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Philip Rivers Retires After 17 Seasons

I think the Raiders are first in the karma line, post JaMarcus Russel. But also, please understand that Leaf wasn't just a busted draft pick, he was utter trash as a person.

posted by LionIndex at 07:47 AM on January 22, 2021

Philip Rivers Retires After 17 Seasons

A few other teams are thinking "Damn...the Chargers...Brees, Rivers, Herbert - what magic lamp have they been rubbing?

I like to think it's karmic payoff for drafting Ryan Leaf.

posted by LionIndex at 09:17 PM on January 20, 2021

Black Monday Arrives for NFL Coaches

Yeah, I'd the Chargers would be the best situation. You already have a decent QB, a pro-bowl quality #1 receiver, an effective running back, a few other decent offensive options, a pretty good defense with a few top level rushers and DBs. Get a decent O line and overcome the curse that causes ridiculous losses and you're all set.

posted by LionIndex at 04:38 PM on January 05, 2021

Josh Allen is Putting Up MVP Numbers

No, I pronounced it like you would if you were crossing a mountainside at a continuous elevation, not like "Travis" with an S inserted in the last syllable.

Doh, I meant Travis with an R in the last syllable

posted by LionIndex at 07:00 AM on December 31, 2020

Josh Allen is Putting Up MVP Numbers

No, I pronounced it like you would if you were crossing a mountainside at a continuous elevation, not like "Travis" with an S inserted in the last syllable.

posted by LionIndex at 06:53 PM on December 30, 2020

Josh Allen is Putting Up MVP Numbers

That's one of the first things you learn growing up in Michigan, how to pronounce "Sault" properly.

My 2nd day in Michigan I went to set up a bank account, and mentioned Traverse City. The teller said "now I know for sure you're not from Michigan."

posted by LionIndex at 04:48 PM on December 30, 2020

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Talib has covered at least one game previously - given the broadcasts that I have available to me (I only get Fox over the air), I'd assume it was a Lions game a few weeks back.

posted by LionIndex at 09:29 AM on December 21, 2020

Matt Patricia is gone, and so is the GM who ran Jim Caldwell out of town to give Patricia the job.

Does any other football team have t-shirts associated with it that say "just once before I die"?

posted by LionIndex at 12:32 PM on November 29, 2020

Matt Patricia is gone, and so is the GM who ran Jim Caldwell out of town to give Patricia the job.

Maybe they'll be able to pry Eric Bieniemy away from KC.

posted by LionIndex at 10:16 PM on November 28, 2020

Sarah Fuller Suits Up for Vanderbilt Against Missouri

I'm not entirely sure how it works, but I'm guessing it's the same as a graduate transfer for basketball?

posted by LionIndex at 10:15 PM on November 28, 2020

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Joe Buck did make a Woofie shoutout to all the guys playing in that game making huge contributions. Besides the QBs, Nyheim Hines had a huge night.

posted by LionIndex at 12:06 PM on November 13, 2020

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

relevance for this site: championship winners will visit the White House again.

posted by LionIndex at 03:50 PM on November 07, 2020

Dodgers Player Learns Covid-19 Test Was Positive During World Series Clincher

If someone gets sick, can they sue him for medical expenses? If someone dies, can they bring a wrongful death civil suit?

posted by LionIndex at 06:13 PM on October 29, 2020

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Yeah, ESPN has nothing. UVa is playing an early season tournament in Connecticut, and they have a game against Villanova, but that's all that's on the schedule at the UVa athletics page.

posted by LionIndex at 05:43 PM on October 27, 2020

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Ha, yeah, ask the team on the other sideline about that.

posted by LionIndex at 03:01 PM on October 18, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Wait till Lion I. sees your post. The two of us will be pounding nails into a stuffed wolf doll dressed in red.

Well, that's just a normal Tuesday.

posted by LionIndex at 05:02 PM on September 10, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Cackalacky Trump doesn't really have much of a ring to it either.

posted by LionIndex at 07:05 PM on August 26, 2020

Over Two Minutes of MLB Players Cursing in Empty Stadiums

Or Tommy Lasorda

posted by LionIndex at 12:06 PM on August 22, 2020

Fernando Tatis Jr.'s grand slam draws ire of manager Jayce Tingler, Texas Rangers

If the Rangers had to play ~10 times a year at Coors Field, they might not assume 7 runs is an insurmountable deficit either.

posted by LionIndex at 09:58 AM on August 19, 2020

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I say that with my favorite team at 5-2 and having apparently successfully escaped Arizona, but no, I'm not biased.

