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rcade
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Name: Rogers Cadenhead
Homepage URL: http://workbench.cadenhead.org/
Member since: January 23, 2002
Last visit: July 07, 2015
Status: editor

rcade has posted 2282 links and 10692 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

Huge 20-Cyclist Crash Takes Out Leader at Tour de France: Twenty riders went down in a huge crash during Stage 3 of the Tour de France Monday, including the leader Fabian Cancellara, who fractured two vertebra in his back. Five of the 20 riders involved in the massive spill -- one of the worst in the history of the event -- could not continue. A Reuters photo shows Lotto-Jumbo rider Laurens ten Dam of the Netherlands lying in agony on the road suffering from a dislocated shoulder. The caption notes, "he got back on the bike and finished the stage after it was popped back into place."

posted by rcade to other at 05:13 PM on July 06 - 2 comments

U.S. Wins Women's World Cup: An incredible storm of early goals, including a hat trick by Carli Lloyd, led the United States to a 5-2 victory over Japan in the Women's World Cup. The U.S. avenges the 2011 loss in the Final and hoists the championship trophy for the first time in 16 years. Lauren Holiday and Tobin Heath also scored for the Americans, who become the first country to win the Women's World Cup three times. Hope Solo won the Golden Glove as the cup's best goalkeeper, Lloyd the Golden Ball as best player.

posted by rcade to soccer at 06:01 PM on July 05 - 13 comments

DeAndre Jordan Signs with Dallas Mavericks: Center DeAndre Jordan has reached a free-agent deal with the Dallas Mavericks, league sources told ESPN. The deal's reportedly a four-year, $80 million max contract with a player option after the third season. Jordan, who was born in Houston and played for Texas A&M in college, led the league last season in field goal percentage at .710 and rebounds per game at 15.0 for the Los Angeles Clippers.

posted by rcade to basketball at 05:02 PM on July 03 - 0 comments

U.S. Defeats Germany, Advances to Women's World Cup Final: In a meeting of the world's top two FIFA-ranked teams, the United States defeated Germany 2-0 in the Women's World Cup semifinal and advances to the final for the second straight cup. Germany had a chance to take the lead in the second half but missed the first penalty kick in the team's WWC history. The U.S. got a penalty of its own shortly afterwards and Carli Lloyd scored. Lloyd had an assist on the second goal with a pass scored by Kelley O'Hara.

posted by rcade to soccer at 03:21 PM on June 30 - 17 comments

U.S. Defeats China, Advances to Women's World Cup Semifinals: The U.S. women's soccer team defeated China 1-0 Friday night, advancing to the semifinals of the Women's World Cup in Canada. The Americans were in solid control for most of the match but went into the half in a scoreless tie. In the 51st minute, Carli Lloyd scored on a header with a terrific pass from Julie Johnson near midfield. The U.S. will face Germany, which defeated France 5-4 on penalty kicks after being tied 1-1.

posted by rcade to soccer at 11:02 PM on June 26 - 6 comments

Recent Comments

U.S. Wins Women's World Cup

The Final broke a ratings record for U.S. soccer viewing on a single network. Nearly 23 million saw the winning goal.

posted by rcade at 03:56 PM on July 06

U.S. Wins Women's World Cup

The shadows were unfortunate, but which goal looked like it was caused by the keeper's visibility?

The only one in which it might have been a factor was Lloyd's midfield bomb, but the keeper would've gotten it if she didn't slip. She did get a glove on it.

Lloyd's first goal rocketed past the keeper before she could move. The second five-holed a defender at point-blank range and the keeper was a couple feet from it. Lauren Holiday took hers out of the sky in the box, where everyone waited for it to come down. Tobin Heath's goal was in the shade in the second half.

As for Japan, the first goal was after a sweet move in the box that left the scorer alone close in the box. The second was an own goal header. (In hindsight, maybe Hope Solo missed that one in the sun. But it also could've been a case of the keeper leaning one way and a deflection taking the ball another.)

