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BoKnows has posted 168 links and 1312 comments to SportsFilter and 14 links and 492 comments to the Locker Room and 1 column.

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Card Trick: Rout sends St. Louis to World Series: It's a common scene in October and one that's becoming a habit for a Cardinals team that is making its fourth World Series appearance since 2004. "Coming back here and doing it in front of our home fans, we gave them another game to watch at Busch Stadium. Seeing that confetti on the field, getting that big platform out there, getting that trophy presented in front of our home fans, that's a special moment," Adam Wainwright said. At the end of the day, the Cardinals are winners. And they don't appear likely to go into a slump any time soon. The more you see the Cards play, the more you get the picture. This is a winning organization. Other teams may have higher payrolls or higher profiles. This team is the NL's best once more. These were the Cards that we were used to seeing: Hitters working deep counts, coming up with two-strike hits, a relentless, grinding attack that finally broke the will, if not the spirit, of Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in a 9-0 victory on Friday night. Carlos Beltran: "Thank God I got the opportunity to play with this team. There's a lot of winners on this ballclub."

posted by BoKnows to baseball at 04:32 PM on October 19 - 4 comments

The Wizard of Koz: From a six-run hole, the Cardinals emerged with a 9-7 victory in a win-or-go home National League Division Series Game 5 on Friday night. It was the largest comeback in a winner-take-all game in postseason history.

posted by BoKnows to baseball at 08:55 PM on October 13 - 2 comments

"The At-Home Experience,": A Samsung 51-inch, plasma HD television and three top-grain leather theater seats delivered from Best Buy. Add in the DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket Max package for $299.95, + $120.00 for food and beverages or 10 home games. You decide.

posted by BoKnows to football at 01:00 PM on September 06 - 22 comments

Why All of Your Fantasy Baseball Picks SUCK: Joey Votto: hit below his career average last year and saw his strikeouts increase to a career high for the fourth consecutive season with 129. In spring training heís hit .214 with Ks close to every other at-bat. Buy high on this guy! Worst of all: Joey Votto is Canadian. Do you want a Canadian on your baseball team. Of course not. Hanley Ramirez: Intangibles arenít a measured fantasy stat, but players who actually try tend to put up better fantasy numbers.

posted by BoKnows to baseball at 09:50 PM on March 30 - 1 comment

Worst to First: Ranking all 30 MLB Uniforms: Thankfully, the 1970s and '80s are over, so there are no truly awful uniforms anymore. Mostly what we have are the great and classic followed by an almost interchangeable array of fine but bland. (Plus a bonus interview with Torii Hunter giving us his rules and regulations for wearing team jerseys! And... the baseball card of the week!)

posted by BoKnows to baseball at 12:01 AM on March 07 - 5 comments

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NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 1

Colorado in 6

St. Louis in 7

Anaheim in 5 +1

LA in 6 +1

Boston in 6 +1

TB in 6

Pittsburgh in 6 +2

New York in 5 +1

Total: 6 points

posted by BoKnows at 05:04 PM on April 16

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Jeff Francouer

posted by BoKnows at 04:48 PM on April 14

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I was denied a spot in our Fantasy Hockey playoffs last night when Dallas' Jordie Benn stopped an empty net point-blank shot by Winnipeg's Andrew Ladd late in the third. I didn't even need a goal. A single shot on goal would have sufficed.

I'm in the fantasy playoffs! Sheesh. That was close. Man am I lucky! I'm never going to quit sports ever!

Beat the next closest guy with a win % of .517 to .514. Sure do feel bad for whoever that is.

posted by BoKnows at 07:23 PM on March 17

Sacre Bleu! Los Angeles Lakers Run Out of Players

Here's one.

posted by BoKnows at 09:55 PM on February 08

Seattle Wins Super Bowl 0x30

I saw her on another video when Batista won the Royal Rumble.

posted by BoKnows at 06:38 PM on February 05

Seattle Wins Super Bowl 0x30

So I missed the game. Anyone know the score?

posted by BoKnows at 09:03 PM on February 03

Did Mike Tomlin Do That on Purpose?

At least he didn't do anything stupid, like spill a drink.

posted by BoKnows at 05:02 PM on November 29

Red Sox win the World Series.

What a crazy series. An obstruction call to win a game. A game ending pick off. Ortiz hitting everything. The Cardinals abandoning their offensive approach to winning games. Really, really good pitching all around. Ortiz hitting everything. Beltran robbing a grand slam. Pedroia's stab on the obstruction play. Wacha dominant until game 6 of WS. Gomes 3-run shot. Ortiz. Gold Glovers, Waino and Yadi letting a ball drop between them.

While the officiating was complex at times, I thought the series was called fairly and most importantly - correctly.

