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SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

One of the first "villains" I ever liked in wrestling

In retrospect, I think my first inkling of adulthood (around age 13 or so) was when we decided RRP was maybe not so bad and possibly right to be making fun of the good guys in the WWF. Has anyone phoned Cowboy Bob Orton to make sure he has someone with him in this time of grieving?

posted by yerfatma at 07:53 PM on August 01

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Dwayne Bowe in concussion scare.

posted by yerfatma at 04:11 PM on July 31

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How to Create NBA Shot Charts in Python

posted by yerfatma at 03:47 PM on July 31

There's something in the Olympic water in Rio...and it's not good.

Atlanta hasn't burned down since 1996, but I'm not sure that's an endorsement for bringing the IOC to town.

posted by yerfatma at 03:22 PM on July 31

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension on Appeal

I find compelling the legal analysis offered by the lawyer and sports journalist Lester Munson.

Who works for ESPN. That seems to be the line he and Roger Cossack are hewing to but it (as best I can tell) isn't the point. Brady's argument will be specifically that the CBA doesn't say he can be punished like this for equipment violations and that there is no prior example of equivalent punishment for non-compliance with an investigation in general or non-compliance regarding a cell phone: § Brett Favre's Willy v. cell phone camera glass, Jenn Sterger NFL, et al.

posted by yerfatma at 03:21 PM on July 31

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension on Appeal

To keep beating this horse, Chris Mortensen backed out of an appearance on Boston's WEEI today when it became obvious the hosts wanted to talk about how he got hold of the completely erroneous "11 out of 12 balls were 2 pounds light" report that sparked the whole controversy and has never been retracted by the NFL. John Dennis of 'EEI (God help me) is reporting Mike "You guys are in so much fucking trouble" Kensil was the original source, a totally unbiased former Jets employee now working for the league office.

It's been bugging me that ESPN's legal experts are so sure Brady has no chance when Mike Florio and the laywer/ commenters at deadspin feel so differently, but I am no law-talkin' guy so what can I do besides trawl Google looking for previous stories from them (ever notice how much ESPN's site sucks if you try to search by author? It's almost like they don't want their talent to ever get too big for ESPN). I came up with almost nothing from Bountygate except this really weird rant from Lester Munson about Paul Taglibue overturning the suspensions. I can't tell if it's just that Munson is a really old person or if he's carrying water for the NFL but there's something so off about it, especially since he makes reference Taglibue graduating from Georgetown, which feels like a reference to how Jesuit law schools produce good but strict/ humorless lawyers and also uses the word "pontificating" as though one could write a binding opinion without sounding like you're coming down from on high. The piece itself opens with "In 22 single-spaced pages of pedantic, pretentious and occasionally patronizing prose . . . " and expands on the theme as he goes.

posted by yerfatma at 09:59 AM on July 31

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension on Appeal

How does holding a hearing in it's proper place qualify as a "maneuver"?

Do you ever get tired of begging the question? Of course people try for favorable court locations. Couldn't one argue the correct jurisdiction is where the horrible crime took place, Massachusetts? One of the interesting comments from deadspin's inexplicably large pool of legal professionals in the commentariat was that the NFLPA could have petitioned the NFL took forever to address the appeal precisely so they could craft their injunction whule leaving the NFLPA scrambling. They also suggested it's uncommon for the defendant to try to force a venue.

But keep beating the drum.

posted by yerfatma at 07:57 AM on July 31

There's something in the Olympic water in Rio...and it's not good.

Do IOC members get a special feces-free swim lane?

posted by yerfatma at 03:10 PM on July 30

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension on Appeal

you have to look with a critical eye at Tom Brady for destroying his cellphone during the midst of this investigation

Absolutely. It's like a race to the bottom between the two sides.

Pats fans, it must be nice to have that gruff and cunning bastard on your sidelines.

posted by yerfatma at 03:24 PM on July 29

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posted by yerfatma at 11:11 AM on July 29

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension on Appeal

Surely nobody here would prefer that the in-sport punishment for all player conduct matters was decided by actual courts.

Of course not, but it's not as though the NFLPA collectively-bargained for a putz who makes up the rules as he goes along. If Goodell decided to interpret the CBA as saying any punished player had to do yard work for him, would that still be an internal matter?

Don't get me wrong, none of this looks good for Brady, but it's sort of amazing this new information came to light in the last few weeks in spite of $5 million dollars worth of ex-G Man's time and didn't get leaked until the day of the decision. How is this anything but a Cover Your Ass? And as Mike Florio asked (I apologize again), if this is new evidence of bad behavior, why isn't Brady getting a longer ban?

