December 08, 2009

SportsFilter: The Tuesday 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 - 30 comments

Emotional Allen Iverson marks Philly return

posted by BornIcon at 06:21 AM on December 08

Jimmy Clausen is turning pro, supposedly at the urging of ex-Coach Weis, who was also previously dead sure that a player named Quinn was going to make an immediate impact on the NFL. (A positive impact, that is.)

Not only that, but the Browns are evidently taking a close look at Clausen as a possible pick. Will Terry Hanratty syndrome take its toll twice along the shores of Lake Erie?

posted by beaverboard at 07:29 AM on December 08

Is the NFL really worried about hockey? Really?

Hawks' ad campaign kiboshed by the NFL

posted by fabulon7 at 08:54 AM on December 08

Don't sleep over at Tiger's house.

posted by yerfatma at 09:23 AM on December 08

Yeah, Tiger's the new Lindsay Lohan. Incredible how far he's fallen in what, two weeks?

posted by dfleming at 09:34 AM on December 08

Yeah, Tiger's the new Lindsay Lohan. Incredible how far he's fallen in what, two weeks?

Someone took a pic of Tiger without underwear? As long as he still plays golf at the same level that we're all accustomed to, IMO this will all blow over.

posted by BornIcon at 09:42 AM on December 08

Woods has been linked to nine mistresses, including a porn star, and many of them are selling their stories or signing deals to pose nude. Some of the allegations involve drugs (Ambien and Vicodin).

There's no way in hell this blows over. The media will tear him down with as much vigor as it built him up. I wouldn't be surprised if he took 2010 off from golf entirely.

Incredible how far he's fallen in what, two weeks?

Stunning. It may be the biggest sports story of the year.

posted by rcade at 09:48 AM on December 08

Shanny snub resulted in Vaive attack

posted by tommytrump at 09:54 AM on December 08

Stunning. It may be the biggest sports story of the year.

What's probably more stunning than anything is the fact that Woods, if most of this is true, was able to keep things together so well for years; mistresses everywhere, drug use and nobody until now decided to profit off telling the truth? It's astounding how everything's snowballed rather than trickled out.

posted by dfleming at 09:57 AM on December 08

The media will tear him down with as much vigor as it built him up.

A pedestal is as much a prison as any small, confined space

~Gloria Steinem

posted by BornIcon at 10:01 AM on December 08

Shanny snub resulted in Vaive attack

Ha ha..good link TT.

posted by BornIcon at 10:05 AM on December 08

Someone took a pic of Tiger without underwear?

Apparently, there are photos (oh that Ambien did sound like a bad idea) and Playgirl is trying to authenticate them...

posted by jerseygirl at 10:30 AM on December 08

At the Jags game I went to Sunday, they brought out a tiger mascot in a red shirt and said it was the first time he'd been out since "the incident." A blond with a golf club came out and chased him across the field.

posted by rcade at 10:39 AM on December 08

You just get the feeling that the classic cozy scene of TW sitting in the Butler Cabin with Jim Nantz and the blazers and tassel loafers, etc. - that may not ever happen again. It certainly seems like it belongs to a previous, now forsaken reality.

If he ever wins another Masters, the network will be hard-pressed to come up with a post-tournament interview tableau that wouldn't be surreal in one way or another.

I hope no one is trashing or devaluing the way Yang went out and squared up with Tiger and made Sunday his own a few short months ago. You can imagine the rundown: the main man left his game at the Motel 6, etc.

Someone will probably do a timeline at some point - when TW fell short in a tournament or seemed like he was inexplicably off his game or mentally elsewhere, versus when he was allegedly with whom and where.

John Daly, it must be blowing your mind to ponder this, but you are currently being fitted for a custom choir robe as we speak. You may still be a mess, but comparatively speaking, you have suddenly become totally church-eligible. As far as the bad boy division goes, there's a new sheriff in town.

posted by beaverboard at 10:41 AM on December 08

rcade, love the Jags link...pretty funny that a NFL team pulled that stunt, seems more like something a minor league baseball team would do.

I also think that as this story builds it becomes more likely that Tiger will take an extended break from the game. He is aware that every move he makes will be watched closely, and not just by his wife's lawyers. Come in second in a tourney, and it's "he must have left his "A" game at the hotel last night."

