Advanced stats are finally gaining traction in NHL circles, and they tend to support the idea that puck possession, rather than dump/chase/forecheck, is far more efficient offensively. With any luck (and maybe some help from the league cracking down on obstruction again) perhaps we can get back some of this. Because widening the rinks, unfortunately, seems unlikely to happen.
posted by Mookieproof at 04:53 PM on February 23
I thought Tim Marchman's take on it was pretty spot on.
posted by Mookieproof at 07:09 PM on August 01
Ellen Etchingham is routinely great.
posted by Mookieproof at 05:52 PM on June 14
Hamilton will also have to deal with the dreaded "marine layer" in Anaheim, although maybe that's only in left field . . .
posted by Mookieproof at 03:27 PM on December 18
I hope the Myrtle Beach Pelicans seek an injunction.
posted by Mookieproof at 09:21 PM on December 04
Probably just a ploy to remind everyone yet again that he pitched a perfect game in the World Series.
posted by Mookieproof at 08:55 PM on July 21
Soon they'll have people thinking that high-volume PA announcements and music and cheerleading aren't integral parts of baseball.
posted by Mookieproof at 09:57 PM on June 14
It's a slippery slope out there in the far reaches of the second deck.
posted by Mookieproof at 09:44 PM on June 14
My highest level of umpiring was Little League 25 years ago, but I don't really understand why the umpire is looking at or caring about the catcher's glove. Unlike everything else in the equation, the plate doesn't move, and from his angle behind the catcher, I'd think it would be much easier to tell up or down based on the position of the batter rather than the mitt.
Apparently I'm wrong, though.
posted by Mookieproof at 05:53 PM on May 17
Hitting a guy in the head is illegal, period. Brendan Shanahan has enough problems without trying to factor in exactly how injured someone is, particularly given that concussion damage seems to have a cumulative effect. I realize that that's the way it's been done, but it's wrong.
Sure, the league is doing what it should by suspending Torres. But if it was that egregious -- one of the longest suspensions in league history -- I would hope that one of the four on-ice officials might have noticed it.
posted by Mookieproof at 09:42 PM on April 21
If Zetterberg had been stretchered off or Hossa had bounced back up, would that have made the hits dirtier/cleaner? The NHL needs to police the actions, not the results.
I don't really have a problem with Torres getting 25 games. I find it curious that he's getting it for a play that didn't draw a penalty.
posted by Mookieproof at 09:02 PM on April 21
Has anyone contacted Eric Wynalda for a statement?
posted by Mookieproof at 11:53 PM on April 03
Heck, he has more rings now than his brother and there's no doubt Peyton's in in his first year of eligibility.
Do you think the fact that Eli has more rings makes him a better quarterback than his brother?
posted by Mookieproof at 05:56 PM on February 08
The only thing I'd have preferred is to throw Columbus into the Patrick, thus making two 15-team east-west conferences with 1-8 seeding rather than 1-4 seeding in each division conference. But I guess it will save the western teams from Michigan-California playoff series in the early rounds.
The new Patrick Division Conference is going to be hardcore. Plus the Islanders, I mean.
posted by Mookieproof at 12:34 PM on December 06
It's absurd to argue that the NHL would be better off without Crosby. Regardless of the hype or marketing decisions, he is one of the best players in the world; of course the league is better with him playing in it.
Not everything is about "growing the brand."
posted by Mookieproof at 04:25 AM on November 23
Great game by Crosby, obviously, but wow the Islanders didn't even show up.
Kudos to Dave Strader and Pierre McGuire for being able to broadcast an entire game with their lips attached to Sid's ass, with brief forays to Jordan Staal's and John Taveras'. I'm even a Pens fan, but it does get a little ridiculous.
posted by Mookieproof at 11:50 AM on November 22
The whole thing is absurd money grubbing, with the Pitt chancellor in the role of lead hypocrite.
From a purely sporting standpoint, I think it's unfortunate that the size of these leagues prevents basketball teams from playing everyone home and away and football teams from playing everyone once.
posted by Mookieproof at 12:45 PM on September 19
fwiw, in the previous day's game (against the same team), Harper was drilled in the knee on the first pitch of his first at bat and left the game. Which might have had something to do with his exhibition yesterday.
posted by Mookieproof at 06:18 PM on June 07
To be fair, he might be only the third-best guy named Bryce in the South Atlantic League.
posted by Mookieproof at 02:46 PM on May 19
Dude was a good coach, but . . . Rarely has someone so successful been such a stalwart victim -- the refs, the North Carolina ACC schools and the NCAA were all part of a vast conspiracy to deny his gritty young men their due. (He had a point about the NIT this year, though.) His penchant for blaming everyone else rubbed off on Terps fans, who are among the worst anywhere -- a crowd whose first response to success is not to celebrate their own side, but to chant that the other side sucks.
