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October 29

What's in a shirt?: "With financial fair play forcing clubs worldwide to maximize their revenue streams, the once-humble kit deal is now more important than ever before. What used to be a local, pragmatic endeavor - you sponsor it, we wear it - has become a global statement of commercial intent."

posted by yerfatma to soccer at 08:49 AM - 6 comments

October 16

Was Belichick to New England the Best Deal in NFL History?: and how does Bill Parcells remember it all going down in his new memoir?

posted by yerfatma to football at 07:47 PM - 2 comments

Concussions last longer than they used to: because the media reports on them. Thus spake Marvin Lewis, who knows about head cases.

posted by yerfatma to football at 11:02 AM - 2 comments

October 15

"How Rebounds Work": stat-porn from Grantland.

The league's tracking system not only logs locations for every missed shot, it also charts the locations of their subsequent rebounds. In turn, we can map out the spatial relationships between shot locations and rebound locations with unprecedented depth and clarity. We can uncover the fundamental facts about rebounding that until very recently have been impossible to get to.

posted by yerfatma to basketball at 03:42 PM - 4 comments

October 06

The NBA has a new TV deal.: And it's a bit bigger than anyone guessed. Zach Lowe looks at what putting all that new money into the salary cap may mean for the near future of the NBA.

posted by yerfatma to basketball at 02:46 PM - 10 comments

October 02

Another NCAA member covers itself in glory: in women's basketball. While Kansas State finally relented in the case of Leticia Romero, the University of Alabama is not being so kind to a player who

  • already graduated
  • wants to get an MBA but did not get into Alabama's business school
  • has a brother with end-stage renal disease and requires kidney dialysis several times per week
All while benefiting from the same situation with a grad student from FSU who's competing for the starting QB job.

posted by yerfatma to culture at 12:13 PM - 2 comments

September 26

33 Short Stories about 33:

“I would be all over him, trying to deny him the ball, and all Larry was doing was yelling at his teammates, I’m open! Hurry up before they notice nobody is guarding me!” then he would stick an elbow in my jaw and stick the jumper in my face, then he would start in on my coach “Coach you better get this guy out and send in somebody who’s going to D me up, because its too easy when I’m wide open like this”

posted by yerfatma to baseball at 02:04 PM - 4 comments

August 26

Annual Patriots trade key piece right before season move: Logan Mankins has been traded to the Bucs for Move TE Tim Wright and a fourth-round pick.

posted by yerfatma to football at 02:24 PM - 7 comments

August 11

Red Sox owner Tom Werner has become a dark horse candidate to be baseball's next commissioner: Co-owner John Henry says, "Tom is one of the most popular owners because he's very passionate about baseball, has a sense of duty, as evidenced by his work with veterans and the Red Sox Foundation, and because he is trusted by everyone who knows him. You won't find a more popular person in the television industry." Left unsaid: the Red Sox and a few other teams don't want Selig's lieutenant Rob Manfred taking over because they feel he will make them pay their fair share of TV revenues.

posted by yerfatma to baseball at 01:58 PM - 6 comments

August 04

Let's all root against the Diamonbacks: "But the Diamondbacks don’t play the game 'the right way', not even close. And they offered another painful reminder of that this weekend, retaliating for an accidental hit-by-pitch by beaming Andrew McCutchen squarely in the back."

posted by yerfatma to baseball at 07:12 PM - 0 comments

August 01

Will Financial Fair Play kill youth development at larger clubs?: "They will, at some point, be sold on, a premium fee guaranteed by having attended finishing school at one of the world's elite clubs. Chelsea are essentially running a recruitment and development business completely unrelated to their first team . . . Investment in their youth structures is exempt from FFP. But the money the club raise by selling players is not. They are making their money work for them. As one observer put it to me Wednesday, they are 'gaming' FFP."

posted by yerfatma to soccer at 08:33 AM - 1 comment

July 29

"Kyle Korver: An Offense Unto Himself": Zach Lowe explains the evolution of Kyle Korver's game over his career, along with a bit of advice from Jeff Hornacek.

