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Name: Dana Williams
Location: Jamestown, NY
ZIP: 14701
Gender: male
Member since: February 23, 2005
Last visit: July 30, 2014

dyams has posted 70 links and 3615 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 26 comments to the Locker Room.

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Former Major Leaguer Paul Blair dies: One of the best baseball players to ever use a glove. Ever.

posted by dyams to baseball at 12:02 PM on December 27 - 2 comments

Dolphins Suspend Incognito For Bullying, Intimidation Towards Miller: Bullying rears its ugly head in the troubling allegations towards Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito against fellow lineman/teammate Jonathon Miller. Miller left the team last week, apparently due in large part to the treatment he says has been aimed towards him.

posted by dyams to football at 06:18 AM on November 04 - 28 comments

Is This Really Tim Tebow?: A photo, allegedly taken at a golf event, claims to actually be Tim Tebow taking a swing. Seems the lockout hasn't been keeping Tim from working out.

posted by dyams to football at 02:36 PM on June 10 - 1 comment

VCU Rocks, Shocks Jayhawks: A few weeks ago, the VCU basketball team watched the Cartoon Network and went out for fast food instead of watching the NCAA selection show. Now they're on their way to the Final Four from the 11th seed, while all number 1 seeds are heading home.

posted by dyams to basketball at 05:43 PM on March 27 - 23 comments

Cliff Lee is ... a Phillie?: In what many are calling a stunning turn of events, Cliff Lee is returning to Philadelphia, a team who, just a year ago, let him go and broke his heart.

posted by dyams to baseball at 06:35 AM on December 14 - 39 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Pirates suffer devastating injury


posted by dyams at 08:06 PM on July 24

LeBron James Returning to Cleveland

I didn't like LeBron prior to this move either. But I think a hometown hero doing this is a pretty special moment in sport. I hope he's able to pull it off.

I agree completely. As the best basketball player in the world, James should be able to do what he wants with regards to where he plays, how long he plays for, and pretty much name his terms. Regardless of what actually happens down the road, it can't be denied he loves his home, as does his wife. In this day and age, an athlete choosing Cleveland over the warm, glitzy places like Miami is pretty rare. We just recently had other young players say they wanted nothing to do with Cleveland. A player of this stature choosing to.go back there is a nice story.

posted by dyams at 09:10 AM on July 13

LeBron James Returning to Cleveland

I can't even imagine all the LeBron Cavaliers jerseys (the ones that didn't get burned) being dug out of drawers, boxes, etc. all over Ohio. Goes to show you, never throw anything away.

posted by dyams at 10:47 AM on July 12

LeBron James Returning to Cleveland

Nothing in the NBA really gets me excited, but this comes close. I'm happy for Cleveland, and I'm happy LeBron made this decision. The only thing that ever really turned me against LeBron in the past is the ridiculous way he announced his "decision" when he left for Miami. That was enough to make many NBA fans, as well as the entire city of Cleveland, very pissed. And as has been mentioned, Cleveland's championship history in all sports makes the city's anger understandable.

LeBron left because he wanted to win championships. He won a couple. I will never fault him for that. He seems to understand a bit better, with perspective, what his hometown means. There will always be a large number of LeBron haters, but Cleveland should be happy. They now have some of the pieces in place to make a strong move towards a championship of their own.

There's a lot of excitement in Cleveland right now, but I hope people don't equate LeBron (the best player in the world) with Manziel (who I truly feel will be a HUGE bust). The Manziel thing may crash and burn sometime towards the end of September. LeBron, hopefully, will finish his career in Cleveland and give the city an NBA crown.

posted by dyams at 04:12 PM on July 11

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Between situations like the one grum linked and the on-going replay debacle, major league umpires keep looking worse and worse.

