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yerfatma has posted 296 links and 10926 comments to SportsFilter and 17 links and 1229 comments to the Locker Room and 1 column.

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Served up on a platter for SportsFilter: the question of which is the superior sport, cricket or baseball?

posted by yerfatma to culture at 10:37 AM on December 17 - 9 comments

The FSU Problem: 'The Florida State football program has become the Florida Man of college sports. Any story that begins "A Florida State player … " is liable to end almost anywhere except, remarkably, in jail.'

posted by yerfatma to football at 08:54 AM on December 16 - 9 comments

Helmetless Football?: "the latest innovation—practicing without helmets—is meant to ingrain safer tackling techniques into a new generation of players"

posted by yerfatma to fantasy at 02:46 PM on December 08 - 5 comments

The Rise and Fall of The Great Kamala: how James Harris from Mississippi became a Ugandan giant.

posted by yerfatma to culture at 04:22 PM on November 21 - 1 comment

Joe Hart prevented a goal: via some fancy football lawyering of Law 13. Hart was allowed to re-take the kick and Austin was denied his second goal of the game.

posted by yerfatma to soccer at 08:26 AM on November 12 - 4 comments

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Chris Wondolowski Relives That Shot

Does anyone ever say that kind of thing when the person playing at the height of his talents is a striker?

Sure. Pretty much every week on Football Weekly you hear some team should have won by 6 and it's not because the other keeper was amazing. It is strange in general a typically low-scoring sport inspires that kind of hyperbole though. No one post Brazil/ Germany was saying Germany should have won by 12, were they?

posted by yerfatma at 08:57 AM on December 22

The Boston Celtics have traded Rajon Rondo to Dallas

I want to have something smart to say here but I've got nothing. I think it's a pretty good deal for the Celtics given everyone knew they were selling, Rondo's contract status and his divisiveness-- not so much the personality as the fact half the GMs in the league would look at his game and think the minuses are too much to take on.

Personally, I will miss the crazy bastard and I will have to tune into some Mavs games. I loved him and the prickliness. The (main) problem with him, and why the Celtics had to sell low, is he has to be interested to put in the effort that leads to great performances. The most oft-quoted stat is his performances in nationally-televised games. Just about all of his triple doubles happen in games where a lot of people are watching. That's the kind of thing I should ignore as a cold-hearted stats lover, but it's a hell of a coincidence when those happen to be the games against the toughest competition, often playoff or Finals games. If the Mavs can keep him interested, I think he is a positive on the defensive side. When he's pissed, he's a hell of an on-ball defender, a pest. Jackie MacMullan said post-trade she thought he'd return to his old self now instead of doing the "Olé!" reach-around defense he had been settling for since the Big Three broke up.

I'm happy for the Celtics that this is over and they got a decent haul, especially if they can flip some of the players for future assets. I'm happy for Rondo as the team feels like a good fit, though I'd love to see him play for Popovich some day just to watch the media go nuts. Be interesting to see the next Clippers/ Mavs game.

posted by yerfatma at 08:55 AM on December 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Although it needs some "fucked it in first and gave her some Jandal!"

That was $%&!-ing awesome. Thanks for the transcription or I would have missed the best part entirely.

posted by yerfatma at 08:33 AM on December 18

Served up on a platter for SportsFilter

the fielding is usually atrocious because you are only able to move slowly and throw with one hand, because you don't want to spill your beer.

Without wanting to stereotype, they're all nerdy programmer/ engineer types working for Local Insurance Conglomerate. And they use a tennis ball. So I'm not sure how that affects things but I do have dreams of one day one-handing a blast beyond the boundary and taking Dover Cricket into the IPL.

posted by yerfatma at 08:30 AM on December 18

Can True Sports Fans Switch to a New Favorite Team?

Grew up in Hartford, so yes.

/lights YukonGold signal, sits quietly, farts out "Brass Bonanza"

posted by yerfatma at 06:51 PM on December 17

Served up on a platter for SportsFilter

That's funny. Here in cosmopolitan Dover, New Hampshire there's a constant cricket game going on next to the dog park and my one observation while ignoring the dogs is that the fielding is atrocious. That and the fact there's a giant German Shepard who appears to understand the rules and barks at anyone who runs outside the boundary.

posted by yerfatma at 04:29 PM on December 17

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

That World Cup ethics investigation ended just like you thought it would.

posted by yerfatma at 12:50 PM on December 17

The FSU Problem

We've recently taught my daughter the concept of "Cheers!" (along with "sálinte", "salud", "sköl", etc). It turns out this would have been better after her fine motor control showed up.

posted by yerfatma at 01:45 PM on December 16

The FSU Problem

Ha'penny place. Guess you won't want to attend the next Spofi book club meeting on Ulysses then.

posted by yerfatma at 11:34 AM on December 16

The FSU Problem

I know it's a good Charlie Pierce piece when I can't pick my favorite pull quote.

"Elsewhere in Florida," hell. This stuff didn't fly in Tombstone. They should change the name of Doak Campbell Stadium to the Tostitos O.K. Corral. The Times is careful to note, of course, that not every player on the team gets in on what apparently is the Your-First-Felony-Free program run by the local police. At least nine players have been arrested over the last three years, on charges ranging from sexual assault to being an accessory to a fatal shooting. A town's got to have standards, after all. No being involved with killing dudes, unless you're a starter, which is a mitigating factor, locally.

posted by yerfatma at 08:56 AM on December 16

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Deadspin has a good post on the mumps reappearance. And here I was feeling smart because I had an MMR booster at age 18.

posted by yerfatma at 02:44 PM on December 15

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The most talented teams in college football history.

posted by yerfatma at 03:29 PM on December 12

Wage Lawsuit by Bills Cheerleaders Details Appalling Treatment

we need to know how many other franchises may have a similar situation happening

I assume it's fairly common. In the past year from a simple search on Deadspin: Raiders, Bucs, Bengals, Ravens. Hell, my wife and I watched the cheerleader version of Hard Knocks one year about the Cowboys cheerleaders and the treatment they showed on-camera in an NFL-sanctioned show about their premier cheerleaders was atrocious.

posted by yerfatma at 09:13 AM on December 12

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Masterson for $9.5m seems pretty pricey

I'm guessing it's a combination of them thinking John Farrell can get the best out of him combined with using their financial might to ensure they got him. One sidenote to this off-season/ season is the Sox have left themselves in a clever place financially: because they did not exceed the luxury tax in the last three years, the penalty for doing so is trivial (to them) and next year a number of big contracts come off the books so I think they built an intentional window here to be able to sign whomever they want and then just clean up the salary levels next year. Even with last year's terrible season, Masterson has been worth about 2.5 wins/ year over the last 5. If he achieves that, he'd be a bargain, relatively speaking.

The three pitchers the Sox have picked up are all groundball specialists who played for crappy defensive teams*. I don't know about Boegarts at SS and Ramirez at LF, but other than that the Sox are pretty solid defensively (assuming Pedroia can manage to get & stay healthy) so they may see these pitchers as undervalued though I'd like to see some more swing & miss power pitching.

* He said without checking.

posted by yerfatma at 09:07 AM on December 12

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Red Sox say, "Cespedes we hardly knew ye", sending him to Detroit Rock City for Rick Porcello. My new favorite game this off-season is to go to FanGraphs and click in the search box. It brings down a list of the most recently searched/ most active players. You can pretty much watch the trades (and rumors?) from that.

posted by yerfatma at 11:41 AM on December 11