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SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Eagles (maybe?) trade LeSean McCoy to the Bills?!

posted by yerfatma at 07:18 PM on March 03

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Perhaps inspired by the quality of basketball back home, the Phillies managed to lose to the University of Tampa, 6-2.

Phil Kessel's comments regarding the media treatment of Dion Phaneuf in Toronto are really interesting.

Not that surprising. Last time I remember him in a dust-up he came out swinging a pretty big stick.

When the Leafs were winners, players like Doug Gilmour were lauded like gods

Unfortunately Gilmour acted a little too much like Zeus.

Like it or not, I'll be here all week. Tip your waitress.

posted by yerfatma at 02:51 PM on March 03

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

"He estimated the overall value of all vehicles -- including the $250,000 race car, engine, parts, etc. -- was between $350,000 and $400,000."

"Dang.... I'm wishing we had LoJack or something on it!" - maybe that's something to look into when you have a quarter million dollars of car?

posted by yerfatma at 01:46 PM on February 27

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

PawSox legends reminisce about life at McCoy Stadium.

Even that, the most unique feature McCoy Stadium offers, was portrayed this week by one of the new principal owners as a drawback rather than a virtue . . . The same goes for the plentiful and free parking that always has been available at McCoy Stadium.

posted by yerfatma at 09:54 AM on February 27

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

How's this for a lede? "Early Monday, the Yankees found out Yoan Moncada wasn't coming to their minor league complex and Alex Rodriguez was."

If it's not passed the sniff test of the newsroom, it's not yet a story.

The "People Yelling at Each Other" side of ESPN won a long time ago. Anything they feel like talking about is a story. And if it's too risky, then they let ESPN Radio create a groundswell and report on the controversy.

posted by yerfatma at 04:25 PM on February 25

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Two fonts, one which is horrific

This seems to be an attempt to create brand synergy with Buffalo Wild Wings.

posted by yerfatma at 03:27 PM on February 25

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Two good Grantland pieces: Charlie Pierce asks if the NFL is leaning on networks to not cover the Aaron Hernandez trial and how NBA teams are using creative contracts for 2nd round picks and D-League maybes to work around the salary cap:

"Alonzo Gee has been on five teams since early July. He became a punch line among NBA trade cognoscenti as his nonguaranteed $3 million contract for 2014-15 morphed into a trade chip teams used to clear cap space and facilitate complex transactions."

posted by yerfatma at 01:19 PM on February 24

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Thanks Bonkers, you saved me looking that up after hearing about it on Football Weekly.

posted by yerfatma at 01:05 PM on February 24

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Don't worry, they'll let Buddy Cianci take care of it

I'd love for Larry Lucchino to stop by the Ciancis for a fireside chat.

posted by yerfatma at 08:17 AM on February 24

Igor Larionov reflects on playing for Red Army, and what is wrong with North American hockey

One theme keeps coming back to me: "Widen the rinks to the international standard".

This. I'm all for tradition, but Eddie Shore wasn't playing in a league where the average guy was 6'2", 200 pounds and could skate this fast. The objections in the pull quote sound a lot like non-English football players talking about the English approach to the sport.

posted by yerfatma at 04:11 PM on February 23

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Sort of the best part, right? They're complaining about poor attendance in spite of the Pawsox success but not considering the economy. Love to know where they think the State of RI is going to come up with money to build a new stadium for them.

Bayer Leverkusen forget the golden (shirt) rule: somebody mark the keeper!

posted by yerfatma at 12:34 PM on February 23

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

"[Pawsox owner] Ben [Mondor] was a giant among men who saved baseball for the State of Rhode Island," Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino — 2010

"Screw the history, let's move the team to Providence," Sox owners — 2015

posted by yerfatma at 10:16 AM on February 23

Chargers, Raiders Pursue Shared Stadium in Los Angeles

Not to quibble, but I think they moored the Chesapeake around when Harborplace opened, and the Torsk and the Constellation were there much longer.

