September 10, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday 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 - 15 comments

Milwaukee Brewers: no one will ever top the beat down we gave Detroit. No. One.

Atlanta Braves: hold our co-cola.

posted by NoMich at 09:14 AM on September 10

I wonder if Tom Brady texted anyone on the Marlins to encourage them during the blowout.

"C'mon guys, let's go. The Falcons were up on us by almost the same score after three quarters."

posted by beaverboard at 10:29 AM on September 10

Honesty is the best policy, especially when you are speaking to yourself. Aqib Talib gives his reasons for retirement.

posted by Howard_T at 02:13 PM on September 10

Talib:

"I was halfway out the door. I got flights and started finding apartments. I could've gotten up to five or six million [dollars] -- a nice contract. ... But I started going through that schedule. I saw [George] Kittle, [Travis] Kelce, [Darren] Waller, and normally when I go to a new team, my thoughts are all positive. ... This time, I looked at this f-----g schedule, and I thought, 'Can I even strap these damn tight ends?'"

Honest with himself indeed

posted by NoMich at 03:03 PM on September 10

Atlanta Braves: hold our co-cola.

Kudos to the Marlins, who, after going down 11-2 after 2 got it back to a competitive 13-8 after their half of the 4th, before the rest of the wheels fell off.

posted by bender at 03:10 PM on September 10

So the question is now: how many unwritten rules did Atlanta break by running the score up to a respectable American football score (or a slightly below average Virginia basketball score?)

posted by NoMich at 03:13 PM on September 10

Ouch, NoMich with the pack line / Tony Bennett / parochial school score reference.

We're OK with scoring 59 and winning by 4. It's not nearly as ugly as Chuck Daly's Pistons scoring 79 and putting people in the hospital.

Wait till Lion I. sees your post. The two of us will be pounding nails into a stuffed wolf doll dressed in red.

posted by beaverboard at 03:26 PM on September 10

It was just a year and a half ago that saw Virginia beat State by a sterling score of 47-24. LOL. I'm just now remembering that.

posted by NoMich at 03:49 PM on September 10

Actually, I'm now remembering that the worst basketball I ever saw was during the 1970's UNC Four Corners era. Those ACC games were like schoolyard lunch and recess keep away games.

I wish I'd been the NCAA President during that time. When the shot clock was finally put in, I would have made darn sure it was named after Dean Smith.

Speaking of which, I think that UNC was the first major school to name stuff after their coach while he was still coaching - like the court, the arena, etc. I thought that was tacky. Wait till he retires, then do it. Now lots of schools do the premature honorary naming.

Including Louisville, where the basketball facility was named the Yum Center when Rick Pitino was in the middle of that tabletop sex extortion fracas with Karen Sypher.

Karen herself outdid Louisville. Her middle name is Cunagin.

Don't get up. I'll see myself out.

posted by beaverboard at 04:24 PM on September 10

There's a bar in Chapel Hill named Four Corners. There's also a really good chicken biscuit joint there named Time Out and the old location had a giant, wall covering poster of Chris Weber calling time out. I think we all know what uniform he was wearing in that photo.

posted by NoMich at 04:59 PM on September 10

Wait till Lion I. sees your post. The two of us will be pounding nails into a stuffed wolf doll dressed in red.

Well, that's just a normal Tuesday.

posted by LionIndex at 05:02 PM on September 10

Talib:

Can't see any scenario where BB would use Talib against TEs like Kittle or Kelce. Any good OC seeing that matchup would destroy it. Against primarily receiver only TEs maybe ..

posted by cixelsyd at 05:51 PM on September 10

the old location had a giant, wall covering poster of Chris Weber calling time out

When Dean Smith's health began to fail, I stopped mentioning that his two national championships had been delivered on the wings of two of the most monumental crunch time errors in the history of the tournament.

But there's no asterisk next to those titles. If your opponent can't handle the moment and your team stands tall, you're the deserving champ.

posted by beaverboard at 10:38 PM on September 10

At least for that particular game, even without Weber's brainfart, Carolina had that game won

posted by NoMich at 10:54 PM on September 10

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