That being said, if he does come back, and wins in typical Pre-Treegate fashion, he might have a chance of moving on faster. I doubt he'll take that chance anytime soon.

posted by dviking at 10:50 AM on December 08

As long as the trains run on time, I can't see Mussolini being overthrown.

Jon Gruden Update

Highly specific plaudit category: he felt Aaron Rogers was perhaps the best young quarterback he'd ever seen in the game.
Useless prediction: the Packers would throw the ball a lot.

"Tebow is the kind of guy who could revolutionize the game. He's the 'wildcat' who can throw. Most of the teams that have the wildcat back there, it's Ronnie Brown, it's Jerious Norwood, it's whoever you want to say it is. This guy here is 250 pounds of concrete cyanide, man. And he can throw. He throws well enough at any level to play quarterback."

A Boston sports station has started a "That Guy" competition for Gruden watchers.

posted by yerfatma at 11:16 AM on December 08

Brendan Witt got hit by a car, picked himself up and walked away from it. One witness said "it was like seeing Clint Eastwood, but in hockey."

posted by dfleming at 11:25 AM on December 08

Tiger Woods is not a robot ?

posted by tommytrump at 12:58 PM on December 08

Elin Nordegren's mother taken from their house to hospital with "stomach pains"

Also from that article:

Earlier today, before reports of the hospital visit emerged, papers reported that Nordegren had decided to leave the marital home and separate from Woods.

Swedish papers reported that she had bought a country home in Sweden where she intended to spend some time.

posted by rumple at 01:01 PM on December 08

I wish Brendan Witt had pressed charges against the dickead in the SUV who ran him down.

posted by rumple at 01:01 PM on December 08

A lot of talk about a three way trade involving the Yankees, Tigers and D-Backs.

Yanks get Curtis Granderson Tigers get Max Scherzer, Daniel Schlereath, Austin Jackson and another Yankee prospect D-Backs get Edwin Jackson

What the hell are the D-Backs thinking. I understand this from the Tigers and Yankees side, but the D-Backs are getting raped

posted by Demophon at 01:31 PM on December 08

Yeah, Scherzer's got a wicked arm. I'd be surprised that they'd deal him to get Jackson.

posted by dfleming at 01:47 PM on December 08

Is the NFL really worried about hockey? Really?

hubris ... it is a real bitch when what goes around comes around. Although I'm sure that'll be a l-o-n-g time comin' for the NFL, but there was a time when it wasn't the hottest ticket in town. How could it hurt to have a little fun in ads like these (and possibly throw the NHL a bone or two)?

posted by Spitztengle at 03:34 PM on December 08

Tim Donaghy appears to be full of crap.

In re: the NFL, not that I like it, but if you do not defend your trademark, you lose it, which is why corporations are humorless about that stuff.

posted by yerfatma at 03:52 PM on December 08

In re: the NFL, not that I like it, but if you do not defend your trademark, you lose it, which is why corporations are humorless about that stuff.

Of course, the NFL is humorless about everything.

posted by graymatters at 05:11 PM on December 08

Danica Patrick moves to Nascar ARCA Series

posted by tommytrump at 08:35 PM on December 08

In re: the NFL, not that I like it, but if you do not defend your trademark, you lose it, which is why corporations are humorless about that stuff.

They could also simply consent to its use; there is nothing in trademark law that compels them to object to the use or risk loss of the mark.

posted by holden at 12:24 AM on December 09

Yeah, I know. I think the average corporation just has a script that sends out cease-and-desist letters whenever its name is mentioned. If there's ever human intervention, it's only by a copyright lawyer.

posted by yerfatma at 06:29 AM on December 09

I don't know if that qualifies as "human" intervention.

posted by fabulon7 at 09:24 AM on December 09

rcade, love the Jags link...pretty funny that a NFL team pulled that stunt, seems more like something a minor league baseball team would do.

Yep. There's a minor-league good time vibe at Jaguars games this year. I've enjoyed going to games this year and may buy season tickets next time, if I can get them up in the nosebleeds. My sons enjoy going.

posted by rcade at 09:33 AM on December 09

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