Archives for March 2019

March 31, 2019

March 30, 2019

If You Play Golf With Trump He Might Touch Your Balls: “To say ‘Donald Trump cheats’ is like saying ‘Michael Phelps swims,'” writes Rick Reilly in the new book Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump, out Tuesday. “He cheats at the highest level. He cheats when people are watching and he cheats when they aren’t. He cheats whether you like it or not. He cheats because that’s how he plays golf … if you’re playing golf with him, he’s going to cheat.”

posted by rcade to golf at 10:02 PM - 7 comments

Steph Curry Taunts Refs, Then Dodgy Call Gives Warriors a Loss: Steph Curry sank an epic three with a half-second remaining to tie the Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves in overtime at 130. But it didn't go to double overtime. Curry taunted referee Mark Kogut repeatedly after making the shot, even needing to be separated by a teammate. On Minnesota's desperate in-bound pass, another referee made a questionable foul call, giving the T-Wolves free throws that won the game 131-130.

posted by rcade to basketball at 07:37 PM - 6 comments

March 29, 2019

Farewell to 20th Century Baseball: Opening Day was the first without a player from the 20th century on an MLB roster since the 1920s, following the departures of Adrian Beltre and Bartolo Colon.

posted by rcade to baseball at 01:33 PM - 11 comments

March 28, 2019

There's Still One Perfect NCAA Bracket: There's a single perfect bracket left in March Madness among the millions played on Yahoo, ESPN, CBS, Fox, Sports Illustrated and Nigl, a 40-year-old neuropsychologist from Columbus, Ohio, has picked 48 out of 48 on the NCAA's site. This is the best streak ever, beating 39 games in 2017. He has Gonzaga beating Kentucky for the national title with Duke and Virginia also in the Final Four. Nigl said, "It’s kind of a big deal."

posted by rcade to basketball at 11:20 AM - 6 comments

March 27, 2019

Dirk vs. Dwyane: Though Bleacher Report is generally mediocre, this feature on the Dwyane Wade-Dirk Nowitzki rivalry at the twilight of their careers is a nice read. Longtime NBA print beat writer Howard Beck recalls a relationship that included two NBA Finals and once had its share of mutual animosity. They place each other for the last time when their teams meet tomorrow in Miami.

posted by rcade to basketball at 03:08 PM - 1 comment

NBA Pick 'Em Second-to-Last Week: LeBron's New Normal Edition : There are two weeks left in the NBA regular season. The Pace Mannion Pick 'Em has six games to pick this week and 11 next week. Florida Man leads NoMich by 29 after hitting a Boston-over-L.A. lock exactly. Howard_T is in third. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to basketball at 01:18 PM - 11 comments

Diamondbacks Outfielder Explodes Knee in Exhibition Game: Steven Souza Jr. was going to be the starting right fielder for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Opening Day Thursday. As he touched home to score a run Monday in a spring training game, he tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), lateral collateral ligament (LCL), posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) and posterolateral corner (PLC). He'll miss the entire season.

posted by rcade to baseball at 09:12 AM - 2 comments

March 26, 2019

March 25, 2019

Did Le'Veon Bell Make the Right Decision?: Deadspin staff writer Dom Cosentino digs into the numbers of Le'Veon Bell's contractual options to determine whether he did better or worse financially by losing a year of salary and signing with the New York Jets. Bell got more guaranteed money than the Pittsburgh Steelers were offering (advantage Bell), but if you treat year one of any big deal as implicitly guaranteed the math starts to look different. As Jason Fitzgerald of Over the Cap put it, "You're not paying someone $10 million to cut him before he steps foot on the field."

posted by rcade to football at 09:57 PM - 5 comments

March 24, 2019

Rob Gronkowski Retires: "It all started at 20 years old on stage at the NFL draft when my dream came true, and now here I am about to turn 30 in a few months with a decision I feel is the biggest of my life so far. I will be retiring from the game of football today." -- Rob Gronkowski on Instagram Sunday afternoon.

posted by rcade to football at 07:28 PM - 6 comments

NFL May Make Pass Interference a Replay Challenge: The NFL is considering proposals to add pass interference to a coach's red-flag replay challenges. One proposal just adds interference. Another adds interference, roughing the passer and defenseless hits. A change requires 24 of 32 owners and could happen this week when they meet in Phoenix. Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney II told the team's website, "There's more interest in looking at how we make sure that plays are getting corrected than in other years."

posted by rcade to football at 09:26 AM - 7 comments

March 23, 2019

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March 18, 2019

7ft 6in Tacko Fall has scorched college basketball – but is he too tall for NBA?: At 538, they say he is breaking basketball. But there is much more to this Computer Science major, who aspires to become an Engineer and help make lives better in his native Senegal.

posted by rumple to basketball at 02:34 PM - 3 comments

March 17, 2019

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March 15, 2019

Jazz Owner Asks Fans to Stop Being Jerks: Responding to a racially abusive heckler targeting Russell Westbrook (and implicitly the reputation of Utah fans for boorish behavior), Utah Jazz owner Gail Miller stood at center court and told fans to be respectful and report malefactors.

posted by rcade to basketball at 11:13 AM - 3 comments

March 14, 2019

March 13, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 22: Placeholder Edition: This is not a pick 'em post. This is just a tribute.

posted by rcade to basketball at 01:24 PM - 0 comments

March 12, 2019

Giants Trade Odell Beckham Jr. to Browns: The Cleveland Browns have acquired star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. from the New York Giants for a 2019 first round pick (17th overall), a 2019 third round pick this year and safety Jabrill Peppers.

posted by rcade to football at 08:19 PM - 5 comments

March 11, 2019

March 10, 2019

Fan Storms Pitch in Championship Game, Punches Player: Today's Birmingham-Aston Villa match in the Championship was interrupted by a git charging onto the pitch and punching Aston Villa player Jack Grealish in the head from behind. Grealish, who was knocked to the ground before a steward grabbed the fan, required no treatment. He later scored the only goal in Aston Villa's win and leapt into the crowd during the pugnacious Second City derby.

posted by rcade to soccer at 09:59 AM - 5 comments

March 09, 2019

March 08, 2019

US women's national team take legal action over discrimination: After their 2016 complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission went exactly nowhere, all 28 members of the USWNT put their names down to ask for equal pay for equal work. Or better work, given their results relative to the USMNT.

posted by billsaysthis to culture at 07:05 PM - 7 comments

March 07, 2019

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March 05, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 21: Knicks Win Knicks Win Edition: There are eight nationally televised NBA games on the slate this week, beginning Wednesday night on ESPN with a 76ers/Bulls and Nuggets/Lakers doubleheader. In week 19 of the Pace Mannion, Bender and Ufez Jones won the week with 15. Florida Man leads NoMich by 9 after both of us blew up our week by locking Spurs over Knicks. On a night Spike Lee won an Oscar there was magic in New York. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to basketball at 02:07 PM - 10 comments

March 04, 2019

Detroit Red Wings' Ted Lindsay dies: A badass on ice, a gentleman off: On the ice, Lindsay was cocky and abrasive and would do anything to win. He was a highly unusual player in the post-World War II National Hockey League, a brainy boat-rocker who repeatedly challenged the conservative league establishment. Those qualities — plus his enormous talent — made him one of the most memorable and controversial players in NHL history and a fan favorite for decades in metro Detroit, where he lived for more than 70 years.

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 11:11 AM - 5 comments

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