Just to clarify, if I live in Dallas, I do not get Twins games, and I can not get them on Sling either. The Sling only forwards my home signal to me over a broadband connection. So, if I'm on the road, it forwards my Dallas connection to me...same crappy Ranger games. Install one at your Mom's (or someone you know) house in Minneapolis...then you can get the local games in Dallas or wherever. And no...not even that is illegal. What TV station...or advertiser wouldn't want more people watching?
posted by stofer71 at 04:35 PM on June 01
Why would Zidane playing in the MLS be bad for the league? MLS needs exposure and 'stars' so some real money starts coming into the league. If MLS hopes to be anything more than a minor league or even a 'retirement castle' as Weedy describes it this they need to do something because that league might as well not exist at this point. Like it or not bringing in Becks and Zidane puts the league in the news. None of the current players are doing that. Now...remember NASL? I used to love going to see the San Diego Sockers when I was a kid. Remember how dominate the Sockers were in the MISL of the '80's? Sure you don't! Of course...bringing in Pele didn't save that league...nor did turning into an indoor league. Get a satelite and watch the Euros...that is where the action is.
posted by stofer71 at 09:51 AM on February 09
LET'S GO RODDICK! (Federer is incredible but I would like to see someone compete with the guy)
posted by stofer71 at 11:22 AM on September 10
Just to add to the rediculousness of the Ray Ray McElrathbey story, his little brother may not even recieve rides to and from his school with coaches wives (whose kids attend the same school) because that qualifies as an 'extra benefit' for Ray Ray. The NCAA is a mess.
posted by stofer71 at 10:25 AM on September 09
I have been on the same SWA flight with Bill a couple of times...he does get on during the pre-board process.
posted by stofer71 at 12:01 PM on May 30
Says you... Indeed. I realized right after I posted that someone would jump on my sweeping generalization of journalists. The sad fact is that 'newsertainment' has broken my trust in the media. I read every story with a pile of salt these days.
posted by stofer71 at 11:31 AM on April 12
Isn't the media supposed to report the whole story objectively? I fell out of my chair laughing at this one. The media stopped reporting objectively a long time ago. Every story is slanted these days.
posted by stofer71 at 11:17 AM on April 12
Luckily, nobody in the left field seats was seriously injured. Funny!
posted by stofer71 at 01:09 PM on April 07
Somebody has too much time on their hands.
posted by stofer71 at 03:13 PM on April 05
"I think baseball has to recapture the moral high ground."-Vincent With all due respect Mr. Vincent, there is not moral high ground to recapture. MLB looked the other way...investigate the league as well as the players. Everyone involved in baseball during the late 90's is complicit in the steroid scandal.
posted by stofer71 at 10:29 AM on March 30
Way to leave on top, Paul. Let's hope the next guy can keep it going.
posted by stofer71 at 02:56 PM on March 20
Who's going to wear our white-trash-I'm-not-Kid-Rock cornrows now? Who, I ask you? LOL, you beat me to it. I wonder how those 'rows are going to play in Cincy.
posted by stofer71 at 02:54 PM on March 20
I don't know if I would classify Leiter as an all time big game pitcher. He had his moments to be sure but I think the real 'Leiter Lesson' is that if you can throw 80+mile an hour strikes left handed you can play for a long time and make big bucks.
posted by stofer71 at 01:19 PM on March 20
P.P.S. It's "Cowboys" or "boys," not "Cowboy's" or "boy's." Unless you're talking about one cowboy. Thanks for the clarification. To the rest of us out here...we prefer....Cowdorks...or just dorks. TO going to the 'dorks is the best thing that could happen. He'll ruin that team like he has all the others he has been on.
posted by stofer71 at 11:39 AM on March 19
Bill Parcells won't take any bullshit from nobody. You would think that he is on the short list of coaches that can control TO. But remember, TO wanted to play in Philly and he wanted to play with Donovan. You think he gave Garcia and MacNabb a hard time? Bledsoe is going to take a verbal beating from TO by week 4. Downhill from there.
posted by stofer71 at 10:07 AM on March 18
Jerry Jones should invest in some bomb sniffing dogs...TO is going to blow up that locker room sooner or later. My money is on sooner.
posted by stofer71 at 10:03 AM on March 18
...You are supposed to be the role model for your kids. If you expect these knuckleheads (or anybody else, for that matter) to provide moral guidance for your kids, I daresay you're going to be sorely disappointed in how the little ones turn out. Truer words have never been said.
