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Yankees, Aaron Judge Agree To Nine-Year Deal

Bay area sports fans went through some yo-yo string pulling.

First it was the Niners' Jimmy G out for the year and it looked like Judge was heading to the Giants.

Then Jimmy's injury status was upgraded and he should return at some point - but Judge signed with the Yanks.

posted by beaverboard at 08:33 PM on December 07, 2022

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Compare Jimmy Garoppolo's latest injury with the first big nick he received when he was with the Patriots.

The Kiko Alonzo tackle from 2016 is strikingly similar to the recent Dolphins tackle. In fact, the Dolphins tackle is worse from a situation management standpoint. All this time in the league, and not only did Jimmy G. not learn the basics of QB injury avoidance when he was an understudy to Tom Brady, who is a master of it, he actually hasn't learned anything about the skill in general and is still making the same mistakes he was making six years ago.

Jimmy isn't injury prone, he's an injury avoidance knucklehead. I can't believe Shanahan hasn't been able to coach the bad habits out of his system. When there's no chance of escaping or extending the play, just protect the ball and go down or get out of bounds. Instead, he consistently gives defenders opportunities to injure him. If I was his position coach, I'd be out of my mind.

posted by beaverboard at 12:10 PM on December 06, 2022

US World Cup Covfefe

If a tale of unmitigated horribleness is what it takes for us to gain an owlhouse resurfacing, I'm willing to suffer the misery to experience the surprise.

Pity poor owl, whose dissatisfaction with Cup coverage is compounded by the fact that he's enduring the muckage a day ahead of us.

posted by beaverboard at 07:52 PM on December 05, 2022

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

NoMich - any chance the Lions would take Matt Patricia back?

Asking for a friend.

posted by beaverboard at 02:36 PM on December 02, 2022

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Yes, exactly right, youth soccer refs are very tough on throw in procedure. They enforce everything you mentioned.

Understandable for them to want to help teach the rules of the game during live play, but it gets kids freaked out about doing throw ins.

So they won't do hurry up throw ins when it would be useful to do so. And if the thrower is worried about getting called for a violation, their tendency is to stay rooted to the spot after completing the throw in rather than quickly rejoining the flow of play.

posted by beaverboard at 02:21 AM on December 01, 2022

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

When Dest started his run and McKennie struck the service to him, the Iran center backs looked like they were still just a bit behind Dest. Even though Dest had outpaced his own defender, the position of the other backs gave him the slight onside margin he needed.

The position of the receiving player at the moment the ball is struck is the critical factor.

The AR was right there running with Dest and had a good view of the line.

I saw one or two goals in other matches where the flag didn't go up when it seemed as though it should have and there was no VAR review.

One of the reasons that a lot of kids drop out of youth soccer after they go from U-10 up to U-12 (where they get introduced to the offsides rule) is that the way offsides is coached and reffed at that level often becomes one big WTF.

posted by beaverboard at 04:58 PM on November 29, 2022

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

When the USMNT played to a scoreless tie with England, my brother in law poured a celebratory snort of the best the Cadenhead clan has to offer.

Check out the botanicals.

posted by beaverboard at 05:49 PM on November 25, 2022

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Germany has already gone on record as wanting no part of it.

posted by beaverboard at 10:42 AM on November 23, 2022

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Only a vindictive, mean spirited person would want England to win the World Cup.

posted by beaverboard at 08:14 AM on November 23, 2022

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

King Salman declared a national holiday on the spot after Saudi Arabia beat Argentina in the World Cup.

This is something that the emir of oil rich Houston might consider doing if the Texans beat the Cowboys or the Chiefs.

posted by beaverboard at 11:00 PM on November 22, 2022

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Seeing the FIFA chief sitting next to MBS tells me all I need to know about the tournament.

The 2022 Cup money trail has been well established and hashed over.

The Athletic has a background narrative.

As do a few folks on YouTube.

posted by beaverboard at 11:47 AM on November 21, 2022

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Addendum: I once read through all the NFL scheduling rules, which I found interesting.

I thought that one of the rules was that a team couldn't have an away game the week before they played a Thursday game. Yet here are both stalwarts of Thanksgiving, the Lions and Cowboys, playing on the road today.

And the Bills are semi-screwed because they had to play the Browns in Detroit due to the weather.

posted by beaverboard at 04:26 PM on November 20, 2022

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Q: Does the presence of Herschel Walker alter logic and reality in categories other than politics?

