June 19, 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 - 20 comments

What is the purpose of the half circle right outside the box on a soccer pitch?

posted by rcade at 11:29 AM on June 19

So when someone is taking a penalty kick, the other players have to give him space at the start of his run up. No one but the kicker can stand in that area.

posted by grum@work at 11:54 AM on June 19

You have to give a player at least ten yards of space at dead ball situations, (like penalties) - that half circle is 10 yards from the penalty spot.

I guess I shouldn't take almost an hour to type a reply.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:45 PM on June 19

Tom Brady may or may not have mentioned to someone at Wes Welker's wedding that Bill Belichick may or may not have had a copy of the New York Jets' playbook.

This is shocking news. I had no idea the Jets had a playbook.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:57 PM on June 19

Apparently they don't:

"In the profile, he explains why he prefers not to have a thick playbook, saying he doesn't like to include 'graduate-level information' because of the possibility of it ending up in enemy hands."

Seems obvious Tom Brady would get loaded and start mouthing off about something that would cause an uproar if true.
"We know in places like New England, it's only a matter of time that they somehow mysteriously end up with our playbook," Pettine said.

Really? I mean it's inevitable free agents will bring ideas or even playbooks with them and I don't know how important they really are given over a couple of years of film you could work out 95% of the playbook, but the logic here escapes me. Given this is a story whose only source is Mike Pettine and a bunch of hearsay, I can't imagine it leading on Sportscenter for more than a few months. God, I hope Aaron Hernandez has a copy hidden in his cell toilet.

posted by yerfatma at 01:03 PM on June 19

Thanks. I never noticed the players standing outside of that circle on PKs.

posted by rcade at 01:07 PM on June 19

Tom Brady may or may not have mentioned to someone at Wes Welker's wedding that Bill Belichick may or may not have had a copy of the New York Jets' playbook.

Just so I have the chain of information correct:

The reporter (Rich Cimini) heard it from Jets assistant Mike Pettine, who heard it from former Jets assistant Mike Smith, who heard it from Tom Brady.

It's also quite possible that Tom Brady said that Belichick had a copy of the "Met playbill", referring to the Metropolitan Opera's cast list, but given the hearsay chain involved, it got a bit scrambled.

posted by grum@work at 01:31 PM on June 19

I guess not having a playbook makes sense. It must be hard to draw up the butt fumble.

Deciding which crayon to use, for a start.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:31 PM on June 19

About the Power I Left 23 Power Lead Recumbent Break Dive --

The Jets don't run that play any more and took it out of the playbook.

They had no choice. Mark Sanchez is no longer with the team.

posted by beaverboard at 01:32 PM on June 19

I wuz typing while Mr. B wuz posting. He's the winner of the Scott's Posterior Turf Care Award.

posted by beaverboard at 01:36 PM on June 19

Can someone explain how Yaya Toure was not sweaty at all at the jersey exchange? He's the anti-Patrick Ewing.

posted by yerfatma at 01:56 PM on June 19

And the Belichick playbook story is now on ESPN's "The Lead" ticker. Might be time to swap to Univision.

posted by yerfatma at 02:09 PM on June 19

Is the ticker long enough for all the soft, he said/she said, may/may not language?

posted by Mr Bismarck at 02:14 PM on June 19

I was not surprised but still disappointed at how excited the Univision broadcast team got toward the end of Colombia - Cote d'Ivoire, when the result was becoming assured. In their glee (and drive to stoke their large Colombian-American constituency), they glossed over a bad call on Drogba for a phantom foul while CIV was trying to mount a final attack. CIV was creating chances and might have made something happen if given a fair opportunity.

posted by beaverboard at 02:50 PM on June 19

Are you telling me the guys who are famous for screaming "GOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLL!" lack some objectivity and distance?

posted by yerfatma at 03:26 PM on June 19

They are often more balanced about the goal yelling than about other stuff.

They gave Cahill a full Goalazo! straight away the moment he struck his volley for the Roos.

It's interesting to note the differences in the goal yells. Some of the guys will do an initial septal and glottal down dip to help load up any available interior free space before releasing the manliest possible yell. So you get a "IIUUMM-GOOOAAALLL!"

It's like listening to Gus Johnson trying to become the next Teddy Pendergrass.

posted by beaverboard at 03:56 PM on June 19

Wimbledon begins play Monday. If anyone has interest in a fantasy game for it, I'm looking for suggestions for a local game as a coding project and interesting games offered elsewhere.

posted by rcade at 05:01 PM on June 19

The reporter (Rich Cimini) heard it from Jets assistant Mike Pettine, who heard it from former Jets assistant Mike Smith, who heard it from Tom Brady.

Smith supposedly heard it from someone at Wes Welker's wedding. The story is that during a Patriots - Jets game, Brady told a couple of Jets linebackers that NE had a copy of their playbook. Sounds like the estimable Mr. B was putting some ideas into the heads of the Jets' defense. Brady talk trash? Oh really, not the saintly Tom.

posted by Howard_T at 10:42 PM on June 19

"I'm upset about it because I think this is an example of problems that plague our industry," said Bedard. "I wrote over three thousand words on Mike Pettine . . . this was just a funny anecdote in the story. It was Mike Pettine busting some chops. A story about Tom Brady busting the Jets' chops. That's all it was. It's ridiculous, all of this. Any insinuation that Bill Belichick, that he gained some sort of edge, that they stole playbooks or anything like that. For anybody to take that out of my piece is flat out wrong."
Sure thing Greg. Who would have had any idea that would get noticed?

posted by yerfatma at 10:39 AM on June 20

Greg Bedard doesn't get to decide that an element of his story is only a funny anecdote and shouldn't be taken seriously.

When I was a reporter, I hated it when one of my peers whined about a story being presented by a source in the wrong context. We were in the business of putting things in context. Having it done to us was fair play.

posted by rcade at 02:57 PM on June 20

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