posted by stofer71 at 11:39 AM on March 17
So, now, he is going to be the scapegoat for the MLB's failure to act. Selig should punish himself and every league and team official who looked the other way if he is going to punish Bonds. I don't like the idea of steroids being part of the game but punishing Bonds (McGwire, Sosa, whoever) is just about the stupidest thing I have heard in a long time.
posted by stofer71 at 10:59 AM on March 17
Interesting article and some thread it has generated. I can't really tell if the author is for or against cheerleading. Maybe it is all observation on his part but the article doesn't seem to have any conclusion or point to me. I guess the authors point is that Americans have a double standard for sexuality and that makes us unique in some way. Does it? The 'scandals' mentioned could apply to any 'segment' of Americans or humans for that matter. Some people do bad and or stupid things. That isn't unique to cheerleaders or Americans from what I can tell. This subject matter smells a bit like 'thought police' to me and that sort of stuff always makes me uneasy.
posted by stofer71 at 11:09 AM on March 16
What ever happened to innocent until proven guilty? Apparently this does not apply to baseball players. Did Boone use steroids? I don't know that I care. I am glad they are finally getting around to 'clean up' the game. But the truth is that they still don't test for HGH and someone (the new Balco) will make a new and improved 'roid that beats the test. 'Cheating' to get an edge is a long time tradition in all sports. It will always be a part of it. 'Hanging' players that have never tested positive (Sosa, McGwire, Boone, etc...) is wasted energy. Palmeiro screwed himself out of the HOF (or was it Tejada?) with his positive test. But the rest of them should be treated as innocent until proven otherwise.
posted by stofer71 at 02:45 PM on March 03
fair enough, i should be able to make a weekend draft...at least I would hope so. Please keep me in mind.
posted by stofer71 at 05:45 PM on February 25
firstname.lastname@example.org I should ask about the draft date. I am down for the effort required in a keeper league but my schedule is hectic...if I am already booked for your scheduled draft time I may have to pass.
posted by stofer71 at 12:30 PM on February 25
I'd like in...still got room?
posted by stofer71 at 11:42 AM on February 25
Is the league full? I would like to get in if there is room.
posted by stofer71 at 11:41 AM on February 25
I would be interested if there is room.
posted by stofer71 at 11:38 AM on February 25
I would like to get into a roto or hth league with some of the fine members of SpoFi...am I too late?
posted by stofer71 at 11:36 AM on February 25
posted by stofer71 at 02:52 PM on February 24
1. The 1993 Blue Jays should get some sort of recognition for being the last team to win the World Series without the namby-pamby wild card. I don't follow your logic on this one. The Blue Jays had an easier time than any team that has won it since installing the wild card system. Most of those WS winners were division winners also. Argue against the wild card if you wish...but the Blue Jays may have lost if they had to play that extra round. Should we give an extra pat on the back to the team that won the last WS before the namby-pamby LCS series?
posted by stofer71 at 01:30 PM on February 14
I can't help but think that Jackie would disagree with his daughter on this one. From what I have read about the man, anyway. Retiring numbers league wide isn't an answer to promoting all the great things that Clemente or Robinson stood for. My daughter loves going to ball games...but she wouldn't have noticed 42 up there if I didn't bring it up. maybe they could name the NL MVP award after him or something. There is already a 'Roberto Clemente Award'. A player from each team is nominated for this 'good citizen' award. One ultimately wins because he gives back to the community. They have been honoring players with this award since 1971. If you are interested here is a list of past winners. Hanging his number in the stadium and not allowing anyone else to wear it doesn't honor him or his family any more than this award does. I think the converse is true. A player who wears 21 and honors Clemente through his actions does much better for Roberto's legacy then a plaque on the side of the stadium.
posted by stofer71 at 12:13 PM on January 24
Didn't they just fire him? Oh...that was Marriucci...right.
posted by stofer71 at 03:25 PM on January 19
Were they rusty against San Diego?? As a Charger fan I took some pride durning this game. Clearly the Steelers modeled their gameplan after the Bolts. These two games looked very similar. Three games this weekend there were serious issues with the officiating. I don't remember any calls from the Hawks/Skins game so they get a pass this week. I would give 3 of the crews a failing grade. You can't blow calls on big plays in big games. I do believe that the teams that played better won all three games but you never know how a correct call on some of these plays may have changed the outcome of the games and, in particular, the Pats/Bronc's game.
