November 13, 2015

SportsFilter: The Friday 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 - 8 comments

If cricket is religion, then Sachin is God and British Airways is atheist.

posted by NoMich at 08:47 AM on November 13, 2015

Clipboard Jesus rises again.

posted by Etrigan at 10:40 AM on November 13, 2015

Former employer pens farewell letter to Floyd Mayweather.

posted by yerfatma at 03:47 PM on November 13, 2015


(I mean, it would have been better if De La Hoya had said all this before he made a shitload of money off of Mayweather, but still, it's nice to see.)

posted by Etrigan at 03:59 PM on November 13, 2015

Missouri HC to resign due to health issues.

posted by Etrigan at 04:28 PM on November 13, 2015

The stunning thing about Clipboard Jesus is that he was out of work and available to begin with. I assumed at this point that he had a sideline job that was endowed in perpetuity, regardless of what team he was on.

posted by beaverboard at 04:32 PM on November 13, 2015

He was only out of work for one day -- the Titans wanted David Cobb and had to free up a roster spot.

posted by Etrigan at 08:17 PM on November 13, 2015

While Rex Ryan toys with naming inflammatory game captains, others are busy with more telling tasks...

Last Sunday, schoolboy Jay Gruden and his Snyderskins had no chance playing on the road against the Patsmaster. Among other things, Gruden's team dropped seven passes. In the words of the NYT's Gregg Easterbrook:

For New England the drops were sweet, and good astronomy. The 1 p.m. November start meant the declining sun would cause Stonehenge effects across the playing surface. Most of the Washington drops came with receivers looking back into the declining sun: When the sun was behind the Patriots, passes went to the shadowed areas of the field.

Last November in Foxboro, New England defeated the Lions, then a playoff-bound club, during an afternoon game in which Detroit receivers made critical drops looking back into the declining sun. When the sun was behind the Flying Elvii, New England threw to the field's shadowed areas. T.M.Q. wrote at the time, "From around Veterans Day on, the coach who leaves nothing to chance sends someone to the field the day before the game to chart the sun, as perceived from the field, as it declines during the hours of the contest."

This should be no surprise. The real question is whether or not Belichick somehow has the stadium seasonally rotated a subtle couple of degrees to help accentuate the daunting Gillettehenge effect.

I fully expect Aaron Hernandez to ask for a retrial on the grounds that someone has altered the magnetic field of the earth in the region all around Foxboro, including North Attleboro.

posted by beaverboard at 08:36 PM on November 13, 2015

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