Recent Posts by rcade

July 14, 2020

Op-Ed: 'The Texas Rangers Team Name Must Go': Washington Post writer Karen Attiah, who grew up in Dallas attending Texas Rangers games, outlines the sordid history of the actual Texas Rangers and calls for the name to be removed. "The Rangers were a cruel, racist force when it came to the nonwhites who inhabited the beautiful and untamed Texas territory," she writes.

posted by rcade to baseball at 10:10 AM - 1 comment

June 30, 2020

Patriots Sign Cam Newton to 1-Year Deal: The New England Patriots have never beaten Cam Newton, a curious statistic that will persist now that he's playing for the team. Newton signed a one-year incentive-stuffed deal. Of the likely starters in the NFL this season, Nick Foles and Lamar Jackson are the others to never lose to New England. Both are 1-0 and Newton 2-0. "Under Belichick, the Patriots have loved to sign players whom they struggled playing against," writes Nora Princiotti of The Ringer.

posted by rcade to football at 08:52 AM - 3 comments

June 28, 2020

What the Hell, Bill Simmons?: The idea for LeBron James' The Decision broadcast came from a reader email published by Bill Simmons. Simmons pitched the idea enthusiastically to ESPN executives and James' team (something he never told his readers), was left out of the actual event and wrote hours before it occurred that it was a terrible idea, calling it "an hour-long show in which he picked his next team and tainted his legacy in the process."

posted by rcade to basketball at 08:53 AM - 3 comments

June 23, 2020

Novak Djokovic Has Coronavirus After Ill-Advised Tournament: Men's tennis world No. 1 Novak Djokovic organized a charity tennis tournament last week in Zadar at which social distancing wasn't followed, including by the participants who shook hands, embraced and later danced close together at a nightclub. Now Djokovic, several other players and his wife Jelena all have coronavirus. "We were wrong and it was too soon," he said.

posted by rcade to tennis at 05:45 PM - 0 comments

When the Media Owns the Teams It Covers: The way TSN buried the news of Auston Matthews testing positive for coronavirus has Ed Willes worried about media ownership of teams they cover, since the network and the Toronto Maple Leafs share common owners. "The lines between teams and the people who report on them have been blurred beyond recognition," he writes.

posted by rcade to general at 07:45 AM - 1 comment

June 22, 2020

Dak Prescott Will Sign Franchise Tag Today: Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott will sign his $31.1 million franchise tag deal on Monday, which obligates him to report to camp but also pressures Dallas to sign him to a long-term deal by July 15 or see his salary rise to $37.7 million in 2021, ESPN reports. "They would have to gut their team to keep him then," a source told the Beast of Bristol.

posted by rcade to football at 08:41 AM - 7 comments

June 17, 2020

Premier League Returns Today: After three months, the Premier League resumes Wednesday when Aston Villa plays Sheffield United (12:55 p.m. Eastern) and Man City plays Arsenal (3:15 pm). The 92 matches left in the season will be crowdless.

posted by rcade to soccer at 10:58 AM - 7 comments

June 05, 2020

NBA Returns July 31 Without 8 Teams: The NBA will return on July 31 with 22 teams playing eight games at Disney World to finish determining the playoff field. Eight other teams won't return at all because they weren't going to make the postseason anyway: Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Golden State, Minnesota and the New York Knicks. That has gotta hurt.

posted by rcade to basketball at 10:38 AM - 3 comments

May 27, 2020

Baseball Struggles to Reach a Deal to Return: If we can't enjoy the great game, we can at least enjoy another tradition -- strife between players and owners. Major League Baseball's plan to pay players a lot less for a shorter season isn't going over well. It proposes a scale that would cut salary 80% from the highest-paid players and 17.5% from the lowest. Players believe the owners promised in March to pay salaries in full prorated by games played. "Interesting strategy of making the best most marketable players potentially look like the bad guys," responded Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Brett Anderson.

posted by rcade to baseball at 08:10 AM - 6 comments

May 25, 2020

NBA May Play Rest of Season at Disney World: The NBA is strongly considering a plan to bring all teams to Disney World's Wide World of Sports complex to finish out the season. The site can hold up to 13 games at a time and the area also has the Orlando Magic's Amway Center home and UCF's Addition Finance Arena. Playing the NBA in empty arenas might curb the tradition of trash talking. "Players are allowed to talk trash with near-impunity in real games because television cameras can't catch most of what they say," reports CBS Sports.

posted by rcade to basketball at 11:01 AM - 10 comments

May 17, 2020

Excuse Me, Aren't You Johnny Bench?: A Blue-Emu commercial starring the Hall of Fame Cincinnati Reds catcher.

posted by rcade to baseball at 12:49 PM - 6 comments

May 09, 2020

Monday Night Football Waives Tessitore, McFarland: ESPN is not keeping Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland on Monday Night Football next season. The shortlist of replacements includes Steve Levy, Dan Orlovsky, Louis Riddick, Brian Griese, Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit.

posted by rcade to football at 08:15 PM - 3 comments

CFL Commissioner Says Season Likely to Be Cancelled: Canadian Football League commissioner Randy Ambrosie told a government committee Thursday that the league's 2020 season is "very much in jeopardy" and cancellation is likely. He requested up to $150 million in government assistance for the CFL, which makes most of its revenue from ticket sales. The league's teams lost $20 million last year.

