Probably just as well that Coach Wooden isn't around to see stuff like that.
Miller can do whatever he wants and it still won't be as painful to look at as what Scalabrine and Rik Smits did. Those guys were ratchet hose.
posted by beaverboard at 09:50 AM on March 07
Byfuglien, Muzzin Crusher
posted by beaverboard at 10:02 PM on March 06
There's a service plaza on the Florida Turnpike that's specially set up for that.
The compressed air lines for passenger vehicles deliver up to 80 psi round the clock.
posted by beaverboard at 09:16 PM on March 04
Since we're talking about UNC, a game that has always danced around in my memory is Weber State beating Carolina in the first round of the 1999 tournament, led by the inimitable Harold "The Show" Arceneaux.
If you could bottle the looks of pain and disbelief on the Carolina bench during and after the game, I could sell enough of it via subscription email list to be able to retire comfortably.
For UNC, the pain was just beginning. Those were the Guthridge years, soon to be followed by the Doherty era. These two coaching chapters were when all the academic legerdemain began.
posted by beaverboard at 12:09 PM on March 04
The players may be much better, but the entertainment value of the games typically are not.
Yep, I'd much rather watch the VCU pep band as a Rams game goes to a TV timeout than see Spike Lee or Jack Nicholson sitting courtside picking their noses.
posted by beaverboard at 02:11 PM on March 03
As a grad of a rival ACC school, I was taught to revel in any UNC misery, but I'm unable to do that in this case. This is sobering -- what I think about first and foremost are all the young men and women viewed and treated as expendable and sold short.
Chapel Hill isn't the only place where this kind of stuff is happening to this degree. But it sure does nurture and promote a high image of itself well above and beyond what I find digestible, so the findings are the more egregious IMO.
It would be wise for any program, collegiate or pro, to eliminate the self-ordained phraseology that includes references to a "way". Like the Carolina Way or the Patriot Way. That kind of puffery always gets punctured in due course, either from without or within.
(I don't care what they do within the cozy confines of the Connecticut gaming empire, so if they want to continue to tout the Mohegan Sun Way down there, it don't make me no never mind).
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Loved the second catch. He was darn near at the track before Morse ever swung at the pitch. For a moment, he looked like he was just hanging out nonchalantly in the desert, waiting for Felix Baumgartner's parachute to open.
posted by beaverboard at 09:44 AM on February 27
Eisen apparently always runs the 40 in a bidness suit, shoes regardless. That must add a good fraction of a second to his time. They should re-tog him in training garb and see how he does.
Eisen's only 44. He looks way older than that. He's probably sat in too many meetings. That'll age a man quicker than just about anything.
posted by beaverboard at 03:06 PM on February 26
Clowney totally smoked Manziel's time. Suh and Fairley have tossed their Krispy Kremes out the car window and are training round the clock, because wherever Manziel ends up, they want to get to him before Jadeveon does.
Also, Rich Eisen finally broke the 6 second barrier in the 40 as part of the activities. Eisen is not that much slower than Manziel. I wonder if Johnny was sandbagging.
posted by beaverboard at 09:47 AM on February 26
And also be sure to ask Kitty Flanagan about the living costs.
posted by beaverboard at 06:31 PM on February 25
Appropriate that the gun was turned in to police at tipoff time.
posted by beaverboard at 04:36 PM on February 25
If I go to Albertville, would I be able to see the fireplace that Paula Zahn and Tim McCarver cozied up to in an effort to make the winter games seem like a cup of grandmother's hot cocoa?
Is McCarver's Olympic turtleneck on permanent display anywhere nearby? Is there an audio archive of him pronouncing venue names like Pralognan la Vanoise?
posted by beaverboard at 01:41 PM on February 25
I love the fact that his brother is an anethe anesthesiologist (hell, I had to copy and paste the word; I can't spell the damn thing). Sometimes these problems have potential built-in solutions that don't require much imagination to implement.
What if Cheney's daughter was a taxidermist?
posted by beaverboard at 01:22 PM on February 25
My thought was that Sochi must be a ghost town already and a perfect place for the former president of Ukraine to take up residence in exile.
NYT has a piece on lack of a plan or a vision for the place going forward, and no commitment to either proper building standards or completing structures that were only partially done by the time the games began, so Sochi could become worse than other former venues fairly quickly.
There are a couple of online slideshows of the Sarajevo facilities. Utterly demoralizing. A movie location that Werner Herzog could build a script around. I can see a latter day Klaus Kinski trying to get a rusted luge to glide over vines and bare concrete in the summertime.
posted by beaverboard at 09:21 PM on February 24
Toprak managed to keep his head about him. Leave the bullet catching to the magicians.
posted by beaverboard at 04:33 PM on February 24
We've got some larger font conveniently located to the north and west if the need arises.
posted by beaverboard at 10:26 AM on February 23
I had been worried that SpoFi would not be well represented at the Rob Ford afterparty. That is no longer a concern.
posted by beaverboard at 03:43 PM on February 21
New Tampa Bay Bucs helmets were unveiled. The redrawn oversized logo is too big IMO.
