Archives for December 2022

December 31, 2022

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December 29, 2022

RIP Pelé: "I told myself before the game, ‘he's made of skin and bones just like everyone else,’” Italian defender Tarcisio Burgnich said after the 1970 final. “But I was wrong."

posted by NoMich to soccer at 02:10 PM - 5 comments

NFL Pickem Week 17: Zach Attack Edition: The second-to-last week of the NFL season kicks off tonight on Amazon, where the Cowboys visit the Titans at a point that's so low stakes Tennessee might rest players. Good luck making that sound exciting, Al. Truthhurts leads the NFL Pickem for a sixth straight week, 58 points ahead of NoMich. No matter your place in the standings, you're having a better season than this guy. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to football at 08:53 AM - 19 comments

December 28, 2022

The Ball Kicks Itself: inside the minds of NFL place-kickers.

posted by rumple to football at 12:41 PM - 2 comments

December 27, 2022

A Rat Played a Role in 1975's Reds/Red Sox World Series Game 6: MLB Network has been replaying MLB's 20 Greatest Games, choosing as No. 1 game 6 of the 1975 World Series between the Red Sox and the Reds. One thing I learned: The iconic camera shot of Carlton Fisk willing his home run to stay fair happened because of a rat in the Green Monster. Cameraman Louis Gerard was asked by director Harry Coyle to follow the ball. "Harry, I can't," Gerard said. "I've got a rat on my leg that's as big as a cat. It's staring me in the face. I'm blocked by a piece of metal on my right. ... How about if we stay with Fisk, see what happens?"

posted by rcade to baseball at 10:23 AM - 0 comments

December 26, 2022

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December 22, 2022

RIP Franco Harris: An icon and hero of my adolescence. Heading into the 1972 Draft, Franco was seen as a workhorse and his Penn State backfield mate Lydell Mitchell was seen as the skill stud. It was stunning when the Steelers drafted Franco well ahead of Mitchell, but they knew what they were doing. Lydell did OK for the Colts, but Franco ascended to the pantheon of immortals. He was a major tone setter for the great 1970's Steeler rosters, which caused great pain to Cowboys fans and others. I was somewhat ambivalent about the team until they handled the Fran Tarkenton Vikings in the Super Bowl. Then I got on board. Anyone who took care of Tark was deserving of a thumbs up in my book. With several teammates and coaches already deceased, I'm glad that Terry Bradshaw is still around and able to clearly articulate his thoughts and feelings in great detail as people reminisce about Franco and those Pittsburgh teams.

posted by beaverboard to football at 11:41 AM - 2 comments

NFL Pickem Week 16: It's a Tie Game Jakobi Edition: Three weeks remain in the NFL season. The Jags and Jets kick off the week tonight on Amazon, followed by a lot of games on Christmas Eve, three on Christmas Day and one on Monday. Truthhurts keeps first and becomes the first player to pass 1,000. NoMich keeps second. Jagsnumberone wins the week with 117 and was the only player to pick Jacksonville. I (sigh) locked Dallas. Make your picks and be true to yourselves and your team.

posted by rcade to football at 09:05 AM - 18 comments

December 21, 2022

December 20, 2022

Mortage Mogul Buying Suns and Mercury for $4 Billion: If you've been hoping to buy your own pro sports franchise when they became more affordable, forget about it. Billionaire mortgage lender Mat Ishbia is about to buy the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury for $4 billion. Two years ago the going rate for an NBA team was $2.35 billion when Joe Tsai bought the Brooklyn Nets. Departing owner Robert Sarver bought the Suns for $401 million in 2004 from Jerry Colangelo, who got the team for $44 million in 1987.

posted by rcade to basketball at 05:16 PM - 0 comments

NBA Pickem Week 6: Jingle Ball Edition: There's an ESPN doubleheader tonight but the big event is the five-game block of games on Christmas Day: 76ers/Knicks, Lakers/Mavericks, Bucks/Celtics, Grizzlies/Warriors and Suns/Nuggets. I'm back in first with Ufez Jones 24 back. Happy holidays to one and ball.

posted by rcade to basketball at 09:01 AM - 8 comments

December 19, 2022

New details about alleged Hockey Canada group sexual assault: Police investigators in London, Ont., say they have reasonable grounds to believe that five members of the 2018 world junior hockey team sexually assaulted a woman in a hotel room after a Hockey Canada fundraising gala, a recent filing to the Ontario Court of Justice indicates.

tldr version on Twitter

posted by NoMich to hockey at 11:04 AM - 3 comments

December 18, 2022

Update on Grant Wahl's Death: An autopsy was performed by the New York City Medical Examiner's Office. Grant died from the rupture of a slowly growing, undetected ascending aortic aneurysm with hemopericardium. The chest pressure he experienced shortly before his death may have represented the initial symptoms. No amount of CPR or shocks would have saved him. His death was unrelated to COVID. His death was unrelated to vaccination status. There was nothing nefarious about his death.

