Is the superstar era in hockey fading?
I think this article is about 20 years too late. Didn't the superstar era in hockey begin to fade fairly rapidly with the '95 New Jersey Devils' immolation of the Detroit Red Wings? Since that time, hockey has been decidedly system-oriented, most notably including the Red Wings' "left wing lock" system and the Draper-led grind line and last years' Kings/Devils all-grind finals. Throw in the '11 Bruins and there begins to be a trend.
posted by tahoemoj at 05:14 PM on June 17
Hugh, I'm not sure how long you've been sitting on that idea, but that is far better than anything these guys came up with.
Sign me up for your newsletter, too. I'm not sure how much that branding firm was paid, but the shit they came up with should immediately cause payment to be stopped on their remuneration. Skins?! What a joke.
posted by tahoemoj at 11:02 AM on June 14
Not that anyone around here needs reminding of the incompetence/apathy of the "worldwide leader," but...
After 20 minutes of analysis breaking down every pass and missed shot of a 2-night old NBA game, Sportcenter shifts to hockey coverage with "...and we pick it up in the third period in Chicago..."
I don't know why it still surprises and pisses me off, but it does. What an amazing game from start to finish. Momentum swung back and forth for 110 minutes, with both teams missing opportunities as well as showing that they deserved to be in the finals. Should be a hell of a series between two evenly matched squads.
posted by tahoemoj at 03:36 PM on June 13
Boston in 7.
Chara (he's gonna be a fuckin' monstah!)
posted by tahoemoj at 04:54 PM on June 09
Bruins winger Gregory Campbell was praised by his teammates for a gusty effort
Typo, or did Campbell eat some pre-game beans?
Campbell demonstrated the toughness of hockey players, broken leg or not.
posted by tahoemoj at 11:57 AM on June 06
Is double jeopardy a concept that MLB actually needs to worry about?
Exactly. I'm not sure the Bill of Rights was drafted with Major League Baseball in mind.
posted by tahoemoj at 01:06 PM on June 05
NHL '14 looks pretty cool, but it's a travesty of a mockery of a farce of a sham that it plays Brass Bonanza when Datsyuk scores. There shall be no Bonanza without the Whale!
Also curious that the Brodeur (Broduer?) "highlight" is of him flopping about like he lost an edge. They couldn't dig up a better play than that?
posted by tahoemoj at 04:28 PM on May 31
Bruins in [4-7], ah, what the hell, make it 6 (I've yet to get the number of games correct)
Blackhawks in 5.
posted by tahoemoj at 11:23 AM on May 30
(help me out on this, tahoe) there would seem to be the basis for a significant legal complaint here.
I was thinking about that, and I'm not sure. The tort of wrongful termination is a bit of a pipe dream, and all the University has to say is that he violated some decency clause that I'm sure was in his contract in this post-Sandusky world. There doesn't seem to be any defamation going on, as nobody actually called him a pervert or a child pornographer. They just stated the "fact" of what was on his phone and released him for it. If the school deems it pornographic, then they have cause to let him go, even without actually labeling (and therefore libeling) him. On top of that, he is a public figure, so defamation is that muchg tougher to prove. The bottom line is that the school was the employer and dealt with its employee as it saw fit. The state dropped any charges, so there's no wrongful prosecution. It just sucks for him.
That being said, I have no doubt that one of my colleagues will approach Hoffner to file suit. And they may get the university to settle rather than pay legal fees to defend themselves.
posted by tahoemoj at 12:06 PM on May 29
What shocks me is that somehow our society has become so knee-jerk that we ascribe sexuality to naked kids. My son ran around the house naked all the time, it's what kids do. This dad thought it would be funny to record his kids acting like kids. The only way you can accuse him of poor judgment is to somehow assign some sort of sexuality to complete innocence. I'm not sure what anyone else's parental background is here, but I imagine that most parents wouldn't think twice about recording their kids tearing around the house in their birthday suits. It's an innocent, completely non-sexual act and it wouldn't occur to most parents to think it was anything else. I understand that there are predators out there that victimize children, but I refuse to allow those perverts to dictate what is and isn't an innocent act in my house.
posted by tahoemoj at 11:20 AM on May 28
Or does that not meet the high hope/bitter letdown criteria?
