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11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

sports reporters are one thing and sports talking heads are quite another. The responsible reporter . . .

It's one of the really unfortunate aspects of The Death of Print (and yet another place where sports shine a light on a larger cultural issue) that forces me to disagree with my learned colleague from New Hampshire. I think to feel like you still have a job as a "sports reporter" you need to be conversant with sports yelling, be a huckster and self-promoter and know how to generate page views. Other than a guy like Charlie Pierce who straight Does Not Give a Fuck and can write whatever/ wherever/ whenever he wants because he's old enough and made enough of a name during the good days of print, everybody needs to do some yelling and get their face on TV so they can jump ship to ESPN or the in-house TV channel of the sport they cover. And who could blame them? It's got to be a heck of a thing to have young kids and not know if your job will exist when they're about to go off to college. So reporters work spurious sources and report anything they can glean without doing much fact checking because there's no time for fact checking when there are a hundred other reporters on the same story and someone in that group has fewer ethics than you so it becomes a race to the bottom to publish the most salacious rumor or the story that best satisfies the predisposition of the majority of your audience.

There was a great article/ book review in The Economist a couple of weeks ago about how we "debate" issues in the US:

"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 06:52 PM on January 23

Don't hit me in the mouth, I gotta play tonight

Looking forward to reading this, Ufez. More hard bop indeed.

posted by yerfatma at 06:40 PM on January 23

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

I hate to throw another Roger under the bus

But why? The league is so incredibly tone-deaf it's almost a joy to watch now. They've let this spiral so far out of control you had a press conference yesterday where one reporter said his colleagues were rougher on Tom Brady than they were on Ray Rice. It's awesome. Look at that statement: 2 paragraphs of all the investigators and tools at their disposal and then a third paragraph that basically says, "Of course, this could all be nothing and just a misunderstanding. We will let you know."

My current working theory is that this is a desperate ploy to increase NFL ratings. You laugh, but wait until you turn on the TV this Sunday and hear, "Our regularly scheduled Pro Bowl has been replaced with 3 hours of ex-players crying about the sanctity of football. You know, the sport they usually brag about biting and clawing in piles and all sorts of misdeeds. After the break, Night Trane Lane and Deacon Jones will be comforted by Cowboy Bob Orton and Roddy Piper!"

You leave Roger Goodell to dog-sit for two hours, expect to come back to a house on fire and a litter of puppies.

posted by yerfatma at 02:25 PM on January 23

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

Former Bears ball boy on ball prep:

" . . . occasionally inflating or deflating the balls a very small amount, which I believe is legal to a degree. Quarterbacks are very particular about the way a ball feels in their hand, and we worked meticulously to match their particular preferences," Kester said.

Two hours before kickoff, he would bring the balls to the referees' locker room for inspection.

"I recall them having a pressure gauge in the locker room, but most often they just squeezed the balls, turned them over in their hands a few times each, and inspected the laces. I don't recall them ever rejecting one of our balls," he said.

"My thought process was, 'Let's get the balls exactly the way our quarterback wants them, and if the refs reject one or two before the game, no big deal. But there's no harm giving them our ideal balls and hoping they make it through inspection.'"

posted by yerfatma at 11:00 AM on January 23

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Phil Mushnick is very upset at the NFL inaction on the big controversy. You know the one, Marshawn Lynch's crotch.

posted by yerfatma at 09:48 AM on January 23

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

a former NFL referee said that when the balls for both teams were checked at halftime only the New England ones were deflated.

This is another piece I don't entirely get: was Gerry Austin in charge of checking the balls at halftime? His Wikipedia page says he's been out of the NFL since 2007 and that he now works for ESPN in some capacity. I guess the implication is he has a source among the officiating crew.

posted by yerfatma at 09:31 AM on January 23

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

The very idea we are supposed to believe Belicheck, the most controlling image in NFL football, knew nothing about this, is ridiculous.

Mark Brunell, who has otherwise been Very Disappointed with the Pats, said today in his 17 year NFL career he never once had a head coach ask him how he felt about his balls. So there's that on one side and your begging the question on the other side. Which should win out? If no one cared about Mark Brunell's balls, should we really assume Bill Belichick is obsessed with Tom Brady's balls? This ball pressure sucks.

