Recent Comments by rcade

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

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Our Fantasy Premier League has the following owners: el tigre negro de holden, BS Johnson, Tim Truxell, Wade Duchene, Lawn Wrangler, billsaysthis, John McClure, Jeffwa Hogue, Tom Clancy, me, t s e l s o n and ca buki.

If you're playing Fantasy Premier League this season, post here and let me know, and indicate whether you're in the current league. We can create a new SportsFilter 2014-15 league, but I don't want to lose anybody in the old one.

posted by rcade at 11:56 AM on August 26

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Harrumph. Where's Billsaysthis? I think it's his league.

posted by rcade at 09:09 PM on August 25

Diego Simeone gets eight match ban

I like the itemized suspension. It would've been fun to see a Billy Martin punishment for mistreating the umps split up that way. One game for covering the mound with dirt, two games for cursing at the ump, one game for giving the ump a pair of glasses ...

posted by rcade at 09:04 PM on August 25

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

It looks like the ID is 250725. Try the league code 389923-364514 or the autojoin link.

posted by rcade at 10:55 AM on August 24

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I think you can be added at any time. I haven't been able to find out who created the league last year. It still says we're a 2013-14 league in the name,

If necessary, we can create a new league so everyone can be in it.

posted by rcade at 07:56 PM on August 23

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 9

Winnipeg by 8 with a touchdown by Nic Grigsby and field goal by Lirim Hajrullahu late.

Edmonton by 10 when no more points are scored after the midpoint of the second.

Calgary by 15

Saskatchewan by 13

posted by rcade at 05:12 PM on August 23

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 8

Toronto by 5

Edmonton by 13

Calgary by 9

Saskatchewan by 12

BC by 8

posted by rcade at 11:12 AM on August 12

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

... maybe she'll want to play catch with her own children in the future.

I've never heard that too-young pitchers throwing anything but fastballs ruin their arms for ordinary activities later in life. I thought they just put any future career in the sport in jeopardy.

posted by rcade at 05:53 PM on August 11

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Does the same concern apply for girls when there's no adult future for them throwing fast pitch?

posted by rcade at 01:29 PM on August 11

Donovan to Retire at the end of this MLS season

I think a player who gave as much to USMNT for a decade had a right to take a break between two World Cups without his professionalism being questioned. Even after his sabbatical, Donovan was recalled by Jurgen Klinsmann to start qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico and had an assist and goal in the latter game to clinch the U.S. place in the Cup.

posted by rcade at 10:38 AM on August 09

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Andrew Bynum comes to mind, though he only had a few strong seasons before the wheels came off.

posted by rcade at 07:57 AM on August 06

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 7

Winnipeg by 10

Edmonton by 4

BC by 7

Calgary by 15

posted by rcade at 05:59 PM on August 05

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

It's time to create the Fantasy Premiership league for SportsFilter. I forget who's been doing that each year, so I'm posting the request here.

posted by rcade at 12:57 PM on August 03

Ray Rice Suspended for 2 Games

I think it's a ridiculously mild punishment, completely out of step with how society views domestic violence against women today. But how one player's misdeeds are punished is not an issue likely to have major impact on whether I watch the NFL.

The only big obstacles to my enjoyment of the league at present are concussion risks and teams bilking communities out of billions in tax dollars on stadiums. Any public money spent for the private gain of team owners should be paid back in full by a $1 ticket surcharge on each game at that stadium. I'd happily pay that as an alternative to making all taxpayers fund something only some of the public enjoys.

posted by rcade at 03:24 PM on August 01

NFL Players Will Have Tracking Chips in Shoulder Pads

How does soccer measure how far players run in a game?

posted by rcade at 12:22 PM on August 01

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 6

Hamilton by 6

Montreal by 4

Calgary by 10

Saskatchewan by 9

posted by rcade at 05:45 PM on July 30

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Since when does ESPN run Vines of unauthorized sports highlights?

posted by rcade at 08:32 AM on July 28

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I went to the Fulham/D.C. United friendly at EverBank Field in Jacksonville yesterday, which was the opening act to the unveiling of the largest stadium video boards on the planet and a Carrie Underwood concert.

Moussa Dembele scored the first goal for Fulham, which made me wonder how in the world he ended up back at the team after its relegation to the Championship.

