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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 Friday Huddle

One of the first "villains" I ever liked in wrestling

In retrospect, I think my first inkling of adulthood (around age 13 or so) was when we decided RRP was maybe not so bad and possibly right to be making fun of the good guys in the WWF. Has anyone phoned Cowboy Bob Orton to make sure he has someone with him in this time of grieving?

posted by yerfatma at 07:53 PM on August 01

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Dwayne Bowe in concussion scare.

posted by yerfatma at 04:11 PM on July 31

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

How to Create NBA Shot Charts in Python

posted by yerfatma at 03:47 PM on July 31

There's something in the Olympic water in Rio...and it's not good.

Atlanta hasn't burned down since 1996, but I'm not sure that's an endorsement for bringing the IOC to town.

posted by yerfatma at 03:22 PM on July 31

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

I find compelling the legal analysis offered by the lawyer and sports journalist Lester Munson.

Who works for ESPN. That seems to be the line he and Roger Cossack are hewing to but it (as best I can tell) isn't the point. Brady's argument will be specifically that the CBA doesn't say he can be punished like this for equipment violations and that there is no prior example of equivalent punishment for non-compliance with an investigation in general or non-compliance regarding a cell phone: § Brett Favre's Willy v. cell phone camera glass, Jenn Sterger NFL, et al.

posted by yerfatma at 03:21 PM on July 31

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

To keep beating this horse, Chris Mortensen backed out of an appearance on Boston's WEEI today when it became obvious the hosts wanted to talk about how he got hold of the completely erroneous "11 out of 12 balls were 2 pounds light" report that sparked the whole controversy and has never been retracted by the NFL. John Dennis of 'EEI (God help me) is reporting Mike "You guys are in so much fucking trouble" Kensil was the original source, a totally unbiased former Jets employee now working for the league office.

It's been bugging me that ESPN's legal experts are so sure Brady has no chance when Mike Florio and the laywer/ commenters at deadspin feel so differently, but I am no law-talkin' guy so what can I do besides trawl Google looking for previous stories from them (ever notice how much ESPN's site sucks if you try to search by author? It's almost like they don't want their talent to ever get too big for ESPN). I came up with almost nothing from Bountygate except this really weird rant from Lester Munson about Paul Taglibue overturning the suspensions. I can't tell if it's just that Munson is a really old person or if he's carrying water for the NFL but there's something so off about it, especially since he makes reference Taglibue graduating from Georgetown, which feels like a reference to how Jesuit law schools produce good but strict/ humorless lawyers and also uses the word "pontificating" as though one could write a binding opinion without sounding like you're coming down from on high. The piece itself opens with "In 22 single-spaced pages of pedantic, pretentious and occasionally patronizing prose . . . " and expands on the theme as he goes.

posted by yerfatma at 09:59 AM on July 31

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

How does holding a hearing in it's proper place qualify as a "maneuver"?

Do you ever get tired of begging the question? Of course people try for favorable court locations. Couldn't one argue the correct jurisdiction is where the horrible crime took place, Massachusetts? One of the interesting comments from deadspin's inexplicably large pool of legal professionals in the commentariat was that the NFLPA could have petitioned the NFL took forever to address the appeal precisely so they could craft their injunction whule leaving the NFLPA scrambling. They also suggested it's uncommon for the defendant to try to force a venue.

But keep beating the drum.

posted by yerfatma at 07:57 AM on July 31

There's something in the Olympic water in Rio...and it's not good.

Do IOC members get a special feces-free swim lane?

posted by yerfatma at 03:10 PM on July 30

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

you have to look with a critical eye at Tom Brady for destroying his cellphone during the midst of this investigation

Absolutely. It's like a race to the bottom between the two sides.

Pats fans, it must be nice to have that gruff and cunning bastard on your sidelines.

posted by yerfatma at 03:24 PM on July 29

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