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Member since: August 16, 2011
Last visit: April 29, 2016

Etrigan has posted 38 links and 1106 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 3 comments to the Locker Room.

Recent Links

When the Nets could have become the Swamp Dragons: In the 1990s, the New Jersey Nets asked the NBA owners for permission to change their team name to the New Jersey Swamp Dragons. The vote came back 26-1 in favor, but the 1 came from... the New Jersey Nets.

posted by Etrigan to basketball at 11:16 AM on April 08 - 2 comments

Calvin Johnson retires: Nine seasons, one rule, several NFL records, and innumerable crazy catches in the service of an overall 54-90 record and two playoff one-and-dones.

posted by Etrigan to football at 04:37 PM on March 08 - 1 comment

NFL Divisional Round Produces Predictable Results: The #1 and #2 seeds in both the NFC and AFC have advanced to the conference championships for the first time since the 2004-05 season. The NFC title game pits the Arizona Cardinals (the oldest team in the NFL) against the Carolina Panthers (the most recent expansion team that wasn't a replacement franchise) in each team's quest for its first Super Bowl victory after being in one apiece. On the AFC side, the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos will meet to see which first-ballot-HOF quarterback will go to Santa Clara.

posted by Etrigan to football at 03:28 PM on January 18 - 17 comments

Kobe Bryant announces retirement: Kobe Bryant -- 5-time NBA champion, 17-time All-Star, 3rd on the list of all-time scorers in the regular season and postseason, unconvicted but all-but-admitted rapist -- has announced his retirement via a poem on the Players' Tribune.

posted by Etrigan to basketball at 08:56 PM on November 29 - 4 comments

College Football Belt Backlog: The definitive (I believe) trail from Rutgers-Princeton 1869 to Nebraska-Alabama 1972, this proves that the College Football Belt site starts with the right team. This is how bored I was at work today. Starting at the first recognized college football game (Rutgers vs. Princeton, November 6th, 1869) and using the nearly complete records on, I traced the lineal College Football Belt through the 1972 Orange Bowl, after which point the good people at College Football Belt start up.

posted by Etrigan to football at 11:22 AM on November 25 - 8 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Skip Bayless has decided to leave ESPN when his contract expires at the end of August.

posted by Etrigan at 02:56 PM on April 26

Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension Reinstated for DeflateGate

I don't see Goodell (delenda est)) thinking that "backing down" in that way would be good for the shield.

posted by Etrigan at 02:05 PM on April 25

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Holy balls.

posted by Etrigan at 07:36 PM on April 24

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle


Oh, god, Rembert Browne, never change.

posted by Etrigan at 03:15 PM on April 21

Giants' John Mara: NFL May Dump Kickoffs

Specifically, say a team scores. They would then get the ball on their own 30-yard line and have one chance to gain 15 additional yards and keep the ball. If they failed to gain 15 yards, the ball would turn over on downs. Alternatively, the team could choose to punt instead of attempting to gain 15 yards.

(Fun fact: This rule changed was proposed by then-Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano.)

I could have guessed that last part, because this idea is somehow genius and stupid at the same time. Here's an idea -- let's just give the other team the ball on the 20.

posted by Etrigan at 02:12 PM on April 20

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Conor McGregor: I have decided to retire young. Thanks for the cheese. Catch ya's later.

posted by Etrigan at 04:12 PM on April 19

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Oh, Titans. Never stop Titansing.

posted by Etrigan at 12:43 PM on April 18

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

The Toronto Raptors have never won their first playoff game. They are now 0-8.

posted by Etrigan at 04:05 PM on April 16

LA Rams Trade to Acquire 1st Pick in NFL Draft

Am I the only one who reads it as "La Rams" and thinks That really should be Los Rams... every so often?

posted by Etrigan at 01:20 PM on April 15

Kobe Bryant Scores 60 in Final NBA Game

You could not have written a more fitting last game for Kobe.

posted by Etrigan at 09:13 AM on April 14

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The collapse was so stunning and swift that I almost couldn't grasp what had happened.

The commentators noted that Spieth lost (I think) seven strokes to Willett in the span of 50 minutes.

posted by Etrigan at 04:10 PM on April 11

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

D'Brickashaw Ferguson retires after 10 years and 167 consecutive starts, having played every offensive snap for the Jets for the last decade (except for the final play of the 2008 season, where the entire offensive line was replaced by skill-position players (it didn't work)). He never so much as appeared on an injury report.

posted by Etrigan at 10:22 AM on April 08

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

PaddyPower refunded all Outright and 1st Round Leader bets on Els.

posted by Etrigan at 08:40 AM on April 08

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

15 Years Ago Today, Randy Johnson Exploded A Bird

posted by Etrigan at 02:41 PM on March 24

NFL knowingly distorted their own concussion research

We're talking about the NFL. They barely recognize the existence of money in denominations less than $100 -- fractional dollars? No chance.

posted by Etrigan at 01:38 PM on March 24