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Member since: August 16, 2011
Last visit: March 06, 2015

Etrigan has posted 29 links and 866 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

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I was very confused as to why he had left the car in a hotel parking lot until ESPN finally managed to allude to it being in a trailer in the fifth paragraph.

posted by Etrigan at 02:02 PM on February 27

McCutchen: Baseball No Longer a Sport Where Poor Kids Get Discovered

If the kid has the talent, he will be discovered.

...playing some other sport.

posted by Etrigan at 10:35 AM on February 15

Semi-regular update: Julio Franco is still playing baseball.

Julio Franco's debut as a pro baseball player is closer to Pearl Harbor than it is today.

Julio Franco has been alive during most of the World Series. He is only four months younger than Major League Baseball being played in California. He is exactly as old as the FAA, older than the integrated circuit and the John Birch Society.

posted by Etrigan at 04:24 PM on February 09

DeflateGate Accusations Mean It's Time For Coach and Owner To Be Banned From NFL

That level of insanity is actually kind of impressive.

posted by Etrigan at 07:17 PM on February 05

Patriots Win Super Bowl 0x31 After Epic Last-Second Interception

What grum said. "Greatest" has varying proportions of "skills" and "success."* Brady vs. Manning is the perfect litmus for which way you lean.

* -- With, of course, also some amount of "intangibles," "reputation," "I like this person for some random reason," etc.

posted by Etrigan at 03:23 PM on February 04

Patriots Win Super Bowl 0x31 After Epic Last-Second Interception

But he just has never invoked the "don't let him have the ball or we're done" fear that opponents had when facing Montana.

Brady has more 4th quarter comebacks than Montana.

posted by Etrigan at 01:54 PM on February 03

Hey, NFL, Let Anyone Commentate the Next Super Bowl

I've said it before, I'll say it again -- I will pay cash money to watch a game with a broadcast team consisting of one decent play-by-play guy and one avowed superfan of each team. Just let them go at it, using every crappy joke about the players, the hometowns, the rivalries...

posted by Etrigan at 01:45 PM on February 03

Patriots Win Super Bowl 0x31 After Epic Last-Second Interception

But he is not the best ever.

Let's hold off for a year to pick up the discussion. Brady can pass his childhood idol for good with that fifth Super Bowl ring. Maybe it will come with that moment.
Spoiler alert: It won't. Montana's supporters have been saying for a decade now, "Well, he hasn't won four, so he's not even in the conversation." Now that he's won four, it's "Well, he lost two, so Montana's still better." He'll never be able to un-lose those, so they're set. 4-0 beats ∞-2.

posted by Etrigan at 10:33 AM on February 03

Patriots Win Super Bowl 0x31 After Epic Last-Second Interception

Being the best in the biggest games is what defines greatness.

You realize that you're putting Eli Manning and Jim Plunkett in the top five of quarterbacks of all time, right?

posted by Etrigan at 02:55 PM on February 02

New MLB Commissioner: We May Ban Defensive Shifts

I can just imagine what a rewrite of 4.02 and 4.03 might involve.

"(c) Except the pitcher and the catcher, any fielder may station himself anywhere in fair territory except if it's goofy."

posted by Etrigan at 07:45 PM on January 27

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

Nope, that ball is now somewhere in Jackson's trophy case, or at least on the way there.

Jackson has said he has no idea where the ball is at this point.

posted by Etrigan at 05:10 PM on January 23

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

This is absolutely bonkers bad management on the part of the NFL.

I know it's foolish of me to get my hopes up, but surely this...

Goodell delenda est.

posted by Etrigan at 03:28 PM on January 23

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

The refs either did or didn't simply swap in the Colts balls for use by the Pats in the second half. Or they pumped up the Pats' balls and went with those. There are conflicting reports on that. If they used the Indy balls, they did it almost informally on the fly, apparently without informing the Pats. No Patriot has said that the refs advised them that their game balls were illegal and that they'd have to use the Indy balls for the rest of the game.

D'Qwell Jackson has also said that someone took the Patriots' balls out of play during the first half:

Jackson does, however, recall one interesting moment during the first half that has something to do with the latest controversy. He recalls, during a television timeout, there was an especially long delay that prompted him to approach an official.

The game official mentioned something about their efforts to locate a usable football. Shortly after, Jackson noticed that the Patriots were using the Colts' footballs late in the first half. Jackson said it was odd to him that New England couldn't find a football to use, especially in the AFC Championship Game.

posted by Etrigan at 01:35 PM on January 23

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

Rob Gronkowski is not afraid of making a buck off the situation.

posted by Etrigan at 06:54 AM on January 22

Seahawks Advance to Super Bowl 0x31 with 16-Point Comeback

As for the "beat the clock" option, if the defense scores points on the opposition's possession (safety, interception, fumble recovery), the game should be over. In this case, the Broncos scored -2 points, so Seattle's offense would only need to score -1 points or more to win, and that's an automatic win in my books.

That re-introduces the true sudden-death aspect that seems to be distasteful to people, though.

posted by Etrigan at 09:40 PM on January 19