Recent Comments by Mr Bismarck

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

"helmets all the way down"

I've run into a few "NFL concept helmet" stories in the past couple weeks and my reaction to both has been "if you touch the Bengals helmet, I will cut you."

I actually didn't mind what they did with the background idea here :

The guy who did this series of concepts should probably stop.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:02 PM on February 25

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Best thing about that match was the Umpires taking everyone off for a 45 minute lunch break when the Kiwi's were about five minutes away from winning.

England really are dreadful at the one day game.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:49 AM on February 20

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

For further Calvinball, the full second round Six Nations match between Wales and Scotland is available on youtube here.

Anthems start here (always worth watching "Flower of Scotland" in Scotland).

Game starts here.

The game features an excellent beard-off, between Jake Ball and Geoff Cross.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:04 AM on February 18

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

You're right about the runner in the "end zone." Where you touch the ball down is where the kick has to be taken from, so if you score in the corner, then the kicker has to take the kick from way out on the sideline. The kicker can choose to move the ball back as far as he wants, to open the angle.

As a result, runners will get across the try line and then attempt to run under the posts before touching the ball down to make the conversion as easy as possible.

Unlike a touchdown a try actually has to be touched down, so if a defender can tackle you to the ground and keep you pinned and up so you can't down the ball then that isn't a score. It's quite rare and usually happens when an attacker is diving for the try line, rather than already over it, but the defenders will trot over anyway, just to keep you honest.

As for the penalty on the ground, (that mess of people is called a "Ruck"), there are several and can be called on both sides. Firstly, when you're tackled down you have to release the ball. When Wales screw up that throw in and the England forward intercepts he gets isolated and when tackled there's no one around to take the ball, so he holds it a fraction too long, hoping for his backs to catch up and gets penalised.

Later, one of the Welsh players gets called for reaching into a ruck and picking up the ball with a knee on the ground, because you aren't allowed to touch the ball unless you're supporting your own weight.

Rucks have a thousand rules around how you're allowed to join in, who's allowed to touch the ball and when and the offside rules in Rugby are labyrinthine to say the least.

I also really like how the officiating is done in Rugby Union. The Referee is in constant communication about what he's seeing and what he wants cleaned up. He clearly tells teams to keep their hands clear, or where they're not allowed to stand and he'll communicate infractions he has seen through a team's Captain... warning a Captain that he needs to have his player stop twisting the scrum or stop joining the ruck from the wrong angle, or stop this or that behaviour or it'll lead to a penalty.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 05:29 PM on February 07

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Full coverage of the opening Six Nations game between Wales and England is (currently) available on youtube, featuring an opening sequence by someone who's watched Game of Thrones.

[jokes about a red wedding goes here]

Anthems are at ~36 minutes, with the game starting at ~40 minutes.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:54 AM on February 07

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The Six Nations starts tomorrow.

Last year, a decent England side beat Ireland, Wales and Scotland to claim the Triple Crown, but a fantastic performance in Paris took the title for Ireland. This year, the bookies have Ireland, England and Wales practically inseparable, even if partly because England have three home games.

Here's some footage of the 2014 championship.

Musical Montage Time.

Coverage is available on BeIn Sports in the US, or ESPN in Spanish in Central America, or your usual nefarious Other Sources'.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:40 PM on February 06

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Very large image of all Formula 1 cars 1950 to 2004.

That Cooper T66 was the first F1 car my Dad worked on, as an engineer for Phil Hill.

Here's some highlights from the British Grand Prix that year. Sadly they cut off way too early, as that was the only race Hill scored a point at in '64.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:30 PM on February 03

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

'Arry has resigned from QPR. Apparently because he needs a knee operation and not because his side are second bottom with the worst away record in the league since 1954.

If QPR are relegated back to the Football League at the end of the season, they're expected to face a fine of up to £40,000,000 for failing the League's football fair play rules during their one season there.

