Recent Comments by tahoemoj

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

San Jose in 7

Boston in 5

Montreal in 6

Pittsburgh in 5

Philly in 7

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

Seattle Wins Super Bowl 0x30

Denver fans have enriched Vegas to the point where they may be able to buy water from the NW Territories and pay cash on the spot.

You're talking about a subject near and dear to my heart and I'd like to think that if I do my job right, that won't become necessary.

I also wanted to post the magical 100th comment, a bar that we have failed to clear in quite some time.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:27 AM on February 06

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Yeah, the non-flushing toilet paper story is making journalists look like Ugly Americans.

Yep. I know I was kinda mortified the first time I went to Greece, for all of maybe two poops. Then, you adjust and do what the locals do. Continuously bitching and giggling about it just shows how un-worldly so many of us are.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:19 AM on February 06

Seattle Wins Super Bowl 0x30

From a mist enshrouded dark that eyes cannot penetrate I emerge.

OK. But maybe you aren't aware of the new "10 Comment minimum" policy that was initiated in your extended hiatus. If one returns simply to climb upon his dunghill and crow, he must remain for at least 10 more comments, which must be sardonic and entertaining, or exceptionally pithy and insightful, or both.

Beyond that, congrats to all of the long-suffering SeaBass fan base.

And maybe someone like grum could run a search to see if there has ever been a 43-8 final score before.

posted by tahoemoj at 02:00 PM on February 03

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Super Bowl-a-Geddon Edition

I had to slightly adjust my predictions from those I made at the beginning of the playoffs.

Team: Bengals Seahawks by 103 6 +1

Receiving: AJ Green D. Thomas +1

Rushing: G. Bernard M. Lynch

1st TD: J. Gresham R. Wilson

MVP: A. Dalton M. Lynch

Interception: PacMan M. Adams

Sack: G. Atkins C. Dunlap S. Phillips

Ad Meter: Skyline Chili Budweiser (the puppy is soooooooo f*ing cute!! *swoon) +1

Points total: 117 45 total points

posted by tahoemoj at 04:00 PM on January 31

Lawyer Reveals Martin's Texts to Incognito

Not that I ever was firmly in the Martin camp on this one, but context is not his friend in this matter.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:39 PM on January 31

Ex-Agent: Ryan Leaf Blew Chance to Go No. 1

And then there's Mike Brown who now says that he wanted to draft Kaepernick but was talked out of it.

Brown is a tease. I can only imagine the potency of an offense with weapons like Green, Gresham, and Bernard (along with Jones, Eifert, and BJGE) with a quarterback who is always a threat to take it all the way on foot AND has the ability to throw a ball more than 30 yards in the air. I like Dalton and think he is serviceable, but Kaep's upside is waaaayyy higher.

Plus, I would have had the bonus of cheering for our hometown college hero (Reno) playing in my actual hometown (Cincy).

posted by tahoemoj at 01:57 PM on January 22

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Damnit, what sporting pelota am I thinking of then?

Hockey puck?

posted by tahoemoj at 01:03 PM on January 21

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I was a fan of David Fulcher back in the day (tahoe can relate)

Damn right. A safety--built like a linebacker with cornerback speed-- in the 80's? Fuggedaboutit. And that guy was a BEAST on Super TecmoBowl.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:16 AM on January 21

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Gisele has her own armed security detail. Why get powder traces on your best sundress?

Therein lies the difference between marrying a three time Super Bowl champion and slumming it with a chump without playoff experience.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:28 PM on January 17

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Ryan Tannehill's wife forgot her gun in a rental car......

And oh what a gun it is. I'll pray for Mrs. Tannehill that when the team of ninja assassins that are obviously hunting her actually attacks, her hand is steady and her aim is true.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:13 AM on January 17

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Championship Games-a-Ganza Edition

Broncos by 13 +2

49ers by 3

Peyton +1

D. Thomas +1

Kaepernick +1

Justin Smith

posted by tahoemoj at 11:10 AM on January 17

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Round-a-Go-Go Edition

Seahawks by 10 +2

Colts by 4

49ers by 8 +1

Chargers by 1

D. Thomas (Den)

V. Davis (SF)

A. Smith (SF)

posted by tahoemoj at 05:13 PM on January 10

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I miss the days of the Finnish team when you could have an exchange of Nieminen to Numminen to Niinimaa. Even Doc Emmerick would trip over that one.

posted by tahoemoj at 05:21 PM on January 07

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Twitter may be the greatest social invention ever for having the truly dull-witted people self-identify themselves as such.

Complete agreement. Twitter was apparently invented because we couldn't force Klan members to wear their robes and nutjobs to wear tin foil hats full time.

posted by tahoemoj at 03:06 PM on January 07

Chargers Upset Bengals, 27-10

One can only assume that the interviews with Gruden were scheduled prior to Sunday's debacle. Or maybe he's actually a genius who, for three years, has cleverly hidden the fact that Dalton is a noodle-armed Christian Ponder.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:24 AM on January 07

MMA fighter Joe Torrez kills armed intruder Sal Garces in New Mexico

New Jersey courts have had several decisions which follow the idea of "a man's home is his castle," meaning the owner has a right to protect him/herself and property.

