Recent Comments by yerfatma

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Maybe it was because I only caught the last 30 minutes of the match, but I loved that dude. I fell apart when he called the Peruvian coach "Steven Tyler".

posted by yerfatma at 10:43 AM on June 18, 2018

World Cup Pick 'Em Contest: Win a World Cup Match Ball

I'd like to amend my answer for #4: it should be "Pick the team that will allow the fewest goals in the group stage: Uruguay".

posted by yerfatma at 01:44 PM on June 14, 2018

World Cup Pick 'Em Contest: Win a World Cup Match Ball

Group A: Egypt, Uruguay. Salah.
Group B: Portugal, Spain. Ronaldo
Group C: France, Denmark. Eriksen
Group D: Argentina, Nigeria. Messi
Group E: Brazil, Costa Rica. Jesus
Group F: Germany, Mexico. Timo Werner
Group G: Belgium, England. Lukaku
Group H: Senegal, Colombia. Mane

3. Pick the team that will score the most goals in the group stage: Belgium

4. Pick the team that will allow the least goals in the group stage: Uruguay

5. Pick the total number of red cards in the tournament: 6

6. Pick the total number of 0-0 scores in regulation in the tournament: 3

7. Pick a team that will score a goal in every match they play: Belgium

posted by yerfatma at 11:25 AM on June 14, 2018

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

We need to talk about Chris Davis.

posted by yerfatma at 03:33 PM on June 12, 2018

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

When Charlie Pierce finally hangs 'em up, I nominate David Roth as his replacement.

posted by yerfatma at 10:11 AM on June 07, 2018

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Jesus, Howard, I'm old, but not that old! Now to get myself some Nissen bread.

His father went through life pissed off because he was born too late to have Spencer Tracy star in a Hollywood rendition of his life story.

Yeah, I don't disagree, but I feel like Sean & Remy paired well together. And as overvalued as Wil was (he basically turned having Tom Coughlin and Bill Parcells' phone numbers into two decades of columns), name a current football columnist that might ever punch out a defensive back.

I take it back, I am that old.

posted by yerfatma at 08:43 PM on June 01, 2018

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Man I miss Don Orsillo. And maybe Sean McDonough. Definitely Ned Martin.

posted by yerfatma at 01:26 PM on June 01, 2018

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Seems like the cookies are now session-only, so yes, you have to sign in each time.

posted by yerfatma at 10:04 AM on May 30, 2018

SportsFilter Has Switched to HTTPS

Thanks!

posted by yerfatma at 10:59 AM on May 29, 2018

LeBron James Lifts Cavs to NBA Finals Over Celtics

LeBron can be the best defensive player on the court .. but only when he wants to

He's 33, he played the most minutes in a season in his career this year and has had to play 40+ minutes a night in the playoffs to drag a terrible team to the Finals. He's got to rest somewhere. Comparing him to idealized versions of past stars is unrealistic.

I spent the second half of Game 6 and all of Game 7 as a living Shrug Emoji because what the hell was anyone going to do against LeBron? It's a funny ending to a season given the whole playoff run for Boston was found money and yet it still feels cruel that they let opportunity slip through their grasp in those last two games. A year's experience plus two All Stars should help next year.

posted by yerfatma at 10:58 AM on May 29, 2018

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Yeah, it's been fairly shit from a neutral's perspective. Thankfully for Howard and I, every home win feels like found money. Both Conference Finals other than Game 4 in the West have been blowouts.

posted by yerfatma at 08:28 PM on May 24, 2018

Abby Wambach, Remarks as Delivered

Thanks for this, I wouldn't have seen it otherwise.

posted by yerfatma at 08:26 PM on May 24, 2018

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I can't take much more Harden. If he's going to get to the Finals, please let it be against the Celtics and Marcus Smart.

I was lucky enough to see The Hold Steady and Drive-By Truckers tour together when they were covering Look Out Cleveland on an every-other-night basis. Sadly (I guess) the night in Boston was a "Don't Fear the Reaper" night instead.

posted by yerfatma at 12:35 PM on May 23, 2018

Vegas Golden Knights Advance to Stanley Cup Final

Cup Finals with the hottest ambient temps ever

Is Vegas hotter than the old Garden in May?

posted by yerfatma at 12:32 PM on May 23, 2018

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

It was different during the ML Carr regime, when the biggest hubbub in the building was caused by . . .

Waving towels, surely. Perhaps in the direction of Ufez's mess. Someone needs to clean it up before the 2019 Draft; I'm assuming the Kings and Grizz picks will improve them just enough to knock the protections off the picks they owe Danny Ainge next year.

