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February 25, 2013

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 - 11 comments

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posted by billsaysthis at 03:50 PM on February 25

Strange stat for Boston Bruins: Yesterday afternoon's empty net, shorthanded goal by Daniel Paille gave Bruins their first 3-goal lead of the season. This is a team that is 11-2-2. Some of it may be explained by success on the penalty kill. In their 15 games, opponents are 3 of 58 in 99 minutes, 1 second of power play time, a 94.8% kill rate. Bruins, meanwhile, have scored 2 shorthanded goals, resulting in a -1 on the penalty kill. Without delving deeply into NHL history, these numbers sound noteworthy, if nothing else.

posted by Howard_T at 04:46 PM on February 25

Tom Brady has renegotiated his deal with the Pats. Now signed through age 40 and, if you can believe a commentor at ESPN, next year his cap hit will be lower than Mark Sanchez.

posted by yerfatma at 05:03 PM on February 25

Now signed through age 40 and, if you can believe a commentor at ESPN, next year his cap hit will be lower than Mark Sanchez.

I can believe it. He's got financial security forever, so he's looking squarely at his legacy at this point. If it means better people around him to tie his ring count with Montana (and Bradshaw, but... yeah), he'll play for less than he might be "worth."

posted by Etrigan at 08:22 PM on February 25

He's got financial security forever, so he's looking squarely at his legacy at this point.

His last deal was way below market too (he signed a $6 year, $60 million that was $24 million less than Peyton's at the time.) I think he's just a rare case of someone who'd rather win than max out his earning potential and recognizes that $4 million a year can be another upgrade that his team couldn't afford otherwise.

posted by dfleming at 06:47 AM on February 26

I think he's just a rare case of someone who'd rather win than max out his earning potential

Well, not to take away from Saint Tom, but he's not even the breadwinner in the house, so I think he has an easier decision than most.

posted by yerfatma at 08:11 AM on February 26

And he's only got one child outside his immediate household to support.

If I were Brady, I'd put some personnel contingencies in the contract.

Such as: the Pats will henceforth make every effort to do something about their parochial schoolgirl pass rush.

posted by beaverboard at 09:57 AM on February 26

On the flip side, Zach Greinke says he'll play for the worst team in baseball if they pay the most.

posted by dyams at 05:00 PM on February 26

??? What's wrong with Greinke? Did I miss the part where he was on Real Housewives of Los Angeles?

posted by yerfatma at 05:46 PM on February 26

I was posting from my phone so I couldn't put the link to the story on about Greinke. Well, I probably could have, but it would have likely been ALL screwed up.

posted by dyams at 06:38 PM on February 26

"Athletes are always talking about money at a time when everyone else is struggling so badly to make it. We all make way more than our fair share. And I just think it reflects poorly on myself and my teammates. I really do just want to win, and that has and will continue to be the reason that motivates me and is the biggest factor in my decision-making process."

Accept Tom Brady as your God. You know you want to.

posted by yerfatma at 10:36 AM on February 27

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