Recent Comments by tahoemoj

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

Enter SportsFilter's World Cup 2014 Confidence Pool

I'm in. And anyone who finishes below me has brought shame on their family.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:56 PM on June 11

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

One of my co-workers just gave him the nickname of "The Cuban Missile."


posted by tahoemoj at 11:54 AM on June 11

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Wow. What an asshole. Just a complete petulant child, and the looks on his teammate's faces in the first "tag" incident sure look like "we've got your back this time, Manny, but c'mon." I don't really follow the AL, but I might now have an AL team to cheer for. Go Whoever's playing the Orioles!

posted by tahoemoj at 11:34 AM on June 09

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Yeah, very cool link, grum. Although Jay Bruce is a right fielder, not left. And I didn't realize that the Reds had drafted Markakis--sigh.

posted by tahoemoj at 03:04 PM on June 06

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Stanley Cup Round

6:30, just got out of court and have not looked at a score yet!! Honest lawyer!!

1. Kings in 6 +1

2. MVP-Quick

3. Goal Scorer-Carter

4. Points-Kopitar

5. Minutes-Doughty

posted by tahoemoj at 09:37 PM on June 04

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I hope the Chennai Super Kings have this guy roaming around

Hey, Bender--that's your name Dude!

posted by tahoemoj at 11:16 AM on June 03

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Braggs had a knack for making the everyday look extraordinary out in left. Any ball that wasn't hit directly at him was an adventure; Manny Ramirez looked like a gold glove fielder in comparison. But his terrible judgment paired with extraordinary athletic ability led to some highlight-reel catches. If you didn't know that he had run three steps in before turning to sprint to the warning track to make a leaping catch (when a good fielder would have casually taken three steps backward) you might have thought him a spectacular left fielder.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:15 AM on June 03

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Anyone remember a cement head named Glenn Braggs? He did it in the World Series.

posted by tahoemoj at 07:23 PM on June 02

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 3


posted by tahoemoj at 01:45 PM on May 19

Gay Athlete Michael Sam Drafted by St. Louis

that Matt Walsh piece yerfatma linked is just a parade of straw men.

Yes, it does. I took a deep breath before continuing on to page 2. And it didn't help. I think referring to it as disingenuous would be giving it unnecessary credit.

posted by tahoemoj at 06:03 PM on May 12

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 2

Chicago in 6 +2

Boston in 7

Anaheim in 6

Rangers in 7 +2

posted by tahoemoj at 11:54 AM on May 02

NBA Bans Donald Sterling for Life

First Marge Schott, now Donald Sterling! When will these jackbooted political correctness police ever stop?! It's getting to the point where dumbshit peckerwood gazillionaires can't even get away with 20+ years worth of flagrant racism without being disciplined by the organizations in whose success they have a vested interest! The next thing you know, I won't even be able to wear my white robe and hood (just symbols of my WASP heritage) to work without my employer being able to discipline me! ALL CAPS RANT...ARRRRGGGGHHHHHH!!!

Sorry. Took a few deep breaths. Nice job, NBA.

posted by tahoemoj at 06:05 PM on April 29

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 1

Yeah, I was in a damn courtroom all day yesterday. Please accept these picks with my sincere contrition for their lateness. And I did check last night's scores before I realized this was up. Anyhoo--

Colorado in 6

St. Louis in 7

Anaheim in 5 +1

San Jose in 7

Boston in 5 +2

Montreal in 6 +1

Pittsburgh in 5 +1

Philly in 7

Total: 5 points

posted by tahoemoj at 11:37 AM on April 17

Minnesota State players refuse to practice as coach Todd Hoffner returns

The players' statement that they have all become outstanding community members since Hoffner was removed also implies some sort of causation. If they want to support the interim coach, they may want to elaborate on how he has helped them become such outstanding human beings; perhaps even explain how Hoffner was inhibiting that development. Or is it as simple as "we are better people because the new coach doesn't think naked babies are adorable"?

posted by tahoemoj at 11:32 AM on April 17

Red Sox Manager Rips Replay After Ejection

I don't think this happens if the call is made correctly in the previous game.

