Recent Comments by yerfatma

Bryan Cranston performs one-man show about the MLB playoffs

Awesome, thanks.

posted by yerfatma at 11:51 AM on September 17

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Crappy, overrated Mike Trout is not having the best season ever for a 22 year-old baseball player. And yet he's already 5th all-time in WAR for players through their age 23 season. So I guess he's ok.

posted by yerfatma at 03:21 PM on September 16

Gus Johnson Booted as Fox Soccer Announcer

Great article and a terrific comment as well.

posted by yerfatma at 10:04 AM on September 16

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Nope. Same screen telling me to subscribe.

Weird. I tried it in Incognito Mode in Chrome and it worked fine for me with no popup. I also have a lot of blocking turned on via Ghostery and AdBlock, so it might be that.

posted by yerfatma at 09:58 AM on September 16

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Hmm, try this one.

posted by yerfatma at 01:51 PM on September 15

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posted by yerfatma at 09:33 AM on September 15

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Two interesting pieces from Game Theory: the Atlanta Hawks and race relations, testing for chuckers in cricket.

posted by yerfatma at 09:24 AM on September 15

Vikings' Adrian Peterson Indicted for Child Injury

I have Facebook integration disconnected on my normal computers, but you can't do that on iOS devices which means I made the mistake of looking at the comments in the thread at ESPN. Much as rcade predicted, a lot of comments about the wussification of America. Not that I'm a better person: my first thought was it's sad the MVP of the Patriots 2014 season so far is a tree branch.

posted by yerfatma at 02:56 PM on September 14

NHL Bans the Spin-o-Rama Move from Shootouts

In my games, we banned the "cut to the middle from the boards while holding down the shot button and freezing the goalie" move

Pfft, amateurs. You need to learn to use the goalie. Get him out there moving around to stop that. Plus if the cut is too close to the crease, instant turnover when the goalie takes out their forward.

posted by yerfatma at 04:31 PM on September 12

NHL Bans the Spin-o-Rama Move from Shootouts

Can we still do the back and forth move from NHL 93 & 94 or is that banned too?

posted by yerfatma at 02:20 PM on September 12

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

throwing a punch when someone comes at you is almost instinctual

No, it's not. Unlike dfelming, I have been in plenty of fights in my lifetime and as far as I can tell that's not true. If Ray Rice attacked me I would react in a physical way, but even then the "instinct" you refer to isn't to strike, it's to avoid damage, so the first move is to evade and then if you are so inclined and the situation warrants, strike. But if Janay Rice came at me, there's no way some lizard brain reaction would immediately take over and I'd hit her with a closed fist.

provided that's all it is- one punch

Here's where things fall apart. You've written a lot in defense of men's right to kick some female ass as soon as a vague line is crossed because maintaining Ralph Kramden's right to send Alice to the moon is somehow more valuable than arguing for everyone to stop hitting anyone, but your foundation is sand: he spat at her and then hit her with your Chivalry Approved™ "one punch" because that's all it took. And then he started kicking her.

Hope Solo is a maniac with substance abuse issues who married someone even the NFL decided was too violent and too much of a domestic abuser for them. Like Ray Rice, she needs help. Unlike Ray Rice, we have yet to see what the courts decided. Unlike Ray Rice, she's barely recognizable to the average person on the street and does not play in a league where the commissioner makes a big show out of disciplining people for made-up transgressions (uniform violations, celebrations, etc).

There's a clear double standard at work when it comes to male and female violence that I call "incredibly sexist" . . . Why?

