Ahh, I see. Your God is Hillary Clinton.
posted by THX-1138 at 06:35 PM on January 24
God Almighty is not a fan of humorous contradiction. Or Python.
posted by THX-1138 at 11:26 AM on January 24
He said "done here". Then he wasn't done. Lie.
Your defense has angered the Lord. Get right with Jesus tout de suite.
posted by THX-1138 at 08:34 PM on January 23
The real issue here is that insomnyuk said he was leaving and then didn't leave. Liar! God hates you.
posted by THX-1138 at 04:04 PM on January 23
posted by THX-1138 at 03:39 PM on January 18
Actually they wouldn't have gone to overtime. The Seahawks were ahead by a point. What they should have done was stay with their original defense after the kickoff since it was apparent that Atlanta hadn't made any useful adjustment in the second half. That soft cover prevent defense is worthless and it, along with a horrid first half, is what cost them the game IMO.
posted by THX-1138 at 05:06 PM on January 15
posted by THX-1138 at 07:12 PM on December 04
As with anything that is a judgement I just wanted to point out that there could be an argument made for who had possession. I admit that at speed it sure looked like an interception to me. But being a homer like I am I don't think Tate deserves to be vilified for what appears to be a truly competitive football play, save for the pass interference non-call, but even then I guess that's how he gave himself good position.
Anyway, it sure seemed compelling to me.
posted by THX-1138 at 02:10 PM on September 28
I think I might change my opinion and call it a catch. I posted an interesting take to the huddle.
posted by THX-1138 at 05:06 PM on September 26
Could it have actually have been a catch?
posted by THX-1138 at 04:09 PM on September 26
The notion that NFL fans will watch the sport no matter what isn't flattering. Goodell must believe it to trot out these refs in the regular season.
But we have to be honest with ourselves about it. Does any of us actually believe that NFL fans will come together to not attend or watch games being played and televised in any sort of impactful numbers? Not a chance. Check the numbers from the upcoming Thursday games if replacement refs are used. If anything I bet the ratings will go up, if just to see what sort of debacle takes place.
And about this notion about this not being flattering to fans, this is the NFL. The "F" doesn't stand for "flattering".
posted by THX-1138 at 03:35 PM on September 26
This doesn't make any sense to me.
This statement hardly surprises me. In McCarthy's post game presser, even though he was righteously P.O.'ed, he said that his team shouldn't have let it come to that in the first place. It doesn't take a genius to understand what he was referring to: the close score.
You see, if his team had been more productive on offense and had been able to convert more of their possessions into scoring drives, worrying about what happens on a last play hail mary isn't an issue. That had nothing to do with blown calls and was actually an issue of poor execution; something the Packers have had trouble with in the first three games thus far.
As for the topic of going on some sort of strike against the NFL by not watching games, yeah right. Good luck with that.
posted by THX-1138 at 01:29 PM on September 26
As a Seahawk fan I had to come back here just this once to see if any Steelers fans or Jets fans were around so that I could say....ahem......
Yes, the Pack got jobbed. But they shouldn't have let the game be in a place where it would come down to the last play and be decided by an official. There were some bad calls that kept Green Bay scoring drives alive (as well as some moronic play on the part of the 'Hawks). As a totally biased observer I could also note that the Seahawks pass rushers were completely molested during the second half and nary a yellow flag flew. To go from 8 sacks in the first half to zilch in the second cannot be attributed to fantastic halftime adjustments by Sherman alone.
So in honor of the rest of the league I award a signed Vinny Testaverde helmet to the Replacement Officials. Game used. With authentic goal-line smudges. Delivered by Dennis Erickson in person.
posted by THX-1138 at 05:33 PM on September 25
The God of Love hates gays.
posted by THX-1138 at 05:10 PM on May 11
Kramer is fun to watch play hockey. Old fashioned tough guy. Well, as tough as one can get in their league nowdays. He appears (?) on a pretty darned good local radio show, Patchin, Osso, and Lukens, weekly and is a natural with his personality.
The peanut butter jar is not a bad idea, actually.
posted by THX-1138 at 03:57 PM on March 28
does anyone care if the removal of the cheesecake factor gets rid of a bunch of adolescent wankers?
I for one would. I hate those idiots and their stupid comments while they stuff their faces with cheesecake. Look man, I'm just trying to enjoy a nice bite to eat with my wife and some friends. I don't need a bunch of teenagers wanking while I'm eating. But you don't need to remove the whole restaurant.
posted by THX-1138 at 03:51 PM on March 28
Want some popcorn and marshmallows, grum?
posted by THX-1138 at 03:17 PM on March 19
A bunch of Tebow fans in the Rocky Mountain area have probably already burst into flame today.....
