Recent Comments by tahoemoj

Martin Brodeur to Announce Retirement.

It's a shame that Brodeur's career ends the same way as other NHL HOFers like Salming and Modano, clinging to one more season of play wearing an unfamiliar jersey.

Yep. And it seems like he did it just to prove to Lou that he had something left in the tank. It's almost like if Schneider hadn't come into the picture, he may have just bowed out gracefully after that last run to the finals.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:36 PM on January 28

Martin Brodeur to Announce Retirement.

Obviously, the HOF is a formality. So, in Brodeur's case, it's a matter of were he ranks among the all-time great goaltenders. I'm a biased Devils fan, so I see it as:

1. Brodeur 2. Roy 3. Plante 4. Hasek 5. Sawchuck

Dissent is not only tolerated, but encouraged.

posted by tahoemoj at 05:40 PM on January 27

High school coach suspended after basketball team wins by 159 points.

I agree that running up the score like that is complete dirtbaggery, but how the hell does a team score 2 points in a game? And not even at once, since they had 1 at halftime? Seems to me both coaches should be ashamed of themselves.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:54 AM on January 18

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest, Conference Championship Round

Green Bay by 6 New England by 10 New England Brady Lynch Hilton

posted by tahoemoj at 04:23 PM on January 16

Buckeyes Win College Football Playoff

the Braxton Miller injury raised the Buckeyes' championship futures payout from 12-1 to as much as 50-1

100-1 actually.

posted by tahoemoj at 08:23 PM on January 13

Buckeyes Win College Football Playoff

Am I nuts or are they?

They are. And Jones agrees with you.

Related content: see Smith, Akili.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:48 PM on January 13

Buckeyes Win College Football Playoff

And some horrendous drops early in the game.

Yeah, I wonder how the trajectory of the game may have been changed if Oregon converts those early third downs and puts some more points on the board. Those drops sure allowed the Buckeyes to stick with their game plan.

And surviving that string of turnovers in the 2nd and 3rd quarters was a monster. If you told me that OSU would turn the ball over on 4 possessions in the middle of the game and still win, I'd have called you crazy. The Buckeyes D didn't get much love coming into the game, and rightly so, but they sure stepped it up a notch last night.

Zeke Elliot rightly gave all the credit to his line in the post-game interviews. Tough to tackle a guy built like him when he hits your secondary going north-south at full speed. This Buckeye fan hopes he sticks around a couple more years, but I also look forward to seeing what he can do on Sundays. BTW, did anyone else notice that he pulled his shirt down over the famous abs in the fourth quarter?

posted by tahoemoj at 12:07 PM on January 13

Buckeyes Win College Football Playoff

Well I, for one, was glad to see Ohio State exposed by Oregon. Just a pure money grab, y'all.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:54 AM on January 13

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest, Divisional Round

Dammit. Seattle by 17 Indy by 3 Green Bay by 6 Points: Green Bay Rushing yards: Murray Sack: Dumerville Kickoff is 12 degrees

posted by tahoemoj at 08:42 PM on January 10

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

He was swimming for twelve hours

Jebus. 12 hours in the ocean. I couldn't actively swim for 1/4 of that time in a heated pool. That's bad ass.

posted by tahoemoj at 09:03 PM on January 09

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest, Wild Card Round

Another latecomer. Cincinnati by 11, Dallas by 6. Dallas Romo Dre Kirkpatrick

posted by tahoemoj at 11:18 AM on January 04

Can True Sports Fans Switch to a New Favorite Team?

In Reno in the '80s

To completely digress, have you seen Reno lately? With approximately 400,000 people in the Washoe/Storey County areas, there may have been one or two changes. And now the Aces, the local AAA baseball team who play in a gorgeous replica of AT&T Park, are affiliated with the Diamondbacks.

posted by tahoemoj at 02:43 PM on December 18

Panthers Win in NHL Record 20-Round Shootout

I knew something special must have happened, because ESPN gave the NHL 35 seconds of coverage on yesterday morning's SportCenter.

