Recent Comments by rcade

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Hard to imagine how it could be 5 times worse ...

Punching a woman in the face while wearing NFL-prohibited gloves.

posted by rcade at 11:20 AM on February 26

Chargers, Raiders Pursue Shared Stadium in Los Angeles

The thing I like best about that area is the Fells Point pub crawl.

posted by rcade at 09:24 AM on February 22

Chargers, Raiders Pursue Shared Stadium in Los Angeles

I don't think the Inner Harbor would be successful without those stadiums. It was declining as a tourist and local draw, dropping from 18 million visitors in year one to 11 million in year two.

The link calls Camden Yards the "first true urban ballpark constructed in almost a century." Though a lot of stadium revitalization claims end up bogus, that's one I'd call massively successful.

posted by rcade at 10:18 AM on February 21

Chargers, Raiders Pursue Shared Stadium in Los Angeles

Again - I think under the right circumstances, a stadium could be a good thing.

Coors Field in Denver seems like another positive example, though it might be the end of the LoDo revitalization rather than the beginning.

Many in Dallas are still grumbling that Mayor Laura Miller helped kill any idea of the Cowboys building downtown. It seems to me there was plenty of opportunity there -- some parts of downtown are pretty raggedy -- but Arlington happily took on the tax burden of JerryWorld.

posted by rcade at 07:09 PM on February 20

Chargers, Raiders Pursue Shared Stadium in Los Angeles

It's becoming more and more clear that major sports corporations are becoming more and more of a plague on the cities they're in ...

They aren't just a plague. A stadium project can revitalize a downtown. Baltimore's Inner Harbor is a good example. Having Camden Yards and the Ravens stadium in the area instead of somewhere in the 'burbs has made a huge difference there.

I don't see cities or states ever stopping these stadium deals. It would have to come from the federal government or possibly a state voter referendum.

posted by rcade at 01:44 PM on February 20

Chargers, Raiders Pursue Shared Stadium in Los Angeles

Pro teams are so good at these stadium extortion schemes I'll be surprised if L.A. gets any of these teams. If St. Louis loses the Rams I fear that Shahid Khan will be tempted to move the Jaguars out of Jacksonville, since his Flex-N-Gate auto parts company is based in Urbana, Illinois, and he originally sought to buy the Rams.

But Khan put a lot of money into huge videoboards and other improvements at Everbank Field and he just unveiled a shipyards development project that would turn the grimy industrial zone around the stadium into a hotel/restaurant/entertainment district and no doubt make a lot of money for him. If that idea gets anywhere he'll need the Jaguars to stay around.

posted by rcade at 12:26 PM on February 20

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The Texas Rangers have signed Roughned Odor's younger brother Roughned Odor.

posted by rcade at 08:52 AM on February 20

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle


In other news, rugby appears to have a concussion protocol in which a player is sent off for testing while a substitute plays for him, then can return to play if testing decides his brains are unscrambled. Soccer could learn from that.

posted by rcade at 01:03 PM on February 19

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Those of you who thought this would become a farce were ahead of me. I concede the point and now want the investigation to take years and be longer than the Warren Commission report.

posted by rcade at 05:52 PM on February 18

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

If the head of the supporters association said anything else, he'd be the former head of the supporters association.

posted by rcade at 11:16 AM on February 18

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Ugh. Is it too much to hope that the chant was an ironic statement about not allowing the black guy on the car simply because it was so crowded?

posted by rcade at 10:03 AM on February 18

Last Man (or Woman)

When I'm trying to avoid a sports result my mind works feverishly to figure it out anyway from incomplete pieces of information. So if a friend asks me if I've seen the game yet I obsess over whether his tone and word choice suggested a win or loss.

Lately during the Super Bowl I've been contemplating what life is like for the people who don't care about the game and go out that night. I picture a world like the movie where Will Smith, his dog and zombies are the only thing left.

posted by rcade at 09:57 AM on February 18

Belgian Soccer Fans Lose Their Heads

That reminds me of the banner the Russians unfurled at a Euro 2012 match against Poland.

Surely those banners aren't being snuck in. Any punishment to result from the stunt should be levied on the team for allowing it.

posted by rcade at 08:22 AM on February 18

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Outside the Lines is back on the Pats' balls, reporting that a locker room attendant tried to introduce an unapproved special-teams football into the AFC Championship Game.

posted by rcade at 10:13 PM on February 17

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I like that too. I keep expecting them to fall away to the sides like a Busby Berkeley dance number.

posted by rcade at 09:53 PM on February 17

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I've now watched two rugby matches, lifetime. I should always keep track of this.

