Recent Comments by yerfatma

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

So how's your day?

posted by yerfatma at 04:14 PM on July 21

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

it looks like everyone (coaches, players, administrators) seems to be involved in some kind of sex scandal or a cover up.

If you imagine it like the Catholic Church, except even more sanctimonious for even less reason, you'll be halfway there.

posted by yerfatma at 04:13 PM on July 21

Roger Federer Wins 8th Wimbledon Championship

Give Cilic a bit of credit: he was dealing with some foot blistering which hampered his mobility.

posted by yerfatma at 12:30 PM on July 19

Wayne Rooney Signs Two-Year Deal with Everton

Even at that size he kicks the ball better than the thought of Virgil van Dijk.

posted by yerfatma at 10:23 AM on July 12

Wayne Rooney Signs Two-Year Deal with Everton

It's a double-benefit since your share of TV revenue is based on league position as well. The system is designed to ensure the rich stay rich. It makes me long for the socialists behind US sports leagues.

posted by yerfatma at 02:47 PM on July 11

University Rochester football player kidnapped and tortured for 40 hours

CTRL-F, "Arthur Shawcross" - 0 results. Huh.

posted by yerfatma at 02:12 PM on July 10

Wayne Rooney Signs Two-Year Deal with Everton

I have no idea how to feel about this. He left a couple of years before I started following Everton so I've only really known his as a ManU player and he definitely seems like his best years are behind him due to the wear-and-tear on his less-than-sculpted frame. But I am old now and so a romantic and want to believe he has a magic year left in him. We're in the Europa League this year and trying to push for some kind of domestic silverware as well so there's plenty of gametime to go around, I'm just not sure how well he will use it.

In terms of strikers in red who's bigger clubs no longer want them, Giroud is the guy I'd like to see come in to fill part of the Lukaku-shaped hole in our offense.

posted by yerfatma at 02:10 PM on July 10

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Landon Donovan was a total bust in Germany

To be fair, he was barely 18 at the time and apparently didn't fit in very well. He had a much better time at Everton. Wish we could have kept him for a full season.

posted by yerfatma at 04:41 PM on June 01

Legendary Sportswriter Frank Deford Dies

Thanks for that rcade, I've been hearing his voice all weekend in my head. Bryan Curtis' piece has links to a couple of good DeFord stories.

posted by yerfatma at 09:38 AM on May 30

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Liga MX final observations:

This is the first athletic event featuring participants draped in kinesiotape where I thought it was appropriate. Must be holding some limbs on. This is like NHL from the 80s. Unswallow your whistle ref. One of the coaches is such a Sensitive Guy he should have an acoustic guitar. For some reason the phrase "Coors Light Cold Hard Facts" is in ingles.

posted by yerfatma at 08:34 PM on May 28

Left-for-Dead Celtics Beat Cavaliers in Game 3

Game 4 wasn't awful until Kyrie decided it was over.

posted by yerfatma at 02:21 PM on May 25

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I don't think it's interesting Bob Marley's grandson is in the NFL, but I think it's a shocker Rohan Marley's kid is already old enough to be in the NFL. Either he got an early start on fatherhood or I am old. Or both.

posted by yerfatma at 10:58 AM on May 17

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

It speaks to how I've come to understand the game I was so excited to see Everton had gotten off that particular leaderboard this year.

posted by yerfatma at 07:29 PM on May 11

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

the only bottle of rum the Class 6 (liquor) store had was Bacardi 151 proof

My father's friend had a similar story about the time the non-drinker was in charge of booze for a fishing trip and no one noticed until it was far too late to notice.

posted by yerfatma at 02:11 PM on May 06

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Jeter & Bush vs Dave Stewart & Romney for the Marlins? There must be better things to do.

posted by yerfatma at 04:20 PM on May 05

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Starting to question the Celtics' "Let them tire themselves out" parenting approach to the Wizards.

posted by yerfatma at 10:03 AM on May 05

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

posted by yerfatma at 03:45 PM on May 03

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

They did throw the guy out and video is available on Twitter. It would be nice if the Red Sox put the guy's photo and name on the Jumbotron for the next couple of games.

