August 09, 2011

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 - 9 comments

Saddened to find out that Diana Nyad came out of the water during the overnight. I had been following her progress on the Cuba-Florida swim. An inspirational attempt, regardless.

posted by beaverboard at 07:16 AM on August 09

Despite her current association with salt water, Diana Nyad is a slight case of nominative determinism.

posted by owlhouse at 09:49 AM on August 09

Form BBC writer "Robbo" previews the upcoming Premiership season.

Worth it for the end of the Angel Rangel line alone.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:03 AM on August 09

MrB: That is one anarcho-pinko (hard for USians to understand) PL preview!

posted by billsaysthis at 12:53 PM on August 09

I'm counterbalancing all of the "TOP TEN WORLD EVENTS IN WORLD SPORTS IN THE WORLD EVER" lists from ESPN and SI that are always nine mentions of Kirby Puckett and "That time Pele did that thing!"

For people not blessed with a grasp of rhyming slang you can just revel in the picture of Steve Bruce.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 02:11 PM on August 09

Wigan 13th? He's quite mad, but that was entertaining anyway. Wigan barely survived before they sold off N'Zogbia. It's Blackburn, Wigan, Norwich down for me.

Spurs' season will depend on how disaffected Modric is after not getting his transfer, but they still haven't bought the striker they need and their defense is still suspect (not Arsenal suspect, just suspect). Friedel will at least be a calm presence in the back. I don't see them finishing above Arsenal, but they certainly could; it's going to come down to whether Arsenal is more hopeless than Spurs are hapless. I wouldn't be surprised to see both squads missing out on the Champions League regardless.

Here's my out-on-a-limb prediction: Liverpool will finish higher than Man City.

posted by Errant at 04:09 PM on August 09

Errant: I sure hope you're right. I think unless injuries intervene this will be one of the most competitive seasons at the top in a long time.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:20 PM on August 09

From the Guardian's coverage of the cricket this morning:

I love the fact that despite everything - 109 people were arrested in Birmingham last night - no one has seriously broached the idea of calling this Test off. The football? That was canned straight away. But cricket? Well, lets all keep calm and carry on. We'll still be playing cricket in England when the rapture comes. It's what we do. The first world war was two months old before they got around to cancelling the county championship.

posted by JJ at 05:52 AM on August 10

Tendulkar in, Tendulkar out. Not his tour so far.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 07:47 AM on August 10

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