But to properly apply Gay-Lussac's law . . .

That, and Howard's posts are why this site is so awesome.

one would expect the pressure loss to be found in all 12 balls tested, not 11 out of 12.

Bill Belichick vows "swift justice" for whoever failed to deflate 12th football

posted by yerfatma at 09:58 PM on January 22

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

Two things you can never trust: Cheaters and liars.

Well, who is telling the truth around here and what reporting are we supposed to believe? Remember how this all started, with D'Qwell Jackson's hands? He doesn't. This is clearly all a conspiracy to bring down the Patriots for breaking with the Illuminati. Tom Cruise is informed and Oprah's couch is ready.

posted by yerfatma at 07:50 PM on January 22

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Ukranian footballer will not receive call up.

posted by yerfatma at 11:52 AM on January 22

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

Harbaugh said they never touched the Patriots offensive balls* but Glazer says the Ravens did tip the Colts off which makes the whole "Colts noticed it earlier this year" thing weird.

One of the reasons the Patriots have an enduring image problem is because Goodell destroyed the Spygate evidence. That should have never happened.

This is an interesting myth-- at the press conference announcing the penalties the SpyGate footage was shown on a loop for the media, leading Rich Eisen to comment, "This is the first time ever that a journalist is watching a video in a hotel but doesn't have to pay $9.99 an hour for it." I am hoping regardless of what happened this does blow up in Goodell's face, possibly like Tom E. Curran envisions:

[I]f the league suspected the Patriots were using underinflated footballs and thought that would impact the game, why would even allow a chance that the game would be compromised? If the answer is that the NFL wanted to "catch" the Patriots Belichick in particular red-handed, then they risked the Patriots gaining a first-half advantage over Indianapolis in the AFC Championship to do so. Which, to me, would show just how deep the enmity for Belichick and the Patriots run at the league level. They would rather set him up than ensure the game isn't compromised.
* I've given up on trying to phrase this stuff in non-sophmoric terms.

posted by yerfatma at 11:49 AM on January 22

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

Simple solution. Recheck all videos to see at what point 5 or 6 coaches were surrounding the ball bag, blocking the camera view. I'm sure someone somewhere has a video of this.

Not sure where I read it, but someone pointed out the sheer number of cameras at a playoff game would make this unlikely. NFL Films alone had 47 cameras. If we assume 23 of those are on the Pats' side of the field, plus the CBS cameras, plus the All 22 camera and a zillion still cameras, you'd have to be pretty sly or pretty stupid to try something like on the sidelines.

posted by yerfatma at 09:38 AM on January 22

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

starting with the Super Bowl, Wilson will convey all game balls and K balls directly to the refs

Kid has enough responsibility with trying to QB one of the teams, I don't see how this evens things up.

That said, is this 19th century cricket and we're assuming something like "sportsmanship"? Why are teams allowed to handle the object? Gaylord Perry would plotz.

are there really a lot of NFL fans who hate the Patriots without a clear reason to do so

As a Pats fan I can no longer tell. I spent too much time at deadspin where any Boston-related thread is filled with comments like they're from descendants of people who got bussed into the city back in the '70s and didn't totally enjoy the situation.

posted by yerfatma at 08:40 PM on January 21

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

I saw Mark Brunell on ESPN holding balls two PSI apart

The one athlete on Twitter who seemed very insistent on what a Big Deal this is was Danny Kannel and all I could think was, "The fuck do you know about throwing an NFL football?" He probably thinks he could have been an MVP with a ball deflated to college size.

posted by yerfatma at 07:15 PM on January 21

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

I have little to offer here and this story has depressed the crap out of me all day because if it's true, it takes a decade and a half of enjoyment and throws it out of whack like if Pedro turned out to have been on some East German swimmer regimen. Even if everyone else does it (AND THEY DO-- sorry, Pats fan) that's not the point, the point is why the hell are you doing it*, doubly so against a team you are murdering. The refs replaced the balls at halftime and the Pats beat them worse after the half, so it was pointless. All that said . . .

