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December 07, 2013

SportsFilter: The Saturday 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 - 12 comments

Here's what Canadians do for the seventh inning stretch up there in Toronto.

posted by NoMich at 09:46 AM on December 07

In total desperate and predictable move, Yankees sign Beltran ten years too late

Which brings us to this blog post by Joe Posnanski that brings up what the Yankee lineup would be like if this were 2006.

1. Ichiro, cf, .322/.370/.455 with 224 hits and 45 stolen bases (twice caught) 2. Derek Jeter, ss, .343/.417/.483 with 301 total bases and 34 stolen bases. 3. Travis Hafner, dh, .308/.439/.659 with 42 homers and 100 walks. 4. Alex Rodriguez, 3b, .290/.392/.523 with 35 homers. 5. Mark Teixeira, 1b, .282/.371/.514 with 33 homers. 6. Alfonso Soriano, .277/.351/.556 with 46 homers. 7. Robbie Cano, 2b, .342/.365/.525 with 41 doubles, 15 homers. 8. Vernon Wells, cf, .303/.357/542 with 32 homers and 17 stolen bases. 9. Brian McCann, c, .333/.388/.572 with 24 homers.

And now you can add 2006 Beltran:

Beltran, dh/of, .275/.388/.594 with 41 homers, 127 runs, 18 out of 21 steals, 8.2 WAR.

posted by justgary at 01:44 PM on December 07

First the Jags are described as "resurgent", then as "the hottest team in the league". They now have twice as many wins as the Texans. Disorientation is setting in.

I am becoming increasing drawn to their new helmets and unis (it has taken awhile), and I always feel better when teams in fancy gear can back up the snazz with their efforts on the field. Nothing is worse than watching comic book action heroes get humiliated.

posted by beaverboard at 02:30 PM on December 07

Shawn Thornton attacks Brooks Orpik

posted by tommytrump at 08:16 PM on December 07

Yikes. Orpik deserved payback, but not felony assault. Isn't the unwritten rule that once a player is on the ground the fight is over?

posted by rcade at 08:23 PM on December 07

I am becoming increasing drawn to their new helmets and unis (it has taken awhile) ...

I could only hate the two-tone helmet and NBA halftime jazz dancer uniforms for one game. By the second, I thought they were awesome. It's a look nobody else has (don't say it), and the personality of the whole uniform changes based on which way a player is facing. In a huddle the Jags look like two different teams.

The Jags could win another three games. They get Buffalo and Tennessee at home while both are struggling and finish on the road against an Indy team that will have clinched the division and might have nothing to play for.

posted by rcade at 08:26 PM on December 07

Yikes. Orpik deserved payback, but not felony assault. Isn't the unwritten rule that once a player is on the ground the fight is over?

The prelude to the Thornton attack.

posted by tommytrump at 09:09 PM on December 07

Yikes. Orpik deserved payback, but not felony assault. Isn't the unwritten rule that once a player is on the ground the fight is over?

Unless it's Brooks Orprik. Fuck him.

posted by NoMich at 11:30 PM on December 07

That attack by Thornton is quite a bit worse than the Bertuzzi-Moore incident.

posted by rumple at 01:29 AM on December 08

While my emotional side feels that Orpik deserved what he got, my rational side just cannot condone Thornton's actions. He'll get a lengthy suspension, and that will be that. In the meantime, what about Neal's hit on Marchand? Not only is that a case of targeting the head, it is also the lowest of cheap shots to knee the head of a player lying on the ice. Ericsson is out with his second concussion of the season while Orpik was "conscious and alert" at the hospital, was released to travel with the team, and may very well not miss any time at all. Many are saying that Orpik's hit on Ericsson was "borderline", but a careful look at the video shows Orpik raising his shoulder just enough to get the head. Had this been called perhaps the resultant mess would have been avoided.

Now we find out that another Bruin will miss significant time due to an injury sustained against Pittsburgh. Chris Kelly will be out for several weeks with a broken fibula suffered as the result of a slash by Pascal Dupuis. Pardon my Boston fandom, but it seems that Pittsburgh is connected to an awful lot of injuries to others due to "questionable" tactics. But when one gets too close to "our boy Crosby" or any of the other Pitt luminaries, the outcry from Penguins to the league offices is loud and long. I know I'll be yelled at for this, but it would be nice if Pitt would clean it up a bit.

posted by Howard_T at 09:22 PM on December 08

But when one gets too close to "our boy Crosby" or any of the other Pitt luminaries, the outcry from Penguins to the league offices is loud and long.

Is there an example of this?
Or is this the usual "protecting the stars" complaint that every team has about every other team's "stars" (unless they are a team without a "star").

Every team does it, and every team is accused of it.

The corollary is how every team complains about their opposition's "grind" or "pest" player, but vehemently defends that same player when they join their team later on.

posted by grum@work at 08:54 AM on December 09

Bruins' Thornton suspended 15 games for attack on Pens' Orpik

posted by tommytrump at 02:35 PM on December 15

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