I know. I'm making popcorn right now.
posted by THX-1138 at 01:27 PM on March 19
BTW, from the comments on the source article, this made me actually 'lol'. For real. I don't know how you could string together all those words in that order and not burst into flame or something:
thaibeau wrote:This is only happening because of Tebow's beliefs because if you look at the body of work Tebow is a far superior QB. Please do not throw Tebow away without giving him a chance to compete against Manning.
posted by THX-1138 at 01:12 PM on March 19
I got my wish*.
*See the 'Seahawks sign Flynn' article comment thingy deal.
posted by THX-1138 at 01:05 PM on March 19
A homer chimes in:
This is actually a pretty good deal for Seattle. Baldwin was a good offensive weapon and a complete surprise for Seattle last year and McCoy and Morrah are serviceable tight ends. The loss of Carlson is a problem but he seemed to be lost in the system last year. Fingers crossed that Rice actually plays a whole season. Plus, by all accounts, Marshawn Lynch will (hopefully) maintain his production and take some pressure off of the starting QB whether it be Jackson or Flynn. Add to the mix that Seattle's young offensive line should steadily improve and there just might be an offense to go along with the solid defense Seattle had last year. And for the contract they are reporting Seattle isn't really on the hook if Flynn doesn't pan out.
Now if we can just convince Manning that Denver or Tennessee is the place to be............................................
posted by THX-1138 at 12:29 PM on March 19
Manning will play for the Seahawks next year because he loves coffee, king salmon, huckelberries, and Space Needles.
posted by THX-1138 at 06:15 PM on March 07
If you work in the communications industry and you fail to see that using a headline like that could be found the least bit offensive then perhaps you should seek a different profession.
Plus also too:
If that very same phrase has been used by ESPN 3,000 times then maybe it's time to stop being so derivative.
posted by THX-1138 at 03:28 PM on February 21
Just to throw this out there:
The discussion doesn't necessarily center around which QB is better but if Eli is HOF worthy. I am not thinking of how QB's (or players) compare. From what I saw in the post season, Eli was the better player.
Peyton and Eli should both be HOF'ers.
posted by THX-1138 at 06:10 PM on February 08
Aaron Rodgers. Drew Brees. Tom Brady.
Fat lot of good they did in the finality and end of the season. All are great QB's but that doesn't mean Eli isn't a HOF'er.
Sometimes sports fans get too caught up in stats when the only stat they should look at is championships. Eli has two in five years. And he was named the MVP both times. The regular season is a means to an end. Success in the post season is the thing that matters the most.
Now of course there is a good argument for players who lead their team to success during the regular season and maybe not so much in the post season being a HOF'er. Peyton for one. And one of this year's inductees, Cortez Kennedy for another. But my personal criteria would be a player that makes his team great and transcends the typical player at his position. Eli fits the mold.
posted by THX-1138 at 06:01 PM on February 08
More evil sports, please. I love them.
posted by THX-1138 at 03:36 PM on June 21
Yay Broons. Boo hooligans. Fool me once shame on you fool me twice shame on me. Did the authorities not expect this to happen?
posted by THX-1138 at 02:28 PM on June 16
I'm just sayin', but that is what SF is about. Otherwise it would be box scores and chat threads. I look at this as a forum to express an opinion about matters having to do with sports. Even if they are somewhat tangential. Sometimes we find an opinion that runs contrary to what the majority agrees with. If you agree with Tyree go ahead and voice your opinion. Or disagree. Or whatever. Maybe we define this page's purpose differently. But raging against the machine seems to have little point.
Unless your point is anarchy. Then, like Emily Litella, never mind.
My opinion is that Tyree's opinion is barely a blip on my consciousness.
posted by THX-1138 at 12:40 PM on June 16
Oh hell. Just when the Mariners aren't absolutely horrid. I'm certain that this is going to drive us back to the bottom. Somehow. I just know it.
Did someone say they have a keg on their lawn?
posted by THX-1138 at 02:51 PM on June 15
No suh. If'n ah recall, thuh Mare-nurs took thuh last game frum thuh Whaht Sox of a 3 game seeruz.
(See? I even typed with a Texas accent, albeit a crude stereotypical one.)
posted by THX-1138 at 05:08 PM on June 10
R.I.P. The National
As an aside, I live in Spokane. I eat and drink on occasion at Jack and Dan's. And John Stockton is a client and aquaintance of mine. Good dude. If you happen to come through these parts look me up and we'll have a beer at the joint. Just look me up in the phone book. Or shoot me an email, since I don't know if THX-1138 is actually a listing.
posted by THX-1138 at 04:28 PM on June 10
I know exactly how to feel about it. I am an avowed Mariner fan and root against the Rangers at every turn even though the minor league team in my town is a Rangers farm club.
