September 20, 2013

SportsFilter: The Friday 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

Prince Fielder snacks on a fan's nachos after missing a foul ball.

posted by bender at 08:57 AM on September 20

[weird double posting... ahem]

posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:56 PM on September 20

Speedcasttv is showing the SCCA championship runoffs live this weekend.

The Miata race is about to start, (2pm EST Friday), with, wait for it, sixty eight Mazdas on the grid.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:58 PM on September 20

It turns out you can't fit 68 Mazdas through a corner at the same time, so that was entertaining racing, with a lot of rubbing.

More races all weekend in the runoffs, including races at 3, 4, 5 and 6pm today, (Eastern), and all day tomorrow and Sunday. Tomorrow will include the Spec Race Fords, which are a new favourite of mine.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 02:53 PM on September 20

Short essay on "Why I Love Baseball":

Boston vs Baltimore last night, 1st inning, 2 out, Chris Davis (51 hr this season) at bat. John Lackey pitching. Lackey throws 6 straight fast balls, 2 called strikes, 2 missing for balls, next 2, inside but in the zone, fouled off. All 6 were 93 mph, except one of the fouls was 94. Pitch #7 was a fast ball, outer half but plenty of plate, thigh high. One looks at the location and type of pitch and screams "Oh Nooooooh". Except Davis swings and misses. This is the essence of the game, what was Davis expecting? After 6 straight fast balls (and mostly fast balls to the first 2 batters of the inning), was Davis looking for something off speed on a 2-2 count? Maybe it's the umpire in me, but pitcher vs hitter encounters like this are never boring. Those who don't like baseball because it is too slow or lacks action just don't know how to watch the game.

posted by Howard_T at 03:40 PM on September 20

Here's the battle for 3rd and 4th in the last race of the SCAA day (Touring 2).

#07 crossed the line backwards to take third place. Then had to collect the pieces of his car to go to tech and show he was within weight limit.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 06:53 PM on September 20

[Apparently I'm having a special offer on double posts today]

posted by Mr Bismarck at 06:53 PM on September 20

T.J. Yeldon suspended for 15 minutes against Colorado State.

What is it with these less-than-a-game suspensions? Did I just never notice them happening before?

posted by Etrigan at 10:40 PM on September 20

But monsieur, this is no ordinary suspension. It is a SEC suspension. Surely that gives it more worth and significance, no?

posted by beaverboard at 11:38 PM on September 20

It's a suspension for making a gesture that was penalized on the field. Big deal. Probably no suspension necessary.

posted by holden at 12:26 AM on September 21

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