Recent Comments by yerfatma

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

A Rod and Signature significance.

posted by yerfatma at 01:38 PM on April 20

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

To be clear, we only ever watched to prank call. Much like QVC and the Quacker Factory, the good Lord bless that poor ex-sinner's soul.

posted by yerfatma at 10:31 PM on April 17

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

"Has he got some sauce?"

posted by yerfatma at 07:10 PM on April 17

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Just devastated. Heading out to slug down some Patron, urinate on a pinata, and set it on fire with a couple of Hooters waitresses jumping up and down

Any word on what's going to happen to the lion? My heart goes out to the luchador with the trumpet, I hope he and the lion can stay close.

If by some miracle The 700 Club were ever cancelled, I'd have a hell of a time annoying my wife on weekend nights.

posted by yerfatma at 03:10 PM on April 17

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Simulate your football team's upcoming draft. Make sure to set it 7 rounds to show off your DIII/ 1AA nous.

posted by yerfatma at 12:19 PM on April 17

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

Uhm, did you all not see how the Celtics destroyed the Cavs last time out? I predict a C's victory in 12.

posted by yerfatma at 07:47 PM on April 16

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

How do you make long drives, Fancy Pants? Big Bertha?

posted by yerfatma at 11:11 AM on April 16

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Jurgen Klopp leaving Dortmund at the end of the season.

posted by yerfatma at 03:06 PM on April 15

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

if Marc Savard had've been healthy

Really good point. I know Don Sweeney has the makings of a good GM but this seems like an overreaction, which is doubly frustrating given the Jacobs' used to have a habit of doing the opposite.

posted by yerfatma at 02:41 PM on April 15

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

it's hard to objectively say Chiarelli did a poor job.

That's how I felt and one of the more even-headed Boston writers agreed but when you look at tommy's link, that is a pretty damning list of mis-steps. Admittedly it's not counter-weighted by the things he did right but it feels like Chiarelli's ability was to get 4 quarters for a dollar some times. There's a cryptic comment in my link that suggests the Bruins got rid of Seguin because he slept with Nathan Horton's wife, which would (Occam's Razor be damned) explain why Horton was so insistent on leaving town right after a Cup win: "this wasn't a monetary decision".

If that all is true, the Bruins upper management knows it and Chiarelli's a sacrificial lamb.

posted by yerfatma at 02:21 PM on April 15

Former Bradford chairman linked to at least eight fires before Valley Parade disaster

Not to say this guy is a complete bastard or anything but at least one of the fires was set during a firemen's strike to avoid detection.

posted by yerfatma at 11:27 AM on April 15

Former Bradford chairman linked to at least eight fires before Valley Parade disaster

Makes Jim Dent look like a piker.

posted by yerfatma at 09:56 AM on April 15

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The thing I couldn't get over was that he basically did not stop at second (which is where it really looked like he ran himself out).

posted by yerfatma at 03:39 PM on April 14

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Mookie Betts had himself a day yesterday, stealing a home run in center, hitting one of his own and finding time in between to become only the 11th player to steal two bases on the same play. Admittedly the replays suggested (to everyone but the umps) he may have also become the first player ever to get thrown out a two different bases on the same play.

posted by yerfatma at 02:21 PM on April 14

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I know Bryce Harper was joking when he asked where his World Series ring was, but this does not look like a serious team, if you'll pardon a #HotTake based on half a game in a park they don't know very well. Sloppy.

posted by yerfatma at 04:15 PM on April 13

Who are the "Franchise Four"?

Howard, I can totally see Pesky. I only started watching the Sox in the early '80s and I still loved the guy. I would think you'd have to include Yaz for '67 and being part of the '75 Series that "saved baseball".

posted by yerfatma at 11:06 AM on April 10

Who are the "Franchise Four"?

I really liked Rusty Greer. Alternatively, Jeff Frye?

posted by yerfatma at 11:40 AM on April 09

Who are the "Franchise Four"?

Who do you pick as your #4 Boston player (behind Young, Yaz, and Williams)? Ortiz or Martinez?

