tron7's profile

Name: nate jansen
Location: Denver, CO
ZIP: 80209
Gender: Male
Member since: September 13, 2005
Last visit: January 25, 2015

tron7 has posted 5 links and 1523 comments to SportsFilter and 1 link and 168 comments to the Locker Room.

Sports Bio

Under Construction

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

Stats Guru: Patriots Hold Onto Ball Far Better Than Any Other Team

This reminds me of the Serial podcast in that once you have the implication of guilt, even pretty normal things look dodgy. If you would have learned that the Pats were 2nd in fumbles before all this started you wouldn't have thought anything of it but now it's supposed to mean something. You can barely notice the difference in PSI but now it determines fumbles, passing, and who knows what else.

I was a little annoyed by this story to start with but now I'm hoping it lasts til Sunday. Honestly, it's more entertaining than the standard Super Bowl coverage. I will watch the opening snap of the Super Bowl and wonder, for the first time in my life, what PSI that ball is at. Then I will drink a beer and never think about it again.

posted by tron7 at 11:19 PM on January 25

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

I think it holds up.

posted by tron7 at 12:17 PM on January 22

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

But the point of penalties is to prevent - not to punish - otherwise, they're just revenue generators

Fines keep me from driving twenty over and they'll keep the Patriots from tossing flaccid pigskins around. I don't care if people drive ten over and I don't care if Tom Brady wants his balls at 11 PSI.

posted by tron7 at 12:00 PM on January 22

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

I'm working under the suspicion that, if the Patriots did this, they do this every game. I doubt Brady would want properly inflated balls some games but not others.* So the league either didn't investigate or waited to investigate but nothing points to them caring before this incident.

*Unless it's a cold weather thing maybe

posted by tron7 at 11:41 AM on January 22

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

So we're in agreement that the right punishment might prevent an act from happening.

Sure, but I think we disagree on the severity of the crime. I think it's speeding, punishable by fine if it gets out of hand.

posted by tron7 at 11:36 AM on January 22

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

Obviously someone once gave a fuck about ball pressure because there was a rule about it.

This is not true. The Colts complained to the league earlier in the season about the Patriots doing it.

Never been a story or a fine before this week even though the league has known about it since November. I'd say that's not really giving a fuck. Unless you think the Patriots only did it for this one game, I suppose. I'm not hand-waving away the rule-breaking. They should pay the fine. I'm suggesting they didn't think it was a big deal. If I thought they would throw me in prison for speeding, I wouldn't speed, but they never have before so I knowingly break the law and drive ten over. I'm going to keep riding the speeding analogy, if you don't mind.

posted by tron7 at 11:22 AM on January 22

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

Obviously someone at the Patriots believed the underinflated balls would give them a competitive edge, so they broke the rule and now should face punishment.

Sure, but it should be speeding ticket punishment, not murder punishment.

posted by tron7 at 10:51 AM on January 22

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

Like I said, it's not the balls, it's the conspiracy (and seeming recidivism) that should be harshly punished.

I see this as so far from the spying stuff that I wouldn't consider it recidivism. It's OJ getting a speeding ticket. If it happened, which seems likely but I'm not sure yet, it is somebody sticking a needle in a ball for 3 seconds because that's how how Brady likes them and no one has ever once given a fuck about ball pressure. They intentionally broke the rule but I don't even know why the rule exists. Either let the quarterbacks make the balls the way they want them or else take it out of their hands completely.

posted by tron7 at 10:48 AM on January 22

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

I don't think a ref is as likely to notice suspicious balls as a quarterback. The ref's not going to be OCD about how a football feels in his hand.

So the balls aren't deflated enough for a normal person to tell the difference but enough to warrant talking about losing draft picks or suspending a coach for a Super Bowl?

I'm with these guys:

NFL head coaches here at Senior Bowl seem downright offended that people think this deflation stuff is a big deal.

posted by tron7 at 10:24 AM on January 22

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

So the league lets teams inflate balls to their liking but not too much to their liking. I don't think the league thinks it's that important or they would impose a system like hincandenza suggested where everyone uses the same balls. So they broke the rules. Seems more like a 15 yard penalty than a suspension.

posted by tron7 at 05:54 PM on January 21

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

What is going on? Somebody is going to have to explain to me why this is a big deal. The officials handled the balls between every play and if they couldn't tell something was wrong I'm not going to worry about it too much. Suspending the coach or taking draft picks sounds absolutely ludicrous to me.

edit: You don't have to, I'm just really confused.

posted by tron7 at 05:24 PM on January 21

The Gaming Obsession of the Green Bay Packers

The game's popularity among the Packers is due in part to the lack of other things to do in town.

Can confirm. Though, I doubt there's a franchise with better hunting/fishing options. There is probably a tree stand within five miles of the stadium and the bay is full of walleyes right now.

posted by tron7 at 11:05 AM on January 16

Colts Silence Broncos Offense, Make Peyton Manning Look Old

Stepping away from the Manning theme for a moment, as a Broncos fan I cannot wait for the day that Fox and his mediocre-to-insipid coaching is booted out the door.


posted by tron7 at 05:57 PM on January 12

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

As of January 1, Harden's close-range field goal percentage ranked a mediocre 21st within a group of 27 NBA players who had attempted at least 200 shots within eight feet of the hoop. But a closer examination reveals that, incredibly, the Rockets retrieve a ridiculous 55 percent of Harden's close-range misses, which is by far the highest share for any volume shooter in the league. Put another way: Harden converts only 54 percent of his interior chances, but when you consider that freakish offensive rebounding rate, a whopping 79 percent of his close-range attempts result in either a bucket or a fresh 24 for his team.

Shots at the rim generate offensive rebounds 35% of the time on average. Harden has taken 155 shots from 0-8 feet this year so the difference between Harden's 55% this year and the expected 35% is 15 rebounds. That may mean something, or it may just be luck. I'd be interested to compare it to the numbers from the last couple years.

posted by tron7 at 03:37 PM on January 12

Packers Rally Past Cowboys, Who No Longer Love the Refs

Colts punter returner was obliterated by his own teammate (and a Bronco), causing (what was ruled at the time) a fumble.

I guess the unconscious man made a football move where Dez Bryant did not.

posted by tron7 at 11:32 AM on January 12