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SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

In other news this Monday, OTD in 2012, during a Thanksgiving night NFL game, Jets QB Mark Sanchez earned a place in football fame when he committed the 'butt fumble'.

posted by Howard_T at 08:13 PM on November 22, 2021

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

This from Front Office Sports of Nov. 22.

"Cleveland Guardians fans were finally able to purchase team merchandise for the first time on Friday as the team transitioned from the 106-year old Indians name. However, the Guardians Team Shop sign at Progressive Field fell to the sidewalk and smashed into pieces shortly after the merch went on sale."

Things like this were taken as omens by the ancients.

posted by Howard_T at 02:31 PM on November 22, 2021

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Something called "Front Office Sports" began showing up in my inbox a few weeks ago. I have no idea what button I clicked on by accident, but I'm not entirely displeased. Each day there are one or two interesting things about the business side of sports. Today there's an item that the Cleveland Guardians baseball team might not have a clear path to their new name. There's a roller derby team by the same name that also uses a similar logo and has the domain name clevelandguardians.com since 2013. The baseball team offered 10K for the rights, but the roller derby team has sued, asking for an injunction to keep the baseball team from using the name. The roller derby team will probably settle for more money, but it might be worth watching.

posted by Howard_T at 03:06 PM on October 28, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 8: Bungles No More Edition

My picks:

Cardinals by 6
Panthers by 3
Bills by 16 (lock)
Bears by 13 (lock)
Browns by 7
Lions by 6
Colts by 4
Bengals by 13 (lock)
Rams by 14 (lock)
Chargers by 3
Seahawks by 11 (lock)
Broncos by 6
Buccaneers by 9 (lock)
Cowboys by 8
Chiefs by 15 (lock)

posted by Howard_T at 02:53 PM on October 28, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 7: Thanks Brocephus Edition

My picks:

Browns by 9 (lock)
Packers by 12 (lock)
Chiefs by 7
Dolphins by 8
Patriots by 13 (lock)
Panthers by 6
Ravens by 9
Eagles by 3
Rams by 14 (lock)
Cardinals by 17 (lock)
Buccaneers by 15 (lock)
49ers by 10
Seahawks by 6

posted by Howard_T at 10:20 AM on October 21, 2021

Play the SportsFilter NBA Pickem

My picks:

Bucks by 11
Lakers by 9
Knicks by 6
Suns by 12 (slam dunk)
Hawks by 7 (slam dunk)
Warriors by 8 (slam dunk)
76ers by 10
Suns by 4

Many good games to watch here. Celtics vs Knicks will be fun, not only for the Boston - New York rivalry, but also to watch Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier try to show their former team what it let go.

posted by Howard_T at 03:18 PM on October 19, 2021

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

We who live in New Hampshire, the GRANITE State, look upon sandstone as an inferior material, and that ain't no schist.

posted by Howard_T at 03:11 PM on October 19, 2021

Dodgers Beat Giants in Deciding Game 5

Just don't make the call if it's this dang borderline.

When the plate umpire points at you and yells "did he go?", you have no option. You have to make a call; shrugging your shoulders and saying that you aren't sure will have you umpiring in a T-ball league. Right or wrong, sure or unsure, you give it your best judgment and sell the call like you are absolutely certain. The checked swing call usually appears perhaps 2 or 3 times in a game. Rarely does it happen in the circumstances of Dodgers vs Giants. To make it a reviewable call would eventually lead to some sort of review of balls and strikes. Perhaps an electronic strike zone with a chip in the ball and bat could be done. I hope not. Baseball is played by humans and should be officiated by humans. Neither players nor umpires are perfect, and that is as it should be. A game played by robots, or even worse, played by images on a screen is no game at all.

posted by Howard_T at 06:19 PM on October 15, 2021

Dodgers Beat Giants in Deciding Game 5

Looking at the play from the side, it's easy to see that the swing was checked. I would like to see what Flores saw. He was (or should be) 15 or so feet behind 1st base and a foot or two in foul territory. It's the only practical place from which to call swing or no swing, it's far from ideal. The plate umpire's vision is directed to the ball and the strike zone. Judging the swing, unless it's fairly obvious, is very difficult for him. So it's up to the 1st base blue, and his judgment.

