Recent Comments by rcade

ESPN Keeps Expanding Bowl Season With Its Own Games

I'm also a fan of the weirder bowls. For a while I always made a point of watching the Humanitarian Bowl after its creation, because the idea of a postseason tilt on the smurf turf and fans schlepping all the way to Boise in winter appealed to me.

I also attended a college that only has a chance for postseason glory because of bowls like these. UNT is the Heart of Dallas champion for six more days.

posted by rcade at 12:29 PM on December 20

Chris Wondolowski Relives That Shot

Bah. Brazil vs. Germany was a provincial matter for residents of those countries. Wondolowski's miss was a Wagnerian epic that will never be forgotten.

But I like him anyway for taking his lumps. So close!

It's weird to say we should've lost by five goals because our keeper was so good and he was tested again and again. Does anyone ever say that kind of thing when the person playing at the height of his talents is a striker?

posted by rcade at 02:26 PM on December 19

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Gay-friendly gamer punter Chris Kluwe has a SF novel coming out.

posted by rcade at 01:56 PM on December 19

The Boston Celtics have traded Rajon Rondo to Dallas

I haven't followed the Mavericks closely this season but on the surface I like the deal. Cuban isn't afraid of taking risks to maximize the chances for another title while Dirk is still playing.

I'd worry more about the loss of draft picks if the Mavs didn't have such a well-documented history of never building the team with them. The only draft pick in Cuban's entire tenure who became a meaningful contributor to the team was Josh Howard.

posted by rcade at 01:07 PM on December 19

Can True Sports Fans Switch to a New Favorite Team?

Without local broadcasts on radio or television in your youth, I think you're on safe ground leaving the Wings behind. Fan allegiance shift accepted.

I am having trouble keeping my college sports allegiance to my alma mater, UNT. They're mired in Sun Belt/CUSA obscurity, most seasons are grim and my hope things will ever get better is fading. It also doesn't help that I'm four states away and they almost never schedule OOC games worth getting fired up about.

So I've been watching UF games, thinking I might adopt the Gators at the only point it would be acceptable to me -- when they suck.

I know this is unacceptable now, but it could be forward thinking on my part -- two of my sons are hoping to get in there when they graduate high school in a few years.

posted by rcade at 09:37 PM on December 17

Can True Sports Fans Switch to a New Favorite Team?

We need more information to determine if your switch was acceptable.

Did you have local radio broadcasts of the Wings before you got cable TV?

Did you ever make liberal use of the term "we" to describe the successes of the team?

posted by rcade at 04:05 PM on December 17

Served up on a platter for SportsFilter

I wish I understood cricket well enough to have a strong opinion on why it's inferior to baseball.

posted by rcade at 02:37 PM on December 17

Can True Sports Fans Switch to a New Favorite Team?

Growing up in Dallas and living in Jacksonville for 17 years, I adopted the Jaguars but never really let go of the Cowboys. Having split loyalties is difficult when both of them are good, but they've avoided that problem for 14 years.

My other loyalties remain back home with the Rangers, Stars and Mavericks. I was only in Dallas one year while FC Dallas was around, so it will be easy to jump on the Orlando SC bandwagon when that club begins next year.

After becoming a Premiership fan in 2006, I adopted Tottenham, but the constant player and coach upheaval got old fast. I've been watching West Ham and avidly following Sheffield Wednesday after a friend roped me in to their fandom. I think Wednesday's my club for life at this point. I may move to Sheffield.

I hate that Vikings-Eagles-Bengals-Cowboys-Steelers family. Eating Ben Roethlisberger's meat is not sufficient justification for switching team allegiances.

posted by rcade at 02:35 PM on December 17

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I love the Browns fan pushing the Bengal to stop his end zone leap in Cleveland. The stadium roared when they saw it on replay.

Should there be a penalty to stop visiting players from jumping into a crowd?

posted by rcade at 10:00 AM on December 17

The FSU Problem

There seems to be no pretense on the part of the school to be anything except a football team, and to make it a winning team, anything is acceptable.

This is an absurd characterization of the entire university. Yes, the football program and athletics have major problems, but that has no bearing on the academics. FSU has many good programs, there's fierce competition to get in and the SAT and GPA requirements are among the highest of this state's schools.

If you're going to condemn Florida schools for laxity in how athletic crimes are punished, you'd have to include UF too. They've had some doozies, particularly under Urban Meyer when the team was winning championships. Aaron Hernandez was one of them -- he didn't go to Miami.