If they don't pay or renegotiate the fine they could be refused entry to the league and become the first club to be relegated from the Premier League all the way down into the Conference.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:09 AM on February 03

Patriots Win Super Bowl 0x31 After Epic Last-Second Interception

posted by Mr Bismarck at 08:58 AM on February 02

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

On the one yard line with Marshawn on your team...

Pete Carroll finally won a Superbowl for the Patriots.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:02 PM on February 01

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Full set.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:00 AM on February 01

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

"Rob Gronkowski is not afraid of making a buck off the situation."

Unrelatedly, I saw another Gronk shirt that said:

"Gronk know only three things :
Touchdowns and fucking."

Even as a Dolphins fan I almost bought that.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 08:25 AM on January 22

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

Bill is furious to hear 11 of the 12 balls were underinflated.

He wants to know who didn't do their job with the 12th ball. That guy is fired.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 05:22 PM on January 21

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Yep, he gets the Bills' $4m for doing nothing. Or being an Offensive coach for Jacksonville. Whichever takes less work.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 04:21 PM on January 20

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Doug Marrone used his option to escape the Head Coach role in Buffalo, enabling him to take up an exciting new opportunity... as Offensive Line Coach in Jacksonville.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 02:29 PM on January 20

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The Jets have hired Arizona DC, (and former Dolphins' interim head coach), Todd Bowles to be their new leader. Heaven knows hiring a defensive specialist hasn't gone wrong for them before.

Meanwhile, Rex Ryan finally gets his wish to lead a New York football team, as he's in in Buffalo.

In Florida, Miami Head Coach Joe Philbin cooked a pancake without burning it.

Prediction : New England to win the AFC East in 2015.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 08:15 AM on January 14

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Touching moment of sympathy from the Arsenal fans toward their visitors from Stoke today.

After the Emirates Stadium PA backed up Arsenal's third goal with the announcement that the trains back to Stoke had been cancelled, home fans all began to sing "you're shit and you can't get home."

posted by Mr Bismarck at 03:35 PM on January 11

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

This week in headlines that write themelves, former Miami Dolphin Fullback Rob Konrad fell of his boat in the Atlantic off the coast of Florida, then swam back to shore. Nine miles.

As you do.

He was swimming for twelve hours and treated for hypothermia and then released after being found on a beach at 4am.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 02:34 PM on January 09

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

At the start of the season I may have said out loud "Dallas will be lucky to win four games this year."

Clearly I underestimated how lucky they are.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 07:47 PM on January 04

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

"Biggest Play of the Year"

Neither of those videos are available in "my" country. Please describe them in text, using your best Skip Bayless tweet impression.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:22 PM on December 30

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Stay classy, Skip.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:01 AM on December 30

How Boxing Day Became a Highlight of the Sports Year

Ipswich won 4-2 at third placed Brentford, meaning we were top of the league for 10 minutes, before Bournemouth scored against Fulham.

Mick McCarthy is doing a fantastic job with a team that cost a total of 10,000. People are sniffing around Murphy (14 goals) and Mings (very comfortably replaced multi-million sale Aaron Cresswell), and we had offers in the summer for McGoldrick. If we lose those three then I suspect we'll slip backwards after January, so I have my fingers crossed the Chairman will decide we can afford to ignore offers, at least in this window.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:07 AM on December 27

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I first bumped into Scott McLaughlin in online sim racer iRacing, where he was throwing the older Ford Falcon V8 Supercar about, (stick with it after they cut away from Scott-v-Scott, because it's going back to them a couple times). Turns out he was decent at that too.

Shane Van Gisbergen is another Aussie Kiwi who I first saw on iRacing before he appeared in the real life V8 series.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:42 AM on December 18

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

That's the same thing, right?

I'll show myself out.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:11 PM on December 17

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

That's good stuff.

Although it needs some "fucked it in first and gave her some Jandal!"

I'd be quite excited after this finish too.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:37 PM on December 17

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Exciting signing for the Devils.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 03:04 PM on December 15

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

A school holiday event is the only thing keeping me from that epic tilt at EverBank.

