In the Blue Jackets defense, they've shed the neon yellow-green bug that looked like it should be playing college football in Atlanta. Well, yeah, except that a swooping stylized Ohio flag has "non-hockey-fan focus-group consensus compromise choice" all over it. But then, "Blue Jackets" isn't exactly the most inspiring choice for a team name I've ever heard, either. That's usually what US Navy sailors call themselves (in addition to other descriptors like "screwed by recruiter," etc.); I've heard it's supposed to be some murky reference to Northern soldiers during the US Civil War -- not a terribly well publicized connection to the Columbus area that I've become aware of. 'Sides, the notion of Yankee troops doesn't intimidate this Southern boy much -- back home, we think of them as "cannon fodder from up Nawth."
posted by alumshubby at 08:18 PM on October 30
The NFL said Vick would still get his preseason pay... But of course he will, loves.
posted by alumshubby at 05:34 AM on July 24
Maybe the Fords should sell the Lions franchise to the Chinese so some of that coin we've be blowing on cheap imports can come back over here.
posted by alumshubby at 07:42 AM on December 27
Humming "Eternal Father, Strong to Save"(yes, I know she's not Navy, but the principle applies) and praying like crazy here.
posted by alumshubby at 11:21 AM on December 11
OH! Sir, this recruit knows how he heals so damn quickly. He's, what, 24? At that age I recovered from dings pretty quickly too.
posted by alumshubby at 10:56 AM on September 13
If he can give 100 leg lifts without slacking off, he's healed enough to play. (Disclaimer: IANAm.d., although I've had to deal with a transmuscular incision roughly about that far down.)
posted by alumshubby at 10:55 AM on September 13
BTW, folks: How many of you expect Brett Favre to start at noon on New Year's Eve day when the Pack has its rematch with duh Beahs? I'm not saying he'd take a dive, but maybe it'll be time to start giving what's-his-name (Rodgers?) a few snaps instead.
posted by alumshubby at 10:51 AM on September 13
Indeed, defenses on teams that are winning big will sometimes slack off a little bit in the fourth quarter, resulting in a "trash" TD that doen't affect the game's outcome but obviates the blight of a shutout. It's human nature to ease up a little when it doesn't matter all that much, but with some DCs and defensive units, the "no trash scoring EVER" is a big point of pride.
posted by alumshubby at 10:33 AM on September 13
George, the top pick by Indianapolis in 1990, previously played for Oakland in 1997-98, is mostly an insurance policy for the Raiders, who already have Aaron Brooks, Andrew Walter and Marques Tuiasosopo on the roster. The article doesn't mention money, unless I missed it, but I bet the "premiums" on this "insurance policy" are dirt cheap, too. Anybody wanna bet whether he's still on the roster (not practice squad, etc.) at the end of the season? And yeah, everybody's raggin' on Al Davis, but I wonder what on earth Art Shell is thinking unless he got George for, like, five cents a game.
posted by alumshubby at 06:37 AM on August 29
I hope you'll excuse a derail, but this has been on my mind lately anyway: If they're going to start cracking down on steroids, doping, whatever...maybe they ought to have a weight limit so there won't be an arms race to have the biggest, strongest guys. Imagine if everybody had to come in at 250 or less and the key differentiators among players at a given position became agility, stamina, quickness, smarts, durability etc. What's really weird to contemplate is that as recently as the late 1960s, weightlifters in the NFL were considered oddball "body beautiful" types who wouldn't necessarily be tough enough to take the pounding.
posted by alumshubby at 06:28 AM on August 29
Yeah, I hope that the enforcers bring their brains along. If I'm merely cheering for the opposing team, I don't think I should get this used against me by some overly partisan hometown fan.
posted by alumshubby at 07:10 AM on August 09
He's damned lucky he didn't reach for any of those weapons, or we'd be reading about Mr. Clarett in the obituary pages.
