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tron7
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Name: nate jansen
Location: Denver, CO
ZIP: 80209
Gender: Male
Member since: September 13, 2005
Last visit: October 22, 2014

tron7 has posted 5 links and 1496 comments to SportsFilter and 1 link and 168 comments to the Locker Room.

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Recent Links

Stop The Flop: The NBA officially adopts an anti-flopping policy, announcing a new rule that will fine repeat offenders this season.

posted by tron7 to basketball at 02:13 PM on October 03 - 10 comments

Gilbert Arenas suspended indefinitely.: Stern, not impressed by Arenas' gun play, busts out the banhammer.

posted by tron7 to basketball at 05:52 PM on January 06 - 9 comments

Chargers fine Cromartie $2,500.00 for tweeting: That's $17.86 per character.

posted by tron7 to football at 10:54 AM on August 05 - 16 comments

MMA Fantasy Draft: If every fighter in the world was suddenly declared a free agent, what order would they be selected in?

posted by tron7 to boxing at 12:56 PM on April 21 - 10 comments

Shawne Merriman suspended for steroids.: The four game suspension comes less than a week after the news of the Falcon's Matt Lehr and the Lion's Shaun Rogers receiving steroid suspensions.

posted by tron7 to football at 09:50 AM on October 23 - 33 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

That assumes perfect umpiring, which we do not have.

Oh, I'm well aware of that truth. Robot umps, man. Can't wait.

posted by tron7 at 06:24 PM on October 15

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

What makes pitch framing joy-inducing while flopping/diving in other sports is roundly criticized? In both cases the player resorts to trying to fool the official instead of trying to win the play in honest competition. I think the sport would be better if there weren't important strategies revolving around trying to get calls you don't deserve.

posted by tron7 at 10:35 AM on October 14

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Just thinking about them has me giggling. How can you be against that?

I've played my whole life and I've been that batter too many times. There's no joy for me in missed calls, just the memory residue of how I felt after a thousand lost at bats. There's not many feelings better than squaring up a baseball and not many worse than getting the rug yanked from under you by an umpire.

posted by tron7 at 01:04 AM on October 09

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Huh? I'm not sure what you mean by "more human element".

Oh... damn, I thought it was a pretty good joke. They always get better when you have to explain them, right? Selig once said in reference to instant replay, "I think the human element is vital to baseball." I, for one, can not wait until baseball is umpired by robots.

posted by tron7 at 02:31 PM on October 08

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

In all honesty, they look like the exact same pitch with the pitcher, catcher, hitter, and umpire moving exactly the same way.

I definitely see more human element in the second gif.

posted by tron7 at 11:20 AM on October 08

The NBA has a new TV deal.

Somehow this TV deal exceeded even the wildest expectations similar to the way that the prices of franchises recently has surprised basically anyone that wasn't trying to buy one. Or maybe the people buying franchises were privy to the upcoming TV deal. Anyway, there is a lot of money being spread around and it's not clear to me why.

These next few summers of free agency are going to be bonkers. Everyone is going to have cap flexibility, literally everyone. I think it'll be a mad house. I'm also interested to see if the salaries of the mid-level talent, the 5-10 million dollar guys now, will raise with the cap. Currently, those guys are the most overpaid players relative to their production. If that level of player doesn't see a pay raise it might be more viable to win without a superstar in the NBA. Getting rid of max contracts could also do the trick.

I root for a team in the non-preferred NBA market of Denver. I don't necessarily want the NBA to focus on small markets but I think it would be beneficial if franchises had an alternate path to building a contender than trying to find a superstar at all costs.

posted by tron7 at 04:28 PM on October 06

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

I don't think the NFL should have to do anything about this, if they hadn't already set a precedent.

I agree with this as well and I think it's gong to be difficult to ever go back now. I don't know that it will ever happen at this point. I do know that this case would probably not be the best time to wash your hands of dispensing discipline.

Further, I'm really not a fan of this broader trend in recent years, this PR-driven idea that until the angry twittering hordes have been sated in their lust for vengeance and biblical retribution, you simply must keep punishing private individuals in some publicly visible way.

This bugs me even when I think the person who Twitter's Eye of Sauron is gazing at is deserving of scorn. I'm here for the protest but then it starts turning into a mob, flipping over cars and breaking in windows, and suddenly I'm not so keen on the cause.

There's a clear double standard at work when it comes to male and female violence that I call "incredibly sexist".

I guess I'm fine with the double standard. I don't think it's a product of sexism, I think it's a product of the reality of men being generally bigger and more capable of causing physical damage. If I seeing it become more of a problem going the other way I'll change my view.

posted by tron7 at 01:02 PM on September 11

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The Pirates' John Holdzkom has brought the palmball back to Major League Baseball.

I can't figure out why that would do anything other than go deceptively slowly. Also, where is the best place to find more of this pitch-porn? I've seen the PitchCraft stuff over at Grantland and need more.

posted by tron7 at 04:59 PM on September 10

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

*plonk*

Ooh, are we starting a hivemind?!

posted by tron7 at 04:50 PM on September 10

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The NBA is negotiating a new media deal that is reportedly in the $2 billion dollars a year range which would boost the cap by about $16 million for the 2016-17 season.

posted by tron7 at 10:47 AM on September 09

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

It is baffling to me that these consequences weren't dolled out originally. Who would've complained if this had been the original punishment? A handful of Ravens fans who would've been silenced as soon as the video leaked. Instead, the league and team piss off everyone with uneven punishments that look like they are only protecting their bottoms and bottom lines. So it looks like the League wanting to protect it's stars but then the league is still crushing players for marijuana. I realize there is language in the CBA specifically regarding marijuana but Goodell has shown no qualms about flexing his power before. Who is going to turn away from their fandom because Josh Gordon got his suspension reduced or removed?

The motivations have always seemed very clear when it came to the NFL and Goodell but this year it seems like he just let go of the wheel.

posted by tron7 at 10:36 AM on September 09

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Are we doing the NFL pick-em again?

posted by tron7 at 11:11 AM on September 02

Yours Truly, Dr. Z.

It's a cruel condition for anyone but it seems fantastically cruel for someone who spent his career as a communicator. Great job by NFL Films to get the story across for him.

posted by tron7 at 05:00 PM on August 17

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Westbrook was a liability at first.

Westbrook wasn't good his rookie year but he was far from a disaster. Anthony Bennett's season was on a different level of suck.

Andrew Bynum comes to mind

It's 300 minutes from an 18 year old but it's still a good example of a player having a horrible rookie season and turning into an all star. It's not quite as bad as Bennett's rookie season but it's close enough.

posted by tron7 at 10:40 AM on August 06

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

How many good NBA players do you know who started off with a year that bad? I'm struggling to think of any examples at all. Would I completely give up on him? No, but I also wouldn't think twice about trading him for a top ten player.

posted by tron7 at 01:42 AM on August 06