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Name: David Wertheimer
Member since: May 29, 2002
Last visit: November 15, 2021

werty has posted 15 links and 95 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 0 comments to the Locker Room.

Recent Links

Brooklyn Nets land James Harden: In a trade that's huge in both impact and scale—four teams! Seven draft picks!--the Nets have acquired James Harden from the Houston Rockets. Also on the move are Victor Oladipo (to Houston from Indianapolis) and Jarrett Alen (to Cleveland from Brooklyn) and several other players.

posted by werty to basketball at 05:13 PM on January 13, 2021 - 3 comments

Texas Rangers' bankruptcy affects players most of all: The top six unsecured creditors in the Texas Rangers' bankruptcy filing are players, including Alex Rodriguez, current Rangers 3B Michael Young and, um, Mickey Tettleton.

posted by werty to baseball at 10:57 AM on May 25, 2010 - 7 comments

Don Koharski off to quieter pastures.: The longtime hockey referee's 32 solid seasons are overshadowed by the doughnut incident with Jim Schoenfeld in 1988.

posted by werty to hockey at 01:45 PM on April 10, 2009 - 0 comments

Bill Walton flies coach: "The seat that I absolutely must have in order to be comfortable: The right-side, aisle seat. No bulkhead."

posted by werty to basketball at 09:05 AM on May 30, 2006 - 13 comments

Despite constant innovation, golf scores remain unchanged.: Interesting expose in the NY Times about golfers--pro and amateur--whose relentless pursuit of distance and technology hasn't cumulatively lowered handicaps.

Choice pull quote: "'They watch golf on TV and then they all want to hit it far, like Tiger Woods,' said Dr. Bob Rotella, golf's best-known psychologist and a best-selling author. 'Well, good luck. They should be going to their teacher and saying, "I want to hit it like Fred Funk." Physically, they are much more like him. That would make a lot more sense.' Mr. Funk is a 5-foot-8, 48-year-old PGA Tour pro who ranks first in driving accuracy and 186th in driving distance. He is also seventh on the PGA money list this season with more than $1.9 million in earnings."

posted by werty to golf at 01:14 PM on May 24, 2005 - 6 comments

Recent Comments

Cleveland Ex-Indians Unveil New Name

Kudos for Cleveland choosing a name with local resonance and a touch of eccentricity, rather than chasing trends (cf. that hockey team in Seattle).

posted by werty at 01:01 PM on July 23, 2021

Yankees Fan Throws Baseball at Red Sox Outfielder

MLB banned him for life.

Did officials also do this to the battery-throwers in Philadelphia back in the day?

posted by werty at 06:53 PM on July 18, 2021

MLB Gets Minor League to Move the Mound Back 1 Foot

"Ninety feet between bases is perhaps as close as man has ever come to perfection."

The mound isn't in that Red Smith quote, but on a practical matter, it is, isn't it?

posted by werty at 05:03 PM on April 14, 2021

Baylor Bears Win First NCAA Basketball Championship

Quite a display by Baylor, wasn't it? Going up 11-1 and pushing Suggs to the bench with foul trouble effectively ended the game at 3:04 of the first half.

posted by werty at 10:42 AM on April 06, 2021

Blue Jays Will Use TV Audio on Radio Broadcasts

Baseball on TV is full of dead air. Even good baseball broadcasters on TV like to "let the play breathe." What a terrible idea. Radio listeners will have no idea what's going on half the time.

posted by werty at 10:29 PM on March 09, 2021

NFL Playoff Pickem: Super Bowl 0x37 Edition

My picks:

Buccaneers by 3 (lock)
Passer: Tom Brady
Rusher: Edwards-Helaire
Receiver: Evans
Player with interception: Murphy-Bunting
Player with sack: JPP
Player with first turnover: Mahomes
Super Bowl MVP: Brady (however undeservedly)
Tiebreaker: 59

I missed out on the interim rounds but I'm in for the SB anyway

posted by werty at 01:39 PM on February 05, 2021

Enter the NFL Playoff Pickem

My picks:

Bills by 11 (lock)
Seahawks by 3
Buccaneers by 7
Ravens by 4
Saints by 7
Steelers by 7
Passer: Lamar Jackson
Rusher: Derrick Henry
Receiver: Stefon Diggs
Player with interception: Jamal Adams

posted by werty at 01:47 PM on January 08, 2021

Jaguars Clinch First Overall Pick in NFL Draft

I wrote about this the other day on Twitter after the Jets' first win. There have been 15 QBs taken with the 1st pick in the NFL draft in the last 20 years. Seems like a real coup to get that pick, right? But just three of those QBs led their team to the Super Bowl, and only two (Cam Newton and Eli Manning) have won a title.

It is a) good for a team to keep trying and b) not at all a lock that a #1 draft pick is going to lead a team to success, particularly on a 53-player NFL roster. Tanking is overrated; drafting first is overrated. Just ask a 76ers fan.

Speaking of which, the NBA gets partial credit for its lottery system, since its teams are much more susceptible to the influence of a single player than others, but even that has its flaws. For all the hand-wringing about who gets to pick first in basketball, only 5 of the #1 picks this century even have a title, and arguably only LeBron James (the exception that proves my rule) is responsible for leading his team to that title.

posted by werty at 09:15 PM on December 27, 2020

Chicago White Sox Hire Tony La Russa as Manager

I've read interesting takes in both directions on this today, by the way:

against (in important, orthogonal ways)
in favor (Dusty Baker, et al.)

posted by werty at 02:14 PM on October 30, 2020

Chicago White Sox Hire Tony La Russa as Manager

Rcade, why not? Why be ageist? La Russa has a lifetime of experience at the position, most of it positive, and a reputation for being player-friendly.

posted by werty at 04:04 PM on October 29, 2020

Whitey Ford, 'Chairman of the Board,' dies

Ford will be missed in the Bronx. Proud legacy.

@Howard_T, I wonder if Joe Morgan will be excited to face off against him.

posted by werty at 12:56 PM on October 12, 2020

Big Red Machine member, Hall of Famer Joe Morgan has died

Was just heading here to post this. Tough week for baseball icons. Joe Morgan was a great player and class act.

posted by werty at 12:55 PM on October 12, 2020

Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pickem

Chiefs by 7 (lock)
Seahawks by 7
Bills by 3
Lions by 3
Packers by 3
Dolphins by 2
Eagles by 5
Raiders by 3
Colts by 2
Ravens by 7 (lock)
Chargers by 3
Saints by 5
49ers by 7 (lock)
Rams by 3
Steelers by 6
Broncos by 1

I almost picked the Jets, just to root for them.

posted by werty at 08:14 PM on September 10, 2020

Justin Verlander Out for Season

Verlander himself is hoping for a return soon.

posted by werty at 11:38 PM on July 26, 2020

NBA Returns July 31 Without 8 Teams

The New York radio stations are reporting it as, "The revised format includes the Nets!" Which is a delightful bit of omission.

posted by werty at 10:54 AM on June 05, 2020