Let's first look at what determines a swing. Back in the day, if the batter "broke his wrists", it was a swing. As video analysis became more common, one could see that the bat would be well into the zone where contact might be made before the batter's wrists snapped. Thus the criteria changed from wrists to whether or not the bat head crossed the plate. This is more difficult to judge than a batter's wrists. Flores could see that batter's shoulders moved toward the ball and were in a position such that arm movement alone would bring the bat to the hitting zone. Flores would also have seen the arms continue moving in the swing. How well he could see the bat makes the difference. To Flores it appeared that the bat was far enough over the plate to constitute a swing. Right or wrong, it's a judgment call.

It's the final out of the last inning of an elimination game. Do you change your criteria for a call because of the situation? All I have been taught tells me that if in my judgment it's a swing in the 2nd inning, it's a swing with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th. You shouldn't apply situation to judgment. Once you do that you need to build yourself a table of how much you change your call versus the game situation. Since the situations will have subtle differences, you will soon find yourself questioning every call you make, based on your feeling for the situation rather than the accepted interpretation of the rules. Yes, I know that the strike zone tends to expand or contract depending on the count, but the immediate consequence is another pitch. This gives both pitcher and batter the chance for a satisfactory outcome. It doesn't end an at bat nor a game or even a season.

Will the call by Flores go down in baseball history as one of the worst ever? Probably not. First of all, the call was difficult to make. You are 100 feet away, trying to determine the position of a moving object, and you have only a few milliseconds to do it. Compare it with Don Denkinger's call at 1st base in the 1985 World Series. The play happened right in front of him and wasn't close. He still got it wrong, and in the days before replay had to live with it. He admitted his error, and all players and knowledgeable fans understood and forgave him. Flores said that he saw the play as a swing. Given the difficulties involved in the call, it is easily understood. Can it be forgiven? That's not up to me, but I will bet it already has been.

posted by Howard_T at 02:43 PM on October 15, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 6: Chucky Got Chucked Edition

My picks:

Buccaneers by 9 (lock)
Jaguars by 6
Bears by 7
Bengals by 12 (lock)
Colts by 16 (lock)
Giants by 6
Chiefs by 13 (lock)
Panthers by 9
Ravens by 7 (lock)
Cardinals by 3
Raiders by 6
Patriots by 3
Steelers by 10
Bills by 16 (lock)

posted by Howard_T at 12:43 PM on October 14, 2021

Raiders Fire Gruden Over Bigoted Emails

One interesting Twiiier comment I saw on a news site mentioned that the emails all were written while Gruden was employed by ESPN. Makes one wonder about ESPN's email policies.

posted by Howard_T at 10:59 AM on October 12, 2021

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The umpiring nazi in me has been aroused. It's not the umpiring, the crew on the field at Fenway got it right, but the broadcasters and post game analysts were misleading at best.

First the situation. With a runner on 1st base, the batter hits a long line drive to right field. The ball bounces on the ground in front of the low wall, hits the wall, deflects back toward the fielder, hitting him, and then caroms off the fielder's body and over the wall. At this point the ball has gone out of play. What is your ruling? The announcers and almost every fan call this a ground rule double, and while this accurately describes the result of such a play, it does not describe why it is ruled. The play in last night's game confuses the ruling because the ball hit the fielder before going out of play. Here's where the analysts mislead everyone.

First of all, there's no such thing as a ground rule double. When a ball in play goes out of play, there are rules that specify the placement of any runners. If a fair batted ball crosses any boundary after touching the ground, the batter and all runners are awarded 2 bases from their position on base at the time of the pitch. There is no umpire discretion involved. Two from the time of the pitch, that's it. It doesn't matter that the ball went out of play after contacting a fielder. As long as the baseball was not thrown out of play by the fielder, it's still 2 from the time of the pitch.