Ireland defeated Italy 26-3 in Six Nations round 1. The game featured something I hadn't seen before -- a bunch of mauls. I had no idea how they form or how they end, but they were cool looking and I missed them when they were over. (To this noob, a maul looks like a standing baby scrum with a ball carrier at the back and the other team unable to just go around and tackle him.)

There's a lot of kicking to no purpose I could determine other than field position. The receiving team sometimes kicked it back, only to have the first team kick it a third time.

posted by rcade at 05:10 PM on February 17

McCutchen: Baseball No Longer a Sport Where Poor Kids Get Discovered

As someone with a son in Little League recently, I don't think it's absurd at all. Poor kids only are going to be in normal Little League. They won't get involved in travel leagues without outside help. The money, driving and time required are all significant expenses that some families won't be able to afford. Not every gifted 12-year-old whose family lacks resources is going to find a patron.

Additionally, Little League around here was the ugly stepsister to travel leagues. There wasn't nearly enough attention to developing the skills of the kids just starting out.

My son switched over to soccer and had a much better time. The league was bigger, the coaches and parents were friendlier and there was copious instruction for all skill levels.

posted by rcade at 08:49 PM on February 14

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I just caught up on Liverpool/Tottenham. One of the most exciting games of the season. Harry Kane looks like he's going to be something special for England.

posted by rcade at 04:04 PM on February 14

NFL Pick 'Em Contest, Final Scoreboard

Ufez: That would be great. Would it be like the NHL contest?

posted by rcade at 02:16 PM on February 13

NFL Pick 'Em Contest, Final Scoreboard

You're welcome. Sorry I forget to post the results as I wallowed in post-game coverage of the game for days.

You were a beast in the second half score predictions.

The margin of error for the final score needs to be tighter than .3. The only players who didn't get a point there were no-shows.

posted by rcade at 02:35 PM on February 12

NFL Pick 'Em Contest, Final Scoreboard

SEA vs. NE
ResultNew England by 4
Margin of Error3 to 5

SpoFiteSEA vs. NESPointsBonusesWeek 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Total Points
NerfballProNew England 14753520
hincandenzaNew England 524175619
Ufez JonesNew England 15244616
Ying Yang MafiaNew England14054514
LionIndex 00355013
grum@work 05413513
Howard_TNew England13403411
tahoemoj 00154010
phaedon 0000303

Most passing yards: Brady (328); most rushing yards: Lynch (102); most receiving yards: Julian Edelman and Chris Matthews (109); first touchdown: Brandon LaFell; sacks: Rob Ninkovich, Darrelle Revis, Chandler Jones, Bruce Irvin; interceptions: Malcolm Butler, Bobby Wagner, Jeremy Lane. Total score: 52 (36 to 68 margin of error); first quarter: 0 (0); second quarter: 28 (20 to 36); third quarter: 10 (7 to 13); fourth quarter: 14 (10 to 18).

SpoFitePassingRushingReceivingFirst ScoreSackIntScore1Q2Q3Q4QBonuses
benderBradyLynch 477175
LionIndex 0
Ufez JonesBrady Ninkovich42105
ic23bLynch LaFell5810176
hincandenzaBrady Ninkovich57134
NoMichBrady Lynch 4510147
tahoemoj 0
Ying Yang MafiaBrady Lynch Edelman484
phaedon 0

posted by rcade at 02:17 PM on February 12

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I'm working on them today. They got overlooked in the post-Super Bowl excitement.

posted by rcade at 02:13 PM on February 11

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

"If you don't know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, if you don't have a relationship [with Him], if He's not the master of your life, if you've never gotten on your knees and asked Him to forgive you of your sins, [and] you're just a pretty good guy or a pretty good gal, you're going to go to Hell." -- Nascar driver and announcer Darrell Waltrip

Boogity, boogity, boogity!

posted by rcade at 09:19 AM on February 11

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Not even in college when you were really, really drunk?

posted by rcade at 04:13 PM on February 08

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I watched that game -- the first full rugby match I've seen. I didn't get far in my understanding of the rules, but it was intriguing. Wales disappeared in the second half.

A few observations and questions:

When a player reaches the end zone for a 5-point play, does he keep running towards the middle to determine the spot of the 2-point kick? What is a defender trying to do when he runs to him in the end zone?

