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October 09, 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 - 25 comments

Even at the tail end of his career, Ichiro still has a reserve tank of awesome to tap:

Instant replays from a couple of angles showed he was never tagged.

posted by grum@work at 08:45 AM on October 09

How to hurry-up

posted by kokaku at 09:22 AM on October 09

Please read me. I will be top 5 laughs you have all day. Great job by whoever created this.

posted by Debo270 at 09:25 AM on October 09

Beaten to the punch, Debo.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:45 AM on October 09

Debo270, that was excellent.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 09:46 AM on October 09

Sandusky gets no less than 30 years (with time served) and no more than 60 years for his crimes. Maximum was 400 years.

This gives the remote chance that Sandusky, if he lives until 97, could be released at some point in his lifetime. I will say, I did not expect the minimum to be remotely possible to attain. It works out to 3-6 years per victim he was found guilty to have abused.

posted by dfleming at 10:51 AM on October 09

If Ichiro is going to go around stealing others' signature moves, he might want to consider who he is messing with.

posted by holden at 10:54 AM on October 09

Sandusky gets no less than 30 years (with time served) and no more than 60 years for his crimes.

I agree that he won't live to be released by then. However, his statement in court today, echoing last night's statement, was an exercise in defiance and denial that isn't surprising but no less disturbing.

posted by NerfballPro at 11:13 AM on October 09

An analysis of initials-only baseball players.

posted by yerfatma at 11:27 AM on October 09

If Ichiro is going to go around stealing others' signature moves, he might want to consider who he is messing with.

He's not a hooker; he's safe.

posted by dfleming at 11:47 AM on October 09

I hope Sandusky lives another 59.99 years and doesn't spend a minute of it outside a cell.

posted by rcade at 11:52 AM on October 09

I friggin' love that Ichiro play, and I wonder why we don't see more of that when a player has been beaten to the plate by the throw- an unexpected leap over the catcher, a feint right then a dive left, etc. Sure, it'd still fail 3 times out of 4, but they would have been out anyway, and the time it doesn't? Baseball magic!

posted by hincandenza at 01:42 PM on October 09

FlipFlopFlyBall does things I wish I got paid money to do.

Of course, I would have taken things too far and determined which First and Second initials had the highest average WAR value, and see if that combination actually produced the highest WAR value player.

posted by grum@work at 01:55 PM on October 09

How the Patriots offense works. Good article, definitely worth a read whether you're a fan or not.

posted by yerfatma at 02:20 PM on October 09

Uh, yerfatma? You... you might want to scroll up to the second comment in this very thread. :)

posted by hincandenza at 04:07 PM on October 09

In yerfatma's defense, I did name the link a little cryptically.

posted by kokaku at 06:21 PM on October 09

An analysis of initials-only baseball players.

B. J. Ryan = Robert Victor Ryan.

posted by tommytrump at 06:30 PM on October 09

Ah crud, sorry. The risks of posting from the throne.

posted by yerfatma at 10:05 PM on October 09

B. J. Ryan = Robert Victor Ryan.

BJ = Bobby Junior?

posted by MeatSaber at 10:21 PM on October 09

BJ = Bobby Junior?

Bo Junior, according to this report

posted by tommytrump at 10:29 PM on October 09

Texans will rue the night they took Pizza Boy J.J. Watt over Nick Fairley.

"Watt is a great story. But it's hard to imagine him ever being a star. It's hard to see him changing games for Houston on defense."

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:37 PM on October 09

You can't run middle, execute a sweep, or pass in the center of the field vs J.J. He's big, strong, and smart. Rumor is he also doesn't smoke weed and does actually have a valid drivers license and insurance.

Detroit's first round defensive picks don't appear to be working out as touted.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:17 AM on October 10

Love that kind of stuff Mr. B, even if it's completely unfair to writers who are (semi-)obligated to be in the prediction business. In Patriots Land, Ron Borges is our villain:

"On a day when they could have had impact players David Terrell or Koren Robinson or the second-best tackle in the draft in Kenyatta Walker, they took Georgia defensive tackle Richard Seymour, who had 1 sack last season in the pass-happy SEC and is too tall to play tackle at 6-6 and too slow to play defensive end. This genius move was followed by trading out of a spot where they could have gotten the last decent receiver in Robert Ferguson and settled for tackle Matt Light, who will not help any time soon."

No one is forcing them to be pricks about it.

posted by yerfatma at 10:54 AM on October 10

What I love about that article is the arrogant "and this is why things will never work" that is wrong a year later. It seems like sports and politics are the two areas where journalists can just freelance opinions and never get held accountable for them.

The thing about stars with attitudes is that invariably, they are ticking time bombs. It might be their playing time, their contract, the quality of their teammates, but it seems like every one has a shelf life before they need to get out of town. A guy like Watt, if healthy, can be a cornerstone for years that you don't need to worry about.

posted by dfleming at 10:59 AM on October 10

No one is forcing them to be pricks about it.

Amen, brother. And it's something that pro players coming to Boston/New England need to prepare themselves for. All the brooding little sons of Nathaniel Hawthorne running around with shorthand pads and pocket recorders.

posted by beaverboard at 11:38 AM on October 10

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