Recent Comments by curlyelk

Blake Griffin Hangs 47 on Pacers

Can he shoot like Bird? I haven't seen much of him, but I thought his range was limited.

I'm not surprised he ripped the Pacers, they don't have a F that can even come close to matching Griffin's athleticism. I think they started Hansbrough on him, which is a disaster waiting to happen.

posted by curlyelk at 12:58 PM on January 18

Broncos Coach Taunted Chargers Before Game

As NFL head coaches get younger and younger, it seems likely they'll wind up acting with the punk mentality becoming more and more prevalent with that generation.

I doubt there are more "punks" in this generation than in your generation. But if you choose to pine for old times and come across as a cranky old timer, then go for it.

I personally don't care for McDaniels style. He comes across as too arrogant for my taste, especially considering that he hasn't really accomplished anything yet. On the other hand, he seems to relate to his players really well which may get them to buy in to his system more readily.

posted by curlyelk at 04:14 PM on November 27

Mangini wonders if Lions faked injuries

McGinest did the exact same thing to the Colts. So yeah, Mangini would be one to recognize such tactics, but who does he blame for the timeout at the end of the game that allowed the inured Stafford to come back in and throw a TD? That was more a factor than the alleged fake injuries.

posted by curlyelk at 09:05 AM on November 24

Belichick Call Questioned in Pats' Loss to Colts

Teams convert 4th and 2 70% of the time? Is that one of those made-up statistics? I would think it would be a much lower percentage, even for the Pats.

posted by curlyelk at 10:57 AM on November 16

Belichick Call Questioned in Pats' Loss to Colts

What fabulon said. Belichick trusted his offense more than his defense.

posted by curlyelk at 08:59 AM on November 16

LeBron James: Honor Jordan By Giving Up No. 23

Could this be a diversion from all the 2010 free agency talk?

posted by curlyelk at 02:13 PM on November 13

Behind The Back Pass

A trick play would have been a fake XP pass for a conversion. This just looked like a normal conversion with a showboat pass that was superfluous to say the least. A conventional pass would have gotten to the receiver much faster and been the safer play. I'm sure it was an obvious mismatch and they were having fun with it early and often. Unsportsmanlike for sure.

posted by curlyelk at 10:19 AM on October 31

The Hoser's NFL Picks 2009, Week Eight -- Halloween Edition

but just picture Jets' head coach Rex Ryan butt naked in a pile of Halloween candy

Damn you!! I'll never look at Halloween candy the same.

posted by curlyelk at 11:23 AM on October 30

Washington's NFL Team Orders Newspaper to Remove Negative Photos

If anyone at the Post had a spine, they would have printed the photos regardless of the repercussions from Snyder. Then, if the team chose to limit access for Post reporters, just quit covering them. Think of the negative attention Snyder would have on his hands if that happened!

posted by curlyelk at 11:57 AM on October 12

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Geez...I just came across another dreaded mascot post on my favorite econ blog. Nothing is sacred! Of course trying to be a voice of reason over there will be an effort in futility.

posted by curlyelk at 08:40 AM on September 18

Native Americans Ask Supreme Court to Sack Redskins Trademark

surely I don't need to explain the concept of polling

No. I already did the math. The sample should have been closer to 2000 to have significant results. My comment wasn't an off handed stab in the dark.

posted by curlyelk at 05:18 PM on September 16

Native Americans Ask Supreme Court to Sack Redskins Trademark

The Cleveland Browns are being sued by Hispanics

If their mascot was a caricature of a mexican do you think there might be a problem?

Your comments may be tongue in cheek, but it looks like to me like you're trying to diminish the Native American stance by drawing false comparisons.

posted by curlyelk at 04:22 PM on September 16

Native Americans Ask Supreme Court to Sack Redskins Trademark

Yeah, 768 is not enough of a sample to draw the conclusion that the majority of Native Americans are OK with the term redskins.

posted by curlyelk at 04:17 PM on September 16

Native Americans Ask Supreme Court to Sack Redskins Trademark

Most people still don't realize what the term "redskin" means to a Native American. Quite a shame that we still have this team name out there.

posted by curlyelk at 01:14 PM on September 16

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

rcade - don't you dare put multiple links up there about the thrashing my cards took last night.