Seems like Bob Kraft isn't happy:

I have often said, If you want to get a deal done, sometimes you have to get the lawyers out of the room.' I had hoped that Tom Brady's appeal to the league would provide Roger Goodell the necessary explanation to overturn his suspension. Now, the league has taken the matter to court, which is a tactic that only a lawyer would recommend.

Once again, I want to apologize to the fans of the New England Patriots and Tom Brady. I was wrong to put my faith in the league. Given the facts, evidence, and laws of science that underscore this entire situation, it is completely incomprehensible to me that the league continues to take steps to disparage one of its all-time great players, and a man for whom I have the utmost respect.

posted by yerfatma at 10:42 AM on July 29

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension on Appeal

This is an NFL rule that has been broken, the NFL should have jurisdiction over enforcement.

If you can't see the flaw in that logic I'm not sure it's worth pointing it out.

posted by yerfatma at 08:44 AM on July 29

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

posted by yerfatma at 08:41 AM on July 29

Jose Bautista calls out Colin Cowherd for insipid remarks about Dominican ballplayers

Loved Cowherd's insinuation the percentage of players with college degrees in baseball being lower than the NFL/ NBA is meaningful. Let's see, a sport that drafts out of high school versus two that don't. Can't find a transcript but I'm sure Captain Evidence included the NHL in his comparison later to make things fair, right? No? Wonder why not.

posted by yerfatma at 11:01 AM on July 24

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You'd almost think there was a conspiracy.

posted by yerfatma at 12:00 PM on July 23

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The Reggae Boyz. That's all I'm saying.

posted by yerfatma at 07:36 PM on July 22

Indiana Pacers to Wear "Hoosiers" Inspired Uniform

Tangetal: we watched North Dallas Forty for the first time this weekend and while I liked it I left the movie pissed off, mainly because the moralizing bastard owners of 40 years ago seem a lot like Goodell.

The Hackman film that disappointed me was The Conversation. Did not live up to the hype for me.

posted by yerfatma at 11:01 AM on July 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

USA/ Tim Howard is on-again.

posted by yerfatma at 10:53 AM on July 22

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Probably just playing for beer porn money.

posted by yerfatma at 11:09 AM on July 21

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I have to say Grantland has really gotten me back into the NBA. So it's going to be a shame when ESPN blows it up.

posted by yerfatma at 11:09 AM on July 21

Harold Reynolds Feels Jackie Robinson Could Have Done Better.

posted by yerfatma at 06:33 PM on July 15

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He was overmatched at 19

Ah, I looked at the second line, not the first and misunderstood.

posted by yerfatma at 01:38 PM on July 15

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Saw earlier this week on the ESPN crawl that this was Trout's 4th All-Star Game in his 5 seasons and jumped to baseball-reference to find out how such an omission could happen. MLB needs to get rid of that rule granting teams an extra year of service time if they hold a player in the minors for a few weeks. He should have been starting in the ASG that year too.

Similarly, I've barely been following baseball this year due to the Terrible Twos arriving early and the Red Sox soiling themselves, so Bryce Harper's slash line stunned me. I knew he was doing well this year in the numbers old guys care about, but wow.

posted by yerfatma at 11:20 AM on July 15

Serena Williams and the Fear of a Dominant Black Woman

That's an interesting point, but I think you do the comparison & Navratilova a disservice by comparing her to Gaylord Perry. He's a borderline Hall of Famer, she's an inner circle one.

posted by yerfatma at 08:36 AM on July 14

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Yes, much improved. I wonder if it would have been as fast-paced/ exciting if there wasn't a threat of rain.

posted by yerfatma at 08:35 AM on July 14

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I do not agree with the general perspective on newsworthiness (i.e., being popularly known) somehow creating a category where anything goes

It's the double-edge to the sword of the First Amendment. Any easing of that restriction wouldn't create so much a slippery slope as an Alpine run politicians in power would use to curb reporting. Look at how much we don't know in light of the Snowden reveals. Then imagine if the government had more tools to suppress what they do. I'll cop to being an absolutist when it comes to Freedom of Speech, but I think civil courts are probably up to the task of punishing what we're complaining about without touching the Bill of Rights. It will just take 20 years or so for the courts to be tech-savvy enough to understand the issues in front of them.

posted by yerfatma at 12:09 PM on July 10

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What Holden said x10. The reporting isn't what I have a problem with. The photo and the thought behind posting it are what I can't stand. There was no need for him to post the photo except to show off. Certainly ESPN doesn't require their reporters to actually have any proof of the shit they spew. It was immature attention grabbing and the fact he hasn't removed it regardless of the legality of it confirms he's an asshole. I'm sure the lawyers told him it has to stay so they don't look legally vulnerable.