As for staying up until 10 or 11 to watch a World Cup Final kick off in Canada, American fans would've lost their minds about that. It's Canada! Fox Sports never would have allowed that either.

posted by rcade at 08:14 AM on July 06

U.S. Wins Women's World Cup

Carli Lloyd scores a bullet! Best set piece of the entire tournament.

posted by rcade at 07:04 PM on July 05

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

Hamilton by 8

Calgary by 6

Ottawa by 2

Toronto by 12

posted by rcade at 08:25 PM on July 02

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Rafa Nadal goes down in the second round to the unranked German Dustin Brown.

Asked by a reporter how he handles the consecutive Wimbledon disappointments, Nadal's response was kind of awesome: "I am a good loser. When I am not that good, I always accept it. I congratulate my opponent. I am not happy but I accept."

posted by rcade at 03:41 PM on July 02

U.S. Defeats Germany, Advances to Women's World Cup Final

Did anyone else catch this recent ESPN video segment of the Rapinoe-to-Wambach header in 2011? Epic.

posted by rcade at 12:14 PM on July 01

U.S. Defeats Germany, Advances to Women's World Cup Final

I love the general lack of diving and theatrics in the women's game. The dubious tumbles by Rapinoe I noted last night struck me as an outlier.

My impression is that women are more likely to want to appear tough enough for the physicality of the game, so they don't engage in operatic contortions like the men. I love how many times they don't topple on contact and leap right back up after being knocked down.

But it could be a cultural issue unrelated to gender. If some top women's players start getting an opponent carded when they get a little nudge and fall down like a sniper got them, this tactic may become legitimized.

It's not like they don't play to the refs sometimes. Remember the Canada goalkeeper in the past World Cup getting a penalty kick for the U.S. because of slow play? Abby Wambach had been counting the seconds out loud all match long when the keeper held the ball. It was an incredible example of working a ref.

posted by rcade at 12:10 PM on July 01

U.S. Defeats Germany, Advances to Women's World Cup Final

The Fox Sports 1 postgame show aired the 1999 World Cup Final highlights where Brianna Scurry stopped a penalty kick and Brandi Chastain scored the legendary shirt-doffing winner. Seeing it again, I was shocked by how far Scurry moved off her line before the China player struck her PK attempt. She takes a step and a half forward before the block, as you can see at 8:47 in the YouTube link.

posted by rcade at 10:42 PM on June 30

U.S. Defeats Germany, Advances to Women's World Cup Final

This has to be considered the best defensive team the USWNT has ever fielded, or close to it. The team puts a lot of pressure on an opponent when its scoring opportunities are shut down so quickly. Germany kept making terrible final kicks, which suggested to me it was feeling the pressure.

The takedown by Julie Johnston that gave Germany its penalty kick probably should have been a red card. The penalty earned by Alex Morgan looked like one that would've been called outside the box 9 times out of 10 in the Premiership. If there's a word in German for a profound sense of outrage, it's going to be used a lot on Twitter tonight.

posted by rcade at 09:15 PM on June 30

U.S. Defeats Germany, Advances to Women's World Cup Final

I wonder if Rapinoe was overselling those two collisions near the end of the first half.

posted by rcade at 07:50 PM on June 30

U.S. Defeats Germany, Advances to Women's World Cup Final

Beautiful pass by Heath to Morgan in the 13th minute. Thought the U.S. had the lead but Angerer was too good.

posted by rcade at 07:16 PM on June 30

U.S. Defeats Germany, Advances to Women's World Cup Final

I liked Heath against China. Lots of high-energy play and she was good at creating in traffic.

Wambach is so slow now it's hard for me to watch. She was my favorite U.S. player on either team for several years.

posted by rcade at 06:55 PM on June 30

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Lleyton Hewitt's opening match today in his final Wimbledon is turning into a barn burner. He and Jarkko Nieminen are in the fifth and deciding set, currently 9-8 Nieminen.

posted by rcade at 12:20 PM on June 29

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

The confidence pool is up to date. Ying Yang Mafia and I got all of our top four in the semifinals. Can't imagine that will ever happen again.

posted by rcade at 11:40 PM on June 27

The 11th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

This is the first year I'm making picks based on actual information. I've also picked a team to root for, the Redblacks, because I like it when there's nowhere to go but up.

So far I'm 0 for 2. Information is overrated.

posted by rcade at 01:21 PM on June 27