I know this was about a single player, but to show the difference between greatness and bottom feeders, if a team goes 4-3 every week they'll finish with 92-93 wins and probably make the playoffs. If that same team goes 3-4 each week they'll lose 92-93 games and get their manager fired, etc. It's amazing to think that the difference is that minimal that one game out of every seven makes that big of a difference.
posted by jagsnumberone at 04:15 AM on March 18
I think this is actually a plan for Washington to highlight Cousins to make him available for a trade. There are a lot of teams that will be looking for a good young quarterback, and Washington needs draft picks.
posted by jagsnumberone at 02:52 PM on December 11
I think there are several problems with the thesis. First off, you can't group all African-Americans as being descended from slaves, it's just not true. To say, that someone who has descended from slaves "may" have came from a gene pool that was more athletic is not out of the question. You could have been white and descended from slavery (Greek and Roman time frames, for instance). The theory should be that if you descended from slavery you have a higher chance of having "athletic" type genes in your make-up. It doesn't mean you will have, and doesn't mean if you didn't come from a slavery descendence that you will not have "athletic" type of genes. It's like if you have family members that have had cancer, you may be more dispositioned to have cancer as well. It doesn't mean you will get cancer and it doesn't mean only those who have family members who have had cancer will get it. It just a higher probability that's all. If these same people hadn't been slaves but rather workers in their villages, their descendents would still be at a higher probability of having the athletic gene, just like athletes kids have a better chance of being athletic (since many of the slaves were taken because of their strength).
posted by jagsnumberone at 12:22 AM on July 27
I'm saddened by this news as I look at two of his masterpieces that hang on my wall in my office. He had a very unique style that really brought the casual sports fan into the "art" world, much like Andy Warhol did for a generation.
posted by jagsnumberone at 03:01 PM on June 22
The Dayton Dutch Lions had a similar game here against the Columbus Crew. They were badly outshot yet beat their MLS opponent 2-1 to move on to the next round. Not sure if this speaks poorly of the MLS or that these teams may not be taking this tournament as seriously as the lower tier teams.
posted by jagsnumberone at 02:59 AM on May 31
Congrats to UK, you were the best team all year. But I wonder how long before these wins get "vacated" just like they were at Memphis and UMass?
posted by jagsnumberone at 03:41 PM on April 03
Ummm, Joey Votto will be fine. Enough said.
posted by jagsnumberone at 02:35 AM on March 31
And what's with the Jaguar car script - a bit too close for copyright comfort
When Jacksonville first received the franchise the original logo looked a lot like the Jaguar motor logo, and they were sued by Jaguar. They changed their uniforms and logo prior to their first season because of this (they had about year and half from the time they were selected to have a franchise and their first game). You can see the original helmet here
posted by jagsnumberone at 03:09 AM on January 26
"Potvin sucks"/lol. Even if he did, which he didn't, Bossy, Trottier, Gilles, Nystrom, Goring, the Sutter brothers, Smith, etc knew how to win a few cups. I like when Denis said, " I thought they were saying Potvin Cups, and I held up four fingers"--Classic!! Now if Tavares and the boys could just get us back into the playoffs sometime this century...
posted by jagsnumberone at 03:10 AM on January 12
He might be right (the Jags receiving corps does suck) but he's Dunta "f*cking burnt toast" Robinson and needs to shut the hell up. Look forward to the day when some wide receiver says the same thing about him (oh wait, they probably have, just not in front of the media)
posted by jagsnumberone at 02:50 PM on December 17
LMAO, I started a big religious discussion, when I was just trying to be sarcastic (people where I work thought Tebow was Catholic (instead of evangilical christian) and when I saw the thing about communion I decided to roll with it). For some reason, I actually think Tebow would have a bigger problem be called Catholic, then Catholics have with him being called Catholic. Just saying. Lol.
posted by jagsnumberone at 02:15 AM on December 15
What a great read.
posted by jagsnumberone at 02:08 AM on December 15
Hey, Atheist, add to your list the only food items to be sold in the stadium will be bread and wine, consecrated of course, and you will have to kneel at a rail to receive them.
