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February 21, 2013

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 - 27 comments

Harden and Lin had a decent game.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:43 AM on February 21

Harden's scoreline should go into the efficiency hall of fame.

posted by yerfatma at 11:53 AM on February 21

Tim Tebow has dropped his appearance at a Dallas church run by a pastor who rips on gays, Mormons and Muslims.

The pastor claims Tebow told him he'll speak there someday, but "he needed to avoid controversy right now for personal and professional reasons."

I still want him to be Jacksonville's quarterback.

posted by rcade at 03:17 PM on February 21

Worst. Trade Deadline. Ever. Redick to Milwaukee the biggest deal of the day.

posted by tron7 at 03:49 PM on February 21

Dude! JJ Redick is the greatest basketball player of all time. With him on the team, the Bucks won't win one, not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, but seven rings!

posted by NoMich at 04:49 PM on February 21

Worst. Trade Deadline. Ever. Redick to Milwaukee the biggest deal of the day.

Only if you don't count Jordan Crawford to the Celts in return for Six Fouls and a collection of body parts from Leandro Barbosa!

posted by Mr Bismarck at 05:09 PM on February 21

Tim Tebow has dropped his appearance at a Dallas church run by a pastor who rips on gays, Mormons and Muslims.

From the article... "While I was looking forward to sharing a message of hope and Christ's unconditional love with the faithful members of the historic First Baptist Church of Dallas in April, due to new information that has been brought to my attention, I have decided to cancel my upcoming appearance. I will continue to use the platform God has blessed me with to bring Faith, Hope and Love to all those needing a brighter day. Thank you for all of your love and support. God Bless!"

So Timmy T doesn't want to share his version of Faith, Hope, and Love with a congregation of folks who seem to have no love, no hope and no faith in/for those who believe differently than they do. Are not these the folks god would want him to use his 'platform' to reach?

posted by Folkways at 07:16 PM on February 21

Oh yay, is there we get to inject religious vitriol into the thread, if only to show how stupid everyone else is, and how smart we are?

posted by phaedon at 07:37 PM on February 21

^^^if that is directed at me phaedon please explain cause i don't think I used vitriol (or anything else for that matter) to show anything...comming from three generations of Methodist ministers on my fathers side having two uncles who were also ministers on my mothers side and having attended a private christian academy from seventh to eleventh grade im well awear of how evangelical christians or evangelists are to spread the word of god to the masses. And if Tim T. is avoiding this church purely to avoid controversy and improve his standing in the locker room or to increes his chances for a trade then yea I have a problem with is belief system.

Has nothing to do with whether I think I'm smart (I don't) or if i think others arnt so smart (not my place).

posted by Folkways at 08:07 PM on February 21

Part of the problem is Tim Tebow's in a no-win situation here. If he backs out, people cast stones like above. If he doesn't back, people cast stones like Gregg Doyel. No matter what Tebow does, somebody will find fault with how he acts out his faith.

posted by jmd82 at 09:33 PM on February 21

"After consulting my family, my minister, and my God, I have concluded that the best place for my religion is in my heart. I will continue to act according to the tenets of my faith, and I encourage others to do the same, but I will no longer speak publicly about my faith. Good acts carry to deaf ears while mere words are lost to the wind. Thank you, and God bless you."

posted by Hugh Janus at 10:13 PM on February 21

If he's in a no-win situation, it's his fault he finds himself there. The pastor's controversial comments were a matter of public record.

posted by rcade at 10:14 PM on February 21

The World, according to surveys of the most popular sports.

posted by owlhouse at 12:03 AM on February 22

yerfatma: Harden's scoreline should go into the efficiency hall of fame.
Harden was freakin' unconscious in that game- jesus, 14-19 from the field, 7-8 from beyond the arc, 11-12 from the line? That highlight reel with Harden and Lin was like watching the 3-point contest during the All-Star weekend. The whole time I was watching I was thinking "Wow, I sure hope they win this game and it's not the 'Best performance in a losing effort' highlight reel".