Seriously though, 22 point dogs? ouch.

posted by curlyelk at 09:52 AM on September 04

Burress Pleads Guilty in Weapons Case

I agree it is hard to reconcile this sentence with Stallworth's, but as inigo points out its because the two states have different laws. NY has an emphasis on gun control and cracks down very hard on offenders. The judge in this case is not draconian, but you can make the argument that the law is.

posted by curlyelk at 08:39 AM on August 21

ESPN: Favre Reaches Deal to Join Vikings

I like it too. Favre is an entertaining QB and instantly makes the Vikes a ton better. I'm sure we'll hear from the crowd that is sick of Favre and his ever changing mind, but I could care less how often he retires and unretires as long as there is a team out there that wants him. Green Bay vs Minn should be very interesting this year.

I wonder if this will bring Madden out of retirement.

posted by curlyelk at 01:18 PM on August 18

Tony Kornheiser Out at Monday Night Football

This is good news. I like Kornheiser in general, but he seemed like an out of place oddball on MNF. It seemed like they were creating opportunities for him to monologue versus just letting everything flow. Plus he didn't appear to know more about football than the average fan, so Gruden should be an improvement in that department at least.

For extra entertainment value, I hope Gruden loses his temper on the air.

posted by curlyelk at 12:47 PM on May 18

Former NBA player Wayman Tisdale loses his battle with cancer.

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posted by curlyelk at 02:36 PM on May 15

Mavericks Fans Declare Open Season on Nuggets' Families

So difficulty containing one's emotions and intensity = THUG. I've never come across that definition before.

Its a sad day when people think the appropriate solution is for the family to stay home because fans can't act like adults, instead taking cues from someone as foolish as Cuban. Don't pretend that Dallas fans acted this way in response to Martin stating he would "take care of this." Did anyone really think that Martin was going to show up at Cuban's doorstep and beat his ass or something? The fans act this way because Cuban's actions give them tacit approval.

posted by curlyelk at 12:58 PM on May 13

NBA Admits Officials Blew Mavs-Nuggets Call

After no foul was called, Wright quit on the play and Anthony got an open look and sunk a three-pointer, and the Mavs are now in a 3-0 hole that no team has climbed out of in league history.

Clearly a mistake by the refs, but Dallas can't blame the loss on them. Wright quit on the play, he should have stayed on Anthony until after the shot. I'm not sure if he was just anticipating the whistle or thought he heard it, but either way you have to stay on your guy even after the call just in case there is continuation.

posted by curlyelk at 10:08 AM on May 10

Broncos Trade Jay Cutler to Bears for Two First Round Picks and Kyle Orton

Well it appears from bperk's link that McD was just entertaining offers. Still could have been a little more hush about it though.

posted by curlyelk at 01:35 PM on April 03

Broncos Trade Jay Cutler to Bears for Two First Round Picks and Kyle Orton

Well he didn't chose to, did he? He entertained an offer for Cassel which he didn't believe would put him at a disadvantage, but that deal never went through.

Yes, he did choose to. For one, I didn't understand the situation as McDaniel was entertaining offers put at his table so much as he was actively going after Cassel. I could be wrong on that one. But second, these things can be done discreetly so that a rookie head coach doesn't have to piss off the franchise QB. It didn't need to be made public until there was a deal. Plus McDaniel seemed a little too smug about the fued between he and Cutler. Did anybody else see the video of McDaniel with the Cutler throwback jersey a couple weeks ago?

And I don't see how anyone can say that Cassel would be an upgrade over Cutler and make a team better. He made a good showing last season but one season isn't enough of a body of work to throw out the franchise QB. We'll see how good Cassel is for the Chiefs this season.

posted by curlyelk at 01:31 PM on April 03

Broncos Trade Jay Cutler to Bears for Two First Round Picks and Kyle Orton

Cutler was not a locker room cancer. Even if you think he has been acting like a cry baby this offseason, its not been an ongoing problem throughout his short career AFAIK.

What I find odd about this is that McDaniel is willing to put himself at a disadvantage right out of the gate. If Orton doesn't get the job done, then McDaniel is going to take a LOT of heat for this debacle. And I really can't see how Orton will be effective with the Broncos. He isn't going to have a staunch defense to bail him out and he doesn't have much of a running game now (certainly no one of Forte's caliber). He does have a good O-line now, but there's no way his game manager style is going to cut it in Denver.

posted by curlyelk at 10:58 AM on April 03

Rickey Henderson and Jim Rice make this year's MLB Hall of Fame

Ricky Henderson is the greatest of all time.

Yay for live preview being back!

posted by curlyelk at 03:07 PM on January 13

A Little "Hometown Justice"

I heard somewhere that Jackson was able to make a more compelling argument as to why he was taking the substance. Health reasons I believe.