If I recall, it was sandwiched in between 7 minutes relating to what Lebron James had for lunch and 24 minutes of Steven A. Smith and Skip Bayless arguing about whether that lunch was appropriate.

posted by tahoemoj at 02:35 PM on December 18

Can True Sports Fans Switch to a New Favorite Team?

I was able to do it with the Carolina Hurricanes: Does that work for you guys? Is that acceptable?

Grew up in Hartford, so yes. I'm not sure if the emotion I felt when the Whale moved to basketball country was sadness and anger at their leaving or relief that I was now free to choose whatever team I wanted to to cheer for--even a winner! (Chose Devils, btw, and have been thrice rewarded)

But team relocation is one of the few acceptable reasons. As far as football and baseball for me, it will always be Cincinnati, my hometown from '79-'94, when my allegiances outside of hockey developed. I left in '94 and have lived on the west coast ever since--NorCal/Reno/Tahoe for 20 years, now Central Coast. I've had plenty of time to adopt the Niners, Raiders, Giants, or A's as my team, and I don't think it would be bandwagoning to do so at this point. But I'm worse than Jake Gyllenhall and Heath Ledger when it comes to quittin' a team I've been cheering for for so long. And if I can survive the Bengals of the 90's, there are few excuses for abandoning your team.

Did you ever make liberal use of the term "we" to describe the successes of the team?

The worst offending bandwagon fans I know are the most prone to that, ironically.

posted by tahoemoj at 05:54 PM on December 17

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

That was sick.

posted by tahoemoj at 02:11 PM on December 12

Tide-Buckeyes, Ducks-Noles

Wow, you must really like the Buckeyes to build such a strong case.

Not glancing upthread

posted by tahoemoj at 09:48 PM on December 10

Tide-Buckeyes, Ducks-Noles

Thanks for the info rcade. To expand on what Etrigan said, it seems kind of like both TCU and Baylor get an awful lot of credit for beating a very mediocre Oklahoma team by virtue of an inflated preseason ranking. The Big 12 was pretty weak this year top to bottom, in my opinion, and having two of the top 10 teams, neither of whom played a significant out of conference game, was the result of that top to bottom weakness. But everyone around here knows that I'm an Ohio State apologist, so granis of salt are not unwarranted.

posted by tahoemoj at 06:02 PM on December 08

Tide-Buckeyes, Ducks-Noles

Where did each of those teams finish? As in, TCU beat #4, 15, 20, and 7 at the time.

I only ask beause I am far too lazy to look this up and for that, I semi-sincerely apologize.

posted by tahoemoj at 03:06 PM on December 08

Tide-Buckeyes, Ducks-Noles

It's a naked sham, and driven by dollars, lets not kid ourselves.

I think your view lacks nuance. There were 5 (maybe 6) teams that deserved consideration for the 4-team playoff. I think it is very difficult to make a case that Ohio State flat-out didn't deserve to be in the final 4. They lost 1 game, early in the season, playing with a new quarterback who matured over the season to the extent that he became an anticipated Heisman finalist. When he went down, they put a true freshman in to start his first game and he led the team to a 59-0 victory over the 13th ranked team in the country. And you say it is a "naked sham" that the Buckeyes made the cut? I'll even concede that dollars may have been the final consideration that set one team apart from the other, but there was a lot more than dollars at play on Sunday.

I feel bad for TCU, and they had every right to be in the mix. But their own conference alignment shot them in the foot by not having a conference title game for them to make their case. Baylor, too. Shit, if TCU and Baylor played each other for the conference championship on saturday, the winner is in--no question.

The bottom line is that at least one deserving team was going to get hosed, but calling it a naked sham fails to give credit to the Buckeyes where it is due.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:04 PM on December 08

Former NHL player, coach and executive Pat Quinn dies at age 71

Fairly vague as to the illness he was battling, is there more information I wonder?

