Recent Posts by yerfatma

September 04, 2018

Loser's Lunch: a story of the lengths tennis tournaments will go to keep out sports bettors for reasons that aren't particularly obvious.

posted by yerfatma to tennis at 04:57 PM - 2 comments

August 09, 2018

How the Delmon Young Draft Pick Worked out for Tampa Bay: One of those cool "Follow the history" stories that shows how the Rays turned a dud draft pick into a ton of production.

posted by yerfatma to baseball at 10:49 AM - 2 comments

May 30, 2018

Collarred! The Curious Case of Colangelo's Accounts: The Ringer provides some fairly damning circumstantial evidence that the NBA's hand-picked Sam Hinkie replacement, Bryan Colangelo, has been using a series of anonymous Twitter accounts to bad-mouth, Hinkie, former coworkers and current Sixers players (including discussing unreleased medical information). Oh and he may have tipped his hand to the brilliant Fultz trade a few months early. And gotten into it with Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union for reasons that make very little sense (and probably aren't accurate).

posted by yerfatma to basketball at 10:09 AM - 3 comments

February 09, 2018

Geoff Cameron: What Must Change in U.S. Soccer: "But this is the mentality that is so toxic across the board in youth soccer in America. It’s not about proving yourself every day. It’s about what you did last year. It’s about who you know. It’s about your size. It’s about your reputation. It’s about what fancy youth club you play for."

posted by yerfatma to soccer at 12:49 PM - 1 comment

November 29, 2016

Rudy, Interrupted: South Carolina State's 55 Year-Old Back: "He's the only player without even a single accessory: no leggings, no wristbands, no gloves, just team-issued blue-and-white striped shorts, his No. 47 jersey and an unadorned helmet. With the pads bulking his chest and the helmet guarding the wisp of grey at the peak of his hairline, he hardly seems 55 years old."

posted by yerfatma to football at 10:05 AM - 3 comments

July 28, 2016

Remembering Amare as He Might Have Been:

Like everything during that era of Phoenix prosperity, the team's plans for the future moved in warp speed. Internally, the Suns imagined a new positional prototype for their high-octane system, to be unleashed in the following season. Point center, they called it. Amare Stoudemire, the 22-year-old future of the franchise, was to be its apostle.

posted by yerfatma to basketball at 03:23 PM - 2 comments

June 02, 2016

The Ringer: Bill Simmons' spiritual successor to Grantland, is open for business.

posted by yerfatma to culture at 10:20 AM - 6 comments

April 25, 2016

Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension Reinstated for DeflateGate: A federal appeals court has ruled that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady must serve a four-game DeflateGate suspension imposed by the NFL, overturning a lower judge and siding with the league in a battle with the players union. "We hold that the Commissioner properly exercised his broad discretion under the collective bargaining agreement and that his procedural rulings were properly grounded in that agreement and did not deprive Brady of fundamental fairness," the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday in New York.

posted by yerfatma to football at 11:48 AM - 21 comments

January 29, 2016

"A Guy Like Me": John Scott on his All Star Experience. He definitely has my vote after reading this piece.

"Because, while I may not deserve to be an NHL All-Star, I know I deserve to be the judge of what my kids will and wont be proud of me for."

posted by yerfatma to hockey at 09:28 AM - 1 comment

January 28, 2016

Ranking the Super Bowl MVPs: Kind of a strange list to me as it favors players who won in blowouts.

posted by yerfatma to football at 08:31 AM - 7 comments

November 05, 2015

"Shuttering of Grantland Hints at Corroding ESPN Culture, Competency, and Gumption": Awful Announcing's finance director on why he thinks ESPN's cancelling of Grantland is, "the networks dumbest decision in the five years I have professionally been involved in tracking the company". Linked from there, ESPN.com's former ombudsman on the situation.

posted by yerfatma to culture at 03:34 PM - 6 comments

September 23, 2015

Craig Finn's guide to the best ever sports music: Hate to have to break it to him about Ragnar.

posted by yerfatma to culture at 02:02 PM - 9 comments

July 15, 2015

Harold Reynolds Feels Jackie Robinson Could Have Done Better.: Reynolds commented on Jackie Robinsons age when he made his MLB debut, comparing him to Giants catcher Buster Posey. Robinson was 28 years old when he debuted for the Dodgers in 1947, an age that would be considered ancient in todays game. Reynolds said Robinson did not make play in a big league until that age because they held rookies back longer during that time and he hadnt completely figured out the game.

posted by yerfatma to baseball at 06:33 PM - 1 comment

May 26, 2015

April 15, 2015

Former Bradford chairman linked to at least eight fires before Valley Parade disaster: '[T]here had been at least eight other fires at business premises either owned by, or connected to, Stafford Heginbotham, Bradfords then-chairman, in the previous 18 years, resulting in huge insurance claims . . . "Could any man really be as unlucky as Heginbotham had been?"

posted by yerfatma to soccer at 09:56 AM - 2 comments

April 06, 2015

The best 3-point shooter you never saw: "Durantes name is still whispered on the Catawba campus four decades after his heyday. He was a lefty scoring machine with lightning in his legs. He shot often, connected often."

posted by yerfatma to basketball at 09:48 AM - 1 comment

March 24, 2015

The Hidden Value of a Knuckleballer:

"Relievers behind Wright have surrendered an insane two home runs in 107 2/3 innings. That's one-fifth what we'd expect based on their typical performance. If Wright were to make 30 starts in a season, that would translate to roughly an extra win for his team. Starters were about a half-run better in ERA and a run better in FIP when the other team had been thrown off by Wright's knuckleball. Add it up, and Wright could be worth in the range of two wins simply by taking the ball, let alone what he could provide by pitching well."

posted by yerfatma to baseball at 10:03 AM - 3 comments

March 19, 2015

Can popularity ruin a sport?: Rafa Honigstein on how success has changed the Budesliga.

"That rise to all-conquering prominence has attracted the countrys brightest minds and developed into a highly professional, productive industry. But footballs heightened social relevance is also reflected in the sort of insufferably grim, po-faced seriousness that used to be confined to political struggles or actual tribal conflicts.

posted by yerfatma to culture at 09:06 AM - 12 comments

March 13, 2015

"Why not go for 70?": An Oral History of Larry Bird's 60-Point Game.

posted by yerfatma to basketball at 08:29 AM - 5 comments

March 10, 2015

Hassan Whiteside's Cinderella season: may be hitting midnight after his second ejection in a week led Dwayne Wade to make a statement about Whiteside's failings.

posted by yerfatma to basketball at 10:10 AM - 1 comment

February 05, 2015

January 28, 2015

"Give 'em the works, Cubby! We ain't got a minute to lose!": Back before Super Bowl media week was a circus, Dick Schaap conspired with Fred Dryer and Lance Rentzel to turn it into a circus. "We came into the shop as guys from Southern Cal and left as 1920s reporters. Scoops was the ace reporter. Cubby was the cub. I was the mentor; he was the protégé."

posted by yerfatma to football at 03:51 PM - 3 comments

January 20, 2015

Playing with the Big Boys (and Girls): How Koko, Beans and Flash, some color-coordinated socks and coaching are changing the face of grade-school basketball in Springfield, Illinois.

posted by yerfatma to basketball at 10:58 AM - 1 comment

January 14, 2015

January 13, 2015

Moving Toward a Unified Theory of the As Offseason: FanGraphs thinks Billy Beane is trying to assemble a larger pool of lesser talents; Grantland mostly agrees and suggests it's an impressive piece of resetting forced by Oakland's salary constraints.

posted by yerfatma to baseball at 01:19 PM - 2 comments