What if the ball had been thrown out of play in an attempt to stop play and deprive runners from further advancement? Here the rule is clear, but there is still some limited umpire discretion involved. If the throw was intentional, it is still a 2 base award, but the award is given from the position of the runners at the time of the throw. The umpires must now determine where the runners were when the ball went out of play and place them correctly. Other than being aware of where the runners are when the ball became dead there is no discretion available to the umpires. The analysts on the post game were insisting that the umpires could place the runners, but I don't think they understood the subtle difference between an award from time of the pitch and time of the throw and when each applies.

I could give you another 500 words defining time of the pitch, but I will pass before rcade drops the banhammer. I will say that you should pay attention; there will be a quiz.

posted by Howard_T at 04:23 PM on October 11, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 5: Urban's Daily Grind Edition

My picks:

Seahawks by 6
Falcons by 12 (lock)
Bengals by 10
Vikings by (lock)
Steelers by 14 (lock)
Buccaneers by 13 (lock)
Saints by 6
Panthers by 10
Titans by 5
Patriots by 14
Raiders by 8 (lock)
Chargers by 9 (lock)
Cowboys by 13 (lock)
Cardinals by 10 (lock)
Chiefs by 6
Ravens by

Cure or kill week. 8 locks selected. If I go down, the flames will be bright.

posted by Howard_T at 09:43 PM on October 06, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 4: 66 Yard Edition

My picks:

Bengals by 13
Falcons by 6
Bills by 18 (lock)
Bears by 9
Cowboys by 10
Colts by 7
Browns by 3
Saints by 9 (lock)
Titans by 11 (lock)
Chiefs by 13 (lock)
Rams by 14 (lock)
Seahawks by 6
Ravens by 4
Steelers by 3
Buccaneers by 10 (lock)
Chargers by 6

posted by Howard_T at 11:36 AM on September 30, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

Edmonton by 11 The BPOE lodge travels east to hit the roulette table. Betting red or black doesn't matter, the result is the same.

Winnipeg by 16 Lions don't have enough anti aircraft weapons to shoot down Bombers of any color.

Hamilton by 12 In his quest for the Golden Fleece, Jason never had fierce Tigercats to deal with.

Saskatchewan by 9 Roughriders refuse to be stampeded.

posted by Howard_T at 04:29 PM on September 27, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 3: Cardiac Cardinals Edition

My picks:

Panthers by
Bills by 14
Bears by 7
Lions by 4
Titans by 8
Chiefs by 12 (lock)
Patriots by 7
Giants by 6
Steelers by 13
Cardinals by 15 (lock)
Broncos by 11 (lock)
Raiders by 9
Buccaneers by 8
Vikings by 10
49ers by 13
Eagles by 3

posted by Howard_T at 06:31 PM on September 23, 2021

Ben Simmons Gives Philadephia All the Sads

But drafting Simmons, Okafor and Fultz and trading Nerlens Noel...there's no award for that.

It's all about the process. We must understand that.

posted by Howard_T at 11:17 AM on September 23, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

I checked my email early on Wednesday, and my wife and I did some sightseeing on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Got back to email after a late dinner, and there I was, confronted with a CFL pick 'em that's already in progress. Prime Minister Trudeau, what kind of government are you running in Canada? How can any responsible official allow the CFL to play on Wednesday? It's an outrage and a crime against humanity.

Calm down, Howard, it's only one pick that you probably would have missed anyway. Let it pass and get on with your life.

Toronto by 16 The sailors of mythology roast little birds for dinner.

Saskatchewan by 11 Can a Roughrider stay in the saddle on the back of a Lion?

posted by Howard_T at 11:13 AM on September 23, 2021

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Oh the humanity.. Gus Johnson might have been a bit excited, but according to the Vikings radio announcer, the kick was good.

posted by Howard_T at 03:00 PM on September 20, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven

Hamilton by 13 The question is, "Can a Broadway musical survive panic stricken, uncontrolled quadrupeds?" Answer to be determined.

Toronto by 9 Those who use uncomfortable transportation succumb to mythological sailors.

Montreal by 18 Larks feed on the corpse of the Lion.

