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rumple has posted 69 links and 487 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 103 comments to the Locker Room.

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The gym on the Titanic, and other early 19th century ocean liners.: "I was up early before breakfast and met the professional racquet player in a half hour's warming up for a swim in the six foot deep tank of saltwater heated to a refreshing temperature." -- Colonel Archibald Gracie, Titanic Survivor.

posted by rumple to general at 04:56 PM on March 20 - 2 comments

Igor Larionov reflects on playing for Red Army, and what is wrong with North American hockey: "If you look at the coaches in Juniors and minor league hockey, many of them were not skill players. It’s a lot of former enforcers and grinders who take these coaching jobs. Naturally, they tell their players to be just like them. Their players are 17, 18 years old — younger than I was when I joined the Red Army team. Say what you want about the Whiplash mentality (or the Soviet mentality), but if coaches are going to push kids at that age, why are they pushing them to play a simple game? Why aren’t coaches pushing them to create a masterpiece? We lose a lot of Pavel Datsyuks to the closed-minded nature of the AHL and NHL."

posted by rumple to hockey at 02:21 PM on February 23 - 8 comments

Annotated list: the 25 best photos of Muhammad Ali, inside and outside the ring.

posted by rumple to boxing at 11:27 PM on November 01 - 5 comments

Over the Hill: The late career decline of Steve Nash, a review essay covering The Finish Line and 7 Seconds or Less. “If you ever see a child move,” [Nash] says in the first episode of the series, “they’re totally uninhibited. They just move freely, they don’t think about it, they’re not straining or protecting, they just are. You know, at my best, I am childlike out there.” It may be the most tragic line in the whole series; in capturing precisely what he once had, we also understand what he’s lost.

posted by rumple to basketball at 12:46 PM on July 15 - 1 comment

Four strikes and you're out: A study of more than one million pitches reveals "Umpires want to make the right call, but they also don't want to make the wrong call at the wrong time. Ironically, this prompts them to make bad calls more often." Illustrated with some nice heat maps.

posted by rumple to baseball at 10:21 PM on April 03 - 8 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Oilers as currently built are not really a good fit for Bruins-style hockey. Does Chiarelli know any other kind?

posted by rumple at 04:11 PM on April 24

Jameis Winston explains crab legs issue to Jim Harbaugh (Video)

Not really. It's a little more outrageous that he's being sued for "sexual battery, assault, false imprisonment and "intentional infliction of emotional distress arising out of forcible rape.""

posted by rumple at 04:10 PM on April 24

Remaining conviction against Barry Bonds is overturned.

So NOW will a MLB team sign him?

posted by rumple at 06:41 PM on April 23

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

The Oilers have also not gotten better on their 3rd and 4th lines, which are increasingly important. Part of it is veteran free agents have been keeping away, scared by the tire fire I guess. That's about to change. Their management is poor, their player development not necessarily poor, and definitely not as bad as people make out.

They completely rebuilt their scouting system in 2010 and there may be good results from their lower rounds on the way. Not many picks below about #20 step right in or even before 2 or 3 years seasoning.

Look how the Islanders took a defence comparable to Edmontons and rebuilt it in 10 minutes by getting Leddy and Boychuk. In the new NHL teams are having to shed their players to keep under the cap. Average players are increasingly available (good news for Edmonton) and good to very good players can also be had fairly routinely. For example, it seems very likely that Seabrook will be available this summer - Toews and Kane are getting 10 million each starting this summer. How long can the Preds afford to keep Josl, Weber and Jones? Etc.

Also, stacked teams can end up with an overflow of prospects and need to make trades to balance the present with the future. Example, Clendenning was arguably Chicago's top non-NHL defensive prospect. Vancouver picked him up for their 2014 5th round pick, Gustav Forsling. Chicago restocks for the future and doesn't have to deal with Clendenning who wouldn't be able to be sent up and down next year without clearing waivers. He's a guy who would right away be solid bottom six for Edmonton with very good potential to go top four and also run the powerplay.

Anyway, Edmonton doesn't even need to trade one of their top 6. New arena, hot talent, strong fan base - there'll be free agents choosing them for sure. They could trade Draisatl, but as likely they'll put him on the wing and turn him into a power forward. Good players on entry level contracts are almost as valuable as great players making 8 million/year.

posted by rumple at 05:32 PM on April 20

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

This whole meme that the Oilers ruin their prospects is just complete Bullshit. Taylor Hall is an excellent player, elite at his position. RNH just finshed his 2 1/2 year pro and is an excellent two way player on a shitty team. He's maybe one of the most under-rated players in the league. Yakupov has had a slow start on a crappy team but really looked good the last third of the season. Eberle was drafted 22nd overall which makes the Leafs drafting record look pathetic. The Oilers only first round miss recently has been Paajarvi, who did nothing after being traded away. All these players have had multiple coaches with radically different systems as well.