Its not in the article, but I think the main argument these players have put forth is that no one from the league communicated to the players that this was on the list of banned substances. So I don't think you have to label it hometown justice. There's some validity to that argument.

posted by curlyelk at 05:09 PM on December 04

Pistons get Iverson for Billups, McDyess, Samb

Chauncey has struggled in the playoffs the last few years, but choke artist might be a bit strong. I guess 04 was a long time ago.

Doc - AI isn't replacing Billups, Stuckey is. I don't think you'll see AI playing point full time, which should open him up for his preferred role of black hole...errr...scorer.

posted by curlyelk at 07:40 PM on November 03

How Football Explains America.

Ah, yes dave, I did read the article. Unfortunately, I have read several articles from Wells and they all seem to have the same piss and vinegar quality. Perhaps I just automatically read his work as whiny complaining rather than the exemplary journalism you seem to think it.

posted by curlyelk at 04:09 PM on October 06

How Football Explains America.

Scathing article by Wells, although it comes off as if his feelings were hurt because Paolantonio doesn't care for soccer. Axe grinding and all that.

posted by curlyelk at 09:11 AM on October 02

The Hoser's NFL Picks, Week Three 2008

Couldnt they find better hands down at Pike Place Fish Market?

Yes, yes they could. Those guys can play some serious catch with fish.

The weekly Hoser picks are a nice Friday tradition to keep going, even if an evil imp stole all your apostrophes.

posted by curlyelk at 02:28 PM on September 19

The Hoser's NFL Picks, Week One 2008

"Being a Bears fan in Indy is going to fun on Sunday night. It should be Bears 30 & Colts 16"

Just keep telling yourself that, pal. Can Hester really score 30 by himself?

posted by curlyelk at 02:29 PM on September 05

Fan Ejected From Yankee Stadium For Bathroom Break During 'God Bless America'

Yeah firecop, but it sounds like a C-Y-A statement from NYPD. No way to really know what happened. If it went down the way Campeau-Laurion says it did, then I hope this kind of shit doesn't start happening more frequently.

posted by curlyelk at 08:18 AM on September 03

An Open Letter From Roger Ebert To Jay Mariotti

Dviking is right. While the newspaper industry is suffering a bit right now, it is still trying to come up with ways to fully utilize the web, and in the meantime is doing what it can with ads, blogs, etc. They'll evolve, adapt, and survive through this ailing period. Besides, there's just something about reading a newspaper that I don't get from reading the same content online and I suspect others feel the same. After all, you can't take your computer in the can with you, or at least you shouldn't.

posted by curlyelk at 01:24 PM on August 29

Bengals Resign Troubled Receiver Chris Henry

Once again, talent trumps conduct.

Aren't the other receivers supposed to be recovered from their injuries by week 5? I don't see the reason for bringing this guy back if he has to sit out the first four weeks.

posted by curlyelk at 01:53 PM on August 20

I could beat Michael Phelps

Kind of like how you sprinted past that horse, Chad?

posted by curlyelk at 04:12 PM on August 14

NFL.com fantasy football vs. Yahoo fantasy football

I was in an NFL.com league for the first time last season and didn't like it as much as Yahoo, which I've used for 5 or 6 years. Mostly it was the way the commish organized the league (waaaay too many teams, funky scoring, and not enough bench spots) but the website was much more cumbersome for me than Yahoo's. Also, we didn't have an online draft and had to do drafting over email, which was terribly painful. I assume NFL.com has a live draft capability and that the commish dropped the ball, but that might be something for you to double check just in case.

posted by curlyelk at 11:22 AM on July 16

Favre Asks For Release

Favre isn't in front of a camera, isn't chiming in on talk radio, and isn't writing columns for newspapers or websites. The circus is created by the sports media who have nothing more interesting to report. If you're tired of hearing about it, blame the media for the beating of a dead horse. Its not like Favre went through the media to announce he'd like to return, it was leaked.

posted by curlyelk at 01:01 PM on July 12

Favre Asks For Release

I find it very strange that GB doesn't want Favre next season. How can you take an unproven (albeit promising) Rodgers over Favre? I realize they want to get Rodgers up to full speed and see what he can do, but the ultimate goal is still to win a superbowl and I have to think Favre gives them the best chance to do that this season. With AP in Minnesota, I find it scary that Favre could go there. If defenses have to concern themselves with AP, Favre could pick the secondary apart and have another anomalous season.

