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Name: Rogers Cadenhead
Homepage URL: http://workbench.cadenhead.org/
Member since: January 23, 2002
Last visit: March 05, 2015
Status: editor

rcade has posted 2201 links and 10463 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

Matt Haughey is Stepping Down at MetaFilter: Since so many SportsFilter users came over from MetaFilter, I wanted to share Mathowie's news that he's removing himself from day-to-day operations at the mothership to take a new gig. He announced it today so it's a good time to go there and pay tribute to the Willie Mays of the community weblog.

posted by rcade to navel gazing at 05:46 PM on March 04 - 1 comment

Curt Schilling Declares War on Twitter Trolls Abusing His Daughter: After Curt Schilling announced that his daughter had been accepted to play softball in college, both he and his daughter were subjected to vicious sexual remarks by Twitter trolls. Schilling did some online sleuthing and found as many as he could. "She didn't do anything, she never said anything, yet she's now receiving personal messages with guys saying things to her, well let's just say I can't repeat and I'm getting beyond angry thinking about it," he writes.

posted by rcade to baseball at 05:23 PM on March 02 - 17 comments

High School Players: Root for Our Opponent: The Gainesville Tornados, a high school basketball team in Texas, sometimes play with zero fans in attendance because they're a juvenile correction facility. Two players for Vanguard Prep in Waco did something unusual and asked some of their fans to root for the other team. The idea took off and the Gainesville players took the court to the shock of seeing their own fan section, signs and cheerleading squad.

posted by rcade to basketball at 03:27 PM on February 28 - 1 comment

College Player Scores 30 Points in Final 4.5 Minutes: The good news: Florida State freshman guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes scored 30 points in the final 4:38 against Miami Wednesday night. The bad news: Florida State still lost 81-77. Rathan-Mayers racked up the points with six three-pointers, two layups and eight free throws. He says, "The arena was quiet. It was like I was in there by myself. It was a feeling I've never, ever felt before. There was nothing else happening around me."

posted by rcade to basketball at 11:29 AM on February 26 - 1 comment

Chargers, Raiders Pursue Shared Stadium in Los Angeles: The San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders say they'll share a new $1.7 billion stadium in Los Angeles if they don't get a stadium deal in their current cities. The teams issued this statement: "We are pursuing this stadium option in Carson for one straightforward reason: If we cannot find a permanent solution in our home markets, we have no alternative but to preserve other options to guarantee the future economic viability of our franchises." Another move-to-LA bid is being explored by St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke, who has a joint venture to build a stadium in Inglewood.

posted by rcade to football at 10:24 AM on February 20 - 19 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

... his command of English is apparently not as strong as his ball playing ...

He's from Jacksonville and appears quite often on a local sports talk station here. He's quite intelligent, well-spoken and funny. I'd say his comments here are articulated poorly because his position is so freaking lame. "Yeah, we love you gay people, but we hate that you are gay -- because Jesus! -- and think it is a lifestyle instead of an intrinsic part of your being, but know that we love you and God loves you too but hates all of your gay. K thx bye!"

posted by rcade at 12:26 PM on March 04

Curt Schilling Declares War on Twitter Trolls Abusing His Daughter

A few trolls stopping and realizing this is a best case scenario in 2015.

I don't think that's true. The level of abuse heaped on people is a function of Twitter's design decision to show all @ replies to everyone. It doesn't happen on Facebook, where the default is to only allow responses from friends unless you explicitly allow everyone to respond.

Most of the abuse we're talking about occurs on Twitter.

He's already in "targeted forever" territory.

There's a difference between being targeted briefly and being subjected to a relentless campaign like the one the female targets of GamerGate are experiencing.

posted by rcade at 01:51 PM on March 03

Curt Schilling Declares War on Twitter Trolls Abusing His Daughter

What's his alternative option at this point?

He could have ignored them.

If he had to have justice, he could have pursued his abusers directly by complaining to their employers or colleges or perhaps even filing suit. He didn't have to call out a mob that he surely knows will display the same anonymity-fueled vile tendencies of his daughter's abusers.

A friend of mine who vocally speaks about feminism gets steady streams of hate mail. She never responds, but it doesn't stop coming in because she ignores it.

Your friend is smart. I've faced a few over-the-top abusive crazies, including one that went after me personally in some unbelievable ways because of a post on SportsFilter I (initially) refused to delete. There is nothing you can do in public that makes it better. You just feed the beast. They crave the negative response.

The best you can do is give them complete radio silence and hope they will move on to a target who is more fun to abuse. I teach my kids this. It isn't satisfying -- you want to rain hell down on them in public the way Schilling is doing -- but any normal person is never going to win a battle with a truly deranged Internet troll. They have all the time in the world and no reputation to worry about damaging.

Schilling and his family will likely be targeted forever by other trolls because of how he responded to this.

Turning trolls on themselves seems like the only real way to make it stop in 2015.

But do you honestly think Schilling's actions will make anything stop? At best a few of his trolls will vanish from social media. Maybe a few others will realize that posting sexual insults at a famous person's daughter isn't harmless fun. At worst somebody who just lost their job or college career, or somebody angry that happened, will escalate the situation.