Yakupov and RNH are both second in their draft class for points. RNH has the highest points per game in his draft class. You could make the case that RNH was rushed into the NHL before he was physically ready and thereby hurt his shoulder. Possible. You could say Yakupov has been misused by his coaches and really only has flourished with the new coach and a centre with which he has chemistry. Neither of these are overly damning or even unusual.

It's too early to say, but Draisatl looks very promising and Nurse is almost guaranteed to be top 4 quality defenceman or top 2 more likely.

It's true their lower round draft choices have been pathetic and maybe some of that is bad development, maybe some is bad scouting. Whatever. Lots of teams in the league have lousy lower round records - it's a crapshoot. Those with great pickups often get lucky for a while then regress.

At least the Oilers didn't explicitly tank at the end of the season, they picked up their game a lot and showed real progress and actual pride, which a lot of their bottom-feeding cohort could learn from. They need some defence, and have some good ones ready for next year, and then their goaltending, which is decent but not great, will look a lot better than it does.

Not that I like the Oil, but I look forward to hating them again, and also seeing them stomp on Calgary for the next 10 years.

posted by rumple at 04:07 PM on April 19

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Seguin was often misused as well. He shone in skill roles but he got stuck on the 3rd and 4th lines a lot it seems to me.

These "slept with team-mates wife" are almost like a meme now. I wouldn't put a lot of weight on it.

I wonder how Jim Benning feels? He's doing a great job in Vancouver but he probably didn't know the Boston opening would happen so soon.

posted by rumple at 03:08 PM on April 15

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

They literally made the Chiarelli announcement 15 minutes after the verdict in the Hernandez case. Coincidence?

Chiarelli did a good job overall. Two finals, one cup. In the cap era it is really tough to keep good teams together. The trick is, like the Blackhawks, to have the right people in place when you have to get rid of the high priced guys. Losing Boychuk fits that model, without the replacement part. and the Hawks are going to be finding it tough with Toews and Kane's new contracts.

Losing Seguin, right now looks terrible. If he excels for a few more years it will look almost as bad the Neely trade in reverse. Maybe Brian Burke would be interested in a Lucic for Gaidreau deal?!

I mean, I hate the Bruins almost as much as the Leafs and Flyers, and I sure hope this is a start of a nice long period of mediocrity, but it's hard to objectively say Chiarelli did a poor job.

posted by rumple at 01:51 PM on April 15

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban and Willie O'Ree, the first black man to play in the National Hockey League, sit down with ESPN's John Saunders.

posted by rumple at 02:41 PM on February 23

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Serena Williams is to end her 14 year long boycott of Indian Wells, which started because of "racist undertones". Her father said at the time, "When Venus and I were walking down the stairs to our seats, people kept calling me nigger.' One said, I wish it was 75, we'd skin you alive' I think Indian Wells disgraced America."

"I was cringing when all that stuff was going on. It was unfair for the crowd to do that," tournament director Charlie Pasarell said." Williams' essay.

posted by rumple at 09:30 PM on February 04

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Very large image of all Formula 1 cars 1950 to 2004.

posted by rumple at 04:39 PM on February 03

Lisa Saxon, the woman who helped change sports writing forever.

This was really good, thanks for posting it.

posted by rumple at 04:05 PM on November 21

Despite Vehement Public Claims of Innocence, A-Rod Admitted to DEA He Used Steroids

Alex Rodriguez would have made the Hall of Fame without steroids.

James once developed a long-term career forecast model called Brock2 essentially a very early progenitor of a full-fledged projection system like PECOTA which could produce an expected career stat line for a player based on his career performance through a given age. Feed it Rodriguez's age 20-24 seasons, and it produces an absurd set of projected career totals: 3,573 hits; 668 doubles; 1,075 home runs. As mean projections for anybody, those numbers are silly (Trout through age 22 also generates a forecast of 3,646 hits, 740 doubles, and 826 home runs), but they underscore how incredible Rodriguez's first five full MLB seasons were. (Through 20 seasons, Rodriguez now has 2,939 hits, 519 doubles and 654 home runs.)

All of this, it bears mentioning, matters only if you believe Rodriguez began using PEDs in 2001, and didn't before that.

posted by rumple at 06:19 PM on November 06

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

One of the better articles on the Washington football team controversy, explaining the general, broader context for the increasing amount of indigenous activism against the name.

posted by rumple at 01:48 PM on November 04

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Washington R***kins cleared to continue their lawsuit against Native Americans. /nottheonion

posted by rumple at 12:12 AM on November 03

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

This was certainly an impressive drive by Seattle, even against the Raiders.

posted by rumple at 06:31 PM on November 02