Much like the Sharks, I faltered badly in the final round.
NoMich, like the Penguins, improved with each round. Congratulations, you magnificent bastard!
On edit, both a championship and a costanza in the same week?! You the man, man.
posted by tahoemoj at 07:48 PM on June 22
Toronto by 8
Winnipeg by 4
Edmonton by 7
Calgary by 9
As last year was my first year taking an interest in the CFL, I am still fairly new to the ins and outs of the league. But I can only assume that Saskatchewan was relegated based on last year's performance?
posted by tahoemoj at 12:23 PM on June 21
The Sharks narrowly edge out the Ducks to win the Pacific, beat the playoff doldrums to reach the Cup finals, and then trip over their dicks and get swept..
So far, not bad!
...by the Islanders.
Not so much
Rookie of the year honors goes to the "field" rather than McDavid or Eichel. Let's say teenager Dylan Larkin by virtue of playing between Zetterberg and Abdelkader.
23 goals, 22 assists. 45 points. Top 3 in scoring on the Red Wings, All-Star representative. Not bad.
The Miami Redhawks men's hockey team will win the first national title in any sport for my 206-year old alma mater (flagrant homerism)
Ha ha ha ha ha....not so much.
posted by tahoemoj at 01:50 PM on June 14
billsaysthis, as a little boy growing up in east Hartford, Connecticut, I was one of the beneficiaries of that un-retirement. My dad, brother, and I used to love going to watch the Howe family play for the Whalers, watching Mr. Hockey skate with his extremely talented (Mark) and less-talented (Marty) sons. Unfortunately, I was the baby brother and my older sibling got the honor of claiming number 9 when we started playing mite hockey in Bolton. The Howes would regularly make appearances at youth hockey schools, and I had the honor of sharing the ice with Mr. Hockey when I was about 6.
Rest in peace to one of the most iconic athletes ever to grace the rink. As Gretzky himself put it, not just the greatest hockey player ever, but the nicest person he ever met.
posted by tahoemoj at 03:02 PM on June 10
Sharks in 6
posted by tahoemoj at 02:12 PM on May 30
Still, there's hardly any available free skate time in any of those places because of all of the youth leagues and adult leagues.
The rink in Santa Barbara was completed in October of 2014. There are now 4 men's adult leagues, both boys and girls youth leagues, and a line out the door for every public skating session. Of course, the town is crawling with Canadian and northeast/Midwest transplants, but I think the Kings string of success also has a lot to do with the interest.
posted by tahoemoj at 11:44 AM on May 24
Tough year to be a Reds fan. Although the bullpen is consistent.
posted by tahoemoj at 03:47 PM on May 18
Penguins in 6
Sharks in 7
Goals: Kessel (on edit-TommyT, I thought I was pretty clever here. Sorry bout your luck).
SvPct: Elliott (the Sharks are going to pepper him!).
PP: San Jose.
Penalties: Coburn (TB)
posted by tahoemoj at 06:04 PM on May 13
I also read that it was a guinea pig somewhere. As an animal lover and owner of 5 furry kids, I'd like to state for the record--fuck these assholes. My personal belief is that humans who hurt or kill helpless creatures for sport (rather than food) are a special breed of fucked up, and deserve to have crappy things happen to them.
That said, if something like this happened 50 years ago (aside from the fact that it would not have been a viral story, of course), do you think there would have been much outrage? I appreciate the fact that the response to this is outrage rather than "meh, that's just boys being boys" or something similar. Maybe we're evolving, after all?
posted by tahoemoj at 11:46 AM on May 13
So maybe maudlin is a better word?
posted by tahoemoj at 01:14 PM on May 06
He had multiple chances to protect children from heinous abuse by one of his own coaches.
That sure seems to be the case. And if so, beyond all of the outrage and anger toward Paterno, I'm extremely curious about what could have been going through his head for all of those years. Was it just misguided loyalty to a man that he considered a friend, or even an extended family member? Was the guy that fucking spectacular of an assistant football coach that Paterno cynically felt that his value to PSU outweighed the harm he was doing to the anonymous children he was molesting?
