Recent Comments by rcade

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

Germany Wins World Cup

Does anyone remember a wag invasion after a major championship before? I approve.

posted by rcade at 08:31 AM on July 14

Germany Wins World Cup

For all the talk before the match about which star would come up with the big moment to lead his team to glory, a substitute for a substitute passed to another substitute who scored the winning goal.

posted by rcade at 10:02 PM on July 13

Germany Wins World Cup

The Christoph Kramer injury, return to play and collapse were scary. He was not all there as he was led off the field for a substitute.

FIFA needs to look at the problem of likely concussed players going back in. The pressure on players to go back quickly is enormous, and the running clock and man-short situation means it will happen far sooner than doctors can evaluate a concussion.

Ideally, a player who takes a head shot like the one dealt to Kramer should be kept off 5-10 minutes and observed by doctors. But players won't do that if they are given the choice.

Should FIFA consider letting a team play a temporary substitute, perhaps only when an official decides a concussion watch is necessary?

posted by rcade at 09:12 PM on July 13

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I read on WorldSoccerTalk last night that ESPN has the rights to Euro 2016, which expands to 32 teams and ought to be great.

posted by rcade at 01:27 PM on July 13

LeBron James Returning to Cleveland

It's about his tarnished image. LeBron is tired of being the villain and wants to be the hero again.

You've got him in a can't-win box: If he does good, it's only because he wants people to think he's good.

LeBron was well liked until the Decision. His letter admits his mistakes in how that was handled and in his boastful predictions of championships, but it's not like he was breaking a promise by leaving. He didn't owe Cleveland his entire career.

posted by rcade at 10:02 AM on July 13

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Today is the last day of ESPN's World Cup run before handing it over to Fox. I've grown to dislike almost everything about the Beast of Bristol, but this was the exception. They've done a fantastic job broadcasting this. I hope Fox can poach some of their bigger names before the next one.

posted by rcade at 09:48 AM on July 13

LeBron James Returning to Cleveland

It's not faulting him about his strategy, it's that he's got this strategy while simultaneously writing letters about how he is going to finish his career somewhere and how much he loves Cleveland and blah blah.

He can do both, though -- he can maximize his salary while in Cleveland and stay in Cleveland. I fail to see why he needs to take a financial hit and give Dan Gilbert the extra contract leverage of a four-year deal just to prove he meant what he said in the letter.

Signing shorter deals also gives LeBron more say over the team.

Some people don't want to take LeBron at his word, but why would he go to Cleveland if it wasn't primarily about loyalty to the area? The Cavaliers were hardly the young team best set up for future success before he signed. Gilbert wasn't an owner he had any reason to like. David Blatt, though a great story, has never coached in the U.S. at high school, college or the pros. The Cavs had two straight top overall picks, but Anthony Bennett is being called a bust.

I didn't like LeBron prior to this move either. But I think a hometown hero doing this is a pretty special moment in sport. I hope he's able to pull it off.

posted by rcade at 08:42 AM on July 13

LeBron James Returning to Cleveland

Here's more on LeBron's salary strategy.

posted by rcade at 10:07 PM on July 12

LeBron James Returning to Cleveland

Why do you fault him for trying to maximize his salary when the new TV deal arrives in two years?

posted by rcade at 09:44 PM on July 12

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

The officiating in the Brazil/Netherlands consolation game was atrocious. Robben gets fouled outside the box and it's called a penalty in the box. Thiago Silva drags him down in what the announcers were calling an obvious red card and only gets a yellow. Oscar gets fouled late in the match in the box and it's called a dive. The collision that caused the "dive" led to the Netherlands player being carted off.

I hope it's not an omen for tomorrow. This has been a great World Cup and it deserves a finish that lives up to that.

posted by rcade at 06:51 PM on July 12

LeBron James Returning to Cleveland

If Lebron knew he had to "return home" why did he meet with seven other teams?

He addresses that: "I always believed that I'd return to Cleveland and finish my career there. I just didn't know when. ... I looked at other teams, but I wasn't going to leave Miami for anywhere except Cleveland. The more time passed, the more it felt right. This is what makes me happy."

posted by rcade at 06:01 PM on July 12

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

This is a story I've never heard before: The day Harry Redknapp plucked a heckling West Ham fan out of the stands and put him in the game.

posted by rcade at 01:40 PM on July 12

Liverpool Sells Luiz Suarez to Barcelona

That suspension was going to take a big bite out of his EPL season, though.

posted by rcade at 12:19 PM on July 12

LeBron James Returning to Cleveland

But LeBron and Cleveland were on a break when he started seeing Miami ...

posted by rcade at 09:58 AM on July 12

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

James Rodriguez goes on and on about how it would be his "life's dream" to play for Real Madrid, then says, "but I will always respect my current club."

posted by rcade at 08:07 AM on July 12

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

How Germany saw its 7 goals.

posted by rcade at 10:13 PM on July 11

LeBron James Returning to Cleveland

Chris Bosh just dumped the Rockets and resigned with the Heat.

posted by rcade at 08:03 PM on July 11

LeBron James Returning to Cleveland

I think he did tell people ahead of time.

