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yerfatma has posted 301 links and 11051 comments to SportsFilter and 17 links and 1229 comments to the Locker Room and 1 column.

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DeflateGate Accusations Mean It's Time For Coach and Owner To Be Banned From NFL: In this case, Irsay and Pagano.

posted by yerfatma to football at 03:20 PM on February 05 - 18 comments

"Give 'em the works, Cubby! We ain't got a minute to lose!": Back before Super Bowl media week was a circus, Dick Schaap conspired with Fred Dryer and Lance Rentzel to turn it into a circus. "We came into the shop as guys from Southern Cal and left as 1920s reporters. Scoops was the ace reporter. Cubby was the cub. I was the mentor; he was the protégé."

posted by yerfatma to football at 03:51 PM on January 28 - 3 comments

Playing with the Big Boys (and Girls): How Koko, Beans and Flash, some color-coordinated socks and coaching are changing the face of grade-school basketball in Springfield, Illinois.

posted by yerfatma to basketball at 10:58 AM on January 20 - 1 comment

Moving Toward a Unified Theory of the As Offseason: FanGraphs thinks Billy Beane is trying to assemble a larger pool of lesser talents; Grantland mostly agrees and suggests it's an impressive piece of resetting forced by Oakland's salary constraints.

posted by yerfatma to baseball at 01:19 PM on January 13 - 2 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

"He estimated the overall value of all vehicles -- including the $250,000 race car, engine, parts, etc. -- was between $350,000 and $400,000."

"Dang.... I'm wishing we had LoJack or something on it!" - maybe that's something to look into when you have a quarter million dollars of car?

posted by yerfatma at 01:46 PM on February 27

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

PawSox legends reminisce about life at McCoy Stadium.

Even that, the most unique feature McCoy Stadium offers, was portrayed this week by one of the new principal owners as a drawback rather than a virtue . . . The same goes for the plentiful and free parking that always has been available at McCoy Stadium.

posted by yerfatma at 09:54 AM on February 27

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

How's this for a lede? "Early Monday, the Yankees found out Yoan Moncada wasn't coming to their minor league complex and Alex Rodriguez was."

If it's not passed the sniff test of the newsroom, it's not yet a story.

The "People Yelling at Each Other" side of ESPN won a long time ago. Anything they feel like talking about is a story. And if it's too risky, then they let ESPN Radio create a groundswell and report on the controversy.

posted by yerfatma at 04:25 PM on February 25

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Two fonts, one which is horrific

This seems to be an attempt to create brand synergy with Buffalo Wild Wings.

posted by yerfatma at 03:27 PM on February 25

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Two good Grantland pieces: Charlie Pierce asks if the NFL is leaning on networks to not cover the Aaron Hernandez trial and how NBA teams are using creative contracts for 2nd round picks and D-League maybes to work around the salary cap:

"Alonzo Gee has been on five teams since early July. He became a punch line among NBA trade cognoscenti as his nonguaranteed $3 million contract for 2014-15 morphed into a trade chip teams used to clear cap space and facilitate complex transactions."

posted by yerfatma at 01:19 PM on February 24

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Thanks Bonkers, you saved me looking that up after hearing about it on Football Weekly.

posted by yerfatma at 01:05 PM on February 24

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Don't worry, they'll let Buddy Cianci take care of it

I'd love for Larry Lucchino to stop by the Ciancis for a fireside chat.

posted by yerfatma at 08:17 AM on February 24

Igor Larionov reflects on playing for Red Army, and what is wrong with North American hockey

One theme keeps coming back to me: "Widen the rinks to the international standard".

This. I'm all for tradition, but Eddie Shore wasn't playing in a league where the average guy was 6'2", 200 pounds and could skate this fast. The objections in the pull quote sound a lot like non-English football players talking about the English approach to the sport.

posted by yerfatma at 04:11 PM on February 23

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Sort of the best part, right? They're complaining about poor attendance in spite of the Pawsox success but not considering the economy. Love to know where they think the State of RI is going to come up with money to build a new stadium for them.

Bayer Leverkusen forget the golden (shirt) rule: somebody mark the keeper!

posted by yerfatma at 12:34 PM on February 23

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

"[Pawsox owner] Ben [Mondor] was a giant among men who saved baseball for the State of Rhode Island," Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino — 2010

"Screw the history, let's move the team to Providence," Sox owners — 2015

posted by yerfatma at 10:16 AM on February 23

Chargers, Raiders Pursue Shared Stadium in Los Angeles

Not to quibble, but I think they moored the Chesapeake around when Harborplace opened, and the Torsk and the Constellation were there much longer.

Yeah, but what about the giant cigarette boat playing just the "WHO LET THE DOGS OUT?!" part of "Who Let the Dogs Out?" on an endless loop while idling near the docks looking for tourists? Without Camden Yards you don't have that.

posted by yerfatma at 10:00 AM on February 22

Chargers, Raiders Pursue Shared Stadium in Los Angeles

It will also revitalize an area if the stadium is occupied for decades (like Camden)

That is a fantastic point. In 1992 teams didn't really move. We were only 8 years removed from the Colts packing up in the middle of the night and causing a scandal when they left Baltimore. Nowadays all but the most well-established teams seem to be carpetbaggers constantly eyeing a better deal in Shelbyville or points South. How excited are fans in Oklahoma City to have a good team come to them from Seattle and now there are already grumblings about market size?

Sports teams, the Olympics, etc can revitalize an area, but I don't think it's currently likely. I feel like they've used the fact teams have revitalized downtowns to leverage giant pots of cash out of municipalities and the cost-benefit ratio doesn't make sense anymore.

posted by yerfatma at 02:48 PM on February 20

Chargers, Raiders Pursue Shared Stadium in Los Angeles

the only real opportunity for reform is a collective spinal-installation procedure for elected officials

I don't know if that's the answer: because they're only elected for a short time and because people tend to vote against their long-term interests for this kind of crap, isn't it more of an education issue? I do hold out some hope when I see outlets like deadspin constantly calling out stadium deals but it's unlikely to seep into mainstream nightly news when each of the channels is beholden to the NFL.

Hey, that's a pretty impressive piece of evil dealing by the NFL, getting their hands in the pockets of all 4 major networks. Plus Rupert Murdoch owns a bunch of papers and radio stations. It's almost like we had those laws against this kind of crap for a reason.

posted by yerfatma at 01:12 PM on February 20

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Mark Mulder sees Jackie Robinson West scandal as an excuse to settle scores from his childhood.

Details on the MLB pace of play changes which I am happy to report include keeping one foot in the batter's box, Nomar Garciappara's OCD be damned.

posted by yerfatma at 11:57 AM on February 20

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Bob Knight, usher.

posted by yerfatma at 11:16 AM on February 20