Recent Comments by hootch

Cover Up At Hillsborough

I believe this might be the first time in history someone bothered to make a cover up official.

posted by hootch at 02:07 AM on September 13

Potvin Sucks Forever

Fifth time's the charm.* -- Minnesota Vikings fans

*We don't really say this.

posted by hootch at 01:39 AM on January 12

Vikings waive Moss

Hopefully this gets us one step closer to Leslie Frazier, head coach.

posted by hootch at 04:44 PM on November 01

Education Secretary Wants No Post-Season Play for Low-Graduation Schools

I like where he's going with this, but he also seems to be ignoring the fact that there are a lot of things affecting these numbers that are out of the colleges' control. There's nothing the school can do if a kid drops out as soon as his senior basketball season is over.

posted by hootch at 01:18 PM on March 18

One Area Where Hockey Has It Right

I agree that the NBA system doesn't make any sense, but there are problems with the NHL system too. There was a little controversy about Kyle Okposo leaving the University of Minnesota mid-season to sign with the Islanders. If they were able to modify it so kids couldn't leave a program mid-season, I think it would make a lot more sense.

You can find details on the Okposo "controversy" on his Wikipedia page.

posted by hootch at 02:56 PM on June 23

Pujols' two-run sacrifice fly

Joe Mauer, A.J. Pierzynski and Tommy Herr have all been members of the Minnesota Twins at one time. Twins are two of something, like runs, perhaps? Also, Pujols' Wikipedia article features him wearing a 1982 uniform while playing in the Metrodome, the home stadium of the Minnesota Twins. I'm just sayin'.

posted by hootch at 09:41 PM on June 09

Legendary Wrestler linked to slaying of 97 year old man

I never liked the guy, but that's only because my brother at random moments throughout my childhood would say (like the intro to the show), "Alll.....Staaarr....Wrestling!" and then proceed to beat the crap outta me.

posted by hootch at 06:09 PM on February 26

Legendary Wrestler linked to slaying of 97 year old man

Slight correction: it's the victim's family saying it would be inhumane to press charges:

But in news reports today, family members of the victim, Helmut Gutmann, said charges against Gagne would be "inhumane".

posted by hootch at 06:08 PM on February 26

The Hoser's NFL Picks, Week Seven 2008

It's just a bad link, guys. See?

posted by hootch at 06:38 PM on October 19

Top of the World!

Tafoya worked at WCCO, a Minneapolis station, as a sports reporter for several years and also worked at Midwest Sports Channel (which eventually became Fox Sports North) as a sideline reporter for Timberwolves broadcasts, so Garnett and Tafoya have known each other for quite awhile. That might explain away some of the "casualness" going on in the interview.

posted by hootch at 06:05 PM on June 19

The Curious Case of Willis' Baltimore-time

But anyone looking at the math of the Baltimore Ravens offense has a stronger constitution than I do. I agree. I thought it was impossible to divide by zero.

posted by hootch at 01:56 PM on November 29

"Ninety percent of putts that are short don't go in."

It doesn't have my two favorite sports quotes: "Seventy-five percent of the earth is covered by water. The rest is covered by Smoot." -- Fred Smoot "You need two yards, I'll get you three. You need ten yards, I'll get you three." -- Leroy Hoard

posted by hootch at 12:58 PM on August 22

Ichiro takes round-trip to All-Star history.

I'm no great baseball mind, but Ichiro would definitely be in my top five active players.

posted by hootch at 02:00 AM on July 12

Football hero at Gustavus to pray, not play

St. Peter is a town of about 10,000 people, actually, and it's twelve miles from St. Peter to Mankato, not ten. I haven't lived their since 2nd grade in 1982 and even I know this. :)

posted by hootch at 10:53 PM on March 31

The Curse of the Orlando Magic

Actually, it was Chucky Atkins involved in the Hill/Wallace trade, not Billups.

posted by hootch at 01:50 PM on September 22

What are the odds

Here's the video of Randy Johnson hitting a bird.

posted by hootch at 11:14 AM on June 07

'A lot of us," Ripken joked, "had a bad week that day.'"

