Recent Comments by Bonkers

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

How (not) to respond to a vicious tackle:

posted by Bonkers at 10:33 PM on February 23

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Stark received his nickname as a plebe at Annapolis in 1899. There was an entertainer named Betty Stark who was quite popular at the time.

I've always thought it was from a misremembered quote of John Stark's.

Love to know where they think the State of RI is going to come up with money to build a new stadium for them.

Don't worry, they'll let Buddy Cianci take care of it (since he's not otherwise busy being a mayor); he knows a guy...

posted by Bonkers at 10:21 PM on February 23

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Mayweather-Pacquiao is finally official.

posted by Bonkers at 08:15 PM on February 20

Revealed: the ghost game bet on around the world ... that never actually took place.

How much of a degenerate gambler do you have to be to bet on a friendly match between Belarussian squads?

Probably someone right up there with the guy who bets on the NASCAR Truck Series. Or Div-III women's basketball.

posted by Bonkers at 11:36 AM on February 19

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

A quarter century-ago today, Buster Douglas shocked the world.

posted by Bonkers at 01:43 AM on February 11

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Both Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz fail drug tests (Silva for steroids, Diaz for marijuana-SHOCKED)

Even worse, the test was given on January 9th.

This might end up being FPP-worthy, actually.

posted by Bonkers at 11:34 PM on February 03

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

This is absolutely bonkers bad management on the part of the NFL.

What's that supposed to mean?

(Couldn't resist)

posted by Bonkers at 01:37 AM on January 24

Free Climbers Finish 19-Day Scamper Up El Capitan

Big deal. You know who else (almost) climbed El Capitan without ropes?

posted by Bonkers at 07:10 PM on January 15

Colts Silence Broncos Offense, Make Peyton Manning Look Old

My solution for the Pro Bowl?

Jimmy Johnson vs Bill Cowher in Electric Football.

Admit it, you'd watch that way more than you'd watch the real Pro Bowl.

posted by Bonkers at 12:19 PM on January 13

Colts Silence Broncos Offense, Make Peyton Manning Look Old

Stepping away from the Manning theme for a moment, as a Broncos fan I cannot wait for the day that Fox and his mediocre-to-insipid coaching is booted out the door.

Poof

Man, deflated should have posted that on SpoFi awhile ago.

posted by Bonkers at 06:06 PM on January 12

Colts Silence Broncos Offense, Make Peyton Manning Look Old

I've said it before in a couple of other places, but I don't think I've said it here:

For all his acclaim as being one of the best QBs ever (and he is, I'm not questioning that)...

...his lack of playoff success is becoming a "Yeah, but..." on his career.

posted by Bonkers at 08:40 AM on January 12

Packers Rally Past Cowboys, Who No Longer Love the Refs

Noteworthy to remember that a lot of our current rules on catch comes from the Bert Emanuel rule (which I remember as a TB fan).

posted by Bonkers at 09:21 PM on January 11

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Jon Jones tests positive for cocaine, enters rehab facility.

posted by Bonkers at 07:46 PM on January 06

Cowboys Defeat Lions After Controversial Penalty Non-Call

I would have been far more comfortable with everything if there had been some kind of explanation for the wave-off.

Like rcade, I didn't have a problem with the call, and I wouldn't have had a problem with a non-call, either.

posted by Bonkers at 10:11 AM on January 05

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I earlier articulated my belief that the best part of Bowl Games was the ludicrous offensive performances.

Allow me to present Bonker's Exhibit A:CMU-WKU.

posted by Bonkers at 09:14 PM on December 24

ESPN Keeps Expanding Bowl Season With Its Own Games

My favorite part of Obscure Bowl Season is teams from the back half of the FBS (MAC, Sun Belt, MWC, etc) abandoning all pretense of defense and engaging each other in ludicrous shoot-outs (not always of the aerial varieties, either). It's fun to watch the offensive plans work so well.

posted by Bonkers at 10:17 PM on December 21

Wage Lawsuit by Bills Cheerleaders Details Appalling Treatment

"I'd ask how they sleep at night, but I'm afraid the answer would be "deeply and soundly as only genuine monsters can."'

I thought the appropriate answer was "On top of a pile of money, with many beautiful ladies."

posted by Bonkers at 07:59 AM on December 12

Tide-Buckeyes, Ducks-Noles

I had told some friends for a couple weeks that Ohio State was going to get in. and the difference was that they were going to be playing in a conference championship game in the final week.

I had some concern when they went down to the 3rd string QB, but those were cured by half time

posted by Bonkers at 01:17 PM on December 07

College Football Fan Map

I'm surprised USF doesn't make the top three anywhere around Tampa.

As a USF alum...sadly, I'm not. USF hasn't reached the point where it owns it's own backyard. People who go to USF still are people who couldn't get into UF or FSU.

Winning would definitely help more, but things don't seem to be getting much better with Coach Willie Taggart.

posted by Bonkers at 09:02 AM on December 05

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Eric Berrry of the Chiefs placed on the Non-Football Illness list with possible lymphoma.

posted by Bonkers at 11:03 PM on November 24

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

2008 Lions uncorked the Boone's Farm

Fixed that for you.

posted by Bonkers at 08:03 AM on November 21

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Do you have Air Force 1 in leopard print? Thanks.

How about Naugahyde? That'd be pretty awesome.

posted by Bonkers at 01:03 PM on November 17

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

DIE SPAMMER, DIE!

Where's the flag button on SpoFi?

posted by Bonkers at 09:23 AM on November 17

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 10

If the Bengals don't make the playoffs...expect everyone to be fired.

posted by Bonkers at 01:04 PM on November 07

Despite Vehement Public Claims of Innocence, A-Rod Admitted to DEA He Used Steroids

What A-Rod's revelation reinforces is that MLB and its purists will have to admit at some point that there was an entire era of baseball that was awash in PEDs and people doing them.

Then, they have to think about how to deal with that entire era, and the stats it produced.

posted by Bonkers at 08:33 AM on November 07

Giants Win World Series

Erin Andrews is staring a hole in Rikke Wilde*, thinking, "If he would just listen to me about probiotics!"

* Is that his Chippendale's name or something?

Taking a look at him...I'm guessing "no".

Though maybe he was in Motley Crue for a little bit.

Edited: apparently, SpoFi rejects umlauts. Good to know.

posted by Bonkers at 02:08 PM on October 30

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Watching the 30 for 30 on The Boz, which is fantastic.

The quote of the night from Brian so far, in response to getting popped for steroids: "I let The Boz handle it, and The Boz doesn't make good decisions."

posted by Bonkers at 07:47 PM on October 29

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Colt McCoy is now 2-0 as a quarterback in Washington.

Kirk Cousins is somewhere weeping.

posted by Bonkers at 08:07 AM on October 28

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