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Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

Ray Rice suspended indefinitely by the NFL

posted by phaedon at 02:51 PM on September 08

Tony Stewart Kills Driver in Dirt-Track Race

I'm not sure how this will play out in the media but apparently Stewart caused a 15-car pileup at Canandaigua just last year. Stewart took responsibility for going 3-wide and his car making contact with another and triggering the accident, leaving fellow racer Alysha Ruggles, a friend of Kevin Ward's, with a compression fracture in her back.

posted by phaedon at 12:38 AM on August 12

Tony Stewart Kills Driver in Dirt-Track Race

I agree this was as far as I know a complete accident, but you can tell in the video that Stewart's line was too high, he was going too fast, and he saw Ward and revved it either to kick up dirt in Ward's face or create the illusion of coming really close to him without hitting him.

This is in no way a total indictment of Stewart, as Ward was out of his car.

posted by phaedon at 12:25 PM on August 11

Tony Stewart Kills Driver in Dirt-Track Race

Also, think what would happen to NASCAR on the off chance Tony Stewart did something like this again. You don't just let a guy like this back on the track.

posted by phaedon at 02:09 PM on August 10

Tony Stewart Kills Driver in Dirt-Track Race

It's like Tony Stewart killed his brother.

The fact that Kevin Ward was out of his car and relatively defenseless, and 20 years old, and Tony Stewart is both a legend, and a legendary hothead, obviously makes things a lot worse from a publicity standpoint and it will take some time to parse who is to blame for what happened.

It does matter if it's an accident or not, it does matter whether he lost his cool, but it also doesn't matter. He killed his brother.

I honestly can't believe Stewart almost raced today. I think NASCAR should and will suspend him pending a thorough investigation.

posted by phaedon at 01:55 PM on August 10

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Tony Stewart has apparently killed another driver that was on-foot at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.

On preview: Whoops, sorry about that.

posted by phaedon at 03:18 AM on August 10

Ray Rice Suspended for 2 Games

So the working theory here is that if Ray Rice smoked a joint or did a line and chilled out instead of beating his wife, he'd be in more trouble. Amen, NFL!

posted by phaedon at 12:09 PM on July 25

Ray Rice Suspended for 2 Games

Keith Olbermann's take.

posted by phaedon at 09:33 AM on July 25

LeBron James Returning to Cleveland

LeBron is bulletproof while he stays in Cleveland trying to bring a ring to the ringless.

Cleveland's going to destroy LeBron.

I don't understand why it's always been beyond him to sit down in front of a camera, surrounded by friends, teammates and/or family, with a team logo behind him, and announce his intentions. And to inform these people ahead of time.

Instead you have "internet silence" in the playoffs followed by a "penned letter" in Sports Illustrated. The guy's never been able to handle his own greatness. Sad. Honestly, maybe the game's changed and it's just not going to be as pretty as it used to be (CBA). You look at a well-informed individual like Phil Jackson talking about Melo, and you're like, are you serious? Do you even have a clue what's going on?

posted by phaedon at 06:03 PM on July 11

LeBron James Returning to Cleveland

tale of rebirth and redemption

LeBron is and always has been bigger than the Cavs organization, so let's just be clear, LeBron is not really even the prodigal son, this is more like the redemption of a deadbeat father coming back home to the ugly wife and kids, right? After spending a not even remotely regrettable couple of years snorting coke and banging strippers down in the Magic City? As in, maybe not all of us are so comfortable that daddy's back in the picture? I mean, that's the "narrative" I see.

