July 16, 2014

SportsFilter: The Wednesday 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 - 18 comments

Jeter 100 Gwynn 0

posted by tommybiden at 09:48 AM on July 16, 2014

That's a cool link, but I found West Ham much more watchable than Greece last season in the EPL. I could never figure out why Joe Cole played so little, though.

I used to follow Spurs, but I got tired of the constant turnover and the underperforming big free agents they'd bring in. I'll probably watch more Everton this year because Tim Howard.

posted by rcade at 11:34 AM on July 16, 2014

Yeah, Everton's way better: our big free agents leave to underperform!

posted by yerfatma at 11:36 AM on July 16, 2014

Nice! Nobody suffers like an English football fan.

It felt weird abandoning Spurs, but all my Premiership allegiances are fleeting since I became a Sheffield Wednesday supporter. Which brings me back to suffering ...

posted by rcade at 04:27 PM on July 16, 2014

I'm on a contract job they won't let me off of but also won't give me work for, so I think it might be time to spin up Football Manager again and see if I can figure out how the hell formations work. I've been reading Zonal Marking for years and still don't understand why a 4-3-3 can outnumber a 4-4-2 in midfield.

posted by yerfatma at 09:23 PM on July 16, 2014

In a 4-3-3 you can bring the wide strikers back into a 4-5-1. In fact, this is how most "modern" or flexible versions of 4-3-3 are played (cf: Holland).

No Australia in that list? I guess we were relegated.

posted by owlhouse at 09:39 PM on July 16, 2014

I have a perfect 21-year streak of never watching the Espys.

posted by rcade at 09:42 PM on July 16, 2014

What are they Espys?

posted by cixelsyd at 09:51 PM on July 16, 2014

What are they Espys?

I'm not entirely sure, but I know they're alidocious.

posted by beaverboard at 10:34 PM on July 16, 2014

What are they Espys?

It's Esperanto for "desperate time filler".

posted by grum@work at 10:38 PM on July 16, 2014

It's a perfectly cromulent ceremony.

posted by owlhouse at 02:09 AM on July 17, 2014

What are they Espys?

My effort to out-disinterest anyone else in the Espys undone in just four words!

posted by rcade at 08:26 AM on July 17, 2014

Ooh, rcade I didn't know we were in competition. It may require Greg Maddux to settle this in a few decades.

posted by yerfatma at 08:44 AM on July 17, 2014

My effort to out-disinterest anyone else in the Espys undone in just four words!

That may have been more of a rallying cry a la Who Dat?/Who Dey?

posted by Ufez Jones at 08:59 AM on July 17, 2014

Not that I watched the Espys either, but they did have this, anyway.

posted by Bonkers at 05:17 PM on July 17, 2014

What are they Espys?

The Espys, or more properly, the ESpys, pronounced E Spies, are members of a super-secret group of intelligence gatherers who specialize in the electronics industry. The acronym of course means "Electronic Spy". The group is quite benign, gathering its data from news sources, research papers, professional journals, and interviews with those in the electronics industry. No cloak and dagger stuff here. The work of the ESpys has been critical in developing countermeasures against the electronic capability of nations that are hostile to world peace. As part of the effort to keep this group out of public exposure, ESPN has cooperated by naming a phony awards ceremony after the group, thereby giving good cover to the name.

In other words, if you don't have a good answer, make something up.

posted by Howard_T at 09:07 PM on July 17, 2014

The Espys? Really just a front. Their real job is to contain the spread of information about events relating to the operative "Mad Dog", who tends to wreak considerable collateral damage upon the local population when executing an operation.

posted by ursus_comiter at 09:03 AM on July 18, 2014

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