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March 11, 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 - 26 comments

The Clippers' 2013 dunk highlight reel is being made into eight movies by Peter Jackson.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:23 AM on March 11

Thank God it's not Uwe Boll.

posted by BornIcon at 09:54 AM on March 11

On the plus side, Yankees' fans who hung onto their Travis Lee jerseys can pull them out of the closet.

posted by yerfatma at 11:02 AM on March 11

It turns out Goalkeeping gloves are not bite proof.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:08 PM on March 11

"5 great reactions to DeAndre Jordan's dunk on Brandon Knight"

Those are now only two-through-six.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:15 PM on March 11

That's awesome, Mr Bismarck. I haven't laughed so hard at an animated gif since Never Forgetsy. It's perfect!

posted by Hugh Janus at 12:51 PM on March 11

De'Andre's look, post-dunk, is simply fantastic.

And Matt Barnes, (nearest the camera), who just turns and runs away like they're all six years old and Jordan just broke a window.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:52 PM on March 11

Even the way De'Andre takes a quick step after he lands makes it look like the falling casket pushed him out of the way.

And yeah, that face, priceless. Every time I see it I shout "Boom!" for the casket and grunt "damn!" for the facial expression.

I could watch this all day and never stop giggling.

posted by Hugh Janus at 01:04 PM on March 11

Also, the guys on the Clippers bench flying around with their arms straight out like airplane wings reinforce the impression of six-year olds.

posted by Hugh Janus at 01:08 PM on March 11

I like how the team mates are quick to gather around the coffin to give their final respects to the dear departed.

posted by grum@work at 02:28 PM on March 11

I like how the team mates are quick to gather around the coffin to give their final respects to the dear departed.

That's my favorite part.

Well done Bismarck, well done.

posted by BornIcon at 02:56 PM on March 11

The Seahawks have reportedly traded their first and seventh round picks this year, with a mid-round pick next year to the Minnesota Vikings in return for wide receiver Percy Harvin.

Seems a steep price, but if he plays up to his talent the Hawks offence is going to be alarming this year. This could be one of those trades both teams win.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 03:00 PM on March 11

What are the Seahawks in the market for draft-wise this year? They've got a QB, their defense seems pretty solid, and they've got a running back. If their biggest hole that they need to fill is WR, the trade is probably a good move instead of trying to pick up a guy late in the first round and then trying to groom him. If Harvin can contribute immediately, that works well with their talent window and they can make a really good push this year.

posted by LionIndex at 04:21 PM on March 11

And would the Vikings then have 2 first round picks if they wanted to trade up and try to get a QB early? Yeah, that could be a really good move all-around.

posted by LionIndex at 04:22 PM on March 11

And for those interested in the sharp-toothed pitch invader, it was a Beech Marten, which is significantly larger than your average mustelid. They apparently have a reputation in Germany for eating cars -- specifically, hoses and other rubber/plastic bits.

posted by etagloh at 04:52 PM on March 11

I mean, it's a nice dunk, but Brandon Knight is tiny compared to Jordan, he had no chance on that play. I'd be a lot more impressed if he did it to someone like Dwight Howard.

posted by insomnyuk at 05:55 PM on March 11

And for those interested in the sharp-toothed pitch invader, it was a Beech Marten, which is significantly larger than your average mustelid.

I used to see the Marten's bigger brother, the Fisher, occasionally in Wisconsin. We also had some family cats disappear around the time of the visit. I can't prove anything but before the Fisher showed up we had some pretty competent outdoor cats. Anyway, it's a fun wiki read.

Fishers are one of the few predators that seek out and kill porcupines. There are stories in popular literature that fishers can flip a porcupine onto its back and "scoop out its belly like a ripe melon."

Whoa!

This was identified as an exaggerated misconception as early as 1966.

Aww..

Observational studies show that fishers will make repeated biting attacks on the face of a porcupine and kill it after about 2530 minutes.

Okay, that's still pretty rad.

/weaselfilter

posted by tron7 at 06:42 PM on March 11

Somebody please add a coffin to this video.

posted by phaedon at 07:10 PM on March 11

And would the Vikings then have 2 first round picks if they wanted to trade up and try to get a QB early?

None of the QBs in this draft inspire any confidence that they'll be an upgrade over Ponder. Speaking, who is the Minnesota QB going to throw to this year anyways? They were 31 out of 32 in the league passing last year, and can you really expect AP carry the team to the playoffs again? He's a freak, but that's a tall order for a RB with zero passing game. Even though Harvin missed a chunk of the season, he was still easily first in receiving on the team. Your 2nd receiver next year for the Vikings? Michael Jenkins. Yikes.

I'd expect the Vikes to pick up a WR or two during the draft, but they seem so hit or miss and tend to take a season or two to really develop (not unlike other positions I suppose).

posted by jmd82 at 07:29 PM on March 11

I mean, it's a nice dunk, but Brandon Knight is tiny compared to Jordan, he had no chance on that play. I'd be a lot more impressed if he did it to someone like Dwight Howard.

Um, yeah. I'm admittedly not a basketball fan, but I just don't understand why all the hype over this play. Looks to me like Knight made a great hustle play to even be there, but was much smaller, off his feet, and with his weight back when the larger man with the momentum moved him backward. He could have half-assed it on defense like 98% of the NBA, and not made the highlight reel. But I've never understood the hype of "dunking on" or "dunking over" someone. A person with momentum can virtually always push right through an upstretched arm.

posted by tahoemoj at 07:51 PM on March 11

"I mean, it's a nice dunk, but Brandon Knight is tiny compared to Jordan, he had no chance on that play. "

Absolutely. Knight never really has a chance because he's a Guard jumping in front of the Incredible Hulk. You have to credit him for trying - especially as Knight doesn't have any ankles left since the Rising Stars game...

This dunk is a real ensemble piece, because of the sound of the dunk, the "I think I just killed a guy" face Crawford pulls, Knight lying on the floor for about six seconds contemplating how much he hates basketball, Barnes running from the crime scene, the reactions in the stands and the crowd of Pistons paying their last respects.

It's not the greatest dunk evar! But it has been making me laugh all day.

To his credit, Knight took it well - after the game he tweeted something like "The scouting report didn't say they threw lobs" which is funny to anyone who's seen more than four minutes of Clipper basketball.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 08:14 PM on March 11

Vikings preparing to trade everything they just got from the Seahawks plus Ponder to the Cowboys for Romo and the unretirement rights to Herschel Walker.

posted by beaverboard at 09:34 PM on March 11

Harvin wanted out of Minnesota anyways, and was a problem on that team. He needed to be `the man`and that wasn`t ever going to happen with AP around.

Minnesota wins this one. Be interesting to see how Harvin adjusts to being the 3rd or 4th option in Seattle after being a solid 2nd in Minnesota.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:07 PM on March 11

In response to a certain oft-espoused desire on SpoFi for Tebow to go to the Jags, the anti-cade has struck with perversity, causing the Jets to sign David Garrard.

Still no sign that the mountain has any intention of coming to Mohammed.

posted by beaverboard at 11:19 PM on March 11

If the Jets want to corner the market on Jaguars quarterbacks, they can have Blaine Gabbert for one of Rex Ryan's stretched-out sweater vests.

posted by rcade at 10:06 AM on March 12

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