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(ESPN)   Braves clinch postseason slot on a walk-off two-run homer. NFL refs award two free throws and a penalty kick for icing   (scores.espn.go.com) divider line 91
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2012-09-26 01:17:04 AM  
And "Crazy Train" shall be played into October. Suck it haters.
 
2012-09-26 01:29:22 AM  
Stupis refs. They didn't even notice the quarterback corked his bat.
 
2012-09-26 01:45:18 AM  

Ambivalence: Stupis refs. They didn't even notice the quarterback corked his bat.


Racket. Corked his racket.

/Damn replacement snark.
 
2012-09-26 02:59:03 AM  
I hear they'll fine the players for "actions detrimental to the sport" because one of them turned right.
 
2012-09-26 03:09:57 AM  
And the Braves win Medlen's 22nd start, with Kimbrel getting the win.

If one of those two doesn't win the Cy Young, something is wrong.
 
2012-09-26 03:20:20 AM  

Harv72b: Ambivalence: Stupis refs. They didn't even notice the quarterback corked his bat.

Racket. Corked his racket.

/Damn replacement snark.


After further review, the runner had both feet inbounds. The ruling on the court is overturned. The ball will be spotted on the left foul line after two free throws. 30-Luv.
 
2012-09-26 03:28:39 AM  

SnarfVader: After further review, the runner had both feet inbounds. The ruling on the court is overturned. The ball will be spotted on the left foul line after two free throws. 30-Luv.


Damn it people, I submitted this to celebrate the Braves' win, not to make fun of the NFL refs.

*Sigh*

Fine.

assets.diylol.com
 
2012-09-26 03:34:08 AM  

ox45tallboy: And the Braves win Medlen's 22nd start, with Kimbrel getting the win.

If one of those two doesn't win the Cy Young, something is wrong.


Medlen didn't begin starting this year until well into the season. The team's streak of wins on his starts includes a bunch from 2010 (half of them, I think). And though it has happened, it's pretty rare for closers to win the Cy Young award.
 
2012-09-26 03:35:45 AM  

ox45tallboy: SnarfVader: After further review, the runner had both feet inbounds. The ruling on the court is overturned. The ball will be spotted on the left foul line after two free throws. 30-Luv.

Damn it people, I submitted this to celebrate the Braves' win, not to make fun of the NFL refs.

*Sigh*

Fine.


Ah, OK. Congrats on the win! I hope they get ranked high enough in the BCS to play for the Stanley Cup in the Superbowl this year.

/Kidding!
//At least you got a winning team, unlike my sad sack M's.
 
2012-09-26 03:50:38 AM  

DrBenway: Medlen didn't begin starting this year until well into the season.


He still did good work in the bullpen, and he's got the lowest ERA (1.51) of any starting pitcher in the league. Tonight was the first time in all his starts that he's given up more than one run in an inning. 22 straight wins when he starts - that's only happened twice in the history of baseball.

DrBenway: And though it has happened, it's pretty rare for closers to win the Cy Young award.


The few times a closer has won, he hasn't had Kimbrel's stats. He's (statistically speaking) the best the game has ever seen. No one has EVER put up those kinds of stats.

And this game right here, from Sept. 14th:

Pitchers IP H R ER BB SO HR PC-ST ERA
K Medlen 7.0 5 1 1 1 13 1 96-66 1.62
E O'Flaherty 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 12-8 1.95
C Kimbrel 1.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 10-10 1.16 

13 K's in 7 innings by Medlen, and yes, O'flaherty's good, but 10 pitches, all strikes, for 3 K's in one inning by Kimbrel? When's the last time that happened? And this was against Washington, not someone like Houston.
 
2012-09-26 03:57:17 AM  

SnarfVader: //At least you got a winning team, unlike my sad sack M's.


Well, the season's not over yet. Miami certainly doesn't think so; they're still playing to win.
 
2012-09-26 04:15:27 AM  
Still didn't get a thread for the Giants clinch. fark you.
 
2012-09-26 04:18:45 AM  

ox45tallboy: DrBenway: Medlen didn't begin starting this year until well into the season.

