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Toronto Raptors Win NBA Championship

Van Vleet was enormous in that series.

posted by cixelsyd at 09:56 PM on June 16

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I just now found out about the trade. If Davis doesn't sign a long-term deal with the Lakers, they will effed for years to come.

posted by NoMich at 06:19 PM on June 16

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

LaVar Ball will now have to follow his son to a place that has less than half the population of Jacksonville and also has lots of residents who talk a good game and periodically like to make a spectacle of themselves. Il y a un dieu.

posted by beaverboard at 08:15 AM on June 16

Toronto Raptors Win NBA Championship

You want to see Toronto's reaction summed up in just one gif?

This is the one.

posted by grum@work at 02:23 PM on June 15

Toronto Raptors Win NBA Championship

MLSE (Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment) has had a pretty good run with most of their clubs the past few years:

Raptors 2019
Marlies 2018
Argonauts 2017
Raptors 905 2017
Toronto FC 2017

As beaverboard mentioned up-thread: Maple Leafs: You On The Clock!

posted by tommytrump at 11:53 AM on June 15

Toronto Raptors Win NBA Championship

No rest for the weary: Canada vs. NZ today at the World Cup for a chance to clinch a spot in the next round.

posted by beaverboard at 07:44 AM on June 15

Blues Win in Overtime to Tie Stanley Cup Final at 1

Congratulation to the Blues on their first Stanley Cup Final win in franchise history. Confidently it will be their first cup this year as well. custom assignment help

posted by Waltersmith at 06:12 AM on June 15

Toronto Raptors Win NBA Championship

(I shouldn't tease you when you are still celebrating a championship. Also, get away from the internet and celebrate some more.)

posted by NoMich at 08:13 PM on June 14

Toronto Raptors Win NBA Championship

The Bills will move up to Toronto and win a Super Bowl before the Leafs win a Cup

posted by NoMich at 08:12 PM on June 14

Toronto Raptors Win NBA Championship

1967: Leafs Win

1993: Blue Jays Win

2019: Raptors Win

2045: Leafs Win?

(I hope it isn't a real pattern...)

posted by grum@work at 07:56 PM on June 14

Toronto Raptors Win NBA Championship

Maple Leafs new team motto:

"We On The Clock"

posted by beaverboard at 07:16 PM on June 14

Toronto Raptors Win NBA Championship

I'm here.
(As a man in his late 40s and a father, there really isn't much celebration I can do during the week. I also live too far from Toronto to go to the parade on Monday, but I work from home that day so I'll have it on TV for sure.)

It's quite amazing. To give you an idea of what it is like to be a Toronto sports fan and to have lived through so much close-but-no-cigar moments (Leafs, Raptors, Blue Jays, even TFC once)...

When there was 0.9 seconds on the clock, the Raptors were up by 1, and Kawhi Leonard (career 83.5% FT shooter in the playoffs) is lining up to take a technical foul shot, and Toronto was going to get the ball back to inbound it, I was STILL not ready to start celebrating.

All I could do was run through the minuscule possibilities of it going horribly wrong.

EVEN when he sunk that free throw (2 point lead) and then was fouled, I STILL wasn't ready to jump around.

It wasn't until he sunk both of the free throws (4 point lead, 0.9 second left) that I started celebrating. Even then I watched the screen to see the inbound play...

I stayed up until 2:30am going over every video/article of post-game celebrations, interviews, fan reactions, pundit responses (suck it hard, Skip Bayless!)...I didn't want to go to sleep.

There are lots of little videos that made me giggle with glee to watch.

Canadian Parliament Finally Agrees On Something

VanVleet's Last Question (Jump to 366 seconds in...)

Raptors Prepares His "Kawhi Stays" Pitch

posted by grum@work at 07:15 PM on June 14

Toronto Raptors Win NBA Championship

Nothing about Drake? At all? Where's our sense of perspective?

posted by beaverboard at 07:14 PM on June 14

Toronto Raptors Win NBA Championship

I don't expect to hear from grum before then

posted by NoMich at 04:42 PM on June 14

The 15th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Edm by 8; Cal by 4; BC by 3.

posted by JPR at 12:54 PM on June 14

The 15th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Edmonton by 15

Calgary by 21

BC by 3

posted by Reever at 12:54 PM on June 14

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Bummed that Claire Emslie is not starting for Scotland today. Her work rate in the last match was remarkable. Not that she would help make her team's back line better organized.

posted by beaverboard at 09:37 AM on June 14

Toronto Raptors Win NBA Championship

And also a huzzah to our friends up there in Canada that are Raptors fans. Hope you had fun last night!