posted by alumshubby at 07:06 AM on August 09
The USC Gamecocks/Edna Krabappel comparison cracked me up...until it intimated that Steve Spurrier can turn things around. Doug's clearly unfamiliar with the "Chicken Curse"!
posted by alumshubby at 05:09 PM on June 05
They show up like every day is Christmas, and you know what that means: You just lost your seat at church. You have shown up week after week, year after year, and now you have to stand behind the last pew because of some lady with an obnoxious pink hat. I don't know how they do things in Boston, but I'm more used to seeing holiday churchgoers wear obnoxious pink accessories at Easter.
posted by alumshubby at 03:41 PM on June 04
ESPN, paying a record $1.1 billion annual rights fee, .... Eeek! For $1,100,000,000.00, I hope they're getting their money's worth.
posted by alumshubby at 11:30 AM on May 29
(singing) Oh, we're the...Houston Oilers, Houston Oilers, Houston Oilers number on...oh, wait... (slinks off dejectedly)
posted by alumshubby at 05:29 AM on May 02
Boston/Portland Breakers (USFL), best wraparound helmet logo evar.
posted by alumshubby at 06:41 PM on April 20
I worked with a guy whose most prized article of clothing was a Rae Carruth Panthers jersey.
posted by alumshubby at 06:36 AM on April 20
we do have to consider him "innocent until proven guilty With all due respect: Unless "we" are jurors in a courtroom, we can consider him guilty based on his prior behavior if we so choose. I hold Ricky to a higher standard precisely because he's screwed himself, his team and his fans repeatedly; he deserves no benefit of the doubt no many how many yards per carry he averages.
posted by alumshubby at 12:46 PM on February 26
The Richland College (Dallas, TX) Thunderducks
posted by alumshubby at 05:10 AM on February 16
I have no personal animus toward Davis -- I don't know enough about him to understand why so many do -- but it's gotta be tough to go back to a job you'd been fired from. And it doesn't help that Shell will have to put up with some of the prima donnas in that locker room. (I'm dreading the morning I read that Davis signs T.O.)
posted by alumshubby at 01:48 PM on February 13
What I'd like to hear/read is commentary on those outfits by the team from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.
posted by alumshubby at 05:21 AM on February 03
Or the time Marcus Tubbs lost a number when someone ripped a digit off his jersey. So I guess those appliques are stitched on, not fused to the fabric? One guy buys him a watch? They should buy him a steak dinner every week. Ongoing recognition would probably be nice, but on the other hand, it's not like the watch was a $19.95 Timex, either. Like the time then-owner Ken Behring moved the Seahawks briefly to Los Angeles. Huh...I don't even remember that they went to LA.
posted by alumshubby at 08:47 AM on January 28
I thought Hudson was a corporal?!? Well, the Big Black Cats disappointed me...again. Good luck, maritime birdies. You'll need it, methinks.
posted by alumshubby at 04:41 AM on January 23
I know that was an inadvertent misspelling and you meant things are hopping in the 'Burgh, but there's definitely some hoping going on as well! And certainly with good reason. I'm with Bradshaw -- I don't think either the 'Hawks or the Panthers (my fave team, to the extent that I have one) can beat 'em.
posted by alumshubby at 05:42 PM on January 22
Former "GameDay Final" panelist Trev Alberts landed himself in hot water by describing Ole Miss as "the runt of the litter." Like, DUH! Hell, everybody knows the runt of the litter is Mississippi State.
posted by alumshubby at 04:51 AM on January 19
I'd thought there wouldn't be 40 points scored in the entire game; impressive that both teams scored 20+ against some pretty stiff defenses. Nice to have the Bears back in postseason play. I wasn't all that confident that the Panthers could beat the Bears in Chicago, and Seattle is going to be a whole new adventure in overachieving -- I hope.
posted by alumshubby at 05:01 AM on January 16
He's F'd himself. Good riddance to bad rubbish.
