September 17, 2012

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 - 16 comments

The replacement refs called a penalty for a hit on this play, but it wasn't Golden Tate going helmet to head on an unsuspecting Sean Lee. They flagged a Cowboys defender for a mild push to the runner as he was going out of bounds.

posted by rcade at 01:21 PM on September 17

The replacement refs also made a total hash of the Washington-St. Louis game. It's hard to tell who benefited most from their incompetence, or how the game might have gone were it not for their constant delays and miscalls. I guess hapless is better than corrupt, but not by very much.

posted by Hugh Janus at 01:30 PM on September 17

The refs called a pass interference in the end zone on the Lions on a play where time had expired in the first quarter before the snap.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 03:45 PM on September 17

If I'm not mistaken, YYM, I'm pretty sure there was a play a few snaps before that where the play clock expired and the 49ers weren't flagged, either.

posted by wfrazerjr at 04:37 PM on September 17

I haven't really noticed a difference. I mean, other than not getting to see Ed Hochuli's gun show.

posted by tron7 at 05:45 PM on September 17

At yerfatma's request... MLS pics. RBNY vs. Columbus Crew

I'll refrain if self-links in the huddle are frowned upon. Or if they get annoying

posted by goddam at 05:49 PM on September 17

Kinda more fumbling around (getting out of players' ways, during and after plays; and some hesitation on calls), but yeah, they don't seem to be significantly worse than the regular refs. But games do seem to be going longer (Eagles-Ravens took forEVER, and wasn't a good enough game to make up for it).

posted by Etrigan at 06:08 PM on September 17

Toronto Blue Jays' Yunel Escobar triggers online uproar over anti-gay slur

posted by tommytrump at 07:12 PM on September 17

The replacement refs gave the Lions an extra time out at the end of the Rams game last week. It makes a mockery of good time management when you can't predict what will really happen with the clock. I guess it depends on what games you are watching, but the Rams/Redskins game was horribly officiated. I don't know how far apart the NFL and the refs are, but I think they have shown their worth these last two weeks.

posted by bperk at 07:59 PM on September 17

Escobar's time in Toronto was likely up, as Adeiny Hechavarria is now with the big club, but his lackadaisical playing style, subpar numbers and now this make me feel a lot less like the Alex Gonzalez trade was a steal than I did a year ago. What a tool.

posted by dfleming at 08:02 PM on September 17

That was the most oddly officiated quarter of football I've ever seen.

posted by tron7 at 09:41 PM on September 17

Toronto Blue Jays' Yunel Escobar triggers online uproar over anti-gay slur.

Here's the thing. I've heard someone say that the phrase wasn't proper Spanish.

It says on his eye-black:

"Tu ere maricon"

They say it should be:

"Tu eres maricon"

That seems to be indicating that he didn't write it, and that someone with a less academic grasp of the language put it on his eye-black as a joke.

Maybe he wore it as a retaliatory "Oh yeah? Screw you!" to the person who did it, not realizing it was a bad idea to play the whole game with it.

Or maybe Yunel is just an asshole and that's how he conjugates the verb.

posted by grum@work at 10:01 PM on September 17

Or maybe Yunel is just an asshole and that's how he conjugates the verb.

I've found that asshole and largely illiterate are intersecting circles in english-speaking society; I am sure that's also true for spanish folks as well.

posted by dfleming at 06:55 AM on September 18

goddam: posting here is fine by me. Also, you sit behind the goal every game?

posted by billsaysthis at 11:59 AM on September 18

Also, you sit behind the goal every game?

Yeah. That's our club's section. It's where we were in Giants Stadium as well.

posted by goddam at 12:33 PM on September 18

Blue Jays suspend Escobar for 3 games.

posted by tommytrump at 05:13 PM on September 18

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