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From Last Place to Playoffs in 3 Months

Went to a Blues games back in December. It was astonishing just how bad they were; it was like everyone but Tarasenko had forgotten how to play the game. Seriously, I've seen WHL teams that looked more like an NHL squad. One of the strangest games I've seen due to one team being so spectacularly below expectations.

posted by deflated at 01:13 PM on April 04, 2019

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Ehh, Tavares and Sundin are different things. Sundin had actually done something with the Leafs in the playoffs, was their all-time leader in points by then and took the Canucks deal as a retirement tour. Tavares left at his peak when the team was on an upswing and had minimal success while he was there.

I'd be down on Tavares too if I was an Isles fan. Think Leafs fans would be forgiving if Matthews didn't extend and went to Chicago in free agency?

posted by deflated at 11:03 AM on February 27, 2019

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Elway has had a weird career as a GM so far; his moves have either been ridiculously successful or complete failures.

Convincing Manning to sign to put together one of the greatest offences of all time but whiffing on every QB draft pick. Retooling from that offence to a completely dominant defence in just two years to win a SB but then have all the coaches retire or do Son of Bum things. Drafted Miller, assembling the No-Fly Zone then 3 years of draft mediocrity. Signed Vance Joseph way over his head but absolutely kills last years draft.

I don't like the Flacco move but if I squint enough I can see what they're trying to do. Losing the pick is more annoying than the cap space, an extra DB or OL coming in would be nice. Either way the highest priority should be getting a coach in place who can maximize that defence before it falls apart and they seem to have done that.

posted by deflated at 11:09 AM on February 14, 2019

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Norman Gunston??!? rcade, congratulations for reminding me of this little bit of genius from my youth.

posted by deflated at 01:57 PM on January 19, 2019

Chiefs Cut Kareem Hunt After Video of Violence Against Woman

Rice's numbers had fallen off a cliff in his last season, 900 yds at only 3yds a carry. I hope no-one is surprised that the NFL kicked someone to the curb (in this case with very, very good reasons) as soon as they show any signs of decline.

posted by deflated at 11:55 AM on December 01, 2018

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I'm not sure which is less attractive, following after Belichick or getting McDaniels as a HC. The guy seems to be a functional OC under a great coach but is a thoroughly toxic individual.

posted by deflated at 08:33 AM on November 13, 2018

Senators deal their superstar

1) Great rental for the Sharks. May be a challenge to keep him but they instantly have the best back end in the NHL.

2) Ottawa fans are down there with Bills and Browns fans for supporting painfully incompetent teams. The return on Karlsson is way under what I expected.

posted by deflated at 10:37 PM on September 13, 2018

So...About that Serena Cartoon

That cartoon was absolutely a dog whistle to a particular subset of the Herald-Sun's readership. The ones that drone on about gangs of Sudanese teenagers terrorizing Melbourne and think Manus Island is a reasonable response to refugees.

Serena's antics wouldn't play well at all in Australia (even Lleyton Hewitt was a polarizing character, half on the nationalist bandwagon and half hating him carrying on like a pork chop) but there is also a deep streak of racism and bigotry. It's not the same racist crap you see in North America but it is still there.

posted by deflated at 11:07 AM on September 13, 2018

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Tim Duncan, Mike Trout, Sidney Crosby...

Man, not Crosby. Too easy to dislike for the early career attitude when hockey has had so many more unassuming greats like Niklas Lidstrom.

NFL is tough. Barry Sanders? Joe Thomas?

posted by deflated at 02:33 PM on July 12, 2018

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Maybe Australia is just trying to work out what they did to make the Philippines so angry.

posted by deflated at 11:49 AM on July 03, 2018

Arsene Wenger is Leaving Arsenal

Winning the Europa League would be a perfect end to the season, we're not going to see 22 seasons from a manager any time soon. The game may have passed him by a bit but Arsenal scored some beautiful goals during his time in London.

posted by deflated at 11:04 AM on April 20, 2018

MLB Execs Consider Wild 9th-Inning Batting Rule

I can just see the equivalent rules in other sports.

Losing NFL teams automatically get the ball on 50 yd line at the 2 minute warning.
Losing hockey teams automatically get a 5-on-3 PP with 5 minutes to go.
Losing NBA teams get 4 straight possessions from half way once the lead is bigger than the minutes remaining in the 4th.
Losing rugby teams get to nominate 1 opponent to go to the sin bin for the final 10 minutes.

Yeah, dumbest rule ever.

posted by deflated at 02:42 PM on February 24, 2018

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Mixed Doubles doesn't count as curling?

posted by deflated at 08:31 AM on February 23, 2018

Astros Win World Series

This gives hope to Washington and Seattle to make it to the World Series next year.

No, as a former Expos fan who now follows the Mariners it would need a lot more than that to give us hope. Have you seen the state of the Mariners for the last 15 years?

posted by deflated at 11:33 AM on November 03, 2017

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The sign-and-trades I'm seeing are Crowder doing the S&T and going to Utah for Hood/Exum/Favors. That would be insane from Utah; taking Crowder for Hayward would be a crappy deal for them, trading a different useful piece would be bizarre at best.

posted by deflated at 11:22 PM on July 06, 2017