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Member since: June 10, 2002
Last visit: February 05, 2016

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SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I think they're totally demoralized from the Virginia game.

posted by LionIndex at 08:34 PM on February 05

Steelers Coach Should've Been Flagged for Being on Field

Any reason they wouldn't trade McCarron to another team? If his stock is overinflated, it seems like a good thing to do, maybe pick up athe least a 3rd round draft pick, possibly 2nd if a team is desperate enough.

posted by LionIndex at 05:48 PM on January 11

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I'm an hour or so east of the Cities, and I'm about to take my dog out. It's -4.5 out right now. -12 with wind chill.

posted by LionIndex at 12:53 PM on January 10

Tennis Player Throws Racquet, Hits Ball Boy

so justice is served.

*sad trombone*

posted by LionIndex at 08:39 PM on January 08

North Texas Hires North Carolina OC Seth Littrell as Head Coach

Tangentially related, there's a school in my wife's home town (Thousand Oaks, CA) called California Lutheran University. Their team name is the "Kingsmen" or something similarly bland and innocuous. I've desperately wanted their mascot to be a train, but no luck.

posted by LionIndex at 09:40 PM on December 05

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The Padres don't have to worry about this at all.

posted by LionIndex at 08:18 PM on December 04

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Las serpientes de espaldas diamantes?

posted by LionIndex at 07:19 PM on December 04

Titans Fire Ken Whisenhunt, Make Mike Mularkey Interim Coach

I'd guess that Whiz will end being another Norv - totally inept at being a head coach, but highly regarded as an offensive coordinator. He'll get another job at the end of the season, if not sooner.

posted by LionIndex at 02:13 PM on November 04

Chargers Will Apply to Move to L.A.

That's the crazy thing, that they're planning on splitting a stadium with the Raiders in an area where I'd guess the Raiders still have a far larger presence than the Chargers have managed to build up during recent years and the Norv era. Yesterday will look like a picnic compared to future "home" games against the Raiders, even if the Raiders don't end up moving into the same stadium.

posted by LionIndex at 01:24 PM on October 26

Chargers Will Apply to Move to L.A.

Local take on the subject.

posted by LionIndex at 10:10 AM on October 25

Chargers Will Apply to Move to L.A.

I've lived in Wisconsin for a little over a year, but I'm a San Diego native (surprisingly rare!) and still have hometown stuff in my Google News feed, so this isn't really surprising at all with how the discussions were going. SD was trying to hammer out a really quick stadium deal and get all the approvals in place, but the Chargers' owners basically announced their potential joint deal with the Raiders in Carson so late that there hasn't been enough time to clear all the legal hurdles, and that's been the main source of contention between the team and the city lately. The city announced that they were going to hammer through an environmental approval and all that stuff, while the Chargers have been saying the whole time "there's no way that'll hold up in court", which is essentially true. Even if a new stadium had the majority of San Diego behind it (and I don't think it does), there would be lawsuits picking apart every possible thing to keep it from being built, just like there were with PetCo Park.

I feel like if the owners weren't such utter, utter douchelords, they could have easily had a stadium built years ago, but they've poisoned the well to such a degree that I don't think a stadium would pass public vote in San Diego without them selling the team. Getting PetCo built and approved was a pain in the ass, and it was right around the time it finished that the Spanoses started saying that they also deserved a new stadium downtown. Around the same time, there was a huge scandal with the Chargers' lease at Qualcomm, where the city bought any unsold tickets, so that for the owners, every game was technically a sellout. However, every game being a "sellout" did nothing for home game blackouts, which happened fairly frequently since the Chargers were awful at the time. Since then, the owners have basically held a gun to the city's head every year demanding a new stadium, but they lack the political good will for any city government to take it seriously, so all that ever happened was special commissions doing studies on building a new stadium, but nothing more. It was actually kind of funny earlier this year when the Chargers announced their Carson deal, and the most milquetoast mayor San Diego's ever had's solution was to appoint another commission to study the issue, rightfully offending the Chargers, and the commission's recommendation was to put a new stadium right where the current one is, which has not ever been what the Chargers wanted.

Anyway, the Packers have a new fan.

posted by LionIndex at 03:58 PM on October 24

New York Mets Back in the World Series

I guess it's the last year of his contract, but the Mets are in a decent market and generally have some cash to spend, compared to a lot of other teams. Why wouldn't they make a concerted effort to keep him?

posted by LionIndex at 11:19 AM on October 22

How close are we to a London Jaguars NFL franchise?

That then burns in a disastrous fire?

posted by LionIndex at 01:12 PM on August 05

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I was hoping my Padres would finally have something that they're exceptionally good at compared to the rest of the league, so I went back and checked where their streak of winning such games stands within baseball history, and unfortunately it turns out they're only ahead of Seattle, Toronto, Tampa, Colorado, Arizona and Miami; and pretty close to tied with Milwaukee, Kansas City, and Washington/Montreal. Stupid Padres.

posted by LionIndex at 01:11 PM on May 19

Bill Simmons Out at ESPN

I have a bunch of non-Simmons things at Grantland that I read pretty regularly, and they're not just other things I click on after I'm done reading a Simmons article. The only Simmons pieces I even look forward to are his weekly NFL articles and picks. Since I don't care at all about NBA basketball, I pretty much have zero interest in anything else he does.

Otherwise, I like reading Bill Barnwell's NFL wrap-ups early in the week, Jonah Keri's baseball articles, recaps or articles about TV by Andy Greenwald, and I religiously follow Mark Titus' columns during college basketball season. I even enjoy some of Steve Hyden's music writing. I don't really do much with movies, but I've enjoyed Wesley Morris' articles when I've read them.

Even though I like Barnwell, when he took over Simmons' NFL picks columns while Simmons was on suspension last year, I did miss Simmons. Barnwell does a really good job with egghead statistical analysis, but I only need one column worth of that stuff a week. Simmons is kind of a self-aware doofus average Joe fan in his columns, which I usually get a kick out of.

posted by LionIndex at 07:33 PM on May 08