Funny, I was asking myself the same question only a little differently because I had Martinez in place of Young. I think I might pick Ortiz over Young simply because more of Ortiz's fame stems entirely (95% at least) from his time in Boston and because he was a key figure in their modern revival. Cy Young only played 8 of his 22 years for the Red Sox and while he did end his career in Boston, it was with the Braves after 2+ years in Cleveland.

but not Fergie Jenkins or Ruben Sierra or Jim Sundberg

I get the point, but who in the hell wants to claim Ruben Sierra as their franchise's star?

posted by yerfatma at 09:32 AM on April 09

Losing Wisconsin Coach Laments 'Rent-a-Player' Trend

What happens at midnight on someone's 21st birthday that makes them alcohol ready? . . . arbitrary age restrictions

Except that's a law passed by the government so I don't see it as comparable. Government can make arbitrary age limits and has to*, but I can't think of many other places where a business group is able to do so. The only one that comes to mind are MPAA ratings and those are actually a voluntary agreement within the industry.

* E.g., you have to start drawing from your retirement accounts at age 70 because the House wanted it to be 69 and the Senate 70 (or vice-versa).

posted by yerfatma at 03:14 PM on April 08

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Ha, I was wondering too. Would be interesting to see that at 6 and 7 WAR (though the Play Index is free right now this tool apparently is not). I like that Goose had an ERA+ of 465 in '81. I'm assuming that was because of a hot streak before the strike.

posted by yerfatma at 01:25 PM on April 08

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Liked this tweet about a pitcher I'd never heard of, John Hiller "one of two pitchers with an 8 WAR year without starting a game". That's is quite a 1973 season and a pretty nifty career.

posted by yerfatma at 12:16 PM on April 08

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Duke floor slaps whenever I'm in the mood.

One of my favorite memories of the crappy Celtics of the Aughts was Jay Williams doing that and Marcus Banks ripping right around him for a dunk. I wish I could start each day with that on a video loop.

posted by yerfatma at 10:25 AM on April 08

Losing Wisconsin Coach Laments 'Rent-a-Player' Trend

That's like saying there are jobs at McDonalds in Europe, so why is [minority group] complaining we won't hire them at McDonalds here. NBA teams are so bad at deciding which high school kids are good enough that they've enjoined themselves as a group from even trying to find out. They force kids to either get into a US college or find a job in Europe to audition. And if a kid isn't academically qualified to slide under the door at a big-time college sports program, how well suited is he going to be to succeed in a foreign culture?

Given neither time in college nor overseas travel is required to be a success in the NBA how can requiring one or the other be anything but an unfair hiring practice? "Sorry, we only hire doctors who can stand on their heads for 5 minutes. Just a thing we do."

Put another way: what happens at midnight on someone's 19th birthday that makes them NBA ready? The day before they are not, the day after they are.

posted by yerfatma at 10:23 AM on April 08

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Admittedly it's not for home games only, but you'd think this preferential treatment would show up in the stats. Duke was 41st this year in free throws attempted. They were 164th last year and 57th in 2012. The last time they won the title they were 102nd.

Please don't make me defend Duke.

posted by yerfatma at 09:45 AM on April 08

Around the ballparks.

Half horrifying, half tempting. I assume "The Closer" refers to one's valves.

posted by yerfatma at 08:25 AM on April 07

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Were there actual fans who thought that though? Hamels is a mystery to me-- I know the Sox have been very good offensively during his career's timeline but he's looked Good But Not Great when I've seen him (outside 2008).

