posted by yerfatma at 11:19 AM on October 07
The joys of rip-off jerseys:
posted by yerfatma at 08:48 AM on October 07
Mr. B I think you're right that it will come down to leadership, a steady hand on the tiller, etc. Good news.
posted by yerfatma at 08:19 AM on October 06
That kind of thing makes my week (the 3/ 13 stuff, not Sabathia).
posted by yerfatma at 08:18 AM on October 06
Sure thing SJW.
posted by yerfatma at 07:28 PM on October 05
I think Fenway Group just wanted to fire him on the same day as Don Orsillo to localize the pain.
Sure Everton don't win anything, but once every couple of years they topple a manager at a big-name club.
posted by yerfatma at 11:31 AM on October 05
Yeah, I had him as captain, wish I'd had the stones to pull the Triple Captain lever but with how City have been going and their injuries I figured something like a dismal draw was more likely.
posted by yerfatma at 08:59 AM on October 05
Wow, grum's analytics know no boundaries.
posted by yerfatma at 03:25 PM on October 02
nothing is as bad as the "shootout", but what is wrong with simply awarding teams that tie with a single point?
This and this. I blame Fox and the '90s in general. Unless the shootout came to being in the '00s in which case I blame Fox and the '90s in general. Also: screw Rob Liefeld.
posted by yerfatma at 02:06 PM on October 02
Awesome. And I'm with grum on this: if it had been 1950 you would have seen a thousand guys reading the newspaper.
posted by yerfatma at 02:05 PM on October 02
Prefix output with a delimiter that no spofi member would use in their picks and filter
Whitelist, not blacklist is tattoo'd on my forehead. It should be smart enough to ignore this kind of thing (I could just ignore second comments from the same user).
the LOCK detection would appear to be the trickier task with all of the crafty entries
Yeah, but really only because I'm using the text of comments instead of the raw HTML as the HTML isn't necessarily valid and varies wildly. And I would like to personally thank whomever listed their spreads in word form (e.g., "three" instead of 3) in Week One as I spent a good hour looking for packages that would reverse that. Plenty exist to go from number to word, but not many to do the reverse (not totally surprising given the dark corners that exist in the problem, especially if you're not working with a single language).
posted by yerfatma at 07:58 PM on October 01
Pittsburgh by 4
Miami by 6
Atlanta by 10
Buffalo by 7
Chicago by 3
Cincinnati by 9
Jacksonville by 4
Carolina by 7
Philadelphia by 7
San Diego by 5
Denver by 10
Arizona by 10
Green Bay by 15
New Orleans by 3
Seattle by 10 lock
posted by yerfatma at 03:27 PM on October 01
I certainly can. It's really raw and as I keep refining it I find I hate all of you more and more with your cutesy team nicknames, your odd formatting and your insistence on not specifying which "New York" you mean. It's the first bit of non-work programming I've done in months and I'm actually having fun with it so I can definitely post the results as I go. Right now it looks like this:
Dallas at New Orleans: new orleans: 12 votes, 6.25 average spread / dallas: 5 votes, 4.80 average spread
Minnesota at Denver: minnesota: 5 votes, 6.00 average spread / denver: 12 votes, 9.17 average spread
St. Louis at Arizona: arizona: 17 votes, 11.35 average spread / st louis: 0 votes, 0.00 average spread
Kansas City at Cincinnati: cincinnati: 13 votes, 7.38 average spread / kansas city: 4 votes, 5.75 average spread
Oakland at Chicago: oakland: 16 votes, 8.44 average spread / chicago: 1 votes, 3.00 average spread
Green Bay at San Francisco: green bay: 17 votes, 16.24 average spread / san francisco: 0 votes, 0.00 average spread
Houston at Atlanta: houston: 0 votes, 0.00 average spread / atlanta: 17 votes, 9.65 average spread
Jacksonville at Indianapolis: indianapolis: 16 votes, 13.25 average spread / jacksonville: 1 votes, 13.00 average spread
New York Giants at Buffalo: buffalo: 10 votes, 8.70 average spread / new york giants: 6 votes, 7.00 average spread
Philadelphia at Washington: washington: 1 votes, 3.00 average spread / philadelphia: 16 votes, 8.94 average spread
Carolina at Tampa Bay: tampa bay: 0 votes, 0.00 average spread / carolina: 17 votes, 10.94 average spread
New York Jets at Miami: miami: 5 votes, 4.00 average spread / new york jets: 12 votes, 6.17 average spread
Cleveland at San Diego: san diego: 17 votes, 10.71 average spread / cleveland: 0 votes, 0.00 average spread
Baltimore at Pittsburgh: pittsburgh: 8 votes, 5.62 average spread / baltimore: 10 votes, 7.40 average spread
Detroit at Seattle: seattle: 16 votes, 13.94 average spread / detroit: 1 votes, 6.00 average spread
== LOCKS == (TODO: handle bolding)
green bay: 5
san diego: 2
(Oh crap, now the parser is going to have to deal with this!)
