Recent Comments by yerfatma

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Matt Wieters moves, but not far. 2 years, $21 million for the Nationals.

posted by yerfatma at 12:50 PM on February 21

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Who knows what will happen, but that seems like a terrible trade from Sacramento's side.

posted by yerfatma at 03:41 PM on February 20

Carter Capps' pitching delivery is illegal and MLB doesn't care.

How did he ever get to the majors with that motion? What coaches along the way thought, "Yeah, that's ok. Kind of pushing the envelope but it's not like it's 1 million percent obviously against the rules"? I clicked on the link expecting to see some pearl clutching from Old Tyme Baseball men but c'mon. That looks like something from a shitty sports movie.

posted by yerfatma at 03:37 PM on February 19

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Hey!

posted by yerfatma at 11:06 PM on February 16

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Two fun GIFs from reddit:

Lacrosse hidden ball trick
Ridiculous handball goal

posted by yerfatma at 04:16 PM on February 08

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Sorry for your loss rcade.

As for Claude Julien, what Howard said: Claude is walking the plank for Neely's failings and the whole organization is dead at the head. But they will keep selling hot dogs in the arena, so the owner is happy.

posted by yerfatma at 03:55 PM on February 07

The Greatest Comeback in NFL History

I also assume that streak of 3 consecutive failed 3rd downs the Patriots converted via defensive holding had 90% of America screaming it was a fix. And for all the crap the refs catch in the the NFL, how they got that Edelman catch right in real time is beyond me. I was laughing when they called it a catch claiming I'd definitely seen it hit the ground.

posted by yerfatma at 11:16 AM on February 06

The Greatest Comeback in NFL History

No dog in this fight, but man NFL OT rules suck.

Yeah, I had to explain the OT rules to my wife and I completely forgot if the score is a TD it's a sudden death win so it added an extra layer of unreality to what was already unreal. We watched it on about an hour's delay to make sure Josie got to bed on time (better to wait and watch uninterrupted than have her get up 12x because she went to bed late) and the thing felt like a slow-motion trainwreck, that kind of feeling when you are out of school/ work for a funeral and it seems like you are in a separate reality from everyone else walking around. We were both avoiding social media but trying like hell to figure out if we should keep subjecting ourselves to the horror (like interpreting tea leaves, my wife and I spent an inordinate amount of time deciding what it meant that someone drove away from the neighbor's house at 9:30*). Then things got a little better, then they messed up again and turned a TD into a field goal right before the half. That second field goal shocked me. It felt anti-Belichickian to take the points and bet on being able to score 2 more times and convert 2 2 point conversions. That sequence where the Falcons managed to not get a field goal from the New England 22 was when I started to believe. Michelle wanted to know why I was still not believing and I explained even if they stopped them at the 22 it was over because the field goal was (almost) a sure thing. Then the sack had me jumping up saying, "That's not a sure thing" and then the penalty after they made up some of the sack . . . unreal. As you all know I tend to be cold and data-focused about sports but I don't know how you could deny the existence of momentum after seeing that game. It was so surreal I had to praise the folks from Comcast for their auto-extend DVR feature actually working (even if it didn't catch the trophy ceremony).

* We initially assumed the game had gotten to 42-0 or something. Around the 4th quarter I suggested an alternate theory involving a serious medical incident.

posted by yerfatma at 11:14 AM on February 06

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The strangest Super Bowl city "war" I've seen, MFA vs High Museum of Art.

posted by yerfatma at 03:29 PM on February 03

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Zarley Zalapski

/plays a slow, sad "Brass Bonanza"

posted by yerfatma at 02:37 PM on February 02

Boston Sports Writer Trolls 'Zero Enthusiasm' Atlanta

Patriots fans should be packing that place every game. They are experiencing a run of football excellence and when it's over, the team may never its like again.

While I agree, the fact the game works better on TV than in person across the league + the experience of getting to and from a game on a two-lane road . . .

Wish I could think of another town that saw a team with sustained success but stayed away in droves . . .

