Recent Comments by roberts

LeBron James Returning to Cleveland

Can't blame the Cleveland fans for taking off on James when he left four years ago. They saw the city's championship drought continuing.

But winning cures everything in sports. James certainly has not yet brought Cleveland a championship. But now the fans welcome James back because he gives them the closest thing yet in terms of hope for a championship.

posted by roberts at 12:35 PM on July 12

Brad Ausmus Is Your New Detroit Tigers Manager

Hopefully, Ausmus will motivate the Tigers in ways that Leyland did not, or maybe could not.

Like YYM, I was quietly pushing for LaRussa. But I knew there was as much chance as Bill Cowher coming to manage MLB.

posted by roberts at 06:33 AM on November 04

Tiger Woods Assessed 2-Stroke Penalty for Illegal Drop

it would have to be called an official's oversight in this case

A top-ranked golfer, a pro for many years, suddenly does not know the drop rule? The penalty that he was ultimately assessed seems secondary here. If he was confused, why didn't he err on the side of caution instead of giving himself a better lie with an illegal drop?

posted by roberts at 07:40 PM on April 13

SportsFilter 2013 March Madness Bracket

Harvard? HARVARD?????

posted by roberts at 07:44 AM on March 22

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

And then, there are the most atrocious contracts in the NBA

posted by roberts at 07:08 AM on March 09

Ravens Will Meet 49ers in Super Bowl 0x2F

Christianity, kids, multiple wives, Ray Lewis, murders...this sounds like a pre-Super Bowl story by a tired media looking for anything to write two days before the SB.

posted by roberts at 05:23 PM on January 21

Ravens Will Meet 49ers in Super Bowl 0x2F

Speaking of which...

posted by roberts at 12:08 PM on January 21

Ravens Will Meet 49ers in Super Bowl 0x2F

I'm just glad we'll never have to hear any more of the bogus comparisons of Tom Brady to Joe Montana.

So they'll compare Flacco and Kaepernick to Brady, other quarterbacks and the ghosts of QBs past. Got to fill up the news holes with something.

posted by roberts at 11:54 AM on January 21

Here stands baseball's perfect warrior. Here stands baseball's perfect knight.

"perfect knight"

posted by roberts at 09:57 AM on January 20

Here stands baseball's perfect warrior. Here stands baseball's perfect knight.

Baseball's "perfect night" was an excellent example of why kids look up to athletes as role models. And why adults remember many of those athletes with awe.

posted by roberts at 07:44 AM on January 20

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Enough already!

Even Jack Nicholson, that stalwart Lakers fan, had enough of the team.

posted by roberts at 07:19 AM on January 12

Maple Leafs fire G.M. Brian Burke

It's like they were waiting for the season to be called off, then they could fire Burke before the start of the new season later this year. Suddenly this season was to start in a matter of days. So as they wanted to get rid of him before the season started...

posted by roberts at 05:46 PM on January 09

Game On!

Hope it's true, but I'll believe it when the first puck is dropped. At this point, Bettman's word does not carry a lot of credibility.

posted by roberts at 10:23 AM on January 06

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The Big 10 might as well mail it in instead of showing up for Bowl games. That's how they play them anyway.

posted by roberts at 06:47 AM on January 02

Jets fire GM, but Ryan will return

"We are not where we want to be, and a new general manager will be critical to getting this team back on the right track," Johnson said in his statement.

So Johnson plans to get the Jets on the right track but at the same time hold on to Ryan?

Talk about an oxymoron. Or maybe just a moron.

posted by roberts at 10:23 AM on January 01

Eagles Fire Coach Andy Reid

Reid stuck with Vick for too long. Reid had little confidence in Foles, but sticking with Mr. Turnover at QB led to several of the losses (the defense more than contributed). Vick would have done somewhat better if he had an OL that gave him a bit of time. But Vick needs time back there, and he didn't get it. Reid paid the price.

posted by roberts at 07:19 AM on December 31

The New England Patriots are regularly accused of being poor sports

So are the Patriots supposed to run plays to see if they're successful? Then if they work, stop using them? Then go on to another play and see if that is successful? Find a play that doesn't work and stick with that so the other team doesn't pout and go home?

posted by roberts at 08:20 PM on December 08

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

And then, there is Gary Bettman Honoring the incompetence of the NHL commissioner.

posted by roberts at 07:07 AM on November 17

The Statistical Case Against Miguel Cabrera for MVP

Certainly Trout had the stats. But I'll take Cabrera for value to his team.

posted by roberts at 06:23 AM on November 16

Penn State Removes Paterno Statue Ahead of 'Unprecedented' Punishment

At this point PSU could not have kept the statue of Paterno up. Paterno's legacy is too tarnished. If folks saw the statue now, conversation would turn more to the Sandusky Paterno instead of the football-accomplishments Paterno. A reminder of a horrible time and shameful actions.

posted by roberts at 10:37 AM on July 22

New Jersey Devils' Cam Janssen telling us how he really feels NSFW

That dry heave you just heard was Gary Bettman.

posted by roberts at 09:53 PM on July 12

Minnesota Wild agrees to terms with Parise and Suter

It helped that Suter is a Midwestern guy whose wife, Becky, is from Bloomington. And the allure of playing at home for Parise, born in Minneapolis and a resident of Orono, was strong. His parents, J.P. and Donna Parise, live in Prior Lake, and he's getting married this month to Alisha Woods and wants to build his own family.