posted by yerfatma at 02:41 PM on October 01
Pittsburgh by 4
As a cheater fan of the cheatingest team in the league, I spent some time tonight putting together a parser to try to look at the group consensus because I'm interested to see how close we get. And to see if I can shave an edge!
It needs a bunch of work and a number of assumptions need to be cleaned out. PRs welcomed
posted by yerfatma at 09:56 PM on September 30
At the end of the year, I always wound up being given Ottawa and then frustrating the crap out of people with the magic of Jamie Baker.
posted by yerfatma at 03:19 PM on September 30
"And we scored three touchdowns to their three points." — Rex Ryan on taking care of business against the bullying Patriots. I like to think when Rex opens the door and walks the long hall between realities he and Jose Mourinho stop and chat.
posted by yerfatma at 01:14 PM on September 30
An interesting streak in Cincinnati (thankfully not chili-related): "[T]he Reds have now used a rookie starting pitcher in a record 59 straight games — and they're likely to finish out the season with all rookie starters, which will bring the streak to 64 come year's end."
posted by yerfatma at 10:26 AM on September 30
Matriculating to Heaven.
posted by yerfatma at 04:08 PM on September 29
Not Warner-related, but some interesting implications from Philippe Auclair's piece in The Blizzard.
Some additional thoughts from McCann in SI on the risks of the league's appeal.
posted by yerfatma at 02:18 PM on September 25
Saw this on Twitter and seems like Carton's sources are about as quality as you'd expect:
This "source" doesn't make sense. NFL isn't seeking expedited review of Brady case. Appeal won't be heard till 2016. https://t.co/mVStxzmywy Michael McCann (@McCannSportsLaw) September 25, 2015
Even the league doesn't think this.
League response to WFAN report on Brady appeal: "It is highly unlikely that the appeal will be decided before the end of the season." ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) September 25, 2015
posted by yerfatma at 02:17 PM on September 25
Washington by 3
Oakland by 6
Atlanta by 3
Tennessee by 7
St. Louis by 3
San Diego by 3
New England by 10
New York Jets by 7
Carolina by 7
Cincinnati by 3
Tampa Bay by 5
Arizona by 5
Buffalo by 4
Seattle by 8 - LOCK
Denver by 5
Green Bay by 4
posted by yerfatma at 11:29 AM on September 24
Thought you might say that. It's a little late now as they seem to be on hiatus at best. That said, I would love to get you involved with something you don't really like in return for the Learned League invite. I can't quit it even though it makes me feel stupid on a daily basis.