posted by stofer71 at 09:11 PM on January 15
There were some crazy calls and plays in this game. I think the puppet master was pulling some strings. I'm not so sure about a conspiracy. But...the ref's definately had an impact on this game. The interference call in the end zone after the first fumble was a blown call. The fumble through the end zone may have been blown as well. rcade's point: Considering that the Patriots' storied 10-win playoff run began with a ref's call that could easily have gone the other way -- the Brady tuck -- I hope that New England fans won't blame the zebras for a playoff game they deserved to lose for all of the turnovers is well taken...with all the hype and analysis that goes into these playoff games it is amazing how many of these big games come down to TO's and a few key plays (blown calls or not). In the end TO's were the key once again. Can't give it up 5 times and expect to win in the playoff's.
posted by stofer71 at 11:31 AM on January 15
Odds the guys yelling at Fleury about his alcoholism were drinking (or had been)? I wouldn't bet against that one...
posted by stofer71 at 12:40 PM on January 11
You are complaining about non calls when they were playing in Cincinnati?!?! Come on..Have a little bit more respect for Bengals fans and don't whine for them. Officiating wasn't the reason they lost. vggjr88- Did you read the whole post? I wasn't whining for Begals fans. What I did do is make an observation about the poor/inconsistent officiating in the game. Simply put they didn't do a good job. What I said in my post (maybe not clearly enough) is that the poor officiating didn't cost the Bengals the game, the Steelers D in the second half won this game.
posted by stofer71 at 05:42 PM on January 09
If I were a Bengals fan i would have been feaking out the over the officiating in this one. Forget about the Palmer play...the zebra's had little control or clue during this game. Early the Steelers D was 'thugging out' after every play...no flags. Questionable late hit call on the Bengals...clearly a flag to try and regain control of the game...too bad they had missed so many unsportsmanlike calls already. And this one wasn't a late hit...sure it was on the sideline (right on the sideline) but the back lowered his shoulder to make contact and they bounced off of each other. The no call pass interference on the Steeler D-back against TJ Houz...in the second half....should have been 1st and goal on the one. I believe this was the series where Cincy missed the FG...momentum turning drive. Then on the very next series they give the same call to Pitt to give them 1st and goal inside the 5. I don't think that the ref's decided this game...but they certainly didn't do a good job. Steeler's D was great in the second half...and once they get a 2 score lead...forget about it.
posted by stofer71 at 02:06 PM on January 09
ESPN's matchups will be locked in place like always. damn....that sux. I guess I won't be watching then....again.
posted by stofer71 at 11:41 AM on December 28
This one ranks a 10 on the "Who Cares?" meter. MNF isn't dead...just on ESPN. Big deal. Poor ABC...wah...I think [insert name here] was/is the best and [insert name here] sucked. We will all have the opportunity to enjoy a cold beverage and some hot wings (or other tasty treat) and watch some NFL on Monday's next year. MNF has been a bad product for many years...lame announcers...the same stupid intro (how in the world did Hank Williams get a lifetime contract with them?) and worthless games for weeks in a row. The last four games have featured 2 playoff bound teams, and , shockingly enough, they weren't playing each other. The MNF that was a cultural phenomonon died a long time ago. The real MNF news is that ESPN can change the games scheduled for the second half of the season thus insuring (or at least helping) we get games worth watching.
posted by stofer71 at 05:27 PM on December 27
billy...i take it all back...they suck. LOL
posted by stofer71 at 08:41 AM on December 25
Five losses, no matter who they beat, shows that SD is not a top tier team especially when they've lost to the Cowboys, Eagles and Dolphins (plus Green Bay in preseason). Not that SD can't win on any given Sunday but then again even Houston, SF and NYJ have won twice this year. Billy, this may be the dumbest of your 2715 comments to SpoFI. The Cowboy game (opening weekend) was a great one and went right to the wire. The Eagles game was decided by a freak blocked FG for TD (TO and Donavan both still playing)...and you bring up a preseason game against the Packers? C'mon man...bring a good argument, or leave it alone. The Dolphins loss killed them...and as chico says the reason they don't have their destiny in their own hands is because of that loss. But if you watched that game you saw an anemic 'fins offense tossing prayers up to Chambers on every 3rd and long and Jebus answering with a completion. The Bolts have had, without a doubt, the toughest schedule this season and have yet to be beaten badly and they took down NE and Indy on the road (they have had to go to Indy two years in a row!). Maybe your just bitter because they humiliated your Giants.
posted by stofer71 at 10:09 AM on December 24
Let me guess...she is writing a book...or selling a screenplay.
