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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
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
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
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
But you're right in that I'd call Te'o more "serviceable" than "a big part".
posted by LionIndex at 12:51 PM on February 11
Actually, yes he was. He went through the growing pains that any rookie player will go through, so he's not a world-beater or anything, and he was injured for a while at the beginning of the season which further delayed his development. However, he's a pretty integral part of the defense now and was getting a lot of praise from the local announcing team towards the end of the season.
I made the point in the thread on this topic on MetaFilter that Te'o playing in San Diego probably had a significant impact on his disappearance from the media's eye - playing for a west coast team in a small media market seemed to really dampen the uproar over everything. If Sam can actually tackle, I'm sure the Chargers would love to provide the same service for him. His projected draft level before coming out aligns pretty closely with where I think we'd want to take a DL or pass rusher if he converts to LB.
posted by LionIndex at 12:48 PM on February 11
Yeah, but all the draft nonsense goes on for the next month and a half. So, player coming out of college with stuff like this is more relevant now than in the Fall.
posted by LionIndex at 11:18 PM on February 10
Based on how long it took after Jackie Robinson joined the Dodgers to when the last MLB team was to integrate, I'd say we've got about 10-12 years before we get to the "yawn" point.
I don't know about that. I obviously don't have firsthand experience of the racial climate in 1947, but I think we're a lot further down the path of equality at this point with LGBT rights than we were with racial stuff at the time Jackie joined the Dodgers. I mean, that was 7 years before Brown v. Board of Education so there was still a long way to go with integration. We're already up to 20 or so states with legal gay marriage, along with the Feds and the military essentially being equal. I'd give it more like 2-5 years.
posted by LionIndex at 11:41 PM on February 09
Note that Hollywood Park closed last year and it's land has been/will be sold, so there's a lot of potential for something huge to go into that spot.
posted by LionIndex at 05:48 PM on February 06
That game kind of made a mockery of the concept of an MVP. If Wilson and the offense never even step on the field, the Seahawks still win by two scores. Is there any kind of precedent for giving the MVP to "the defense"?
posted by LionIndex at 12:30 AM on February 03
1. Seattle by 4 +1
2. Decker (DEN)
3. Wilson (SEA)
4. Welker (DEN)
5. Wilson (SEA)
6. Rogers-Cromartie (DEN)
7. Cliff Avril (SEA)
posted by LionIndex at 04:21 PM on January 31
It's kind of a "this is your moment of zen" thing, where Peyton has a thousand yard stare in a shower of blue/orange/white confetti. If you're getting a still image, the only difference in the animated gif is the confetti moving.
posted by LionIndex at 09:04 AM on January 22
If the Broncos suffer another last minute lapse in the secondary, whoever is at fault will need to head to Kansas without showering and apply for amnesty
Quentin Jammer? He'll probably get picked on all day. He's pretty experienced, but he's been in the league a while and has probably lost a step. That made a difference in the game when he came in for the injured CB and had to cover Keenan Allen, but might not be such a problem against WRs that aren't as talented or fast as Allen.
posted by LionIndex at 01:50 PM on January 19
1. Broncos by 14 +2
2. Seahawks by 4 +1
3. Manning (Den) +1
4. Boldin (SF)
5. Blount (NE)
6. Ahmad Brooks (SF)
posted by LionIndex at 11:12 AM on January 17
That's what they do, but just going off what Bill Barnwell
(at Grantland) says in all his "Thank You for not Coaching" articles, they should go for two the first chance they get.
posted by LionIndex at 03:46 PM on January 13
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