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What do managers do when a closer blows the save?
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This would depend on many factors. Some of those: How comfortable is the closer pitching more than one inning? Many are fairly comfortable, many are not. How often has the closer pitched recently? ...

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How does one fill out a bracket?
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I can answer this for the "usual" case. People do all sorts of weird things in sports wagering and the ilk; but the 95% case is here. The eight teams you reference are the First Four. They are the "...

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The New York Knicks Bobblehead in 1920
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I don't see anything more specific than Ben Miller's comments on bobbleheads. However, I would note that the Original Celtics were active in New York (not Boston) in the 1920s, and they were a very ...

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Is it OK to cut a player from a rec level football (soccer) team?
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Seems to me this is pretty similar to how our park district does things for sports/gymnastics classes/teams. They have a slightly different approach. What they do is have an early signup period, ...

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Why doesn't a player have to catch the ball from a punt?
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Just to go into a bit more detail about 'illegal touching': During a punt, if the kicking team is the first to touch the ball, then illegal touching occurred. At that point, the ball may be still ...

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Is there any advantage to playing two home games versus one away game in a "tiebreaker?"
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Assuming games are purely random chance, and assuming there aren't major external factors such as the second team having a single ace starter that there is a huge advantage to avoiding, C is favored. ...

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What are the dynamics of trading one veteran for several prospects?
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The short answer is that it depends, both on the needs of the team and the player involved. Each sport additionally has its own variables; Baseball has fully guaranteed and very large contracts, and ...

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What is a "Baltimore chop" and why is it called that?
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The Baltimore Chop is so named because its origins were in the late 1800s Baltimore Orioles. This blog post by Roar34 discusses it in some detail, along with the other antics the Orioles got up to ...

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Why might a batter wear a leg brace?
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Assuming you're talking about the 'armor' some batters wear (not a purely supportive brace made out of terry cloth or similar), the leg brace is usually to shield the batter from a ball striking his ...

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How would a position player warm up to be a "reliever?"
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I don't know where you get the idea of an experiment; this has been possible for as long as I remember. Mark Grace pitched an inning in 2002, for example, and definitely continuing to 2021... ...

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Who gets possession after a shot is blocked off the rim?
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You don't say what rules you play under, but the NBA rules are fairly standard here. From Rule 8: The ball is caused to go out-of-bounds by the last player to touch it (including by touching the ...

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Is carrying the ball with your mouth legal in soccer?
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Barring anything better, I would suggest that the following line from the FIFA Laws of the Game (12.2) would apply: Playing in a dangerous manner Playing in a dangerous manner is any action that, ...

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Is calling timeout actually effective in stopping scoring runs by the other team?
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According to a preprint article on arXiv titled The causal effect of a timeout at stopping an opposing run in the NBA, the answer is no - in fact: [W]hile comebacks frequently occur after a run, it ...

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Why do golfers always advise people to keep their arms straight, when this is impossible to do?
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It's not "arms", but "arm". If you're a righty, then you keep your left elbow straight, from the start of the backswing through well past contact. Your left arm is keeping the ...

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In terms of Red Sox, why there were 4 games against Rays while 3 games against Yankees?
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The answer is simple: they played the Yankees 7 times in July and August, while they played the Rays 6 times in July and August. Since the MLB schedule in 2020 was to play 10 games against each of ...

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Ice-hockey forfeit goals
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From the NHL Rulebook, Rule 66: If the game is declared forfeited prior to its having commenced, the score shall be recorded as 1-0 and no player shall be credited with any personal statistics. If ...

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Why does the official say “prior to the pass” or “after the pass” when calling a defensive holding?
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Yes. Most defensive fouls on eligible receivers, most commonly "illegal contact", are only penalized prior to the pass being thrown. From NFL Rules 2020, 8.4.7: If the quarterback or the ...

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would a run score from third with a man on second when the batter flied out and they tagged the base at second cause he left early
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The run would count, so long as it was the preceding runner (meaning, the one further ahead on the bases - in your case, the runner on third base). See rule 5.09 (d) in the MLB Rules: (d) Effect of ...

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When talking about a batter, what does shutout mean?
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The word is "Shot out", not "Shut out". "Shot out" in this context refers to the meaning of "Shot" similar to "shot from a gun" - i.e., a hard blast ...

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What does “show up fielders” mean in a baseball game?
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To show someone up is defined as: to do something that embarrasses someone or makes someone seem stupid In baseball, if a fielder makes an error, or doesn't get to a ball they may have been able to ...

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Is the Wilson Supreme Cusion Design a basketball suitable for outdoor use?
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Basketballs are usually made of one of three coatings: Leather: Intended for indoor use only. Synthetic/Hybrid leather: Can be used either indoor or outdoor. Rubber: Can be used either place, but ...

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What happens if an own-goal is scored during a delayed penalty shot (ice hockey)?
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(e) is what would happen. There's no reason this would be interpreted any differently than the rules regarding a power play; in particular: 24.6 indicates that only one goal can be scored or awarded ...

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What is the term for an athlete's headshot?
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Headshot is a common term, actually, but the term you're probably looking for is publicity photo, or PR photo. See SABR's images page for example for use of both terms (Headshot and Publicity Photo). ...

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Is it more common to score on a kickoff return or a punt return?
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I charted the KRs and PRs returned for a touchdown since 1994 (the complete play by play era of PFR). This data is lightly edited to remove inaccuracies due to issues in the PFR system.1 This ...

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Without Derek Jeter's flip play against Oakland in 2001, would Giambi really have been safe?
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I think you are making faulty assumptions here, to the point that it's not likely someone would've done such an analysis for the reason you state. Without the flip, that ball dies a sad death, well, ...

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How many games does the UNC basketball team play as part of their regular season schedule?
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The game at the University of Hawaii (not Chaminade) on Nov. 18 is likely the source of the 32nd game. From the 2015-16 bylaws (the most recent I can find): 17.3.5.3 Annual Exemptions (f)...

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Appeal play after a pitching change
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I do not believe this is explicitly discussed anywhere. However, I think the rules are sufficiently clear: MLB Rules, 5.09(c): Any appeal under this rule must be made before the next pitch, or ...

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Stolen bases in softball
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In the NCAA, this would depend on the circumstances of the game. If the runner were effectively immaterial to the outcome of the game - either because the winning run is the runner on third, or ...

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What are reaching fouls in the NBA?
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The specific foul that they're calling (and is often called a "reach in" foul) is the defensive player touching the offensive player ("making contact") in a disallowed way. "Re-routing" as referred ...

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If the pitcher throws to 1st base to try to get the base runner out, is the runner on 2nd allowed to run to 3rd?
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In baseball (at least as far as the MLB rules go; other levels can have different rulesets, though they tend to be similar), the ball is alive except when it is specifically defined as "dead". That ...

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