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yerfatma has posted 289 links and 10852 comments to SportsFilter and 17 links and 1229 comments to the Locker Room and 1 column.

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Was Belichick to New England the Best Deal in NFL History?: and how does Bill Parcells remember it all going down in his new memoir?

posted by yerfatma to football at 07:47 PM on October 16 - 2 comments

Concussions last longer than they used to: because the media reports on them. Thus spake Marvin Lewis, who knows about head cases.

posted by yerfatma to football at 11:02 AM on October 16 - 2 comments

"How Rebounds Work": stat-porn from Grantland.

The league's tracking system not only logs locations for every missed shot, it also charts the locations of their subsequent rebounds. In turn, we can map out the spatial relationships between shot locations and rebound locations with unprecedented depth and clarity. We can uncover the fundamental facts about rebounding that until very recently have been impossible to get to.

posted by yerfatma to basketball at 03:42 PM on October 15 - 4 comments

The NBA has a new TV deal.: And it's a bit bigger than anyone guessed. Zach Lowe looks at what putting all that new money into the salary cap may mean for the near future of the NBA.

posted by yerfatma to basketball at 02:46 PM on October 06 - 10 comments

Another NCAA member covers itself in glory: in women's basketball. While Kansas State finally relented in the case of Leticia Romero, the University of Alabama is not being so kind to a player who

  • already graduated
  • wants to get an MBA but did not get into Alabama's business school
  • has a brother with end-stage renal disease and requires kidney dialysis several times per week
All while benefiting from the same situation with a grad student from FSU who's competing for the starting QB job.

posted by yerfatma to culture at 12:13 PM on October 02 - 2 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

It always seemed like Hoffy wasn't quite as reliable in a tie game

The one that always drives me nuts is closers who routinely (again, possibly confirmation bias) give up runs in non-save situations. I feel like Papelbon and Lowe were kings of that. Oh look: "Papelbon has been flawless when securing a save this year [2012], with 16 scoreless innings. In non-save scenarios, however, his ERA is 6.48." Similar story the year before.

posted by yerfatma at 01:57 PM on October 17

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Well, one good thing came out of last night's Pats' win-that-felt-like-a-loss: the Jets managed to lose in a way no one had ever done before.

posted by yerfatma at 11:02 AM on October 17

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The team's "closer" only seems to be used in a save situation

It's one of those weird things in sports where it became accepted wisdom because a team succeeded with it and people made the logical leap to it being the reason they succeeded. And Tony LaRussa was never one to deny his own brilliance. The reality was the A's were a fantastic team top to bottom and had a closer on perhaps the best run in history (which The Eck punctuated in perfect Eck style by remarking at the end of the year, "Let's see some other motherfucker do that!"1). Like in every sport, once there's an accepted practice, it's used by lesser coaches as a CYA thing: "Sure it might have been stupid to not bring my closer in for the high-leverage situation that cost us the game, but The Book says not to do that on the road!"

Jonah Keri mentions it in his current article about the Giants manager Bruce Bochy, praising Bochy for using his bullpen in a retro way instead of hewing to Conventional Wisdom.

1. The top (only?) Google result for this possibly apocryphal story is me saying it 8 years ago, so don't take it as gospel

posted by yerfatma at 09:36 AM on October 17

Was Belichick to New England the Best Deal in NFL History?

I don't understand the SI site: it was amazing to me it's unreadable on a tablet. It's unbelievable it's hard to use in a browser as well.

posted by yerfatma at 09:08 AM on October 17

Royals Advance to First World Series Since 1985

"Manager Ned Yost has become Midas here in October,"

Free mufflers for everyone! Really happy for them and hope they can win it all. A quarter century of failure has been enough time to dull the pain and my hate for that AstroTurf team of speed merchants that wrecked seemingly every other Sox season of my youth.

posted by yerfatma at 08:34 AM on October 16

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

trying to get calls you don't deserve

That assumes perfect umpiring, which we do not have. Given the strike zone is defined by the current home plate umpire's perception of it, there is a gray area between balls and strikes-- why wouldn't the players involved try to make that gray area theirs?

posted by yerfatma at 08:10 AM on October 15

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Dodgers have hired Andrew Friedman, the Rays' old GM, to be president of baseball operations leading to a writer teasing a story about Joe Maddon following him to LA.