posted by curlyelk at 11:11 AM on July 12

Ring it up! Celtics crush Lakers for 17th title

Further evidence of getting what you pay for Somebody tell this to the Yankees. I'm happy that Garnett, Allen, and Pierce finally got rings, as all three seem to be good guys. For the Lakers, it will be interesting to see if Bynum's return to the lineup has the effect that some are predicting. But the one thing I think everyone learned from this finals is that Kobe is NOT Jordan. Many of the talking heads on TV and radio were too quick to crown him as the next MJ. Hopefully we don't have to listen to the comparisons anymore.

posted by curlyelk at 11:57 AM on June 18

An Instant Classic

I fell asleep when the Celtics were down 81-80. I couldn't keep my eyes open even though I knew it would be a great finish. Damn you 9pm tipoff!

posted by curlyelk at 09:28 AM on June 13

Junior Mint: The enduring popularity (and ubiquity) of the 1989 upper deck Ken Griffey Jr. Card

There was a time when my young mind thought I had a fortune in waiting with Frank Thomas' Leaf rookie and this Junior rookie. The fact is that if I sold both of these today I may get a tank of gas or two. Now if I had one of those blue Griffey's, that might be worth something.

posted by curlyelk at 03:01 PM on June 02

Kimbo Slice is Going Primetime

It was way too long THX, especially considering the first two fights lasted a total of two minutes. The Lawler/Smith fight was the best fight of the evening with Carano/Young in a close second. Its a shame Lawler/Smith was cut short over what sounds like a miscommunication between fighter and doctor. I think they did a good job stopping Carano/Young when they did as it appeared Young had a broken eye socket. Ouch! Slice/Thompson was a joke. MMA as a whole was probably knocked down a few notches due to the sloppy performances of the out of shape fighters AND the questionable officiating of the "main event." Also, whats up with the ear? Anyone in that locker room have a needle for pete's sake? Strictly from an entertainment perspective, however, I enjoyed the hell out of that match.

posted by curlyelk at 01:37 PM on June 02

Fines will be imposed for clear cases of flopping:

What is a clear case of flopping? This has disaster written all over it, in my opinion. I hate flopping with a passion, but I would rather see the refs just stop calling charges on players who run into floppers. Fining players doesn't seem to fit here.

posted by curlyelk at 12:08 PM on May 29

ESPN Fires Pittsburgh Radio Host Mark Madden

Yeah, thankfully I've never heard of this guy before now. Rcade, his comment about the Kopechnes suggests he knows something of recent U.S. history, or at least Kennedy history. He had to know it was a distasteful comment, he just didn't think he'd get canned for it.

posted by curlyelk at 02:45 PM on May 28

If you can't beat 'em, cheat 'em.

That was a clean screen, not a cheap shot and certainly not cheating. The columnist seems to have an axe to grind with the Spurs.

posted by curlyelk at 03:40 PM on May 16

Page 2's Bill Simmons channels Doc Rivers

That was hilarious! Maybe Bill isn't so bad after all. On second thought, he still sucks.

posted by curlyelk at 08:50 AM on May 15

College junior self-declares for 2008 NBA draft.

Apparently I've been under a rock, because this is new to me. Hopefully the only reason that it took "weeks" to find an address on nba.com was that he was on a massive drinking binge.

posted by curlyelk at 08:28 AM on May 09

Harrison asked about shooting

sportsblitz and BornIcon - I didn't intend for my "scary" comment to mean that North Philly is scary to me personally. Philadelphia, and particularly North Philadelphia, is a high crime rate area. Historically, North Philadelphia is a blighted area with drugs, violent crimes, slums, etc worse than the national average. I'm sure Harrison's businesses are an effort in revitalization and job growth. I'm also well aware that people have the right to live and work where they please, nowhere did I say otherwise. I just find the whole scenario bizarre.

posted by curlyelk at 03:08 PM on May 07

Teen is running out of innings, but the game still isn't over

This is an incredible story. Few people could carry themselves as well as this kid. I definately wouldn't have come across this anywhere else. Thanks for posting. THX - Thats a lot of run-ins with cancer. I feel for you and hope your wife can get better.

posted by curlyelk at 02:17 PM on May 07

Harrison asked about shooting

Right, nothing says gangsta like being a little too quiet and reserved. I didn't say he was a gangster. Harrison just seems like an odd guy. He's worth millions yet owns a bar and a car wash in North Philadelphia, which happens to be a very scary place. Maybe he is giving back to the community? He owns a custom made pistol with armor piercing bullets. I'm not a gun guy, but that seems excessive. Living and working in Indy, I've heard other stuff about the guy that seems strange. None of this means he has anything to do with the shooting or that he's a bad guy. It just doesn't pass the sniff test for me, but I'm curious to see how the investigation turns out.

