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Name: Rogers Cadenhead
Homepage URL: http://workbench.cadenhead.org/
Member since: January 23, 2002
Last visit: August 01, 2015
Status: editor

rcade has posted 2294 links and 10766 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.

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7 Days to Start of Premier League Season: The Premier League kicks off one week from today with six matches, including Chelsea beginning its championship defense against Swansea and Manchester United versus Tottenham. Join SportsFilter's long-running Fantasy Premier League game and allocate 100 million towards a starting lineup you can change each week with transfers. London24 offers tips on players to avoid, including Chelsea striker Radamel Falcao (7.5m), Liverpool defender Nathaniel Clyne (5.5m) and Southampton defender Steven Caulker (5.5m). Man U keeper David de Gea's (5.5m) not the best pickup either, since Louis Van Gaal just agreed Saturday to sell him to Real Madrid.

posted by rcade to soccer at 06:28 PM on August 01 - 1 comment

Russell Wilson Finally Cashes In with Seahawks: Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and the team have agreed to a four-year, $87.6-million contract extension with $60 million guaranteed and a $31 million signing bonus. The $21.9 million average salary makes Wilson the second highest paid player in the NFL behind Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who makes $22 million. Before the deal, Wilson took Seattle to two Super Bowls, winning one, while on a rookie deal that was among the best bargains in the league at just $681,085 a year.

posted by rcade to football at 11:09 AM on July 31 - 1 comment

Join SportsFilter's Fantasy Premier League: England's Premier League kicks off in 10 days, so it's time to assemble your team of the best soccer players £100 million in fake money can buy. Use this link to join our free league. TalkSport radio offers 10 suggestions for rising players, including these bargains: Crystal Palace defender Joel Ward (£4.5M), Liverpool defender Nathaniel Clyne (£5.5M) and Swansea midfielder Sung-Yueng Ki (£5.5M).

posted by rcade to soccer at 06:57 PM on July 29 - 5 comments

Mookie Betts Turns Out into Homer With Tumble Over Fence: Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts made a great catch on a deep fly ball by Chicago White Sox slugger Jose Abreu, but Betts' momentum carried him over the fence and he dropped the ball when he landed in the Red Sox bullpen. Replay review turned the inning-ending out into a home run.

posted by rcade to baseball at 10:42 PM on July 28 - 3 comments

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension on Appeal: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has upheld the four-game suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady over the deflated-football scandal, the league announced Tuesday. In the decision, Goodell stated that part of his justification was Brady's destruction of his cell phone while league investigators were seeking information from it. "The most significant new information that emerged in connection with the appeal was evidence that on or about March 6, 2015 -- the very day he was interviewed by [Ted] Wells and his investigative team -- Brady instructed his assistant to destroy the cellphone that he had been using from early November 2014, a period that included the AFC Championship Game and the initial weeks of the subsequent investigation."

posted by rcade to football at 04:10 PM on July 28 - 44 comments

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7 Days to Start of Premier League Season

I'm one of the 43% of owners who currently have Clyne, recommended in the last link and panned in this one.

posted by rcade at 06:31 PM on August 01

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension on Appeal

I don't see where leaks have anything to do with Munson's legal analysis.

Brady will of course have vociferous arguments to make. He and the NFLPA have creative attorneys who have to do something aggressive with the facts available to them.

But treating "equipment violations" like a well-established category of case law that Goodell had an obligation to follow seems, to me, like one of those soft lobs a bad quarterback throws over the middle of the field that gets a wide receiver clobbered. It seems easy to counter with the argument that DeflateGate is a unique set of circumstances.

But if Brady wants to risk serving a late-season suspension and either he or the NFLPA is willing to put huge money into a lawsuit, I don't have a problem with them trying to smack down Goodell. Maybe they'll prevail.

Paragraph 3 of this comment is dedicated to Blaine Gabbert and Steve Pelluer.

posted by rcade at 06:48 PM on July 31

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension on Appeal

The motive for doing this is that their case might not be as solid as many think.

Brady has made the case for being punished over his non-cooperation pretty solid. I don't see how he gets far in court after destroying his phone on the day he did.

As for the NFL's punishment being overturned by a court, I find compelling the legal analysis offered by the lawyer and sports journalist Lester Munson. Brady's been punished under an arbitration process players agreed to in the CBA and judges don't like to open the can of worms that comes from reversing arbitrators.

It's not like Brady is suffering massive off-the-field damages here. A guy with an estimated net worth of $120 million is losing $1.88 million in pay. That sucks, but if he lost 1.5% of his net worth from a bad business investment I don't think anyone would regard it a major setback for him.

