Recent Comments by tahoemoj

The Disgrace of Minor League Baseball

Interesting (and somewhat infuriating) stuff, Ufez. I knew that minor league ball players made jack shit, but I didn't understand that they really, really made that little jack shit. Nor did I realize that our esteemed Congress had just sanctioned the practice (in an omnibus spending bill, no less--sneaky!) on behalf of the owners. What the article seems to lack - and maybe that is because there isn't one readily available - is a proposed solution to the disparity.

posted by tahoemoj at 02:44 PM on April 20

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Tonight

Winnipeg in 6

Pittsburgh in 7 (just rooting for attrition here)

Los Angeles in 5

New Jersey in 7 (HOMER PICK ALERT)

Boston in 6 (fuck Marchand with something pointy and rusty)

Washington in 5 (they won't choke until round 2)

Nashville in 4

San Jose in 6


Nothing goes better with roundhouse kicks in Zubaz than Brass Bonanza!!

posted by tahoemoj at 04:41 PM on April 11

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Hi Lana (that's my dog's name!). I've always wanted to meet an average girl who appreciates the joys and benefits of testogen, and who is in no way, shape, or form a SPAM-bot invading my favorite sports blog. If our relationship is going to go anywhere, I need proof that you can breathe underwater; will you oblige me by sticking your head in the nearest dengue fever infested pond and taking a deep breath? Kaythanksbye!

posted by tahoemoj at 12:08 PM on April 11

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Aww. She seems nice.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:05 PM on April 11

Humboldt gathers, and mourns, through a long and tragic night

Not much to say about something like this. May those young mens' families find peace somehow.


posted by tahoemoj at 12:46 AM on April 08

Sedin twins play their last home game before retirement; combine to score twice in a storybook finish

It's difficult to be a fan of hockey and not be a fan of the Sedin twins'. I'm glad they got to go out in front of the hometown fans like that-with the skill and grace that has typified their careers since they came into the league. Y'all up in the Pacific northwest really have been spoiled by their game for a long, long time.

posted by tahoemoj at 04:46 PM on April 06

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Marcus Johansson took a vicious elbow from Marchand on January 23, and has not played a game since due to the resulting concussion. Sure, the prick Marchand got a 5-game suspension, but suited up for the All Star Game and got that paycheck. Now he tries to injure someone else and gets...a fine. Marchand should be out of hockey by now; I don't care how skilled he is. Sooner or later he is going to hurt a marquee player, and not "just" a top-4 defenseman on a small market team.

Fuck him from now until the end of time. It looks like the B's and the Devils will square off in the first round of the playoffs (without Johansson, of course, but Marchand will be playing). I''d like to see the Devils bring the "Polish Hammer" Krzysztof Oliwa (6'5", 245 Lbs.) out of retirement for game 1 of the series.

posted by tahoemoj at 06:56 PM on April 02

It's finally happened! Emergency back-up goalie (Blackhawks' Scott Foster) plays in an NHL game.

I'm previewing the Disney movie in my head.

Oh, is that the one where he gets lit up his first game in, consistently improves through a montage of training until he squeaks the 'Hawks into the playoffs, only to emerge with the Conn Smythe after stopping a penalty shot in overtime of game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals?

Or the Cianfrace version where he has his 14 minutes of shutout hockey end, only to find out that he has ass cancer and his wife has left him for a female basketball referee?

posted by tahoemoj at 01:55 PM on March 30

Mookie Betts Interviewed During Play

I'll introduce you as an attorney from Reno. If that don't break the ice, nothing will.

My turn-ons include long walks to the bench to challenge the legitimacy of NDA's and semi-rough magazine play with the McGeorge Law Review.

