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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
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
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
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
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
Well, Harvard can certainly commiserate.
posted by LionIndex at 06:59 AM on March 16
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
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
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
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
everyone in the room in the Seattle home I was in
I'm in Wisconsin, and when Seattle went up near the end of regulation, there were screams from surrounding houses as if someone was being violently murdered.
posted by LionIndex at 07:28 PM on January 19
I think there's a point where standing around on the court doing nothing is as disrespectful as running up the score. They were ahead by so much at halftime I'd almost bet the losing team wouldn't be able to catch up even if the winning team just handed them the ball every time they got it and didn't defend at all. If you were on that losing team, is that how you'd want the game to be played, being treated like a bunch of preschoolers? Or would you actually want to play basketball? I don't even know how you're supposed to display sportsmanship when your winning basket is your first one.
posted by LionIndex at 06:41 PM on January 18
Seattle by 4
New England by 16
Most Points: New England
Most Passing: Brady
Most Rushing: Russel Wilson
Most Receiving: Randall Cobb
posted by LionIndex at 09:18 AM on January 17
So it doesn't diminish the achievement in the least, particularly since a free solo of this particular climb is widely regarded as impossible.
I haven't seen anything confirming it for sure, but I think the route is probably bolted. If there was some way to clear the ropes from behind yourself or if you had a 2000 foot rope you could do it by yourself.
posted by LionIndex at 08:44 PM on January 15
New England by 12
Seattle by 16
Dallas by 7
Denver by 7
Most points: New England
Rushing: CJ Anderson
Sack: Von Miller
GB Temp: 18 (a warming trend!)
posted by LionIndex at 11:43 AM on January 10
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