-Rod, lost his balance and fell over the railing.

posted by rcade at 05:41 PM on August 30

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Question: Another win over United. Was that the toughest of the lot?

Swansea City captain Ashley Williams: Yeah, I think so. I think they've improved a lot since last season. It was a very difficult game. A lot of problems for us.

Strange days.

posted by rcade at 01:50 PM on August 30

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The game continued after the fan fell last night, which brought up this factoid in a comment: In 1946, 33 people died in a crush at an FA Cup game between Bolton and Stoke City at Burnden Park. The dead were brought down to the touchline, a new touchline was made out of sawdust and the game continued.

posted by rcade at 09:53 AM on August 30

UNT Has Put 32 Football Walk-Ons On Scholarship in 4 Seasons

This is cool -- I didn't realize UNT was doing so much more of this than other programs -- but I dispute the writer's claim that "North Texas, in a general sense, doesn't need a walk-on program to be successful -- not when the school sits just outside of the Dallas area, with its dozens of successful high school programs, and not with inroads throughout Texas, perhaps the nation's most fertile recruiting landscape."

UNT definitely needs this, because it doesn't recruit well historically against all the other Texas FBS schools. McCarney is doing the same thing he did at Iowa State and looking for ways an underdog can succeed and grow.

posted by rcade at 10:38 PM on August 29

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The pattern of the new third kit Chelsea shorts ...

... makes them look like frilly black knickers ...

posted by rcade at 11:24 AM on August 28

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Not picking the games last week proved a suboptimal strategy for me.

Hamilton by 16

Edmonton by 3

Calgary by 10

Ottawa by 8

posted by rcade at 06:22 PM on August 27

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

A high school has spent $200,000 on gold turf. School's teachers glad, say livable wages not that important to them.

posted by rcade at 04:36 PM on August 27

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

If you're asking about Beltre, I believe the kick is his attempt to punish the ball for not going foul.

posted by rcade at 10:56 AM on August 25

Peyton Manning Has No Feeling In His Fingertips

So you're saying he is a Nazi?

Not full Nazi, like a former shark-eyed Braves pitcher I fear to name, but one who's just in the movement for the clothes.

posted by rcade at 10:17 AM on August 25

Peyton Manning Has No Feeling In His Fingertips

I don't know how Manning could have the touch to throw at a high level without feeling in his fingertips. He's been one of the best quarterbacks in the league over this span, in terms of yardage and touchdowns if not always aesthetics.

This revelation makes me think his continued success is an incredible triumph of will.

posted by rcade at 09:28 AM on August 25

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Me too. I'm hoping he can somehow retire a Ranger, instead of being traded to a contender when circumstances suggest it should happen.

posted by rcade at 10:59 AM on August 24

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

That reaction is awesome. Thanks for sharing that. It reminds me of what the kids on both Little League teams did in games I coached when one of our players started going yard. Everybody was jazzed on both sides.

posted by rcade at 01:20 PM on August 23

Fantasy Premier League, Week Three

I benched Cech too, for Brad Guzan.

What's going to be televised stateside?

Man U vs. Newcastle, Leicester City vs. Tottenham and Crystal Palace vs. Aston Villa.

posted by rcade at 07:45 AM on August 22

Fantasy Premier League, Week Three

Make that 538. I was off by 10.

posted by rcade at 06:55 PM on August 21

Fantasy Premier League, Week Three

548 numbers wonk Michael Bertin calls it a "fairly safe bet" Harry Kane will regress from his 19 goal total of last season: "He should see plenty of chances, enough that his ExpG (Expected Goals) could be in the neighborhood of 15."

posted by rcade at 05:11 PM on August 21

Fantasy Premier League, Week Three

Tip from the Scout this week: "Luke Shaw -- at a cost of 5.5, the left-back is the cheapest of Manchester United's regular defenders. Shaw has helped the Red Devils chalk up consecutive clean sheets and welcomes a goal-shy Newcastle outfit that scored just 14 times on their travels last term."

posted by rcade at 04:37 PM on August 21

Welcome to Manchester United, Memphis Just Memphis

Owlhouse: Try logging in to the SWFC player. I could successfully log in at Ipswich.

posted by rcade at 09:57 AM on August 20

Welcome to Manchester United, Memphis Just Memphis

Full match replays only became a regular thing this year when SWFC began marketing it as "PlayerHD."

posted by rcade at 02:38 PM on August 19

NFL Player Sends Back Young Sons' Participation Trophies

Albert Burneko has a nice rant up at Deadspin about this titled "Fuck Winning."

posted by rcade at 10:15 AM on August 19

Welcome to Manchester United, Memphis Just Memphis

Yes, you did. I listened to the game on Player and I'm still not quite over it. And now Wednesday plays on Wednesday, which surprisingly enough is not a day they historically play well.

