Recent Comments by phaedon

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

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Josh Brent

The slap on the wrist heard around the world.

posted by phaedon at 04:15 PM on January 24

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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

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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

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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

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Somebody shoot Jarrett Bush for me.

posted by phaedon at 07:54 PM on January 05

Chargers Upset Bengals, 27-10

Wait, Cincinnati has fans?

posted by phaedon at 06:12 PM on January 05

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Wouldn't hurt to have the secondary and offensive line show up. (There you go!)

posted by phaedon at 05:29 PM on January 05

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Go Packers.

posted by phaedon at 04:42 PM on January 05

Down 38-10, Colts Beat Chiefs 45-44

Ugh, I missed all the NFL action today. I assume they did this without Trent Richardson, or is he still playing?

posted by phaedon at 11:45 PM on January 04

Houston Texans Hire Bill O'Brien as Head Coach

I don't get what all the remorse is all about, I think in the short term what happened at Penn State worked out pretty well for everybody. O'Brien got on the fast track to the NFL, Penn State saved a lot of face with a good coach and they ended up with the same record as Michigan (suck it Wolverines) under heavy sanctions and with a dearth of talent.

O'Brien probably could have taken a "This is my fucking house now" attitude at Penn State and dug his heels in and probably could have done an amazing job there. Both his decisions to stay at PSU, and then move, were really deftly executed.

Which of course leads you to starting thinking about.. wait for it, the character of the school and the community. The administration. The athletics department. The alumni. The fan base. I think O'Brien did a good job mostly keeping his opinions to himself, but you really have to wonder what's in store for the school in the years ahead. Where is, and where was, the leadership? There are sports scandals, and then there are sports scandals. You might almost think the worst days are yet to come. Feels like a real shitshow over there.

posted by phaedon at 07:01 PM on January 01

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Ugh. I fucking hate Texas A&M.

posted by phaedon at 11:42 PM on December 31

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Yasel Puig arrested for reckless driving again

posted by phaedon at 06:36 PM on December 28

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Kid Murders It on the Bobcats Spark Cam

posted by phaedon at 10:15 AM on December 28

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Imagine if Lane Layla Kiffin ends up in Texas.

Is that Jim Mora in the background calling bullshit?

posted by phaedon at 01:19 PM on December 16

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Prognostication: Imagine if Lane Kiffin ends up in Texas.

posted by phaedon at 12:31 PM on December 16

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Let's not pretend like that pass to Dez in the end zone wasn't a hot turd as well.

posted by phaedon at 12:12 PM on December 16

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Tony Romo has it so good in Dallas, it's crazy. He's the Jay Leno of football.

posted by phaedon at 11:24 AM on December 16

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

This could end up being my favorite Romo loss of all time.

posted by phaedon at 07:27 PM on December 15

Kirk Cousins to start for Redskins in Week 15

I don't know how in the world you can make a homunculus like Shanahan look good, but Dan and RG3 have managed to accomplish just that. Whoever quits this organization first will come off looking the best.

posted by phaedon at 02:20 PM on December 11

Ohio State Falls, Auburn Likely to Face Florida State

Seriously? Being happy our biggest rival lost is "shit[ting] on" them?

Self-respecting Michigan fans shouldn't be so happy their in-state rival beat their out-of-state rival for them. But do Michigan fans with self-respect exist is the question? Sorry. Go for one point next year. Glad you guys survived Akron. *drops mic, walks off*

posted by phaedon at 01:27 AM on December 09

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

There's just too much to talk about today. How about that Gronkowski tackle?

posted by phaedon at 06:27 PM on December 08

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How the hell did the Pats come back and beat the Browns? I wish somebody would tell me why the onside kick exists.

posted by phaedon at 04:46 PM on December 08

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Oh my God.. Pittsburgh and Baltimore games! My brain just broke!

posted by phaedon at 04:24 PM on December 08

Ohio State Falls, Auburn Likely to Face Florida State

There's no such thing as a bad analogy in this particular rivalry.

posted by phaedon at 02:26 PM on December 08

Ohio State Falls, Auburn Likely to Face Florida State

I think you misconstrue who I root for. I'm totally fine if Penn State has their dick on Michigan's shoulder and is peeing in their apple cider. Typical Wolverines move to go 3-5 and shit on Ohio State for losing one game in two years. (Albeit Urban is a douche.)

posted by phaedon at 02:18 PM on December 08

Ohio State Falls, Auburn Likely to Face Florida State

Penn State had a better Big 10 record than Michigan this year. *pats Michigan on head*

posted by phaedon at 01:33 PM on December 08

USC Hires Steve Sarkisian

Dang, you're right. Orgeron's no outsider. He must be so pissed.

posted by phaedon at 09:20 PM on December 03

USC Hires Steve Sarkisian

If the AD is choosing coaches partly based on criteria that are unique to the current way of handling things at SC, I will admit that of the two, Orgeron would be a hell of a lot harder to fire on the spot from the front steps of the team bus.

Orgeron is an outsider and he is overrated. He finished 0-8 against SEC teams while he was at Ole Miss and he's also one of Kiffin's boys. Sarkisian was an assistant at USC for 7 years prior to his stint at Washington. So if anything, they are keeping it within the family.

If USC needs to reboot for another year or two, let them reboot. If Orgeron beat UCLA, then maybe there's something to talk about. Can't wait to see what prestigious institution Kiffin fails upwards to.

posted by phaedon at 04:29 PM on December 03

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

New Footage Shows Mike Tomlin Stepping Toward The Field

posted by phaedon at 04:40 PM on December 02

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Mike Tomlin may get a 6-figure fine for stepping out on the field in last week's game, and the Steelers may lose a draft pick. In other news, Roethlisberger is still quarterback.

posted by phaedon at 01:39 PM on December 01

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Doesn't Ohio State need to get past Michigan State's defense next week before we talk about whether or not the Buckeyes deserve a shot at the national title game?

They do, but frankly because this game against the Wolverines wasn't a blow-out, there's actually a better chance the Buckeyes won't underestimate MSU and phone it in like they did today. It's a good thing the ejections won't impact the last game of the season.

posted by phaedon at 11:32 PM on November 30