June 25, 2018

SportsFilter: The Monday 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 - 5 comments

John Carlson re-signs with Capitals for eight years, $64 million

posted by tommytrump at 01:19 PM on June 25

One random thought as I watched the beginning of Portugal vs Iran: FIFA needs to institute a rule requiring singing lessons for all teams. A basic proficiency test would be given, and if failed, the team would be disqualified. It's almost painful to listen to these guys trying to sing their national anthem.

posted by Howard_T at 02:55 PM on June 25

If Ronaldo could also sing, it really would be too much blessing for one man.

posted by grum@work at 03:58 PM on June 25

I'm in the extreme gender minority in my household, which is not a bad thing. We have a comfortable sports TV agreement. I tolerate their Olympics fixation every other year and they tolerate my World Cups and other international football tournaments.

There has been a strong upsurge in family interest in the 2018 World Cup, but it isn't due to Ronaldo (sorry, dude). It's Sommer the Swiss keeper that has hearts aflutter around here. A guy that actually can sing, among other things.

I'm under strict orders to let everyone know when the Swiss matches are on and to provide an update if the team makes it out of their group and moves on to the next stage.

Viewing the matches sets up a delicate conflict because while the Swiss are being rooted on to victory, the fondest hope is for danger near their goal, which yields further glimpses of Sommer.

It's a unique approach to watching the tournament, one in which every round is a knockout round.

posted by beaverboard at 06:46 PM on June 25

Randall Grichuk had quite a game tonight.

First he hit a Pujolsian home run in the 8th inning.

Then, in the bottom of the 9th, he saves the game for the Blue Jays by doing his best Mike Trout impression.

Side note: In the same game Curtis Granderson hit a ball into a black hole and it never came back.

posted by grum@work at 11:45 PM on June 25

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