December 28, 2015

SportsFilter: The Monday 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

I'm glad to see everyone had a busy Xmas period and didn't waste their time on this site the last few days. :)

For your reading pleasure:

MLB Strange But True feats of 2015

posted by grum@work at 04:35 PM on December 28, 2015

Stay classy, San Diego.

posted by grum@work at 06:13 PM on December 28, 2015

What the SD football police need to do is leave the schoolgirl dance troupes alone and start fining people for watching the 4-11 professional ballclub.

posted by beaverboard at 07:47 PM on December 28, 2015

Barcelona's Sergi Guardiola sacked after offensive tweets hours after dream signing.

posted by billsaysthis at 09:08 PM on December 28, 2015

Leeds United ban Sky TV cameras from Elland Road after whacky "owner Massimo Cellino told staff to ban the cameras as he feels the team feature on TV too often, causing a negative effect on attendances." Umm, pretty sure this is laid out in the broadcast contract, Massy.

posted by billsaysthis at 09:13 PM on December 28, 2015

Two names in the obituary pages over the past few days have called up some memories. The first is Meadowlark Lemon, age 83, who starred with the Harlem Globetrotters for many years from the mid-1950s to about 1970. Lemon was the clown of the group, pulling such pranks as dropping the pants of the referee, emptying a water bucket filled with confetti into the crowd, and diving into the front row at a female customer's chair to retrieve a towel, instead coming up with a pair of very large panties (planted in advance, I'm sure). The antics, perhaps more than the incredible basketball skills, never failed to please the crowd. After leaving the Globetrotters, Lemon established a youth ministry to reach young persons in basketball camps and in juvenile offender prisons. The strains of "Sweet Georgia Brown" repeat in my head as I write.

The second name is that of Dave "Hendu" Henderson, whose home run in the 1986 ALCS won the series for the Red Sox over the Angels. Henderson had another late inning home run against the Mets that forced game 6 of the 1986 World Series into extra innings. I was at sea in USS Midway while the radio broadcast of game 6 was played over the 1MC speakers throughout the ship. I sat in the Aircraft Electronic Countermeasures Shop, agonizing as a succession of Sox relievers failed to get the one out needed for the team's first World Series win in 68 years, and then felt the dagger through the heart as the ball rolled through Buckner's legs. Henderson was never much more than a journeyman player, but for the 1986 post season he was supreme.

posted by Howard_T at 12:07 AM on December 29, 2015

Meadowlark Lemon taught me the difference between latitude and longitude in "Meadowlark Lemon Presents the World," sadly unavailable on the internet, but written about here.

This knowledge is quite useful. Thank you, Mr. Lemon.

posted by Hugh Janus at 02:22 AM on December 29, 2015

Almost exactly a year to the day from when Showboat Hall died.

posted by beaverboard at 08:36 AM on December 29, 2015

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