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Ronde Barber has finally decided to hang up his leather helmet and high top shoes after a near-Methuselan number of years in the league.
Not that he's been doing a bad job or anything, but it's time. Tiki went out maybe a little early (only 5 years ago), but it's really impressive that Ronde's lasted so long. They were in my class at UVa, which was heavily represented in the draft, and we had a couple guys in the pros from then that lasted a long time - James Farrior went until 2011. Jamie Sharper seemed pretty durable and then fell apart pretty quickly.
posted by LionIndex at 03:30 AM on May 09
The thing that concerns me about that video is amount of head first hits and cross checks to the head, especially at the beginning.
Exactly - that's why I was saying that most of the hits would be illegal. It seemed like the vast majority of the video was cross-checks, and then there's the one slow-mo cross-check to the neck by a UNC (Hopkins maybe) player that gets repeated, and for the life of me I can't figure out why. Of course someone's going down if you club them in the neck with a length of metal.
But anyway, supposedly the hardest hits, mostly illegal, still tamer than football.
posted by LionIndex at 05:26 PM on April 25
I don't know about youth league lacrosse, but the sport in general has pretty strict contact rules regardless of the age level. Hits to the head are penalized in almost every circumstance - I always felt like the helmets were more for protection from the ball or errant sticks flying around than from anything deliberate. While contact is part of the game, it's definitely not the point of the game as much as it is in football. Also, as the skill level of players increases, the contact level generally decreases, especially for full-on hits. Most of the contact I see when I watch NCAA games is just defenders riding attackers to keep them away from the goal, so there's no real "impact" to the contact. Even when I played in high school, we'd only see someone really get lit up once or twice a season.
Here's a video of the hardest hits from 2009 - most of which are illegal in some way, usually cross-checking. Other than the guy taking a stick in the neck, most of them are just one guy pushing another. I've seen much worse.
posted by LionIndex at 12:48 PM on April 25
Depending on drinking experience, what kind of beer, and the weight and body composition of the person.
posted by LionIndex at 02:24 PM on April 21
I think holden's got it - the Dodgers and their payroll/trades/free agent signings have been big news since the latter part of last season, along with the new ownership group with Magic Johnson and all that, and that's the lens through which the whole Quentin/Greinke thing is magnified. I don't think any stats matter for the story other than Greinke's salary and the Dodgers' payroll.
First line from ABC news article: You are about to watch a brawl that broke out at a game in san diego. And it left a pitcher worth nearly $150 million
New York Times had something similar.
posted by LionIndex at 01:02 AM on April 13
As of right now, ESPN has 5 stories on their front page about the brawl, and Grantland has one. One story misleadingly calls Greinke an "ace" when he's the Dodgers' #2 starter. I just have a hard time believing that happens if the teams involved aren't the Dodgers, Red Sox or Yankees, mostly because the big undercurrent to the story is Greinke's salary.
posted by LionIndex at 05:26 PM on April 12
Is he stupid enough to think that if a pitcher wanted to intentionally hit him he would do it with a marshmallow?
I wouldn't put it past him. I don't think anybody other than Quentin believes that he got beaned intentionally.
posted by LionIndex at 05:21 PM on April 12
As far as umpiring, there's no bias. But I don't think this would be all over the news if the tables were reversed or if it was a Padres-Rockies game. There would certainly be media coverage, but not to the level that it's been. It's not so much a anti-San Diego bias as apathy. Which, honestly, is somewhat deserved, since we're not much more than a AAA club at this point. Was it a big deal that Quentin got plunked two games prior and had to sit for the game prior to last night?
posted by LionIndex at 05:07 PM on April 12
Interesting question on local (San Diego) talk radio today: If Matt Kemp charged Jason Marquis and injured him last night, would anybody give a shit? Would anybody from Grantland write a story about it?
posted by LionIndex at 04:16 PM on April 12
Hooray for the future ACC!
posted by LionIndex at 08:07 PM on April 09
Well, he had been suspended previously, so the university was apparently aware of his "methods" but just wasn't going to go as far as firing him until the video aired.
I'll say one thing for the guy though, his apology after getting fired was at least an actual apology and he admitted that he was wrong and his treatment of players wasn't the way to do things.
posted by LionIndex at 06:18 PM on April 03
That was actually a pretty decent article - just seeing the headline here, I was wondering what in the world USC was thinking and ready to laugh at them, but I guess the truth is that they just don't have many options to choose from. And with the guys that in years past would be moving up to the big programs choosing to stay put (Stevens, Smart), they can't really go poaching.
posted by LionIndex at 11:39 AM on April 02
Even though I didn't fill out a bracket or anything, I enjoy reading the updates at ESPN for their tournament challenge. They don't give a percentage of people taking Wichita State to win the whole thing out of all the brackets submitted, but simple math says it's .03%. No matter how today shakes out, somewhere around 50 people (out of over 8 million) will have the correct final four. Obama is still doing better than every ESPN analyst.
posted by LionIndex at 10:55 AM on March 31
Yeah, everybody at ESPN had either Indiana or Miami winning the East, so they're all hosed. A few had G'Town or VCU winning the South, but generally, it seems like still having 3/4 of your Final Four intact at this point is pretty normal.
posted by LionIndex at 11:32 AM on March 29
It is sort of ironic that the Patriots would wear redcoats.
posted by LionIndex at 06:35 PM on March 28
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