posted by LionIndex at 06:38 PM on July 31, 2020

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I think the League should have made teams police themselves from the start by having the following policies: 1. no make-up games for COVID reasons. 2. no divisions, playoff spots go to top 8 teams in each league. 3. standings determined by wins alone. 4. daily testing by MLB of teams 5. if your team has more than some number of cases of COVID (let's say 4) once the playoffs start, you forfeit your series.

posted by LionIndex at 06:24 PM on July 31, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle


posted by LionIndex at 11:34 AM on July 27, 2020

New Texas Rangers Ballpark Looks Like an Aluminum Barn

I would like to hear the story of how overbudget the building depicted in that rendering ended up being.

There's a snip of Paul Goldberger's comments on the stadium in the link - he's not just some guy mouthing off, he's been the architecture critic for The New Yorker and The New York Times.

posted by LionIndex at 09:56 AM on July 26, 2020

Op-Ed: 'The Texas Rangers Team Name Must Go'

Padres: genocidal slavemasters. Texas Rangers got nothin' on them.

posted by LionIndex at 09:38 AM on July 16, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Renee Zellweger seems pretty alive to me?

posted by LionIndex at 08:04 AM on July 14, 2020

The Washington Redskins

Washington Pork Belly Projects - the Hogs cheering section makes more sense than ever.

posted by LionIndex at 08:48 PM on July 13, 2020

The Washington Redskins

I heard "Radskins" on the Dan LeBatard show this morning and I kind of want it. Have a skateboard on the helmet or something.

posted by LionIndex at 04:18 PM on July 13, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Hanging everything on it being a JOB is what struck me as well. We have regulatory standards for workplaces that are normally hazardous, like OSHA, but now pretty much any job is hazardous and I don't mind employees deciding that the proposed safety regulations don't quite cut it.

posted by LionIndex at 04:33 PM on July 11, 2020

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

OK, but if you knew that if you drafted Ryan Leaf, you would then be able to draft Drew Brees? And then draft Eli Manning but actually get Phillip Rivers instead? It all balanced out.

posted by LionIndex at 09:03 PM on April 18, 2020

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

He looks like the kind of guy who would go to the Meijer on Knapp or in Cascade.

posted by LionIndex at 05:31 PM on March 28, 2020

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I read NoMich's description, clicked the link, saw the guy's name and thought - oh, this guy's gotta be from my area. Sure enough, he's from GR.

posted by LionIndex at 05:26 PM on March 28, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

There's the San Diego stadium (I think it's the San Diego County Credit Union Stadium now? Used to be Qualcomm, and Jack Murphy prior to that) - aside from the various random uses that Ufez mentions, it hosts the Aztecs and the Holiday Bowl, maybe the Poinsettia Bowl, and that'd be about it. San Diego also has the old Sports Arena, which has similar random things and hosts the minor league hockey Gulls. Sounded from the articles like the Forum had been converted to strictly a music venue, and it's also a historic landmark so Ballmer won't be able to tear it down. But, him buying it removes any non-compete clauses from the building and he can build a Clippers-only arena serviced by the same parking lot.

posted by LionIndex at 12:19 PM on March 25, 2020

NFL Offers Game Pass for Free Through May 31

As a former Charger fan who relocated to Michigan: No.

posted by LionIndex at 07:49 PM on March 18, 2020

NBA Suspends Season Because of Coronavirus

NCAA has cancelled the entire tournament. Reigning champs for another year!

posted by LionIndex at 06:33 PM on March 12, 2020

American Sports World Dragging Its Feet on Coronavirus

Aaaaand now the NCAA tournament will be audience-free.

posted by LionIndex at 06:03 PM on March 11, 2020

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I'm pretty much the same as beaverboard. I think the home page says I'm logged in at first, but I'm not entirely sure of that. If I go into a huddle post or something, I won't be logged in, but if I refresh the window, I will be.

posted by LionIndex at 10:34 PM on March 10, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

But the Chargers are effectively an ass in the ground, so you're saying the logo doesn't fit anyway, right?

posted by LionIndex at 07:35 PM on March 09, 2020

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Since UNC is on UVa's side of the bracket I hereby rescind my previous statement.

posted by LionIndex at 04:49 PM on March 08, 2020

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Amazingly, I actually feel sorry enough for Carolina this year that I kind of hope that happens.