At what point can I start demanding a discount from Portland on their $8 tickets since there's no way they can show me another Boegarts or Betts for at least a few years?

posted by yerfatma at 08:58 PM on April 06

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Mookie Betts is on pace for 300 or so home runs.

posted by yerfatma at 03:58 PM on April 06

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Is it me or has's redesign completely suppressed the city sites? I can still go to the Boston site, but all the links dump you into the general coverage for that sport and the city sites are no longer called out anywhere in the navigation. Not only that, but the redesign in no way made the tablet/ mobile experience any better, it just added more of those stupid "2367 Most Beautiful Rollerhockey Atheltes" ads between the infinite scroll of articles.

posted by yerfatma at 03:53 PM on April 02

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

That hockey player mentality led him to let slip what happened to Dougie Hamilton:

"I remember two days ago, I was texting Dougie Hamilton and he told me he broke his ribs and he's trying to come back before the playoffs," Olynyk said. "I was like, 'Man, I can't sit out, he's gonna rip me.' All those hockey guys would have killed me, so I had to do it."
I hate the fascination in sports with not revealing injuries to prevent teams from "getting an edge". It's stupid. Whether opponents know Hamilton broke ribs or not, they're still going to target him on return.

Happy Birthday, Howard, here's your gift:

posted by yerfatma at 11:45 AM on April 02

Bill Belichick Offseason Simulator


posted by yerfatma at 11:56 AM on April 01

Bill Belichick Offseason Simulator

I got 740 before I pushed a car into the water because I'm supposed to be working and all.

posted by yerfatma at 10:57 AM on April 01

Australia bowls out New Zealand on 183

"Sledging"? Can I get a quick definition for that?

Pleased to say I totally knew what that was. Because it had been a discussion point on last week's The Bugle as Andy was deeply depressed by England's performance.

posted by yerfatma at 08:25 AM on March 31

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Early favorite for sportswriter of the year.

posted by yerfatma at 01:47 PM on March 30

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Oh Zlatan.

posted by yerfatma at 06:08 PM on March 27

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Would really like the next MLB collective bargaining agreement to get rid of the option to postpone the clock on a player's career by keeping him down for a month. Seems like every year the Spring Training buzz is about a Next Big Thing who we won't get to see. Maybe it gives people something to talk about.

Speaking of which, my daily baseball trivia calendar wants "four players who would be eligible for a Solar-System Team". I can ignore the weird hyphenation but disappointed them didn't buy my idea for Melky Way Cabrera.

posted by yerfatma at 01:33 PM on March 26

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

What are the two lights in the lower left?

posted by yerfatma at 11:27 AM on March 24

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

He seems to have a good handle on perspective: "An example that one stupid tweet can ruin someone's life". Dude, no one will remember you in 5 minutes.

posted by yerfatma at 11:37 AM on March 23

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Stevie G's long goodbye is getting painful. And not just for opponents.

posted by yerfatma at 09:56 AM on March 23

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Caught some of the England/ France match on beIN Sport after El Classico. Wish I understood it better but it was a fun watch either way.

posted by yerfatma at 08:19 AM on March 23

Can popularity ruin a sport?

Feels related: Does Sport Make Us Happy?

posted by yerfatma at 08:17 AM on March 23

Obama Proposal Could End Taxpayer-Subsidized Pro Sports Stadiums

if all the good burger joints close I'll spend the same amount of money at McDonald's.

No, what price elasticity says is if all the good burger joins close you'll seek out a decent steak place. Or if you're really inelastic and only want a burger, maybe you buy a new grill and cooking classes.

There are only four sporting events reasonably close by I'll shell out money to attend

Sure, but if those aren't available and you're stuck for something to do for the weekend, maybe you go to the movies or a concert or buy a DVD or whatever. Treating this cash as "Money a Person Spends on Sports" is putting too tight a fence around it. It's entertainment dollars or disposable income or whatever you like to call it.

posted by yerfatma at 01:15 PM on March 20

Obama Proposal Could End Taxpayer-Subsidized Pro Sports Stadiums

If the Jaguars ever leave Jacksonville, there will be zero places for the pro sports fan to spend any dollars in this town.

If you actually look at the data on what people do with their money, this is categorically untrue for all but a small percentage of the population.