posted by stofer71 at 02:26 PM on December 23
The Bolts are a very good team. Their 5 losses are by a total of 15 points. If they stay hot they can beat anyone...when they aren't...well, the 'fins beat em. In the end it may be the wether that gets them. It is supposed to be rainy/snowy tomorrow in KC...if LT doesn't go the Bolts may be in trouble.
posted by stofer71 at 02:21 PM on December 23
Pitching staff? Did you see last years pitching? Schilling is done....Beckett is an improvement and his upside is huge but I would be nervous about him too. Foulke??? As a Yankee fan I think it would be great if he is their closer...LOL Nobody mentioned it when the deal went down but the Sox also got G. Mota in the Beckett deal. Mota has shown some electric stuff, if he can stay healthy and fulfill his potential he may be the guy the Sox have been looking for to pitch the ninth.
posted by stofer71 at 02:30 PM on December 21
If I were a Sox fan I would be a bit nervous about the upcoming season. The front office, pitching staff, and clubhouse all look to be worse than last year. No doubt they will still have a potent offense, and there is still time for them to make moves but so far I am underwhelmed by their offseason thus far. Toronto clearly wants to crack the Yankee/Sox stranglehold on the East. Being a Yankee fan I am not sure how I feel about the Damon signing. I love him as a player and he seems to genuinely love playing. But I worry about how much they got him for and how long his contract is. I would have rather they found a hot young guy than a 32 year old with no arm. Yankee pitching is questionable as well...you would hope that good health will be enough to make that unit better but...too many old, underacheivers to have much confidence. As for Yankee fans embracing him, they will if he plays well. As always...your attitude towards a player changes the minute he puts on your teams colors.
posted by stofer71 at 01:18 PM on December 21
I would laugh if no one signs him next year and he has to play in Canada ! Oh sweet justice! That would be about the greatest thing to happen to everyone. The NFL is rid of the biggest sportjerk in recent history, the CFL will finally make ESPN for something other than a rediculous trick play and to (intentionally lower case) gets what he deserves...deported.
posted by stofer71 at 04:56 PM on December 16
Train wreck, now I get it. Funny, thanks lil. Sorry...a bit slow on the take today.
posted by stofer71 at 05:17 PM on December 15
grum, Interesting photo...care to share it's relevance?
posted by stofer71 at 04:25 PM on December 15
I really just want to eliminate that "us" and "them" mentality from the American psyche. I will second that motion...
posted by stofer71 at 04:23 PM on December 15
his ass kicked. Don't type angry. funny! and wise advice to boot. I think we agree on this issue...and I recognize your post for what it was, a statement that a sort of attitude should not and would not be tolerated. Unfortunately, we are a long way from living up to M. Freeman's ideal that as long as race is an issue it will be an issue. His comments mirror thougths I have had. I would love to think that my children have a chance at living in a world where race isn't the flash point it is in today's world. To address blue's comment: nowhere but in the US of A is such an obvious issue so fervently brushed under a rug that by now is taller than a mountain. The recent unrest in France and the many examples of racist issue's in the middle east and africa would contradict that this is a uniquely American issue. Unfortunately, intolerance is far too common across the globe.
posted by stofer71 at 03:39 PM on December 15
if he took a rid into Ridgewood with me and tried his "y'all wanna keep racism going" shit there he would be a fucking stain on the road and little else. right...because violence will solve the problem. You can't make a man smarter by beating him. Way to perpetuate stereotypes, HATER 187. Are you part of the problem or part of the solution? I guess your name says it all.
posted by stofer71 at 03:15 PM on December 15
First it was Rush dragging MacNabb into a racial fiasco now this guy. Throw TO in the mix and Donovan must be wondering what in the heck he did to deserve all this. He constantly has people bringing him into these rediculous situations and he handles them with class and dignity. At least as well or better than anyone could expect. What does he get for taking the high road when TO was bashing him in the media? Mondeshire(sp) ripping him for not being a 'black enough' QB and not giving up some of his paycheck when TO has a $49m contract. What a joke. Donovan is a guy that anyone, black or white, should look up to. Both for his play on the field and his conduct off it.
posted by stofer71 at 11:59 AM on December 15
350 million people world wide tuned in to watch the draw. Wow.
posted by stofer71 at 07:56 PM on December 09
Ah, but it's a dry heat. Yep...just like the oven I'll be using today to cook the Turkey!
