Recent Comments by yerfatma

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Say it ain't so, Gareth Barry! Four West Brom players steal a cab in Spain. All to get some McDonalds. While in Barcelona.

posted by yerfatma at 04:53 PM on February 16

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I would be happy if I could do that in FIFA, never mind real life on a big stage.

posted by yerfatma at 03:54 PM on February 15

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

That'll do:

posted by yerfatma at 04:31 PM on February 14

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

posted by yerfatma at 03:45 PM on February 13

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

It's right in my profile!

posted by yerfatma at 11:03 AM on February 13

Isaiah Thomas Traded for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance

I don't think you can compare Karl Malone at 40 or Nash & Payton at the end of their careers to LeBron. Maybe LeBron's time is coming to an end, but he's certainly one of the top 3-5 players I would want my team to sign to a max deal.

posted by yerfatma at 12:53 PM on February 09

Isaiah Thomas Traded for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance

IT . . . can be a big part of a young rebuilding team in LA.

The move also confirms that the Lakers have no interest whatsoever in James as a free agent which will allow James to take his unique set of "talents" elsewhere.

IT is on an expiring deal, which means LA wants him for cap space. Wonder why?

posted by yerfatma at 10:17 AM on February 09

Super Bowl 0x34

The run game was fine this year, the Eagles were terrific against the run. Not much to do about that. My wishlist for the Pats' offseason is simple: linebacker, d-line, corner, nickel linebacker/ safety hybrid, multiple o linemen and a backup QB that I feel more comfortable having on the field than myself.

posted by yerfatma at 02:19 PM on February 05

Super Bowl 0x34

I was terrified that they were going to be reversed. Both of them, actually. They were obvious catches by the spirit of the rules but I'm surprised to see ya'll are so confident in their interpretation.

I was confused as to why Al Michaels and Collinsworth were so interested in the review process. Have they come down with Stockholm Syndrome after having so many calls reversed unexpectedly because of the stupid catch rules? I thought each of those should be seen as clear calls. I don't envy the league trying to come up with a better/ clearer rule, but the fact the game devolves into lawyer-like minutiae after every touchdown catch is a killer in terms of keeping games exciting.

I have 0 idea what the Malcolm Butler thing is all about, but it's killing me that every Patriots Super Bowl, win or lose, now seems to come with some crisis/ scandal in its wake.

Also, I will use this post script to be the sort of sports fan I roll my eyes about and say the Jimmy G trade is going to hurt for a long time because, 500 yards or no, Brady does not look very good any more. He's hearing footsteps and missing open looks. No knock on the guy, but if he plays until he's 45, it's going to look terrible. That or he needs to get back on the pliability . . . whatever machine.

posted by yerfatma at 12:51 PM on February 05

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Just like Rick Barnes got to a point where he decided he only wanted to coach orange teams.

Right after he stopped being PC.

posted by yerfatma at 03:57 PM on January 31

Cleveland Indians Will Drop Chief Wahoo in 2019

so the wearing of that coded apparel will set up divisive boundaries and perpetuate strong signals in the future

That's what has me less than cheering the team here. From my bleeding heart perspective, this reads as, "We give up and will comply with your PC culture, but first we are going to make a mint selling Wahoo gear to aging racists."

Reading the comments of average sports fans on this reminds me of why SportsFilter was created way back when.


To many Clevelanders, the name of the stadium will always be Jacobs Field

Which is a little strange to me since that name honors two guys who owned the team for 14 years. Wahoo.

posted by yerfatma at 01:16 PM on January 30

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

New to me: Cleaning the Glass; I've been trying to learn more about basketball sets and plays and have found some good stuff here. I especially like the "SLOW" button on the videos so you don't have to try to see things happen in real-time (though I wish it muted the sound when you hit it).

posted by yerfatma at 03:31 PM on January 17

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The teaser for this ESPN article asks, "[Jack] Morris had a long career but was never dominant. What does that mean for pitchers like Mike Mussina and Curt Schilling making it to Cooperstown?" and all I can think is, "I don't know, given that they were about twice as good as him*, should it matter at all?"

* And I am being charitable.

posted by yerfatma at 12:07 PM on January 12

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I looked. I shouldn't have. Like cixelsyd suggests above, free agency is usually paying for what a player has done rather than what they will do and Darwin was a clear case of that. One decent year out of a guy who was a league-average pitcher over the course of his career (with some great years before he came to Boston of course).

posted by yerfatma at 01:39 PM on January 11

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

As if I didn't already love Marcus Smart.

posted by yerfatma at 01:37 PM on January 11

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Danny Darwin

He was actually a decent signing. Or maybe I should actually look up his numbers instead of just comparing him to Matt Young on the "How Much Did It Hurt?" chart in my mind.

I miss Joe Hesketh.

posted by yerfatma at 01:36 PM on January 11

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

And to answer fatty's question from 2011: affirmative, sir.

