Only interesting posting in the last three months. Freakin' love everyone's sense of humor, especially the Swedes in general! I knew there was a reason I am so proud of my partially Nordic heritage. If you can't laugh here, logoff, whine on a conservative Republican website for hours, and please don't come back. If you are willing to provide your female partner with alternative enjoyment on occasion, it is your duty as a man to know what is what with dildos. Nothing gay about being a servicable lover to any woman with toys, especially if she is into it. Too funny!
posted by knowsalittle at 09:52 AM on October 31
Ever since Ron Caron left the Blues have been hapless (Webster's Dictionary definition: destined to fail) Let Brett Hull leave, screw Curtis Joseph, goodbye Chris Pronger, etc....
Bring in KK and Osgood and tell us about payroll problems, sell the team to a bunch of useless greedy multi-millionaires who don't care the least about WINNING hockey, whine about the share of concessions ($8 beer, $5 soft drinks and WATER, and $160 jerseys you assholes) and then ask me what I will pay for a ticket? I was a season ticket holder for 4 years from 1995-1999 and a partial season ticket holder for 3 years after that. Here is my offer....send me $5000 and I promise to spend it on Blues tickets....NOT!
posted by knowsalittle at 09:18 AM on October 04
Less than 99% of the calls will require review under the new ruling. WHATEVER..BLAH...BLAH...BLAH..
posted by knowsalittle at 12:14 AM on August 30
Not a fan either, but repectful of anyone who dedicates nearly 50 years to his profession.
posted by knowsalittle at 10:49 PM on August 22
Thanks everyone for their useful comments about posting, but this thread was about an incredible performance by an athlete that may have been one of the finest in Olympic team sport history. It seems only l l b and BoKnows got it. I am sure to sound defensive at this point, but the truth of the matter is that the sector of this posting wasn't "posting methods", it was Olympics.
PS. Please bring back the simple link, bold and italics selections during comments. I asked earlier to have an explanation of the HTML tags, but it was ignored.
posted by knowsalittle at 09:06 PM on August 22
It was primarily about the players desire for free agency. The season's third week was cancelled outright, and the dreaded 'replacement players' were used in weeks 4-6. Only about 15% of the NFLPA members crossed the strike lines to play before ownership agreed to return to the bargaining table. Two years later a court supplied the ruling allowing for a rule-laden free agency in the NFL.
posted by knowsalittle at 03:14 PM on August 21
No doubt some of Upshaw's motives had to be in question with regard to the health claims issue.
In the OTL story on ESPN a while back, I will say that his arguement seemed weak, contrived, and surprising that he seemed to personally, not just professionally, support the denial of many of the claims.
At least under Upshaw, the NFLPA never cost us half a season or more over contract negotiation strikes/holdouts/lockouts.
posted by knowsalittle at 12:00 PM on August 21
I did edit the headline. My point was about Ueno and I mentioned her in it and the lead did not.
I was lambasted in the past for over-editorializing when I did as you suggest. I will remove the dateline from now on. Thanks for cleaning this one up and deleting the other post so many took offense to.
posted by knowsalittle at 11:50 AM on August 21
I propose that Ueno's performance in the medal rounds of the Softball tournament is the #1 performance by any athlete in a team sport so far in these Olympics.
Absolutely incredible stamina and mental toughness, along with some good fielding and timely hitting for support, made her unstoppable. Team USA did hand over at least one run in the Gold final game with poor fielding, but Ueno was able to strand runners by team USA when it mattered.
posted by knowsalittle at 10:42 AM on August 21
Few individuals come along who have the physical skills to be an all-time great at their position, and also the genius to lead a major powerful union like the NFLPA. Gene dedicated his entire life to football, physically and mentally for decades.
Pancreatic cancer is ruthless.
RIP Mr. Upshaw.
posted by knowsalittle at 10:37 AM on August 21
I had no intent to anger the international scene on SpoFi. Sorry for being the US cheerleader.
