Recent Comments by kokaku

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Beckett retiring

posted by kokaku at 01:27 PM on October 08

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Maybe not, Qatar

posted by kokaku at 03:47 PM on September 24

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Football question - does a touchdown scored on a 3rd down count as a 3rd down conversion? (got curious after watching the Pats highlights where they mentioned just how bad they are this year on 3rd down conversions)

posted by kokaku at 08:18 PM on September 21

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Did spygate really matter?

posted by kokaku at 12:22 PM on August 08

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

How difficult is it to memorize an NFL playbook?

found while looking at the name change article
what kind of a man are you, don't you even like pandas?

posted by kokaku at 04:49 PM on August 07

Brazil Faces Germany for Spot in World Cup Final

That's'a samba joke there, eh boss?

posted by kokaku at 04:55 PM on July 08

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

GRUM SMASH!

posted by kokaku at 04:00 PM on June 11

Don Zimmer was truly a baseball man

Don Zimmer was the manager of the Red Sox when I started watching baseball and going to games with my dad. I was surprised to see that he only managed the Sox for 4 years (though that was his longest run as a manager). In my mind, he was the only Sox manager during my youth (5th most games managed by a Red Sox manager).

Also, after looking at the list of Sox managers, Francona is the only guy who comes close to Joe Cronin (reaching back to the 30s and 40s) and he's not even that close.

posted by kokaku at 11:02 AM on June 05

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

So, tell us Sepp, how do you feel about all those suffering for your mistake?

posted by kokaku at 11:17 AM on May 16

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Bruins-Canadiens rivalry to continue as Boston defeats Detroit in 5 (the first Boston goal is a thing of beauty if you find beauty in perfectly placed passing and some nice stickwork).

posted by kokaku at 09:14 PM on April 26

Oops: Atlanta Braves Set Fire to U.S. Flag

Does that banner still wave?

posted by kokaku at 12:31 PM on April 10

Cowboys Release DeMarcus Ware

Yo Patriots, pay the man.

posted by kokaku at 11:35 AM on March 12

Seattle Wins Super Bowl 0x30

YAHTZEE!

posted by kokaku at 09:23 PM on February 02

Seattle Wins Super Bowl 0x30

so we've had a safety, a field goal, a rushing td (offense), a pick-6 (defense), and a punt return (special teams) - is this some sort of hat trick? maybe a straight? are we missing any other form of scoring at this point, other than a 2-point conversion?

posted by kokaku at 08:59 PM on February 02

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Super Bowl-a-Geddon Edition

1. Seahawks by 4 +1
2. D. Thomas (Den) +1
3. Lynch (Sea)
4. Welker (Den)
5. Wilson (Sea)
6. Sherman (Sea)
7. Ayers (Den)
8. Coca-Cola
9. 50

posted by kokaku at 06:34 AM on February 02

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Or maybe you get a fine if you start your 4th line and they drop the gloves when the puck is still falling to the ice?

posted by kokaku at 01:51 PM on January 21

Broncos Overwhelm Patriots

it reminded me of the way the Pats used to dismantle their opponent and with by 7 or 10

posted by kokaku at 06:42 PM on January 19

Broncos Overwhelm Patriots

pats kick the ball away thus conceding any hope they might have had

posted by kokaku at 05:40 PM on January 19

Broncos Overwhelm Patriots

the cbs stream just goes to a 'be right back' screen during commercials

posted by kokaku at 03:43 PM on January 19

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

That was a bit nuts. Anyone have a quick synopsis of the bad blood between Calgary and Vancouver?

posted by kokaku at 05:45 AM on January 19

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Championship Games-a-Ganza Edition

Broncos by 10 +3
Seahawks by 4 +1
Peyton Manning (Den) +1
Demaryius Thomas (Den) +1
Marshawn Lynch (Sea)
Aqib Talib (NE)

hopeful Pats fan
who is not picking
with my heart

posted by kokaku at 09:29 AM on January 17

Broncos Hold Off Chargers

looks pretty foolish that they didn't kick another onside kick - then again they also should probably have covered Thomas on 3rd and 17

posted by kokaku at 09:06 PM on January 12

Patriots Run Over Colts

well, the last bit is still true - wasn't expecting that the Pats would win this without Brady throwing a TD and on a strong defensive showing

posted by kokaku at 11:29 PM on January 11

Patriots Run Over Colts

Blount sets Pats playoff rushing TD record and is one away from tying the NFL record, last reached in 1990.

posted by kokaku at 10:47 PM on January 11

Patriots Run Over Colts

and Hightower makes the safety look ingenious

posted by kokaku at 09:38 PM on January 11

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Round-a-Go-Go Edition

Seahawks by 17 +1
Pats by 4 +1
Panthers by 3
Broncos by 14 +1
Demaryius Thomas (Den)
Demaryius Thomas (Den)
Richard Sherman (Sea)

posted by kokaku at 11:52 AM on January 11

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

grum...i am at a terriffically collossal loss for speech

i love your ocd

posted by kokaku at 04:41 PM on January 07

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Similarly the Fins announced theirs

