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SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Has there been a demographics study done on the 20 active users of this site that shows us to be all naive billionaires or something?

That would be news to me...

posted by jmd82 at 08:29 AM on May 21, 2018

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Agreed, rcade. Saban is the coach who could make the change.

I felt really good if Hurts had stayed in. It was clear UGA was out to stop the run and could do so; the secondary had shown it could be beat throughout the year though. As soon as he hit that first pass in the second half, I knew we were in trouble. Still one helluva game!

posted by jmd82 at 09:22 AM on January 11, 2018

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

As a UGA alum, between the OU & 'Bama games, this week has taken years off my life. So stressful, but also proud of the Dawgs. After that sack in OT, I felt good - particularly considering the missed FG to end regulation. Alas.

Agreed that the Offense went away from what was working in the second half. "Oh, another run up the middle with Chubb for 2 yards? Hooray." It felt like the coaching staff was afraid to put closing the game out on Fromm's shoulders. To be fair, UGA did get a few holes to open up in the second half, and in other games (just last week versus OU), the running games takes a toll and large holes open on. Obviously, 'Bama's a different beast and that didn't quite work out.

I can't believe that whoever on Saban's staff recruited a kid as talented as Tagovailoa convinced him to come to Bama knowing he was going to sit behind Hurts.

UGA has a commit from Justin Fields, the top QB recruit. That's with Eason (who's transferring (and should!)) and Fromm (the #2 pro QB recruit in his own right) already on the team. Not sure how we get these QBs to commit with the depth chart - embarrassment of riches.

While I'm obviously disappointed UGA lost, all I could think is how Alabama's kicker would have taken it had UGA won. There would have been some serious hate.

posted by jmd82 at 08:13 PM on January 09, 2018

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I feel like Quinn recognized that in Q1 going for it on 4th and 6 at midfield. Try to give the time a jolt of energy. Play worked, but it was downhill from there.

posted by jmd82 at 09:07 AM on October 24, 2017

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Interesting analysis. If we look at UGA, who has a closer talent level to Bama, they're right in the mix. Smart's also a former DC - all the examples are OC's.

posted by jmd82 at 08:51 AM on October 22, 2017

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I love how Jagr skips in.

posted by jmd82 at 11:05 AM on October 09, 2017

The Greatest Comeback in NFL History

That was the most deflating game I've ever seen in my life. Was at a Falcons super bowl party, and we were obviously riding high after the first half. And then partway through the third quarter and going into the forth quarter... Brady just does his GOAT thing. When the Falcons got the ball to the Pat's 25 yard line and got pushed back to midfield preventing a field goal attempt to put them up by 2 scores with 5:00 minutes left... Uhg. Knew we were in even bigger trouble. Brady is no doubt the GOAT, but I can't even watch sports news this week now. And (rightfully so) this will be one of those games that's brought up in the lore Super Bowl history for years forcing us to relive one of the greatest collapses in sports history.

posted by jmd82 at 09:34 AM on February 06, 2017

SportsFilter's 15th Anniversary

Awesome! It's been a fun ride and looking forward to future intelligent sports discussions and articles.

posted by jmd82 at 11:06 AM on January 25, 2017

Steelers Kick 6 Field Goals, Advance to AFC Championship

Perhaps Kelce needs to take a look at his own dropped pass and unsportsmanlike conduct call before casting blame elsewhere.

posted by jmd82 at 10:25 AM on January 16, 2017

Falcons Advance to NFC Championship

To be fair, if you lived in Atlanta, you'd understand. We understand quite well setting expectations too high and them flaming out. It doesn't help Atlanta's known as a city of bandwagon fans so they don't quite get the media hype of a Packers or Dallas who have a national audience.
Hello, most people called the game a blowout, but myself and all my Atlanta friends knew the game wasn't over until that final INT with a few minutes left.

posted by jmd82 at 10:23 AM on January 16, 2017

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I'm a UGA grad / fan watching the game on a bit of a delay - I always record so I can skip most the commercials. While UGA-UT is still a rivalry, it hadn't felt like too much of one lately with what was UT's slide over the last decade. I was at UGA in the early 2000's when UT was still good so it still feels intense to me.

Anyways, I think it's about 19 seconds lift with UGA still down, and my buddy texts me and I'm like, "The only reason he'd text me is because something batshitcrazy happened at the end of the game." It wasn't crazy (yet) so the only logical conclusion is UGA got a Hail Mary. And the next pass, BAM, Eason throws a rocket - not a Hail Mary mind you, but a thing of beauty our WRs would have dropped last week. I jump throwing my cat across the room to do the victory dance screaming. I read my buddy's text and it reads, "So Close too... ROCKY TOP! :)" What the hell? There's 10 seconds left! Then a penalty. Return to set up doable field position. Surly this can't be the same old Dawgs - a callback to a few years ago when GT comes back to win with almost no time. And then the Vols get their own Hail Mary. The joy, ecstasy, and pain and anguish of college football.

posted by jmd82 at 09:59 AM on October 02, 2016

Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky in the Same Relay? It Could Happen.

