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Name: David Wertheimer
Homepage URL: http://www.netwert.com
Member since: May 29, 2002
Last visit: May 26, 2015

werty has posted 14 links and 43 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 0 comments to the Locker Room.

Recent Links

Texas Rangers' bankruptcy affects players most of all: The top six unsecured creditors in the Texas Rangers' bankruptcy filing are players, including Alex Rodriguez, current Rangers 3B Michael Young and, um, Mickey Tettleton.

posted by werty to baseball at 10:57 AM on May 25 - 7 comments

Don Koharski off to quieter pastures.: The longtime hockey referee's 32 solid seasons are overshadowed by the doughnut incident with Jim Schoenfeld in 1988.

posted by werty to hockey at 01:45 PM on April 10 - 0 comments

Bill Walton flies coach: "The seat that I absolutely must have in order to be comfortable: The right-side, aisle seat. No bulkhead."

posted by werty to basketball at 09:05 AM on May 30 - 13 comments

Despite constant innovation, golf scores remain unchanged.: Interesting expose in the NY Times about golfers--pro and amateur--whose relentless pursuit of distance and technology hasn't cumulatively lowered handicaps.

Choice pull quote: "'They watch golf on TV and then they all want to hit it far, like Tiger Woods,' said Dr. Bob Rotella, golf's best-known psychologist and a best-selling author. 'Well, good luck. They should be going to their teacher and saying, "I want to hit it like Fred Funk." Physically, they are much more like him. That would make a lot more sense.' Mr. Funk is a 5-foot-8, 48-year-old PGA Tour pro who ranks first in driving accuracy and 186th in driving distance. He is also seventh on the PGA money list this season with more than $1.9 million in earnings."

posted by werty to golf at 01:14 PM on May 24 - 6 comments

"If steroids are cheating, why isn't LASIK?": The basic answers to this one are fairly obvious (legality, medical intent, theoretical limits to what can be achieved, etc.) but an interesting essay on Slate highlights a big question for the future. Will we reach a point where even genetic modification is a normal occurrence, and sports stars are formulated rather than trained?

posted by werty to culture at 08:30 AM on April 19 - 40 comments

Recent Comments

Kraft Says Patriots Won't Appeal DeflateGate Punishment

That's interesting, @rcade, even more so given that Kraft typically stands in solidarity with his team, and Brady is still denying and fighting his verdict.

I suppose this may also have been a bit of expectations management on Kraft's part. After Goodell decided to personally hear Brady's appeal (which I still love--"why don't you tell me why I was wrong, Tom"), Kraft realized that going head-to-head with the commissioner on this one would not lead to an ending that the public would embrace.

posted by werty at 02:06 PM on May 19

The Hidden Value of a Knuckleballer

I hope there's always a knuckleballer in the major leagues. R.A. Dickey gave the knucklers and their fans a lot of hope as Tim Wakefield aged. Fingers crossed Wright makes the team.

posted by werty at 11:42 AM on March 24

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

Do what you love.

posted by werty at 04:06 PM on February 09

Martin Brodeur to Announce Retirement.

As a longtime Devils and Brodeur fan, I too would have liked to see him retire in New Jersey. It's a bit unseemly for him to be retiring as an active member of the Blues organization. Of course, this isn't the first time Brodeur made an indecorous decision, so those of us who follow him and his career are less than surprised.

I'm also of the opinion that if a ballplayer wants to play ball, and can get paid to play ball, he shouldn't be denigrated for doing so (cf. Rickey Henderson, minor leaguer). Why not keep doing what you love? Brodeur brought a Hall of Fame career and three Stanley Cups to New Jersey, of all places. All we can say is thanks.

posted by werty at 10:56 PM on January 27

New MLB Commissioner: We May Ban Defensive Shifts

Also, if hitters were less reliant on True Outcome moments, the smarter ones would (could, should) practice opposite-field and spray hitting, and negate the impact of the shifts against them. Think there'd be some way to shift against Tony Gwynn? Wade Boggs?

posted by werty at 02:22 PM on January 27

Four players voted into the baseball Hall of Fame

Who the heck voted for Aaron Boone?

posted by werty at 03:21 PM on January 06

New York Jets Fire Rex Ryan, GM John Idzik

Howard, what you're describing is a good defensive coordinator. Rex is a great motivator and a fun guy, and his players loved him, particularly his defensemen. But he never put together a strong offense; even in Rex's good initial years, a fair amount of luck drove Sanchez's success. I liked having Rex as HC of the NYJ but his track record left the team with no choice.

posted by werty at 03:33 PM on December 29

Can True Sports Fans Switch to a New Favorite Team?

