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Referee Suspended Indefinitely

Stern was on the Dan Patrick radio show which I caught on my way out of the city a couple of hours ago. Anyone else hear it? He claimed to have had problems with Crawford about exactly the same sort of thing before involving an inexplicable ejection. Any idea what incident Stern is talking about? Now, to the Duncan ejection. Crawford was totally in the wrong. I'm not sure what else Duncan should have done differently. Crawford evidently he thought he was reffing a children's church league game.

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 03:16 PM on April 17

Why don't I subscribe to Extra Innings?

Oh now come on ya'll, look at how popular boxing is now that you have to pay extra for access to bouts.

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 12:03 PM on March 30

Bill Frakes' Favorite Sports Photos.

Awesome link! Thanks, Joey.

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 08:46 AM on March 23

Why we look the other way.

I don't buy that ill-gotten gains thing. It doesn't happen. Cheaters pay for their deceit. They may not get caught by superiors, but they do get caught by their own conscience. And they pay by having their conscience seared so that it is easier to do again the next time. The end result is loss of character. Hence, I think there are many Pete Rose's who in the Golden years of their life are untrustworthy and viewed as circus freaks. All of that because early on they exchanged a life of character for ill-gotten gains. What have they given up? What payment have they made? In my mind it is the biggest payment of all--the respect of those they leave behind.

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 08:18 AM on March 22

Why we look the other way.

In the real world people cheat, too. Lots and lots. And, they get ahead by cheating, too. I think we disagree on what it means to "get ahead." For me it means being a better person, living my life from the perspective that there is something more than what I can feel and touch, and raising my kids to reflect a similar worldview. If by "getting ahead" you mean make more money, have more success, enjoy more prestige, and etc. then I concede that you're right. Cheating can give you all those things...for a time. But ill-gotten gains is transitory at best. What goes around still comes around.

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 04:21 PM on March 21

Why we look the other way.

I follow sport because I want to see meritocracy. I want to see those that work the hardest and those that are simply the best compete. Same for me...that's why the NBA and MLB has lost much of its luster to me. The NFL is next for me. I say this: there's more to life than winning. I understand the competitive drive for excellence and, within proper balance, respect it immensely. But, whatever happened to guys like Lou Gehrig showing appreciation for the sport by obeying the rules and being a gentleman? By the way, my hat's off to Jason Taylor's rebuff of Merriman. Hopefully more guys will follow him and stand up as positive role models. For those on this thread who deny the role model argument, you've obviously never coached little leagues or reached out to teens. And, if you are a little league coach I hope you're not my kid's coach. I wanna guy leading my kid whose got the guts to call a spade "a spade" and steroid users "cheaters." I mean my kid will probably never make it to the Majors (one can wish though!) but he'll still have real life to live. And in the real world there are rules we all have to live by. If we don't, we'll have a price to pay.

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 01:55 PM on March 21

Gary Sheffield seeks The Calmness

Mjkredliner, I stand corrected and agree the Ruth/Gehrig era Yankees were better than the 80's version. But, you do understand, don't you bro' that you're showing your age!

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 09:14 AM on March 20

Gary Sheffield seeks The Calmness

And George's way works so well that the Yankees have won every world series over the past decade. Well, no, but half? Um, wait, not even 3 out of 10. The Yanks not only represent the biggest payroll, but the gap between their salaries and the majority of the league is massive. Yet, in the end, the best they can do is field a collection of individual superstars. What they haven't achieved is being a team. And, baseball is a team sport. The best Yankee teams were back in the 80's when my Royals contended each year with them. And back then the Yankees--albeit it with a higher payroll--had much less the salary disparity than the rest of league. But, they were the team to beat. The TEAM to beat. And that's why they were a dynasty then.

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 12:58 PM on March 16

The Royals Worst - And Best - Trade

Great story!

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 01:40 PM on March 07

"The worst thing that's happened to college basketball since I've been coaching"

Money isn't everything...in fact, it isn't much. So the NCAA starts paying college stars. They get the big bucks when they're 18 instead of 22. This improves their quality as human beings in what way? Don't forget they are getting paid. They're getting paid a full-ride college scholarship. That's nothing to sneeze at. My point is this: paying college players beyond their scholarships with the possible exception of modest stipend increases would not solve the problem, would not make their lives better, and would not turn them into decent people. An education helps more towards those goal than does money.