Anyway, the game has lost one of the more influential hockey minds/personalities to have lived in my lifetime.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:40 PM on November 24

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Boone's was pretty common in my college days

Mine, too (I think we're contemporaries), but only with the ladies. Us gentlemen of distinction only toasted with M/D 20-20.

posted by tahoemoj at 08:30 PM on November 21

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Not a professor of sarcasm, apparently.

posted by tahoemoj at 04:04 PM on November 12

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 10

I'm almost positive that the cornhole was Caligula, if the Penthouse Films production was accurate.

posted by tahoemoj at 10:23 AM on November 07

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 10


So named in honor of the Roman emperor Cincinnatus, who I believe was the emperor famous for spreading a spicy mediterranean meat sauce on top of his hot dogs and sprinkling them with a generous amount of cheddar cheese. Or was that Caligula?

posted by tahoemoj at 08:02 PM on November 06

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I mean, shit, they're the second-most-liked team in places as far away as Colorado

Yeah, they made the top 3 here in Washoe County, Nevada as well. But I thought that Miami would crack the top 3 in its home county. I mean shit, they won a game not more than 2 years ago.

posted by tahoemoj at 05:12 PM on October 03

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

And somehow, I didn't even see UNC in there.

I'm dubious, as well. In Hamilton County, Ohio, home of the City of Cincinnati, the University of Cincinnati Bearcats weren't even in the top 3. And in Butler County, Ohio, Miami University wasn't listed, either, despite the fact that there isn't much in Butler County, Ohio, besides Miami U.

posted by tahoemoj at 02:21 PM on October 03

Another NCAA member covers itself in glory

Well, fuck her for wanting to actually continue her education and be near her brother as he probably dies. Doesn't she understand how important women's basketball is in the state of Alabama?

Yeah, more seriously, what a load of shit. It is a terrible move by Alabama, and even worse by the NCAA not to force it to let her go home.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:12 PM on October 02

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Its expecially bad when their paid to wright good. Maybe a new editor staff will exasperate the situation.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:25 AM on October 02

NHL Bans the Spin-o-Rama Move from Shootouts

I always wondered about the legality of the "spin-o-rama." When I played, to my recollection, if the player with the puck's progress ceased to go toward the net on a penalty shot, the attempt ended.

I assume this information would be easily verifiable if only there was some sort of technological breakthrough that would allow me to peruse hockey rules from 1974-1995. Some sort of "internet."

posted by tahoemoj at 02:15 PM on September 12

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

If Rice told the truth about what happened as Ozzie Newsome confirmed, how is suspending Rice indefinitely the correct thing to do?

I think the answer to that lies in the truth that Roger Goodell and the NFL don't really give a flying fuck about domestic abuse. Roger Goodell and the NFL do, however, give a giant fuck about the image of the league. So, when Rice was a guy who had hit his wife, it warranted 2 games. When Rice became a guy who had hit his wife on camera, the league invoked its right to disassociate itself from the person who had given it a publicity black eye.

To review: women with black eyes--2 games. Leagues with black eyes--indefinite. Does it add up now?

posted by tahoemoj at 02:34 PM on September 11

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

But people still cling to these gender roles and ideas about male strength and an almost Victorian-era believe in the fragility of women such that they believe a grown woman should be able to freak out an attack anyone, so long as they're larger- the person attacked simply has to take it.

No. But the disparity in strength makes it fairly easy for the bigger, stronger side of the equation to neutralize the situation without taking an action that is potentially lethal. And if you don't think a left cross from an 220lb musclebound man is potentially lethal, you're sadly mistaken. There's lots of ways for a large strong man to disable a woman without punching her. In my experience with DomBat, I have learned to recognize the signs of a man who is restraining an attacking female partner. There's bruising on the upper arms that is indicative of restraint, for example. There's bruising on the chest from a bear hug from behind, as another. An unconscious woman with a bruise on her face is not defensive.