Did you know we have the full Ipwich match video on our Player archive? It's weird the match seems to be missing from yours.

posted by rcade at 08:47 AM on August 19

Welcome to Manchester United, Memphis Just Memphis

Marouane Fellaini on the last goal was brilliant. He was on both ends of Memphis' cross -- setting up the player who passed to Memphis, then sprinting into the box for a great fro-powered header that froze the keeper, giving Man U a crucial two-goal lead going into the second leg.

posted by rcade at 09:25 PM on August 18

Little League Team Throws Game at World Series

I feel sorry for the Snohomish team. Not only were they coached into throwing a game, which can't feel good, but the controversy colors their whole World Series experience.

The coach got greedy. He could've explained letting backups play by saying that a win wasn't necessary so they deserve a turn and they might have accomplished his goal of losing. Making the team go through the charade of bunting was too brazen.

posted by rcade at 07:34 PM on August 18

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I don't understand that Kyrgios story. I read a claim he was so far away from Wawrinka that it was muttered out of earshot and only picked up by court mikes.

But if that's true, why say it? Can you psych yourself out by trash talking opponents only to yourself?

posted by rcade at 03:03 PM on August 17

NFL Player Sends Back Young Sons' Participation Trophies

My son's experience on a mixed U12 team was great. All the boys and girls played together well on a team that had been together a few years. My son was new to the sport but they were patient and supportive.

"Which SportsFilter member coached Izzy Azalea in youth soccer?" is now one of our greatest trivia questions.

posted by rcade at 10:39 PM on August 16

NFL Player Sends Back Young Sons' Participation Trophies

I hate this attitude. It devalues the achievement a young child should feel about being involved in sports, win or lose. At a time when so many kids are attached to a screen and childhood obesity is rampant, the ones who make the effort of practicing, playing and developing their skills deserve to be honored. A pre-teen should not be taught that his efforts only are worthy of celebrating if his team were the best in their Little League.

The attitude also makes some parents behave badly. If they think another kid of lesser skills is holding back their child's chance to be a champion, they will sometimes get mad at a coach for playing everybody.

What James Harrison does to self-motivate as a grown-ass man has no relevance to what a small child should be taught in sports. Wait until they're further into their teen years to go all Earl Woods on them.

posted by rcade at 01:16 PM on August 16

Michael Sam Stepping Away from Football

It's too bad he couldn't handle the pressure of his historic role in sports. Montreal seemed like a good place for him to build a pro career and see if an NFL team ever developed interest. Even if it didn't, CFL success ain't chopped liver.

I am not faulting Sam for his struggles. But if this is where his football story ends, it doesn't seem like one that encourages gay high school and college players to come out. Maybe it will look better if he continues to be prominent in the sports world and lands a nice media gig or endorsements.

posted by rcade at 12:35 PM on August 15

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

During a Rogers Cup match, Nick Kyrgios muttered to Stan Wawrinka, "Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend. Sorry to tell you that mate."

posted by rcade at 07:45 PM on August 14

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Toronto by 15

Calgary by 6

posted by rcade at 06:42 PM on August 14

Fantasy Premier League, Week Two

Lawn Wrangler, Jeffwa Hogue and Fig Jaj are signed up for the wrong SportsFilter league. I emailed two of them using their addresses here, but I don't know if they're current. If anyone knows them, send them this link to join the right one.

posted by rcade at 12:11 PM on August 14

Fantasy Premier League, Week Two

I had to replace Leighton Baines (out three months), so I joined 150,000 other people picking up the much cheaper Joseph Gomez from Liverpool. He has a good matchup this week, but the main reason I did it was an expectation his value would go up quickly because of so many pickups.