Can't argue with that. As a Red Sox fan I've come to recoil in horror from large free agent deals-- it's weird to see that John Lackey actually paid off. It offsets the Carl Crawford debacle a bit. Now we just need to offset the Pablo Sandoval debacle. And some of Hanley Ramirez. And Ivan Caulderon . . . Jack Clark . . . Andre Dawson . . .

posted by yerfatma at 04:44 PM on January 08

Buffalo Bills Make Playoffs

Rake them roof edges, sir. This is going to be a perfect recipe for ice dams.

Thankfully this house doesn't lend itself to them (he said, dangerously), though until today I'd never considered having to dig out the compressor. The old house was built for ice dams, which is how I wound up getting the stinkeye from a Walmart clerk when I bought 50 pounds of calcium chloride and an egg of L'eggs Pantyhose to put it in.

posted by yerfatma at 01:39 PM on January 04

Buffalo Bills Make Playoffs

When you say it's 2 outside the morning after New Year's Eve, no one bothers to ask if it's 2 above or 2 below. There just isn't enough of a difference to care about.

Says you. It's supposed to get to around -2C here in NH and I am going to go run around in shorts after a week of days where the high was in single digits Fahrenheit. Of course, all that warm air is doing is making me feel obligated to finally clear the snow off the staircases before we get another 6+ tomorrow and the temperatures go back to "Planet Hoth in Winter". When we sent my sister and brother-in-law home after the holidays I said, "Bet you never expected to go to Aberdeen, Scotland to warm up."

posted by yerfatma at 11:31 AM on January 03

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Between the two comments posted here, TV38 ran an entire Three Stooges marathon. Sad to say after another annual test, apparently 4 is still to young to be interested in the Stooges.

posted by yerfatma at 11:27 AM on January 03

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

until I witnessed the triumphant return of the Big D

Speaking of snorting . . .

posted by yerfatma at 10:18 AM on December 22

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

New to me: Baseball Savant tool to visualize how many players an MLB player played with in his career. Ron Mahay's profile looks like some evolutionary packing algorithm.

posted by yerfatma at 01:12 PM on December 12

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

EVERY single opponent gets something thrown at them

That feels unsupportable. Does it include the medical staff? Injured players who traveled?

posted by yerfatma at 01:10 PM on December 12

Jack Morris and Alan Trammell elected the Baseball Hall of Fame through the Veteran's Committee.

It's like the new school and old school baseball writers agreed to a bargain.

posted by yerfatma at 01:09 PM on December 12

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Good luck finding multiple winners around here.

posted by yerfatma at 01:08 PM on December 08

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Is this about Rod Rutledge flipping his car coming home from The Foxy Lady?

posted by yerfatma at 01:07 PM on December 08

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

NFLPA appeals all suspensions essentially automatically. Not sure Gronk had much say in it.

posted by yerfatma at 01:28 PM on December 06

New York Giants bench Eli Manning, start Geno Smith

That 210 game streak is something that comes along once in a fan's lifetime.

You mean as a fan of that team? Because Brett Favre would like a word. And sexy texts.

posted by yerfatma at 02:51 PM on November 29

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I'd kill for them to be better than anything at this point.

posted by yerfatma at 02:49 PM on November 29

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

What have I done to deserve this?

posted by yerfatma at 01:49 PM on November 28

In the pantheon of American baseball, Satchel Paige has always occupied a special place.

Cool, thanks for both links, though I'm sure I could have found them at 192.186.l.l.

posted by yerfatma at 10:51 AM on November 28

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The Celtics lost to the Pistons (and Andre Drummond) last night, but it wasn't all bad.

posted by yerfatma at 10:49 AM on November 28

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I have no idea what I watched (and listened to as the stream was horrible for some reason) last night, but the Celtics' streak continued. Having switched to radio, I became concerned Cornbread Maxwell was not going to make it through OT.

posted by yerfatma at 09:58 AM on November 21

Bills' move to Nathan Peterman is a disaster

Too bad for LeSean McCoy.

Read something yesterday (maybe Barnwell at ESPN) saying McDermott's has also messed up McCoy's production by running him out of the shotgun much more than last year. McCoy's advanced yardage numbers are about the same, but beginning with a standing start 2 yards behind the line has made the positive yardage harder to come by.

So all-in-all, good work.

posted by yerfatma at 09:56 AM on November 21

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I know people don't like Jones

This understates my position by a whole lot. I was disappointed when Kraft didn't sue because it felt like Brady got jobbed, but at least he never threatened to sue the other owners personally. Threatening to sue the league is business. Threatening to take other owners to court is the weird, vindictive act of a 6 year-old with access to too many drugs.

posted by yerfatma at 01:05 PM on November 09

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Roy Halladay has died in a plane crash.

posted by yerfatma at 04:37 PM on November 07

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

That would be great though I'd need a bit of advance warning. Unless it's next Thursday in which case I could be ready at a moment's notice!

posted by yerfatma at 10:54 AM on November 07

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Can someone please talk about how much fun the Celtics are? They've become the first Appointment Television for me in a few years.

posted by yerfatma at 11:03 AM on November 06

Death, Taxes, And Pop: It’s Time Gregg Popovich Finally Has His Moment

Awesome, thanks!

posted by yerfatma at 11:02 AM on November 06

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Oooooh. I like you.

posted by yerfatma at 09:20 AM on November 03

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Is Johnny Hekker the NFL's most-valuable player?