He was not a cheater, though, and that at least is something to celebrate in this day and age.
posted by Mookieproof at 08:45 PM on May 06
There seemed to be players slipping and sliding all over the place on Jerry's turf, too.
posted by Mookieproof at 01:25 AM on February 07
The Ravens gained 126 yards on 53 offensive plays. With that and the turnovers and dropped passes, it's kind of amazing how close they were to pulling it out.
posted by Mookieproof at 05:04 PM on January 16
Rob Rossi seems to have succumbed to the pressure of deadline. A reasonable response.
posted by Mookieproof at 01:33 PM on November 22
It is kind of ridiculous that there's no Minor League club in Montreal, although god forbid that one would have to play in the Big O.
A Triple-A club might need a large stadium (the Phillies' Triple-A club was in Ottawa until a couple years ago), but you'd think the short-season New York-Penn League would jump at a chance to play on some high school's field. The Vermont Lake Monsters play only about 75 miles away, so it's not like the travel is prohibitive.
posted by Mookieproof at 08:45 PM on June 20
Alexander Semin's 2010 playoffs: 44 shots, 0 goals, 2 assists.
posted by Mookieproof at 12:47 AM on April 29
Totally. The Yankees not having the most extravagant payroll in the world would be news.
posted by Mookieproof at 01:39 PM on March 29
posted by Mookieproof at 03:29 PM on January 11
Presumably Phillips dumped her because she wasn't a leader.
posted by Mookieproof at 03:09 PM on October 21
for what it's worth, that graphic was almost certainly put together by a part-timer, working at nearly midnight, who was trying to be prepared and accidentally posted it live.
it has nothing to do with reporting correctly or mlb conspiracies and a lot to do with how web content is actually produced (i.e., halfassedly).
posted by Mookieproof at 09:03 PM on October 20
God bless her, but I think Oudin's run says more about the state of women's tennis than it does about her ability (for now).
posted by Mookieproof at 01:05 AM on September 08
Some reports indicate he had no philosophy for the players to buy into.
posted by Mookieproof at 01:31 PM on November 15
You know, I'd be happy to have Cuban buy my Penguins to keep them in Pittsburgh. But dude is a bit of a head case--and could use some grammar lessons.
posted by Mookieproof at 01:18 PM on February 10
I bet Jeremy Roenick still thinks he should have made the American team.
posted by Mookieproof at 12:56 PM on February 24
About the best I can say is that I won't miss Paul ("Let me/I'm gonna tell you something") Maguire.
posted by Mookieproof at 12:21 PM on February 08
These just aren't that rare. Weird that someone would write a news story about finding one.
posted by Mookieproof at 09:49 AM on January 31
That goal against Bourque that grum described was in the playoffs, too ('92 I think)...and then he beat Andy Moog like a rented mule.
posted by Mookieproof at 01:10 PM on January 24
haha--I got mono at Duke too
posted by Mookieproof at 05:48 PM on December 24
You still with us, jerseygirl?
posted by Mookieproof at 11:46 PM on October 16
Theo Epstein should have fired Grady Little in the middle of the eighth inning. After 17 years of hearing about the Clemens-McNamara dispute over getting pulled/asking out, Grady going out like that seems to me an awful lot like an abdication of responsibility. There's absolutely no way Pedro *asks* to come out; it's practically an affront to his manhood. And with Timlin having thrown 9 IP with 0 ER, I just don't get it. (I also don't get intentional walking Ruben Sierra, but that didn't end up hurting them.) Anyway, WOW. What a playoffs.
posted by Mookieproof at 11:44 PM on October 16
It's a good time of the year, but it's got nothing on April.
posted by Mookieproof at 03:02 PM on October 08
posted by Mookieproof at 10:44 AM on September 25
Marty shoots so well from his own crease, you have to figure that once he set up in the slot, with the way he handles his stick he was almost guaranteed to score five-hole before his sister-in-law could close it down.
