November 01, 2015

SportsFilter: The Sunday 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 - 14 comments

Miami beats Duke with an unreal kickoff return.

posted by jeremias at 08:54 AM on November 01, 2015

If I had a son that played football, I'd be mighty pleased to have him play for Coach Scott.

posted by beaverboard at 09:45 AM on November 01, 2015

Here's the Miami radio call of the lateral play:

Coming soon to a theater near you:

a new feature length film starring Meryl Streep called The Wet Britches Of Dade County.

posted by beaverboard at 10:08 AM on November 01, 2015

Let's not celebrate that play too much...

As a result of that play, the officiating crew, the replay crew, and the communicator have been suspended for two games because of four mistakes they made during the play and afterwards.

For example, not correctly calling the player down before the lateral:

posted by grum@work at 01:09 PM on November 01, 2015

Because it ended the game and decided the game, it's a shame for Duke's sake that the ruling on the play can't be overturned on appeal. Just doing that automatically changes the result.

I can't believe that there was an official close by for most of the critical moments of that play and yet no whistles were blown. Amazing that they let the play run all the way. And didn't see the Miami player coming on the field from the sideline when they did the review.

posted by beaverboard at 01:37 PM on November 01, 2015

Amazing that they let the play run all the way. And didn't see the Miami player coming on the field from the sideline when they did the review.

I'm glad they let the play run its course, even if they thought it might have been a dead ball. Better to be sure after the fact, than to blow the whistle by mistake and kill the play when it might not have ended.

As for the helmetless player running onto the field, that really is bizarre they didn't mention it afterwards, but I've been told that the play would have been a dead ball foul and would not have negated the touchdown.

posted by grum@work at 04:48 PM on November 01, 2015

Hawaii fires Norm Chow. There are now 10 FBS coaching vacancies to be filled during the offseason, and it's only barely November.

posted by Etrigan at 05:43 PM on November 01, 2015

Frank Beamer is retiring.

(But not until the end of the season)

posted by beaverboard at 06:10 PM on November 01, 2015

If the Seattle player that ran the "fumbled" ball into the end zone near the end of the Dallas game had instead ran the ball out of bounds, would there have been a review? Dallas had no timeouts remaining and it would not have qualified as an automatic review since there was no scoring. the ruling on the field was a fumble.

posted by NoMich at 07:48 PM on November 01, 2015

The refs can initiate any review they want in the final two minutes. I would've been stunned if they didn't review that one.

Is there any doubt that Tony Romo is a great quarterback? Dallas is hopeless without him.

posted by rcade at 08:20 PM on November 01, 2015

Dude, matt Cassle was awful in that last drive.

Thanks for the answer. That"s a good rule to have.

posted by NoMich at 08:29 PM on November 01, 2015

I'm watching KC vs Mets, and this one reinforces my belief that baseball can be the cruelest game. Harvey pitches his heart out for 8 innings, holding a 2-0 lead, and convinces the Mets' pitching coach and manager to let him start the 9th. Surely enough a walk, stolen base, and a RBI double by Hosmer make it a 2-1 game, and Harvey is coming out. The look on his face tells the story; it is one of pure disappointment, nearly that of a man in tears. Familia comes in to try to get out of the inning and secure the win. It is not to be. A ground out to the right side moves the runner to third with one out. The next batter hits a little squibbed roller to David Wright. Hosmer waits until Wright has committed to throw to first, and then takes off for the plate. The throw from first to the plate is wild, and we have a tie ball game. Now it is the Mets' manager to look like he is ready to burst into tears. The similarity between this World Series and game 6 of the 1986 World Series is eerie. The Red Sox were 1 strike away from their first championship in 68 years, but they could not finish. Buckner has forever been the goat, but the blame rightly belongs to a bullpen that could not get the last out.

The game is in the bottom of the 10th, and it could go either way, but the history of the Mets' bullpen in this series has been dismal. If the Mets are able to pull this game out and survive to go to Kansas City, some of the disappointment will be lifted, but seeing the obvious feelings of defeat of the Mets was heart rending.

posted by Howard_T at 11:37 PM on November 01, 2015

Collins can look at himself in the mirror for blame for this loss. While nothing and no move is guaranteed, it certainly appeared Collins had decided Harvey was not going to pitch the ninth. Harvey didn't agree, and certainly a huge number of fans wouldn't have either. He goes back on the decision, Harvey goes on to walk the lead off batter of the inning (a major sin for pitchers), give up a RBI double (after a practically non-contested stolen base) and then yanks the pitcher.

Was Collins managing to keep Harvey happy? To make sure the fans are happy? Either way the decision backfired. I definitely like the Mets chances with Familia starting with a clean inning, even knowing he had a few blips earlier in the series. Getting two runs across against him, especially the way he was sawing off bats, makes it seem Collins' initial plan should have been followed.

posted by dyams at 06:11 AM on November 02, 2015

So Familia becomes the first pitcher in baseball history to blow three saves in one playoff series. If he holds those saves the Mets have 3 wins and are leading going into the 9th in another game.

That's...gotta hurt.

Three of the reasons the Mets made it to the World Series (Familia all year, Cespedes after the trade, Murphy in the playoffs) all came up craptacular in the series itself. Cespedes and Murphy probably cost themselves millions of dollars in the last week.

posted by grum@work at 08:37 AM on November 02, 2015

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