A: The 6-3 Cowboys are 1.5 point favorites on the road against the 8-1 Vikings.

posted by beaverboard at 09:45 AM on November 20, 2022

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Qatar has suddenly reversed course at the eleventh hour and banned alcohol sales at the World Cup matches.

The awarding and staging of this Cup feels more and more like the accommodation, legitimization and emboldening of Putin with the Sochi Olympic Games.

There's no telling if other dramatic changes to previously established terms, understandings and agreements might be abruptly foisted on FIFA by the host nation.

If I had a roomful of idle dollars laying around, I'd see to it that every person attending the tournament got a complimentary vuvuzela.

posted by beaverboard at 10:06 AM on November 18, 2022

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

A fun mental exercise for the aging brain (at least my aging brain): glance at a listing for the week's upcoming NFL games and figure out which teams are on a bye week.

Of course, you have to pull up a game schedule that doesn't identify the bye week teams. But there are several such listings.

My strong preference is to be able to figure out the bye week teams just by looking at the overall schedule, not by methodically going through the divisions team by team.

Some teams are more "invisible" than others. They're harder to notice if they're missing from the schedule. Example: the Titans.

Other teams become more invisible when they do dumb things like relocate and become second class citizens. Example: the Chargers.

Sometimes entire divisions become less visible because they just lack buzz. Both the NFC and AFC South divisions.

Some teams are currently way too visible for all the wrong reasons and should become more invisible. Like the Raiders and Broncos.

posted by beaverboard at 10:42 AM on November 16, 2022

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

After the catches that were made in the Vikings-Bills game today, if Odell Beckham returns to the NFL, he'll be just another wideout.

posted by beaverboard at 06:16 PM on November 13, 2022

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Hopefully today will be the last day a NFL OC calls a play that features Tom Brady as a receiver.

Especially on a field engineered for European, not American football. The heavy footed lumbering beasts made the Munich turf look like chopped spinach and spent the whole game sliding around all over the place. Good luck to the Bayern groundskeepers working to restore the pitch. At least they'll have time on their side with the World Cup and league winter break coming up.

posted by beaverboard at 02:16 PM on November 13, 2022

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Intrigue awaits this weekend when Josh McDaniels, who left the Patriots - a team that is now weak and ordinary on offense - leads the Raiders, who have sucked all season and never should have let Rich Bisaccia (who went to the Packers who also suck) go, against the Colts, who Josh stood up at the altar in 2018 and are now in total disarray.

The winner in all this? McDaniels, who became the highest paid coordinator in the league after he stiffed the Colts, did well after deciding to stay with the Pats, and is now getting paid even more handsomely to fail as a head coach (again) in Las Vegas.

Oh, and Andrew Luck, who retired and got away from the Colts before the shit hit the fan.

And Matt Ryan, who found a team that thought he could still be a starter in the NFL when it should have been obvious he was done 2 years ago.

And maybe also Dan Snyder, who can now tell everyone: "Of all the people to question my ownership of an NFL franchise and call me detrimental to the league, who the fuck does Jim Irsay think he is?".

posted by beaverboard at 03:51 PM on November 09, 2022

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I see a McDonald's and a rest stop service plaza from the Florida Turnpike of my youth.

posted by beaverboard at 10:53 AM on November 08, 2022

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I loved it when Al Davis drafted Ray Guy in the first round. No one had ever done anything like that. But it fit Davis' offensive philosophy.

If the Raiders whiffed on three boom or bust plays in a row, Ray Guy would come in and make the opponent wish that the Raiders had made a first down. Not only were the Raiders' starting O and D units rough and tough, but their special teams played like they were on day release from San Quentin. No one wanted to field Guy's mammoth punts and then get flattened by the manic onrushers.

posted by beaverboard at 05:29 PM on November 05, 2022

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

With 10 minutes left in the second quarter, it looks safe to say that North Texas is now bowl eligible.

posted by beaverboard at 05:16 PM on November 05, 2022

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

RIP Ray Guy, punter extraordinaire and beast hero of my youth.

posted by beaverboard at 11:27 AM on November 05, 2022

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Brooklyn, New York: now the home of yet another newsworthy suspension bridge.

Outbound: Kyrie Irving

Inbound: Ime Udoka

posted by beaverboard at 10:19 PM on November 04, 2022

Dan Snyder May Be Selling Washington Commanders

I love the following from the ESPN story:

According to the ESPN investigation, because Snyder has been unable to muster government resources for a new stadium, owners are considering a financial maneuver to remove him as owner.

