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Baseball Hall of Fame Announces Changes to Voting Process for Recently Retired Players

Conspiracy Theory Hat on: this is being done deliberately to keep McGwire (among others) off and minimize the presence of the Steroid Era.

posted by Bonkers at 02:49 PM on July 26

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Trouble in The Best Damn Band in The Land

posted by Bonkers at 03:38 PM on July 24

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Heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury is having a bad day.

He had a scheduled fight this weekend (a rematch against Dereck Chisora) canceled due to injury (Tyson's had this happen to him a couple times). This infuriated Tyson, who took to Twitter to vent his spleen, and tried to call out American Deontay Wilder (@BronzeBomber). However, he ended up getting the wrong handle and calling out English soccer lady Lucy Bronze (warning: NSFW language) (@LucyBronze)

It should be noted that Tyson Fury is considered not a bright man and is mostly famous for this:

posted by Bonkers at 05:42 PM on July 21

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Dave Rappoccio on Chris Kluwe.

posted by Bonkers at 05:36 PM on July 19

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The Leafs would still find a way to screw it all up.

posted by Bonkers at 08:21 PM on July 18

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Not that I watched the Espys either, but they did have this, anyway.

posted by Bonkers at 05:17 PM on July 17

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Fear the Liechtenstein.

posted by Bonkers at 05:26 PM on July 13

LeBron James Returning to Cleveland

For Miami fans: you don't get to complain about this. As a analogy:

When you date a girl/guy and cause her/him to break-up a relationship to start dating you, you forfeit the right to be angry when she/he cheats on you, because you knew she/he was a cheater from the start. If they'll do it for you, they'll do it to you.

posted by Bonkers at 09:49 AM on July 12

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The Onion nails it.

posted by Bonkers at 07:47 AM on July 11

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Also: Everyday Football Fouls

The chick at the bar is my favorite one.

posted by Bonkers at 08:41 AM on July 10

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We provide the best service at affordable prices.

But what if I want the worst service at extortionary prices?

posted by Bonkers at 08:39 AM on July 10

Brazil Faces Germany for Spot in World Cup Final

Don't worry, I'm sure Brazil's coach gave an epic, Disney-level speech to inspire an incredible comeback in the second half.

posted by Bonkers at 04:56 PM on July 08

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I wonder if there's ever been another team so wildly up-and-down as the Red Sox over the last 3+ years. (I could probably be more vague if I tried, but I'm willing to say "grum" 3 times in the mirror, if that'll help)

The Marlins come to mind:

1995: 67-76, 22.5 GB 1996: 80-82, 16 GB 1997: 92-70, 9 GB, World Series Champion 1998: 54-108, 52 GB (granted, this was after the team firesale) 1999: 64-98, 39 GB

After the 2003 WS win, they were mostly consistent in their performance, never being in danger of being too good or too bad and finding a humble home in mediocrity.

posted by Bonkers at 03:20 PM on July 08

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In honor of the NBA Summer League, an article from a few years ago explaining it: "it's worthless to watch summer-league basketball in hopes of seeing how good someone like Kevin Durant is going to be in the pros. If you'd like to see how good Durant would be if he played in a freakishly competitive game at the Y, however, you've come to the right place."

posted by Bonkers at 09:00 AM on July 08

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Bad choice for the face of Florida football for the month.

posted by Bonkers at 01:24 PM on July 01

Tim Lincecum Throws 2nd No-Hitter Against Padres

He also needs to get to work increasing his hobo-murdering if he wants to get into the Greg Maddux wing.

posted by Bonkers at 08:03 AM on June 26

LeBron Taking His Talents Out of South Beach

And I didn't even make that, either.

posted by Bonkers at 01:49 PM on June 24

USPTO Cancels Redskins Trademarks

Not a lawyer, but from the opinion today:

As explained below, we decide, based on the evidence properly before us, that
these registrations must be cancelled because they were disparaging to Native
Americans at the respective times they were registered, in violation of Section 2(a)
of the Trademark Act of 1946, 15 U.S.C. 1052(a). This decision concerns only the
statutory right to registration under Section 2(a).

(emphasis mine)

So what they will have to prove is that the word was disparaging in 1967. Which will be very, very difficult to do (worth noting that the first District Court ruling that was thrown out by the Circuit Court actually did find that there was not substantial evidence of disparagement as well as a laches issue; the appeal only focused on the laches issue and it was remanded for that-see page 5 of the new ruling).

As Slate noted last year:

Of course, the names of many peoples who have been at war have been used with an intention to demonize or denigrate. That we can find Germans spoken of with malice during World War II, though, does not make German slang or offensive. But the informal usage of redskin seems to have made it especially inviting to the creators of frontier tales.