But when I heard this story on the radio I was a Rangers fan for the day. Well done Nolan Ryan and crew.
posted by THX-1138 at 03:18 PM on June 10
Now you also see the video of Wade and James arriving at the arena and mocking/imitating/making fun of Notwitzki for being ill. Then after acting like elementary-age kids, they go on the court, lose, and Nowitzki dominates them again.
Lebron and the Heat are like school in the summertime: no class.
(stolen from Fat Albert.)
Karma is a bitch. Forgive my bias, but Mark Cuban was one of two NBA team owners that voted against the Supersonics moving away from Seattle, so he and Dirk get my support. If I could bring myself to care enough about the NBA to actually root for someone.
posted by THX-1138 at 03:13 PM on June 10
Too bad about the thunder. Really heart breaking. They should consider moving from Oklahoma City.
It's the only hope they have.
posted by THX-1138 at 02:59 PM on May 26
Yay. I root against the Thunder at every opportunity. I wish them ill fortune.
That is all.
posted by THX-1138 at 05:21 PM on May 24
they're standing up for someone's right to be a total asshole.
That is a funny line coming from a dude whose handle is "Hugh Janus".
Speaking as a total asshole I can attest to the fact that the Bear marketing has not been concocted by a "total asshole". This looks more like the work of a "smart ass".
posted by THX-1138 at 04:09 PM on May 20
He shall henceforth always be referred to as Harvey The Tree Poisoner.
A small bit of justice served.
posted by THX-1138 at 03:56 PM on May 20
Nice. Plays for the wrong team, though.
posted by THX-1138 at 03:01 PM on April 28
So I just try to do badly on the first test.
Riiiiiight. That never fooled my parents when I was in school. But they were smarter than the NFL.
posted by THX-1138 at 02:38 PM on April 27
Man, my jokes suck.
posted by THX-1138 at 01:39 PM on April 26
I want to know if the reason why we can't have nice things is because of the alleged tree-poisoning moron or because of whoever stabbed him in the face.
I gathered that it was because of the failure of the ambulance system in Alabama. The poor fellow had to drive himself to the hospital.
posted by THX-1138 at 02:36 PM on April 22
This is a prime example of what happens when funding for the arts is cut from the budgets of public schools. I mean, what else should we expect in this economy?
posted by THX-1138 at 02:11 PM on April 21
Tiger with boobies. Wonder if she curses like a sailor when she finds the trees? Or if she has any more of her uncle's undesirable traits. Thanksgivings could get particularly messy.
posted by THX-1138 at 03:24 PM on April 20
Yeah, I gotta say I have no sympathy for Leake. He stole stuff. Regardless of whether or not he has been diagnosed with a disorder. And I can't equate disorders to diseases. They just aren't the same thing. I do realize that there is a fine line with mental illnesses and diseases, for example alzheimer's patients and their families definitely are subjected to the ravages of a debilitating disease. Kleptomaniacs and sex addicts are exhibiting behavior that runs contrary to the mores of society. But they 'aint dying from it.
And my apologies to yerfatma. Didn't mean to sound so snippy. Some kleptomaniac stole my emoticons.
posted by THX-1138 at 03:20 PM on April 20
I understand that Kobe's first words upon meeting Rudy were to call him a fluffy frog.
posted by THX-1138 at 03:45 PM on April 19
And I know you're not comparing kleptomania to cancer, right yerfatma?
posted by THX-1138 at 03:35 PM on April 19
He admitted to doing it, and claimed he didn't mean to offend anyone, but made it clear he said what he said.
You get jokes, right? I mean, my post was clearly not serious.
posted by THX-1138 at 06:18 PM on April 14
Man that sucks. I can empathize. Just what the heck is Oklahoma City going to do with two basketball teams?
posted by THX-1138 at 04:20 PM on April 14
It was hard to tell from the video. I couldn't really hear Kobe saying anything. Maybe he called the ref a "fluffy frog". Or maybe somebody was holding up a humorous sign and Kobe was just remarking to no one in particular about the "funny fan". Perhaps it was in reference to a problematic piece of facsimile transmission equipment and he said "fussy fax".