Yeah, but what about the giant cigarette boat playing just the "WHO LET THE DOGS OUT?!" part of "Who Let the Dogs Out?" on an endless loop while idling near the docks looking for tourists? Without Camden Yards you don't have that.

posted by yerfatma at 10:00 AM on February 22

Chargers, Raiders Pursue Shared Stadium in Los Angeles

It will also revitalize an area if the stadium is occupied for decades (like Camden)

That is a fantastic point. In 1992 teams didn't really move. We were only 8 years removed from the Colts packing up in the middle of the night and causing a scandal when they left Baltimore. Nowadays all but the most well-established teams seem to be carpetbaggers constantly eyeing a better deal in Shelbyville or points South. How excited are fans in Oklahoma City to have a good team come to them from Seattle and now there are already grumblings about market size?

Sports teams, the Olympics, etc can revitalize an area, but I don't think it's currently likely. I feel like they've used the fact teams have revitalized downtowns to leverage giant pots of cash out of municipalities and the cost-benefit ratio doesn't make sense anymore.

posted by yerfatma at 02:48 PM on February 20

Chargers, Raiders Pursue Shared Stadium in Los Angeles

the only real opportunity for reform is a collective spinal-installation procedure for elected officials

I don't know if that's the answer: because they're only elected for a short time and because people tend to vote against their long-term interests for this kind of crap, isn't it more of an education issue? I do hold out some hope when I see outlets like deadspin constantly calling out stadium deals but it's unlikely to seep into mainstream nightly news when each of the channels is beholden to the NFL.

Hey, that's a pretty impressive piece of evil dealing by the NFL, getting their hands in the pockets of all 4 major networks. Plus Rupert Murdoch owns a bunch of papers and radio stations. It's almost like we had those laws against this kind of crap for a reason.

posted by yerfatma at 01:12 PM on February 20

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Mark Mulder sees Jackie Robinson West scandal as an excuse to settle scores from his childhood.

Details on the MLB pace of play changes which I am happy to report include keeping one foot in the batter's box, Nomar Garciappara's OCD be damned.

posted by yerfatma at 11:57 AM on February 20

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Bob Knight, usher.

posted by yerfatma at 11:16 AM on February 20

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Yup, they fired a ref right after the game to cover up a scandal that didn't yet exist. We are through the looking glass here, people!

posted by yerfatma at 07:22 PM on February 18

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posted by yerfatma at 04:20 PM on February 18

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Can't find a link online yet, but DeflateGate (and ESPN's reporting) gets more confusing: "To repeat @AdamSchefter report, an AFC Championship Game official sold one of the footballs that was intended for charity and has been fired". Reading another Pats beat writer who is live-tweeting Outside the Lines it sounds like ESPN can't get their story straight: OTL is interviewing a former ref who says their current story is wrong.

posted by yerfatma at 03:52 PM on February 18

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The Colts 2 game suspension of Trent Richardson for "engaging in conduct detrimental to the team" may allow them to cut him without paying $3.184 million in guaranteed money. What was the conduct? Sources say his "absence was the result of serious complications with his girlfriend's pregnancy that could potentially have endangered the life of the child".

Stay classy, NFL.

posted by yerfatma at 02:05 PM on February 18

Last Man (or Woman)

Didn't you think he was lying?

posted by yerfatma at 09:05 AM on February 18

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Now I want to send him a sign.

posted by yerfatma at 02:07 PM on February 17

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Chuck Knoblauch's attack on Andy Pettite comes from out of left field, which is weird because as I remember Chuck's Yankee career, he was usually sending things into left field.

posted by yerfatma at 01:06 PM on February 17

McCutchen: Baseball No Longer a Sport Where Poor Kids Get Discovered

As far as baseball goes, it is what happens in High School and College ball, not youth leagues.

Isn't that making McCutchen's point, especially if baseball continues the trend of favoring college players over high schoolers to try to reduce risk?

posted by yerfatma at 01:05 PM on February 17

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Wow. How often do they have to adjust the length of the slope?

posted by yerfatma at 01:02 PM on February 17

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Yeah, works for me. Looks like good stuff.

posted by yerfatma at 11:09 AM on February 12

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Nice piece from Alexander Wolff on Tark. I loved those UNLV teams as a kid, mainly as a counterpoint to Laettner's Duke.

posted by yerfatma at 03:58 PM on February 11

Semi-regular update: Julio Franco is still playing baseball.

