Recent Comments by Bonkers

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Not Hockey Night tonight in Canada.

Thoughts and prayers to everyone affected.

posted by Bonkers at 01:49 PM on October 22

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Prior to the season, Kirk Cousins might have gotten you a first-round draft pick in trade bait.

At this point, you'd be lucky to get a 7th round pick for him.

posted by Bonkers at 04:12 PM on October 19

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I'm really, really surprised by the Duke numbers, since I know very, very, few Duke football fans (it's a tiny, private, rich, elite school that historically hasn't been all that good at football, though they've done better recently). There are lots of Duke basketball fans, to be sure. And somehow, I didn't even see UNC in there.

posted by Bonkers at 01:56 PM on October 03

Why no one wants to host the 2022 Olympics

Almaty winning it might be the tipping point, since it will go to a city that's not only not all that important, but to a country that isn't, either; at least you could justify many of the recent choices by the latter criterion if not the former.

Edited to add: not to tute my own horn too loudly, but I actually did know somewhere in the depths of my brain that Kazakhstan was the largest land-locked nation.

posted by Bonkers at 10:04 AM on October 03

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The 15th is the last thing you ever see.

posted by Bonkers at 09:47 AM on October 03

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 5

One day, we'll get a competitive Thursday Night Football.

Today is not looking like that day.

posted by Bonkers at 09:50 PM on October 02

Brady Hoke's Dangerous Incompetence So Bad ESPN Announcers Denounce It

Exclusive video (briefly NSFW, which I had totally forgotten about) of Brady Hoke on the sidelines during the game.

posted by Bonkers at 08:35 AM on October 01

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Also, Dave Grohl is now starting for the bills.

posted by Bonkers at 12:28 AM on September 30

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Fox Sports reporting the Raiders have fired head coach Dennis Allen. It's on Wikipedia, so it must be official.

posted by Bonkers at 11:54 PM on September 29

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I believe the "Kirk Cousins should be starting vice RGIII" train has officially derailed.

posted by Bonkers at 10:55 PM on September 25

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

For only the second time in his career, Derek Jeter will play a baseball game today while not in contention for a playoff spot.

posted by Bonkers at 09:08 AM on September 25

Grand Jury Does Not Indict Tony Stewart in Accident

Ward's family laid a patch of a statement suggesting a civil suit is waiting at the pole.

Good luck with that when you have to argue against the fact that Ward was high at the time.

posted by Bonkers at 08:00 PM on September 24

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

apparently every point scored between NE and Oakland was scored by a 'kowski.

I bet Elias doesn't keep statistics on that one.

posted by Bonkers at 10:28 PM on September 21

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The CBS analysts thought this would be a tough, close, low-scoring game tonight between the Falcons and Bucs.

It's now 35-0, and we've got 7 minutes left in the 2nd quarter.

posted by Bonkers at 09:32 PM on September 18

Gus Johnson Booted as Fox Soccer Announcer

Maybe he'll go back to being a terrible boxing announcer. NUTS AND GUTS!

posted by Bonkers at 12:07 PM on September 15

Robert Mathis Tears Achilles in Workout, Out for Season

Jadaveon Clowney is also out for 4-6 weeks with a knee injury.

posted by Bonkers at 09:00 PM on September 08

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

A video of Ray Rice doing a boxing work, apropos of little.

posted by Bonkers at 06:02 PM on September 08

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

AJ Green is back in form.

posted by Bonkers at 10:22 PM on September 07

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Was that in response to "Seattle doesn't miss any tackles. Except for that one just now."?

More his whole schtick, to be honest.

posted by Bonkers at 11:57 PM on September 04

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Man, I'm so excited about football being back! Football is so awesome!

(listens to Chris Collinsworth for about an hour)

Meh. Football's back.

posted by Bonkers at 11:03 PM on September 04

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

We aren't talking about Hard Knocks...but we can be.

I finished the last episode tonight. I was not impressed overall, but mostly because that's the Falcons. They're the vanilla ice cream/pepperoni pizza of NFL teams-nothing to fancy, just solid and reliable, and bland. The person with the most personality of anyone on the team seemed to be Bryan Cox. Is that a problem? I don't know, but it would have been nice to have seen some character and some reflection of the team. Unless of course, there is none.

I get the impression from the year that the Falcons may win the NFC South, but that's about as far as they are going to go.

posted by Bonkers at 10:32 PM on September 03

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I'm always impressed that any article even tangentially critical of Russia gets its fair share of Kremlin paid astroturf commenters going off on it hyperbolically.