In other words, his angelic fellow owners would vote him out if he wasn't able to force appointed and elected officials to find a way to make the taxpayers fund the cost of a new stadium. Their stench is almost as bad as his.

posted by beaverboard at 05:07 PM on November 02, 2022

Dan Snyder May Be Selling Washington Commanders

Classic Dan Snyder move to hire the likes of Bank of America to broker the sale. He should bring in Wells Fargo to complete the heartwarming scenario.

I was shocked at how handsomely Donald Sterling was rewarded for being Donald Sterling when he had to sell the Clippers. If Snyder sells his NFL team in its entirety, that deal will make Sterling's sale look rather small in comparison.

I would buy the Commanders just so I could change the name to the Washington FC and go back to those cool transitional unis they had with the numbers on the sides of the helmets.

posted by beaverboard at 01:10 PM on November 02, 2022

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

With yesterday's NFL results in the books, it's time for a Halloween Trick or Treat shout out to the King Ponkin Head of New Orleans, who looks as proper in black as he did in orange.

posted by beaverboard at 03:36 PM on October 31, 2022

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Philly is the place to be at the moment. The disliked Steelers come to town today and then tomorrow, the Phillies, who won Game 1 on the road, bring the World Series home.

A Series game in Philadelphia on Halloween with the home team having made a statement in Houston - let your imagination go where it wants. Some fans will dress up as trash cans, some will dress up as off duty cops and invite other fans to throw up on them and their daughters. Someone will jump into the visitors' dugout fists a flying; someone will throw a cheesesteak into the bullpen. Orbit the Astros mascot will get kneecapped.

The NFL thought it was being clever by scheduling two orange teams to play on Halloween, but Bengals-Browns has no chance of competing with the pleasures that await in the city of brotherly love.

posted by beaverboard at 11:35 AM on October 30, 2022

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

And NoMich no doubt sat quietly by with his crossword puzzle as nationally ranked NC State took care of former powerhouse Va. Tech.

posted by beaverboard at 03:48 PM on October 29, 2022

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Wishing rcade all the best in his annual role as the voice of temperance and sobriety at TIAA Bank Field during the Florida - Georgia game.

posted by beaverboard at 01:43 PM on October 29, 2022

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Mine were black and orange too. Maybe we were in the same juvenile offender controlled re-entry program.

posted by beaverboard at 11:04 AM on October 26, 2022

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Seasonally appropriate

posted by beaverboard at 09:20 AM on October 26, 2022

'I am not retired' Serena Williams says

Talk to Tom Brady first.

posted by beaverboard at 10:21 PM on October 25, 2022

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Thank you Patriots:

- For once again getting slammed on national TV by the Bears when they're wearing their white unis (1986 Super Bowl)

- For keeping Papa Bear George Halas' career win total from being surpassed

- For making Justin Fields actually look like a first round draft pick for the first time in his career

- For tackling and protecting the ball like Russian conscripts

- For fielding an inbred, fully subservient Bill Belichick vanity-driven coaching staff that has no designated OC or DC and paying accordingly

- For providing Dan Shaughnessy with the sort of red meat he lives to devour while writing the shit he writes in the Globe

- For making viewers have to listen to Joe Buck call the action while you suck

posted by beaverboard at 10:24 AM on October 25, 2022

Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, and Other Weirdos

Rodgers, Wilson and Brady aren't the first to cause late career problems by any means.

Favre was no model citizen, laying the groundwork for the sort of individual he has become in his post NFL career.

Dan Marino spent his last seasons in the pros hobbling around frustrated and yelling at his entire offense between plays. The dude could barely walk, and he'd be out there red faced for four quarters.

This is why you hate to see a guy like Andrew Luck walk away from the league.

Since the article mentioned Wentz, I want to take the opportunity to tip my hat to his fellow QB from the top of the 2016 draft, Jared Goff. Traded from LA to Detroit, he's a guy who would have had every right to crawl into a hole, say life sucks, and just go through the motions for the paycheck. Yet he showed up to work like a motivated professional, and he has tried hard to help make the Lions competitive regardless of the seeming hopelessness of the situation. It really surprised me to see how much effort he has given and how committed he seems to be to the team and the offensive unit. He's trying to make the most out of what a lot of people would consider a raw deal.