When he started his professional baseball career, Franco American Spaghetti still had another 2 decades of brand life left.

posted by yerfatma at 08:52 AM on February 11

Semi-regular update: Julio Franco is still playing baseball.

When he started his MLB career, General Francisco Franco had only still been dead for seven years.

posted by yerfatma at 01:40 PM on February 10

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Radiolab on football - I'm only halfway through but it's definitely worth a listen (like every other episode of it as far as I'm concerned).

posted by yerfatma at 01:39 PM on February 10

Semi-regular update: Julio Franco is still playing baseball.

Von Hayes, who wasn't really a bum. And they sold high on a couple of the other players in the deal. Impressively, Manny Trillo generated 11.1 WAR in 17 seasons (or as Mike Trout calls it, "2012").

posted by yerfatma at 09:31 AM on February 10

Jerry Rice Should Catch Some Hell for This

And shy, retiring wallflower Cris Carter uses the opportunity to praise himself and show what an old man he is with his hashtags and the heebie-jeebie thingamabobs.

posted by yerfatma at 03:11 PM on February 09

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Sort of a companion piece to Charlie Pierce's Dean Smith tribute, "The One Question Red Auerbach Wouldn't Answer", by Donald Hall, one-time Poet Laureate of the United States.

New Hampshire represent!

posted by yerfatma at 01:20 PM on February 09

UNC's Legendary Coach Dean Smith Dies

Really liked Charlie Pierce's memento mori.

posted by yerfatma at 01:16 PM on February 09

James Shields Signs with San Diego Padres

A little less well-thought than dfleming's comment, but if Will Middlebrooks is in the top 5 of attractive additions to a bad team, I think you still have a bad team.

posted by yerfatma at 11:49 AM on February 09

Jerry Rice Should Catch Some Hell for This

Not really related, but had anyone ever heard of Jerry Rice and Nitus' Dog Football? I'm thinking of dusting our Wii off just for that.

posted by yerfatma at 04:20 PM on February 06

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Meant to post this article on Victoria Azarenka last week. I don't want to overwhelm the site with everything Brian Phillips writes at Grantland, but it's all so good. Between him and Bryan Curtis on the longer-form pieces and the regular contributors like Barnwell and Andrew Sharp, that's my current favorite site for sports writing.

posted by yerfatma at 01:59 PM on February 06

DeflateGate Accusations Mean It's Time For Coach and Owner To Be Banned From NFL

What you've experienced with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady never happens any more.

I know it and definitely appreciate it. The hard part is knowing the end is closer than the beginning. It's like having an old dog. I know I am a spoiled New England fan when I'm worried this run will take some of the fun out of the sport in the future the way having Pedro makes every baseball game just a tiny bit less exciting than they used to be. That may also be old age and creeping dementia though.

posted by yerfatma at 11:08 AM on February 06

DeflateGate Accusations Mean It's Time For Coach and Owner To Be Banned From NFL

Charles Haley, Kurt Warner, New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens, NFL Officials, and Fans of football everywhere

If you can't appreciate the accomplishments of people wearing other laundry, you risk becoming Oscar Wilde's cynic, "A man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing." And look who you're making common cause with:

  • The Jets who haven't been to a Superbowl since Terry Bradshaw could still count them
  • The Colts who abandoned Baltimore in the middle of the night, whose rich kid owner got a slap on the wrist for a drug arrest that would have landed you or I in Supermax, cut their franchise icon so they could tank to get a new one and promptly screwed up their good fortune by trading a first round pick for a bust of a running back. A team that couldn't beat the Patriots on the field so their GM used his position on the Competition Committee to change the rules in his team's favor, leading to football becoming basketball.
  • The Ravens, another deadbeat dad of a team whose franchise icon was probably involved in a doubler homicide during their Superbowl week and then found magic deer antler spray to extend his career. And he's not exactly the only player on the team suspended for PEDs. Did I forget to mention a team that defended their star running back up until the video of him punching his wife unconscious leaked out of their hands? And then was so brave as to let the league handle the dirty work?
  • Charles Haley, a mercenary who bounched from team to team as he wore out his welcome
  • Kurt Warner: "Tom's a friend of mine"?