That's a shame. If you went in a white jersey you'd probably get to play.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 02:56 PM on December 15

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

So the Jacksonville Jaguars are favoured for an actual NFL football game.

It only took a matchup at home against the Titans' third string QB, playing behind two third stringers and a street free agent on the Offensive Line.

Considering how sloppy the short week fixtures can be, this is going to be the best Thursday Night game ever.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:14 PM on December 15

Bitcoin Bowl Brings Virtual Currency to St. Pete

Now we need a Dogecoin Bowl.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:28 AM on December 14

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Jeff Fisher sent six Rams players to midfield for the coin toss in today's victory over Washington.

They were the six players the Rams acquired with the draft picks obtained in the RGIII trade.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 08:43 PM on December 07

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Before yesterday's kick off, the Buccs were a win out of a possible first place and a loss out of a possible first overall draft pick.

Fortunately, the Raiders gave up 52 points to a true second coming of The Greatest Show On Turf in the form of offensive legends Shaun Hill, Steadman Bailey and Tre Mason.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 03:45 PM on December 01

FIFA Goal of the Year nominees

As the sole Ipswich fan around here, I'm honour bound to point out Mariner went the other way - south - to Arsenal. Our biggest deal with Liverpool was for Johnny Wark.

Of course, Wark's biggest deal was when he signed for a German Prison Camp to star in the movie Escape To Victory, with some lesser known footballers like Sylvester Stallone. And Pele.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:49 AM on November 16

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Minnows San Marino scored their first ever point in European Nations Cup Qualifying today, as they held Estonia to a 0-0 draw.

The result snapped San Marino's sixty-one game losing streak.

This put the cap on something of a good week for minnows, as Liechtenstein beat Moldova 1-0 and on Friday the Faroe Islands won 1-0 in Greece.

In the moral victory column you can find Gibraltar, who held reigning world champions Germany to "only" a 4-0 scoreline. Meaning Gibraltar are better than Brazil, right?

posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:39 AM on November 16

FIFA Goal of the Year nominees

Of course, we all know the real goal of the year was scored by Ipswich Town's Under 14 academy team.

Or, to give them their proper name, Bluecelona.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 04:09 PM on November 14

FIFA Goal of the Year nominees

That Zlatan goal, (and most of his others), should always be shown with commentary, simply because it's great to hear other people react to unbelievable things.

This guy laughing is my favourite one for that goal.


posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:04 PM on November 14

World Cup inquiry clears Qatar but criticises English FA

The English are to blame for everything. I'm surprised we had time to ruin the World Cup bidding process while we were also setting up our grand international conspiracy to push Italians into Luis Suarez's mouth.

This is why we don't have an empire any more. Too busy.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 06:57 PM on November 13

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

For people who enjoy playing with silly nicknames, here's Optimus Grimes versus Megatron from yesterday's Detroit-Miami tilt.

There was one offensive pass interference call on Calvin Johnson in the first half where he bumped Grimes and Grimes bounced off him like a small child, but he went on to have about as good a game on Calvin as you can expect from someone giving up seven inches and 46 lbs.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:26 AM on November 10

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

This game would be closer if the Packers were playing against actual bears.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:38 PM on November 09

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

After today's games, the English Premier League's Top Five features Southampton, West Ham and Swansea.

Arsenal, Man United, Liverpool and Spurs are all closer in points to last placed Burnley than first placed Chelsea.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:57 PM on November 09

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The Washington Football Team have started doing their own jokes now - on the way to the game yesterday their two team buses crashed. Into each other.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:59 AM on November 03

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

There's a lot of automation in those and sometimes it goes wrong. Today on a long incompletion from Matt Moore, Mike Wallace was credited with a catch for minus 41 yards.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:08 PM on November 02

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Knowing they were facing a rookie Quarterback, the Buccaneers threw some defensive looks at the Vikings that Bridgewater had not seen before.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:32 AM on October 29

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The part of the academy that agreed deals for Enner Valencia and Sakho for the same amount that Liverpool paid for Balotelli.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:50 PM on October 26

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

When you sack the backup Quarterback while losing by 25 points, you probably shouldn't celebrate.

