September 21, 2010

SportsFilter: The Tuesday 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 - 14 comments

Youtube playlist: Every Goal of Mexico '86.

posted by yerfatma at 07:05 AM on September 21

There goes Tuesday...

posted by JJ at 07:18 AM on September 21

The World's Biggest School Sports Carnival may have run its course.

posted by owlhouse at 10:09 AM on September 21

Esquire calls this 1986 feature on Ted Williams one of the six best things ever published by the magazine. It's an amazing piece that captures what a driven, haunted, larger-than-life figure he was.

posted by rcade at 11:41 AM on September 21

Esquire calls this 1986 feature on Ted Williams one of the six best things ever published by the magazine. It's an amazing piece that captures what a driven, haunted, larger-than-life figure he was.

This 1965 Tom Wolfe piece about Nascar legend Junior Johnson made the list and is well worth the read as well, both for the parts about Johnson's life specifically and for the broader insights into the cultural and economic factors that led to the popularity of stock car racing.

posted by holden at 01:22 PM on September 21

Bear Bryant's 1958 defensive playbook at Alabama is available to read online.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:23 PM on September 21

Snooker's enfant terrible Ronnie O'Sullivan starts a break, asks the referee what the prize for the 147 maximum is, then... well, watch.

posted by etagloh at 01:33 PM on September 21

Will concussions kill football?

posted by trox at 02:25 PM on September 21

trox: while only briefly mention in your linked article, one would think boxing/MMA would be 'killed' before football for that reason. At least, this one would.

posted by billsaysthis at 03:47 PM on September 21

Best Toronto FC season ticket prices cost more than best ones for Manchester United.

I find this surprising not just because one is arguably the most famous team in the world and the other is Toronto FC, but also because so many things in the UK are so unbelievably expensive it is surprising to see how relatively reasonable in absolute terms the Man U (and other premiership) ticket prices are.

posted by rumple at 05:16 PM on September 21

Will concussions kill football?

Well, I don't think it'll "kill it" ... I do think that the game needs to change. Frankly, I'm pleased with how quickly the idea that football causes brain damage (in this instance, CTE) has gone from "debatable" to, as Simpson puts it, no longer being able to be called a debate.

Nice link, trox.

posted by Spitztengle at 06:02 PM on September 21

while only briefly mention in your linked article, one would think boxing/MMA would be 'killed' before football for that reason. At least, this one would.

I think a lot of the pressure is indeed going to come from parents who think they have enrolled their kids in a wholesome sport only to find out it is a conveyor belt to brain damage. Many fewer kids are in boxing or MMA, and those which are may see those sports as having a different set of things which go with the territory, so to speak.

posted by rumple at 06:16 PM on September 21

it is surprising to see how relatively reasonable in absolute terms the Man U (and other premiership) ticket prices are.

It's distorted a bit by this obligation at Man Utd:

Subject to certain exceptions, Season Ticket Holders are required to purchase a ticket for all home cup matches and must provide card details which will be used by the club to make these purchases... The actual number of home cup matches played in seasons 2007/08, 2008-09, 2009-10 was 10, 11 and 9 respectively.
So the club will now be charging you perhaps an extra 500 quid during the season, including home Carling Cup matches when the reserves turn out, whether you like it or not. The fans don't like it. Most other Premier League clubs either include a number of cup matches in the up-front price -- Arsenal's includes seven, which is why it's at the top of that chart -- or make cup ticket purchases optional.

So while the season tickets aren't NFL-tastic, they're still expensive compared to those for continental European clubs, and have more strings attached.

posted by etagloh at 07:14 PM on September 21

Thanks etagloh, that's interesting....

posted by rumple at 01:08 AM on September 22

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