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May 08, 2013

SportsFilter: The Wednesday 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 - 17 comments

Sad news from last night's Islanders game.

posted by yerfatma at 10:05 AM on May 08

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Is there something I'm missing here?

posted by grum@work at 12:10 PM on May 08

Old MacDonald had a farm--EI EI O!

posted by tahoemoj at 12:38 PM on May 08

Can someone who played hockey explain to me how you cheat at faceoffs (in re: the Bruins and Maple Leafs)? I don't doubt that it's done, I just want to know what to look for.

posted by yerfatma at 12:59 PM on May 08

Well, the visiting center is supposed to come to a complete stop and get his stick down, in the denoted area, first. Then, the home center is supposed to do the same. Often times, centers will try not to come to a complete stop, in essence getting a running start at the faceoff. Also, a center may place his stick outside of the permitted area to get a positional advantage over the opposing center.

I'm sure there are other ways, too, but those two came to me first. And I know a thing or two about faceoffs--back in high school, I was once beaten so cleanly on the faceoff that the other center scored on his own goal (and I was credited with it).

posted by tahoemoj at 01:47 PM on May 08

Being that the home center has the advantage makes Jonathan Toews 16 faceoff wins in 21 attempts at Minnesota in a playoff game even more remarkable.

Faceoffs, penalty kill, power play, defensive shutdown man, big goals .... MVP. No other player has a game as complete as Toews.

posted by cixelsyd at 02:54 PM on May 08

Old MacDonald had a farm--EI EI O!

Without hyphens between the capitalized letters, it becomes the Brazilian samba version.

posted by beaverboard at 03:28 PM on May 08

Former Lions receiver Titus Young had a rough Sunday.

posted by Bonkers at 03:58 PM on May 08

Former Lions receiver Titus Young had a rough Sunday.

Good riddance. Glad the Lions cut their losses before he managed to get worse.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 06:54 PM on May 08

Jerry Jones knows in his heart and in his intuitive GM bones that there's some value and redemption room in Titus yet.

posted by beaverboard at 07:38 PM on May 08

Al Davis would've have signed him, but the dark lord will not allow him to make decisions for the Raiders any longer...

posted by MeatSaber at 08:36 PM on May 08

According to the umpires using video review, this WASN'T a game-tying home run for Adam Rosales in the 9th inning against Cleveland.

Not surprisingly, the worst umpire in the majors (Angel Hernandez) was involved in making that decision.

posted by grum@work at 10:41 PM on May 08

Ronde Barber has finally decided to hang up his leather helmet and high top shoes after a near-Methuselan number of years in the league.

When brother Tiki retired a few years back, he condescendingly joked that Ronde had to keep playing because he needed the money so bad.

That's one reason I was not sorrowful when Tiki eventually became a member of the "Look Who's Bankrupt Now" club.

posted by beaverboard at 10:47 PM on May 08

Not surprisingly, the worst umpire in the majors...

There is no reason to complete this sentence.

posted by justgary at 11:42 PM on May 08

Ronde Barber has finally decided to hang up his leather helmet and high top shoes after a near-Methuselan number of years in the league.

Not that he's been doing a bad job or anything, but it's time. Tiki went out maybe a little early (only 5 years ago), but it's really impressive that Ronde's lasted so long. They were in my class at UVa, which was heavily represented in the draft, and we had a couple guys in the pros from then that lasted a long time - James Farrior went until 2011. Jamie Sharper seemed pretty durable and then fell apart pretty quickly.

posted by LionIndex at 03:30 AM on May 09

Having been around the TB area when the Bucs won the Super Bowl, I can say that there were only four guys you associated more with that team: Mike Alstott, John Lynch, Warren Sapp, and Mr. Derrick Brooks (and I always thought Alstott was overrated). Ronde was always the most quiet of any of those-or, perhaps better expressed, he was the one who you noticed the least. He wasn't the fastest guy in the world, but he had great instincts and was a sure tackler. He was a perfect guy for the Tampa-2 defense.

While I'm not sure he's going to make into the HOF (largely because he wasn't as visible or vocal as what CBs are expected to be in the post-Deion league), I'm quite confident that the Bucs will retire his number.

Godspeed, Ronde, and thanks for all the great plays.

posted by Bonkers at 09:49 AM on May 09

I lived in TB for a spell in the late 70's and I put Ronde up there with the kings of that era - Bell, Williams, Selmon, Giles, et al.

posted by beaverboard at 11:10 AM on May 09

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