Agreed. I know the conventional wisdom is that borderline calls will even out over the course of a season, but using replay should eliminate the vast majority of borderline calls. After enduring 2 in a row in consecutive games, I think Farrell has good cause to be dubious.

posted by tahoemoj at 02:52 PM on April 14

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Billy Hamilton scores from third

That was great stuff, but I think as a Reds fan, I was happier with the fact that he has been getting on base the past few games (4 times yesterday!). He had a triple in the first inning of the game that would have been a close double for most players. He also tagged up from second on a shallow fly ball to right to get into position to be plated by the next batter. If the dude can get on base 30% of the time, he is going to score a shit ton of runs that nobody since Vince Coleman would have scored.

posted by tahoemoj at 05:54 PM on April 10

Oops: Atlanta Braves Set Fire to U.S. Flag

I blame Obama for that.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:06 PM on April 10

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I'll be curious to see if anyone I know has a Brackett that survived to the final four, much less the National championship.

If anyone does, you'd be well advised to accept any and all stock tips they may have for you in the future. And maybe suggest they get a patent on the flux capacitor if they haven't already.

posted by tahoemoj at 02:41 PM on April 06

Some Indians Fans Are De-Chiefing Their Gear

This guy has chosen the alternative to de-chiefing. Say, how's that workin' out for ya?

posted by tahoemoj at 04:23 PM on April 04

LPGA players frustrated by Golf Digest cover of Gretzky

The fact that Golf Digest hasn't even tried to put Natalie Gulbis on the cover is pretty much proof to me

Gulbis immediately came to mind for me, as well. Particularly as Stanford also said

But the LPGA has some attractive women and very fit women, so why not use them? I'm just baffled by it.

posted by tahoemoj at 03:02 PM on April 04

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Matt Adams pushes Reds fan with his glove

As a Reds fan, I vastly prefer the longer version of the Adams incident.

Also, it is probably time that I learned how to embed a .gif in my post. Amyone?

posted by tahoemoj at 11:22 AM on April 04

LPGA players frustrated by Golf Digest cover of Gretzky

On the one hand, it is a little bit depressing to see the daughter of arguably the greatest hockey player ever being rewarded for her recent Paris Hilton-look at my sexy body on twitter-I have no talent but I'm famous activities. She is just another pretty face with a famous name, and I can understand completely the frustration of all of the woman of the LPGA who worked hard and get where they are. The last female pro was on the cover of the world's leading golf magazine 6 years ago?! But throw a sexy blond in yoga pants on the cover because she has a famous name? Sure.

On the other hand, Angela Stanford probably has the wisest perspective...

"The question is who are they trying to sell to?" Stanford said. "If the answer is men 25 years old through 45 years old, then I guess that's what they have to do. You know the old saying, sex sells. And nobody can argue with that. It's just the way it is.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:17 AM on April 04

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Parting Shot. I will now hold my breath until Cincinnati gets opening day back.

posted by tahoemoj at 06:26 PM on April 03

Some Indians Fans Are De-Chiefing Their Gear

Good for them. Not just for living by their own principles, but also for not being aggressive and confrontational about it. It sorta takes the teeth out of all the "you're a fascist/communist" (because the two are apparently interchangeable) arguments that proponents of wahoo have already resorted to. They're not judging those who embrace chief wahoo or standing outside the ballpark picketing, just doing their part quietly.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:49 PM on April 03

Tiger Woods out of Masters after back surgery

The cabin has been reinterpreted as a self sustaining meditative eco privy.

4/2/14 Internetz champion.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:08 AM on April 02

Tiger Woods out of Masters after back surgery

Now what does CBS do with the 25% of their airtime now that Tiger isn't there?

You know what they'll fill it with:

1. Discussions about Tiger's injury.

2. Asking other players about Tiger's injury.

3. Discussions about what the masters is missing without Tiger.

4. Asking other players what they miss the most about Tiger.

5. *Sunday Only - Discuss the lack of intimidation by any member of the final 3 groups in comparison to Tiger in his red Sunday best.

