Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Safe or Out?


Here's the situation. Runner is stealing 2nd base. Catcher throws to second baseman making the tag.

Safe or Out?

I called...SAFE...and didn't hear JACK SQUAT from ANYONE! Normally if you blow or miss a call, you will hear about it in a variety of ways: a complaint, body language (arms go up in the air like "What the ...?," a deep sigh of disbelief, etc. NOTHING. I asked my home plate umpire later if the coach for Bad Axe said anything. He said Bob said "Nice call Nate" from the dugout. "He knew his player missed the tag."

In my judgement, the second baseman put down the tag, but pulled up the glove before the runner slid into the tag. Glove went right over his body. Safe.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Spartans 2015 Uniforms

MSU unveiled updated uniforms for the new season today:

I'm not a fan of the alternate look, but the regular uniforms do seem to be an improvement. At least Nike's kept their ridiculous obsession with bronze to only the alternate uniform as it's been removed from the other two. I'd prefer all-green not to be the standard for home games instead of green jerseys with white pants but I guess someone has decided single color outfits are cool. The helmets are now metallic instead of flat green, which I like. In the end, I guess if you can get through a Nike redesign without something eye-meltingly awful you can call it good.

Saturday, April 18, 2015


I'm not much of an NBA fan but I do hear a lot about if since I listen to SVP & Russillo all the time. Luckily, they generally make it interesting even for non-fans. A story they mentioned the other day got my attention. Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors apparently regularly shoots 100 3-point shots in practice. On Tuesday he made the first 77 in a row, then 94 of 100 total. That would be unreal even for free throws, it's absolutely ridiculous for 3-pointers. I'm not sure I can even wrap my mind around being that good at something that difficult.

Monday, April 13, 2015