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 09:16 AM on February 23

Tommy Morrison Cleared to Fight

Unlike Foreman during his "comeback" Morrison looks ripped. Has anyone seen the promo pics?

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 12:19 PM on February 22

Ive already died four times"

Scorcese would be a better choice than Disney for Tapia's movie.

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 09:51 AM on February 22

Tommy Morrison Cleared to Fight

Thanks for the information, Jojo. Like most other sane and caring person, I'm praying for a cure to HIV. I'm also happy for Morrison inasmuchas he has tested negative repeatedly.

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 09:34 AM on February 22

Tommy Morrison Cleared to Fight

To this day I'd prefer to watch a classic's re-run of Ali-Frazier than any live heavyweight match of today's "contenders." Boxing imploded more than a decade ago.

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 03:41 PM on February 21

Tommy Morrison Cleared to Fight

The first test done is an HIV ELISA (Enzyme linked immunoSorbent Assay.) If this test comes back as positive, the patient is not considered HIV Positive. A second test is run, a Western Blot, and if both tests return a positive the patient is considered HIV Positive. As with all diagnostic tests there is always a chance for a false positive. Thanks, Apoch, for the good information. It seems to me that the sports article linked above if it represented better reporting would have included these facts.

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 03:02 PM on February 21

Tommy Morrison Cleared to Fight

Can an HIV positive be wrong? Some tests can have false readings, some cannot. Also, can HIV actually disappear?

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 09:58 AM on February 21

Turner to coach Bolts.

I'm thrilled that Norv Turner is in and Marty out in Bolts-ville! But then again, I'm pretty biased as a Chiefs fan. Belicheck had a pretty mediocre record with the Browns before he spent time with the Tuna in New Jersey and went on to great success with the Pats. Maybe we're all wrong about Turner and he'll break out with the Chargers. But, I DOUBT IT!!!!!!!!!!

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 03:00 PM on February 20

Team Me Up Scottie

If Rick Mahorn and Kurt Rambis were to play in an "Oldies But Goldies" league who would you most want them to lower the boom on?

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 02:47 PM on February 16

Team Me Up Scottie

Didn't ya'll see Rocky 6?

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 01:53 PM on February 16

Tim Hardaway, the yin to Jon Amaechi's yang:

If the women in the shower looked like these women, are you telling me you couldn't help but get an erection? None of us have missed and not grimaced at the ED medicine commercial listing erections lasting longer than 12 hours as a possible side effect. Grum, you found the antidote, bro.

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 07:11 PM on February 15

Tim Hardaway, the yin to Jon Amaechi's yang:

I would be aroused by showering with women. Sorry. Guys who say otherwise also claim they read Playboy for the articles.

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 12:57 PM on February 15

Bolts zap Schottenheimer.

This is about Spanos' sour grapes and huge ego. In the end he's the hurt Charger team and will more than likely go 8-8 at best next year. I'd take Marty any day. KC went from Marty Ball to Air Vermeil, and is now back to a version of Marty Ball with Edwards. It is all about being well-rounded and for the first time in a long time the Bolts had it. Spanos is the TO of front office personnel.

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 09:19 AM on February 13

Drew the body good

Sounds like a guy who has more money than he knows what to do with. Oh well, better than buying a bunch of assault weapons and filling your backyard with starving pitbulls (i.e. Tank Johnson).

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 01:53 PM on February 07

NFL Hall of Fame class of 2007 includes Michael Irvin, Thurman Thomas

Thomas should be in the Hall of Fame...I'm with you, Brainofdtrain. Remember the game we lost to the Seahawks on the Hail Mary? Did DT have 8 sacks? The Chiefs playoff blunders aside, DT played his best games against divisional rivalries. And although I shouldn't admit it, I think he should go to the Hall if for no other reason than his bulldogging of the trash talking Sharp. :) The AFC West--Best Rivalries in Football!