Winnipeg by 18 Manitobans disrupt peaceful BPOE meeting with a blue bomb.

posted by Howard_T at 06:05 PM on September 16, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 2: Pay Chandler Jones the Money Edition

My picks:

Giants by 7
Bears by 9
Browns by 13 (lock)
Rams by 6
Bills by 3
Patriots by 9
Eagles by 4
Steelers by 8 (lock)
Saints by 10
Jaguars by 7
Cardinals by 12 (lock)
Buccaneers by 16 (lock)
Chargers by 6
Seahawks by 5
Chiefs by 13 (lock)
Packers by 3

posted by Howard_T at 01:38 PM on September 15, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

Must move quickly. Almost forgot.

Hamilton by 13 It's the Argo NOTS in this one.

Saskatchewan by 3 I ought to go with the home team, but the Regina Rowdies will prevail.

Edmonton by 11 The BPOE have another meeting and lick some Stamps.

BC by 16 The color confused group will not tame any Lions.

posted by Howard_T at 07:22 PM on September 10, 2021

Play the SportsFilter NFL Pickem

My picks:

Buccaneers by 17 (lock)
Eagles by 10
Bills by 9
Bengals by 3
49ers by 11
Titans by 4
Colts by 8
Chargers by 10
Panthers by 13 (lock)
Jaguars by 6
Chiefs by 12 (lock)
Patriots by 6
Packers by 3
Giants by 7 (lock)
Rams by 4
Raiders by 9

Doctors at Duke University have developed an artificial brain in a Petri dish. I was ready to sign up to purchase one, but the brains are to be used for research into things like Parkinson's Disease and Dementia. My picks will probably show how badly I need a new brain.

posted by Howard_T at 04:39 PM on September 07, 2021

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I'm watching a baseball game right now, and it's in the bottom of the second and it is already NEARLY 1 1/2 HOURS LONG! Part of the problem is that the plate umpire had to be replaced after he took a foul ball off the mask. What set me off was what appeared to be a senseless challenge of a call at second base. (It turned out to be a crew chief challenge of a ball that was within a few inches of a home run.) Nonetheless, I have an idea that might limit the number of useless challenges. That is, if a challenge is made on a baserunner -- runner called safe and
and call challenged -- and the challenge is unsuccessful, the runner will be awarded one extra base. For example, a safe call at second is challenged unsuccessfully. The runner would be awarded third, and if third is legally occupied, that runner would be awarded home. If nothing else, this might cause managers to think twice before making a challenge. Challenges of calls at a boundary would not be affected.

posted by Howard_T at 02:46 PM on September 06, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Sorry for the double post. This here hand-held TV/typewriter thingy does some strange things.

posted by Howard_T at 06:21 PM on September 03, 2021

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

RIP David Patten, passed away at 47 after a motorcycle accident.

posted by Howard_T at 02:48 PM on September 03, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Ottawa by 3 In checkers you get either red or black, not both. Ottawa wants to have both, and in this game they do.

Saskatchewan by 11 Goin' with the homies here, and I think the 'Riders have enough anti-aircraft equipment to withstand a Blue Bomber attack.

Hamilton by 8 Argos think they can have a ham sandwich, but they break their teeth on a hambone.

Calgary by 6 The BPOE got an undeserved week off, but they will still succumb to the Stampeders.

posted by Howard_T at 04:24 PM on September 02, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Ottawa by 3 In checkers you get either red or black, not both. Ottawa wants to have both, and in this game they do.

Saskatchewan by 11 Goin' with the homies here, and I think the 'Riders have enough anti-aircraft equipment to withstand a Blue Bomber attack.

Hamilton by 8 Argos think they can have a ham sandwich, but they break their teeth on a hambone.

Calgary by 6 The BPOE got an undeserved week off, but they will still succumb to the Stampeders.

posted by Howard_T at 04:24 PM on September 02, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Ottawa by 3 In checkers you get either red or black, not both. Ottawa wants to have both, and in this game they do.

Saskatchewan by 11 Goin' with the homies here, and I think the 'Riders have enough anti-aircraft equipment to withstand a Blue Bomber attack.

Hamilton by 8 Argos think they can have a ham sandwich, but they break their teeth on a hambone.

Calgary by 6 The BPOE got an undeserved week off, but they will still succumb to the Stampeders.

posted by Howard_T at 04:24 PM on September 02, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Ottawa by 3 In checkers you get either red or black, not both. Ottawa wants to have both, and in this game they do.

