Recent Comments by yerfatma

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

A: Because Josh Reddick.

posted by yerfatma at 03:57 PM on September 29

Tackled Ohio State Student Was Wearing Secret Booze Panties

I don't understand: why did that make him run on the field?

posted by yerfatma at 02:19 PM on September 29

Jose Altuve Asks to Play, Risks Batting Title

"Pure Baseball Joy in a Pint-Size and Prolific Package".

posted by yerfatma at 10:11 AM on September 29

33 Short Stories about 33

OMG, Kevin Gamble, I forgot about him and what a sweet shot he had. The tail end of the halfway decent Celtics.

posted by yerfatma at 09:43 PM on September 27

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Ronaldo is good. And fast. And good.

posted by yerfatma at 04:13 PM on September 26

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

FanGraphs on Jeter's value. Touches on at least part of the question of what he was or was not worth. Includes a link to an analysis of his defensive value:

In the past 50 years, 507 different players have batted at least 5,000 times . . . sort by Positional-per-150-games, and you find Jeter in 57th place, around names like Cal Ripken, Rafael Furcal and Omar Vizquel. This is the positional adjustment, and Jeter gets major points for being a shortstop — a position of considerable difficulty.

Sort by Defense-per-150-games, and you find Jeter in 252nd place. In other words, he's right in the middle of the pack, near guys like Jeff Blauser, Andre Dawson and Willie McGee. He comes out at -1.5 runs on that scale. He's ahead of John Olerud. He's ahead of Mark Grace and Rickey Henderson and Moises Alou. Jeter has drawn the criticism that he's cost his team runs by playing a lousy shortstop, but overall he's still been a reasonably valuable defensive player. That's just because of his reliability at a difficult position.

posted by yerfatma at 09:58 AM on September 26

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Jeter isn't going to be remembered for a walk off single

Will that be the only thing he's remembered for? Of course not. But to think baseball fans won't remember that is silly. Ted Williams ended his career with a home run. He did so 15 years before I was born and I know that off the top of my head.

one of my long-standing dislikes about WAR metrics is how much it seems to favor, or even double-count, positional adjustments

What's the problem with valuing production more at SS than 1B? There are plenty of guys in the minors who could hit .250/.300/.400 and hide at 1B/DH in the majors; their problem is there are 60 or so people who can produce a bit to a whole lot better blocking them. I can understand disagreeing with the weights applied to the various positions, but it seems like a decent if rough way to level the comparison. It's a nod to scarcity: if you can generate a 100 OPS+ at any position that's nice, but if you can do it at a premium defensive position while not hurting the team, that's more valuable.

Is that what you're describing as "double-count[ing]" or is that a separate part? I suppose if defensive metrics were better than guesswork we could drop the adjustment but until then, it makes sense to me. And even with a perfect defensive metric, wouldn't you weight runs saved at SS/CF/C over runs saved at 1B? Hmm, maybe not, that doesn't make sense when I type it out. WAR does wind up doing double- or even triple-duty: firstly people want to use it to compare pitchers to position players and then, at least at FanGraphs, it seems to be the building block for player dollar values which is probably where the problem lies: the scarcity thing isn't that important on the field during a game, but it makes a huge difference when putting together a team.

posted by yerfatma at 09:01 AM on September 26

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I think I buried the lede a bit with the short link. The article suggests Betts is, right now, a 3.3 WAR player just as a utility guy. That's at age 21 and puts him in the top 60 or so hitters this year with the potential to be a 4+ player if he were at 2B. It's not so much they shouldn't sacrifice him because the return wouldn't be that great, it's more like appreciate what he is instead of wishing for a slugger. He's definitely an interesting case; guys like Victorino, Zobrist and Sam Fuld have made me appreciate the non-star stars in baseball.

posted by yerfatma at 02:56 PM on September 25

Grand Jury Does Not Indict Tony Stewart in Accident

Aren't we talking about a sport derived from bootlegging liquor? And we are blaming weed for Ward's aggressiveness? HAVE YOU NO SHAME?

posted by yerfatma at 09:47 PM on September 24

Grand Jury Does Not Indict Tony Stewart in Accident

Love Tony Stewart's statement about how the person who's death he caused will be in his prayers. Whom, exactly, would we be thinking took precedence? Bullwinkle J. Moose? Ward's family laid a patch of a statement suggesting a civil suit is waiting at the pole.

posted by yerfatma at 07:53 PM on September 24

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

ESPN has suspended The BSG 3 weeks for something about Commandante Goodell.

posted by yerfatma at 07:52 PM on September 24

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Same people allowing commentators to kill Charlie Strong while they have Mack Brown on the payroll. Guy this morning basically said Strong's problem was that he wasn't Mack Brown.

posted by yerfatma at 03:21 PM on September 24

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

A statistical case for keeping Mookie Betts.