Anyone have a good feel for how player values are calculated week to week?

posted by rcade at 11:16 AM on August 14

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Tom Brady needs to help the cause by not giving the NYC press any more Christian Slater photo ops.

Christian Slater's theft of Jack Nicholson's best facial expression is complete!

(In Slater news, Mr. Robot on USA Network is fantastic.)

posted by rcade at 10:33 AM on August 14

Teammate Sucker Punches Geno Smith, Breaks His Jaw

How much would it suck for Jets fans if IK is a standout for the Bills?

posted by rcade at 08:49 PM on August 12

All 15 MLB Home Teams Won Last Night -- Setting a Record

It's funny that ESPN felt it necessary to cite a source for the odds of a coin coming up heads 15 times in a row. I'm bad at stats, but even I could puzzle that one out.

posted by rcade at 11:57 AM on August 12

NBC Lands Premier League for Another 6 Years

I've been following this league for nine years. I am surprised to have gotten as immersed in it as I have, lacking a childhood or geographic connection to any of the teams. These days I try to catch the best game of the week and the West Ham game. I used to follow Tottenham, but the revolving door of players sent me looking for a team further down the table. The talent of Harry Kane makes me wonder whether I should switch back.

I never thought I'd see a day when a foreign sports league is so widely followed and televised here. I wonder what it does to the MLS to have another soccer league as popular as this one. The MLS TV deal with ESPN and Univision is $90 million a year through 2022.

As much as I love the Premier League, I'd hate to think it might stunt the growth of the MLS.

posted by rcade at 10:24 AM on August 11

The End of the Hoop Dream

That was a great read. I was surprised the huckster was so bad at making money for himself, even turning down the 10% commission he was owed for one player's deal. He's as much a hopeless dreamer as most of the players he sells on his services.

I didn't realize the market for American basketball players went deep into the tiers of foreign leagues.

posted by rcade at 03:29 PM on August 06

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven

Edmonton by 13

Ottawa by 4

Toronto by 12

Hamilton by 7

posted by rcade at 12:51 PM on August 06

3 Days to Start of Premier League Season

It doesn't bode well for my team that I spent so much time on the kit.

posted by rcade at 10:59 AM on August 06

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

This article describes Chelsea's odds of winning the EPL as plus-169 and Manchester City as plus-293. What is this oddsmaking notation called and how does it work?

posted by rcade at 03:59 PM on August 05

9-Year-Old Bat Boy Dies After Being Struck by Bat

The time issue is significant, but I question whether the on-deck circle is a better place to see a pitcher than a TV broadcast. We're behind the plate watching on the tube.

posted by rcade at 09:16 PM on August 04

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The Bundesliga will have 58 live matches on Fox Sports 1 this season and another 60 on Fox Sports 2.

posted by rcade at 09:11 PM on August 04

How close are we to a London Jaguars NFL franchise?

I'm thinking, only partially out of self-interest, the team should be in the favorite U.S. vacation destination of Brits: Orlando, Florida. That way there are tourists to beef up attendance, the way Orlando City S.C. is reportedly getting 20% of its attendance from people who are from outside the state.

It would be tough to abandon Sheffield Wednesday for an American Premier League team, now that I've suffered with the Owls a few years. But while Wednesday isn't in the Premier League, it's an easier dilemma.

Since we're bringing non-U.S. leagues here, I want the CFL back. Put teams in Rochester and Detroit.

posted by rcade at 08:46 PM on August 04

How close are we to a London Jaguars NFL franchise?

The U.S. should get the M.K. Dons. Franchise America F.C.!

posted by rcade at 08:13 PM on August 04

9-Year-Old Bat Boy Dies After Being Struck by Bat

One thing I pondered while contemplating this tragedy is whether the on-deck circle could be phased out (note I said "could," not "should"). Batters could prepare in a room behind the dugout in Major League parks and bigger minor league and college facilities. This would make possible last-minute instruction from coaches. Video screens could show the on-field situation.

The only consequence of the change I can think of is that the on-deck player sometimes acts as a baserunning coach at home when play dictates it.

posted by rcade at 07:41 PM on August 04

How close are we to a London Jaguars NFL franchise?

I think there's still a good chance the Jaguars stay put.