Saskatchewan by 11 Goin' with the homies here, and I think the 'Riders have enough anti-aircraft equipment to withstand a Blue Bomber attack.

Hamilton by 8 Argos think they can have a ham sandwich, but they break their teeth on a hambone.

Calgary by 6 The BPOE got an undeserved week off, but they will still succumb to the Stampeders.

posted by Howard_T at 04:24 PM on September 02, 2021

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Another name change for an Edmonton team. There may be more changes for other Canadian teams.

posted by Howard_T at 01:11 AM on September 02, 2021

Patriots Cut Cam Newton

Belichick also got rid of Brian Hoyer leaving Jones as the only QB on the roster

The reports are that Hoyer has been signed to the practice squad. Look for him to be on the roster once the dust settles from the cut down period.

posted by Howard_T at 02:59 PM on September 01, 2021

Patriots Cut Cam Newton

With a salary as low as Newton was commanding, it would have made great sense to keep him as the backup for Jones. It is quite likely that Belichick released him to give him a chance to hook on somewhere with a better deal, if not with a chance to start. Patriots will go with Jared Stidham as their backup, although he is on the PUP list. Look for future quarterback coach Brian Hoyer to be resigned once the season starts.

posted by Howard_T at 10:57 PM on August 31, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

Crap! Got busy doing the grocery shopping and fixing dinner, and completely forgot the pick 'em. At least a good marinade recipe turned a piece of chuck into a pretty good steak on the grill. I guess my expert judgement of Montreal vs Hamilton will go unknown. There's the rest of the slate, so here goes.

BC by 11 It won't take much in the way of offense to get this done, and I don't care how good your defense is, if you don't score, the best you can get is a tie.

Winnipeg by 6 Stampeders will get close, but in the end they will disappoint.

posted by Howard_T at 10:48 PM on August 27, 2021

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

What was Cam's misunderstanding? Did that ever get explained?

He left the New England geographic area for a team approved "procedure". While away from the area, he was required to have a daily Covid-19 test, which he supposedly did. The problem is that the tests must be done in an NFL facility, which they weren't. Being unvaccinated, Newton is not allowed to return to the facility for 5 days (time done on Thursday), and only after an approved test is negative. With all of the fine print, I can see how the rule could be misunderstood. By taking the vaccine, Newton could have avoided the whole problem.

posted by Howard_T at 03:20 PM on August 25, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three

Edmonton by 13 The BPOE rub their antlers on the Lions' pelts.

Montreal by 22 On paper this is a sweet setup for les Alouettes. We'll see.

Winnipeg by 8 Is this the week that the offenses break out? That's what I'm thinking.

Saskatchewan by 6 Old Uncle Mo stays with the Riders.

posted by Howard_T at 03:10 PM on August 19, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

Calgary by 13 Stamps seem to be the concensus choice. Now all I have to do is hit the score.

Winnipeg by 6 Early in the season, defenses seem to develop more quickly than an offense. The same thing is true very late, but more because of weather. So that's Howard_T's theory of everything.

Edmonton by 11 Did Edmonton get approval from the B.P.O.E. for their new name? The guys at the local Elks Lodge want to know.

Saskatchewan by 16 Since one of my uncles was once the Superintendent of Schools for the province, I have a bit of a rooting interest for the Riders. Win this one for Uncle Lorne.

posted by Howard_T at 09:30 PM on August 11, 2021

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

A pitcher who is getting hit hard is said to be throwing meat balls. Looks like both pitched a complete game. Nothing like an old-fashioned rhubarb over a bolognese sauce.

posted by Howard_T at 03:08 PM on August 07, 2021

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

It's difficult to understand what's going on because the camera stays on R1 (the runner from 1st), and the play on the ball is not shown. I assume that there was a fly ball to the infield, and with infielders lying on the ground, there was a collision. The base umpire makes what looks like an out call. Why? Was there interference by B1 (the batter runner) on the fielder attempting to make a play? Had that been the case, the umpire's first signal would have been "dead ball" -- both hands raised over his head. B1 would have been out, and R1 returned to 1st base. After a conference, the ruling is changed. B1 is called safe and awarded 1st base, now becoming R2, while R1 is awarded 2nd base. I believe the manager has been ejected, the first F-bomb would take care of that. Even if he had not been tossed, he can't be in the dugout unless he is wearing a complete uniform.