Turn-offs include overly bronzed blowhards and borderline morbidly obese demagogues in tighty whiteys.

posted by tahoemoj at 04:25 PM on March 29

Mookie Betts Interviewed During Play

Goddamnit. I try so very hard to remain in the "I hate the Red Sox" camp. But I got to see that epic Sox-Indians game last summer at my first visit to Fenway. That really had me questioning my life choices vis-a-vis anti-Sox bias. And now there's Mookie Betts. What the hell am I supposed to do with all that likeability?!

posted by tahoemoj at 05:24 PM on March 28

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I'm reading that sentence over and over again. I can't tell whether it is high-grade literary spam or just bot-generated gibberish.

And everyone knows that the Wolf Boy is none other than the man himself, Mark Oliver Everett.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:17 PM on March 09

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Even coming from a Sharks fan, I love watching McDavid play hockey. Maybe he doesn't have the passer's sixth sense that Crosby has, but his combination of speed, strength, and hands is just incredible.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:14 PM on March 09

MLB Execs Consider Wild 9th-Inning Batting Rule

That's the stupidest fucking suggestion I've heard since about 5:30 yesterday afternoon. Now, if the trailing team had the option to send its best hitter out against the leading team's best pitcher--not to play baseball but to engage in a winner-take-all dance-off--with the stipulation that the leading team gets to select the musical/dance genre and the trailing team gets to pick the specific song, you'd have me investing in the MLB package on an annual basis.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:01 PM on February 23

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Brother, if you're heading to the North American National Disgrace Field Office, when you get there, you'll find that there's a damn hell of a long line in front of you.

And several of those ahead of you in line would relish the opportunity to trade national disgraces. Oh, how I pine for the days of failing to medal in certain events topping the list of our disgrace.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:56 AM on February 23

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle


Even though it worked out in favor of the good old USA yesterday, I completely agree with you. Reducing a flowing, team-oriented game to a circus act sucks, especially when a gold medal is on the line between two bitter rivals.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:15 PM on February 22

How Haudenosaunee women are overcoming stigma to earn a place in lacrosse

Fascinating. Thanks rumple.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:00 PM on February 20

Jason Kelce, Ladies and Gentlemen

I knew that Travis was outspoken/flamboyant, but I had no idea that his brother made him like like a shrinking violet in comparison! Kelce has a great career in the WWE waiting for him upon retirement if he wants it.

His outfit also led me to learn about Philly's annual mummer's parade, which looks like a hell of a good time.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:32 PM on February 09

The Film the NFL doesn't want you to see

I get the whole "experimental/conceptual" film style as a hook, but I found it very difficult to watch more than about 2 minutes of Concussion Protocol. While it was somewhat effective in that it highlights the after-effects of the collision prior to showing the impact itself, it just kinda gave me a headache (no pun intended) after a while to watch too much reverse film. Then again, I'm not sure that one needs to watch the film in its entirety to understand the danger involved in head injuries.

Either way, thanks for the link, rumple.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:15 PM on February 07

SportsFilter 2017-2018 Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: tahoemoj

I sent you an email, tahoemoj

I got nothin'. But I believe I joined SpoFi 2 or 3 email addresses ago, back in the days. I checked that account, which is now largely a spam repository, and saw nothing that might be from you. I'm going to send a current email through the 'contact us' link and see what happens.

we need to receive updates periodically on the life-changing experience that wearing these pants doubtlessly brings

Photographic evidence must be shown that you actually wore those pants

You bet your ass those will be worn. Going to Europe for 3 weeks this summer, and I see myself on multiple occasions being the "Ugly American" just to let the zubaz see the world. Also looking for an orange bow tie so that I might replace my normal tuxedo pants at my next formal event.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:08 PM on February 06

SportsFilter 2017-2018 Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: tahoemoj

rcade-- to collect my swag/booty/zubaz-y goodness, should I email you my info through the community "contact us" link? Or do you have a better direct email that you prefer?

posted by tahoemoj at 02:53 PM on February 05

SportsFilter 2017-2018 Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: tahoemoj

**Climbs down off of the shortest lamp pole in Reno**

Wooooooooo!!! Winner, winner!!!! This is the second-proudest day of my life - right there between #1 (winning that pub crawl in undergrad) and #3 (the births of my children).

