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It's the end of the World Cup as we know it

Someone on reddit didthemath and came up with the odds of a 48 team World Cup resulting in situations where the last game of the first round might lead to teams conspiring to draw (a biscotto in sah-KER parlance).

posted by yerfatma at 10:27 AM on January 13

Jaguars Promote Doug Marrone, Make Tom Coughlin a VP

I see Coughlin as a Bill Parcells-type hire.

I get the Jags have nowhere to go but up, but none of those Parcells' teams did anything of note, did they?

posted by yerfatma at 03:27 PM on January 10

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"Could Mr. Rose come to the white courtesy phone? There is a call from Mr. Jackson waiting."

posted by yerfatma at 10:29 AM on January 10

Jaguars Promote Doug Marrone, Make Tom Coughlin a VP

Pardon my ignorance, but why did you want Coughlin back? From my outside perspective, even with the Pats losing twice to his Giants in the Super Bowl, I'd just as soon have Father Coughlin coach my favorite team.

posted by yerfatma at 10:28 AM on January 10

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"Shooters shoot" - I am 50/ 50 on Shea Serrano stories, but when he hits, he hits.

posted by yerfatma at 12:44 PM on January 04

The Hot Seat is just lukewarm now

I wish Brian Kelley would pursue one of those made-up "other offers" he's mentioned so I could go back to watching Notre Dame.

posted by yerfatma at 01:35 PM on December 02

Rudy, Interrupted: South Carolina State's 55 Year-Old Back

Don't see why not.

posted by yerfatma at 01:34 PM on December 02

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About Tom Brady's blocking technique . . .

posted by yerfatma at 11:56 AM on November 29

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Athletes, they're just like us.

posted by yerfatma at 10:17 AM on November 17

Cubs Beat Dodgers, Head to the World Series for the First Time in 70 Years

How has the MLB not set fire to Fox Sports offices? Seems like a travesty the NLCS was on a sub-par channel available to around 73% of US homes. I get that Fox is trying to compete with ESPN but I'd be livid if they were using (part of) my sport's showcase event to do so.

posted by yerfatma at 01:51 PM on October 24

Cleveland Indians Advance to World Series

Yeah, really happy for Tito. If the Series does end up as Cleveland v. Cubs, I hope the Red Sox ownership spends the entire time slapping each other in the groin for thinking they were the brains behind the operation.

posted by yerfatma at 12:29 PM on October 20

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Good news for owlie!

posted by yerfatma at 11:48 AM on October 12

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Now I'm skeeved out that rcade had my childhood comforter. Creep!

posted by yerfatma at 11:47 AM on October 12

Blue Jays Beat Orioles, Advance to Face Rangers

It's why there are no sports played in Boston (beer cans)

Hey, don't short-change us!

posted by yerfatma at 10:02 AM on October 06

Blue Jays Beat Orioles, Advance to Face Rangers

I watched yesterday's PTI today at lunch. They picked the Orioles because of:

A. Britton
B. Showalter's managerial acumen

posted by yerfatma at 03:29 PM on October 05

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In case you haven't seen it yet:

posted by yerfatma at 03:39 PM on October 04

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2 Evertons, 0 Liverpools

posted by yerfatma at 09:25 AM on September 30

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Looks like someone at EA Sports has a grudge. And I like it.

A photo posted by Premier League (@premierleague) on

posted by yerfatma at 09:24 AM on September 30

Sam Allardyce: Ex-England boss says entrapment has won

The fallout continues. A Barnsley assistant has been let go, QPR's manager has been implicated and, prepare your shocked face for this, Massimo Cellino isn't completely clean!

posted by yerfatma at 10:32 AM on September 29

Marlins Pitcher Jose Fernandez Dies in Boating Accident


posted by yerfatma at 03:49 PM on September 26

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Wait, seriously?!

posted by yerfatma at 03:18 PM on September 23

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It's not just fans who get confused.

posted by yerfatma at 02:23 PM on September 23

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His trade value is never going to be higher!

