Imagine you were an award winning model airplane designer, but your dream was to design real airplanes. You sent your resume around but the only job the airplane companies would offer you was to take the blueprints the engineers created and make the wind tunnel model. When you tell them that you want to design real airplanes they tell you that you don't really have the skills for that and would require going back to school and learning all kinds of things, things that you so far haven't shown any ability for, but your current skill set you let you excel at the wind tunnel model maker. Who isn't being realistic, you or the airplane companies?
posted by oxocerite at 02:35 PM on September 10
I still think that the Washington DC football team should be renamed the Fat Cats, with a chubby tuxedo clad cat (complete with top hat and monocle) as a mascot. And their logo would be a cat's paw, with the claws on the bottom as fat cats are naturally underhanded. Alas, no major league sports team will ever be that cool.
posted by oxocerite at 10:21 AM on June 13
I read someplace that the most important skill for an on air personality was to be able to keep talking, non stop until the next commercial. It's actually more important than being able to make sense or having a coherent thing to say, and you have to admit, Skip Bayless is very very good at being able to keep talking no matter what.
posted by oxocerite at 11:59 PM on August 21
I found This related story from Esquire on Football Outsiders late last night. And I have to say the more I learn about the physical toll football extracts on those who play it, the harder I find it to watch and enjoy.
posted by oxocerite at 10:38 AM on January 28
That the winning team only had nine players period means that at least one "starter" would have been in no matter what. The real question is whether the rules allow for the game to be called early and for the teams to have some sort of mixed practice so that the players on the winning team can try and help the players on the losing team get better.
Oh and I'm going to pick option D.
posted by oxocerite at 03:00 PM on January 25
I'd love to see the same sort of thing for most sports. This is just the only one I... well I can't claim to have found it as I spotted it over on Football Outsiders earlier this summer and have been waiting until my comment count was high enough to share. Still, more of this sort of thing would be good.
posted by oxocerite at 12:07 AM on September 14
I think the real question is will the Brown's management have the strength of will to ignore the crowd and not start Quinn until after the O line solidifies. I've watched too many Detroit Lions quarterbacks of the future learn happy feet and bad mechanics by getting sacked repeatedly to think that Quinn by him self can save the franchise.
posted by oxocerite at 05:35 PM on September 12
Last year I resolved to watch good football (living in the Lions broadcast zone and being too cheap to cough up for Sunday Ticket largely thwarted that). I think this year I'm going to try and focus on watching the line (inso far as the camera operators let me), as articles like this have convinced me that winning football teams all start with the lines.
posted by oxocerite at 01:12 PM on September 04
Well if Trent Dilfer can do it and Rex Grossman can get there...
posted by oxocerite at 09:40 PM on September 02
Considering he's been hurt his whole career maybe he'll hang up his cleats. Sure he could go somewhere else and play and do reasonably well, but I don't see him as going somewhere and leading the team to a Championship.
posted by oxocerite at 04:48 PM on September 02
One of my coworkers was saying how if Michigan won by less then five touchdowns he would be disappointed. I almost feel bad for him.
posted by oxocerite at 05:04 PM on September 01
So can somebody who was at the draft tell me where the other ten people came from?
posted by oxocerite at 07:52 PM on August 19
There is a world of difference between charging the mound and assault with a deadly weapon. The sports field cannot and should not be a place where the rules do not apply. Interpreted differently perhaps, as contact sports are inherently violent, but deliberate attempts to inflict career (and possibly life) ending injuries should not be tolerated either by the league or the law.
posted by oxocerite at 11:11 AM on August 15
I imagine that trade shows and conventions have similar lists (minus the curfew part). Any time you call a hotel and ask for three floors, three conference rooms and catering for about a hundred or so people, you are going to have to set something like this up. Still way cool to read though. PS They did specify fresh squeezed orange juice which I have never seen with out pulp.
posted by oxocerite at 10:49 AM on August 15
"You know what I'd like SportsCenter to do when it's The Month Of Only Baseball? Cover other sports. Properly. The ones that don't get a look-in during March or October. But those contrbutors are under contract, and blabbering is what they do." While I think that this would be great, there is one problem with this idea. Blabbering Idiots are cheap while actual reporting is... well, not. Thus the proliferation of soft news, which costs less and requires less time than real news. Sadly 'if it bleeds it leads' applies to sports news for much the same reason as it applies to the six o'clock news.
posted by oxocerite at 12:22 PM on August 14
This makes me feel really bad for the marathon runners, and I'm forced to wonder if waiting five years for the next one isn't such a bad idea.
posted by oxocerite at 12:31 PM on August 13
As near as anybody can tell they don't work. Although the theory was floated that it might be based on who has the nicest hair.
posted by oxocerite at 06:20 PM on August 12
I don't know, I like the idea of the players having to keep track of their score, assess their own penalties etc. It means the players must know the rules and can't really argue when they screw up... which is what happened.
posted by oxocerite at 05:57 PM on August 12
The more I read about the long term consequences of playing football and other violent sports, the more I wonder if I should really be watching. Sure some of them would do it again, but some die at thirty-eight with the brain of a ninety year old Alzheimer's patient and it's my eyeballs (and millions like me) who make it profitable.
posted by oxocerite at 02:12 PM on August 12
I do. Though I will say that any rodeo collection of links that doesn't include The Calgary Stampede is a little thin.
posted by oxocerite at 12:34 AM on June 18
What the heck, me and my Argives are in.
posted by oxocerite at 01:30 AM on June 09
The thing that makes sports careers different than most other careers is that if your job is to make widgets (or run a factory making widgets) you can probably get a job making thingamajigs (or running a factory making thingamajigs). On the other hand if your job is playing soccer (or running a soccer team) you probably can't get a job playing cricket (or running a cricket team). I've seen lots on the big contracts some players get, but this is the first I've seen on the financial instability on the bottom. Thanks.
posted by oxocerite at 01:15 AM on June 09
The US team could still use Mile High, and perhaps they should.
posted by oxocerite at 12:42 PM on May 28
I couldn't help but think of the rise and fall of hockey while I was reading this. Which makes me wonder what will rise up and take NASCAR's place if it does fall.
posted by oxocerite at 03:22 PM on April 15
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