I also lack a direct knowledge of how much different 2 psi feels.

This. Are D'Qwell Jackson's hands marked "VALID FOR TRADE"? How is he noticing this right after making a huge play when he's probably shaking with adrenaline and the refs didn't notice for 30+ offensive plays before that? And why are teams still bringing their own balls to the yard? Do they have orange slices too?

* Unless it's just that the league/ refs only care when it's the Patriots because of previous transgressions

posted by yerfatma at 07:13 PM on January 21

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I heard it was Belichick.

posted by yerfatma at 03:55 PM on January 21

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Or being an Offensive coach for Jacksonville. Whichever takes less work.

I hear Kahn is bringing Felix Magath in as a consultant.

posted by yerfatma at 07:06 PM on January 20

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

$4 million buys a lot of house in Jacksonville. And it's warmer there. Maybe the new Bills owner is a foot fetishist or something.

posted by yerfatma at 03:44 PM on January 20

Patriots crush Colts in the rain

after SpyGate, Pats fans just have to accept that writing stories about Pats cheating is good business.

Clearly - Sports Illustrated article that accuses the Patriots and Belichick of cheating everywhere, down to the stadium design letting them watch TV but not their opponents. If you're seeing Belichick's evil machinations in the layout of a billion dollar facility, it might be time to turn off Alex Jones.

The code of silence in New England is legendary, and almost comical -- Sunday night, a few players were wary of talking to me about getting together and drinking kava, a drink that is symbolic in Polynesian cultures. The drink is non-alcoholic, and it has nothing to do with football, but players understand: In New England, you don't say nothin' about nothin'.

The classic conspiracy theorist: nothing has come out because no one talks about all the stuff that happens. I love the idea players who leave New England have somehow been scared into silence. And if the author is going to keep on writing about the kava thing (this is his second piece), maybe figure out what it is: while it's not alcoholic, calling it "non-alcoholic" understates its effects. And maybe a thing people do to feel part of a group isn't something they want to talk to you about for reasons other than dark evil.

This video of Phil and Jim talking about how Phil used to manipulate footballs and whether Aaron Rogers does it was posted as a counter-point to the whole scandal.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft serves on the board of directors of Viacom. The chairman of that board is Sumner Redstone, who is also the chairman of the board of CBS. (CBS and Viacom were part of the same company but split in 2006.) Does Kraft secure preferable game times for his Patriots? Let's just say it wouldn't be hard to do.

Seriously? I'm sure networks that pay billions for NFL rights are happy to screw themselves out of ratings so the Pats can squeak out a home win over a West Coast team.
Kraft is a close confidant and protector of commissioner Roger Goodell; in September, when the Ray Rice punch video leaked, and Goodell went into public relations overdrive, Kraft defended him on national television on CBS, naturally. Cross Belichick and you cross Kraft. Cross Kraft and you risk the wrath of Goodell . . .

Maybe some of this is overstated. But the perception is real, and it is not totally unfounded.

And the rule about diving at QBs' knees came into being 3 years before Brady was hurt. But, y'know. Time travel.

posted by yerfatma at 01:09 PM on January 20

Patriots crush Colts in the rain

If the accusation is made, the NFL has no choice but to investigate, and this in itself leads to a more widespread belief that once again the Patriots have cheated.

If they did do this, it would really take away from my enjoyment of this amazing decade-and-a-half run and lead to a sort of Greek Tragedy discussion of why such an obviously talented coach and organization would feel compelled to shave corners anyway.

But that's a big If. If it's not true, this feels like an easy thing to do: accuse the Patriots of anything and it will stick because 31/32s of NFL fans are not Patriots fans and would like there to be an outside/ uncontrollable reason their team isn't as successful. The level of vitriol is something else: Wilbon almost had a stroke on PTI saying the Pats should be removed from the Superbowl and replaced with the Colts. Over a charge that has as much chance of sticking as the Colts would have in the Superbowl.

