Recent Comments by BoKnows

Colts Owner Irsay Suspended 6 Games for DUI

.....said owners, coaches and team executives "must be held to a higher standard than players."

Not hard, considering the bar has been set so low at times.

posted by BoKnows at 10:40 PM on September 04

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I guess that depends on the measure of 'ordinary activities'. But I get what you're saying.

I wonder if she fully understands that the potential damage to her arm may restrict movement as it applies to her favorite sport - basketball. LLWS dominance or future WNBA? Can a 13-year-old make that decision?

Or, she was convinced everything would be okay, because her coach really wants to win.

posted by BoKnows at 06:50 PM on August 11

Tony Stewart Kills Driver in Dirt-Track Race

To those that don't think Ward should have been out of the car, this is what they do in a caution. And they also call out the clown that put him in the wall. That's racing.

I think Ward should've stayed in the car. And now I think more drivers will choose to do just that. Fight in the pits, or the infield, or the trailer lot. Whatever. But fighting and/or posturing on the track during a race just sounds like a terrible idea overall.

Plus, culture of the sport to point at the car or no, Ward should not have been walking into oncoming traffic and bears at least some responsibility in his own death.

If it is in fact the culture, then it was only a matter of time before two egos caused an incident like this. Hopefully the governing body of the sport will change the 'culture', and make racing about racing, and not about getting out of your car and pointing/yelling at other drivers on the track.

posted by BoKnows at 01:43 PM on August 11

Tony Stewart Kills Driver in Dirt-Track Race

dyams, if that's what happened, I agree completely, he should be held as accountable as possible.

The question that I keep trying to answer is: Why was he in this race at all? I'm not a NASCAR fan at all, so there may be a simple answer I'm just not aware of. But to an outsider it seems that he has no real need to prove himself on that track. Is this the equivalent of Kobe Bryant showing up at some streetball court just for shits?

posted by BoKnows at 05:12 PM on August 10

Tony Stewart Kills Driver in Dirt-Track Race

Huh. Seems to me there was a little extra throttle right before impact. And also a little fishtail. Could it be that Tony either A) didn't see Ward until it was too late, and tried to maneuver the car as best as he could to avoid the collision, or B) he saw Ward and tried to 'show-off' his driving skills and miscalculated?

All that said, Ward getting out of the car was a terrible idea and is a no-no for this very reason.

posted by BoKnows at 03:06 PM on August 10

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 1

Colorado in 6

St. Louis in 7

Anaheim in 5 +1

LA in 6 +1

Boston in 6 +1

TB in 6

Pittsburgh in 6 +2

New York in 5 +1

Total: 6 points

posted by BoKnows at 05:04 PM on April 16

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Jeff Francouer

posted by BoKnows at 04:48 PM on April 14

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I was denied a spot in our Fantasy Hockey playoffs last night when Dallas' Jordie Benn stopped an empty net point-blank shot by Winnipeg's Andrew Ladd late in the third. I didn't even need a goal. A single shot on goal would have sufficed.

I'm in the fantasy playoffs! Sheesh. That was close. Man am I lucky! I'm never going to quit sports ever!

Beat the next closest guy with a win % of .517 to .514. Sure do feel bad for whoever that is.

posted by BoKnows at 07:23 PM on March 17

Sacre Bleu! Los Angeles Lakers Run Out of Players

Here's one.

posted by BoKnows at 09:55 PM on February 08

Seattle Wins Super Bowl 0x30

I saw her on another video when Batista won the Royal Rumble.

posted by BoKnows at 06:38 PM on February 05

Seattle Wins Super Bowl 0x30

So I missed the game. Anyone know the score?

posted by BoKnows at 09:03 PM on February 03

Did Mike Tomlin Do That on Purpose?

At least he didn't do anything stupid, like spill a drink.

posted by BoKnows at 05:02 PM on November 29

Red Sox win the World Series.

What a crazy series. An obstruction call to win a game. A game ending pick off. Ortiz hitting everything. The Cardinals abandoning their offensive approach to winning games. Really, really good pitching all around. Ortiz hitting everything. Beltran robbing a grand slam. Pedroia's stab on the obstruction play. Wacha dominant until game 6 of WS. Gomes 3-run shot. Ortiz. Gold Glovers, Waino and Yadi letting a ball drop between them.