These things can be so hard to discern on Youtube.
posted by THX-1138 at 04:17 PM on April 14
Sam Fuld Blows Cycle
If it was Mickey Mantle the cycle would blow him.
posted by THX-1138 at 05:13 PM on April 13
In my town the cops only shoot poor people. Driving a Lamborgini would have gotten you a police escort.
posted by THX-1138 at 03:20 PM on April 13
Way to get holden to admit to checking out Brady Anderson's, Bobby Bonilla's, and Davey Johnson's junk. And I guess Cal Ripken's 2 bag as well.
April Fools. She is a cruel mistress.
I would like to get some attention to one of the Pacific NW's most endangered species, though.
posted by THX-1138 at 04:10 PM on April 01
Granted, these are pretty rare events, but having an overall better picture of a young person's health is surely a positive thing even if all that discovered is that they're in perfect health.
I agree. But more often than not this opinion get's me labeled as a socialist. One of many things that the U.S. get's wrong. And yes conservatives, I am aware of all the things that this country get's right. Maybe this isn't the place to get into a health care debate, but of all the things that our country puts a financial priority on, I wish the health of it's citizens was higher up on the list.
posted by THX-1138 at 04:26 PM on March 04
Since BYU is entering the WCC next season I hope that the news get's out loud and clear that you can't get laid while as a student athlete there.
No nookie is one explanation Jimmer Fredette is so anxious to put the ball in the hole. A bit of wish-fulfillment.
posted by THX-1138 at 03:56 PM on March 03
Duke managed the triple AAA team here in the 60's. One of several greats that my mom had the pleasure of meeting when she worked for the team.
posted by THX-1138 at 01:44 PM on March 01
OK, let's see. I don't think that this is an exchange about Joel's rights. Really, my beef was with the condemnation of him as a person for a decision he made with what I believe to be utter sincerity and no intent of malice toward anyone. I think much of the criticism directed toward him was unfounded. I also felt that those who didn't accept what he said at face value might not understand the thinking of a 13 year old boy that really is doing what he feels is right. I am not going to claim to be any kind of an expert on the subject but I have raised three young men so far who have all passed through this confusing transitional age. Plus, I was one myself. I think that people expected too much cultural enlightenment, or perhaps advanced social thinking from a young man who was in all likeliehood playing hide-and-go-seek perhaps a year or two earlier. And I don't mean that as any sort of condescention. In reality, it really is the way things should be. It doesn't mean that he is going to grow up to beat his future wife because of his backward, Christian home-schooled upbringing, as some have suggested.
The kid decides that wrestling a girl is something he just can't do. Do we really think that at his age he is supposed to think about the ramifications to girls in school athletics? Perhaps he ultimately may have made the wrong decision, but really, how can we tell right now? It seems that with all the negative publicity that has been directed toward Joel and his decision that maybe this ends up being a catalyst for the sort of changes that everyone wants. And no, I'm not being wishy washy. I think that in the end this might actually help the cause of female athletics.
And lbb, I do get what you are talking about. Like you said, it's pretty widely known that traditional martial arts classes are attended together by males and females and both are expected to engage each other. But I don't know if it's so common in the case of high school wrestling. What I still would really like to know is if Joel had been told or informed in some way when he started out that he would be wrestling girls and still decided to participate, and subsequently, quit in the state tournament. If so, then his bad. But if not, then maybe he was caught in a real tough situation for a kid to be making his first, real grown-up decision.
posted by THX-1138 at 11:27 PM on February 24
Going to the end, for starters:
You keep pushing this into an argument no one but you is having.
I didn't want an argument. I was debating my point of view on this subject. Isn't that what this site is for? Or should I just concede all points to make everybody happy? I see this subject still on the home page and since I hadn't been back to the site since the end of last week I chose to revisit it and perhaps counter some of the objections you had with my point of view. Maybe you and I define arguing differently. Besides, I notice that you keep responding. You could ignore me. But maybe you enjoy the debate as well.
No one has disputed his right to forfeit.
I respectfully disagree. If you look at the first bunch of posts before I posted you may see that a lot of what was being said were attacks on this young man's character and upbringing. I disagreed with this and wanted to share my point of view.
I don't find his action to be unfashionably quaint. I find it exclusionary and patronizing.
It may be patronizing. I can't actually truly speak to his motivations. But exclusionary? How so? Unless you are saying that he is excluding himself, because he did nothing to keep her from wrestling. He just didn't wrestle her himself.
Were you also taught to exclude women from activities that allow them? Grouping this act with chivalry is a non-starter to me.