On Edit: this gets even better: the initial complaint about the balls being underinflated making them easier to throw came from D'Qwell Jackson right after he intercepted Brady. So you can see how that makes sense. The story says he complained, the refs took "[a]t least one football" out of play but that didn't stop the bastion of even-handedness and calm that is Pro Football Talk from reporting "Several abnormal balls were removed from Colts-Pats game" per an unnamed source. How NBC has hitched their wagon to that ambulance chaser I will never understand.

posted by yerfatma at 09:35 AM on January 20

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Ha, true. As an insomniac teenager I used to listen to WBZ overnights to hear how far away some of the callers would come from-- you could probably draw the weather map of the Eastern Seaboard from it most weeks.

posted by yerfatma at 09:19 AM on January 20

The Gaming Obsession of the Green Bay Packers

It's also a perfect gateway game for more of those German-designed board games as well.

Of which I own like 3 that have never been played because they sound like good ideas but all require at least 3 people and it's a tough sell*: "Let me get this straight, you want to play a game about electricity?" Which makes me think if the baby promises to go back to sleeping through the night, maybe I can talk my wife into a little beer and Hanseatic League trading!

* This is actually a complete goddamn lie as there's a coffeeshop in town that has board game nights exactly for this kind of thing but it's at least 3 minutes away plus 13 months is apparently early to be designating someone a Latch Key Kid.

posted by yerfatma at 02:38 PM on January 16

Boy Asks All 32 NFL Teams: Why Should I Be Your Fan?

I sometimes worry what it says about me that I enjoy the sports announcing of Joe Buck.

I don't dislike him, I just feel he tries to have it both ways by being Hip Young Guy and Traditionalist Old School as it suits him. Paired with Tim McCarver, he's making references to current pop music to try to make McCarver stumble. Paired with Randy Moss's unbared ass, he's a Roman Legionnaire keeping the Visigoth hordes at bay.

posted by yerfatma at 08:48 AM on January 16

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I like the idea but I feel like it would last right up until the first time a ref threw the wrong one.

posted by yerfatma at 02:45 PM on January 15

Boy Asks All 32 NFL Teams: Why Should I Be Your Fan?

Because he bought a Hardee's? Different strokes, I guess.

Maybe some day Randy Moss can parlay his Dairy Queen into an NFL franchise. I hope Joe Buck is around to see it.

posted by yerfatma at 08:42 AM on January 15

Packers Rally Past Cowboys, Who No Longer Love the Refs

It seems like they were more deferential to the call on the field when replays began

Definitely seems that way. I think they're always one step behind the trend: they probably started being more aggressive with overturning calls because of fan/ media outcry about bad calls and once everyone starts complaining about this trend they'll reverse it 2 years later instead of addressing it more even-handedly.

posted by yerfatma at 08:39 AM on January 14

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

David Schoenfield's All-Time Underrated Team: MLB players who aren't in the Hall in spite of having compelling cases.

posted by yerfatma at 03:39 PM on January 13

Buckeyes Win College Football Playoff

I think the ability to motivate is much more important at the college level (e.g., Pete Carroll) so I would not be surprised to see Harbaugh will the team to at least 8 wins next year.

schemes that had to work for 3 different quarterbacks

Today's SportsCenter has a sidebar "Is Cardale Jones NFL-ready?" Am I nuts or are they?

posted by yerfatma at 12:44 PM on January 13

Colts Silence Broncos Offense, Make Peyton Manning Look Old

Bill Cowher vs. Bill O'Brien in the Chin Divot Golf Scramble.

posted by yerfatma at 12:40 PM on January 13

Colts Silence Broncos Offense, Make Peyton Manning Look Old

Fox's departure, along with the Jason Garrett drama, has the Pro Bowl in flux.

posted by yerfatma at 08:40 AM on January 13

Colts Silence Broncos Offense, Make Peyton Manning Look Old

How can you all bag on John Fox when he's simply a typical mediocre NFL Coach? Let's talk about the marriage of the Oakland Raiders and Jack of the River. Now that should be real bad coaching. Can they move to the AFC East?

posted by yerfatma at 11:33 PM on January 12

Colts Silence Broncos Offense, Make Peyton Manning Look Old

This data is surprisingly hard to find. Here's the best resource I've found. And here's a spreadsheet showing them as favorites (assuming I cut that up right).

posted by yerfatma at 03:13 PM on January 12

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

And people say FIFA nominations/ awards are always out-of-touch:

The best way I was able to visualize the functional miss . . .