I can address this firsthand, as I grew up a Washington Redskins fan but let go of my favoritism early in the Daniel Snyder era.

I've been a not-Redskins fan for nearly 15 years now. I can confirm that letting go of a favorite is doable; I had valid reasons for stopping cheering for them (and this was pre-name-kerfuffles), and they resonated long enough that they stayed factual. If I'm hanging out with Jonathan the Skins fan and they're on TV, I'll take their side for a bit, but I don't really care.

What I haven't been able to do, though, is pick up a new favorite. I'm in New York, so logically, I'd root for the Giants or Jets. But it's hard to become a Giants fan after rooting against them for so long, although I do respect them organizationally. That left the Jets, and, well, it's hard for anyone to be a Jets fan, let alone a grown adult who grew up rooting for an NFC team. So I cheer for the Jets but I don't have any real passion for them.

Like grum says, I have a passel of team preferences (the Steelers first and foremost) but no new favorite. My young children even parrot me on Sunday afternoons and say, "I'm just rooting for a good game."

posted by werty at 02:09 PM on December 17

Despite Vehement Public Claims of Innocence, A-Rod Admitted to DEA He Used Steroids

It seems the main reason the Yankees are keeping Rodriguez is fiscal: if he re-injures himself, or retires due to an inability to play because of his hip surgeries, then the club can run his salary through an insurance claim and recoup 75 or 80 cents on the dollar.

As grum says, if they cut him, they'd make a bunch of fans like me happy, but even the Yankees have a hard time throwing away $61,000,000 for PR goodwill. The team looked into cutting him for lying and cheating previously and found no contractual out clauses. Not to mention that he could play well out of spite and club 20-25 homers and actually earn his keep, in which case many fans would probably just shrug and let him keep hitting.

With the negativity surrounding him, though, I'd love to see the Yanks take a hard-line stance and kick him to the curb, or try outrighting him to the minors. The current club lacks likability even without Rodriguez on the team.

posted by werty at 11:27 AM on November 06

Jason Kidd joins Bucks as head coach

The NYT suggested Kidd made this happen after trying and failing to take personnel control of the Nets. The Bucks saw how he turned around the mess in Brooklyn and figured they'd give him a shot. Incredibly pushy, though, no?

posted by werty at 12:15 PM on June 30

Yankees Go Around the Horn for Triple Play

Fun fact from ESPN: the Yanks have turned three triple plays in the last 45 years, and CC Sabathia has been on the mound all three times.

posted by werty at 11:07 PM on April 17

Enter the SportsFilter NCAA Bracket Contest

In. Is there a contest here per se or am I just filling out a bracket for someone else to soundly beat?

posted by werty at 10:01 AM on March 18

Baseball Hall of Fame ballot released.

Grum obviously doesn't believe in punishing PED users. Which is fine, but allowing players who benefited into the HOF means they should be measured by a higher statistical standard. Grum's got at least four players on his macro-level list in this category.

posted by werty at 11:13 AM on November 27

Tigers and Rangers Swap Prince Fielder and Ian Kinsler

I love this trade, both for the sensibility on both sides and the sheer chutzpah of trading a front-line star for a fan favorite. I wonder if either player had any sense it was coming.

posted by werty at 10:18 AM on November 21

Girardi Spurns Cubs, Signs 4-Year Deal with Yankees

No one seems to remember that Girardi became a success as an active player while with the Yankees. He steered them to their first modern-dynasty-era title, in 1996, and was present for '97 and '98 while graciously molding Jorge Posada into a star. The 2009 championship he achieved as manager was his fourth World Series title, all with the Yankees.

The Yankees of recent vintage are a loyal bunch; they've had two managers in the past 18 years and the same GM for 15. Girardi and Brian Cashman and Randy Levine and the Steinbrenners have a decades-long relationship now, one that by and large seems respectful and appreciative. The Yankees made no hesitation in privately and publicly asking Girardi to come back.

You're the manager of a successful baseball team that has taken good care of you since your 20s. You make millions and have a happy, stable family life in a home not far from work. Your employer offers you a 50% raise to stay for four more years. Would *you* shrug and move to Chicago?

Welcome back, Joe. Glad you never left.

posted by werty at 04:18 PM on October 10