I don't know if you've ever been subjected to one of those ESPN Sport Science segments, but I'm surprised it didn't discover the kick was able to penetrate so far through the ether because Dempsey's leg was a perpetual motion machine. I think that lab is where Jenny McCarthy gets her vaccination studies done.
posted by yerfatma at 09:48 AM on December 10
If the Patriots had lost they would have dropped to third because Cincinnati owns the head-to-head tiebreaker over them (both teams have fairly easy schedules the rest of the way and each plays Baltimore). They'd still have homefield in the first round because they're going to win their division unless you have a lot more faith in Miami than they seem to deserve. Of course, that was the one bad call in the whole game and it wasn't like the Patriots got a single bad break.
And we all remember when you rushed to the Patriots defense a couple of weeks ago when Luke Kuechly tackled Gronk in the end zone to end a game. Amazing how it's "the team that played a more complete game won" when the call goes against the Patriots . . .
posted by yerfatma at 04:32 PM on December 09
He's basically what Jack Morris thinks he was
posted by yerfatma at 01:13 PM on December 09
I'm not wearing any pants.
posted by yerfatma at 01:12 PM on December 09
What a strange end to a strange career. Sorry to see injuries derail a great player.
posted by yerfatma at 11:37 AM on December 09
One of those teams is not like the other.
And yet the percentages running in ESPN's crawl give England a better chance than Italy to get out of the group. I suppose Italy had some bad results over the last year or so, but England was worried about qualification at times too.
said somewhere that American fans are suffering from excessive fear of Ghana.
I don't really get that. Ignoring the fact Ghana has knocked the US out of the last two Cups, they did also win the U21 World Cup in 2009.
posted by yerfatma at 10:16 AM on December 09
Why though? Cameroon never seems to play up to their reputation and Samuel Eto'o is 4 years older. Mexico certainly could be a tough competitor but they've spent the better part of a year looking like the Keystone Kops.
posted by yerfatma at 05:47 PM on December 06
if you could give me a quick explanation I would so appreciate it
As best I recall, because the pot that France wound up in is larger than the other pots, FIFA had said for the 2014 draw whichever team finished last in that pot would be the team moved into an unfavorable spot in one of the other pots. Once France finished last, FIFA back-tracked and decided the team to move pots would be chosen at random. The rumor is Michel Platini rigged the change.
posted by yerfatma at 02:01 PM on December 06
Sure the US and England look to go out in the first round, but take some comfort in the fact France got an easy draw thanks entirely to FIFA changing their own rules at the last second to aid France. No less fair than an NBA game where Tim Donaghy's mom's life hangs in the balance.
USA will have over 9,000 miles of travel
One thing I've learned in the run up to this World Cup: Brazil is freaking huge.
At which point I think they get to keep them.
Poaching lines from Football Weekly is MY JOB!
posted by yerfatma at 12:59 PM on December 06
Robinson Cano is a Mariner for 10 years, $240 million.
posted by yerfatma at 11:23 AM on December 06
I am surprised that Meggs and the reporters were cracking jokes and laughing during this press conference
I happened to turn ESPN on just as the conference ended and the first reporter asked if the press guy saw this decision as a vindication for Winston. That's not quite what the word was, but it was a strange choice either way, that not only was the lack of an indictment a relief but that he should somehow feel proud of how everything turned out. If there's something worse than sports reporters covering legal issues, I'm not sure what it is.
posted by yerfatma at 04:50 PM on December 05
Luis Surez had a decent afternoon at his favorite away ground.
posted by yerfatma at 12:20 PM on December 05
You'd think Moyes would be happier to see Everton win at Old Trafford for the first time in two decades.
posted by yerfatma at 04:38 PM on December 04
I notice at the start of the Man U/ Everton game, Gerard Deulofeu is on the bench. How common is it that, at least according to rumors, Everton's loan deal with Barcelona requires Everton pay more every time Deulofeu does not play?
posted by yerfatma at 02:55 PM on December 04
Part 1 of a 3-part series by Peter King providing a look at the life of officials in the NFL. Hopefully the rest will be as good.
posted by yerfatma at 01:56 PM on December 04
essentially more of a role player than a superstar
I'd love to see the superstars in the league you watch. Ellsbury had a season of 9.1 WAR and has had 5.8 and 4.1 seasons. Going by FanGraph's WAR, he was the most valuable player in all of baseball in 2011. Admittedly last year he dropped all the way to 13th among position players.
posted by yerfatma at 11:31 AM on December 04
I know speed guys age more gracefully than power hitters
And here's a FanGraphs article discussing that in terms of Ellsbury. They like his prospects but are looking at them without any consideration of injury risk (as far as I could see). Semi-related, here's an update on how compensatory picks work in baseball as of last year's changes.
posted by yerfatma at 10:36 AM on December 04
The Yankees are nuts.