Don't get me wrong, I buy it. I just thought that might be one of the places people object to.

posted by yerfatma at 12:50 PM on January 12

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

"The Future of Basketball Is Here, and It Looks a Lot Like James Harden" — great Kirk Goldsberry piece on how Houston is using those advanced metrics they've been bragging on to maximize offense and the hidden values in James Harden's game. May require you to believe in the existence of the "Functional Miss" but also includes cool infographics and a bunch of GIFs as is de rigueur for Nëu Escrit de Sporte nowadays.

posted by yerfatma at 10:37 AM on January 12

Patriots Edge Ravens as Belichick Displays Some Trick Mojo

Analysis of Belichick's eligibility plays.

Maybe because I'm a Pats' fan, but Matt Chatham's articles have quickly become must-read stuff for me. They strike a good balance between Peter King fluff about tactics and way-too-wonky stuff from defrocked positional coaches still fighting The Big One from an armchair. The most notable discussion point during the game in our house was, "She's starting to understand language so you need to find a different way to express that." I was really confident in the Pats' chances, right up until the game started and the Ravens stomped all over them. The game didn't even feel like a win, but I take a lot of solace in the Tears of a Harbaugh. Indy knocking Manning out yesterday was a perfect dessert. It's a weird feeling: I can't see how the Pats lose to Indy and I can't really see how they beat Seattle.

One other thing: I have to agree with Peter King that the NFL needs to stop using the best graded officials by position and take the best squads instead to avoid all the confusing conferences we've seen this post-season. And I was amazed at how Indy's DBs were allowed to play physical in Denver's last real drive-- some of that stuff would have gotten a player ejected in the Pats/ Ravens game.

posted by yerfatma at 10:33 AM on January 12

Four players voted into the baseball Hall of Fame

The top comment, "Leave it to a creationist to start making shit up," covers it. I can't think of another athlete I have such mixed feelings about as a Sox fan and RI native: instrumental in winning the first Sox Series since 1918, did so in fairy tale circumstances and yet a complete cock, a bully who can dish it out but can't take it and a moron who espouses Republican beliefs while going bankrupt after sucking at the teat of the most liberal state this side of France.

Remember in high school when guys would make awful, misogynistic jokes about pretty girls saying if they only wouldn't talk? That's pretty much it. I'd rather be stuck in an elevator with Aaron Hernandez.

All that said, dude belongs in the HoF and if he hadn't been stuck on some awful Phillies teams for most of his career, he might already be in there.

posted by yerfatma at 07:15 PM on January 07

Four players voted into the baseball Hall of Fame

ESPN gives you Small Hall fans a list of the 125 best players in their opinion.

posted by yerfatma at 01:00 PM on January 07

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

That is insane.

posted by yerfatma at 12:59 PM on January 07

Four players voted into the baseball Hall of Fame

who in their right mind has a ballot, looks at Randy Johnson and sees things like . . .

Well now they have this "Voting for other deserving guys because they know Pedro/ Randy/ Whomever is already in" defense to hide behind. I don't understand why the ballot needs to be limited to 10. Looking at grum's list I see 10-12 guys I would vote for and I bet I could make the case for 15 of them. That assumes we set the PED issue to one side which we won't, but in the abstract there will be years when more than 10 players are deserving and the problem with "He'll get there . . . eventually" is a large chunk of the voters are morons who are influenced by stupid stuff and so players who aren't clear first ballot choices have a tendency to hang around and even drop down after that first year.

posted by yerfatma at 07:21 PM on January 06

Four players voted into the baseball Hall of Fame

Anyone that gave a vote to [players listed with less than 10 votes] should lose their voting privileges.