My favorite UF criminals were the hoops players who broke into a car here in St. Augustine and upon being arrested talked for a half hour about what lie they were going to tell. They didn't know cop cars have cameras.

posted by rcade at 09:26 PM on December 16

The FSU Problem

Damn. I thought I was getting better at Irish metaphors through research at Irish pubs. I thought I had turned a corner when I figured out "sláinte."

posted by rcade at 01:09 PM on December 16

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Foster's only missed three games this season. It seems like most running backs in the league miss that many every year. I'd put him among the elite.

posted by rcade at 10:21 AM on December 16

The FSU Problem

Another Pierce gem, even if I didn't get all the metaphors. Ha'penny place?

Early in his college career, Winston was touted on Jacksonville sports radio for how composed, mature and well-spoken he was despite his youth. I didn't follow him closely at the time, so I made a mental note to look for opportunities to see this. It was days before the rape allegation.

If the Jaguars had not taken Blake Bortles with the third overall pick this year, they'd surely be looking at Winston next time around.

posted by rcade at 10:18 AM on December 16

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Andrew Luck compliments defensive players after a hard hit, which is getting into their heads.

posted by rcade at 08:25 AM on December 16

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

A leaky zamboni sent 81 players and fans who were at a Wisconsin hockey game to the hospital with carbon monoxide poisoning.

posted by rcade at 03:22 PM on December 15

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

A school holiday event is the only thing keeping me from that epic tilt at EverBank.

I hated how the Stabler Rule impacted the Green Bay/Buffalo ending. Aaron Rodgers was stripped of the ball and it fell backwards into his own end zone. Eddie Lacy picked it up and had a decent chance to run it out and thus avoid a safety, but the play was whistled dead the second he touched it. No one would have intentionally fumbled in Rodgers' situation or place on the field.

posted by rcade at 01:30 PM on December 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Isn't it premature to start talking CFL? Manziel is going to be the starter next year in Cleveland. He needs an entire season of terrible play under his belt, maybe two, before he might be invited to succeed elsewhere.

posted by rcade at 11:26 AM on December 15

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

"This league is going to be one of the biggest leagues in the world in years to come." -- New Houston Dynamo coach Owen Coyle

There's an interesting comment at the link about where the MLS ranks currently. The writer ranks them Championship/League One level, but defending at League One/League Two.

posted by rcade at 09:29 AM on December 13

Bitcoin Bowl Brings Virtual Currency to St. Pete

I cross-posted this on MetaFilter as well.

As a fan of bowls with goofy names, I had to do some digging to find out the story behind this one. I'm not a bitcoin user, but the logo makes me want a shirt or some other swag from the game. It will be a sign of an era.

I wonder if boosters could pay college football players under the table in bitcoin without it being traceable.

posted by rcade at 10:35 AM on December 12

Wage Lawsuit by Bills Cheerleaders Details Appalling Treatment

The Pegulas aren't responsible for creating the situation, but how they've responded to the suit doesn't cover themselves in glory either.

posted by rcade at 08:42 AM on December 12

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

"I'm on somebody's fantasy team, and I think it's the man upstairs." -- Cam Newton on surviving the car accident

posted by rcade at 05:05 PM on December 11

Oklahoma Judge Asked to Overturn High School Playoff Game

The court declined to order a full or partial replay, saying there's no way it could be done fairly.

posted by rcade at 05:04 PM on December 11

Wage Lawsuit by Bills Cheerleaders Details Appalling Treatment

I can't believe how seedy the Bills let the cheerleader program become. They had the team teaching little girls to cheer at $250 a class while at the same time treating them like the world's worst compensated strippers for fat cats.

If you read to the end there's more evidence of Roger Goodell's "I hear nothink, I see nothink, I know nothink" leadership.

posted by rcade at 11:37 AM on December 11

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Matt Kemp to Padres with Tim Federowicz and $31 million for Yasmani Grandal, Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin.

posted by rcade at 09:06 AM on December 11

Jon Lester Signs 6-Year, $155 Million Deal with Chicago Cubs

He pitched like one in 2013 for the Sox, winning four of his five starts including two in the Series. His only loss was a 1-0 defeat in the ALCS.

posted by rcade at 05:07 PM on December 10

Jon Lester Signs 6-Year, $155 Million Deal with Chicago Cubs

Lester isn't going to bring the additional 17 wins the Cubs need to make the post season even if he has a career year.

We'll see. If you get the right ace it affects more than just the games he plays in. Cliff Lee had a huge impact on getting the Rangers to their first World Series. They'd never had a postseason ace like him before, and he became the final piece in the puzzle to legitimize a sad-sack franchise as a title contender.

posted by rcade at 01:13 PM on December 10

Helmetless Football?

Interesting read. I hate to see players lead with their helmets on hits.