Party's still on. I suspect through the weekend, parade is on Monday. ;-)

posted by tommytrump at 09:32 AM on June 14

Toronto Raptors Win NBA Championship

And also a huzzah to our friends up there in Canada that are Raptors fans. Hope you had fun last night!

posted by NoMich at 07:50 AM on June 14

Toronto Raptors Win NBA Championship

10 of the 13 NBA and NHL 2019 finals games were won by the road team.

Raptors road title win = impressive feat, fans get to roam the downtown and cheer on the team, no added crush of out of town folks in the metro area, fans get to greet the team at the airport when they return, then have a victory parade to boot.

Plus you get to see fans of the opposing team silenced on live TV. A NBA road title win might actually be preferable.

And your home arena didn't have to suffer the usual title win celebration impact. The only thing you miss is the euphoria directly experienced by a few thousand ticketholders if it were a home game, and they're a small percentage of the fan base.

However, if I were a hockey fan, I'd want to see my team win the Cup at home. With all that tradition, the pride of seeing the trophy presented and skated around on home ice, etc.

posted by beaverboard at 07:18 AM on June 14

Toronto Raptors Win NBA Championship

I had a very pleasant sports night tonight. I got to see two storied minor league teams play: the Toledo Mud Hens v. the Durham Bulls on a very beautiful night. Then I got home in time to see the Raptors win their first title. Huzzah to sports!

posted by NoMich at 11:55 PM on June 13

St. Louis Blues Win First Stanley Cup

Thanks for finding that clip, tahoemoj. Not to take anything away from Schenn's goal, but Jaden Schwartz's puck-handling there was just gorgeous.

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:59 PM on June 13

The 15th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Saskatchewan by 11
Edmonton by 3
Calgary by 9
Winnipeg by 11

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:58 PM on June 13

St. Louis Blues Win First Stanley Cup

I don't know how to embed a gif in a post (I think someone tried to teach me a few years back, but I'm ...simple).

However, THIS IS MARVELOUS.

Watching Marchand make that "ole!" play and then skate to the bench for a horrible change warms the cockles of my heart.

posted by tahoemoj at 08:07 PM on June 13

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Security video shows David Ortiz being shot (not graphic but disturbing).

posted by rcade at 06:25 PM on June 13

The 15th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Picking CFL games while the Raptors are still playing basketball is strange.

Hamilton by 10. Go Tabbies!

Edmonton by 15.

Ottawa by 6.

Winnipeg by 9.

posted by rcade at 05:19 PM on June 13

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Benedict Cumberbatch has vigorously refused to play the lead role in any film biography of Alexi Lalas.

The actor was thought to have said: "I have a career and a legacy to think of".

posted by beaverboard at 01:07 PM on June 13

St. Louis Blues Win First Stanley Cup

I think the Stars gave the Blues the most trouble in the playoffs.

posted by rcade at 11:29 AM on June 13

St. Louis Blues Win First Stanley Cup

What a crazy, improbable run by a team that still officially has an interim head coach and a 25-year-old rookie goaltender. Boston came out swinging heavy in that first period and Binny just shut them down. Hell of a series. Hell of a night in my neighborhood, too.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:31 AM on June 13

St. Louis Blues Win First Stanley Cup

According to this article

According to the NHL, the Blues were the 35th team in league history to make the playoffs after having ranked last overall at any point after their 20th game. They're also the seventh team since the 1967 expansion to make the playoffs after ranking last overall at any point after New Year's Day.

posted by kokaku at 09:48 AM on June 13

St. Louis Blues Win First Stanley Cup

Congratulations to the Blues and our fellow Spofites who happen to be Blues fans! I hope y'all are still out celebrating your first (and probably not your last with this particular line-up) Stanley Cup.

posted by NoMich at 07:33 AM on June 13

St. Louis Blues Win First Stanley Cup

Wonder how many teams have gone from worst in the league to champs in half a season. In any sport. Can't be too many of them.

