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yerfatma
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Name: Tom Clancy
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Member since: January 30, 2002
Last visit: July 25, 2014

yerfatma has posted 278 links and 10748 comments to SportsFilter and 17 links and 1229 comments to the Locker Room and 1 column.

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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 didn’t want us to talk to other agents, they definitely did not," said Tchoutou, who now plays for A.S. Roma’s 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

A search for the original New England Patriots' fan: has a strange and surprising twist to it. The calls are coming from inside the house!

posted by yerfatma to football at 03:01 PM on June 25 - 1 comment

Even if you don't follow La Liga, it's worth reading The Sids: the annual awards from Sid Lowe. They start about a quarter of the way down with "Best signing" and move on to videos of mooning a penalty kick, stories of fans playing linesman and the eloquence of Javier Aguirre:

“I said hijo de puta but I say that 10 or 12 times a game: that’s the way I talk,” Aguirre admitted, going on to say hijo de puta rather a lot to reinforce the fact that he does indeed say hijo de puta rather a lot. Out came a magnificent stream of Mexican mouthing off, his accent getting stronger with every smirk and every swear word.

posted by yerfatma to soccer at 08:28 AM on May 29 - 1 comment

Kansas State denies player the right to transfer away: "With a release, Romero could go to another Division I school and receive scholarship money while sitting out the required year to transfer. But without the release, she would have to pay all her own expenses for that year, which she says she's not in a financial position to do as a foreign student."

posted by yerfatma to basketball at 07:58 AM on May 07 - 5 comments

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SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Local sports talk show (CSSNE) host Bob Neumeier wanted to discuss Jon Lester's future value with one caveat: "There's risk in everything, so let's leave that to one side." I can see complaining the Sox are low-balling him, but if we're not going to discuss risk in terms of the value of a 31 year-old lefty, let's leave out the fact he's left-handed and throws a baseball too.

posted by yerfatma at 12:36 PM on July 25

Ray Rice Suspended for 2 Games

I don't know any men who'd take a "meh" attitude about domestic violence, going back through my entire adulthood

Literally, maybe not. But PTI (God help me why is the DVR still recording it?) yesterday featured king of the #hotsportstake Jason Whitlock who told us we couldn't judge Ray Rice because we didn't know what happened and the fact the DA is letting him off suggests there must be extenuating circumstances because DAs aren't in the habit of cutting young black men a break. Which doesn't address the question whether DAs are in the habit of cutting the rich or the famous a break. Wilbon simply paid lip service to the horrors of domestic violence and then agreed we couldn't possibly know what to think about someone who punched a woman into unconsciousness because we are still waiting on a leak of the whole tape. At which point we will be waiting on a transcript of every conversation the couple ever had to see how it is she provoked him.

If the culture around sports didn't have a "meh" attitude, Rice would be suspended for a year or cut by his team and roundly criticized in sports media instead of the stupid "Equal time to both sides of the story" thing sports "journalism" insists on thinking makes them real reporters. And we sure as hell wouldn't have a team posting about the wife's apology on social media which clearly suggests that a fist of a powerful professional athlete winding up in her face was at least partially her fault.

posted by yerfatma at 09:01 AM on July 25

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Sounds like the Ravens are satisfied the proper apologies have been made in the Ray Rice incident.

posted by yerfatma at 01:55 PM on July 24

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Joe Posnanski on Tom Glavine. Worth it for the personal story and

Atlanta Braves baseball: Better than getting hit in the head with a hammer, unless it's a doubleheader.

posted by yerfatma at 12:56 PM on July 23

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Are these teams still as valuable when half of them are below average in Euro Super League

That sounds like the killer to me. It's great to be Bayern or PSG or Barca/ Real in your current domestic league but losing to some other superpower would Devalue The Brand. Why not soak up the upside-down TV contracts and keep stomping your local opposition while the rigged game is still rigged? Losing one estrella* out of the galactico to injury every couple of years in a tournament is a small price to pay. As much as I complain about the NFL, the owners look like Marxists when compared to European football teams. A TV contract that pays all teams equally? Might as well dust off the guillotine! Let them eat transfer fees and loan players.

* Yes, I've been drinking, why do you ask?

posted by yerfatma at 08:31 PM on July 22

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Shows what I know. I also didn't know he was a Real Madrid fan. Sid Lowe provides a good rundown of the open questions about where he fits in and who is leaving now that Kroos and Rodriguez have arrived.

Not addressed: how the hell this all works under Financial Fair Play regardless of who leaves. Then again, Real and Barca have such huge incomes maybe it does. Which suggests they should remove the first two words from the title.

posted by yerfatma at 02:43 PM on July 22

Pitcher Freaks Out Because of Bunt in 2-Run Game

I wonder how much of the rise in Unwritten Rules lawyering is down to defensive shifts. Most of it is probably down to ESPN making a big deal of every pitcher who barks at a hitter now, but some of the "You never do that!" crap might be cases like this. Lewis has no reason to bitch about a bunt in the middle of a game that's not a no-hitter, but he has doubleplus no reason to bitch about a guy hitting .220 dropping a bunt against an extreme shift. If you're going to move your fielders into a shift based on a player's tendencies, you can't get pissed if he changes his habits. Rasmus was just listening to the advice of Wee Willie Keeler.

posted by yerfatma at 10:57 AM on July 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Ooh, rcade I didn't know we were in competition. It may require Greg Maddux to settle this in a few decades.

posted by yerfatma at 08:44 AM on July 17

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I'm on a contract job they won't let me off of but also won't give me work for, so I think it might be time to spin up Football Manager again and see if I can figure out how the hell formations work. I've been reading Zonal Marking for years and still don't understand why a 4-3-3 can outnumber a 4-4-2 in midfield.

posted by yerfatma at 09:23 PM on July 16

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Yeah, Everton's way better: our big free agents leave to underperform!

posted by yerfatma at 11:36 AM on July 16

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Comparing national teams to Premier League counterparts.

posted by yerfatma at 10:20 AM on July 16

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I feel like Kareem needs a new hobby for his retirement hours. That's the second opinion piece that uses a pretty tacky "men and women and relationships" metaphor from a guy who wants to stamp out misogyny in sport.

posted by yerfatma at 09:35 AM on July 15

Germany Wins World Cup

How big a gift basket do you think Chris Wondlowski sent Gonzola Higuain?

posted by yerfatma at 02:08 PM on July 14

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

rights to Euro 2016, which expands to 32 teams and ought to be great.

Even at 24 it's going to be a bit longer than it need be I think, but I may have caught the sniffiness of the Guardian writers. Assuming you really enjoyed Tahiti's in the last Confederations Cup, Euro 2016 should be chock-full of stories of left backs who are full-time plumbers, etc.

posted by yerfatma at 02:07 PM on July 14

MetaFilter User Proposes New Site Called 'Sportsfilter'

Wait, seriously? I do think the Huddle can have a negative effect on the number of posts as it's far easier to dump a link in the huddle compared to framing a post, but I think it does a good job of handling the daily chatter of sports well. Might just need to encourage more link to be made into posts if they're worthy of it.

As a web dev nerd, I think some bug fixing and a bit of a spruce up to the tools might encourage more discussion. I don't know how hard it is to support OEmbed in PHP (there's a package here), but I've been using it on sites via Python and Micawber and it's pretty awesome. It turns urls from places like Youtube and Twitter into the videos and rendered tweets right in the page with no work from admins or posters which adds a lot of rich content for free.

posted by yerfatma at 10:10 AM on July 14