Recent Comments by Mr Bismarck

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Wednesday have had a man sent off and scored again. Now 2-3... Go Owls!

And again! 2-4!

And Reading lost. And Blackburn drew. Now we just need Brighton to slip up. Oh. And win our game.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:00 PM on April 18

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

If your Wednesday could silence the crowd by scoring a bunch of times, that would be fine.

Yes, Ipswich are in a playoff chase with Bournemouth.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:38 AM on April 18

Chris Resop - The Most Interesting Reliever in the World.

So you're saying he needs more strikes and fewer balls?

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:00 AM on April 18

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Sick burn, Ohio.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:07 PM on April 17

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Here's Gareth Bale winning the Copa del Rey for Madrid last night.

Nice to see someone ride a completely illegal challenge instead of falling over looking for a booking, and get rewarded for it.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 08:38 AM on April 17

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Remember when Gareth Bale ate Maicon's lunch in the Spurs-Inter game a few years ago?

He's just done it again in the Copa del Rey final, riding out a clear and blatant foul from Marc Bartra to outrun him like he was standing still and score the winner.

Since last Wednesday Barca have gone out of the Champions League, lost to Grenada in la Liga and then lost the cup final to their biggest rivals. Not a great seven days there.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 05:23 PM on April 16

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Thanks, Bismarck. I wish all the games were broadcast online, like NBC Sports is doing with the Premiership.

Every time I see Jordan Rhodes score I die a little inside.

Stupid Roy Stupid Keane was trying to sell Pablo Counago to Crystal Palace, but the Spaniard couldn't agree personal terms. So Keane thought "well, I've already decided to sell a Striker..." and moved Rhodes to Huddersfield for £350,000 instead.

Rhodes has only gone on to score 136 goals in 233 games since.

A front line of Ipswich youth products Rhodes and Connor Wickham would have been properly, err, heart warming.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:44 AM on April 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Trying to decide who's the most heart warming underdog out of Liverpool and Man City is adorable.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:38 AM on April 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The team I want to follow at the Premier level is Sheffield Wednesday. I listen to their matches and catch the occasional game on Bein Sport.

Like a lot of Championship teams, Sheffield Wednesday have their own youtube channel.

Highlights are usually posted about 36 hours after each game.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:55 PM on April 14

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Manny Pacquiao beat Timothy Bradley for the second time tonight.

The good news is the judges were actually watching this time and unanimously gave the decision to Pacquiao, 116-112, 116-112 and 118-110.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:14 AM on April 13

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The FIA has granted NASCAR team owner Gene Haas a license to run a team in next year's Formula 1 World Championship.

You may now commence your jokes about turning right.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 04:14 PM on April 11

UConn Wins National Championship

posted by Mr Bismarck at 05:40 PM on April 08

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Simply fantastic racing in the Grand Prix yesterday - if you've any interest in motor racing you should definitely find a stream if you can before FOM hits it with the takedown hammer. Especially nice that the race came after Bernie and di Montezemolo had a whine about the new Formula being boring.

Pastor Maldonado was at it again. He ended up with a stop/go penalty, a five spot grid penalty for the next race and three of those brand new penalty points for turning Esteban Gutierrez into an astronaut.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 07:30 AM on April 07

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

US national team plays Mexico tomorrow and today Nike has revealed the new away kit for the US team ahead of the World Cup.

Here it is:

posted by Mr Bismarck at 05:22 PM on April 01

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Ian Darke calls a blind date.

I feel the concept was stronger than the execution there. This may be the only place where I'd rather have Ray Hudson in the seat than Darke.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:54 PM on April 01

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I mentioned in Saturday's huddle that Palace's win might be good news for Ipswich, as they might leave Jonny Williams on loan with us having put another three points in the bank.

Today, Palace have allowed Ipswich to extend the loan through the end of the season.

Good news for us, as Williams has looked another class in the Championship. This loan is turning into one of those rare moves that's good for the loaning club, the owning club and the player.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:13 AM on April 01

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Change that - England at the moment are probably more like the Astros.

More like the Red Sox during that beer and chicken collapse a couple years ago.

If the beer and chicken Red Sox lost to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, during some kind of competition that was important to both teams, you'd be in the area.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 08:40 AM on April 01

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

In hilarious news, England just lost to the Dutch at cricket.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 08:36 AM on March 31

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Wickham, of course, is a product of the Ipswich youth academy. Another player who left a team where he was the big fish for a Premier side where he rarely even gets a game.

Ipswich was my Dad's team, because he was evacuated out to the coast as a kid during WWII after the Luftwaffe decided to close his school for him. Permanently.

