Brain Urlacher retires.
Prompting the Arizona Cardinals to honor him by channelling Dennis Green.
posted by NerfballPro at 05:11 PM on May 22
Update on the Boston Marathon bombing story: it was a hot time in Watertown last night.
posted by NerfballPro at 08:55 AM on April 19
I don't have a link handy, but I've heard that authorities have a lead on at least one guy who might be directly responsible for the bombs. Justice here is what matters to me instead of the ongoing debate on dark humor here, with all due respect to the involved parties.
posted by NerfballPro at 09:06 AM on April 16
Carlos Quentin makes his living by putting himself in the trajectory of rapidly moving hard objects.
Granted, this is the first time he's charged the mound following getting hit, but you better believe his antics last night caught the attention of more than one major league GM.
Quentin may be baseball's precursor to what could be hockey's enforcer or "goon." He's a big guy who crowds the plate and shakes off 100 mph fastballs hitting his body like nothing more than mosquito bites. It also didn't seem to take much after the hit to set him off and charge the mound. And you have to admit, the way he plowed in Greinke, as ugly as it was, had to have impressed a few decision-makers working for other clubs. All Greinke did was lower his shoulder to brace himself for Quentin's hit, and his collarbone gave way pretty easily. GMs in the future may set their eye on such a guy in future drafts who could later get "bounty" assignments to "take out" key players on other teams under the cover of future bench-clearing parties. Hey, it's worked out in football and hockey, right?
Big guy who doesn't get hurt by getting hit, and now carrying a hot-head reputation who can injure another player by running into him. For this reason, Bud Selig needs to come down hard on Quentin, but he probably won't.
posted by NerfballPro at 02:35 PM on April 12
Whoops. The Detroit Free Press has some explaining to do.
Wow, a glimpse into an alternate universe. I was wondering how Capt. Kirk and the Federation of the mirror universe turned evil.
posted by NerfballPro at 03:34 PM on April 10
But, you wonder how quick they'd terminate Rice if his break-em-down then break-em-some-more style actually yielded considerably better results.
posted by NerfballPro at 02:48 PM on April 03
Even with some medic training in the Army, I nearly surrendered my last meal watching that video.
I wish Kevin Ware the best and hope he gets well soon.
posted by NerfballPro at 06:01 AM on April 01
It looks so bland and corporate. Like an airline or shipping company logo.
My first thought was a Star-Kist logo that was rejected years ago.
posted by NerfballPro at 04:54 PM on March 28
I hope we haven't seen the last of Mr. Adams.
posted by NerfballPro at 11:19 AM on March 26
Not even the greatest hack writer in Hollywood could've come up with this scenario and outcome.
posted by NerfballPro at 10:55 AM on March 05
And the apparent winner of the Alex Smith sweepstakes is (drum roll please).......
posted by NerfballPro at 03:17 PM on February 27
Well, finally, a female in the pole position, and it does not involve exotic dancing or removal of clothing.
The advertising agency that handles the GoDaddy account just got an idea for a 30 second spot during Super Bowl XLIX.
posted by NerfballPro at 04:13 PM on February 18
I'm not a wrestling fan, but to me the Olympics really lost something with the elimination of this event.
posted by NerfballPro at 08:20 PM on February 12
A Civil-War-era baseball card fetches $92,000 in Maine.
posted by NerfballPro at 08:47 PM on February 06
Well, he wasn't able to get to proclaim he was going to Disney World, but Titus Young's dream finally did come true.
posted by NerfballPro at 04:47 PM on February 04
Next year I think I'm going to take a cue from this year's Big Game and shut off the lights when I do my picks; I might get a better score that way!
Seriously, Congrats to the Ravens and YYM.
posted by NerfballPro at 02:23 PM on February 04
1. San Francisco 0x31'ers
3. Joseph Flacco
4. Frank Gore
5. Michael Crabtree
6. Colin Kaepernick
7. NaVorro Bowman
8. Ray Lewis
9. Aldon Smith
posted by NerfballPro at 08:16 PM on February 02
posted by NerfballPro at 01:47 PM on January 31
The sad but inevitable has happened.
posted by NerfballPro at 01:46 PM on January 31
3. Peyton Manning
4. Adrian Peterson
posted by NerfballPro at 09:56 AM on January 27
Dashon Goldson (SF)
posted by NerfballPro at 09:20 AM on January 20
That aggression against people is what burns me on Lance.