I don't know but my best guess is: because the people arguing your side of the issue made it up. Somehow equality for women feels threatening; pretty much everyone feels screwed in life. We didn't become famous, we're not fabulously wealthy, hell, we're not as wealthy as the neighbors and some people see that as an intentional fisting by an unseen hand. It's human nature for the oppressed to take it out on the people lower on the food chain and so women getting mouthy for equality feels like it means getting pushed even further back in the pack. I know all of this makes me a White Knight or whatever dismissive label the MRA kids are using this week to avoid any sort of introspection, but that's my answer to your question.

apparently lesbian couples have the highest incidence of domestic abuse

I was going to simply leave this as the closing line of my post because it seems to hateful and ugly, but here's my attempt at civil discourse in spite of what appears to me to be a turd in the punchbowl: What does this mean for you? Why include it? First of all, it's not an agreed-upon fact. Second, I'd guess if the studies were posted on this site we'd all be able to tear some holes in them right away: how would you control for the differences in socioeconomic factors and other bits especially when the comparison group is so much smaller than the overall population? How do you control for the fact lesbians may not be as afraid as their partners? The fact they're more likely to live in cities where reporting may be far easier?

But all of that is bull, because my real question is how do you hear (or ignore) something like this:

"The data presented in this report do not indicate whether violence occurs more often in same-sex or opposite sex couples. Rather, the data show the prevalence of lifetime victimization of intimate partner violence, sexual violence and stalking of respondents who self-identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual at the time of the survey and describe violence experienced with both same-sex and opposite-sex partners. "
and not have your heart go out to people who are in shitty situations? I have a hard time reading that and thinking, "But how does this short-change me?"

posted by yerfatma at 09:03 AM on September 11

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FIFA 15 has it all:

posted by yerfatma at 04:14 PM on September 10

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

"Because, the truth is, the NFL will never respect women and their opinions as long as the media it answers to doesn't."

posted by yerfatma at 02:21 PM on September 10

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

she regrets the role she played in this whole event

Especially the part where her head acted as bumper to prevent his fist from getting scraped on an elevator wall. I don't understand the total lack of empathy that leads one to see a woman in what appears to be an abusive relationship "stand by her man" and think, "I guess things are fine then."

posted by yerfatma at 12:58 PM on September 10

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The Pirates' John Holdzkom has brought the palmball back to Major League Baseball.

posted by yerfatma at 09:23 AM on September 10

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ESPN2 is not airing Netherlands v Czech Republic because Mike & Mike: NFL Rank has been bumped from ESPN so Sportscenter can blab about Ray Rice. Or something. Can it be that hard to provide good sports TV?

posted by yerfatma at 02:44 PM on September 09

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

What the fuck did they think happened in the elevator that would cause her to be knocked out and allow him to drag her limp body from the elevator?!

That was my question as well. Maybe it's due to the FXX Simpsons marathon, but the only extenuating circumstances I can imagine is the fall the French waiter takes that clears Freddy Quimby in "The Boy Who Knew Too Much".

Goodell isn't working out. It's time for the NFL to begin thinking about new leadership.

The problem with that is he isn't working out for us the fans. From the owners' perspective, income is through the roof during his reign.

posted by yerfatma at 09:44 AM on September 09

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This coming about 2 or 3 weeks after Louis Freeh . . .

And on the same day the NFL was splashed all over the news with their own scandal. Feels like the NCAA was just waiting for a US invasion, Goodell mess or better celebrity nudes to dump this story under a rug.

posted by yerfatma at 09:35 AM on September 09

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

SXM Fantasy Football tells us how it affects your fantasy team!

posted by yerfatma at 03:01 PM on September 08

Atlanta Hawks to be sold after owner reveals racist email

Thankfully this has given Kareem fodder for his Mr. Contrarian column.

posted by yerfatma at 02:52 PM on September 08

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

"I thought about my chess story and wondered whether I had somehow played a role, however small, in the selling of a Ray Rice: Great Player & All-Around Great Guy narrative that now seemed so patently false. I thought about whether that said anything about my character, my instincts. I also thought a lot about my two daughters, about one day sending them out into the world and about the men who might someday come into their lives."

posted by yerfatma at 12:36 PM on September 08

Atlanta Hawks to be sold after owner reveals racist email

I also wonder if the Braves moving their stadium north to the county with no mass transit is in part about race.

