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February 03, 2014

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 - 16 comments

Barcelona lost and The Joker was sent off for Real . . .

allowing Athlético to go top.

posted by yerfatma at 09:04 AM on February 03

Super Bowl summary in one animated .gif:

posted by grum@work at 09:59 AM on February 03

posted by ursus_comiter at 12:30 PM on February 03

The Superbowl in one gif

posted by nubs at 01:04 PM on February 03

Adam Schefter spent some time on Sportscenter reminding us dimwits that Pete Carroll was "the bridge between Parcells and Belichick in New England" and partly responsible for the success of Belichick's defense. No offense to Carroll and what he achieved, but that's a really positive spin on what was essentially a .500 record and a team that gave Belichick his only sub-.500 record with the Pats the next year. By that logic why not credit Parcells? Or Dick MacPherson?

As part of ESPN's obligatory Jump to Conclusions post-championship coverage, the secret to the Seahawks is undrafted free agents. And drafting well in later rounds because a number of their starters weren't drafted in the first 3 rounds. They don't need an ombudsman so much as Aristotle.

posted by yerfatma at 01:10 PM on February 03

Went up to Lincoln, NH to watch the Super Bowl with my son who was up skiing at Loon Mt. Didn't bring my laptop with me, so I'm a bit late commenting on the game.

The game was really disappointing. I didn't much care about the outcome -- there really was no good outcome for a Patriots fan -- but it looked like Denver was never really ready to be there. Seattle showed the efficacy of good preparation, good execution of the things they normally do, and the benefits of having a really good defense.

The commercials this year were really disappointing. The only notable ones were the stray puppy and Clydesdale bit from Budweiser and the time machine thing from Doritos. The time machine one had been previewed, so it lost some of its impact for me. Did the people who buy the air time know something we did not?

I watched portions of both the Puppy Bowl and the Kitty Bowl until the "cuteness" factor threatened to raise my blood glucose levels beyond what is safe. The best thing about these two shows is that the animals are all up for adoption. I would have my name in for a couple of the kittens, but I already have 3 adult cats, and I am in no need of further spontaneous entertainment.

Now that football is finally out of the way, all I can say is "Pitchers and catchers report in 12 days".

posted by Howard_T at 02:23 PM on February 03

NFL Helmets, (AFC here), from a long time ago and far, far away.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 02:27 PM on February 03

Super Bowl summary in one animated .gif:

Source of this is Breaking Madden (not sure if it was posted here). Pretty amusing read and a decent depiction of what it felt like watching the Super Bowl as a Bronco fan.

posted by tron7 at 02:33 PM on February 03

Source of this is Breaking Madden (not sure if it was posted here). Pretty amusing read and a decent depiction of what it felt like watching the Super Bowl as a Bronco fan.

I came across that over the weekend, and I've been going through the past posts and I have to stop. My stomach hurts too much from laughing. I know they've also messed around with the NBA and NHL games, so I'll go looking for those as well when I'm done.

posted by grum@work at 02:47 PM on February 03

Now that football is finally out of the way, all I can say is "Pitchers and catchers report in 12 days".

I fear that historical moment is going to be overshadowed up here in Canada when this gets under way.

posted by grum@work at 02:49 PM on February 03

Side note:

For hockey nations, everyone seems to use the same colour combination, or similar design templates for their flags:

Thankfully, USA/Canada go off the board.

posted by grum@work at 02:55 PM on February 03

the secret to the Seahawks is ...

.. Having guys with linebacker size and 4.4 speed playing defensive back. If one was to rank the top 10 dbs in the NFL 4 would be Seahawks, including Chancellor at #1.

posted by cixelsyd at 03:55 PM on February 03

Yeah, if you were to construct a team from whole cloth to match against Peyton Manning, you'd come up with something much like the Seahawks. I'm amazed that "Defense wins championships" was given such short shrift by the talking heads (and Vegas) this time around.

posted by Etrigan at 04:16 PM on February 03

The "Breaking Madden" stuff was great. Found myself scaring the cats by laughing uncontrollably. The short gif of "Mom" being knocked over by the snap was eerily similar to Denver's first play from scrimmage.

posted by Howard_T at 05:12 PM on February 03

Cheating in cycling? Here's a new twist.

posted by owlhouse at 08:30 PM on February 03

Motors? Sounds like cyclists have taken Andy Zaltzman's advice on The Bugle seriously.

posted by yerfatma at 08:30 AM on February 04

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