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Member since: August 16, 2011
Last visit: May 21, 2015

Etrigan has posted 29 links and 894 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 3 comments to the Locker Room.

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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

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

Recent Comments

NFL Moves PAT Kicks Back to 15-Yard Line

Yes, but everything needs a Flutie dropkick.

posted by Etrigan at 08:09 PM on May 20

Kraft Says Patriots Won't Appeal DeflateGate Punishment

I think that Kraft knows that either A) they did it, or B) there's no way in hell it can be proven that they didn't do it.* So if he appeals, the best result for him is that it gets overturned on some form of technicality, which weakens Goodell (delenda est), and Kraft genuinely believes that a strong Goodell (delenda est) in the Commissioner's Office is better for the league in the long run, which is better for the Patriots in the long run than a presumably low-first-round pick would be.

* -- Not to any standard that would make the average NFL fan say, "Oh, okay, that makes sense. They didn't do it."

posted by Etrigan at 09:21 PM on May 19

NFL Moves PAT Kicks Back to 15-Yard Line

Washington and Oakland voted against this. Sebastian Janikowski hasn't missed a PAT since Dubya was President; Kai Forbath, Graham Gano, and Shaun Suisham combined to miss five in time.

posted by Etrigan at 09:13 PM on May 19

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

RIP Garo Yepremian.

posted by Etrigan at 08:56 AM on May 17

NFL Announces Punishment for Patriots' Deflated Balls

It doesn't count! You changed the outcome by observing it!

posted by Etrigan at 09:09 PM on May 15

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I dislike the NCAA's rules generally on transfers, but three schools in three years seems a little excessive.

posted by Etrigan at 03:41 PM on May 13

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

If you find yourself thinking What has the FBI done for me lately?, you at least have this to thank them for: Sepp Blatter won't come to the U.S. for fear of being arrested.

posted by Etrigan at 08:06 AM on May 13

NFL Announces Punishment for Patriots' Deflated Balls

Yeah, I could think of Akron and Pottsville, but I wasn't sure whether it was Pittsville, and I needed a good third anyway.

posted by Etrigan at 05:27 PM on May 12

NFL Announces Punishment for Patriots' Deflated Balls

I'm simply suggesting that the league goes to the teams and says, "On gameday, it is your responsibility to give us X footballs for kicking and X footballs for your offensive plays. You may do whatever you want to them short of adding anything to them that is not air, but once you turn them over to us before the game, they are in our custody, and we will put them in play at the appropriate time." How simple is that?

Even simpler for the league to say "We will provide balls from now on. They will be inflated to X psi on the sidelines one hour before kickoff. We will rotate them on each offensive series and reinflate each one to X psi on the sidelines when it comes out of circulation, and then again at halftime."

Hell, if you want to make it interactive, tell the teams that if they can agree on X, that'll be it; otherwise, the league standard will be 13 or whatever.

I can see why teams need to provide equipment when it's a scrappy bunch of part-timers out of Akron and Duluth and Pottsville. I can't see it when it's a multibillion-dollar corporation.

posted by Etrigan at 03:46 PM on May 12

NFL Announces Punishment for Patriots' Deflated Balls

The rule on the proper inflation of the balls was there for a reason.

As is the punishment for violating it, which doesn't include suspensions or draft picks.

posted by Etrigan at 11:58 AM on May 12

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

"We're going to have the greatest player of his generation not involved in the play! They'll never expect it!"

"Yeah... there's probably a reason they won't, Dave."

posted by Etrigan at 11:56 AM on May 11

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

It is now illegal to get a college athlete suspended in Georgia.

posted by Etrigan at 08:11 PM on May 10

NFL Investigator: Patriots Probably Deflated Balls on Purpose

Does anyone else feel the NFL is trying to base the upcoming punishment on public sentiment? Doesn't that feel weird?

Not since the Rice thing.

posted by Etrigan at 06:22 PM on May 10

NFL Took Millions from U.S. Government to Salute the Troops

By the way, has anyone else read "Billy Lynn's Long Half-time Walk"? A great novel.

Agreed. And soon to be an Ang Lee joint, screenplay by the guy who did Slumdog Millionaire.

posted by Etrigan at 12:13 PM on May 10

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

First ever 4-5-4 triple play. That can't be right, can it (or, for that matter, that 4-4-5 has only ever been done once)?

posted by Etrigan at 10:15 PM on May 09