Recent Comments by yerfatma

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Aha, thanks!

posted by yerfatma at 04:01 PM on August 18

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

posted by yerfatma at 08:59 AM on August 11

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

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

posted by yerfatma at 08:38 AM on August 04

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

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

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Semifinals

Wales 2-1, Bale
Germany 2-0 Muller

posted by yerfatma at 01:02 PM on July 06

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Your jab is sharper than a serpent's tooth.

posted by yerfatma at 09:02 AM on July 03

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Quarterfinals

I think I had Graziano Pelle to score as well.

Act like you've been there before, classless.

Poland 1, Portugal 0 (Lewandoski)
Wales 1, Belgium 3 (Bale)
Germany 0, Italy 0, Italy wins in shootout (No one?)
France 2, Iceland 0 (Giroud)

posted by yerfatma at 09:16 AM on June 30

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Is it on Kane? Why the hell was he taking spot kicks? Guessing the same case of Hodgson's Lymphoma that put Sterling and Wilshire back on the field after they clearly proved they had no business being there.

posted by yerfatma at 08:17 PM on June 28

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Darke's my favorite soccer announcer, but I thought it was overkill today. He could have talked half as much about what a disaster it was and still made the point.

Seconded on both. Given Conte's success with a "terrible" Italian team and Roy's disaster with a lot of talented England players, I think the main takeaway from this tournament will be finding a way to make coaching at the national level interesting again for the best managers. Which would also mean finding a way to swing the club/ country pendulum back toward country.

posted by yerfatma at 01:22 PM on June 28

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Round of 16

Incidentally, how does a duck get broken? Is it a broken beak or a broken leg or wing?

"From cricket, where duck means a score of zero."

Well, ok, but . . . ?

"Duck is short for duck's egg, which is the shape of a 0."

posted by yerfatma at 09:21 AM on June 24

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Does anyone find it odd Conte did more for the Republic of Ireland in one game than their previous Italian manager did in years at the helm?

posted by yerfatma at 04:37 PM on June 23

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Round of 16

Switzerland 0 vs. Poland 2 - Lewandowski
Wales 2 vs. Northern Ireland 0 - Bale
Croatia 2 vs. Portugal 0 - Modric
France 3 vs. Republic of Ireland 0 - Giroud
Germany 1 vs. Slovakia 0 - Muller
Hungary 3 vs. Belgium 2 - Hazard
Italy 1 vs. Spain 0 - Pele
England 2 vs. Iceland 1 - Sturridge

posted by yerfatma at 04:36 PM on June 23

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Someone get the Knicks an up-to-date office calendar.

posted by yerfatma at 03:52 PM on June 22

Copa America Pick 'Em: Semifinals

Argentina 3, USA 2 (Higuain)
Chile 1, Colombia 0 (Sanchez)

posted by yerfatma at 03:32 PM on June 21

LeBron Brings a Championship to Cleveland

I've learned to seek out LeBron on the defensive fast break to watch him hunt

Having watched LeBron versus the Celtics a bunch in the Big Three Era, I wasn't even surprised in real-time. On replay, yeah, it's crazy but that kind of play is one of the reasons I think he's the best player I've ever seen.

That's Mike Breen, correct?

Yup. The Ringer had a nice piece on him recently that reminded me of how funny he was on Imus back in the day. I always knock Breen for having turned into an old fogey, but based on that piece it sounds like he's just different as an announcer. And it explains why he is forever defending the refs.

posted by yerfatma at 03:30 PM on June 21

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Everton have been linked with Ajax & Poland's Arkadiusz Milik (#7). After 71 minutes of this game, he ought to be available on a free transfer. Just not his day.

posted by yerfatma at 04:36 PM on June 16

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Was there an explanation of what happened with NI's third substitute? I couldn't tell if there was a legitimate miscommunication among the officials and then NI milked it for a delay or if it was just time wasting.

posted by yerfatma at 04:03 PM on June 16

Copa America Pick 'Em: Quarterfinals

USA 2, Ecuador 0 (Wood)
Colombia 3, Peru 0 (James)
Argentina 4, Venezuela 1 (Messi)
Chile 2, Mexico 0 (Vidal)

posted by yerfatma at 02:09 PM on June 15

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

In the run up to the Euros the conventional wisdom was the tournament (or at least the group stage) would be terrible because the expansion to 24 teams meant 8 minnows who would come in and get whomped on. That's been strangely untrue through today at least. Is it just a opening day jitters or mediocre "big" teams being unable to unlock well-drilled bus parkers?

posted by yerfatma at 02:07 PM on June 15

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Too awesome not to share.

posted by yerfatma at 10:26 AM on June 14

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Enver Hoxa casts a long shadow.