Insert old cliche about "power corrupts" here.
posted by NerfballPro at 03:14 PM on January 18
One of the stories written before the hoax was revealed.
Kinda proves Te'o was in on the hoax. Anyone disagree?
posted by NerfballPro at 04:50 AM on January 17
How about a congress of ravens? Or perhaps just Congress?
Really, just Congress is fine with me.
posted by NerfballPro at 03:11 PM on January 16
If the Ravens win, New Englanders will be eating crow.
posted by NerfballPro at 02:25 PM on January 16
Agreed. If you don't want the kicker to get an extra practice shot, don't "ice" him. It's that simple.
posted by NerfballPro at 02:14 PM on January 14
Read an ESPN column where the writer said Denver wasn't expected to go as far as they did this year.
A lot of people wrote off the Broncos believing that Peyton would be mostly ineffective following three neck surgeries and an entire season off at his age.
posted by NerfballPro at 02:45 PM on January 13
posted by NerfballPro at 11:05 AM on January 12
Rumor mill has it that Lance is going to confess.
posted by NerfballPro at 09:31 AM on January 12
This trend of new GMs turfing the existing coach no matter what seems suspect.
A new GM is going to put in the staff he wants as soon as he gets clearance from ownership to do so: buying out contacts, etc. Yeah, that's a flawed statement I know, but there you are. Other than that, one year generally isn't enough time to do what you want to do, and a 2-14 record isn't always a fair indicator that the installed system is a failure. That said, Jacksonville probably needs to blow up and start over. (Think a certain controversial figure from New York might be available pretty soon if they're on the lookout for a QB, hint hint).
When the next season kicks off, at least one of every four teams will now have a new head coach. And it doesn't look like the merry-go-round will stop after the playoffs either.
posted by NerfballPro at 01:11 PM on January 10
I love how football's conventional wisdom has determined a trend line from the single data point of Michael Vick's career.
As I recall, Randall Cunningham did it a long time before Michael Vick did. And he suffered a injury early in his career that basically destroyed his speed and forced him to be a pocket passer. He was never as effective from that point forward.
posted by NerfballPro at 02:33 PM on January 07
As the game progressed, you wonder why Mike Shanahan didn't pull the plug on Snyder's prized investment earlier. And he's taking a lot of heat about that this morning.
posted by NerfballPro at 11:17 AM on January 07
It's all about getting the press and people talking about you. Even negative press is good press (most important lesson learned from the Britney Spears School of Publicity).
posted by NerfballPro at 10:04 AM on January 02
I cannot believe Rex Ryan keeps his job. Is that for lack of alternatives?
He'll be on the hot seat next season. But Woody should probably can him anyway; he'll be charged with the near-impossible task of turning the team around back into a playoff contender, with essentially the same circus team he had this season, unless they can somehow find a taker for Sanchez.
posted by NerfballPro at 01:35 PM on December 31
"With the two worst moves of the draft, Seattle is the only team that received an F on draft day."
Switch to the scene where Donald Wood is curled up in a corner of the room in the fetal position muttering over and over "Russell Wilson destroyed my journalism career...."
posted by NerfballPro at 11:48 AM on December 27
...the temp secretary's date with a Mayan Octogenarian
Temporary date? Half a spleen the shape of the Mayan Umpire is two days? Clearly they bent Obama's Fiscal Cliff.
posted by NerfballPro at 10:19 AM on December 23
I smell a "That's what she said" joke in this thread.
posted by NerfballPro at 04:39 PM on December 19
Envious position to be in. I'm in the semi-final matchup in my league, and my QB is Josh Freeman.
posted by NerfballPro at 01:55 PM on December 19
Given how inept the Jets were this season, I was a little astonished they were still mathematically in the playoff chase going into Week 15. That's probably a testament to the general weakness of the AFC when you discount three of the four division leaders.