He still did good work in the bullpen, and he's got the lowest ERA (1.51) of any starting pitcher in the league. Tonight was the first time in all his starts that he's given up more than one run in an inning. 22 straight wins when he starts - that's only happened twice in the history of baseball.

DrBenway: And though it has happened, it's pretty rare for closers to win the Cy Young award.

The few times a closer has won, he hasn't had Kimbrel's stats. He's (statistically speaking) the best the game has ever seen. No one has EVER put up those kinds of stats.

And this game right here, from Sept. 14th:

Pitchers IP H R ER BB SO HR PC-ST ERA
K Medlen 7.0 5 1 1 1 13 1 96-66 1.62
E O'Flaherty 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 12-8 1.95
C Kimbrel 1.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 10-10 1.16 

13 K's in 7 innings by Medlen, and yes, O'flaherty's good, but 10 pitches, all strikes, for 3 K's in one inning by Kimbrel? When's the last time that happened? And this was against Washington, not someone like Houston.


If Medlen had five more starts I'd be all over the Cy Young train, but he just didn't pitch enough realistically to garner the votes.

Kimbral, on the other hand...well his statistics blow eck's to hell the year Eck won the Cy. I would give Kimbral my vote.
 
2012-09-26 04:22:54 AM  
LOL. I hope this sort of thing keeps up. Shame might be the only way to save the NFL.
 
2012-09-26 04:23:08 AM  

srhp29: If Medlen had five more starts I'd be all over the Cy Young train, but he just didn't pitch enough realistically to garner the votes.


Depending on how deep they go in the postseason, 5 more starts is not out of the question.
 
2012-09-26 04:23:47 AM  
You know, Selig gets a lot of crap for his actions as commissioner, and much of it is deserved. (Season-long interleague is a sin against God and man!) But at least his sport is still a) holding games and b) using real officials. That's more than Bettman and Goodell can say right now.

Anyway, welcome to Club October, Braves fans. And good luck against the Cards in the Winner-Take-All Wild Card Elimination Game (National League Edition).
 
2012-09-26 04:30:30 AM  

digistil: LOL. I hope this sort of thing keeps up. Shame might be the only way to save the NFL.


Their ratings are doing just fine, even up over last year for some time slots. People can't wait to see what kind of calls the refs are going to f*ck up next.

All they need is the "Had a Bad Day" song playing non-stop and it's like a whole Sunday-long blooper reel. I'd say it will be at least two more weeks before the rating start dropping, if then. They've already pissed off three extremely rabid fan bases in the Saints, the Patriots, and now Green Bay. Two more losses by any of these teams in which poor officiating is at least partially to blame and they'll quit watching for the rest of the season. 

But until then...
 
2012-09-26 04:32:45 AM  

ox45tallboy: srhp29: If Medlen had five more starts I'd be all over the Cy Young train, but he just didn't pitch enough realistically to garner the votes.

Depending on how deep they go in the postseason, 5 more starts is not out of the question.


Unfortunately, post-season games don't count towards awards.

Olympic Trolling Judge: You know, Selig gets a lot of crap for his actions as commissioner, and much of it is deserved. (Season-long interleague is a sin against God and man!) But at least his sport is still a) holding games and b) using real officials. That's more than Bettman and Goodell can say right now.

Anyway, welcome to Club October, Braves fans. And good luck against the Cards in the Winner-Take-All Wild Card Elimination Game (National League Edition).


I really REEEEEAALLLY hate this new one-game wild card game deal. It just seems to be counter to everything baseball is about. It's one thing when it's some sort of necessary tie-breaker, but this is bullshiat.
 
2012-09-26 04:41:40 AM  
I farking love the "stupid nfl replacement refs" meme. may it last for another few days
 
2012-09-26 04:41:44 AM  

Olympic Trolling Judge: And good luck against the Cards in the Winner-Take-All Wild Card Elimination Game (National League Edition).


The Braves rearranged their rotation to put Medlen on the mound for that game, if they don't catch the Natinals.
 