I particularly liked this quote: "What we have not done in these contact collision sports is to explicitly train people to have respect for their head and the heads of others."

posted by rcade at 09:29 AM on December 09

Tide-Buckeyes, Ducks-Noles

To expand on what Etrigan said, it seems kind of like both TCU and Baylor get an awful lot of credit for beating a very mediocre Oklahoma team by virtue of an inflated preseason ranking.

I tend to place more value on where a team was ranked when it got beat than where it ended up. A big reason #4/#15 Oklahoma dropped out of the rankings was because TCU and Baylor beat them.

But looking at the end rankings it does seem like there's a stronger case for the Buckeyes than I realized. My initial take was colored by a bit of Texas homerism.

posted by rcade at 09:19 AM on December 09

Tide-Buckeyes, Ducks-Noles

TCU: #4 Oklahoma unranked, #15 Oklahoma State unranked, #20 West Virginia unranked, #7 Kansas State #11.

Baylor: #9 TCU #6, #15 Oklahoma unranked, #9 Kansas State #11.

Ohio State: #8 Michigan State #8, #25 Minnesota #25, #13 Wisconsin #18.

posted by rcade at 03:23 PM on December 08

Tide-Buckeyes, Ducks-Noles

Etrigan: The premise is to take TCU or Baylor's wins and losses this season and search/replace that school's name with either Texas or Oklahoma, not look at what Texas and Oklahoma did this season and switch it to 11-1.

TCU beat the #4, #15, #20 and #7 teams, losing only to #5 Baylor.

Baylor beat the #9, #15 and #9 teams, losing only to unranked West Virginia.

Ohio State beat the #8, #25 and #13 teams, losing to unranked Virginia Tech.

I hate to see the playoff committee value historic pedigree over this season's achievements, which is what it appeared to do. The biggest reason I want a playoff is to take the politics out of it and decide a champ on the field.

posted by rcade at 02:18 PM on December 08

Tide-Buckeyes, Ducks-Noles

Forgot that we have an unrepentant North Texan as overlord.

When your alma mater is a directional school you're all about the adjective.

But their own conference alignment shot them in the foot by not having a conference title game for them to make their case.

True, but I agree with Gil LeBreton of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that the committee would never have jumped Ohio State over Texas or Oklahoma, all else being equal. It's a bummer. I wish we already had an eight-team playoff.

posted by rcade at 01:36 PM on December 08

Tide-Buckeyes, Ducks-Noles

Either way, I doubt anyone is Madison is getting a fruit basket from anyone in NorthTexas this holiday season.

TCU is in North Texas, but it ends right before Waco. So this outraged North and Central Texas.

posted by rcade at 07:55 PM on December 07

Winter is Coming

The Rangers have been underwhelming this offseason. They need a starting pitcher and a left fielder with power so they can move Shin-Soo Choo to right. But they are doing surprisingly little for a club that lost 95 games.

posted by rcade at 11:56 AM on December 07

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Nebraska football player takes selfie with wild raccoon, gets bit, kills it with wrench.

posted by rcade at 07:12 PM on December 06

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Golf announcers can make being chased by a baboon on the course sound soothing.

posted by rcade at 11:35 AM on December 05

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

As a Jags fan I think the Rams moving from St. Louis to Los Angeles would end up being bad for my mullet-helmeted heroes. Shahid Khan went to college in Urbana, runs his business Flex-N-Gate there and initially tried to buy the Rams. Relocating to St. Louis would put him right in the midwest where he wanted to be an NFL owner.

posted by rcade at 10:50 AM on December 05

College Football Fan Map

Yep. I didn't notice the date in the URL when I posted it.

UNT is 4% short of having dominance over one Denton-area zip code. I'll have to settle for us being one almost white dot in the sea of burnt orange between Dallas and the Red River.

I'm surprised USF doesn't make the top three anywhere around Tampa. I wonder if that would've been different when they made their improbable rise into the top 5 for a couple years in a row.

posted by rcade at 01:58 PM on December 04

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

There's nothing I enjoyed more together on the radio than Paul Harvey and dead air.

posted by rcade at 09:02 PM on December 03

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

When did Deadspin start posting "news" like "Take vacuuming off your to-do list with this discounted Roomba" on the front page?

posted by rcade at 01:59 PM on December 03

Bye-bye Blazers:

I've been at a university after it killed its football program, attending UT-Arlington in the late '80s. It is an enormous downer for school spirit. One of the reasons I was glad to leave was because it felt like a commuter school nobody cared about, which robs you of one of the pleasures of the college experience. It was much better at North Texas, though at the time we played in what is now the FCS.