posted by stofer71 at 10:31 AM on November 24
It is almost too hot to walk from your car to an indoor stadium! Arizona outdrew the Marlins this year...it is much hotter there. In fact, it is quite hot all summer in most major league cities. Plus the D'Backs weren't in contention all year. The point is the fans aren't supporting the team, a reported loss of $20m last year is the reason for moving the expensive guys. Blaming the problem on the weather or poor marketing just doesn't make much sense. My point is that the good people of S. Fla don't have much to whine about here. They get championships, but they still don't support the team. I don't blame the legislature for not funding a stadium, I don't like tax money going to stadiums. But, if I were owner of the Marlins I sure wouldn't be putting my own money on a stadium in a place that doesn't draw fans for a contending team. Like any good businessman I would be looking for a better deal.
posted by stofer71 at 11:49 AM on November 23
I just don't think this is going to happen while we have our current President. holy conspiracy theory...everything is bushys fault, eh? What in the world does the president have to do with this? j.bush and the floridian govt had their chance, if the owners of the marlins can get a better deal (better then no deal, rather) somewhere else then good for them. And what is up with the Miami fan base? Two championships in ten years and nobodody goes to or watches the games? Cubs fans must be puking in their shoes right now.
posted by stofer71 at 11:15 AM on November 23
I am a Chargers fan living in the Bay Area. I have gone to 7 straight Bolts/Raiders game at the coliseum. We get there early so we can tailgate right in the middle of all the 'Black Hole Crew' and I have had a chance to meet a lot of the guys who gear up and make the crowd shots on TV. I can say without a doubt that they aren't bad people and generally don't misbehave in the parking lot or the stadium. However, there is a large element of Raider fans who make that stadium a place I would never take my children to...it should be 21 and over, period. A ton of completely wasted jerks who think their tough because they have a Raiders jersey on. Every year there is a few of them around us...so wasted they have no idea what is going on in the game...only that they are the biggest bad ass around. Last year we sat in the Black Hole...a great experience but I would say that 60%+ of the people in my section and on both sections next to mine were way over the legal limit for intoxication and completely out of control. A running joke between me and my friends (some Raider fans themselves) is how many people at the game have felony warrants out for them. I have seen games at 10 different NFL stadiums and none of the other 9 are anything like a Raiders game. Sure there are always jerks...and drunks...and drunk jerks. But there are way more of all of these at the Coliseum.
posted by stofer71 at 11:33 AM on November 18
Goon vs goon at centre ice right after the puck is dropped? Not entertaining. Power forward vs stay-at-home defenceman after a rough-and-tumble play in the corner or in front of the net? Entertaining. Agreed.
posted by stofer71 at 05:59 PM on November 15
(Hey, Don -- do you pay to get in, or are you a twit?) funny! I know it sounds funny, but I think that with fighting comes better sportsmanship. It also offers a relief valve against pent up frustration which will always be part of the game. that doesn't sound funny, zombie...it sounds stupid. A clean hit (ala Scott Stevens...oh how i wish he was still around) will relieve more pressure than two unskilled goons beating each other. I love hockey and will admit to cheering on the fights. But I think that, in the case of fighting, less is more. When you expect them the whole thing is cheapened. If there is going to be a fight...let it be a spontaneous event that is truly exciting. Not a the typical goon on goon slugfest that they usually are.
posted by stofer71 at 12:49 PM on November 15
I live in the Bay Area and haven't heard Tony's name all year long. The 9er's suck so bad that this doesn't really qualify as news over here. The whole roster is full of guys you have never heard of. ESPN and other sports news sources have talked about the QB situation...but the real problem is on the O-Line...they are horrible. There isn't a QB in the league that could succeed behind that line, Vick included.
posted by stofer71 at 12:42 PM on November 15
what they say is no more right than what you say, and what you say may mean more, if you follow your team each day huh? What I want to know is why Steve Petersen is still the A.D. at the University of Nebraska.... How does this have anything to do with Lee Corso being a penis?
posted by stofer71 at 11:13 PM on November 08
Wah wah wah...the Yankee's pay more than anyone else...they Yankee's are better than my team...same sob story every year. If you want to be upset at the situation then go bitch about Selig and Fehr. If you don't like the way the Yankee's operate then get over it...they aren't cheating. I'll agree that the rules need to be changed...but it isn't the Yankee's (or Red Sox or Dodgers or any other teams) fault. They aren't doing anything except trying to win. If there are any Royals fans here don't cry about the Yankee's ruining the curve...cry because the family that owns your team (one of the richest in the WORLD) doesn't care about winning, they don't try. Oh...and let's be clear...spending money won't win championships on it's own. See the Yankee's of the 80's for reference. LET'S GO YANKEES!
posted by stofer71 at 09:59 AM on October 10
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