July 07, 2013

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

Brett Cecil is going to the all-star game. The odds you could've gotten on that pre-season would be astronomical.

Also, I really like Manny Machado, but getting picked over Josh Donaldson, Adrian Beltre and Evan Longoria? Pretty weak. Donaldson's OPS is 100 points higher.

posted by dfleming at 09:29 AM on July 07

Weirdness: saw Matt Bonner introduce Deer Tick last night. The stage was outside under a tent and he basically had to fold himself in half to be seen.

posted by yerfatma at 10:36 AM on July 07

I really like Manny Machado, but getting picked over Josh Donaldson, Adrian Beltre and Evan Longoria?

Machado's been getting a lot of press for his season, but much of his value is on the defensive side, so it can be harder to see. Fangraphs' WAR has him as #3 in the AL behind Cabrera and Longoria, but look at that fielding number. I want to see guys like that in the All-Star Game too.

posted by yerfatma at 10:39 AM on July 07

Showboating Silva Slugged Senseless

posted by grum@work at 03:10 PM on July 07

It's not the first time he's pulled that nonsense in the ring, but hopefully it's the last time.

He'd lost the first round, being taken down in the first half of the round and then on the end of some decent, if inconclusive ground-and-pound, before spending the second half of the round goading Weidman.

He started the second pulling the same BS and that didn't go so well.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 05:04 PM on July 07

Even seen full-speed, that didn't seem like a knockout punch. One that might wobble a guy some, maybe, but I guess when you don't see it coming at all, good night and thank you for playing.

posted by Uncle Toby at 06:34 PM on July 07

It didn't look like that much of a punch to me either, but I think that awkward backhand attempt made Silva move his head one way as the punch is coming the other.

It's a real shame his reign had to end this way and not with a barnstorming performance from his opponent like the first Chael Sonnen fight.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 07:56 PM on July 07

I think the first punch stun him enough to knock him off balance a bit. He fell, which stunned him a bit more, and then that first punch while he's on the ground...that's the knockout shot.

posted by grum@work at 10:00 PM on July 07

Machado's cannon arm on full display.

posted by grum@work at 10:02 PM on July 07

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