My only surprise is Erstad only got a single vote. The Raines and Trammel ones bug me but at least they are trending up.

Who the heck voted for Aaron Boone?

Probably Dan Shaughnessy.

posted by yerfatma at 03:55 PM on January 06

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Seriously: Steph Curry.

posted by yerfatma at 10:13 AM on January 06

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

As if Everton's season wasn't bad enough . . .

posted by yerfatma at 11:17 AM on January 05

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Great story Howard and it reminds me: we watched a bit of Mr. Mom over the holidays (because I have to stop and see at least a little bit) and I noticed a picture of a Detroit Lions QB in the boys' bedroom but the name was so unfamiliar I assumed it was the photographer's name. Turns out Eric Hipple was the QB's name and he had an eventful, if not altogether happy, life after football.

posted by yerfatma at 09:26 AM on January 05

Ducks v. Bucks in Arlington

some of the Ducks went full-on troll and chanted "No means no" while doing the tomahawk chop

Which their coach says they will be disciplined for. I assume that means a strong speech about not getting caught on tape, perhaps featuring guest lecturer Professor Winston.

the meme of 2014 explains Winston's inexplicable collapse (and that of a referee)

That's awesome. In retrospect it's hard to blame the ref for reacting quickly enough to the play's change in direction that his feet couldn't keep up, but it doesn't make it less funny.

posted by yerfatma at 08:31 AM on January 02

New York Jets Fire Rex Ryan, GM John Idzik

Misspelling (heel vs heal) intentional?

And here I was worried it was all less-than-subtle.

posted by yerfatma at 03:17 PM on December 31

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The only prayer I ever offer up these days is a plea that Skip's brother isn't nearly the db that he is.

They don't talk, so I think you can watch PBS with a clear conscience: "Among the most well-known siblings on television, Skip and Rick Bayless have virtually no relationship today.".

posted by yerfatma at 01:56 PM on December 30

New York Jets Fire Rex Ryan, GM John Idzik

Rex had two highly-regarded prospects . . . both of whom seemed to regress rather than progress under his leadership.

If I may be pedantic, by that logic Kevin Gilbride ruined Ryan Leaf. I'm not sure whether Ryan is responsible for the lower digits of his offense (I wasn't a fan of his father's Cenozoic-era offensive ideas) but Mark Sanchez barely toes the line under offensive guru Chip Kelley, so I don't think Ryan is the sole problem. In a league obsessed with retreads, Ryan's a shoe-in for another job and can probably make a "Physician, heel thyself" case for himself.

Sadly Chad Pennington pre-dates Rex in NYC as it means I can't make a "Well, you might as well hand it off anyway" joke in Ryan's defense. Would have been corny anyway.

posted by yerfatma at 01:52 PM on December 30

New York Jets Fire Rex Ryan, GM John Idzik

what you're describing is a good defensive coordinator

Maybe, but it's hard to say. He never had a really good QB and in the current NFL it doesn't seem like you can win without a top tier QB, or at least one capable of playing one for a season or two depending on how you feel about Flacco and Eli Manning. If we accept Flacco and Manning as top ten QBs in their season, you have to go back to Trent Dilfer's Ravens or Brad Johnson's Bucs for a team with a "game manager" under center whose main job was to not throw picks.

posted by yerfatma at 08:54 AM on December 30

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

"Lions center Dominic Raiola, who himself returned from a one-game suspension Monday, defended Suh's actions." Maybe the Lions could find a different face to put on this incident?

posted by yerfatma at 08:51 AM on December 30

Sources: Jim Harbaugh Expected to Take Michigan Job

Obvious that the wrong side of the DeBartolo family wants the franchise to suck for some reason.

What is the opposite of Occam's Razor?

Mommy's team is the only team Jed York will ever manage.

As opposed to all the other family-owned teams managed by the scion of a different team?

posted by yerfatma at 08:49 AM on December 30

Rogue Cheerleaders Hope to Win Over New York Giants

My initial reaction to the headline: "Depends on their defense."

posted by yerfatma at 08:48 AM on December 30

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

My problems in Chrome tend to be related to DNS pre-fetching/ caching. Try looking up how to dump the DNS cache to see if that helps. On a tablet right now but I can dig up some links if you still are having trouble.

posted by yerfatma at 06:33 AM on December 24

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I will never again see Diego Costa without thinking of your dream.

