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Roger Goodell's unstoppable football machine: or, "Why haven't concussions hurt the NFL?" Like anyone who has spent time around the league, Nate Jackson, the former Bronco, has heard a great deal about the Shield. ‘‘The thing is, isn’t a shield supposed to protect you?’’ Jackson asked me. ‘‘They want players to put their bodies in front of the shield, to sacrifice for this shield.’’

posted by rumple to football at 02:56 PM on February 04 - 0 comments

With NFL Rams gone, St. Louis still stuck with stadium debt: In St. Louis, the $280 million agreement to build the Edward Jones Dome for the Rams raised eyebrows since its opening in 1995. Unlike other stadium deals, the St. Louis contract included a clause requiring the 67,000-seat dome be maintained to a first-tier standard, meaning the facility must be considered among the top quarter of all NFL football facilities. ... "This was a contract designed to be broken" by the team, said Matheson, who studies stadium finances. "They had a terrible, terrible contract with the Rams."

posted by rumple to football at 12:10 PM on February 03 - 2 comments

It's Who We Are?: It’s really not surprising that, on December 10, 2015, the school board of McLoud, Oklahoma voted to maintain their racist mascot. All of the usual arguments were made, in support of keeping the R word: “It’s an honor,” tearful pleas of “We’ve been the R** for generations”, and, my favorite, “It’s who we are.” The latter is by far the most accurate and telling. Put simply, the events during the McLoud meeting was not only a by-product of American history, but an indictment of it.

posted by rumple to culture at 04:10 PM on December 14 - 4 comments

The Natural: In October 2014, Andrea Duke, 35 years old and a competitive runner for only one of them, qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials.

posted by rumple to olympics at 07:29 PM on December 01 - 3 comments

Episodes in the Life of Bounce: "All ball sports are aleatoric structures organized, to greater or lesser degrees, around bounce. Aleatoric structures—structures of planned chance—produce a reliable kind of uncertainty. We don’t know who will win and who will lose, but we know that at the end of the day, there will be a winner and a loser. A ball introduces a second, more uncertain, kind of uncertainty into the fray. Its bounce dances along the edge of our predictive capacity, always almost but never fully under control. At least in the Anglophone world, this second kind of chance—the chance of the ball—seems to be especially important to our contemporary understanding of play. While other kinds of contests are raced, run, rowed, and swum; wrestled, fenced, fought, and boxed; timed, weighed, measured, and judged; ball games are played. And only an athlete who contends with balls (or pucks, or shuttlecocks, or other third objects) earns the title “player.” We become players in and through bounce."

posted by rumple to general at 03:30 PM on November 28 - 1 comment

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NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x32 Edition

Denver by 21

Score: 55

First field goal:Carolina

First touchdown: D. Thomas

Most passing yards: Manning

Most rushing yards: Anderson

Most receiving yards: Thomas

Sack: Miller

Interception: Coleman

First turnover: Manning

MVP: Thomas

Winner of the contest: tommytrump

posted by rumple at 12:28 PM on February 06

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

A hockey roster made only of players who look like Tilda Swinton.

posted by rumple at 01:58 PM on February 05

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

"On a scale of 1 to 4, [Ken] Stabler had high Stage 3 chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E., the degenerative brain disease believed to be caused by repeated blows to the head, according to researchers at Boston University."

posted by rumple at 12:25 PM on February 03

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Championship Round

New England by 10 - LOCK

Carolina by 7 - LOCK

Team yards: New England

Team turnovers: Denver

Passing: Brady

Rushing: Stewart

Receiving: Gronkowski

Sacking: Bucannon

Intercepting: Butler

posted by rumple at 01:28 PM on January 23

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Week 2: Divisional Round

New England by 10 LOCK

Green Bay by 3

Seattle by 7 LOCK

Denver by 14 LOCK

QB: Rogers

RB: Lynch

WR: Baldwin

INT: Sherman

posted by rumple at 07:54 PM on January 15

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Canada's Kaillie Humphries makes history by piloting all-female team in four-man bobsled event at Lake Placid

"We for sure came last by a long shot," Humphries said Saturday on the drive to Montreal for a later flight to Park City, Utah. "We knew that was going to happen. We're competing with dudes who individually are anywhere from 100 to 120 kilos. As girls, we're not even close to that."

