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yerfatma has posted 307 links and 11195 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

"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

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I do know how to feel about the Red Sox minor league affiliate in Greenvile.

posted by yerfatma at 01:11 PM on May 21

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I have 0 idea how to feel about Darelle Revis.

posted by yerfatma at 11:09 AM on May 21

Kraft Says Patriots Won't Appeal DeflateGate Punishment

I don't believe that can happen any more in the top levels of pro sports

Agreed. The article is a little unfair, but emotionally I agree with Finn, if this is all what it looks like (especially the part about the Pats suspending The Deflator and Dorito Dink because the League asked them to), Kraft can stop with the soft-soaping and waxing nostalgic for his days on the metal bleachers of Schaeffer Stadium.

posted by yerfatma at 10:37 AM on May 20

NFL Moves PAT Kicks Back to 15-Yard Line

In the next Pats-Ravens game . . .

Needed a Flutie dropkick.

posted by yerfatma at 09:19 AM on May 20

Kraft Says Patriots Won't Appeal DeflateGate Punishment

Doesn't the same logic apply to Kraft?

Chad Finn, one of the few sane voices in the Boston sports world, thinks so: If Brady suspension isn't reduced, Kraft puts NFL's well-being above Patriots': "[If there is no quid pro quo], Kraft sold out the team he owns -- and the fans he years ago counted among -- in order to appease a much more exclusive club: the unholy alliance of Goodell and Kraft's fellow NFL owners."

posted by yerfatma at 07:41 AM on May 20

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

It's even worse if you look at the rate stat: they're tied for last!

posted by yerfatma at 02:16 PM on May 19

Kraft Says Patriots Won't Appeal DeflateGate Punishment

I'm wondering if Kraft feared another shoe was about to drop.

Don't think so. He doesn't have any options other than suing the league. Thought these two tweets from Greg Bedard were interesting:

"Was told by a high-ranking NFL source that Kraft's decision to stand down does not include a deal on Brady. Surprising to me. . . . Belief in league circles is NFLPA has found the perfect player & case to go big-game hunting and change commissioner discipline forever."

posted by yerfatma at 02:13 PM on May 19

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I walked it three times in the two days I was in town and wouldn't have minded walking it six times.

This has been bugging me since I posted it. If he loved the walk so much, how did he wind up doing it an odd number of times? Did he take a taxi straight from the draft to the airport? Did he take a taxi the first time he went to the draft only to decide to walk on his way back and fell in love with the walk then? I NEED TO KNOW!

posted by yerfatma at 11:33 AM on May 19

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Should have gone with "Boro".

posted by yerfatma at 08:31 AM on May 19

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Even with a hand-picked interviewer, Kraft can't handle that question.

Pretty much every answer in that piece reads as, "The lawyers say I can't answer that one in advance." I love Peter King; it's like a man-sized child. He's basically Clarence (except not really likable) where he spends a few hundred words telling you how Very Important all this is and then acts like it's a world without lawyers. I feel like his wife must have to remind him when she pulls on his pants each morning not to give out his ATM PIN to strangers.

Also, how long do you think you could spend on the phone with Peter King before you just stop listening to the questions?

Every Monday I mean to post the most treacly bit of King's confectionary output. Maybe that should be a new Spofi competition (and no goddamn cheating and using the haikus-- the haikus feel like a pennance for sins I didn't even know I committed). Here's some beauts you missed in the last few weeks:

Last week:

I think in the old wild west, Aikman would have been called the hangin' judge . . .

Vomit Clean-up Fee $50.00
"That happen much?" I asked the driver.
"Not that much," he said. "But it did happen to me three times in one night once. And of course they don't want to pay."
"What do you do then?" I asked.
"Make 'em pay," he said.

The Canadiens-Lightning series is fun.

Two weeks ago:

The Bucs hired private investigators to check out Winston, who'd been accused of, but not charged with, sexual assault. Twice he was exonerated by prosecutors, and once by the university after a probe by a Florida state supreme court justice found insufficient evidence to charge Winston with sexual assault. This was a great test of the innocent-till-proven-guilty mantra in the American justice system, and the authorities could not prosecute Winston. So Winston passed the test. "He kept checking every box," Licht said.

Marcus Mariota does not have accounts on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

My Chicago hotel Wednesday and Thursday nights, before traveling to Tampa on Friday, was 1.6 miles from the draft site on Michigan Avenue. I walked it three times in the two days I was in town and wouldn't have minded walking it six times.

Three (not sure I can do this one justice):

So I ran . . . for nearly a mile I found myself trailing a woman having a great time running and chatting away on her cell phone. She had one of those earpieces, the kind with two earbuds and then the mike somehow affixed between her lower lip and chin. We were both running about the same pace, about 9.5-minute miles, up and down the slight grades of the beautiful park, and I was interested in her conversation withI believea girlfriend on the other end of the conversation . . . I did find out, though, that this 30ish woman was going to a baby shower later that afternoon, hadn't bought a gift yet but was thinking about a gift card from Bloomingdales, wondered how much would be appropriate, settled on $50, then asked if the person on the other end wanted to meet for a margarita beforehand, and then she drifted behind me on a bit of a decline.

