one thing I noticed in watching the game was the lack of cynicism in the women's game -- just a lot less embellishment and time-wasting when compared to men's soccer.
My wife and I were talking about that watching the past two USWNT games. mbd1's theory is one that didn't come up, but I have to admit it has some merit.
We kind of reached the conclusion that, because of the history of women's athletics being dismissed, that the women play with a bit of a chip on their shoulder. What better way to send a nice, loud "fuck you" to the detractors of women's sports than to play the game clean and tough? I've seen plenty of good, solid tackles that actually send the ball carrier to the ground, and most often, she jumps right back up and into the play. Kudos, ladies. I enjoy the men's game immensely, but like holden said, the flow of the women's games has been a refreshing change.
posted by tahoemoj at 11:38 AM on July 01
Hamilton by 6
Montreal by 3
Ottawa by 8
Toronto by 17
posted by tahoemoj at 07:32 PM on June 29
OK, so I'm about 20 minutes late. I promise, ultimately it will make zero difference in the season's outcome.
Montreal by 13
Calgary by 3
Toronto by 4
Saskatchewan by 11
posted by tahoemoj at 07:44 PM on June 25
Always a bridesmaid...which is actually a pretty good time!
Congratulations cixelsyd, thanks rcade, and cheers to all who played!
posted by tahoemoj at 11:15 AM on June 25
Pete's made it very, very difficult to remain a homer.
posted by tahoemoj at 03:17 PM on June 22
Personally, I think it is the rest of the football world allowing us a victory tour for taking a fire hose to FIFA on its behalf, and (presumptively) purging the polyp on the colon of football that is Sepp Blatter.
Or maybe not. Like you said, holden, the opposition may not be fielding its full top tier, but the Germans and the Dutch are proud football nations, and are as deep and talented as any on the planet. Any victory over those national teams by the USMNT is remarkable, in my humble opinion.
posted by tahoemoj at 11:03 AM on June 11
Come out to Santa Barbara for more striking examples of this phenomenon than you might like. And, by all means, bring a set of clippers says the bald guy who may or may not be a little jealous.
posted by tahoemoj at 10:17 AM on June 10
Pat Venditte may have an even cooler skill than pitching with both hands!
Reminds me of a buddy of mine who told me that he could play pool with either hand, and was therefore anorexic.
posted by tahoemoj at 10:36 AM on June 09
there are some people who think that this won't affect the Patriots at all. The league will turn a blind eye to it and the team won't even get a slap on the wrist.
Wait...should this affect the Pats? As is the case with many of the world's smartasses, sometimes it is difficult to discern your actual meaning through the written word.
Seems to me that this is a Spikes-centric situation, and the Pats don't have anything to do with it, particularly now that thay've sent Spikes packing.
That being said, I'm secretly rooting for the Ginger Hammer to impose a forfeit of the 2015 Super Bowl and 10-season suspension of Belichick
posted by tahoemoj at 02:47 PM on June 08
Good, using that metric, I predict I could be in at least 5th place by now.
posted by tahoemoj at 06:08 PM on June 03
1. Winner: Chicago +1
2. Number of games: 6 +1
3. The longest game: 2OT
4. The average U.S. television rating: 2.4
5. First player to score a goal: Kane
6. Conn Smythe winner: Keith +1
7. Player to score the most goals: Johnson
8. Player to get the most assists: Toews
9. Player to get the most points: Toews
10. Player with the best plus/minus: Keith +1
11. Player with the most penalty minutes: Oduya
12. Starting goaltender with the best GAA: Crawford +1
13. The SportsFilter member who will win this contest: tahoemoj (I'm with grum on that one)
posted by tahoemoj at 12:17 PM on June 02
No such thing. And this series is worth significant amounts of sleep deprivation.
posted by tahoemoj at 05:39 PM on May 24
rcade, I think you meant to reference the Western Conference finals rather the the Eastern.
Epic damn hockey game.
posted by tahoemoj at 12:50 PM on May 24
I'd be intrigued to see an excessive celebration penalty on a successful extra point conversion.
Don't those normally get enforced through a blown out ACL for the kicker?
posted by tahoemoj at 10:12 AM on May 22
Still, undefeated when scoring more than their opponents. That's pretty impressive. I wonder if they can keep that pace up.
posted by tahoemoj at 11:56 AM on May 19
Anaheim in 6
NYR in 6
Goal Scorer: Getzlaf
PPG: Nash +1
Penalized player: Shaw
Save %: Lundqvist
posted by tahoemoj at 12:50 PM on May 16
But don't worry, there's no sections in case law. You done just fine.