While the officiating was complex at times, I thought the series was called fairly and most importantly - correctly.

I was hoping for more Molina v. Baserunner matchups. I think it's time to shave. I would've stopped pitching to Ortiz in game 3. Having 3 games in the NL prevents Napoli from batting next and you can roll the dice on the walk. It's the World Series - fuck pitch counts. I <3 AL managers in NL parks. I watched the series on BT Sports - I hope I never have to hear Rick Sutcliffe ever again. But I guess that's what I said about McCarver last year.

All in all, a great ending to the season. This to me was a classic World Series pairing which I want to see again and again. But next time, I want to change the ending a little.

posted by BoKnows at 01:20 AM on October 31

Cards Win Game 3 Through Game-Ending Obstruction Call

And how many times do you see that called?

Rarely. No question. But based on the unavoidable (pun intended) offseason discussion, we may see it called much more. Or not at all.

....unless the SS appeared to make a special effort after the slide to delay the runner

But that's exactly not the rule. Intent and/or special effort does not matter. And I think that's the hard part to understand. Why don't we see this rule called more often? Because it rarely happens. But that doesn't make it less than a rule.

Anyway, it was only GM3. Lots more to be played. Good luck to all, fans of both teams. I believe these are the two teams that deserve to be in this series. Win or lose, I freaking love this game.

posted by BoKnows at 07:25 PM on October 27

Cards Win Game 3 Through Game-Ending Obstruction Call

The other point I think that needs to be thrown in: When this play occurs at 2nd base - because of a baserunner stealing from 1st, and a shortstop trying to apply a tag (that went into center) - would this still be such a discussion? Or would it just be acknowledged that the runner moves to 3rd?

If not, then I don't see how a rule change is needed. If the anger or question of the rule only occurs by fans in big games (read: WS GM3), then it's just sour grapes.

posted by BoKnows at 06:41 PM on October 27

Cards Win Game 3 Through Game-Ending Obstruction Call

To me, it looked like Craig stepped toward 2nd just to get his feet arranged in the right position to run or get back to 3rd, depending on where the ball ended up. Had he stayed near the chalk, he had an open path to the plate, would have been out by 10 feet instead of the 15 by which he should have been out without obstruction, would have won the bonehead of the game for trying to score on the play (had Boston come back), and in general had the St. Louis fans yelling about the obstruction.

I guess I don't understand this sentence. If there was no obstruction, Craig would've been safe by 15 feet. The obstruction was the reason it became a bang bang play.

posted by BoKnows at 06:33 PM on October 27

Cards Win Game 3 Through Game-Ending Obstruction Call

And really, aside from all of that, it was a pretty flipping good baseball game.

posted by BoKnows at 01:37 PM on October 27

Cards Win Game 3 Through Game-Ending Obstruction Call

Dude, you can use my name. I'm not sure if you're saying I'm a hypocrite, but I stand by those words. And everything I've written in multiple places said that the Red Sox made mistakes that cost them the game.

I didn't use your name because I didn't think it mattered. Those are some good words (bold) that can be applied all over the sports world in times of controversy.

And no, I didn't miss your other comments at all - I think you have a very solid understanding of why the call was made the way it was. Like it or not, it was the right call. I think you've also done a great job of pointing out the other factors that contributed to the gaffe.

And I'm not comparing those two exact plays - I'm suggesting that better play, by both teams in their respective flubs, would significantly reduce the bullshit little league baseball we've seen during this series.

I think Farrell mismanaged the game. I think Salty made a bad decision. I think Middlebrooks 1st priority was the ball - he seemed to be glued to the bag.

Unfortunately for the BoSox, all those things put WMB in a position that he could do nothing to prevent.

posted by BoKnows at 01:29 PM on October 27

Cards Win Game 3 Through Game-Ending Obstruction Call

Funny, the simplest solution would've been for Middlebanks to just catch the ball. Especially after gm2, you'd think the coaching staff would've stressed the idea of 'catching/blocking the ball first, apply tag second'.

That said, Farrell did not have his best defense on the field, and the result proved that.