UAB claims it won't be saving any money with this move, putting the same money into the remaining sports. I have trouble believing they couldn't save football if UA wanted it saved.

posted by rcade at 08:21 AM on December 03

Bye-bye Blazers:

The scene at UAB after the announcement. There's a terrible history of the University of Alabama and Paul Bear Bryant Jr. intentionally doing things to hurt UAB football.

posted by rcade at 08:40 PM on December 02

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Darnell Docket is tweeting live updates from jury duty. "Dude is innocent in my book. It's all he say and she say. ... I just told this guy Im hungry and he's like I can't leave."

posted by rcade at 04:42 PM on December 02

0-16 Philadelphia 76ers Two Games from Worst Start in NBA History

0-17! Spurs win 109-103.

posted by rcade at 10:36 AM on December 02

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

If I was Touchdown Jesus I would dress pro football punters and kickers in different colors and give them extra protection, like keepers in soccer. It would help safeguard them and give teams one more jersey style to sell.

posted by rcade at 12:35 PM on December 01

New India Super League Has Fourth-Highest Attendance in Soccer

During the Winter Olympics there was an Indian athlete in the luge and he had to wear an Olympic flag instead of his own because of a ban. He finished 37th out of 39 and was, to quote the link, the country's "top winter sports athlete."

Watching him compete like a lovable underdog Jamaican bobsledder, I found it hard to believe a country as populous as India could put such a low priority on Olympic success.

posted by rcade at 07:41 PM on November 30

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

posted by rcade at 01:46 PM on November 30

Richard Sherman uses cardboard cutout to send NFL a message

Hope you didn't post that on company time.

Ha! What his employer hasn't told him not to do won't hurt him.

posted by rcade at 01:27 PM on November 29

Toronto Blue Jays trade Brett Lawrie, 3 others to Oakland As for Josh Donaldson

I think I'd rather have Donaldson. Is this a sign of a money squeeze in Oakland?

posted by rcade at 01:25 PM on November 29

Cricketer Fighting for Life After Ball to Head

Hughes suffered catastrophic injury to his vertebral artery, just like Coolbaugh. Here's an article on the rarity of the injury.

posted by rcade at 09:22 AM on November 27

Richard Sherman uses cardboard cutout to send NFL a message

I'm stuck in the 1980s perception that big earphones look like goofy earmuffs and cool people all use earbuds.

posted by rcade at 11:06 PM on November 26

Richard Sherman uses cardboard cutout to send NFL a message

There's nothing hypocritical about an entertainment business dictating how its employees endorse products on company time *and* having rules for how employees interact with the media on company time. Both rules are consistent with each other.

Sherman can do what he wants when he's not at work and endorse anything he likes. But his work time is owned by the Seahawks.

Calvin Johnson has a deal with Zaxby's. There's a big cutout of him in the restaurants, but the deal must be without NFL participation because his uniform is generic.

If Johnson wanted to use post-game media time to talk about the delicious Game Day Fillet Sandwich, would anyone think it was unfair of the NFL to tell him he couldn't?

posted by rcade at 08:38 PM on November 26

Cricketer Fighting for Life After Ball to Head

That looks like the location Mike Coolbaugh was hit when killed coaching first base in a minor league game for the Rockies. No update today on Hughes' condition.

posted by rcade at 10:06 AM on November 26

Richard Sherman uses cardboard cutout to send NFL a message

That was fun, but I'm having trouble connecting the NFL rule about players wearing or mentioning outside sponsorships near game time with the rule about players talking to the media.

Fining Lynch $100,000 over a disagreement about press availability is pretty harsh.

posted by rcade at 10:01 AM on November 26

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

posted by rcade at 11:48 AM on November 25

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I never heard this Bill Cosby story before. It's unrelated to the current allegations, but doesn't speak well of his character at all.

posted by rcade at 05:51 PM on November 20

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Gresham was clearly giving it to her, not attempting a pass into coverage.

If you toss a football into a crowd of people, your desire to give it to a specific recipient is open for misunderstanding.

posted by rcade at 02:32 PM on November 19

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The assumption he doesn't have a grandson is framing too.

I can understand the scorn heaped on an adult for denying a souvenir to a child. But here, it's two adults. The people between the Bengals player and the woman didn't owe her the catch.

Would it have been nice to give it to her since she's a Bengals fan and he isn't? Yes. Does the guy deserve to be called a thief and plenty of other things because he chose not to be nice? No.

posted by rcade at 01:21 PM on November 19

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Why should an adult fan who has caught a football tossed into the stands feel obligated to give it to another adult fan?

posted by rcade at 07:17 PM on November 18

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Semi-Finals Edition

Montreal by 12

Edmonton by 15



posted by rcade at 07:33 PM on November 15

FIFA Goal of the Year nominees

James Rodriguez gets my vote, with Tim Cahill second.

posted by rcade at 02:11 PM on November 14