(Proving stupid knows no fandom boundaries, I've seen plenty of Pats fans wondering if it's time to start the Jimmy G Era and plenty of Pats haters declaring this proves Brady was a system QB all along. Particularly love this rant suggesting he can't be considered as good as Montana and Marino because Brady has a great coach . . .)

posted by yerfatma at 01:21 PM on September 23

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[This is the space where a smaller person would do a lot of gloating about "Chess v Checkers" and that sort of thing.]

posted by yerfatma at 12:45 PM on September 23

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Scully works alone.

It used to be far more common and still happens in soccer. I've definitely seen some announcers who said they want to Greta Garbo it (Al Michaels and Martin Tyler spring to mind) but sports produces assume we are all dumbasses who want to listen to the insights of a former player no matter how addled their brain.

posted by yerfatma at 12:45 PM on September 23

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I can't imagine the stress of the Stoke City job right now:

posted by yerfatma at 02:16 PM on September 20

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You'll have to do some scrolling to find them all, but Bryan Curtis, late of Grantland, has been doing a number of articles on announcers for The Ringer. I have no idea why he got interested in talking to announcers, but there's some meat in there for discussing Musburger's fall. He certainly was a great one. I think sometimes announcers good enough to last get too comfortable in a gig and start letting their facade fall away.

That or they bite a woman in the back during sex.

posted by yerfatma at 08:54 AM on September 20

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At what point does Arian Foster start to wonder how world-class of a trainer his brother is?

posted by yerfatma at 08:06 PM on September 18

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rcade, just a carousel?

posted by yerfatma at 08:06 PM on September 18

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Ok, maybe Bravo is a little better with his feet than Joe Hart.

posted by yerfatma at 12:22 PM on September 15

Tim Tebow Signs Minor League Contract with Mets

I don't think it's so much a case as his fit as a Canadian Club QB as his unwillingness to adjust at all to make his NFL dreams a reality. He wasn't interested in Canada, he didn't want to try being a tight end . . . but now he's willing to give baseball a shot for the sake of what? If he were Deion Sanders, the complete lack of humility might not be so distasteful. And if I were a minor league journeyman struggling to make it I'd be pretty pissed about a guy getting a free shot and not even committing to it. Tebow is apparently not letting baseball interfere with his existing college football commenting gigs.

posted by yerfatma at 03:30 PM on September 12

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Went looking for today's USMNT game on the cable box. Found it on a screen asking me for $24.99. There are heroin addicts who would laugh at that kind of salesmanship. F off.

posted by yerfatma at 04:23 PM on September 02

Hope Solo takes leave of absence

As much as I dislike Solo, I'm not convinced those comments deserved to be the tipping point in warranting a suspension.

Same page. A guy says that 100x a year in North American sports without it even making the front of the local sports section. If those things still exist.

posted by yerfatma at 01:53 PM on August 31

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send the fuel additives to my wife

posted by yerfatma at 01:52 PM on August 31

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We want to improve the experience going forward, not punish viewers for the sins of the past!

posted by yerfatma at 12:32 PM on August 24

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Still not sold on Bolt being better than Carl Lewis, though I'm not sold on the idea of "better than" at the top-tier of greatness anyway. One more gold than Bolt and more variety of events.

posted by yerfatma at 12:36 PM on August 19

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Aha, thanks!

posted by yerfatma at 04:01 PM on August 18

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I'm sure it's Google-able, but can someone explain to me why it seems like all of the bronze medals in freestyle wrestling are ties? In return I'll present you with Ronald Koeman's evaluation of one of Roberto Martinez's final signings at Everton:

posted by yerfatma at 01:05 PM on August 18

LeBron James Wants to Own an NBA Team

Will it be something you can advertise beer on? If so, I think the $50 million is probably a safe estimate.

posted by yerfatma at 11:21 AM on August 18

LeBron James Wants to Own an NBA Team

$2 billion was a wad of cash but is it an overpayment? The Clippers are currently looking for a new local TV deal and Fox supposedly offered $50 million. For a year. If we assume that's realistic and the US real interest rate is around 2% we can well, what we can do is see I never really applied myself in my econ degree and rather than do any hard math I'll be lazy and value the team as a perpetuity: a TV contract that paid $50 million/ year (adjusting for inflation) would make the team worth more than $2b by itself (50/.02). Obviously the market is changing and TV contracts may collapse but if you figure that local TV deal + a share of the national deal (3.33% of $2.6 billion a year is about $87 million) + ticket revenues, I can't fault Ballmer.

