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Name: Dave
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Bernreuther has posted 23 links and 803 comments to SportsFilter and 1 link and 6 comments to the Locker Room.

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Colts advance, thanks to... their D?: A defense that hasn't held anyone below 100 on the year holds one of the best backs in the league to 32 yards on 13 carries, and the whole team to 151.

posted by Bernreuther to football at 08:28 PM on January 06, 2007 - 21 comments

Jeter wins a gold glove: Wow. I mean, we all knew he improved quite a bit this season, but could anyone have predicted this? Other winners: Pudge, Erstad, Boone, Chavez, Rogers, Suzuki, Hunter, and Wells. More inside.

posted by Bernreuther to baseball at 06:50 PM on November 02, 2004 - 39 comments

The Red Sox scare me.: OK, as a Yankee fan I admit - this Sox team is good. Jayson Stark has a pretty good rundown of all the playoff teams here, and it really is hard to argue against the Sox. Anyway, with the playoffs starting today, we need a playoff thread. So here it is.

posted by Bernreuther to baseball at 10:07 AM on October 05, 2004 - 68 comments

On this day in baseball history,: 13 years ago, Rickey Henderson broke Lou Brock's stolen base record. Really Dave is just posting this because we need a new thread and he remembered Rickey Henderson Fridays. Why is nobody talking about anything today? Dave is bored.

posted by Bernreuther to baseball at 12:54 PM on April 30, 2004 - 15 comments

Bengals introduce new uniforms.: Why is the trend in the NFL lately to make ugly uniforms with as many variations as possible?

posted by Bernreuther to football at 02:44 PM on April 23, 2004 - 12 comments

Recent Comments

NHL Player Wears Blackface for Halloween

How about that, facebook is (sort of) useful for something...

A friend posted about Dwayne Wade's Justin Timberlake costume along with the (unverified) claim that it was declared "best costume" by Yahoo sports just a day before the same site declared that Torres' getup was racist. I'm not sure I see why there's a difference between the two.

Doesn't Plaschke always wring his hands too hard?

posted by Bernreuther at 08:52 AM on November 03, 2011

New Maryland Uniforms Shock and Awe

If they make them the regular uniform it will kill recruiting. Their athletes will be catching hell for years over that monstrosity.

We all probably thought the same about Oregon. I know I did. And look what it has done for them.

We're not exactly among Nike and UA's target audience.

posted by Bernreuther at 03:25 PM on September 06, 2011

Chad Ochocinco Traded to Patriots

What will Aaron Ochocinco think about this?

This guy is hoping he refuses to give up the number, thus giving Paul Lukas and others the pleasure of seeing OCHOCINCO above an 86 on the back of the jersey next year.

posted by Bernreuther at 06:49 PM on July 28, 2011

Pouting Kid Scores Free Baseball

he didn't even attempt to reach for the ball to begin with.

Exactly. Why was he even pouting?

posted by Bernreuther at 03:17 PM on July 21, 2011

Darnell Dockett Crushes Quarterbacks, Crushes on Oprah

As if that wasn't enough, he also has a nickname for the ages:

Fart Box

posted by Bernreuther at 10:48 AM on April 28, 2011

Peyton Manning Tanks Concussion Tests

As for making Manning look foolish, I suppose it could

If you're predisposed to thinking he's foolish and Tom Brady is always the ice-in-his-veins consummate professional, it doesn't matter what they do. You'll find a way to tailor it to your existing opinion.

This answer came in an interview with a family that spent most of the time joking about who runs faster, how many wet willies were given, and how their mom was a #4 pick in the CFL draft. It's really hard to take it seriously, regardless of the phrasing of the question.

posted by Bernreuther at 04:10 PM on April 27, 2011

The Strongest Hands in the World

He also competes in other strength sports, and I assume he has a real job, so calling the Mighty Mitts/grip competitions his career is not entirely accurate.

The link doesn't work but I assume the contest they describe was at this year's Arnold. The grip contest was little more than a poorly-commentated sideshow for the Pro Strongmen, which was kind of a shame because grip is part of strongman (usually they'll throw one grip test in per contest) and these guys are better than any of the pros who followed them.

The most impressive part of it to me was Andrew Durniat, who is just a regular sized guy. He was able to pick up the anvil and the giant circus dumbell (each of which I tried and failed, though I did get a 115lb anvil off the ground) with one hand. Having a name like Big Rich means you have some built in advantages, namely giant hands, so it's the other folks that impress me more.

Oh, found the article. Good read. It's a shame that some of that story wasn't passed along to the idiot announcer, who instead made canned football jokes like "you look like you were probably a wide receiver, right?" (Williams didn't humor him... kind of scowled and just said "offensive tackle.")

posted by Bernreuther at 03:47 PM on April 11, 2011

Adding Rushing to Quarterback Rating

So a rush doesn't count as an attempt? So a 30 yard scramble gets put into the total but not in the denominator?


As a modification for one of the four sections of passer rating, sure, go ahead and put this calculation in (remove the foolish thresholds and TD pass percentage crap while you're at it)... it'd improve it. But by itself it's even more flawed than most stats. Many of the names above Manning by his measure amuse me.

posted by Bernreuther at 12:14 AM on November 26, 2010

Michael Vick Lights Up Washington for 6 TDs, 413 Yards

Fine, hate him. Wallow in it. No one cares, but when can we stop hearing about it? Can we talk football ever without the amateur psychology rants? It's getting old. That was an absolutely amazing MNF game, and the thread has been ruined by those nursing grievances.

