Recent Comments by Bonkers

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The Notre Dame Subway Guy is returning to boxing.

posted by Bonkers at 07:35 PM on April 03

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

"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

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

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 pattern...it didn't work even in World War II (page 11 refers).

posted by Bonkers at 09:36 PM on January 22

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

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

posted by Bonkers at 04:05 PM on January 17

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Possibly because I made it when you mentioned a GIF.

In that case...well done to you, sir. A grateful Internet thanks you.

I can't wait to find long, illegible rants to answer that one with.

posted by Bonkers at 10:27 PM on January 15

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Teh Internetz did not fail me (though my Google-fu did).

(and my grammar skilz failed me, as well).

posted by Bonkers at 09:49 PM on January 15

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The answer isn't as funny as the face he pulls in reaction to the question.

That will be a GIF in less than 24 hours.

posted by Bonkers at 09:37 PM on January 15

Taro Tsujimoto's story

I was shocked to find out that Morris Titanic was an actual person, as well.

posted by Bonkers at 01:50 AM on January 14

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

My dream player is so dreamy!

Here's another helping of dreamy for you!

posted by Bonkers at 10:57 PM on January 13

Broncos Hold Off Chargers

The real big news is that The Tebow Curse has been lifted from the Denver Broncos.

(I'm guessing the Jets have not paid enough penance until they fire RexRyan).

posted by Bonkers at 09:52 PM on January 12

Broncos Hold Off Chargers

Denver's WRs are having a pretty pedestrian day so far.

Also, I'd love to know what "Omaha" means for Denver's offense. Peyton uses it more at the Line of Scrimmage than most people use articles.

posted by Bonkers at 07:12 PM on January 12

49ers Smother Panthers

Riverboat Ron strikes again.

posted by Bonkers at 01:46 PM on January 12

Patriots Run Over Colts

I'll miss Dan Dierdorf, even though he has slipped a little in the recent years. I'll probably miss his mustache the most.

posted by Bonkers at 11:20 PM on January 11

Seahawks Stymie Saints

Haven't watched a lot of Seahawks games, but I'll say that they generally seem play boring, to be honest.

posted by Bonkers at 07:15 PM on January 11

Baseline Cherrypicker

Well, if we don't hear from grum ever again, we know what happened to him.

posted by Bonkers at 05:00 PM on January 10

Hall of Fame Admits Maddux, Glavine, Frank Thomas

"There are 16 idiots who didn't vote for Maddux."

In related news, Greg found 16 new people to contribute to the flesh suit he's making in his basement.

Brutally honestly, considering all the hatred for them, I'm surprised at how many votes Clemens and Bonds got. That actually gives me some hope ("some" being the operative word here).

posted by Bonkers at 06:13 PM on January 08

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I was worried for a while about my TV; it had this horrendous, noisy purple spot on it.

Then I realized it was just Shannon Sharpe.

posted by Bonkers at 02:44 PM on January 05

Down 38-10, Colts Beat Chiefs 45-44

Incredible second-half for Indy. Brace yourselves; Andrew Luck is about to be made into a legend.

posted by Bonkers at 08:02 PM on January 04

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

"I'm not sure which is sadder, the failure to take another look at what was a dubious interception at best or the announcer's contention that it was an interception because he had possession at some point while he was rolling on the ground."

I kinda agree with you, though I also kinda think it wouldn't have mattered and doubt they would have overturned it.

I really just wish the referee analyst dude would have told Matt Millen something along the lines of "Well, Matt, I'm sure you have a lot of expertise with catching a ball, expertise you demonstrated so well in your draft choices when you were a GM" just to get Millen to STFU (sorry YYM and Etrigan and any other Lions fans for bringing up painful memories).

posted by Bonkers at 12:38 AM on January 04

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Ever wondered if 2 professional footballers could score against 55 kids? The Japanese have answered this question for you.

posted by Bonkers at 06:37 PM on January 03

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

If we want a real boxing-style belt, though, we need to have about 3 of them per division.

posted by Bonkers at 01:14 PM on January 03

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Cutler's deal reinforces a belief I have stated earlier, namely that QB deals are more a function of marketing and projecting a steady team for the future than anything related to production/talent.

posted by Bonkers at 02:50 PM on January 02

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Pam Ward has been doing play-play for ESPN for awhile now, since 2000.

posted by Bonkers at 08:33 PM on December 31

Browns Fire Chudzinski After Only 1 Season

Also, Happy Black Monday to Mike Shanahan!

posted by Bonkers at 10:10 AM on December 30

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The NBA's possible solution to tanking: The Wheel.

I was expecting it to be the Wheel of Morality.

While it's an interesting proposal to dealing with the tanking problem, I'm not sure that most of the NBA ownership views the tanking as a problem (the prospect of gaining an elite-and thus highly marketable-player via the lottery makes it probably worthwhile overall, even if you're going to suck for a year).

As it has been noted in other discussions, in America, it doesn't hurt you to have a bad season as an owner for a professional sports franchise, since even bad seasons still will make money (as long as you are cheap enough), thus there usually isn't a great incentive to change things too much to punish bad behavior.

posted by Bonkers at 09:49 PM on December 23

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Also, props to San Diego State's mascot dude, for wearing this rig to their bowl game, being played in lovely Boise.

posted by Bonkers at 07:47 PM on December 21

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

"Today the bowl season kicks off in illustrious style with the Gildan New Mexico Bowl."