He took me to my first Ipswich game in 1978, which was also the first time I saw someone lose enough blood I thought they would die. Ipswich's Brian Talbot had cut his face scoring the opening goal, but then WBA Captain John Wile cut his head and played the rest of the game looking like an extra from a zombie movie.

These days if you get a spot of blood on your shirt you have to go off, but back then Wile played a large part of the game looking like this:

In May, two days after my seventh birthday, he took me to Wembley to see Ipswich-Arsenal in the FA Cup final and that was mind blowing.

I remember feeling like I couldn't breathe from the number of people there, and then by the time we'd hit the frame of the goal three times and the game was still 0-0 I was experiencing serious mental trauma. When we finally scored I thought I'd explode.

In retrospect, having your introduction to the game be a winning FA Cup semi-final, followed by winning the cup itself was a bad idea. We had a fantastic five years following that too... the hope generated by those years still hasn't died. It's the hope that hurts.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 08:51 AM on March 30

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I'm hoping that that win for Palace means they don't ask for Johnny Williams back from on loan at our lot. He's on 24 hour recall at Ipswich and we'd like to keep him every day they forget he's with us.

His is the second goal in these highlights. Not a bad strike, if you like 30 yard thunderbastards.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:21 PM on March 29

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Not passing to Lukaku is a brave move.

If he'd ignored the pass and then missed that might be the last time we ever saw him.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:48 PM on March 25

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

United showed up 48 seconds late for their game against City tonight.

Would be fun to see this game keep up with the Classico on Saturday.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 03:49 PM on March 25

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

"Dan Snyder throws money at problem"

"Dan is playing the actions-speak-louder-than-words game and says what Native Americans really need is money, not the eradication of slurs. "

posted by Mr Bismarck at 07:52 AM on March 25

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Playing Galatasaray can be a real Hazard.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:43 AM on March 20

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The Astros are a baseball team?

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:53 AM on March 04

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Fangraphs reviews last year's bunt doubles.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 02:02 PM on March 03

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Meanwhile, a level below the top in England yesterday, bottom side Yeovil Town had three players sent off and scored an own goal and still got a point away to seventh-placed Reading.

Including the 8 minutes of added time, Yeovil had to play 32 minutes with 10 men-v-11, 28 minutes with 9-v-11 and 11 minutes with 8-v-11.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:37 PM on March 02

Alan Pardew Head Butts Hull City Player

Oh, the Sterling currency symbol still doesn't work unless I do & pound ; like this £.

I forgot.

/Headbutts RCade

posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:47 PM on March 02

Alan Pardew Head Butts Hull City Player

Newcastle have fined Pardew 100,000 and added in a formal warning about his conduct.

This will be on top of anything that comes from the FA.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 08:38 PM on March 01

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Zlatan had to hit one with his weaker foot last week.

Another where the keeper's probably fortunate he didn't get in the way.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:36 AM on February 24

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

What a way for Selanne to go out.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:24 PM on February 22

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

That close.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 04:39 PM on February 20

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

"Is the use of Xenon in sports noble?"

Bravo.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:33 AM on February 16

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I'm sad I didn't see this before the Superbowl.

Now they need to do one for cricket.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:08 PM on February 13

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I thought the men's hockey started tomorrow. Guess the confidence pool is out.

The USA men have their first game tomorrow. As far as US TV is concerned that's the same thing as hockey starting tomorrow.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 03:37 PM on February 12

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Two minutes to play in the third quarter and the Latvian goalie is up to 36 saves and onto the smelling salts to keep him upright.

Still 0-0. It's a shame they have shootouts in the group stages, because I could happily watch this game for another hour.

Edit : Wow... the Swiss broke from behind their own net and scored with 7 seconds to play. This was never a great game, but it was a really tough, good one for the full 60. I'll take a lot more of that please.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 02:11 PM on February 12

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The USA-Canada Ladies Hockey game this morning was fun. The Canadians get to feel good with the win and the US get to feel aggrieved that Canada's second goal probably wasn't, as it sounded like the whistle went with the puck on, but not over the line.

The six-on-four to finish was exciting too.

Meanwhile, in men's hockey, the Latvian goalie has made about three different saves with his head. They keep stopping the game to ask him if he knows where he is. I'm not sure how hard you need to be hit to get that one wrong.

I love the big ice in the Olympics.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:20 PM on February 12

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

NBC.com's "live" Olympic coverage this morning was the 2010 men's ice hockey gold medal game. I realise there's no events today, but was still sort of miffed they'd give up on being able to preview stuff, or show more detail from yesterday in favour of a four year old hockey game.

Then I ended up watching the whole thing again and my heart was still pounding when the US pulled their goalie at the end, even though I know the result.