There's a second Moussa Dembele! The original is still with Spurs. The new one scored two more goals for his second hat trick in three months. He got one in the Under-18 Premier League tournament final in May.

As for the game, the crowd was so small at kickoff you could hear the players yelling to each other on the field from my seat about 50 rows up in an end zone corner. It didn't fill until the last 10-20 minutes. Jacksonville packs the house for U.S. soccer -- we had the biggest crowd in the southeast to ever see the USMNT -- but this bunch was killing time until the video board and country music.

Incidentally, if you are a young woman attending a Carrie Underwood concert, the uniform of choice is tiny denim shorts and cowboy boots.

posted by rcade at 09:24 AM on July 27

Ray Rice Suspended for 2 Games

If your definition of caring about things is the words we use, then we've got different definitions of what constitutes caring about something.

I never said anything to indicate that it was.

The goalposts were that people wouldn't change the channel because Ray Rice has beaten a woman - and that's the only morality the NFL knows.

Are you going to stop watching football because of this?

posted by rcade at 08:50 AM on July 27

Ray Rice Suspended for 2 Games

For not regarding a problem as serious as domestic violence with "meh," which is where this conversation chain began.

You're moving the goalposts a bit by talking about whether men are doing enough about it. Where we started was whether men care.

posted by rcade at 11:22 AM on July 26

Ray Rice Suspended for 2 Games

Of course I'm aware of domestic violence victims. We all likely know somebody who suffered it. And the men I know are aware of it and angered by it, not making excuses for it like some of the idiots on ESPN.

All I'm saying is that I question the idea men have a "meh" attitude about this. I don't think you give most men enough credit.

Domestic violence fell 64 percent in the U.S. from 1994 to 2010, according to a DOJ report. People are more aware today.

The NFL is an outlier on this issue by taking it so lightly.

posted by rcade at 08:37 PM on July 25

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Chuck Knoblauch just threw away his chance to be inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame.

posted by rcade at 07:41 PM on July 24

Ray Rice Suspended for 2 Games

... based on most research I've read, males as a whole tend towards a more 'meh' attitude towards physical and sexual violence towards women.

I don't know any men who'd take a "meh" attitude about domestic violence, going back through my entire adulthood. I know plenty who'd take a "meh" attitude about pot even if they don't use it personally.

posted by rcade at 07:26 PM on July 24

Bartolo Colon Has Perfect Game Through 6 Innings

I was on a good run for a while.

I usually wait until the no-no is through seven. But Bartolo Colon working a perfect game after six overcame my stitious. And he's not getting any younger.

posted by rcade at 09:49 PM on July 23

Bartolo Colon Has Perfect Game Through 6 Innings

The toughest out left in the order, Robinson Cano, spoiled it with a base hit in the seventh.

posted by rcade at 05:57 PM on July 23

Bartolo Colon Has Perfect Game Through 6 Innings

posted by rcade at 05:36 PM on July 23

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Well, you kind of focused on the part of my comment that I considered to be less important and ignored my point, but I'll address your comment anyway ...

Maybe I agreed so much with everything else you said it didn't need a response?

I adopted Spurs for a while, but got tired of the enormous turnover of players that was necessary for them to stay within striking range of a Champions League spot. I wonder if that's how Euro Super League would feel, with a star player turnstile every year because of the fierce big-money Darwinism.

I hang out now in the Championship with Sheffield Wednesday -- ain't no big money mercenaries rolling in and out of Hillsborough -- and in the EPL watch West Ham lob it deep and hope for the best.

It's weird the NFL is so egalitarian. It isn't American for a rich man like Jerry Jones not to be able to buy achievement.

posted by rcade at 09:53 AM on July 23

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I'm not getting the reasoning that Man U couldn't spend a decade in the cellar. Some elite team has to be the worst of the best. All of them would vacuum up the world's soccer talent. Someone's vacuum would be a Hoover instead of a Dyson.

As an EPL fan for a disreputably short time, I'd prefer the massive English football pyramid over a best-of-the-best, no-relegation league. If you lopped a few of the top teams off, it would enhance the reputations of the teams that moved into their places. I could live with that. Man U isn't just Man U fans. It's fans who enjoy hating Man U when they play them in the EPL.

It will be a shame when some scheme blows up Premiership relegation.

posted by rcade at 08:56 AM on July 23

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Browns fan pisses on Art Modell's grave.

posted by rcade at 08:10 AM on July 23

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

It's worth quite a bit just to be on the biggest stage, never mind being the headliner.

