November 12, 2015

SportsFilter: The Thursday 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 - 6 comments

Jeff Van Gundy has a word or two for Dallas fans.

posted by beaverboard at 08:57 AM on November 12, 2015

Minnesota is off the coaching carousel.

posted by Etrigan at 01:16 PM on November 12, 2015

I tried watching the first half of the Bills - Jets game, and couldn't do it. Not only was it playing out like the annual Herm Edwards Invitational Punt Pass and Kick Tournament, but looking at the garish unis was highly unsettling. I felt like I had wandered into the holiday aisle of a Dollar Store. Nothing but cheap, shiny trinkets as far as the eye could see.

posted by beaverboard at 10:39 PM on November 12, 2015

Jets v Bills to the colorblind.

posted by goddam at 11:03 PM on November 12, 2015

Football looks pretty chaotic when you can't tell the teams apart.

posted by tron7 at 10:54 AM on November 13, 2015

I turned to the Jets-Bills contest(?), and immediately did not know who was playing. I am actually red-green color blind, but not to the extent that I could not distinguish which team was which. (To this day I swear that there are no numbers hidden in those dots--a belief that might have cost me a full Navy ROTC ride to the college of my choice in 1958.) For a while I was afraid the Jets would disappear against the background of the grass.

The colors were such that I thought the whole thing was an early Christmas promotion. This would actually be a pretty good idea for a game around Christmas Day. It would need to be embellished a bit. I'm thinking the referee would dress in a red suit trimmed in white fur, black belt and boots, red tassel cap, and a full white beard. The rest of the officials would wear green leotards with short jackets. Pointy shoes for them would be a must. Other ornamentation would include using rope tinsel instead of a chain for the first down markers, throwing mistletoe instead of yellow flags for penalties. The offending players would be required to kiss an opposing player of the referee's choice (indicated by holding the mistletoe over the head of the player selected), with the alternative being ejection from the game. Reindeer, sleighs, and other artifacts of the secular, commercial holiday would be included.

posted by Howard_T at 09:33 PM on November 14, 2015

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