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Surprising almost no one, the Chargers decide to move to LA.: There's yet to be a final announcement, but the Chargers are pretty much set to return to Los Angeles (they played their first season there before moving to San Diego) for the 2017 season, where they will join the Rams in their new stadium as lease-paying tenants in Inglewood, expected to be completed for the 2019 season. In the meantime, the Chargers are expected to play at either the Coliseum or a 27,000 seat facility in Carson, somewhat limiting their immediate ability to cash in.

posted by LionIndex to football at 10:48 AM on January 12, 2017 - 7 comments

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SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I don't know where on the list he'd end up, but they had DeShaun Watson first team, Charlie Ward second, Lamar Jackson third. At least the Pack had some first team guys, while some other ACC schools (like, oh, Duke) didn't even show up until the 2nd team.

posted by LionIndex at 05:35 PM on August 22, 2019

How Much Does Jack White Love Baseball?

I went to a concert years ago, and while driving there was listening to the Padre game on the radio. Games start around 7, I was driving around 9:30 pm, so the game was in the 8th inning or so. Got out of the concert after midnight and thought I'd hear the result of the game or maybe catch the tail end of the postgame show, which could go pretty late, but no, the game was still going.

posted by LionIndex at 08:52 PM on August 18, 2019

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I'm kind of seriously hoping he's not some sort of mentally ill. If he is, I hope he gets treatment for it. I can see the arrogant diva angle, but the repeatedly showing up to practice with his old helmet, sometimes with amateurish paint jobs, makes me wonder.

A question posed in a Ringer article about Brown: did his feet get messed up because he refused to wear the protective booties that you're supposed to wear in a similar way to the helmet thing?

posted by LionIndex at 02:42 PM on August 10, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I never knowingly saw Branch play (and growing up as a Charger fan I probably wouldn't have appreciated it anyway), but I did know him from the historical teams on Madden. If you took the '76 Raiders team, you spent the whole game trying to find a way to get it to WR#21.

posted by LionIndex at 12:00 AM on August 05, 2019

Only 12% of Men Think They Could Win a Point Off Serena Williams

Thinking about the question, either for Djokovic or Williams, I'm not thinking about whether I'm good enough to be able to actually make anything happen on the court, but whether either of them can go a whole match without some minor screw up. I don't think I'd ever be able to get a "winner" but is there some chance that they'd have an "unforced error" at some point in the match? What are the odds of that? And it doesn't have to be a double fault - you'd get to serve for roughly half of the points in a match, so is there some chance that they'd just get your serve off their racket kind of funny and it would go into the net? A chance you hit a ball that they think is going out but just nicks the line? In my case, having virtually no tennis skill, I'd say the odds of me scoring a point are probably worse than the odds of them winning the entire match through aces on their serves and double faults on mine, maybe with a maximum volley length of 2 shots. Also, would you actually have a better chance against Djokovic because he'd have to play THREE sets of error-free tennis as opposed to two for Williams?

posted by LionIndex at 06:36 PM on July 15, 2019

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I don't think I'm a fanatic, but I'm pulling for the Bucks. I lived in Wisconsin for a couple years and a Virginia guy (President Brogdon) starts for them. I've never lived in New York, but I was pulling for the Nets for a similar reason (Joe Harris).

posted by LionIndex at 08:14 PM on May 09, 2019

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I think Bennett and Beard are an interesting contrast - Bennett had his run of success at Washington State that brought UVa calling, but it was a pretty slow burn for him at UVa, working up from pretty much nothing to "competitive" to "dominant" (at least for the regular season) and now fully validated by tournament success. Beard's rise at Texas Tech has been meteoric by comparison. I'd certainly like for there to be more Bennett-type coaching stories in college basketball, but I'm not sure Beard is it - he could certainly stay at Tech and they could be a power for years to come, but as of yet he doesn't have the mutual investment that exists between Bennett, UVa, and the Cavalier fan community. I do think you're right that most of the schools hunting for coaches right now are basically lateral moves for Beard in terms of prestige, so I'd think the only temptation would be major dollars from a flagship state university with some built-in recruiting advantage (Texas?). I just see Beard as much more of a threat to leave sometime soon than Bennett. And I hope there's not any complacency about Bennett's feelings mixed into that.

