October 13, 2017

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 - 3 comments

Listening to Celtics pre-season broadcasts, it sounds like a couple of bumpkin features reporters reviewing French specialty wines.

"Got some spring in the legs. Great finish. Semi Ojeleye brings a lot to the table".

If he keeps on doing what he did to the Sixers, they'll have to start calling him Fully Ojeleye.

Corollary event: in the late 1980's, Junior Felix came to Boston as a Blue Jays rookie and hit an inside the park grand slam. The local Sox announcer said, "If there's a Senior Felix, I sure as hell wouldn't want to pitch to him".

posted by beaverboard at 02:40 PM on October 13, 2017

couple of bumpkin features reporters reviewing French specialty wines..

Preseason doesn't easily lead to insightful analysis. What the pair in question are attempting to do is twofold. First is to "sell" the team to the fans so attendance will stand up. I'm not sure this is really necessary this year; the Celtics cut off full season ticket sales some weeks ago. The second thing is to sell the broadcast to the viewers. NBC Sports Boston is heavily invested with the team (in broadcast time, not money), broadcasting not only the games but also a number of Celtics related features. Ratings must stay high, or else. Those like me who have been Celtics fans for a really long time make allowances for Tommy (Heinsohn) being Tommy and for Mike Gorman (play-by-play) just letting him run. We expect it, and while it grows old, we rather like it. It's very much like your aging uncle who tells the same corny jokes, but the fat envelopes at Christmas and birthdays make up for it.

posted by Howard_T at 06:09 PM on October 13, 2017

Junior Felix came to Boston as a Blue Jays rookie and hit an inside the park grand slam.

Side notes!

It was one of three things JF is famous for as a Blue Jay. The second is catching the final out on Dave Stieb's no-hitter. The third is being the centerpiece for the package sent to the Angels for Devon White.

The JF grand slam happened in the first game of the weekend series.

The third game of the series on the Sunday was the single greatest comeback in Blue Jays history, as they erased a 10-0 deficit, scoring 11 runs in the 7th/8th/9th (but then giving up a game tying run in the bottom of the 9th). They won in the 12th (final score 13-11) with a two-run home run by...of course...Junior Felix.

posted by grum@work at 11:45 PM on October 13, 2017

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