Hell, when women attack men, even violently, it's a friggin' punchline, like we saw with the Solange/Jay-Z situation.

And that's fucked up.

no one who replied seemed to do more than cherry speak key quotes and strawman the shit out of this

Do you really believe that, or are you being deliberately obtuse?

posted by tahoemoj at 11:44 AM on September 11

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

Many women who are victims of domestic violence and stay with their abusers often recant their accusations or defend the abuser. There's a deeply dysfunctional psychology that plays out in these relationships.

That. That one thousand times over. Plus add the fact that if Mrs. Rice acknowledges that she is the victim of brutal domestic violence, her husband stands to lose tens of millions of dollars. Think Mr. Rice's PR team had anything to do with her decision?

I've said it before here. I am a part-time prosecutor who only deals in domestic battery. I don't know where your statistics come from hincandenza, but my experience tells a drastically different story. For every woman I charge with DomBat, I charge 10 or more men.

And of course, the true overarching rule of life should be "don't hit people. Period." But as others have pointed out, archaic or not, the further rule that "a man never hits a woman" was borne out of the drastic disparity in our physiological makeup. Ray Rice probably has 80-100 pounds on Janay Rice, professional athlete or not. I'm not a big guy at 190 pounds, but I have 70 pounds on my wife. If she chooses to hit me, if I can't figure out a way to restrain her without knocking her out, I can probably figure out a way to get the fuck out of the room. So the line of "it's not fair, she hit first" sounds like the plea of a petulant bully.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:45 AM on September 10

Colts Owner Irsay Suspended 6 Games for DUI

Fair enough. But I still see a certain absurdity in banning a pill popper from a legal intoxicant.

posted by tahoemoj at 02:19 PM on September 04

Colts Owner Irsay Suspended 6 Games for DUI

so obtaining them without a prescription is illegal anyway

Of course, but I suspect that billionaires don't have a hard time getting prescriptions when they "need" them.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:27 AM on September 04

Colts Owner Irsay Suspended 6 Games for DUI

Late Tuesday morning, a Hamilton County judge accepted Irsay's guilty plea to one count of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, a Class C misdemeanor. Irsay admitted having hydrocodone, oxycodone and alprazolam (Xanax) in his system...Irsay's sentence included one year of probation, during which he may not consume or possess alcohol, and his driver's license was revoked for one year and 40 days.

I mean, fuck Jim Irsay and all, but where is the logic in banning a pill popper from using alcohol? Wouldn't it be more punitive, and even beneficial to the sentencee, to prohibit him from taking prescription narcotics and benzos? The narcotic/benzo prohibition may have been in the sentence, but the article didn't mention it, to my notice. So Irsay can pretty much just zone out on Oxy, Percocet, and Lortab and ride around in his limo, but he can't have a glass of wine with dinner? Strange.

No, I don't really have a point. Isn't that obvious?

posted by tahoemoj at 07:09 PM on September 03

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em, 2014 Edition

I'm in as Krumrie's Floppy Leg. Look upon my historical 40% success rate, all ye mighty, and despair!

posted by tahoemoj at 02:45 PM on September 03

Roger Goodell Figures Out Domestic Violence is Bad

Nah. When its a hooker, it's just simple battery (which ultimately ends up in a grisly murder).

posted by tahoemoj at 01:54 PM on August 29

Roger Goodell Figures Out Domestic Violence is Bad

Etrigan, I prosecute a lot of domestic battery cases here in Nevada, and the fall-back plea, at least in this state, tends to be "mutual affray" (a fight between two willing participants). But disorderly comes in a close second. Sadly, the nature of battered woman syndrome leads to a lot of unwilling witnesses who are the only ones who know hat really happened.

