Recent Comments by yerfatma

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Can't figure out how to embed it, but Johnny had a Hekker night.

posted by yerfatma at 09:51 AM on October 27, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

She apparently staged that, which is disappointing but yeah, all I did was base64 encode the audio I stripped from a YouTube video, so you do you. I could make it customizable I suppose.

posted by yerfatma at 08:19 PM on October 22, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I assume it will get old at some point. Not so far.

posted by yerfatma at 07:32 PM on October 21, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Click on the Awesome button at the bottom of an article. I need to build out the documentation in 0.2; I just wasn't sure if Google would publish it.

posted by yerfatma at 02:31 PM on October 21, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I don't know if anyone else has an account at The Athletic, but someone suggested a modification to their "Awesome" article rating button and I built it.

posted by yerfatma at 12:51 PM on October 21, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Ah, I miss Fred and Derrick every year when hockey season starts up. And Johnny in the studio.

posted by yerfatma at 11:35 AM on October 21, 2020

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Just came back to post that link and found grum had beat me to it. Nice to see an ex-Red Sox player do well.

posted by yerfatma at 06:59 PM on October 16, 2020

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Miss me? Know what I miss? This:

posted by yerfatma at 10:59 AM on October 16, 2020

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Man I was just thinking that pre-stats, Jim Frey was a guy who didn't get an even break and then

trading Lee Smith to Boston for Calvin Schiraldi and Al Nipper
Hoo golly.
He became vice chairman of the New England Patriots, owned by friend Steve Kalafer, and shifted to an adviser role in later years.
I am not familiar with that team?

posted by yerfatma at 10:40 PM on April 15, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

At the amateur level it would be nice to return to the time prior to government and corporate involvement.

For some reason (read: eight beers) I read that as the beginning to a pre-movie Star Wars crawl and loved it.

posted by yerfatma at 09:56 PM on April 15, 2020

Tom Brady Says Goodbye to New England Patriots

So long and thanks for all the rings.

posted by yerfatma at 09:55 AM on March 17, 2020

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The controversy about a Nike marathon shoe I knew nothing about.

posted by yerfatma at 04:37 PM on February 07, 2020

Grayson Allen Doesn't Play Well With Others

I will have to see the replay of the regular broadcast on the NBA Channel if I can

They were not impressed.

posted by yerfatma at 02:05 PM on July 12, 2019

Grayson Allen Doesn't Play Well With Others

FWIW, the guy who got under his skin, Grant Williams, is my new best friend in this Celtics team. I am working really hard not to overhype an undersized junior drafted late in the first round but it's not working.

posted by yerfatma at 11:42 AM on July 12, 2019

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Sam Presti is making Danny Ainge's old treasure trove of assets look meager. Chris Paul to OKC, Russ to Houston.

posted by yerfatma at 10:17 AM on July 12, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Do you think Ainge will move Hayward? I'm in agreement with you that it's the right thing to do as having both Tatum and Hayward makes zero sense

Move him for what? His contract is an albatross until he proves he can play again.

the Celtics have a history of loving big white guys on their roster.

And of being incredibly progressive vis-a-vis their league and the city, so I'm not sure what Greg Stiemsma or Aron Baynes presence would prove.

That Kawhi shot and all the still photos are definitely Why We Watch (even if I went to bed with a cold).

posted by yerfatma at 04:23 PM on May 13, 2019

FanDuel: All AAF Futures Bets Are Winners

Steve Spurrier is either happy or furious.

posted by yerfatma at 10:21 AM on April 08, 2019

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

A good sports April Fools (for me anyway).

posted by yerfatma at 10:08 AM on April 02, 2019

Fan Storms Pitch in Championship Game, Punches Player

What about the steward that took a swipe at Grealish after the game and then got arrested on the spot? Seems like a fun Derby, that.

posted by yerfatma at 03:06 PM on March 13, 2019

Mom, don't read this! - Seth Jones

Great post and worth it for beaverboard's story alone!

posted by yerfatma at 03:56 PM on February 28, 2019

Warrant issued for Patriots owner Robert Kraft for soliciting prostitution in Florida

NoMich I am with you. Ever since his wife died . . . I don't want to judge, but the long hair, the stupid sneaker affectation and the endless supply of young blond arm attachments have been incredibly tacky. Plus he and Tom Brokaw are the only people left rocking those stupid white cuffs and no one has the decency to tell him.

On the plus side, I have a refreshing answer to my constant question of "Is that young woman actually having to look at him naked?"

posted by yerfatma at 01:39 PM on February 22, 2019

How former ref Tim Donaghy conspired to fix NBA games

Pretty amazing, especially how the NBA shaped the narrative about it. It makes me wonder how much longer ESPN will fund this kind of journalism that makes their content partners (NBA/ NFL/ etc) look bad.

posted by yerfatma at 12:06 PM on February 21, 2019

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I would preface this with a request that you imagine me as Two Face from Batman while writing because I am also annoyed as hell about the way players have started to actively form superteams and upset long-term planning for NBA teams, but I also realize I am old. Pretty much anyone writing here is old enough to remember "How things used to be" and most remember the '80s when players were the face of a franchise for their entire career and punched the hell out of players on rival teams and that was How Things Should Be.