Well behind the obvious horrific consequences to the victims of Sandusky's crimes, one of the greatest tragedies in this case is that Paterno went tits up before he could ever take ownership of his actions, and maybe even explain to the world what the fuck he was thinking.
posted by tahoemoj at 01:13 PM on May 06
If you're going to hit it out of the park, make sure you fuck all the bases
All that's missing is a phantom dead girlfriend and an endorsement from Kim Jong Un.
And thank you, oh board of the beaver for adding a new phrase into my already salty lexicon.
posted by tahoemoj at 02:55 PM on April 29
Stars in 6
Sharks in 6
Penguins in 7
Lightning in 6
Goal scorer: Benn
Save Pct.: Jones (SJS)
PP %: SJS
posted by tahoemoj at 11:59 AM on April 27
I'm not going to rehash this argument in depth yet again, anymore than I'm going to argue with someone who denies evolution as science instead of simply a personal interpretation of faith.
I understand that you are a true believer, and appreciate the loyalty as a fan. I also agree that the NFL did not make a strong enough case against Brady or the Pats to warrant a 4-game suspension. I only dispute the characterization of the "noble gas law" explanation that you forward. The noble gas law does not disprove the NFL's case; it makes it possible that the NFL's explanation is wrong, thereby leading to the conclusion that the NFL failed to adequately make its case against Brady and the Pats.
The noble gas law makes it possible that there was no tampering; it is one possible explanation for the discrepancy between footballs. Very well explained here. There are other explanations, one of which remains tampering and/or intentional underinflation. You are forwarding that the noble gas law leads to only one possible conclusion: that there was no underinflation. That's not true.
posted by tahoemoj at 12:22 PM on April 26
Don't let the door hit you in the ass, you derisive, tone deaf, bigoted shitheel.
posted by tahoemoj at 11:08 PM on April 20
Islanders in 6
Lightning in 6
Capitals in 5
Penguins in 5
Stars in 4
Blackhawks in 7
Ducks in 6
Sharks in 6 (My annual delusion ain't changing this year)
posted by tahoemoj at 11:46 AM on April 13
Do you like diving/embellishing? Because this is how you get diving/embellishing.
Absolutely. Especially in the case of a player with a reputation for playing on the edge. I foresee certain "wily" coaches incorporating attempts to get players ejected into their game plan.
Also, kudos on the Archer reference.
posted by tahoemoj at 02:22 PM on March 23
posted by tahoemoj at 01:36 AM on March 01
Well done, tron, and kudos Ufez. And echoing thanks to rcade for the work throughout the season.
posted by tahoemoj at 11:50 AM on February 09
Carolina by 24 LOCK
Total score - 44
First field goal - Gano
First touchdown - Ginn
Most passing yards - Superman
Most rushing yards - Anderson
Most receiving yards - Olsen
Sack or partial sack - C. Johnson
Interception - Coleman
First turnover-so a bad snap will get blamed on the QB? Peyton, AGAIN on the first play
Pick the game's MVP - Superman
posted by tahoemoj at 04:13 PM on February 05
I've always like the Leafs' unis (and nothing else about them). I really like the more retro, fluid logo than the simple, modern design they've sported for the last 30 or so years.
posted by tahoemoj at 08:16 PM on February 03
Denver by 6 - lock
Carolina by 10 - lock
Pick the team with the most total yards. Arizona
Pick the team with the most turnovers (no bonus if there are no turnovers). Given away or taken away? Arizona gives the most, Carolina takes the most.
Pick the quarterback with the most passing yards. Brady
Pick the player with the most rushing yards. Stewart
Pick the player with the most receiving yards. Gronkowski
Pick a player who will get a sack or partial sack. Ware (Den)
Pick a player who will get an interception. Coleman (Car)
posted by tahoemoj at 03:37 PM on January 22
The hit on Brown was brutal. Took an MVP candidate out of the playoffs, and also wasted what may be Cincy's only decent playoff opportunity in the past 20 years and for many years to come...Worse yet took 2 solid teams out of contention for the AFC title.
