October 18, 2012

SportsFilter: The Thursday 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 - 20 comments

On my way in to work this morning, I saw a dog with two different colored eyes. Could that be an omen for today's game, and Max Scherzer?

posted by MeatSaber at 09:11 AM on October 18

I think it just means that you saw a husky.

posted by NoMich at 09:28 AM on October 18

Nope, black lab...

posted by MeatSaber at 10:02 AM on October 18

Was the dog on a leash and dragging a 300 pound man in striped pajamas around the neighborhood?

Oh, and did the dog pee from the stretch or go into a full windup?

posted by beaverboard at 10:04 AM on October 18

Why Spain's draw with France shows Spain's quality (link text is my POV, not actual title). Consider they were missing at least five starters and France's goal came off a corner at the death, La Roja are clearly still the class of Europe.

posted by billsaysthis at 01:01 PM on October 18

Michael Phelps, a 26 handicapper, is getting better at golf.

posted by wfrazerjr at 01:22 PM on October 18

Norv and Phil might need to start seeing other people.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 03:57 PM on October 18

Sorry my link is bad, can't seem to be able to post from this iPad.

Feel free to fix or just delet altogether.

posted by Folkways at 04:05 PM on October 18

Feel free to fix or just delet altogether.


An oral history of The Play: Looking back on wild finish 30 years later

posted by justgary at 04:17 PM on October 18

TBS shitty announcers going to ask Verlander the same question about A-Rod how many times?

posted by dyams at 05:19 PM on October 18



posted by Folkways at 06:06 PM on October 18

Uh... you all watching this game? you might want to tune it in...

posted by hincandenza at 06:14 PM on October 18

Scherzer hadn't allowed a hit while striking out 9 in the first 5, but his pitch count was crazy high; gives up a run on a triple and a double in the sixth, but enduring a no-hitter in the final game would have been a salt-in-the-wounds finish for New York. Still a lot of game left; if the Yankees regress to the mean in a hurry, they could certainly put up 5 with 9 outs to go...

posted by hincandenza at 06:43 PM on October 18

YanKKKKKKKKKKKKees aren't looking to good.

posted by cixelsyd at 07:01 PM on October 18

Yeah, that's quite a surprise after how well they've been doing at the plate this series.

posted by dyams at 07:26 PM on October 18

I'm still too disgusted with the last two Red Sox seasons to take my usual cruel joy at seeing the Yankees eliminated, but not too disgusted to congratulate Detroit and their fans. I will be chearing for you guys in the World Series. I feel like Detroit deserves it.

posted by Joey Michaels at 04:25 AM on October 19

Yeah, the Tigers haven't won in almost 30 years, whereas San Francisco won two years ago and St. Louis last year (and far too many times in their history). I'm certainly rooting for the Tigers to win it all; the other three teams in the LCS series represent the last three World Series Champions, after all.

In the post-game celebration on the field, Cabrera was told that he'd said earlier in the year that he'd gladly give up the Triple Crown to play in the World Series, and now he has both. Some random history regarding the Triple Crown and the World Series: five times the Triple Crown winner went on to the World Series the same year, including the last four in a row: Mickey Mantle, '56 Yankees; Frank Robinson, '66 Orioles; Carl Yastrzemski, '67 Red Sox; Miguel Cabrera, '12 Tigers.

Mantle and Robinson each won in their respective years, while Yastrzemski and the Red Sox lost in 7... to the St. Louis Cardinals. With tonight's win putting them up 3-1 in the NLCS, there is a very good chance the Cardinals repeat a trip to the World Series. This would put St. Louise in position to not only repeat as world champs... but to also be the franchise that defeated the team of the last two Triple Crown winners in the World Series to do so. Cabrera would then join company with the only other player who won a Triple Crown and went to the World Series the same year, only to lose: Ty Cobb in 1909, for the- you guessed it- Detroit Tigers.

So anyway, like Joey Michaels I'm pretty dispirited with the Red Sox the last few years, but I'm definitely rooting hard for the Tigers to win as a proxy.

posted by hincandenza at 05:08 AM on October 19

In 2006 the Tigers won the ALDS in five games over the Yankees. Then they swept the Athletics for the ALCS only to fall to the wild card Cardinals in the World Series.

Of course, the 2006 Tigers didn't have Cabrera and a seasoned Verlander.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 09:09 AM on October 19

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