It's too bad that the league, which has strict rules and regs about appearances and apparel, doesn't have rigid guidelines about how much helmet area a team logo can proportionally occupy. The new Bucs helmets are damn near all flag. But when you have helmet designs like the Bengals and Rams (both of which I like), I guess the league can't tell the Bucs not to logo up as much helmet space as they want.
On the other hand, San Diego could maybe use a touch more bolt on their helmets.
posted by beaverboard at 08:27 AM on February 21
For reasons unknown Sapp is apparently a key player in the new Bucs helmet unveiling. He's tweeting at large about it well ahead of the moment. Earlier he had said that there would be silver grills on the new hats. As reported this afternoon by Uni Watch.
I have my own version of what the grill on any helmet worn by Sapp would look like, but they can't use that design because a man's gotta be able to get air in and out when he's on the field. It ain't the space program.
posted by beaverboard at 07:57 PM on February 19
Russian fan in hat looks so happy. Widespread misery claims of Olya Povlatsky now have greater ring of truth.
North Americans must not stare at hat for prolonged period of time or they will be afflicted with Konjunctiv Costasitis.
posted by beaverboard at 03:05 PM on February 18
This totally explains why so many adults in my world had a phobia about the Russians when I was growing up in the 50's.
I thought it was because the Russians were different or foreign. It never dawned on me that we feared their inertia.
I musn't let my spouse read the article. In her opinion, when any mention of gas is combined with a reference to bedtime, there is no way that there can be anything noble about it.
posted by beaverboard at 07:49 PM on February 16
RIP Jim Fregosi. Now I really feel old.
posted by beaverboard at 11:01 AM on February 15
Manziel don't know his junk food. An honest to goodness original Frito is twice as thick, durable, and hardy as one of those flimsy, over-engineered other things.
On one hand, Manziel shouldn't be worrying about this. No less an authority than Wade Phillips - Wade Phillips! - told the Texans on his way out the door that they truly needed to draft Manziel. What greater recommendation could a young man want?
(Well, maybe Mike Brown murmuring "if you don't take him, I will")
On the other hand, I don't see where Bill O'Brien has ever found that it was critical to have an idiot loudmouth at QB in order to have some measure of success wherever he's been.
On this Valentine's Day, I wish either of two things for Manziel:
1) He goes to the Jags and they tell him they're going to play him at wide receiver because they've already got Henne.
2) He goes to Cleveland.
posted by beaverboard at 06:26 PM on February 14
He's a year too late. There will be no baseball played anywhere on the en-tire friggin' east coast this spring due to current weather conditions.
Daddy said if I lived long enough, I'd get to see 'em trying to maintain the outfield grass with a Zamboni.
posted by beaverboard at 07:22 PM on February 13
With my family watching the Olympics in another room and the sound inescapably wafting through the house, I was struck with the sudden wish to have Ray Hudson be one of the snowboarding announcers.
The runs aren't long in duration, so there's a limit to how "magisterial" any one attempt might be. I found myself wanting to hear him crown someone "the Jedi Knight O' The Ha' Pipe".
posted by beaverboard at 10:08 AM on February 12
If the player in question were a guy like Jack Tatum, he would dub himself Son of Sam.
posted by beaverboard at 09:04 AM on February 12
Sam Sr. needs to refresh his browser. He's a black man being served in a Denny's. 10 or 15 years ago, he might not have even considered walking in the front door of the place. He's living proof that the world of the Grand Slam Breakfast has willingly become a lot more diverse and inclusive since the court actions were taken. He ought to recognize that increment of progress for what it is and pay the vibe forward toward the environments his son finds himself traveling in.
posted by beaverboard at 09:00 AM on February 12
If Goodell is smart, he won't allow a live feed from the green room to be shown on draft day when the Browns are on the clock. It would be bad for the league to see entire families collapse into a group grieving session as their guy gets tapped to go to the shores of Lake Erie.
Maybe the NFL could hire Drew Carey to host the Cleveland portions of the draft, and run them like that game show he hosts.
"Derek Carr, COME ON DOWN!"
(You don't expect them to draft one of the higher rated QB's, do you?)
posted by beaverboard at 10:03 PM on February 11
For players already in the league who are still trying to decide the when and how of coming out, this is an important moment. Optimally, veteran players who are near a point of decision would come out shortly and welcome Sam to the league. That would have multiple positive effects.
It's such an individual and personal decision that ought not be dictated by external considerations, but the players are public figures, and this issue is going to move forward regardless. It's already at the point where any veteran player coming out now will be seen as following Sam's leadership, which is a bit awkward since he isn't even in the league yet. The longer an individual player waits to join the chorus, the more disadvantageous the perceptions may become, however unfair.