Side note: I was just Googling now to see if I could find the video I saw yesterday and was hit with a depressing look at how our 24-hour news cycle/ blogosphere creates a fucking mess. More than one of the links has conflated Adam Jones' statement that "60 people were ejected" that night with a racist who threw peanuts and used racial slurs to make it sound like Fenway has a racism section of club seats.

posted by yerfatma at 02:23 PM on May 03

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

There is also no way that MLB will implement the "ticket owner" ban idea

Doesn't the NFL do this? I know there was a huge hue and cry from Patriots fans but upon reflection that was when Wil McDonough was still alive, so it may no longer be accurate.

posted by yerfatma at 04:52 PM on May 02

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Yeah, I noticed his solution seemed pretty detached from reality and would only serve to make fans more abusive in general. I'd love to see a stadium ban to wake people up, but you know in the US that would only result in a bunch of lawyers getting rich. Public shaming is the best idea I can come up with.

posted by yerfatma at 01:11 PM on May 02

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The Bills complete changeover is incredibly strange to me. I guess you couldn't bring a whole new staff in right before the draft, but couldn't you have done it in February?

posted by yerfatma at 03:28 PM on May 01

ESPN laying off 100, including on-air personalities

Except for "Odd Squad." That shit is legit hilarious.

I'm waiting for ours to age back into it. I used to watch it with her when bottle-feeding in the AM (it was that and ESPN FC exclusively) and I miss it.

Does anyone else see ESPN as becoming more political in recent years?

I feel the same as you and as a wicked lefty see the complaints about "Liberal bias" just to be more of the same sorry crap as "EVERYONE IS SO PC NOWADAYS" but one of the deadspin threads on this subject addresses it with a little more nuance.

posted by yerfatma at 04:08 PM on April 27

Lexi Thompson lost an LPGA major after a TV viewer’s email prompted a four-stroke penalty

My solution to this problem: hire a bunch of nice old ladies from the Midwest to take calls from viewers, make sure they respond with lots of "Oh gosh" and "Gee whillikers!" and make copious notes in perfect Palmer handwriting. Then offer to send the notes in a format suitable for framing for just $19.95.

And throw any notes the caller doesn't want straight into the trash and move on with our lives.

posted by yerfatma at 02:31 PM on April 04

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Opening day in baseball used to be games across the league on a Monday, with lots of day games.

I don't even care so much about when Opening Day is so much as that stupid gap day after it. What is the point of getting me all excited for baseball, the one sport that happens 6 days out of 7, and then taking a day off right after?

posted by yerfatma at 02:29 PM on April 04

Penn State Trustee 'Running Out of Sympathy' for Victims

These people are insane. As someone at deadspin said, it's like they looked at Baylor and said, "Hold my beer."

posted by yerfatma at 03:47 PM on March 31

NFL team owners approve Raiders' move to Vegas

Where does it stop?

If you accept the idea the league is a business, the answer is, "At maximum profits". Between the naked fleecing of cities and following English soccer*, this is an issue I'm really interested in. Once again, sports asks a question that probably applies to some larger issues in society down the road: does any of the value of a business in a capitalist country belong to the society/ physical location that spawned it? Are the Dallas Cowboys intrinsically worth $4 billion (or whatever) if you take them out of Dallas? Should you be able to do so, especially if you are not the original owner?

* Where this kind of movement is essentially a death sentence for a club.

posted by yerfatma at 02:24 PM on March 28

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Fun discussion maker: what are the most unbreakable individual records in sports?

posted by yerfatma at 09:54 AM on March 23

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Squeezing every inch of performance out of NBA players.

posted by yerfatma at 03:47 PM on March 22

Chicago Fire Sign Bastian Schweinsteiger

is he known for the theatrical aspect of the game?

Not that I ever remember. He seemed like a Teutonic Terminator on those great Bayern and German national teams. Maybe as his legs go he's branching out, but I doubt he'll need to emote to compete in MLS for a year or two.

posted by yerfatma at 11:08 AM on March 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Spoken like an Arsenal hater!

posted by yerfatma at 07:40 PM on March 08

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

And now we can officially put that on the list of bad predictions on my profile.

posted by yerfatma at 04:48 PM on March 08

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Ok, there's a chance I spoke too soon. Also I can't complain about a game featuring Umtiti v Matuidi.

posted by yerfatma at 03:39 PM on March 08

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

A little frustrating FS1 has chosen to air the Champions' League matches that were 5-1 and 4-0 on aggregate.

posted by yerfatma at 02:58 PM on March 08

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The guys at the Providence Journal get better every year.

posted by yerfatma at 04:57 PM on March 07

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

In an era of double-talk and BS, Bill Polian still has his fastball.

posted by yerfatma at 01:46 PM on March 07

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I'll never believe anything ever again.

posted by yerfatma at 11:24 AM on March 01

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


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