April 26, 2012

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 - 11 comments

Rangers fans to crying child: No foul ball for you!

posted by rcade at 08:09 AM on April 26, 2012

Aubrey Huff seeks anxiety treatment - 15-day DL

posted by tommybiden at 10:47 AM on April 26, 2012

I get it. Going there instead.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:24 AM on April 26, 2012

holden, I agree that in general, noxious behavior should have consequences. I'm not so sure how I feel about outing someone who has chosen a nickname that is not personally identifying (which seems to be the case with most of the knuckleheads in this case). If I post something in my own name that my company considers damaging, they have the legal right to fire me for it. If I post the same thing anonymously, and someone decides I need to be brought to justice (whatever that looks like), and that individual makes public my name and my employer, and that creates an embarrassing situation for my employer, I think it's quite a bit more murky. I said what I said, sure, but I didn't take the action to embarrass my employer, so why should I take the hit for it? And yet, if someone else took that action and backed my employer into a corner like that, they might feel forced to act.

I'm also torn about this, because if there's one thing that makes me nutty, it's when some closet racist or racist-sympathizer suddenly becomes a brave free speech warrior whenever someone is criticized, no matter how mildly, for using the n-word. Teabaggers literally shouting down opposing views is "free speech", apparently; we can't have those messy Occupy hippies taking up public spaces (wait, what?), so let's not say anything when the cops pepper-spray them and drag them away...but let some stupid fratboy be told that racist epithets are not the done thing, and suddenly this is the biggest threat to human freedom since Stalin kicked the bucket. I hate the idea of spending any effort that could in any way help these knuckleheads. But sometimes, when you create a situation that benefits the right people, you can't prevent the wrong people from deriving some benefit from it too, I guess.

And also, to bring this back to a sports theme: way to go, knuckleheads. You don't have even a rudimentary sense of shame to be embarrassed yourself, but you embarrassed your team and you embarrassed your city. Way to go.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 11:27 AM on April 26, 2012

Six minutes of my favourite player, doing his thing.

My favourite being the free kick against Dino Zoff and Italy where Platini scores, the Ref isn't happy and makes him take it again, so he lines up and scores again.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:47 PM on April 26, 2012

The Browns just traded their 4th-, 5th- and 7th-round picks to . . . move up one space.

posted by yerfatma at 07:26 PM on April 26, 2012

As a Vikings fan, I like it but don't get it- I'm pretty sure they weren't planning on picking Richardson anyways, so what was the point in the Browns moving up when Richardson should still be available at #4?

posted by jmd82 at 07:36 PM on April 26, 2012

The Browns were afraid that someone else in search of Richardson were going to trade up to the number three spot ahead of them. I guess is makes sense if you have 13 picks in this one draft.

posted by NoMich at 08:44 PM on April 26, 2012

Holy crap, hockey players are tough SOBs.

John Madden had his nose broken, and face sliced up after running full steam into a teammate's visor, and he's back on the ice (black eye, crooked nose, lots of stitches).

posted by grum@work at 09:17 PM on April 26, 2012

I still remember Jeff O'Neill showing his sisu against the Leafs in the '02 playoffs when he got some quick meatball surgery done around his eye and then scoring the game winner in OT. Good times.

posted by NoMich at 09:23 PM on April 26, 2012

Speaking of hockey, the pickem thread for round 2 is up in the Locker Room. These playoffs schedules will be the death of me...

posted by MeatSaber at 12:39 AM on April 27, 2012

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