December 30, 2012

SportsFilter: The Sunday 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 - 9 comments

Can someone explain why ESPN insists on reporting Richard Sherman's suspension was for Adderall when no one knows what his test came up positive for? Only their talking heads mention it, the text on screen still says "PED suspension".

posted by yerfatma at 10:55 AM on December 30

I would guess that Sherman or his people are saying Adderall (perhaps just unofficially), and the NFL isn't allowed to confirm or deny what the test was positive for (per the CBA). In the absence of contradictory information, ESPN talking heads choose not to damage their "relationship" with whomever by calling them liars.

posted by Etrigan at 11:04 AM on December 30

Eagles fire Andy Reid.

posted by feloniousmonk at 05:55 PM on December 30

Everyone is so quick to assume Reid will land another head coaching job as soon as he wants. Not so sure that would be a tremendous move for a team looking for a fresh outlook.

On another note, how the hell did the crappy Chiefs place ANY players on the Pro Bowl?

posted by dyams at 06:38 PM on December 30

Not just any, but five! How do you manage to win only two games with five Pro Bowlers?

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 07:41 PM on December 30

Great year for A.P. That being said, I'm glad a Ram still owns the single-season rushing record. Damn close, though. Nine freakin' yards.

posted by dyams at 07:47 PM on December 30

I was completely baffled by the call in the Packers/Vikings game following McCarthy's illegal challenge. A review was allowed because it had already been initialized? It seems that the NFL doesn't want a ridiculous rule affecting the outcome of anymore football games. As a Lions fan, it is beyond frustrating. Although, thankfully, that decision didn't affect the outcome of the game.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 10:11 PM on December 30

The explanation for why it counted against the Lions was that Schwartz threw the flag before the TD was actually scored, and therefore before the review had kicked in, so it could be cancelled, while McCarthy threw the flag after the turnover, at which point the replay ref had already signaled that he was reviewing it.

I reiterate that stopping the review is petty horseshit anyway, so I'm okay with them not doing it to the Packers.

posted by Etrigan at 10:33 PM on December 30

And the Packers miss the bye courtesy of the replacements ....

no complaints from this Niners' fan, just sayin'

posted by cixelsyd at 12:41 AM on December 31

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