April 04, 2015

SportsFilter: The Saturday 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

Really bad MLB prediction thread!

AL East: Toronto Blue Jays
AL Central: Chicago White Sox
AL West: Seattle Mariners
Wild Card #1: Detroit Tigers
Wild Card #2: Los Angeles Angels
AL Pennant Winner: Toronto Blue Jays

NL East: Washington Nationals
NL Central: St. Louis Cardinals
NL West: Los Angeles Dodgers
Wild Card #1: San Francisco Giants
Wild Card #2: Chicago Cubs
NL Pennant Winner: Washington Nationals

World Series Winner: Washington Nationals

AL MVP: Jose Abreu
AL Cy Young: Felix Hernandez
AL Rookie of the Year: Aaron Sanchez
AL Manager of the Year: Robin Ventura

NL MVP: Bryce Harper
NL Cy Young: Clayton Kershaw
NL Rookie of the Year: Kris Bryant
NL Manager of the Year: Joe Maddon

(Can we bookmark this thread some how? I want to see just how bad this prediction is at the end of the year.)

posted by grum@work at 09:42 AM on April 04, 2015

Not a Raftery fan, but so many people are fond of him that I'm going to do my best to hang in there. But he's rubbing off on Nantz, who has dialed up a bit of added sputter and emphasis which is unbecoming. I'd much rather see Kellogg working courtside again.

posted by beaverboard at 06:21 PM on April 04, 2015

My dad refers to Raftery's schtick as "non-stop basketball blather" from a "sound-effects man."

Some kisses... are s-s-sweeter than wine!

posted by Hugh Janus at 08:18 PM on April 04, 2015

And Kentucky goes down...

posted by Scottymac at 11:19 PM on April 04, 2015

What a wonderfully coached ball club the Badgers are.

In an effort to add unneeded intrigue to a classic matchup, the NCAA had the game reffed by the officiating crew from the 1972 Olympics gold medal game. Or so it seemed.

posted by beaverboard at 11:31 PM on April 04, 2015

reffed by the officiating crew from the 1972 Olympics gold medal game

It's a strange phenomenon that has happened to me and more than a few others when officiating a game. You mess up a call early on. You can't change it, you begin to tighten up, and sure enough along comes another tight call -- and sure enough, you get it wrong. By now you want to find the secret tunnel exit to get you off the field, but it's closed today. It seems to be a guaranteed outcome that you will have a few more tight calls, and whether or not you get them correct, the crowd will be all over you. The shot clock call toward the end of the game was clearly wrong, but probably excusable. With the crowd noise, a buzzer that was not very loud, and the need to have your eyes looking in two places at the same time, it is not an easy call. I do not believe the call had a significant effect on the outcome, but under the circumstances it sure looked bad.

posted by Howard_T at 11:07 AM on April 05, 2015

To me the more egregious missed call was where the officials declined to call a flagrant foul on the slap. Missing it while on the floor is bad enough. Having the opportunity to review it and then declaring it incidental contact was terrible.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 05:04 PM on April 05, 2015

However, that cheap shot and calculated no-call probably galvanized Wisconsin and united any neutral spectators in their outrage. It was nice to see the cosmos step in after the refs took a pass.

posted by Hugh Janus at 08:40 PM on April 05, 2015

I'd much rather have similar missed calls in the championship rather than the officiating in the earlier game. 26 free throws to 9 for some reason is considered normal fare in a Duke home game but in a regional final? Michigan State was not given a chance to compete.

What a wonderfully coached ball club the Badgers are

Bo Ryan really knows his squads and is a great game coach.
However there is a pattern of opposing coaches shining in big games against Kentucky's current coach.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:26 AM on April 06, 2015

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