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yerfatma has posted 293 links and 10894 comments to SportsFilter and 17 links and 1229 comments to the Locker Room and 1 column.

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The Rise and Fall of The Great Kamala: how James Harris from Mississippi became a Ugandan giant.

posted by yerfatma to culture at 04:22 PM on November 21 - 1 comment

Joe Hart prevented a goal: via some fancy football lawyering of Law 13. Hart was allowed to re-take the kick and Austin was denied his second goal of the game.

posted by yerfatma to soccer at 08:26 AM on November 12 - 4 comments

The End of Daisy Buchanan's: a Boston institution "where anything can happen".

posted by yerfatma to culture at 04:37 PM on November 07 - 2 comments

What's in a shirt?: "With financial fair play forcing clubs worldwide to maximize their revenue streams, the once-humble kit deal is now more important than ever before. What used to be a local, pragmatic endeavor - you sponsor it, we wear it - has become a global statement of commercial intent."

posted by yerfatma to soccer at 08:49 AM on October 29 - 6 comments

Was Belichick to New England the Best Deal in NFL History?: and how does Bill Parcells remember it all going down in his new memoir?

posted by yerfatma to football at 07:47 PM on October 16 - 2 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Looks like I should have left the kid at day care to catch the end. I could have asked Gervinho to sneak her home so my wife didn't notice.

posted by yerfatma at 07:36 PM on November 25

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Man City, needing a win to have any hope of staying in the Champion's League, just managed to concede a free kick goal to 10 man Bayern Munich.

EDIT: make that 2.

posted by yerfatma at 03:27 PM on November 25

Red Sox Sign Pablo Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez

I'm going to guess it's a radio host saying that. You'll be shocked to know our local sports savants lack a bit of perspective.

posted by yerfatma at 11:11 AM on November 25

Red Sox Sign Pablo Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez

One talking head -- a particularly annoying one

Is this Mazz? I look forward to the day my hearing goes enough that I can't understand anything in that frequency. Then I'll have to keep an eye on the tilt of the dog's head to know I should change the channel.

posted by yerfatma at 08:54 AM on November 25

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I drank both, though I preferred MD.

I always appreciated the Hawaiian "flavor" since it looked like either Mogen or David had wound up with a crate of Aqua Velva they couldn't get rid of. The best & worst wine experience of college (it was more hard liquor and beer than wine) was splitting a 3 liter bottle of Concord Grape Manischewitz with a friend during Passover. We started around 2am on a Tuesday morning and by the time the sun rose we could read each other's minds. Not much of a trick at that point I suppose. I couldn't finish my last glass so Rob did it for me and that was the only time I ever saw him get sick from drinking. When I told the story to another friend he explained the problem: last glass was supposed to be saved for Elijah.

posted by yerfatma at 01:07 PM on November 24

Blind-sided: Blue Jacketsí Jack Johnson is bankrupt; who led him there is biggest shocker

About Rod. "One of the things that has separated our great country from the rest of the world is our citizens have always had hope and belief for a better tomorrow". Yup, that's the rest of the world, just hoping for things to get shittier. "What do they know of England who only England know?"

The only bright spot in this story would appear to be some great reporting done by The Dispatch.

posted by yerfatma at 07:24 PM on November 21

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Boone's was pretty common in my college days (Rochester, NY in the mid-90s) but the one I was always impressed by was Night Train: not only did Guns & Roses sing about it, but we once forgot a bottle in the freezer of our microfridge over a week-long break. Came back and it still wasn't frozen. I think it was avgas.

posted by yerfatma at 07:18 PM on November 21

Blind-sided: Blue Jacketsí Jack Johnson is bankrupt; who led him there is biggest shocker

I don't know if I'm more angered at the parents for doing it or for being so stupid: "Tina Johnson borrowed at least $15 million in her son's name against his future earnings, sources told The Dispatch, taking out a series of high-interest loans perhaps as many as 18 from nonconventional lenders that resulted in a series of defaults."

You have power of attorney on a seven-year annuity that will pay out $30.5 million dollars. There are approximately 1 zillion white-shoe firms that will arrange for a low-interest loan against that or pay you something close to the present value of the annuity. You don't need a goddamn loan at all. Assuming a US real interest rate of 2% and the contract is paid in seven installments of US$4.35 million, if you signed it today that's a present value of $28 million. Someone will gladly give you $25 million or more today. In your hand. And all legal like without any lowered voices, broken knees or having to duck down an alley.

It's criminally stupid the teams and players' unions don't do more to educate players about finances. And it would probably help if half the agents were defrocked. This is a great example of why kids with bad parents should seek out a significant other who hates their parents.

posted by yerfatma at 04:16 PM on November 21

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

MLB Roster Lineage

Ken Ryan → Heathcliff Slocumb → Derek Lowe → Craig Hansen → Jason Bay → Brandon Workman/Anthony Ranaudo

And I had such high hopes for Ranaudo. Someone needs to do a George Washington and chop that tree down before it poisons the Fenway bullpen permanently.

Man, Ken Ryan was The Next Big Thing: local kid from Pawtucket who dominated AAA like no one I can remember (he had some amazing scoreless streak where he went like 30 innings, as a reliever, without letting the ball out of the infield). Ah, who am I kidding, I can remember Tomo Okha and a bunch of other Never Wases.

posted by yerfatma at 11:20 AM on November 21

Lisa Saxon, the woman who helped change sports writing forever.

Thanks for this.

posted by yerfatma at 11:09 AM on November 21

Wigan owner makes controversial comment about Jews

Happy crap, this is after he allayed the concerns of Wigan MP Lisa Nandy by stating, "She's not a Wigan lass, so she doesn't understand football. But we can try and give her some help." Who knew Malky's texts would work out as a resume and cover letter?

posted by yerfatma at 07:27 PM on November 20

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The assumption he doesn't have a grandson is framing too.

Right, but that's me being a dick here in the forum and nothing to do with how he ought to feel. Legislate it however you like and I'm open to the idea you're more frustrated with the overblown backlash (Wilbon on PTI suggested his 90 year-old father would have "kicked the Saints' fan's butt" if he'd been at the stadium). My take is completely informed by the warping Catholic school gave me: it doesn't matter whether the woman was "owed the catch". The Bengals fan doesn't enter in to it. All that matters is the guy's intent and what he perceived the situation to be. If he honestly thought a Bengals player was running to that particular space in an away stadium to give a ball to anyone who wanted it, then he's in the clear.

posted by yerfatma at 03:08 PM on November 19

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Why should an adult fan who has caught a football tossed into the stands feel obligated to give it to another adult fan?

That's one way of framing the question. Another would be to mention a player from the visiting team was trying to get a souvenir to a fan of his team and this guy jumped between. He shouldn't feel obligated to return it but he should feel like a dick and I feel like the story about his grandson in a different section is a ret-conned Canadian Girlfriend tale.

posted by yerfatma at 09:35 AM on November 19

Penny-pinching, no more!

Not old enough but I still remember he was called "The Boston Strangler" for the same reason.

posted by yerfatma at 09:30 AM on November 19

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Haven't even finished the article yet but I knew I had to link this for the embedded video showing some cool stats related to a Jason Heyward grab. Why can't ESPN's odious "Sports Science™*" be more like this.

* Does not contain actual science but science-like extruded polymer product not shown to cause cancer in most** laboratory rats.
** Before you ask about R or P values, we had our sports scientists handle the study's controls.

posted by yerfatma at 01:51 PM on November 18