September 24, 2009

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 17 comments

Apparently, sex is good for you.

And for the team. Single players shouldn't feel left out, either.

posted by owlhouse at 06:13 AM on September 24, 2009

UCI is banning race radios at all levels of road racing. No date's been set for the phase out though. Considering how poorly the the two stage ban went over at the TdF, not sure how they can say "They also took into account the desire expressed by the majority of those involved in cycling to prohibit the equipment."

posted by apoch at 08:50 AM on September 24, 2009

owl, I think that is worthy of posting for all

posted by Debo270 at 09:08 AM on September 24, 2009

Kordell with the UFL.

posted by jojomfd1 at 09:22 AM on September 24, 2009

Ochocinco's Lambeau Leap was bought and paid for.

posted by wfrazerjr at 09:23 AM on September 24, 2009

An entertaining talk about sports from Frank Deford : video.

It's a year old now, (pre-Olympics), but isn't especially time sensitive - a good listen to pass an hour in the office.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:37 AM on September 24, 2009

Liverpool's owners were ready to take a 50m Payment-In-Kind loan earlier this year to raise capital for restructuring of their 350m debt.

The 50m PIK would have required repayment of more than 100m over five years.

I'm not sure I want to think of Rafa offering "payment in kind."

(also, rcade, why do my Pound Sterling symbols appear in preview, but then disappear on posting? Are you currencyist?)

posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:52 AM on September 24, 2009

How's this for a survey question of The Best World Series Ever:

Best World Series ever:
A) 1954: Giants vs. Indians
B) 1975: Reds vs. Red Sox
C) 1977: Yankees vs. Dodgers
D) 1988: Dodgers vs. Athletics
E) 1991: Twins vs. Braves

What would you change? E) is staying no matter what.

posted by NoMich at 04:20 PM on September 24, 2009

Apparently, sex is good for you.

In the mid-1970s Joe Lutz was the manager of the Hiroshima Toyo Carp in Japan baseball's Central League. At the time there was a strict taboo against pregame sex, which meant going without for some fairly long stretches. Lutz, much to the delight of the players' wives and girlfriends, encouraged his players to go ahead. The results were good, as the team won a Japan Series championship.

posted by Howard_T at 04:23 PM on September 24, 2009

Nominees for Best World Series Ever:

1993: Blue Jays vs Phillies (touch 'em all, Joe)

1994 Expos over Yankees (I can dream, can't I)

Disclaimer: Canadian baseball fan

posted by tommybiden at 04:27 PM on September 24, 2009

A snappy gallery of all 20 NHL third jerseys with commentary.

St. Louis, your third? Rocks.

Phoenix, your third? Awful.

posted by wfrazerjr at 04:56 PM on September 24, 2009

Dallas Cowboys release Jerry Jones.

posted by rcade at 05:05 PM on September 24, 2009

Vegas oddsmakers pick the 09-10 NHL playoff teams:

Eastern Conference Teams 2008-09 Points | 2009-10 Points Projection

Washington Capitals 108 | 104.5

Philadelphia Flyers 99 | 102.5

Pittsburgh Penguins 99 | 102.5

Boston Bruins 116 | 101.5

New Jersey Devils 106 | 96.5

Carolina Hurricanes 97 | 94.5

Montreal Canadiens 93 | 93.5

Buffalo Sabres (tie) 91 | 91.5

New York Rangers (tie) 95 | 91.5

Western Conference Teams 2008-09 Points | 2009-10 Points Projection

San Jose Sharks 117 | 107.5

Detroit Red Wings 112 | 106.5

Chicago Blackhawks 104 | 105.5

Anaheim Ducks 91 | 96.5

Calgary Flames 98 | 96.5

Vancouver Canucks 100 | 96.5

St. Louis Blues 92 | 91.5

Dallas Stars (tie) 83 | 89.5

Edmonton Oilers (tie) 85 | 89.5

I guess I'm surprised to not see the Blue Jackets or the Leafs on there.

posted by insomnyuk at 05:10 PM on September 24, 2009

What would you change?

1960 World Series: Pirates over Yankees. Mazeroski hits a walk off homer in the ninth inning of game seven. the Bucs win despite being outscored 55-27.

1986 World Series: Mets over Red Sox: Game 6! Game 7 didn't suck either.

1955 World Series: The Dodgers finally beat the Yankees

posted by cjets at 10:17 PM on September 24, 2009

Wow, I really like the Minnesota and Tampa Bay 3rds. Also like the fact so many teams are using throwbacks as their 3rds (except you Pittsburgh. For God's sake, let those baby blue monstrosities die)...

And am I the only one who makes the mistake of trying to edit my post in the live preview box? Quite the "derrrr" moment every time I do it...

As for the best World Series, 1991 all the way...

posted by MeatSaber at 12:23 AM on September 25, 2009

It's the biggest sports awards night of the year, with everybody dressed up and on their best behaviour.

So of course you give the vox pop job to a drunk footballer...

posted by owlhouse at 12:42 AM on September 25, 2009

World Series: 1969 Mets. Seriously, this was the only incredibly good baseball memory of my childhood.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:45 AM on September 25, 2009

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