The team can't get out of its stadium lease before 2030 without opening its books to prove it lost money for one year and was beneath league average revenue for two more, which may require other teams to open their books. NFL teams are extremely reluctant to do that.

Team owner Shad Khan also is planning with the city a huge commercial and downtown residential development for the Shipyards, the blighted industrial area where the stadium is located.

I don't think a London NFL franchise should be allowed until the U.S. gets a Football Association team.

posted by rcade at 03:08 PM on August 04

5 Days to Start of Premier League Season

There also has been a Fantasy Premier League on MetaFilter since 2010, for those who still hang out on the mothership. Read the message for details or use this invite link. Your team can belong to multiple leagues.

posted by rcade at 09:28 PM on August 03

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I'm seriously digging the onside punt TD. When Roger Goodell has finished working over Tom Brady by 2016 or 2017, he needs to revive that.

posted by rcade at 07:58 PM on August 03

9-Year-Old Bat Boy Dies After Being Struck by Bat

I wouldn't expect a player during play to look out for small children. After watching that play live, I thought J.T. Snow's quick thinking in scooping up Baker's son was amazing.

But running the base paths during play is a different situation than being in the on-deck circle between batters -- or even during someone else's at-bat. You have more chance to pay attention to what's going on around you.

If you believe the player is 100% blameless, isn't that an argument for not allowing young children like Carlile to be bat boys? It's not responsible to expect a nine-year-old to assure his own safety in that job.

Looking up Darren Baker, I found out the MLB doesn't let children be bat boys until they're 14. There's a big difference in maturity between 14 and 9. It seems more reasonable to expect a 14-year-old to exercise the proper caution himself (or herself) around the on-deck circle.

All drivers know that there are kids outdoors, but no one thinks they have responsibility to be "situationally aware" when a kid darts out in front of their vehicle 10 feet away when traveling at 25 mph.

True, but I'll bet you feel a responsibility to drive more slowly and carefully in your neighborhood if there are a lot of kids in it. I drive slowly and try to avoid the temptation to mess with the phone or radio when I'm in the neighborhood. A three-year-old darted out once and I was fortunate enough to be paying attention that time. Since then I've tried to be justifiably careful.

posted by rcade at 07:43 PM on August 03

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Interesting choice of photos to recognize family day at Minnesota Vikings camp:

posted by rcade at 04:08 PM on August 03

9-Year-Old Bat Boy Dies After Being Struck by Bat

As an aside, I was hit in the head with a bat when I was a year older than Carlile. We were hitting tennis balls onto my roof and a friend took the bat from me and didn't let me get clear of him before taking a mighty swing. My jaw broke and was wired shut for two months. I shudder to think what a strike at my temple would've done.

But I loved baseball so much this injury didn't deter me in the slightest. I bet this kid would've been the same way had he been fortunate enough to survive. He was related to the team's general manager and had been their bat boy all summer.

The same friend clobbered an ump with a bat later by accident. He was a menace.

posted by rcade at 03:59 PM on August 03

9-Year-Old Bat Boy Dies After Being Struck by Bat

If the game was between batters, players don't normally assume it's safe to take an on-deck swing at that time. There's a lot of movement going on. Bat boys are on the field retrieving the bat if necessary and bringing balls to the ump.

I am surprised you're putting zero responsibility on the player to be situationally aware when he knows that young kids are serving as bat boys. The on-deck circle is not a magic zone where a bat can always be swung with no consequences.

posted by rcade at 03:51 PM on August 03

9-Year-Old Bat Boy Dies After Being Struck by Bat

If your team has bat boys as young as this kid, it's the responsibility of every player between batters to know where the bat boys are before taking a swing -- even in the on-deck circle. No one should expect a nine-year-old kid to entirely look out for himself.

According to one story, Carlile was retrieving a bat near the on-deck circle. It seems reasonable to expect the player to know that a bat near him on the ground means a bat boy is coming to get it.

