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May 08, 2012

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 - 30 comments

Saints interim head coach Joe Vitt's name is coming up in the bounty investigation all the more prominently by the day.

Wonder if the league will end up suspending Vitt as well - then the Saints would have to find another interim. And they would be deserving idiots for not having done their own internal check before naming Vitt.

Who to turn to at that point? A Bobby Petrino/Dennis Erickson/Barry Switzer junta would be intriguing. That would automatically spin right into at least one episode of Swamp People.

"Dang, Mercedie Benz got themselves more than one reptile in the Dome. Blake, get back in the boat!"

posted by beaverboard at 08:11 AM on May 08

Patrick Kane da hockey player? How you score from the left side?

Little juke, little fake.

Hold Please.................................. Peggy Peggy Peggy.

Looks like we wont be seeing that commercial anymore. I LOVE the Peggy commercials. The Herbstrret one is my favorite, but this one is up there.
Patrick Kane passed out at bar. Happy Cinco De Mayo!!

posted by Debo270 at 08:51 AM on May 08

beaverboard, Vitt already was suspended for six games. The Saints named an interim interim head coach to fill in for him.

posted by Etrigan at 09:37 AM on May 08

Hate Mark Madden, but he is on the air here in Pittsburgh and gave this thought on Bounty-Gate. One of the better opinions I have heard.
Amazing stat: 78% of NFL players go bankrupt within 2 years of retiring

posted by Debo270 at 09:43 AM on May 08

Amazing stat because it's not true. It's all over the Internet, but the source seems to be this SI article which says,

"78% of former NFL players have gone bankrupt or are under financial stress because of joblessness or divorce."

posted by yerfatma at 10:11 AM on May 08

87.6% of all statistics are made up on the spot.

posted by Debo270 at 11:04 AM on May 08

39.8% of all claims that 87.6% of all statistics are made up on the spot are made up on the spot.

posted by NoMich at 11:58 AM on May 08

Claims of invented statistics, including counter-claims of invented claims, have increased in recent years by 390%, and you can take that to the bank.

posted by Hugh Janus at 01:38 PM on May 08

39.8% of all claims that 87.6% of all statistics are made up on the spot are made up on the spot.

Claims of invented statistics, including counter-claims of invented claims, have increased in recent years by 390%, and you can take that to the bank

Prove it. I call shananigans!!!!!!!!!!

posted by Debo270 at 01:40 PM on May 08

16.4% of all proofs that support that 39.8% of all claims that 87.6% of all statistics are made up on the spot are made up on the spot are actually made up on the spot.

posted by NoMich at 02:01 PM on May 08

This analysis is spot on.

posted by tommytrump at 02:18 PM on May 08

Fact: 70% of comments above this one in The Huddle, deal with statistics, and are within 1 standard deviation of being wrong.

There are liars, damned liars, and statisticians.

posted by Howard_T at 02:19 PM on May 08

I'd like to point out that all these statistics are being thrown about and I'm not involved in any way.

Just sayin'...

posted by grum@work at 03:12 PM on May 08

I'm not convinced you aren't 75 percent of the people on SpoFi. "grum" is just your stats-geek persona.

posted by Etrigan at 03:15 PM on May 08

12% of all statistics mentioned on SpoFi are mentioned by someone other than grum.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 03:17 PM on May 08

I'd like to point out that all these statistics are being thrown about and I'm not involved in any way.

You spelled 'jumble of numbers' wrong.

posted by BoKnows at 03:40 PM on May 08

This is actually grum.

Signed, grum@work posting as:

posted by NoMich at 03:41 PM on May 08

What the hell is an eephus?

posted by bender at 03:47 PM on May 08

It's fairly well-known in Boston, one of the Spaceman's having been sent moonward by Tony Perez. Here's a bit more background. Padilla got cheered at Fenway this weekend for throwing one (eephus or a slow curve, depending on how technical your link wants to be about it) up there in the '50s; for comparison, Wakefield's knuckleball used to average about 65.

posted by yerfatma at 03:58 PM on May 08

Oh, that damn Spaceball.

posted by Joey Michaels at 05:17 PM on May 08

(Love the Spaceman, though)

posted by Joey Michaels at 05:17 PM on May 08

Several years ago during my last year of little league one of our pitchers threw an eephus. Usually worked out pretty well, the hitters didn't know what to do with it.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 05:59 PM on May 08

Random thought: if you're on Twitter and not following Steve Rushin, you're doing it wrong.

posted by yerfatma at 08:24 PM on May 08

What the hell is an eephus?

In the '70s, as a wet-behind-the-ears fan of the pinstripes, I just knew this as La Lob.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 08:48 PM on May 08

Random thought: if you're on Twitter and not following Steve Rushin, you're doing it wrong:

Twins starter Scott Diamond joins Margaret Court, Hubert Green among athletes who are also their own playing surface.

I don't get it.

posted by NoMich at 08:53 PM on May 08

No idea if you're serious, but Scott Diamond plays baseball and Margaret Court was a tennis star.

posted by yerfatma at 09:28 PM on May 08

Jebus. Yeah. Whew! I need to get my head of out of North Carolina Amendment 1 debacle. Time for bed.

posted by NoMich at 09:38 PM on May 08

*collects ashes of hockey pool after first round*

*tries to set fire to them again*

It's hard for me to imagine that I was able to correctly pick the final four last year AND win the confidence pool going away.

I'm pretty sure that if TSN still had their simian prognosticator around, he'd be trouncing me.

posted by grum@work at 01:35 AM on May 09

i forgot to fill out my 2nd round of picks in the locker room. Thank god.

posted by Debo270 at 09:26 AM on May 09

The first time I heard the term "Eephus Pitch" it was used in reference to Rip Sewell. In the 1946 All Star game he threw one to Ted Williams, who promptly deposited it over the fence for a home run. This was the only time Sewell had that pitch hit for a home run.

posted by Howard_T at 04:39 PM on May 09

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