posted by rcade to football at 06:13 PM - 0 comments

May 01, 2020

When Will Sports Return? Not Anytime Soon: Seven weeks after the pandemic brought the sports world to a historic halt, the Washington Post has checked in with the major U.S. sports leagues and found none close to a return. Among other sports, three have spectator-free returns planned: UFC on May 9, NASCAR May 17 and PGA Tour in June. Epidemiologist Jeffrey Shaman offers this spoilsport take on fanless proposals: "The problem, of course, is let’s say a hotel worker has it and has no idea. Will that potentially get one of the players sick? And then he gives it to the rest of the team?"

posted by rcade to general at 08:30 PM - 10 comments

April 25, 2020

49ers Get Trent Williams, Lose Joe Staley to Retirement: After San Francisco acquired Washington offensive tackle Trent Williams for a 2020 fifth-round pick and 2021 third-round pick, news broke that longtime 49ers left tackle Joe Staley is retiring at age 35 for health reasons. He told the team his plans ahead of the draft.

posted by rcade to football at 01:34 PM - 5 comments

April 23, 2020

2020 NFL Draft: For the first time in over a month, a live sporting event of significance is airing on television: the NFL Draft.

posted by rcade to football at 07:58 PM - 10 comments

April 19, 2020

Liga MX Owner Wants MLS/Liga MX 'Superleague': Mexico's Liga MX has suspended promotion and relegation for five years and more dramatic changes may be pursued. Alejandro Irarragorri, owner of Santos Laguna and Atlas, would like to see a North American "Superleague" formed with MLS. The American league generates more profit than Liga MX, Irarragorri noted. "Their league has been growing in an ordered, slow, but consistent way in all senses: commercially, infrastructure, financial structure, diffusion and on the field," he said.

posted by rcade to soccer at 01:21 PM - 2 comments

April 16, 2020

The PGA Plans a June 11 Return: The PGA is making a bid to be the first sport to come back, starting with the June 11 event in Fort Worth. There would be no fans at the first four events and a field of 110 golfers, all of whom kept distance from everyone else except their caddies. If testing availability has improved there would be screenings for coronavirus. The flag and bunker rakes would be handled by an official. The ball could be disinfected or replaced after each hole. "Golf has to be the single easiest sport to bring back safely," writes Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports.

posted by rcade to golf at 02:32 PM - 8 comments

April 12, 2020

Opening Day Baseball in Taiwan: The first pitch of professional baseball in 2020 was thrown in Taiwan Sunday. In the Chinese Professional Baseball League, the Rakuten Monkeys face Chinatrust Brothers. The game can be watched on the Twitter account of Eleven Sports.

posted by rcade to baseball at 02:30 PM - 3 comments

April 11, 2020

61% of Sports Fans Won't Attend Games Without a Vaccine: Seventy two percent of Americans would not attend a sporting event if a vaccine for coronavirus is not yet available, according to a poll conducted by Seton Hall University. When the question was narrowed to sports fans, 61 percent would not go. Only 12 percent of Americans said they'd go to a game with social distancing measures in place. There's no timetable on a vaccine but it might not arrive until 2021.

posted by rcade to general at 12:40 PM - 2 comments

April 08, 2020

Wimbledon Bought Pandemic Insurance: The All-England Lawn Tennis Club has been paying a reported $2 million a year for pandemic insurance the last 17 years, collecting $141 million from the policy after the cancellation of this year's Wimbledon, according to Darren Rovell. Royal and Ancient has similar coverage for the British Open in golf.

posted by rcade to tennis at 03:27 PM - 7 comments

April 05, 2020

Record-Breaking NFL Kicker Tom Dempsey Dies: Tom Dempsey, who held the record for the NFL's longest field goal at 63 yards from 1970 to 2013, died Saturday at a retirement home in New Orleans from complications of coronavirus. He was 73. Dempsey was an unlikely record breaker, using an old-school, straight-ahead kicking style and missing the toes on his right foot. He set the record on the New Orleans Saints against the Detroit Lions in the final seconds of the game. It was 7 yards longer than the previous mark set by Bert Rechichar. It was broken by Matt Prater's 64-yarder in Denver.

posted by rcade to football at 01:09 PM - 4 comments

March 31, 2020

NBA.FM: "We are simulating each remaining game on the networks' original schedule as a hyper-realistic audio gameplay broadcast. This is a simulation of 2020 Timeline B. Let the sounds of the game wash over you, and remember what normal felt like."

posted by rcade to basketball at 08:10 PM - 1 comment

March 29, 2020

New York Knicks Owner James Dolan Has Coronavirus: James Dolan, owner of the New York Knicks and New York Rangers, has tested positive for coronavirus and is thus far showing "little to know symptoms," the Knicks announced. He's in self-isolation and managing the team.

posted by rcade to basketball at 10:01 AM - 1 comment

March 22, 2020

Denny Hamlin Beats Dale Earnhardt in iRacing Race: Denny Hamlin and Dale Earnhardt Jr. were neck and neck approaching the final turn of Sunday's iRacing event broadcast on FS1. See the final lap.

posted by rcade to auto racing at 04:01 PM - 4 comments