That doesn't meet my nascient fanhood / confessed historical ignorance standard.
posted by tahoemoj at 02:24 PM on May 22
Sergio Garcia apologizes for saying he'd serve Tiger Woods 'fried chicken'
Am I the only one who believes that Sergio is sincerely remorseful for making what he realizes was an inappropriate joke? Tiger seems to agree. It would be nice if this wasn't discussed ad nauseum until the U.S. Open and beyond, but if today is any indication, that ain't going to be the case. The Worldwide Leader must have its pound of flesh!
Wait, was that racist?
posted by tahoemoj at 02:21 PM on May 22
I think a bunch of them just want to make their jerseys relevant again
That's why I'm hanging onto my circa-1974 Dave Keon Whalers jersey. Keep the dream alive!
posted by tahoemoj at 06:44 PM on May 21
I need to express my crushing disappointment at Spurs in person
Yep. I decided a few seasons ago, simply because I thought I'd enjoy Premier League that much more with a rooting interest, to break from the Man U/Arsenal pack and jump on the Tottenham wagon. Cheers to my first high hope / bitter let down season.
posted by tahoemoj at 04:42 PM on May 21
Apparently, Max Domi is better at the hockey than dear old dad...
Holy shit, man. That was almost too much awesome! From the pass to Domi between the defenseman's legs, to his nifty between the legs move, to the perfect saucer pass over the defenseman's stick onto the tape of the winger. That was just plain beautiful!
posted by tahoemoj at 11:13 AM on May 21
Pittsburgh in 7
Boston in 6
Chicago in 5
San Jose in 5
posted by tahoemoj at 11:30 AM on May 14
Well, the visiting center is supposed to come to a complete stop and get his stick down, in the denoted area, first. Then, the home center is supposed to do the same. Often times, centers will try not to come to a complete stop, in essence getting a running start at the faceoff. Also, a center may place his stick outside of the permitted area to get a positional advantage over the opposing center.
I'm sure there are other ways, too, but those two came to me first. And I know a thing or two about faceoffs--back in high school, I was once beaten so cleanly on the faceoff that the other center scored on his own goal (and I was credited with it).
posted by tahoemoj at 01:47 PM on May 08
Old MacDonald had a farm--EI EI O!
posted by tahoemoj at 12:38 PM on May 08
I love the faces of the guys around him, especially the bald guy smirking at the camera. It's like he knows he's about to become part of an unwelcome meme, and figures he might as well make the most of his 15 minutes.
posted by tahoemoj at 11:56 AM on May 07
Yeah, it's not so much offensive as pathetic. Dude might as well be holding a sign with an arrow pointing down that just says "jackass."
posted by tahoemoj at 11:27 AM on May 07
Evidently rodeos, indeed.
posted by tahoemoj at 11:31 AM on May 03
I think you made a mistake, there, Meats--I don's see the Devils' first round matchup anywhere on your list. *sigh*
Pittsburgh in 5
Montreal in 7
Washington in 6
Boston in 5
Chicago in 6
Anaheim in 6
San Jose in 7
LA in 5
posted by tahoemoj at 11:28 AM on April 30
Took you two full days to come up with that one? Well, I guess you told me.
posted by tahoemoj at 11:18 AM on April 26
Kind of a wonky link, rcade. Gotta have a "digital plus" membership to the Trib to read the column. And I really wanted to read it, because any column that equates members of my profession to scavengers is certainly even-handed and insightful.
posted by tahoemoj at 06:12 PM on April 24
As it is, they let the cat out of the bag and now have the devil's own job herding it back in there.
Words of wisdom.
posted by tahoemoj at 11:28 AM on April 17
Chip pulled a Calipari Carroll.
posted by tahoemoj at 05:41 PM on April 16
Martin Brodeur's career win total sits currently at 666 wins.
All with the DEVILS!!! ooooohhhhh creeeeepy
He should retire right now...
I wouldn't worry about it. The way the Devs are playing lately, he could finish the season without getting 667.
posted by tahoemoj at 01:10 PM on April 12
Geez, Howard--c'mon out to Reno in September. The sky's crawling with Mustangs, some lovingly restored, some customized to race. While you're here, check out the TigerCats, BearCats, Sea Furies, Yaks and other beautiful old warbirds. Even Lefty Gardner's P-38, possibly the only plane that challenges the P-51 for sheer beauty, IMO.
posted by tahoemoj at 11:12 AM on April 09
"We do not believe Mr. Banks did the crime he pled guilty to," Deputy District Attorney Brentford Ferreira said. "Justice has been served."