Fans of football everywhere. I guess. I'd think fans of the sport would be fans of the sport no matter who is playing it. If you spend your time coming up with reasons why other teams' accomplishments don't count, how will you recognize success when your team has it?

posted by yerfatma at 10:46 AM on February 06

DeflateGate Accusations Mean It's Time For Coach and Owner To Be Banned From NFL

Oh, one of the other things dumb teams do that amuses me to no end: throwing challenge flags like they're based on morality or rightness. Rex Ryan probably could beat Belichick on a regular basis if he would count to 3 (or however long it takes for someone who can see the replay to tell him whether to challenge) before throwing the flag. You can see it on his face when he does it that he hasn't thought about what he saw just what he wanted to see.

posted by yerfatma at 10:00 AM on February 06

DeflateGate Accusations Mean It's Time For Coach and Owner To Be Banned From NFL

this has been a big bag of nothing

Unless Harbaugh & Pagano sold the NFL a bill of goods and then deflated a ball to make it so.

They haven't been punished;

Of course they have. Every couple of days a new player or ex-player crawls out of the woodwork (where was Charles Hayley?) to say all of the Patriots' accomplishments are "tainted". The problem is without a strong clarification from the NFL (and Goodell's NFL isn't a hotbed of strong responses) this will become another ill-remembered myth, like how fans remember Spygate as "When the Patriots taped the Rams' practices" even though that was never true.

You're trying too hard to feel sorry for yourself and the Patriots.

It's not that hard to do when the enjoyment of Superbowl wins is constantly offset by people pissing and moaning. It's a nice problem to have and I'm sure everyone would trade but it sucks that my main hope for the Superbowl was for the Patriots to win so I didn't have to listen to non-Pats fans and non-NFL fan friends talk about how my favorite team is a bunch of cheating frauds. No real elation in the win, just relief.

If Deflategate turns out to be nothing, do you think Troy Aikman or Mark Brunell will apologize? Sports media has a real problem with chasing Hot Takes and Big Stories. No real coverage of concussions or player safety a year after it was The Big Story, but they're happy to report any crap a source wants to tell them and there are no consequences to being wrong.

In the particular case of the Patriots, it feels like there's value to the Cheatriots narrative: it soothes the fans of other teams who keep getting stomped. No need to feel like your team is run by clowns who couldn't organize a one-car funeral, it's only that the Patriots are doing something nasty. It's not that Bill Belichick is bright enough to take the dumb teams to the cleaners in the draft, it's not that the Patriots go by what math says on 4th down instead of relying on a giant gut like Andy Reid and Mike McCarthy, it's not that Belichick works the clock because he doesn't get nervous at the end of games, it's some outside agency that causes the team you spent $100 on a jersey and 70 hours of your weekends on each year to spit the bit.

It's just like the worst of politics and all the other magical thinking in this country. I'm off to get unvaccinated to see if that makes it go away.

posted by yerfatma at 09:55 AM on February 06

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Apologies if I've posted this before or it's Internet-famous, but today made me think of Don Cherry's piano desk.

posted by yerfatma at 11:56 AM on February 05

Patriots Win Super Bowl 0x31 After Epic Last-Second Interception

But we all agree Craig Grebeck is the best ever, right? That's science fact, Jack.

posted by yerfatma at 04:10 PM on February 04

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The Val James Story: first African American NHL player recounts his experiences in hockey. Spoiler alert: not all of them were good.

posted by yerfatma at 11:16 AM on February 04

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Aaron Lennon ecstatic to be loaned to Everton. No, really. More photos here.

posted by yerfatma at 08:32 AM on February 04

Hey, NFL, Let Anyone Commentate the Next Super Bowl

My choice for broadcast team.

posted by yerfatma at 04:09 PM on February 03

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

There's no way an old man could use the bathroom in only 98 seconds.

Even if he used that old guy technique where they lean into the urinal and put both hands above their heads against the wall like they're being frisked?

Which is to say: that move makes me really uncomfortable and by itself justifies assisted suicide laws.

posted by yerfatma at 04:09 PM on February 03

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle "Eleven of the 12 footballs used in the first half were judged by the officials to be under the minimum of 12.5 PSI, but just one was two pounds under. Many of them were just a few ticks under the minimum."

posted by yerfatma at 02:13 PM on February 03

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Semi-related (it is amazing his trick knee picked the day after the transfer deadline to act up), Is Financial Fair Play Killing Soccer's January Transfer Window?:

"[W]ith United recently recording record revenue streams of £433.2 million, FFP barely registers. UEFA needn't even slot an FFP rulebook through the Old Trafford door.