As I said originally I have mixed feelings. Schilling did what a lot of people would want to do in that situation. But I don't think it helps.

posted by rcade at 10:47 AM on March 03

Curt Schilling Declares War on Twitter Trolls Abusing His Daughter

The jerks who decided to spew the garbage on Schilling's daughter very likely presumed that their anonymity would protect them.

The ones he caught first were not anonymous, so that's unlikely. Something else was at play in their reprehensible actions.

The default on Twitter of showing @ responses from everyone is part of the reason this kind of abuse is rampant. It is as if everything ever said about Curt Schilling anywhere could be heard by him. There should be ways to limit what you receive in your notifications.

It's no surprise that a female -- Schilling's daughter -- was the target of abuse. Women are being attacked on Twitter by trolls all day long. I enjoy Twitter, but it's getting a well-deserved rep for being a magnet for misogyny and threats of violence against women.

posted by rcade at 09:30 AM on March 03

Curt Schilling Declares War on Twitter Trolls Abusing His Daughter

Maybe I'm a little old school, but a couple of misogynist pigs spending a couple of weeks knowing what it's like to deal with guys like themselves is not the worst thing in the world.

Yes, his abusers will be shamed. One already has been suspended from college and another may have lost his job.

But if Schilling thinks repulsive Twitter behavior is a bad thing, how is it countering that to encourage repulsive Twitter behavior? He's not making the problem better, as much as he laments the trend in his blog post.

When he named his daughter's abusers and ended by identifying the Twitter accounts of two he could not name, he knew what would happen next -- those abusers would be found, doxxed and attacked as badly as his daughter was.

posted by rcade at 10:11 PM on March 02

Curt Schilling Declares War on Twitter Trolls Abusing His Daughter

There's more details on the hunt for these trolls that Schilling unleashed.

I have mixed feelings about this. These trolls were engaging in a hostile, destructive act. Schilling is counting on the same impulses by asking the online mob to go after them. Is that act likely to do anything but feed the Twitter monster?

posted by rcade at 05:30 PM on March 02

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

posted by rcade at 08:38 PM on March 01

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Hard to imagine how it could be 5 times worse ...

Punching a woman in the face while wearing NFL-prohibited gloves.

posted by rcade at 11:20 AM on February 26

Chargers, Raiders Pursue Shared Stadium in Los Angeles

The thing I like best about that area is the Fells Point pub crawl.

posted by rcade at 09:24 AM on February 22

Chargers, Raiders Pursue Shared Stadium in Los Angeles

I don't think the Inner Harbor would be successful without those stadiums. It was declining as a tourist and local draw, dropping from 18 million visitors in year one to 11 million in year two.

The link calls Camden Yards the "first true urban ballpark constructed in almost a century." Though a lot of stadium revitalization claims end up bogus, that's one I'd call massively successful.

posted by rcade at 10:18 AM on February 21

Chargers, Raiders Pursue Shared Stadium in Los Angeles

Again - I think under the right circumstances, a stadium could be a good thing.

Coors Field in Denver seems like another positive example, though it might be the end of the LoDo revitalization rather than the beginning.

Many in Dallas are still grumbling that Mayor Laura Miller helped kill any idea of the Cowboys building downtown. It seems to me there was plenty of opportunity there -- some parts of downtown are pretty raggedy -- but Arlington happily took on the tax burden of JerryWorld.

posted by rcade at 07:09 PM on February 20

Chargers, Raiders Pursue Shared Stadium in Los Angeles

It's becoming more and more clear that major sports corporations are becoming more and more of a plague on the cities they're in ...

They aren't just a plague. A stadium project can revitalize a downtown. Baltimore's Inner Harbor is a good example. Having Camden Yards and the Ravens stadium in the area instead of somewhere in the 'burbs has made a huge difference there.

I don't see cities or states ever stopping these stadium deals. It would have to come from the federal government or possibly a state voter referendum.

posted by rcade at 01:44 PM on February 20

Chargers, Raiders Pursue Shared Stadium in Los Angeles

Pro teams are so good at these stadium extortion schemes I'll be surprised if L.A. gets any of these teams. If St. Louis loses the Rams I fear that Shahid Khan will be tempted to move the Jaguars out of Jacksonville, since his Flex-N-Gate auto parts company is based in Urbana, Illinois, and he originally sought to buy the Rams.

But Khan put a lot of money into huge videoboards and other improvements at Everbank Field and he just unveiled a shipyards development project that would turn the grimy industrial zone around the stadium into a hotel/restaurant/entertainment district and no doubt make a lot of money for him. If that idea gets anywhere he'll need the Jaguars to stay around.

posted by rcade at 12:26 PM on February 20

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The Texas Rangers have signed Roughned Odor's younger brother Roughned Odor.

posted by rcade at 08:52 AM on February 20

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle


In other news, rugby appears to have a concussion protocol in which a player is sent off for testing while a substitute plays for him, then can return to play if testing decides his brains are unscrambled. Soccer could learn from that.

posted by rcade at 01:03 PM on February 19