Trivia time about my adopted home state of Nevada! Nevada leads the nation in per capita fatalities resulting from domestic violence! I hope someday to help change that.

posted by tahoemoj at 10:05 AM on August 29

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Does anyone else enjoy Drew Magary's "Why Your Team Sucks" series on Deadspin as much as I do? That dude cracks me up, but the fan comments leave me in stitches.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:10 AM on August 23

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Hadn't really thought about this for many a year. Glad to see it's still a righteous clusterfuck.

posted by tahoemoj at 02:28 PM on August 20

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Robin Williams never did a real sports movie

Well, this is one of my favorites of his, and it comes pretty close to a real sports movie. And that scene from Good Will Hunting was great.

posted by tahoemoj at 03:38 PM on August 13

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Bayern played the MLS All Stars last night and it ended poorly.

I couldn't help but be amused at the picture in the article, which happened to feature Bastian Schweinsteiger splayed out in agony, 'cuz that guy spent more time on the turf in Brazil than he did standing up. Poor, poor, fragile flower.

posted by tahoemoj at 03:55 PM on August 07

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Dalton is a completely different QB than Brees but don't write him off yet.

Agreed. The point of my comparison was that some quarterbacks don;t fully hit their stride for a few years. Dalton has had more success that Brees at this point, and whatever needs to click for him to win some playoff games might just click this year.

posted by tahoemoj at 02:12 PM on August 05

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posted by tahoemoj at 05:46 PM on August 04

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I don't really get all of the Dalton hate (maybe doubt is a better word?). The dude took a team that was in shambles to three consecutive playoffs in his first three years in the league. Yes, I understand that he stunk the place out pretty bad on two of those three trips, but he wasn't the only Bengal to do so. His regular season numbers are inconsistent, but are spectacular when he is on.

Compare him to Drew Brees' first 3 year regular season totals (not counting 2001, when Brees started 1 game):

Brees: 42 games; 55 TD; 38 INT; 14 fumbles--Chargers record 24-24

Dalton: 48 games; 80 TD; 49 INT; 15 fumbles--Bengals record 30-18

So why does everyone doubt that Dalton has a hell of an upside entering his 4th year?

posted by tahoemoj at 04:42 PM on August 04

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The overvaluation of QB security continues.

I disagree (but reserve the right to withdraw that comment when the guaranteed vs. incentive-based numbers are released). I think Dalton is more than a "secure" quarterback. The Bengals are a franchise that has been on the rise consistently since Dalton joined the team. Yes, his playoff numbers are bad at this point. But when he was drafted, who would have predicted that he would have led the team to the playoffs in each of his first three seasons, winning the division twice? I think the contract tells him that the job is his for the foreseeable future, but doesn't lock the Bengals into a bad deal if he continues to trip over his dick in the playoffs.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:20 AM on August 04

Ray Rice Suspended for 2 Games

Do we know why the DA is letting him off? I think that bugs me more than the length of the NFL suspension

I think the contents of the videotape that has not been released to the public will answer your question. My guess would be that it will provide Rice with a self defense claim that the DA didn't think he could overcome. The law doesn't differentiate between male and female aggressors when it comes to striking someone in self defense. That means that the only question in a court room would be whether the force used by Rice was a reasonable response to the aggression he was responding to. And that's a tough sell for an overworked DA to make against a seasoned defense attorney, which Rice would no doubt have.

Now, as I mentioned in an earlier comment, concepts of honor and decency would lead me to believe that only the imminent use of a deadly weapon against Rice could justify him striking her in such a way to knock her out. But that's not the law.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:32 AM on July 28

Ray Rice Suspended for 2 Games

The NFL didn't really suspend Pryor for anything

That's a discussion for a different thread. If you don't like that example-- here. Take your pick.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:42 AM on July 25

Ray Rice Suspended for 2 Games

grum's answer was less depressing.

posted by tahoemoj at 05:57 PM on July 24

Ray Rice Suspended for 2 Games

I have to admit to posting this mostly so I could vent about it. Ray Rice, who knocked his fiance unconscious in an elevator, was suspended for 2 games. Josh Gordon, who failed a drug test after smoking pot (I understand that he is a repeat offender), was suspended fore the entire season. Terrell Pryor, who traded some OSU swag for a tattoo, was suspended for 5 games (thanks Deadspin commenter).