Goalkeepers:
Kari Lehtonen, Dallas Stars (NHL)
Antti Niemi, San Jose Sharks (NHL)
Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins (NHL)

Defencemen:
Lasse Kukkonen, Krpt Oulu (FIN)
Juuso Hietanen, Torpedo Nizhni Novgorod (RUS)
Sami Lepist, Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg (RUS)
Olli Mtt, Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)
Sami Salo, Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL)
Kimmo Timonen, Philadelphia Flyers (NHL)
Ossi Vnnen, Jokerit Helsinki (FIN)
Sami Vatanen, Anaheim Ducks (NHL)

Forwards:
Juhamatti Aaltonen, Krpt Oulu (FIN)
Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers (NHL)
Valtteri Filppula, Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL)
Mikael Granlund, Minnesota Wild (NHL)
Jussi Jokinen, Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)
Olli Jokinen, Winnipeg Jets (NHL)
Mikko Koivu, Minnesota Wild (NHL)
Leo Komarov, Dynamo Moscow (RUS)
Petri Kontiola, Traktor Chelyabinsk (RUS)
Lauri Korpikoski, Phoenix Coyotes (NHL)
Jori Lehter, Sibir Novosibirsk (RUS)
Antti Pihlstrm, Salavat Yulayev Ufa (RUS)
Tuomo Ruutu, Carolina Hurricanes (NHL)
Teemu Selnne, Anaheim Ducks (NHL)

posted for love of Tuukka and double letters

posted by kokaku at 03:39 PM on January 07

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Wild-Card-a-Palooza Edition

Colts by 10, +1
Saints by 3, +1
Bengals by 7
49ers by 14, +1
Brees (NO)
McCoy (Phi)
Cameron Jordan (NO), +1

posted by kokaku at 09:27 PM on January 03

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Tom Brady, punter

posted by kokaku at 12:12 PM on December 30

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Wilson also doesn't need to wind up for that hit. Schenn is going two directions and isn't going to take too much to knock down. Though like Schenn's reaction, Wilson's is going to be to take the man off the puck.

Maybe a layer of padding to the boards is the answer, though that's going change the way the puck plays, but better that than these kinds of injuries.

posted by kokaku at 09:56 AM on December 19

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

In reading the woes of the Lions fans in yesterday's thread, it got me musing about how one might statistically analyze which teams did the least while having Hall of Fame caliber players (e.g. Barry Sanders). No answers here, just throwing it out to the crowd.

posted by kokaku at 01:41 PM on December 17

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Just watched the NFL recap of the Pats game - the question in my mind...should Cleveland have gone for 2 when they scored their last TD?

Also, a nice demonstration of the difference between a team that has mastered the hurry-up (14 points in under 3 minutes complete with onside kick recovery) and one that hasn't (the Browns barely got the ball spiked so they could miss the long FG in the final second).

posted by kokaku at 08:20 PM on December 08

New England Overcomes 24-Point Deficit to Beat Denver

NE doing a fantastic job of reminding me to go to bed early.

posted by kokaku at 08:59 PM on November 24

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Guessing they're not big on Zinn's view of American history in those schools.

posted by kokaku at 09:42 AM on November 18

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

'You can't do that'

How about
Keep it up - I'll turn this zamboni right around

posted by kokaku at 05:00 PM on October 09

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

my father and my mother closed the machine —Pele

posted by kokaku at 01:19 PM on August 09

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Indians fan catches four foul balls at one game

posted by kokaku at 04:55 PM on July 15

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Hope y'all are watching the Bruins/Blackhawks - this is a crazy game.

posted by kokaku at 11:12 PM on June 19

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Is the superstar era in hockey fading?

posted by kokaku at 01:38 PM on June 17

Blackhawks Win Game 1 in Triple OT

"We've preached it -- go to the net, you'll find a way to get a greasy goal,"

certainly a lesson the Bruins could use - David Kreijci sometimes forgets that dancing pretty with the puck isn't as important as putting in the back of the net

posted by kokaku at 11:25 AM on June 13

Blackhawks Fans Cheer Over Anthem

Chicago's version of the haka?

also i miss the old conference names

posted by kokaku at 01:48 PM on June 11

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Blocked shot? Broken leg? Play on!

posted by kokaku at 09:20 AM on June 06

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The break certainly helps the injured Bruins D-men get a little more recovery time. Can't see how it hurts to get some time to heal, though I can't see a benefit when both teams are getting the same time (not like it's one team on one day's rest and the other on a week's rest).

posted by kokaku at 03:11 PM on May 28

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Received in my email yesterday (thanks, dad - forwarded from a friend of his)...