And for that, you get an Amen, brother.
posted by tahoemoj at 10:54 AM on January 20
it's hard to argue with the video evidence Etrigan presents above
posted by tahoemoj at 05:24 PM on January 19
it was definitely more than was warranted.
I completely disagree with that. That was nothing but a concerted effort to get a player, with the football, to the ground. Roethlisberger is a 250+ pound man who is very well known for his ability to escape would-be tacklers and extend plays. I'm not sure that Burfict could have done anything less than he did to get him to the ground. And what if he lets up and Roethlisberger escapes? Ben put his arm out to break his fall, and it resulted in a shoulder injury.
There was some in-game discussion by the commentators about whether it was against the QB-protection rules
I don't remember that discussion at all. The play wasn't flagged. Nor do I remember any mention of the league reviewing the play post-game. And most importantly, based on the fact that the Steelers players themselves whine and cry over every borderline hit, and did not say one word about that sack, I think they agree that it was a clean tackle. To the extent that there may have been discussion among announcers that I don't remember, see my previous post about what happens when a narrative gets started.
posted by tahoemoj at 12:15 PM on January 19
the Burfict assaults
Plural? Was there something dirty about the tackle that hurt Roethlisberger? Yeesh, get a narrative started and all of a sudden the guy hasn't played a proper down in his career.
posted by tahoemoj at 10:59 AM on January 19
Kansas City by 6
Arizona by 3
Carolina by 8
Denver by 17
posted by tahoemoj at 05:16 PM on January 15
a penalty flag would be undeserved, and is just irrational sour grapes... 9 penalties on the Bengals right there. Nine!
Seems like you're completely missing the point of the argument being made. If Porter walks out to 'his' player (Brown isn't a linebacker, outside or otherwise, if I recall) to check on his well-being, assist him off the field, etc., nobody makes the argument that his actions warrant a flag. But he did not do that; instead, he purposefully engaged Bengals players while on the field.
And let's assume that we have no knowledge of Porter's antics throughout his career, and assume that he was saying to Burfict and/or Jones or anyone else, "boy, this has sure been a dandy of a game, hasn't it?" That is still engaging the other players. At the end of a heated game full of bad blood, anyone who has ever played or watched a sporting event might see that there is potential for - dare I say even the likelihood of - a reaction from the people spoken to.
Now, turning to your Zapruder-like discovery of the Bengals coaches on that grassy knoll...if you look at the 1,2,3,4...9 (gasp! what a find!) Bengals coaches mulling about near the sidelines, what are NONE of them doing? Hint--none are in the Steelers huddle, and none are engaging with Steelers players. It's almost completely different, huh?
Finally, nobody in their right mind is disputing that Burfict's hit was stupid and the call was warranted. The argument is that this was a fucking NFL playoff game, and it was decided when the officials, with the potential to call multiple personal fouls on both teams, arbitrarily decided to call a lone personal foul on one player reacting to an unsportsmanlike action by an opposing coach.
Is there a rule in the NFL that allows for alleged trash-talking to be met directly with violence? I wasn't aware of that rule.
And we circle back to the fact that there IS a rule in the NFL that allows trash talking by coaches on the field to be met with a personal foul flag. I assume you've read the post and are, by now, aware of it.
posted by tahoemoj at 10:08 AM on January 12
Especially Andy Dalton.
Win or lose, Bengals fans really wanted Dalton to have the chance to get that monkey off his back this year. I know that I was extremely excited (for about 5 minutes) for him to go into New England and show that the playoffs were no longer his Waterloo.
They can't count on Burfict and Jones in big moments.
Jones is a solid corner, but there are plenty out there who can do what he does. Burfict, on the other hand, is a tough call. Before he self-immolated on the final play, he showed that he could be a transcendent player, a linebacker who can take over the game singlehandedly and carry his team to a (near) victory. He was all over the field, sacking the quarterback, intercepting passes, and generally disrupting anything Pittsburgh tried to do. He was pissed off and his aggression was properly channeled against his opponent. But then the aggression got to be too much for him and he unraveled everything he had done right by taking a cheap shot that was both dirty and unnecessary under the circumstances. (Say what you will about Shazier's cheap helmet hit on Bernard-at least he was making a tackle on a ball carrier, and not just trying to injure.) So if you're Marvin, what do you do? The Bengals would not have been in a position to win that game without Burfict, but then he ultimately cost them the game.
