Hey look it's five links about sports

3 Dec

What we’ve learned this week re: the sporting life.

1. Rick Reilly is lame.

OK, I’ll admit, we already knew that. Unless you’re a grandparent or someone who thinks there just aren’t enough Chicken Soup for the Soul tales out there, you find him corny and irrelevant. Still, this was great. I’d recommend that you make sure to scroll down to the comments, but since this is a Deadspin link, that’d kind of be like recommending you have an orgasm during sex. A given.


2. The NHL is insane, and no one really cares.

NHL player Sean Avery has been suspended indefinitely by commissioner Gary Bettman for – this is seriously tough to believe – a comment about another NHL player’s girlfriend? The choice quote:

I love Canada. And I just want to comment on how it’s become like a common thing in the NHL for guys to fall in love with my sloppy seconds. I don’t know what that’s about.

After setting this precedent of handing out a suspension to a player for making a douchey/degrading comment, commissioner Gary Bettman was left with no choice but suspend every other player in the entire NHL.

As of this writing, no American sports fan seems to have noticed the work stoppage.


3. Ron Gardenhire will not hide his disdain for Delmon Young

Your evidence. I realize Young kiiiinda sucked last year, but on what gritty, hustley, magician-loving planet is Cuddyer a sure thing? Trade either guy, I couldn’t care less who, but pointing out that Cuddyer needs to play every day over Young is cuh-razy talk.


4. OJ Mayo may not be as good as you think

Chinstrap Love isn’t tickling the twine as much as most of us would hope, and even though Orange Juice Mayo has been scoring like a mu’fucker out there, let David Thorpe take you a bit inside the numbers on Mayo’s season thus far. Don’t be scared. Get on in there:

Memphis’ record might be miserable, but the Grizz must be thrilled with Mayo, who continues to score lots of points with efficiency. However, there is some concern over how he’s doing that. Mayo currently gets 80 percent of his shots from the perimeter, but only 37 percent are assisted. For comparison’s sake, consider two other excellent outside shooters who play off the ball: Richard Hamilton (82 percent of his shots are from the perimeter, 75 percent assisted) and Michael Redd (74 percent of his shots are from the perimeter, 73 percent assisted).

This suggests that Mayo is very adept at getting his own shot. But combine that with his 2.2 assists per game and an ugly offensive picture forms — he’s not (yet) helping anyone else get involved in the offense. Memphis is fifth-worst in the league in offensive efficiency and dead last in assist rate.

Time will tell, but let’s not deem him the (other) one that got away just yet.


5. Kenny Mayne’s show is damned funny

See for yourselves:



2 Responses to “Hey look it's five links about sports”

  1. RandBall's Stu December 4, 2008 at 8:18 am #

    Your point on Young v. Cuddyer is noted, but your inability to so much as mention Cuddy going out there and competing every day is the fatal flaw in your argument.

    /actually agree with you, just being a dick

  2. Dave MN December 4, 2008 at 8:37 am #

    Cuddyer will only be acceptable in this lineup if they have enough hitting to bat him seventh, eighth, or ninth in the order. We know what Cuddyer is at this point. His ceiling is pretty apparent.

    We have no idea what Young is capable of, and for Gardy to just give up on him so quickly is more than a little surprising. I think part of the problem is that Cuddyer is a strong clubhouse presence, and Gardy can’t risk upsetting the delicate balance.

    Unfortunately, he probably just forced the front office’s hand and Delmon will have to be dealt.

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