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Last visit: April 14, 2014

dfleming has posted 19 links and 1542 comments to SportsFilter and 3 links and 159 comments to the Locker Room and 1 column.

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Gary Bettman: Players locked out September 15th if no deal is reached: Would a second lockout in a decade be disastrous for hockey or for Bettman?

posted by dfleming to hockey at 03:23 PM on August 09 - 7 comments

According to Forbes' Fab 40: Tiger Woods still has the richest brand among athletes...and still by a very wide margin. The Yankees surpassed Man U as the richest team brand and the most valuable overall brand in sports is the Super Bowl. No word on whether the BAR (brand above replacement) advanced stats were used in this analysis.

posted by dfleming to golf at 06:38 AM on October 05 - 0 comments

'Thank God It Just Popped Back In': Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo gruesomely dislocated his elbow with 7 minutes left in the third quarter Saturday night against the Miami Heat and was taken to the locker room. He returned and one-armed the entire fourth quarter of the crucial 97-81 win, bringing the series to 2-1 Heat.

posted by dfleming to basketball at 01:44 PM on May 08 - 9 comments

Memphis come back from 16 down, win in OT: Zach Randolph's 21pt/21reb performance has the upstart Grizz up 2-1 over the Thunder.

posted by dfleming to basketball at 08:55 PM on May 07 - 3 comments

Mike Kelly: of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers was relieved of his duties as coach yesterday. It turns out, he's not very good on or off the field.

posted by dfleming to football at 08:54 AM on December 18 - 4 comments

Recent Comments

A's Demote Closer Jim Johnson After 8 Games

Johnson had 9 blown saves last year - there were times he seemed tenuously holding on to his job as it is. That contract, particularly from the A's, was kinda nutty.

He reminds me a lot of Todd Jones' career where he certainly showed he could close but never was steady enough to give you the confidence to think he'll ride through rough patches and come out the other side.

posted by dfleming at 10:24 AM on April 11

Exceptionally Small Crowds Greet New Baseball Season

Baseball is becoming one-dimensional. All position players think they are home run hitters, and the days of players knowing how to actually hit, especially hit to all fields, is practically gone.

Wholeheartedly disagree. There have always been dead pull hitters, and there are still an exceptional number of truly pro hitters. Guys like Cabrera, Pedroia, Trout, McCutchen, Jeter, Posey, Votto, Cano, Molina - they all go the other way.

Jack Clark existed 20 years ago. The defences have shifted, but not because there are more pure pull hitters, but they've adjusted how they play 'em. The league average since 1972 has fluctuated between .255-.275, and while we're currently at a .256, you have to also take into account that the defences are much improved and players are more athletic today than ever.

posted by dfleming at 07:10 AM on April 11

Josh Hamilton Needs Thumb Surgery

Dude can't catch a break.

Well, I'd say he caught a $125m break a year ago, but I guess it's relative.

posted by dfleming at 11:30 AM on April 10

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Dallas Braden (the second worst pitcher to ever throw one)

Len Barker had a longer career, but he was pretty damn pedestrian. The way he progressed, Braden would've lapped his WAR had his career not gotten cut short at 27 due to injury.

posted by dfleming at 08:46 PM on April 07

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Meanwhile, can someone explain why anyone would use up $10.5 million of cap space on DeSean Jackson? Maybe college coaches will make it in the NFL, but one place they need to adjust to is playing their cards closer to the vest. You might as well cut him now Chip.

There's no downside - maybe you drum up a trade for a late round pick, maybe you don't. There are two teams who are desperate for playmakers (Raiders and Jets) who also have a ton of cap space - perhaps one of them blinks because they think the other will.

It's not like the Eagles are actively speaking about their attempts to trade him either - there are "NFL sources" and sources close to the player talking about it.

posted by dfleming at 09:50 AM on March 22

Cowboys Release DeMarcus Ware

Revis to the Patriots for 1 year, $12m. Probably a good number and a good term.

posted by dfleming at 09:11 PM on March 12

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Klesa's statement is pretty specious - he talks about "moving several times to new teams", but both moves were within 24 hours of one another and he didn't make this statement when he was heading to a playoff contender. He's had a tough year, but just call it like it is - you don't want to play hurt for a last place team.

posted by dfleming at 11:03 AM on March 09

Nets Sign First Openly Gay NBA Player

The Nets know Collins well - so the 10-day contract is likely for two reasons - one, given Glen Davis and/or Ron Artest have recently hit the open market (and perhaps because the Nets had an interest in Davis which only today they seem to have lost out on), there's no sense tying yourself to a guy with a fairly defined ceiling when someone else might come up in the next three weeks (waived, released, or via trade) - and two, to make sure that the layoff hasn't impacted his ability to contribute on the court.

posted by dfleming at 12:22 PM on February 24

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

You could say the same about the Canadians with Stamkos and Tavares - nobody was playing with a full deck, although the Canadians certainly have the depth to absorb key injuries.

posted by dfleming at 06:07 PM on February 23

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Homer Bailey joins the $100 million club. Somewhere, Brandon Phillips can be found shouting angrily into a pillow.

posted by dfleming at 06:17 PM on February 19

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Still, the honesty is refreshing.

I suspect the fact that Dempster was probably bullpen-bound anyways had something to do with it. After a lot of money's been made and the prestige is largely gone, there's not a whole lot left to play for if you miss your family. I suspect a lot of guys who retire could pitch middle relief for another year, but don't for similar reasons.

posted by dfleming at 10:46 AM on February 18

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I can understand that most of the stuff involving Martin could've been missed by staff (texts, strip clubs, etc. - not where the staff are) - but the assistant trainer stuff I can't. The head trainer knew about it, as did multiple Dolphins employees who witnessed it. The offensive line coach as also aware of some of what's going on overall.

So - Philbin gets praise for bringing a conduct manual with him, but has absolutely no responsibility or knowledge of whether or not the players are actually following it. That's bullshit. If you are the leader of an organization, you are responsible for what the players do. Good leadership is a reflection of your enforcing your values - bad leadership is this.

So Philbin, if he knew nothing about any of it, is a shit leader for having his passion for locker room conduct end at the printing of a manual.

posted by dfleming at 11:57 AM on February 14

Derek Jeter to Retire From Yankees After 2014 Season

A testament to a career well done when you have to specify WHICH outstanding out-of-field catch you're talking about.

posted by dfleming at 10:40 AM on February 14

Derek Jeter to Retire From Yankees After 2014 Season


posted by dfleming at 10:24 AM on February 14

Derek Jeter to Retire From Yankees After 2014 Season

What other concessions should we make to Jeter's glory?

We'll still play out the playoffs, but the only way to win the World Series is to have a guy jump into the stands for a foul ball and come up with it. The MVP of each series will be Derek Jeter and the player who caught the ball will be forced to retire for copycatting Jeter.

Each 7th inning stretch will feature Minka Kelly being forced to cry on the pitcher's mound while the crowd sings "if you like it, you shoulda put a ring on it" before pelting her with pretzels.

posted by dfleming at 09:56 AM on February 14