posted by beaverboard at 07:23 AM on June 13

St. Louis Blues Win First Stanley Cup

The Blues played a solid game tonight and Binnington won it for them. The B's first line was a liability which is not what one should be saying about their team's first line.

posted by kokaku at 11:03 PM on June 12

The 15th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

The annual appearance of Dr. John is as sure a sign of spring here in Lower Quebec (otherwise known as the Merrimack Valley area of NH) as is the influx of the many species of Warblers that come north each year.. No longer do I face the prospect of calling balls ans strikes while wearing my fleece long johns; no longer need I keep the snow blower gassed up and ready to roll. Dr. John is here; I have replaced the mailbox post after it was nearly destroyed by the snow plow again and the barbecue grill has replaced the snowblower at the side of the deck. YES!!! IT IS SPRING!!! Time to make a fool of myself as I try to figure out why the presence of the twelfth player has me so completely befuddled. Bring it on, CFL, I'm ready for you.

Striped Cats will hiss and claw, but will succumb to the Riders. Saskatchewan by 8

Little Larks will act more like clay pigeons at the shooting range. Edmonton by 11

The bi-colored overachievers will not be able to withstand the rampaging quadrupeds. Calgary by 14

Can the Bombers fly? Not under the weight of large cats. BC by 6

posted by Howard_T at 09:22 PM on June 12

The 15th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Saskatchewan by 3

Edmonton by 12

Calgary by 17

Winnipeg by 3

posted by ic23b at 06:57 PM on June 12

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Twitter has hashed and rehashed the USWNT win. Amazingly the wiki page on Blowout (sports) does a good job explaining the ethics and sportsmanship angle of blowouts.

As I read through the blowouts, it is interesting what side fans and the public fall. The Covenant School 100-0 win over Dallas Academy is so bad that Covenant's administration called for a forfeit of its own win, calling it "shameful and an embarrassment." But no one probably says the same about Secretariat winning by 31 lengths at the Belmont Stakes.

posted by prof at 05:38 PM on June 12

The 15th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Hamilton by 2
Montreal by 1
Ottawa by 16
B.C. by 11

posted by bender at 10:20 AM on June 12

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Ridiculous?

No, classless. But expected.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:18 AM on June 12

The 15th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Saskatchewan by 6

Edmonton by 17

Calgary by 10

B.C. by 12

posted by jjzucal at 09:35 AM on June 12

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

MotoGP is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year.

#MotoGP70: How it all began

MotoGP: An illustrated history of the sport's 70 years

posted by NoMich at 08:11 AM on June 12

The 15th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Hamilton by 17

Edmonton by 23

Calgary by 4

BC by 3

posted by jagsnumberone at 12:29 AM on June 12

The 15th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Hamilton by 14

Edmonton by 21

Calgary by 5

Winnipeg by 10

posted by tommytrump at 07:11 PM on June 11

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I didn't see if Heath, Ertz, or Lavelle were subbed off due to injury, but leaving Alex Morgan in to score 5 against Thailand is ridiculous. As is subbing in 3 attacking players.

posted by beaverboard at 05:00 PM on June 11

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I heard even Chris Webber was criticizing Nick Nurse's "kill our own momentum" timeout with 3 minutes left last night. And then he doesn't take one to setup some type of play with the ball and a chance to win the series.

Honestly, Nurse has come up with some decent moves on the defensive end this series but offensively aside from Gasol setting screens I can't recall them scoring off of a set play ("give the ball to Kawhi and get out of his way" is not a set play). Golden State, on the other hand, is getting a good chunk of their points off of the same 2 set offensive plays.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:22 AM on June 11

The 15th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Thanks for organizing this again, Drj.

He who normally finishes last must submit picks first:

Hamilton by 3

Edmonton by 13

Calgary by 10

Winnipeg by 4

posted by cixelsyd at 11:12 AM on June 11

The 15th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

For us Americanos, it looks like we will still be able to catch a few games on ESPN and (maybe?) all of the games if you subscribe to ESPN+.

posted by NoMich at 07:55 AM on June 11

The 15th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

THE PICK 'EM - What we do

It's a Canadian tradition: every June, we celebrate the reappearance of the sun by drop-kicking a frozen pig through the last remaining pair of icicles. Then we go back inside to watch football until there's more than 6 hours of sunlight each day (July 27 through August 8). We kill time by picking winners and spreads for each game. Why not join us?