(Working on a CHB-type "Cleaning Out the Desk" column here . . . )

posted by yerfatma at 03:30 PM on January 31

SportsFilter's 15th Anniversary

In the vein of "Things that SpoFi has done for me over the years", I picked up a copy of FIFA for the first time in 6 years and spent 4 glorious seasons as Idrissa Gana Gueye taking Everton to multiple league and Champions League titles even as I cranked up the difficulty. Looking around for an even more Don Quixote-esque challenge, I created a player in honor of the recently departed Lemmy Kilmister and assigned him to St. Pauli, who I assumed would be overjoyed to have such a young go-getter.

They loaned me out. I am far and away the best player on Morecambe F.C. and the lone positive I can take from it is I now know they are The Shrimps. Aren't they just. We are in the playoff positions in spite of being the lowest scoring team in the league. I don't know how. My one hope is a glitch in the game that trades my forward players' first touches for their shot attempts as the former go much further and straighter than the latter.

posted by yerfatma at 10:00 AM on January 27

Total eclipse of the park

That is awesome. Here's hoping we can still tell the difference by August.

posted by yerfatma at 12:26 PM on January 26

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Interesting (to me anyway) article on how Everton have separated management of their youth teams:

Instead of leaving under 23 recruitment to the whim of a manager who might be here for 11 seasons or, like Martinez, for just three Everton are future-proofing the process and trusting staff who will work with younger players once they arrive at the club.

Interestingly, the club seems to be operating a continental B-team style system, where David Unsworth and new youth scout Jamie Hoyland are trusted to bring in their own players on the proviso those players are good enough to one day supplement the first team squad.

posted by yerfatma at 09:18 AM on January 25

SportsFilter's 15th Anniversary

While I hate to compliment ESPN, it's funny that's the one link from the first post that still works.

posted by yerfatma at 09:16 AM on January 25

SportsFilter's 15th Anniversary

Wow, 15 years!

posted by yerfatma at 12:04 PM on January 24

Baggy, The Rock, and Pudge make the cut.

If Rolen is that far from Chipper it would be a shame. I suspect Thome will have to wait until Year 2; you know how important it is to make it clear a player was great but not that great.

posted by yerfatma at 03:57 PM on January 19

Patriots Set Record with 6th Straight AFC Championship Trip

The movie Kevin Costner never made.

posted by yerfatma at 03:29 PM on January 17

Steelers Kick 6 Field Goals, Advance to AFC Championship

Loved this comment from deadspin:

Travis Kelce does elaborate dances after touchdowns, makes jerking off motions toward refs on the field, gets a stupid unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after dropping an important pass in a playoff game, and has his own reality show in which women compete for the chance to date him. Yet somehow he doesn't get half the criticism Odell and Cam get.

I'm trying to figure out what the difference is, but I can't qwhite put my finger on it.

posted by yerfatma at 02:23 PM on January 16

Patriots Set Record with 6th Straight AFC Championship Trip

such a terrible throwing motion is beyond me.

Ah, whaddya you know? It worked for Kent Tekulve and Dan Quisenberry.

posted by yerfatma at 02:17 PM on January 16

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

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

"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

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

"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

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

About Tom Brady's blocking technique . . .

posted by yerfatma at 11:56 AM on November 29

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Good news for owlie!

posted by yerfatma at 11:48 AM on October 12

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

In case you haven't seen it yet:

posted by yerfatma at 03:39 PM on October 04

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

2 Evertons, 0 Liverpools

posted by yerfatma at 09:25 AM on September 30

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Wait, seriously?!

posted by yerfatma at 03:18 PM on September 23

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

It's not just fans who get confused.

posted by yerfatma at 02:23 PM on September 23

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

[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

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

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

posted by yerfatma at 02:16 PM on September 20

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

rcade, just a carousel?

posted by yerfatma at 08:06 PM on September 18

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

send the fuel additives to my wife

posted by yerfatma at 01:52 PM on August 31

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