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May 03, 2010

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 26 comments

Someone get me a copy of this month's Vanity Fair. And a fitting finish to the Serie A championship:

"If you win we'll beat you up," bellowed the Lazio fans a few hours later at the Stadio Olimpico, and their words were not aimed at the opposition.

posted by yerfatma at 10:39 AM on May 03

Jeff Feagles retired last week.

He was the last remaining active player from the fantastic Tecmo Bowl video game released for the NES in 1989.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:40 AM on May 03

The officiating was terrible in last night's Wings game. Although Nabakov could have an excellent soccer career with those diving abilities.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 11:55 AM on May 03

Feagles probably retired to play Tecmo Bowl on X-Box Live.

posted by yerfatma at 12:14 PM on May 03

The officiating was terrible in last night's Wings game.

I assume you weren't talking about the "too-many-men" penalty at the end, right? That was probably the easiest call the refs have had to make in a LONG time. It was like half the Detroit bench jumped on the ice at the same time.

posted by grum@work at 12:49 PM on May 03

Nah. It was the goalie interference and the holding call (both on Bertuzzi) that annoyed me.

Of course, with the way Lidstrom's stick exploded on an odd man rush it would seem karma was against the Wings last night.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 01:35 PM on May 03

Another prayer answered: I just saw that Shinn has agreed to divest his interest in the N.O. Hornets.

Wonder what would have happened if he'd done that a few years ago when the Hornets were doing well in NC? That was a happening franchise until he went and ruint a good thing.

("Ruint" is what Larry Bird said had happened to his steak in a regional mid-80's TV ad that became a minor cornerstone of New England popular lore. He was fairly emphatic about it - to the point where it startled a few people).

posted by beaverboard at 01:44 PM on May 03

Of course, with the way Lidstrom's stick exploded on an odd man rush it would seem karma was against the Wings last night.

Slightly related: Best breakaway by a player without a stick.

posted by grum@work at 03:32 PM on May 03

YYM, I don't know if Bertuzzi was holding when he got that penalty but he put his stick between the Sharks' player's legs and slammed it up into the guy's groin. That has to be a penalty!!

posted by billsaysthis at 03:39 PM on May 03

Nabakov could have an excellent soccer career with those diving abilities.

I think he studied under Osgood.

posted by tahoemoj at 03:45 PM on May 03

The officiating was terrible in last night's Wings game. Although Nabakov could have an excellent soccer career with those diving abilities.

Wings looked old and tired last night, don't blame the officiating. The worst call of the entire game was the Heatley goaltender interference - an obvious make up call.

As for diving abilities, Tomas Holmstrom is by far the gold standard in all of professional hockey.

posted by cixelsyd at 04:48 PM on May 03

As for diving abilities, Tomas Holmstrom is by far the gold standard in all of professional hockey.

The gold standard? Hardly. If the back of his jersey said Crosby or Ovechkin maybe the refs would call at least a few of the hacks he receives over the course of the game.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 04:55 PM on May 03

Holmstrom has trouble staying on his skates when he's in an empty rink. It's like watching Bambi try to walk for the first time whenever he jumps over the boards. He's not diving, just unstable...

Speaking of diving goalies, though, Jimmy Howard tried to draw a penalty last night by flopping into the net...except it was Rafalski that bumped him as he chased Setagouchi around the net. Luckily, it didn't cost the Wings another goal...

posted by MeatSaber at 05:05 PM on May 03

Don't fret YYM. It'll be different in Detroit. I think this goes back 2-2. Those were close games.

And Holmsrtom doesn't complain. He stands where you SHOULD get hacked. It's his role, and he's embraced it. Crosby and Ovechkin don't play anything close to that game.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 06:15 PM on May 03

Holmstrom must have one of the highest tolerances for pain in NHL history. I've never seen anyone take so much abuse in front of the net. It's almost comical at times watching him get knocked around.

posted by tahoemoj at 07:25 PM on May 03

Speaking of diving goalies, though, Jimmy Howard tried to draw a penalty last night by flopping into the net...

He learned from the best.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 07:37 PM on May 03

Feagles probably retired to play Tecmo Bowl on X-Box Live

Would you blame him though? Before Madden, Tecmo Bowl was the ish!

posted by BornIcon at 09:57 PM on May 03

Before Madden, Tecmo Bowl was the ish!

Kept my undergrad GPA at a solid 2.3

posted by tahoemoj at 10:25 PM on May 03

Hockey, Baseball, Basketball. Boston goes 3 for 3 tonight.

posted by Scottymac at 10:56 PM on May 03

How did Marc Savard make such a quick recovery? He apparently received transfusions from Mike Tyson...

posted by MeatSaber at 11:10 PM on May 03

I think this goes back 2-2.

I think your crystal ball needs a new battery. the Wings have no answer for that Pavelski led line. Detroit is gonna fold like your grandma's old linen.

posted by irunfromclones at 04:18 AM on May 04

Kept my undergrad GPA at a solid 2.3

You mean you still went to class?

posted by BornIcon at 11:41 AM on May 04

I think your crystal ball needs a new battery. the Wings have no answer for that Pavelski led line. Detroit is gonna fold like your grandma's old linen.

They don't need an answer to the Pavelski line. Joe Thornton and the Shark's history of shrinking when the games count will take care of things for them.

posted by Demophon at 12:52 PM on May 04

Joe Thornton and the Shark's history of shrinking when the games count will take care of things for them.

If Team Canada can get by in the Olympics without Thornton/Marleau/Heatley contributing, I think the Sharks can too.

posted by grum@work at 04:36 PM on May 04

Demo, we got rid of Cheechoo and made Blake captain, no more shrinking gonads from the playoff cold.

posted by billsaysthis at 05:20 PM on May 04

I think your crystal ball needs a new battery. the Wings have no answer for that Pavelski led line. Detroit is gonna fold like your grandma's old linen.

OK. That's one way to interpret two 4-3 wins by the Sharks at home.

Pavelski has been hot like fire, but also incredibly lucky on a couple of those bounces.

Hey, I have the Sharks winning the series, but so far I haven't seen some kind of one-sided monster.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 06:03 PM on May 04

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