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 01:50 PM on February 07

NFL Won't Let Church Show Game

If it is illegal for an establishment to show the game on a screen larger than 55" then how do sports bars gain exemption from the law? And, why can't a church do the same? And, how is that the NFL legal office is the authority granting the exemption? If I've read the stories right, the NFL is granting exception to Sports Bars but not churches (wierd, I think). Copywrite laws are often a matter of interpretation and not settled until there is some sort of prescendent established. That's not an excuse for a church to break the law--or anyone else for that matter--but I think the jury is still out on whether or not this really is law. Keep in mind lawyers are adversaries not judges. Adversaries defend the interests of their clients whereas judges interpret the law (and are presumably unbiased). That said a church can still show the game as long as they do so on a screen smaller than 55". For a small gathering that's not too bad--just sit close. By the way, the Fall Creek Church was not charging admission to visitors only members. And that admission cost was to cover the expense of food. Criticisms on this thread suggesting the church was making a profit are baseless (and presumptious). I also don't believe church's have been breaking the law or "trying to get away with it" as earlier posts have suggested. This law comes as a surprise to me. It is more akin to going 55 mph in an unposted 40 mph zone. Who'd a thought there's be a law against a church showing a show from free broadcast television? Not me.

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 04:39 PM on February 02

Orange you glad he works out?

Point well taken, Chicobangs. I'd never question Pearl's heart. A generation ago parents of potential recruits would have thought twice about sending their son to a school with a coach like Pearl preferring the stayed and traditional such as Duke or UCLA. But, things are different now--for better or for worse. Nonetheless, Coach Topless' actions don't merit criticism, and I agree, "Different strokes..." And, hey, beats the heck out of coaches taking thier players to strip clubs.

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 12:25 PM on January 24

Orange you glad he works out?

Can you envision Coach K. or UCLA's legendary leader having so little dignity to act like this? Okay, I know, I'm a prude and a fuddy duddy, yadda, yadda, yadda.

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 11:06 AM on January 24

Will Tank make the trip?

I live in Chicago (actually Joliet) and most Chicagoans are disgusted by Tank Johnson's behavior. But we're talking the Super Bowl here and you gotta throw objectivity out the window. In the offseason Tank will hopefully get what he deserves (unless he has three sacks, two forced fumbles, and 9 tackles).

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 10:46 AM on January 24

T.O. on Parcells: "Our play was not indicative of what we could have done. What we should have done. Hopefully, the owner will hire a coach to take the team to the next level.

We have not had a wide reciever in so long i'll take T.O.You'll have to commit to T.O.or L.J. Herm can handle T.O. Make the move "KING"Carl. And then he can be Larry Johnson's mentor, right? PLEASE!!! Just say, "NO" to T.O. in K.C.

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 08:35 AM on January 24

Donovan McNabb unhappy?

Wasn't there a story a week or two ago about a McNabb press conference being cancelled by Reid? Whatever came of that?

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 12:32 PM on January 23

Dungy's true impact

Was T.O. right when he said that Parcells is like a grandma and his coaching style too antiquated? If so, is the "We are a family" coaching demeanor of Smith and Dungy the wave of the future?

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 12:27 PM on January 23

Dungy's true impact

Having a child who commits suicide doesn't always indicate poor parenting. I've seen it both ways.

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 12:23 PM on January 23

Davids to bank it like Beckham?

Yeah, but the bench guys in MLB, the NFL, and the NBA are generally making in the 100K/year range, not less than a dishwasher at the local greasy spoon. That's atrocious, and MLS should be ashamed. The alternative to Capitalism and Free Market is preferable to you?

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 09:06 AM on January 12

Ripken, check. Gwynn, check. McGwire, not so much.

Davey Lopes for the Hall? Did I read that post right? If so, then I repeat my vote for Fred Patek and Cookie Rojas!!!

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 08:58 AM on January 12

Ripken, check. Gwynn, check. McGwire, not so much.

To add to mjkredliner's above post, most of us who cheered wildly for Big Mac and showed up two hours early to just watch him take batting practice are hoping against all hope that he will take the same course as Molitar. If you didn't cheat with steroids tell us. If you did, then be a man, admit it, say, "I'm sorry" and tell kids "It's wrong."

