rcade's profile

Name: Rogers Cadenhead
Homepage URL: http://workbench.cadenhead.org/
Member since: January 23, 2002
Last visit: December 19, 2014
Status: editor

rcade has posted 2157 links and 10267 comments to SportsFilter and 85 links and 687 comments to the Locker Room and 8 columns.

Sports Bio

I follow the teams from Dallas-Fort Worth because I grew up with them, but I've adopted the Jacksonville Jaguars, the only pro team my new hometown is ever likely to get. The most memorable sporting event I attended live was game 6 of the NBA Western Conference finals in 1988 at Reunion Arena -- Mavericks vs. Lakers -- when Mark Aguirre and his prodigious caboose received half the game MVP award, and the 17,007 fans in attendance received the other half.

Recent Links

Chris Wondolowski Relives That Shot: "Wondolowski went back to the locker room and showered and dressed. Moments later, he did something that no athlete in the aftermath of failure should ever, under any circumstances, do: He checked Twitter." Jordan Ritter Conn of Grantland catches up with Chris Wondolowski, six months after the World Cup round of 16 game-winning goal that wasn't.

posted by rcade to soccer at 12:44 PM on December 19 - 4 comments

Panthers Win in NHL Record 20-Round Shootout: The Florida Panthers defeated the Washington Capitols in an epic, record-setting shootout that went 20 rounds Tuesday night. Five times the Panthers needed a goal to extend the shootout and got it. The last was by Dylan Olsen, a rookie defenseman who said "I really only have one or two moves." In round 20, after Alex Ovechkin missed, Nick Bjugstad scored the winner.

posted by rcade to hockey at 09:39 AM on December 18 - 2 comments

Can True Sports Fans Switch to a New Favorite Team?: Ben Adler says no: "When I lived in Washington, D.C., I had a friend who is also from New York but had switched his allegiance to D.C. teams on the grounds that he planned on living there the rest of his life, so it would be more convenient. I couldn't even fathom doing the same. If you can make rational decisions about who you root for, are you even a real fan at all?" An NFL Shop commercial says yes with its "Vikings-Eagles-Bengals-Cowboys-Steelers family," but the ad gets hammered on social media every Sunday. Don Delco blogs, "We can all agree this family sucks. How can everyone who moved away become such bandwagon fans?"

posted by rcade to general at 09:47 AM on December 17 - 28 comments

Welcome to Middle Infielder Island: If you want your son or daughter to be a great middle infielder, move to Curacao, an island off the coast of Venezuela. From a population of only 150,000 have emerged some of Major League Baseball's current and future shortstops and second baseman: Andrelton Simmons, Jonathan Schoop, Didi Gregorius and Jurickson Profar. The secret is in the soil, which is hard and pebble-strewn even on the baseball fields: "[T]hose little rocks have helped produce some of the most talented middle infielders in baseball, softening their hands and honing their reflexes to react to the most unexpected of bounces," writes David Waldstein.

posted by rcade to baseball at 10:30 AM on December 16 - 2 comments

Zemgus Girgensons Leads NHL All-Star Voting: The top vote getter on the leaderboard for NHL all-star balloting is Zemgus Girgensons. The 20-year-old Buffalo Sabres center does not rank in the top 100 scorers -- 9 goals, 8 assists, 5 +/- -- but he has over double the votes of Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Sidney Crosby. Girgensons, the only Latvian in the NHL, is getting enormous support from his country. From the NYT: "In the most recent week in which votes were measured, Girgensons added 400,000, 82 percent of them coming from Latvia."

posted by rcade to hockey at 11:37 AM on December 15 - 2 comments

Recent Comments

Chris Wondolowski Relives That Shot

Bah. Brazil vs. Germany was a provincial matter for residents of those countries. Wondolowski's miss was a Wagnerian epic that will never be forgotten.

But I like him anyway for taking his lumps. So close!

It's weird to say we should've lost by five goals because our keeper was so good and he was tested again and again. Does anyone ever say that kind of thing when the person playing at the height of his talents is a striker?

posted by rcade at 02:26 PM on December 19

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Gay-friendly gamer punter Chris Kluwe has a SF novel coming out.

posted by rcade at 01:56 PM on December 19

The Boston Celtics have traded Rajon Rondo to Dallas

I haven't followed the Mavericks closely this season but on the surface I like the deal. Cuban isn't afraid of taking risks to maximize the chances for another title while Dirk is still playing.

I'd worry more about the loss of draft picks if the Mavs didn't have such a well-documented history of never building the team with them. The only draft pick in Cuban's entire tenure who became a meaningful contributor to the team was Josh Howard.

posted by rcade at 01:07 PM on December 19

Can True Sports Fans Switch to a New Favorite Team?

