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Ying Yang Mafia
Name: Brian
Location: Michigan
Member since: November 18, 2005
Last visit: December 18, 2014

Ying Yang Mafia has posted 83 links and 3332 comments to SportsFilter and 23 links and 1002 comments to the Locker Room.

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Recent Links

Missouri All-American Defensive Lineman Michael Sam Announces He Is Gay: Michael Sam was a first team All American and the SEC defensive player of the year. Sam is projected by some to be a third round pick and would become the first publicly gay NFL player.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia to football at 08:20 PM on February 09 - 41 comments

How The Greed Stole Hockey: A christmas tale.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia to hockey at 08:52 AM on December 24 - 3 comments

Verlander Dominates as the Tigers Advance to the ALCS: I think this is number one," Verlander said. "The two no-hitters are obviously up there, but that's something a little bit different. This is win or go home. My team needs me. And I was able to go out there and have one of the better performances I've had.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia to baseball at 03:16 PM on October 12 - 5 comments

It Runs In the Family: Chandler, Jon, and Arthur Jones have come a long way from wrestling in the basement. Soon their family will boast two NFL defensive linemen and a UFC champion fighter.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia to football at 10:39 PM on April 25 - 0 comments

Only Two Number One Picks in History Have Never Made the Majors: For 2004 number one pick Matt Bush, this summer would be when he finally joined his peers in cracking the major leagues. His long-standing battle with alcoholism, however, had other ideas.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia to baseball at 10:58 PM on March 26 - 11 comments

Recent Comments

Can True Sports Fans Switch to a New Favorite Team?

I became a fan of the Wings, but because there wasn't a real tradition there for me there was nothing really concrete about that fandom and that allowed the Hurricanes to take root starting in '97.

That was a really bad time to switch from the Wings to the Hurricanes.

I also pull for the Patriots in the playoffs, which is the result of a combination of Tom Brady and the Lions never playing past December.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 09:10 AM on December 18

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Rodgers has more talent and health on both sides of the field in GB than he would have in Texas without Watt.

DeAndre Hopkins is quickly becoming one of the best receivers in the league. Arian Foster is a top tier running back. I have a feeling Andre Johnson still has more in the tank than his quarterbacks were getting out of him.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 05:04 PM on December 15

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

All the talk about JJ Watt for MVP is crazy to me. If the Texans had Aaron Rodgers they would on their way to a division title.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 08:58 AM on December 15

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I don't know that I really want Matt Kemp on the Padres, but Grandal hasn't seemed to be incredibly awesome since getting busted for PEDs, so...

Why not? Kemp has had some health issues but he has great when healthy. He played 150 games last year. His contract is a bargain for his talent, especially with the Dodgers contributing to pay some of it. He will certainly make it on the field more than Carlos Quentin.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 07:40 PM on December 11

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.

I am not familiar with the teams outside of the Top 25 so it is possible that there are no better candidates. But Minnesota did not beat a single ranked team. The only seemingly quality victory they have is over Nebraska. I'm not sure a Top 25 resume is built on MAC schools and Northwestern.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 07:42 PM on December 09

Tide-Buckeyes, Ducks-Noles

I cannot for the life of me figure out why Minnesota is ranked. Was there really nobody else to choose from? Of course, for weeks the committee was touting TCU's victory over Minnesota as the reason to rank them ahead of Baylor despite TCU's head to head loss.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 12:23 AM on December 09

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.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 11:20 PM on December 07

Richard Sherman uses cardboard cutout to send NFL a message

That was fun, but I'm having trouble connecting the NFL rule about players wearing or mentioning outside sponsorships near game time with the rule about players talking to the media.

Fining Lynch $100,000 over a disagreement about press availability is pretty harsh.

I see it as a criticism of NFL hypocrisy. I think Sherman also points out that the NFL wants the players talking to the media but only on their own terms. Certainly not as far as having players do interviews for the sole purpose to endorse products but the point of the press conference was to be over the top.

I thought it was a very well thought out and pointed critique of the NFL. Doug Baldwin crouching behind a Subway cardboard cutout of himself was brilliant.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 06:37 PM on November 26

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Jeremy Hill thinks the Browns are not that good. He failed to comment on how where Andy Dalton falls on the scale.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 10:49 AM on November 07

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Dave Brandon is resigning from his position as University of Michigan Athletic Director.

I continue to be baffled that the Shane Morris debacle is consistently one of the most harped on points against Brandon. It seems to me that decisions concerning on field injuries are a coach's responsibility.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 12:23 PM on October 31

Top Cardinals Prospect Oscar Tavares Killed in Car Accident

Really sad. One of the most promising young talents that was coming up in the league.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 06:01 PM on October 27

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Brad Ausmus took Anibal Sanchez out after two innings for no discernible reason. One day after taking Max Scherzer out of the game before he had reached 100 pitches. Put Joba in both times despite Joba having an awful second half of the season.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 03:57 PM on October 03

Brady Hoke's Dangerous Incompetence So Bad ESPN Announcers Denounce It

Brady Hoke would not be caught dead wearing a headset.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 07:20 PM on October 01

Brady Hoke's Dangerous Incompetence So Bad ESPN Announcers Denounce It

More about the rally here.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 08:26 AM on October 01

Royals Steal 9-8 Win Over A's in Epic 12-Inning AL Wild Card

Shields was only at 88 pitches too.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 08:25 AM on October 01