That seems kind of contradictory, doesn't it? This story is kind of short. I'd love to hear what his accuser has to say about why she did what she did, and what made her change her mind. The reality of what he went through comes through pretty clearly when he says that he entered a "life of violence" behind bars.
Regardless of whether he sues her, I wish him success in at least partially reclaiming the life that he missed out on.
posted by tahoemoj at 01:16 PM on April 04
It's not even so much me as it's Roenick--it's that he's good.
posted by tahoemoj at 07:26 PM on April 02
After watching some of that footage, I can't believe a player has never lost it on Rice and coldcocked him. I understand that the video is without context, and some of that physicality may have been within coaching parameters. I also understand that players typically have a tremendous amount of respect for their coaches, and will put up with some questionable behavior based on that respect. But Rice gets pretty abusive, both physically and verbally. And young men have a breaking point.
posted by tahoemoj at 07:23 PM on April 02
There is indeed, Howard. Nice analysis of the events so far. I have to agree with your call on St. Cloud State, as they looked brutal in knocking off my alma mater Miami yesterday. Miami owned the better part of the first period and kept finding either iron or goalie when they had opportunities. After escaping the first period with a 1-0 lead, St. Cloud really locked down the second and third periods. Their "3rd" line was as good as any line in this year's tournament.
posted by tahoemoj at 05:22 PM on April 01
Well, I like seeing the rug pulled out from under the Bruins as much as the next guy, but I wonder if it has occurred to Iginla that, rather than Boston, he has to spend the majority of each year in Pittsburgh? Much like Lacey Underall, he must get awfully tired of having fun all the time.
posted by tahoemoj at 04:22 PM on March 28
The Miami Dolphins New England Patriots should've kept their original logo and uniform forever (aside from minor tweaks). They've had one of the best looks in sports and it's perfectly suited to their hometown.
Maybe I'm just old fashioned, but I think new, streamlined logos suck.
posted by tahoemoj at 04:17 PM on March 28
Ray Lewis on line 2.
posted by tahoemoj at 04:02 PM on March 27
I hesitated before clicking on that link, just because there was no explanation and I'm normally virus-averse. But then I figured, what tghe fuck, this is my work computer, what can go wrong?
Anyway, good stuff. Kovy looks like he's developed an immunity to smelling salt, huh?
posted by tahoemoj at 04:28 PM on March 21
Skipping the Bayless is prepared to show you all his complete ignorance.
posted by tahoemoj at 11:29 AM on March 21
Good Christ, if Ulf Samuelsson is the answer, maybe a question shouldn't be asked. Also, I didn't remember Mrs. Jones Gretzky getting knocked out by the glass. Classic! (in a sad, pretty girl getting brained kinda way).
posted by tahoemoj at 02:01 PM on March 14
I just spent an hour reading this and watching all the links. Kudos, Grantland.
posted by tahoemoj at 12:53 PM on March 14
I mean, it's a nice dunk, but Brandon Knight is tiny compared to Jordan, he had no chance on that play. I'd be a lot more impressed if he did it to someone like Dwight Howard.
Um, yeah. I'm admittedly not a basketball fan, but I just don't understand why all the hype over this play. Looks to me like Knight made a great hustle play to even be there, but was much smaller, off his feet, and with his weight back when the larger man with the momentum moved him backward. He could have half-assed it on defense like 98% of the NBA, and not made the highlight reel. But I've never understood the hype of "dunking on" or "dunking over" someone. A person with momentum can virtually always push right through an upstretched arm.
posted by tahoemoj at 07:51 PM on March 11
Should this story be in the next FPP?
posted by tahoemoj at 11:18 AM on March 02
I have an uncle who's a big-time McD exec and we are under strict orders not to ever bring up the coffee case, or even the topic of "frivolous lawsuits" in general,
So that leaves plenty of time to discuss the finer points of heart disease, obesity, and target marketing heavily processed, sodium laden, preservative saturated crap to children and minorities? I'm lovin' it!
posted by tahoemoj at 05:10 PM on March 01
Obligatory link to facts about McDonalds Coffee Case.