posted by LionIndex at 08:41 AM on March 07, 2020

XFL Has First Kick Return TD Under New Rules

I watched one game and have been interested in watching another, but I'm a cord cutter and I only get one station (Fox) over the air and things just haven't worked out to where I've been able to catch one. The quality of play in the game I saw was not awful.

posted by LionIndex at 08:42 PM on February 23, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I don't blame Beilein for wanting to give coaching pro ball a shot, and I don't really blame the Cavs for taking a shot on him, but I didn't think his coaching style was the type to translate to the NBA, and there are a lot of good college coaches who fit that description. I'd think that guys that generally depend on teaching solid fundamentals and rely on developing players over the course of their college careers would have a hard time making the jump. Like Izzo, who's pretty loathe to play freshmen too much no matter how highly touted they are, or Bennett - can you imagine him trying to institute the pack line in the NBA, much less the ultra-slow and methodical offense he runs?

posted by LionIndex at 05:57 PM on February 19, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Middle of Vermont. It just so happened to be on a day that I was already planning on driving through the area on my way to Boston, so I stopped by.

posted by LionIndex at 03:42 PM on February 08, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I actually went to a pretty random MetaFilter meetup a while back, but it was at terrapin's place, so it also qualified as a SpoFi meetup. Matt Haughey also managed to show up somehow, and it was in Jessamyn's neck of the woods so she was there as well (but I don't know if she ever joined SpoFi).

posted by LionIndex at 10:19 PM on February 07, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I think they just did that.

posted by LionIndex at 06:27 PM on December 02, 2019

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I realized a while back that about has much time has passed since I graduated as had passed from when I started there back to when they didn't allow women.

posted by LionIndex at 08:40 PM on November 30, 2019

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

A) beating Tech is great! B) Ending the streak is great! C) Conference division champ is also great, but just means we'll be a grease stain on the field after playing Clemson next week.

Did you ever get to storm the field? If you were there in the pre-George Welsh era, I don't know that you would have had many opportunities. :/

posted by LionIndex at 01:53 PM on November 30, 2019

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I don't know where on the list he'd end up, but they had DeShaun Watson first team, Charlie Ward second, Lamar Jackson third. At least the Pack had some first team guys, while some other ACC schools (like, oh, Duke) didn't even show up until the 2nd team.

posted by LionIndex at 05:35 PM on August 22, 2019

How Much Does Jack White Love Baseball?

I went to a concert years ago, and while driving there was listening to the Padre game on the radio. Games start around 7, I was driving around 9:30 pm, so the game was in the 8th inning or so. Got out of the concert after midnight and thought I'd hear the result of the game or maybe catch the tail end of the postgame show, which could go pretty late, but no, the game was still going.

posted by LionIndex at 08:52 PM on August 18, 2019

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I'm kind of seriously hoping he's not some sort of mentally ill. If he is, I hope he gets treatment for it. I can see the arrogant diva angle, but the repeatedly showing up to practice with his old helmet, sometimes with amateurish paint jobs, makes me wonder.

A question posed in a Ringer article about Brown: did his feet get messed up because he refused to wear the protective booties that you're supposed to wear in a similar way to the helmet thing?

posted by LionIndex at 02:42 PM on August 10, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I never knowingly saw Branch play (and growing up as a Charger fan I probably wouldn't have appreciated it anyway), but I did know him from the historical teams on Madden. If you took the '76 Raiders team, you spent the whole game trying to find a way to get it to WR#21.

posted by LionIndex at 12:00 AM on August 05, 2019

Only 12% of Men Think They Could Win a Point Off Serena Williams

Thinking about the question, either for Djokovic or Williams, I'm not thinking about whether I'm good enough to be able to actually make anything happen on the court, but whether either of them can go a whole match without some minor screw up. I don't think I'd ever be able to get a "winner" but is there some chance that they'd have an "unforced error" at some point in the match? What are the odds of that? And it doesn't have to be a double fault - you'd get to serve for roughly half of the points in a match, so is there some chance that they'd just get your serve off their racket kind of funny and it would go into the net? A chance you hit a ball that they think is going out but just nicks the line? In my case, having virtually no tennis skill, I'd say the odds of me scoring a point are probably worse than the odds of them winning the entire match through aces on their serves and double faults on mine, maybe with a maximum volley length of 2 shots. Also, would you actually have a better chance against Djokovic because he'd have to play THREE sets of error-free tennis as opposed to two for Williams?

posted by LionIndex at 06:36 PM on July 15, 2019

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I don't think I'm a fanatic, but I'm pulling for the Bucks. I lived in Wisconsin for a couple years and a Virginia guy (President Brogdon) starts for them. I've never lived in New York, but I was pulling for the Nets for a similar reason (Joe Harris).