It was a tough call, but it was the right call.

Quoted from a Red Sox fan regarding GM1 fubs by the Cardinals: "I understand being upset, but from what I've read they almost seem to insinuate it shouldn't have been overturned. This wasn't a borderline call. And though it's disappointing, I can't imagine anyone not believing getting the call right is more important.

The cardinals should forget about the corrected call and the mystery substance and just play better. They're a good team. I'm sure we'll see that before the series is over."

The Red Sox should just play better.

posted by BoKnows at 12:30 PM on October 27

Cards Win Game 3 Through Game-Ending Obstruction Call

It's like MLB quickly wrote that in and said "Here, look!"

posted by BoKnows at 12:32 AM on October 27

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Ok, maybe a little for Pujols and a little for rcade's bitter brew, but that's all. What do you think I'm some kind of jerk or something?

posted by BoKnows at 09:31 PM on October 19

Card Trick: Rout sends St. Louis to World Series

If they were my own, there's no doubt karma would strike sooner, rather than later. I think the idea behind that sentence was acknowledging the young age of the club and the potentials that are ahead. But I'm realistic and understand that the Cards have quite a battle left in front of them. I don't see them as a lock in the WS at all. I do however, see them as a contender in the Central Division and NL for the short, foreseeable future. The Reds and Pirates are definite contenders as well.

posted by BoKnows at 05:35 PM on October 19

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Wouldn't it be more accurate to say the hate is for people who think they are the only team with a passionate fanbase?

I agree with that. I personally can appreciate one's individual love for their team - as I have my own. I don't think I've ever heard anyone suggest that the Card's fans are the only passionate fanbase in baseball. I didn't hear that while growing up in StL, and not since I've moved. But having those other fanbases complain because StL loves it's team so, so much, is silly. I love my team and hate yours, but I don't hate your team because of it's fans. There are plenty of other reasons for that. :)

posted by BoKnows at 04:55 PM on October 19

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Ok, maybe a little for Pujols. But that's it.

posted by BoKnows at 04:34 PM on October 19

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I hope the Cardinals kick some AL ass so everyone can continue to hate the Cardinals for things like: Having passionate fans and embracing the franchises history and all that mean, terrible stuff that people seem so pissed about. Guess the new fad here is to couple on to your favorite deadspin writer and pretend its a song you've been singing all along. But the fancy music and words aren't fooling anyone, really. It just boils down to "your team sucks and I hope they lose, because my team isn't playing anymore this season". Funny thing is, the reason for this new found irritation seemingly has very little to do with the actual game of baseball, and more with how the flyover state conducts it's business. Huh. Whatever. I promise if I get to celebrate a 12 th WS in a couple weeks, I won't be considering your feelings at all. It's fucking baseball.

posted by BoKnows at 12:31 PM on October 19

Cal Ripken's Mom Thwarts Carjacking

Chuck Norris would survive. Barely.

posted by BoKnows at 01:07 PM on October 17

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

.....(but I suspect otherwise).

Really? C'mon man.

posted by BoKnows at 01:49 PM on October 12

ESPN Fantasy Hockey League Needs Teams

I'm in. Thanks for the invite!

posted by BoKnows at 02:34 PM on September 14

2013 SpoFi Stanley Cup Pickem - Conference Finals edition

Pitt in 6 Chi in 6

posted by BoKnows at 12:42 PM on June 01

2013 SpoFi Stanley Cup Pickem - Conference Semis edition

PITT in 6

BOS in 7

CHI in 6

LA in 5

posted by BoKnows at 01:26 PM on May 14

2013 SpoFi Stanley Cup Pickem - first round edition

Pitt in 6

Mont in 5

NYR in 7

Bos in 6

Chi in 5

Ana in 6

SJ in 6

STL in 7

posted by BoKnows at 01:00 PM on April 30

Justin Kievit, Middle School Wrestler, Lets Boy With Cerebral Palsy Win Match

Great story, thanks for posting.

I'd like to think that Justin's actions would be the norm, rather than the exception. But either way, good for him, he made someone's day. I wish that happened more.

