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yerfatma has posted 316 links and 11613 comments to SportsFilter and 17 links and 1230 comments to the Locker Room and 1 column.

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Rudy, Interrupted: South Carolina State's 55 Year-Old Back: "He's the only player without even a single accessory: no leggings, no wristbands, no gloves, just team-issued blue-and-white striped shorts, his No. 47 jersey and an unadorned helmet. With the pads bulking his chest and the helmet guarding the wisp of grey at the peak of his hairline, he hardly seems 55 years old."

posted by yerfatma to football at 10:05 AM on November 29 - 3 comments

Remembering Amare as He Might Have Been:

Like everything during that era of Phoenix prosperity, the team's plans for the future moved in warp speed. Internally, the Suns imagined a new positional prototype for their high-octane system, to be unleashed in the following season. Point center, they called it. Amar’e Stoudemire, the 22-year-old future of the franchise, was to be its apostle.

posted by yerfatma to basketball at 03:23 PM on July 28 - 2 comments

The Ringer: Bill Simmons' spiritual successor to Grantland, is open for business.

posted by yerfatma to culture at 10:20 AM on June 02 - 6 comments

Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension Reinstated for DeflateGate: A federal appeals court has ruled that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady must serve a four-game DeflateGate suspension imposed by the NFL, overturning a lower judge and siding with the league in a battle with the players union. "We hold that the Commissioner properly exercised his broad discretion under the collective bargaining agreement and that his procedural rulings were properly grounded in that agreement and did not deprive Brady of fundamental fairness," the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday in New York.

posted by yerfatma to football at 11:48 AM on April 25 - 21 comments

"A Guy Like Me": John Scott on his All Star Experience. He definitely has my vote after reading this piece.

"Because, while I may not deserve to be an NHL All-Star, I know I deserve to be the judge of what my kids will — and won’t — be proud of me for."

posted by yerfatma to hockey at 09:28 AM on January 29 - 1 comment

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Matt Wieters moves, but not far. 2 years, $21 million for the Nationals.

posted by yerfatma at 12:50 PM on February 21

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Who knows what will happen, but that seems like a terrible trade from Sacramento's side.

posted by yerfatma at 03:41 PM on February 20

Carter Capps' pitching delivery is illegal and MLB doesn't care.

How did he ever get to the majors with that motion? What coaches along the way thought, "Yeah, that's ok. Kind of pushing the envelope but it's not like it's 1 million percent obviously against the rules"? I clicked on the link expecting to see some pearl clutching from Old Tyme Baseball men but c'mon. That looks like something from a shitty sports movie.

posted by yerfatma at 03:37 PM on February 19

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle


posted by yerfatma at 11:06 PM on February 16

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Two fun GIFs from reddit:

Lacrosse hidden ball trick
Ridiculous handball goal

posted by yerfatma at 04:16 PM on February 08

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Sorry for your loss rcade.

As for Claude Julien, what Howard said: Claude is walking the plank for Neely's failings and the whole organization is dead at the head. But they will keep selling hot dogs in the arena, so the owner is happy.

posted by yerfatma at 03:55 PM on February 07

The Greatest Comeback in NFL History

I also assume that streak of 3 consecutive failed 3rd downs the Patriots converted via defensive holding had 90% of America screaming it was a fix. And for all the crap the refs catch in the the NFL, how they got that Edelman catch right in real time is beyond me. I was laughing when they called it a catch claiming I'd definitely seen it hit the ground.

posted by yerfatma at 11:16 AM on February 06

The Greatest Comeback in NFL History

No dog in this fight, but man NFL OT rules suck.

Yeah, I had to explain the OT rules to my wife and I completely forgot if the score is a TD it's a sudden death win so it added an extra layer of unreality to what was already unreal. We watched it on about an hour's delay to make sure Josie got to bed on time (better to wait and watch uninterrupted than have her get up 12x because she went to bed late) and the thing felt like a slow-motion trainwreck, that kind of feeling when you are out of school/ work for a funeral and it seems like you are in a separate reality from everyone else walking around. We were both avoiding social media but trying like hell to figure out if we should keep subjecting ourselves to the horror (like interpreting tea leaves, my wife and I spent an inordinate amount of time deciding what it meant that someone drove away from the neighbor's house at 9:30*). Then things got a little better, then they messed up again and turned a TD into a field goal right before the half. That second field goal shocked me. It felt anti-Belichickian to take the points and bet on being able to score 2 more times and convert 2 2 point conversions. That sequence where the Falcons managed to not get a field goal from the New England 22 was when I started to believe. Michelle wanted to know why I was still not believing and I explained even if they stopped them at the 22 it was over because the field goal was (almost) a sure thing. Then the sack had me jumping up saying, "That's not a sure thing" and then the penalty after they made up some of the sack . . . unreal. As you all know I tend to be cold and data-focused about sports but I don't know how you could deny the existence of momentum after seeing that game. It was so surreal I had to praise the folks from Comcast for their auto-extend DVR feature actually working (even if it didn't catch the trophy ceremony).

* We initially assumed the game had gotten to 42-0 or something. Around the 4th quarter I suggested an alternate theory involving a serious medical incident.

posted by yerfatma at 11:14 AM on February 06

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The strangest Super Bowl city "war" I've seen, MFA vs High Museum of Art.

posted by yerfatma at 03:29 PM on February 03

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Zarley Zalapski

/plays a slow, sad "Brass Bonanza"

posted by yerfatma at 02:37 PM on February 02

Boston Sports Writer Trolls 'Zero Enthusiasm' Atlanta

Patriots fans should be packing that place every game. They are experiencing a run of football excellence and when it's over, the team may never its like again.

While I agree, the fact the game works better on TV than in person across the league + the experience of getting to and from a game on a two-lane road . . .

Wish I could think of another town that saw a team with sustained success but stayed away in droves . . .

(Working on a CHB-type "Cleaning Out the Desk" column here . . . )

posted by yerfatma at 03:30 PM on January 31

SportsFilter's 15th Anniversary

In the vein of "Things that SpoFi has done for me over the years", I picked up a copy of FIFA for the first time in 6 years and spent 4 glorious seasons as Idrissa Gana Gueye taking Everton to multiple league and Champions League titles even as I cranked up the difficulty. Looking around for an even more Don Quixote-esque challenge, I created a player in honor of the recently departed Lemmy Kilmister and assigned him to St. Pauli, who I assumed would be overjoyed to have such a young go-getter.

They loaned me out. I am far and away the best player on Morecambe F.C. and the lone positive I can take from it is I now know they are The Shrimps. Aren't they just. We are in the playoff positions in spite of being the lowest scoring team in the league. I don't know how. My one hope is a glitch in the game that trades my forward players' first touches for their shot attempts as the former go much further and straighter than the latter.

posted by yerfatma at 10:00 AM on January 27

Total eclipse of the park

That is awesome. Here's hoping we can still tell the difference by August.

posted by yerfatma at 12:26 PM on January 26

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Interesting (to me anyway) article on how Everton have separated management of their youth teams:

Instead of leaving under 23 recruitment to the whim of a manager who might be here for 11 seasons or, like Martinez, for just three Everton are future-proofing the process and trusting staff who will work with younger players once they arrive at the club.

Interestingly, the club seems to be operating a continental B-team style system, where David Unsworth and new youth scout Jamie Hoyland are trusted to bring in their own players on the proviso those players are good enough to one day supplement the first team squad.

posted by yerfatma at 09:18 AM on January 25

SportsFilter's 15th Anniversary

While I hate to compliment ESPN, it's funny that's the one link from the first post that still works.

posted by yerfatma at 09:16 AM on January 25