I was hoping for more Molina v. Baserunner matchups. I think it's time to shave. I would've stopped pitching to Ortiz in game 3. Having 3 games in the NL prevents Napoli from batting next and you can roll the dice on the walk. It's the World Series - fuck pitch counts. I <3 AL managers in NL parks. I watched the series on BT Sports - I hope I never have to hear Rick Sutcliffe ever again. But I guess that's what I said about McCarver last year.

All in all, a great ending to the season. This to me was a classic World Series pairing which I want to see again and again. But next time, I want to change the ending a little.

posted by BoKnows at 01:20 AM on October 31

Cards Win Game 3 Through Game-Ending Obstruction Call

And how many times do you see that called?

Rarely. No question. But based on the unavoidable (pun intended) offseason discussion, we may see it called much more. Or not at all.

....unless the SS appeared to make a special effort after the slide to delay the runner

But that's exactly not the rule. Intent and/or special effort does not matter. And I think that's the hard part to understand. Why don't we see this rule called more often? Because it rarely happens. But that doesn't make it less than a rule.

Anyway, it was only GM3. Lots more to be played. Good luck to all, fans of both teams. I believe these are the two teams that deserve to be in this series. Win or lose, I freaking love this game.

posted by BoKnows at 07:25 PM on October 27

Cards Win Game 3 Through Game-Ending Obstruction Call

The other point I think that needs to be thrown in: When this play occurs at 2nd base - because of a baserunner stealing from 1st, and a shortstop trying to apply a tag (that went into center) - would this still be such a discussion? Or would it just be acknowledged that the runner moves to 3rd?

If not, then I don't see how a rule change is needed. If the anger or question of the rule only occurs by fans in big games (read: WS GM3), then it's just sour grapes.

posted by BoKnows at 06:41 PM on October 27

Cards Win Game 3 Through Game-Ending Obstruction Call

To me, it looked like Craig stepped toward 2nd just to get his feet arranged in the right position to run or get back to 3rd, depending on where the ball ended up. Had he stayed near the chalk, he had an open path to the plate, would have been out by 10 feet instead of the 15 by which he should have been out without obstruction, would have won the bonehead of the game for trying to score on the play (had Boston come back), and in general had the St. Louis fans yelling about the obstruction.

I guess I don't understand this sentence. If there was no obstruction, Craig would've been safe by 15 feet. The obstruction was the reason it became a bang bang play.

posted by BoKnows at 06:33 PM on October 27

Cards Win Game 3 Through Game-Ending Obstruction Call

And really, aside from all of that, it was a pretty flipping good baseball game.

posted by BoKnows at 01:37 PM on October 27

Cards Win Game 3 Through Game-Ending Obstruction Call

Dude, you can use my name. I'm not sure if you're saying I'm a hypocrite, but I stand by those words. And everything I've written in multiple places said that the Red Sox made mistakes that cost them the game.

I didn't use your name because I didn't think it mattered. Those are some good words (bold) that can be applied all over the sports world in times of controversy.

And no, I didn't miss your other comments at all - I think you have a very solid understanding of why the call was made the way it was. Like it or not, it was the right call. I think you've also done a great job of pointing out the other factors that contributed to the gaffe.

And I'm not comparing those two exact plays - I'm suggesting that better play, by both teams in their respective flubs, would significantly reduce the bullshit little league baseball we've seen during this series.

I think Farrell mismanaged the game. I think Salty made a bad decision. I think Middlebrooks 1st priority was the ball - he seemed to be glued to the bag.

Unfortunately for the BoSox, all those things put WMB in a position that he could do nothing to prevent.

posted by BoKnows at 01:29 PM on October 27

Cards Win Game 3 Through Game-Ending Obstruction Call

Funny, the simplest solution would've been for Middlebanks to just catch the ball. Especially after gm2, you'd think the coaching staff would've stressed the idea of 'catching/blocking the ball first, apply tag second'.

That said, Farrell did not have his best defense on the field, and the result proved that.

It was a tough call, but it was the right call.

Quoted from a Red Sox fan regarding GM1 fubs by the Cardinals: "I understand being upset, but from what I've read they almost seem to insinuate it shouldn't have been overturned. This wasn't a borderline call. And though it's disappointing, I can't imagine anyone not believing getting the call right is more important.

The cardinals should forget about the corrected call and the mystery substance and just play better. They're a good team. I'm sure we'll see that before the series is over."

The Red Sox should just play better.

posted by BoKnows at 12:30 PM on October 27

Cards Win Game 3 Through Game-Ending Obstruction Call

It's like MLB quickly wrote that in and said "Here, look!"

posted by BoKnows at 12:32 AM on October 27