posted by yerfatma at 12:10 PM on September 24

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The 3 Most Ridiculous Things Ray Lewis Said During ESPN's 'Sunday NFL Countdown'

posted by yerfatma at 07:34 PM on September 23

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Just gross: "The Political-Messaging Huckster Behind Roger Goodell's Awful Presser".

posted by yerfatma at 10:23 AM on September 23

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

It was a heated debate that tore us apart not unlike today's Scotland vote

My sister flies home to Aberdeen tonight. The flight has already been pushed back twice. I'm concerned they are currently extending Hadrian's Wall vertically.

posted by yerfatma at 03:58 PM on September 18

Vikings' Adrian Peterson Indicted for Child Injury

I think it's a bit quirky to hit any other human being hard enough with a switch that it bends around their limbs and cuts them elsewhere, at least absent a safety word and leather boots.

posted by yerfatma at 03:26 PM on September 17

Bryan Cranston performs one-man show about the MLB playoffs

Awesome, thanks.

posted by yerfatma at 11:51 AM on September 17

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Crappy, overrated Mike Trout is not having the best season ever for a 22 year-old baseball player. And yet he's already 5th all-time in WAR for players through their age 23 season. So I guess he's ok.

posted by yerfatma at 03:21 PM on September 16

Gus Johnson Booted as Fox Soccer Announcer

Great article and a terrific comment as well.

posted by yerfatma at 10:04 AM on September 16

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Nope. Same screen telling me to subscribe.

Weird. I tried it in Incognito Mode in Chrome and it worked fine for me with no popup. I also have a lot of blocking turned on via Ghostery and AdBlock, so it might be that.

posted by yerfatma at 09:58 AM on September 16

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Hmm, try this one.

posted by yerfatma at 01:51 PM on September 15

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posted by yerfatma at 09:33 AM on September 15

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Two interesting pieces from Game Theory: the Atlanta Hawks and race relations, testing for chuckers in cricket.

posted by yerfatma at 09:24 AM on September 15

Vikings' Adrian Peterson Indicted for Child Injury

I have Facebook integration disconnected on my normal computers, but you can't do that on iOS devices which means I made the mistake of looking at the comments in the thread at ESPN. Much as rcade predicted, a lot of comments about the wussification of America. Not that I'm a better person: my first thought was it's sad the MVP of the Patriots 2014 season so far is a tree branch.

posted by yerfatma at 02:56 PM on September 14

NHL Bans the Spin-o-Rama Move from Shootouts

In my games, we banned the "cut to the middle from the boards while holding down the shot button and freezing the goalie" move

Pfft, amateurs. You need to learn to use the goalie. Get him out there moving around to stop that. Plus if the cut is too close to the crease, instant turnover when the goalie takes out their forward.

posted by yerfatma at 04:31 PM on September 12

NHL Bans the Spin-o-Rama Move from Shootouts

Can we still do the back and forth move from NHL 93 & 94 or is that banned too?

posted by yerfatma at 02:20 PM on September 12

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

throwing a punch when someone comes at you is almost instinctual

No, it's not. Unlike dfelming, I have been in plenty of fights in my lifetime and as far as I can tell that's not true. If Ray Rice attacked me I would react in a physical way, but even then the "instinct" you refer to isn't to strike, it's to avoid damage, so the first move is to evade and then if you are so inclined and the situation warrants, strike. But if Janay Rice came at me, there's no way some lizard brain reaction would immediately take over and I'd hit her with a closed fist.

provided that's all it is- one punch

Here's where things fall apart. You've written a lot in defense of men's right to kick some female ass as soon as a vague line is crossed because maintaining Ralph Kramden's right to send Alice to the moon is somehow more valuable than arguing for everyone to stop hitting anyone, but your foundation is sand: he spat at her and then hit her with your Chivalry Approved™ "one punch" because that's all it took. And then he started kicking her.

Hope Solo is a maniac with substance abuse issues who married someone even the NFL decided was too violent and too much of a domestic abuser for them. Like Ray Rice, she needs help. Unlike Ray Rice, we have yet to see what the courts decided. Unlike Ray Rice, she's barely recognizable to the average person on the street and does not play in a league where the commissioner makes a big show out of disciplining people for made-up transgressions (uniform violations, celebrations, etc).

There's a clear double standard at work when it comes to male and female violence that I call "incredibly sexist" . . . Why?