I'm not saying string him up. But we hold adults accountable for thoughtless acts like leaving an infant in a hot car. This is an equivalent situation -- a foreseeable, horribly tragic mistake.

posted by rcade at 02:43 PM on August 03

9-Year-Old Bat Boy Dies After Being Struck by Bat

Obviously a tragic accident, but the adult baseball player who wasn't paying attention to his surroundings while swinging a bat was being a reckless idiot. If there's a conscious effort here to protect him from scrutiny, it should stop.

posted by rcade at 11:42 AM on August 03

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The postgame of the FA Community Shield was entertaining. Jose Mourinho came out to accept the tiny runners up trophy, vigorously greeted every Arsenal player as he walked past, but he and Arsene Wenger both gave each other the cold shoulder. Mourinho then left the field, dodged a thrown water bottle and tossed the trophy into the crowd!

posted by rcade at 12:06 PM on August 02

7 Days to Start of Premier League Season

I'm one of the 43% of owners who currently have Clyne, recommended in the last link and panned in this one.

posted by rcade at 06:31 PM on August 01

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension on Appeal

I don't see where leaks have anything to do with Munson's legal analysis.

Brady will of course have vociferous arguments to make. He and the NFLPA have creative attorneys who have to do something aggressive with the facts available to them.

But treating "equipment violations" like a well-established category of case law that Goodell had an obligation to follow seems, to me, like one of those soft lobs a bad quarterback throws over the middle of the field that gets a wide receiver clobbered. It seems easy to counter with the argument that DeflateGate is a unique set of circumstances.

But if Brady wants to risk serving a late-season suspension and either he or the NFLPA is willing to put huge money into a lawsuit, I don't have a problem with them trying to smack down Goodell. Maybe they'll prevail.

Paragraph 3 of this comment is dedicated to Blaine Gabbert and Steve Pelluer.

posted by rcade at 06:48 PM on July 31

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension on Appeal

The motive for doing this is that their case might not be as solid as many think.

Brady has made the case for being punished over his non-cooperation pretty solid. I don't see how he gets far in court after destroying his phone on the day he did.

As for the NFL's punishment being overturned by a court, I find compelling the legal analysis offered by the lawyer and sports journalist Lester Munson. Brady's been punished under an arbitration process players agreed to in the CBA and judges don't like to open the can of worms that comes from reversing arbitrators.

It's not like Brady is suffering massive off-the-field damages here. A guy with an estimated net worth of $120 million is losing $1.88 million in pay. That sucks, but if he lost 1.5% of his net worth from a bad business investment I don't think anyone would regard it a major setback for him.

As for his on-the-field punishment, that's something the NFL is far more qualified to determine than an outside court. If the NFL considers intentionally deflated footballs below 12.5 PSI a major rules violation, I believe its authority to make that conclusion should be accepted.

posted by rcade at 01:12 PM on July 31

There's something in the Olympic water in Rio...and it's not good.

This is horrendous. But while watching the World Cup last year and seeing the constant shots of enormous crowds on the beach, I don't recall being told that they were frolicking in sewage.

The Olympics isn't as much fun as it was in my childhood. Grafters are really good at getting their hooks into international sporting events and making them a license to drain as much public money out of a site as possible.

I wish I could believe the promises that an Olympics or World Cup will leave a country better off, with meaningful and lasting improvements to public facilities and infrastructure. How many places can even muster an argument that it was true for them, five or 10 years later?

posted by rcade at 11:16 AM on July 31

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension on Appeal

Couldn't one argue the correct jurisdiction is where the horrible crime took place, Massachusetts?

Yes, but the league is based in New York City so that's just as reasonable a choice of venue.

I was shocked the NFL filed a suit pre-emptively to defend itself within minutes of announcing the appeal decision. Either Goodell is taking this personally or there's a bigger motive at stake, such as a chance to take the NFLPA down in a strategically advantageous way. I hope there's some investigative journalism being undertaken by an outlet with no financial ties to the NFL that will dig into why Goodell is running the league the way he is.

Another thing that baffles me is why Brady didn't just provide some text messages to the league. If he could have said "I gave the league the information it requested, after consultation with my attorney" I think he receives a two-game suspension instead of four. If he's innocent, the messages help further that claim. If he's guilty, he could have been sneaky and only provided messages that didn't show it. The league would not have been able to demand all his messages to prove he omitted some.

posted by rcade at 11:02 AM on July 31

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

Winnipeg by 8

Hamilton by 5

posted by rcade at 01:44 PM on July 30

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension on Appeal

Brady was in drills for the first day of camp.

posted by rcade at 01:01 PM on July 30