6. Did the eventual champion really earn his victory without Tiger there?!?!

7. Feherty's scatological memoirs and assorted fart jokes. My favorite part

posted by tahoemoj at 06:48 PM on April 01

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I didn't realize they were filming that.

posted by tahoemoj at 05:14 PM on March 31

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

OK, but on the the hand--The Cincinnati Reds, baseball's first professional franchise, historically conducted the season's first game from 1876-1989 before a labor disruption forced the team to play in Houston to start the 1990 season. (From a Cleveland news station, but still valid, I reckon)

Last Reds Opening Day--1989.

ESPN gets the rights to MLB, beginning Sunday Night Baseball broadcasts--1990 (First game was Mets at Expos)

Other than that, my head now hurts from trying to google "first game of season mlb 1990-present" or variations thereof.

Not a Yankee, Red Sock, or Dodger in the bunch.

As an American, I reserve the right to believe in my own perceptions, even if they are completely wrong.

posted by tahoemoj at 03:55 PM on March 31

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The idea of "first pitch in Cincy" tradition has been dead for more than 20 years.

Not in the eyes of Cincinnatians. And a pitch in Baltimore (or Detroit, if memory serves) an hour or so ahead of Cincy isn't the same thing as the ESPN-engineered Sunday night game inevitably involving the Yankees, Red Sox, or Dodgers. It is even further away from a game played seven days or so ahead of opening day in Cincy on a different continent.

Point is, opening day used to generally mean the first game and pitch took place in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Dyams is right, whether that tradition has been gradually eroded over 20 years or not. And I know I'm biased as a Reds fan, but if a tradition can be gradually eroded, it can certainly be reinstated, no?

posted by tahoemoj at 11:46 AM on March 31

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Well, this was scary as hell.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:32 AM on March 20

Enter the SportsFilter NCAA Bracket Contest

The Pre-Busted Bracket is in. Again, I have to warn you all, I watched a few games back in college. It was only 20 years ago.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:15 PM on March 18

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I can think of maybe one Irish family in my immediate world that actually does a corned beef dinner on the 17th

My Irish lass of a next door neighbor does a corned beef and cabbage with "spuds." But the corned beef is done in a smoker, low n' slow, with a nice brown mustard coating to hold in the juice. Boiling just kills it.

posted by tahoemoj at 05:52 PM on March 17

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I can't tell if this film is supposed to give Browns fans a sense of hope or is simply a cruel fantasy being spun at their expense.

I think it is supposed to be cruel fantasy, now that the sting of Major League has finally dissipated a bit. It is time to re-open the freshly scabbed over wound that is hope for success in Cleveland sports. In 2024, look for a basketball fantasy along the lines of The Fish that Saved Pittsburgh wherein the Cavs hoist the trophy with a bunch of ragtag misfits brought together with a consensus #1 pick that plays to his potential in the playoffs.

Or maybe it's just a fun revisionist history a la Tarantino's last few.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:20 AM on March 12

Cowboys Release DeMarcus Ware

Finally, a move that will prevent Dallas from finishing 8-8.

You thinking closer to 5-11 this year, rcade?

posted by tahoemoj at 11:16 AM on March 12

UCSB Fan Runs Onto Court, Yells at Coach

I like how he combined "come on and fight!" and backing up into one contradictory gesture.

I think you're making a huge and incorrect assumption there. In my experience as a lip reader, which is every bit as extensive as my experience as a basketball coach, it is completely clear to me that the young man was inviting Arnold and his players to a halftime kegger at his house just outside of the arena.

posted by tahoemoj at 03:08 PM on March 07

In Fake Classes Scandal, UNC Fails Its Athletes—and Whistle-Blower

College doesn't equal "top-notch".

Of course. I meant "top notch" more in the sense of "as entertaining as possible" than "the best." But your point is taken well. I agree with everything that followed, as well.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:37 PM on March 03

In Fake Classes Scandal, UNC Fails Its Athletes—and Whistle-Blower

Wow. I don't think that too many of us fool ourselves into believing that everything is kosher when it comes to big-time collegiate athletics, but Willingham's work is eye opening. And you obviously can't extrapolate that because UNC did things a certain way, that the rest of the D-1 programs do things the same way. But I do think that you can safely assume that every big time program has something in place to facilitate eligibility, and that something most likely falls along the continuum between outright fraud and bending the rules.