By mid next season Cincy will be paying $15M avg per season to their backup QB for the next 4 seasons.
Slow that roll a bit. McCarron played well in the 4th quarter, but let's not forget how ineffective he was for the first three. He is certainly turning into a backup that Bengals fans are happy to have around, but he's no [regular season] Andy Dalton.
posted by tahoemoj at 11:41 AM on January 11
You paint with a pretty broad brush there, Johnny. Burfict's hit was dirty as hell. Why are the Bengals all "gangsters"? And 'their fans are no better' is horseshit. You mean to tell me that Cincy fans are the only fans in the league who would have cheered a big hit on an archrival quarterback that completely changed the momentum of the game?. Bullshit.
You ever been to Cincinnati? It's a hell hole why?Final call of bullshit. Where in SoCal are you? Plenty of hell holes there that make Cincinnati look like a paradise.
posted by tahoemoj at 12:00 AM on January 11
But given Porter's presence, it seemed like a situation tailor made for offsetting penalties.
At most. Porter is the outside linebackers coach. What was he doing on the field checking on an injured wide receiver, rather than the wide receiver coach? He was plainly trying to incite the Bengals players, which he had done as a player for a decade. He stood at midfield before every fucking game those two teams played throughout his career jawing at the Bengals. Now he does it as a coach in a playoff game and is expressly rewarded for the behavior by receiving the winning field goal on a platter?
posted by tahoemoj at 02:35 PM on January 10
their own misunderstanding of the ideal gas law
You're going to hang your hat on that? Really? I assume that you also believe the equipment assistant was called "the deflator" because he lost a substantial amount of weight, too.
I wasn't one who was standing in Foxboro with a torch and pitchfork, calling for Brady to get banned and have championships stripped, and don't feel the need to rehash 1,000 arguments over deflategate. That said, the balls used were non-compliant, whether intentional or mistakenly, and the NFL was right to address the situation. I would have gone with a strict liability approach, [generously] call it a first offense, and levy a fine against the organization. How the NFL and Goodell addressed it was a shit show, and that is what made it so ridiculous, but you're fooling yourself if you think that the Pats were completely exonerated of wrongdoing just because Brady's suspension didn't stand.
Why is no one here commenting on this Manning story like they did the Brady one, when there's both more proof of wrongdoing and a clearer punishment that is not being applied?
If Manning broke the rules, he should serve a suspension. I have not read or watched the entire Al Jazeera story, so I don't know how much proof there is that he took the HGH. It seems like he got caught, and you're right, the lack of cries for punishment seems strange. Maybe ol' Payton's just a more likable guy than Tommy boy.
Where are the outraged pearl-clutching dearies
We're waiting for the Pats to fuck up again, because the entire country hates Boston. It must be exhausting to constantly be the victim.
posted by tahoemoj at 06:34 PM on January 09
Nice to know what the prize is. How the fuck do I enter the damn contest?
First head on over to espn.com...
posted by tahoemoj at 03:41 PM on January 08
OK--Restart! My inclusive picks (maybe slightly inconsistent with yesterday's)
Kansas City by 13
Cincinnati by 4
Seattle by 10 Lock (?)
Green Bay by 6
QB with most passing yds: Roethlisberger (380, 3 INT's)
RB with most rushing yds: J. Hill (Cin.)
Player with most receiving yds: A. Brown (Pitt.)
Player with sack: Atkins (Cin.)
Can you tell which game I'm interested in?
posted by tahoemoj at 02:07 PM on January 08
Kansas City by 13
Cincinnati by 4
Seattle by 10
Washington by 6
posted by tahoemoj at 03:35 PM on January 07
Wasn't there a football player in the 80s from Moeller who was nicknamed the Gooch, as well?
