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Lou Lamoriello new Maple Leafs GM

Screw you, Kerry Fraser!

I'd feel bad* for Leafs fans but Kerry Fraser's fabulous hair in that clip has blinded me to any possible failure on his part.

*not really. 47 and counting!

posted by deflated at 10:43 PM on July 23

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

If scoring is easiest to replace, what is hardest? Coaching? If you're not allowing that then interior defense.

posted by deflated at 03:28 PM on July 19

Huge 20-Cyclist Crash Takes Out Leader at Tour de France

From what I understand Sky forced the issue of neutralization by pushing the tempo while Cancellara was still trying to get back to the peleton. Race officials didn't take kindly to someone messing with the yellow jersey like that.

posted by deflated at 11:05 AM on July 07

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Thanks, TT. Love that.

posted by deflated at 04:36 PM on June 13

Rangers Close to Trade with Angels for Josh Hamilton

Just in time to give him a boost in the Franchise Four voting. C'mon Rangers fans, show your support.

posted by deflated at 12:22 AM on April 25

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

We're close, owlhouse, the Caps took an Aussie in the 3rd round of the draft last year. Another million or so from the AIS and well be as prominent in ice hockey as we are in baseball.

posted by deflated at 03:43 AM on April 24

Fan Hit in Head by Foul Ball Through Home-Plate Netting

I think it could be partially her fault because she took her seat during a pitch.

Yep. Wait a minute to get in there, your neighbours will appreciate the courtesy and you're guaranteed not to be hit by a ball. Common sense.

posted by deflated at 11:06 AM on April 22

Fan Hit in Head by Foul Ball Through Home-Plate Netting

This isn't a case where someone was negligent with their attention.

Gotta disagree with this. Other than the debatable rudeness of squeezing in front of the other fans during an at bat (you can't wait a minute to block their view?) she's tight up against a mesh net with her back turned while someone throws fastballs at it. That's the baseball fan equivalent of texting while crossing a busy street.

posted by deflated at 08:07 PM on April 21

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Oilers have talent, its just they only have one kind of talent. Their bold plan to completely ignore d-men and goalies when acquiring players makes what they have look much worse than what it is.

At some point they'll luck into a somewhat functional back-end (blind squirrels, etc.) and then the playoffs will be there.

posted by deflated at 11:31 PM on April 19

Who are the "Franchise Four"?

Blue Jays are interesting, the choices aren't as inspiring as I would expect. Alomar is obvious, then Bell. Stieb and Halladay next? Tony Fernandez, Joe Carter and Carlos Delgado just don't seem to be at the level you'd expect for a list like this.

posted by deflated at 02:39 AM on April 11

Who are the "Franchise Four"?

Deceptive. It lists career stats for the players and not stats with that franchise.

I want to be able to vote for Pedro as an Expo, no write-in vote for some team that plays near Baltimore. Make it so.

The first three Mariners seem obvious (Edgar, Jr. and Felix) but then I can't split Randy Johnson and Ichiro.

How on earth does Josh Hamilton get on the Rangers ballot? Michael Young, Kinsler, Beltre have all done more for the Rangers in the recent past.

Wish Kenny Lofton got some recognition for Cleveland.

posted by deflated at 03:13 AM on April 09

Australia bowls out New Zealand on 183

"Sending Off" - offering helpful tips to the batsman as he walks back to the dressing rooms after getting out. "Sledging" - pithy observations on the technical ability, off-field habits and ancestors of opposition players.

posted by deflated at 10:57 AM on March 30

Igor Larionov reflects on playing for Red Army, and what is wrong with North American hockey

Maybe international ice would help but my gut feeling is there just aren't enough Datsyuks in the world for NHL hockey to be played the way Larianov imagines.

Those CSKA Moscow teams that Larianov played with got the pick of every draft-aged player in the country to fill out their roster, there was a ridiculous depth of talent. Practice 8 hours a day with those teammates to bake in some chemistry and the on-ice understanding gets to be telepathic.

I'm not sure how in the modern world you would draw the same level of talent together for long enough to build up that understanding. Watching old Red Army highlights its the puck movement that is amazing, they absolutely know/trust that someone will be there on the end of those blind passes. If anyone misses their spot those great passes turn into bad turnovers, pucks floating around in the middle of the neutral zone.

Unless we start cloning Sedins I don't see how there would ever be enough players with the right vision & cohesiveness to see a league-wide move to puck-movement offences.

posted by deflated at 05:48 PM on February 23

McCutchen: Baseball No Longer a Sport Where Poor Kids Get Discovered

grum, I kind of agree with you on the hockey, kind of don't.

The exception to the rule from these parts is Milan Lucic; he was still playing on house teams in peewee before he worked out what he wanted. Then I look at a kid my son plays with who looks pretty special (he's been the best on the ice in very game we've played in the last 2 years) and see the amount his family have spent to get a 9y.o. that good and yeah, high-level hockey is stupidly expensive for families.

posted by deflated at 02:07 PM on February 15

The Gaming Obsession of the Green Bay Packers

Now I have visions of 300-lb linemen making "I got wood for sheep" jokes around a table.

5 more years, yerfatma. Started our youngest on Carcassonne at 6, he lapped it up.

posted by deflated at 12:02 AM on January 17