I thought there was a post here decrying that very thing. If not, it might have been at Deadspin: #1, #2. Still, you can't complain about the decision since the populace had their say. As long as they agreed with the plan.

posted by yerfatma at 09:20 AM on September 08

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Well sure, but to rat someone out about an interaction with a thirteen year old smacks of desperation. I'm a bit torn on this story: on the one hand the NCAA is awful and this is a fine example of their uselessness. On the other, why exactly does Geno need to contact her? Is he her idol? It seems either like trying to gain a recruiting edge or some amazing self-importance.

posted by yerfatma at 09:12 AM on September 08

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A great look at the pop pass and the evolution of the option in football after Seattle scared the hell out of the league with it last night. Bill Polian called it "the old 'fear pass' from the '70s".

posted by yerfatma at 03:19 PM on September 05

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Doesn't that also suggest ESPN needs to work on their player lists?

posted by yerfatma at 09:02 AM on September 04

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Are we talking about Hard Knocks? Because after this season, I'm pretty pissed the Patriots employed Brooklyn hipster vegan gluten-free 120 minute IPA Thomas Dimitroff long enough for him to afford those blue-framed eyeglasses. Unless he picked them out of the Lions' Club barrel at the Walpole Shop'n'Stop.

Seriously, fuck that guy with a free-trade bamboo shoot.

posted by yerfatma at 07:50 PM on September 03

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The Economist on Alex Ovechkin, Russia and the US.

posted by yerfatma at 09:32 AM on September 03

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So that's why we haven't heard from Danny Darwin in 28 years.

I thought it was because "Danny Darwin" was an alias of Jake "The Snake" Roberts.

posted by yerfatma at 12:41 PM on September 02

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It's a shock to me and a shock to you: old friend Luke Scott has run into some cultural differences in Korea.

posted by yerfatma at 09:18 AM on September 02

New Yorker: The Twilight of Baseball

Trout's biggest problems are that he's been robbed of at least one MVP award, and that he's on the west coast.

That and the fact baseball is no longer America's Pastime and instead occupies a position next to basketball and below the NFL in the zeitgeist. Here are the yearly leaders in WAR for position players; I don't know there are a ton of guys who finished first more than once who were relatively anonymous, but it's also a different world media wise. And I think Rod Carew, Snuffy Stirnweiss and a few others could have gotten in and out of a bar without being noticed.

Also, is he baseball's "reigning king"? One of the most interesting things about Trout is how he's part of a group that divides newer, stats-friendly, maybe roto playing fans from older school fans, so there are plenty of baseball fans out there who would start talking up Miguel Cabrera when Trout walked into their local.

posted by yerfatma at 11:00 AM on August 30

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For the field, maybe. For this abomination, no.

posted by yerfatma at 12:51 PM on August 29

Roger Goodell Figures Out Domestic Violence is Bad

By sending Greg Maddux far, far away?

posted by yerfatma at 12:50 PM on August 29

Roger Goodell Figures Out Domestic Violence is Bad

I look forward to a PhD thesis in Game Theory circa 2018 about estranged relationships in the NFL.

posted by yerfatma at 09:27 AM on August 29

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That CGI is terrible. Clearly can't be real.

posted by yerfatma at 12:07 PM on August 28

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This season (haven't seen episode 3 yet) is weird: it's less dramatic than the others, but still has it's moments. I'm struggling because it turns out Matt Ryan is a pretty awesome person as far as I can tell (sneaking into the receivers' meeting simply to say in front of everyone he was wrong on a coverage read and the receiver was right, etc) but I can't bring myself to root for a team with Mike Tice on it. My wife keeps asking why I get so irritable when he speaks. I wish he still had his pencil behind the ear; it was as wonderful a comedic device as Homer Simpson's half glasses for a dope trying to appear smart.

posted by yerfatma at 08:43 AM on August 28

Annual Patriots trade key piece right before season move

2. Just who the heck is going to play LG?

Best guess is this move finds Marcus Cannon a permanent position and Josh Kline is the other tackle. Here's hoping the center they drafted who immediately got hurt, Brian Stork, is good enough to displace Ryan Wendell who can move back to guard as well if needed.

