December 11, 2012

SportsFilter: The Tuesday 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

Folks, we're coming down to the (admittedly artificial, but this is America) deadline on the SpoFi One World Futbal campaign and the meter's been stuck at $270 for many days.

The Hanukah elf is looking at you!

posted by billsaysthis at 11:54 AM on December 11, 2012

One ball donated, in tribute to Amir Johnson.

posted by Etrigan at 12:27 PM on December 11, 2012

Or Lance Armstrong.

posted by yerfatma at 01:27 PM on December 11, 2012

Bad day to be the NFL Commissioner.

posted by feloniousmonk at 02:32 PM on December 11, 2012

Or Sean Payton.

posted by yerfatma at 04:08 PM on December 11, 2012

Another NFL quiz from the Christian Science Monitor newspaper web site. If you weren't tuned in to Sunday's action, you'll find it pretty tough going. I barely broke .500.

posted by Howard_T at 05:26 PM on December 11, 2012

League 2 Bradford just knocked Arsenal out of the Quarter Final of the Whatever It's Called This Week Cup'.

Arsenal will no doubt claim they weren't taking it seriously, but a side featuring wilshire, Cazorla, Vermaelan, Mertesacker, Ramsey Oxlade-Chamberlain and Podolski suggests otherwise.

Arsenal needed an 88th minute header from Vermaelan just to get the game to extra time, but the Belgian then hit the post with the final kick of the penalty shoot-out to send the Gunners out.

Bradford move on to the semi-finals along with Aston Villa who beat Norwich. The other pair of Quarter finals play tomorrow.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 05:27 PM on December 11, 2012

Carlin Isles couldn't qualify for the US Olympic team this year, even though his 100m best of 10.13 would have been enough to get him selected for most countries. A few months ago, he took up rugby, hoping to make it to Rio in 2016 for the new Sevens tournament. He's a bit quick.

posted by etagloh at 06:21 PM on December 11, 2012

I must say I like the look of Mr Isles, at least for a Sevens tournament. Some rugby smarts there, too, like getting on the outside of the opposition and running the ball under the posts. He also makes the try against NZ by running down the Kiwi ball carrier from behind to make the tackle, then gets it from the subsequent breakdown.

posted by owlhouse at 08:19 PM on December 11, 2012

If he stays fit, then he's got a career for the next few years, given that Sevens is now more or less a self-sustaining thing on an annual schedule with specialist players, and a USA team always gets invited along. There are lots of jokes about wingers being one-trick ponies, but he's only going to improve -- he was a DII RB, so his skills are there to be refined.

posted by etagloh at 11:58 PM on December 11, 2012

Holy crap -- the Packers can't use Isles?

posted by wfrazerjr at 01:29 PM on December 12, 2012

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