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 12:30 PM on January 11

Bill Cowher

I want to start my own rumor. I heard an unnamed source suggest that Cowher will become the new Defensive Coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs.

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 12:16 PM on January 11

Ripken, check. Gwynn, check. McGwire, not so much.

Grum, sorry for the misunderstanding. I didn't mean to imply that Andro was illegal. Why would Mac not be more forthcoming if all he took was Andro?

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 05:39 PM on January 10

Ripken, check. Gwynn, check. McGwire, not so much.

Chicobangs, my perspective on McGwire would be very different had he been forthright about his use of steroids, apologetic for his apparent antipathy to the whole issue, and try to add something of value to the game disgraced by the steroids era. Was Andro illegal when he took it? If not, then why wouldn't he have been more forthcoming about what he did or didn't do? An innocent man fights for his reputation when his name is being dragged through the mud. Plus, a lot of young athletes have done and will do steroids, some may not however if a guy of McGwire's stature would stand up and say "Enough already. I was wrong. Here's why." I don't think he cares either--which is probably part of the problem.

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 03:08 PM on January 10

Ripken, check. Gwynn, check. McGwire, not so much.

I am having a hard time understanding why some feel it appropriate to induct someone to the Hall of Fame who used steroids. And I say that as a one-time "Big Mac" fan. When my oldest son turned 12 I treated he and his brother to a Cardinals home game as a birthday present. We weren't there to see the Cards. We were there to see McGwire chase the record and he obliged by tying it. It was an incredible experience for the three of us. I continued to hold out hope that McGwire hadn't used steroids when he appeared before congress. Taking his own personalized version of the fifth amendment heaped even more suspiscion on his character. I want positive role models for my kids. McGwire is not one of them. Were he to tell the truth and sincerely apologize by confessing his wrongdoing then, I believe, most of his critics, including me, would change their tune. And, in my opinion, he'd be a good role model. Why? Because of the obvious fact we all know--all of us mess up. Being a man means owning up to our "sins," accepting responsibility, and trying to be a part of the solution to the problem we once helped create. Can you imagine the good McGwire could do if he admitting his actions were wrong and spoke to college kids about the physical dangers and the moral aspects of steroid use? There is still time and hopefully McGwire will find peace from his demons and add back to America's Pastime which once gave him so much.

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 12:16 PM on January 10

Carswell Bombers: Champs of a Forgotten Football Era

Great story! I loved it.

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 11:42 AM on January 10

Ripken, check. Gwynn, check. McGwire, not so much.

If we're pulling for childhood heroes pencil my write-in votes for Cookie Rojas and Buck Martinez.

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 09:08 AM on January 10

The Hoser's NFL Picks, Postseason Week One

"Against the spread"--what does that mean? I live a sheltered life and don't gamble or play the odds. Here's the link to my pro pick'em. http://football.fantasysports.yahoo.com/pickem/31311/7 I'm ChiefsFanChicago.

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 01:01 PM on January 05

Ready for a shocker?

Take LT out of the lineup and Rivers struggles. If Rivers struggles three or four wins turn into losses for the San Diego Martyballers. LT is the lynchpin. But, Brees' season was a head turner. If the Chiefs don't advance then the game I'd most love to see would be the Chargers-Saints. I'm not sure who I would pull for in that case. But Chargers against anyone else, I'm pulling for Marty.

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 11:03 AM on January 05

The Hoser's NFL Picks, Postseason Week One

I was 148-108 on the season at Yahoo Pro Pick'em. Since I'm in the upper 90% I'm thinking someone should pay me for my predictions. Anyone hiring?

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 10:56 AM on January 05

What if the BCS bowls all went to high school together?

Where do people find the time to write and maintain blogs?

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 08:50 AM on December 22

What John Wooden Gets Wrong About Basketball

To suggest that Wooden's insistence on morals and discipline made him regressive to the game is utter nonsense. Any student of the game knows Wooden struck that elusive balance between basketball fundamentalism and innovative methodologies. His goal as a coach is what makes him unique--he sought to do more than win games. He wanted to make boys into men who could suceed in life. Therefore he enforced disciplines he felt his players needed to accomplish that goal. In the end, that makes Wooden with all his traditionalism (at times overstated) a much better role model for life than many other "winning" coaches. You can take Wooden's rules--especially those pertaining to teammanship and sportsmanship--immediately incorporate them into the real world and be a winner. But, emulate the showboating individualistic nihilism of today's bonus babies and I gurantee you'll get fired from your job in the real world.

