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yerfatma
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Name: Tom Clancy
Homepage URL: http://thosecleverkids.com/blog
Location: Dover, NH
ZIP: 03820
Member since: January 30, 2002
Last visit: June 30, 2015

yerfatma has posted 308 links and 11230 comments to SportsFilter and 17 links and 1229 comments to the Locker Room and 1 column.

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Former Bradford chairman linked to at least eight fires before Valley Parade disaster: '[T]here had been at least eight other fires at business premises either owned by, or connected to, Stafford Heginbotham, Bradford’s then-chairman, in the previous 18 years, resulting in huge insurance claims . . . "Could any man really be as unlucky as Heginbotham had been?"

posted by yerfatma to soccer at 09:56 AM on April 15 - 2 comments

The best 3-point shooter you never saw: "Durante’s name is still whispered on the Catawba campus four decades after his heyday. He was a lefty scoring machine with lightning in his legs. He shot often, connected often."

posted by yerfatma to basketball at 09:48 AM on April 06 - 1 comment

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

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I feel like if Craig Ehlo is the final boss, that's one of those times you asked your mom to buy Big Title Game and she bought a rip-off that sounded like the same game. Obligatory Mitchell & Webb link.

posted by yerfatma at 08:18 PM on June 29

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Lleyton Hewitt's opening match today in his final Wimbledon is turning into a barn burner

I'm fairly certain the Wimbledon regulars were wondering if Hewitt's hooting, t-shirted supporters were raised in one.

posted by yerfatma at 03:18 PM on June 29

Golden State Warriors Win NBA Title

While I would have been ok with it going to LeBron (he should get some kind of Lifetime Achievement Oscar for dragging multiple .500 teams to the Finals), I'm really happy for Iguodala. He toiled in anonymity on some shitty Sixers teams and I always hoped the Celtics would poach him before the rest of the league noticed how good he is. He feels like one of the prototypical New NBA players, a three-and-D wing around 6'8".

posted by yerfatma at 03:57 PM on June 17

Golden State Warriors Win NBA Title

posted by yerfatma at 10:07 AM on June 17

U.S. Beats Nigeria, Wins World Cup's "Group of Death"

Nice to see Abby Wambach scoring on a fantastic goal

She was the dominant player on the field for the first half (or at least the first half of the first half). Weird to me how the US faded, though I suppose the conversation would be different if the first goal wasn't disallowed. But they looked more dominant in the first 15 minutes than they did playing against 10.

posted by yerfatma at 10:05 AM on June 17

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

What's in a name? Brazil fans boo a debutante for being named "Fred".

posted by yerfatma at 10:10 AM on June 16

Chicago Blackhawks Win Stanley Cup

Mike Emrick announced that the Cup itself was not yet in the arena due to a weather delay and was being escorted by police.

What is the deal with Chicago and the Cup? Last time they won it at home, in 1938, the Cup didn't even make an appearance.

posted by yerfatma at 08:17 AM on June 16

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

see who drops off the most under pressure.

And when tired. That would be an easier thing to work on, talking to them about consistency of form.

posted by yerfatma at 02:58 PM on June 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

US lose to Serbia on PKs ending a solid run at the Under-20s World Cup in New Zealand.

Fox and ESPN have the same bad habit where I set up a game to tape overnight and wind up with 25 minutes of some truck race or dragster competition.

GK Zach Steffan, the team's Man of the Match

Seemed like a good keeper but he is going to need to work on his kicking to make it. His goal kicks had a nasty habit of rising like a beach ball before landing somewhere short of midfield.

posted by yerfatma at 11:38 AM on June 15

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

my take on it was that local time meant the time in the province where the match was being played

I don't think so, only because I noticed on open day that the matches started at a different hour each of the next 4 days, which I put down to time zone differences. If they're changing the times even after accounting for time zone differences that is insane even by FIFA standards.

posted by yerfatma at 03:46 PM on June 12

Golden State Exposes Cleveland in Game 4 Rout

JR is great right up to the point that you need him to be great

At the risk of repeating myself . . .

posted by yerfatma at 10:19 AM on June 12

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

"[T]the most annoying player in international football is Aiden McGeady."

posted by yerfatma at 10:11 AM on June 12

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Virgil Runnels has bitten the proverbial dust.

posted by yerfatma at 02:49 PM on June 11

NBC Sports to NHL: Hey Good Lookin', Shave Those Playoff Beards

But if you're the No. 4 sport and soccer could make you No. 5, it makes sense to look for any advantage where you can find it.

Perhaps they could wear tighter shorts.

posted by yerfatma at 07:55 AM on June 10

NBC Sports to NHL: Hey Good Lookin', Shave Those Playoff Beards

Do you ever read anything by a sports network executive that suggests they actually like (or watch) sports? I think "appeal to the casual fan" is a myth like the Silent Majority. Just accentuate why the sport is popular with its fans and casual fans can decide for themselves. Everyone starts out as a casual fan, dumbasses.

posted by yerfatma at 06:21 PM on June 09