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April 10, 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 - 11 comments

Not that I think Spikes enjoyed his time in New England, it's a bit of a leap to tie his "4 years a slave" comment directly to the Patriots, rather than the NFL free agency rules.

posted by yerfatma at 10:46 AM on April 10

You probably didn't watch the Astros/Dodgers game on TV on Monday.
In fact, according to the numbers, nobody did.

posted by grum@work at 11:14 AM on April 10

It is rumored that if Atlético Madrid draw Chelsea in the Champions' League, they will have to forgo the services of their star keeper as his loan deal requires a payment of €3 million per game that he plays against Chelsea, which would mean €6 million if they draw each other in the semi-finals tomorrow.

posted by yerfatma at 02:51 PM on April 10

Billy Hamilton scores from third on a pop fly so shallow the second baseman almost took it.

posted by rcade at 05:38 PM on April 10

Billy Hamilton scores from third

That was great stuff, but I think as a Reds fan, I was happier with the fact that he has been getting on base the past few games (4 times yesterday!). He had a triple in the first inning of the game that would have been a close double for most players. He also tagged up from second on a shallow fly ball to right to get into position to be plated by the next batter. If the dude can get on base 30% of the time, he is going to score a shit ton of runs that nobody since Vince Coleman would have scored.

posted by tahoemoj at 05:54 PM on April 10

That running display makes me want to watch Reds games. Fans are going to have some fun every time he's on base.

Meanwhile, here's two words you don't want to hear your closer use to describe himself: dead arm.

posted by rcade at 06:43 PM on April 10

That running display makes me want to watch Reds games. Fans are going to have some fun every time he's on base.

Meanwhile, here's two words you don't want to hear your closer use to describe himself: dead arm.

posted by rcade at 06:43 PM on April 10

here's two words you don't want to hear your closer use to describe himself: dead arm.

Especially if he's a new to the team this year. It's almost like signing a 39 year-old with a history of injuries to a multi-year deal to be your closer is a bad idea. Guess Detroit will be taking a bad turn with Albuquerque again.

posted by yerfatma at 09:47 PM on April 10

It is rumored that if Atltico Madrid draw Chelsea in the Champions' League, they will have to forgo the services of their star keeper as his loan deal requires a payment of 3 million per game that he plays against Chelsea, which would mean 6 million if they draw each other in the semi-finals tomorrow.

When I read that earlier, I wondered who thinks up some of these weird/amazing clauses in playing contracts? Blackburn Rovers got relegated a couple of seasons ago and the manager wasn't allowed by the team owners to pick his best players because they were due expensive appearance fees.

But this one actually anticipated Chelsea playing Atletico at some stage. Normally, loan contracts would just prevent the club from playing the loanee, but the payment clause adds a whole new dimension to the manager's and owner's selection process.

posted by owlhouse at 10:55 PM on April 10

And now UEFA is telling Chelsea to pound sand. While I'm happy that Athleti could now play Courtois (the article wonders whether it would damage relations between the clubs), UEFA's logic seems a little strange: if it's never been allowed to have these kinds of clauses, why aren't the explicitly outlawed?

posted by yerfatma at 08:11 AM on April 11

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