THE VATICAN RAG
The Conclave of Cardinals may sound like a nickname for the St. Louis bullpen but it's actually the voting body that elected a new Pope (Francis I) to head the Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday evening. The conclave met to elect a replacement after Pope Benedict XVI resigned at the end of last month. Strangely enough, it takes a smaller percentage of Cardinals to elect a Pope (66 percent or 77 of the 115 electors) than it does to elect a player to Baseball's Hall of Fame (75 percent of the 563 eligible members of the BBWAA). Benedict XVI was the 11th Pope to have led the Church since Major League Baseball was founded in 1876. During Benedict's tenure of seven years and 315 days (2005-2013), Albert Pujols led all major-leaguers with 312 home runs. Barry Bonds holds the record for most homers hit during one Pope's reign, having clubbed 703 while Pope John Paul II led the Catholic faithful from 1978 to 2005. Below are the major-league home run leaders during each of the tenures of the 11 Popes who preceded Francis I:

Pope (Reign) Player HRs
Pius IX (1846-1876) Charley Jones 6
Leo XIII (1878-1903) Roger Connor 138
Pius X (1903-1914) Frank Schulte 73
Benedict XV (1914-1922) Babe Ruth 162
Pius XI (1922-1939) Babe Ruth 552
Pius XII (1939-1958) Ted Williams 482
John XXIII (1958-1963) Hank Aaron 174
Harmon Killebrew 174
Paul VI (1963-1978) Hank Aaron 437
John Paul I (1978) Jim Rice 13
John Paul II (1978-2005) Barry Bonds 703
Benedict XVI (2005-2013) Albert Pujols 312

Copyright 2013, Sports Features Group

posted by kokaku at 11:07 AM on March 19

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I feel like I need annotations to comprehend that comment

posted by kokaku at 08:43 AM on January 23

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Strange that they didn't rise to a similar anger during the Bush admin.

posted by kokaku at 09:24 AM on January 17

Jaguars Fire Coach Mike Mularkey

for beaverboard

posted by kokaku at 01:04 PM on January 10

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Maybe they're figuring on reaching an agreement, skipping the season and having teams draw straws for the playoffs.

posted by kokaku at 12:24 PM on January 04

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Also, HC Pat Schmurr and GM Tom Heckert of the Browns.

Maybe not official yet, but looks like HC Norv Turner and GM A.J. Smith of the Chargers are on their way out.

I cannot believe Rex Ryan keeps his job. Is that for lack of alternatives?
(though it seems there must be plenty of folks looking for jobs right now)

posted by kokaku at 12:33 PM on December 31

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

In NHL news, league makes new offer. Also, Long live the Kings.

posted by kokaku at 12:17 PM on December 28

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

1 year, $12m? It's good to be Youk.

posted by kokaku at 10:57 AM on December 12

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

NFL has lots of regional rivalries thanks to the scheduling. I'd vote Manning(s) v Brady.

posted by kokaku at 01:14 PM on December 10

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

So, as a Pats fan, I need to root for Denver based on the schoolyard logic that NE beat Denver beat Baltimore beat NE, thus is all cancels out? (since I'm expecting NE to drop at least one of the Houston-SF pair) I can live with that.

posted by kokaku at 08:08 PM on December 03

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

And yet head-to-head is first in all the tie breaking procedures. Is everyone using the same broken sorting algorithm? Unless this is because of a 3-way tie changing things.

posted by kokaku at 01:24 PM on December 03

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Why is NE the #2 seed and Baltimore #3 when Baltimore beat NE in week 3?

posted by kokaku at 12:51 PM on December 03

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

This was a few days ago but I don't think it got posted
2007 v 2012 Patriots

posted by kokaku at 11:02 AM on November 26

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

That Sanchez fumble and the resulting TD return deserves Yakety Sax.

posted by kokaku at 01:11 AM on November 23

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

From Peter King Coaches have 45 active players each game. They don't have a "second team'' of the point-after-try unit. The PAT is one of the most risk-free plays in football. Rodney Harrison, the former Patriots safety now in the NBC studio with me on Sunday nights, didn't get taken off the kickoff team in routs. And Tony Dungy, who coached the Colts and Bucs, told me: "Jeff Saturday was my right guard on the PAT team, and I'd never think of taking him off. All my years in football, I never heard anyone, never heard Chuck Noll saying, 'Well, we better get Jack Ham off the PAT team.' It's not something I'd question.

posted by kokaku at 01:15 PM on November 19

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

@Etrigan - since they'd switched to the Browns/Cowboys after the Jets/Rams game had ended (the NYC early game), I figured they weren't committed to sticking with it - apparently they were (or just made a strange choice as to what fans might want to watch).

posted by kokaku at 06:49 PM on November 18