Also... is it irrational of me that, despite not caring about the Knicks/Houston, or even being much of a basketball fan, that I really want Jeremy Lin to have a good, successful career in the NBA? Not spectacular, but just solid, reliable, and noteworthy... I really want to believe he's got the head on his shoulders to develop past his bad habits, to mature in the NBA, and be a decent point guard for a good long while.

posted by hincandenza at 02:05 AM on February 22

Folkways, duly noted. However, I'm sure that you would appreciate that if a public person like Tebow were to speak at that church, it would in effect act as an endorsement of that church pastor's views. If the people at that church want to hear what he has to say, let them travel to a place less bigoted to do so. No reason for that asswipe of a pastor to reap any collateral rewards from Tebow's presence.

And yes, to speak to jmd82's point, a person like him is in an impossible situation. Therefore, it is completely within his "rights" as a religious speaker to choose where and when he speaks. And to think I would believe Jeffress's take on the situation.

posted by phaedon at 02:09 AM on February 22

Only if you don't count Jordan Crawford to the Celts in return for Six Fouls and a collection of body parts from Leandro Barbosa!

Sadly, Washington doesn't even get the six fouls.

posted by tron7 at 10:01 AM on February 22

Six Fouls is my nickname for Jason Collins. (I fail at sentence structure)

Since 2006 Collins has more personal fouls (1,211), than points (949). So far this year he has eight fouls per 36 minutes.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:52 AM on February 22

Oh, right, Jason Collins. In my mind he was somehow more irrelevant than the guy with no ACL. That 8 fouls per game is going to be tough to swing if he ever manages to play 36 minutes per game.

posted by tron7 at 11:41 AM on February 22

@owlhouse: Great map but I couldn't find the country where archery is the most popular sport, could you?

posted by billsaysthis at 11:46 AM on February 22

It's either Nepal or Bhutan. I can't increase the size of the map on my screen so I can't tell which one it is.

posted by beaverboard at 11:59 AM on February 22

@owlhouse: Great map but I couldn't find the country where archery is the most popular sport, could you?

Bhutan

posted by holden at 12:00 PM on February 22

Really cool map. Does anyone know why cricket has such a foothold in Guyana?

posted by tahoemoj at 12:39 PM on February 22

...I'm sure that you would appreciate that if a public person like Tebow were to speak at that church, it would in effect act as an endorsement of that church pastor's views.

It may very well do so, I'm just not sure that that should be a legit reason to avoid speaking there...

If the people at that church want to hear what he has to say, let them travel to a place less bigoted to do so. No reason for that asswipe of a pastor to reap any collateral rewards from Tebow's presence.

I like that idea

posted by Folkways at 12:52 PM on February 22

Really cool map. Does anyone know why cricket has such a foothold in Guyana?

Former British Guiana. Cricketers from Guyana play for the West Indies in internationals, and The Bourda in Georgetown is a famous Test venue. The great West Indies captain Clive Lloyd is Guyanese.

posted by owlhouse at 10:15 PM on February 22

The baseball in Nevada thing is really the only thing that I found surprising/odd.

posted by holden at 10:35 PM on February 22

The baseball in Nevada thing is really the only thing that I found surprising/odd.

IIRC, the only professional sports teams in Nevada are minor-league baseball -- the Reno Aces and the Las Vegas 51s. As far as college teams go, Nevada (nee UNR) football is only intermittently good and UNLV basketball hasn't been important for a while. I am a little surprised that soccer (Latinos) or basketball (Mormons) aren't bigger, but baseball makes sense.

posted by Etrigan at 11:03 PM on February 22

IIRC, the only professional sports teams in Nevada are minor-league baseball

The Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL also exist, but haven't succeeded in making Nevada a hockey hotbed as of yet.

posted by tommytrump at 09:51 AM on February 23

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