All I can think of is Vada Murray, who was a senior in '86, which made him a senior when I was a freshman. I believe that would place him in the Steve Klonne era, right about when Faust was foundering, and on his last legs in South Bend. I don't remember him being referred to as Gooch, but that doesn't mean it wasn't the case.
posted by tahoemoj at 11:30 AM on January 07
Jebus, I'm old. And have accomplished doodley-squat. Griffey was a class ahead of me at Moeller High School in Cincinnati (his brother Craig was in my class). He's in the Baseball Hall of Fame, and I am now in my 5th year as an associate attorney.
Anyhoo-huge congratulations to Griff, the Gooch (his high school moniker), the Kid, whatever else he has been called. He deserves ever bit of recognition, and I'm incredibly proud to have known him at one point.
posted by tahoemoj at 08:55 PM on January 06
Nice work, grum. And congratulations to bender on a well-deserved Costanza!
Thanks for running this rcade.
posted by tahoemoj at 12:22 PM on January 04
Atlanta by 9
N.Y. Jets by 17
Detroit by 3
Cincinnati by 4
Pittsburgh by 31 LOCK
Washington by 10
Tennessee by 2
New England by 13
N.Y. Giants by 3
Houston by 6
Denver by 10
Kansas City by 13
Arizona by 3
St. Louis by 10
Carolina by 2
Minnesota by 6
Total points of 46 tonight, just in case I make the Costanza close.
posted by tahoemoj at 12:46 PM on January 03
Carolina by 24--LOCK
Buffalo by 3
Detroit by 10
Houston by 6
KC by 13
Miami by 10
NE by 13
TB by 12
Pitts by 24
Jax by 5
AZ by 3
Seattle by 14
Minn by 3
Cincy by 4
posted by tahoemoj at 04:12 AM on December 27
Oakland by 13
posted by tahoemoj at 06:35 PM on December 24
I'd like to change my lock to Seattle, please. Too many others picking the Pats. I feel dirty.
posted by tahoemoj at 03:26 PM on December 16
Tampa Bay by 13
Houston by 10
Minnesota by 4
New England by 30 LOCK
N.Y. Giants by 9
Washington by 6
Jacksonville by 13
Kansas City by 17
Green Bay by 6
Seattle by 27
Pittsburgh by 10
Miami by 8
Cincinnati by 13
Arizona by 6
New Orleans by 10
posted by tahoemoj at 02:28 PM on December 16
Long time Cincinnatian and Reds fan here. This opinion might have the effect of cancelling multiple standing invitations from friends in the old hometown, but...Good call.
Pete is beloved in Cincinnati and he always will be, and good for him. He will always be a VIP and get a prime seat at any of Jeff Ruby's restaurants or the Montgomery Inn. However, what he did tarnished both baseball and the Reds in a pretty severe way. Integrity and baseball might not be synonymous, but that doesn't mean that you can thumb your nose at the game's history.
I met Rose a few times growing up-once at the local Graeter's ice cream and once at Spreen's Pharmacy in Montgomery-and he never struck me as anything more than a low class simpleton who was gifted with great hand-eye coordination and an incredible work ethic. In fact, he was a great player and could have been a world-class role model as to the benefits of working harder than the next guy to achieve success. Then his addiction took over. I'm not one to ignore the severity of a gambling addiction (I used to manage casinos and know the power gambling has on people), and would have readily forgiven Pete if he had taken any ownership of his mistakes whatsoever. But he refuses to do so. Thirty years later, he is still lying about it unless and until somebody presents him with proof that he is lying. He continues to be an unapologetic gambler and all-around weasel.
My wish--he should be inducted posthumously, and with a full discussion of his banishment. He is unarguably a player who should be memorialized in the HOF, but he shouldn't necessarily receive the vindication of seeing it happen.
posted by tahoemoj at 11:44 AM on December 15
I really can't summon up any more outrage at outrageous racist bullshit anymore.
