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Member since: August 16, 2011
Last visit: January 27, 2015

Etrigan has posted 29 links and 857 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 3 comments to the Locker Room.

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Patriots crush Colts in the rain: Foul weather didn't slow down Tom Brady and the Patriots as they beat Andrew Luck and the Colts 45-7 (the second worst drubbing in AFC Championship history). This will be the Pats' 8th Super Bowl trip, tying them for the record with the Steelers and the Cowboys; and Brady's and Bill Belichick's 6th, tying them with Mike Lodish (player) and Don Shula (coach).

posted by Etrigan to football at 10:36 PM on January 18 - 14 comments

Ducks v. Bucks in Arlington: The post-BCS era started with a firm (if unintentional) repudiation of the BCS, as defending national champion Florida State was embarrassed by perennial bridesmaid Oregon and defending-minus-one (and -minus-two) champ Alabama was beaten by perennial SEC victim Ohio State.

posted by Etrigan to football at 08:08 AM on January 02 - 7 comments

Tide-Buckeyes, Ducks-Noles: It's official -- the participants in the College Football Playoff will be the four power-conference champions that played a conference championship game. #2 Oregon takes on undefeated defending national champions #3 Florida State in the Rose Bowl, while Nick Saban's #1 Alabama faces Urban Meyer's #4 Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl. #5 Baylor and #6 TCU are left out, handicapped by being in the 10-team Big 12.

posted by Etrigan to football at 12:53 PM on December 07 - 30 comments

MLB Pace-of-Game Committee Suggests Six New Rules: The Arizona Fall League will test out six new rules intended to speed up baseball this year.
1 -- Hitter must keep one foot inside the batter's box (except for fouls, wild pitches, time outs granted by the umpire, etc.).
2 -- Manager can signal an intentional walk rather than have the pitcher throw.
3 -- Maximum break of 2:05 between innings, hitters in the batter's box by 1:45. Umpire can call a strike on slow hitters and a ball on slow pitchers.
4 -- Maximum of 2:30 for pitching changes, including during inning breaks (clock starts when reliever enters the field).
5 -- Three "timeout" mound conferences per game.
6 -- 20 seconds to pitch after receiving the ball (Salt River only). Clocks will be posted in dugouts.

posted by Etrigan to baseball at 04:21 PM on October 01 - 58 comments

Area Man Buys Bills for $1B: The trust that inherited the Buffalo Bills from Ralph Wilson has apparently agreed to sell the team to Terry Pegula, the owner of the Buffalo Sabres. The amount is being reported as slightly above $1 billion, which would be a record for a team that does not own its own stadium. Pegula had become a favorite due to his large wallet and his roots in Western New York. The other team owners still need to agree to the sale at their next meeting in October.

posted by Etrigan to football at 11:48 AM on September 09 - 10 comments

Recent Comments

New MLB Commissioner: We May Ban Defensive Shifts

I can just imagine what a rewrite of 4.02 and 4.03 might involve.

"(c) Except the pitcher and the catcher, any fielder may station himself anywhere in fair territory except if it's goofy."

posted by Etrigan at 07:45 PM on January 27

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

Nope, that ball is now somewhere in Jackson's trophy case, or at least on the way there.

Jackson has said he has no idea where the ball is at this point.

posted by Etrigan at 05:10 PM on January 23

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

This is absolutely bonkers bad management on the part of the NFL.

I know it's foolish of me to get my hopes up, but surely this...

Goodell delenda est.

posted by Etrigan at 03:28 PM on January 23

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

The refs either did or didn't simply swap in the Colts balls for use by the Pats in the second half. Or they pumped up the Pats' balls and went with those. There are conflicting reports on that. If they used the Indy balls, they did it almost informally on the fly, apparently without informing the Pats. No Patriot has said that the refs advised them that their game balls were illegal and that they'd have to use the Indy balls for the rest of the game.

D'Qwell Jackson has also said that someone took the Patriots' balls out of play during the first half:

Jackson does, however, recall one interesting moment during the first half that has something to do with the latest controversy. He recalls, during a television timeout, there was an especially long delay that prompted him to approach an official.

The game official mentioned something about their efforts to locate a usable football. Shortly after, Jackson noticed that the Patriots were using the Colts' footballs late in the first half. Jackson said it was odd to him that New England couldn't find a football to use, especially in the AFC Championship Game.

posted by Etrigan at 01:35 PM on January 23

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

Rob Gronkowski is not afraid of making a buck off the situation.

posted by Etrigan at 06:54 AM on January 22

Seahawks Advance to Super Bowl 0x31 with 16-Point Comeback

As for the "beat the clock" option, if the defense scores points on the opposition's possession (safety, interception, fumble recovery), the game should be over. In this case, the Broncos scored -2 points, so Seattle's offense would only need to score -1 points or more to win, and that's an automatic win in my books.

