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Member since: September 27, 2006
Last visit: November 27, 2015

NerfballPro has posted 11 links and 499 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 3 comments to the Locker Room.

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The San Antonio Spurs send some players home: Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich elects to send home Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili to rest them from a long road stretch. This rendered them unavailable for Thursday night's game against the Miami Heat. NBA Commissioner David Stern took note of this and promised "substantial sanctions will be forthcoming." The Heat won 105-100.

posted by NerfballPro to basketball at 11:45 AM on November 30 - 51 comments

Amare Stoudamire out after postgame injury: After last night's Game 2 in Miami, New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudamire punches a fire extinguisher case, lacerating his left hand badly enough to require stitches. The Knicks lost to the Heat, 104-94 and are down 2-0 heading back to New York for Game 3 Thursday night.

posted by NerfballPro to basketball at 11:45 AM on May 01 - 5 comments

"I'd hide it if I had a concussion": In a recent poll of a few NFL players conducted by the Associated Press, slightly more than half said that they'd try to play through injuries, including head injuries, than take themselves out. However, more than two-thirds also favored being shielded from their own instincts: they favor having independent neurologists on the sidelines of games making decisions to remove players they think have sustained a head injury of some degree.

posted by NerfballPro to football at 01:20 AM on December 26 - 2 comments

Who wants to bet Tiger never set a golf course on fire like this?: Over the weekend, a golfer at Shady Canyon Golf Course caused a fire when he inadvertently struck a rock while swinging his club in the rough. Ground and air units responded to the blaze, which scorched 12 acres before being put out.

posted by NerfballPro to golf at 03:18 AM on September 01 - 7 comments

Stafon Johnson dislocates ankle: Tennessee Titans rookie RB Stafon Johnson suffered a major setback in the third quarter of last night's pre-season game against the Seahawks, being carted off the field after dislocating his ankle following a short reception. Johnson was signed as an undrafted free agent out of USC; this is the guy who had 275 lbs. of weights crush his larynx requiring emergency surgery to save his life last year.

posted by NerfballPro to football at 05:48 PM on August 15 - 2 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The owners have a nightmare PR scenario brewing. Firing a head coach because he's not playing your son as often as you'd like?

posted by NerfballPro at 02:04 PM on November 09

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Hey, has anyone been following the story about Daily Fantasy sites like FanDuel and DraftKings? There's been an ongoing debate about whether or not it's gambling, based on whether you win based on skill or chance. Just recently, the state of Nevada has weighed in with its own opinion on the matter.

posted by NerfballPro at 02:17 PM on October 16

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Well, the Cubs have a long way to go. But taking out the Cardinals? Yep, we're officially on notice now.

posted by NerfballPro at 10:27 AM on October 14

Miami Dolphins Fire Coach Joe Philbin

Honestly, I thought Philbin should've been canned after the 2013 season due to the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin flap. Not to mention not making the playoffs during his time there.

posted by NerfballPro at 05:37 PM on October 05

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Papelbon, Harper brawl in Nationals' loss to Phillies

Captain Obvious says: Matt Williams will be looking for a new job starting next week.

posted by NerfballPro at 07:16 PM on September 28

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Some ways to become a Padre....

1. Get drafted

2. Get traded from another team

3. Have this happen

posted by NerfballPro at 04:50 PM on September 25

Super Bowl Ditches Roman Numerals

It seemed pretty obvious to me why they didn't go with the Roman numeral for 50

If could've found and posted a pic of Roger doing that.....

posted by NerfballPro at 04:04 PM on September 10

2 High School Players Intentionally Hit Referee

Even if the coach didn't have anything to do with this, it's a reflection of how he's running the team.

And probably one incident away from having the team shut down for the season, too. I know if I were a coach in the same league I'd be concerned for my players' safety after this, if my team is on John Jay's schedule.

Coach Gutierrez has a serious shitstorm brewing he won't have any control over.

posted by NerfballPro at 01:44 PM on September 07

2 High School Players Intentionally Hit Referee

According to the article, and a similar one in Yahoo, two other players were ejected in separate players, which allowed the opposing team a first down late in the game that sealed the win, letting them just take snaps to wind the clock down. That's probably when these two smarty pants decided to send their message.

posted by NerfballPro at 10:43 PM on September 06

Federal Judge Tosses Brady's 4-Game NFL Suspension

I figure Goodell's current shelf life is good for another five years, when the current CBA expires. If he's still the commish, and there's no re-wording to reflect a fairer punitive system, expect a players' strike. And if that prediction comes true, I'd also bet one demand the NFLPA will have is a new commissioner.

posted by NerfballPro at 11:05 AM on September 04

Federal Judge Tosses Brady's 4-Game NFL Suspension

Also, Goodell won't be in Foxboro next week as originally planned. Can't say I blame him; New Englanders anxious to burn an effigy of the commissioner wouldn't have minded swapping out for the real thing, as if it were late 17th century Salem.

posted by NerfballPro at 09:32 AM on September 04

Teammate Sucker Punches Geno Smith, Breaks His Jaw

beaverboard, you nailed it.

posted by NerfballPro at 05:54 PM on August 12

Teammate Sucker Punches Geno Smith, Breaks His Jaw

Who knew that Geno's first interception of the season would come before the Jets even play a down?

I wonder if IK is in Rex's Rolodex

Since it was Rex and Co. that initially drafted him, I'm sure he'll get snapped up in short order.

posted by NerfballPro at 02:20 PM on August 12

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension on Appeal

There is no way that the carrier would hand over the information as part of some internal NFL investigation. Even if this goes to federal court, the content of those text messages (or recipients of the messages or phone calls) is irrelevant at this point. The argument is whether the punishment is fair, not whether the ruling was correct in the first place.

An appeal in federal court would be about procedure and method of rule enforcement, not the deflation issue. Cell phone records are, as you said, no longer relevant toward any appeal or legal procedure going forward. But to me, all that does is deflect the issue of Brady's culpability. Does Brady's reputation get rescued, win or lose? It didn't seem to help the bountygate players and coaches when their suspensions and punishments were overturned.

posted by NerfballPro at 02:50 PM on July 30

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension on Appeal

I'm no Goodell fan, but whether or not you want to believe his judge jury and executioner act is good for the league, you have to look with a critical eye at Tom Brady for destroying his cellphone during the midst of this investigation. And I just can't buy the story that he thought investigators wouldn't need it during their collection of evidence in the case.

- He may or may not have used it to send and receive texts on the matter.
- It's possible the NFL could petition his carrier to turn over records of texts both sent and received using the phone (the legalities of this are another subject altogether)
- It may even be his practice to destroy old cellphones to protect his privacy once he obtains a new one for use.

If he wanted a chance at reducing (or preferably, eliminate) his suspension, he should've held onto it. Destroying it just made him look like he was trying to hide something, or at least showed everyone he's a complete imbecile.

posted by NerfballPro at 02:10 PM on July 29