Seems like there are several teams that would be a good destination for Sam. But they'd have to take a bit of an expanded and more thoughtful approach to training camp and the whole rookie culture thing.
Sam's agent ought to take a page from the Elway/Eli playbook and really try to engineer which team ends up rostering Sam. He should go to a team where there's the right kind of leadership among the coaching staff. Which means stay the hell away from Philbin's team for starters.
posted by beaverboard at 11:30 AM on February 10
If my puck was in twain, the last thing it would do is split.
posted by beaverboard at 10:10 PM on February 08
A preliminary look at the new Minn. Vikings stadium. Pink Floyd will have to remake their hit as "Dark Side of the Room".
posted by beaverboard at 02:32 PM on February 08
Khan bought the Jags for $760 million. If he moved them to LA they'd be worth $1.5 billion overnight.
If he subsequently sold the team to Magic Johnson, they'd suddenly be worth 1.8 billion. At least to Magic.
posted by beaverboard at 12:38 AM on February 07
I've been following a pre-Olympic sport called "Conditions in Sochi". It is discouraging to learn the details of how ill-prepared the place is, especially given that these games will cost more than all the previous winter games combined.
If you're a journalist and your hotel has no windows or plumbing installed, you may be at an advantage - the Chechnyan and Georgian insurgents that are floating about may prefer to target other buildings where a bomb blast would cause damage that is more readily apparent.
posted by beaverboard at 10:49 AM on February 06
Those fans have attached a status to Elway that is well beyond the bounds of logic and reason. It was impossible to consider that his glorious creation would fail along the path to its anointed destiny.
Denver fans have enriched Vegas to the point where they may be able to buy water from the NW Territories and pay cash on the spot.
And here I had been thinking that John Fox was probably the best big game coach that Peyton had played for in his time in the pros. That was vigorously disproved.
There's bound to be a wag somewhere in Vol Nation who is calling for the Broncos to bring in Tee Martin to finish the job.
posted by beaverboard at 08:16 AM on February 06
No toleration needed, amigo. You're bound to be able to tune into a college game on a Tues. or a Weds. featuring some well knowns as well as some up-and-coming programs that want to get some of that Boise State - style national exposure.
You might have a chance to see Bobby Petrino's Louisville Cards go into battle on hump day and help pay for the stadium by ordering in a couple of pizzas that Peyton helped make. You can't let an opportunity like that pass you by.
posted by beaverboard at 09:32 PM on February 05
Of course the NFL, with its marketing over mercy* strategy, has the Broncos scheduled to play the Seahawks in Seattle this coming season. I already don't want to see what that's going to look like.
If the league is smart, they do not make that game one of those early season Thursday night marquee rematches as they have done in the past.
*or schedule strength over arm strength
posted by beaverboard at 03:54 PM on February 05
Steve Buscemi might be able to do a little Frusciante.
Meanwhile, Johnny Depp is getting the casting call for "Clipboard Jesus - The Second Coming".
posted by beaverboard at 08:19 AM on February 04
If your friend feels like telling the Seahawks to take that trophy and put it where the sun don't shine, that's just what they'll be doing on Wednesday.
posted by beaverboard at 05:45 PM on February 03
Great to see Pete Carroll hoist the trophy on the home field of the team that had once hurriedly canned him after one year because Rich Kotite had suddenly become available.
posted by beaverboard at 09:08 AM on February 03
Neither Peyton or Tom Brady have won a Super Bowl without Adam Vinatieri.
Neither have won a title with Wes Welker.
posted by beaverboard at 11:49 PM on February 02
The Anheuser-Busch media buyer who scheduled the puppy ad for the two minute warning and paid 4 million for the slot must feel great about that buy.
posted by beaverboard at 09:54 PM on February 02
Bills fanzz - hold your heads high and have a(nother) cold Genesee. Broncs are on their way to being the first team to lose five of these things.
Gov. Christie must be a Seattle fan. No one cut the stadium lights after Malcolm Smith's pick six.
posted by beaverboard at 09:32 PM on February 02
Seattle LB's are playing like they are tired of hearing how good the secondary is.
posted by beaverboard at 08:07 PM on February 02
I emailed Paul Lukas at UniWatch about the blue unis a few days ago. He said they are not allowed because they are alternates. Only primaries are allowed in the SB. They never in a million years should have worn orange.
Not only is this looking like the pastings of old suffered by both Elway and Craig Morton in orange. It is starting to approach the freakishness of Bears-Patriots.
posted by beaverboard at 07:56 PM on February 02
Yes, big cheers for Ray Guy.
