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Location: Dover, NH
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Member since: January 30, 2002
Last visit: July 11, 2020

yerfatma has posted 320 links and 11,861 comments to SportsFilter and 17 links and 1,232 comments to the Locker Room and 1 column.

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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 on September 04, 2018 - 2 comments

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 on August 09, 2018 - 2 comments

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 on May 30, 2018 - 3 comments

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 on February 09, 2018 - 1 comment

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 on November 29, 2016 - 3 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Man I was just thinking that pre-stats, Jim Frey was a guy who didn't get an even break and then

trading Lee Smith to Boston for Calvin Schiraldi and Al Nipper
Hoo golly.
He became vice chairman of the New England Patriots, owned by friend Steve Kalafer, and shifted to an adviser role in later years.
I am not familiar with that team?

posted by yerfatma at 10:40 PM on April 15, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

At the amateur level it would be nice to return to the time prior to government and corporate involvement.

For some reason (read: eight beers) I read that as the beginning to a pre-movie Star Wars crawl and loved it.

posted by yerfatma at 09:56 PM on April 15, 2020

Tom Brady Says Goodbye to New England Patriots

So long and thanks for all the rings.

posted by yerfatma at 09:55 AM on March 17, 2020

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The controversy about a Nike marathon shoe I knew nothing about.

posted by yerfatma at 04:37 PM on February 07, 2020

Grayson Allen Doesn't Play Well With Others

I will have to see the replay of the regular broadcast on the NBA Channel if I can

They were not impressed.

posted by yerfatma at 02:05 PM on July 12, 2019

Grayson Allen Doesn't Play Well With Others

FWIW, the guy who got under his skin, Grant Williams, is my new best friend in this Celtics team. I am working really hard not to overhype an undersized junior drafted late in the first round but it's not working.

posted by yerfatma at 11:42 AM on July 12, 2019

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Sam Presti is making Danny Ainge's old treasure trove of assets look meager. Chris Paul to OKC, Russ to Houston.

posted by yerfatma at 10:17 AM on July 12, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Do you think Ainge will move Hayward? I'm in agreement with you that it's the right thing to do as having both Tatum and Hayward makes zero sense

Move him for what? His contract is an albatross until he proves he can play again.

the Celtics have a history of loving big white guys on their roster.

And of being incredibly progressive vis-a-vis their league and the city, so I'm not sure what Greg Stiemsma or Aron Baynes presence would prove.

That Kawhi shot and all the still photos are definitely Why We Watch (even if I went to bed with a cold).

posted by yerfatma at 04:23 PM on May 13, 2019

FanDuel: All AAF Futures Bets Are Winners

Steve Spurrier is either happy or furious.

posted by yerfatma at 10:21 AM on April 08, 2019

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

A good sports April Fools (for me anyway).

posted by yerfatma at 10:08 AM on April 02, 2019

Fan Storms Pitch in Championship Game, Punches Player

What about the steward that took a swipe at Grealish after the game and then got arrested on the spot? Seems like a fun Derby, that.

posted by yerfatma at 03:06 PM on March 13, 2019

Mom, don't read this! - Seth Jones

Great post and worth it for beaverboard's story alone!

posted by yerfatma at 03:56 PM on February 28, 2019

Warrant issued for Patriots owner Robert Kraft for soliciting prostitution in Florida

NoMich I am with you. Ever since his wife died . . . I don't want to judge, but the long hair, the stupid sneaker affectation and the endless supply of young blond arm attachments have been incredibly tacky. Plus he and Tom Brokaw are the only people left rocking those stupid white cuffs and no one has the decency to tell him.

On the plus side, I have a refreshing answer to my constant question of "Is that young woman actually having to look at him naked?"

posted by yerfatma at 01:39 PM on February 22, 2019

How former ref Tim Donaghy conspired to fix NBA games

Pretty amazing, especially how the NBA shaped the narrative about it. It makes me wonder how much longer ESPN will fund this kind of journalism that makes their content partners (NBA/ NFL/ etc) look bad.

posted by yerfatma at 12:06 PM on February 21, 2019

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I would preface this with a request that you imagine me as Two Face from Batman while writing because I am also annoyed as hell about the way players have started to actively form superteams and upset long-term planning for NBA teams, but I also realize I am old. Pretty much anyone writing here is old enough to remember "How things used to be" and most remember the '80s when players were the face of a franchise for their entire career and punched the hell out of players on rival teams and that was How Things Should Be.

But. The NBA, like the NFL, is built upon taking young black men (and some really young especially since KG and Kobe and One-And-Done), sticking them into random metropolitan areas in the country and saying, "You are now a Utah Jazz". It was so successful with this model in the '80s and then the Jordan '90s that it spawned an industry of shoes-and-scouting that built AAU teams and traveling teams that pluck kids out their homes, put them together with other kids who have nothing but basketball in common, then churn them through the NCAA system for at least a year to maximize the amount of money old white dudes can make on them and then some of them make it to the promised land and actually get paid over the table where they get a tiny slice of a giant pie, half of which is collectively bargained to those old white dudes. Looked at in that light, where you've beaten a rigged game only to find there's a hard cap on how much you can earn (I don't care how big the numbers look to us, it's still a cap), why the hell wouldn't you want to go through this with the friends you made? Why the hell should you be loyal to Random City and that beloved Green/ Gold/ Red/ Blue uniform kids everywhere dream of wearing?

Looked at that way, "Establish player movement controls" sounds pretty plantation. cixelsyd I don't mean that to pick on you, I have similar thoughts about how it's hard to love a team anymore, but the NBA, like pretty much every major sport nowadays, is as much about the soap opera off the court as it is the action on the court.

I'm sure legalized gambling will help here.

posted by yerfatma at 09:53 AM on February 08, 2019