November 22, 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 - 29 comments

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.

posted by NerfballPro at 10:54 AM on November 22

Wishing everyone a happy Thursday.


posted by grum@work at 12:10 PM on November 22

posted by rcade at 02:32 PM on November 22

Why was that play not reviewable? Fuck an a, that was a terrible non-call by the refs.

posted by NoMich at 02:52 PM on November 22

Hmm. I guess that's on coach, but still, it was pretty obvious that the runner's elbow then knee touched the ground.

posted by NoMich at 03:16 PM on November 22

Grey Cup: Royal York Hotel denies entry to horse, relents later in day, Bank of Montreal ready to accept deposit

posted by tommytrump at 04:25 PM on November 22

Must be Thanksgiving down there ...

I see Rob Ryan has juiced up that Turkey defense.

posted by cixelsyd at 06:03 PM on November 22

That was by far the most painful Lions Thanksgiving game I have ever watched.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 06:47 PM on November 22

That really is a bullshit punitive rule, NoMich -- "All TDs are reviewed and are therefore not challengeable, but if you challenge it, we won't review it, because fuck you for not knowing that."

posted by Etrigan at 07:04 PM on November 22

What a horrible result. Amazing.

posted by insomnyuk at 07:44 PM on November 22

I wanted to see the Lions win, but they were forced to endure a measure of karmic payback for what happened to the Steelers during the OT coin toss in Detroit on this day in 1998.

posted by beaverboard at 10:14 PM on November 22

All TDs are reviewed and are therefore not challengeable, but if you challenge it, we won't review it, because fuck you for not knowing that.

Yup, a painful interpretation of the rule (throwing challenge flag when not allowed and delaying the start of next play) that they need to fix.

posted by grum@work at 11:05 PM on November 22

That rule's gone next year. Straight out of Kafka. The principle behind automatic review is that momentum-changing decisions are worthy of a second look to make sure the officials get it right. There's something out of junior school in the rule as it stands: "you didn't ask nicely, so no, you can't go to the toilet... why are you peeing on the floor?"

posted by etagloh at 12:37 AM on November 23

I don't even...

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:51 AM on November 23

That Sanchez fumble and the resulting TD return deserves Yakety Sax.

posted by kokaku at 01:11 AM on November 23

Deadspin has the best GIF of the many I've seen; Sanchez might as well retire now, because nothing else he does in his career is going to erase that. You could script it for a slapstick comedy film and the audience would consider it far-fetched.

posted by etagloh at 02:07 AM on November 23

Let the record show that Vince Wilfork did not look favorably on the reference to his tits in "Tebow's hacked e-mail account" a few days ago.

posted by beaverboard at 08:49 AM on November 23

Between Vereen's nitrous-burst TD and those two fumbles, that was the greatest minute of football in recent memory.

For certain values of "great," which do not necessarily actually include "great."

posted by Etrigan at 10:19 AM on November 23

Thinking more about that Houston touchdown and the Detroit challenge flag, it seems that there is a VERY big loophole available to be exploited by someone who thinks outside the box.

(I'm looking at you, Bill Belichick.)

Roll back the clock to yesterday's game, and let's imagine that Detroit's coach DOESN'T throw the flag. The play is going to be reviewed, and the touchdown is probably going to be called back, right?

So what is to stop Houston's coach from realizing this as his player is running down the field, and then throwing HIS challenge flag out on the field after the touchdown is scored?

Based on those rules, the play could not be reviewed (thus saving Houston from losing the touchdown), and all it would cost them is 15 yards on the ensuing kickoff.

So any coach in the future who thinks their team just got a suspect touchdown should immediately throw their flag to make sure the play isn't reviewed.

posted by grum@work at 10:50 AM on November 23

Note to self: Never piss off grum. He is clearly an evil genius waiting for an excuse.

posted by Etrigan at 11:42 AM on November 23

Starting in 2012, all turnovers are automatically reviewed by the replay official, so an evil genius coach could also stop a turnover from being reversed by throwing his challenge flag.

posted by grum@work at 11:48 AM on November 23

Sanchez might as well retire now

At least you didn't say that should be the *end* of his career.

posted by NerfballPro at 11:54 AM on November 23

I think any Sanchez retirement jokes would be ass-inine.
It's really not fair that he's the butt of everyone's jokes.
Just because of this game, I don't think he should be taking up the rear in the quarterback rankings.

posted by grum@work at 12:02 PM on November 23

That GIF pretty much took Sanchez's HOF dreams and rectum.

posted by wfrazerjr at 01:08 PM on November 23

Butt puns are so juvenile, guys.

posted by Hugh Janus at 02:50 PM on November 23

Butt puns are so juvenile, guys.

Butt we're such a punny group. Arn't we?

posted by Folkways at 03:12 PM on November 23

I don't think Pitt would mind Sanchez as a backup right about now. I wouldn't want him as my starter, but a) he's been very durable and b) His skill players this year aren't exactly prolific. Would make a serviceable backup.

posted by jmd82 at 04:32 PM on November 23

wfrazerjr wins the Internet for today.

posted by Etrigan at 04:55 PM on November 23

Reason #35 to cheer for the Argonauts tomorrow, the guy's from Calgary!

posted by tommytrump at 07:53 PM on November 24

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