March 04, 2012

SportsFilter: The Sunday 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 - 10 comments

AVB is SOL. All signs point to a players' revolt ultimately backed by Abramovich. (As a long-time disliker of Chelsea, I find this very satisfying.)

posted by etagloh at 11:09 AM on March 04

Just as McIlroy gets ready to ascend the throne as the new king of golf, Tiger Woods flexes his talent again to make the world wonder if he really has returned to his dominating form.

posted by grum@work at 01:16 AM on March 05

Chelsea has become a strange beast. Still a high quality side but a combination of must win now and buying new players every transfer window creates an environment where they may not win another trophy until RA finds a different toy to play with. Maybe he could buy the (Chicago) Bulls?

posted by billsaysthis at 11:49 AM on March 05

If Rajon Rondo wasn't already mercurial enough for you, how's this: 13 of Rondo's 17 career triple-doubles have now come in nationally televised games.

posted by yerfatma at 02:55 PM on March 05

I can't access the web page at work, but does the Rondo analysis consider how many of his games in general are nationally televised games? Or, how other players do during nationally televised games compared to local TV only?

posted by grum@work at 03:13 PM on March 05

Nah, it's all anecdotal (though there is more in the link), but it does dovetail with his growing reputation as a mercurial head case. He's played in 483 regular season and playoff games. I think all of the 73 playoff games would have been nationally televised, but I don't know where you'd get a feel for what percentage of regular season Celtics games were nationally televised. They have 30 games left, of which 11 are on ESPN, ABC or TNT, but even for one of the best teams in the league (which they were during most of Rondo's tenure), 33% seems pretty high. Even if we say fully a third of their games were nationally televised given playoff games, we'd expect 5-6 of his triple doubles to be nationally televised. Obviously such a random stat as a triple double would have a really wide standard deviation, but 13 still seems high.

posted by yerfatma at 04:06 PM on March 05

More bad news for Syracuse's men's basketball.

posted by yerfatma at 04:07 PM on March 05

Gonna be hard for Boeheim to keep his crew focused for a title run with another round of swirling speculation to deal with. The rising din of inquiry won't temporarily diminish just because it's tournament time.

The Monday huddle has apparently taken flight, hard on the tail feathers of various Limbaugh advertisers.

posted by beaverboard at 05:22 PM on March 05

Gonna be hard for Boeheim to keep his crew focused for a title run

From the story: "at least 10 players since 2001 have tested positive for a banned recreational substance or substances"

So Syracuse had 10 players in the last 11 years that might have smoked dope on occasion while at college. Geez, we ought to shut down all of their sports programs. After all, we all know Syracuse is the only college in North America where things like that happen.

I guess Calipari must have threatened enough legal action against Forde and company to have them hunt somewhere else for dirt this year.

posted by cixelsyd at 06:18 PM on March 05

Chelsea has become a strange beast.

There is a degree of continuity, as the club is still being run by Terry, Lampard, Drogba and Cole.

posted by owlhouse at 07:19 PM on March 05

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