The deal absolutely could work out for them, but as a Sox fan I feel like this might be the 4th or 5th best thing Ellsbury's done for us (after his MVP-esque 2011 season, last year, the 2007 World Series and something I'm probably forgetting). At the end of the McCann deal, they will be paying $15 million for a 35 year-old catcher and $22 million for a brittle 35 year-old center fielder. I know speed guys age more gracefully than power hitters and I know Ellsbury is capable of great seasons, but you wonder how many of them will be worth $22 million going forward. He's only had 2 worth more according to FanGraphs math (admittedly, 2011 was worth almost twice that).
posted by yerfatma at 09:08 AM on December 04
I was watching the end of New Orleans/ Seattle on Monday night when New Orleans was desperate to come back and I was thinking how damn frustrating it used to be playing Madden against someone who refused to punt. I know there's a high school coach who never punts; given the Internet's influence on Riverboat Ron (is anyone else amazed how quickly that nickname became common currency? The Fox announcers were using it during the Carolina game last week as was the NFL Red Zone guy), is it possible we might see some zany coach in the NFL in the next decade?
Also, this bot will never be as good or as accurate as a sportswriter as they only need a single piece of data to tell you if it was the right decision: the result.
posted by yerfatma at 09:03 AM on December 04
Nationals trade for fabulous pitcher with a funny name. Detroit receives bag of magic beans in return?
posted by yerfatma at 03:26 PM on December 03
Learning to love A.J. Pierzynski (now that he plays for the Red Sox).
"If you play against him, you hate him. If you play with him, you hate him a little less."—Ozzie Guillen
posted by yerfatma at 11:47 AM on December 03
90% of the time, the defensive players are not the ones initiating violent contact.
I'm not sure I follow the logic here. You make it sound like 90% of plays are running backs lowering their heads and barreling into defenders.
posted by yerfatma at 10:16 AM on December 02
I pretty much agree with hincandenza's choices.
I do as well except for Tim Raines. I'd put him and Trammell in, trading out Palmeiro and . . . well, somebody. The 10 vote max thing needs to go. Firstly because there's no good reason for it and secondly because it appeals to Puritanical baseball writers and reinforces their biases about imposing artificial constraints. I hate all the unwritten rules & meanings writers put into their ballots (e.g., "I'm not voting for anyone this year as a really loud look-at-me silent protest against PEDs.") though I suppose with enough voters you're bound to get a couple morons per year.
posted by yerfatma at 07:35 AM on November 30
Can you identify even a season where Foulke was the best reliever in baseball?
At a minimum, I'd guess 1999 and 2004, with 2000 and 2003 also being in the mix. It's hard to tell because I can't figure out how to look at relievers in Baseball Reference. At his peak (which I'm defining as 1999-2004), he was the second-best reliever in all of baseball behind only Mariano Rivera and the person in third is pretty far behind.
posted by yerfatma at 05:03 PM on November 27
Strange to me Foulke didn't even make the ballot. I know there's a bias against relievers, but 6 years of 150+ ERA+ and essentially burning out his career to win a Series has to count for something.
posted by yerfatma at 01:20 PM on November 27
You Can't Predict Ball has been tweeting cases for the candidates.
Grum obviously doesn't believe in punishing PED users.
I wouldn't think to speak for him, but I'm guessing it's more a case of, "Show me a full and accurate list of all PED users and their level of abuse and then we can talk." Without that it's simply a different excuse to exclude players you don't like and include the ones you do. We already have plenty of those.
posted by yerfatma at 11:22 AM on November 27
The last question here provides some insight on the final play of the game and who should shoulder the blame.
posted by yerfatma at 12:38 PM on November 26
As an aside to anyone who sat through the whole game, did you find the constant shots of turkey farms weird?
posted by yerfatma at 04:49 PM on November 25
Why would the Pats do that instead of stacking the box, when passing was so difficult?
You're asking the wrong guy as I'm just regurgitating what I read/ heard in order to look smart. I think Howard and beaverboard probably covered it, but the general idea is that while Moreno ran for more than 200 yards, he did it about 6 yards at a time whereas if you let Manning complete 35 passes, you're doomed regardless of the weather.
posted by yerfatma at 04:38 PM on November 25
What is the knock-on effect for pitchers who follow R.A. Dickey? The numbers suggest Dickey's mere presence adds about 1 WAR to the value of the pitchers who relive him and those who pitch to the same team the next day.
posted by yerfatma at 02:10 PM on November 25
The Broncos took an enormous lead and were running the ball spectacularly
And the Patriots were willing to concede the run on a night whose conditions did not favor passing. Brady didn't put up gaudy passing numbers because that was the game plan, he did because they were forced to pass.
posted by yerfatma at 01:29 PM on November 25
With their roster, what the Patriots are doing this year
I caught the tail end of the San Diego/ Kansas City game and got teary-eyed watching Little Danny Woodhead™ make the comeback happen.
posted by yerfatma at 11:52 AM on November 25
I thought it was a big mistake for Del Rio . . .