posted by yerfatma at 03:51 PM on August 17

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A Celtics fan on reddit made a sweet yardsale score: VHS tapes of the '86 Celtics Jumbotron videos.

posted by yerfatma at 08:48 PM on August 16

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Tough to unseat Carl Lewis given the number of events he competed in. But let's given Bolt a chance at a ceremonial first pitch to see.

posted by yerfatma at 10:36 AM on August 15

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posted by yerfatma at 08:59 AM on August 11

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That's a great obit, thanks owlie.

posted by yerfatma at 08:49 AM on August 11

Longtime ESPN Broadcaster John Saunders Dies

Definitely will miss. Great voice, great demeanor.

posted by yerfatma at 08:46 AM on August 11

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The ump shoul've called it a ball just so McEnroe could argue it.

Awesome! Just realized Mac is a lefty too-- he could probably help a team out.

posted by yerfatma at 08:39 AM on August 05

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Have we already discussed McEnroe revalidating the idea of ceremonial first pitches?

posted by yerfatma at 08:38 AM on August 04

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Wonder how Lukaku and Mirallas feel about their new national team manager.

EDIT: guess I know now.

posted by yerfatma at 08:18 PM on August 03

NBA Players Assocation votes unanimously to fund health insurance for retired players

Really liking the lead the NBA players have been taking on stuff like this. Can't wait to hear the NFL's reasons for not doing the same, something along the lines of "When you have 12 guys on a team, it's easy . . . "

posted by yerfatma at 01:28 PM on July 29

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If only there had been a mature friend who could have talked Sale down. Too bad they kicked Adam LaRoche's kid out of the clubhouse.

If Trader Dave Dombrowski swaps either or both of the Red Sox top prospects for this meatstick I am going to upper deck his office toilet.

posted by yerfatma at 04:11 PM on July 25

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That was how I felt as well, Howard. I would like to see a follow-up interview with the computer. I'm sure when it was just a little CPU it had dreams and they looked nothing like simulating 750 Bartolo Colons. Plus the ones that came up from AAA Colon teams due to injuries and the September call-ups of AAAA Colons who never realized their full potential.

posted by yerfatma at 10:45 AM on July 15

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We care about the NBA summer league!

Hey, as a Celtics fan that's my Dream Time. You take that back.

posted by yerfatma at 02:22 PM on July 14

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em Champion: Bender

I was in last place after group play, and yerfatma was in the lead, and well

Yeah, I think the outlier was that I ever did well. Killed myself in the semis by second-guessing myself.

posted by yerfatma at 12:54 PM on July 13

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Given his social media feed indicates he thinks the world is flat, I imagine it was just another day at the office for him.

posted by yerfatma at 12:51 PM on July 13

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posted by yerfatma at 02:54 PM on July 11

Tim Duncan announces retirement

what's more insane is that LeBron is within 1000

Wow, it feels like Duncan came from another geologic era. I mean, fer chrissake, he was in college before I was! Too bad he didn't one-and-done.

posted by yerfatma at 02:53 PM on July 11

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nearest "big" city is Fall River, MA

Ha, I was just wondering today how Fall Rive reacted. Not like they're spoiled for good news.

posted by yerfatma at 02:52 PM on July 11

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Final

France 2 - Portugal 1 (Griezmann)
Yellow cards: Pepe (honestly, we should eliminate Pepe from the selection just to make it more interesting), Pogba, Bruno Alves
Shots on goal: 4

posted by yerfatma at 03:04 PM on July 08

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At the same time you also don't expect a world class official to make a call that dictates the outcome of a contest unless completely warranted.

Look at the link tron posted. It hit his hand. The second ref on the line had a good view.

posted by yerfatma at 03:02 PM on July 08

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I didn't like it, but it was a long way from terrible imho. Why are he and Boateng jumping like that? It ain't volleyball.

posted by yerfatma at 08:57 PM on July 07