But these teams are all headliners, and putting them into a single league would change that. Let's say this league starts tomorrow and Manchester United is in the bottom two or three places for the first decade. Does Man U really come out of that as valuable in 2024 as it was when this league began?

posted by rcade at 09:03 PM on July 22

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Are these teams still as valuable when half of them are below average in Euro Super League and most or all of them won't be winning league championships year after year any more?

posted by rcade at 04:25 PM on July 22

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 5

Edmonton by 3

British Columbia by 12

Hamilton by 7

Saskatchewan by 6

posted by rcade at 08:04 AM on July 22

Pitcher Freaks Out Because of Bunt in 2-Run Game

It seems to me that players don't like to exchange fisticuffs during brawls as much now that so many of them are millionaires. I wonder if that encourages the piddly little bitching about unwritten rules, since players subconsciously resent that they can't beat on each other any more.

Which would probably play some part in explaining why Texas has the worst record in the league.

That's a fine theory, but the Rangers players are on pace to lose 1,715 days to the DL. The players on the field who are beating themselves are mostly players who shouldn't be on the field at all.

posted by rcade at 04:03 PM on July 21

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Are you suggesting that political concerns will trump the desire to play in the World Cup for some players? I don't see that happening in Russia. I'd even be surprised it happened in Qatar. The Cup is such a rare opportunity that skipping one -- when you would be there otherwise -- would be an enormous blow to a career.

I'm surprised Lahm is done. He'd likely be there at 34 one last time, though he could've seen some decline and not start.

posted by rcade at 01:11 PM on July 21

Padres' Odrisamer Despaigne Throwing No-Hitter Through 7

Dan Murphy broke it up after 7 2/3. I'm grateful I don't have to listen to the Padres radio announcer any more. I'd rather travel up and down the Green River with Greg Maddux in a white panel van that reeks of bleach.

posted by rcade at 06:34 PM on July 20

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Or work as the Trappist brewery spokeswoman Dubbelaxelle.

posted by rcade at 06:25 PM on July 20

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The rise and fall of Axelle Despiegelaere. Worth watching to hear the pronunciation of that name.

posted by rcade at 11:40 AM on July 20

How is Qatar building a national team for the 2022 World Cup?

It's too bad Qatar can't just take the best players from the countries that have zero chance of qualifying and make them citizens for six weeks. That would be an interesting team.

posted by rcade at 08:27 AM on July 17

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

What are they Espys?

My effort to out-disinterest anyone else in the Espys undone in just four words!

posted by rcade at 08:26 AM on July 17

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I have a perfect 21-year streak of never watching the Espys.

posted by rcade at 09:42 PM on July 16

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Nice! Nobody suffers like an English football fan.

It felt weird abandoning Spurs, but all my Premiership allegiances are fleeting since I became a Sheffield Wednesday supporter. Which brings me back to suffering ...

posted by rcade at 04:27 PM on July 16

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

That's a cool link, but I found West Ham much more watchable than Greece last season in the EPL. I could never figure out why Joe Cole played so little, though.

I used to follow Spurs, but I got tired of the constant turnover and the underperforming big free agents they'd bring in. I'll probably watch more Everton this year because Tim Howard.

posted by rcade at 11:34 AM on July 16

SportsFilter's World Cup Confidence Pool Winner

I blame England for my defeat.

posted by rcade at 09:54 AM on July 16

Over the Hill

I haven't read the whole piece yet, but if we're supposed to be sad for Nash I'm not feeling it. He's 40 and as recently as two seasons ago led the NBA in assists. His 10,335 assists are third all-time and most among active players. All good things must end.

posted by rcade at 02:22 PM on July 15

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on LeBron, with lots of metaphors about coming back to the wife you cheated on.

posted by rcade at 08:52 AM on July 15

Germany Wins World Cup

Kramer doesn't remember the first half of the World Cup, or how he got off the field.

posted by rcade at 08:56 PM on July 14

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 4

Winnipeg by 3

Toronto by 4

Calgary by 17

British Columbia by 8

posted by rcade at 04:44 PM on July 14

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

My 15-year-old son Eli helped me test the code. He was quite excited to be leading for a few days on the strength of a bold Costa Rica pick at 5th.

posted by rcade at 11:37 AM on July 14