How long did you get to see him close up in Jacksonville? You don't need to mention mistakes by Del Rio; for some reason I hung in after the first quarter and my only hope at halftime was an early score by the Pats combined with the coach on the other sideline could give us some hope.
He complains too much to the zebras and to his teammates. It's making him look like a prima donna.
I dunno. Him blowing up at the rookie receivers on a nationally-televised game was overblown. It's not like he does a ton of that. I'm not a huge fan of any player demanding penalties and Brady does it a lot but let's put the specific incident in context: it was a pretty obvious pass interference call one week after a game ended for the Pats on a similar non-call. Asking him not to be wound up in such a situation is asking for the enlightened Buddhist attitude of a guy who would not make it in professional sports. As a side note, I thought the SportsFilter house style was "pre-Madonna".
I've been down on the Patriots all season (as a fan) because I thought their record misleads
Maybe I'm just old and crotchety, but I think you're right. They're not as bad a team as they seemed in the first half, but no team in the NFL is that bad. They have too many holes. I can see them being good enough to win a playoff game but asking them to repeat last night's performance in Denver in the AFC Championship feels far beyond them. They've still got Bill (why was everyone stunned by him picking the wind instead of to receive given the change in OT rules?) but Brady isn't the cure-all he used to be and the defense, which was the strength of this team in the first half, is too injury-ravaged to carry the team. They're about a week away from both starting QBs being on IR and they've already lost both defensive captains for the year along with the other starting interior lineman. I know the gameplan was to allow the Broncos to run and stop the pass, but leaving the two rookie tackles in all game and allowing 300 yards rushing isn't a recipe that usually delivers success.
posted by yerfatma at 10:29 AM on November 25
posted by yerfatma at 08:14 AM on November 23
Don't worry NYC sports fans, James Dolan has it all under control.
posted by yerfatma at 09:23 AM on November 22
give Mankins a total pass on a cheap and deliberate intent to injure
Are you talking about the leg whip by Marcus Cannon?
posted by yerfatma at 09:12 AM on November 22
Always thought McNabb was a good guy.
Asking in all seriousness: what part of his post-Eagles career made you think this? I rooted for the guy for a long time because he was fun to watch at Syracuse and because I felt bad for him on draft day, but since he stopped being a good player he seems to have focused all his energy into staying in the spotlight however he can. The attempts at mentoring RGIII via any media outlet with a live microphone are sad and desperate.
posted by yerfatma at 01:28 PM on November 21
I do think it's interesting all of the NFL's endorsements say "the ref did not make an incorrect call". That's not even mushy language, it's a tacit admission.
Saying "Well, you should have made it so a last second TD was necessary" isn't fair to any team, as there's no rule requiring an unequivocal victory by an unquestionable number of points.
They had plenty of chances to win it and did not. If this had been a 3-0 loss I could see being really fired up, but this is like a bad strike 3 call to end a 1-run loss where your team left 15 guys on base.
posted by yerfatma at 09:38 AM on November 20
And then 2 from Ronaldo in response.
posted by yerfatma at 04:22 PM on November 19
I have to agree with Bill Barnwell's take: it probably wasn't interference*, it was definitely defensive holding but either way it didn't decide the game. The Patriots could not contain Newton when it counted. I did find it amusing that Tirico and Gruden were worried Aqib Talib might get himself ejected in the first quarter: has anyone ever been ejected for fighting with Steve Smith? He seems like such a humorless prick I assume the side judge quietly says, "Give him one for me" as he picks up the flag.
* I don't know if I've ever seen the "Uncatchable ball" clause applied to an underthrown ball before.
posted by yerfatma at 02:24 PM on November 19
It isn't just any one team that is willing to let a hell of a lot slide in the interests of winning. It isn't just the league. It's the whole damn sport.
Well, I don't know if that's the nature of football or simply the nature of men's/ boy's athletics. Some people accept an awful lot to have an awful small spot of success in a life of quiet desperation. I guess you get to a point where your dreams crapped out so you channel so much self-worth into the next generation's success that there's no turning back for little stuff like sexual assault.
posted by yerfatma at 04:57 PM on November 18
Is it wrong that my immediate reaction was, "Well of course he did." Then again, we did just have a guy skydive from space this year. So maybe I'm just getting old and nervous.
posted by yerfatma at 04:50 PM on November 18
Guessing they're not big on Zinn's view of American history in those schools.
posted by yerfatma at 04:49 PM on November 18
My point is some emphasis should be placed on character.