Especially if you then injure yourself doing so.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 04:17 PM on October 26

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The Out Of The Park Baseball developers used the 2015 version of their game to run the upcoming World Series five times.

The first series went six games. All the others went seven.

I won't spoil the projected winner, but I will say they posted the stats generated by the five series in a big google doc. If only we knew anyone who liked that sort of thing.

Interestingly, the overall losing team scored more runs across the five series and had a better ERA from the starters and the bullpen.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:35 AM on October 21

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

So the Dolphins beat the Patriots and folks said they were clearly in decline. The Dolphins beat the Raiders and they fired their coach. The Dolphins beat the Bears and there was apparently a fight in the Bears locker room.

I'm not sure how to feel about this.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:40 PM on October 19

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Last year the Seahawks traded 2013 first and seventh round picks and a 2014 third-round pick to the Vikings for Percy Harvin.

Today they traded Harvin to the Jets for a conditional mid-round draft pick.

If he goes lights out for the Jets, then Seattle might get a second round pick in return.

I know the Jets carried a lot of cap space through the off season, but at 1-6, this seems like an odd move. They're not exactly one wide receiver away from anything.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:52 PM on October 17

Royals Steal 9-8 Win Over A's in Epic 12-Inning AL Wild Card

This was the best thing about the game.

Check out that sweet handwriting.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:00 AM on October 01

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

"The suspension given to Simmons by ESPN for criticizing Goodell is actually one week longer than the original suspension given to Rice for knocking out his girlfriend in an Atlantic City elevator."

Does anyone know what condition his socks were in?

posted by Mr Bismarck at 08:00 PM on September 25

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

A dash of weirdness being added to the Rob Bironas accident, as some university students claim Bironas told them he was going to kill everyone in their car on the night of his death.

This comes after a recording was released of a 911 call claiming Bironas had tried to run a woman and her husband off the road.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 05:22 PM on September 23

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Good news! Dolphins' pass rusher Dion Jordan had his four game suspension for violation of the NFL's Policy and Program on Substances of Abuse lifted as part of the NFL's new drug policy!

Bad news! Dolphins' pass rusher Dion Jordan has been banned for four games for violation of the NFL's Policy and Program on Substances of Abuse after immediately failing another test.

Jeff Ireland's quality work lives on in Miami.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:10 PM on September 20

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Antonio Brown has been fined ~$8,000 for that amusing karate kick to the facemask of Browns' Punter Spencer Lanning.

I'd like to point out, again, that this is $2,500 less than Frank Gore was fined last year for having sloppy socks.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:17 PM on September 11

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

For what it's worth, it's streaming live on

Good goal from the Czechs.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 03:41 PM on September 09

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I expect that Goodell will fine him $3.50, and then when he actually watches the video of the kick, he'll fine him $200million.

I seem to remember when Brady did that cleats-up slide into Ed Reed's thigh he was fined $10,000. The same weekend Frank Gore was fined $10,500 for having bad elastic in the top of his socks.

I hope Lanning's socks were in order.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:41 AM on September 09

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released is roughly the only football related site on the internet where you can't see this film.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 04:10 PM on September 08

Annual Patriots trade key piece right before season move

2. Just who the heck is going to play LG?

Richie Incognito needs a team.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:19 AM on August 27

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

who does one root for between MK Dons and Man U? If it's MK Dons

Some kind of asteroid strike?

posted by Mr Bismarck at 05:04 PM on August 26

Dangerous Experiment : A Roster of 25 Adam Dunns

Zombie Dee P. Gordon's ERA could have been better.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:58 AM on August 14

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Bravo, beaverboard. And what a great movie.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 05:28 PM on August 13

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Germany beat Brazil 5-1 yesterday in the Women's U20 World Cup.

I think it's about time the UN stepped in on this one before the Germans annex Brasilia.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:09 AM on August 13