Recent Comments by yerfatma

Steinbrenner: We Don't Need Stephen Drew

I always count the PawSox.

posted by yerfatma at 09:36 AM on April 18

Chris Resop - The Most Interesting Reliever in the World.

This is fantastic. You made my week. He should be a Spofi meme.

posted by yerfatma at 09:34 AM on April 18

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

One unaswered question after Real Madrid's Copa del Rey win: did they let Sergio Ramos hold the trophy?

posted by yerfatma at 01:04 PM on April 17

Minnesota State players refuse to practice as coach Todd Hoffner returns

I'd wager this protest probably happened because of officials inside the school's athletic department who are resentful of the arbitration decision

The deadspin article suggests the administration is happy with the new coach but can't publicly say so without risking a lawsuit. Just to sharpen the knife a bit more, Hoffner brought in the person who was interim head coach.

posted by yerfatma at 01:03 PM on April 17

Minnesota State players refuse to practice as coach Todd Hoffner returns

Wow, some great kids. Guy is cleared after it turns out his child porn is videos of his own kids in the bath and an arbitrator reinstated him but they "want answers". My favorite part:

"We've all become outstanding community members, students and athletes in the last year and a half since the removal of Todd Hoffner . . ."
Are they saying they were all douchebags before or that only some of them were? Either way, how did the firing of someone who didn't do what he was accused of make them better? If they were better students and community members they might have put some thought into this.

posted by yerfatma at 10:47 AM on April 17

Steinbrenner: We Don't Need Stephen Drew

I think grum's hit the problem, though Drew seems valuable enough that a draft pick might be worth two extra months of Drew. Drew was worth 3.4 WAR last year, about 0.6 WAR / month. Is a draft pick + $12 million or so (assuming Drew wants around $14 million and a sandwich pick would cost ~$2 million) really worth more for all 31 29 teams?

posted by yerfatma at 03:48 PM on April 16

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

seeing Suarez hit the ground no less than five times in a three minute span does tend to drain my enthusiasm for the sport

It's all in what you're looking for; I'd say Luis Suarez is the most interesting figure in sport right now (of the sports I know about; I'll defer to NoMich and the rest of the world about cricket): what to say when one of the transcendent talents in the sport is (taking the worst possible spin on everything) a racist, cheating cannibal? Alexi Lalas drives me a little nuts on ESPN FC with his constant claims that diving is an art and a fun part of the game, but I don't think anyone is so annoyed by it to stop watching the sport. It's only a barrier to entry; think of all the people who won't give hockey a chance because of the fights.

posted by yerfatma at 05:35 PM on April 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Aren't even in the top 20 when looking at all sports teams in all leagues worldwide. They're #5 in their actual league, those plucky underdogs!

posted by yerfatma at 02:46 PM on April 15

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

There, I have nailed these complaints to the large doors of rcade's cathedral.

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We'll get to 95 if we try hard enough.

posted by yerfatma at 09:49 AM on April 15

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Man City have zero homegrown starting players except Joe Allen

I know we use this metric a lot when trying to prove our favorite baseball teams are morally superior to the Yankees, but I don't think it means much in soccer: having homegrown stars feels like a hallmark of a big-money club as it means you have the money to maintain a robust youth system to scout and develop talent and the money to keep the player once they become a star.

Coutinho, Henderson, Mignolet and Sturridge were acquired as (relatively) unproven youngsters

Except for maybe Zabaleta and Kompany, none of the ten outfield starters were less than stars when purchased

You can't claim credit for one and dismiss the other. You're cherry-picking, especially if you're going to hold up De Michelis as someone they've bought who's been a big help.

That said, I assumed someone describing a Man City victory as "heart-warming" must have been sarcastic.

posted by yerfatma at 08:09 AM on April 15

Was Michael Pineda caught cheating

I'm with Will Leitch: "Much Ado About Nothing".

I mentioned this to the producer.

"You don't really think Lester was cheating, do you?"
"Naw, of course not."
"So why are we doing a whole segment on it?"

He smiled and shrugged. "Gotta feed the beast, man."

posted by yerfatma at 12:48 PM on April 11

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Goal-scoring goalkeepers.

posted by yerfatma at 11:11 AM on April 11

Exceptionally Small Crowds Greet New Baseball Season

I have to disagree: I think Jack Clark was a virus and the idea of "existence" isn't so cut and dried as you suggest.

posted by yerfatma at 08:12 AM on April 11

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

And now UEFA is telling Chelsea to pound sand. While I'm happy that Athleti could now play Courtois (the article wonders whether it would damage relations between the clubs), UEFA's logic seems a little strange: if it's never been allowed to have these kinds of clauses, why aren't the explicitly outlawed?

posted by yerfatma at 08:11 AM on April 11

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here's two words you don't want to hear your closer use to describe himself: dead arm.

