July 19, 2018

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 - 7 comments

UNC head football coach, Larry Fedora, goes all Larry Fedora on our weak asses.

"I feel that the game will be pushed so far to one extreme that you won't recognize the game 10 years from now," Fedora said. "And I do believe that if it gets to that point, then our country goes down too."

posted by NoMich at 07:56 AM on July 19

For decades snake oil salesmen have been out of work. There appears to be a resurgence on many fronts.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:25 AM on July 19

"Now we do know, from my understanding that repeated blows to the head causes it," Fedora said.

So...technically, he's right? It's not so much the football that causes the concussions as it is the repeated blows to the head that causes them. And apparently repeated blows to the head can happen anywhere?

"So I'm assuming, every sport that you have, football included, could be a problem with that."

Yeah, maybe not so much with tennis and golf and track and field and volleyball and basketball and...

"That does not diminish the fact that the game is still safer than it has ever been in the history of the game."

And from the content and tone of your previous comments, that fact causes you quite a bit of chagrin, Larry. Because, now that it's safer, this country is turning into a bunch of pussies, right?

I mean, when I grew up playing hockey, a solid hit delivered by a shoulder to the head was good, tough hockey. Sure, a hit to the chest would be just as effective in removing your opponent from the play, but then you don't get to watch him land with his arms curled up and lay on the ice motionless for a few minutes. And that means that everyone's a wimp now and you won't even recognize Canada in ten years.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:25 PM on July 19

Minnesota United fans have a nice seven-year tradition going of singing "Wonderwall" after every home win.

posted by rcade at 05:49 PM on July 19

The Atlanta Hawks just dealt two players to OKC for Melo, but they are expected to waive him. What the hell? I don't get it. Can someone explain this strategy to me?

posted by NoMich at 09:07 PM on July 19

Some people might think it's sensible for the Hawks to buy out Carmelo's contract at the full 27 million so he can go play elsewhere for a lot less, but that's not the way my money mind operates. I find it appalling. He's always been an overpaid underachiever and this is the final jewel in his stanky crown.

I will never understand how people who work hard for stagnant wages get heavily into pro sports and are completely comfortable with some stiff getting paid more in three years than they'll ever make in their lives. I guess they've never thought about whether that makes sense in the grand scheme of things and if there's a way to justify it. Maybe it's the same part of the brain that leads people on Medicare to go to town meetings on a coached up warpath about the ACA and holler at legislators that they want the government to stay the hell out of people's health care.

posted by beaverboard at 10:33 PM on July 19

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