Or maybe Valde Divac has finally figured it out. That could be it too.

posted by yerfatma at 09:10 PM on May 16, 2018

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I have no idea how the rest of the series will go, but I just about injured myself enjoying this Marcus Smart play last night:

Obviously, getting to the Finals would be some small consolation for not getting a #2/ 3 pick last night.

posted by yerfatma at 09:04 AM on May 16, 2018

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

@beaverboard: what??

posted by yerfatma at 10:28 PM on May 03, 2018

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The Red Sox have been around for 118 years. Mookie Betts has been part of the last 5. He is now the all-time leader in 3 home run games in franchise history. I get that's kind of arbitrary and home runs are more common than they used to be, but the kid's good. At pretty much everything.

posted by yerfatma at 03:25 PM on May 02, 2018

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Probably my favorite subreddit: /r/filthypitches

posted by yerfatma at 11:03 AM on May 02, 2018

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Second Round

(eye emoji if we supported that kind of low-rent thing)

posted by yerfatma at 09:27 AM on May 01, 2018

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Are you copying me?!

posted by yerfatma at 09:25 AM on May 01, 2018

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

What The Face happened in the 3rd period in Boston?

Not entirely sure as I'd consumed enough beer my critical eye was long retired. It was an amazing series and could have gone either way. The Bruins/ Lightning series should be another good one. Ideally the Good Bruins team will show up more than they did in the last seven games.

posted by yerfatma at 10:46 AM on April 26, 2018

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

NFL owners are just as smart and brave as you'd imagine.

posted by yerfatma at 01:37 PM on April 25, 2018

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Does someone have homework they need done?

posted by yerfatma at 12:19 PM on April 25, 2018

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

50th anniversary of a fantastic unibrow too!

posted by yerfatma at 12:17 PM on April 25, 2018

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I saw a few innings on TV while switching back and forth with the Bruins.

I did the same and can't decide if I'm glad or sad I didn't sit through all 9 innings because it marked the first time in 50 years the Sox were no-hit when I didn't watch the whole thing. It was less painful than the Bosio one on a random ESPN Sunday night and nothing close to the childhood ache of watching Righetti no hit them on the Fourth of July.

posted by yerfatma at 02:28 PM on April 23, 2018

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The Patriots put together a Top 10 of Gil's calls. #6 features Scott Zolak behaving like . . . well, Scott Zolak in the background.

posted by yerfatma at 01:38 PM on April 20, 2018

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Another of the voices of my youth gone: Gil Santos.

posted by yerfatma at 08:14 AM on April 20, 2018

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

If you'd asked me yesterday, you could have gotten any odds you liked against this:

posted by yerfatma at 11:13 AM on April 18, 2018

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

One of the things I probably wouldn't notice if it wasn't for Deadspin: that Andy Benoit of MMQB is nuttier than a twenty-pound fruitcake. The hot takes are endless. I want a steel cage match between him and Jaworski to see who can justify the most outlandish claim by mentioning they watch a lot of game tape. We're probably only a few years away from a politician justifying something horrible by saying, "You'd need to watch the All 22 film to understand."

posted by yerfatma at 11:27 AM on April 13, 2018

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Boston has such a notorious history with armored car robberies

No, Charlestown does. Howie Long knows what's up.

posted by yerfatma at 10:44 PM on April 06, 2018

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Please tell me these videos of Kyle Anderson make someone else giggle uncontrollably.

posted by yerfatma at 09:40 PM on April 05, 2018

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Talk to me about Ken Linseman.

posted by yerfatma at 10:02 AM on April 05, 2018

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

For his career, Marchand has been suspended six times, losing 75 games and surrendering over $1.7 million.

"I DID IT . . . MY WAAAAAAY!" I mean, that is commitment to craft.

posted by yerfatma at 04:24 PM on April 02, 2018

Mookie Betts Interviewed During Play

They have hot mics down near ice level in the NHL and they pick up some golden moments

Twenty years on (24, I'm guessing it was during the Rangers Cup win), my sister and I still laugh about a random "Terry, what the fuck!" from the playoffs.

posted by yerfatma at 05:04 PM on March 29, 2018

Former Bills GM Bill Polian is the co-founder of a new football league

If the AAF is willing to pay some heavy money

Their initial TV deal is with CBS' cable sports network, so I wouldn't expect that to happen. Times are different now and the NFL's TV deal dwarfs any other potential revenue stream.

posted by yerfatma at 12:04 PM on March 22, 2018

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

My enjoyment of the Bruins' newest rookie coming in and averaging 2 points/ game is somewhat tempered by the fact I was about 3 years behind his dad in school.

posted by yerfatma at 12:02 PM on March 22, 2018

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

At this point, any live bodies will do for the Celtics. Jesus.

posted by yerfatma at 07:08 PM on March 13, 2018

Seahawks Release Richard Sherman

Are you thinking of Talib or did Crabtree get crabby with every CB he faced?

posted by yerfatma at 07:07 PM on March 13, 2018

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

And everyone knows that the Wolf Boy is none other than the man himself, Mark Oliver Everett.