Or, ya know, mixed doubles.

posted by jmd82 at 09:33 PM on August 15, 2016

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

/golf clap

posted by jmd82 at 10:43 PM on July 13, 2016

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

It appears 1 singer changed the lyrics during his solo, unbeknownst to his fellow Tenors.

posted by jmd82 at 09:40 AM on July 13, 2016

Tim Duncan announces retirement

Yzerman reminds me more of Bird. Maybe because of the goal scoring, but they could both do a bit of everything. I think Duncan : Lidstrom is apropos.

posted by jmd82 at 06:47 PM on July 11, 2016

Peyton Manning’s squeaky-clean image was built on lies

It's also not the initial incident that's causing issues. It's that, even after the initial settlement, the Mannings have continued to bring up the incident in the book and an interview. After UT, she got a job at Florida Southern. It was only when the book was being published that she was reportedly let go. It's also trying to cast blame elsewhere. Chances are that if this hadn't been brought up again by the Mannings, it wouldn't be news today.

posted by jmd82 at 10:50 AM on February 15, 2016

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

It's annoying hearing all the ESPN talking heads screaming about how LSU football will never shutdown because it's Religion. Nobody disputes that football is religion. But the issue isn't shutting down football just 'cause, but rather that classes would be cancelled for all students making all athletes ineligible. Everyone will be caught in the crossfire. But who needs nuance on talk TV?

posted by jmd82 at 12:28 PM on February 13, 2016

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I love how his teammate runs up, "He merely hit him with the side of his foot. No biggie!"

posted by jmd82 at 11:23 AM on December 22, 2015

Golden State Exposes Cleveland in Game 4 Rout

I haven't heard much from the media about LeBron can't win anymore - that seemed to dissipate somewhere around winning the 2nd championship. Now, I hear the talking heads talk about how it's a win/win for LBJ - A win is one of the greatest Finals victories ever, and nobody can blame him for loosing with a depleted cast. The idea of the media lambasting LBJ seems to be a carryover from before his Heat days.

posted by jmd82 at 08:56 AM on June 12, 2015

Cavaliers Beat Hawks by 12, Lead Eastern Finals 2-0

And that's what happens when Atlanta plays like the Cavs, only without a Lebron to play the part. Seems they forgot how to pass, and to make shots they were draining during the regular season. The offense needs a major tuneup before the next game to have a chance.

posted by jmd82 at 10:54 PM on May 22, 2015

Formula E Racing Comes to U.S.

Virtually all technologies are a waste of money in their infancy. It's called early adoption. And then you end up with the iPhone 6.

posted by jmd82 at 11:46 AM on March 15, 2015

"Why not go for 70?"

Yup: Wilkins wasn't just victimized by Bird on the court that night. He also was the victim of a good-natured prank by teammates afterward. Ray Williams, a backup guard for the Celtics in 1985 (he died in 2013) recalled in the days after Bird's feat that some of the Hawks had gone to a club after the game. Cliff Levingston, a backup forward, summoned a waiter and had a bottle of champagne sent to Wilkins's table. The inscription: Thanks. From Larry.' When Wilkins, known as the Human Highlight Film during his prime, was recently honored with a 13 -foot tall, 18,500-pound statue outside of the Hawks' home, Philips Arena, Bird quipped, I'm pretty sure it's not made in a defensive stance.'

posted by jmd82 at 10:56 PM on March 14, 2015

Josh Gordon: I Am Not an Addict

If he's telling the truth, I'm pretty convinced that he's not an addict and made some very poor decisions that got him in big trouble. I also read it as he taking full responsibility for his actions.

posted by jmd82 at 12:35 PM on January 30, 2015

Seahawks Advance to Super Bowl 0x31 with 16-Point Comeback

Tebow had a better game.

Look it up.

Statistically speaking, Wilson had a shit game, so ya?

posted by jmd82 at 08:11 PM on January 18, 2015

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

With 18 combined punts!!

posted by jmd82 at 09:49 PM on November 22, 2014

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

It's driving me bonkers!!!

posted by jmd82 at 12:26 PM on November 17, 2014

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Ending of the Auburn-Ole Miss game was one of the more brutal endings I've seen. Looks like Ole Miss is going to score a TD to go ahead with 1:30 left. But not only is the ball fumbled on the 1 yard line and recovered by Auburn in the end zone, but the fumble is caused by Treadwell's injury, causing his fumble. Painful. You can see the GIF version here.