Also, I watched the Celtics v Kings last night and De'Aaron Fox is for reals.

posted by yerfatma at 01:44 PM on November 02

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Cleveland got what they deserved for being cheap and buying a fax machine off Craigslist: Madrid.

posted by yerfatma at 01:50 PM on November 01

Jerry Jones Leads NFL Owner Revolt Against Roger Goodell

Not necessarily, you could be looking at what's essentially two sets of owners. And I think you need 24 votes to act on the commissioner. If it were my billions of dollars in play, Jones is pretty far down the list of people whose long-term thinking ability I'd put my trust in. You might as well cash out and hand the money to Jimmy Haslem. I mean, what could be more obvious: a year ago, Jerry was all for the commish suspending Brady for something that may or may not have happened in spite of the fact that was empowering Goodell's arbitrary ban hammer. Fast-forward a single year and a known bad actor that Jones has done nothing to corral (sound familiar?) gets hit with an arbitrary-ish ban and all of a sudden Goodell has to go. And Jones announces it by standing up in a meeting and declaring himself the "senior owner in the room" whatever the hell that means in a league with the Rooneys, Maras, etc.

Jones has the attention span of someone who parties with Jim Irsay.

posted by yerfatma at 10:23 AM on October 31

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

This also happened at the game Celtics/Bucks last night. Greatest NBA night ever?

I was home alone, going up to get another beer when I saw that kid out of the corner of my eye. Shook my head and said, "Nah, probably just me seeing things."

why are so relatively few NBA stars noted for their defense?

I think advanced metrics are starting to do that. Also, I cannot think of an adjective for Semi other than "stout". Between he and Yabusele, they have some serious bookends.

posted by yerfatma at 02:44 PM on October 27

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

It was a fantastic game. I thought Giannis was going to ruin the Celtics' night but then Coach/ President Brad Stevens put in Semi Ojeleye and that was the end of that. Not to say they love the rookie's defense or anything . . .

posted by yerfatma at 01:19 PM on October 27

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I want to know how this play was scored

if the Dodgers had won by a run, that hat has to go into the Hall of Fame.

posted by yerfatma at 02:23 PM on October 26

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Craigslist: Foxboro.

posted by yerfatma at 12:58 PM on October 23

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

That actually made me get up and jog away from the TV saying, "No, no, no". I was a kid during the Theismann game and didn't really see it. That was gruesome.

posted by yerfatma at 08:35 PM on October 17

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

It's an art piece in memory of former Red Sox reliever Jeff Gray.

posted by yerfatma at 04:24 PM on October 17

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Have the Indians ever lost an ALDS Game 5 at home after going up 2-0?

Troy O'Leary would like a word.

posted by yerfatma at 10:19 AM on October 12

United States Eliminated from World Cup Qualification

This is the first sporting result in a long time that gave me a restless night of sleep.

I'm telling myself this sacrifice of part of Pulisic's career will be for the good as it will bring a house-cleaning. Because if there's one thing international football management/ leadership is known for, it's being a meritocracy.

/kills self

posted by yerfatma at 08:43 PM on October 11

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

That was the thinking behind the hiring of Butch Hobson.

Much like Farrell, Daddy Butch's best qualification was the ability to stare intently from a dugout.

posted by yerfatma at 08:41 PM on October 11

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The 8th Pitch to Josh Reddick.

There is definitely something weird about Andersen giving up that money. Especially when he still is paying Wisconsin on an installment plan for the contract he walked out on. deadspin had some more details.

posted by yerfatma at 10:25 AM on October 10

NFL Pick 'Em Week 5: Cam Newton's Spoiled Yogurt Edition

Oof, I'd love it to be so. Pats by 3, me in bed by 10.

posted by yerfatma at 10:46 AM on October 05

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Mike Francesa mocked a callah who asked who you'd replace Severino with if he didn't have it.

posted by yerfatma at 04:24 PM on October 04

SportsFilter Server Move

I haven't seen any JRUN errors, so that's good :)

posted by yerfatma at 04:23 PM on October 04

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

He gone. Does that mean he's technically joined the non-volunteer fire department?

posted by yerfatma at 11:15 AM on September 27

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

U.S. charges four college basketball coaches in bribery scheme, all assistants at major universities.

Sad to see Chuck Connors has fallen on hard times.

/rereads link

Oooh, wrong Rifleman.

posted by yerfatma at 02:30 PM on September 26

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I do not know what to make of that man.

posted by yerfatma at 02:25 PM on September 19