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Name: Tom Clancy
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Location: Dover, NH
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Member since: January 30, 2002
Last visit: March 27, 2015

yerfatma has posted 305 links and 11084 comments to SportsFilter and 17 links and 1229 comments to the Locker Room and 1 column.

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The Hidden Value of a Knuckleballer:

"Relievers behind Wright have surrendered an insane two home runs in 107 2/3 innings. That's one-fifth what we'd expect based on their typical performance. If Wright were to make 30 starts in a season, that would translate to roughly an extra win for his team. Starters were about a half-run better in ERA and a run better in FIP when the other team had been thrown off by Wright's knuckleball. Add it up, and Wright could be worth in the range of two wins simply by taking the ball, let alone what he could provide by pitching well."

posted by yerfatma to baseball at 10:03 AM on March 24 - 3 comments

Can popularity ruin a sport?: Rafa Honigstein on how success has changed the Budesliga.

"That rise to all-conquering prominence has attracted the country’s brightest minds and developed into a highly professional, productive industry. But football’s heightened social relevance is also reflected in the sort of insufferably grim, po-faced seriousness that used to be confined to political struggles or actual tribal conflicts.

posted by yerfatma to culture at 09:06 AM on March 19 - 12 comments

"Why not go for 70?": An Oral History of Larry Bird's 60-Point Game.

posted by yerfatma to basketball at 08:29 AM on March 13 - 5 comments

Hassan Whiteside's Cinderella season: may be hitting midnight after his second ejection in a week led Dwayne Wade to make a statement about Whiteside's failings.

posted by yerfatma to basketball at 10:10 AM on March 10 - 1 comment

DeflateGate Accusations Mean It's Time For Coach and Owner To Be Banned From NFL: In this case, Irsay and Pagano.

posted by yerfatma to football at 03:20 PM on February 05 - 18 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Oh Zlatan.

posted by yerfatma at 06:08 PM on March 27

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Would really like the next MLB collective bargaining agreement to get rid of the option to postpone the clock on a player's career by keeping him down for a month. Seems like every year the Spring Training buzz is about a Next Big Thing who we won't get to see. Maybe it gives people something to talk about.

Speaking of which, my daily baseball trivia calendar wants "four players who would be eligible for a Solar-System Team". I can ignore the weird hyphenation but disappointed them didn't buy my idea for Melky Way Cabrera.

posted by yerfatma at 01:33 PM on March 26

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

What are the two lights in the lower left?

posted by yerfatma at 11:27 AM on March 24

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

He seems to have a good handle on perspective: "An example that one stupid tweet can ruin someone's life". Dude, no one will remember you in 5 minutes.

posted by yerfatma at 11:37 AM on March 23

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Stevie G's long goodbye is getting painful. And not just for opponents.

posted by yerfatma at 09:56 AM on March 23

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Caught some of the England/ France match on beIN Sport after El Classico. Wish I understood it better but it was a fun watch either way.

posted by yerfatma at 08:19 AM on March 23

Can popularity ruin a sport?

Feels related: Does Sport Make Us Happy?

posted by yerfatma at 08:17 AM on March 23

Obama Proposal Could End Taxpayer-Subsidized Pro Sports Stadiums

if all the good burger joints close I'll spend the same amount of money at McDonald's.

No, what price elasticity says is if all the good burger joins close you'll seek out a decent steak place. Or if you're really inelastic and only want a burger, maybe you buy a new grill and cooking classes.

There are only four sporting events reasonably close by I'll shell out money to attend

Sure, but if those aren't available and you're stuck for something to do for the weekend, maybe you go to the movies or a concert or buy a DVD or whatever. Treating this cash as "Money a Person Spends on Sports" is putting too tight a fence around it. It's entertainment dollars or disposable income or whatever you like to call it.

posted by yerfatma at 01:15 PM on March 20

Obama Proposal Could End Taxpayer-Subsidized Pro Sports Stadiums

If the Jaguars ever leave Jacksonville, there will be zero places for the pro sports fan to spend any dollars in this town.

If you actually look at the data on what people do with their money, this is categorically untrue for all but a small percentage of the population.

There's a question comes down to: does attending an NFL game have 0 price elasticity and I'd say it does not: college & high school football would replace it for all but the most hard-core fan and other entertainment options (movies, clubs, etc) would replace it for others. It's unlikely even the most hard-core NFL-only football fan is going to sit home and swim in their saved dollars Scrooge McDuck-style. Maybe they'll play Madden instead. Or splurge on a new TV and DirectTV.

posted by yerfatma at 10:02 AM on March 20

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

For Football Weekly fans: Philippe Auclair's long road to writing about football.

posted by yerfatma at 09:52 AM on March 20

Can popularity ruin a sport?

Found it.

"He spent two years asking folk in and around Yellowstone why they are so cross. Beneath debates about science and economics he found arguments about morality and the proper relations between humans and nature though those involved often do not, or will not acknowledge this. In short, all sides purport to be weighing what is true and false, while really arguing about right and wrong."

"Lots of other countries debate such issues as the death penalty, abortion, gun control or global warming in parliament, allowing partisans to admit when they are advancing emotional or religious arguments. From its earliest days American law courts and congressional hearings have rung to the noise of impassioned partisans, hurling facts (and, all too often, confected para-facts) at one another in a bid to prove the other side wrong."

posted by yerfatma at 07:45 PM on March 19

Can popularity ruin a sport?

Rafa is one of those Germans who apologise that their English isn't so good.

As holden suggests, Rafa is full of crap. He reminds me of that Boston joke, "What's the difference between Pedro and Clemens? Pedro's English is better." Every time Rafa makes a funny play on words in English I feel a little stupider. Football Weekly does a nice job of collecting really smart people who happen to write about football. Then again, much like baseball, football seems to draw those people by nature.

needing something like sports/politics/religion/music to be right about to validate their reality.

Wish I could find it (and I may have already linked it here) but there was a fantastic article in The Economist earlier this year from one of their name columnists about some Western state where liberals and conservatives were fighting about issues without any real evidence on either side.

posted by yerfatma at 07:36 PM on March 19

Can popularity ruin a sport?

how to keep the humanity in things as they scale in size

Yeah, there's a certain segment of folks at any event who act as though the event exists exclusively for them and they're happy to elbow you out of the way and block your view and forget about common courtesy because it's their world.

posted by yerfatma at 11:28 AM on March 19

Obama Proposal Could End Taxpayer-Subsidized Pro Sports Stadiums

shave it from other businesses and centralize it in this one place

And consider those businesses tend to be publicly-held so the money flows right out of town. Think Stan Kroenke really cares about money staying in the city he happened to buy a team in?

posted by yerfatma at 11:25 AM on March 19

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

posted by yerfatma at 11:13 AM on March 19