(Did anyone else see the story of the dad and son that mocked the little girl at the bus stop? Disgusting and sad.)

posted by BoKnows at 11:01 PM on December 05

Jets Fan Fireman Ed Hanging Up His Helmet

Should we do a poll or something?

posted by BoKnows at 04:17 PM on November 29

MLB Post-Season Pick 'Em, World Series Edition

San Fran in 6

Posey

8

3:57

I really have no idea with this pick. As was with the last round as well, apparently.

posted by BoKnows at 12:27 AM on October 24

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

2012 MLB Postseason Infographic

posted by BoKnows at 09:17 PM on October 13

The Wizard of Koz

"Miraculous." - Adam Wainwright

posted by BoKnows at 08:56 PM on October 13

MLB Post-Season Pick 'Em, LCS Edition

Yanks in 6

Cards in 7

Carpenter

Verlander

Allen Craig

posted by BoKnows at 08:52 PM on October 13

MLB Post-Season Pick 'Em, LDS Edition

Detroit in 5

Baltimore in 5

St. Louis in 4

San Francisco in 5

25%

AL

posted by BoKnows at 02:02 PM on October 06

MLB Post-Season Pick 'Em, Wild Card Edition

St. Louis by 6 Baltimore by 1

Joe Saunders

Allen Craig

posted by BoKnows at 03:53 PM on October 05

Red Sox Fire Bobby Valentine

Imagine if you were a Red Sox fan.

*shudder*

posted by BoKnows at 10:40 PM on October 04

"The At-Home Experience,"

In my teens and twenties, I found it very easy to spring for a game - NHL, NFL, MLB, whatever. Dropping $150 wasn't too detrimental to my budget. But now, as a married man and father of two, that $150 easily gets to $250, at least. And I don't buy programs or souvenirs. We have to limit the food purchase choices and usually bring our own whenever we can. We sit in the upper decks and look for nights that do promotional giveaways or discounted tickets.

To me, it's far from easy for a family of four on a budget to afford that, often. Once or twice, maybe.

The at-home experience works great for us. There's not parking issues, no bathroom lines, no overpriced food or paraphernalia. No need for binoculars or trying to restrain an 18 month old confined to a shared seat. No worry of said 18 month old throwing popcorn in a stranger's hair! No drunks, no fights, no profanity (Well, maybe).

Don't get me wrong though, I love a live event. I'm a big Blues fan and have spent a lot of time at the old barn. If I could go, I would. And if the product that was being presented to me made it more possible, again I would.

But it's not, so Best Buy, here I come.

posted by BoKnows at 02:57 PM on September 06

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The 31 Arrests Of The NFL Off-Season.

posted by BoKnows at 06:14 PM on July 24

Paterno's Secret $3.3 Million Parachute

This thread seems to get more bloated* each time I refresh.

Fact is, Joe Paterno, Jerry Sandusky and a handful of Penn State VIPs were directly involved in either child molestation, or covering it up. Money was exchanged, a local prosecutor is missing and presumed dead. If there ever was a time to slap the death sentence on to a football program, this is it. If there ever was an example of a football program, and it's well being, being placed before an academic degree, this is also it. The kicker is that JoPa seemed to project the opposite throughout his career. And for me, his few mistakes outweigh his positive contributions.

Funny how some argue that the 'death sentence' would be draconian or misapplied because Paterno's dead or Sandusky's in jail. And the argument used is apocalyptic in nature, suggesting that this will kill the community, destroy the school, devalue a degree's integrity. Seems a wee-bit exaggerated. May as well just nuke the place, I guess.

The football program would recover. The community would be fine. An academic degree from Penn State will maintain it's value.

Penn Sate officials deserve every ounce of penalty they receive due to this heinous act. I feel bad for any innocent casualties, but not enough to place their successful futures in front of kids who have had theirs taken away. I'm personally outraged because there is any debate at all over this.

*I comment with no intention of having it stop here.

posted by BoKnows at 02:59 PM on July 17

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs Pickem, Stanley Cup Finals Edition

Kings in 5 Quick

posted by BoKnows at 05:33 PM on May 29

Why Wrigley Field Must Be Destroyed

Sorry, real fans, it just ain't about you any more.