How about Frank Robinson for guiding Les Expos, a team utterly shit upon by MLB at every turn, to a .500 record?
posted by Mookieproof at 01:50 PM on September 17
Terry Bradshaw is in the Hall of Fame and was MVP in two of the four Super Bowls he won. Phil Mickelson has a long way to go before he merits that comparison.
posted by Mookieproof at 10:54 AM on August 29
I watched the WUSA final yesterday and it was pretty damn good. (It also seemed to feature less diving than is commonly seen in, say, a World Cup game.) I watch women’s tennis. I could not possibly care less about the LL World Series. I think two things work against the popularity of women’s sports in North America. One is the “I could do that, too” factor—none of us can stop Shaq, none of us can play with Serena, but . . . I’m 6’4” and can play a little basketball. Legitimately or not, I tend to think that much of the WNBA would have trouble dealing with my size, and I think most guys think the same way, which doesn’t lead to respect for the game. I also think that Americans are generally only interested in watching “the very best” play. The World Cup arouses interest here every four years but MLS struggles because it only gets the best in the world when they turn 35. Americans don’t want to watch anything in which the stakes are not Being the Best in the World (see also the “World” Series). And being the Best Female(s) in the world is not as attractive because it is qualified. Yes, I'm talking out of my ass here, but then being a fan isn't really rational, is it?
posted by Mookieproof at 10:14 AM on August 25
It might look interesting, but it's a slippery slope. Support this and next thing you know, ESPN is the MTV of sports--all shows, no sports. I just got Fox Sports World and I am riveted. Anyone care to explain rugby to me? I love that the rules are called "laws" instead of "rules"...
posted by Mookieproof at 11:49 AM on August 19
I kiss you, lilnemo.
posted by Mookieproof at 01:58 PM on August 05
Tangent: while we're somewhat on the subject of Jack Clark, can anyone tell me where I can find a player's career stats against individual teams? Jack Clark absolutely destroyed the Pirates during his career but I haven't been able to find the exact figures...
posted by Mookieproof at 08:27 AM on August 05
Lemieux was eighth in the NHL in scoring last year. I know you hate him and think he's a whiny bastard, Samsonov, but anyone scoring a point a game shouldn't have to justify continuing to play.
posted by Mookieproof at 11:33 AM on July 29
Washington Post article on the "fading of racing life." (minor reg req'd) I don't know a single person who follows horse racing. Though I understand that Bob Nastanovich of Pavement moved across the street from Churchill Downs because he's a big bettor...
posted by Mookieproof at 03:13 PM on July 28
I don't know that "we" really root for Anna Kournikova; I'd say that "we" are far more interested in rooting around in her. Dennis Rodman was a world-class rebounder and that's about it. He only worked well on a team blessed enough in every other facet of the game to hide his glaring weaknesses. He's to be commended for taking his limited talents so far, but that well has long since run dry.
posted by Mookieproof at 12:05 PM on July 17
The talent pool in the NHL is already so diluted that I have to wonder just who is going to fill out these new rosters. The rule changes sound good to me--let's see if the penalties will be called any more consistently. The whole enterprise--for the NHL, too--rests on what happens in the labor talks, so it's a great time to take a shot at a new league...
posted by Mookieproof at 11:55 AM on July 16
Is ESPN's Hectoring Dickhead Department big enough for Rush and Jim Rome?
posted by Mookieproof at 02:23 PM on July 14
Good call, Vito. I love that they have it listed as his nickname at Baseball Almanac...
posted by Mookieproof at 10:00 AM on July 14
What? What? KEYSTONE STATE. In fact, I'll leave out Wilt Chamberlain and just go with the greater Pittsburgh area for Joe Montana, Johnny Unitas, Josh Gibson, Arnold Palmer, Honus Wagner, Dan Marino, Ditka, etc. Must be sumpin' in the Iron City Beer.
posted by Mookieproof at 04:09 PM on July 11
Carl thinks to himself the offseason is too long need more excitement. Basketball needs me with my skillz I should play for the Portland Trailblazers.
posted by Mookieproof at 02:19 PM on July 02
They should get Bill Walton instead. Then when some lineman blows out his knee and is carried off Walton bellow, "That's TERRIBLE! He wasn't even TRYING to block his man!"
posted by Mookieproof at 03:08 PM on June 25
posted by Mookieproof at 12:00 PM on June 22
Dennis Rodman to thread! Tha thug life might conceivably work against a player on an individual foul call, but this is just another of Easterbrook's grand oversimplifications. And I am shocked--shocked--at the suggestion that something besides pure play on the court could affect NBA officiating.
posted by Mookieproof at 10:23 AM on June 19
Wilbon rips into K-Mart. (WashPost, minor reg. req'd.) Always surprising when Wilbon is able to write a column without mentioning his personal lord and savior Michael Jordan.
posted by Mookieproof at 08:57 AM on June 16
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