Jets management has no credibility and I'd be shocked if Tannenbaum, Ryan, and at least half the coaching staff weren't removed from the staff at season's end.
posted by NerfballPro at 10:35 AM on December 18
Kris Humphries can't even buy a break at the free throw line.
On edit: The Raptors DO need defensive help this season, however.
posted by NerfballPro at 11:40 AM on December 13
Even the comment "making an a$$ of himself" seems too trite for this thread. Wait, I said it anyway. That's it, I'm throwing in with Joey; shut the site down, we can't top this one.
posted by NerfballPro at 04:43 PM on December 10
Western Kentucky invests in three electronic monitoring bracelets.
posted by NerfballPro at 03:57 PM on December 10
"It was disrespectful to us to run the same play over and over and be successful".
I'm not a Patriots fan, but if he wants them to stop running the play, it's his and his coaches' jobs to figure out how to stop them on it. They're supposed to be professional football players. If they can't figure it out, they deserve to have their opponents run the score up.
posted by NerfballPro at 11:23 AM on December 08
Doing away with kickoffs, while meritorious for the sake of reducing injury, is a step toward eliminating tackle football entirely.
I was thinking the same thing, even though the suggested course of action to replace kickoffs does sound intriguing. But if this gets the green light, what's next? Counting to five-Mississippi before rushing the quarterback? Or making all the players wear flags on their belts?
posted by NerfballPro at 04:39 PM on December 07
At last; a professional team in New Orleans that can flip the bird to its fans, and nobody will care.
posted by NerfballPro at 03:50 PM on December 05
They won't postpone the Chiefs-Panthers game, but they should. This incident is just too much for Pioli and Crennel to process. Play it Monday or something, even if it's still sort-of too soon.
posted by NerfballPro at 08:20 AM on December 02
Definition of substantial sanctions: $250,000 fine levied against the organization. No fines or suspensions imposed on Popovich himself.
posted by NerfballPro at 06:31 PM on November 30
It should be noted that Stern made the announcement concerning the sanctions before the game was played. Not that it matters: some will buy the ticket to see the stars play; I might be a little pissed if I actually went to the game, but I would've seen quite a game if the Heat had to bust serious ass to beat a bunch of tired-out second stringers by just 5 points. There's no guarantee what you'll see when you buy a ticket.
posted by NerfballPro at 02:26 PM on November 30
When it takes just a few fans to get rid of the one few bright spots that makes going to a Jets game worthwhile this season, you know things have gone completely off the rails.
posted by NerfballPro at 03:36 PM on November 26
Having you been holding on to that line for a while? It's a good one.: "At some point, someone is going to put together a contract with a no-blonde, no-motorsickle clause and hire Bobby Petrino. Three electronic monitoring bracelets. One for each leg."
My nomination for SpoFi "Post of the Year" if we have one.
posted by NerfballPro at 01:48 PM on November 26
Sanchez might as well retire now
At least you didn't say that should be the *end* of his career.
posted by NerfballPro at 11:54 AM on November 23
Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.
posted by NerfballPro at 10:54 AM on November 22
Declared brain dead early this morning.
posted by NerfballPro at 10:53 AM on November 22
Ever wanted a chance to date a race car driver? Guess who's now available?
posted by NerfballPro at 12:28 PM on November 21
Hector "Macho" Camacho in critical condition.
posted by NerfballPro at 10:33 AM on November 21
When balls sag......
posted by NerfballPro at 02:59 PM on November 08
I'm not yet sold on the concept of Alex Smith being an elite quarterback, but I think his critics are starting to really look silly now. The Niners have the tools to go all the way this year.
posted by NerfballPro at 10:40 AM on October 30
I initially had wanted to say Giants in 4 instead of 5, but thought "naaaah"
Anyway, good job, holden. Well earned victory there.
posted by NerfballPro at 10:34 AM on October 30
I think Strasburg may have already reported.
And the Nats will shut his season down by Thanksgiving.
posted by NerfballPro at 09:28 AM on October 29
It's just hyperextended with some ligament damage but nothing beyond that. They're saying he can recover from it and play again. Might take awhile, but considering what it looked like, this is fantastic news indeed. Get well soon Marcus!
posted by NerfballPro at 08:13 PM on October 28
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