If you're fed up with crazy QB legends, the antidote is to enjoy the year that Geno Smith is having. Or the resurrection period that Tommy Maddox once had with the Steelers. Or that Jim Plunkett once had with the Raiders. Case Keenum with the Vikings. Etc. etc. When guys who have taken some hits and bounced around the league eventually have some hard earned success, it's rewarding to see.

posted by beaverboard at 12:35 AM on October 24, 2022

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

1984 Cubs looking at the 2022 Phillies: "Why couldn't we do that?"

2022 Padres looking at the 1984 Padres: "Why shouldn't we do that?"

posted by beaverboard at 12:36 PM on October 23, 2022

Panthers Trade Christian McCaffrey to 49ers

I don't know about John Lynch. He got lucky as hell early on with the Trubisky draft deal and Garoppolo falling into his lap for short money, but he's given away the moon to get Lance and McCaffrey. And he's endured a talent bleed along the way among both players and coaches. Some of which is inevitable, but the overall picture does not look conducive to building sustained excellence. Lynch has been gifted with intangibles beyond expectations, such as Garoppolo's caliber of character. Lance had better be a difference maker when he gets back on the field.

posted by beaverboard at 10:35 AM on October 21, 2022

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

If anyone does a quality ranking of NFL bye week teams, this week's teams - Rams, Bills, Eagles, Vikings - must rank as one of the stronger groups in recent memory.

posted by beaverboard at 10:17 AM on October 21, 2022

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I just learned that the French refer to Vladimir Putin as "Poutine".

Shouldn't generations of comfort cooks in Quebec file a cease and desist motion?

If someone eventually refers to Putin as "toast", I'm OK with that.

posted by beaverboard at 11:11 AM on October 20, 2022

Crypto Deals Turn Ugly for Teams, Leagues

The silver lining is that, pursuant to yesterday's Huddle, when pro teams and leagues decide to partner with the crypto sector, at least they're dealing with people who are bankrupt rather than billionaires.

posted by beaverboard at 10:48 AM on October 19, 2022

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

When the likes of Jim Irsay says he believes there's merit in removing Dan Snyder as an NFL owner.

posted by beaverboard at 10:16 PM on October 18, 2022

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

In happier news, Patriots owner Robert Kraft got married to a woman twice his height and half his age over the weekend. Lots of worthwhile possibilities there.

Not sure what the prenuptial agreement reads like, but it should be generous, as Kraft will now be saving large amounts of money on legal defense bills for visits to strip mall massage parlors.

Who knows, there may even be a Nelson Rockefeller clause in his will.

posted by beaverboard at 12:47 PM on October 17, 2022

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

A left handed swordsman. No wonder they recruited Bubba and Mickelson.

posted by beaverboard at 12:23 PM on October 17, 2022

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I'm bummed that the Mariners got eliminated, but at least their fans got to witness the equivalent of two nail biting home games - and didn't have to pay to see the second one.

The Padres continue to confound and surprise, not in spite of Lion's outlook of mild resignation and disparagement, but because of it. So the team will need another taste of Lion's special brand of good luck before taking on the...Phillies(?)

Go Guardians.

posted by beaverboard at 10:48 AM on October 16, 2022

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

My word, I've got to watch the game film of Alabama - Tennessee. I wasn't able to see the game and didn't know a classic was unfolding. Although sage pundits may well have predicted it.

posted by beaverboard at 07:38 PM on October 15, 2022

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I understand your concern.

However, OSHA staffers and Lake Michigan Air/Sea Rescue team members who were at the game were thrilled with the orange helmets.

Of course, my long held belief is that if players are going to dress conspicuously, they'd better play conspicuously. Conspicuously good, that is.

I'm tired of Notre Dame going gold or green and getting whupped. It's not a good look. Oregon is fortunate to have excelled a lot of times when wearing their comic book action hero unis. They didn't look good all tarted up against classic Auburn in the 2011 title game.

posted by beaverboard at 04:07 PM on October 14, 2022

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I don't know that anyone should admit to watching even the coin toss of that game.

The broadcast crew must be wondering if these TNF matchups are Putin's revenge for Al Michaels' classic call of the 1980 Olympic men's hockey game.

From what I saw, I actually liked the unis last night, but given the quality of play and the way the team colors were represented, if I was an Oklahoma State or Virginia Tech fan, I'd be pissed.

posted by beaverboard at 10:07 AM on October 14, 2022

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Another week of "Who hates Jeff Bezos in the NFL league office?"

