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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

Your 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament bracket.

Well, Harvard can certainly commiserate.

posted by LionIndex at 06:59 AM on March 16

Your 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament bracket.

538 has their interactive bracket up. I enjoy that Duke has the most cupcake-y region, and yet they're picked behind UVa and Arizona to win the Championship.

posted by LionIndex at 12:07 AM on March 16

Your 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament bracket.

I went to Virginia, so I'll have them going pretty far, depending on how much rust I feel Anderson will be able to shake off in what time frame. I'd kind of like to see a UNI vs. UVa game in the 8, just to make pundit's heads explode. I hope the desire for revenge comes into play to get to the 16, but I'm strangely not worried about Oklahoma or Providence.

Kind of surprised that UCLA and Texas made it in. I feel like Davidson is pretty heavily under-seeded and could cause some trouble, not to mention UNI or Wichita. South region has some teams that are all offense (Duke, Gonzaga, Davidson, Iowa State), but has SDSU to round it out.

I've seen AZ fans complaining about not getting a 1 seed, but they're not even the first 2 seed. I mostly feel like the top 8 slots in the bracket are pretty solidly done.

posted by LionIndex at 08:42 PM on March 15

Chargers, Raiders Pursue Shared Stadium in Los Angeles

Pro teams are so good at these stadium extortion schemes I'll be surprised if L.A. gets any of these teams.

I actually wouldn't be surprised if they got the Chargers, who have been threatening to leave for LA for a looooooooong time (around ten years) and San Diego's done basically nothing about it. At this point, after poisoning the well with their moving threats and their prior lease contract with the city (where all their games were basically sellouts, with the city picking up the tab for any unsold tickets while the team went 1-15) the owners don't really have the backing of the public. San Diego's most recent response was to put together a committee to try to find a site for a new stadium, which in SD terms means they're not doing anything, just punting the issue down the road for the next administration to handle. There's just not any kind of political will for a stadium and SD politicians are too cowardly to really make a move one way or the other, so unless there's a way to get one built with public money without having it go to an election referendum it's not going to happen.

posted by LionIndex at 07:16 PM on February 20

James Shields Signs with San Diego Padres

I don't know that "playoff-caliber" would necessarily be in the cards for the Pads anyway, but I'd think they're starting with "hey let's not be the historically worst hitting team ever" and "hey let's try to actually sell some tickets" first. Given the Padre's recent history with free agent signings, I'm really giving them the side-eye myself and not expecting things to go well, but I can't remember a time since the turn of the millennium where there's ever been a national new story about "Padres sign _______" and here we're talking about third one this offseason.

It would be nice if all this was accompanied by actually trying to draft good players and then actually sign those good players, but that may still be too much to hope for.

posted by LionIndex at 01:09 PM on February 09