I thought that Johnson and Liukin finally NOT being ripped off in the individual judging, the US getting to the gold medal round in Men's volleyball, a new appearance in Waterpolo for the US in the medal round, and an unknown kid winning gold in wrestling would spur some conversation.
posted by knowsalittle at 07:00 AM on August 20
posted by knowsalittle at 06:45 AM on August 20
I just looked back over the last 12 postings in SpoFi, and it is curious to me that I found:
(3) purely American interest postings
(3) International postings
(2) postings ripping American baseball managers and Tennis players for their actions
(1) Humerous posting about American Basketball players indiscretions
(2) Insightful political postings and
(1) OH....why bother....you have your opinion and I have mine.
posted by knowsalittle at 02:30 AM on August 20
We value your opinion drood....sorry for the fist pumping. Just really happy we are doing so well in events we weren't supposed to win. Good for GB and their medal haul! Lack of class accepted; but winning bunches of medals is still fun, no matter what you say.
posted by knowsalittle at 02:04 AM on August 20
When Cal Ripken wants your autograph, the discussion is over (to me anyway). MP is one of the greatest athletes of our time, and his decision to submit to ALL testing is a testimony to a culture and objective that Cal could have easily passed. Two of the worlds greatest athletes together on the same page with no regrets and no secrets....wadda want???...no seriously...what else is there?...I mean REALLY...Fishboy rules!
posted by knowsalittle at 01:43 AM on August 20
BEIJING - Clear some more space in that pile of pretty Olympic medal boxes. Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin are bringing home more loot, including a gorgeous gold of Johnson's very own.
BEIJING (Reuters) - The path to a fourth straight Olympic women's basketball gold opened for the United States on Tuesday after their biggest rivals Australia suffered a major injury.
BEIJING (Reuters) - The United States battled its way into the final of the Olympic women's waterpolo on Tuesday with a 9-8 victory over arch-rival Australia.
BEIJING (Reuters) - Henry Cejudo gave the United States its first wrestling gold medal of the Olympic Games on Tuesday
with a clinical victory over Japan's Tomohiro Matsunaga in the men's 55kg freestyle.
BEIJING The U.S. women's volleyball team, popular in Beijing because they are coached by Chinese national hero Jenny Lang Ping, have suddenly become a hit for their volleyball skills, too.
BEIJING (AP) The U.S. men's volleyball team remained unbeaten in Beijing by defeating Japan in three sets to wrap up preliminary pool play
Of course, we are not going to win them all; but being there is really fun anyway. I didn't bother to copy headlines about the USA Mens Basketball team....no jinx intended...
posted by knowsalittle at 01:10 AM on August 20
Being on the Simpsons has become one of the most important signatures in ANY professional actor's or athlete's career. For those of you remember, Millhouse's 'final' request in the AtomMan comic book episode is that all he wanted in the whole world was the "Carl Yastrzemski with the big sideburns". Yeah, so did I. I had almost every card in that set, yet I spent $30 to get it in VG condition just to have it.
posted by knowsalittle at 08:42 PM on August 19
Superman would always have to deal with the moral crap like he always does about using his super powers when not really needed. Wonder Woman never concerns herself with that mumbo jumbo. Why have a conflicted superhero up to bat when you can have a focused one?
(I would have walked him too)
posted by knowsalittle at 05:11 PM on August 19
For many years I rooted against Yaz and Fisk to make the playoffs because as a Cardinal fan, I was always worried about the World Series showdown, and I knew Yaz would never let the '67 series define him (not that is was his fault in any way that the Sox lost; credit that to Gibson). I knew that if the Sox ever met the Cardinals in the WS again, Yaz would kill us.
There has been a short list of TRULY humble superstars, despite their All-Time greatest lifetime performances in MLB baseball over the last 70 years (Gherig, DiMaggio, Ryan, and Gwynn just to name VERY few). I defy anyone to offer a reasonable discussion why Yaz isn't one of his generation's best, both in the field and in humility. Triple Crown, MVP, first ballot HOF, 18 (yes I said 18) time All-Star, and seven Gold Gloves.