posted by yerfatma at 10:46 AM on August 27

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A question of etiquette: who does one root for between MK Dons and Man U? If it's MK Dons, I have good news for you.

posted by yerfatma at 03:26 PM on August 26

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Tom Clancy is me. And I am he.

posted by yerfatma at 12:41 PM on August 26

Diego Simeone gets eight match ban

posted by yerfatma at 12:28 PM on August 25

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Tony Pulis leaves Crystal Palace. The man knows from drama, I will give him and his hat that.

posted by yerfatma at 05:12 PM on August 14

Red Sox owner Tom Werner has become a dark horse candidate to be baseball's next commissioner

But I fail to see how anything he did with the Red Sox would point to no, and Selig has set the bar so low I can only see him being an improvement.

That feels like begging the question though: did he have anything to do with the roster moves? He was there to add cash to the purchase and then be the media guy— if he were a brilliant baseball mind wouldn't he still own the Padres? I think Howard's complaint is more about things like the puke-inducing reach of a claim "America's Most Beloved Ballpark™©®" than the idea that Fenway is an iconic spot.

posted by yerfatma at 09:48 AM on August 12

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Bayern played the MLS All Stars last night and it ended poorly.

posted by yerfatma at 12:20 PM on August 07

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Don't count him out yet, he has size and athleticism.

You're at least half right.

posted by yerfatma at 10:03 AM on August 06

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Also, Gregg Popovich is the coolest (which is not to take any credit away from Becky Hammon).

posted by yerfatma at 04:26 PM on August 05

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Like the article says though, there's no way to tell how much of that is more injuries and how much of it is NFL teams being more cautious. I mean we could guess at a ratio of 100% to 0%, but that would be irresponsible.

posted by yerfatma at 02:24 PM on August 05

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Yeah, I can't imagine the weight of replacing Anthony Bennett.

The quickening evolution of NFL tactics.

posted by yerfatma at 11:48 AM on August 05

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Looks like Kevin Love will be going to Cleveland by way of Philadelphia.

posted by yerfatma at 10:53 AM on August 05

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I don't really get all of the Dalton hate (maybe doubt is a better word?).

"Doubt" is a much better word. Here's your conveniently-timed answer.

"Among the 34 quarterbacks with 500 or more dropbacks over this three-year stretch, the average passer's QBR was cut by more than half (52.4 percent) when he was either hassled or hit by a pass-rusher. Dalton is not so lucky. Already just a league-average quarterback when nobody's bothering him, Dalton's QBR under duress falls to a lowly 11.1, a drop of 81.4 percent. That leaves him as the fifth-most stressed by pressure, and the four guys in front of him don't make for a bright future[.]"

posted by yerfatma at 07:10 PM on August 04

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It really depends on what the guaranteed dollars are. I suppose Dalton might have gotten that in free agency from a desperate cellar dweller, but it seems really high.

posted by yerfatma at 01:28 PM on August 04

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More math changes: Sox deal John Lackey to St. Louis for Kelly, Craig. Must be trying to get rid of the Pink Hats entirely. (Kelly, Craig)

And the A's traded their competitive balance pick to the Sox. Why am I hearing about these all of a sudden but only in the context of small-market teams trading them to large-market teams? And if they can be traded, why won't MLB get rid of the silly restriction on trading normal picks?

posted by yerfatma at 12:49 PM on July 31

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Ah, that changes the math a bit then. But only if they don't re-sign Lester.

posted by yerfatma at 12:06 PM on July 31

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Lester and Gomes for Cespedes

Which is how it's going to be screamed about locally, but it's hard to evaluate it without seeing where Lester ends up next year. As it stands, it's an interesting bet by the A's in a year without a dominant team. If the Red Sox manage to re-sign Lester, this seems like a pretty good deal: trade a couple of months of Lester for a season of Cespedes who provides a right-handed power bat in the outfield which the Sox currently lack and don't have an obvious prospect to fill right away. Re-sign Cespedes if he turns out to be something more than a 3 WAR player or let him go for a pick at the end of 2015.