THE SEASON - When we do it

The season kicks off this Thursday night and runs for 20 weeks through the summer. There are generally four games per week, mostly running from Thursday to Sunday.

If you're in Canada, you'll find the games on TSN. If you're in the States or elsewhere, there's some sort of newfangled streaming option, along with occasional games on ESPN when they run out of poker content.

THE RULES - How we do it

Here's how it works. You pick who you think will win, and by how much. You then get points based on the result:

  • Picked the winner? You get 1 point.
  • Picked the winner, and a spread within the Margin of Error? You get 2 points.
  • Picked the winner, and you nailed the spread right on? You get 3 points.
  • Didn't pick the winner, but nailed the spread right on? You get 1 point.

What's the Margin of Error?

It's a window around the spread that's defined as

spread - round(0.3 * spread) <= Margin of Error <= spread + round(0.3 * spread)

So you can get rewarded for being close to the spread even if you're not spot-on. The bigger the spread, the bigger the margin of error, so you don't have to be as accurate when predicting a blowout as you would when predicting a close game. Here are some examples:

Actual Spread Margin Starts at Margin Ends at
111
435
759
11814
201426

So if you picked Toronto by 15, here's how you'd fare given certain outcomes:

OutcomeYour score
Toronto by 202 points (winner + spread within MoE)
Toronto by 101 point (winner only)
Toronto by 153 points (winner + nailed spread)
Hamilton by 151 point (nailed spread only)
Hamilton by 430 points (and deservedly so)

Any questions?

THE GAMES, WEEK ONE - Where we start

In lieu of attempting to sum up each team's status in a single sentence, for this opening week I'm just linking to season preview pages for each of 'em. Some previews are still in the works; will update as they become available.

All times are EDT.

Saskatchewan Roughriders (Preview) @ Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Preview) - Thursday, June 13, 7:30pm

Montreal Alouettes (Preview) @ Edmonton (Preview TBD) - Friday, June 14, 9:00pm

Ottawa Redblacks (Preview TBD) @ Calgary Stampeders (Preview) - Saturday, June 15, 7:00pm

Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Preview) @ B.C. Lions (Preview) - Saturday, June 15, 10:00pm

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:44 PM on June 10

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Sadly, probably

posted by NoMich at 07:02 PM on June 10

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Does that mean "Ice up, son!" is over?

posted by beaverboard at 04:03 PM on June 10

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

"Go fish the ball out of the ocean" is my new saying whenever anyone gives me shit about anything

posted by NoMich at 11:31 AM on June 10

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Crossing my fingers that the Raptors will wear eye pleasing unis tonight as they continue their title quest.

Last game, they wore the garish red Traffic Safety / Magna Carta sets, which continued the painful trend of visiting teams beating the Warriors at Oracle in ugly kits. Most notable in that category are LeBron's lucky black Cleveland outfits from 2016 with the sleeved shirts, Pittsburgh Pirates gold crew neck, and spiky maroon "C" that they shamelessly swiped from the Carolina Hurricanes.

posted by beaverboard at 08:09 AM on June 10

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

David Ortiz reportedly shot in Dominican Republic

posted by tommytrump at 11:01 PM on June 09

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

With less than 1 week to the start of the CFL season,
the Montreal Alouettes and Head Coach Mike Sherman agree to "part ways".

posted by tommytrump at 11:24 AM on June 08

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

A woman's place is in the house. Today's the day.

posted by beaverboard at 12:10 PM on June 07

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

+100!

posted by billsaysthis at 11:02 AM on June 07

Fan Who Shoved Raptors Player is a Warriors Owner

The only thing more Jacksonville would be if he'd made it in bumper nuts.

posted by rcade at 10:40 AM on June 07

Fan Who Shoved Raptors Player is a Warriors Owner

It's a daggone good thing I went into the live bait and muskrat business. Seems like if I'd a gone into venture capital, I would've been shown the door round here a good while ago.

That's what I like about Mr. Khan of Jag Dynasty. He made his money in truck bumpers. Hell yeah.

posted by beaverboard at 08:06 AM on June 07

Fan Who Shoved Raptors Player is a Warriors Owner

Does he have enough money that the NBA gives him a pass, or do they ban him like they would any other fan who engaged a player?