I feel like the blame lies with this country's insatiable need for top-notch entertainment, which for many comes in the form of collegiate athletics (I am one of them). The real question that arises out of this is how to stop the race to the bottom that collegiate athletics has become. How do we maintain the spectacle and the top-notch product on the field while simultaneously remedying the endemic failure to educate? And do we care enough to try?

posted by tahoemoj at 11:50 AM on March 03

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Society is moving to a point where we are going to have unisex bathrooms

Yo, Jack. I think that ship has sailed. Been to a night club in a large city any time in the past 10 years?

Anyhoo, good luck with that.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:28 AM on February 25

Dutch Speedskating Coach No Fan of American Football

anyone who says we're diverting potential great speed skaters into football is clearly yanking someone's chain.

Anyone who knows anything about American culture knows that we are diverting all of our potential speed skating talent into our nascent curling program, because nothing helps to sweep the ice like a powerful set of thighs.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:46 AM on February 24

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

On behalf of all Canadians, Sorry for being so awesome all the time

And furthermore...BIEBER!!! (I feel like that warrants a "'nuff said")

posted by tahoemoj at 06:41 PM on February 21

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Now, now...

Honestly, I'm just glad that enough people care about hockey to bother spiking the noted hashtag.

I will still never, ever understand the whole poutine thing.

posted by tahoemoj at 04:58 PM on February 21

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

When I turned the TV on here at work, the US was up two to zip.

Schleprock here will share that blame with you 50/50. Damnit.

posted by tahoemoj at 03:26 PM on February 20

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Sid Seixeiro is upset with the Ice Dance results in Sochi

Without commenting on the validity of any of his arguments, I'd like to request that if I ever get that upset about anything as irrelevant as the results of the ice dancing at the Olympics, someone please hit me with a tranquilizer dart filled with about 500 cc's of Xanax, and maybe 500 more cc's of perspective.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:18 PM on February 18

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

His TV work only is being seen in America.

Why you gotta rain on Johnny's parade? Of course, you're right, but still....

I hope at least that Vlad is aware of the joke on him.

posted by tahoemoj at 05:12 PM on February 14

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Like him as an announcer or not, Johnny Weir has been a fantastic big gay middle finger to Putin thus far.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:31 PM on February 14

Missouri All-American Defensive Lineman Michael Sam Announces He Is Gay

I'm glad someone's on the same wavelength, tahoemoj

Did you forget to take your lithium, too?

posted by tahoemoj at 06:55 PM on February 13

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

He's had, what, a year? Tough to come up with a case that passes Mike Brown or Dan Snyder in that time.

As a Bengals fan, I considered jumping in to defend Mike Brown. Then I realized that I would have been a Bengals fan jumping in to defend Mike Brown. And that would have been silly.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:58 AM on February 12

Missouri All-American Defensive Lineman Michael Sam Announces He Is Gay

I can't believe that we're still having this conversation. It's February 2014.

I mean, football doesn't start again until September, right?

Owls--Something tells me that those posters who honestly answered your question may have missed the tongue in cheek nature of the question. (Stupid loss of comedic timing in the written word) Either I'm pickin' up what you're throwin' down, or else I'm picking up something that isn't there.

posted by tahoemoj at 04:36 PM on February 11

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Holy crap! 26-year old Pitts Pen Kris Letang suffered a stroke.

Not to diminish the severity of Letang's health, but Holy Crap! Letang is only 26?! Seems like he's been a staple of that team for at least a decade.

Anyhow. My best to him for a speedy recovery and no further issues.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:57 PM on February 07

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Well, not really.

It shows how accustomed to high quality sewer systems and plumbing we are. If you go to the high-end hotels and restaurants in those locations, I'll bet they have "full featured" toilets for their guests.

No, they don't. Anyone who has traveled significantly has come across no paper sewage systems as often as those that accept paper. It's a simple matter of infrastructure paired with cultural expectations. I'm not Anthony Bourdain, but I've been a few places, and I generally stay away from the hostels when I travel. If you're in Greece, Turkey, or the Czech Republic, my last 3 international visits, you can expect to put your paper in the trash. It's just really not that ridiculous.

posted by tahoemoj at 04:38 PM on February 06