Also, what's the penalty called when the runner is down and he's trying to put the ball back to a teammate on the ground? England got several of those, and I couldn't figure out why.

I liked how they put a camera on the main official. It would be cool to see the NFL do that for all officials, and have it turn towards whatever the official is looking at.

posted by rcade at 04:14 PM on February 07

DeflateGate Accusations Mean It's Time For Coach and Owner To Be Banned From NFL

Apology accepted. Comparing you to an ESPN commenter was harsh, so sorry for that.

As I made that snarky comment I was dealing with a Polish spammer who created over 2,400 accounts on this site just to put a link in the bio.

I wonder what DeflateGate did to the resolve of Belichick and Brady to stick around. I could see them self-motivating on it for a while.

posted by rcade at 08:22 PM on February 06

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

posted by rcade at 07:47 PM on February 06

DeflateGate Accusations Mean It's Time For Coach and Owner To Be Banned From NFL

One of my regrets as a Cowboys fan is that I was so supportive of seeing Tom Landry and Tex Schramm out the door. Spoiled by the team's long success, 7-9, 7-8 and 3-13 seasons were all the suffering I could abide. The only coach and only GM in team history were gone after 29 years and I hardly missed them.

I don't have a sense of entitlement about Cowboys success any more. A playoff loss like the one they suffered to the Packers used to be a crushing blow. It felt as if their rightful place in the NFL was denied them. I had to overcome my profound sense of shock at a round of the playoffs being held without Dallas in it.

Now, I'm practically a parent about all of this. I applauded the team for doing their best even if it came up short, and I didn't even enjoy the cruel fate of the Packers a week later.

posted by rcade at 12:08 PM on February 06

DeflateGate Accusations Mean It's Time For Coach and Owner To Be Banned From NFL

If Deflategate turns out to be nothing, do you think Troy Aikman or Mark Brunell will apologize?

If only one of 12 balls was significantly deflated, the group to be mad at is the NFL more than anyone in the media. The league could have figured that out immediately and never let this blossom into a scandal.

I am having trouble believing that's the truth because it would be so freaking ridiculous of the league not to figure that out on the Monday morning after the AFC Championship Game. Bob Kraft is one of Goodell's biggest supporters. How could Goodell let this become a week-long mediastorm against his bud's team if only one ball was significantly lower than 12.5 PSI? The mind boggles.

It's not that hard to do when the enjoyment of Superbowl wins is constantly offset by people pissing and moaning.

That would get on my nerves, but I think it would be a minor annoyance compared to the satisfaction of the run your team has been on since 2001. What you've experienced with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady never happens any more. Teams don't carry a sustained run of excellence, year after year after year, and always enter the postseason as one of the Super Bowl favorites. They have a few great years and then it falls apart and they have to rebuild.

Someday you could be looking back at 20 years of mediocrity with only the occasional good season and zero-count-em-zero Super Bowl rings, the way I am as a Dallas Cowboys fan.

Or you could experience the NFL fan experience of Jacksonville, where an 8-8 season in 2015 would completely rock our worlds.

posted by rcade at 11:00 AM on February 06

DeflateGate Accusations Mean It's Time For Coach and Owner To Be Banned From NFL

And truly, it wasn't just them ...

People here were basing opinions on what was being reported through unnamed NFL sources, just like you're doing now to claim full exoneration for the Patriots. But when the sources were claiming things that made the Patriots look bad, we were all supposed to wait and give them due process. Now it's OK to jump the gun instead of waiting for the ridiculously slow and complex investigation to be complete, I guess.

I'm just a guy who "[sounds] like a typical dumbass from an ESPN Facebook thread."

Were you expecting a positive reaction to the comment, "you should be embarrassed for yourself at this point"?

You're trying too hard to feel sorry for yourself and the Patriots. They haven't been punished; it didn't affect the Super Bowl; the game was great. If you have anger towards how random nimrods talked about this issue across the Internet and the sports world, go yell at them. Don't act like SportsFilter has been one of those places.

What you saw here was people wrestling with the issue and the NFL's approach to it, based on the information that was available at the time. The conversation of mine you're still sore about was exploring a simple premise you never attempted to address: If 11 of 12 Patriots balls were significantly low and 0 of 12 Colts balls were low, isn't that enough evidence to mete out punishment without trying to determine intent?