I don't know but my best guess is: because the people arguing your side of the issue made it up. Somehow equality for women feels threatening; pretty much everyone feels screwed in life. We didn't become famous, we're not fabulously wealthy, hell, we're not as wealthy as the neighbors and some people see that as an intentional fisting by an unseen hand. It's human nature for the oppressed to take it out on the people lower on the food chain and so women getting mouthy for equality feels like it means getting pushed even further back in the pack. I know all of this makes me a White Knight or whatever dismissive label the MRA kids are using this week to avoid any sort of introspection, but that's my answer to your question.

apparently lesbian couples have the highest incidence of domestic abuse

I was going to simply leave this as the closing line of my post because it seems to hateful and ugly, but here's my attempt at civil discourse in spite of what appears to me to be a turd in the punchbowl: What does this mean for you? Why include it? First of all, it's not an agreed-upon fact. Second, I'd guess if the studies were posted on this site we'd all be able to tear some holes in them right away: how would you control for the differences in socioeconomic factors and other bits especially when the comparison group is so much smaller than the overall population? How do you control for the fact lesbians may not be as afraid as their partners? The fact they're more likely to live in cities where reporting may be far easier?

But all of that is bull, because my real question is how do you hear (or ignore) something like this:

"The data presented in this report do not indicate whether violence occurs more often in same-sex or opposite sex couples. Rather, the data show the prevalence of lifetime victimization of intimate partner violence, sexual violence and stalking of respondents who self-identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual at the time of the survey and describe violence experienced with both same-sex and opposite-sex partners. "
and not have your heart go out to people who are in shitty situations? I have a hard time reading that and thinking, "But how does this short-change me?"

posted by yerfatma at 09:03 AM on September 11

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

FIFA 15 has it all:

posted by yerfatma at 04:14 PM on September 10

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

"Because, the truth is, the NFL will never respect women and their opinions as long as the media it answers to doesn't."

posted by yerfatma at 02:21 PM on September 10

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

she regrets the role she played in this whole event

Especially the part where her head acted as bumper to prevent his fist from getting scraped on an elevator wall. I don't understand the total lack of empathy that leads one to see a woman in what appears to be an abusive relationship "stand by her man" and think, "I guess things are fine then."

posted by yerfatma at 12:58 PM on September 10

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The Pirates' John Holdzkom has brought the palmball back to Major League Baseball.

posted by yerfatma at 09:23 AM on September 10

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

ESPN2 is not airing Netherlands v Czech Republic because Mike & Mike: NFL Rank has been bumped from ESPN so Sportscenter can blab about Ray Rice. Or something. Can it be that hard to provide good sports TV?

posted by yerfatma at 02:44 PM on September 09

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

What the fuck did they think happened in the elevator that would cause her to be knocked out and allow him to drag her limp body from the elevator?!

That was my question as well. Maybe it's due to the FXX Simpsons marathon, but the only extenuating circumstances I can imagine is the fall the French waiter takes that clears Freddy Quimby in "The Boy Who Knew Too Much".

Goodell isn't working out. It's time for the NFL to begin thinking about new leadership.

The problem with that is he isn't working out for us the fans. From the owners' perspective, income is through the roof during his reign.

posted by yerfatma at 09:44 AM on September 09

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

This coming about 2 or 3 weeks after Louis Freeh . . .

And on the same day the NFL was splashed all over the news with their own scandal. Feels like the NCAA was just waiting for a US invasion, Goodell mess or better celebrity nudes to dump this story under a rug.

posted by yerfatma at 09:35 AM on September 09

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

SXM Fantasy Football tells us how it affects your fantasy team!

posted by yerfatma at 03:01 PM on September 08

Atlanta Hawks to be sold after owner reveals racist email

Thankfully this has given Kareem fodder for his Mr. Contrarian column.

posted by yerfatma at 02:52 PM on September 08

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

"I thought about my chess story and wondered whether I had somehow played a role, however small, in the selling of a Ray Rice: Great Player & All-Around Great Guy narrative that now seemed so patently false. I thought about whether that said anything about my character, my instincts. I also thought a lot about my two daughters, about one day sending them out into the world and about the men who might someday come into their lives."

posted by yerfatma at 12:36 PM on September 08

Atlanta Hawks to be sold after owner reveals racist email

I also wonder if the Braves moving their stadium north to the county with no mass transit is in part about race.

I thought there was a post here decrying that very thing. If not, it might have been at Deadspin: #1, #2. Still, you can't complain about the decision since the populace had their say. As long as they agreed with the plan.

posted by yerfatma at 09:20 AM on September 08

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Well sure, but to rat someone out about an interaction with a thirteen year old smacks of desperation. I'm a bit torn on this story: on the one hand the NCAA is awful and this is a fine example of their uselessness. On the other, why exactly does Geno need to contact her? Is he her idol? It seems either like trying to gain a recruiting edge or some amazing self-importance.

posted by yerfatma at 09:12 AM on September 08

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

A great look at the pop pass and the evolution of the option in football after Seattle scared the hell out of the league with it last night. Bill Polian called it "the old 'fear pass' from the '70s".

posted by yerfatma at 03:19 PM on September 05

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Doesn't that also suggest ESPN needs to work on their player lists?

posted by yerfatma at 09:02 AM on September 04

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Are we talking about Hard Knocks? Because after this season, I'm pretty pissed the Patriots employed Brooklyn hipster vegan gluten-free 120 minute IPA Thomas Dimitroff long enough for him to afford those blue-framed eyeglasses. Unless he picked them out of the Lions' Club barrel at the Walpole Shop'n'Stop.