Why is a camera interview with friends around him validating but an essay in SI is not? George Plimpton must be rolling over in his grave. Show some respect for the written word!

posted by rcade at 06:07 PM on July 11

LeBron James Returning to Cleveland

I just remembered I own

posted by rcade at 05:48 PM on July 11

LeBron James Returning to Cleveland

LeBron is and always has been bigger than the Cavs organization, so let's just be clear, LeBron is not really even the prodigal son, this is more like the redemption of a deadbeat father coming back home to the ugly wife and kids, right?

I think that takes the metaphor a bit too far. LeBron was the good father who left for a hotter, younger woman, then he learned that for every hot woman there's some guy out there sick of her shit, so he came back to his wife and kids.

LeBron is bulletproof while he stays in Cleveland trying to bring a ring to the ringless. People liked him (mostly) before the Miami move. He has a lot of goodwill until/unless things go wonky and he wants out.

posted by rcade at 05:13 PM on July 11

LeBron James Returning to Cleveland

I'm not real thrilled with the "bitch" insult. Lift the level of the conversation, please.

I just don't understand why this resonates with so many people.

He's the best player in the league, arguably the best ever, and he's championing a far-from-the-spotlight Rust Belt city that has suffered under the long-term decline of American manufacturing matched by its fading success in sport.

The narrative connects with people for the same reason that any tale of rebirth and redemption in that part of America strikes a chord. Remember Clint Eastwood's "Halftime in America" commercial? Same thing.

posted by rcade at 03:42 PM on July 11

LeBron James Returning to Cleveland

I can't think of anything a NBA fanbase has done that is more distasteful to me.

Leaving aside Gilbert, what did the fanbase do other than express anger and disappointment? Any city that lost a hometown hero who was the best player in the league in his prime would likely act the way Cleveland did. Especially if they had a hard-luck history in sports and life comparable to the city once called the Mistake by the Lake.

posted by rcade at 02:39 PM on July 11

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

If you're curious about what will happen to Brazil's new World Cup stadiums, this story suggests four of them will be lucky to get any use at all. Brazil built four more than FIFA required, in places with no major teams or other entertainment draws, at a cost of $1.6 billion.

posted by rcade at 02:36 PM on July 11

LeBron James Returning to Cleveland

Does any city deserve this less than Cleveland?

When has Cleveland ever gotten more than it deserved, in anything?

posted by rcade at 01:15 PM on July 11

LeBron James Returning to Cleveland

That's quite a love letter to Cleveland. I really like that aspect of it.

I wasn't expecting such a spectacular PR gesture along with this little-d decision.

posted by rcade at 12:44 PM on July 11

Argentina Faces The Netherlands for Spot in World Cup Final

It looks like it hits him prior to that spin goalward. But man that was close to epic keeper fail.

posted by rcade at 12:05 PM on July 11

Liverpool Sells Luiz Suarez to Barcelona

Wouldn't that just mean a smaller transfer for Suarez, given that Sanchez's transfer value is established at 30 million pounds?

posted by rcade at 10:53 AM on July 11

Liverpool Sells Luiz Suarez to Barcelona

I'm a serial bider. One day when the time is right ...

posted by rcade at 10:14 AM on July 11

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Dan Gilbert's Comic Sans rant against LeBron James is the sticking point keeping him from returning to Cleveland, "sources" told ESPN.

I can remember being sympathetically aggrieved on behalf of Gilbert and Cavs fans back then. Looks pretty dumb now.

posted by rcade at 09:12 AM on July 11

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Javier Mascherano said he "tore the anus" on the saving tackle against Arjen Robben in the semifinal.

posted by rcade at 04:29 PM on July 10

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

That Luiz video was great, particularly the shot at Spurs.

posted by rcade at 11:27 AM on July 10

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

A pretty Belgian fan's photo at the World Cup went viral, landing her a modeling gig.

posted by rcade at 09:33 AM on July 10

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Should the World Cup confidence pool include the third-place game? It seems weird to include it, since the teams are eliminated before they play it.

posted by rcade at 09:30 PM on July 09