Recent Comments by tahoemoj

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

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Insightful.

posted by tahoemoj at 05:46 PM on August 04

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I don't really get all of the Dalton hate (maybe doubt is a better word?). The dude took a team that was in shambles to three consecutive playoffs in his first three years in the league. Yes, I understand that he stunk the place out pretty bad on two of those three trips, but he wasn't the only Bengal to do so. His regular season numbers are inconsistent, but are spectacular when he is on.

Compare him to Drew Brees' first 3 year regular season totals (not counting 2001, when Brees started 1 game):

Brees: 42 games; 55 TD; 38 INT; 14 fumbles--Chargers record 24-24

Dalton: 48 games; 80 TD; 49 INT; 15 fumbles--Bengals record 30-18

So why does everyone doubt that Dalton has a hell of an upside entering his 4th year?

posted by tahoemoj at 04:42 PM on August 04

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The overvaluation of QB security continues.

I disagree (but reserve the right to withdraw that comment when the guaranteed vs. incentive-based numbers are released). I think Dalton is more than a "secure" quarterback. The Bengals are a franchise that has been on the rise consistently since Dalton joined the team. Yes, his playoff numbers are bad at this point. But when he was drafted, who would have predicted that he would have led the team to the playoffs in each of his first three seasons, winning the division twice? I think the contract tells him that the job is his for the foreseeable future, but doesn't lock the Bengals into a bad deal if he continues to trip over his dick in the playoffs.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:20 AM on August 04

Ray Rice Suspended for 2 Games

Do we know why the DA is letting him off? I think that bugs me more than the length of the NFL suspension

I think the contents of the videotape that has not been released to the public will answer your question. My guess would be that it will provide Rice with a self defense claim that the DA didn't think he could overcome. The law doesn't differentiate between male and female aggressors when it comes to striking someone in self defense. That means that the only question in a court room would be whether the force used by Rice was a reasonable response to the aggression he was responding to. And that's a tough sell for an overworked DA to make against a seasoned defense attorney, which Rice would no doubt have.

Now, as I mentioned in an earlier comment, concepts of honor and decency would lead me to believe that only the imminent use of a deadly weapon against Rice could justify him striking her in such a way to knock her out. But that's not the law.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:32 AM on July 28

Ray Rice Suspended for 2 Games

The NFL didn't really suspend Pryor for anything

That's a discussion for a different thread. If you don't like that example-- here. Take your pick.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:42 AM on July 25

Ray Rice Suspended for 2 Games

grum's answer was less depressing.

posted by tahoemoj at 05:57 PM on July 24

Ray Rice Suspended for 2 Games

I have to admit to posting this mostly so I could vent about it. Ray Rice, who knocked his fiance unconscious in an elevator, was suspended for 2 games. Josh Gordon, who failed a drug test after smoking pot (I understand that he is a repeat offender), was suspended fore the entire season. Terrell Pryor, who traded some OSU swag for a tattoo, was suspended for 5 games (thanks Deadspin commenter).

The Ginger (Nerf) Hammer apparently thought the punishment fit the crime after viewing more of the security tape than any of us has seen to date. What could possibly be on that tape that would justify a professional athlete striking a woman at all, let alone so hard that it knocked her out? Unless she pulled a gun on him, I can't see any justification for it; and if she did have a gun, he shouldn't be suspended at all. So how does the NFL justify the mentality that smoking pot is worse than beating on a woman?

posted by tahoemoj at 02:49 PM on July 24

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."

Ahem.

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

Dammit.

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