December 10, 2019

SportsFilter: The Tuesday 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 - 11 comments

Dallas Stars fire coach Jim Montgomery due to 'unprofessional conduct'

posted by tommytrump at 11:50 AM on December 10

When Scott Bell was reviewing the Stars' semi-tumultuous coaching history in the article, this detail was mentioned:

Both the Cowboys and Mavericks have had one head coach during that span.

The Cowboys' coaching continuity is not a comparative that most columnists would try to score points with.

Sometimes I wish the NFL was run like college football. Then the league could declare both the Cowboys and Eagles bowl ineligible.

posted by beaverboard at 01:01 PM on December 10

The NFL should make a division ineligible for the playoffs that season if no team finishes with a winning record.

During Sunday's Jags game and after the final whistle, Yannick Ngakoue and Philip Rivers had a lot to say to each other. We get to hear it because Ngakoue was mic'ed and it's funny. Tyrann Matthieu calls Rivers the "funniest trash-talker ever".

posted by rcade at 02:06 PM on December 10

Here we go again

Really? NE could beat Cincy without their offense stepping on the field.
I guess old habits are hard to break.

The NFL should make a division ineligible for the playoffs that season if no team finishes with a winning record

It is conceivable in the NFC that a 13-3 team could travel to play a 6-10 team.

posted by cixelsyd at 04:22 PM on December 10

eh - this seems like a whole lotta nothing

posted by kokaku at 09:57 AM on December 11

Sure has been a whole lotta nothings involving the Pats under Belichick. Lots of smoke, but never any fire.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:51 AM on December 11

As much as I like hating the Patriots, this one seems like an unintentional error. Maybe I'd be more suspicious if they filmed the Ravens instead of the Bengals.

posted by rcade at 12:58 PM on December 11

Patriots film producer: "We're creating a documentary called "Do Your Job"

Videographer: "Why am I being sent to Cleveland? Freddie Kitchens is barely capable of managing that team."

Producer: "You're not going to film Kitchens. We already beat him. You're filming rookie head coach Zac Taylor and his staff in the midst of a 1 win season."

Videographer: "And then what? Are you going to splice in some footage of Ron Erhardt and Rod Rust?"

posted by beaverboard at 01:34 PM on December 11

As much as I like hating the Patriots, this one seems like an unintentional error.

Looking back at my comment, one might reasonably conclude that I believed that the Pats were [again] intentionally cheating and [again] got caught. This Bengals fan does not actually think that is true. If you have to cheat to beat this year's crop of cast-offs, has-beens, and never-will-bes, you have no business winning the Super Bowl every other year for a decade or two.

I just think that with all of the accusations in the past--many of which were much more than just smoke--the Pats should probably be more aware of the optics of what they do as an organization. Knowing that there will be constant suspicions and accusations of cheating, why would they do anything that might raise additional concerns?

posted by tahoemoj at 01:41 PM on December 11

I think Belichick enjoys seeing people becoming preoccupied with the prospect of subterfuge. While he's busy game planning.

posted by beaverboard at 01:49 PM on December 11

--many of which were much more than just smoke--the Pats should probably be more aware of the optics of what they do as an organization

It's the previous history coupled with their success that makes the target so large. Really sloppy.

posted by cixelsyd at 05:02 PM on December 11

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