And Strahan got in, so Kelly Ripa doesn't have to go shut Sapp's yap for him.
posted by beaverboard at 09:48 PM on February 01
Quick comment on the outcome of the game: in the 1985 Super Bowl, all the talk was about the Dolphins' offense and how the Niners could possibly stop it.
Meanwhile, the Niners offense felt overlooked and asked themselves aloud: "why isn't anyone asking how Miami is going to stop US"? They proceeded to play accordingly.
In that spirit, I have a sense that the Denver defense is growing weary of hearing about how good Seattle's defense is, and the Broncos' D is going to be ready to play and will exceed people's expectations when they take the field. That factor will determine the outcome of the game.
posted by beaverboard at 11:57 AM on January 31
Teams that already have that built in extra star power and pizazz? They don't need no stinkin' Media Day.
posted by beaverboard at 08:43 PM on January 30
Interesting article in the NY Times this week regarding the recent wave of D1 scholarship offers to girls and requests for commitments even when they're still in middle school.
The rostering and recruiting action is currently much more feverish and out of control for collegiate women's programs than for the men's. It will be interesting to see how this whole thing plays out.
I would link to the article but I don't know how to circumvent the NYT paywall. The title is: "Committing to Play for a College, Then Starting 9th Grade"
Seems like the moat has already been bridged and the ladders are being stood up against the NCAA's castle walls. Whatever happens, it will not go according to the NCAA's liking, and it's their own fault for sitting on their exponentially increasing revenue without addressing critical issues.
posted by beaverboard at 09:39 AM on January 29
I just want to thank/ blame this site ...and half the glass left me feeling like I'd just had an upper endoscopy.
Blame on, man. With fans like us, who needs enemas?
posted by beaverboard at 03:45 PM on January 28
Based on who got into the Super Bowl this year and what states they hail from, Detroit and Cleveland are considering passing municipal marijuana legislation.
posted by beaverboard at 08:34 PM on January 27
Welker is patient and skilled at fieldcraft. Even now, he is studying the opponent, looking at tendencies and possible weaknesses. During the engagement, he will take note of available light, wind speed and direction, closing distance, and wait for his opportunity.
Talib served as good practice - a large, able perimeter sentry. But now, Welker will have to venture well within the opponent's protected area to seek out the imposing master tactician.
If he is not able to fulfill his mission, reliance will shift to a fusillade initiated by autonomous remote spotter Anna Welker.
posted by beaverboard at 07:52 PM on January 26
Broncos have made the unfortunate decision to wear their orange unis. Dark blue would have been the better choice, strategically and historically.
posted by beaverboard at 10:59 AM on January 26
More NFL Bad Lip Reading has been uploaded for your dining and dancing pleasure.
posted by beaverboard at 08:43 AM on January 25
The talk of some Super Bowl weather contingency plans that involve moving the game to a different day is ridiculous, right? No way that could happen.
As long as Governor Christie and his staff are in office, I think we should assume that anything planning-related in the logistical realm is possible within the borders of the Garden State.
Except that the game would not be played in Ft. Lee.
The NFL would not be involved in a decision like that. It would be handled internally by the appropriate state agencies.
posted by beaverboard at 03:23 PM on January 23
It's fascinating to see sometimes how thin a draft really was in terms of production.
Also fun to look back at Heisman voting to see how many players in a given year did anything notable in the NFL.
Some years, there's maybe one guy out of the top 10 votegetters that lights the lamp, and then other years, the pro quality may go as many as 8 or 9 deep, with number 10 being a standout like Thurman or Derrick Thomas.
posted by beaverboard at 08:11 AM on January 23
Nice look, fellas, but the originator is hard to top.
posted by beaverboard at 02:18 PM on January 22
I think Kaepernick ended up in an optimal situation except for one thing. I think the Niners got too good too soon for his sake developmentally. I don't know that anyone realized that Harbaugh would have the team playing in conference championships and a Super Bowl so quickly.
Kaepernick has played in a number of high stakes games against top opponents already, and he's still learning the position at the pro level. And the staff is still working on ways to tailor the position to his talents. He might have been better served in his individual development by having an extra year of steady ascendancy rather than having the team take the express elevator to the penthouse.
(There have also been times when the SF special teams were also not ready for prime time but found themselves playing for major marbles.)
On the other hand, maybe Kaep is just going to get to his period of peak prowess quicker than if he had experienced a more gradual start to his pro development. But it's tough to have the growing pains (like the Chancellor pick) happening on the biggest stages at the most critical moments.
Kaepernick is a victim of his own talent. He's way too dynamic and has far too much potential to be instructed to serve as a game manager while he gains experience. They have to let him run the offense as a playmaker. But he still has much to learn.
posted by beaverboard at 01:31 PM on January 22
SpoFi stealth factor - Mr. B., are the Norwegians operating under cover? They can't be seen with the standard government issue viewing equipment in our regional field office.
posted by beaverboard at 09:58 AM on January 22
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