That said there's a chance I'll get promoted today, which means I'll get my ass handed to me on a more regular basis.
posted by yerfatma at 09:46 AM on September 24
The song also gets name-checked in a great Hold Steady song, "Constructive Summer".
posted by yerfatma at 04:51 PM on September 23
The Patrick Kane thing keeps getting weirder.
posted by yerfatma at 03:13 PM on September 23
Agreed. I hope Grantland sticks around because the regular contributors are terrific. I actually learn things from some of their soccer pieces. And learn from their pieces on all major North American sports too. Like Ufez was saying yesterday (?), Zack Lowe and the guy who makes all the heatmaps have piqued my interest in the NBA at least as much as Brad Stevens has.
posted by yerfatma at 10:39 AM on September 23
Headline is NSFW
I like deadspin in general, but their soccer coverage is awful. It's equal parts cursing, trolling and attempts to coin phrases no one wants to hear (their insistence on calling every player under 30 who scores 2 goals "Young Cock" is especially irritating). I don't get who the target market is.
posted by yerfatma at 08:28 AM on September 23
I hooked the Sega up a couple of years ago and the one thing I forgot about NHL '94: it remembers your stats. So there's a cartridge sitting in the basement that glorifies my domination of my sophomore hall at the University of Rochester. I should frame it.
posted by yerfatma at 05:47 PM on September 22
posted by yerfatma at 11:57 AM on September 22
The NFL is tracking players via RFID this season (but the data isn't available to teams).
posted by yerfatma at 08:55 AM on September 22
I figure this might interest folks here, an O'Reilly report, "Data Analytics in Sports" [pdf].
posted by yerfatma at 08:43 AM on September 22
I keep forgetting to use one of the new options. D'oh!
Wait, can we use them each week? I've been waiting for a sign from Pele or something before pulling the Triple Captain on you fools. Also: Costa has gone from "Roddy Piper-esque fun" to just a shit as of this weekend.
posted by yerfatma at 08:16 AM on September 22
Crap this is two weeks running I forgot to update anything, which corresponds with my drop from the lofty tops of our league straight to the basement.
posted by yerfatma at 07:48 AM on September 19
Kansas City by 9Buffalo by 3Arizona by 6Cincinnati by 4Tennessee by 6Minnesota by 3New Orleans by 6Atlanta by 3Pittsburgh by 3St. Louis by 7 - LockCarolina by 6Baltimore by 5Miami by 7Dallas by 3Green Bay by 6Indianapolis by 3
posted by yerfatma at 10:50 AM on September 17
Sounds like it.
posted by yerfatma at 01:15 PM on September 16
Sergio Ramos, innovator.
posted by yerfatma at 03:49 PM on September 15
Oh man, bb, too soon. And too awesome.
posted by yerfatma at 02:02 PM on September 11
So I guess we can look forward to stories like this each week the Patriots win.
"I thought that there was a rule against that," Roethlisberger told reporters. "Maybe there's not. Maybe it's just an unwritten rule. We saw it on film, that the Patriots do that. They shift and slide and do stuff on the goal line, knowing that it's an itchy trigger finger-type down there.
Also loving the idea on an Opening Night everyone is watching after the off-season they've had, the logical answer to the Steelers' headset problems is the Patriots thought, "Ah, why not? Who's gonna notice?"
posted by yerfatma at 11:41 AM on September 11
I don't understand how the Steelers racked up so many yards while never seeming like a win was a real possibility.
They definitely made a mess of things, but winning was possible. My wife came home during the 3rd when the Pats were up by 14 and said, "Oh this is over" which got her a stern look. Basically the Steelers backed themselves out of that first drive with penalties and missed two field goals. Plus the Steelers lost a TD when the receiver's toes slid out of bounds in the end zone just before making the catch.
posted by yerfatma at 10:39 AM on September 11
The AV Club's Block and Tackle returns for another NFL season. Sadly, Gregg Easterbrook is nowhere to be found . . .
posted by yerfatma at 04:05 PM on September 10
There will be no Super Bowl L.
But next year will be Super Bowl LI, the league says.
Damnit, I knew those self-aggrandizing clowns couldn't quit it.
posted by yerfatma at 01:48 PM on September 10
New England by 6Buffalo by 3Green Bay by 12St. Louis by 2N.Y. Jets by 3Miami by 9 Carolina by 6Kansas City by 3Arizona by 5San Diego by 3Denver by 7Cincinnati by 13Tampa Bay by 4Dallas by 7Philadelphia by 9Minnesota by 7
posted by yerfatma at 02:56 PM on September 09
The league has officially banned the formations and informed the teams involved.