Obviously one of the most defining achievements in his spectacular career is that Yaz took Ted Williams' spot in Fenway, and it was hard to tell.
Please let Yaz be OK, please.
posted by knowsalittle at 05:02 PM on August 19
Hilarious title fraz. I get it. Most puirists will too, but I am sure someone will have to complain or mention about editorializing in your leads.....DAMN!! It was me, and I don't even care (how do they do that?).
posted by knowsalittle at 08:56 AM on August 18
So finally, one of the American teams finally loses....'whatever' according to members of SpoFi. I get it.
posted by knowsalittle at 10:06 AM on August 17
Spitz had nothing but praise and admiration for MP during his Today show interview. It seems like it is a lot more fun to bash someone when they may have been misquoted or misrepresented, rather than give credit when they heap praise. I didn't see the 'damage control' aspect of his interview. Maybe I am wrong (It wouldn't be the first time, even this week). Feel completely free to contradict me as well for supporting a great American althete like Mark Spitz for having the wherewithall to answer directed quesions. Yeah, he really ripped MP in his original interview...NOT
posted by knowsalittle at 07:30 AM on August 17
Thanks Hal for an incisive response. And I am wayyy over it. USA won. I was a jerk. Commenters corrected me. I attempted to correct myself. I apologized and the parties that were better than me accepted. The end.
I have considered Hal's suggestion to write a commentary on the life of a gymnast, but since I am over 20 years removed from the regimine, and it would only be diet; coach screaming at me; practice; more diet; more practice; more screaming; no real free outside contact; a workout; short rest; more practice; more diet; occasional video; sleep; blah, blah, blah; day after day for 3+ years story, I don't think it would enthrall anyone.
posted by knowsalittle at 07:15 AM on August 17
A really sorry assed movie but a great quote under the circumstances none the less....
'House of 1000 Corpses - Rob Zombie/Lionsgate 2002'
BEHOLD!!! I GIVE YOU......FISHBOY!!!!!!
posted by knowsalittle at 07:00 AM on August 17
OK, once you preceive insult, you must just simply either brood, whine or silently accept it. No reply or attempt or 'take back' your honor nor deflect is in order. Hooray for the defeatists. (good old fashinoned coonin?) Yay for those insulted.
posted by knowsalittle at 06:51 AM on August 17
Both into the semi's....has MMT-KY lost a set yet?
posted by knowsalittle at 04:42 AM on August 17
I've never seen a pro go up and tell the official "look, that ball was out, it's his point"
Actually Bjorn Borg did it multiple times against G Vilas, John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors. I have also seen the hothead Ivan Lendl do it at least once.
posted by knowsalittle at 04:38 AM on August 17
I propose a showdown between TO and OC in the 'non-athlete' heptathalon.
Pocket Pool (not real billards)
Tri-card Poker (put up or shut up.....never mind)
Hot Dog Eating (my comment on this will only serve to offend many)
Media baiting....Oh wait. OC has already won the last event just from the amount of coverage from his most recent BS.
posted by knowsalittle at 04:31 AM on August 17
Thanks Hal for taking the high road.
I am interested why anyone's user number is so important to some other users who do not post, but only comment. The only conclusion I can surmise is that "Oldbies" think that because they joined SpoFi years ago and have a lower number, their views bear more measure than others who may have not had the availability to do so. If I am incorrect, why are user numbers important to anyone? What actual value do they have, except judgemental?
posted by knowsalittle at 04:18 AM on August 17
But I will say, she was clean. It was the appearance."
So no steroids were involved?
posted by knowsalittle at 10:57 PM on August 15
Of course it wasn't my final comment...it never is.