And you're holding up the Patriots as an example of a team that does not? "The Patriot Way" has certainly taken some dings over the past few seasons, but they have been a team that tends to pick up B+ players who are smart/ good character guys and tries to form a team rather than a collection of stars. They cut Hernandez earlier than they had to and cost themselves a fair bit of money and cap space to do so (as opposed to other teams that waited for the league to suspend the player so they could save dough).
posted by yerfatma at 11:28 AM on November 17
He'd have been making money hand over fist if he listened to you.
posted by yerfatma at 11:24 AM on November 17
Patriots kept this guy and Hernandez and let Welker walk: quite a commentary on the organization and it's values.
Don't ever change: no athlete or team is good enough but somehow you enjoy sports. It's impressive. Even if we pretended for a second Welker v Gronkowski was not a False Dilemma, which player do you think the majority of NFL GMs would pick right now? How about Welker v Hernandez last off-season before the drama started? Welker is 32; that alone would make either of the Patriots tight ends more valuable and they thought (incorrectly so far) Amendola would be an adequate replacement at less money and fewer miles on the tires.
posted by yerfatma at 01:38 PM on November 16
I was really pleased to be able to fire up the X-Box and watch the Iceland game (or any of the other 3) on ESPN3. Once in a while technology works. Of course, that moment comes after 5 minutes of downloading system updates.
posted by yerfatma at 01:33 PM on November 16
Parking still stinks if you drive
Assuming you're not willing to drop $50. And then wait 6 hours for all the pedestrian traffic to clear.
I enjoy riding into town on the T on afternoons or evenings when the Sox have a game
On the Green Line? It might be my claustrophobia, but that's always the longest 15 minutes of my life. And if you're not totally crammed in and sweating to death even when it's below freezing out, it means you screwed up and are heading for Cleveland Circle.
posted by yerfatma at 04:24 PM on November 15
My daughter is 7 days old. You have given me much to think about.
posted by yerfatma at 04:21 PM on November 15
This one got to me as I loved those Raider teams as a kid and he was one of the reasons why. Decent broadcaster too. I had no idea he was a Mormon; up until then I was wondering if the liver transplant was the result of steroid abuse given the players he was around with the Raiders. Still wondering a bit.
posted by yerfatma at 10:39 AM on November 14
(I'd like to point out that rcade has kneecapped my previous post by reinserting his duplicate posts)
I'd like to point out he did no such thing.
posted by yerfatma at 04:31 PM on November 10
I've played a lot of sports in my time, and I can tell you regularly there are teams I really love playing
Sure, but does that apply to pro sports where the team might be 50% different next year? As a stand-alone gesture it might be "Ok but weird", but with the Red Sox, this has the treacle stains of the hands of Dr. Charles Steinberg all over it. He is in charge of all the ring ceremonies, etc. and feels the need to turn them all into something that makes an Esther Williams musical look understated.
posted by yerfatma at 02:16 PM on November 06
posted by yerfatma at 02:13 PM on November 06
Maybe it's just my perception, but it seems like the past 2-3 seasons NFL injuries have skyrocketed. It used to be one or two big names would get hurt each year, now it seems like one or two big names per team get hurt each year. It doubly sucks because it makes the league so much more of a crapshoot.
posted by yerfatma at 02:12 PM on November 06
consider that the state of Florida is currently 4-20
That's probably not going to help, but it might relax the clubhouse a bit. And they could probably use Ricky Williams anyway.
posted by yerfatma at 12:06 PM on November 05
If only there were someone to teach Richie how to act civilized.
posted by yerfatma at 10:33 AM on November 05
posted by yerfatma at 08:50 AM on November 05
Yeah, the announcers felt the same. I guess the ref thought Lloris already had the ball before contact, but it's hard to blame Lukaku for anything given his first actions after standing back up were to call for help.
posted by yerfatma at 01:46 PM on November 04
Apparently the surname "Incognito" isn't much help when trying to disguise yourself, if Richie Sr. is anything to go by.
posted by yerfatma at 12:24 PM on November 04
I was stunned watching the game given Lloris was exhibiting pretty clear concussion symptoms (notably he was surly [_______________]). This seems like a case where FIFA needs to step in (so don't hold your breath) and impose a stronger sport-wide protocol. My immediate take-away from the incident was the policy needs to be very clear and very strict since anything but that means you could wind up with situations where a doctor (or "medical staff") is trying to diagnose a head injury for a player who doesn't speak the same language.
Blank space provided for your favorite French joke — ed.
posted by yerfatma at 12:22 PM on November 04
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