When the rest of the world stops treating him like the second coming and hyping his little 5-6 game resurgence as postively MVP-like, I'll stop countering with the opposite.

Yes, his game last night was great. The end. It's not some amazing redemption story. If anything, it's a damn shame he never worked that hard when he was first in the league, and it's a damn shame he wasted his talent then and while in jail.

What exactly does he need to do to show you remorse?

Maybe say he's sorry?

To my knowledge, he has only read from a script (or recited finely coached words) to say he's sorry that he let people down, sorry to the fans, that he's learned a lot in jail, etc. He hasn't said a word about the whole psychopath animal torture bit, other than to admit that he'd still be doing it if he hadn't been caught.

SWAT teams.

Yeah. And murderers kill people. (Actually, PETA has argued for mass euthanization of pits too, which makes them just as bad, and kind of funny that his little pro-animal publicity stunt was to be with them.)

The difference, in my mind, is that he was doing this for fun. Torturing and killing. For fun. Because it made him laugh. I agree that the sentence for such a thing (though he never even got tried for any actual animal cruelty related crimes) shouldn't match the penalty for killing humans - I'm not one who goes that overboard with the animal rights crusading - but the fact that it was habitual, and the fact that his eyes tell me things that contradict his words, means I still don't think there's anything redeeming about him except for his athletic ability.

Holden, I think we're all smart enough to divorce on-field from off-field. But so much of the hype before and after last night doesn't do that. That's my problem. They're celebrating him again. Football-wise, at least this time it's deserved (though I still expect some sub-50% passing games once he starts playing good teams... maybe I'll be wrong). But it still bothers me that people are going out in droves to buy his jersey again. And it bothers me that this is regarded as a great story of redemption rather than a sad story about what a waste it was that he wasn't playing at this level before, and that he engaged in such awful behavior for so long.

posted by Bernreuther at 11:33 PM on November 16, 2010

Michael Vick Lights Up Washington for 6 TDs, 413 Yards

He did his time and absolutely deserves his second chance in the game. I am 100% behind it, just as I support the ability for any convicted felon to be released and find employment.

But we're entitled to hate him for what he did. He hasn't shown an ounce of genuine remorse for it. He's a psychopath who tortured and killed innocent companion animals for fun. He has admitted that he'd still be doing it if he hadn't gotten caught.

So excuse me (and WFrazer and many others) for not letting it die. I don't care that he did his time. He's still an evil person that I wouldn't piss on if he was on fire. (I'd happily piss on him if he wasn't, though.) He had a game for the ages last night, full of excellent throws, good decisions, and well-timed runs, and I support his right to do that and earn his free agent check. But fuck him.

posted by Bernreuther at 09:02 PM on November 16, 2010

Lions Cornerback Alfonso Smith Does a Carlton

There was no penalty. Burleson got one for kicking the ball into the stands. Smith's was fine.

posted by Bernreuther at 12:28 PM on October 12, 2010

Mario Williams Shuts Up Hecklers

Those are some really dorky hecklers.

posted by Bernreuther at 07:18 PM on September 23, 2010

The Hangover: Roethlisberger

I actually believe everything negative that's been said about him... but I agree that this is nothing more than a lowest common denominator hit piece. It's the kind of thing I'd expect to see in TMZ or Deadspin, not SI.

posted by Bernreuther at 05:26 PM on May 07, 2010

Peyton Manning wins 4th MVP award

Favre played much better than anyone expected, but he had plenty of help. He had entire months where he didn't ever get hit. I don't want to discount his improved discipline and accuracy at all, but he didn't really have to work all that hard this year.

That said, I think their run blocking declined as the year went on and they weren't quite as good as last year. So the 08 vs 09 comparison isn't entirely fair. It doesn't help him, but I think the strength of schedule is more relevant. He wasn't really tested. The only good team they beat was Green Bay, twice in a few games when they weren't playing well.

OK, I guess Baltimore is good. They sure didn't look it back then though.

Anyway, I'd say that all the other candidate QBs, as well as Brady, were actually more valuable this year. Unlike baseball, in this sport you kind of have to look past the stats.

posted by Bernreuther at 11:16 PM on January 09, 2010

Three-Way Trade in the Works for Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay

IIRC, keeping Lee would have put the Phillies at around $160M this year, and even if you're chasing a title, I don't think Philadelphia can eat that.

I'm certainly guilty, as a Yankee fan, of a bit of "what's $8m when you're over 150 anyway" thinking, but I believe it was Buster Olney who listed several realistic ways they could've shed that 8 million elsewhere. Seems like it would've been prudent to consider that, even if they were short a few prospects.

I'm also of the opinion that a year with those two together might be worth whatever downgrade in value there is between the two guys they got back and whoever they'd take with the pick(s) received after Lee signs next year. But that's just my guess. I don't really track minor leaguers all that much, nor do I really buy into the Fangraphs/Cameron model of valuation.

posted by Bernreuther at 08:29 PM on December 15, 2009