May 10, 2017

SportsFilter: The Wednesday 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 - 7 comments

If anyone was watching Arsenal-Southampton today, I am flummoxed by the foul throw call against Alexis Sanchez. He had two feet on the ground. The crowd and announcers acted like it was blindingly obvious he committed a foul. What was it?

posted by rcade at 10:14 PM on May 10

Unfortunate to see the Cavs and Warriors ho-humming their way along and checking their manicures at their leisure while their prospective upcoming opponents are having to work their behinds off to prevail and will be gassed when the conference finals start.

More than ever, I wish that the Thunder had closed the deal and defeated Golden State last year. I'd love to see what things would look like now if that had happened.

posted by beaverboard at 10:57 PM on May 10

Aside from the Spurs prolonged greatness which we may be seeing the tail end of, the NBA is BORING. The best players all join together on 3 or 4 teams and any casual fan can pick at least 3 of the 4 conference finalists and probably both of the championship contenders at the beginning of the season. Throw in the bs officiating that teams get at home and the preferential treatment of the star players and it is downright annoying to watch. A team playing game 7 at home? Don't even bother watching - pre-order the t-shirt and get some exercise instead.

I did catch the last GS - Utah game the other night. The Warriors were killing Utah with their 8/9/10 players against Utah's starters. Utah has a decent young team but like most other teams can't compete with a crew of superstars. And they'll probably be worse next year when their best player decides to leave and join one of the top 3 or 4 teams that has a shot. Sad.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:18 PM on May 10

The interwebs won't let me see the Sanchez throw-in, but speaking of football incompetence, over the course of the Premier League season...

posted by owlhouse at 01:10 AM on May 11

It speaks to how I've come to understand the game I was so excited to see Everton had gotten off that particular leaderboard this year.

posted by yerfatma at 07:29 PM on May 11

If anyone was watching Arsenal-Southampton today, I am flummoxed by the foul throw call against Alexis Sanchez. He had two feet on the ground. The crowd and announcers acted like it was blindingly obvious he committed a foul. What was it?

It appears that I too am not authorized to watch any video of the foul throw, but I did find a series of stills of the throw.

From the stills it appears he starts the throw in with the ball above his head. A legal throw in delivers the ball from behind the head and over the head in one continuous motion.

posted by prof at 10:15 AM on May 15

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