It's also my favorite kind of bowl (and honestly, college football game in general), featuring two teams that are great on offense and terrible on defense, thus promising tons of points.

posted by Bonkers at 02:26 PM on December 21

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

NBC is definitely not showing enough replays of the Cincinnati punter getting de-cleated during a punt return. They should use that as a bumper video for the NFL's new PR campaign they've got going on.

posted by Bonkers at 09:29 PM on December 15

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Sorry to clog up the Huddle, but worth noting: the IRS says Manny Pacquiao owes them $18 million.

Not counting the Philippine government, which says Manny Pacquiao owes them $50 million.

posted by Bonkers at 04:07 PM on December 11

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Way back in September, I noted that it looked like there were going to be a lot of really bad teams (which I arbitrarily defined as 10+ losses). I specifically called out Bucs, Redskins, Jaguars, Raiders, and Chargers. While I'm convinced that the Bus and Jags will end up realizing their destiny and losing another one to meet the quota, I admit I was wrong about the Chargers, who have turned out to be okay.

Looking at the current standings, here's a look at who we can put on this list now:

At 10 or more losses): Houston (technically, the only team currently out of the AFC playoff picture). Atlanta Washington

At 9 losses: Oakland Jacksonville Cleveland Buffalo Tampa Bay Minnesota

At 8 losses: Tennessee Pittsburgh New York Giants St Louis

I could also easily see the Jets pulling this trick out, as well.

And in the "parity doesn't always work the way we may want it to" category, currently, of the total of 12 playoff slots available, only 5 of them are really in contention:

AFC North Divisional Leader AFC Wildcard #2 NFC East Divisional Leader NFC North Divisional Leader NFC Wildcard #2

(with Carolina/San Francisco being in the lead for NFC Wildcard #2, and Arizona having good shots in case someone falls, and AFC West/NFC South still being "in contention", but really coming down to who gets the Wildcard slot as a door prize).

Makes me miss baseball, where the playoff race really is a race.

posted by Bonkers at 03:02 PM on December 11

Kirk Cousins to start for Redskins in Week 15

I guess this is Shanahan's annoncement that he won't be back next year, as well.

posted by Bonkers at 01:21 PM on December 11

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I hesitate to even ask, but can someone explain why SportsCenter just did 5 minutes castigating Willie Cauley-Stein, a 20 year-old college sophomore center for Kentucky, because of his new hair cut?

Because Sportstainment, that's why.

posted by Bonkers at 04:45 PM on December 10

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I love that Fox is having to digitally-draw in the yardage numbers.

posted by Bonkers at 02:15 PM on December 08

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Seems like the stage is being set for Shanahan to leave at the end of the year.

I hear he's already scheduled his trip to the golf course for that Monday in keeping with team tradition.

posted by Bonkers at 01:18 PM on December 08

Ohio State Falls, Auburn Likely to Face Florida State

Well, good thing we had over 50 posts about the possibility of OSU being passed over in the BCS standings.

posted by Bonkers at 12:00 AM on December 08

No criminal charges for Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston

The police reports from the investigation can be found here, if you so desire. Obviously, NSFW.

A decent summary of the case and why it stopped being investigated by Tallahassee PD and what developments came after that from the police can be found starting on page 83.

Edited@Mothball: it's actually more like one person saying something happened, and three others saying that it didn't (although Winston doesn't seem to have provided a statement himself, just something through his lawyer). Additionally, there seems to be some discrepancies between what the accuser told her friends and what she told the police, and how drunk she was.

None of this should be interpreted as me passing judgement and determining who was guilty and who was innocent in this case, just noting that this would have been a really hard case to prove.

posted by Bonkers at 10:58 PM on December 05

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

There was just an official delay of game (not a penalty) in the Seattle/New Orleans game due the officials having to "stretch out balls".

Discuss amongst yourselves.

posted by Bonkers at 11:22 PM on December 02

USC Hires Steve Sarkisian

Ed Orgeron, the interim coach who led the team to a 6-2 record, is being pursued to stay on in another job

Da Coach O, he say No.

posted by Bonkers at 06:44 PM on December 02

Baseball Hall of Fame ballot released.

I know I'd vote for Maddux, at least. Of course, that's because I'm afraid he'll hunt me down and make a brand-new Bonkers-suit out of my flesh if I don't.

posted by Bonkers at 12:59 PM on November 27

New England Overcomes 24-Point Deficit to Beat Denver

NBC's getting its money's worth out of this one.

posted by Bonkers at 11:10 PM on November 24

New England Overcomes 24-Point Deficit to Beat Denver

The Patriots forgot their supply of Stick-um for tonight's game.

posted by Bonkers at 08:59 PM on November 24

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Boxer Tor Hamer quit on his stool after the 3rd round tonight (this morning in Macau) despite not having any visible injuries, and generally winning the first two rounds (and Hamer has a history of quitting in fights). This displeased Lou Dibella, his promoter.

And this is how Lou responded.

posted by Bonkers at 10:48 PM on November 23