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Name: Rogers Cadenhead
Homepage URL: http://workbench.cadenhead.org/
Member since: January 23, 2002
Last visit: April 20, 2015
Status: editor

rcade has posted 2216 links and 10500 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

Bryan Stow Throws Out First Pitch at Minor League Game: The San Francisco Giants fan beaten outside Dodger Stadium threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the home opener for the San Jose Giants, a team where he used to be a paramedic before he was left brain damaged in the attack four years ago. Stow still suffers memory loss and concentration issues but is able to walk and stand for short periods and gave newspaper interviews before the ceremony. "I'm excited about it," Stow told a newspaper.

posted by rcade to baseball at 05:08 PM on April 17 - 0 comments

U.S. Men Win 2-0 Over Mexico in San Antonio: Playing on a dismal surface, the U.S. men's national team handed Mexico another 2-0 loss in a friendly Wednesday night in San Antonio. Jordan Morris, the first current college player to play for the U.S. since 1999, scored a scrappy goal off a defender's carom and Juan Agudelo took a long pass out of the air, opened up a little space outside the box and beat the goalie to hang the famous "dos a cero" on the Americans' southern rival.

posted by rcade to soccer at 09:48 AM on April 16 - 7 comments

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Now: The playoffs begin tonight at 7 p.m. Eastern. Pick the eight teams that will advance out of the first round and the number of games each series will require: Ottawa vs. Montreal, New York Islanders vs. Washington, Chicago vs. Nashville, Calgary vs. Vancouver, Pittsburgh vs. New York Rangers, Detroit vs. Tampa Bay, Minnesota vs. St. Louis, Winnipeg vs. Anaheim. One extra point on winning picks for getting the number of games right. Another extra point for picking one of the three top goal scorers in this playoff round.

posted by rcade to hockey at 09:13 PM on April 14 - 19 comments

Ex-NFL Running Back Suspected of Killing Cellmate: Former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips is suspected of killing his cellmate in a Central California prison, officials said. Damion Soward, Phillips' cellmate at Kern Valley State Prison, was found lifeless early Saturday and later pronounced dead. A former Nebraska standout drafted sixth overall in 1996 by the St. Louis Rams, Phillips is serving a sentence of more than 31 years after being convicted of twice choking his girlfriend in 2005 in San Diego and later that year of driving his car into three teens after a pickup football game in Los Angeles. Soward, 37, was serving 82 years to life for first-degree murder.

posted by rcade to football at 08:17 AM on April 14 - 2 comments

Famous Texas Sportswriter Jim Dent Convicted of 10th DWI: The sportswriter Jim Dent, a former reporter in Dallas and Fort Worth known better today for his non-fiction sports books such as The Junction Boys, is in jail awaiting his sentence for his ninth and 10th DWI convictions. He fled the charges to Mexico for a year, where he promoted his latest book Manzell Mania in interviews conducted over an anonymous Internet phone service, but was caught at a border crossing in San Diego. He says he's done drinking (natch) but a long prison sentence awaits. "Dent said he has at least one more book in him," writes Barry Horn. "He is 35,000 handwritten words into an autobiography he has titled Last Call."

posted by rcade to general at 04:01 PM on April 11 - 3 comments

Recent Comments

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

Atlanta over Brooklyn in 4

Cleveland over Boston in 6

Milwaukee over Chicago in 7

Washington over Toronto in 6

Golden State over New Orleans in 5

Dallas over Houston in 7

San Antonio over Los Angeles in 6

Portland over Memphis in 7

East scorer: LeBron James

West scorer: Stephen Curry

Ejection: Rick Carlisle

Moneyball: 27.5

posted by rcade at 09:52 AM on April 18

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I don't know how astronaut diapers got into this discussion, but I am in awe, sir.

posted by rcade at 10:04 AM on April 16

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Now

Ottawa in 7

New York Islanders in 6

Chicago in 6

Vancouver in 5

New York Rangers in 5

Tampa Bay in 5

St. Louis in 7

Anaheim in 4

Top scorer: Backstrom (Washington)

posted by rcade at 06:54 PM on April 15

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

My favorite romantic sports feud was the allegation that Jimmy Jackson poached Toni Braxton from Jason Kidd when the two men were Dallas Mavericks. Braxton showed up to see Kidd and Jackson executed a screen and took her out instead.

The best wag for generating funny news stories was Anna Benson. Though the last few headlines were not funny any more.

posted by rcade at 05:04 PM on April 15

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

That's a great catch by Arenado but it also seems like a dumb one. He was taking a pretty big injury risk spinning across the tarp and into the stands.

posted by rcade at 11:19 AM on April 15

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Now

That would be good, Ufez.

posted by rcade at 09:55 AM on April 15

Who are the "Franchise Four"?

