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SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I'd actually bet this is something stranger than we're imagining - as has been pointed out you don't need this sort of hardware for the obvious analysis.

The new Trackman-based playtracking system from MLBAM seems to be radar based; maybe someone is trying to process streaming data from multiple radar sources to determine how effective a pitcher is in real time - spin and plane of their curve, actual path of their fastball. Know if your starter has his stuff before you find out the hard way (or the opposite, maybe the other guy can't get his breaking ball working and its time to sit on the fastball).

posted by deflated at 11:04 PM on March 18

Cowboys Release DeMarcus Ware

Broncos with Ware are going to have an outstanding front 7. The cap pain will hit in a couple of years as Peyton and his $20M cap number ride off into retirement; they have some flexibility.

posted by deflated at 11:08 PM on March 12

Miller & Ott traded to St. Louis; Sabres get Halak and Stewart, prospect and two picks

It was best for the Sabres that they moved Miller but it was still sad to see. He was one of the guys like Iginla who really carried a team for years and you wish they could have enough success to finish as a one-team guy. Good luck to him, he was good for Buffalo.

posted by deflated at 01:34 AM on March 01

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Scientists and Celibate Rifles references? This really is the most discerning of sports discussion venues.

posted by deflated at 12:10 AM on January 15

Piers Morgan Bowled Over

Sorry but Morgan looks like a brave but easily dislikeable idiot in this.

Ditch your baseball-driven ideas about aiming at the batsman - cricket has a long and legal tradition of fast bowlers looking to hurt people and great innings by batsmen against the barrage. Look up Michael Holding getting after Geoff Boycott in 1981, Rick McCosker coming back out to bat with his jaw wired shut after getting it broken by a bouncer, some of the footage here. One of the primary ways of getting a batsman out - Leg Before Wicket - can only occur if the ball hits the batsman.

The Piers Morgan bit would be like Jim Rome continuing to call out Jim Everett as scared of the pass rush and then telling all and sundry that he, with his experience as a QB at the local community college, knows how to deal with the blitz. After being obnoxious about it over a period of time a retired Strahan or Kevin Greene type signs on to show him what the pros face. He then proceeds to completely bail under the first hint of a pass rush while talking smack to the ex-pro, leading the ex-pro to bury him for his troubles.

posted by deflated at 12:53 AM on December 29

Rogers reaches 12-year broadcast deal with NHL worth $5.2-billion

No network anywhere can top CBC's hockey coverage.

CBC is the best technically but I've more than one friend who won't be sorry to see the back of the current HNIC people and format.

Yeah there is some Canucks bias in there but it seems like you get a better quality of play-by-play and colour guys on the TSN/Sportsnet broadcasts. CBC/HNIC seems to be getting more like ESPN every year - personality focused, controversial rather than incisive, everyone loves Don Cherry, etc.

posted by deflated at 06:01 PM on November 27

Red Sox win the World Series.

Since we're now officially in the hot stove season, do you think think we'll eventually start seeing WAR based contracts?

As a negotiating point I'd be surprised if it hasn't happened already. Scott Boras prepared a 73-page report on Prince Fielder when he was selling him as a free agent, I'd be amazed if WAR (and similar SABR-ish metrics) weren't involved. Teams have access to tools and internal statistical measures we'll never see as the raw data is private, stats are very significant to some teams.

If you're talking about a contract with WAR-based incentives I'd say just this side of never, the defensive component of WAR is far too volatile for either side to want to use it.

posted by deflated at 12:57 AM on November 01

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Okay, Leaf fans need to get a grip. This is Brian Burke we're talking about; if he was going to sign a FA today he would have nailed down the details long before today. Whether you like his talent evaluation or not he is skilled and experienced in the mechanics of being an NHL GM. These are probably the same fans who whined that he didn't nab the Sedins before they re-upped for the Canucks and complain that Rick Nash wants to be a Leaf so just get him, alright?

posted by deflated at 11:22 PM on July 02

Report: Peyton Manning Has Picked Broncos

"Who will rid me of this meddlesome quarterback?"

Heh - makes the history geek in me laugh. After this I can totally see Elway stamping out revolts among the Broncos faithful for the rest of his reign.

posted by deflated at 10:51 PM on March 20

Report: Peyton Manning Has Picked Broncos

As a Broncos fan I'm not that happy to get Peyton on the team - I'd still like to see that his arm strength has come back and he can still feel his fingers after the first sack. As a Broncos fan I'm overjoyed that I no longer have to watch Timmy lob passes into the stands and be just good enough to keep him in Denver. Bleh.

posted by deflated at 08:00 PM on March 19

Does Tennis Need a Shot Clock?

Absolutely. And add one for batters flouncing around adjusting gloves and helmets in baseball. Get up there and make your play.

posted by deflated at 06:02 PM on March 09

Kurt Warner: Eli Manning's No Hall of Famer (Yet)

If you're going to call Eli the "default choice," you should identify the player more deserving of the award.

Eli had a solid game against a middling pass defence in a SB with no standout player. Lots of completions, had trouble converting them into scores. As the most visible player on the winning team he was the easy choice. If through some miracle Bradshaw fumbles at the 1 instead of scoring then Brady gets the MVP and we're having the same conversation - he didn't do much wrong but its not exactly Desmond Howard ripping the game open.

posted by deflated at 11:31 PM on February 08

Kurt Warner: Eli Manning's No Hall of Famer (Yet)

Eli needs at least 5 seasons as good as this year or he shouldn't be in. He's done less than Philip Rivers except for those two SBs and nobody is pumping him up for the HOF yet.

Here's another view: Eli has done far, far less in his career than Terrell Davis. Davis had a much more impressive regular season career, has two rings, got a SB MVP by dominating rather than being the default choice. Davis probably isn't getting in the HOF as many consider his career too short. Eli is not a HOFer today.

posted by deflated at 07:30 PM on February 08

For Your Soul

The evolution of competitors and their training (legal or otherwise) leaves me to believe that the super-elite in the 21st century would dominate anyone from more than 20 years ago.

Then I'll take Eddy Merckx raised and trained in a modern environment. There hasn't been some sudden evolution of genetically superior sportsmen, we just know more about how to prepare them for competion. When these sort of questions come up (and who hasn't worked through this with friends over a beer or three?) I'll always argue for the guy who just crushed his competition, who was so much better than those around him that you know they were the one-in-a-century type who could do it in any era.

Babe Ruth, Merckx, Heather McKay, Edwin Moses, Abebe Bikila - any of them would excel if they were born again in 1990 and competing today.

(and getting back to the JLD challenge - I think I could live with losing if I got to see that modern Merckx riding the TdF against one of Armstrong's Blue Train USPS squads. Immovable force/irresistable object, etc.)

posted by deflated at 04:45 PM on February 08

For Your Soul

Hang your head in shame if you suggested any cyclist but Eddie Merckx from the 1969 TdF. He took all three jerseys (overall, mountain and points) and the combativity award. Record winning margin at 17+ minutes. Untouchable.


That said I'm taking Walter Lindrum and billiards. Only lost his world title when he retired.

posted by deflated at 11:43 AM on February 08