And out here in the wild, wild west, like I noted above, that right to protect your home is pretty deeply ingrained in the public and legal ethos. I'm not certain what sort of prosecutor would try to convince a jury that Torrez had the right only to disable one of four intruders, rather than taking the intruder out of the equation entirely. When there's 4 people in your house wishing you and your family harm (assuming what Torrez has said so far is all accurate), you can't be expected to think to yourself "this guys out cold, I can go get the other three now." You take each one out of play as you can, and make damn sure they don't wake up and re-join the fray.

For two of the guys to grab their scrota and split, Torrez' response must have become overwhelming very quickly.

Exactly. You want to keep the hoardes from invading your land? Put a head on a pike out front!

On edit...guns

posted by tahoemoj at 03:54 PM on January 06

MMA fighter Joe Torrez kills armed intruder Sal Garces in New Mexico

The story said that they "haven't ruled out filing charges" against Torrez. I think that's slightly different than "may be charged," but that's semantics really. I'm not sure how New Mexico law works, but here in Nevada, there is a presumption that deadly force is used in self defense when in the home. That means that to charge the resident with any homicide-related crime, the state will have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Torrez was the aggressor, and that deadly force was not necessary. Considering that 4 men had forcefully entered his home, I'm not sure how the state of New Mexico, if their laws are similar to Nevada (and they usually are) could possibly do that.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:35 PM on January 06

Chargers Upset Bengals, 27-10

Wow, I was eager to see what kind of Dalton/Lewis chatter was going on after that shit show. Didn't realize it was going to be Cincinnati bashing in general. I had to check my browser to make sure I wasn't on Deadspin by mistake. People who live in and around Cincinnati eat Skyline Chili and go to the Creation Museum -- there is no bar of taste nor quality they can't sail beneath.

Yeah, yeah, generalizations are cool, and everyone who makes them is clever as hell. Skyline chili is fanfuckingtastic. If Anthony Bourdain says he'd eat it for breakfast, that's enough endorsement for me. Most of those who bash it have never tasted it, and just believe our friends over at Deadspin that it is "toxic diarrhea sludge" (BTW-that article was funny as hell). Not everyone lives in and around Cincinnati is a flat earther, at least in my recollection. I moved away 20 years ago, and recall there being some enlightened folks around. But what all that has to do with poor execution by the entire Bengals team is beyond me.

Lewis and Gruden combined to call one of the worst games I have ever seen. When the calls were correct, Dalton executed like a rookie or his lack of arm strength was glaring. That ball he underthrew to AJ Green at the 5 would have been an easy touchdown if he had the strength to get it to the end zone. His dive/fumble in the third quarter was just a plain old brain fart. Bernard's fumble was the turning point in the game, and even though they still put points on the board, it completely deflated the offense.

When it's all said and done, that team is completely stacked on both sides of the ball, but needs a quarterback that can make all of the throws necessary to get to the next level and a coach who can win a big game. I am a fan of both Lewis and Dalton on a certain level, as I believe them both to be stand-up guys who have restored the reputation of my team. But I don't think they will bring this team anything but playoff misery.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:31 AM on January 06

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Wild-Card-a-Palooza Edition

1. Colts by 10, +1

2. Saints by 6, +1

3. Bengals by 10 (Who Dey think gonna be a homer?)

4. Packers by 3

5. Brees (NO)

6. McCoy (Phi)

7. Carlos Dunlap (Cin)

Three cheers to rcade for stepping up!!

posted by tahoemoj at 06:30 PM on January 03

Chris Kluwe Knows His NFL Career is Over

I was hoping before this that his NFL career wasn't over. But I figured it probably was.

Ditto. I was happy to hear that the Bengals brought Kluwe in for a tryout when Huber got hurt, but not at all surprised when they went with a different guy, especially in light of the new controversy-averse ethos in Mike Brownville. Of course, the fact that the guy they chose lasted all of 1 game before being released may indicate that Kluwe wasn't exactly Cincinnati management's first choice, regardless of his performance in the tryout.

posted by tahoemoj at 06:16 PM on January 02

Browns Fire Chudzinski After Only 1 Season

I'll be sad to see him go, but it will shock me if the Bengals' Defensive Coordinator Mike Zimmer doesn't finally see his first shot at a head coaching gig. His name gets thrown around for every vacancy, as it has for the past 3 or 4 years. I don't know if nobody has made him an offer, or the right offer, or if he just hasn't outshined the likes of Schiano in an interview.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:09 AM on December 31

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Silva's leg went the full Theismann

I was glad that I was watching in a very crowded bar so I couldn't hear anything. For both bones to beak like that, it had to sound like a gunshot.

posted by tahoemoj at 04:17 PM on December 29