posted by LionIndex at 07:06 PM on April 09, 2019

There's Still One Perfect NCAA Bracket

I'm being selfish, but I hope Virginia doesn't destroy his dreams like they destroy mine. :(

posted by LionIndex at 08:38 PM on March 28, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Nah, I'm pretty sure UVa has a 1 seed on lockdown.

posted by LionIndex at 09:07 PM on March 04, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Neither of those games should be considered "easy", but pretty much all of Virginia's games from here out will be against potential tournament teams. If they lose to Syracuse, which is kind of a bubble team right now, that win might propel Syracuse into the tournament. Louisville is already a lock to get in. So, losing either of those isn't really a huge problem for Virginia to maintain a hold on a 1 seed. Losing their first game of the ACC tournament, which they've locked up a double bye for, might be an issue, and could cause them to slip if they've lost either or both of their last regular-season games.

posted by LionIndex at 01:41 PM on March 03, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Virginia just about has a 1 seed locked up, I don't think there's anything "may" about it. There's a pretty wide gulf between UVa, Duke, Gonzaga, and the larger group of teams fighting for that 4th 1 seed. Duke may fall back if they trip too much without Zion, but they seem to be handling their lesser opponents OK.

If UVa wins out the season and just gets to the the ACC final, they're probably the overall 1 seed and end up in the east region with almost home games in DC for the 16 and 8 games. If they drop one of their last two games and don't make the ACC final, they're probably still a 1, but another team may get preferential location over them for which bracket they're in, meaning they'd probably play in the South.

posted by LionIndex at 10:35 AM on March 03, 2019

Manny Machado to Padres in surprise end to endless saga

Well, that's one of two times.

posted by LionIndex at 08:33 PM on February 19, 2019

Manny Machado to Padres in surprise end to endless saga

I'm a Padre fan, and I'm OK with this. He might even help them win as many as 70 games next season!

But seriously, the Pads have had been ridiculously managed (from the front office, not on the field) for decades, letting potential stars walk instead of trying to keep them, trading away future stars for prospects, or trading our few decent prospects for washed veterans. While 10 years might be a bit much, since Machado is only 26 I don't expect the contract to be as big an albatross as Pujols' is for the Angels, and for once we managed to get a star player in his prime while we supposedly have the #1 farm system in the majors, and all we had to do was spend money. That is not a thing a Padre fan is used to. If the guys in the farm system mature in 2-3 years, either to the point where they can be good players for the Pads or traded for a lot more firepower, this was a great decision for the team. I certainly don't think it would be the same or make as much sense for a lot of other organization.

A lot of times, it feels like the Padres make moves just to make moves and look like they're doing something. This feels different.

posted by LionIndex at 07:23 PM on February 19, 2019

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I think the problem right now is that everyone (players and owners) is trying to repeat what the Warriors did, but what they did might not be repeatable. They got 3 all stars (Klay, Curry, and Draymond) through the draft, then benefited from a nearly unprecedented jump in the salary cap to land KD, all while maintaining continuity with their coaching staff. So, players who are the only really big stars on their teams feel left out because they can't do it all themselves, owners don't feel like they can match up so they resort to tanking, and everything becomes really lopsided. I think eventually the Warriors will have to break up for salary reasons and then things might get more back to normal where you can have a couple big stars on your team and some decent role players and make a run instead of needing a rotation full of all stars all on the court at one time.

posted by LionIndex at 07:41 PM on February 07, 2019

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

... I was watching the game at a friend of a friend's father's house. The father has since done jail time, I'm not sure what for.

I was 6 years away from meeting my wife; we later moved from San Diego to Wisconsin for two years, then to Michigan to follow her career. Our divorce will be finalized on Tuesday, so kind of full circle on that one.

posted by LionIndex at 05:39 PM on January 21, 2019