On another topic, hopefully we're done with the media shoving microphones in Donald Sterling's face (like the interview with Anderson Cooper). It's like watching an animal die a slow, painful death. The guy is a complete idiot with some real issues, but setting him up to say one more stupid thing after another is ridiculous. Sterling could refuse to speak, but I don't see that happening. His legal team would have to shhot him with a tranquilizing dart. Now we have to start defending Magic Johnson again? Wow.

posted by dyams at 12:22 PM on May 13

Video: Ryan Braun Hits Jean Segura with Bat in Dugout

How stupid. I can see stretching a bit with the bat, but swinging it around like that? Ryan Braun has shown in his past to only be concerned with himself and this is another example. And no, I'm not making too much of this. It's the first things little children learn when they pick up a bat to begin team baseball: Watch where you're swinging the bat.

posted by dyams at 11:11 AM on April 27

Bench-Clearing Brawl Between Pirates, Brewers

Or Cole could have kept his mouth shut, been glad a runner didn't score, and gone back to the mound. Instead his taunt was all about someone showing him up.

posted by dyams at 02:29 PM on April 22

Exceptionally Small Crowds Greet New Baseball Season

Baseball is becoming one-dimensional. All position players think they are home run hitters, and the days of players knowing how to actually hit, especially hit to all fields, is practically gone. I can't believe the number of shifts defenses play against opposing lineups this year. Everyone from outfielders and first basemen to shortstops have drastic shifts put on against them, leaving half the field wide open. They ignore this, however, swing from their heels, and try to hit through the shift. Starting pitchers fan at least 10 batters per game because contact hitting is a lost art.

It's all making an already slow game very boring. Not a great scenario to attract fans.

posted by dyams at 09:17 PM on April 10

New Home Plate Rule Confuses Yankees

Yeah, that rule is going to be a problem. A real issue I had was that the replay seemed to show Cervelli was actually safe, but Girardi thought the run would count due to the catcher blocking the plate. He would have had to challenge the play to have them check to see if the actual safe/out call was blown.

It's strange that a play can still be reviewed for something (in this instance the blocking of the plate) but even if it's apparent the actual safe/out call was missed, it won't be changed unless the manager challenges it. Here I was under the assumption the goal was to get calls correct.

posted by dyams at 07:04 PM on April 06

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Last night, the Yankees' opening day roster had a different position player at each spot than a year ago. Brett Gardner moved from center to left. Everybody else was new.

Sabathia was the same, too. The way he pitched, however, made me wish someone new was in for him, too. The Astros didn't hit balls harder in pre game batting practice.

Sorry about the above blank post by me. I hate when I'm posting something from an iPad and, when trying to hit one of the buttons for Bold, Italic, or Link, they are hidden under the adds on the right. I tried to fix it, couldn't, dinner was ready, gave up, blah, blah, blah.

posted by dyams at 06:26 PM on April 02

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Glad Cincinnati has such beautiful weather for their Opening Day festivities, tahoemoj. It's what this day in Major League Baseball should be about.

It used to be all teams were even in the standings on Opening Day. If not for a late Padres rally, the Dodgers would have been 3-0 by Opening Day.

posted by dyams at 12:45 PM on March 31

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Maybe someday the Premier League will start its season with Manchester United playing their first two games in Pittsburgh.

posted by dyams at 01:00 PM on March 30

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

"The other side of the Earth"?

Depends where you are standing, I suppose.

Point is, opening day used to generally mean the first game and pitch took place in Cincinnati, Ohio. Even though I haven't walked off the distance, Sydney, Australia (where the Dodgers and Diamondbacks opened their regular season) is a long damn way from there.

posted by dyams at 10:49 AM on March 30

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

It's difficult to either figure out or get excited for major league baseball's opening day when the Dodgers will have three regular season games already played a few days before most teams even see the field. The fact two of those games took place on the other side of the earth ruins the buzz too. I used to look forward to opening day (and even take the day off from work), but now I just say "Whatever."

posted by dyams at 10:11 AM on March 30

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

The Midwest bracket in the NCAA basketball tournament turned out to be as crazy as expected. I said it at the start, though, that there is no reason a Kentucky squad should ever be a number eight seed. They fill their roster with the best young talent in the country each and every year and, like we're witnessing, generally have the capability to win and advance against anyone. It really seems the committee wanted to throw the kitchen sink at Wichita State in order to have to give them a number one seed. A few of the teams in the Midwest should have been placed elsewhere. Wichita State was a very strong team, played one of the most entertaining games of the tournament against Kentucky, but came up short. Granted a loss can happen to anyone at any time but I would have liked to have seen them a bit longer.

posted by dyams at 07:46 AM on March 29