Such contexts and, more importantly, the violent history of U.S. Indian policy, help explain why the 1898 Webster's Collegiate dictionary labeled red-skin "often contemptuous," as Peter Sokolowski of Merriam-Webster has pointed out. But our lexicographical take on the word remained complicated.

Later volumes of Webster's, in fact, dropped the derogatory label. Webster's Second Unabridged in 1934 and Webster's Third Unabridged in 1961 applied no label at all to redskin. Not that either was famous for its sensitivity: Webster's Second defined Apache as "nomads of warlike disposition and relatively low culture."

Which is why I think this will also be overturned by federal court.

(edited to include link to today's opinion)

posted by Bonkers at 02:26 PM on June 18

USPTO Cancels Redskins Trademarks

Worth noting that the Redskins have been stripped of their trademarks before.

And gotten them back, as well (decision here for any jurists in the audience).

posted by Bonkers at 12:40 PM on June 18

MLB Hall-of-Famer Tony Gwynn has died at age 54.


posted by Bonkers at 01:34 PM on June 16

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Boxers: not good at geography.

posted by Bonkers at 12:58 AM on June 15

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If the English need hope that badly, she might be available.

posted by Bonkers at 03:18 PM on June 12

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The Mountain is quite strong (potential Game of Thrones spoiler if you haven't seen the last episode).

posted by Bonkers at 09:49 AM on June 06

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Richard Schaefer resigns from Golden Boy Promotions.

This will probably lead to a major shake-up of the boxing landscape.

posted by Bonkers at 10:52 PM on June 02

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I'm shocked, SHOCKED to discover allegations of corruption regarding soccer matches and the 2022 World Cup decision!

posted by Bonkers at 12:52 AM on June 01

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Malcom Glazer, owner of ManU and the Buccaneers, is dead.

posted by Bonkers at 05:59 PM on May 28

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Curtis Jackson will not be getting a call from the majors.

posted by Bonkers at 01:20 AM on May 28

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Well done on the National Anthem, Slash.

posted by Bonkers at 10:39 PM on May 24

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Mark Cuban on stupidity: "I'm the one guy who says don't force the stupid people to be quiet -I want to know who the morons are."

posted by Bonkers at 12:21 PM on May 22

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A brief guide to boxing's Cold War

posted by Bonkers at 12:18 PM on May 17

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Stay away from the Shake Shack.

posted by Bonkers at 08:46 PM on May 14

Live: 2014 NFL Draft

Dave Rappoccio: "I wonder if Johnny Manziel's tears are just as nimble at falling as he is"

posted by Bonkers at 10:04 PM on May 08

Live: 2014 NFL Draft

This draft doesn't have enough cuts to Johnny Manziel's face for reaction shots.

posted by Bonkers at 09:32 PM on May 08

Live: 2014 NFL Draft

Whoops, double post. I blame Roger Goodell, because why not.

posted by Bonkers at 09:05 PM on May 08

Live: 2014 NFL Draft

Was this how the Draft Day movie ended, with the Brownies drafting a CB and the crowd chanting "Cleveland Sucks"?

posted by Bonkers at 09:05 PM on May 08

Live: 2014 NFL Draft

What the heck is on Jon Gruden's head?

posted by Bonkers at 08:11 PM on May 08

Kansas State denies player the right to transfer away

Situations like this are what are going to cause students to get paid-not because they are necessarily related and/or equal, but that the NCAA is so tone-deaf about the optics of the issues they deal with that they've destroyed any credibility they have on the issues.

posted by Bonkers at 10:35 AM on May 07

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Ever wonder how the Pontiac Silverdome is doing these days? Not great is the answer.

posted by Bonkers at 05:27 PM on April 30

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Rubin "The Hurricane" Carter died.

As always, the real story is much more complicated than the Hollywood movie.

posted by Bonkers at 07:24 AM on April 22

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The Notre Dame Subway Guy is returning to boxing.

posted by Bonkers at 07:35 PM on April 03

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Meanwhile the Rockies cut a bunch of seats (I can't seem to find how many) to put in a rooftop bar (AKA the Party Deck or Poop Deck depending on who you're talking to).

Having been to a game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, I'm a fan of bars and bar areas at baseball games. I actually think it's a format that works really well in baseball, since, brutally honestly, there are large stretches of the game where not much happens (the back third of the roster coming up to bat being a good example), thus giving you opportunities to go to the bar and have a few while still watching the game on TVs.

I don't know that it would work well in other sports venues, though (although Buccaneer Cove at Ray-J would seem to be an exception, I'd argue it's only an outlier).

posted by Bonkers at 11:33 PM on April 01

"The Krafts Are the Worst Owners in the League"

Isn't every town in RI just one town away?

From my time here in Newport...yes.

Unless it's across a bridge, which is also all of them, apparently.

posted by Bonkers at 10:09 PM on March 27

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Perhaps "obtained" would be a better word choice.