posted by NoMich to soccer at 08:13 PM - 4 comments

December 17, 2022

December 16, 2022

NBA Draft Pick Retires at 22 Due to Anxiety: Tyrell Terry, chosen by the Dallas Mavericks as the 31st overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, has retired from the sport because of extreme anxiety. In an Instagram post yesterday, Terry described himself "struggling to take normal breaths because of the rock that would sit on my chest that seemed to weigh more than I could carry."

posted by rcade to basketball at 01:07 PM - 2 comments

December 15, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 15: Homestretch Edition: Week 15 of the NFL season starts with a game tonight and three games on Saturday. Truthhurts and NoMich keep first and second place with the same margin after tying with 60 points apieces. Tron7 jumps to third after winning the week with 81. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to football at 11:26 AM - 21 comments

December 14, 2022

The NBA's new awards and trophies: The NBA revamped its awards to rename and redesign trophies after some of the best players in league history. (More inside)

posted by NoMich to basketball at 10:31 AM - 5 comments

December 13, 2022

December 12, 2022

NBA Pickem Week 5: Paul Silas Edition: Six national games are on the NBA schedule this week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Tomorrow night on TNT Golden State visits Milwaukee and Boston visits the L.A. Lakers. Rumple wins the week with 31 and takes the lead in the pickem. I didn't help myself by forgetting to pick three games and locking Boston over Golden State. Make your picks!

posted by rcade to basketball at 09:05 PM - 8 comments

December 11, 2022

December 10, 2022

Soccer journalist Grant Wahl dies: US soccer journalist Grant Wahl has died after suffering an apparent heart attack at Lusail Stadium, where he was covering the World Cup quarter-final between Argentina and the Netherlands on Friday night.

This is the same Grant Wahl that was initially barred entry to a World Cup game for wearing a rainbow t-shirt.

posted by NoMich to soccer at 09:02 AM - 6 comments

December 09, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 14: They Play on Thursday? Edition: Sat down to watch Thursday Night Football on Amazon and realized I hadn't posted the pickem. Apologies to everyone who had the Rams beating the Raiders 17-16 on a last-minute drive by Baker Mayfield. In the contest Truthhurts remains in first, six further ahead of NoMich after an 81-point week. Goyoucolts had a week that was as good as the Colts' week was bad, scoring 111 points. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to football at 09:43 AM - 17 comments

December 08, 2022

WNBA star Brittney Griner released from Russian detention: Griner is now in the custody of American officials, a US official told CNN.

posted by NoMich to basketball at 08:24 AM - 0 comments

December 07, 2022

Yankees, Aaron Judge Agree To Nine-Year Deal: The New York Yankees are re-signing reigning American League MVP Aaron Judge, reports Jon Morosi of It’s a nine-year, $360MM contract, tweets Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The agreement is still pending the completion of a physical.

posted by BornIcon to baseball at 08:51 AM - 4 comments

December 06, 2022

Mississippi revises demands on Favre in welfare lawsuit: The department dropped its demand of $1.1 million against Favre, acknowledging he has already repaid that money for an unfulfilled pledge of public speeches. But it made a new demand of up to $5 million against Favre and a university sports foundation, saying money from an anti-poverty program was improperly used to pay for a volleyball arena at the University of Southern Mississippi.

posted by NoMich to culture at 12:20 PM - 0 comments

NBA Pickem Week 4: Enjoy the Bleeping Game Edition: After two NBA-deficient weeks, there's finally a meaty slate of seven games, starting tonight on TNT with the L.A. Lakers at Cleveland followed by Dallas at Denver. In the pickem my 50-point week catapults me into first, followed by Rumple. Make your picks and match any fines you provoke from opposing NBA teams.

posted by rcade to basketball at 10:06 AM - 10 comments

December 05, 2022

US World Cup Covfefe: "Fox’s coverage of the World Cup is so bad it’s become unmissable."

posted by owlhouse to soccer at 07:12 PM - 5 comments

What is Bazball?: As Pakistan become the latest victim of England’s aggressive batting approach, we take a look at the style of play known as Bazball and its impact on cricket as a whole

posted by NoMich to other at 07:52 AM - 1 comment

December 04, 2022

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December 01, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 13: Going for 2 to Win Edition: Things might be looking grim for your fantasy football team but you're never on the brink of elimination in the SportsFilter NFL Pickem. As Buffalo faces New England in the Thursday night BezosBowl to begin the 13th week of the NFL season, Truthhurts remains atop the contest but NoMich has pulled to within 17 after a monster 118-point week. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to football at 09:31 AM - 21 comments