The home-team advantage doesn't only work on the field. While it certainly worked here, it doesn't sound like the Wild had to do a lot of strong-arming on the home-field front.

posted by roberts at 10:10 PM on July 04

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Or send them to Atlanta and tell them they'll be playing for the Thrashers.

posted by roberts at 05:41 PM on June 28

Hockey HoF Selects 4

Admittedly a Red Wings fan. But even so, Shanahan snub was awful.

posted by roberts at 07:46 AM on June 27

Tony Parker Sues Nightclub Over Posse Fight

And then there's Tony Parker and the nightclub fight...

posted by roberts at 09:47 PM on June 25

Kings of the NHL

Following that logic, the Toronto Maple Leafs should be champions by 2033-34 at the latest.


posted by roberts at 06:45 AM on June 12

Heat Beat Celtics, Advance to NBA Finals

If small children can manage it, why is it too much to ask of adult millionaires?

Small children recognize it for what it is--a game. Adult millionaires see the game as a paycheck and the path to glory.

posted by roberts at 07:08 PM on June 10

Justin Blackmon Arrested on DUI Charge

Wonder if the tweet apology is coming.

posted by roberts at 06:39 AM on June 05

Will U-M embrace Fab 5?

Time might heal all wounds. So why reopen them? Memories of vacated seasons and the destruction of U-M basketball for several years.

If the university needs some type of closure catharsis over this, and this will do it, then raise the banners. But the school must also remember the hurtful Fab 5 memories in deciding whether the tradeoff for the school is worth it.

posted by roberts at 11:49 AM on May 26

NFL Receiver Did Not Catch HIV

More information than I needed to know, David.

posted by roberts at 05:42 PM on May 24

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Comes the word that mothers are the best hope in shielding kids from football and its hazards.

posted by roberts at 11:04 AM on May 12

CBS Golf Writer Mocks Overweight Players Championship Fan

It will be interesting to see whether CBS considers it acceptable

With May sweeps, I can't see the network doing anything unless advertisers get on them. I hope I'm wrong and CBS comes down hard on Elling because of his asshole comment.

posted by roberts at 07:00 AM on May 11

The Watchdog

Sounds like he's trying to please too many people and walk too many fine lines.

Granted, some of that comes with his job as Keeper of NFL Integrity. Just seems that he has yet to define NFL Integrity under Roger Goodell.

posted by roberts at 09:40 PM on May 08

Bob Ryan: 'Football is Inherently Unsafe'

The evidence that football is inherently unsafe is there for all to see.

True. But witness Draft Day. There was no shortage of college kids ready to take the big bucks and fan adulation the NFL offers. Despite the possible tradeoff of a horrible post-NFL future.

posted by roberts at 07:56 PM on May 06

Brooklyn Nets Unveil New Logo

Logo seems an Oakland Raiders wannabe. All that is missing is a BB player with an eye patch and NBA headband.

posted by roberts at 06:38 AM on May 01

Tigers Fans Owe Inge Better

Not to say the boo birds were right, but there was more to the Inge boos than just a downturn of productivity.

posted by roberts at 11:31 AM on April 28

Per unnamed league sources: Pro Bowl game likely to be stopped

If the Pro Bowl is not going to be tied to a meaningful prize, (like baseball's WS home advantage for winning the All-Star game) the NFL might as well get rid of it. The game has degenerated into a football laughingstock, with its only purpose at this point being cash and TV ratings. The game is not even football; it's a joke.

posted by roberts at 05:43 PM on April 26

The Other Ballpark That Just Turned 100

I was upset when they renamed it Tiger Stadium from Briggs Stadium. A lot of memories.

But memories don't pay the bills, especially for a hurting city like Detroit. It would have been nice to keep the ballpark as a monument to the great games that went on there. And I was upset when they decided to tear it down rather than make something of it.

But Detroit has bigger financial problems than paying big bucks to keep an old stadium around. If you have to choose, well...

posted by roberts at 07:03 AM on April 24

World Peace Ejected for Vicious Elbow

Hopefully the suspension will mandate some type of anger management or psychological treatment. Artest is talented. Emotional meltdowns and cheap shots do not have to be part of his package.

posted by roberts at 07:38 AM on April 23

Pat Summit steps down as head coach at Tennesse

A class move by a class act.

posted by roberts at 06:58 AM on April 19

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

How being a sports fan can be a healthy pursuit.

posted by roberts at 07:12 AM on April 15

Zach Tomaselli: I Made Up Accusations Against Bernie Fine

Where do I go to get my reputation back?

Same place he can find his home, job, and rest of his life.

posted by roberts at 06:51 PM on April 13

Completely unsurprisingly, Terry Francona does not want to be part of Fenway's 100th Birthday

Not sure they really want Francona to attend their party. Doesn't sound like Lucchino or Henry know the depths of Francona's feelings. Or care. Not when their invitation leads to an argument.

posted by roberts at 08:31 PM on April 12

Times Reporter Wishes She Could Boycott Masters

Maybe they will yield under public pressure eventually.

