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Name: David Wertheimer
Homepage URL: http://www.netwert.com
Member since: May 29, 2002
Last visit: November 17, 2014

werty has posted 14 links and 35 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 0 comments to the Locker Room.

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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

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

Pujols Going to Angels for 10 Years, $250 Million

I'm sad as a bit of a baseball purist to see Pujols go to the highest bidder. He traded 50 years of adulation for the guaranteed contract, and I imagined him being the kind of person who would like that lifelong community stability. Of course, if someone waved $50 million under my nose, I might do the same as he just did.

I appreciate @holden's perspective on fandom. I suspect most Mets fans felt the same way about losing Reyes the other day: yes, we wanted the guy, but he got how much to leave? Oh, okay, then.

posted by werty at 01:54 PM on December 08

The Science of Baseball's Magical Necklaces

Grum, NoMich, I can confirm that the pull-down trick works in reverse, and without necklaces. It revolves around qi and balance. I'm no expert but I've been to doctors who practice applied kinesiology and use it to find structural weaknesses that are tied into stresses and emotions. (I'll stop there before I start sounding too New Agey. My experience has to do with tinnitus, tangent yadda etc.)

I found it so fascinating that I've tried it myself on my wife and gotten it to work. You can do it too:

1. Have a person hold out his or her arm parallel to the floor and resist a push. For an added touch tell the person to think about something pleasant.

2. Press down on the forearm. For most people resistance is easy.

3. Now tell the person to think of something troubling or sad. (I think on my wife I said something like "think about our baby's fever from the other night.")

4. Press down again, and watch as the person suddenly has no ability to push back.

Again, I don't get why it works, but it does. Whether or not the sports necklace helps restore balance, who knows--the demo could easily be rigged. But philosophically it's not impossible.

posted by werty at 10:47 AM on October 20

Men's Tennis at Point of No Returns

And while I'm here, Borg-Tanner at Wimbledon, 1979. Look how gentle the game was! (With metal rackets, too.)

posted by werty at 11:33 AM on June 29

Men's Tennis at Point of No Returns

Assessment of Roscoe Tanner's serve force. I wish I had seen this show as a kid.

posted by werty at 11:30 AM on June 29

NHL attendance dips by 2.5 per cent

Meanwhile, the Stanley Cup Finals scored their highest TV ratings since 1974.

posted by werty at 09:26 PM on June 15

Texas Rangers' bankruptcy affects players most of all

Via the Awl, which also noted (right as I was thinking it) that the Mets are paying Bobby Bonilla a million bucks a year until 2035.

posted by werty at 10:57 AM on May 25

Gooaaaal

The spots were directed by Alejandro Gonzlez Irritu, best known for the feature films Babel and 21 Grams.

posted by werty at 04:20 PM on May 23

Are NFL Broadcasts Too Good?

The big issue, to me, is the whole 11-minutes-of-ball-in-play that was widely reported over the winter. There's a lot of downtime at a football game. Baseball has a lot of downtime, of course, but you're often enjoying beautiful weather and whiling away the time, whereas football weather can be much different. (Also, baseball lends itself to extensive debate and contemplation. Football is about the action, which makes the waits much more painful.)

posted by werty at 12:11 PM on March 29