New album out soon!

posted by yerfatma at 07:07 PM on March 13, 2018

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

emperor of Seattle

You've been hanging around r/The_Donald again, haven't you?

posted by yerfatma at 11:40 AM on March 06, 2018

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Don't Those People hibernate during the winter-summer?

posted by yerfatma at 05:12 PM on March 05, 2018

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

posted by yerfatma at 05:11 PM on March 05, 2018

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

posted by yerfatma at 11:09 AM on March 02, 2018

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Say it ain't so, Gareth Barry! Four West Brom players steal a cab in Spain. All to get some McDonalds. While in Barcelona.

posted by yerfatma at 04:53 PM on February 16, 2018

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I would be happy if I could do that in FIFA, never mind real life on a big stage.

posted by yerfatma at 03:54 PM on February 15, 2018

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

That'll do:

posted by yerfatma at 04:31 PM on February 14, 2018

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

posted by yerfatma at 03:45 PM on February 13, 2018

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

It's right in my profile!

posted by yerfatma at 11:03 AM on February 13, 2018

Isaiah Thomas Traded for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance

I don't think you can compare Karl Malone at 40 or Nash & Payton at the end of their careers to LeBron. Maybe LeBron's time is coming to an end, but he's certainly one of the top 3-5 players I would want my team to sign to a max deal.

posted by yerfatma at 12:53 PM on February 09, 2018

Isaiah Thomas Traded for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance

IT . . . can be a big part of a young rebuilding team in LA.

The move also confirms that the Lakers have no interest whatsoever in James as a free agent which will allow James to take his unique set of "talents" elsewhere.

IT is on an expiring deal, which means LA wants him for cap space. Wonder why?

posted by yerfatma at 10:17 AM on February 09, 2018

Super Bowl 0x34

The run game was fine this year, the Eagles were terrific against the run. Not much to do about that. My wishlist for the Pats' offseason is simple: linebacker, d-line, corner, nickel linebacker/ safety hybrid, multiple o linemen and a backup QB that I feel more comfortable having on the field than myself.

posted by yerfatma at 02:19 PM on February 05, 2018

Super Bowl 0x34

I was terrified that they were going to be reversed. Both of them, actually. They were obvious catches by the spirit of the rules but I'm surprised to see ya'll are so confident in their interpretation.

I was confused as to why Al Michaels and Collinsworth were so interested in the review process. Have they come down with Stockholm Syndrome after having so many calls reversed unexpectedly because of the stupid catch rules? I thought each of those should be seen as clear calls. I don't envy the league trying to come up with a better/ clearer rule, but the fact the game devolves into lawyer-like minutiae after every touchdown catch is a killer in terms of keeping games exciting.

I have 0 idea what the Malcolm Butler thing is all about, but it's killing me that every Patriots Super Bowl, win or lose, now seems to come with some crisis/ scandal in its wake.

Also, I will use this post script to be the sort of sports fan I roll my eyes about and say the Jimmy G trade is going to hurt for a long time because, 500 yards or no, Brady does not look very good any more. He's hearing footsteps and missing open looks. No knock on the guy, but if he plays until he's 45, it's going to look terrible. That or he needs to get back on the pliability . . . whatever machine.

posted by yerfatma at 12:51 PM on February 05, 2018

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Just like Rick Barnes got to a point where he decided he only wanted to coach orange teams.

Right after he stopped being PC.

posted by yerfatma at 03:57 PM on January 31, 2018

Cleveland Indians Will Drop Chief Wahoo in 2019

so the wearing of that coded apparel will set up divisive boundaries and perpetuate strong signals in the future

That's what has me less than cheering the team here. From my bleeding heart perspective, this reads as, "We give up and will comply with your PC culture, but first we are going to make a mint selling Wahoo gear to aging racists."

Reading the comments of average sports fans on this reminds me of why SportsFilter was created way back when.

WHADDA ABOUT THE FIGHTIN IRISH?!!

To many Clevelanders, the name of the stadium will always be Jacobs Field

Which is a little strange to me since that name honors two guys who owned the team for 14 years. Wahoo.

posted by yerfatma at 01:16 PM on January 30, 2018

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

New to me: Cleaning the Glass; I've been trying to learn more about basketball sets and plays and have found some good stuff here. I especially like the "SLOW" button on the videos so you don't have to try to see things happen in real-time (though I wish it muted the sound when you hit it).

posted by yerfatma at 03:31 PM on January 17, 2018

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The teaser for this ESPN article asks, "[Jack] Morris had a long career but was never dominant. What does that mean for pitchers like Mike Mussina and Curt Schilling making it to Cooperstown?" and all I can think is, "I don't know, given that they were about twice as good as him*, should it matter at all?"

* And I am being charitable.

posted by yerfatma at 12:07 PM on January 12, 2018

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I looked. I shouldn't have. Like cixelsyd suggests above, free agency is usually paying for what a player has done rather than what they will do and Darwin was a clear case of that. One decent year out of a guy who was a league-average pitcher over the course of his career (with some great years before he came to Boston of course).

posted by yerfatma at 01:39 PM on January 11, 2018

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

As if I didn't already love Marcus Smart.

posted by yerfatma at 01:37 PM on January 11, 2018

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Danny Darwin

He was actually a decent signing. Or maybe I should actually look up his numbers instead of just comparing him to Matt Young on the "How Much Did It Hurt?" chart in my mind.

I miss Joe Hesketh.

posted by yerfatma at 01:36 PM on January 11, 2018