Thanks for running the show, rcade. Email with zubaz delivery instructions to come soon.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:00 PM on February 05

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x34

I believe in you, tahoemoj!

I cite to the immortal Eric "Otter" Stratton, of the Delta Tau Chi fraternity.

posted by tahoemoj at 05:24 PM on February 02

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x34

Philly by 6, and Lock that sucker down. +16


FIRST FG: Elliot (PHI) +5

FIRST TD: Gronkowski (NE)

PASSING: Brady (NE) +5


RECEIVING: Amendola (NE) +5

SACK: F. Cox (PHI)


OOPS: D. Lewis (NE)

MVP: Ajayi (PHI)

CONTEST WINNER: What's got two thumbs and is tired of being the bridesmaid?? THIS GUY!!! and uses incredibly cheesy old jokes to self-promote +5

posted by tahoemoj at 03:05 PM on February 02

Boston Sports Host Insults Brady's 5-Year-Old Kid

On the one hand, what kind of shitheel calls a 5-year old child a "pissant" on the radio? Especially when that child is the child of a revered local sports hero who makes weekly appearances on your radio station?

On the other hand, it's Boston sports radio, so *yawn*

posted by tahoemoj at 06:52 PM on January 30

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Howard, good fences make good neighbors

posted by tahoemoj at 02:53 PM on January 26

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

What the hell is going on around here lately?

posted by tahoemoj at 01:43 PM on January 26

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

And we all know that super bowels are the healthiest of all of the bowels. Next come good bowels. Then mediocre bowels. Finally, there are obstructed bowels--those are no good at all.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:42 PM on January 26

Up to 175 Years

Cold comfort for over a hundred young women and their families, but how do you really obtain justice in these circumstances? The more I read about this story, the more disgusted I get. Girls as young as 5 were sent to this predator for his "world renowned" treatment, which often included multiple instances of digital penetration. May ha suffer in prison and be buried under an outhouse when he goes.

posted by tahoemoj at 02:54 PM on January 24

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Championship Round

New England by 13 LOCK

Minnesota by 9




Ramsey (Jax)

New England

posted by tahoemoj at 06:29 PM on January 20

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

But she sounds sweet. She's just trying to look out for the Majority kids because every want hand with parent's holiday.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:13 PM on January 18

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Divisional Round

Combined, they have 5 Super Bowls, 4 Super Bowl MVPs, 2 regular season MVPs and have started 11 conference championship games.

Rarely would you see 4 quarterbacks with such an accomplished resume between them. With that much experience, it's hard to consider anyone a clear favorite.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:13 PM on January 15

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Divisional Round

Atlanta by 6

New England by 17 LOCK

Jacksonville by 3

Minnesota by 6

The quarterback with the most passing yards: Brady

The player with the most rushing yards: Murray (MIN)

3. The player with the most receiving yards. Aghalor (PHI)

4. A player who will get a sack. Yannick Ngakoue (JAX) +5

5. The team that will score the most points. New England

posted by tahoemoj at 04:35 PM on January 12

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

befriend the guy in the shower with the smallest testicles.

Do you just eyeball that or do you get right up in there and fingertip 'em? Asking for a friend.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:30 PM on January 11

Play SportsFilter's NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest

Zubaz NFL camo print casual active pants for the team of your choice ($32.99 value).

$32.99 might be the retail price, but I'd argue that the value of those suckers is virtually immeasurable. I mean, think anybody wants a roundhouse kick from you wearing those bad boys? Better put my prognosticatin' duds on.

Kansas City by 17 LOCK

L.A. Rams by 6

Jacksonville by 4

New Orleans by 10

Quarterback with the most passing yards. Ryan (Atl.)

