September 04, 2013

SportsFilter: The Wednesday 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

Chase Utley Responds to Mac's letter from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Mac wrote a letter to Chase Utley five years ago and Utley finally responds.

posted by NoMich at 07:44 AM on September 04

We've talked previously about Larry Ellison's attempts to buy and then kill the America's cup.

Well now Ellison's boat will start the final against New Zealand in a 2-0 hole after they were penalised for making illegal modifications to their yacht in 2012

Four team members were also banned for all or some of the races.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:08 PM on September 04

Jim Leyland not a fan of advanced stats:

"I don't believe in any of that stuff, I won't listen to any of it and have no interest in talking about it."

posted by justgary at 01:10 PM on September 04

Cranky old man does not enjoy things the kids are up to today. Film at 11.

posted by dfleming at 01:26 PM on September 04

I'm guessing he thinks the Surgeon General's* warning on a pack of cigarettes is all a bunch of hooey too.

It's making me itch because I feel like it should be Surgeons' General. Stupid French phrases.

posted by yerfatma at 01:38 PM on September 04

His distaste for stats may have begun when Bonds and Bonilla would vanish like clockwork in the playoffs.

posted by beaverboard at 01:48 PM on September 04

When Pro Athletes Were in Little League

posted by justgary at 04:16 PM on September 04

There is mayhem in those young eyes..

posted by grum@work at 04:25 PM on September 04

To Vladivostok and Beyond

posted by tommytrump at 05:21 PM on September 04

Leyland's managerial decisions often make it clear that he doesn't care about basic stats either.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 06:06 PM on September 04

Johnny Football takes unsportsmanlike to a whole new level.

posted by Etrigan at 06:58 PM on September 04

Love that, E.

Lots of defenders with a little extra in the tank facing Manziel this year.

The best O line in college ball may not be enough.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:39 PM on September 04

So, yeah...that happened...

posted by MeatSaber at 10:48 PM on September 04

Whoah, that's crazy! Ryan Dempster got a win!
(oof, that score)

posted by NoMich at 07:09 AM on September 05

So, yeah...that happened...

Red Sox are playing well late in the season but nobody wants to face the Tigers and Scherzer in a 7 game series.

posted by cixelsyd at 09:56 AM on September 05

Red Sox are playing well late in the season but nobody wants to face the Tigers and Scherzer in a 7 game series

Unless he morphs into Old Ross Hadbourn, Scherzer isn't going to be a factor in more than 3 games. I think the Dodgers and their lineup/rotation is easily the scariest of the playoff-eligible/battling teams right now.

I would LOVE to see healthy Miggy Cabrera vs Clayton Kershaw in the World Series.

posted by grum@work at 11:49 AM on September 05

Dunno, Scherzer and Kershaw seem like a wash; the Tigers starters offer a bit more after #1 than the Dodgers. Also of note: you could make a case Sanchez (especially before he hit a rough patch in August) was Detroit's most effective starter.

posted by yerfatma at 12:33 PM on September 05

There is mayhem in those young eyes..

The instant terror in knowing that he actually owns the check no one's ass can cash... and flaunts it.

posted by BornIcon at 02:40 PM on September 05

Whoah, that's crazy! Ryan Dempster got a win! (oof, that score)

...and John Lackey stood in the dugout, a look of disbelief on his face, wondering if there was any way he could "borrow" a few of those runs for his next start.

posted by Howard_T at 03:58 PM on September 05

I think Kershaw is a class above anyone in the Tigers starting five (I thought he was better than Verlander even when Verlander was making a case for being the best in the league). I agree with yerfatma, though, that the Tigers seem stronger after #1.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 04:32 PM on September 05

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