posted by LionIndex at 08:14 PM on May 09, 2019

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I think Bennett and Beard are an interesting contrast - Bennett had his run of success at Washington State that brought UVa calling, but it was a pretty slow burn for him at UVa, working up from pretty much nothing to "competitive" to "dominant" (at least for the regular season) and now fully validated by tournament success. Beard's rise at Texas Tech has been meteoric by comparison. I'd certainly like for there to be more Bennett-type coaching stories in college basketball, but I'm not sure Beard is it - he could certainly stay at Tech and they could be a power for years to come, but as of yet he doesn't have the mutual investment that exists between Bennett, UVa, and the Cavalier fan community. I do think you're right that most of the schools hunting for coaches right now are basically lateral moves for Beard in terms of prestige, so I'd think the only temptation would be major dollars from a flagship state university with some built-in recruiting advantage (Texas?). I just see Beard as much more of a threat to leave sometime soon than Bennett. And I hope there's not any complacency about Bennett's feelings mixed into that.

posted by LionIndex at 07:06 PM on April 09, 2019

There's Still One Perfect NCAA Bracket

I'm being selfish, but I hope Virginia doesn't destroy his dreams like they destroy mine. :(

posted by LionIndex at 08:38 PM on March 28, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Nah, I'm pretty sure UVa has a 1 seed on lockdown.

posted by LionIndex at 09:07 PM on March 04, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Neither of those games should be considered "easy", but pretty much all of Virginia's games from here out will be against potential tournament teams. If they lose to Syracuse, which is kind of a bubble team right now, that win might propel Syracuse into the tournament. Louisville is already a lock to get in. So, losing either of those isn't really a huge problem for Virginia to maintain a hold on a 1 seed. Losing their first game of the ACC tournament, which they've locked up a double bye for, might be an issue, and could cause them to slip if they've lost either or both of their last regular-season games.

posted by LionIndex at 01:41 PM on March 03, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Virginia just about has a 1 seed locked up, I don't think there's anything "may" about it. There's a pretty wide gulf between UVa, Duke, Gonzaga, and the larger group of teams fighting for that 4th 1 seed. Duke may fall back if they trip too much without Zion, but they seem to be handling their lesser opponents OK.

If UVa wins out the season and just gets to the the ACC final, they're probably the overall 1 seed and end up in the east region with almost home games in DC for the 16 and 8 games. If they drop one of their last two games and don't make the ACC final, they're probably still a 1, but another team may get preferential location over them for which bracket they're in, meaning they'd probably play in the South.

posted by LionIndex at 10:35 AM on March 03, 2019

Manny Machado to Padres in surprise end to endless saga

Well, that's one of two times.

posted by LionIndex at 08:33 PM on February 19, 2019

Manny Machado to Padres in surprise end to endless saga

I'm a Padre fan, and I'm OK with this. He might even help them win as many as 70 games next season!

But seriously, the Pads have had been ridiculously managed (from the front office, not on the field) for decades, letting potential stars walk instead of trying to keep them, trading away future stars for prospects, or trading our few decent prospects for washed veterans. While 10 years might be a bit much, since Machado is only 26 I don't expect the contract to be as big an albatross as Pujols' is for the Angels, and for once we managed to get a star player in his prime while we supposedly have the #1 farm system in the majors, and all we had to do was spend money. That is not a thing a Padre fan is used to. If the guys in the farm system mature in 2-3 years, either to the point where they can be good players for the Pads or traded for a lot more firepower, this was a great decision for the team. I certainly don't think it would be the same or make as much sense for a lot of other organization.

A lot of times, it feels like the Padres make moves just to make moves and look like they're doing something. This feels different.

posted by LionIndex at 07:23 PM on February 19, 2019

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I think the problem right now is that everyone (players and owners) is trying to repeat what the Warriors did, but what they did might not be repeatable. They got 3 all stars (Klay, Curry, and Draymond) through the draft, then benefited from a nearly unprecedented jump in the salary cap to land KD, all while maintaining continuity with their coaching staff. So, players who are the only really big stars on their teams feel left out because they can't do it all themselves, owners don't feel like they can match up so they resort to tanking, and everything becomes really lopsided. I think eventually the Warriors will have to break up for salary reasons and then things might get more back to normal where you can have a couple big stars on your team and some decent role players and make a run instead of needing a rotation full of all stars all on the court at one time.

posted by LionIndex at 07:41 PM on February 07, 2019