Recent Comments by yerfatma

Peyton Manning Has No Feeling In His Fingertips

his continued success is an incredible triumph of will.

So you're saying he is a Nazi?

posted by yerfatma at 10:00 AM on August 25

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How are we all celebrating Albert Belle's birthday? I was planning on throwing Superballs at kids.

posted by yerfatma at 08:59 AM on August 25

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No, they use smaller umps in the Little League World Series.

posted by yerfatma at 09:21 AM on August 24

Fantasy Premier League, Week Three

As opposed to Liverpool, who are living on offsides goals?

I kid the carpetbaggers from the wrong side of the river. Especially if we get mangled by Man City tomorrow.

posted by yerfatma at 07:30 PM on August 22

ESPN Accidentally Fires Adam Schefter

Is it possible they have actually fired him twice and he's simply one of those Milton-esque employees who just keeps showing up anyway?

posted by yerfatma at 11:13 AM on August 22

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Worked so well for Rod Beck.

posted by yerfatma at 08:11 AM on August 21

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I'm confused by this 538 article on Chase Utley's Hall of Fame chances— why would a statistically-minded site act surprised at his qualities? Maybe it's from following the Red Sox and Pedroia but I never thought of Utley in his prime as anything but the best second baseman in the game.

posted by yerfatma at 08:09 AM on August 21

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It is for another scoop they ran before confirming the credibility of reports about the Patriots filming opponents pre-Superbowl workouts that ESPN aired earlier this week.

Oh wow, that seems even worse. I'm sure they've learned their lesson though and will wind up on the right side of history. Just like their two legal mavens who've spent the last 6 months telling us Brady has no hope.

posted by yerfatma at 03:53 PM on August 20

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ESPN finally apologizes for the incorrect DeflateGate reporting. At 12:20am EDT.

posted by yerfatma at 12:24 PM on August 20

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How often does this happen? Dale Steyn broke a wicket.

Love the pointing finger at the end just in case I missed it.

posted by yerfatma at 08:16 AM on August 20

Welcome to Manchester United, Memphis Just Memphis

. . . we'll be in the air all day.

posted by yerfatma at 08:13 AM on August 20

NFL Player Sends Back Young Sons' Participation Trophies

"I'm sorry I'm not sorry"

Confirmed, that sounds like James Harrison wrote it.

posted by yerfatma at 01:10 PM on August 17

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Maybe it's the Internet Era, but I can't remember an athlete going from Not on My Radar to Amusing to Christ, What an Asshole as quickly as Kyrgios.

posted by yerfatma at 01:02 PM on August 17

Fantasy Premier League, Week Two

Well, I can't blame you, I was a shocked as you were.

posted by yerfatma at 01:02 PM on August 17

Fantasy Premier League, Week Two

Anyone have a good feel for how player values are calculated week to week?

It's definitely weird and I gave up trying to make money a few years ago. I know there's a way to do it since they actually have a ranking for Most Valuable Team, but the whole deal where you sell the player for less than they are currently valued for because of when you bought them confuses the hell out of me.

As an Everton fan, let me suggest Baines replacement, Luke Garbutt, a completely solid two-way player. Who is also hurt.

Kill me now.

posted by yerfatma at 07:37 PM on August 14

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Thirded, just started watching last night after the Mefi post. I will always honor Mr. Slater because Pump Up the Volume was one of the few movies we could always get away with watching in high school. Somehow the dorm masters never got to the Samantha Mathis part of that or the best part of Youngblood.

posted by yerfatma at 07:35 PM on August 14

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The Jets are in good hands with Ryan Fitzpatrick.

posted by yerfatma at 08:24 AM on August 14

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Your momma joke

posted by yerfatma at 12:55 PM on August 12

Teammate Sucker Punches Geno Smith, Breaks His Jaw

"You don't walk up to another man and punch him in the face [on non-cursed teams]." I caught Trevor Matich pontificating on this on Sportscenter and it was like his oral examination for the seminary. If they ever make a sequel to Idiocracy, I think ESPN should be the state religion and Nick Saban our pope.

posted by yerfatma at 02:18 PM on August 11

10 Degrees: It's a historic season for rookies

Thanks for this, I haven't been paying much attention this season so it was a good primer for me on the players that will be beating on the Red Sox for years to come.

posted by yerfatma at 08:53 AM on August 11

Texans RB, Arian Foster Publically Declares Himself an Atheist

Will he point at the ground when he scores?

posted by yerfatma at 11:12 AM on August 10

Texans RB, Arian Foster Publically Declares Himself an Atheist

Wasn't he a Buddhist like two seasons ago?

posted by yerfatma at 07:39 PM on August 07

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in England they're called "American odds,"

As a kid I feel like I only saw them in the paper for certain sports like college football and baseball. Basketball and football always seemed to be point spreads, not sure about hockey.

posted by yerfatma at 11:25 AM on August 06

How close are we to a London Jaguars NFL franchise?

I always thought that was the Maginot Line.

posted by yerfatma at 11:24 AM on August 06

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I can never figure out if it's the same as the US money line format. In that it would mean "Bet $100 to win the amount listed" whereas -169 would mean "Bet $169 to win $100", but it looks like it's different? I'll defer to the punters across the pond.

posted by yerfatma at 09:43 AM on August 06

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The Bundesliga will have 58 live matches on Fox Sports 1 this season and another 60 on Fox Sports 2.

Was just thinking this morning I'd like to have The Bundesliga back on my cable system, then realized Dormund is toast and Wolfsburg will probably go back to mediocre once City buys de Brune. And St. Pauli is not coming back any time soon, are they?

Plus I assume Fox will have their own highlights show instead of running "Halo Bundesliga!" like the prior incarnation of beIn (gol TV) did when we last had games on TV here.

posted by yerfatma at 09:39 AM on August 06

How close are we to a London Jaguars NFL franchise?

Eh, call me when you get relegated. /Magpie supporter

I said I was a sufferer, not stupid.

posted by yerfatma at 09:37 AM on August 06

3 Days to Start of Premier League Season

Great, now I have to go rethink my whole squad.

posted by yerfatma at 09:36 AM on August 06

How close are we to a London Jaguars NFL franchise?

Why would I trade the scars Everton have given me over the last decade for some Johnny-Come-Lately that's even worse?

posted by yerfatma at 06:14 PM on August 04

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With a promising Red Sox lefty about to make his debut, Gordon Edes gets a great interview from the Red Sox best-ever lefty debutante, Billy Rohr. Hopefully Henry Owens will generate a bit more ink in the stat book.

posted by yerfatma at 11:47 AM on August 04

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Nice!

posted by yerfatma at 02:57 PM on July 08