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Name: Tom Clancy
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Red Sox owner Tom Werner has become a dark horse candidate to be baseball's next commissioner: Co-owner John Henry says, "Tom is one of the most popular owners because he's very passionate about baseball, has a sense of duty, as evidenced by his work with veterans and the Red Sox Foundation, and because he is trusted by everyone who knows him. You won't find a more popular person in the television industry." Left unsaid: the Red Sox and a few other teams don't want Selig's lieutenant Rob Manfred taking over because they feel he will make them pay their fair share of TV revenues.

posted by yerfatma to baseball at 01:58 PM on August 11 - 6 comments

Let's all root against the Diamonbacks: "But the Diamondbacks donít play the game 'the right way', not even close. And they offered another painful reminder of that this weekend, retaliating for an accidental hit-by-pitch by beaming Andrew McCutchen squarely in the back."

posted by yerfatma to baseball at 07:12 PM on August 04 - 0 comments

Will Financial Fair Play kill youth development at larger clubs?: "They will, at some point, be sold on, a premium fee guaranteed by having attended finishing school at one of the world's elite clubs. Chelsea are essentially running a recruitment and development business completely unrelated to their first team . . . Investment in their youth structures is exempt from FFP. But the money the club raise by selling players is not. They are making their money work for them. As one observer put it to me Wednesday, they are 'gaming' FFP."

posted by yerfatma to soccer at 08:33 AM on August 01 - 1 comment

"Kyle Korver: An Offense Unto Himself": Zach Lowe explains the evolution of Kyle Korver's game over his career, along with a bit of advice from Jeff Hornacek.

posted by yerfatma to basketball at 02:36 PM on July 29 - 3 comments

How is Qatar building a national team for the 2022 World Cup?: by importing promising children from poor countries. Their families are given stipends and the boys come to live in a beautiful, possibly insane facility ("Across the campus, speakers pipe in the sounds of birds chirping throughout the day.") in hopes of some day making it onto the Qatar-owned team in Belgium. Doubly so since their options, much like those of the people building stadiums for 2022, limited:

Aspire executives were displeased by the departures. "They didnít want us to talk to other agents, they definitely did not," said Tchoutou, who now plays for A.S. Romaís top youth team. But after three years, he decided to leave with their approval or not. According to one scholarship agreement, the boys pledge not to sign any contract without the written authorization of Aspire. Of the few boys who have left the program, Bleicher said agents approached them secretly and made promises.

posted by yerfatma to soccer at 08:33 AM on July 15 - 6 comments

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SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Tony Pulis leaves Crystal Palace. The man knows from drama, I will give him and his hat that.

posted by yerfatma at 05:12 PM on August 14

Red Sox owner Tom Werner has become a dark horse candidate to be baseball's next commissioner

But I fail to see how anything he did with the Red Sox would point to no, and Selig has set the bar so low I can only see him being an improvement.

That feels like begging the question though: did he have anything to do with the roster moves? He was there to add cash to the purchase and then be the media guy— if he were a brilliant baseball mind wouldn't he still own the Padres? I think Howard's complaint is more about things like the puke-inducing reach of a claim "America's Most Beloved Ballpark™©®" than the idea that Fenway is an iconic spot.

posted by yerfatma at 09:48 AM on August 12

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Bayern played the MLS All Stars last night and it ended poorly.

posted by yerfatma at 12:20 PM on August 07

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Don't count him out yet, he has size and athleticism.

You're at least half right.

posted by yerfatma at 10:03 AM on August 06

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Also, Gregg Popovich is the coolest (which is not to take any credit away from Becky Hammon).

posted by yerfatma at 04:26 PM on August 05

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Like the article says though, there's no way to tell how much of that is more injuries and how much of it is NFL teams being more cautious. I mean we could guess at a ratio of 100% to 0%, but that would be irresponsible.

posted by yerfatma at 02:24 PM on August 05

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Yeah, I can't imagine the weight of replacing Anthony Bennett.

The quickening evolution of NFL tactics.

posted by yerfatma at 11:48 AM on August 05

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Looks like Kevin Love will be going to Cleveland by way of Philadelphia.

posted by yerfatma at 10:53 AM on August 05

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I don't really get all of the Dalton hate (maybe doubt is a better word?).

"Doubt" is a much better word. Here's your conveniently-timed answer.

"Among the 34 quarterbacks with 500 or more dropbacks over this three-year stretch, the average passer's QBR was cut by more than half (52.4 percent) when he was either hassled or hit by a pass-rusher. Dalton is not so lucky. Already just a league-average quarterback when nobody's bothering him, Dalton's QBR under duress falls to a lowly 11.1, a drop of 81.4 percent. That leaves him as the fifth-most stressed by pressure, and the four guys in front of him don't make for a bright future[.]"

posted by yerfatma at 07:10 PM on August 04

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

It really depends on what the guaranteed dollars are. I suppose Dalton might have gotten that in free agency from a desperate cellar dweller, but it seems really high.

posted by yerfatma at 01:28 PM on August 04

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

More math changes: Sox deal John Lackey to St. Louis for Kelly, Craig. Must be trying to get rid of the Pink Hats entirely. (Kelly, Craig)

And the A's traded their competitive balance pick to the Sox. Why am I hearing about these all of a sudden but only in the context of small-market teams trading them to large-market teams? And if they can be traded, why won't MLB get rid of the silly restriction on trading normal picks?

posted by yerfatma at 12:49 PM on July 31

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Ah, that changes the math a bit then. But only if they don't re-sign Lester.

posted by yerfatma at 12:06 PM on July 31

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Lester and Gomes for Cespedes

Which is how it's going to be screamed about locally, but it's hard to evaluate it without seeing where Lester ends up next year. As it stands, it's an interesting bet by the A's in a year without a dominant team. If the Red Sox manage to re-sign Lester, this seems like a pretty good deal: trade a couple of months of Lester for a season of Cespedes who provides a right-handed power bat in the outfield which the Sox currently lack and don't have an obvious prospect to fill right away. Re-sign Cespedes if he turns out to be something more than a 3 WAR player or let him go for a pick at the end of 2015.

Jonny Gomes doesn't enter into the calculation as far as I can see. I'm guessing they couldn't find a panic buyer willing to give up something useful for a platoon player who's a defensive liability.

posted by yerfatma at 11:21 AM on July 31

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Ravel Morrison may have finally secured a permanent place in Manchester like he always wanted.

"With all due respect to them, I said to him that he was too good for Arsenal." — Steven Gerrard with a Scouse goodbye to Luis Suarez

posted by yerfatma at 08:50 AM on July 31

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Congrats Hugh!

posted by yerfatma at 08:48 AM on July 31