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Member since: September 27, 2006
Last visit: January 26, 2015

NerfballPro has posted 11 links and 473 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

Josh Gordon Fails Substance Test, Out for Another Year

I don't see him staying on the Browns roster after this.

With the DUI arrests and the missed team meetings prior to this he was already on a short leash. It's pretty sad to see someone as talented as he is choose substance abuse over his livelihood.

posted by NerfballPro at 02:39 AM on January 26

Don't hit me in the mouth, I gotta play tonight

A good alternate title for this piece would be: Kind of Black and Blue

posted by NerfballPro at 11:38 AM on January 24

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest, Conference Championship Round

I'd wanted to pick Suggs but with the Ravens-Steelers already going when I finally got to a computer on Saturday I elected to stay away from that game to avoid any potential disputes with scoring.

Seattle by 7
Indianapolis by 3
Most points: Indianapolis
QB most yards: Andrew Luck
RB most yards: Marshawn Lynch
Most receiving yards: Reggie Wayne

posted by NerfballPro at 05:39 PM on January 16

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest, Divisional Round

I'm late; reserve duty sucks sometimes. I'm making my picks after the Bal-Pitt game has kicked off, and I don't know what all has happened, so if anything I put on here doesn't qualify feel free to take the point off.

Baltimore by 3

Seattle by 14

Green Bay by 3

Denver by 4

Most points: Seattle

Most rush yards: Marshawn Lynch

Sack: Von Miller

GB Temp: 20F

posted by NerfballPro at 06:17 PM on January 10

Four players voted into the baseball Hall of Fame

Who the heck voted for Aaron Boone?

Who the heck is Darin Erstad?

posted by NerfballPro at 04:56 AM on January 07

ESPN Anchor Stuart Scott Dies

One of the few credible ESPN anchors gone way too damn soon.


posted by NerfballPro at 01:39 PM on January 04

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest, Wild Card Round

Carolina by 10

Baltimore by 3

Dallas by 6

Indianapolis by 13

Most points: Indianapolis

Most passing yards: Andrew Luck

Interception: Glover Quin

posted by NerfballPro at 12:51 PM on January 03

Ducks v. Bucks in Arlington

The BCS matchup for this season would have almost certainly been Florida State (undefeated, defending national champions) vs. Alabama (one-loss SEC champion), with Oregon and Ohio State battling it out in the Rose Bowl as a consolation prize.

One of the biggest cliches in sports is that "this game isn't played on paper; it's played on the field." While I still have reservations about this new playoff system, I still favor it over the previous BCS methodology where the games were seemingly "played on paper" (or on computer, if you will) to determine who gets to play for the championship. Here, Florida State and Alabama were taken out on the field whereas before, they would've merely defaulted to the championship game as Etrigan stated. Really, this isn't a bad thing at all.

posted by NerfballPro at 01:04 PM on January 02

New York Jets Fire Rex Ryan, GM John Idzik

He never had a really good QB

Rex had two highly-regarded prospects (acknowledging they weren't Peyton Manning sure things, but neither were many in the top 10), both of whom seemed to regress rather than progress under his leadership.

Ownership tasked him over the years to develop a franchise quarterback (Sanchez, Tebow, Smith, to name three) and that's not something you ask a defensive-minded coach to do. And the material he was given to develop one wasn't exactly the best to begin with:

Sanchez: USC stock, who traditionally don't adapt well to the pro game anyway

Tebow: let's not get started with this discussion again

Smith: Jury's still out on him, but doesn't look promising so far.

This is probably why Idzik is unemployed along with Ryan.

posted by NerfballPro at 09:24 AM on December 31

Denver Broncos Fan Disappears During Game

Kitterman was found, unharmed Tuesday. But the mystery behind his disappearance still remains.....

posted by NerfballPro at 05:08 AM on October 29

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

A salute to veterans at Saturday's Giants-Nationals game. Army SFC Brian Keaton throws out the first pitch with a certain style.

posted by NerfballPro at 10:29 AM on October 06

Brady Hoke's Dangerous Incompetence So Bad ESPN Announcers Denounce It

Considering how bad Morris was, the fact that Brady Hoke is still employed at the University of Michigan nearly 48 hours after the game makes me think the AD should join the list of those who should be relieved of their duties as well.

posted by NerfballPro at 01:56 PM on September 29

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

An interesting historical find: a newsreel of the 1919 World Series, Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago White Sox. These are excerpts taken from various games and compiled into this report. For a perspective, this was assembled before word of the "Black Sox Scandal" broke and even includes a play where a Sox pitcher bobbles what arguably should've been an easy double-play ball. (Note: the edges of the film are noticeably degraded and do distract a little from the viewing)

posted by NerfballPro at 06:58 AM on May 04

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The Rays' Yunel Escobar strikes out on a 4-2 pitch.

posted by NerfballPro at 12:47 PM on April 23

DeSean Jackson released by the Eagles

Raiders maybe, but no chance with NE if his background reveals even a tiny bit of gang-related activity. Hernandez has taught them well.

No chance with anyone, likely, regardless of his talent. Hernandez schooled 32 NFL owners and GMs on what it's like to have a player with alleged gang issues and is known as a locker room distraction. It's a lesson that's going to stick for awhile, so it's tough to imagine any team picking him up for awhile.

posted by NerfballPro at 04:36 PM on March 28