Their information operations section is terrifyingly awesome.

posted by Bonkers at 04:11 PM on September 03

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Also, I can't think of a better way to welcome College Football back than having a team run up 500 yards of offense against a conference rival...and they haven't even finished the 3rd quarter yet.

posted by Bonkers at 08:47 PM on August 28

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I can't think of a better way to welcome College Football back than a game featuring a quarterback named Bo.

posted by Bonkers at 08:17 PM on August 28

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Watching Hard Knocks, I realize I'd love to see HBO follow a team throughout the season-especially a mid-grade team that struggles and may not end up achieving that much. I understand why NFL films wouldn't want to show that, but it'd be interesting to me.

Also, Bryan Cox is hilarious.

posted by Bonkers at 09:38 PM on August 27

Annual Patriots trade key piece right before season move

Addendum: nevermind.

posted by Bonkers at 07:25 PM on August 26

Annual Patriots trade key piece right before season move

The Belichick-Schiano love connection transcends all administrative transitions

But Greggles is gone...

posted by Bonkers at 07:17 PM on August 26

Dangerous Experiment : A Roster of 25 Adam Dunns

I felt bad for the Dee Gordons.

posted by Bonkers at 08:18 AM on August 14

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Yeah, but even if she moves on, she'll most likely be moving to softball, which has a completely different motion and significantly less strain on the arm.

posted by Bonkers at 03:30 PM on August 11

Tony Stewart Kills Driver in Dirt-Track Race

It couldn't happen to a worse guy for the people who are going to want to believe it was intentional, though.

posted by Bonkers at 01:47 PM on August 10

NCAA Loses O'Bannon Suit...for now.

My initial takeaway from these and a couple other analyses is that the most important part long-term is probably the fact that the judge struck down amateurism. That will mean more for future rulings than the direct impact of this one.

posted by Bonkers at 11:09 PM on August 08

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Shape up your face with Cristiano Ronaldo.

posted by Bonkers at 09:16 PM on August 08

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

While it's early in the NFL (pre)season, I'm going to predict the new pass interference/contact rules will infuriate me throughout the entirety of the season.

posted by Bonkers at 08:25 PM on August 07

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

"Doubt" is a much better word. Here's your conveniently-timed answer.

Nailed it.

It's not that Andy Dalton is a terrible QB, it's that he's an average one at best. Which isn't bad as a QB, but he shouldn't be the the 8th highest paid QB in the NFL (tied with Tony Romo, who also shouldn't be paid that much).

It goes back to an idea I sorta advanced here, that the NFL is throwing elite money at average QBs for reasons that don't relate much to how they actually produce on the field. Dalton may end up being awesome (I don't think so, but I'd like to be pleasantly surprised), or he may end up sucking worse than the Danny Wuerffel). More likely he ends up just being average, though, which is a problem when the teams are loading this money up for average.

posted by Bonkers at 08:57 PM on August 04

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The overvaluation of QB security continues.

posted by Bonkers at 10:52 AM on August 04

NFL Players Will Have Tracking Chips in Shoulder Pads

How does soccer measure how far players run in a game?

It probably involves some of the same formulas Allan Pinkerton used to estimate enemy troop numbers.

posted by Bonkers at 02:20 PM on August 01

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I clearly spoke too soon.

posted by Bonkers at 10:54 AM on July 31

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

"Jon Lester Still With Red Sox" reminds me a little too much of "Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead."

posted by Bonkers at 11:49 PM on July 30

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

To me, this greatly ramps UP the pressure on you to perform as the Head Coach.

posted by Bonkers at 07:39 PM on July 29

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

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Trouble in The Best Damn Band in The Land

posted by Bonkers at 03:38 PM on July 24

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Dave Rappoccio on Chris Kluwe.

posted by Bonkers at 05:36 PM on July 19

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

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

posted by Bonkers at 08:21 PM on July 18

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

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

posted by Bonkers at 05:17 PM on July 17

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The Onion nails it.

posted by Bonkers at 07:47 AM on July 11

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Also: Everyday Football Fouls

The chick at the bar is my favorite one.

posted by Bonkers at 08:41 AM on July 10

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

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.

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posted by Bonkers at 01:34 PM on June 16

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Boxers: not good at geography.

posted by Bonkers at 12:58 AM on June 15