December 20, 2012

SportsFilter: The Thursday 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

12/20/2012... It's the end of the world as we know it...and I feel fine...

posted by Folkways at 07:25 AM on December 20

For those wondering about the ballot-apocalypse that is coming for the baseball hall of fame vote, there is precedence.

For this year's vote, there are as many as 14 legitimate candidates on the ballot (if you consider Lofton HOF-worthy), but there is a good chance that NO ONE gets elected (due to PED-frenzy and only allowing 10 players on a ballot). This of course will lead to an even greater logjam next year (when history's greatest monster and others are eligible).

Back in 1950 no one was elected to the HOF but seven players got over 50% of the votes. Even more impressive was the fact that 48 of the players who got votes that year eventually did make the HOF (including the top 23 vote-getters in 1950).

posted by grum@work at 08:05 AM on December 20

What the Limeys think of your Bowl names.

posted by owlhouse at 09:53 PM on December 20

The Meineke Car Care Bowl (of Texas or not) has always been the winner for worst bowl name.

posted by grum@work at 11:31 PM on December 20

What?! No love(hate) for the Belk Bowl? Holy shit, 50% off kitchen crap? Laters!

posted by NoMich at 07:31 AM on December 21

The name that always made me cringe the most is the Poulan Weed Eater Bowl.

In part because, being down South at the time it was in use, I was surrounded by the most unforgiving pronunciation of the name "Poulan".

Not the French version ("would monsieur care to try the Poulan roti this evening?").

Nor the New Englander version ("Roger went into town and bought himself a Pohlun").

But rather: "Pooooo Lannnn". No momma wants her boy playing in a game named like that.

However, I should say that I had some acquaintances who thought that having a televised event named after something as dear to their hearts as weed eating was an unexpected but welcome lifestyle affirmation.

posted by beaverboard at 09:10 AM on December 21

I don't know why people still treat Beef O'Brady's like some provincial backwater American restaurant: they're in backwaters all over the world now.

posted by yerfatma at 09:17 AM on December 21

I'm going to agree with beaverboard on the worst bowl name, but amend that it's actually the Poulan Weed Eater Independence Bowl.

posted by LionIndex at 10:54 AM on December 21

What the Limeys think of your Bowl names.

Pretty sure the author of that piece is an American (I could tell from the style of his writing and words/phrases used before looking him up). But still a good list.

posted by holden at 11:08 AM on December 21

Yeah, he's also not former Red Sox manager Terry Francona on Twitter. Literally.

posted by yerfatma at 01:50 PM on December 21

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