To answer your question: no. Again, who is trying to exclude her? I didn't see any direct evidence of this. You are inferring that. I wasn't trying to group any two activities together, I was trying to give some perspective on my point of view that you obviously don't share and perhaps choose to dismiss but yet is still a very real part of people's upbringing. And it is actually possible to respect women and treat them equally AND still be considerate of the actual real differences between the sexes. As an experiment on equality, see how far you get in the typical American high school when you have a male try to participate in girls volleyball, or some other typically "girls only" sport. Or maybe you could try to get folks to use unisex bathrooms. I'm certain that these comments will get an interesting response.
That's your prerogative, but would you join a sport in which both genders competed together and then refuse to compete against one gender?
If I was participating in a combat sport and was not told that there was a chance that I would have to compete against girls and then find out that I would indeed be facing a girl in a match, I probably might make the same choice Joel did. I am still curious if he had prior knowledge of his chances of competing against a girl. If he did and forfeited because of it then he is the one being obtuse along with his parents.
posted by THX-1138 at 05:09 PM on February 24
I've never been a big Shockey fan. I always thought he was a loudmouth braggart who always seemed to be capping on the team I root for. I admit my bias completely. He was also a brilliant TE at times. Having said all this I expect to see him on my team's roster next year (if there is a season next year, that is).
posted by THX-1138 at 02:06 PM on February 24
So what is the value of his respect?
Well, since trying to actually measure an intangible such as "the value of respect" would be folly, may I turn it around? I would suggest that by at least attempting to give the female wrestlers their due he was trying to take the oneness and pressure off of them and assume some of it himself. After all, he is a private citizen and could have just as easily forfeited the match and gone home and said nothing. Basically tell the rest of the world to piss off and mind their own business.
I see no reason to believe that her parents didn't prepare her for that possibility.
If you go back and look at the original statement I made that you first objected to you will note that I said I was playing devil's advocate. I was hoping to imply that I actually had no reason to believe that the parents left the girl unprepared. Rather I was giving another angle to the argument. Or just stirring the pot, if you prefer. I will withdraw the statement and request it be stricken from the record, your honor.
I think a competitor in a sport lets down the other athletes by dropping out for a stupid reason.
And here is where we agree to disagree. I don't think his reason was stupid. I think he had a good reason to not want to wrestle her. I myself would not engage a woman in a direct contest of a combat sport such as boxing, karate, or wrestling. Even though some here apparently would condemn me as some sort of caveman, I don't care. I was taught to open doors for women, give up my seat on a bus, pull out the chair at tables and other such unfashionably quaint ideals. And I find it difficult in the extreme to separate my sense of chivalry if you will from any sense of competition I might have. In the professional world I work in I have no problem burying a woman in the course of business if she lay between me and my objective (in all fairness, of course). But I don't make my wife split the wood for the fire or shovel the walk, either. I am better at it because I am stronger. And I would never dream of her having to do the more strenuous tasks. So maybe I can see this from Joel's perspective.
That's a cop-out. Who cares that he had a right to do it?
I've gotta tell you, I have a difficult time taking a reasonable objection seriously when the phrase "who cares"sits squarely at it's center. From my perspective, this whole argument is about whether or not he had the right to do what he did. If the 'point of a post like this in a sports forum is to debate the merit of his decision', then I guess I have given my view pretty clearly on how I feel about the merit of his decision. Why don't you choose to debate me on those issues?
posted by THX-1138 at 01:58 PM on February 24
Empty words. His actions make it harder for her to participate in the sport because others might be encouraged to follow his lead. Fortunately, other male wrestlers didn't have the same hangup that he does. *pertaining to my comments that Joel lauded the efforts of the girl he was supposed to wrestle.*
Empty? How so? You get inside his mind somehow? You presume that he didn't mean what he said? You must feel fairly confident in the fact that young teenage boys follow the lead of someone who speaks with no real intent behind his words. Besides, she DID wrestle again at the tournament. I don't think her chances were hurt that much even in the immediate "backlash" or whatever you wish to call it.
He's also under no obligation to wrestle blacks or Jews. Would anyone support that decision?
Why is this even part of the discussion? Since this isn't the case we don't need to go there in this instance. In a court of law you would get an objection for irrelevence.
They're obtuse because they didn't prepare for her to face an opponent who would rather throw away his chance at a state championship than treat a female competitor like an equal?
No, you've missed the point. If they didn't prepare her for the possibility that a boy may not wish to wrestle a girl then that is what would make them obtuse. In other words blindly ignorant to a very distinct and real possibility.
To further clarify, and after some time to allow myself to think, I don't feel that the boy owes her anything. She wrestled again in the tournament and lost. I am not going to judge whether his choice was right or wrong, only that he had the right to make that choice.
posted by THX-1138 at 05:39 PM on February 23
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