November 08, 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 - 7 comments

Los IceHogs

posted by tommybiden at 11:28 AM on November 08, 2012

NHL CBA negotiations continue

posted by tommybiden at 11:31 AM on November 08, 2012

The prediction of Nostra-grum-us has come to pass - The Yomiuri baseball team has extended the serial domination of our earthly domain by Giants, winning the 2012 Japan Series four games to two.

posted by beaverboard at 12:09 PM on November 08, 2012

When balls sag......

posted by NerfballPro at 02:59 PM on November 08, 2012

Sad news from boxing as the death of Carmen Basilio has been reported. I remember watching Basilio's fights with Boston's own Tony DeMarco, and being disappointed with the result of the 1st of the 2. It looked to this untrained 14-year-old eye like DeMarco had easily won the 1955 bout, but was "robbed", although the fight ended in a 12-round TKO. The proof that I was completely wrong came in Boston 6 months later. Basilio withstood an early barrage from DeMarco, and despite a left hand that had been broken in the early rounds, won by a knockout in the 12th.

I started listening to boxing on the radio in the late '40s, when Bill Corum and Don Dunfee were the voices of The Gillette Cavalcade of Sports broadcasting the Friday Night Fights from Madison Square Garden. I can still hear the music of the commercial tune that was used as the introduction (look sharp, feel sharp, and be sharp), and the announcement of "the organist Bill Farrell, soloist Gladys Gooding, ladies and gentlemen, our National Anthem". I remained a boxing fan until the early 1980s, when a succession of strange decisions convinced me that the sport had become entirely corrupt. Nonetheless, boxing to me was always "the sweet science", and fighters like Basilio were the best practitioners of their craft.

posted by Howard_T at 04:59 PM on November 08, 2012

Take a look at the Patriots' offensive tendencies by down and distance with this neat tool.

posted by yerfatma at 05:10 PM on November 08, 2012

Indianapolis (-3.5) at JACKSONVILLE (43): Despite that 5-3 record, Indy is bad on the road and negative in point differential (-32 and counting). Does that mean you should put money on a Jaguars team that epitomizes bad in nearly every sense of the word, though? If you're getting better than a field goal at home, yes, yes it does. Colts 22, Jaguars 19.

posted by wfrazerjr at 07:12 PM on November 08, 2012

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