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Etrigan
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Member since: August 16, 2011
Last visit: October 20, 2014

Etrigan has posted 26 links and 806 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 3 comments to the Locker Room.

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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

Atlanta Hawks to be sold after owner reveals racist email:

I wrote an e-mail two years ago that was inappropriate and offensive. I trivialized our fans by making clichéd assumptions about their interests (i.e. hip hop vs. country, white vs. black cheerleaders, etc.) and by stereotyping their perceptions of one another (i.e. that white fans might be afraid of our black fans). By focusing on race, I also sent the unintentional and hurtful message that our white fans are more valuable than our black fans.

posted by Etrigan to basketball at 11:55 AM on September 07 - 10 comments

Eight NFL Stars Sue for Getting Doped Up: Eight former NFL players (including HOFer Richard Dent) have sued the league for four decades of being drugged off their asses by team trainers and doctors, leading to long-term medical issues and drug addiction. The suit seeks to establish a class action that would cover every player who was treated without being fully advised of what was being done to him, which is to say pretty much every player in NFL history.

posted by Etrigan to football at 02:39 PM on May 20 - 0 comments

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

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

TCU takes the College Football Belt, ending Oklahoma's third and longest reign. TCU's only previous reign was in 1991, when they beat Rice and then lost at Baylor the next week. The Horned Frogs travel to Baylor next week.

posted by Etrigan at 08:06 PM on October 04

Why no one wants to host the 2022 Olympics

I admit, I'm kinda looking forward to seeing the Vast Empty Crumbling Arenas of Almaty photo essay in 2024.

posted by Etrigan at 08:22 PM on October 03

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I'm really, really surprised by the Duke numbers, since I know very, very, few Duke football fans (it's a tiny, private, rich, elite school that historically hasn't been all that good at football, though they've done better recently). There are lots of Duke basketball fans, to be sure. And somehow, I didn't even see UNC in there.

The graphic has been updated with a note saying that Facebook screwed up North Carolina.

I'm dubious, as well. In Hamilton County, Ohio, home of the City of Cincinnati, the University of Cincinnati Bearcats weren't even in the top 3. And in Butler County, Ohio, Miami University wasn't listed, either, despite the fact that there isn't much in Butler County, Ohio, besides Miami U.

I think the issue there is that Cincinnati and Miami don't have substantial football rivalries with the Buckeyes, so it's more acceptable to be a fan of both than of, say, Michigan and Michigan State. So you get a fair number of people who like both on Facebook, and there are a lot more people who really like Ohio State and refuse to like Cincy or Miami than vice versa.

Also, given that Ohio State is half again the size of Cincy and three times the size of Miami, the proportion of Ohio State alumni outside of Columbus is probably outsized as well (I mean, shit, they're the second-most-liked team in places as far away as Colorado).

posted by Etrigan at 04:33 PM on October 03

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Another day, another visualization of fandom based on Facebook likes, this one of college teams. Zoom in to see breakouts by county and ZIP code.

posted by Etrigan at 12:35 PM on October 03

Why no one wants to host the 2022 Olympics

That was a vicious beatdown of which Upton Sinclair would be proud. "'No evidence uncovered' is on a win streak." in particular is award-worthy.

posted by Etrigan at 12:34 PM on October 03

Lights On

The article says NFL, but the FCC website doesn't single out football.

The Federal Communications Commission repealed its sports blackout rules, which prohibited cable and satellite operators from airing any sports event that was blacked out on a local broadcast station.

posted by Etrigan at 04:12 PM on October 01

Brady Hoke's Dangerous Incompetence So Bad ESPN Announcers Denounce It

With all the money Brandon brings into the university it is more likely that they might keep him.

I feel like the Powers That Be will realize that the money will come anyway thanks to the B1G Network and suchlike, and that on-field success is going to drive that more than selling another ad on the stadium. I think the only way Brandon sticks around is firing Hoke and getting a #1 top tier proven coach, or convincing Schlissel etc. that a new AD won't be able to hire that #1 top tier proven coach until he gets his feet on the ground.

(If UM fires Brandon and then Hoke, hopefully the biology professor at the top won't notice that Charlie Weis is now available).

Ann Arbor will burn to the fucking ground if they hire Weis. To the ground.

(My favorite thing about Charlie Weis right now is that he's still being paid by both Notre Dame and Kansas not to coach. You have to admire that level of Getting Over.)

posted by Etrigan at 11:26 AM on September 30

Brady Hoke's Dangerous Incompetence So Bad ESPN Announcers Denounce It

The ever-present Unnamed Q. Source says that two Michigan Men are already being considered for Brandon's job.

This is against a backdrop of a brand-new UM President with very little experience in dealing with big-time college athletics (he was Dean of Biological Sciences at Cal, but that's as close as he got). One of the most-cited (locally, at least) issues in the disastrous hire of Rich Rodriguez back in 2007 was that no one involved in the hire had ever conducted a coaching search before. If Schlissel and the Board of Regents want to get rid of Brandon and Hoke, they'll want to dump Brandon ASAP to get someone in place to hire Hoke's replacement before Signing Day.

posted by Etrigan at 06:03 AM on September 30

Brady Hoke's Dangerous Incompetence So Bad ESPN Announcers Denounce It

Considering how bad Morris was, the fact that Brady Hoke is still employed at the University of Michigan nearly 48 hours after the game makes me think the AD should join the list of those who should be relieved of their duties as well.

You are not alone in this -- I was at the game, and near the end of the 1st half, on 3rd and 13 from about the 3 yard line, Hoke called a run up the middle. The student section immediately broke out into a FIRE BRANDON chant (Dave Brandon is the AD who has pissed off the students, the faculty, the alumni and pretty much everyone else he's physically capable of pissing off at least once in his five-year tenure). Not FIRE BRADY -- I think the students have accepted that Hoke is simply in over his head.

I left the game (sick kid) after the third quarter, but saw that play later and was appalled that Morris went back in (aside from the fact that Hoke should have been arguing over the targeting non-call for long enough for the third-string QB to get his damn helmet on in the first place).

Hoke might finish the season, but he won't be Michigan's coach in January.

posted by Etrigan at 04:19 PM on September 29

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

So he's better than 99.9999999 percent of the population of the world. That's pretty good.

posted by Etrigan at 04:49 PM on September 25

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Sometimes, the Mets let you down immediately, even if it takes a whole year to set it up.

posted by Etrigan at 03:25 PM on September 25

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Every employee must be accountable to ESPN and those engaged in our editorial operations must also operate within ESPN's journalistic standards.
Notice how they carefully use the term "ESPN's journalistic standards" so as not to be accused of holding Simmons to, say, actual journalistic standards.

posted by Etrigan at 08:17 PM on September 24

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Seriously, who in the ever-loving fuck at ESPN thought, "Yeah, we definitely need to hear from Ray Lewis on this. That can't possibly make him and us look like incredible fucking morons."? If I'd been on that set, I would have taken a fire axe to the fusebox to keep that off the air.

posted by Etrigan at 02:34 PM on September 24

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Yes, scores on 3rd down are counted as conversions. Technically, if a team went for a field goal on 3rd down and made it, it would be a conversion.

posted by Etrigan at 09:28 PM on September 21

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Winston suspended for entire Clemson game

Oh look, another Firm Moral Stance from an institution that realized how craven their Previous Firm Moral Stance was.

posted by Etrigan at 11:45 PM on September 19