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Last visit: April 24, 2014

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SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I only see half the ads - the right margin for me is set to somewhere right in the middle, or more likely, the ads expanded to the right over the old margin. The part of the ads that I can see appears to be the same size as it used to be. (Chrome)

posted by LionIndex at 10:02 PM on April 14

Exceptionally Small Crowds Greet New Baseball Season

Padres had record attendance on their opening day this year (108% of capacity or something), so they're bucking the trend. Of course, it was a Sunday game against the Dodgers.

posted by LionIndex at 04:56 PM on April 10

Oops: Atlanta Braves Set Fire to U.S. Flag

Maybe it touched the ground or got dirty or something and they just wanted to dispose of it properly, and also a bit fantastically? Just a bit, though.

posted by LionIndex at 01:47 PM on April 10

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I'm just glad the Padres lead the league for even one day in anything good. If the pattern of the last few seasons holds, it'll be the last time they're above .500 until August or something, so let me have my moment.

posted by LionIndex at 08:30 PM on March 31

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I think Dayton and Harvard were fairly common upset picks. I didn't enter the thingy here, but I saw a lot of chatter about those, picked Dayton myself and thought harder than most picks about Harvard. A bunch of people probably picked one or the other but not both.

The killer for me was this evening - I picked NC State, St. Joe's and North Dakota, so I was sitting there following the scores at work feeling like a genius. Then I left to go home and everything went to shit. At least North Dakota pulled it out. Buffet had already earned the right to keep his money thanks to Harvard

posted by LionIndex at 01:53 AM on March 21

Enter the SportsFilter NCAA Bracket Contest

Protip: the road to a billion dollars starts with Virginia beating Michigan to win the championship

From your fingertips to God's browser history, NoMich.

posted by LionIndex at 04:20 PM on March 18

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

It's a mixed bag in the ACC. Syracuse obviously did pretty well, and Pitt did OK, but they were the only former Big East teams in the top half of the league - BC, Miami, Virginia Tech and Notre Dame were all pretty lousy, with BC, VT, and ND filling out the bottom end. BC is an odd case - given the way they played last year and how many guys they were bringing back, I thought they'd do pretty well.

posted by LionIndex at 03:29 PM on March 16

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Yeah, I'm sort of glad none of these Johnny-come-lately Big East guys made it. I'm also kind of embarrassed to be glad about that.

posted by LionIndex at 12:28 PM on March 16

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

They have been making slight improvements every year under Bennett, which is really all you can ask for. I guess I'll be ok if they plateau from here on out though.

posted by LionIndex at 06:43 PM on March 14

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

And the outlook for next year is still good! We lose Harris and Mitchell, but that just means that Anderson and Gill start.

posted by LionIndex at 05:50 PM on March 14

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

They've been sloooooowly building up the last few years. Last year was pretty sketchy, but we (alumni speaking here) knew we'd be really good this year, but not the kind of good they've been since the start of the conference season. Other than a couple guys transferring because they were never going to get off the bench, the only guy we lost from last year was Jontel Evans, who played amazing defense and could handle the ball but was a total liability on offense. He was replaced with London Perrantes, who's just a first year (<--UVa style guide requirement) who makes very few mistakes, but can also knock down a bunch of 3s. Additionally, they got Brogdon back after he was out injured last year, a pretty good transfer in Gill, and the rest of the team matured a bit. For the first part of the season, we were probably leaning too heavily on Harris to score, but we eventually figured out that we go 8 or 9 deep with guys that can put up double digits any given night, and that's quite an obstacle for an opponent to overcome when UVa also only allows 55 points a game.

posted by LionIndex at 05:48 PM on March 14

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Yeah, and since the time I described, San Diego County has gone from 19 high schools playing lacrosse as a club sport, with some schools having girls on the teams because there was no girl's team, to just about every school (44 or something) in the county playing. When I played, we were lucky to have enough guys to fill out a team, so having one ultra-specialized guy wasn't really an option.

posted by LionIndex at 10:45 AM on March 08

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I don't know if it only comes into play late in the game, but there is a sort of time limit after which the offense has to keep the ball in the box, which makes it easier for defenses.

I played high school lacrosse in Southern California, when it was just starting to take hold, so I don't know if my experience was really different from others playing at that level, but our special teams were just made up of guys that were regular position players. Every middie line had a guy who practiced faceoffs, although we'd generally try to have the line with our best guy out when they happened.

posted by LionIndex at 12:41 AM on March 08

In Fake Classes Scandal, UNC Fails Its Athletes—and Whistle-Blower

If you could bottle the looks of pain and disbelief on the Carolina bench during and after the game, I could sell enough of it via subscription email list to be able to retire comfortably.

Yeah, as another non-UNC ACC alum, I'd probably take a bottle of it a week. I'm still sorry I could only listen to Duke lose to Lehigh on the radio instead of being able to watch it.

posted by LionIndex at 01:55 AM on March 05

How Cities Fared After the Olympics Left Town

I think Barcelona is what every city submitting bids to host the games hopes for, but I don't think that most cities can quite so easily replicate its success. I think Barcelona was somewhat of a world cultural capital that people had sort of forgotten about or overlooked for some time, I'd guess due to the Franco regime, and the Olympics reminded people how great a city it was. I don't know how many cities have that kind of potential for revitalization. Atlanta doesn't have the cultural capital, and most other cities that have hosted since were the dominant cities in their country anyway. I'd think for a city to follow the Barcelona model, it'd have to be some major city that had sort of recently escaped some kind of oppressive government, so maybe Eastern Bloc capitals or Santiago, Chile or something. But then, I don't know if the Beijing games attracted people to Beijing or scared them away with all the pollution.

posted by LionIndex at 10:46 AM on February 25