Why would the league have to "officially ban" them if they were already illegal? You got a cite for that?
posted by yerfatma at 08:43 AM on September 09
The Patriots called their ineligible formations "Baltimore" and "Raven."— Doug Kyed (@DougKyedNESN) September 8, 2015
The Patriots called their ineligible formations "Baltimore" and "Raven."
posted by yerfatma at 09:33 AM on September 08
ESPN's Lester Munson is doubling down, predicting the "league can and probably will succeed in its appeal of Berman's ruling". He has an . . . interesting history. And if you work with him, make sure to ask for cash.
posted by yerfatma at 12:14 PM on September 04
Might be time to put the house in Maine up for sale. I'd be willing to drive a couple of hours to (let the dog) crap on his lawn. I do agree with forrestv that he may be a useful stooge from the owners' perspective depending on how involved he has been in the revenue increases.
posted by yerfatma at 09:38 AM on September 04
Man ESPN is the worst. They spent 7 months hounding the Pats and with their legal experts saying Brady had no chance. Now they just thrust Tedy Bruschi out front to rant and everyone else is hounding the league. I'll admit it's an improvement.
League is appealing because of course they are. Daniel Snyder looks more reflective than the NFL front office.
posted by yerfatma at 12:38 PM on September 03
Know Justice, Know Peace!
posted by yerfatma at 11:32 AM on September 03
I am starting to consider buying Redskins season tickets just to encourage the organization to never change.
I know they're horrible and should disappear, but the comedy is just so so good.
posted by yerfatma at 08:24 AM on September 03
And ten years from now Belichick will still be doing rip and runs and burying AFC East coaches.
Give me a couple of days to finish the last episode and we can all start making Show Me a Hero references.
posted by yerfatma at 01:36 PM on September 01
Kraft's decision to accept the fine and loss of draft picks instead of filing suit suggests that even he is willing to make nice and move on.
He retracted that position a month or so ago, apologizing to Pats fans for trusting in the NFL office to get things right.
posted by yerfatma at 12:01 PM on September 01
there are probably some owners who are ready to place Goodell alongside Jimmy Hoffa for having orchestrated this fiasco on behalf of the NFL
Do you think so? The league has been in the public eye all off-season with a story of telenovela-quality drama. No matter which way Berman rules has the league really been hurt by this at all? It just feels like the NFL is getting one step closer to reality TV and if there is a change of commisioner— is that Vince McMahon's entrance music I hear? And wait, who's his manager? Is that He Hate Me?!
posted by yerfatma at 10:42 AM on September 01
his continued success is an incredible triumph of will.
So you're saying he is a Nazi?
posted by yerfatma at 10:00 AM on August 25
How are we all celebrating Albert Belle's birthday? I was planning on throwing Superballs at kids.
posted by yerfatma at 08:59 AM on August 25
No, they use smaller umps in the Little League World Series.
posted by yerfatma at 09:21 AM on August 24
As opposed to Liverpool, who are living on offsides goals?
I kid the carpetbaggers from the wrong side of the river. Especially if we get mangled by Man City tomorrow.
posted by yerfatma at 07:30 PM on August 22
Is it possible they have actually fired him twice and he's simply one of those Milton-esque employees who just keeps showing up anyway?
posted by yerfatma at 11:13 AM on August 22
Worked so well for Rod Beck.
posted by yerfatma at 08:11 AM on August 21
I'm confused by this 538 article on Chase Utley's Hall of Fame chances— why would a statistically-minded site act surprised at his qualities? Maybe it's from following the Red Sox and Pedroia but I never thought of Utley in his prime as anything but the best second baseman in the game.
posted by yerfatma at 08:09 AM on August 21
It is for another scoop they ran before confirming the credibility of reports about the Patriots filming opponents pre-Superbowl workouts that ESPN aired earlier this week.
Oh wow, that seems even worse. I'm sure they've learned their lesson though and will wind up on the right side of history. Just like their two legal mavens who've spent the last 6 months telling us Brady has no hope.
posted by yerfatma at 03:53 PM on August 20
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