Deadspin is right about the "post-human" thing, ESPN/ Fox/ Sky just have shits who report any old rumor they can bake up without thinking of the contents of their rumors being about real people. The Internet has allowed us all to be sociopaths and a depressing percentage take full advantage.

posted by yerfatma at 09:05 AM on July 10

Zach Lowe's NBA Free-Agency Winners and Losers

Why were the Ballmer era Clippers hated before this?

Pretty much every other team seems to hate CP3 and Blake and their preening, plus you had Matt Barnes as the point man for playing dirty/ talking trash and then backing away when it came to a fight.

posted by yerfatma at 08:57 AM on July 10

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I always wondered whether Adam Schefter was another heartless ESPN 'bot like Darren Rovell (who deadspin wonderfully called "post-human"). Last night Schefter made it clear he's a thoughtless cock by tweeting out Jason Pierre Paul's actual medical files.

I hope he gets sued.

posted by yerfatma at 11:44 AM on July 09

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posted by yerfatma at 02:57 PM on July 08

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Buccaneers cornerback C.J. Wilson managed to blow off two fingers with fireworks. I'm guessing NFL contracts are going to have a new default rider pretty soon.

posted by yerfatma at 02:57 PM on July 08

Zach Lowe's NBA Free-Agency Winners and Losers

Are things so dire/weird in Danny Ainge's head . . .

Probably, but I think the article overstates Love as their only plan. I think they would have been just as happy to draft in the top 10 and/ or add Boogie. The Lee trade isn't amazing, but it's definitely an improvement: they get someone who can actually play for essentially $5 million (the difference between Lee's last year and Wallace's).

posted by yerfatma at 08:19 AM on July 08

Zach Lowe's NBA Free-Agency Winners and Losers

Thanks, I wasn't already deflated enough about the Celtics. Poor Chris Fosberg at ESPNBoston is stuck trying to enthuse about Marcus Smart getting to the free throw line a bunch in the Summer League opener. That the Celtics lost by 19.

posted by yerfatma at 02:02 PM on July 07

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I feel like if Craig Ehlo is the final boss, that's one of those times you asked your mom to buy Big Title Game and she bought a rip-off that sounded like the same game. Obligatory Mitchell & Webb link.

posted by yerfatma at 08:18 PM on June 29

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Lleyton Hewitt's opening match today in his final Wimbledon is turning into a barn burner

I'm fairly certain the Wimbledon regulars were wondering if Hewitt's hooting, t-shirted supporters were raised in one.

posted by yerfatma at 03:18 PM on June 29

Golden State Warriors Win NBA Title

While I would have been ok with it going to LeBron (he should get some kind of Lifetime Achievement Oscar for dragging multiple .500 teams to the Finals), I'm really happy for Iguodala. He toiled in anonymity on some shitty Sixers teams and I always hoped the Celtics would poach him before the rest of the league noticed how good he is. He feels like one of the prototypical New NBA players, a three-and-D wing around 6'8".

posted by yerfatma at 03:57 PM on June 17

Golden State Warriors Win NBA Title

posted by yerfatma at 10:07 AM on June 17

U.S. Beats Nigeria, Wins World Cup's "Group of Death"

Nice to see Abby Wambach scoring on a fantastic goal

She was the dominant player on the field for the first half (or at least the first half of the first half). Weird to me how the US faded, though I suppose the conversation would be different if the first goal wasn't disallowed. But they looked more dominant in the first 15 minutes than they did playing against 10.

posted by yerfatma at 10:05 AM on June 17

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What's in a name? Brazil fans boo a debutante for being named "Fred".

posted by yerfatma at 10:10 AM on June 16

Chicago Blackhawks Win Stanley Cup

Mike Emrick announced that the Cup itself was not yet in the arena due to a weather delay and was being escorted by police.

What is the deal with Chicago and the Cup? Last time they won it at home, in 1938, the Cup didn't even make an appearance.

posted by yerfatma at 08:17 AM on June 16

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

see who drops off the most under pressure.

And when tired. That would be an easier thing to work on, talking to them about consistency of form.

posted by yerfatma at 02:58 PM on June 15

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US lose to Serbia on PKs ending a solid run at the Under-20s World Cup in New Zealand.

Fox and ESPN have the same bad habit where I set up a game to tape overnight and wind up with 25 minutes of some truck race or dragster competition.