Think how I feel. I'm considering cutting him from my fantasy team just because. He looked back while he was doing it like some kind of animal. Best comparison I can provide:

Devin McCourty immortalizes Vince Wilfork's FG block:

posted by yerfatma at 10:50 AM on December 23

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

That is awesome, doubly so because it gives me an excuse to mention my dream from Sunday night: I was cast in a local play (no idea what) alongside Diego Costa. On the second day of rehearsal, which took place in my 8th grade classroom except the floor was wet sand like near the water at a beach, before everyone had even arrived, Costa stripped naked, dropped to all fours and proceeded to take a dump and then rip around the room like a dog.

I don't want to know.

posted by yerfatma at 08:21 AM on December 23

Chris Wondolowski Relives That Shot

Does anyone ever say that kind of thing when the person playing at the height of his talents is a striker?

Sure. Pretty much every week on Football Weekly you hear some team should have won by 6 and it's not because the other keeper was amazing. It is strange in general a typically low-scoring sport inspires that kind of hyperbole though. No one post Brazil/ Germany was saying Germany should have won by 12, were they?

posted by yerfatma at 08:57 AM on December 22

The Boston Celtics have traded Rajon Rondo to Dallas

I want to have something smart to say here but I've got nothing. I think it's a pretty good deal for the Celtics given everyone knew they were selling, Rondo's contract status and his divisiveness-- not so much the personality as the fact half the GMs in the league would look at his game and think the minuses are too much to take on.

Personally, I will miss the crazy bastard and I will have to tune into some Mavs games. I loved him and the prickliness. The (main) problem with him, and why the Celtics had to sell low, is he has to be interested to put in the effort that leads to great performances. The most oft-quoted stat is his performances in nationally-televised games. Just about all of his triple doubles happen in games where a lot of people are watching. That's the kind of thing I should ignore as a cold-hearted stats lover, but it's a hell of a coincidence when those happen to be the games against the toughest competition, often playoff or Finals games. If the Mavs can keep him interested, I think he is a positive on the defensive side. When he's pissed, he's a hell of an on-ball defender, a pest. Jackie MacMullan said post-trade she thought he'd return to his old self now instead of doing the "Olé!" reach-around defense he had been settling for since the Big Three broke up.

I'm happy for the Celtics that this is over and they got a decent haul, especially if they can flip some of the players for future assets. I'm happy for Rondo as the team feels like a good fit, though I'd love to see him play for Popovich some day just to watch the media go nuts. Be interesting to see the next Clippers/ Mavs game.

posted by yerfatma at 08:55 AM on December 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Although it needs some "fucked it in first and gave her some Jandal!"

That was $%&!-ing awesome. Thanks for the transcription or I would have missed the best part entirely.

posted by yerfatma at 08:33 AM on December 18

Served up on a platter for SportsFilter

the fielding is usually atrocious because you are only able to move slowly and throw with one hand, because you don't want to spill your beer.

Without wanting to stereotype, they're all nerdy programmer/ engineer types working for Local Insurance Conglomerate. And they use a tennis ball. So I'm not sure how that affects things but I do have dreams of one day one-handing a blast beyond the boundary and taking Dover Cricket into the IPL.

posted by yerfatma at 08:30 AM on December 18

Can True Sports Fans Switch to a New Favorite Team?

Grew up in Hartford, so yes.

/lights YukonGold signal, sits quietly, farts out "Brass Bonanza"

posted by yerfatma at 06:51 PM on December 17

Served up on a platter for SportsFilter

That's funny. Here in cosmopolitan Dover, New Hampshire there's a constant cricket game going on next to the dog park and my one observation while ignoring the dogs is that the fielding is atrocious. That and the fact there's a giant German Shepard who appears to understand the rules and barks at anyone who runs outside the boundary.

posted by yerfatma at 04:29 PM on December 17