Great link, thanks. My favorite part: Williams walked off the field lugging behind him that unsightly 0 for 13 -- which remains an all-time record for single-game futility -- and headed for the clubhouse for a well-deserved beer. "But we had this guy, Mark Corey, who had gotten taken out of the game in about the 13th inning," Williams said. "And when we got back to the clubhouse, all the beer was gone and [Corey] was hammered. I mean, hammered."

posted by hootch at 01:05 PM on April 18

Steelers Won Super Bowl XL

So did Holmgren come out to shake hands or not? That's what I want to know.

posted by hootch at 12:34 AM on February 06

Twins to have a weekend celebration of the 1965 World Series Team

Here's a corrected link.

posted by hootch at 03:40 PM on August 20

Too Much Time - Too Much Beer -

"There's nothing to do in River Falls, Wisconsin except drink." I've been to River Falls and that's just not true. They have a really nice Taco Johns.

posted by hootch at 09:59 PM on August 17

Tiger Woods gambles but avoids blunder of the century

("it smells" should be "but it smells")

posted by hootch at 05:31 PM on August 17

Tiger Woods gambles but avoids blunder of the century

I agree there wasn't much chance of him making a playoff, it smells just a bit of Randy Moss walking off the field with two seconds left last year. Yeah, there wasn't much of a chance, but still.

posted by hootch at 05:30 PM on August 17

Tempered Bid

It did cross my mind reading the article that it'd be easy for him to take his name off the ballot since there's a slim chance of him getting in anyway. I think Blyleven should definitely be in.

posted by hootch at 02:21 PM on August 11

Orlando Magic general manager John Weisbrod resigned Monday to pursue opportunities in hockey.

If I had to choose between two jobs that paid the same, one where there was no work to do, and one where there was a lot of work to do, I'd pick the former.

posted by hootch at 11:20 PM on May 23

Who was your favorite player growing up?

Steve Carlton - a little before my time, but I did get to see him pitch relief for the Twins in 7th grade.

posted by hootch at 04:56 PM on February 23

NUMB3RS

Havlicek steals the nod, Havlicek steals the nod from Brett Hull. That cracked me up. Shouldn't there be an exclamation point on the end of that though?

posted by hootch at 01:49 PM on January 26

Bud gets out of the ownership business

From what I remember, the reasoning behind moving the Brewers to the NL was that Milwaukee Braves had been an NL team way back when.

posted by hootch at 05:28 PM on January 13

Vikings Sack Packers, 31-17

I just want to make sure I have this right. It's OK for Frank Caliendo to call the guys in the studios "queens", but it's not OK for Moss to pretend to pull his pants down like a four-year-old child might do?

posted by hootch at 07:37 PM on January 09

Top Sports Quotes

I'm going to take this opportunity to share my favorite sports quotes of every year BUT 2004. "75 percent of the world is covered by water. The rest is covered by Smoot." --Fred Smoot, Washington Redskins cornerback "If you need one yard, I'll get you three. If you need five yards, I'll get you three." --Leroy Hoard, former Minnesota Vikings running back

posted by hootch at 01:01 AM on December 29

This is it

I've been stuck at work all night. I hate you guys.

posted by hootch at 11:13 PM on October 20

Yanks v. Sox Game 6.

pivo: I would guess that it either alternates every other year, or maybe it's based on the winner of the All-Star game too? Just a guess though...

posted by hootch at 11:21 PM on October 19

Yanks v. Sox Game 6.

jinx.

posted by hootch at 11:20 PM on October 19

Yanks v. Sox Game 6.

Wow.

posted by hootch at 11:20 PM on October 19

Yanks v. Sox Game 6.

Finally, a swing from Sierra.

posted by hootch at 11:15 PM on October 19

Yanks v. Sox Game 6.

So they brought the cops out in the top of the ninth to protect the home team, and took them off the field once the visiting team took the field? Makes sense.

posted by hootch at 11:06 PM on October 19

Yanks v. Sox Game 6.

Is it interference if a New York riot cop swats at the ball?

posted by hootch at 10:53 PM on October 19

The Michael Jordan of Climbing

Not to get the thread sidetracked, but the name came from Darren Jesse's fake ID. The album title is actually part of a story from Darren's schooldays when a friend suggested using Reinhold Messner on fake id's. Allegedly there were many 27 year old Reinholds who looked suspiciously adolescent, inhabiting the bars of Charlotte, North Carolina in the late eighties.

posted by hootch at 12:20 PM on October 03

Air Hockey

A little tip: figure out the link that goes directly to the flash file and you can make the game as big as your monitor. As least on my IE6.0, Windows 2000 machine, you can.

posted by hootch at 05:58 PM on June 08

i like to help out where i can.

posted by hootch at 09:04 AM on May 05

We are an instant gratification society.

