March 19, 2013

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 - 9 comments

Received in my email yesterday (thanks, dad - forwarded from a friend of his)...

The Conclave of Cardinals may sound like a nickname for the St. Louis bullpen but it's actually the voting body that elected a new Pope (Francis I) to head the Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday evening. The conclave met to elect a replacement after Pope Benedict XVI resigned at the end of last month. Strangely enough, it takes a smaller percentage of Cardinals to elect a Pope (66 percent or 77 of the 115 electors) than it does to elect a player to Baseball's Hall of Fame (75 percent of the 563 eligible members of the BBWAA). Benedict XVI was the 11th Pope to have led the Church since Major League Baseball was founded in 1876. During Benedict's tenure of seven years and 315 days (2005-2013), Albert Pujols led all major-leaguers with 312 home runs. Barry Bonds holds the record for most homers hit during one Pope's reign, having clubbed 703 while Pope John Paul II led the Catholic faithful from 1978 to 2005. Below are the major-league home run leaders during each of the tenures of the 11 Popes who preceded Francis I:

Pope (Reign) Player HRs
Pius IX (1846-1876) Charley Jones 6
Leo XIII (1878-1903) Roger Connor 138
Pius X (1903-1914) Frank Schulte 73
Benedict XV (1914-1922) Babe Ruth 162
Pius XI (1922-1939) Babe Ruth 552
Pius XII (1939-1958) Ted Williams 482
John XXIII (1958-1963) Hank Aaron 174
Harmon Killebrew 174
Paul VI (1963-1978) Hank Aaron 437
John Paul I (1978) Jim Rice 13
John Paul II (1978-2005) Barry Bonds 703
Benedict XVI (2005-2013) Albert Pujols 312

Copyright 2013, Sports Features Group

posted by kokaku at 11:07 AM on March 19, 2013

The NFL weasels out of the inappropriate questions asked in recent combines by calling them "chatter" and not part of the interview, despite the fact they happened at the same time as the interview.

posted by dfleming at 11:39 AM on March 19, 2013

Is someone setting up a March Madness pool (Yahoo/CBSSports/ESPN)?

posted by grum@work at 11:45 AM on March 19, 2013

Hi everyone. long time no see!! Well I was interested in playing some fantasy baseball and also getting in on a March Madness pool. Is there anything set up that I may not be to late to get in on?

posted by skydivemom at 01:26 PM on March 19, 2013

Wha'? *rubs eyes* Who? Look who's here!

posted by NoMich at 02:04 PM on March 19, 2013

Supersized Soccer fans

posted by tommybiden at 02:56 PM on March 19, 2013

Look who's here!

Look who's not! What have you done with skydivedad?!

posted by yerfatma at 03:38 PM on March 19, 2013

Afraid you're a coupled days late on the baseball. We just had our draft this past Sunday.

posted by ursus_comiter at 07:47 AM on March 20, 2013

Oh too bad on the baseball. Skydivedad is married to someone else these days and we are both happier.

posted by skydivemom at 03:20 PM on March 31, 2013

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