Player with the most rushing yards. Hunt (KC)

Player with the most receiving yards. Thomas (NO)

Player who will get an interception. Peters (KC) +5

Most Points. New Orleans +5

posted by tahoemoj at 12:12 PM on January 05

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I've expected something like that to happen to Joe or Burnsy for quite some time now. Like Khadri said, they're big boys. If they're going to challenge you, you have to protect yourself, and the way to do that in hockey is to immobilize the stronger hand by getting a solid handful of chest/shoulder and hold them off. The magnificent beards those boys sport hang to just the right level for that protective hand to latch onto a tuft. And as Khadri can tell you, once you get a grip, only a fool would let go for the sake of protecting another dude's beard.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:53 AM on January 05

NFL Pick 'Em Champion: Tron7

Congratulations, Tron7. I thought this was my year, especially when, against the conventional wisdom and all of my fans' wishes, I brought Marvin Lewis back to run things for me.

Huge congratulations are also in order to tommytrump for a hard-fought Costanza. werty gave you a run for your money, but in the end, your anti-winner mojo was just too strong.

rcade, as always, thank you for taking the time to put this together.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:46 AM on January 05

NFL Pick 'Em Week 17: All the Marbles Edition

Detroit by 6

Indianapolis by 10

Minnesota by 13

New England by 10

Washington by 19

Dallas by 7

Pittsburgh by 13

Carolina by 4

Kansas City by 14

Tennessee by 3

San Francisco by 3

Buffalo by 10

L.A. Chargers By 6

Seattle by 13

New Orleans by 8

Cincinnati by 10

All locks.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:30 PM on December 31

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I wish Manziel the best. As a former fuck-up who made good, I always cheer for those who made mistakes to find a level of redemption.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:46 AM on December 29

NFL Pick 'Em Week 16: Gene Steratore's Index Card Edition

Whoooeee! Locking them all didn't blow up in my face!! (Of course, every favorite won this week, so it was a good time to do that). But it's Christmas, so what the fuck, lock 'em all again!!

Baltimore by 17

Minnesota by 20

Chicago by 3

Detroit by 14

L.A. Rams by 17

Kansas City by 21

New England by 6

Atlanta by 3

L.A. Chargers by 6

Washington by 10

Carolina by 13

Jacksonville by 7

Dallas by 10

N.Y. Giants by 3

Oakland by 6

Pittsburgh by 24

posted by tahoemoj at 03:35 PM on December 22

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Speaking of snorting . . .

Nice catch. Now get your mind out of the gutter.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:52 AM on December 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I realize in hindsight that was a bit insensitive, with Solo hailing from the upper corner of WA state, where they just had an ugly derailment.

Might have been retroactively insensitive, but it was also unintentionally pretty funny. Not so much funny "ha ha" as funny "holy shit is that unfortunate timing"

posted by tahoemoj at 11:50 AM on December 22

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

This fun read got me cheering for a Trent Richardson comeback. The kid sounds like a good kid who got overwhelmed by sudden fame and money.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:51 PM on December 19

Home Fitness Equipment made for you

But my Thai and Russian wives (arriving soon) might want to work out, and I read on the internet that it's best to shop around!

posted by tahoemoj at 10:41 AM on December 19

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Freestyle Insufferability

I love this. Also, I think this is where LaVar distances himself.

But Bill makes up ground in the Grateful Dead trivia category, assuming the acid doesn't kick in at just the right time, leading him to meander off into a 6 hour diatribe on the virtues of kind veggie burritos.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:21 PM on December 18

Why don't we care about the biggest sex abuse scandal in sports history?

I think Deadspin's been doing a pretty good job keeping up with this story. But you're absolutely correct rumple--the coverage is nothing compared to the coverage of the Penn State scandal. Is it because of the relative obscurity of women's gymnastics? Is it because it was pubescent girls instead of young boys?

Whatever the reason, predators like Nassar deserve every bit of punishment they receive. As a parent, I shudder to think about the feelings that would arise upon discovering that someone who I trusted, and someone who I had led my child to trust, was taking advantage of that trust in such a despicable way.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:18 PM on December 18

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Keep wearing the classic big D helmets and get rid of the current design with the snorting horse that looks like that woman from Sex and the City

Amen. I had no idea how much I hated that new logo until I witnessed the triumphant return of the Big D. My in-laws, all die hard Bronco fans, agree with you, too.

