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Member since: August 16, 2011
Last visit: April 17, 2014

Etrigan has posted 22 links and 702 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 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

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

New NFL rules for this season (and some that didn't make it):

Proposals passed:
  • Officials can now use replay review to rule on loose ball recoveriesthe so-called "NaVorro Bowman" rule, so dubbed after the 49ers were unable to challenge an obvious Niners fumble recovery in the NFC Championship that the refs awarded to the Seahawks.
  • The goalpost uprights will be extended five feet higher, to reduce the instances of a kick sailing above the upright and leaving it to the officials' judgment.
  • The game clock will no longer stop when a quarterback is sacked.
  • "Roll up blocks," where a blocker hits the side of the knee of a player, are banned.
  • Officials will now be able to speak wirelessly with each other, and with the central replay office.
  • While not a new rule, the existing rule forbidding the use of the ball as a prop during TD celebrations will be extended to ban dunking the ball over the crossbar.
Proposals tabled for further review:
  • Though a proposal to move the line of scrimmage on PATs to the 25 was officially tabled, there will be a change. For the first two weeks of the preseason, extra point tries will be snapped from the 20, making it roughly a 38-yard kick. (Historical data says to expect a success rate in the high 80s.) The league will monitor the results, and presumably vote on changing the rule at next year's meetings.
  • A proposal to do away with overtime in preseason games and let them end in ties.
  • A proposal to add six boundary-line cameras at every game to make replay reviews more conclusive. (This was the one where Bill Belichick joked that the NFL needs to hold a bake sale if they can't afford the cameras.)
Proposals voted down:
  • Owners voted against moving the kickoff from the 35-yard-line to the 40.
  • Owners voted against a proposal that would have made every play challengeable by coaches.
  • Owners voted against allowing officials to use replay to review personal foul penalty calls.

posted by Etrigan at 12:49 PM on March 26

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

Five years, minus three months (it can be assumed that the Bills' season ends in December, right?).

posted by Etrigan at 12:42 PM on March 26

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

There is no better exemplar of modern college athletics than an AD getting a week's pay bonus for a wrestler winning his weight class at the NCAA championship.

posted by Etrigan at 08:37 AM on March 26

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


It's been a rough month for NFL owners. Someone check Bill Bidwill's meds.

posted by Etrigan at 04:48 PM on March 25

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Dan Snyder throws money at problem, probably thinks everything's cool now.

posted by Etrigan at 10:43 PM on March 24

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The Mercer fan is cool, though:

I don't expect anything from @roddywhiteTV because it wasn't even a legit bet. I do not want to be a distraction to The Falcons organization

posted by Etrigan at 01:34 PM on March 24