A one year ban from NBA arenas, a $500,000 fine.

posted by tommytrump at 11:02 PM on June 06

Fan Who Shoved Raptors Player is a Warriors Owner

Guy did it while hiding behind a woman, no less. Doesn't surprise me at all knowing first hand the character of most investment capitalists.

Does he have enough money that the NBA gives him a pass, or do they ban him like they would any other fan who engaged a player?

posted by cixelsyd at 10:29 PM on June 06

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Coaches and trainers should go to jail over this athlete heatstroke death.

posted by rcade at 10:10 PM on June 06

Fan Who Shoved Raptors Player is a Warriors Owner

I, for one, am shocked SHOCKED I TELL YOU to see a Silicon Valley venture capitalist/tech bro behaving in such an entitled manner.

And although the "shove" was closer to a "nudge," I understand the whole "you purposefully make contact with a player, you're out" policy. There really isn't room for discretion there.

posted by tahoemoj at 07:34 PM on June 06

Fan Who Shoved Raptors Player is a Warriors Owner

The weird shove reminds me of how British soccer fans react when an opposing player tumbles into the crowd. They always look murderous.

This past season Sunderland's Luke O'Nien was kicked by a Portsmouth fan. O'Nien declined to press charges. He said after the game it was "just a bit of handbags" and added, "I've seen my little cousin hit harder than that."

posted by rcade at 04:06 PM on June 06

Fan Who Shoved Raptors Player is a Warriors Owner

I'm surprised the owner went so quickly and willingly and didn't try to pull a "Do you know who I am?" act. It would have been interesting if he had refused to go. He had a credentials badge and the whole bit.

If the Warriors' reign is coming to a close, I was hoping it would end valiantly. But now it's taken an ugly turn. Especially since Stevens shoved someone of Lowry's stature. This has nothing to do with the Golden State players, but the haters won't care.

[The Ken Follett version of this is that Lacob paid Stevens to do it while purposely holding Thompson and Durant out of action so that viewership and interest would increase upon their dramatic return. The series would be extended by losses in their absence while building the image of the Raptors as an imposing foe that would have to be miraculously overcome (and also increasing broadcast revenue), and the Warriors could win the title at home in Game 6, the last game to be played at Oracle].

posted by beaverboard at 03:42 PM on June 06

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

You guys are alright.

posted by bender at 03:05 PM on June 06

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

How much of this is due to the somewhat lopsided pairings in the early rounds of the playoffs. 1 vs 8 and 2 vs 7 might be considered mismatches.

I thought about this also and the fact that the stronger team has more home games. It would be interesting to look at just the final round of the playoffs for NBA, NHL, and MLB.


Also with the current NFL playoff schedule where conference winner gets home game against a wild card team. The conference winner could be a weak team in a weak conference and that would skew the statistics a bit.

posted by prof at 10:05 AM on June 06

Pirates broadcaster complains about Reds player and goes too far.

Do the Pirates have anyone in an announcing booth who isn't a full of shit curmudgeon?

A few years ago they had a guy by the name of Tim Neverett who was from Nashua, NH. He did radio for the Red Sox for a couple of years, but left after last season. His brother Bill is a middle school teacher, had my son in gym class, and was a baseball coach at the high school. By coincidence I umpired a game with Bill this season, and we had some fun talking about a time when he was the JV coach and gave me, then a new umpire, an unsolicited and unfavorable critique of my umpiring abilities.

posted by Howard_T at 08:15 PM on June 05

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

How much of this is due to the somewhat lopsided pairings in the early rounds of the playoffs. 1 vs 8 and 2 vs 7 might be considered mismatches.

I certainly think that parity comes into play in this instance, as well. An 8 vs. 1 matchup in the NBA is virtually a predetermined outcome. In the NHL, not so much.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:45 PM on June 05

Pirates broadcaster complains about Reds player and goes too far.

Do the Pirates have anyone in an announcing booth who isn't a full of shit curmudgeon?

posted by tahoemoj at 01:42 PM on June 05

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

the NBA has the highest home-field advantage with the home team winning at a better than 60%

How much of this is due to the somewhat lopsided pairings in the early rounds of the playoffs. 1 vs 8 and 2 vs 7 might be considered mismatches. Otherwise, it is something to consider, and I didn't realize the discrepancy was that great.