Last week on Amazon Prime: Colts - Broncos

Tonight on Amazon Prime: Commanders - Bears

Next week on Amazon Prime: Saints - Cardinals (not a whole lot better)

But...the free Grubhub, same day delivery on Tostitos, and 20% off diapers...what's not to like?

posted by beaverboard at 08:53 PM on October 13, 2022

It’s Never Too Late to Pivot From N.F.L. Safety to Neurosurgeon

Thankfully, I was able to view the article even though I was not logged in to the NYT.

Great read, thanks for posting.

posted by beaverboard at 05:27 PM on October 13, 2022

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

No Lions helmet history is complete without a Scott Mitchell cameo.

posted by beaverboard at 02:28 PM on October 11, 2022

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

First there was Allen Iverson's "practice" rant.

Then a better man came along.

The SWAC rundown begins around 3:20

posted by beaverboard at 12:18 PM on October 11, 2022

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I have wanted the Mariners to be relevant for a while now.

And my dream Super Bowl remains Lions - Browns. Although the current Lions unis are somewhat muted. In their classic vibrant silver and blue outfits they used to really pop on TV. Visually that is. Same with the Browns. I wish they would get back a bit closer to their classic look.

posted by beaverboard at 11:24 AM on October 11, 2022

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I imagine many galaxy brain folks in Lincoln, NE are scheming right now

For a while, it sure seemed like Scott Frost was a coaching wizard and Josh Heupel was just riding his coattails.

Now, Frost is gone from Lincoln after exceeding his competency limit and Heupel has Tennessee looking sharp and riding high.

posted by beaverboard at 11:48 AM on October 10, 2022

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Meanwhile, rookie Bailey Zappe looked great in the Patriots' throwback red uniforms yesterday.

I never really cared for those unis because - who the hell dresses in British army red while representing the historic seat of colonial unrest?

But yesterday, I don't know...the unis looked kind of special somehow. If nothing else, the team should ditch the John Kerry / Elvis logo and put badass Pat Patriot back on the helmet where he belongs. It's a great design. Always was.

It is gonna be rich at the Belichick press sessions. "Coach, do you have a QB controversy now?" He'll come out from behind the podium and urinate on the tops of their shoes.

posted by beaverboard at 11:41 AM on October 10, 2022

Defendants Subpoena Phil Bryant For Info on Brett Favre-Linked Drug Company

Keep posting this stuff. Don't let up. It's just getting started.

By the time all the facts are known, Favre will be seeking asylum in Russia.

posted by beaverboard at 11:27 AM on October 10, 2022

MLB's New Playoff Format Debuts Today

That 1990 Reds World Series win seemed to come out of nowhere. It was another strange chapter in the saga of LaRussa's tenure with the A's. His team got handled by the overachieving Dodgers in 1988, totally dominated the Giants in 1989 (earthquake and all), then got swept by the Reds the following year.

And the tone for both the 1988 and 1990 Series was set early on, starting with Kirk Gibson's epic pinch hit homer off Eckersley with the legendary Vin Scully game call.

The 1990 Reds were not universally admired because...owner Marge Schott. But they were a beast in the post season.

Interestingly, a TV crew interviewed notorious former A's owner Charlie O. Finley in the stands after the Reds won Game 1. It seemed to be a big deal that he was in attendance. (Better to put him on camera than Schott; that's how bad she was). He was asked what he thought of the opening game. He said right then and there that he thought the Reds would sweep the Series.

Charlie O. may have run the A's like a plantation, but he knew a little something about the game.

posted by beaverboard at 11:17 AM on October 10, 2022

MLB's New Playoff Format Debuts Today

Looking for the Padres to make for a competitive series against the Dodgers with no coast to coast travel factoring in.

posted by beaverboard at 10:56 AM on October 10, 2022

MLB's New Playoff Format Debuts Today

Eh, if the Padres are going to dominate, Lion is almost OK with it happening on the biggest stage the East Coast has to offer.

posted by beaverboard at 11:33 PM on October 09, 2022

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I'm waiting for Giants fans to start a chant in favor of their new coach:

"Day Ball! Day Ball!"

posted by beaverboard at 02:44 PM on October 09, 2022

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

You're Roger Goodell and your insidious aim is to conquer Europe, so you send the only Week 5 game between two teams with winning records to Tottenham. None more clever.

posted by beaverboard at 11:39 AM on October 09, 2022

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Guo Guardians

posted by beaverboard at 10:23 AM on October 09, 2022