And yeah, how the hell could that Osweiler get cut from the Browns?!

posted by tahoemoj at 01:01 PM on December 15

NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: Concussion Protocol Edition

Fuck it. Lock 'em all. I'll see you all in the Red.

Denver by 3

Detroit by 6

L.A. Chargers by 6

Jacksonville by 10

Miami by 7

Baltimore by 13

Minnesota by 17

New Orleans by 8

Philadelphia by 6

Washington by 10

Green Bay by 3

L.A. Rams by 9

New England by 3

San Francisco by 3

Dallas by 7

Atlanta by 13

posted by tahoemoj at 03:43 PM on December 14

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I bet I could pull off the coveted double Costanza.

I'm all for the "drop the low week" idea.

posted by tahoemoj at 02:28 PM on December 08

NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Get Better Ryan Shazier Edition

Atlanta by 10

Buffalo by 7

Cincinnati by 3

Green Bay by 6

Oakland by 3

Dallas by 10

Detroit by 13 LOCK

Minnesota by 6

San Francisco by 6

N.Y. Jets by 13 LOCK

Tennessee by 10 LOCK

L.A. Chargers BY 4

Philadelphia BY 6

Jacksonville BY 7

Pittsburgh BY 4

New England by 23 LOCK

posted by tahoemoj at 05:17 PM on December 07

NFL Pick 'Em Week 13: With the First Pick the Giants Take Edition

Minnesota by 6

New England by 13

San Francisco by 3

Green Bay by 4

Houston by 6

Denver by 10

N.Y. Jets by 3

Jacksonville by 10

Detroit by 7

L.A. Chargers by 17 LOCK

Oakland by 14 LOCK

New Orleans by 3

L.A. Rams by 18 LOCK

Philadelphia by 9

Pittsburgh by 13

posted by tahoemoj at 02:43 PM on December 01

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Ouch. Shit happens, kid.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:00 PM on December 01

NFL Pick 'Em Week 13: With the First Pick the Giants Take Edition

I'll take the team from Washington D.C. by 13 points, please.

posted by tahoemoj at 04:36 PM on November 30

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

You can leave off the final 2 steps of that chain, NoMich. Clemson is #1. Therefore, I, as a MAC alum, am outraged that Central Michigan is not going to get its shot at the playoff.

posted by tahoemoj at 02:49 PM on November 29

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

All this time I thought it meant golfing with Tiger Woods and the president.

Oh, it does! What did you think I meant?

posted by tahoemoj at 03:47 PM on November 28

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I don't know about you, but I hit all of the links. I am now girthier and more virile, am able to make her scream every time, and own several properties in the northeast of Namibia. Unfortunately, I fear that my existing wife will be displeased by the arrival of her Thai sister wife. Dangers of the interwebz, I suppose.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:05 PM on November 28

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

Sweet! Spamming's back!

posted by tahoemoj at 09:48 AM on November 28

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

Well, poop. Just a crazy busy weekend. Never got my picks in. I'll just assume that I would have won.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:20 PM on November 27

NFL Pick 'Em Week 12: Turkey Leg Award Edition

Atlanta by 14 LOCK

Cincinnati by 8

Tennessee by 7

Kansas City by 17 LOCK

New England by 23 LOCK

Carolina by 10

Philadelphia by 13 LOCK

Seattle by 10 LOCK

Oakland by 8

New Orleans by 7

Jacksonville by 13 LOCK

Pittsburgh by 24 LOCK

Baltimore by 6

posted by tahoemoj at 12:17 PM on November 26

NFL Pick 'Em Week 12: Turkey Leg Award Edition

Chargers by 8

Skins by 10

posted by tahoemoj at 03:26 PM on November 23

NFL Pick 'Em Week 12: Turkey Leg Award Edition

Minnesota by 10

posted by tahoemoj at 10:35 PM on November 22