posted by curlyelk at 10:52 AM on May 06

Harrison asked about shooting

Harrison has always been a little too quiet and reserved, in my opinion. I've heard rumors in the past about incidents that have been hushed up, but nothing involving guns. I'll wait and see how the investigation turns out before I care too much. Marvin is probably on the back burner now anyway.

posted by curlyelk at 01:31 PM on May 05

Pacman gives Dallas Cowboys a dual threat:

This is what Pacman Jones can bring to the Dallas Cowboys on the field if he plays in 2008: Rain baby, make it rain. I would add TO to the list of degenerates the Boys have brought to the team. He was never in trouble with the law that I know of, but he definately had the reputation as a head case and locker room cancer.

posted by curlyelk at 01:15 PM on April 24

MMA Fantasy Draft

I think its time we had an MMA category for the FPP's. You blood thirsty warmongers.

posted by curlyelk at 03:03 PM on April 21

NBA Playoffs Pool, anyone?

EAST Celtics in 4 Pistons in 5 Raptors in 7 Cavs in 6 Gilbert Arenas WEST Lakers in 6 Mavs in 7 Suns in 7 Jazz in 5 Amare Stoudamire

posted by curlyelk at 12:36 PM on April 18

WHAT GIVES, GUYS? Nelson says there's no problem, Davis says very little

dfleming is right. At the very least you have to get the guy in for a heat check sometime in the second half. This decision seems to be some kind of stunt by Nelson. Isn't it more likely that instead of going 6-9 when he came back in, he went 1-9? I would say just as likely, not more or less. What you have to keep in mind is that the Baron does much more than score for this team. The last Warrior's game I had a chance to watch was the Denver matchup about a week ago. As I remember he had a fairly sub par first half, but ended up with a triple double. In the NBA you have to rely on your star players to work through a poor stretch or at least provide some intangibles.

posted by curlyelk at 01:29 PM on April 17

WHAT GIVES, GUYS? Nelson says there's no problem, Davis says very little

Why didn't he play Baron Davis in the second half of Monday's playoff-elimination game in Phoenix? Clearly it was to wreck my smallworld basketball team. Nellie was certainly successful in that regard. As a coach you can't justify a bad decision by suggesting there was no shot at making the playoffs. The Warriors have to take care of everything within their control to stay in playoff contention and Nelson can't assume that Denver will beat Memphis. There is absolutely no way you can convince me that they are a better team without Davis on the floor. I can see benching him for the third quarter, maybe. it is widely acknowledged that Stephen Jackson is their leader and emotional catalyst No doubt this is widely acknowledged, but its also laughable. While in Indy, Jacko was a gun toting emotional train wreck that only managed to drag his team down. Take note Golden State, he is a ticking time bomb.

posted by curlyelk at 01:08 PM on April 16

Rushin' to the Olympics:

Really? Vichy France? As long as you're going historical on me how about Nazi Germany? Are you OK with her playing for Nazi Germany? Sure. Its no skin off my back. Its not like she's a spy or something. She's not denouncing America and everything we represent. She's playing ball for Russia. bloodiest century in the history of humankind You can attribute this to the formation of alliances and lingering imperialism. Not so much the Olympics.

posted by curlyelk at 03:54 PM on April 11

Rushin' to the Olympics:

I wonder how members of the 1972 U.S. Men's basketball team feel about it Can you explain the relevance? FIBA hosed the US basketball team in 72, not the Soviets. It seems that some people are upset by Hammon's decision because they still HATE the Soviets. Except that with the Cold War over and Russia attempting something other than Communism, it seems a bit harsh. Take off the Members Only jacket and join the present. Becky Hammon can play basketball for any country that will allow her to do so, including Russia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Lichtenstein, Mexico, China, Metropolis, Translyvania, Vichy France, or Vietnam, and its OK with me.

posted by curlyelk at 01:31 PM on April 11

Kansas Wins National Title...

I thought that was a great game, despite not having a horse in the race. While Kansas deserves credit for some big plays and not giving up, Memphis could have iced the game by hitting the freebies. I feel for the Memphis guys losing that way, especially Douglas-Roberts and Rose, because their free throw shooting down the stretch will haunt them for years.

posted by curlyelk at 09:45 AM on April 08

Hawk attacks 13-year-old at Fenway Park

This must be payback for the Tripp incident.

posted by curlyelk at 12:52 PM on April 04