April 08, 2016

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 - 5 comments

D'Brickashaw Ferguson retires after 10 years and 167 consecutive starts, having played every offensive snap for the Jets for the last decade (except for the final play of the 2008 season, where the entire offensive line was replaced by skill-position players (it didn't work)). He never so much as appeared on an injury report.

posted by Etrigan at 10:22 AM on April 08

That's an amazing accomplishment. I'd say it was Ripkenesque, but I feel like it's probably more appropriate to call Ripken Fergusonesque.

posted by rcade at 11:43 AM on April 08

D'Brickish?

posted by tron7 at 02:00 PM on April 08

Russia's entire under-18 hockey team replaced after failed drug tests

posted by tommytrump at 03:02 PM on April 08

This line is what got me:

Part of the problem is that the drug is believed to stay in athletes' system for an extended period of time " up to a few months " so it's possible the Russians on the under-18 team stopped taking meldonium before the ban was put in place.

So, it's possible that they stopped taking the drug when it became banned, but still got flagged for it in their system. Though I guess the coaches / trainers should have been taking that into account ahead of time as the ban date approached.

posted by opel70 at 04:31 PM on April 08

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