GK Zach Steffan, the team's Man of the Match

Seemed like a good keeper but he is going to need to work on his kicking to make it. His goal kicks had a nasty habit of rising like a beach ball before landing somewhere short of midfield.

posted by yerfatma at 11:38 AM on June 15

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my take on it was that local time meant the time in the province where the match was being played

I don't think so, only because I noticed on open day that the matches started at a different hour each of the next 4 days, which I put down to time zone differences. If they're changing the times even after accounting for time zone differences that is insane even by FIFA standards.

posted by yerfatma at 03:46 PM on June 12

Golden State Exposes Cleveland in Game 4 Rout

JR is great right up to the point that you need him to be great

At the risk of repeating myself . . .

posted by yerfatma at 10:19 AM on June 12

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"[T]the most annoying player in international football is Aiden McGeady."

posted by yerfatma at 10:11 AM on June 12

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Virgil Runnels has bitten the proverbial dust.

posted by yerfatma at 02:49 PM on June 11

NBC Sports to NHL: Hey Good Lookin', Shave Those Playoff Beards

But if you're the No. 4 sport and soccer could make you No. 5, it makes sense to look for any advantage where you can find it.

Perhaps they could wear tighter shorts.

posted by yerfatma at 07:55 AM on June 10

NBC Sports to NHL: Hey Good Lookin', Shave Those Playoff Beards

Do you ever read anything by a sports network executive that suggests they actually like (or watch) sports? I think "appeal to the casual fan" is a myth like the Silent Majority. Just accentuate why the sport is popular with its fans and casual fans can decide for themselves. Everyone starts out as a casual fan, dumbasses.

posted by yerfatma at 06:21 PM on June 09

U.S. Women Impress in World Cup Opening Win Over Australia

Grantland on the key to the US defense.

posted by yerfatma at 01:40 PM on June 09

U.S. Women Impress in World Cup Opening Win Over Australia

Also, what the hell are the refs wearing under their shirts? Inner tubes?

Water bottle?

as Oguchi Onyewu said a few years ago it isn't enough to win the ball, you have to convert it into an offensive opportunity.

I would have preferred he do a little of column A as well. I assume he made that statement into the ear of a passing attacker who was splitting his defensive pairing.

posted by yerfatma at 11:25 AM on June 09

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Probably should have gone and killed a deer to make things look consistent. Spikes coming back to the team was weird to begin with. This has taken it to X-Files territory.

posted by yerfatma at 01:47 PM on June 08

Barcelona Wins Champions League, Completes the Treble

I think that was the best game I've seen in a decade of watching the sport.

must have been giving thanks to the grounds crew

The field did seem to affect the play a great deal. Unrelated: did anyone else feel like Juve's style of playing it out from Buffon looked suicidal?

posted by yerfatma at 09:07 AM on June 08

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posted by yerfatma at 07:54 PM on June 03

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Gerry Callahan, staying classy. If you ever want to see what a cesspool of humanity looks like, check out the replies to his tweet. What an asshole.

posted by yerfatma at 07:27 PM on June 03

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the details were alternatively, interesting, frightening, and salacious

My dad used to wind up seeing a lot of ex-pros speak via work and I could tell Sanderson stood out. The anecdote I remember was Sanderson telling the story of waking up on a park bench that a wino was trying to take from him. Sanderson said, "Do you know who I am?" and received the reply, "Yeah, a drunk. Just like me."

posted by yerfatma at 03:20 PM on June 02

FIFA President Sepp Blatter Announces His Resignation

posted by yerfatma at 01:24 PM on June 02

FIFA President Sepp Blatter Announces His Resignation

Seriously, it feels like that. My neighbors should beware.

In reality I wonder how long before that next election happens and what machinations he can get up to before it. Will he cast himself as The Reformer and keep funneling money?

posted by yerfatma at 01:12 PM on June 02

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Patriots film their practice with a drone (in fulfillment of the scripture) and other fans react predictably.

Not sure if I already posted it, but NBC Sports is starting its own documentary series with one of my favorite Boston sports figures, Derek Sanderson.

posted by yerfatma at 11:16 AM on June 02

Golden State Reaches First NBA Finals in 40 Years

Hugo Lloris called to say he thought Thompson was fine. And was I his mom and where were those shoes he ordered?

posted by yerfatma at 08:47 PM on May 28

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Interesting looking read, thanks BI. Will need to bookmark that one for later.

Montreal mayor meeting with MLB commissioner.

posted by yerfatma at 03:16 PM on May 28