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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

Colts Silence Broncos Offense, Make Peyton Manning Look Old

Time to buy a lottery ticket. :)

posted by deflated at 09:18 PM on January 12

Colts Silence Broncos Offense, Make Peyton Manning Look Old

Stepping away from the Manning theme for a moment, as a Broncos fan I cannot wait for the day that Fox and his mediocre-to-insipid coaching is booted out the door. Given the talent at his disposal his tenure has been the biggest waste of a potential championship window since Norv led the Chargers astray.

Last year in the SB, yesterday against the Colts the team did not look ready to play. The same ineffective vanilla 4-man pass rush all game. A dearth of those intermediate crossing routes that Manning has built a career on and screens designed to get D. Thomas into space; instead we got repeated low-percentage deep shots from a QB with an alleged quad injury. Putting Talib on an island against Hilton. The Colts killed the Broncos in preparation and intensity.

Gah. Is there not a happy medium somewhere between toxic boy-blunder McDaniels and stuck-in-1994 Fox?

posted by deflated at 05:37 PM on January 12

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I don't mind the move for the Jets. They have a ton of cap space and a young QB who is actually showing some promise, getting an elite WR type to take some of the pressure may work here over the next couple of years.

Looks like the Giants are on the slide too, never hurts to be better when the crosstown team is down.

posted by deflated at 08:31 PM on October 18