Seriously, fuck that guy with a free-trade bamboo shoot.

posted by yerfatma at 07:50 PM on September 03

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The Economist on Alex Ovechkin, Russia and the US.

posted by yerfatma at 09:32 AM on September 03

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

So that's why we haven't heard from Danny Darwin in 28 years.

I thought it was because "Danny Darwin" was an alias of Jake "The Snake" Roberts.

posted by yerfatma at 12:41 PM on September 02

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

It's a shock to me and a shock to you: old friend Luke Scott has run into some cultural differences in Korea.

posted by yerfatma at 09:18 AM on September 02

New Yorker: The Twilight of Baseball

Trout's biggest problems are that he's been robbed of at least one MVP award, and that he's on the west coast.

That and the fact baseball is no longer America's Pastime and instead occupies a position next to basketball and below the NFL in the zeitgeist. Here are the yearly leaders in WAR for position players; I don't know there are a ton of guys who finished first more than once who were relatively anonymous, but it's also a different world media wise. And I think Rod Carew, Snuffy Stirnweiss and a few others could have gotten in and out of a bar without being noticed.

Also, is he baseball's "reigning king"? One of the most interesting things about Trout is how he's part of a group that divides newer, stats-friendly, maybe roto playing fans from older school fans, so there are plenty of baseball fans out there who would start talking up Miguel Cabrera when Trout walked into their local.

posted by yerfatma at 11:00 AM on August 30

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

For the field, maybe. For this abomination, no.

posted by yerfatma at 12:51 PM on August 29

Roger Goodell Figures Out Domestic Violence is Bad

By sending Greg Maddux far, far away?

posted by yerfatma at 12:50 PM on August 29

Roger Goodell Figures Out Domestic Violence is Bad

I look forward to a PhD thesis in Game Theory circa 2018 about estranged relationships in the NFL.

posted by yerfatma at 09:27 AM on August 29

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

That CGI is terrible. Clearly can't be real.

posted by yerfatma at 12:07 PM on August 28

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

This season (haven't seen episode 3 yet) is weird: it's less dramatic than the others, but still has it's moments. I'm struggling because it turns out Matt Ryan is a pretty awesome person as far as I can tell (sneaking into the receivers' meeting simply to say in front of everyone he was wrong on a coverage read and the receiver was right, etc) but I can't bring myself to root for a team with Mike Tice on it. My wife keeps asking why I get so irritable when he speaks. I wish he still had his pencil behind the ear; it was as wonderful a comedic device as Homer Simpson's half glasses for a dope trying to appear smart.

posted by yerfatma at 08:43 AM on August 28

Annual Patriots trade key piece right before season move

2. Just who the heck is going to play LG?

Best guess is this move finds Marcus Cannon a permanent position and Josh Kline is the other tackle. Here's hoping the center they drafted who immediately got hurt, Brian Stork, is good enough to displace Ryan Wendell who can move back to guard as well if needed.

posted by yerfatma at 10:46 AM on August 27

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

A question of etiquette: who does one root for between MK Dons and Man U? If it's MK Dons, I have good news for you.

posted by yerfatma at 03:26 PM on August 26

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Tom Clancy is me. And I am he.

posted by yerfatma at 12:41 PM on August 26

Diego Simeone gets eight match ban

posted by yerfatma at 12:28 PM on August 25

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Tony Pulis leaves Crystal Palace. The man knows from drama, I will give him and his hat that.

posted by yerfatma at 05:12 PM on August 14

Red Sox owner Tom Werner has become a dark horse candidate to be baseball's next commissioner

But I fail to see how anything he did with the Red Sox would point to no, and Selig has set the bar so low I can only see him being an improvement.

That feels like begging the question though: did he have anything to do with the roster moves? He was there to add cash to the purchase and then be the media guy— if he were a brilliant baseball mind wouldn't he still own the Padres? I think Howard's complaint is more about things like the puke-inducing reach of a claim "America's Most Beloved Ballpark™©®" than the idea that Fenway is an iconic spot.

posted by yerfatma at 09:48 AM on August 12

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Bayern played the MLS All Stars last night and it ended poorly.

posted by yerfatma at 12:20 PM on August 07

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Don't count him out yet, he has size and athleticism.

You're at least half right.

posted by yerfatma at 10:03 AM on August 06