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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

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Now, if only they could get Mike Fetters as their pitching coach...

posted by LionIndex at 08:21 PM on May 04

Fan Hit in Head by Foul Ball Through Home-Plate Netting

I've sat in the very front row before, and the usher for our section came down and specifically told us to be careful. The nets are going to have some give no matter what, but they could probably be located a little more towards the field.

posted by LionIndex at 01:20 PM on April 21

Who are the "Franchise Four"?

The Padres are kind of bizarre - Hoffman and Gwynn are obvious, but after that the "franchise-y-ness" and/or talent level drops off considerably. We've got great guys we got rid of for whatever reason (Peavy, Winfield, Gonzalez are on the list; you could also add Joe Carter, Fred McGriff, Roberto Alomar, Kevin McReynolds, etc., etc); guys we got later in their careers while they still had a few good years left (Garvey's on the list; but you could also have Garry Templeton, Craig Nettles, Kevin Brown, Steve Finley, Ken Caminiti, and any number of guys who had about as much influence as Garv); then you've got guys who were "San Diego good", like Jones and Colbert. The Padres have only retired 5 non-Robinson numbers - Garvey, Gwynn, Winfield, Jones and Hoffman; so you other than the two obvious ones you have two guys who played 2/3 of their career elsewhere and gained more fame doing so, or a pitcher with a losing record. Yay.

posted by LionIndex at 02:17 PM on April 11

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I kind of hate it, but since I don't live somewhere covered by the city sites, I don't really care about that aspect. Given the timing of the rollout, I was hoping it was an April Fools joke, but it's still around. The mobile site is completely worthless now. It's almost (well, not really "almost", more like "completely") like they just want you to be confused and click all over the place instead of being able to get to exactly what you want or know immediately that a certain story is not something you're terribly interested in, because they've removed any notion of associativity between items that are grouped together. Right now, the big story on the front page is an updated draft board, with a big picture and the draft stories under the picture on the left. Under the picture on the right are a bunch of headlines that have absolutely nothing to do with anything else in that box - these all used to be conveniently located in the upper right corner. It's just a big mish mash of gobbledygook all over the place and I barely feel like sorting through it all. I think they're trying to get me to click on things I wouldn't normally be interested in looking at, but it's going to have the totally opposite effect just because of the lack of any hierarchy.

posted by LionIndex at 07:38 PM on April 02

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

ACC has a pretty good chance to be 9-0 after today. Virginia and Louisville might have a bit of trouble getting through tomorrow, but the conference is looking really good.

posted by LionIndex at 11:23 PM on March 21

SF 49er rookie Chris Borland retires at age 24 due to worries about his future health from concussions.

First, wow, a lot of retirees this year, and I don't imagine the trend will slow.

Second, wow, 49ers are toast.

posted by LionIndex at 11:40 PM on March 16

Your 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament bracket.

Harvard is an incredibly hard team to play against and well coached.

I agree about being well-coached, but I don't think they're as much of a threat this year as last year. They came awful close to not even winning the Ivy League, and does anyone really have any opinions on how good Yale is for comparison? They're also one of three teams UVa held to under 30 - the others are Georgia Tech and Rutgers. Last year, Harvard was a legitimate first round upset pick.

I think you're right though that UNC has an extreme variance between their best and worst selves, so if Harvard catches them at the right time...

posted by LionIndex at 02:05 PM on March 16