Especially if he's a new to the team this year. It's almost like signing a 39 year-old with a history of injuries to a multi-year deal to be your closer is a bad idea. Guess Detroit will be taking a bad turn with Albuquerque again.

posted by yerfatma at 09:47 PM on April 10

Exceptionally Small Crowds Greet New Baseball Season

Baseball is becoming one-dimensional. All position players think they are home run hitters

Grum, you forgot one of the stories for your list!

posted by yerfatma at 09:43 PM on April 10

Exceptionally Small Crowds Greet New Baseball Season

Without looking at any numbers, this does feel like a story that's trotted out every year. And trying to discern a trend after 3 series have been played is meaningless: you play the Red Sox and Yankees in 2013, you play KC and Florida in 2014 . . . there's going to be a difference.

Which raises the question of why people are buying tickets and not going.

How many season ticket holders make all 81 games? This story would be more compelling if the weather were nicer.

posted by yerfatma at 02:55 PM on April 10

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

It is rumored that if Atlético Madrid draw Chelsea in the Champions' League, they will have to forgo the services of their star keeper as his loan deal requires a payment of €3 million per game that he plays against Chelsea, which would mean €6 million if they draw each other in the semi-finals tomorrow.

posted by yerfatma at 02:51 PM on April 10

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Not that I think Spikes enjoyed his time in New England, it's a bit of a leap to tie his "4 years a slave" comment directly to the Patriots, rather than the NFL free agency rules.

posted by yerfatma at 10:46 AM on April 10

Oops: Atlanta Braves Set Fire to U.S. Flag

Photo: Julie Paulk.

posted by yerfatma at 08:57 AM on April 10

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Prince Philip is unimpressed. Mrs. Malaprop could not be reached.

posted by yerfatma at 08:56 AM on April 10

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I've actually had kangaroo thanks to our local back-water Gordon Ramsey impresario and have to admit it was quite good. In retrospect I feel a little queasy because they are cute, but I have a rule about trying anything I've never seen on a menu before. Which is why I rarely leave town.

Will Leitch thought he needed a 376-word prelude and another 2,495 words to review the videogame RBI Baseball 14

That looks like a good reason to spin the Xbox up, right after blowing into it.

posted by yerfatma at 10:27 PM on April 08

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Adrian Beltre reached first yesterday and pulled Napoli's beard.

Don and Jerry on NESN were talking about Beltre and Koji as two of the most entertaining Sox players of the last 10 years which led to wondering what would happen if Koji high-fived Beltre's head.

posted by yerfatma at 04:07 PM on April 08

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The Cardinals home opener yesterday drew 47,492, the largest crowd in Busch Stadium's nine years. The stat box says that attendence is "108% full."

Which reminds me: ESPN is doing a 30 for 30 soccer series starting with the Hillsborough Disaster a week from tonight.

posted by yerfatma at 01:33 PM on April 08

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

My first thought upon seeing Elvis Andrus last night was, "Must be the one guy that looked at the 9/11 hijackers as fashion icons". Glad to see someone in the administration has called him out for his facial hair.

posted by yerfatma at 01:32 PM on April 08

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Hmm, maybe not on Barry. Guess we hope for a Prodigal Son return from Jack Rodwell.

posted by yerfatma at 12:22 PM on April 07

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Lukaku and Barry, two of Everton's most important players, are on loan and unlikely to be back next season

Agreed about Lukaku but I'm not sure that's true about Barry. His contract with City ends this summer and while there will be demand for him, I don't think he'll be priced out of Everton's range. There's been a lot of hopeful talk about Champions League + Mourinho's comments meaning Lukaku will be available but I don't think that's realistic.

Assuming Barcelona can't weasel out of their punishment, I can't see Delofeu making it to year 2 of the loan deal. All that said, there's some good young talent under contract (including Barkley) and so far Martinez has shown a good eye for talent, though James McCarthy was a bit of cheating as he'd played for Martinez at Wigan. They will need a striker like Lukaku as they look lost to me without a target man up front. No idea if Kone can be that player. Maybe Andy Carroll would like to come back to Liverpool . . .

posted by yerfatma at 12:20 PM on April 07

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Wow, Arsenal are really just losing it. Can they get it together to beat second division Wigan next weekend?

I'd like to think Everton had something to do with it too.