2012-09-26 04:48:06 AM  

DrBenway: I really REEEEEAALLLY hate this new one-game wild card game deal. It just seems to be counter to everything baseball is about. It's one thing when it's some sort of necessary tie-breaker, but this is bullshiat.


I see your point, but it's called a "wild card" for a reason. This just makes it wilder. A one game, win-or-go-home game lets luck come into play just a little bit. In most cases, the better team will win, but in just enough, the luckier team will win. If you don't like it, win your division. I do, however, agree that the scheduling is completely ridiculous this year.

One other thing - If it was only one wild card team in the NL, all the playoff spots would be spoken for already, and fans of twelve teams wouldn't be watching the last 8 games. As of now, 4 spots are spoken for and 4 more teams are still alive. This keeps fans watching, which is the whole point of having the games.
 
2012-09-26 04:49:44 AM  

lacrossestar83: I farking love the "stupid nfl replacement refs" meme. may it last for another few days


I submitted this headline and I would prefer the meme die immediately if it meant getting real officials back.
 
2012-09-26 04:51:43 AM  

ox45tallboy: lacrossestar83: I farking love the "stupid nfl replacement refs" meme. may it last for another few days

I submitted this headline and I would prefer the meme die immediately if it meant getting real officials back.


Not gonna happen, man. You're as swept up in this internet wave.

Enjoy it.
 
2012-09-26 04:57:22 AM  
After further review, the ruling on the field stands. Three wickets are awarded to San Antonio, Sarah Palin is automatically President, and Ted Turner gets $1000 and a bonus spin.
 
2012-09-26 07:06:47 AM  

The All-Powerful Atheismo: Still didn't get a thread for the Giants clinch. fark you.


They clinched after only three games??

/lol east coast bias
 
2012-09-26 07:26:01 AM  

ox45tallboy: And the Braves win Medlen's 22nd start, with Kimbrel getting the win.

If one of those two doesn't win the Cy Young, something is wrong.


A Dickey has a better chance, imho. Him or... I think its Matt Cain.
 
2012-09-26 07:34:33 AM  

SnarfVader: Harv72b: Ambivalence: Stupis refs. They didn't even notice the quarterback corked his bat.

Racket. Corked his racket.

/Damn replacement snark.

After further review, the runner had both feet inbounds. The ruling on the court is overturned. The ball will be spotted on the left foul line after two free throws. 30-Luv.


What? Stupid refs! That was at most a corner!
 
2012-09-26 07:35:07 AM  

Olympic Trolling Judge: You know, Selig gets a lot of crap for his actions as commissioner, and much of it is deserved. (Season-long interleague is a sin against God and man!) But at least his sport is still a) holding games and b) using real officials. That's more than Bettman and Goodell can say right now.

Anyway, welcome to Club October, Braves fans. And good luck against the Cards in the Winner-Take-All Wild Card Elimination Game (National League Edition).


I'm also going to give props to Selig{*} for the play-in game. It makes the Division Title SOMETHING and the Wild Card less than desirable to make the playoffs.

I have the uneasy feeling that there is a tie-breaker system if two teams tie at the top of their division but qualify for the playoffs.

{*} - which is on the same scale as saying that Charlie Sheen gave a recent Oscar-worthy performance
 
2012-09-26 07:59:54 AM  

SilentStrider: ox45tallboy: And the Braves win Medlen's 22nd start, with Kimbrel getting the win.

If one of those two doesn't win the Cy Young, something is wrong.

A Dickey has a better chance, imho. Him or... I think its Matt Cain.


Not sure why that didn't come out as RA Dickey.
 
2012-09-26 08:44:04 AM  
The last time a walk-off homer clinched a playoff berth was 1951, Bobby Thomson's "Shot Heard Round The World".

Freddie Freeman is the man of the hour. That was a monster shot off Braves reject Mike Dunn.
 
2012-09-26 09:00:27 AM  

RobDownSouth: The last time a walk-off homer clinched a playoff berth was 1951, Bobby Thomson's "Shot Heard Round The World".