posted by Howard_T at 02:20 PM on August 06, 2021

The 16th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

My goodness is it that time already? What happened to May, June, and July? Even though the talking heads are already starting their blather about NFL training camps, football seems so far away. Well anyway we'll give the CFL pick 'em another shot. Consider me a blind hog, and any picks I get right will be my delicious acorns.

Hamilton by 13.

Saskatchewan by 17

Calgary by 9

Ottawa by 7

posted by Howard_T at 01:41 AM on August 04, 2021

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Concerning the case of Evander Kane: "Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor Hell a fury like a woman scorned." (William Congreve, "The Mourning Bride", 1697) Kane and his wife were undergoing a divorce, and the soon-to-be-former Mrs. Kane has apparently used social media as her weapon of choice. This could get really nasty.

posted by Howard_T at 06:07 PM on August 01, 2021

NHL Playoff Pickem Champion: Tahoemoj

Nicely done, tahoemoj. While I didn't enter this year (playoffs come during the middle school baseball season, and I am pushed for time then), I still followed the progress. Good on rcade for doing this, and good on all the players for being there.

posted by Howard_T at 11:50 AM on July 30, 2021

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Looks like autocorrect took over your link. I'm disappointed that I did not see the Canadian software team in action. The problem seems to have been over the re-entry rules. I am not familiar with them in Olympic play, but generally they allow a player to be withdrawn and re-entered once. I know of no rule that mandates the reentering player to a specific defensive position, but the reentering player must bat in her original place in the batting order. It appears that the umpires confused a pitching rule with the re-entry rule.

posted by Howard_T at 09:37 PM on July 26, 2021

Logan Mailloux a polarizing pick by Canadiens in first round of draft

Give the kid credit for honesty, although his admission might have been a way to mask disappointment at possibly being drafted in a lower round.

With their pick (21st) Bruins selected Fabian Lysell who was tabbed by some as a top 10. He slid to 21 because of "character concerns", but nobody knows what the so-called concerns might be. Speculation is that it has to do with Lysell's insistence that he be moved up to the Swedish Hockey League while still playing for an under 20 team. Conspiracy theory: Bruins' overseas scouting department, in the person of former Bruin P. J. Axelsson, started the character issues talk in order for the kid to slide.

posted by Howard_T at 11:54 AM on July 25, 2021

Cleveland Ex-Indians Unveil New Name

The name's not bad, but naming your team after statues might bring memories of teams like the 1899 Cleveland Spiders (20 - 134) to life. Having players like these guys (list is from 2011) on your roster would truly represent the statue image.

Beaverboard's link is probably similar, but it won't open on my 'phone.

posted by Howard_T at 03:18 PM on July 23, 2021

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Do any of you recall the 3-year-old bat boy who was nearly involved in a collision at home plate during the 2001 World Series? His career in baseball continues. This year's all star game featured sons of former major leaguers, and it's nice to see the trend continuing.

posted by Howard_T at 03:08 PM on July 15, 2021

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

First time for me too. Classic.

posted by Howard_T at 11:33 AM on July 14, 2021

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

NHL has its first female play-by-play announcer. Leah Hextall will do games on ESPN. If the name sounds familiar, her grandfather is Hall of Famer Brian Hextall, and her cousin is Flyers' GM Ron Hextall.

posted by Howard_T at 03:30 PM on July 01, 2021

Canadiens Advance to Stanley Cup Final

Bruins win, you get fish and chips from Margaretsville on the north coast.

I will hold out for Mussels from Prince Edward Island or scallops from Digby. Not so sure anyone in the Maritimes would want fish and chips from Al's. Maybe some fish tacos from one of the many Latino restaurants around here, or perhaps some pho from one of the Southeast Asian places in Lowell.