Is this a direct response to the Fenway debate or is this a general statement?

posted by BoKnows at 04:34 PM on May 17

Why Wrigley Field Must Be Destroyed

But, "better?"

No way man.

I felt the same about Busch II in St. Louis. As did my dad about Sportsman's Park/Busch I. But Busch III is nice, and it already has a rich history. I'm pretty sure the next generation will fall in love with it and create those memories.

Sometimes you just got to retire an inadequate facility, never mind the success and/or history achieved in it.

I recall a few years ago reading that the annual cost of operating/maintaining Wrigley was ridiculously high compared to the new parks. And that it would be very cost effective long-term to tear it down and build a new stadium. Seems like that would be reason #1 if true.

(So, to sum up, I like Busch.)

posted by BoKnows at 02:52 AM on May 17

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs Pickem, Conference Finals Edition

New York in 6

LA Kings in 5

posted by BoKnows at 11:36 AM on May 13

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I'd like to point out that all these statistics are being thrown about and I'm not involved in any way.

You spelled 'jumble of numbers' wrong.

posted by BoKnows at 03:40 PM on May 08

AP: 'So Far Pujols is a $240 Million Mistake'

He's had slumps before, but when it starts to click, it usually does so in a big way. I think Angel fans will not be disappointed in the long term. After all, he didn't get all the money up front, right?

(But I really like the Miramax logo. And that " Optimized for Stereo Sound" speaker thing. That's cool.)

posted by BoKnows at 10:00 PM on April 29

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs Pickem, Round 2

Washington in 7 Philly in 6

St. Louie in 6 Phoenix in 7

posted by BoKnows at 01:50 AM on April 27

Power (Dis)Play? Teams In Black Draw More Penalties

So I should pick green then?

posted by BoKnows at 01:46 AM on April 27

Power (Dis)Play? Teams In Black Draw More Penalties

I was.

Shit.

I see a table of stats and my mind says grum. Simple as that.

I seem to have lost the ability to create even a comment lately, I'll just go back to hovering.

posted by BoKnows at 12:28 AM on April 27

Power (Dis)Play? Teams In Black Draw More Penalties

So, I didn't read the article simply because grum weighed in and I trust him. But hey grum, can you do red jerseys next? Then blue?

I'd like to know which jersey I should pick out in the next men's league.

posted by BoKnows at 11:25 PM on April 26

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The NHL's Updated "Because It's the Cup" Playoff Ads.

Add you own below!

posted by BoKnows at 10:22 PM on April 22

Zach Tomaselli: I Made Up Accusations Against Bernie Fine

Interesting thought, Howard.

I interpreted it as: Would one rather be shot dead, then live with that stigma? If so, then it might be.

posted by BoKnows at 01:01 AM on April 14

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs Pickem

Vancouver in 5 St Louis in 5 Nashville in 7 Chicago in 7

NY Rangers in 6 Boston in 7 Pittsburgh in 7 NJ Devils in 6

posted by BoKnows at 06:35 PM on April 10

Jason Smith Clobbers Blake Griffin

Why does something so blatant require so much replay and discussion? The ref was right there.

posted by BoKnows at 01:09 AM on March 24

A.J. Burnett Breaks His Face

Ah, Ye olde Pirate Cures. Rum.

Maybe by 'joy back into the game.' he meant, 'ball bunted into my face.' He may like it, I don't really know. It's not for us to judge.

posted by BoKnows at 10:19 PM on March 03

One-Team Icon Comic

And seriously, St. Louis media (and portions of the fanbase), get over it.

Do I have to? I really don't want to at all. I still have grudges against quite a few former St. Louis sports personalities that I intend on keeping. And the Pujols thing is just the most recent so I'm not prepared at all to let it go.

Btw, who was that arbitrator that ruled Scott Stevens was just compensation for Brendan Shanahan? I'm still pissed about that. Oh and Mike Keenan too, that SOB, running #99 out-of-town.

I'll be fine. But I'm not gonna get over it for a while. Then again, if the worst thing I do is enjoy a cartoon with a little snicker, then buzz off, it doesn't seem like it would bother you much.

Go Cards! Hey Pujols, Your Team Sucks!

posted by BoKnows at 10:11 PM on March 03