Yeah, it is getting exhausting. I will never understand why reasoned and reasonable appeals to empathy, such as the young girl's testimony about the origin of the word r*dskin, only makes the jackasses dig their heels in deeper. On a subconscious level, I think they know it's racist and they like it. Or, as has been said--
Change your fucking team name, you fucks.
posted by tahoemoj at 11:24 AM on December 15
Arizona by 20
Cincinnati by 4
San Francisco by 10
Detroit by 14
N.Y. Jets by 7
Buffalo by 6
Tampa Bay by 4
Carolina by 17
Jacksonville by 4
Seattle by 20 LOCK
Denver by 13
Green Bay by 17
Houston by 3
Miami by 6
posted by tahoemoj at 03:59 PM on December 09
Where in northern Ne-VA-da were you etrigan? I was there (north Tahoe/Reno) for 20 years before heading to the California coast.
posted by tahoemoj at 12:58 PM on December 09
And the oldest town in Nevada, Genoa, was founded by Mormon settlers. Who apparently named the town in honor of a lovely northern Italian city to make it clear that the Sicilians and other southerners were NOT welcome to found the economic engine of the state, predicated on all things vice. Hint Hint.
posted by tahoemoj at 10:48 AM on December 09
I have been waiting to find the time to read this piece, and I'm glad I came back to it. It is incredibly interesting, and I urge anyone who has not read it yet to do so. Thanks for the informative (albeit hardly controversial) post, rumple. I'm sure it was read and enjoyed by many, even if it failed to gather any comments.
I have also been trying to come up with an exception to the "player=ball" rule, and have come up empty.
posted by tahoemoj at 11:18 AM on December 03
Green Bay by 13
Chicago by 10
Cincinnati by 27
Jacksonville by 11
Arizona by 28 LOCK 'ER UP
Miami by 6
Seattle by 3
N.Y. Jets by 10
Kansas City by 5
New England by 37
Carolina by 24
Pittsburgh by 6
Washington by 13
posted by tahoemoj at 11:05 AM on December 03
Is my Field Guide to American Stereotypes outdated?
More likely that mine is. I haven't gotten the post-Redford update.
posted by tahoemoj at 01:51 PM on December 01
the two towns could not be more different.
Sorry, prof. I'm not sure what you think you know about Montana, but those of us from the central coast of California can assure you that Montana is not what you think.
It is completely homogenous, and its citizens are all virtual exact replicas of each other - rugged, scruffy, outdoorsy types who all carry fly rods at all times. I'm also about 98% certain that it is one great big valley, surrounded by stunning mountain scenery in every direction that is always somehow on the horizon. You clearly do not watch enough movies about Montana.
posted by tahoemoj at 10:04 AM on December 01
Congrats to Roger Goodell on his victory.
C'mon. The officiating this season has been piss poor all the way around. I agree that some bad calls went against the Pats last night (and as the fatma noted, they got some in their favor, as well), but to conclude that there was some Goodell-instigated conspiracy at play is pretty silly.
posted by tahoemoj at 12:12 PM on November 30
Edmonton by 14
posted by tahoemoj at 12:35 PM on November 29
For some reason, I have not been able to access SpoFi today until now. For what it's worth, I had tried to predict
Detroit by 10
Carolina by 7 (just underway)
Minnesota by 10
Cincinnati by 20
Oakland by 10
Tampa Bay by 3
Kansas City by 10
N.Y. Jets by 3
N.Y. Giants by 6
Jacksonville by 3
Houston by 2
Arizona by 20 LOCK
New England by 24
Cleveland by 3
posted by tahoemoj at 04:35 PM on November 26
I hate camo anything, even when I'm wearing it
How can you tell?
posted by tahoemoj at 08:11 PM on November 19
Ottawa by 10
Edmonton by 6
posted by tahoemoj at 04:21 PM on November 19
Jacksonville by 10
Indianapolis by 13
Chicago by 6
Oakland by 13
Miami by 10
Tampa Bay by 6
Carolina by 3
St. Louis by 6
N.Y. Jets by 3
Kansas City by 10
Minnesota by 12
Seattle by 20 Locker McLockington
Cincinnati by 10
New England by 17
posted by tahoemoj at 11:07 AM on November 19
Was anyone able to nail this week's LOCK for the NFL scores?
I haven't looked yet, but I picked the Bengals. And there's no way in hell that they lost to the Texans last night, right? RIGHT?
posted by tahoemoj at 11:10 AM on November 17
Toronto by 6
Calgary by 17
posted by tahoemoj at 12:47 PM on November 12
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