posted by alumshubby at 07:03 AM on January 10
You can not get into UT without brainpower While attending UT, I knew a junior in journalism school who thought El Paso was a state. I tutored a business-school sophomore who honestly didn't know what a noun was. (Your mileage may vary, of course.)
posted by alumshubby at 02:24 PM on January 09
I understand the temptation to go ahead and turn pro, but the idealist in me wishes just once a solid-lock-on-first-round player would say, "I'd like to graduate first." (The idealist in me is an idiot, of course.)
posted by alumshubby at 02:07 PM on January 09
How hard is it to come back from an ACL injury? How much mobility will Palmer lose, and to what extent did he rely on being able to move around in/outside the pocket to start with?
posted by alumshubby at 07:15 AM on January 09
I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the big black cats' upcoming trip to Chicago. The Bears don't suck on defense, and they've already beaten the Panthers once during the regular season, so hopefully Fox and Co. will be better prepared the second time around. I'll agree they don't have the flashiest, most exciting offense around, but isn't a boring win better than a showy loss?
posted by alumshubby at 07:11 AM on January 09
"With all due respect to the Indians, I'm not sure there's an insatiable appetite for Indians programming and nothing else," Swangard said. Even with all the games they already had on FSN Ohio, I already couldn't be bothered to watch 'em much. If they actually launch this, I give it two years unless the Tribe get into postseason play.
posted by alumshubby at 07:39 AM on January 07
There's actually even enough population in some of the larger cities in South Carolina also to support a team Columbia couldn't hang on to their A-level South Atlantic League franchise (stadium issues and weak attendance), but they're about 90 min. from Charlotte. I know there are Columbians who make weekend trips to see Braves games, so it's not unreasonable to assume a few would make a run up I-77 to catch a game or two.
posted by alumshubby at 05:22 AM on January 04
Not to derail from the racism-fest, but...why steal a friggin' cell phone? I mean, what's the point?
posted by alumshubby at 04:03 AM on January 03
Clarett has a real future in the Raider Nation. See, this kind of thing is exactly why nobody takes the Raiders seriously anymore. Well, this kind of thing...and a 4-12 record...
posted by alumshubby at 07:09 PM on January 02
I see from zippinglou's link that a dropkick is worth more points in the AFL; has it been attempted much there? (Not an Arena fan....so far)
posted by alumshubby at 08:38 AM on January 02
I do sorta miss the Redskins "Fun Bunch." I think the most enjoyable end-zone celebration I've seen was on tape from an NFL game of yore, when a Vikings(?) player grabbed a cheerleader and began to polka in the end zone.
posted by alumshubby at 01:56 PM on December 30
Hmmmm. I blame society.
posted by alumshubby at 05:01 AM on December 30
I can understand celebrating a touchdown -- those are the point of all the effort that's being expended on the field -- but what bothers me is seeing a defensive back act like he's just saved the entire game when he makes a fairly routine tackle.
posted by alumshubby at 04:52 AM on December 30
Miller was frequently interesting and funny, but he was a distraction from the games, not an enhancement to them.
posted by alumshubby at 05:24 AM on December 28
The oddest aspect of the Dennis Miller experiment was that the alternative (maybe never really a serious one, but I've read conflicting stories about it) was Rush Limbaugh. Whatever you may think of his political bombast -- and I try not to -- he was and is a fairly knowledgeable fan, and it's interesting to speculate what he would've brought to the booth.
posted by alumshubby at 04:51 AM on December 27
I am safe in presuming that Randy Horick can shut the hell up and kiss my ass.
posted by alumshubby at 08:59 AM on December 25
Good on 'em...I hope they can avoid days like they had against the Dolphins, though. That was pretty bizarre.
posted by alumshubby at 11:55 AM on December 23
I cheated once -- ONCE -- at thumb wrestling..and I'm really ashamed. Seriously, though...I salute Ms. Schneider for her integrity.
posted by alumshubby at 11:46 AM on December 23
posted by alumshubby at 03:25 PM on December 22
I wonder how many votes T.O. got....
