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yerfatma has posted 310 links and 11343 comments to SportsFilter and 17 links and 1230 comments to the Locker Room and 1 column.

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Craig Finn's guide to the best ever sports music: Hate to have to break it to him about Ragnar.

posted by yerfatma to culture at 02:02 PM on September 23 - 9 comments

Harold Reynolds Feels Jackie Robinson Could Have Done Better.: Reynolds commented on Jackie Robinsonís age when he made his MLB debut, comparing him to Giants catcher Buster Posey. Robinson was 28 years old when he debuted for the Dodgers in 1947, an age that would be considered ancient in todayís game. Reynolds said Robinson did not make play in a big league until that age because they held rookies back longer during that time and he hadnít completely figured out the game.

posted by yerfatma to baseball at 06:33 PM on July 15 - 1 comment

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, Bradfordís 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: "Duranteís 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

Recent Comments

Miami Dolphins Fire Coach Joe Philbin

Mr. B I think you're right that it will come down to leadership, a steady hand on the tiller, etc. Good news.

posted by yerfatma at 08:19 AM on October 06

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

That kind of thing makes my week (the 3/ 13 stuff, not Sabathia).

posted by yerfatma at 08:18 AM on October 06

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Sure thing SJW.

posted by yerfatma at 07:28 PM on October 05

Liverpool part ways with Brendan Rogers

I think Fenway Group just wanted to fire him on the same day as Don Orsillo to localize the pain.

Sure Everton don't win anything, but once every couple of years they topple a manager at a big-name club.

posted by yerfatma at 11:31 AM on October 05

Fantasy Premier League, Week Seven

Yeah, I had him as captain, wish I'd had the stones to pull the Triple Captain lever but with how City have been going and their injuries I figured something like a dismal draw was more likely.

posted by yerfatma at 08:59 AM on October 05

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Wow, grum's analytics know no boundaries.

posted by yerfatma at 03:25 PM on October 02

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

nothing is as bad as the "shootout", but what is wrong with simply awarding teams that tie with a single point?

This and this. I blame Fox and the '90s in general. Unless the shootout came to being in the '00s in which case I blame Fox and the '90s in general. Also: screw Rob Liefeld.

posted by yerfatma at 02:06 PM on October 02

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Awesome. And I'm with grum on this: if it had been 1950 you would have seen a thousand guys reading the newspaper.

posted by yerfatma at 02:05 PM on October 02

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 4: First-Place Jacksonville Edition

Prefix output with a delimiter that no spofi member would use in their picks and filter

Whitelist, not blacklist is tattoo'd on my forehead. It should be smart enough to ignore this kind of thing (I could just ignore second comments from the same user).

the LOCK detection would appear to be the trickier task with all of the crafty entries

Yeah, but really only because I'm using the text of comments instead of the raw HTML as the HTML isn't necessarily valid and varies wildly. And I would like to personally thank whomever listed their spreads in word form (e.g., "three" instead of 3) in Week One as I spent a good hour looking for packages that would reverse that. Plenty exist to go from number to word, but not many to do the reverse (not totally surprising given the dark corners that exist in the problem, especially if you're not working with a single language).

posted by yerfatma at 07:58 PM on October 01

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 4: First-Place Jacksonville Edition

Pittsburgh by 4

Miami by 6

Atlanta by 10

Buffalo by 7

Chicago by 3

Cincinnati by 9

Jacksonville by 4

Carolina by 7

Philadelphia by 7

San Diego by 5

Denver by 10

Arizona by 10

Green Bay by 15

New Orleans by 3

Seattle by 10 lock

posted by yerfatma at 03:27 PM on October 01

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 4: First-Place Jacksonville Edition

I certainly can. It's really raw and as I keep refining it I find I hate all of you more and more with your cutesy team nicknames, your odd formatting and your insistence on not specifying which "New York" you mean. It's the first bit of non-work programming I've done in months and I'm actually having fun with it so I can definitely post the results as I go. Right now it looks like this:

Dallas at New Orleans: new orleans: 12 votes, 6.25 average spread / dallas: 5 votes, 4.80 average spread

Minnesota at Denver: minnesota: 5 votes, 6.00 average spread / denver: 12 votes, 9.17 average spread

St. Louis at Arizona: arizona: 17 votes, 11.35 average spread / st louis: 0 votes, 0.00 average spread

Kansas City at Cincinnati: cincinnati: 13 votes, 7.38 average spread / kansas city: 4 votes, 5.75 average spread

Oakland at Chicago: oakland: 16 votes, 8.44 average spread / chicago: 1 votes, 3.00 average spread

Green Bay at San Francisco: green bay: 17 votes, 16.24 average spread / san francisco: 0 votes, 0.00 average spread

Houston at Atlanta: houston: 0 votes, 0.00 average spread / atlanta: 17 votes, 9.65 average spread

Jacksonville at Indianapolis: indianapolis: 16 votes, 13.25 average spread / jacksonville: 1 votes, 13.00 average spread

New York Giants at Buffalo: buffalo: 10 votes, 8.70 average spread / new york giants: 6 votes, 7.00 average spread

Philadelphia at Washington: washington: 1 votes, 3.00 average spread / philadelphia: 16 votes, 8.94 average spread

Carolina at Tampa Bay: tampa bay: 0 votes, 0.00 average spread / carolina: 17 votes, 10.94 average spread

New York Jets at Miami: miami: 5 votes, 4.00 average spread / new york jets: 12 votes, 6.17 average spread

Cleveland at San Diego: san diego: 17 votes, 10.71 average spread / cleveland: 0 votes, 0.00 average spread

Baltimore at Pittsburgh: pittsburgh: 8 votes, 5.62 average spread / baltimore: 10 votes, 7.40 average spread

Detroit at Seattle: seattle: 16 votes, 13.94 average spread / detroit: 1 votes, 6.00 average spread

== LOCKS == (TODO: handle bolding)
green bay: 5

arizona: 1

san diego: 2

indianapolis: 2

seattle: 1

jacksonville: 1

(Oh crap, now the parser is going to have to deal with this!)

posted by yerfatma at 02:41 PM on October 01

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 4: First-Place Jacksonville Edition

Pittsburgh by 4

As a cheater fan of the cheatingest team in the league, I spent some time tonight putting together a parser to try to look at the group consensus because I'm interested to see how close we get. And to see if I can shave an edge!

It needs a bunch of work and a number of assumptions need to be cleaned out. PRs welcomed

posted by yerfatma at 09:56 PM on September 30

In Hockey Gaming, It Will Always Be 1994

At the end of the year, I always wound up being given Ottawa and then frustrating the crap out of people with the magic of Jamie Baker.

posted by yerfatma at 03:19 PM on September 30

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

"And we scored three touchdowns to their three points." — Rex Ryan on taking care of business against the bullying Patriots. I like to think when Rex opens the door and walks the long hall between realities he and Jose Mourinho stop and chat.

posted by yerfatma at 01:14 PM on September 30

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

An interesting streak in Cincinnati (thankfully not chili-related): "[T]he Reds have now used a rookie starting pitcher in a record 59 straight games — and they're likely to finish out the season with all rookie starters, which will bring the streak to 64 come year's end."

posted by yerfatma at 10:26 AM on September 30