The only problem with this is that Tebow is NOT Catholic--Christian but not Catholic, so he does not receive communion during mass. (or any other time)
I only bring this up because, recently, it seems many confuse the two way too often. To clarify, Catholics are Christians but not all Christians are Catholics (there are 100's of different religions that are Christian in nature, Catholicism is just one of them)
posted by jagsnumberone at 04:16 AM on December 14
As each year passes, and still no playoffs, I get less and less interested. I don't really care about too many of the games, and that's a shame, because college football was a great sport and could have been really great. I can't say it's because of money, because I really feel that a playoff would generate a lot of cash. But the money of those involved in the current b.s. is what is driving this, and driving me away from caring.
posted by jagsnumberone at 11:40 PM on December 04
Very cool. Hope other games follow suit.
posted by jagsnumberone at 02:26 AM on September 13
The kids from Oveido, Florida--I know two other people from that suburb of Orlando. One is my little brother in my fraternity, who, of course, is a great person. The other is Ronnie Murphy, who went to Jacksonville University (my alma mater), then was drafted by the Trail Blazers in the first round, I think, in 1988 or maybe 87. Murphy was a jerk and didn't last very long in the NBA. It's nice to know that this guy seems to be more like my lil bro than Murph.
posted by jagsnumberone at 03:05 AM on September 10
First off, my condolances to the family and friends of these hockey players. It's very sad news.
But on a lighter note, with the conspiracy part of the thread earlier, has anyone seen Greg Maddux lately? hmmm, just saying/lol.
posted by jagsnumberone at 10:50 PM on September 01
One of the biggest compliments I think I can pay to an athlete is this, I couldn't stand him when he played for someone else and loved him when he played on my favorite teams.
posted by jagsnumberone at 02:05 AM on August 06
Though I feel this is a ridiculous deal for this particular punter, the money isn't as bad as it would first would seem. That's because he's also the kick specialist, which means he's being paid to be two players not one, or at least one and a half positions. (Still way too much money... just not as too much as I first thought)
posted by jagsnumberone at 03:43 AM on July 31
Thanks tselson for clearing up the attendence thing (It was a typo on my part and didn't catch it until now)--which even brings home my point even more with them bringing in over 8000 (not 4000) per game-which is great for single A ball!!!
posted by jagsnumberone at 02:00 AM on July 07
As a Daytonian (I live in a suburb of Dayton), this is a great accomplishment. When there was first talk of having a minor league team here, there was a lot of negativity about how well it could do (too close to Cincinnati, the park was going to be in depressed neighborhood near downtown, no one would feel safe, the economy of Dayton was on the downturn, etc, etc). I've gone to a lot games (we have season tickets in a group from my girlfriends work) and it's a first class organization and ball park. And a note too for those not from around here, the capacity is over 4000, its not like they're only getting a small amount for every game--and the Dragons haven't always been competitive either (last year they went a whole month without winning at home). It's nice to see them getting national attention for this mark--a job well done (and the hopefully, they can continue to add to the mark for years to come)
posted by jagsnumberone at 03:53 PM on July 03
My girlfriend said it looked like god pushed the car back towards the track instead of it flipping onto the people. Amazing no one was seriously injured.
posted by jagsnumberone at 02:24 PM on June 12
First off, Kyle (in my best Cartman voice)... you are an idiot.
Second, since everyone is telling their faster than we should be going stories, I thought I would share mine. In 1988, in Jacksonville, Florida, a friend of mine had a Lotus, that his dad (who worked at a car dealership) had gotten for him for the weekend (it was for a fraternity formal). For those who have lived in Jacksonville, this was before the Dames Point bridge was finished. There was a road that led from the Regency Square Mall to Fort Caroline then to the bridge through a bunch of sand dunes (there was really no traffic ever on this stretch because the bridge wasn't done yet). Andy (my friend) got it up to 170 with me in the passenger seat. It really didn't feel all the fast (much like we were going 90-95) until he went to brake, then brake, and brake. I realized after a couple of seconds of braking that we were still doing 100, that's when I felt how really fast and stupid we were going. It scared us both afterwards (but not during) and we kept it much more sane the rest of the weekend.
posted by jagsnumberone at 01:30 AM on May 27
What you're missing about why this happens at home and not at the other three bases is that the runner does not have to stay on that base after contact. At second or third if the runner took out the fielder in this manner he probably would not be able to stay on the bag and be tagged out (more times than not) even after dislodging the ball. At home the runner only has to touch the plate not maintain position on it.
in one game (in May no less), within a season of 186 games?