Freddie Freeman is the man of the hour. That was a monster shot off Braves reject Mike Dunn.


Evan Longoria's walk off HR in the 12th inning of game 162 last year clinched a playoff spot for the Rays
 
2012-09-26 09:05:49 AM  
NL Cy Top 5 Young Rankings (my opinion):

1. Gio Gonzalez
2. RA Dickey
3. Johnny Cueto
4. Craig Kimbrel
5. Aroldis Chapman

/Mets fan
//Hoping for RA, but the winning team thing is hard to overcome...
 
2012-09-26 09:14:07 AM  

Terlis: Hoping for RA, but the winning team thing is hard to overcome...


The King gave perennial losers hope.

mlbfancave.mlb.com
 
2012-09-26 09:34:08 AM  

Olympic Trolling Judge: You know, Selig gets a lot of crap for his actions as commissioner, and much of it is deserved. (Season-long interleague is a sin against God and man!) But at least his sport is still a) holding games and b) using real officials. That's more than Bettman and Goodell can say right now.

Anyway, welcome to Club October, Braves fans. And good luck against the Cards in the Winner-Take-All Wild Card Elimination Game (National League Edition).


MLB umps are potato refs all the time.
 
2012-09-26 09:34:16 AM  

Olympic Trolling Judge: Anyway, welcome to Club October, Braves fans. And good luck against the Cards in the Winner-Take-All Wild Card Elimination Game


The way the Nats are playing, they could be in the Wild Card play in game. 8 games to go the Braves are 4 back
 
2012-09-26 09:40:09 AM  
Dozens of people are moderately excited about purchasing playoff tickets.
 
2012-09-26 09:42:48 AM  

PowerSlacker: Olympic Trolling Judge: You know, Selig gets a lot of crap for his actions as commissioner, and much of it is deserved. (Season-long interleague is a sin against God and man!) But at least his sport is still a) holding games and b) using real officials. That's more than Bettman and Goodell can say right now.

Anyway, welcome to Club October, Braves fans. And good luck against the Cards in the Winner-Take-All Wild Card Elimination Game (National League Edition).

MLB umps are potato refs all the time.


Indeed. The NFL replacement refs are better than the regular MLB umps and NBA refs. NFL fans don't know how good they've had it
 
2012-09-26 09:48:04 AM  

RobDownSouth: The last time a walk-off homer clinched a playoff berth was 1951, Bobby Thomson's "Shot Heard Round The World".

Freddie Freeman is the man of the hour. That was a monster shot off Braves reject Mike Dunn.


lol, no. longoria for the rays in 2011, bruce for the reds in 2010, finley for the dodgers in 2004, soriano for the yankees in 1999 and arron in 1957 all happened after the 51 giants.
 
2012-09-26 09:52:57 AM  

bhcompy: Indeed. The NFL replacement refs are better than the regular MLB umps and NBA refs. NFL fans don't know how good they've had it


That and the rules backing ref decisions and mistakes. Review has done more for the sport than anyone gives it credit for. If MLB simply reviewed catches, fair/ foul balls, and plays at bases all of which are easily seen from many angles, it could easily erase 90% of memorably bad calls. I wouldn't touch strike zone review.
 
2012-09-26 09:54:01 AM  

RobDownSouth: The last time a walk-off homer clinched a playoff berth was 1951, Bobby Thomson's "Shot Heard Round The World".

Freddie Freeman is the man of the hour. That was a monster shot off Braves reject Mike Dunn.


He hit his first walk off home run and that also clinched the playoffs for the Braves, which has only been done like 4 times. I know Hank Aaron is one of the others that have done it too and he played after '51.
 
2012-09-26 09:55:50 AM  

SuperT: soriano for the yankees in 1999


Wow, I had forgotten about that.
 
2012-09-26 09:59:32 AM  

Yanks_RSJ: SuperT: soriano for the yankees in 1999

Wow, I had forgotten about that.


My favorite stat of the year: Soriano has set a career high in RBIs.
 
