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Last visit: July 31, 2015

Etrigan has posted 30 links and 914 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 3 comments to the Locker Room.

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Tokyo 2020 Committee Releases Short List of New Sports: Eight sports are in line for addition to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics: baseball/softball, bowling, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, surfing, wushu, and karate. Tokyo 2020 organizers will make their recommendation this September, with the IOC making its final decision next August. The list of non-recommended sports was a vast one: air sports, bowls, bridge, chess, dance sport, floorball, flying disc, football, korfball, netball, orienteering, polo, racquetball, sumo, tug of war, underwater sports and waterski and wakeboard.

posted by Etrigan to olympics at 02:13 PM on June 22 - 7 comments

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

Recent Comments

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension on Appeal

That's an interesting point about the courts keeping their hands off of arbitration, but it surprises me that one can consider the NFL Commissioner Goodell delenda est to be an "arbitrator" in a sentence handed down by the NFL.

posted by Etrigan at 11:34 PM on July 28

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Nice of the CFL to take the redefined Dez Bryant Rule out of contention for Dumbest Football Rule Thing this week.

posted by Etrigan at 09:26 PM on July 24

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

After nine months in a coma, Jules Bianchi has died of injuries sustained in the Japanese Grand Prix. He is the first F1 driver to die as the result of a race since Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.

posted by Etrigan at 08:22 AM on July 18

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Dan Connolly goes out on top. The ten-year-veteran OL was a captain of the Super Bowl championship team this year. He was signed by the Jaguars in 2005 after going undrafted out of Southwestern Missouri State, then joined the Patriots in 2007 via the practice squad. Connolly is perhaps most famous for his 71-yard kickoff return rumble against the Packers late in the 2010 season, for which he won AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors.

He had five diagnosed concussions (one in high school), and cited health concerns as his reason for retirement.

posted by Etrigan at 11:08 AM on July 16

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Plaxico Burress fires one into Nick Saban's groin.

posted by Etrigan at 08:13 AM on July 16

What if we talked about NHL players the way the media talks about female athletes?

If a professional or college sports player gets accused (not necessary arrested) of domestic violence, now they find themselves being released or suspended...

You mean besides Jameis Winston, Floyd Mayweather, Ben Roethlisberger, Dez Bryant, Jason Kidd, and basically everyone else who did it before like last year?

posted by Etrigan at 07:05 PM on July 13

Top women tennis players balance body image with ambition

I wish I had more trouble believing it, but such is our world today.

posted by Etrigan at 01:55 PM on July 11

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

rcade, you're spending a lot of time arguing against people who aren't actually arguing against you here. What grum and I are saying (if I'm wrong, grum, let me know) is that it is possible for Schefter to face legal trouble under a possible set of circumstances that no one has actually provided proof (or denial) of, and that his status as a journalist and Pierre-Paul's status as a public figure aren't the absolute defenses that you seem to think they are.

posted by Etrigan at 10:52 PM on July 09

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

HIPAA doesn't have a public-figure exemption.

Journalists don't need one.

No, but as grum pointed out, if Schefter specifically enticed someone to violate HIPAA, he could be on the hook for conspiracy.

I was specifically addressing your apparent idea that Pierre-Paul's public standing would be a factor in the legality of this situation. If the First Amendment is found by a court to protect against HIPAA violations, it'll gut the privacy aspects of the law.

posted by Etrigan at 09:47 PM on July 09

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

he's a public figure

HIPAA doesn't have a public-figure exemption.

grum is right about Schefter likely being in the legal clear, unless he did something profoundly stupid.

posted by Etrigan at 08:49 PM on July 09

Federal Judge Orders Cancellation of Redskins Trademarks

They can go ahead and keep the name if they want, but that means ANYONE can create t-shirts/hats with the name on them and avoid legal repercussions.

I'm pretty sure the NFL wants to keep the lucrative merchandising money to themselves, so they'll lean on Washington to change it.

I would find it hard to imagine any of the big sporting-goods concerns tromping all over the newly non-trademarked name: A) they'd rather not piss off the NFL, and 2) do you really want to be the people selling a lot of Redskins apparel?

Think of all the new stuff they can sell with the new name!

This is why Dan Snyder is the dumbest rich guy in America (yes, even more so than Trump) -- he would make a fucking mint off all the new stuff, but somehow he's tied up his ego into a name that's 25 years older than he is and 66 years older than his ownership of the team.

posted by Etrigan at 12:25 PM on July 08

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

After his victory last year, he dropped to one knee and proposed to his longtime girlfriend. They have since broken up.
That's cold, ESPN. Cold.

Also, Sonya "Black Widow" Thomas has lost the last two on the distaff side. The old guard is on its way out.

posted by Etrigan at 04:17 PM on July 04

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Holy shit, Bob Costas

posted by Etrigan at 07:59 AM on June 27

Pete Rose bet on MLB games while an active player in those games.

I didn't realize that US Postal Inspectors had such dynamic crime fighting capability and initiative.

It was a long time ago, but in the Wild West days, the postal inspectors were the only federal police force. People would rob general stores that had postal annexes in them, draw a line in chalk around the postal annex, and write "DEAR POSTAL INSPECTORS -- WE NEVER CROSSED THIS LINE.", because that way it would only be the local sheriff looking for them instead of the Feds.

posted by Etrigan at 09:03 AM on June 23

Golden State Warriors Win NBA Title

You have to come up with some weird rational not to give it to the obvious most valuable player in the Finals (James).

Iguodala (like Kawhi Leonard last year) kept the best player in the game from winning the championship. The Warriors were down 1-2 (2 straight, remember, after Kyrie Irving's injury) when Kerr started him. They won the next three games by 42 combined points.

International counterexample: Diego Forlan winning the Golden Ball at the 2010 World Cup. Uruguay came in third in that tournament.

The Golden Ball is for the entire tournament -- the NBA Finals MVP is expressly for the best player in the 4-7 games played between the winners of the Western and Eastern Conferences.

Ditto the regular-season MVP award -- it can absolutely be said that a player on even a non-playoff team was still the most valuable to his team (or the league as a whole), elevating them from a 10-72 crapstack to a .500 team.

But giving the MVP of the championship series to a player from the losing team doesn't make a lot of sense -- if Lebron had injured himself in the first minute of Game 1 and sat out the rest of the Finals, the result is still a Warriors championship.

posted by Etrigan at 02:48 PM on June 17