How was he not immediately arrested? "Yes, police? The Kool-Aid Man is chasing me!"


7:46 p.m.: ESPN's Darren Rovell tweets, "98,000 Tweets on Tim Tebow in last hour."

9:02 p.m.: Assistant coach in the NFL who knows Kelly but does not work with him says to me, "This is not a prayer. There's a chance here. If there's one coach in the NFL who could figure a way to use Tebow, it's Chip. Maybe not every week, but in spots."

When I am King (yes), it will be a hanging judge sort of crime to follow Darren Rovell on Twitter. What are you hoping to glean?


Keep in mind this is a man with multiple daughters. He seems amazed by women.

I can see it now: a dedicated camera on [female ref Sarah] Thomas for her first game of the regular season, by whichever network has the game. It's history. A good historyassuming Thomas can handle it. I'm told one of the things that drew the NFL to consider Thomas was her poise and her ability to take the heat on the field.

Maybe I should get into "Game of Thrones."

Man, what got into the Kansas City Royals' Cheerios?

I was waiting for a plane at LAX the other night, and heard "That Smell" by Lynyrd Skynyrd. One of the worst songs ever created.

posted by yerfatma at 07:37 PM on May 18

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Ladies and gentlemen, NBA basketball.

Am I obligated to like Chris Paul? He seems like the spiritual descendent of John Stockton: amazing point guard who is hated throughout the league for . . . "playing with an edge." At least that's what they call it when you're white in the NBA. Paul might just be described as a dirty player. For the sake of honesty and hypocrisy, I loved Stockton.

Phil Jones, ladies and gentlemen.

On Football Weekly, AC Jimbo described it as looking like the March of Progress in reverse.

posted by yerfatma at 07:34 PM on May 18

NFL Announces Punishment for Patriots' Deflated Balls

He was interviewed once as part of that investigation.

Thanks, I misunderstood that.

posted by yerfatma at 07:30 PM on May 18

NFL Announces Punishment for Patriots' Deflated Balls

I didn't know the team would refuse to make McNally available for a second interview expected by the league.

5th, not 2nd. The Patriots claim they cut the league off because McNally's name had been leaked and reporters were showing up to his home. Ted Welles claims he needed the 5th interview because he didn't notice the word "DEFLATOR" in text messages the first 4 times. If you can decide who is less of an idiot in that debate, I will call you King Solomon and bow my head.

Can we settle that one as a fact between parties? Was McNally interviewed 4 times or 1 time?

Wouldn't it be special treatment for the Patriots to have the league declare "we know the rule was broken for all 11 Patriots footballs, we know Patriots officials talked about ball deflation, we know the balls were taken to a bathroom for enough time to deflate them, but scientists say that the deflation could in theory be accidental -- even though the accident didn't happen to four Colts footballs -- so we won't punish the team"?

Only if that's what happened. What if nothing untoward actually happened to the Patriots' footballs and the league tried to invent it to save face 3 months later?

posted by yerfatma at 10:35 PM on May 15

NFL Announces Punishment for Patriots' Deflated Balls

Every reputable source of information points out that science proves the Patriots explanation as not possible.

Including the Nobel Laureate in the Patriots' retort? Are you saying that he's not reputable?

Apologies for my typical mashup of a bunch of thoughts in my head without actually expressing things well. Let me ask this: can we all agree or explain where we disagree with this:

The report's math depends on the idea Walt Anderson remembers the pressure of a dozen footballs to a significant digit (because he did not write it down) but that he does not remember which of two very physically different gauges he used to come to those readings.

Is that a shared fact or does it only exist in the reality we as Patriots fans are coming from?

posted by yerfatma at 07:25 PM on May 15

NFL Announces Punishment for Patriots' Deflated Balls

Something on record that proves what I think is a pretty insane conspiracy - that the NFL preferred the tarring, feathering and disgracing of their reigning Super Bowl champs to a clean post-season which ended incredibly.

Members of the officiating crew and a senior officiating supervisor tested all 11 of the Patriots balls, per the Wells report, and found all 11 below 12.5.

So I've been reading two books recently that seem completely germane here: How Children Succeed and Thinking, Fast and Slow. One thread that connects the two is how we are predisposed to believe the things we want to believe (Thinking, Fast and Slow is really incredible about this and how we aren't even aware of the things that "prime" us to believe misleading concepts). The first book talks a lot about chess; it mentions the difference between chess masters and chess grand masters isn't the amount of moves they can imagine in a given period of time, but that the grand masters are better at "falsity". Rather than thinking, "Hey, that's a great idea I just came up with", their initial reaction is always suspicion.

I mention all of this nerdy stuff because there's a heck of a lot of treatment, both here and on ESPN, as though the numbers published in the Wells Report* are right simply because they were published first (or because you want to believe the Cheatriots are paters). Can we all acknowledge one thing? That when Wells defended himself, he looked like a complete kiddy diddling pervert with that mustache and rain coat?

* They're "chemistry homework" (where someone knew the answer they wanted and then made the proof fit) and Brady will do 0 time after the inevitable law suit and a real judge laughs the thing out of court.
Because Robert Kraft bought the judge.

posted by yerfatma at 06:10 PM on May 15