I like "scavenged" myself.

Though to be fair, he would only still only be the second-worst QB on the Raiders right now, and I could see him out-performing Matt McGloin easily. I don't think he can match Darren McFadden's strong performance, however.

posted by Bonkers at 03:39 PM on March 21

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Dayton and Harvard win. There goes my Billion.

And probably lots of other peoples' as well.

Warren Buffet's money is looking safer and safer.

posted by Bonkers at 11:38 PM on March 20

What is the best possible season a player could have?

That was a fascinating (if stat-heavy) article.

posted by Bonkers at 11:03 PM on March 17

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Wonder how that will work out for him?

Probably not as good as it will for his TV show, though.

posted by Bonkers at 10:10 PM on March 13

How Cities Fared After the Olympics Left Town

I've not been back to Korea since 1989, and there was no evidence of any positive or negative change in Pusan.

I was last there in 2009. Biggest change would be that the Russians are a lot more involved in the region since the fall of the wall (Pusan is a pretty big port for imports for them and exports to them). Also, the Russkies have opened up a retirement home for old prostitutes somewhere around Texas Street, judging by the street walkers.

They always know how to welcome sailors (and the liberty buses still drop us off there, too).

posted by Bonkers at 07:58 PM on February 25

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Watching the Lenny Cooke documentary on Showtime right now. Any documentary that starts off with Shook Ones Part II is doing it right in my opinion. And the movie isn't bad either.

posted by Bonkers at 08:23 PM on February 17

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I like the new obstacles added to the moguls this year.

And they're playing the Biathlon for keeps.

posted by Bonkers at 10:09 PM on February 13

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This could be a useful indicator in the next UN Human Development Report.

One of my personal indicators and my dividing line on being a civilized society or not is the ability for that society to form an orderly line for things.

posted by Bonkers at 10:53 AM on February 08

Seattle Wins Super Bowl 0x30

It is the first time we have had a game with that score. See rumple's post.

My comment was sarcastic. I was trying to get grum's goat again (though what one should do when one has gotten another's goat is up for debate).

Also, more from RHCP, who may end up being talked about for this night far more than the game will (at least that's what the Broncos are hoping...)

posted by Bonkers at 09:11 PM on February 04

Seattle Wins Super Bowl 0x30

Man, that was a weird score for a football game! Des anyone know if this is the first time we've had a game with that score?

Also, during halftime, I managed to cast most of the future Red Hot Chili Peppers movie.

Justin Long=Anthony Kiedis (this one needs some serious 'roids to make happen).

Will Ferrell=Chad Smith

Michael Balzary=Flea

I'm just missing a John Frusciante.

posted by Bonkers at 11:20 PM on February 03

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

posted by Bonkers at 06:48 PM on February 01

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"If there's credible evidence a rape occurred, why isn't the response to charge him?

Instead, the university is making him look like a rapist while he never gets an opportunity to defend himself in court and seek exoneration.

That seems like a less than ideal solution as far as justice is concerned."

True, but it's a perfectly ideal system as far as satisfying demands to do something about a problem while maintaining the school's image and the problems of a legal trial. They can then claim they both took action and are tough against rapists without ever having to go through the trouble of the law.

There are editorials here and here that discuss these proceedings; summary is they are essentially kangaroo courts that allow the schools to split the difference of doing nothing and criminal trials (which aren't the schools decision anyway, to be fair).

posted by Bonkers at 08:12 PM on January 29

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Super Bowl Tix, not just 4 cheep, but also available in bulk!

Which brings up an interesting question in my mind of what happens in the unlikely event that those tickets aren't sold: who takes the loss, the owner of the stadium or the NFL?

posted by Bonkers at 07:33 PM on January 29

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Super Bowl Tix 4 Cheep!

posted by Bonkers at 10:58 AM on January 25

Ex-Agent: Ryan Leaf Blew Chance to Go No. 1

Pete Fiutak of CFN did a fun series awhile ago about how teams should have redrafted (providing they have perfect knowledge of what's going to happen to the player involved). Here's 1989, for example.

It's fascinating to see sometimes how thin a draft really was in terms of production.

posted by Bonkers at 10:42 PM on January 22

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Ah, they are employing the old "dazzle camouflage".

I'm not sure there are many U-boats to worry about in a curling rink, but whatever works...

Fun factoid about the dazzle didn't work even in World War II (page 11 refers).

posted by Bonkers at 09:36 PM on January 22

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I believe Mr. Bismarck is referencing the sartorial excellence that is the demonstrated here:

The curling team's pants have their own Facebook page.

posted by Bonkers at 11:15 AM on January 22

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Jose Sulaiman, head of the WBC sicne 1975, is dead.

posted by Bonkers at 04:05 PM on January 17