Not even close in weight and not even close in speed. Humphries crossed the line 4.77 seconds behind race winner Maximilian Arndt of Germany, who finished in 1 minute, 49.70 seconds Four seconds is an eternity in bobsled, where the difference between gold and silver is usually mere hundredths of a second.


For Humphries and her crew, the whole point of the exercise was to train for an exhibition race at next month's world championships in Igls, Austria. She wants to continue the push for the event's inclusion on the roster for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

Men can compete for Olympic medals in both the two-man and four-man races. Women have only shot at the Olympic podium in the two-man competition. Gender parity is the ultimate goal.

"This is a learning process for us and all other women in the world," said Humphries, who made history last year alongside American Elana Meyers Taylor by piloting a four-man sled pushed by three guys. "We showed that it's possible, that we can do it on one of the hardest tracks in the world.

"We deserve the opportunity to be able to do two-man and four-man. We want it."

posted by rumple at 12:21 PM on January 11

Play SportsFilter's NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest

Houston by 3

Cincinnati by 7

Seattle by 14 LOCK

Washington by 6

Bonus Categories

Pick the quarterback with the most passing yards - Russell Wilson

Pick the running back with the most rushing yards. - Adrian Peterson

Pick the player with the most receiving yards. Doug Baldwin

Pick a player who will record a sack or partial sack. Bruce Irvin

posted by rumple at 03:02 AM on January 08

NFL Pick 'Em Contest Winner: Grum@work

Congrats to grum and thanks to rcade for organizing it all

Re: the rules, I agree with ic23b above.

posted by rumple at 06:51 PM on January 05

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 17: Last Chance Saloon Edition

Atlanta by 7

Buffalo by 10

Chicago by 17

Baltimore by 3

Pittsburgh by 24 LOCK

Washington by 7

Tennessee by 10

Miami by 6

Philadelphia by 3

Jacksonville by 10

Denver by 7

Kansas City by 10

Seattle by 3

San Francisco by 3

Tampa Bay by 7

Green Bay by 17

posted by rumple at 02:17 AM on January 03

NFL Pick 'Em Week 16: Airing of Grievances Edition

Oakland by 17

Philadelphia by 3

Atlanta by 6

Buffalo by 14

Detroit by 10

Tennessee by 6

Kansas City by 21

Miami by 10

N.Y. Jets by 3

Chicago by 9

Pittsburgh by 28

Jacksonville by 7

Green Bay by 11

Seattle by 14 LOCK

Minnesota by 10

Cincinnati by 9

posted by rumple at 01:04 PM on December 24

NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: I Miss the Big Sombrero Edition

St. Louis by 6

Dallas by 3

Indianapolis by 10

Minnesota by 14

New England by 19

N.Y. Giants by 3

Washington by 3

Jacksonville by 7

Kansas City by 10

Oakland by 3

Seattle by 20 LOCK

Pittsburgh by 7

San Diego by 10

Cincinnati by 17

Philadelphia by 7

New Orleans by 14

posted by rumple at 03:34 PM on December 17

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 14: Not So Hotlanta Edition

Arizona by 10

Chicago by 14

Pittsburgh by 7

Cleveland by 4

Kansas City by 6

St. Louis by 3

Tennessee by 3

Philadelphia by 14

Tampa Bay by 10

Carolina by 14

Jacksonville by 7

Seattle by 17

Oakland by 3

Green Bay by 14 LOCK

New England by 17

Miami by 10

posted by rumple at 05:14 PM on December 09

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Inuit group call for the CFL's Edmonton Eskimos to change their name.

posted by rumple at 05:00 PM on November 28

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

Edmonton by 17




posted by rumple at 09:45 PM on November 26

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 12: Inadvertent Whistle Edition

Philadelphia by 7

Carolina by 3

Green Bay by 14

Atlanta by 6

Cincinnati by 10

Oakland by 6

Indianapolis by 10

Kansas City by 14

Miami by 7

Washington by 3

Jacksonville by 14 LOCK? a Jax lock sure wtf bring on the Costanza

Houston by 3

San Francisco by 6

Seattle by 10

New England by 10

posted by rumple at 10:25 PM on November 25