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NerfballPro has posted 11 links and 488 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

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

NFL Announces Punishment for Patriots' Deflated Balls

Net Savings to Patriots: $2,700,000

Also have to factor in: lost ticket sales in the first four games because people want to see Brady, not Garoppolo; missed playoff games if they miss the playoffs by a game or two (or if seeded 3 or 4 instead of 1 or 2, the extra playoff game they host), not to mention the salary of the players they don't draft (or the resulting trades to replenish the roster to cover the missed picks). It can get convoluted, but the point is, it's all speculative and hard to pin a true price on this.

But you're right Joey, they'll probably still come out way ahead in the long run.

posted by NerfballPro at 07:38 AM on May 13

NFL Announces Punishment for Patriots' Deflated Balls

I could see them going 1-3 or 0-4 if the backup stinks. As for the draft picks not fazing them, losing a first rounder is huge.

The backup stinks? On a Belichick team? Really?

The draft picks might hurt some long-term, but the Pats have already been through this (Spygate)

posted by NerfballPro at 10:40 PM on May 11

NFL Announces Punishment for Patriots' Deflated Balls

Brady is 37. This suspension could help keep the Pats out of home-field advantage next season.

Odds are, Brady would welcome the additional rest at that age. And Belichick can weather four games of Brady-less ball against a fairly easy schedule (Steelers, @Bills, Jags, @Cowboys) and the Patriots will still contend.

Plus, they get to keep their rings and the lost draft picks won't faze them much.

The NFL has meted out the punishments to silence the haters. Goodell reasserts his judge, jury and executioner persona. Everybody goes home happy today.

posted by NerfballPro at 06:14 PM on May 11

NFL Pick 'Em Contest, Final Scoreboard

Points, rebounds, assists, Tony Awards.

Does that mean that flops are tracked as a statistical category now?

posted by NerfballPro at 01:02 PM on February 14

NFL Pick 'Em Contest, Final Scoreboard

The only thing I can say about my performance is that old cliche: Even a stopped clock is correct twice a day.

Other than that, I do vote for tightening the spread as well, and would like to add increasing the bonus points for being dead-on with the number picks (increase to two points instead of one, maybe?)

Thanks for running the game, rcade......and thanks hincandenza and everyone.

posted by NerfballPro at 08:34 AM on February 13

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I haven't seen any results posted either. I know everyone's busy, but I have to admit, I'm a little curious too...

posted by NerfballPro at 01:54 PM on February 11

Semi-regular update: Julio Franco is still playing baseball.

I hope he keeps on keeping on for as long as he can.

Me too. How many get the chance to play for as long as he has? Heck, how many have the same career for this long? And it seems he's done with without chemical enhancement as well.

posted by NerfballPro at 11:45 AM on February 10

Semi-regular update: Julio Franco is still playing baseball.

I hope he keeps on keeping on for as long as he can.

Me too. How many get the chance to play for as long as he has? Heck, how many have the same career for this long? And it seems he's done with without chemical enhancement as well.

posted by NerfballPro at 11:45 AM on February 10

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest, Super Bowl 0x31 Round

hincandenza's suggestion sounds good to me if you want to do it that way

posted by NerfballPro at 03:13 PM on February 01

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest, Super Bowl 0x31 Round

New England by 7
Most Passing Yards: Brady
Most rushing Yards: Lynch
Most Receiving Yards: Gronkowski
First Touchdown: Gronkowski
Sack: Wilfork
Interception: Revis
Total Score: 52
1st Quarter: 17
Halftime: 31
3rd Quarter: 45

posted by NerfballPro at 01:28 PM on January 31

"Give 'em the works, Cubby! We ain't got a minute to lose!"

And to think that's how it all evolved into "I'm just here so I won't get fined"

posted by NerfballPro at 04:28 PM on January 28