Great game. But seriously, NBC. You paid to cover the Olympics. Cover the Olympics.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:31 AM on February 07

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

NFL Helmets, (AFC here), from a long time ago and far, far away.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 02:27 PM on February 03

Seattle Wins Super Bowl 0x30

Wilson's so cheap they could even afford to waste $11,000,000 on Zach Miller this year and have money left over.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:06 PM on February 03

Seattle Wins Super Bowl 0x30

Wilson was good and the Broncos really struggled with is mobility - even when they got him in their plan of making him roll to his left - but I don't see how he gets MVP of that game.

Then during Smith's MVP presentation, a 9/11 Truther shows up. I presume the Broncos were running security for the press conference.

Meanwhile, I read somewhere that this was the first time in AFL/NFL history a game has finished 8-43.

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

Seattle Wins Super Bowl 0x30

There's your two point conversion. That's the set.

Unless we're counting drop kicks.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:15 PM on February 02

Seattle Wins Super Bowl 0x30

At least the Patriots scored first in that one.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 07:59 PM on February 02

Seattle Wins Super Bowl 0x30

BONK.

Safety for first score and kick off off the crossbar. There's a lot of side bets coming in tonight.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 07:12 PM on February 02

Seattle Wins Super Bowl 0x30

Fastest score in superbowl history!

posted by Mr Bismarck at 06:36 PM on February 02

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Everyone's favorite player Mr. Derrick Brooks announces that he's made the HOF. Way to blow the news.

More importantly, Ray Guy finally made it in.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:30 PM on February 01

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Barca lost at home today, for the first time since April of 2012.

The two Madrid sides can both move past the Catalans tomorrow.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 05:53 PM on February 01

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Barry being sent off for injuring one of his own teammates would have been funny.

Also funny - Props to the Manchester United's fans sense of humour last night, for singing "we're staying up" as their win lifted them to the magic 40 points.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:58 AM on January 29

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Seeing how that game is going, you should probably keep drinking.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 03:57 PM on January 28

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Chelsea got past Stoke today to move into the fifth round of the FA Cup and the subsequent draw pulled out :

Arsenal vs Liverpool.

Manchester City vs Chelsea.

Magic of the cup!

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:43 PM on January 26

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Dammit. Every time I post here recently it ends up a double.

So here's a group of Cincinnati Bengals' monkeys, riding dogs, herding some rams.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:43 PM on January 26

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

England will be delighted if they make it to a game requiring a penalty shoot out at this world cup.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:50 PM on January 22

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

"Mr. Bismark: You image does not work for me."

You are not ready for those pants.

I would watch curling with UBoats.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 02:06 PM on January 22

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:49 PM on January 21

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Say hello to the Norwegian Olympic Curling team.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:49 PM on January 21

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Without seams on the ball, how would it work? DID YOU THINK ABOUT THAT?

A cricket ball has seams. There's even a type of bowler called a "seam bowler."

Seam bowling is typically faster than a Spinner's deliveries and it is trying to incorporate randomness, like a Knuckleballer, but that randomness comes from the seam hitting the dirt.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:37 AM on January 21

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

If I have this right, a Knuckleball gets its unpredictability from the Pitcher trying to do literally nothing with the ball, so that aerodynamic forces take over and even the Pitcher doesn't know what the ball is going to do.

I don't think there's an analogous delivery from Cricket Spinners - even the "Arm ball" has a bit of backspin on it and can be deliberately made to move the other way off the ground.

If you switch to a much looser definition of Knuckleball - "the Pitcher has no idea where this is going" - then the only way you could have something similar is with a Spinner who decides on spin type, speed and the flight of the delivery and then lands exactly on the dry crack in the surface he's aiming for. The ball will pick up extra action from the cracked surface, but even then it's more likely to exaggerate the action the spinner put on the ball, rather than do something completely unpredictable.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:34 AM on January 21

Seahawks Edge Niners

"Here's a crazy idea."

Yep.

"Make it illegal for quarterbacks to run the football"

And deny us Manning's glacial bootleg touchdown against the Cowboys? What's wrong with you?

posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:34 AM on January 20

Broncos Overwhelm Patriots

Game of Throwns?

I'll get my coat.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:20 PM on January 19

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

"air drop screenprinters"

Haven't the SEALs expanded to include a team for this purpose yet?

No doubt Denver also has shirts printed already, they just haven't been photographed on sale. I'm sure the shirts won't be overblown on ESPN tomorrow if the Pats lose.

Still, if results go in favour of Manning, the picture will go nicely in the scrapbook alongside the Ray Lewis retirement party billboard and the 19-0 Trademark application.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:17 PM on January 19