Recent Comments by tahoemoj

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And then claim he's a "huge fan" of her and not sexist.

Yup. Just say "sorry, I fucked up." And then stop.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:14 AM on March 23

Can popularity ruin a sport?

Wow, thanks for that great post, both yerfatma and Guardian. Those 6 or 7 paragraphs were more thought provoking than half a years' worth of ESPN talking heads yelling at each other. As others have noted, the point of the piece transcends soccer, particularly, of course, in America. Personally, I think it is indicative of the general trend (for whatever reason) of people feeling less and less attached to their actual existence, and needing something like sports/politics/religion/music to be right about to validate their reality.

As a case in point, during the 2012 election cycle, I tired of all of the political sniping on facebook. For diversion, I started posting musical questions along the likes of "what bands/artists were the most ahead of their time?" and "best rock n' roll voice". The amount of virtriol spewed among my cyber-friends, all of whom have at least one common reason to be polite, was breathtaking.

posted by tahoemoj at 03:34 PM on March 19

Yahoo Tourney Pick'em Pool

The Annual Travesty begins. Gracias, senor grum.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:23 PM on March 17

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Man, what happened to Clarkson? I know the Leafs grossly overpaid for him, but he was a pretty damn good player for a couple of years in Jersey. It must be true what they say about how tough it is to play in Toronto.

posted by tahoemoj at 08:17 PM on February 26

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Has Tony the Tiger always worn underwear?!

posted by tahoemoj at 11:05 AM on February 26

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Two fonts, one which is horrific

The capital B was designed to look like a pregnant woman's torso, then?

posted by tahoemoj at 02:49 PM on February 25

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I would love to have been a part of the consulting team that got paid 6 figures to come up with that logo.

posted by tahoemoj at 02:03 PM on February 25

Igor Larionov reflects on playing for Red Army, and what is wrong with North American hockey

I'm all for that idea, too Howard. And like yerfatma, sadly think it's a pipe dream.

BTW--did anyone else watch ESPN's 30 for 30 on the Miracle on Ice? Thought it was brilliant in that it was told from the Soviet players' perspective, framed by Slava Fetisov's road trip to lake Placid with his 21 year old daughter.

posted by tahoemoj at 04:38 PM on February 23

Igor Larionov reflects on playing for Red Army, and what is wrong with North American hockey

Incredibly well-said. This piece sort of tracks the evolution of the NHL from the introduction of eastern Europeans to the game we see today. I absolutely love hockey, and appreciate the NHL for having the best players in the world. But I'm beginning to tire of the chip and chase game every team plays, typically out of a fear of being counterpunched off of a turnover.* Even the cycling-puck control game guys like Larionov brought with them has morphed into a throw it around the boards/deep behind the net and let the big wingers fight over it type of cycle, rather than the freewheeling style that used the entire ice surface.

* I also recognize the irony of being a Devils fan and saying that, when it was the 94-95 Devils who probably did the most to destroy the freewheeling play of the late 80s and early 90s.

posted by tahoemoj at 03:13 PM on February 23

McCutchen: Baseball No Longer a Sport Where Poor Kids Get Discovered

grum--the hockey story is pretty universal. When I was playing as a kid, we were on three teams: the house league, the house league all star team, and the travel team. The cost to play house league was already prohibitive, and equipment didn't grow on trees (even in the 70's and 80's). All star involved travel all over the midwest and portions of Canada for tournaments. Travel was a national affair, with games from New England to Kansas City. I played in house league with a couple of incredibly talented black kids from the wrong side of the tracks who were probably good enough to play in college. Sadly, even their house league play was augmented by the families of the other players. Nobody wanted to commit to financing their all-star play, and travel was out of the question (never mind the fact that 3 of my teammates' families now own major professional sports franchises).

The point being- McCutchen's article rings very true. Skill and drive are great, but without a wealthy family or a benefactor of some sort, these kids are going to peak at the local level. How many McCutchens are quitting the game because they can't afford to take it to the next level?

posted by tahoemoj at 01:18 PM on February 15

NFL Pick 'Em Contest, Final Scoreboard

Thanks for running it rcade, although I was buried at work Super Bowl weekend and didn't get my final-round picks in. Still tied TommyTrump, though. What'r you, a hockey fan, Trump?

posted by tahoemoj at 05:30 PM on February 12

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Don't forget about the "columns" heading. Maybe the best approach is to place the blog in there, with a reminder/link in the huddle whenever you publish.

I look forward to the coming installments!

posted by tahoemoj at 12:35 PM on February 12

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I loved those UNLV teams as a kid, mainly as a counterpoint to Laettner's Duke.

Yup. God I hated those Duke teams. They'd almost certainly never admit it, but Tark's Rebels set the path for Michigan's Fab Five.

I thought I was all alone (sniff), but now I know I'm not! (sob)

posted by tahoemoj at 08:53 PM on February 11

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she talked me into going to the Patriots' Super Bowl parade with the argument that I might not ever see another one.

I hope she's right; but I also hope that you have decades ahead of you to enjoy the Pats' return to lovable, long-suffering doormats.

I can dream, too, right?

posted by tahoemoj at 09:29 PM on February 05

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"When Venus and I were walking down the stairs to our seats, people kept calling me nigger.' One said, I wish it was 75, we'd skin you alive'

Those are racist undertones?! Not to make light of a serious problem, but if those are undertones, I'd hate to see overt racism. Jebus.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:08 PM on February 05

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I didn't realize that an individual Seattle fan could be referred to as a "12".

Ugh. That. I've always kind of held the Seahawks as my secondary team--probably because growing up in Cincinnati compels me to always cheer for lovable loser-type teams--but that came to an abrupt end about 4 years ago with all of the 12 shit and Richard Sherman. Fans are collectively, "the 12th man" or "the twelve," and individually they are "a twelve" or "twelves." I want no part of that silly shit.

And thank god; it was just in time for me to dodge that whole "cheering for a winning team" bullet.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:05 PM on February 05

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The Val James Story

The early to mid 80s were probably the nadir of my hockey fanhood, but I'm still surprised that I've never even heard James' name. Brutal experience, and glad we (hockey fans) have moved beyond that shit to a large degree. Guy was brave for lacing them up, and still brave for putting his story on paper.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:33 AM on February 04

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

C-I-N-C-I-N-N-A-T-I

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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