That's not a hard concept to grok. It doesn't require following elderly locker room attendants to the bathroom or talking about the ideal gas law. The NFL punishes teams all the time without getting into intent. The Pats didn't care about the Jets' intent when owner Woody Johnson talked about wanting Darrelle Revis back. They just care that a rule was broken and they want the Jets to be punished.

You were taking a different, more complicated approach and I acknowledged the validity of that. You didn't give me the same respect, and you still seem to be laboring under the idea I was out to get the Patriots. Not the case. I was rooting for the team to win.

Quite obviously, if unnamed NFL sources now claim only 1 of 12 Patriots balls was significantly low (and they are telling the truth), this has been a big bag of nothing. But to retroactively be butthurt at people here for what we were saying under a different set of information is weak.

Enjoy your Super Bowl victory.

posted by rcade at 08:37 AM on February 06

DeflateGate Accusations Mean It's Time For Coach and Owner To Be Banned From NFL

Sports radio producer has extreme provocative opinion. You don't see that every day.

posted by rcade at 06:28 PM on February 05

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

In this stadium rendering for the new white flight Atlanta Braves park, the Braves are losing 6-3 to the Washington Nationals.

posted by rcade at 08:56 PM on February 04

Hey, NFL, Let Anyone Commentate the Next Super Bowl

I used to have a TV/DVR combo that would occasionally glitch and drop the announcing booth while still airing game sound. It was cool -- like being in the stadium.

posted by rcade at 02:15 PM on February 04

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

... a man described as elderly ...

There's no way an old man could use the bathroom in only 98 seconds.

posted by rcade at 03:49 PM on February 03

Patriots Win Super Bowl 0x31 After Epic Last-Second Interception

Forget Steve Bono? I'm sitting on a pile of his rookie cards.

posted by rcade at 01:33 PM on February 03

Patriots Win Super Bowl 0x31 After Epic Last-Second Interception

No QB in history has been as good as long as Brady ...

I wouldn't go that far. Dan Marino's numbers stack up against Brady's for a comparable run of years and Peyton Manning's are better. All three deserve to be in the argument for that superlative.

posted by rcade at 11:41 AM on February 03

Patriots Win Super Bowl 0x31 After Epic Last-Second Interception

But the ultimate measure is how many times you put yourself in a position to win a championship.

This should be called the Levy Principle.

posted by rcade at 01:14 PM on February 02

Patriots Win Super Bowl 0x31 After Epic Last-Second Interception

Overall playoff record doesn't diminish Super Bowl record. If Brady had gone undefeated in the biggest game, you know that would have been used forever to rate him above quarterbacks who got there and didn't win 'em all. That's exactly what happened when he was 3-0 in the Super Bowl -- he was put an a pedestal alongside Montana.

Why are people talking about Brady being 4-3? Isn't he 4-2?

posted by rcade at 12:44 PM on February 02

Patriots Win Super Bowl 0x31 After Epic Last-Second Interception

I don't think Joe Montana's perfect record in Super Bowls would have survived against the Dallas Cowboys in the 1993 season.

posted by rcade at 11:45 AM on February 02

Patriots Win Super Bowl 0x31 After Epic Last-Second Interception

That's how ridiculous that final drive is, and overshadows everything else in the game.

Yep. The final interception is as momentous a play as Bart Starr punching it in from two feet in the Ice Bowl. Butler's speed on that play was inhuman.

posted by rcade at 11:17 AM on February 02

Patriots Win Super Bowl 0x31 After Epic Last-Second Interception

Edelman's movements on the first play seemed suspect to me too. But he does grab his hip on the second as he's struggling to get up, and on the third it seemed like he was lying on the ground for an extra beat in frustration, not because of a possible concussion. In both the second and third plays his movements during the play were sharp.

posted by rcade at 11:16 AM on February 02

Patriots Win Super Bowl 0x31 After Epic Last-Second Interception

Last night, I was puzzled by Doug Baldwin's unsportsmanlike conduct call after his touchdown. NBC didn't show it because he pretended to poop the football.

posted by rcade at 10:50 AM on February 02

Patriots Win Super Bowl 0x31 After Epic Last-Second Interception

I can't believe that call. I can't believe that pick. I can't believe that comeback. I'm feeling some of Stone Brewery's finest right now, but that was one of the best Super Bowls I've ever seen.

posted by rcade at 10:26 PM on February 01

Patriots Win Super Bowl 0x31 After Epic Last-Second Interception


posted by rcade at 06:16 PM on February 01

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The Atlanta Falcons may be fined and lose a draft pick for allegedly piping in crowd noise while the other team was huddling.

posted by rcade at 04:35 PM on February 01

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest, Super Bowl 0x31 Round

I like the idea of scoring the quarters the way Hincandenza suggests, except that there should be an extra bonus point for picking the total score within the .3 spread rule.

