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Member since: August 16, 2011
Last visit: December 18, 2014

Etrigan has posted 27 links and 826 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 3 comments to the Locker Room.

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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

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

Recent Comments

Can True Sports Fans Switch to a New Favorite Team?

I haven't been back to Reno in nearly a decade -- parents moved to Phoenix as soon as I went to college. I've heard good things about the Aces from old classmates, but I barely recognize downtown anymore on Google Street View.

posted by Etrigan at 02:57 PM on December 18

Can True Sports Fans Switch to a New Favorite Team?

I'm the Cincy kids in that commercial (sort of) -- I was an Army brat who ended up (as a kid) in Reno, Nevada, but my father is a lifelong Bears/Cubs fan. In Reno in the '80s, we got San Francisco teams as the "locals," with a little bit of Padres fandom because the local minor-league team was affiliated with them back then. But after my adult years in the Army again, I ended up in suburban Detroit, so I'm a Lions/Tigers fan now.

My father and I agree that the White Sox and the Packers suck, and not much else.

posted by Etrigan at 07:09 AM on December 18

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Speaking at the Club World Cup in Marrakech, Morocco, Blatter told The Associated Press he was stunned by Garcia's decision to resign.

"I'm just surprised," Blatter said. "It's all what I can say. Just that."

"I mean, we're paying him, right? He didn't even ask for more. I just can't figure out his problem."

posted by Etrigan at 02:15 PM on December 17

The FSU Problem

I share some of the disdain for FSU's relative priorities, but it is a pretty good university for all that.

The irony is that its highest-ranked program on the U.S. News & World Report lists is criminology.

posted by Etrigan at 10:45 PM on December 16

Tide-Buckeyes, Ducks-Noles

TCU also beat Minnesota, remember. So that's two wins over ranked teams for TCU, two for Baylor, and three for Ohio State. That's an achievement from this season.

Just one thing to add, which I hadn't realized -- all four of TCU/Baylor's wins over ranked teams were home games, while all three of Ohio State's were on the road.

posted by Etrigan at 08:24 PM on December 10

Tide-Buckeyes, Ducks-Noles

Minnesota only lost to the two B1G division champions (including a 1-TD loss to Ohio State in November, when the Buckeyes were rolling), a Big 12 co-champion, and Illinois. That seems like a decent enough reason to put them at the bottom of the rankings.

posted by Etrigan at 09:18 AM on December 09

Tide-Buckeyes, Ducks-Noles

But everyone around here knows that I'm an Ohio State apologist, so granis of salt are not unwarranted.

I, on the other hand, am a Michigan and USC alum who would cheer for a meteor strike on an Ohio/Oregon title game, and I still think that the Buckeyes were a perfectly supportable choice for the #4 slot (aside from the fact that they suck).

posted by Etrigan at 06:10 PM on December 08

Tide-Buckeyes, Ducks-Noles

TCU also beat Minnesota, remember. So that's two wins over ranked teams for TCU, two for Baylor, and three for Ohio State. That's an achievement from this season.

I think the committee went into vapor lock over TCU-or-Baylor because of the head-to-head issue, not because they're TCU and Baylor. If it had been Texas-Oklahoma, I think we'd be seeing the same result.

posted by Etrigan at 05:37 PM on December 08

Tide-Buckeyes, Ducks-Noles

I find it hard to believe that f TCU or Baylor were Oklahoma or Texas they still would have been on the outside looking in.

If Texas had gone 11-1 this year, they would have non-conference wins over North Texas, BYU, and UCLA. That's one quality win (though UCLA looks worse now than they did all year).

If Oklahoma had gone 11-1 this year, they would have non-conference wins over Louisiana Tech, Tulsa, and Tennessee. That's zero quality wins.

Assume that one lost to the other and the other lost to West Virginia. Do you still put either of them over an undefeated Florida State, a one-loss SEC champion, a one-loss Pac-12 champion that avenged its only loss in a conference championship rematch, or a one-loss B1G champion that has been clearly improving since its early season loss and ran a pretty good Wisconsin team like an FCS game in September?

It's going to be difficult to make the case that any 11-1 Big 12 team is more deserving than any 12-1 power conference team.

posted by Etrigan at 01:52 PM on December 08

Tide-Buckeyes, Ducks-Noles

TCU will be defending the College Football Belt against Ole Miss in the Peach Bowl.

posted by Etrigan at 06:40 PM on December 07

Tide-Buckeyes, Ducks-Noles

grum would have voted for Robbie Bosco.

posted by Etrigan at 05:11 PM on December 07

Tide-Buckeyes, Ducks-Noles

Yeah, the B1G championship game definitely helped Ohio -- if they'd been sitting at home this weekend with two injured QBs, the committee would have slud Baylor up there instead.

Best part of the bracket announcement is the Big 12 commissioner claiming that they were always going to have co-champions, except that they would pick one as their representative for the big-money bowls, except that they wouldn't use any formal pre-determined criteria for it, except that they totally would, except except except...

posted by Etrigan at 01:50 PM on December 07

538: 7 Other Schools That May Follow UAB Out of Football

Way less money coming in, pretty much the same amount of money going out, I guess. You'd be spending less on coaches, but I can't imagine it's much less at the Div II levels than at upstart schools like these.

posted by Etrigan at 01:46 PM on December 07

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Great moments in NBA telestrator history: the newest entry.

Every time a boother takes the light pen to a graphic, I can only hear the sobs of the guy who tried to put together a concise and useful representation of data only to have some knob scrawl over it.

posted by Etrigan at 01:36 PM on December 04

Texans' Andre Johnson Takes At-Risk Kids on Toys 'R Us Shopping Spree

His uncle knows kids.

He was like, Give em 80 seconds to run through the store and let em just get what they want.' And I was like, That's not enough time.' And he was like, They can grab a lot.'

posted by Etrigan at 06:18 PM on December 03