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Member since: August 16, 2011
Last visit: April 23, 2014

Etrigan has posted 22 links and 708 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 3 comments to the Locker Room.

Recent Links

Nets Sign First Openly Gay NBA Player: Journeyman center Jason Collins has signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets and will make history as the first openly gay player for an NBA team when he takes the court in a game. The Nets play the Lakers tonight at 9 p.m Eastern. Collins came out in a Sports Illustrated cover story last April, but was not signed by a team until now.

posted by Etrigan to basketball at 04:39 PM on February 23 - 8 comments

UW Snaps Up Boise's Petersen: After Boise State wunderkind coach Chris Petersen allegedly turned down the USC job, the Trojans turned to Washington's Steve Sarkisian. UW responded by taking Petersen after what is described as a short negotiation.

posted by Etrigan to football at 10:16 AM on December 06 - 5 comments

Tokyo Wins the 2020 Summer Olympics: After Madrid was eliminated, Tokyo beat Istanbul in the final vote for the 2020 Summer Olympics. Concerns over the lingering environmental effects of the Fukushima nuclear disaster may have been outweighed by concerns over Middle East unrest and Spanish economic woes. This puts the Olympics in East Asia for consecutive events, with the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeonchang, South Korea.

posted by Etrigan to olympics at 04:58 PM on September 07 - 8 comments

NFL Settles with Players for $765 Million for Brain Traumas: A judge has announced a tentative settlement between the NFL and the more than 4,000 players who had joined in a suit over concussion-related brain injuries. The mediated result would cost the league $765 million, with payments to individual players based on their medical status. Any former NFL player would be eligible.

posted by Etrigan to football at 02:02 PM on August 29 - 9 comments

Olympics drop wrestling for 2020: The International Olympic Committee has dropped wrestling from the list of "core" sports as of the 2020 Games. The shocking decision would mean that the sport, which had 18 events for men and women at last year's London games, is off the program for the first time since 1900.

posted by Etrigan to olympics at 01:11 PM on February 12 - 26 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

grum: The recap of that game only refers to "a pair of throwing errors," so I guess the collision wasn't scored as an error for whatever reason.

posted by Etrigan at 03:03 PM on April 21

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

STATS says it was the first three-error play since 2007. THANKS OBAMA.

posted by Etrigan at 09:34 AM on April 21

Braves' Aaron Harang Has No-Hitter Through 7

See, this is what you get for pulling a guy. It is indisputable, inarguable, an absolute known fact that Harang would have got Wright.

posted by Etrigan at 09:52 PM on April 18

Braves' Aaron Harang Has No-Hitter Through 7

Oh, boo. They pulled him.

posted by Etrigan at 09:38 PM on April 18

Braves' Aaron Harang Has No-Hitter Through 7

On ESPN right now: Repeat of 30 for 30.

On MLBN right now: Orioles at Red Sox, with a bug in the corner saying "A. Harang Hitless Thru 7 IP Stay Tuned".

What is the fucking point of an MLB Network if you're not switching to a 7-inning no-no?

posted by Etrigan at 09:35 PM on April 18

Yankees Go Around the Horn for Triple Play

SportsFilter's new mission is to get a parchment print of that poem signed by Solarte and Roberts and Sizemore. Bonus points for getting Sabathia, Rodriguez, Myers or Longoria to sign it too.

posted by Etrigan at 09:55 AM on April 18

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle


Bravo, Columbus. Bravo.

posted by Etrigan at 12:32 PM on April 17

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

This is probably #2 on the top 5 list of reasons why soccer/football isn't bigger in North America.

It's the #1 thing that's mocked but I don't think it's that big of a reason why North Americans aren't into soccer. The NBA has plenty of flopping and they're doing all right.

I'd say that it's a big reason because of the perception of the difference that it makes. (Note that I say perception; all of this is based on how people think things work rather than actual statistics.) In soccer, a single goal is incredibly important, so a single flop can make the difference. In basketball, teams are expected to score 100 points a game, so a single flop has a much smaller effect on the game.

posted by Etrigan at 07:21 PM on April 15

UMass Basketball Player Says He's Gay

I don't think there's an absolute "size of the group in the know" or "taking affirmative steps to broadcast it to the world" rule to being out.

I don't think we're quite at the point where being gay is just a thing that happens and no one makes a to-do about it in big-ticket sports. You've always got sports writers and sports information staffers looking to make a name for themselves by breaking something interesting, even in the WCC or Ivy League.

Just was surprised that the media was so quick to christen him the "first openly gay D-I athlete" basically on his own say-so.

First openly gay D-I men's basketball player, not first openly gay D-I athlete.

posted by Etrigan at 07:02 AM on April 10

UMass Basketball Player Says He's Gay

I've heard that (out to friends only) described as the Takei Maneuver -- the erstwhile Mr. Sulu was known to be gay in Trek fandom for at least a decade before the general public was told.

posted by Etrigan at 09:06 PM on April 09

LPGA players frustrated by Golf Digest cover of Gretzky

"The question is who are they trying to sell to?" Stanford said. "If the answer is men 25 years old through 45 years old, then I guess that's what they have to do. You know the old saying, sex sells. And nobody can argue with that. It's just the way it is."

They're not even selling sex, they're selling controversy. This cover doesn't get any 25-to-45-year-old men buying Golf Digest who weren't already buying it, but the fallout over the cover reminds people that the magazine exists.

posted by Etrigan at 01:25 PM on April 04

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Yep, it's over. Congrats, rcade.

posted by Etrigan at 02:25 PM on March 31

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Following up from Monday's Huddle: Roddy White does the right thing, honors Twitter bet.

posted by Etrigan at 10:08 PM on March 28

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Regional National Labor Relations Board rules that college football players are employees and are therefore eligible to form a union. Northwestern will appeal to the NLRB headquarters in Washington, then whoever loses that one will doubtless take it to court.

posted by Etrigan at 03:23 PM on March 26

Ralph Wilson, founder and owner of the Buffalo Bills, dies at 95

You weren't converting between American and Canadian time.

posted by Etrigan at 02:35 PM on March 26