Eventually is the key word here. That the pressure so far has been so disjointed makes its own statement about how the "public" feels about this issue.

The occasional news stories or Augusta National gate protests only go so far. There is the news story about gender discrimination at Augusta National, then the media does its annual fawning over the Master's and Augusta National. The tournament golfers don't care enough about the issue to get together and take Billy and the boys to task until Augusta National halts its gender discrimination.

It's one thing to hide behind "membership" and "private" for so long. It's a matter where common decency trumps green jacket privacy. The common decency angle has now reached new heights with the IBM CEO issue.

posted by roberts at 06:20 PM on April 07

Coach Bobby Petrino Crashes Motorcycle

And there is a question as to whether he was wearing a helmet.

posted by roberts at 05:50 PM on April 02

McNabb: RG3 Not Good Fit for Washington

Dysfunctional locker room, strange owner, seemingly bitter veteran quarterback. I would not wish the Redskins on my worst enemy. Hopefully Luck, RG3 or whatever college kid the Redskins end up with will be able to get out of there before becoming a dysfunctional, bitter player themselves.

posted by roberts at 06:58 AM on March 30

Chipper Jones to retire at end of 2012 season

The Braves franchise has a lot of things -- tangible and intangible -- to thank Jones for. They made him the cornerstone of the franchise for many years and, in more than one way, he delivered.

The Braves paid him well for his baseball skills over the years. Here's hoping that the Braves take advantage of his baseball knowledge accumulated over the years and reward him for those intangibles following the 2012 season.

posted by roberts at 08:47 PM on March 22

Tebow Traded to New York Jets

Anyone think end zone seats are good?

Depends on how often you want to see your team.

posted by roberts at 07:51 PM on March 21

Report: Peyton Manning Has Picked Broncos

And lo, on the day Manning said he would sign with Denver, little Timmy assumed the Tebowmania position, laid his head in one hand, and said unto God:


posted by roberts at 06:40 PM on March 19

Derek Fisher No-Show After Lakers Trade

...probably reduce payroll costs.

And then, when possible, delay hiring that junior employee to fill the post so the company can save a few weeks or months pay and benefits in its attempt to save as much as it can.

posted by roberts at 06:53 AM on March 19

Why Peyton should go to Arizona

A little-known bonus of being the Cardinals starting quarterback is that you get to hold news conferences under a tree every week.

Top that you other teams...

posted by roberts at 06:08 PM on March 11

Peyton Manning Visits Denver

Just don't want Manning to end up in the clutches of Dan Snyder.

posted by roberts at 07:26 AM on March 10

Does Tennis Need a Shot Clock?

Some type of time limit enforcement method is needed whether it is an NBA-style shot clock or some hybrid of it. Such enforcement left to a sole chair umpire could easily lead to cries of bias via inconsistent enforcement of time restrictions on one player over another.

When the tennis "play clock" starts on each play might be handled by a separate referee and not by the chair umpire who has other things in the match to take up his attention.

A shot clock like the NBA, play clock like the NFL or some other time-limit method would be something the players could each see and possibly use for any tactical maneuvering of their opponent.

posted by roberts at 06:11 PM on March 09

Colts Will Release Peyton Manning Today

Peyton Manning and Hines Ward to Tennessee. Not a bad tandem if you want a pair of 36-year-olds. A great QB and a top, respected vet receiver that could show and lead the Titans young receiver corps.

Two class acts in a difficult situation...

Bob Irsay and class act are in the oxymoron family.


Perhaps little if any animosity at the press conference. But on the football field, Peyton has GOT to want to show Irsay what he threw away.

posted by roberts at 07:05 PM on March 07

Worst to First: Ranking all 30 MLB Uniforms

Can't complain. Old English D deserves to be near the top. Padres deserve the "honor" of last place as their uniforms truly suck.

posted by roberts at 06:30 AM on March 07

Say it Ain'ts So

'pay for performance' program--Gregg Williams

He makes it sound like an incentive program.

posted by roberts at 05:44 PM on March 02

Matt Kenseth Wins Fire-Delayed Daytona 500

Danica isn't the first athletic figure to have allowed money to water down her credibility, and she won't be the last.

posted by roberts at 07:31 PM on February 28

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Now Jeremy Lin gets his own ice cream.

posted by roberts at 06:41 AM on February 25

Pitchers and Catchers Report

It's all paid for.

posted by roberts at 10:12 PM on February 11

Economists Imagine the Death of Football

Never mind liability suits, the insurance premiums and health benefits (for the retired player) for the players will begin to sky rocket if things don't change soon.

Very true.

But you can be sure the owners and insurance companies will put something in the policies' fine print to protect themselves.

Until the players stand up and do something serious about this, and the NFLPA quits paying lip service to the problem and takes the health issues of its members seriously, those needed changes will be very slow in coming.

posted by roberts at 10:46 AM on February 11