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Name: Gerry Scheetz
Location: Helena, Montana
ZIP: 59601
Gender: Male sports stats geek
Member since: April 01, 2014
Last visit: December 05, 2019

prof has posted 0 links and 100 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 0 comments to the Locker Room.

Sports Bio

* Oakland Raiders
* Calgary Flames
* Juventus (Serie A)
* Auburn Tigers (FB and WSoc)

Events I will never forget
* Watching Kick Six on TV (Auburn vs Alabama)
* Attending MLB All-Star game in Seattle
* Attending Spain vs Italy in Euro 2016
* Being in Manaus for US vs Portugal WC 2014
* Reading daily sports page as Calgary Flames won Stanley Cup in 1989

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle


I am glad I have been online clicking refresh since 4AM to get this deal :)

posted by prof at 09:26 AM on November 29, 2019

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

UEFA Super Cup is the winner of last seasons UEFA Champions League (Liverpool) and UEFA Europa Cup (Chelsea)

Other countries also usually have Super Cups at the beginning of the season between the winner of the league (top of the table at end of the season) and the cup winner (knockout style competition)

posted by prof at 03:11 PM on August 14, 2019

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

+1 turn on the SpoFi EPL Fantasy league

posted by prof at 09:55 AM on August 05, 2019

Robot umps now!

3) How long will it take for teams to be able to hack this system to benefit them during games? I mean, come on, this is a human-created system, so humans should be able to make changes to it. It's going to happen, you know it.

This is from memory so may be incorrect.

Because the top and the bottom of each batter's strike zone is different, information about the batter must be input into the system. While probably fractions of an inch, I could see players trying to gain the system by slouching, or wearing tall shoes, or something when getting measured.

There also has to be a person who selects the person at bat. Always a chance when a pinch hitter comes in that the wrong batter gets selected.

posted by prof at 01:52 PM on July 30, 2019

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

While it appears to be a quiet weekend on SpoFi, I watched two weather-affected races that will be talked about for years to come.

The Tour de France's yellow jersey changed shoulders as Friday's leg was halted before any riders crossed a section of road covered in hail and mud

Sunday's F1 German Grand Prix had mixed weather and one corner that claimed many a racer that went a little too wide

posted by prof at 11:16 AM on July 29, 2019

"Missed call" lawsuit against NFL proceeds in Louisiana

every play and every player is reviewed by a dozen camera angles so no penalty is ever missed

Had a little bit of this at the beginning of the Women's World Cup. Every ball into the box that might have touched a hand or where an attacking player went to ground was reviewed. After every goal, fans and players have to wait a minute or so to cheer to see if the goal will stand, which takes away from the "spectator entertainment"

it's a game played for spectator entertainment and judged on the field by humans who cannot watch everything all at once and humans make mistakes

I truly think this is important and one of the reasons I am not a fan of video replay. In general and definitely at higher levels, the official do not mean to favor one team or player over another (read comments under "Aaron Boone Expresses Concern for Umpire's Day"). Sure they will miss some calls but in the end it usually evens out. Unfortunately, IMHO, video replay tends to skew that. An example, the NFL will review a play that results in a touchdown but does not review a similar play, unless a coach throws a red flag, that results in a 1st down that extends a drive that leads to a touchdown.

Video review does a decent job in some venues, like college football, I heard cricket has a good system, MLB is getting there, and almost the NFL. But this lawsuit somewhat proves that they have opened Pandora's Box to reviewing everything. We continue down this road and we will have a record for the number of offsetting penalties in a game where on a pass plays the o-line is called for holding and the def secondary is also called for holding or pass interference.

posted by prof at 11:57 AM on July 19, 2019

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

English midfield was impressive. Late runs into space in the box and forcing Norway's attack into less dangerous areas on of the field really did wonders. In first half I thought Norway might figure out how to consistently get a dangerous ball into the attacking third, but it never happened. I gave up shortly into 2nd half so as to save vacation time for today's game.

posted by prof at 10:13 AM on June 28, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Thanks for the correction. Soccer coach in me :)

a better chance to stop the shot if their players were spaced evenly on the line

Possibly, though the ball just needs to touch another player. So, playing a ball off a defender is just as good as playing ball to teammate. The problem is it happens so infrequently, I have seen less than 5 in 20+ years of coaching, that no one really practices it. I usually go over it once a season for like 5 minutes at the end of a set piece session.

posted by prof at 09:46 AM on June 25, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

the first time I've seen an indirect free kick

You have seen tons of indirect free kicks, as offside calls are restarted from indirect free kicks. Probably your first indirect free kick inside the penalty area. Indirect Free Kicks are also used as restart after dangerous plays (high kicks or low headers where contact is not made) and obstruction (screening an opponent from playing the ball or like when American Football WR run a pick play, almost never called, possibly how England player was so wide open on corner kick goal)

Other rule nuance on that free kick in the Cameroon-England game, because the infraction happened inside the 6-yard box, the indirect free kick was taken from the edge of that box, not the spot it happened.

posted by prof at 10:57 AM on June 24, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Stanley Cup Final

My picks:

Blues in 6
Top goals: Marchand
Top assists: O'Reilly
Top goalie (save %): Tuuka Rask
Conn Smythe winner: Sundqvist
Top penalty minutes: McAvoy
Game 1 winner: Bruins
Team giving up 0 goals: Bruins

Tiebreaker: 28

A little late but I have been spoiler free on current state of game 1

posted by prof at 08:06 PM on May 27, 2019

UEFA's messing up

The ticket mess baffles me. I would put money that some computer programmer came up with a new algorithm that was better in some way but failed it another. I have gone to the 2 World Cups and 1 Euro Championship and never heard of a similar problem.

posted by prof at 05:44 PM on May 22, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I was in this one also

Weird, I thought this was the SpoFi EPL Fantasy league. Not that I won that one either...

posted by prof at 01:09 AM on May 14, 2019