MLB.com has been offering the same service for a year or two now.

posted by hootch at 02:20 PM on April 30

Does the NFL have a service/citizenship type award, like say, the Masterton Trophy in hockey or something similar, that could be named for him? The NFL has a Man of the Year award that honors players for their off-the-field work, but it's already been named after Walter Payton.

posted by hootch at 02:30 PM on April 23

'Zo long, Mourning

And the Yo Mamma joke is?

posted by hootch at 12:48 PM on November 24

Twins over Yankees in 4. Red Sox over A's in 5. Giants over Marlins in 3. Braves over Cubs in 4. Red Sox over Twins in 7. Giants over Braves in 6. Giants over Red Sox in 6.

posted by hootch at 01:01 PM on September 29

Play at the Plate.

Any video of the Buck Martinez play online?

posted by hootch at 05:08 PM on September 04

Play at the Plate.

Looks like the Angels aren't too upset. From the St. Paul paper: Players and managers in both clubhouses said it was a clean play. "He didn't spike him or anything," Angels first baseman Scott Spiezio said.

posted by hootch at 01:29 PM on September 04

Lamest sports-ads ever.

Rafael Palmeiro for Viagra.

posted by hootch at 09:43 PM on July 11

Think you know baseball?

Ahh. A rain-shortened game counted as a complete game shutout in my fantasy league. Fantasy being the key word there, apparently.

posted by hootch at 04:57 PM on July 08

Think you know baseball?

Shouldn't the complete game answer be 16? If the game were rained out after 5 innings, it'd be 4+3+3+3+3=16. As long as it goes five innings, it's an official game, and if he pitched the entire game...

posted by hootch at 12:46 PM on July 08

Ditto what NoMich said, except substitute Minnesota for northern Michigan. Those band-aids were a lifesaver.

posted by hootch at 05:45 PM on June 26

Cubs lose! Cubs lose!

Aren't the Cubs owned by the Tribune? Or some parent company owns both of them?

posted by hootch at 12:04 PM on June 17

Another rockin' little mini-golf game.

46, but I'd played it before.

posted by hootch at 01:39 PM on June 02

You don't need to have played in the PGA to get on the Senior Tour.

posted by hootch at 12:19 PM on May 20

If Kirby Puckett can make it in on the first ballot, Griffey should make it in. Though it might have helped Kirby's cause that his career came to an end in such a heartbreaking way, and not slowly over a few seasons.

posted by hootch at 11:21 AM on April 07

198, suckas.

posted by hootch at 10:06 AM on March 27

Fish On!

Fishing with John II? John Lurie knows absolutely nothing about fishing, but that doesn't stop him from undertaking the adventure of a lifetime on Fishing With John. Traveling with his special guests to the most exotic and dangerous places on earth, John Lurie battles sharks with Jim Jarmusch off the tip of Long Island, goes ice fishing with Willem Dafoe at Maine's northernmost point, braves the Costa Rican jungle with Matt Dillon, takes Tom Waits to Jamaica, and searches for the elusive giant squid with Dennis Hopper in Thailand.

posted by hootch at 02:03 PM on February 24

In a league of their own.

I'd never heard of Willie O'Ree until this weekend.

posted by hootch at 08:49 AM on February 24

Twins win! Twins win!

Hocking was the team spokesman during the labor talks. Maybe that had something to do with it. I'm sure the media will discover who did it. Well, Rick Reed crossed the picket lines way back when. Hmmm...

posted by hootch at 04:27 PM on October 07

"Underachieving in the postseason is...what makes them the Braves, kind of like how that hoochie-coochie thing is what makes Charo Charo,"

Angels over the Yankees. Twins over the A's (Twins fan here) Braves over the Giants Diamondbacks over the Cards Yankees over the Twins Braves over the Diamondbacks Braves over the Yankees

posted by hootch at 04:00 PM on October 01

Strike Averted!

I want to see if Barry can win the batting title... hell, how he even qualifies for it with all those walks amazes me... It's now based on plate appearances per game (3.1 per game is the minimum), so the walks don't really factor into it.

posted by hootch at 04:03 PM on August 30

Barry Bonds walks into the record books again?

They've changed the rules for the batting title. They have to average 3.1 plate appearances per game, instead x number of at bats. If I remember correctly, Ted Williams lost the batting title some year because he was walked so much. Soon after, they changed the rules.

posted by hootch at 02:03 PM on July 22