On baseball, field geometry is a large factor. Fenway Park offers challenges to the outfielders in the entire outfield. What many people miss is the advantage a left-handed batter who can hit to the opposite field gains from the short left field wall. 2 words illustrate: Wade Boggs.

posted by Howard_T at 01:03 PM on June 05

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

LOL. Always wanted to throw an epic managerial fit like the guy who crawled at second base and pretended he was throwing grenades at the pitcher's mound.

posted by rcade at 12:56 PM on June 05

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

qualified as catcher interference

Hang on a second until I get my umpire plate gear on.

OK. First of all there are 2 types of catcher's obstruction -- the team at bat can commit Interference, and the team in the field can commit obstruction. The most common is when the catcher inadvertently contacts the bat during a swing. That is obviously not what we're talking about here. The other is when a runner is obstructed when trying to reach a base. There is a further interpretation that occurs when a fielder blocks a base, and is particularly used when a catcher blocks the plate. In the video the runner does exactly what she should in order to avoid contact; that is, she must slide, evade, or retreat. Had the catcher been standing in the baseline waiting for the ball, and the runner had to change direction to avoid, it's clearly obstruction. The runner is awarded the base she is attempting to reach, and in any case one base past the last one legally occupied.

In this play there is no obstruction. The catcher entered the baseline while making a play on the ball. There can be no obstruction in this case. The general interpretation is that a fielder is entitled to her position in order to make a play, and if a runner interferes, the runner is out. In the video, the play happened quickly, with the catcher moving into the baseline as the runner is on her. Had the runner contacted the catcher without making an effort to avoid, she could have been called out, even if the catcher had dropped the ball. Had the collision been deliberate, the runner could also have been ejected. The latter part of the obstruction/interference rule at the plate, that is for ejection, is of fairly recent vintage and is chiefly meant to prolong the life expectancy of the catcher.

Back to the bench before I toss you.

posted by Howard_T at 12:47 PM on June 05

Project: Phenom

I'll never be over that win!!!!!!

posted by billsaysthis at 11:39 AM on June 05

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The college softball World Series ended on a great play, but it made me wonder whether it would've qualified as catcher interference if it turned out differently.

posted by rcade at 09:46 AM on June 05

Project: Phenom

Thanks for this, Bill (although surprised you're enough over the Champions League celebrations to post). Great read.

posted by holden at 01:12 AM on June 05

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

the NBA has the highest home-field advantage with the home team winning at a better than 60%

No doubt. Bet a whole lot that the foul and free throw discrepancy aligns with this.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:12 PM on June 04

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Is there any analysis of home / visitor playoff win percentages with the 2-2-1-1-1 vs. 2-3-2 formats?

posted by beaverboard at 10:07 PM on June 04

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I realize that I forgot to link the BR article in the last post. Instead, how about some more thorough statistical analysis from FiveThirtyEight?

posted by tahoemoj at 04:18 PM on June 04

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

tahoemoj: thanks for the info on the rule change for faceoffs. I was wondering why I would sometimes see a home team player put his stick down in the faceoff circle first.

posted by NoMich at 01:17 PM on June 04

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

and on a face off the visitor must put his stick down first.

Not since 2015, actually. Rule 76.4 was changed for the 2015 season, and now reads:

"At the eight face-off spots (excluding center ice face-off spot), the defending player shall place his stick within the designated white area first followed immediately by the attacking player. When the face-off is conducted at the center ice face-off spot, the visiting player shall place his stick on the ice first."

So that element of home-ice has been negated.

I'm a bit lazy to look up raw statistics, but this Bleacher Report article from 2013 (I know, questionable source) indicates that, in the playoffs at least, the NBA has the highest home-field advantage with the home team winning at a better than 60% clip.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:30 PM on June 04

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Home field in baseball is also a huge advantage defensively. With almost all fields having different dimensions having familiarity with the boundaries and how to play balls is huge.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:30 AM on June 04

Project: Phenom

A good read that covers many angles on the topic. No matter your thoughts on the topic, my guess is they are covered in the article.

posted by prof at 11:27 AM on June 04

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

In the end, the Orioles did exactly what they needed to do by picking Rutschman

posted by BornIcon at 11:12 AM on June 04

Project: Phenom

This is a great article however you feel about her as a player, her parents, and anyone else involved in the story.

posted by kokaku at 11:10 AM on June 04

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Grum, how much of a factor is it that baseball is the only sport without a standard playing field shape/size (in the outfield at least)?

posted by kokaku at 08:32 AM on June 04

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Baseball has the greatest advantage without taking into account stadium/location/fans/home-cooking/whatever.