On edit: I gave you some interlocking s's, but rcade's anti-lawyer little sportsball site doesn't recognize them.
posted by tahoemoj at 07:30 PM on May 07
Nice work on your legal citation, too fatma. Wanna proof the brief I'm writing (sorta) as we speak?
posted by tahoemoj at 12:37 PM on May 07
The pressure of the balls shows they did something wrong: 11 out of 12 were below 12.5 psi as required by the NFL rules...The league should have just punished the team for that after a short investigation
Yep. Just give them a slap on the wrist, or moderately more, for the rules violation. Call it a first offense and make it clear that if it happens again, the punishment will escalate. Make it a strict liability offense and take intent out of the equation. Set the precedent that teams are expected to comply with the rules, and if they fail to do so, they will be punished, and punishments will escalate until the rules are observed. It doesn't matter if it is incompetence or an attempt to cheat.
Instead, we now have a report that makes the issue of intent as clear as mud, and nothing really has changed. Everyone oustide of the northeast is still convinved the Pats are cheaters, and everyone in the northeast can explain the whole thing away. This whole 4 month investigation and report has been such a circus that part of me believes that it is all just a publicity stunt designed to keep people talking about the NFL through the summer. Hell, this is as long a thread as spofi has seen in quite some time.
posted by tahoemoj at 10:24 AM on May 07
Heck, the Pats are pikers on the Your Team Cheats scoreboard.
Fun link, and I could have spent all damn day playing on it.
I found it curious that the Pats had some of the more unique "cheats" listed on the scoreboard. A also found the scoreboard suspect in that many of the Pats' cheats were awarded 0 cameras.
posted by tahoemoj at 07:00 PM on May 06
Chicago in 7 +1 (Sharp)
Anaheim in 5 +2 (Kesler)
Montreal in 6 (Pacioretty)
NYR in 6 +1 (Ovechkin)
GAA: Lundquist +1
posted by tahoemoj at 11:30 AM on April 30
Todd McLellan parts ways with San Jose Sharks
Although, it didn't exactly take Kreskin to see that one coming.
posted by tahoemoj at 01:21 PM on April 21
Tim Kirkjian responded on ESPN that fans who don't watch the ball during a game are in serious danger
Well, on the one hand he is right, and fans who don't pay attention are liable to get brained. But what grum said. This wasn't someone down the third base line turned around chatting with the person behind her or fucking with her cell phone. She was heading to her seat. And whether you think it is right or wrong of her to do so while game play is ongoing, thousands of people do it at the ballpark every night.
posted by tahoemoj at 01:11 PM on April 21
I don't know about anybody else here, but in my head, I am picturing this exchange as taking place between people who randomly pop out of a cornfield.
Hey Howard, did you hear my dog a-run oft last weekend...?
posted by tahoemoj at 01:37 PM on April 18
Habs in 6 +2
Caps in 5 +1
Hawks in 5 +1
Flames in 6 +2
Wings in 7
Wild in 7 +1
Ducks in 5 +1
posted by tahoemoj at 06:20 PM on April 15
Buffalo Sabres fire Ted Nolan
Todd McClellan, Mr. Wilson on line one for you in 3...2...
Mr. Wilson, Plattner managemet on line one for you in 3...2...
The Sharks second half was a travesty. The blow is softened by the fact that the Kings are also at the driving range as we speak.
posted by tahoemoj at 11:46 AM on April 13
Please don't make me defend Duke.
I assume you've already taken 2 or 3 Silkwood showers to try to wash the first line of that post off of you.
posted by tahoemoj at 11:13 AM on April 08
A newspaper could require a college degree as a hiring requirement even though some applicants would be fully capable of doing the job without one.
That example isn't entirely anologous, either. Nobody here is arguing that an individual team shouldn't be able to have a policy of not drafting high school players. The issue is the collusion (for lack of a better word) among all teams that resulted in the "one and done" policy. In your example, the New York Times could require a college degree, but would do so at the risk of the next Bob Woodward joining the Washington Post at 18.
posted by tahoemoj at 11:09 AM on April 08
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
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
The Annual Travesty begins. Gracias, senor grum.
posted by tahoemoj at 12:23 PM on March 17
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
Has Tony the Tiger always worn underwear?!
posted by tahoemoj at 11:05 AM on February 26
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
"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
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
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
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
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:
Dissent is not only tolerated, but encouraged.
posted by tahoemoj at 05:40 PM on January 27
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
Green Bay by 6
New England by 10
posted by tahoemoj at 04:23 PM on January 16
the Braxton Miller injury raised the Buckeyes' championship futures payout from 12-1 to as much as 50-1
posted by tahoemoj at 08:23 PM on January 13
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
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
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
Seattle by 17
Indy by 3
Green Bay by 6
Points: Green Bay
Rushing yards: Murray
Kickoff is 12 degrees
posted by tahoemoj at 08:42 PM on January 10
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
Another latecomer. Cincinnati by 11, Dallas by 6.
posted by tahoemoj at 11:18 AM on January 04
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
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
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
That was sick.
posted by tahoemoj at 02:11 PM on December 12
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