posted by jmd82 at 10:53 PM on November 01, 2014

Lights On

From what I've read, the NFL can (and does) still have contracts explicitly stating there are blackouts. It's just that it's not a required part of contracts now.

posted by jmd82 at 09:21 PM on October 01, 2014

Germany Wins World Cup

Contrast to Argentina, who had a number of similar opportunities near the box, but couldn't get the proper control for that final touch. Just that one magical touch for a goal to remember for a lifetime.

posted by jmd82 at 08:00 PM on July 13, 2014

Brazil Faces Germany for Spot in World Cup Final

The Red Wedding was a soccer match? No way!

posted by jmd82 at 08:32 PM on July 08, 2014

LeBron Taking His Talents Out of South Beach

The mark of a true leader isn't just how many championships you've won, but leaving teams better off than you found them.

How many teams are really better than when a future HoF player leaves?

posted by jmd82 at 10:14 AM on June 25, 2014

Minnesota State players refuse to practice as coach Todd Hoffner returns

In Mankato, most people take the side of Hoffner, calling the kids spoiled brats or entitles or something along those lines. Pretty much everyone likes Hoffner and thinks he deserves to get his life back together.

posted by jmd82 at 05:05 PM on April 17, 2014

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Heh. Reminds me of Chuck Norris jokes. Only made in the 3rd person instead of my meme generators.

posted by jmd82 at 02:10 PM on March 17, 2014

Panthers Edge Patriots, Win Sixth in a Row

That run reminds me of Vick in his Atlanta days.

posted by jmd82 at 09:54 AM on November 19, 2013

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I especially love it when the network takes the time to make a slo-mo replay of it, like they did with Jim Harbaugh today at the end of the Saints game.

I thought he was just yelling for more Fudge.

posted by jmd82 at 09:32 AM on November 18, 2013

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

After being down by 20 to start the 4th quarter, UGA storms back to take the lead, with the defense managing to man up for the first time this season. Only to blow it by tipping a 4th & 18 Hail Mary straight into the fingertips of an Auburn receiver. It's kind if funny how it'll go down in Auburn lore, but it required a special bit of terrible from the UGA defense to make it happen. Probably the most madenning season of Georgia football in the last decade.

posted by jmd82 at 12:14 AM on November 17, 2013

Atlanta Braves plan to build new stadium in Cobb County

But wasn't Olympic Stadium built precisely with the Braves taking over in mind?

posted by jmd82 at 02:07 PM on November 12, 2013

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

As talented as Clowney is, I can't help but wonder if he's the monster he has been made out to be if he doesn't make that huge hit versus Michigan in the Bowl game last season.

I watch a lot of SEC football, and I definitely saw Clowney as being as dominant as reported. While that Michigan hit certainly helped pushed him into the stratosphere, he had dominant games during the regular season and was in the running for SEC defensive player of the year for a reason. Regardless, I've always had a hard time believing he'd go overall #1 in the draft.

posted by jmd82 at 06:21 PM on October 06, 2013

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

And he got $4.5 Million to not play. I feel like there's a lesson about the government shutdown somewhere in there.

posted by jmd82 at 10:49 AM on October 01, 2013

Is Roger Federer Done?

He obviously isn't the player he used to be, and the competition has stepped up, but of 2004-2007 peak will always be some of my favorite tennis years. I loved watching Federer when he was nearly unstoppable (except on clay) with the grace and knowledge that he could beat anybody.

posted by jmd82 at 09:26 AM on August 21, 2013

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

What does Tuck & Run even mean? Is GTA now in my Madden?

posted by jmd82 at 10:57 AM on July 03, 2013

Whitlock: Gangster Culture Has Corrupted Sports

Reminds me of the lunchroom table's weekly discussion, "Those damn kids, they just ain't like the previous generation!" Repeated since kids have been around.

posted by jmd82 at 09:56 PM on July 02, 2013

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

And the proud tradition of booing Bettman continues.

posted by jmd82 at 11:02 PM on June 24, 2013

Spurs One Game from Title

Though it looked like the Spurs were ready to run away with the game at any given moment, the Heat, unlike game 3, did not simply mail this game in and really wanted it. Every time the Heat made a run, I thought, "This is it, when they turn the tide and take the series by the balls," but the Spurs just kept on fighting back. Entertaining basketball game.

posted by jmd82 at 12:22 PM on June 17, 2013

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Except wasn't Braun's offense overturned, meaning it's not double-jeopardy to serve out the full suspension length based on new/different evidence?

posted by jmd82 at 11:52 AM on June 05, 2013

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I wanted the Red Wings to win, but after that disallowed goal, I can't feel too bad about Chicago winning in the end. My heart is still fill of (sports) hate for Hossa, though. Something about him just annoys me.