They gave us a copy of that my first week in torts class in law school. Fascinating compared to the heavily spun and under reported version that filtered its way out to the public from the talking heads.
posted by tahoemoj at 02:18 PM on March 01
We had a case that sounds a lot like this in Nevada (Turner v. Mandalay Sports Entertainment, 180 P.3d 1172). The Las Vegas 51's included an assumption of risk waiver on their tickets. A spectator in a beer garden was hit (while not watching the game) by a foul ball and sued. She lost her negligence claim on summary judgment (pre-trial) based on the fact that she both read the disclaimer and was aware of the inherent danger of watching baseball.
posted by tahoemoj at 02:04 PM on March 01
Really cool map. Does anyone know why cricket has such a foothold in Guyana?
posted by tahoemoj at 12:39 PM on February 22
Is "rebel" now a race? I'll be damned.
posted by tahoemoj at 06:27 PM on February 12
I wish there were more fan rituals in American sports stadiums, not less.
Sure, if they were cool and not unabashedly racial in nature. Songs, cheers, and chants are fine, but the fucking droning that is the tomahawk chop is awful.
posted by tahoemoj at 03:57 PM on February 12
is there anything that is more authentically "Olympics" than wrestling?
That was my first reaction, as well. Wrestling doesn't take expensive equipment or a field, so there is no advantage to wealthier countries, and the one-on-one aspect of it lands itself perfectly to a medal-based platform. It is also played around the world, and has been for centuries. I personally love wakeboarding, but it has no place supplanting wrestling in the Olympics. No idea about sport climbing, wushu, or roller sports, but I just can't see how they would be more universally played and playable than wrestling.
Full disclosure-my son started wrestling this year and I have really learned to appreciate it as a sport.
posted by tahoemoj at 03:53 PM on February 12
Wish it had been Gary Bettman holding the bird. I would have paid money to see that.
I'd vote for vice-versa. A pale-faced Bettman held petrified by the talons of a seven foot wide raptor could be a rallying point for future NHL lockouts.
But what a fantastic video, tommy. My wife heard me laughing my ass off from upstairs and I got to watch the video again with her. The announcers laughing hysterically didn't hurt, either.
posted by tahoemoj at 11:27 AM on February 11
I am also awarding myself a bonus point for predicting not only that Budweiser would win the ad meter, but that it would be a clydesdale commercial that would do it. So now I can hold my head up and face the world.
posted by tahoemoj at 12:35 PM on February 04
YYM clearly had Ray Lewis' god on his side yesterday. In other midwestern news, congratulations to another graduate of a fine MAC institution, Miami University, the Cradle of Coaches, for leading his team to s Super Bowl victory!
posted by tahoemoj at 12:16 PM on February 04
6. R. Rice
7. R. Lewis
8. P. Willis
9. A. Smith
10. Budweiser (those Clydesdales are sooooo adorable!)
posted by tahoemoj at 02:35 PM on February 03
Chauncey Billups won a ring and a finals MVP, but are you going to tell me he was a better point guard than John Stockton?
Sure. But I should preface that by admitting that I have never in my life willingly watched a professional basketball game.
posted by tahoemoj at 12:57 PM on January 30
I'm no Lance Armstrong fan, but...
Hey, it was only alleged until he fessed up last week. Barry hasn't fessed up.
posted by tahoemoj at 10:48 AM on January 30
"I don't really live on numbers, I live on impact, what you are able to do out on the field.
Whatever, Randy. You may have been the most talented receiver ever to play the game, but you ain't the greatest, even by your own metric. If you live on impact, how many championship games have you impacted? Rice's 49ers were 3-0 in Super Bowls, and he won the MVP in the first. How about you?
posted by tahoemoj at 06:00 PM on January 29
The story of how Anthony Bosch built the East Coast version of BALCO the notorious California lab that provided baseball greats such as Jason Giambi and Barry Bonds with steroids
I'm no Barry Bonds fan, but shouldn't the word "allegedly" be in there somewhere?
posted by tahoemoj at 05:41 PM on January 29
adds new meaning to the name Kikkoman
I see what you did there, and thoroughly approve.
posted by tahoemoj at 11:22 AM on January 29
After my ridiculously bad performance in the regular season pick 'em, i'm feeling pretty good about my performance here; especially in light of forgetting to make picks in the divisional tound!
posted by tahoemoj at 02:53 PM on January 27
Wait, you're fake or the internet is? Am I actually in the fucking matrix?
posted by tahoemoj at 03:50 PM on January 25
Goodell still won't be welcomed to New Orleans with open arms
Oh, really? OK, fine, not arms.
posted by tahoemoj at 11:30 AM on January 23
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