He was out thought yesterday, and didn't try and change the side or tactics in response to what was happening on the field.

Here are a couple of pieces on the 3-3-1-3 Martinez is using at Everton. Zonal Marking and the Football Manager forums. Once again let me complain it's kind of shitty that the post-match analysis after Everton's most exciting win since I've been watching is about where Martinez will manage next and who's going to buy Ross Barkley. To which I'd like to respond with a GIF of Seamus Coleman hot dogging down the sideline yesterday, but I can't find one, so you'll have to go here to watch the Vines.

It all came out evenly in the end. The referee later called a penalty on the West Ham keeper for tripping one of the Liverpool players.

Howard, have the Fenway Sports Group roped you in with all the NESN coverage?

posted by yerfatma at 10:05 AM on April 07

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

A replay was initiated by umpires on the field to check the count on an at-bat

My first reaction is that's awful. My second reaction is they should keep it up. After a couple of years they'll be hard-pressed to explain why we need an ump calling balls and strikes.

posted by yerfatma at 02:28 PM on April 04

Would You Bat Bryce Harper Sixth?

Oh God, what happened? Did grum stroke out in frustration?

posted by yerfatma at 02:27 PM on April 04

Angels Hitting Coach Don Baylor Breaks Leg On Ceremonial First Pitch

What are the odds of Don Baylor getting hit by a pitch?

posted by yerfatma at 09:55 AM on April 01

Dodgers Set Record with $234 Million Payroll

Three players are signed for 2015 on the Astros, for approximately $15.5million.

They did try to sign one of their Triple AAA players to a six year deal but he rejected it.

posted by yerfatma at 06:35 AM on April 01

Baseball Fan Hurt in 30-Foot Fall in Montreal

Owlie, I was really hoping you would have gone with this regional reference to describe the drop.

posted by yerfatma at 09:01 AM on March 31

DeSean Jackson released by the Eagles

The concern with Gabbert, meanwhile, is apparently due to his on-field issues.

Close it down for the day, we're done. I'm adding that to my repertoire, "I heard he has some disgusting on-field issues".

posted by yerfatma at 05:21 PM on March 28

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Fan of mid-table Premier League club feels other mid-table club slightly ahead of his should be punished for working within the system, AKA, "Why Everton are out of order for signing so many loan players". I don't so much mind the sour grapes as the shitty grammar. I do love the idea Everton should be punished for doing what Newcastle did as well, just better. Thankfully the inevitable page-view-generating Everton response is a bit better.

posted by yerfatma at 09:23 AM on March 28

"The Krafts Are the Worst Owners in the League"

Aquidneck Island is a little different. My mom grew up in Newport and there was definitely an older crowd that needed shots and their passport before they'd cross a bridge.

posted by yerfatma at 08:01 AM on March 28

"The Krafts Are the Worst Owners in the League"

I was shocked to find there used to be a 15,000 seat stadium a few minutes from where my parents moved when I went away to college.* It's gone now, but it once hosted Celtic, Rangers and a visiting Italian XI. Bring back Maaahhhk's Stadeyum, Kraft!

* I refuse to say "where I grew up" even though that was one town away. One town and a bridge to keep the riff-raff away.

posted by yerfatma at 03:52 PM on March 27

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

"If it's accurate, I'm shocked by it," said Pitino, whose team beat Manhattan in the second round of the NCAA tournament last week. "I had no idea. I left the previous year, and he was on track to graduate."
The quote should come with a roll of paper towels.

posted by yerfatma at 12:11 PM on March 26

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The game recap at The Guardian goes a bit over the top: "Ross Barkley scored the sort of outrageously audacious virtuoso goal reminiscent of Diego Maradona in his pomp . . . " Of course, the same story mentions "the equally eye-catching Barcelona loanee Gerard Deulofeu"— I can't argue with that, but almost every time he caught my eye it was followed by me screaming, "How about you try to score instead?"

Barkley, when healthy, has been the kind of revelation this year that makes being an Everton fan a wistful gig: so good and so highly praised you can only hope he gets sold to a club in a different country. I got in a deeper funk last weekend when I realized pretty much every Everton player good enough to have been sold on since I started watching in 2006 has flunked out: Arteta's done the best, but now he's being blamed for much of Arsenal's woes in midfield. The rest of the list is a shambles: Lescott and Fellani have looked terrible and Rodwell's been so bad he's apparently coming back to Everton much like Steven Pienarr did after the failed Tottenham transfer.

posted by yerfatma at 09:55 AM on March 26

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posted by yerfatma at 09:57 PM on March 25

Ralph Wilson, founder and owner of the Buffalo Bills, dies at 95

I give it 5 years before the Bills move out of Buffalo entirely. He was the anchor that was keeping the team there.