posted by yerfatma to basketball at 02:36 PM - 3 comments

July 15

How is Qatar building a national team for the 2022 World Cup?: by importing promising children from poor countries. Their families are given stipends and the boys come to live in a beautiful, possibly insane facility ("Across the campus, speakers pipe in the sounds of birds chirping throughout the day.") in hopes of some day making it onto the Qatar-owned team in Belgium. Doubly so since their options, much like those of the people building stadiums for 2022, limited:

Aspire executives were displeased by the departures. "They didn’t want us to talk to other agents, they definitely did not," said Tchoutou, who now plays for A.S. Roma’s top youth team. But after three years, he decided to leave with their approval or not. According to one scholarship agreement, the boys pledge not to sign any contract without the written authorization of Aspire. Of the few boys who have left the program, Bleicher said agents approached them secretly and made promises.

posted by yerfatma to soccer at 08:33 AM - 6 comments

June 25

A search for the original New England Patriots' fan: has a strange and surprising twist to it. The calls are coming from inside the house!

posted by yerfatma to football at 03:01 PM - 1 comment

May 29

Even if you don't follow La Liga, it's worth reading The Sids: the annual awards from Sid Lowe. They start about a quarter of the way down with "Best signing" and move on to videos of mooning a penalty kick, stories of fans playing linesman and the eloquence of Javier Aguirre:

“I said hijo de puta but I say that 10 or 12 times a game: that’s the way I talk,” Aguirre admitted, going on to say hijo de puta rather a lot to reinforce the fact that he does indeed say hijo de puta rather a lot. Out came a magnificent stream of Mexican mouthing off, his accent getting stronger with every smirk and every swear word.

posted by yerfatma to soccer at 08:28 AM - 1 comment

May 14

May 07

Kansas State denies player the right to transfer away: "With a release, Romero could go to another Division I school and receive scholarship money while sitting out the required year to transfer. But without the release, she would have to pay all her own expenses for that year, which she says she's not in a financial position to do as a foreign student."

posted by yerfatma to basketball at 07:58 AM - 5 comments

April 21

"That makes two of us, doesn’t it Steve?": Mike Vaccaro on New York sports teams, Steve Philllips and Lupica.

posted by yerfatma to culture at 07:58 PM - 1 comment

April 15

"The unofficial king of sports paperbacks", Zander Hollander,: died at 91.

Before televised sports were pervasive and the Internet a nonstop gusher of sports trivia, Mr. Hollander found a niche in the market by annually providing statistics, team rosters, records, schedules and predictions for the coming season in the form of brick-size tomes he titled "Complete Handbooks."

posted by yerfatma to culture at 09:48 AM - 1 comment

April 10

Oops: Atlanta Braves Set Fire to U.S. Flag: The Braves home opener doubled as William Tecumseh Sherman Night.

posted by yerfatma to baseball at 09:13 AM - 7 comments

March 28

DeSean Jackson released by the Eagles: possibly due to his off-field issues. Now explain how the Jags got a 6th-round pick for Blaine Gabbert.

posted by yerfatma to football at 01:02 PM - 10 comments

March 27

"The Krafts Are the Worst Owners in the League": what the heck is wrong with the New England Revolution?

posted by yerfatma to soccer at 02:22 PM - 7 comments

March 17

What is the best possible season a player could have?: "Our superhuman player is only 20 wins better than Danny Worth, and getting to that superhuman player was pretty difficult. This makes you think about how small the difference is between terrible and great in baseball and why the games are so entertaining. Even the worst teams manage to win and the best teams manage to lose, and this illustrates why that's the case."

posted by yerfatma to baseball at 04:42 PM - 5 comments

January 13

Taro Tsujimoto's story: years before Hideo Nomo and Dice-K, Tsujimoto was a hockey wunderkind who promised to improve the Buffalo Sabres. But he never arrived because he never existed: he was one of the many pranks the Sabres' long-time PR man Paul Wielan invented.

posted by yerfatma to hockey at 03:18 PM - 5 comments

December 30

Nicolas Anelka scored twice this weekend and celebrated in a way only Nicolas Anelka could: sending a heartfelt gesture to a close friend going through some tough times. The friend is a old-school comedian with a style reminiscent of old European theatres, specifically, WWII's Eastern and Western Fronts and the gesture is his, a variation on the Nazi salute combined with a more traditionally obscene gesture.

posted by yerfatma to soccer at 10:02 AM - 6 comments