posted by alumshubby at 06:42 PM on December 21
Someone please correct me if I'm wrong, but if I'm reading this right, the Jets are banning alcohol from exactly one game. Is this merely because it's a Monday night game -- presumably with national exposure on television -- as opposed to Sunday afternoon? I'm really failing to understand this as anything other than the crassest kind of window dressing.
posted by alumshubby at 06:58 AM on December 21
lil_brown_bat, I took the liberty of correcting that link "Jets' final game against the Bills" for you...you're welcome.
posted by alumshubby at 06:50 AM on December 21
Masked -- I forgot about that Super Bowl appearance; I was thinking more of aggregate Ws and Ls. Okay, so Ross isn't a good example. (Unless you're Detroit Lions fan.)
posted by alumshubby at 12:10 PM on December 15
Considering how it worked out for Steve Spurrier, Lou Holtz, and Bobby Ross -- from middling to downright embarrassing -- I hope he doesn't get a bad case of "victory disease."
posted by alumshubby at 05:02 AM on December 12
The next-to-last time I thought a really good team might go undefeated, the #2-ranked USC Gamecocks choked against Navy 38-21. The last time I thought it would happen -- a little more than a year later, in fact -- the Bears lost to the Dolphins 38-24. In other words...if the Seahawks score thirty-eight points, look out.
posted by alumshubby at 12:05 PM on December 09
Pat Kirwan makes a living writing about football and I don't, so I hesitate to sneer at him for this conjecture. Hell, the man has to write something interesting to satisfy his editor by deadline. But, admittedly casual NFL fan that I am, I'm having a terrible time seeing the validity for comparison based on his writeup. The only concrete comparison I see him making is how many points per game the two defenses allow. Is that really enough to tell whether there's a valid comparison? What about first downs, or yards per game, or interceptions and sacks? Forced fumbles? Points on turnovers? Completion percentage? What about opposing teams' time of possession? Besides, it's "apples and oranges" to some extent if Kirwan's comparing one team that's just past the midway point of it season to another that played all the way to the Super Bowl.
posted by alumshubby at 12:13 PM on December 02
The question now is which one of Specter's staffers sat on the corner of his desk and explained patiently and confidentially that he was making a nationwide laughingstock of himself.
posted by alumshubby at 09:20 AM on November 30
On the other hand, could this mean that the Panthers aren't all that wonderful this year?
posted by alumshubby at 01:38 PM on November 22
Monday nights, I worked until about 9, and I'd just gotten home and reheated a big chicken dinner. Sit down, turn on the TV, start eating, and they're showing the replay. Woof!
posted by alumshubby at 09:53 AM on November 19
I was kidding, KIDDING about Howie, a.k.a Spike; I actually respect him, compared to the kind of useless Sunday-afternoon-spoiling asshat "fan" that stofer71 is describing. Howie may put up a rather, ah, involved front, but basically his heart is in the right place; I especially appreciated that "I don't like posing with people when they're holding a beer," he explains, "[to say nothing of posing when] "holding my own beer. That doesn't look right." This weekend I had the opportunity to run up to Cleveland for the Browns-Dolphins game, and besides the prospect of blowing $50 to see breathtaking spectacle of two 3-6 teams competing for higher slots in next year's draft, knowing that I might have to sit within earshot of obnoxious drunkards helped me decide to keep my money and watch the game on TV.
posted by alumshubby at 04:24 PM on November 18
Aaaaaawwwwww. Isn't just precious that Howie likes to play dress-up for his very favoritiest team?!? Too bad they're 3-6.
posted by alumshubby at 05:35 AM on November 18
Where's Phil Hartman when we need him? Mistuh Hartman, he dead.
posted by alumshubby at 06:29 PM on November 17
All this is, is a shameless attempt by both people to remain in the spotlight. I'm hoping it'll turn out like Shakespeare described: "As two spent swimmers, that do cling together/And choke their art."
posted by alumshubby at 07:20 AM on November 15
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