Beer sales will keep them there. The whole city's an anchor, thus the wings.

posted by yerfatma at 09:48 PM on March 25

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Jack Wilshere is trying chryotherapy as part of his recovery. Looks like tons of fun. (Pic not exactly NSFW, but your coworkers may look at you funny)

posted by yerfatma at 04:16 PM on March 24

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I have to admit I was cheering AGAINST one of them. THE Ohio State team was it

posted by yerfatma at 02:02 PM on March 24

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the Hawks mascot (a guy in a anthropomorphic hawk outfit) flapped his arms for the entire game. He must have been exhausted by the end of the game.

He damn well better if he wants to keep his scholarship.

posted by yerfatma at 09:25 AM on March 24

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If I made up a T shirt that read "Harvard is the new Princeton" and hopped on the Red Line to Harvard Square

Those &*!%$%%$^$ers would need to make eye contact to get annoyed. For two stops on either side everyone 17-30 is so sure you're in awe of them they never look.

posted by yerfatma at 10:31 PM on March 21

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Perhaps "obtained" would be a better word choice.

Wound up with, like musical chairs gone wrong. Meanwhile, can someone explain why anyone would use up $10.5 million of cap space on DeSean Jackson? Maybe college coaches will make it in the NFL, but one place they need to adjust to is playing their cards closer to the vest. You might as well cut him now Chip.

posted by yerfatma at 10:28 PM on March 21

2014 NFL Free Agency Reset

Sorry DraftSharks, this isn't really a good post for SportsFilter. Here's why.

posted by yerfatma at 03:55 PM on March 20

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Heck of a free kick from RvP and Manchester United is (currently) ahead of Olympiacos.

posted by yerfatma at 04:55 PM on March 19

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I'm kind of surprised the supercomputer-for-real-time-analysis thing hasn't occurred earlier

Perhaps it has. My initial reaction was shock that Cray still sold boxes. I'd think it would be both more cost effective and less of a tip off to other teams if you did this with a cluster of off-the-shelf hardware. Plus you wouldn't be beholden to Cray when the thing has problems.

posted by yerfatma at 03:28 PM on March 18

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Once Zlatan gets done firing the chefs and the car lot attendants, he may come gunning for you.

posted by yerfatma at 03:26 PM on March 18

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Yeah, not sure why I threw in the "be"— that I edited Zlatan at all makes me nervous.

posted by yerfatma at 07:37 AM on March 18

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I can think of maybe one Irish family in my immediate world that actually does a corned beef dinner on the 17th

One of the earliest reasons I developed a distaste for the day. I'm perfectly capable of drinking myself into a stupor on a weekday without anyone's help and I'll be damned if I'll consume boiled food while a free man.

posted by yerfatma at 04:42 PM on March 17

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I think this might be my most favourite quote by an athlete in the history of everything.

I just want to know if he's serious or not with these lines, like when he decided this year's World Cup wasn't worth watching once he was out of it.

posted by yerfatma at 02:51 PM on March 17

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Bob Kravitz on Irsay: "In a twisted way, Jim Irsay's friends have been praying for this day."

posted by yerfatma at 02:50 PM on March 17

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Somewhere, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has seen that and is practicing the kick.

I think you have that backwards. The guy is clearly "Dar[ing] to be Zlatan" and he's working the First Step, "Start by trying moves that can't be done. Keep trying until you are Zlatan".

posted by yerfatma at 10:22 AM on March 17

Teen Wrestler Loses State Title, Hugs Opponent's Dying Dad

It sounds like the kid learned perspective and grace the hard way: "Stewart lost his own father to a heart attack when he was just 7 years old."

posted by yerfatma at 10:19 AM on March 17

Cowboys Release DeMarcus Ware

Ware is now a Bronco. They look to be monstrous this year; their cap liability might be the same in a couple of years.

posted by yerfatma at 04:44 PM on March 12

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Holy crap, I wish they had the FOGO concept when I was in high school ('89-'93). That was one of the few things I could do at the varsity level, but I never got the chance because the rest of what I could do well at that level was:

  • Hit people legally
  • Hit people not as legally

posted by yerfatma at 01:15 PM on March 08

UCSB Fan Runs Onto Court, Yells at Coach

Yet another example of my own hypocrisy: I would have love to seen that kid tased.

posted by yerfatma at 01:12 PM on March 08

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Honestly, Schalke should have immediately subbed him in:

posted by yerfatma at 05:54 PM on March 02