I'm not trying to paint anyone in a corner, I'm just a little surprised all these sports analysts so eager to do right by him. I don't remember this story really developing during the season. Didn't the Cavs take LeBron to the Finals? Didn't he then leave for Miami to win two titles only to flatline a year later? The missing piece for "the greatest player of all time" is to "play for the right team?" And he figured this out when and how? Did the two titles in Miami make this really clear to him? At the very least, there should be a lot of trepidation about him coming back. There's going to be a ton of coverage and scrutiny. Such a strange decision. I'm actually talking myself into feeling bad for him for the ass-handing he'll get should things go sideways.

posted by phaedon at 04:19 PM on July 11

LeBron James Returning to Cleveland

posted by phaedon at 03:45 PM on July 11

LeBron James Returning to Cleveland

Has this ever happened in a major American sport? I just don't understand why this resonates with so many people. I still think LeBron is a bitch. And Cleveland still sucks, and Gilbert is still there.

I'm absolutely certain there is a behind the scenes play that will lead to conflict or disappointment down the road. This seems to be LeBron's legacy. Surprising people. Having enough individual leverage to leave a trail of destroyed teams in his wake. He just quit a team that went to the NBA Finals to "go home," whatever the fuck that populist drivel means. Oh my, I am so touched that the LeBron product has changed jerseys. The LeBron product is maturing. I am touched by the meaning it infuses in my otherwise meaningless life.

I really don't enjoy watching players orchestrate championships with off-the-court schemes. You just got owned by the Spurs, on the court. You're a loser. Go back home and cramp up there, you bitch. The Cleveland Cramp. Running around in circles. I assume at the very least he'll make a killing in endorsements. Good for him.

posted by phaedon at 02:55 PM on July 11

U.S. Falls to Belgium Despite Epic Tim Howard Performance

No comment on why Beckerman wasn't in that game. I think he helps build the offense and should've been put in. And at this point you can count on Bradley not making the play. Also Jermaine Jones was totally out of gas for much of the game. He's got the touch, though.

posted by phaedon at 06:39 PM on July 01

Jason Kidd joins Bucks as head coach

posted by phaedon at 09:37 PM on June 30

Luis Suarez Banned 9 Games for Biting Opponent

Agreed on the former - Liverpool doesn't stand to gain anything via international play, so why should teams take on the risk of injury AND suspension if there's no reward?

That's an interesting point. Newbie questions, could Liverpool keep Suarez from playing in the World Cup? How can FIFA suspend Suarez from playing in the Premier League? What's the relationship between UEFA/FIFA?

posted by phaedon at 03:21 PM on June 26

Luis Suarez Bites Opponent at World Cup

I had mixed feelings about that Marchisio red card but after watching it a million times on replay I think it was a good call. He lost his dribble and planted his spikes right into Arevalo's leg.

If the ref wasn't standing right there, that might've been a common foul.

posted by phaedon at 04:45 PM on June 24

Luis Suarez Bites Opponent at World Cup

Definitely not a bite.

posted by phaedon at 04:39 PM on June 24

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Phillies' Marlon Byrd Breaks Bat Despite Not Touching Ball

posted by phaedon at 03:48 PM on June 02

Live: 2014 NFL Draft

You really have to hand it to the Cleveland front office. Talk about picking a fall guy.

posted by phaedon at 12:45 AM on May 09

Report: Clippers Owner Donald Sterling Has Prostate Cancer

Go Bruins! Wait..

posted by phaedon at 09:21 PM on May 02

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Joey Crawford for the win!

posted by phaedon at 12:09 AM on April 30

NBA Bans Donald Sterling for Life

I'm all for discussing contrarian viewpoints, but I'm not sure if I'm buying the slippery slope argument.

It's hard not to compare the NBA to the NFL. The latter has performed very well under one central authority. I think the NBA wants to see Silver succeed; it could do great things for a brand that has lost its luster over the last few years. The Chris Paul fiasco, the Donaghy scandal, the Charlotte and Seattle moves, two lockouts, GM's talking about tanking seasons. I really don't watch any regular season games anymore.

I've also said in the past that in the NFL, if you are perceived as a "team player" on the field, the narrative regarding your off-the-field indiscretions instantly shifts in your favor. There is often a racial element to this double standard, but not always. Roethlisberger, team player. Favre, team player. Terrell Owens, Michael Vick, Randy Moss, not team players.