posted by jmd82 at 11:23 PM on May 29, 2013

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Every teacher as the bell rings one last time. YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

posted by jmd82 at 10:47 AM on May 29, 2013

Innocent Coach's Career Ruined by False Abuse Allegation

I live in Mankato and get that same feeling, TheQatarian. I think most people recognize that a) child abuse bad but b) this was not a case a child abuse. After the facts came out, pretty all the local newspaper news has been pro-Hoffner saying that he's getting a raw deal, but MSU obviously doesn't want another Sandusky so they took the easy route and fired him.

posted by jmd82 at 04:46 PM on May 27, 2013

NFL Players Knew Teammate Was Gay, Didn't Care

Meanwhile in the WNBA

posted by jmd82 at 04:08 PM on April 18, 2013

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

As someone who knows little (really nothing) about European soccer, does that include any teams outside of Britain? I also hear big things about Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Bayern Munich, and I'm sure other teams. Are we missing out on key soccer players of they're not part of this NBC bananza?

posted by jmd82 at 11:38 PM on April 16, 2013

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I can hear it through the GIF.

posted by jmd82 at 01:03 PM on April 14, 2013

Tiger Woods Assessed 2-Stroke Penalty for Illegal Drop

Just imagine the wailing & gnashing of teeth if the old rules were still in effect and Tiger got DQd. Sportscenter would go into hyper-outrage mode and my Facebook wall would look like Obama just got elected to a 3rd term.

posted by jmd82 at 01:58 PM on April 13, 2013

Money & March Madness

Nobody makes money off of regular students - the difference is the athletes generate a ton of revenue for their performances and get none of it back.

Senior year science students were all required to work in a lab for a year, alongside grad students and post-docs. We were doing research that brings money back into the school via grants & potentially patents. I went from paying tuition to be able to work in a lab to getting paid for doing the same exact work upon graduation. I'd say that Universities can make money off students, though not in the same way as athletics. Might sound like I have a problem with this structure, but I don't.

Also consider that student athletes are significantly constricted by the NCAA in how much money they can earn via jobs, a constraint not put on other students.

posted by jmd82 at 09:23 PM on April 01, 2013

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Mankato, MN

Representing! People here are super excited (though it's Minnesota, what else would ya expect?). We even beat Minnesota this year, which doesn't exactly happen on a regular basis.

posted by jmd82 at 12:28 AM on March 25, 2013

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

And would the Vikings then have 2 first round picks if they wanted to trade up and try to get a QB early?

None of the QBs in this draft inspire any confidence that they'll be an upgrade over Ponder. Speaking, who is the Minnesota QB going to throw to this year anyways? They were 31 out of 32 in the league passing last year, and can you really expect AP carry the team to the playoffs again? He's a freak, but that's a tall order for a RB with zero passing game. Even though Harvin missed a chunk of the season, he was still easily first in receiving on the team. Your 2nd receiver next year for the Vikings? Michael Jenkins. Yikes.

I'd expect the Vikes to pick up a WR or two during the draft, but they seem so hit or miss and tend to take a season or two to really develop (not unlike other positions I suppose).

posted by jmd82 at 07:29 PM on March 11, 2013

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Chris Kluwe is an Internet legend because he tries really, really, really hard to be an Internet legend.

I've followed Kluwe for a while, and get the impression he really, really, really happens to truly enjoy the video game culture who happens to be an NFL player.

posted by jmd82 at 07:01 PM on March 10, 2013

Idaho Lets Man Sue Over Foul Ball Injury

I have an uncle who's a big-time McD exec and we are under strict orders not to ever bring up the coffee case, or even the topic of "frivolous lawsuits" in general, lest you want to subject yourself to a lengthy colorful array of expletives and see a man drive himself into heart attack mode.

posted by jmd82 at 02:59 PM on March 01, 2013

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Part of the problem is Tim Tebow's in a no-win situation here. If he backs out, people cast stones like above. If he doesn't back, people cast stones like Gregg Doyel. No matter what Tebow does, somebody will find fault with how he acts out his faith.

posted by jmd82 at 09:33 PM on February 21, 2013

Danica Patrick wins the pole position at Daytona 500.

Patrick won a race at the highest level (Indy Car Japan 300). Kournikova never won an WTA event in her career.

She did win the Australian Doubles twice. Sure, not a singles even, but that should count for something.

posted by jmd82 at 08:42 AM on February 19, 2013

Flacco Wanted to Cheat on Super Bowl's Final Play

Joe Flacco, working hard to annihilate any goodwill he may have ever built up

Eh, I see it as a heat of the moment, WE ARE SO PSYCHED UP AND GOING TO WIN THE ULTIMATE PRIZE NO MATTER WHAT, BITCHESSSSSSSSSS!!! I saw this whole segment and just chuckled. I'm guessing he's not the first person with the brilliant idea, even if it almost never going to fruition.

posted by jmd82 at 10:03 AM on February 08, 2013