If there are no objections I'll do it that way.

posted by rcade at 11:09 AM on February 01

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest, Super Bowl 0x31 Round

Is anyone picking a winner against your rooting interest? I predicted a Seattle victory but I'd like to see Belichick and Brady hoist the Lombardi one more time. I don't know if we'll get another chance to see them do it.

posted by rcade at 10:29 PM on January 31

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The judge in the Aaron Hernandez murder trial is letting jurors watch the Super Bowl. But he advised them that if they hear the words "Aaron Hernandez" they need to walk out of the room.

posted by rcade at 10:08 PM on January 30

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I admire the heck out of Chuck Pagano, but he is not going to out-detail Bill Belichick.

The premise that Belichick went into the game knowing outdoor conditions would bring footballs below 12.5 PSI is contradicted by his Mona Lisa Vito press conference, in which he described a process where such deflation would have been unintentional.

Maybe warm them up a bit more before you give them to the refs to check

In that presser he also denied that footballs ever were subjected to hotter conditions than the normal locker room environment when prepared before they were tested by refs.

So if he was being clever, as you suggest, that would also make him a pretty elaborate liar.

I'm not suggesting one alternative or the other. Just pointing out that the clever Belichick theory doesn't gibe with the "here's why this accidentally could have happened" presser.

posted by rcade at 08:47 PM on January 30

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I apologize for being cruelly blunt, but you should be embarrassed for yourself at this point.

I don't apologize for being blunt: I'll respond when you stop sounding like a typical dumbass from an ESPN Facebook thread.

posted by rcade at 07:11 PM on January 30

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest, Super Bowl 0x31 Round

I'm going to pick fast so I don't have to factor in other people's picks in my strategery.

Seattle by 6 points

Most passing yards: Tom Brady

Most rushing yards: Marshawn Lynch

Most receiving yards: Rob Gronkowski

First touchdown: Doug Baldwin

Player with a sack: Michael Bennett

Player with an interception: Richard Sherman

Total score: 54

First quarter: 9

Second quarter: 30

Third quarter: 33

posted by rcade at 06:16 PM on January 30

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest, Super Bowl 0x31 Round

ResultSeattle by 6New England by 38
Margin of Error4 to 827 to 49

NerfballPro's lead drops from four to two, as Hincandenza narrows the gap and LionIndex climbs to third, both with 5 points for the week. NoMich tosses away a chance for the Costanza with the week's best score of 7 points and is now tied for fourth. Despite an 11-point margin of error, no one gets a point for picking the spread in the AFC Championship Game. That's as deflating as--, no, I can't do it.

SpoFiteGB @ SEASIND @ NESPointsBonusesWeek 1Week 2Total Points
NerfballProSeattle 7 217515
hincandenzaSeattle New England 231713
LionIndexSeattle 4New England 323412
rcadeSeattle 8New England303511
NoMich Seattle 6New England 431311
bender Seattle 114410
Ufez JonesSeattle New England 222410
tahoemoj Seattle 131510
ic23b Seattle 4New England31059
Ying Yang Mafia Seattle New England22059
tommytrump 00448
grum@work New England 12418
Goyoucolts New England11507
Howard_TSeattle New England21407
phaedon Seattle New England 21003

Nine players had New England with the most points (45), five had Tom Brady as the top passer (226 yards), nine predicted Marshawn Lynch as top rusher (157) and no one guessed Doug Baldwin as top receiver (106).

SpoFiteMost PointsPassing YardsRushing YardsReceiving YardsBonuses
tommytrump 0
bender Lynch 1
LionIndexNew EnglandBrady 2
grum@work New EnglandLynch2
Howard_TNew England
Ufez JonesNew EnglandBrady 2
ic23bNew England 1
hincandenzaNew EnglandBrady Lynch 3
NoMich New England Brady Lynch 3
tahoemoj New England Brady Lynch 3
Ying Yang Mafia New England Lynch 2
phaedon Lynch 1

For the Super Bowl, pick the winner of the game and the spread.

For bonus points (1 point each):

Pick the quarterback who passes for the most yards.