2012-09-26 10:00:05 AM  

thecpt: bhcompy: Indeed. The NFL replacement refs are better than the regular MLB umps and NBA refs. NFL fans don't know how good they've had it

That and the rules backing ref decisions and mistakes. Review has done more for the sport than anyone gives it credit for. If MLB simply reviewed catches, fair/ foul balls, and plays at bases all of which are easily seen from many angles, it could easily erase 90% of memorably bad calls. I wouldn't touch strike zone review.


Inning-ending backwards K's only. You have 30 seconds. Done.

// wish there was an escape entity for the backwards K
 
2012-09-26 10:12:34 AM  

thecpt: That and the rules backing ref decisions and mistakes. Review has done more for the sport than anyone gives it credit for. If MLB simply reviewed catches, fair/ foul balls, and plays at bases all of which are easily seen from many angles, it could easily erase 90% of memorably bad calls. I wouldn't touch strike zone review.


MLB -is- considering using Hawk Eye for fair/foul next year.
 
2012-09-26 10:24:25 AM  
.. also while the NL is all but set, the AL is still a mess. A's can still theoretically catch the Rangers, Angels can still theoretically catch the A's. White Sox and Tigers are tied despite both really sucking lately, and the Yankees had a chance to put distance between themselves and the O's last night, but then Boone Logan happened in the 7th (Joe.. Joe.. listen to me.. no, I don't care what the Binder is telling you.. when you're in a jam, stop going to Logan just because a lefty is due up.. he's.. not that good). Yankees are now 0-53 this year trailing after 8.
 
2012-09-26 10:30:28 AM  

The Bestest: .. also while the NL is all but set, the AL is still a mess. A's can still theoretically catch the Rangers, Angels can still theoretically catch the A's. White Sox and Tigers are tied despite both really sucking lately, and the Yankees had a chance to put distance between themselves and the O's last night, but then Boone Logan happened in the 7th (Joe.. Joe.. listen to me.. no, I don't care what the Binder is telling you.. when you're in a jam, stop going to Logan just because a lefty is due up.. he's.. not that good). Yankees are now 0-53 this year trailing after 8.


Hey, when the binder tells you to go to a lefty, you do it! Forget that Hughes had retired Denard Span easily in his first three ABs (two groundouts and a bunt). Forget that Hughes had just retired the previous two hitters on a popup and a strikeout. Nope, we've got to get Logan in the game.
 
2012-09-26 10:32:34 AM  

The Bestest: .. also while the NL is all but set, the AL is still a mess. A's can still theoretically catch the Rangers, Angels can still theoretically catch the A's. White Sox and Tigers are tied despite both really sucking lately, and the Yankees had a chance to put distance between themselves and the O's last night, but then Boone Logan happened in the 7th (Joe.. Joe.. listen to me.. no, I don't care what the Binder is telling you.. when you're in a jam, stop going to Logan just because a lefty is due up.. he's.. not that good). Yankees are now 0-53 this year trailing after 8.


Sounds like they need some type of animal to help them initiate rallies. Some type of simian beast, perhaps. You know of whom I speak.
 
2012-09-26 10:51:50 AM  
Personal foul: roughing the Cowboys goalie, on the libero. 17 stone from the pinch hitter, redo the shuttlecock.
 
2012-09-26 10:54:19 AM  
i212.photobucket.com
 
2012-09-26 10:56:23 AM  

bhcompy: The Bestest: .. also while the NL is all but set, the AL is still a mess. A's can still theoretically catch the Rangers, Angels can still theoretically catch the A's. White Sox and Tigers are tied despite both really sucking lately, and the Yankees had a chance to put distance between themselves and the O's last night, but then Boone Logan happened in the 7th (Joe.. Joe.. listen to me.. no, I don't care what the Binder is telling you.. when you're in a jam, stop going to Logan just because a lefty is due up.. he's.. not that good). Yankees are now 0-53 this year trailing after 8.

Sounds like they need some type of animal to help them initiate rallies. Some type of simian beast, perhaps. You know of whom I speak.


www.almightyphilly.com

/hate the phillies, love the phanatic
 
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