Are English fans doing some kind of '80s Throwback Weekend in the streets of Marseille?

posted by yerfatma at 03:35 PM on June 11

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

What are you complaining about? That's pretty much been French fans' experience in the last couple tournaments.

posted by yerfatma at 03:20 PM on June 10

SportsFilter Euro 2016 Pick 'Em

posted by yerfatma at 02:00 PM on June 10

"Mr. Hockey", Gordie Howe, has passed away at age 88.


posted by yerfatma at 10:18 AM on June 10

SportsFilter Euro 2016 Pick 'Em

Winners listed first.

Group A: France, Switzerland. Giroud (God help me).
Group B: England, Russia. Gareth Bale
Group C: Germany, Poland. Müller
Group D: Spain, Croatia. Rakitić
Group E: Belgium, Sweden. Lukaku (just to haunt me)
Group F: Portugal, Iceland. Ronaldo (though none of them will decide anything)

Qualifiers: Ukraine, Hungary, Italy, Wales

whatever you septics can recommend in and around Milford, Connecticut.

Moving away would be what I'd recommend.

posted by yerfatma at 09:44 AM on June 10

Chris Christie: Hot Female Tennis Players Are Hot

For chrissakes, can't even this tiny little site off the beaten path be free from this childish culture of virtue signaling and moral purity posturing that's taken over everywhere else on the web?

Funny, I was going to ask if we couldn't keep the shitty GamerGate mindset off of here.



posted by yerfatma at 09:30 AM on June 10

SportsFilter Euro 2016 Pick 'Em

Euro 2016 begins at 3 p.m. EDT Friday night

You are getting old, gramps.

posted by yerfatma at 04:51 PM on June 09

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Somewhat NSFW, but another possible Euro 2016 private league we could do. I added a private group called "spofi" here but I'm not totally sure how others join. It's all a bit slapdash so it may just be a matter of knowing the name.

One tip: the search is case-sensitive, which is craptastic.

posted by yerfatma at 01:24 PM on June 06

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

It's to avoid match fixing, obviously.

posted by yerfatma at 03:21 PM on June 03

SportsFilter Copa America Centenario Pick 'Em

I'm happy to report the rumors of a Founder's crisis were . . . well, unfounded.

posted by yerfatma at 03:21 PM on June 03

SportsFilter Copa America Centenario Pick 'Em

Group A: Costa Rica (w), Colombia - Joel Campbell
Group B: Brazil (w), Peru - Coutinho
Group C: Mexico (w), Uruguay, Chicharito
Group D: Argentina (w), Chile, Messi

Ideally Founder's All Day IPA assuming something horrible hasn't happened as our grocery store ran out last weekend.

posted by yerfatma at 10:49 AM on June 03

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Tragic news about Pepe.

posted by yerfatma at 10:44 AM on June 03

The Ringer

Yeah I don't get using Medium for your platform at all. No matter what you do it feels like Medium and when Medium goes tits up I bet we hear a bunch of horror stories about how hard it is to move away. If you're going to half-ass it, why not use something like Wordpress which has a large ecosystem of open source and paid tools?

posted by yerfatma at 09:55 AM on June 03

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Well, he was right about Iglesias..maybe. Sorta. If you only take the data from this year...

His defense (before he blocked me on Twitter) seems to be based around the idea of temporality.

posted by yerfatma at 09:53 AM on June 03

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

posted by yerfatma at 11:14 AM on June 02

AFC Wimbledon Win Promotion to League One

If you haven't heard it, do yourself a favor and listen to this Men in Blazers interview with Adebayo Akinfenwa. I will always root for him.

posted by yerfatma at 10:28 AM on June 02

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

But I think most fans would rather have their best run in franchise history now as opposed to a quarter century ago.

As a Boston sports fan, I completely concur but am confused as to what success you're seeing locally.

posted by yerfatma at 10:23 AM on June 02

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle


All I got from that clip is someone on the broadcast would make a shitty GM.

posted by yerfatma at 10:21 AM on June 02