So having said that, probably the grossest thing Sterling did on the tape was insult Magic Johnson by name. I feel like that was a huge slap in the face to the association and its players. I don't feel like this ends up being a slippery slope where we dig up dirt on all the owners, although there may end up being one or two more casualties. But stupid owners like Jim Irsay will get to keep their jobs, as long as they keep their shit together.

So while I agree with Bomani Jones completely, I also think the NBA is to some extent off the hook for ignoring who "Donald Sterling the businessman" was for the last ten years. I think if you are going to start pointing fingers, you have to remember the fan base and the city has been supporting the Clippers knowing full well what happened. I decided to skip the game tonight, but I hope there is an outpouring of love among the fans.

posted by phaedon at 10:16 PM on April 29

NBA Bans Donald Sterling for Life

Bomani Jones' take is worth a listen

posted by phaedon at 03:55 PM on April 29

NBA Bans Donald Sterling for Life

Is it weird that I want to go to the Clippers game tonight?

posted by phaedon at 03:39 PM on April 29

NBA Bans Donald Sterling for Life

Now release Chris Paul to the Lakers and send the rest of the organization to Seattle.

posted by phaedon at 02:27 PM on April 29

Audio: Racist Tirade by Clippers Owner

I'm of the opinion that the word "racist" is thrown around far too often and that perhaps the term has been watered down.

Because Donald Sterling is a bonafide racist. Doc Rivers, Chris Paul and the rest of the Clippers should boycott the next game. The championship is not more important than this. I don't know how you can go out on the court after a public revelation like this.

And I would actively boycott the NBA if they don't expel Sterling immediately.

posted by phaedon at 05:08 PM on April 26

Yankees' Pineda Ejected for Pine Tar on Neck

He deserves to be caught in this case.

This was obviously a ploy to get "him getting caught" out of the way. Now he has a genuine opportunity to be more sneaky about it.

posted by phaedon at 02:55 AM on April 24

New Home Plate Rule Confuses Yankees

This rule is a disaster and is going to bite MLB in the ass during the playoffs.

posted by phaedon at 12:47 AM on April 07

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I've got two words regarding Phil Jackson's move to New York: Isaiah Thomas.

posted by phaedon at 03:02 PM on March 18

In Fake Classes Scandal, UNC Fails Its Athletes—and Whistle-Blower

Mark Cuban: "The NCAA rules are so hypocritical, there's absolutely no reason for a kid to go [to college], because he's not going to class [and] he's actually not even able to take advantage of all the fun because the first semester he starts playing basketball. So if the goal is just to graduate to the NBA or be an NBA player, go to the D-League."

posted by phaedon at 11:59 AM on March 02

Seattle Wins Super Bowl 0x30

I'm just saying if Joe Namath were black everybody would be up in arms today. And I'm the last person to say something like that. Up in fucking arms.

posted by phaedon at 06:38 PM on February 03

Seattle Wins Super Bowl 0x30

Puff Puff Interception. You're welcome.

posted by phaedon at 09:28 PM on February 02

Seattle Wins Super Bowl 0x30

Side bet: Denver scores 0 points.

posted by phaedon at 07:38 PM on February 02

Lawyer Reveals Martin's Texts to Incognito

Martin or his representatives could have corrected that. It might have calmed the situation down, and caused people to view the situation as two athletes taking the piss out of each other instead of bullying.

There may be a reason for not correcting the situation. Martin walked away from the Dolphins, his career and huge paychecks. Again, unless I'm missing something, Martin isn't making a case for anything. He hasn't filed a lawsuit. He never asked for anything from anyone.

So given how cloudy the details have been, it's entirely possible Martin may have been affected by Incognito in a way that isn't immediately apparent in the text messages (perhaps a physical altercation), and/or he may suffer from a pre-existing condition. He may also draw the line at racial epithets. Having walked away from the game, he does not have an obligation to guide the media or the public in the right direction.