Umm, last time I checked they play 162 games in a season/lol.
posted by jagsnumberone at 01:18 AM on May 27
As an Islander fan (yes there is still some of us), I approve this message--the Bruins ones that is. Someone who works for the Bruins marketing department is hilarious. We've seen some of their other handy work here before and I loved those too.
posted by jagsnumberone at 02:17 PM on May 19
The rumors around the track today are that this was cocaine (he was scheduled to go to court Thursday for a cocaine charge from back in November). Such a tough sport for "smaller" people (it's the only sport that an ambulance follows you!!) and so many have addiction problems--whether it be eating disorders, alcohol, or drugs. RIP Michael.
posted by jagsnumberone at 02:21 PM on May 11
Using the arguement that Bonds is a hall of famer because he had a hall of fame career before using PED's is not pausible. To use the Rose analogy, Rose had a hall of fame career before he bet on baseball therefore he should be in too--but he's not, and Bonds shouldn't be either. (Though, I do think Rose should be in--but I'll leave that arguement for another day)
posted by jagsnumberone at 01:02 AM on April 18
History also repeats itself here--sorry MLB has the copywright to her actually falling, but here's brandon phillips laughing it up with her afterwards.
posted by jagsnumberone at 03:12 AM on April 17
Love that one tron--and yes, on both accounts.
posted by jagsnumberone at 01:46 AM on April 10
three things I would like to add...
1--I hope the day never comes that watching and listening to Al Michaels on the Miracle on Ice doesn't give me chills--still the greatest moment in sports broadcasting.
2--I realized while watching that ESPN montage why I love sports so much
3--Secretariat only ran against 4 other horses in the Belmont, dviking, because no one (and rightfully so) thought they could beat him--they had a fuller field in the Derby--14 horses (the 20 that now start in the Derby is a more recent trend as everyone who can get in runs pretty much--even if they have no chance at winning). There were only 6 horses in the Preakness that year, with the second and third place horses from the Derby also trying the Preakness. The way the Derby is set up now keeps some horses out of it (graded earnings) and some of the better horses wait until the Belmont where they would have a better chance against tired horses instead of the Preakness. But I could go on and on about the system as it is today vs. the early 70s but I would bore most of this crowd/lol.
posted by jagsnumberone at 01:22 AM on April 08
I am so glad that Artis Gilmore is finally going in. I think a lot of people assumed he was already in (I've even heard announcers call him the hall of famer Artis Gilmore--not that announcers are all that bright).
posted by jagsnumberone at 02:11 PM on April 05
As a Reds fan, I'm hoping you're right holden/lol.
posted by jagsnumberone at 03:01 AM on March 28
I'm always amazed at how many of these type of stories are still out there and never tire of hearing about them.
posted by jagsnumberone at 02:58 AM on March 28
Recently read the response to this article on DRF.com (Daily Racing Form). Looks like they took some liberties with their reporting and misrepresented some of the facts (yeah, I know imagine that--let some facts get in the way of a good story). Read their story here (hopefully, I did the link right). This is an organization whose heart is in the right place but has a daunting task as a mission.
Countdown, to PETA sorry asses getting involved, 3...2...1... (and in involved I mean grabbing publicity not actually doing anything to help)
posted by jagsnumberone at 03:06 AM on March 20
Just as an FYI, this restaurant (Jeff Ruby's) is awesome. We go there for our anniversary each year (or the one at Belterra Casino). It's a little pricey--that's why we only go once a year/lol, but the filet just melts in your mouth. Getting hungry just thinking about it. This is also the same chain that kicked out a famous jerk out of its Louisville location during the derby several years ago.
posted by jagsnumberone at 06:39 PM on March 13
An idea I've had for some time now is that to pay the student-athletes a small stipend, say--$200 month to help them with "walk around" money. This money would not come from the university but the NCAA. The NCAA would get the money from its various sources (such as merchandising, tournament TV contracts, etc.). They would give less payout to the universities playing in these tournaments to help defrey some of the costs. This I think would help a lot of student-athletes, especially those who do not have someone at home to give them any money while in college (let them go out once in awhile for dinner or dates, etc). Since it was coming straight from the NCAA and not the schools themselves, it would be easier to "police". The money is already there it would be just a matter of figuring out a fair and equitable way of doing it.
posted by jagsnumberone at 11:22 PM on February 25
Bobby Orr changed hockey. He was the first real offensive defenseman. He is considered by most to be one of the top 5 hockey players of all time. To compare him to Forsberg (a very good player) is laughable. Their stats are not comparable because they played different positions at different stages of the game (the NHL was not the same in the 70s as it was during Forsberg's time--it would be like comparing Sammy Baugh's passing stats to Matt Schaub's.). Plain and simply, Bobby Orr is a hockey icon, Forsberg, though very good, is not.