I have more problem with Frank Howard and Rafael Palmeiro being there than Ruben Sierra. Howard because hitting .244 with 9 homers and 31 RBIs in the franchise's 54-100 inaugural season is weak, and Palmeiro because of the steroid cloud.

I'd put Ferguson Jenkins and Jim Sundberg in their places. I'd like to find room for Charlie Hough, but I can't find someone else to bump.

My four would be Nolan Ryan, Michael Young, Pudge Rodriguez and Adrian Beltre.

posted by rcade at 07:44 PM on April 09

Losing Wisconsin Coach Laments 'Rent-a-Player' Trend

... I can't think of many other places where a business group is able to do so.

The case for a private business imposing age restrictions is stronger than a government doing so. A government has far more obligations to its people than a private business has to its employees.

As a private enterprise the NBA has no obligation to 18-year-olds to allow them to join one of its teams.

To me it's no different than airline setting minimum age requirements for its flight attendants, which I believe all the major carriers do.

posted by rcade at 04:01 PM on April 08

Losing Wisconsin Coach Laments 'Rent-a-Player' Trend

Put another way: what happens at midnight on someone's 19th birthday that makes them NBA ready?

What happens at midnight on someone's 21st birthday that makes them alcohol ready? What happens at midnight on someone's 18th birthday that makes them voting ready? The number of people we're talking about here -- the small number of 18-year-olds ready to jump directly into the NBA -- is not where I'd draw the line on arbitrary age restrictions.

Given neither time in college nor overseas travel is required to be a success in the NBA how can requiring one or the other be anything but an unfair hiring practice?

So you'd support an NBA team drafting a 16-year-old?

posted by rcade at 02:15 PM on April 08

Losing Wisconsin Coach Laments 'Rent-a-Player' Trend

Like holden says, that would mean something if the best "doctor" in the world hadn't skipped "medical school", so trying to equate the professions is a bit silly.

Then use journalism as an example. A newspaper could require a college degree as a hiring requirement even though some applicants would be fully capable of doing the job without one.

The NBA has a development league, so it has a place to put the extremely small number of 18-year-olds genuinely capable of playing pro ball at that age. It doesn't need college as a free development system for those freaks of talent.

For the other 18-year-olds, refusing to draft them without some college time benefits those players along with the NBA. They get more experience, and for the majority who will never reach the NBA, they have a chance at higher education.

The NBA rule isn't blocking players from pursuing the profession at 18. There are plenty of overseas opportunities now for the ones who hate the idea of going to college. There also are minor pro leagues in the U.S.

posted by rcade at 10:03 AM on April 08

Losing Wisconsin Coach Laments 'Rent-a-Player' Trend

... control over the rights for a person who isn't yet part of either group ...

Is your argument that the NBA is exerting unfair control over an 18-year-old by refusing to hire him?

That just sounds like a job qualification to me. I can't operate on patients until I earn a degree from medical school either. It sucks, but hopefully President Rand Paul will change all that.

I don't follow NCAA basketball any more. I liked it better when you had four or five years to follow the top athletes. It also feels to me like the quality of play isn't what it used to be.

posted by rcade at 04:31 PM on April 07

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The current name of the Brickyard 400 is the "Crown Royal presents the Your Hero's Name Here 400 powered by Big Machine Records."

posted by rcade at 09:12 AM on April 01

Tiger Woods Falls Out of Top 100 in Golf

I'm not holding out much hope either. I can remember reading shortly before Tiger's marriage blew up that the ACL surgery on his left knee might not allow him to ever be the golfer he was. Something about his style of swing made the analyst think he'd never be able to get that kind of power again.

I was at Sawgrass hoping to see him in 2011 on the day he abruptly quit the Player's due to injury. One reason I had gone was to see a Tiger being Tiger redemption narrative after a couple years of enjoying his problems. That site was also the place he held that weird "sorry I'm a manwhore" press conference with his mom sitting in the front row.

posted by rcade at 12:38 PM on March 30

Obama Proposal Could End Taxpayer-Subsidized Pro Sports Stadiums

The Rams draw from southwest Illinois and eastern Missouri on the fan map. I don't think there's any doubt they're drawing thousands of fans from Illinois.

When I lived in Peoria for a year, it felt like the border between Bears fandom and Rams fandom. There was a lot more support for St. Louis teams in that area than I expected.

posted by rcade at 07:32 PM on March 23

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

He'll still be booted off his college baseball team in five minutes. I can't blame him for his reaction to being cut over a tasteless joke on Twitter. I love that Mo'ne Davis asked that he be reinstated.

posted by rcade at 01:04 PM on March 23