That re-introduces the true sudden-death aspect that seems to be distasteful to people, though.

posted by Etrigan at 09:40 PM on January 19

Seahawks Advance to Super Bowl 0x31 with 16-Point Comeback

Forgot what I came in here to say this time:

MMQB has a good piece on exactly how Seattle determined they'd try the fake field goal:

Now for the bigger and bolder decision, the play that ignited Seattle's comeback, punter Jon Ryan's 19-yard touchdown pass to Garry Gilliam on a fake field goal. Ryan had been lobbying for the call during the week of practice, after special teams coach Brian Schneider's staff identified the weak link in the Packers field goal block team.

Reserve linebacker Brad Jones was recklessly aggressive coming off the edge on film. He consistently darted hard to the inside in an effort to get the block, and often went to unnecessary lengths to do so. Against Dallas in their divisional game, he lined up on the left side three times and on the right once, and on one attempt he tried to leap over a blocker only to get stonewalled.

So with five minutes left in the third quarter and Seattle still trailing 16-0, Carroll gave Ryan the go-ahead to execute a fake specifically designed for this game. Ryan had two options: 1. Take the snap and roll out to Jones' side with either Garry Gilliam (left side) or Luke Willson (right) as a receiving option. If the linebacker covers the receiver, Ryan should run. If not, throw it.

2. If Jones isn't on the field, take a delay of game penalty and then kick the field goal.

"Kickers are head-jobs anyway," Ryan said within earshot of Hauschka, "so you don't want to screw them around."

posted by Etrigan at 08:02 PM on January 19

Seahawks Advance to Super Bowl 0x31 with 16-Point Comeback

So here's a possibility that just popped into my head:

Beat the clock sudden-death: Determine who goes first (flip a coin, home team, whoever had the last possession, whatever), and that team plays until someone scores. But the clock runs up -- that is, it starts at 0:00 -- and when someone scores, the clock starts counting down on the ensuing kickoff.

That is, Seattle goes first in OT. They run the same plays and wind up scoring a TD after 3:19. So the clock starts at 3:19 as they kick off to Green Bay. When the clock hits 0:00, if the game isn't tied, we have a winner; otherwise, you do another similar beat-the-clock period, switching who gets the ball first.

Or, if Green Bay gets an interception on that first possession, then runs a few plays and kicks a field goal after, say, 5:00, then they have to kick off to Seattle, who now has 5:00 to score as well. If Green Bay gets another turnover and scores another field goal with 1:30 left, well, Seattle gets another try for a TD.

posted by Etrigan at 07:59 PM on January 19

Seahawks Advance to Super Bowl 0x31 with 16-Point Comeback

Tebow had a better game.

Look it up.

So you're saying that Russell Wilson "just knows how to win" even better than Tim Tebow does.

posted by Etrigan at 09:05 PM on January 18

Seahawks Advance to Super Bowl 0x31 with 16-Point Comeback

I guess that'll keep the "Wilson just knows how to win" bullshit alive for another game.

When that ball hit the top of its arc, I couldn't help but remember Tebow's one-play OT win from a few years back. For those exact reasons.

posted by Etrigan at 06:44 PM on January 18

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Fox to lead Bears, says Jay Glazer.

posted by Etrigan at 03:27 PM on January 16

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Oh for fuck's sake.

(NCAA caves, offers settlement that would restore Paterno's wins.)

posted by Etrigan at 01:26 PM on January 16

The Gaming Obsession of the Green Bay Packers

The whole 'nerds' thing doesn't really apply to Settlers any more, as it has pretty much become a mainstream board game at this point.

Yeah, I was heartened to see that they patronize a local gaming store for it, given that you can get Settlers at Target these days.

posted by Etrigan at 11:25 AM on January 16

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Grantland presents a small but interesting idea on how to make football even more viewer-friendly -- have different-colored flags for offensive and defensive penalties, thereby reducing the "flag lag" on big plays that might get called back.

posted by Etrigan at 01:34 PM on January 15

Buckeyes Win College Football Playoff

Who starts for Ohio State next season, assuming all three QBs are healthy?

And assuming all three stick around.

posted by Etrigan at 05:26 PM on January 13