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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

The Hidden Value of a Knuckleballer:

"Relievers behind Wright have surrendered an insane two home runs in 107 2/3 innings. That's one-fifth what we'd expect based on their typical performance. If Wright were to make 30 starts in a season, that would translate to roughly an extra win for his team. Starters were about a half-run better in ERA and a run better in FIP when the other team had been thrown off by Wright's knuckleball. Add it up, and Wright could be worth in the range of two wins simply by taking the ball, let alone what he could provide by pitching well."

posted by yerfatma to baseball at 10:03 AM on March 24 - 3 comments

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SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

posted by yerfatma at 11:11 AM on July 29

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension on Appeal

Surely nobody here would prefer that the in-sport punishment for all player conduct matters was decided by actual courts.

Of course not, but it's not as though the NFLPA collectively-bargained for a putz who makes up the rules as he goes along. If Goodell decided to interpret the CBA as saying any punished player had to do yard work for him, would that still be an internal matter?

Don't get me wrong, none of this looks good for Brady, but it's sort of amazing this new information came to light in the last few weeks in spite of $5 million dollars worth of ex-G Man's time and didn't get leaked until the day of the decision. How is this anything but a Cover Your Ass? And as Mike Florio asked (I apologize again), if this is new evidence of bad behavior, why isn't Brady getting a longer ban?

Seems like Bob Kraft isn't happy:

I have often said, If you want to get a deal done, sometimes you have to get the lawyers out of the room.' I had hoped that Tom Brady's appeal to the league would provide Roger Goodell the necessary explanation to overturn his suspension. Now, the league has taken the matter to court, which is a tactic that only a lawyer would recommend.

Once again, I want to apologize to the fans of the New England Patriots and Tom Brady. I was wrong to put my faith in the league. Given the facts, evidence, and laws of science that underscore this entire situation, it is completely incomprehensible to me that the league continues to take steps to disparage one of its all-time great players, and a man for whom I have the utmost respect.

posted by yerfatma at 10:42 AM on July 29

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension on Appeal

This is an NFL rule that has been broken, the NFL should have jurisdiction over enforcement.

If you can't see the flaw in that logic I'm not sure it's worth pointing it out.

posted by yerfatma at 08:44 AM on July 29

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

posted by yerfatma at 08:41 AM on July 29

Jose Bautista calls out Colin Cowherd for insipid remarks about Dominican ballplayers

Loved Cowherd's insinuation the percentage of players with college degrees in baseball being lower than the NFL/ NBA is meaningful. Let's see, a sport that drafts out of high school versus two that don't. Can't find a transcript but I'm sure Captain Evidence included the NHL in his comparison later to make things fair, right? No? Wonder why not.

posted by yerfatma at 11:01 AM on July 24

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

You'd almost think there was a conspiracy.

posted by yerfatma at 12:00 PM on July 23

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The Reggae Boyz. That's all I'm saying.

posted by yerfatma at 07:36 PM on July 22

Indiana Pacers to Wear "Hoosiers" Inspired Uniform

Tangetal: we watched North Dallas Forty for the first time this weekend and while I liked it I left the movie pissed off, mainly because the moralizing bastard owners of 40 years ago seem a lot like Goodell.

The Hackman film that disappointed me was The Conversation. Did not live up to the hype for me.

posted by yerfatma at 11:01 AM on July 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

USA/ Tim Howard is on-again.

posted by yerfatma at 10:53 AM on July 22

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Probably just playing for beer porn money.

posted by yerfatma at 11:09 AM on July 21

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I have to say Grantland has really gotten me back into the NBA. So it's going to be a shame when ESPN blows it up.

posted by yerfatma at 11:09 AM on July 21

Harold Reynolds Feels Jackie Robinson Could Have Done Better.

posted by yerfatma at 06:33 PM on July 15

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

He was overmatched at 19

Ah, I looked at the second line, not the first and misunderstood.

posted by yerfatma at 01:38 PM on July 15

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Saw earlier this week on the ESPN crawl that this was Trout's 4th All-Star Game in his 5 seasons and jumped to baseball-reference to find out how such an omission could happen. MLB needs to get rid of that rule granting teams an extra year of service time if they hold a player in the minors for a few weeks. He should have been starting in the ASG that year too.

Similarly, I've barely been following baseball this year due to the Terrible Twos arriving early and the Red Sox soiling themselves, so Bryce Harper's slash line stunned me. I knew he was doing well this year in the numbers old guys care about, but wow.

posted by yerfatma at 11:20 AM on July 15

Serena Williams and the Fear of a Dominant Black Woman

That's an interesting point, but I think you do the comparison & Navratilova a disservice by comparing her to Gaylord Perry. He's a borderline Hall of Famer, she's an inner circle one.

posted by yerfatma at 08:36 AM on July 14