It's also hard to imagine Incognito not getting into trouble if Martin clarified himself. Incognito is a senior member in the locker room, a leader. We see in situations like the Richard Sherman debacle that NFL players are free to say and think whatever they please, as long as they don't do it in front of the camera.

And despite teammate sympathies, Incognito has a reputation for being a dirty and disrespectful player both on and off the field, going back as far as 2002. Even if that weren't the case, once this type of material hits the public airwaves, the NFL has to do something about it.

Do I think this latest revelation has some bearing on Incognito's career? It's hard to say, I could see myself agreeing with you that it should, but I don't think it's enough. One thing's for sure, I don't think it makes his behavior any more permissible. I'm sure "football culture" has a lot to do with Incognito's attitude, and this is how change happens - you crucify one or two people for something a lot of people are doing, and maybe down the road you proactively monitor for this type of abuse. The only thing that matters is the brand.

posted by phaedon at 06:33 PM on January 31

Lawyer Reveals Martin's Texts to Incognito

Maybe this is me just not knowing the entire story, I just don't understand what is so "damning" about what Martin said or did. He left the team. He didn't engage the media. He didn't defend Incognito; he didn't suspend him. Maybe he has mental problems or is under direction to take care of himself. He owes you nothing. If anything, you should be condemning the public hysteria masquerading as insight; people jumping to conclusions without knowing the full story.

Having said that I'm sure a helping hand from Martin would have gone a long way. But I'm sure these texts were previously made available to Dolphins management, and they probably didn't give a shit.

posted by phaedon at 02:54 PM on January 31

Lawyer Reveals Martin's Texts to Incognito

I think the black box that is mental health and the Puritanical "Let's Find Someone to Hang" sensationalism of the media just don't go well together. Which is to say something like, before we reach that point of, "Who are we to judge this situation?" the media will be like "OMG! Check out this crazy story of unresolved conflict!"

It's a little rough that Incognito's lawyer released these texts to the public. I don't know how well it will play, because it is self-serving in the sense that it shows Martin in a bad light and because I think Martin's still entitled to his feelings.

Having said that, it is scary how a private matter blows up and total strangers become really worked up and turn themselves into the arbiters of justice, as if to imply that no other mechanism is in place. Is these where we self-righteously psychoanalyze Martin? You know, really get into his head? It makes me pause to think how hard I'm trolling just by consistently contributing to message boards and sharing my thoughts online in what turns to be a horrendously conflict-focused format.

posted by phaedon at 01:40 PM on January 31

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Brendan Gibbons (Youtube) has been expelled from Michigan for sexual misconduct.

posted by phaedon at 03:21 PM on January 29

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Josh Brent

The slap on the wrist heard around the world.

posted by phaedon at 04:15 PM on January 24

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

James Gruden:

"I would be foolish to try to turn RGIII into a pocket passer. It would be foolish. The way he is as a runner, we have to take advantage of that. He strikes fear into defensive coordinators when he runs outside. I'm going to let him be himself."

Get your popcorn, the end of times are upon us!

posted by phaedon at 09:42 PM on January 23

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Raiderettes make $1250 a season.

posted by phaedon at 01:07 PM on January 23

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Jacoby Jones Gives Amazing, Possibly Drunk Interview at Pelicans Game

posted by phaedon at 12:14 PM on January 22

Seahawks Edge Niners

Here's a crazy idea.

Make it illegal for quarterbacks to run the football. San Francisco's offense got completely shut down tonight except for some huge runs by Colin Pumpernickel. He is an above average thrower with unbelievable foot speed, able to immobilize defenses by posing a throwing threat behind the line of scrimmage, and thus creating wide open spaces which he can then slide into for first downs and then some.