But. The NBA, like the NFL, is built upon taking young black men (and some really young especially since KG and Kobe and One-And-Done), sticking them into random metropolitan areas in the country and saying, "You are now a Utah Jazz". It was so successful with this model in the '80s and then the Jordan '90s that it spawned an industry of shoes-and-scouting that built AAU teams and traveling teams that pluck kids out their homes, put them together with other kids who have nothing but basketball in common, then churn them through the NCAA system for at least a year to maximize the amount of money old white dudes can make on them and then some of them make it to the promised land and actually get paid over the table where they get a tiny slice of a giant pie, half of which is collectively bargained to those old white dudes. Looked at in that light, where you've beaten a rigged game only to find there's a hard cap on how much you can earn (I don't care how big the numbers look to us, it's still a cap), why the hell wouldn't you want to go through this with the friends you made? Why the hell should you be loyal to Random City and that beloved Green/ Gold/ Red/ Blue uniform kids everywhere dream of wearing?

Looked at that way, "Establish player movement controls" sounds pretty plantation. cixelsyd I don't mean that to pick on you, I have similar thoughts about how it's hard to love a team anymore, but the NBA, like pretty much every major sport nowadays, is as much about the soap opera off the court as it is the action on the court.

I'm sure legalized gambling will help here.

posted by yerfatma at 09:53 AM on February 08, 2019

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Wasn't Barnes brought into Dallas because they haven't typically landed free agents so they have to take fringe stars? I am excited to see if he meshes well with the Kings' offense, even if it ruins one of the Celtics' draft picks (which have taken a hit with the recent Clippers trade as well).

posted by yerfatma at 10:13 AM on February 07, 2019

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Never mind that, he might give them staph.

posted by yerfatma at 10:11 AM on February 07, 2019

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

TIL: NBA teams are serious about holding onto draft rights. Sort by Age.

posted by yerfatma at 03:49 PM on February 06, 2019

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The John Wall thing is incredible. For someone who's game is based around speed, it feels like Wizards fans can take half a decade off. They should bring back the Bullets just to get out of that contract.

posted by yerfatma at 08:45 AM on February 06, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The 1986 Super Bowl halftime show was Up With People.

It would be interesting to know what year Mad Magazine stopped mentioning Up With People at least 6 times per year.

posted by yerfatma at 08:44 AM on February 06, 2019

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I blame you bastards for this team breaking my spirit.

posted by yerfatma at 08:43 AM on February 06, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I saw a link off Deadspin about how the Patriots are anti-football and closed it just after the article pointed out in spite of being 6-4 in Super Bowls, they are still way behind on net points. Man that was a killer to 5th grade me.

posted by yerfatma at 02:03 PM on February 05, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

[citation needed] - the CBA prevents the league from saying what substances were taken and the player can claim anything, thus the rash of Adderall* suspensions in the past. Edleman was probably the best Patriot offensive player in the playoffs, but a team that beat the top 3 NFL offenses in the playoffs probably had a few good defenders. Gilmore, Flowers, Kyle van Noy, even a rejuvenated Hightower would all be good nominees.

posted by yerfatma at 11:35 AM on February 05, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

You can blame Jared Goff.

posted by yerfatma at 02:19 PM on February 04, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Someone tried to tell me it was "nail biter", but I said that's only true if you're biting your nails in order for them to be sharp enough to slice your own wrists to avoid the boredom of this game.

Man, I enjoyed the hell out of that, mainly the running-on-ice feeling of "How many times can they force the Rams to punt before the Rams get it sorted out and start driving" like happened in the AFC Championship.

I have no idea if they will resign Trey Flowers, if Gronk will retire, if Brady finally gives in to Father Time or if Gostkowski is past due-date, but I will mention the Pats have 12 draft picks. I look forward to a wide receiver flame-out and some weird second-rounder who wasn't even supposed to get drafted that we try to squint at to pretend makes sense.

posted by yerfatma at 01:07 PM on February 04, 2019

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

This is amazing. Toffee fans are used to saying, "Proper Everton, that" after every time they fall on their face. Proper Knicks, this.

posted by yerfatma at 08:38 PM on January 31, 2019

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I think Rivera getting unanimous induction is more indicative of the changing nature of the electorate

Yeah. It's not a referendum on everyone who came before but an acknowledgement the old "Not 100% the first time" thing was stupid and needs to die. Rivera was a perfect candidate for that.

posted by yerfatma at 01:19 PM on January 23, 2019

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Boy, I was in year 2 of working at a web development shop, worked there another 5 years, got married not long before leaving, worked for myself for 10 years, had a kid near the end of that and now it's 5 years later. I've been working for a company in the Bay Area the last 2+ years and it was all I could do not to post in the company Slack that I would quit my job the first time the Patriots aren't in the Superbowl.

posted by yerfatma at 04:53 PM on January 22, 2019

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

This is Christmas come early.