The Ginger (Nerf) Hammer apparently thought the punishment fit the crime after viewing more of the security tape than any of us has seen to date. What could possibly be on that tape that would justify a professional athlete striking a woman at all, let alone so hard that it knocked her out? Unless she pulled a gun on him, I can't see any justification for it; and if she did have a gun, he shouldn't be suspended at all. So how does the NFL justify the mentality that smoking pot is worse than beating on a woman?

posted by tahoemoj at 02:49 PM on July 24

Blackhawks Sign Toews, Kane Through 2023

Dynamic duos, all. And throw in Gretzky and Messier. First, I still think each one of those teams was pretty deep top to bottom. Second, with the exception of the tail end of the Yzerman/Lidstrom Wings, those were all duos that played in a different era.

The nature of today's game is such that to be a "cup contender," a team has to roll four balanced lines, or at the very least, three top lines and an "energy"or "grind" line. Look at the teams that have made the finals lately--LA, Boston, NYR, Chicago--they are all deep teams that roll 3 or 4. Maybe two or three all-stars with a supporting cast can get you to the playoffs, but that's not the same thing as a "cup contender." I point to the Crosby/Malkin Penguins as an example. And the whole point of this article is that with so much locked up in Kane and Toews, it might make it difficult to have the quality throughout the lineup that a Cup victory requires.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:48 PM on July 13

Blackhawks Sign Toews, Kane Through 2023

The article starts with this premise: likely ensuring the Hawks will be Stanley Cup contenders for the next decade or so....

...before spending the rest of its ink describing the problems the Hawks will have keeping their nucleus of talent together.

I don't necessarily think that these signings are a bad move, but I sure as hell don't think that having two players around, any two players, ensures that a team will be Cup contenders.

posted by tahoemoj at 06:06 PM on July 10

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

"Chad Johnson has fallen a long way upward since playing approximately 15 snaps for the Patriots back in 2011

posted by tahoemoj at 11:14 AM on July 09

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Probably in history.

That's a pretty high bar, but Sleepy McSlobberson has either approached it or narrowly cleared it.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:36 AM on July 08

U.S. Falls to Belgium Despite Epic Tim Howard Performance

Wondo misses a golden opportunity for US soccer sainthood.

Does Donovan calmly wait 1/2 more second and send that one home?

Backs slowly out of room

posted by tahoemoj at 06:36 PM on July 01

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Serena Williams had some sort of an episode in her doubles match at Wimbledon this morning, causing her and sister Venus to retire. Deadspin commenters are speculating that it was a bout with vertigo. Hope that's "all" it was.

posted by tahoemoj at 03:21 PM on July 01

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

a third would run up and smash the ball, (usually Into the stands)

As a proud American of Scottish heritage, this made me laugh hysterically.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:42 AM on July 01

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Gino, Gino, Gino.

That's some shit right there, Tommy.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:40 AM on June 27

LeBron Taking His Talents Out of South Beach

Yeah, seems like an obvious pressure move to get Miami to do something meaningful.

Partially that. But it also allows Miami the time to actually do something. He announced his decision a full week before he was required to on the 30th, which will allow Miami (and any other suitors) enough time to put together a "here's how we are going to build a championship team around you" presentation, and to negotiate that strategy with the rest of the pieces. If he had waited until the last minute, the scramble may have hindered any team's ability to give him what he actually wants, which is another championship (or 4).

posted by tahoemoj at 05:28 PM on June 24

World Cup Confidence Pool Leader

How the hell did Belgium and Portugal get into my top 4? FWIW, believe it or not, I quit smoking the reefer years ago.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:46 PM on June 18