As for his on-the-field punishment, that's something the NFL is far more qualified to determine than an outside court. If the NFL considers intentionally deflated footballs below 12.5 PSI a major rules violation, I believe its authority to make that conclusion should be accepted.

posted by rcade at 01:12 PM on July 31

There's something in the Olympic water in Rio...and it's not good.

This is horrendous. But while watching the World Cup last year and seeing the constant shots of enormous crowds on the beach, I don't recall being told that they were frolicking in sewage.

The Olympics isn't as much fun as it was in my childhood. Grafters are really good at getting their hooks into international sporting events and making them a license to drain as much public money out of a site as possible.

I wish I could believe the promises that an Olympics or World Cup will leave a country better off, with meaningful and lasting improvements to public facilities and infrastructure. How many places can even muster an argument that it was true for them, five or 10 years later?

posted by rcade at 11:16 AM on July 31

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension on Appeal

Couldn't one argue the correct jurisdiction is where the horrible crime took place, Massachusetts?

Yes, but the league is based in New York City so that's just as reasonable a choice of venue.

I was shocked the NFL filed a suit pre-emptively to defend itself within minutes of announcing the appeal decision. Either Goodell is taking this personally or there's a bigger motive at stake, such as a chance to take the NFLPA down in a strategically advantageous way. I hope there's some investigative journalism being undertaken by an outlet with no financial ties to the NFL that will dig into why Goodell is running the league the way he is.

Another thing that baffles me is why Brady didn't just provide some text messages to the league. If he could have said "I gave the league the information it requested, after consultation with my attorney" I think he receives a two-game suspension instead of four. If he's innocent, the messages help further that claim. If he's guilty, he could have been sneaky and only provided messages that didn't show it. The league would not have been able to demand all his messages to prove he omitted some.

posted by rcade at 11:02 AM on July 31

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

Winnipeg by 8

posted by rcade at 01:44 PM on July 30

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension on Appeal

Brady was in drills for the first day of camp.

posted by rcade at 01:01 PM on July 30

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

No Ottawa playing this week. Damn. I'm all about the RedBlacks. I paired their last game with Victory DirtWolf double IPA. I feel like it helped.

posted by rcade at 08:56 AM on July 30

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension on Appeal

From Shaunessy: "Going to federal court could result in Brady serving his suspension at a more inopportune time (December?)."

I've been wondering the same thing. Isn't it a big risk for Brady to push his potential suspension deeper into a season? I'd rather have my star quarterback out to start a season than at any other point later.

posted by rcade at 08:38 AM on July 30

Join SportsFilter's Fantasy Premier League

Right now my biggest spends are Harry Kane and Christian Benteke up front and Juan Mata and Santi Cazorla at midfield. What I really want is the Yaya Toure of two seasons ago.

posted by rcade at 07:13 PM on July 29

Join SportsFilter's Fantasy Premier League

You can make unlimited transfers to your squad before the games begin.

posted by rcade at 06:59 PM on July 29

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I love Abby Wambach, but the story shouldn't be that she's deciding whether to play in the 2016 Olympics. It's whether she can make the squad.

posted by rcade at 03:30 PM on July 29

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension on Appeal

I loved this passage in an ESPN piece on the Hoodie's presser yesterday: "He wasn't there to answer questions. He was there to defy, to deflect, to be on-message, to make everyone feel bad for not asking about football. Irascible coach. Focused coach. Everything Patriots fans love about their coach, who has delivered four Super Bowls and no apologies in 15 years. Belichick could emblazon a middle finger on his hoodie and rally six states to his side while telling the outside world its questions don't matter."

Pats fans, it must be nice to have that gruff and cunning bastard on your sidelines. "Four Super Bowls and no apologies" would be great on a T-shirt.

posted by rcade at 03:07 PM on July 29

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension on Appeal

If they are going to come with heavy-handed and inconsistent punishments when there is a lack of any truly damning evidence, then I'm fine with undermining the system.

I think the evidence of a Brady cover up is pretty damning. His actions throughout this process make me wonder whether he's dumb, at least off the football field.

But if the commissioner sucks, undermine that commissioner, not the system of allowing the NFL to police itself.

posted by rcade at 01:01 PM on July 29

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension on Appeal

I don't see any flaw in the idea that a sports league should be able to police itself with the commissioner as the ultimate authority. That's the point of having a commissioner going back to the elevation of Kennesaw Mountain Landis as the first Commissioner of Baseball.

Tom Brady and the players union agreed to Roger Goodell's authority to police the sport in the collective bargaining agreement. Even if you think Goodell didn't enforce the league's rules properly or fairly, I don't see how you can attack the idea of the NFL as the ultimate authority for matters like this without undermining the entire system of self-policing.

Surely nobody here would prefer that the in-sport punishment for all player conduct matters was decided by actual courts.

posted by rcade at 09:02 AM on July 29