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January 23, 2014

SportsFilter: The Thursday 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 - 14 comments

As we inch closer to Spring Training, I'll point that the last player with a special history is trying to extend his career for one more year.

The very last "True Montreal Expo" (drafted by the team and played for them in the majors) is trying to land an utility role with, ironically, the Washington Nationals.

Jamey Carroll is the last player to be drafted by, and to play for, the Montreal Expos.

Ex-Expos Who Played in the Majors in 2013:
Luis Ayala
Jamey Carroll
Endy Chavez
Bruce Chen
Bartolo Colon
Scott Downs
Brendan Harris
Maicer Izturis
Ted Lilly
Jon Rauch

Players drafted by the Expos (and signed, but did not necessarily play for them) who played in the majors in 2013:

Jason Bay
Ian Desmond
Jim Henderson
Cliff Lee
Luke Montz
Brandon Phillips
Jamey Carroll

Players drafted by the Expos (but did not sign with them) who played in the majors in 2013:

Ross Wolf
Russell Martin

Players drafted by the Expos (but did not sign with them) who played in the majors (but not baseball) in 2013:

Tom Brady

It should also be pointed out that Grady Sizemore (drafted and signed by the Expos in 2000) has signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox.

posted by grum@work at 12:31 PM on January 23

Raiderettes make $1250 a season.

posted by phaedon at 01:07 PM on January 23

Grady Sizemore (drafted and signed by the Expos in 2000) has signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox

At the time of the Sizemore, et al for Colon swap you could have made a mint betting which one would be healthier and playing in the majors in 2013.

posted by yerfatma at 01:09 PM on January 23

The talk of some Super Bowl weather contingency plans that involve moving the game to a different day is ridiculous, right? No way that could happen.

posted by bender at 01:38 PM on January 23

Arsène Wenger is upset that Chelsea are selling Juan Mata to Man U after they've finished playing Man U. That just comes off as sour grapes to me. Is there some sort of Gentleman's Agreement you have to risk losing to your former player when making a transfer among the big clubs?

posted by yerfatma at 02:59 PM on January 23

The talk of some Super Bowl weather contingency plans that involve moving the game to a different day is ridiculous, right? No way that could happen.

As long as Governor Christie and his staff are in office, I think we should assume that anything planning-related in the logistical realm is possible within the borders of the Garden State.

Except that the game would not be played in Ft. Lee.

The NFL would not be involved in a decision like that. It would be handled internally by the appropriate state agencies.

posted by beaverboard at 03:23 PM on January 23

The NFL would not be involved in a decision like that.

It's their game. How would they not be involved in the decision making process? As would the broadcasting network, I assume.

posted by grum@work at 04:00 PM on January 23

I cannot imagine the NFL choosing to do anything other than play on Sunday 2/2, possibly with a delay. The only way I could imagine the game not being played that day is if a state of emergency is declared. I'm not hoping for game-cancelling weather, but I'd love to see snow all over the field for the game. Since we're not going to get to see a "cold weather" Super Bowl again for quite some time (if ever), we might as well get the most out of this one.

posted by bender at 04:21 PM on January 23

I would love to see (for the sake of watching the announcers lose their shit) a repeat of the Philly game from earlier this season.

posted by grum@work at 04:33 PM on January 23

Arsne Wenger is upset that Chelsea are selling Juan Mata to Man U after they've finished playing Man U. That just comes off as sour grapes to me. Is there some sort of Gentleman's Agreement you have to risk losing to your former player when making a transfer among the big clubs?

If you look at his actual quotes, I think it is bit more of a criticism of the length and timing of the transfer window generally (with a "Veeeeerrrrry curious that they did not sell a week ago" thrown in for good measure). But absent the EPL adopting a winter break between Game 19 and Game 20 and having a transfer window coterminous with that break, not sure there is really any way to ever make it completely "fair" (in terms of some team or another being seen as being advantaged or disadvantaged based on the timing of the move and the number of head-to-heads with the transferring and buying teams).

posted by holden at 05:37 PM on January 23

If it means Bruno Mars freezes in his boots during the halftime show, I think that's a concession a lot of us are willing to make.

posted by Ufez Jones at 08:29 PM on January 23

Halftime shows...who actually watches them? Halftime during the Super Bowl is for a quick snack, taking a leak, and a couple shots of Black Velvet Caramel.

posted by dyams at 08:52 PM on January 23

James Gruden:

"I would be foolish to try to turn RGIII into a pocket passer. It would be foolish. The way he is as a runner, we have to take advantage of that. He strikes fear into defensive coordinators when he runs outside. I'm going to let him be himself."

Get your popcorn, the end of times are upon us!

posted by phaedon at 09:42 PM on January 23

Halftime shows...who actually watches them?

Me. I watch the commercials too, so I get no breaks for all 17 hours of the broadcast. I need to wear one of those bags in my pants like members of Congress do during filibusters.

posted by rcade at 10:12 PM on January 23

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