It's like watching a glitch in the game. There is literally no other position on the field that can run for 58 yards just totally uncontested like that in one single play, on what typically amounts to a broken offensive play or a quarterback run play masquerading as a passing play. I'm really sick of seeing it and it's the only way San Francisco managed to survive Green Bay (remember that last touchdown?). But at the end of the day, the football gods delivered. There is really nothing more enjoyable than watching the felonius 49ers make it so far only to get their asses beat, year in and year out. It's.. perfect.

posted by phaedon at 03:35 AM on January 20

Broncos Overwhelm Patriots

Austrian NFL promo Opening Sequence. aka Colin Kaepernick the little gnome that could

posted by phaedon at 01:08 PM on January 19

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Ladies and gentleman, Mainus vs Chavez.

posted by phaedon at 05:07 PM on January 14

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I just want to go on record that what the MLB has done to Alex Rodriguez is a complete travesty. Only an organization as fucked up and in denial as the MLB would pin everything on one player with circumstantial evidence and paid witnesses. It is an efficient miscarriage of justice that involves painting ONE player as the problem when by all accounts over half of all players were taking PED's not more than 10 years ago. The case made on 60 Minutes was fucking embarrassing.

posted by phaedon at 02:40 PM on January 13

Broncos Hold Off Chargers

Props to his surgical team.

Peyton is in fact a modern-day NFL Frankenstein. He's got two breadsticks coming out of his neck, you dip them in marinara and that reactivates his throwing arm.

posted by phaedon at 09:57 PM on January 12

49ers Smother Panthers

I can't watch this game anymore. I hate the 49ers way too much. I might break my television. Clearly Harbaugh does this intentionally, and I already have a hit out on Pumpernickel.

posted by phaedon at 03:03 PM on January 12

49ers Smother Panthers

Oh baby what a catch.

posted by phaedon at 01:50 PM on January 12

Patriots Run Over Colts

New England scored 31 unanswered points against Denver earlier in the season. Let me also point out that the Patriots didn't just win yesterday's game; they doubled the score. I had these guys going to the SB.. and I hate Boston.

posted by phaedon at 11:08 AM on January 12

Seahawks Stymie Saints

posted by phaedon at 08:06 PM on January 11

Seahawks Stymie Saints

He does not normally wear gloves. I just think Seattle's secondary coverage must have been unbelievable, and/or Brees was really uncomfortable throwing in the wind.

It's not like Russell Wilson threw lights out, it's just that the Saints don't have a Skittles-eating beast to fall back on.

posted by phaedon at 07:47 PM on January 11

Seahawks Stymie Saints

I think weather has a lot to do with how boring Seattle looked in that game. Russell Wilson didn't throw or run the ball much, and Seattle has the best secondary in the NFL, but Brees didn't really throw the ball down there. Which is ridiculous, I don't know what's wrong with him. But I mean you haven't heard Sherman's name on a single play.

You basically just saw one running back carry an entire offense.

posted by phaedon at 07:36 PM on January 11

Seahawks Stymie Saints

That was a huge mistake not challenging the fumble, and the ensuing unnecessary roughness call on the ref ffs. I felt the momentum change.

posted by phaedon at 06:51 PM on January 11

Seahawks Stymie Saints

How can you not root for the Seahawks? Don't know about that spread though.

posted by phaedon at 05:01 PM on January 11

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

How much money are the Yankees saving next year?

posted by phaedon at 12:41 PM on January 11

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

At this point Lane has fucked so many programs up I don't think anyone even remembers what happened at Tennessee. I predict two losses for Alabama next year.

posted by phaedon at 01:55 AM on January 11

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Jay Gruden looks like he just left the farm yesterday.

posted by phaedon at 03:56 PM on January 10

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

When you jump a guy with a gun, you get shot. A knife, stabbed. MMA fighter, ass beating of a lifetime. I don't get what the fuss is. With two other dudes there, he should have been more gentle?

posted by phaedon at 04:46 PM on January 06

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

Stand your ground, unless you're Mexican.

posted by phaedon at 03:18 PM on January 06

49ers Edge Packers on Last-Second Field Goal

Somebody has to explain to me why Lacy was sidelined during Green Bay's last drive. Infuriated that the 49er's survived Green Bay but looking forward to seeing them get their asses handed to them by Cam Newton.

posted by phaedon at 12:42 AM on January 06