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"The unofficial king of sports paperbacks", Zander Hollander,: died at 91.

Before televised sports were pervasive and the Internet a nonstop gusher of sports trivia, Mr. Hollander found a niche in the market by annually providing statistics, team rosters, records, schedules and predictions for the coming season in the form of brick-size tomes he titled "Complete Handbooks."

posted by yerfatma to culture at 09:48 AM on April 15 - 1 comment

Oops: Atlanta Braves Set Fire to U.S. Flag: The Braves home opener doubled as William Tecumseh Sherman Night.

posted by yerfatma to baseball at 09:13 AM on April 10 - 7 comments

DeSean Jackson released by the Eagles: possibly due to his off-field issues. Now explain how the Jags got a 6th-round pick for Blaine Gabbert.

posted by yerfatma to football at 01:02 PM on March 28 - 10 comments

"The Krafts Are the Worst Owners in the League": what the heck is wrong with the New England Revolution?

posted by yerfatma to soccer at 02:22 PM on March 27 - 7 comments

What is the best possible season a player could have?: "Our superhuman player is only 20 wins better than Danny Worth, and getting to that superhuman player was pretty difficult. This makes you think about how small the difference is between terrible and great in baseball and why the games are so entertaining. Even the worst teams manage to win and the best teams manage to lose, and this illustrates why that's the case."

posted by yerfatma to baseball at 04:42 PM on March 17 - 5 comments

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Steinbrenner: We Don't Need Stephen Drew

I always count the PawSox.

posted by yerfatma at 09:36 AM on April 18

Chris Resop - The Most Interesting Reliever in the World.

This is fantastic. You made my week. He should be a Spofi meme.

posted by yerfatma at 09:34 AM on April 18

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

One unaswered question after Real Madrid's Copa del Rey win: did they let Sergio Ramos hold the trophy?

posted by yerfatma at 01:04 PM on April 17

Minnesota State players refuse to practice as coach Todd Hoffner returns

I'd wager this protest probably happened because of officials inside the school's athletic department who are resentful of the arbitration decision

The deadspin article suggests the administration is happy with the new coach but can't publicly say so without risking a lawsuit. Just to sharpen the knife a bit more, Hoffner brought in the person who was interim head coach.

posted by yerfatma at 01:03 PM on April 17

Minnesota State players refuse to practice as coach Todd Hoffner returns

Wow, some great kids. Guy is cleared after it turns out his child porn is videos of his own kids in the bath and an arbitrator reinstated him but they "want answers". My favorite part:

"We've all become outstanding community members, students and athletes in the last year and a half since the removal of Todd Hoffner . . ."
Are they saying they were all douchebags before or that only some of them were? Either way, how did the firing of someone who didn't do what he was accused of make them better? If they were better students and community members they might have put some thought into this.

posted by yerfatma at 10:47 AM on April 17

Steinbrenner: We Don't Need Stephen Drew

I think grum's hit the problem, though Drew seems valuable enough that a draft pick might be worth two extra months of Drew. Drew was worth 3.4 WAR last year, about 0.6 WAR / month. Is a draft pick + $12 million or so (assuming Drew wants around $14 million and a sandwich pick would cost ~$2 million) really worth more for all 31 29 teams?

posted by yerfatma at 03:48 PM on April 16

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

seeing Suarez hit the ground no less than five times in a three minute span does tend to drain my enthusiasm for the sport

It's all in what you're looking for; I'd say Luis Suarez is the most interesting figure in sport right now (of the sports I know about; I'll defer to NoMich and the rest of the world about cricket): what to say when one of the transcendent talents in the sport is (taking the worst possible spin on everything) a racist, cheating cannibal? Alexi Lalas drives me a little nuts on ESPN FC with his constant claims that diving is an art and a fun part of the game, but I don't think anyone is so annoyed by it to stop watching the sport. It's only a barrier to entry; think of all the people who won't give hockey a chance because of the fights.

posted by yerfatma at 05:35 PM on April 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Aren't even in the top 20 when looking at all sports teams in all leagues worldwide. They're #5 in their actual league, those plucky underdogs!

posted by yerfatma at 02:46 PM on April 15

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

There, I have nailed these complaints to the large doors of rcade's cathedral.

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We'll get to 95 if we try hard enough.

posted by yerfatma at 09:49 AM on April 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Man City have zero homegrown starting players except Joe Allen

I know we use this metric a lot when trying to prove our favorite baseball teams are morally superior to the Yankees, but I don't think it means much in soccer: having homegrown stars feels like a hallmark of a big-money club as it means you have the money to maintain a robust youth system to scout and develop talent and the money to keep the player once they become a star.

Coutinho, Henderson, Mignolet and Sturridge were acquired as (relatively) unproven youngsters

Except for maybe Zabaleta and Kompany, none of the ten outfield starters were less than stars when purchased

You can't claim credit for one and dismiss the other. You're cherry-picking, especially if you're going to hold up De Michelis as someone they've bought who's been a big help.

That said, I assumed someone describing a Man City victory as "heart-warming" must have been sarcastic.

posted by yerfatma at 08:09 AM on April 15

Was Michael Pineda caught cheating

I'm with Will Leitch: "Much Ado About Nothing".

I mentioned this to the producer.

"You don't really think Lester was cheating, do you?"
"Naw, of course not."
"So why are we doing a whole segment on it?"

He smiled and shrugged. "Gotta feed the beast, man."

posted by yerfatma at 12:48 PM on April 11

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Goal-scoring goalkeepers.

posted by yerfatma at 11:11 AM on April 11

Exceptionally Small Crowds Greet New Baseball Season

I have to disagree: I think Jack Clark was a virus and the idea of "existence" isn't so cut and dried as you suggest.

posted by yerfatma at 08:12 AM on April 11

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

And now UEFA is telling Chelsea to pound sand. While I'm happy that Athleti could now play Courtois (the article wonders whether it would damage relations between the clubs), UEFA's logic seems a little strange: if it's never been allowed to have these kinds of clauses, why aren't the explicitly outlawed?

posted by yerfatma at 08:11 AM on April 11

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

here's two words you don't want to hear your closer use to describe himself: dead arm.

Especially if he's a new to the team this year. It's almost like signing a 39 year-old with a history of injuries to a multi-year deal to be your closer is a bad idea. Guess Detroit will be taking a bad turn with Albuquerque again.

posted by yerfatma at 09:47 PM on April 10