Having the ability to bat in the bottom of the last inning is huge. The winning percentage for all teams in every game averages out to .500 (obviously). The home team winning percentage in MLB is .550 (and therefore the visiting team winning percentage is .450).

That 100 point difference in winning percentage is like comparing an 89 win team with a 73 win team.

Batting last is more advantageous than any other rules difference in any other sport.

posted by grum@work at 11:45 PM on June 03

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

This thought occurred to me as I was watching the Stanley Cup playoffs tonight. In which of the major professional sports does playing at home offer the greatest advantage? There are 2 factors to consider, perhaps a 3rd that I will mention later. The first factor is the rules. For example in hockey, the home team gets the last personnel change, and on a face off the visitor must put his stick down first. The second factor is the crowd. Many players, particularly in basketball, claim that they gain energy from a loud home crowd. In football, a loud crowd can cause the visiting offense to alter its snap counts. The final factor is the rest and comfort available to a team on a long home stand.

What is the opinion of the pundits of Sports Filter? Name your preference and give a bit of justification. For me it's hockey. I believe all 3 factors strongly favor the home team. The idea of the last line change is an important factor, but the home crowd and sleeping in your own bed are also big.

posted by Howard_T at 10:57 PM on June 03

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Bogut may be less fluid than granite, but he did outscore the Raptors 6-0 when he was on the court last night.

posted by cixelsyd at 05:03 PM on June 03

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Yes! (?)

posted by bender at 02:12 PM on June 03

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I guess Trent Bridge is known for allowing teams to strike for big runs and that was certainly the case today. England fell short, but not by much. Excellent bowling and fielding by Pakistan with Wahab coming close to getting a hat trick

posted by NoMich at 02:11 PM on June 03

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Pakistan hung a whopping 349 on England today, but at 250 runs with a little over 11 overs to go for England, will they be able to catch up?

posted by NoMich at 12:53 PM on June 03

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Boogie Cousins scored highly on the post-game Lacob Love Meter last night.

Bogut has become slower than late career Artis Gilmore, which scientists had not thought was possible.

posted by beaverboard at 12:11 PM on June 03

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

CFL has taken ownership of the Montreal Alouettes

posted by tommytrump at 11:51 AM on June 01

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Caf Champions League: Esperance awarded win after Wydad VAR controversy but... strange to me that the home side was awarded the win when the refs decided the game couldn't continue.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:10 AM on June 01

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

ECHL says Colorado won't return the Kelly Cup. Team says not true

posted by tommytrump at 11:02 AM on June 01

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Pascal Siakam made 11 straight field goals, the longest streak in an NBA Finals game in 20 years.

posted by rcade at 08:28 PM on May 31

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Just caught a bit of the replay of last night's NBA game. Warriors are loading up on defense with all focus on Kawhi. There are open shots all over the floor anytime he touches the ball for anyone but Leonard as they are doubling and sagging in. If any other Raptor can shoot a decent percentage they have a chance at winning this series. Do they have the next Robert Horry on the current roster?

posted by cixelsyd at 03:29 PM on May 31

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Championship Round

My picks:

Warriors in 7
Top point scorer: Klay Thompson
Top rebounder: Kawhi Leonard
Game 1 winner: Warriors
Most points single game: Warriors


Series MVP: Klay Thompson
Most technical fouls: Serge Ibaka
First Durant game: Game 4
Winning team points last game: 108

Not what I want to happen, but I'm guessing probably will.

posted by Ufez Jones at 08:46 PM on May 30

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Championship Round

Drake wearing the Dell Curry Raptors jersey is *miming chef's kiss*.

posted by grum@work at 08:33 PM on May 30

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Championship Round

When Giannis trains for greater physical discipline and body control, he'll be in this pick 'em.

posted by beaverboard at 08:03 PM on May 30

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Championship Round

Revised picks:

Top rebounder: Green

posted by Howard_T at 06:53 PM on May 30

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