September 02, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday 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 - 9 comments

It would be great if the HR folks that staffed the Boston Celtics' center position could help address the hundreds of federal government jobs that remain unfilled.

posted by beaverboard at 02:49 PM on September 02

The Celtics are keeping with an old tradition of government employment. Since 2 of the centers on their roster are rarely used, and the 3rd is a situation player, the Celtics follow the old question:

Q "How many people work for the government?

A "About half of them."

posted by Howard_T at 02:57 PM on September 02

I am sadder today. RIP Tom Terrific.

posted by Howard_T at 09:14 PM on September 02

The Rock and his family have all tested positive for Covid

posted by NoMich at 10:16 PM on September 02

Like Howard, I am very sad to learn of the passing of Seaver.

His one hitter against the Cubs in the summer of 1969, which I watched live as a kid on channel 9 from NYC not knowing that I had stumbled into a legendary moment, remains one of the most electrifying sports experiences I've ever had. As a Cubs fan no less.

posted by beaverboard at 08:14 AM on September 03

Here is the scouting report that none other than Tommy Lasorda wrote on Seaver when he was still in college:

...Plenty of desire to pitch and wants to beat you.

Apparently the numbers that you see attributed to his curve and fastball are not in MPH. They are a rating on a scale of 80.

posted by NoMich at 08:50 AM on September 03

Seaver was one of the first sports stars in my life, with the Amazing season coming the summer I turned eight. RIP.

They are a rating on a scale of 80.

Seems like an odd scale to use.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:05 PM on September 03

Damn. RIP Tom Terrific

Seems like an odd scale to use.

Scouting Grades

posted by BornIcon at 02:22 PM on September 03

I didn't mean to imply the scale wasn't used, just that it's odd. Why 20-80 and not 0-50 or 0-100, or just 0-10? 20-80 doesn't correspond to any natural things or other scales of which I'm aware.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:23 AM on September 04

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