Jonny Gomes doesn't enter into the calculation as far as I can see. I'm guessing they couldn't find a panic buyer willing to give up something useful for a platoon player who's a defensive liability.

posted by yerfatma at 11:21 AM on July 31

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Ravel Morrison may have finally secured a permanent place in Manchester like he always wanted.

"With all due respect to them, I said to him that he was too good for Arsenal." — Steven Gerrard with a Scouse goodbye to Luis Suarez

posted by yerfatma at 08:50 AM on July 31

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Congrats Hugh!

posted by yerfatma at 08:48 AM on July 31

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Pretty sure this guy knows.

posted by yerfatma at 11:51 AM on July 29

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Dirk Hayhurst on minor league sexual depravity that's not so minor league.

posted by yerfatma at 10:31 AM on July 29

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every single chorus containing the words "slap" "motherfucking" "bitch" "money" "shit" "crack" "murder" "hoes" arranged ?creatively

We're an American band
We're an American band
We're comin' to your town
We'll help you party it down
We're an American band

Tastes change. Ear of the beholder and all that. What's vulgar at one time is art at another. At least that's what Robert Herrick told me.
I dreamed this mortal part of mine
Was metamorphosed to a vine,

Which crawling one and every way
Enthralled my dainty Lucia.
Methought her long small legs and thighs
I with my tendrils did surprise;
Her belly, buttocks, and her waist
By my soft nervelets were embraced.
About her head I writhing hung,
And with rich clusters (hid among
The leaves) her temples I behung,
So that my Lucia seemed to me
Young Bacchus ravished by his tree.
My curls about her neck did crawl,
And arms and hands they did enthrall,
So that she could not freely stir
(All parts there made one prisoner).
But when I crept with leaves to hide
Those parts which maids keep unespied,
Such fleeting pleasures there I took
That with the fancy I awoke;
And found (ah me!) this flesh of mine
More like a stock than like a vine.

posted by yerfatma at 09:54 AM on July 29

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Local sports talk show (CSSNE) host Bob Neumeier wanted to discuss Jon Lester's future value with one caveat: "There's risk in everything, so let's leave that to one side." I can see complaining the Sox are low-balling him, but if we're not going to discuss risk in terms of the value of a 31 year-old lefty, let's leave out the fact he's left-handed and throws a baseball too.

posted by yerfatma at 12:36 PM on July 25

Ray Rice Suspended for 2 Games

I don't know any men who'd take a "meh" attitude about domestic violence, going back through my entire adulthood

Literally, maybe not. But PTI (God help me why is the DVR still recording it?) yesterday featured king of the #hotsportstake Jason Whitlock who told us we couldn't judge Ray Rice because we didn't know what happened and the fact the DA is letting him off suggests there must be extenuating circumstances because DAs aren't in the habit of cutting young black men a break. Which doesn't address the question whether DAs are in the habit of cutting the rich or the famous a break. Wilbon simply paid lip service to the horrors of domestic violence and then agreed we couldn't possibly know what to think about someone who punched a woman into unconsciousness because we are still waiting on a leak of the whole tape. At which point we will be waiting on a transcript of every conversation the couple ever had to see how it is she provoked him.

If the culture around sports didn't have a "meh" attitude, Rice would be suspended for a year or cut by his team and roundly criticized in sports media instead of the stupid "Equal time to both sides of the story" thing sports "journalism" insists on thinking makes them real reporters. And we sure as hell wouldn't have a team posting about the wife's apology on social media which clearly suggests that a fist of a powerful professional athlete winding up in her face was at least partially her fault.

posted by yerfatma at 09:01 AM on July 25

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Sounds like the Ravens are satisfied the proper apologies have been made in the Ray Rice incident.

posted by yerfatma at 01:55 PM on July 24