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Member since: March 25, 2006
Last visit: July 24, 2014

rumple has posted 66 links and 463 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 103 comments to the Locker Room.

Recent Links

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

Of all the Canadian coaches, he's the most Russian: Grantland profiles Mike Keenan as he coaches Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the KHL.

posted by rumple to hockey at 11:55 PM on March 27 - 0 comments

Why is the world's gayest sport stuck in the closet?: A perceptive long essay from buzzfeed examines sexuality and men's figure skating.

posted by rumple to olympics at 07:19 PM on February 06 - 2 comments

Cristiano Ronaldo wins the Ballon D'Or: Rob Smyth with an eloquent, measured assessment of Ronaldo's career. Sports writing at its finest.

posted by rumple to soccer at 11:01 PM on January 13 - 3 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Shakhtar Donetsk's owner has confirmed six players have refused to return to Ukraine for the new season as conflict rages around the club's home city.

Brazilians Douglas Costa, Fred, Dentinho, Alex Teixiera and Ismaily plus Argentine striker Facundo Ferreyra remained in France following a friendly against Lyon on Saturday.

posted by rumple at 01:30 PM on July 21

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

What if every NHL player "went home", like LeBron James? Here are the 7 Canadian teams - looks like it would be between Vancouver and Winnipeg, with Toronto just needing a better goalie.

posted by rumple at 05:01 PM on July 18

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Results, Blame-the-World-Cup Edition

Thanks for doing this rcade. I was actually trying to win, so the Constanza was come by honestly.

Crazy free agency period in the NHL. The Stars look really good. The Central Division is going to be crazy.

The Canucks are trying to retool on the fly which is going to be tricky considering the division they are in, where at the very least Edmonton is going to be a lot better I think from below and it's hard to imagine the Canucks running with the Kings, Sharks and Ducks quite yet. Probably only three teams make it from the Pacific division into the playoffs, too, since the Central is so stacked. Still if there is a Pacific team to slip, it's probably going to be the Sharks, unless the Kings are so casual they fall too far behind. Ducks could take it all this coming year though.

All the same I see the Canucks placing 4th in the Pacific and missing the playoffs, then drafting like 15th overall or something. ugh.

posted by rumple at 03:50 PM on July 03

U.S. Falls to Belgium Despite Epic Tim Howard Performance

It's exciting how evenly matched (or equally flawed) the final eight teams are. Brazil has looked disorganized, Holland has struggled at times, Argentina gives up a lot of chances, Belgium has not taken their chances (Howard had a lot to say about that, but really...), Germany has struggled against teams they should completely dominate. Costa Rica has looked very well drilled but may not be able to penetrate the top defences.

The only teams who really look solid front to back and in form are France (who themselves were a little underwhelming against Nigeria) and Colombia (who had the easiest group and then got Uruguay with no Suarez)- and both are in very tough in their quarter final game vs Brazil and Germany respectively.

It'll be a heckuva couple of weeks.

posted by rumple at 10:56 PM on July 01

U.S. Falls to Belgium Despite Epic Tim Howard Performance

I couldn't bring myself to root for the USA but I was very impressed with their tenacity. Their final ball was really not there and the skill imbalance was clear - I'm sure Americans are not happy to have these sorts of moral victories or finding comfort in defeat but if they can couple that heart and organization to having just a little more incision on the finish they will be able to hang with anyone in world soccer.

posted by rumple at 07:47 PM on July 01

Luis Suarez Bites Opponent at World Cup

To be fair, Bergeron stuck his finger in Burrows mouth....

posted by rumple at 08:32 PM on June 24

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Stanley Cup Round

Don't worry ic23b, I've got the Costanza almost locked up.

posted by rumple at 08:34 PM on June 04

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Stanley Cup Round

LA in 5 +2

MVP Kopitar

Goals Carter

Points. Kopitar

PIM M Staal

TOI. Doughty

posted by rumple at 07:49 PM on June 04

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 3

Montreal in 7

Pacioretty as top scorer

Chicago in 5

Hossa as top scorer

winning the Costanza is still winning, right, guys? Right?

posted by rumple at 01:38 PM on May 17

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 2

Sorry, I'm in a pretty remote camp right now. My picks:

Montreal in 7 +2

Pittsburgh in 7

Anaheim in 7

Chicago in 4 +1

posted by rumple at 01:25 AM on May 02

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 1

I'll go against the teams that won or are leading, got in late...

Tampa in 7

CBJ in 7 (as if)

Dallas in 6

Chicago in 5 +1

Kings in 7 +2

Flyers (yuk) in 6

Detroit in 7 if there is a god

Avalanche in 5

Total: 3 points

posted by rumple at 12:35 AM on April 17

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

How much it costs to propose at every MLB stadium.

posted by rumple at 12:02 PM on April 01

Dodgers Set Record with $234 Million Payroll

Will the Dodgers be any good?

posted by rumple at 08:56 PM on March 31

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Some of the players identified themselves here.

Sounds like he is challenging the bench, drunk Bieksa style...

posted by rumple at 06:56 PM on March 31

Missouri All-American Defensive Lineman Michael Sam Announces He Is Gay

Comments from two Seahawks: (Does the "light-hearted" comment mean that Sam would be expected to suck up some homophobia, or laugh it off somehow?).

On how it would play out if they play on the same team as Michael Sam: Michael Robinson: "Honestly for me, it's really about what the guy does on the field. If he can help this football team win and he can be a force, that's my teammate. I'm really not concerned with what he does off the field or what he does in his personal life. Now, we may not be at the same bars together, but at the same time if he's a baller, he's my teammate. I'm with him."

Michael Bennett: "I agree. The guy is an explosive playerIf anything, it has to be about his skill level and not about his sexual preference. The guy is a good player and he should get his shot."

On how Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman being deaf played out in the locker room: Robinson: "I have so much respect for DC and how he goes about his business. But DC, he's deaf a little bit and he makes light of it; we crack jokes, we go back and forth, and I think it got to the point where it's not even an issue anymore. It's going to depend on how [Michael Sam] comes into the locker room and how he sees himself. If he comes in confident and it's light-hearted, he'll be fine."

On Michael Sam: Bennett: "The team that he has to go to has to be built with strong leaders. If it doesn't have strong leaders, this kind of stuff can tear a team apart. But I believe there are a lot of good people in the NFL that understand that times are changing and people are different. I hope that everybody accepts him."

posted by rumple at 07:08 PM on February 12