rcade's profile

Name: Rogers Cadenhead
Homepage URL: http://workbench.cadenhead.org/
Member since: January 23, 2002
Last visit: September 01, 2014
Status: editor

rcade has posted 2103 links and 10077 comments to SportsFilter and 85 links and 686 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

Phillies Toss Combined No-Hitter vs. Braves: Four pitchers for the Philadelphia Phillies combined to no-hit the Atlanta Braves on Labor Day. Starting pitcher Cole Hamels threw six innings and was relieved for one inning apiece by Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon. The Phillies won 7-0. Hamels had thrown 108 pitches and walked 5 when he was sent to the showers.

posted by rcade to baseball at 04:28 PM on September 01 - 0 comments

University of Minnesota Not Thrilled to Host Slurskins: When Washington comes to play Minnesota at the University of Minnesota for an NFL game Nov. 2, the university has asked Washington to use throwback jerseys without the team name or logo, not have any team apparel or paraphernalia sold on the premises and for the team's name not to be used by the PA announcer or on the scoreboards. "The Vikings have a great working relationship with the tribal nations of Minnesota, and they're very understanding of how this team name and logo impacts our community," said Katrice Albert, the college's vice president in the office of equity and diversity.

posted by rcade to football at 02:38 PM on September 01 - 1 comment

St. Louis Rams Release Michael Sam: The St. Louis Rams have released defensive end rookie Michael Sam, the seventh-round draft pick making a bid to become the first openly gay player on an NFL team. Sam, a seventh round draft pick, had a strong preseason with 11 tackles and three sacks. A team source told ESPN that if Sam clears waivers the team is hoping to sign him to the 10-man practice squad.

posted by rcade to football at 04:15 PM on August 30 - 5 comments

New Yorker: The Twilight of Baseball: "If Mike Trout walked into your neighborhood bar, would you recognize him?" Ben McGrath asks in The New Yorker. "When was the last time baseball's reigning king was a cultural nonentity, someone you canít even name-drop without a non-fan giving you a patronizing smile?"

posted by rcade to baseball at 06:07 PM on August 29 - 15 comments

Weird Penalty Called on Vanderbilt Jersey: During last night's Vanderbilt-Temple game, a ref announced Vanderbilt was being penalized one timeout a quarter "because of ill-stated statements on the jersey." The team had put the words "Anchor Down" on the back, an apparent breach of NCAA rules. But in what has to be a first, Vanderbilt coaches produced an email printout during the game and the penalty was reversed.

posted by rcade to football at 09:50 AM on August 29 - 2 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Man U's moves feel like flailing to me. Can they really keep throwing money at their problems and expect a team to gel into a top-4 squad this season?

posted by rcade at 02:39 PM on September 01

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The Eagles won't be wearing green until late this season because Nike fumbled the ball.

posted by rcade at 12:12 PM on September 01

St. Louis Rams Release Michael Sam

Sam isn't making the Rams' practice squad either, it appears. A lot of people have Sam jerseys for a team he won't be playing a down for.

posted by rcade at 09:35 AM on September 01

New Yorker: The Twilight of Baseball

Surely if Trout or Harper played for the Yankees or the Red Sox he'd be real famous instead of baseball famous.

posted by rcade at 09:25 PM on August 31

New Yorker: The Twilight of Baseball

It's possible that Trout, like Pete Sampras, is a black hole of PR. But I don't see that much more attention being paid in the culture to Bryce Harper, a player who is more of a personality.

Part of the reason Reggie was a personality was because the commercials and other gigs made him one. Peyton Manning is an example of that. He turned out to be great on funny commercials, so that elevated his cultural clout.

posted by rcade at 04:29 PM on August 31

New Yorker: The Twilight of Baseball

But back in the 70s there were only three networks. If you were on TV, there is a good chance people saw you because there wasn't much else on TV.

Our media choices are more divided, but I don't know that we see less of the most famous people today in our thousand-channel TV world. If anything they're more out there, hitting us on more platforms.

posted by rcade at 01:49 PM on August 31

New Yorker: The Twilight of Baseball

But if he walked into a bar I doubt very seriously I'd recognize him. And that proves... really not much.

I think it shows a lot, unfortunately. Baseball is becoming hockey. That's not the worst fate in the world -- people who love hockey love it enough to keep it thriving within its niche -- but when your top stars no longer dominate the culture there's a cost to that. I can imagine a day when ESPN does to baseball what it did to hockey -- letting the TV deal go and suddenly caring 25% as much about the sport.

You'd recognize Trout if he was treated like Reggie Jackson was in the '70s, with commercials and TV guest appearances and candy bars and the like. Everyone recognizes the top NFL and NBA stars.

What I wonder is whether baseball will still attract enough young fans to replace us old fogeys who grew up when baseball was king. The game requires a lot more attention than other sports with its 162-game season and an average game length of 2:58.

posted by rcade at 10:42 AM on August 31

St. Louis Rams Release Michael Sam

I thought so too. He's tied for fourth in the NFL in preseason sacks. I know St. Louis is described as being extremely deep in defensive line talent. Maybe some other sack-desperate team like Jacksonville will claim him.

posted by rcade at 06:27 PM on August 30

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 10

Montreal by 6

Winnipeg by 3

Toronto by 13

Calgary by 11

posted by rcade at 06:41 PM on August 28

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Yusmeiro Petit retired 46 batters in a row across multiple games, a new MLB record.

posted by rcade at 05:26 PM on August 28

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

What a throw! For once I'd like to hear Chris Berman call a highlight. It. Could. Go. All. The. Way.

posted by rcade at 02:35 PM on August 28

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Yikes. 4-0! Paddy Power said 14 people bet on Franchise FC to win 4-0 at 500-to-1 odds.

posted by rcade at 04:58 PM on August 26

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

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posted by rcade at 11:56 AM on August 26

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Harrumph. Where's Billsaysthis? I think it's his league.

posted by rcade at 09:09 PM on August 25

Diego Simeone gets eight match ban

I like the itemized suspension. It would've been fun to see a Billy Martin punishment for mistreating the umps split up that way. One game for covering the mound with dirt, two games for cursing at the ump, one game for giving the ump a pair of glasses ...

posted by rcade at 09:04 PM on August 25