posted by jagsnumberone at 05:14 PM on February 15
What is funny is people's reaction to this. Clijsters is friends with Woodbridge and actually baby sat his kids when she was dating Lleyton Hewitt. She was basically doing a "gotcha" and was getting a good laugh out of this, not a "handled it well". She was shown the text by her friend, sent by another friend and thought it was funny, and ran with it. It should be noted that she actually is "trying" to get pregnant right now, and has publically spoken about it--saying that when she does become pregnant again, she will not be playing tennis. She was plain and simply having fun at the expense of a friend, and it worked.
posted by jagsnumberone at 07:33 PM on January 21
Yeah, dyams, could you imagine both sets of playoffs leading up to that weekend, oh wait... that's right, college football doesn't have a playoff system--my bad.
posted by jagsnumberone at 04:13 PM on January 10
I actually had a golf game for an Apple MacIntosh that had Augusta on it. It was in the early 90's, back when video games were a little on the primative side, (it actually wasn't too bad though).
posted by jagsnumberone at 01:15 AM on January 05
Plan C? Well, just go ahead and move the game to the Vikings home in a couple of years anyway, and play it in sunny southern California. Do you think the fine people in Minnesota will give the Vikes a new stadium now? (Personally, I hope so. I really would like to see them stay in Minnesota)
posted by jagsnumberone at 10:55 AM on December 12
If it really is that tight, then did she take her "talents" to South Beach also?lol
posted by jagsnumberone at 10:44 PM on December 05
Just went to her twitter page, looks like she's now having some fun with it--good for her!!!
posted by jagsnumberone at 12:45 AM on December 01
Oh great, you list us (the Jaguars) as your lock of the week. As if our inability to play consistently, and our inability to play well after the bye week in Del Rio's tenure wasn't bad enough, then you have to add this to it/lol.
posted by jagsnumberone at 09:54 PM on November 11
(Just a side note that score seems a little, shall we say, inflated?)
posted by jagsnumberone at 11:38 PM on October 30
Just a little side note, the Jags are going with Bouman and not say a Culpepper because Bouman was a back up last year and was in camp this year. The Jags played on Monday night, when the injuries happened to Garrard and Edwards, which leaves a short work week, and they wanted someone, anyone, with at least a little bit of knowledge about the playbook. Bringing in someone on Wednesday or Thursday, even if it was Peyton Manning, would be difficult, if they had no knowledge at all of the playbook or system. Of course, I think the playbook this week will be hand off to Jones-Drew to the left, hand off to Jones-Drew to the right, ... lol (and hope we don't get too embarrassed).
posted by jagsnumberone at 12:57 AM on October 24
Atheist, as a devout Catholic, I could not agree more with what you said. Very well spoken. Too bad you didn't get a chance to comment earlier before some of this other foolishness.
posted by jagsnumberone at 02:30 AM on October 16
I didn't know what the world you guys were talking about (cheech, marx comments) until i clicked on the link--STUPID Google ads were blocking the right half of my pic on the main page. Does anyone know how to get rid of them? They didn't used to be as intrusive as they now are and there's nowhere to click to get rid of them. Anyway, I digress and great job Ufez!
posted by jagsnumberone at 02:54 AM on October 04
Couple of things. 1. Turcotte never touched him (never went to the whip or pushed him in the stretch), could he had even gone faster? His time is still the track record. 2. Our we watching similar type history right now with Zenyatta? Watch the second half of Z's race this last weekend, it will give you goosebumps.
posted by jagsnumberone at 02:46 AM on October 04
what a great read. thanks rcade for the link.