If anything, FFP is protecting clubs like Manchester United and other European super clubs like Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Real Madrid while punishing clubs that aspire to upset the established order. For instance, seven out of 24 Championship clubs (Birmingham, Blackburn, Bolton, Bournemouth, Leeds, Middlesbrough, and Nottingham Forest) are likely to be hit with FFP sanctions between now and the start of the 2015-16 campaign. Are these clubs really the primary target of UEFA's assault on financial recklessness?"

posted by yerfatma at 10:55 AM on February 03

Patriots Win Super Bowl 0x31 After Epic Last-Second Interception

You can't because you are a dedicated Patriots fan.

I get that I'm biased, but where's your case beyond "Montana never lost in that specific game" and how is that different from Bradshaw? Like I said, I don't see it. Montana was my favorite QB (other than Steve Grogan, obvs) as a kid, even before he got to SF. But I'm not sold on the idea sepia tones and time make a great player untouchable.

posted by yerfatma at 10:49 AM on February 03

Patriots Win Super Bowl 0x31 After Epic Last-Second Interception

Being the best in the biggest games is what defines greatness.

Because this kind of thing interests me . . .


  • 1983: lost in Conference Championship: 27/48, 341 yards, 3 TD, 1 Int
  • 1985: lost in Wildcard: 26/47 296, 0, 1
  • 1986: lost in Divisional Round after bye: 8/15, 98, 0, 2
  • 1987: lost in Divisional Round after bye, split time with Steve Young: 12/26, 109, 0, 1
  • 1990: lost in Conference Championship: 18/26, 290, 1, 0
  • 1993: lost in Conference Championship, split time with Dave Krieg: 9/23, 125, 0, 1
  • 1994: lost in Wildcard: 26/37, 314, 2, 1
  • 2005: lost in Divisional Round: 20/36, 341, 1, 2
  • 2006: lost in Conference Championship: 21/34, 232, 1, 1
  • 2007: lost in Superbowl: 29/48, 266, 1, 0
  • 2009: lost in Wildcard: 23/42, 154, 2, 3
  • 2010: lost in Divisional Round after bye: 29/45, 299, 2, 1
  • 2011: lost in Superbowl: 27/41, 276, 2, 1
  • 2012: lost in Conference Championship: 29/54, 320, 1, 2
  • 2013: lost in Conference Championship: 24/38, 277, 1, 0
Brady's been to one more year of playoffs (the team missed in 2002 and 2008 though he missed the whole season in 2008). They both lost in 3 Conference Championships and 2 Divisional rounds. I don't see how Brady making it further makes him worse.

posted by yerfatma at 08:23 AM on February 03

Patriots Win Super Bowl 0x31 After Epic Last-Second Interception

The ultimate measure is how you perform in those opportunities to win a championship.

Then why is Montana above Bradshaw in your ranking?

posted by yerfatma at 02:10 PM on February 02

Patriots Win Super Bowl 0x31 After Epic Last-Second Interception

Joe Montana. Not even close. Never lost a Superbowl. 4-3 is admirable, 4-0 is excellence.

That's an amazing standard. You're basically crediting Montana with losing earlier in the playoffs.

posted by yerfatma at 10:37 AM on February 02

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

"Browns QB Johnny Manziel has entered treatment Wednesday . . . "

posted by yerfatma at 10:35 AM on February 02

Patriots Win Super Bowl 0x31 After Epic Last-Second Interception

I don't understand what I just watched. The Good Lord bless and keep you, Pete Carroll. The stones to tie it at half time and the lack of brains to lose it at the end.

posted by yerfatma at 11:22 PM on February 01

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Nuff Ced!

posted by yerfatma at 07:19 PM on January 30

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

What's the second offense, deflating footballs? Again, that seems to be assuming facts not in evidence, counselor. I give up anyway, it seems like the NFL would prefer to just have the Colts play instead.

posted by yerfatma at 04:49 PM on January 30