posted by yerfatma at 02:58 PM on December 19, 2018

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I like Steve Nash. I would not object to more Steve Nash in public life. That said, there is 0 reason for Steve Nash to be doing color-commentary on professional soccer games, much less a Champion's League match featuring a team he is openly rooting for. I appreciate Bleacher Report is trying to do something different by not even having a proper play-by-play guy (though Stuart Holden does a very good job of it anyway), but let's call it a failed experiment. While we are at it, let's kill WEEI's idea of "dropping the concept of a conventional radio baseball broadcast to make the call of the game sound more like a talk show."

posted by yerfatma at 10:13 AM on December 12, 2018

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Probably has something to do with Ripken being almost 3x as valuable by WAR in his time in the game. Harold Baines was a good hitter for a long time. That's not the elevator pitch for a Hall of Fame player.

posted by yerfatma at 03:27 PM on December 11, 2018

'I Would Strike Out Babe Ruth Every Time'

Can you imagine having to ride on a plane or a bus with this guy? He and Trevor Bauer should start a podcast. From space.

posted by yerfatma at 03:25 PM on December 11, 2018

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Thanks Howard, that was a name I did not know.

posted by yerfatma at 02:01 PM on November 29, 2018

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I'm linking to this article about Everton's improvement this year directly before they get blasted in the Derby this weekend because I have to call out the change in offense between Big Sam and this year:

posted by yerfatma at 02:00 PM on November 29, 2018

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

& is usually for bit-shifting. In 20 years of coding I've used it about twice. I am suspicious that changing from && to & would fix things. It's like someone saying they adjusted a comparison from == to =

posted by yerfatma at 02:09 PM on November 26, 2018

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

posted by yerfatma at 02:27 PM on November 14, 2018

EPL Player Won't Wear Poppy On His Jersey

c.f. the last panel here. I think Squires has Poppyman come out every year now.

posted by yerfatma at 09:00 PM on November 07, 2018

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I was kind of excited to watch the 76ers/ Pacers game with Doris Burke and Mark Jones. And then they and Lisa Salters just spent 2 minutes singing the praises of Chick-Fil-A. Save your ads for the timeouts and spare me your faux enthusiasm.

posted by yerfatma at 08:59 PM on November 07, 2018

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Why does Bleacher Report's Champions League coverage have Steve Nash as a cohost? I like soccer too, doesn't make me a good option.

posted by yerfatma at 02:55 PM on November 06, 2018

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

It was a big deal when the lumbering, indomitable Joe Kapp did it during my youth

Billy "White Shoes" Johnson was the first person I ever saw do it. He also ran from one guy's helmet to the next before being asked to return to the normal plane of existence.

posted by yerfatma at 02:54 PM on November 06, 2018

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Ha, that's awesome holden!

posted by yerfatma at 02:52 PM on November 06, 2018

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

We just don't want to split the winnings with you.

posted by yerfatma at 01:12 PM on October 30, 2018

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

OK gang, I am in search of one SpoFite to occupy a seat at TD Garden on Thursday night

Unfortunately, I will be on the West Coast for much of the week. Thanks though & some day!

posted by yerfatma at 08:47 PM on October 29, 2018

What the Hell Happened to Darius Miles?

This was such an awesome piece. Sent it to a friend of mine because we both liked Miles so much (didn't he finish his career with the Celtics in preseason one year). The weirdest bit was I had been wondering this exact question last week.

posted by yerfatma at 08:46 PM on October 29, 2018

1903 1912 1915 1916 1918 2004 2007 2013 2018

I don't even have a take on this. An amazing season and the first where I feel like I might legit be too old to appreciate the greatness. I turned in around inning 12 on Friday night without any guilt.

posted by yerfatma at 08:45 PM on October 29, 2018

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I get that spammers tend to intentionally put typos into their messages because they want to filter the respondent pool down to people who aren't paying close attention to details, but that message seems . . . less than well-designed.

posted by yerfatma at 05:08 PM on October 23, 2018

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Really? As I was watching all those young, hopeful, wishing-against-wish Yankee fans in the crowd, I paused thusly

But then I remembered that 4th of July that Ron Guidry broke my heart and just laughed.

posted by yerfatma at 02:27 PM on October 11, 2018

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Unlike Jimmy Butler:

posted by yerfatma at 04:33 PM on October 10, 2018

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

"You took notes on a ... criminal conspiracy?" — The Dodgers clearly never watched The Wire.

posted by yerfatma at 02:21 PM on October 08, 2018

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Just scroll down to the part labeled "Trent Dilfer". I don't understand what I just read, but that is a bad look.

posted by yerfatma at 09:42 AM on October 08, 2018

Frank Reich Hands OT Win to Houston Texans

I will admit I can never completely hate Lou Holtz for having Rick Mirer go for two at the end of a game in Happy Valley in the snow and win it. Fortuna audaces iuvat and/ or fortune is bald behind, etc.

posted by yerfatma at 12:58 PM on October 03, 2018

NHL Third Jerseys for 2018-19

I'm going to go to Kevin Dineen's house and boo him just for old time's sake.

posted by yerfatma at 12:36 PM on October 03, 2018