And it appears today's Albania/ Serbia match got a little too interesting; no story yet but if you check out the author's feed, it looks like a drone flying an Albanian flag above the stadium led to a riot.

posted by yerfatma at 04:14 PM on October 14

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

All this hoo-hah just because of some rectal play. No wonder the parents are mad they're blaming the kids!

posted by yerfatma at 08:50 AM on October 09

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Waiting for Mo' Dough

posted by yerfatma at 02:27 PM on October 08

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Could it also be a result of Molina's gift for pitch framing? Gives me a good excuse to link this article about the Red Sox' Christian Vazquez from a little while ago. The Yankee in the third GIF should have hit the ump with his bat. The Yankee in the final GIF, well, I don't know, hit the ump multiple times I guess.

posted by yerfatma at 01:21 PM on October 08

The NBA has a new TV deal.

That's the kind of thinking that keeps casinos open. You're extrapolating from a single team in the country's largest media market that was bought 33 years ago for $12.5 million. Even in 2014 dollars, that's only $37,980,606. If you're gifted a team today, it has to play somewhere and you're in a media market that wasn't attractive enough to land a team previously. The Rams aren't ecstatic about being in St. Louis, so I don't know how well an NBA team would do. You're either leasing a dated arena or taking on debt to finance one and you're on the hook for a minimum of $52 million in salary a year and that only funds a replacement-level team that won't draw. Now you need to worry about parking, access, vendors, tv and radio deals, local politics . . . give me the steady stream of smaller checks and nothing to do.

posted by yerfatma at 11:09 AM on October 08

The NBA has a new TV deal.

Would you? Most of the benefits with none of the risk, cost or work sounds pretty good to me.

posted by yerfatma at 08:42 AM on October 08

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The spirit of the game also takes a hit under your proposal, since injured players making a heroic effort to return -- particularly when no substitutions remain -- is part of soccer lore.

That only applies in England. Johnny Foreigner has never braved even a hangnail.

posted by yerfatma at 01:20 PM on October 07

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Warming to the subject, while my weasel phrase "possibility of a concussion" takes some of the bite out of my idea, this is the second time in a year a keeper has suffered a YGKFO*-class cranial event so even if we limit the "possibility of a concussion" to "lost consciousness" we'd still be making progress. I'm ok with FIFA and FAs not wanting video replay (I would like to have a limited form of it) but they should require the stadia to play replays of any possible head injury from all available TV angles so the refs, the medical staff, coaches and, most importantly, the fans can see. I don't know if I was even a teenager when I learned to "diagnose" knockouts in football and boxing (admittedly back then it was because we thought they were "radical!" and "wicked!"); they're pretty easy to spot. So if you see your favorite player hit the deck without bothering to put his arms out in front of him and the manager of your team starts talking to him like "Do you wanna stay in and be a Real Man", boo the shit out of him until the culture changes.

See technical description here, NSFW audio.

posted by yerfatma at 01:19 PM on October 07

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Courtois was removed immediately after his bleeding ear was noticed and taken to the hospital. The issue is that he was clearly and quite obviously knocked out 13 minutes before that

It seems to be much the same cultural issue the NFL had. The Guardian minute-by-minute report on the game informed everyone Courtois was taken to the hospital purely for "precautionary reasons". If I were stabbed and bleeding, you could say I was taken to the hospital purely as a precaution that I might continue to bleed.

+1 for temp subs

Couple problems with this: it is in direct opposition to the spirit of the game and it's open to abuse. To his credit, Twellman (who is a bit of a nut but a very good advocate on this subject on ESPN FC) points out the flaws in each solution while rightly dumping responsibility back in the lap of FIFA/ national FAs. My solution would be a simple, effective and totally unpopular one: if there's the possibility of a concussion* the player is removed and that's that. The decision should be made by an independent medical professional. If it takes 7 minutes to decide and that's too long for play to stop, then the player comes off and he doesn't come back next week unless he's been cleared. There's no way to game it (short of intentionally knocking an opponent out) and the rule (unfortunately) favors larger teams (who can afford deeper benches) so it would have a chance of passing with FAs.

I'd be ok with it not counting against the team's substitutions but that opens it up to gamesmanship and this is people's brains and remaining lifetimes we're talking about so let's avoid any opening for screwing around. The history of concussions in US sports shows neither players nor coaches can be trusted to do the right thing (not even team doctors!) so take it completely out of their hands.

* Obviously this is a giant grey area itself but let's ignore it for a second.

posted by yerfatma at 01:06 PM on October 07