There's a question comes down to: does attending an NFL game have 0 price elasticity and I'd say it does not: college & high school football would replace it for all but the most hard-core fan and other entertainment options (movies, clubs, etc) would replace it for others. It's unlikely even the most hard-core NFL-only football fan is going to sit home and swim in their saved dollars Scrooge McDuck-style. Maybe they'll play Madden instead. Or splurge on a new TV and DirectTV.

posted by yerfatma at 10:02 AM on March 20

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

For Football Weekly fans: Philippe Auclair's long road to writing about football.

posted by yerfatma at 09:52 AM on March 20

Can popularity ruin a sport?

Found it.

"He spent two years asking folk in and around Yellowstone why they are so cross. Beneath debates about science and economics he found arguments about morality and the proper relations between humans and nature though those involved often do not, or will not acknowledge this. In short, all sides purport to be weighing what is true and false, while really arguing about right and wrong."

"Lots of other countries debate such issues as the death penalty, abortion, gun control or global warming in parliament, allowing partisans to admit when they are advancing emotional or religious arguments. From its earliest days American law courts and congressional hearings have rung to the noise of impassioned partisans, hurling facts (and, all too often, confected para-facts) at one another in a bid to prove the other side wrong."

posted by yerfatma at 07:45 PM on March 19

Can popularity ruin a sport?

Rafa is one of those Germans who apologise that their English isn't so good.

As holden suggests, Rafa is full of crap. He reminds me of that Boston joke, "What's the difference between Pedro and Clemens? Pedro's English is better." Every time Rafa makes a funny play on words in English I feel a little stupider. Football Weekly does a nice job of collecting really smart people who happen to write about football. Then again, much like baseball, football seems to draw those people by nature.

needing something like sports/politics/religion/music to be right about to validate their reality.

Wish I could find it (and I may have already linked it here) but there was a fantastic article in The Economist earlier this year from one of their name columnists about some Western state where liberals and conservatives were fighting about issues without any real evidence on either side.

posted by yerfatma at 07:36 PM on March 19

Can popularity ruin a sport?

how to keep the humanity in things as they scale in size

Yeah, there's a certain segment of folks at any event who act as though the event exists exclusively for them and they're happy to elbow you out of the way and block your view and forget about common courtesy because it's their world.

posted by yerfatma at 11:28 AM on March 19

Obama Proposal Could End Taxpayer-Subsidized Pro Sports Stadiums

shave it from other businesses and centralize it in this one place

And consider those businesses tend to be publicly-held so the money flows right out of town. Think Stan Kroenke really cares about money staying in the city he happened to buy a team in?

posted by yerfatma at 11:25 AM on March 19

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

posted by yerfatma at 11:13 AM on March 19

Obama Proposal Could End Taxpayer-Subsidized Pro Sports Stadiums

But I don't see how you can claim there's no increased economic activity on the 10 days a year when the Rams are hosting a game.

He's claiming it moves the activity to those days instead of creating new spending. It depends on whether you buy the assertion that "most people spend every cent of their pay cheque anyways". You can see US Personal Savings Rate data here. If we grant that a bunch of that savings happens among the extremely wealthy then dfleming's assertion becomes really interesting: what if instead of generating new spending they're just taking it away from other entertainment options? Do sports complexes create a black hole in the outlying areas? It would be interesting to see how Patriots Place has fared compared to retailers right around Foxboro.

posted by yerfatma at 09:16 AM on March 19

Can popularity ruin a sport?

Regardless of your interest in football/ soccer, I found this piece really interesting because I've drifted away from sport a fair bit in the last decade or so and I can't tell how much is natural from aging and how much is the relentless focus, the constant yammering of talking heads who don't know anything and what roto sports have done to how we appreciate games.

And then there's the tribalism. I doubt it affects US sports much, but soccer pages on ESPN are full of Facebook comments much like he describes:

Due to its lower profile internationally and Germans' relatively small appetite for public debate, we have, mercifully, not yet reached the point where recently-converted VfL Wolfsburg supporters in sub-saharan Africa scour the internet for perceived slights of their club and vow to hound the offending pro-Whatever FC journalists out of their jobs. (Regular "comments section" frequenters will recognise the phenomenon: newcomers to the faith, especially those who live too far away to physically congregate with their gods and prophets, seem to feel the need to compensate for those defects by adopting a fundamentalist, 100% humour-free stance in defence of their side, while those born into the religion through parental lineage or proximity can often afford a more relaxed, ambivalent and honest relationship with the powers that be, as well as more tolerance towards non-believers).
It's as though sports exist for some people just as an outlet to yell at others.

posted by yerfatma at 09:10 AM on March 19

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The Dodgers (or Ned Colletti) can't take a joke.

posted by yerfatma at 12:33 PM on March 13

"Why not go for 70?"