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 03:20 PM on December 12

The 2006 Dave Kingman Award

Would John Mayberry qualify in the Kingman category? By the way, what is "OPS"?

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 11:11 AM on December 07

Jim Brown speaks about some of the things wrong with the NFL today.

Previously, I've thought as Brown as a bit of a wierdow. But, I was really impressed by this interview. I may not agree with everything he said but he's doing a lot of good and is representing his cause quite well. His points about the need for better education as opposed to more punitive actions by the league are well-taken. I for one think both needs to take place (more preventative behavior education as well as steeper punishments). He also spoke in an appropriately passionate way about the poor pension of older players. That's an easy and temporary fix. Players before a certain date, prior to onslaught of free agency and mega-contracts, could be directly benefited. There is however no valid reason to extend pensions for players since then. Even the league minimum salary for a single season well-planned can build the beginnings of a very nice IRA or the like.

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 12:08 PM on November 30

Your 2006 MLB AL/NL Managers of the Year.

What about Buddy Bell?!!!!

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 05:18 PM on November 15

Knight: I didn't do anything wrong, would do it again

If you're right Savanx then I stand corrected. Unfortunately his "short fuse" (which I think is too nice a way to put it) demonstrates a poor example for the collegians under him. His conduct doesn't work in the real world.

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 09:20 AM on November 15

Washington's Trading Card For The "Bird"s?

Great role model there. No, wait, athletes aren't role models! Parents are. So, I'll be a role model by telling my kids he's acting like a 2 bit thug.

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 09:05 AM on November 15

Knight: I didn't do anything wrong, would do it again

For the school Bobby Knight brings wins. Wins attract a heightened quality of recruits. Better recruits translates into even more wins and earns more money. The bottom line has been the most important thing to schools when it come to college sports for quite some time. Once Knight becomes a liability it'll be Indiana all over again. If the bottom line was about the character development of the players, Knight would be fired and would never coach again unless he admits his wrongdoing and redeems himself. That would have happened a long time ago. In and of itself the chin slap was no big deal. But, Bobby Knight doesn't care about rules and authority. He knows why he is the coach. He's there to win PERIOD. And, he is good at it. Perhaps, one of the greatest "coaches" ever if the criteria is simply basketball and winning. There's more to life than winning though.

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 09:00 AM on November 15

Is it that time already?

I hope the Royals land any pitcher with an ERA under 5.00.

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 12:15 PM on November 01

The only guns NBA players should have are these (kiss biceps now)

The NBA is the gangsta rap of the sportsworld. It holds no interest to me. I'm offended by its persistent lack of character. Gimme ESPN classic and re-runs of the Celtics, 76ers, and Lakers of by-gone days.

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 01:04 PM on October 26

Favre angry that NFL turns its back on Robinson

For the longest time I assumed incorrectly that calling alcoholism a disease was an attempt to avoid personal responsibility by those who suffered from it. However, the distinction drawn by some of above posters about the difference between taking a drink and alcoholism demonstrates an extremely important point. In Favre's case he took personal responsibility and rehabilitation was successful. Robinson, on other hand, was "forced" into the program. Admitting the problem and accepting personal responsibility appear to be big steps towards recovery. Further, I think most who understand alcoholism as a disease would insist that its cure includes and perhaps even hinges on the person accepting full responsiblity for his or her choice to drink. That said, I also know that focus is placed on "friends" who may be feeding the addiction and the import of severing company from them during rehab. By requiring Robinson to have no contact with his teammates they may very well be excluding not only people who would support him but also individuals who've contributed to the problem. The broad paintbrush approach is rarely the best. And perhaps the policy (if it doesn't already) should contain special provisions allowing contact with designated individuals who are proven to be supportive and helpful.

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 10:41 AM on October 20