Without local broadcasts on radio or television in your youth, I think you're on safe ground leaving the Wings behind. Fan allegiance shift accepted.

I am having trouble keeping my college sports allegiance to my alma mater, UNT. They're mired in Sun Belt/CUSA obscurity, most seasons are grim and my hope things will ever get better is fading. It also doesn't help that I'm four states away and they almost never schedule OOC games worth getting fired up about.

So I've been watching UF games, thinking I might adopt the Gators at the only point it would be acceptable to me -- when they suck.

I know this is unacceptable now, but it could be forward thinking on my part -- two of my sons are hoping to get in there when they graduate high school in a few years.

posted by rcade at 09:37 PM on December 17

Can True Sports Fans Switch to a New Favorite Team?

We need more information to determine if your switch was acceptable.

Did you have local radio broadcasts of the Wings before you got cable TV?

Did you ever make liberal use of the term "we" to describe the successes of the team?

posted by rcade at 04:05 PM on December 17

Served up on a platter for SportsFilter

I wish I understood cricket well enough to have a strong opinion on why it's inferior to baseball.

posted by rcade at 02:37 PM on December 17

Can True Sports Fans Switch to a New Favorite Team?

Growing up in Dallas and living in Jacksonville for 17 years, I adopted the Jaguars but never really let go of the Cowboys. Having split loyalties is difficult when both of them are good, but they've avoided that problem for 14 years.

My other loyalties remain back home with the Rangers, Stars and Mavericks. I was only in Dallas one year while FC Dallas was around, so it will be easy to jump on the Orlando SC bandwagon when that club begins next year.

After becoming a Premiership fan in 2006, I adopted Tottenham, but the constant player and coach upheaval got old fast. I've been watching West Ham and avidly following Sheffield Wednesday after a friend roped me in to their fandom. I think Wednesday's my club for life at this point. I may move to Sheffield.

I hate that Vikings-Eagles-Bengals-Cowboys-Steelers family. Eating Ben Roethlisberger's meat is not sufficient justification for switching team allegiances.

posted by rcade at 02:35 PM on December 17

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I love the Browns fan pushing the Bengal to stop his end zone leap in Cleveland. The stadium roared when they saw it on replay.

Should there be a penalty to stop visiting players from jumping into a crowd?

posted by rcade at 10:00 AM on December 17

The FSU Problem

There seems to be no pretense on the part of the school to be anything except a football team, and to make it a winning team, anything is acceptable.

This is an absurd characterization of the entire university. Yes, the football program and athletics have major problems, but that has no bearing on the academics. FSU has many good programs, there's fierce competition to get in and the SAT and GPA requirements are among the highest of this state's schools.

If you're going to condemn Florida schools for laxity in how athletic crimes are punished, you'd have to include UF too. They've had some doozies, particularly under Urban Meyer when the team was winning championships. Aaron Hernandez was one of them -- he didn't go to Miami.

My favorite UF criminals were the hoops players who broke into a car here in St. Augustine and upon being arrested talked for a half hour about what lie they were going to tell. They didn't know cop cars have cameras.

posted by rcade at 09:26 PM on December 16

The FSU Problem

Damn. I thought I was getting better at Irish metaphors through research at Irish pubs. I thought I had turned a corner when I figured out "sláinte."

posted by rcade at 01:09 PM on December 16

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Foster's only missed three games this season. It seems like most running backs in the league miss that many every year. I'd put him among the elite.

posted by rcade at 10:21 AM on December 16

The FSU Problem

Another Pierce gem, even if I didn't get all the metaphors. Ha'penny place?

Early in his college career, Winston was touted on Jacksonville sports radio for how composed, mature and well-spoken he was despite his youth. I didn't follow him closely at the time, so I made a mental note to look for opportunities to see this. It was days before the rape allegation.

If the Jaguars had not taken Blake Bortles with the third overall pick this year, they'd surely be looking at Winston next time around.

posted by rcade at 10:18 AM on December 16

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Andrew Luck compliments defensive players after a hard hit, which is getting into their heads.

posted by rcade at 08:25 AM on December 16

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

A leaky zamboni sent 81 players and fans who were at a Wisconsin hockey game to the hospital with carbon monoxide poisoning.

posted by rcade at 03:22 PM on December 15

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

A school holiday event is the only thing keeping me from that epic tilt at EverBank.

I hated how the Stabler Rule impacted the Green Bay/Buffalo ending. Aaron Rodgers was stripped of the ball and it fell backwards into his own end zone. Eddie Lacy picked it up and had a decent chance to run it out and thus avoid a safety, but the play was whistled dead the second he touched it. No one would have intentionally fumbled in Rodgers' situation or place on the field.

posted by rcade at 01:30 PM on December 15