Pick the player who runs for the most yards.

Pick the player who has the most receiving yards.

Pick the player who scores the first touchdown.

Pick a player who will get a sack or partial sack (no points for picking "none").

Pick a player who will get an interception (ditto)

Pick the total score in the game (same spread rules as the game)

Pick the total score after the first quarter (ditto)

Pick the total score after the second quarter (ditto)

Pick the total score after the third quarter (ditto)

posted by rcade at 05:58 PM on January 30

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

For reference, the Spygate punishment was a $500,000 fine for Bill Belichick, a $250,000 fine for the team and the loss of a first-round pick in the 2008 draft.

posted by rcade at 05:33 PM on January 30

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

This is news to me, do you have a source for this?

New York Times: "[T]he NFL confirmed Friday that game balls used by the New England Patriots during the first half of Sunday's AFC championship game against the Indianapolis Colts were underinflated ..."

What I think really happened is that no one ever cared too much about that rule ...

Maybe those guys gotta study the rule book.

The Patriots had custody of the balls they used on offense, just like the Colts. The Patriots were found to be using underinflated balls. The Colts weren't.

Your comment is all about complicating the issue by talking about intent. That's a valid thing to do, and it's what Goodell appears to be doing, but I think it also would be valid to simplify the issue and just punish based on the violation without getting into intent. The Patriots had a responsibility to play with properly inflated balls. Their own quarterback successfully argued for the 2006 rule change that let visiting teams use their own balls, so this is a responsibility that Tom Brady and the Patriots wanted.

When you say things about how nobody cared about the rule and it was an arbitrary range and any ball squeezed by the refs is good enough and nobody understands the Ideal Gas Law, I think it's worth remembering how the Patriots responded when the Ravens complained about being tricked by Belichick's substitutions: Don't complain to us because we knew the rules better than you did.

And for this media circus, a team deserves a fine or loss of draft pick?

The media circus is irrelevant. I think they should lose a third- or fourth-round pick in 2015 and pay a $250,000 fine. I wouldn't call that a "just because" punishment. I think putting underinflated balls out there is a serious offense that affects the integrity of the game. But if the league just levies a fine I wouldn't call that an outrage.

When an owner tampers by expressing an interest in another team's player, the owner can explain his intent but it doesn't always matter. The Patriots filed a complaint against the Jets because owner Woody Johnson said , "I'd love Darrelle [Revis] to come back." He called the Patriots later and said he misspoke and would never interfere with another team's player, but the Patriots filed the complaint anyway. Why would they do that? Because rules are rules.

posted by rcade at 05:23 PM on January 30

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Doesn't "repeat offender" rely on your first statement?

No. The second offense makes the repeat offender.

You've twice said people are "begging the question" by asserting that a rule was broken. Playing with improperly inflated footballs is breaking a rule and the NFL has confirmed the Patriots did that. I don't see any uncertainty on that point -- there's a rule and it wasn't followed.

posted by rcade at 04:14 PM on January 30

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I love this question posted by a reporter to Goodell today: "And why aren't you available to the media every week, as Richard Sherman suggested?"

posted by rcade at 03:20 PM on January 30

Josh Gordon: I Am Not an Addict

On that subject, Jaguars owner Shad Khan now "very optimistic" that Justin Blackmon will return in 2015.

posted by rcade at 03:17 PM on January 30

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The harder they push, the worse they will look in the end.

I think that's an argument for punishing quickly (and likely less severely) without getting into intent.

posted by rcade at 03:13 PM on January 30

Josh Gordon: I Am Not an Addict

I don't know how to take that - other than someone else has the problem (the NFL's hypocrisy), but not him.

Gordon says multiple times in the essay that he failed and takes responsibility for his poor decisions. I think you should take his remark about the NFL's sponsorship of beer drinking to be an acknowledgement of irony, given the cause of his suspension.

It was probably unwise for him from a PR statement to talk about that, but he's lost a huge paycheck for doing something the NFL is paid millions to encourage.

posted by rcade at 01:37 PM on January 30

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The video doesn't show who is doing it. The person has a coat with a red X on it, not team gear, and the video says it was done for both teams. Is a sideline attendant a team official or a league official?

I'm not against punishing for that either. If those teams were breaking rules about footballs, then the league should factor in the decision to warn them in any punishment decision about the Patriots. Or punish them now, since it was a recent infraction.

posted by rcade at 11:07 AM on January 30