Last night I stopped on Game 5 of the 1990 playoffs between the Celtics and Knicks and said to my wife, "I remember sitting on the couch that Sunday 15 years ago . . . " before realizing I'd forgotten to carry a one somewhere. I need a cane.

posted by yerfatma at 12:25 PM on March 13

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

"FIFA vice president Jeffrey Webb said a World Cup cannot be held in Russia with the current level of racism that exists in the country." Seems like that would have been something to bring up before awarding the Cup. Maybe they can just host it in winter to fix the problem.

posted by yerfatma at 10:19 AM on March 13

The NFL free-agency period begins with a slew of major moves

Now Browner has gone to New Orleans

Mike Reiss and a couple other people are saying the reason they let Browner shop around is because he wasn't useful to them if Revis left as they felt they couldn't play the press coverage he and Revis did without Revis. So I guess they felt tremors under Revis Island early on.

posted by yerfatma at 08:28 AM on March 13

The NFL free-agency period begins with a slew of major moves

The DeMarco Murray and Chip Kelley bromance is on.

posted by yerfatma at 02:36 PM on March 12

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Your favorite team's Spring Training squad may get a little worse: Will Ferrell is playing on a few teams for an HBO special.

posted by yerfatma at 08:41 AM on March 12

The NFL free-agency period begins with a slew of major moves

The Revis money remains silly - but I don't understand hardballing Browner.

I assumed letting Browner shop around was because they were resigning Revis and either didn't want to pay for Browner or wanted him to be happy with a lower figure would let the market prove it. Now I'm more confused, mainly because $14 million per year for Revis doesn't seem crazy to me. That said, they may feel like it's a lot to shell out for a guy who will be 33 at the end of the deal and won't be worth the cap constraint after the first year or two. That's what I'm trying to tell myself anyway.

The other piece I think they're going to miss is Vereen

Vereen was an excellent weapon for them, but I don't think he's particularly hard to replace and paying $4 million per year for a third-down back seems like a wild overpay in the current market. A bunch of names have been thrown out as replacements from Roy Helu to Percy Harvin and every H back* between. If Helu shows up with four working limbs at $1-2 million per year that seems like a good replacement. I'm not sold on Harvin at all. Ignoring his injury history and diva tendencies, 3rd down back involves a lot of blitz pickup and who knows how good he is at that?

Or maybe the Pats didn't play James White at all last year to reserve the secret super-powered back they're going to unleash in 2015. A boy can dream.

I know Vereen isn't a H back. You can tell by the name on his jersey.

posted by yerfatma at 12:04 PM on March 11

The NFL free-agency period begins with a slew of major moves

Revis Island rejoins the J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets

Trying to find my "In Bill We Trust" tank top but in the short-term this hurts. I felt the Pats were the prohibitive favorites to represent the AFC in the Superbowl next year with Revis but without him and with the division getting harder it feels less likely. That said, the Pats' cap is fairly tight and they have a number of young players they want to extend next year so long-term this is probably the right move. But right now it feels like ensuring more years of 10+ wins at the cost of another possible championship now.

posted by yerfatma at 08:37 AM on March 11

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I was generally exempt from paying any tax to the other state.

It's different for athletes. A number of states have passed laws expressly capturing the income a player theoretically earns during a single away game.

posted by yerfatma at 03:37 PM on March 10

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

You make it sound like I'm not. #footballinsider

Hope McCourty's worth the guaranteed dollars over the life of the deal and that it still leaves room for Revis.

posted by yerfatma at 09:25 AM on March 09