Actually, many of my cousins are Boston fans. One of them is a fellow named Jim Prime, a 2nd cousin, who has authored many books about the Red Sox and a few other sports subjects. He coauthored "Ted Williams Hit List" with Ted Williams, with whom he used to fish.

posted by Howard_T at 12:17 PM on June 26, 2021

Canadiens Advance to Stanley Cup Final

I haven't checked Facebook to see what my cousins in Les Maritimes think of this, but I'm sure there's plenty of shade being thrown. Yours truly, Bruins fan that I am, have been secretly pulling for Canadiens. I guess one Cup final in 28 years is allowable, and perhaps this will rekindle the rivalry between Boston and Montreal. I'm looking forward to the finals.

posted by Howard_T at 02:28 PM on June 25, 2021

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The NCAA is not greeted with good news on a Monday morning. The Supreme Court has ruled that the rules on education related compensation are too restrictive. Athletes still cannot be paid, the colleges cannot use expensive "gifts" to attract athletes, but much seems to remain the same. Justice Kavanaugh's separate opinion seems to be in favor of completely tearing up the existing system. I would like to hear what our resident legal counsel, tahoemoj, has to say.

posted by Howard_T at 02:17 PM on June 21, 2021

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

There is a town in Alabama named Arab, but it is pronounced with a long A and the emphasis on the first syllable, A' rab. The story is that the town's founder wanted to name it Ahab, after one of the kings of Israel, but a county clerk with poor handwriting made the inadvertent change.

posted by Howard_T at 10:20 PM on June 20, 2021

‘The Silicon Valley of Turf’

George Toma is famous for the work he did in Kansas City, as well as other places. When Nashua, NH, fielded an entry in an independent baseball league, the local stadium field was in rough shape. The city parks department hired Toma to help bring the field up to shape and to teach the city employees how to keep it up. It was about 15 years ago that Toma did his work, and he taught his pupils well. The field is still pristine, and there is not a bad hop in the infield.

posted by Howard_T at 09:56 PM on June 15, 2021

NBA Pickem Champion: Goyoucolts

Well done, Goyoucolts. You made a late game run and put it away.

posted by Howard_T at 11:46 AM on May 28, 2021

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I guess the calliope reference is to the play looking like a bunch of clowns at a circus. This video is appropriately viewed with the music from the old Bennie Hill Show. I think it was called "Yakkity Sax" or something like that.

To add to this, the plate umpire correctly called the runner safe; he had legally touched the plate without being put out. Whether or not the run would count is dependent upon the batter runner reaching 1st base.

posted by Howard_T at 11:37 AM on May 28, 2021

Enter the NBA Playoff Pickem

My picks:

Mavericks in 6
76ers in 5
Hawks in 6
Jazz in 6
Bucks in 5
Nuggets in 7
Top point scorer: Doncic
Top rebounder: Antetekoumpo
Top scoring team: Nets
Team scoring 130: Bucks

posted by Howard_T at 08:20 PM on May 25, 2021

Leicester City Wins FA Cup Over Chelsea

Let the record show that about 5 minutes after I posted, I left for church. I take great comfort in the saving of sinners part of most Christian faiths. I hope that I am not imposing too great a workload on the Heavenly Powers. I have led what can be called an interesting life. My outlook and vocabulary have been much expanded by many years of working with the United States Marine Corps and with several Navy Bos'ns.

posted by Howard_T at 12:35 PM on May 16, 2021

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

.erroneous post. Please disregard.

posted by Howard_T at 12:25 PM on May 16, 2021

Leicester City Wins FA Cup Over Chelsea

OK, beaverboard, here it is:

At an evening affair in Manchester
I met a young lady from Leicester
Her clothing was scanty
With much visible panty
But I never did try to molest her.

posted by Howard_T at 09:55 AM on May 16, 2021

Leicester City Wins FA Cup Over Chelsea

Shortly after Leicester City won the Premier League I was at a gathering where I was introduced to a young lady from Leicester. I asked her if she was excited about winning the Premier League. Her reply was something to the effect of having known nothing about it, but she was quite surprised that I even knew that there was a city named Leicester in England. I didn't want to tell her of the town in Massachusetts by that name.

posted by Howard_T at 10:53 PM on May 15, 2021