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posted by jagsnumberone at 10:35 PM on June 19
I don't see them adding any teams to the Big 12 right away, for the simple fact that the teams were sold on the fact of staying together would increase revenue for each school. That is going to be accomplished by splitting the pot by 10 instead of 12 ways now. And it is all about the money. I do think, however, that in a couple of years they will re-expand to 12 teams when they find out that they aren't going to get as much revenue as they seem to think.
posted by jagsnumberone at 12:36 AM on June 17
As a Dayton Flyer fan, I'm very happy about this, since the coach most mentioned to replace Izzo if he left would be Dayton's Brian Gregory (he was an assistant under Izzo before the Dayton job). Jud Heathcoat, as a matter of fact, had already came out in support of Gregory to replace Izzo, if he left. Thank you, Izzo for staying.
posted by jagsnumberone at 12:52 AM on June 16
Uh, Shotput, though the Nets may not be a hockey team, I'm sure many would argue that they are not a basketball team either/lol.
posted by jagsnumberone at 11:11 PM on March 30
If my business is worth more than your business why should I have to give you money to subsidize your business? The Salary cap is what is supposed to keep teams even. Not one team having to pay for the players of another team
Because the actual business is the NFL, not each individual team (though they have seperate ownership--sort of like some restaurant chains with franchise ownership). You would not have a business if it was not for the other clubs. Your success is directly linked to their success.
One of the things that seperated the NFL from other major sports was that many of the founding fathers (The Rooney's, the Hunt's, the Mara's, etc.) had a "league think" mentality and understood that their franchise could not be successful if the league as a whole was not successful. It's one of the reasons the NFL caught up to and passed baseball in popularity.
Another way to look at would be say you owned a Coke distributership and placed your product in a McDonald's (Coke being your club, McD's being the NFL). The success of your product selling at McDonald's is directly proportional to the success of that McDonald's. And because of that you give McDonald's some of the revenue generated of the sale of your Coke product (revenue sharing) realizing that without it you would not be as successful as you are.
posted by jagsnumberone at 12:43 AM on December 08
note to sandskater: my comments were not in any way against or for this "class" trip, but rather pointing out that it was a Baptist church not Catholic church--that's all nothing more nothing less.
posted by jagsnumberone at 08:01 PM on September 30
Just to clarify this was a trip to a "Baptist" church not a "Catholic" church which some comments seem to insinuate that these baptistisms where to become Catholic. Sorry, but I'm a little sensitive to this issue, especially since the all the child molestation cases were grouped into a "Catholic" issue, when most were NOT Catholic (but we were blamed for all of them--some were, regrettably ours, but most were not). Just remember, right wing religious fanatical does not mean Catholic (actually, rarely does, but I digress).
posted by jagsnumberone at 11:14 PM on September 28
Debo, it's exactly as you stated. Your stadium is smaller in capacity (even with our covered seats). I, no doubt, think the Steelers would sell even more tickets if the stadium was bigger--your fanbase is great. I was just showing how this writer and others see what they want to see.
posted by jagsnumberone at 10:54 AM on September 23
I am an original season ticket holder, and remember very fondly where I was when the franchise was awarded to Jacksonville. I've since moved to Ohio (family and job) but kept my season tickets eventhough it's tough for me to make any games (I usually give them away to friends in the area). I kept them because I feel that I can afford them and it's four more tickets that are going to be sold for each game. It saddens me terribly the national media's spotlight on us in such a negative fashion. Though, it's hard to agrue about what happened on opening weekend there is a lot of inaccurate facts out there.
First, the covering of the seats. The remodel of the Gator Bowl was just too big for the city (they left it that size for special events such as the Super Bowl-which we already knew we were getting, and the Georgia-Florida game). The actual capacity of 66+ puts it dead center in the middle of all NFL stadiums regardless of market size. The covering of those seats only made us a normal size stadium not some puny sized one that some think it did.
Second, with the exception of opening day this year, the Jaguars have sold well. On Big Cat Country (a Jags blog) it was shown that the Jaguars actually finished in the top 10 of ticket sales last year and in the top 10 averaged over the last 5 years. We even outsold the Steelers!!! Yet (and rightfully so, since the Steelers have some of the most loyal fans around) you don't hear people clamoring for the Steelers to move to LA. In per person sales only the Packers draw better, but that doesn't make good copy.
Third, the blackouts. Yeah, this year is going to be tough, but it is for a lot of teams. 12 teams are going to have multiple blackouts, yet only Jacksonville gets mentioned. The local franchise here (the Bungels) just had their consecutive sell out streak end and would have been blacked out for their opener if not for some local businesses buying up the last several thousand tickets and giving them away to military personnel.
In conclusion, national media, football is not dead in Jacksonville, not even on life support, and 10 years from now you'll be doing stories about how Green Bay and Jacksonville are the two most successful franchises in football eventhough they are both small markets, while cities with 5 to 10 times their size struggle (at least I hope--I'm way too committed as is many to not go down without a fight/lol)
posted by jagsnumberone at 11:15 PM on September 22
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