I offer no apology for the use of the "s" word. If you can say it on South Park without being bleeped, I will use in my posts. (Just watched the Turrets Syndrome episode with Cartman spewing profanity where the only word that was censored besides CS was MF - and it was hilarious) I am sure many of you do not think SP is the measuring stick of American culture, but if you have seen almost every episode, you know what I am talking about.
Thanks again Nastia. You are one of the greatest athletes to walk on American soil and we love you. I am sorry for 'misspleeing' your name above.
posted by knowsalittle at 10:45 PM on August 15
Very sorry about the above Hal. Just so excited I was not able to convey my thoughts accurately...If you notice the time stamp, it was less than 10 minutes after the Gold and Silver was won.
What I was trying to say is that if you have seen the new post window, there is a place for the headline, URL, storyline, and a large blank area which appears to allow the poster to view his opinion that was not previously available. I used this area to spew my rant as I typically do in my posts.
I was not aware it appeared as part of the FPP, and for that I do apologize.
I value Hal's comments as one of the most intelligent reparte posters on SPOFI, as I do bperk and others.
My final comment on this issue is this: I do not believe that the gymnasts get the same respect during the Olympics as the swimmers in the US. I have seen many more interviews with the competing female swimmers than with the world champion gymnasts. Just my opinion, which is why we you and I are here.
posted by knowsalittle at 10:31 PM on August 15
Hal, was the use of the "f" word necessary. I had been under the impression that we were above that.
posted by knowsalittle at 08:27 AM on August 15
Hal: I have been nothing but a supporter of your opinions. I will continue to do so, despite your over 1000+ character ramblings to prove your point.
Response: Despite my unawareness of the new posting venue, it is not your place to correct me. If you don't like me having a comment in my postings, take it up with SpoFi. As well as I could tell, this was where you could have an opinion while posting. If that was not the case, SPOFI should have posted as was the case.
Despite my retort, Hal did nothing to defer the greatness of the actual performances, which I attempted to convey. Rock on Nasita and Shawn. Thank you for your conviction and dedication.
posted by knowsalittle at 08:21 AM on August 15
Yes, because playing along with the mocking of your appearance is always hysterical.
If you allow it to be so, it is. Didn't you get it?.....mockery only hurts if you allow it to do so. Taking back that which was mocked is power.
posted by knowsalittle at 08:05 AM on August 15
Thank you bperk for making my point without intention. How about having all of the Chinese medalists (of which there is obviously going to be one of the top two in the world) pose with the same stupid gesture, with the caption, "With our eyes like this, we can only see gold, silver, and bronze". To quote 'That 70's show'...SUPERBURN. Do you have any imagination?
posted by knowsalittle at 07:31 AM on August 15
Sad is the day when one cannot display true greatness, yet still be questioned by those who know little.
posted by knowsalittle at 07:19 AM on August 15
Sorry, incunclusive postings.
posted by knowsalittle at 02:45 AM on August 15
Branaugh and Youngs win again. It could possibly come to a showdown against two American teams.
posted by knowsalittle at 02:38 AM on August 15
It makes me sad that the BS that comes out of OC's mouth provides for much more commentary than actually important athletic events. Many of you need to analyze your priorities. Get a grip.
posted by knowsalittle at 02:07 AM on August 15
OK, It has been three rounds since my original posting. No rponses: no wonder. Prelims: a joke. Fisrt win in the 16; straight sets. Next up: the two best contenders until the finals Germany vs Brazil. We shall see...
posted by knowsalittle at 02:01 AM on August 15
Yes, it may have been a mocking jesture. However, if the Chinese have the true historical pride they claim, why can they not use this otherwise? I find it hard to believe that NA or Western European Anglo-Saxons (of which I am not pure, but claim heritage) would have taken offense to the Chinese team making a "round eye" photo of the same nature. Biologically it is a fact that their occipital bone structure design is different than those of non-Asain decent. Although I do not and would not even begin to condone belittling anyone on the basis of their ethnic or political background, there is an amount of give and take in worldwide jests.
If Chinese individuals want to be offended, they should watch the atrocities in Darfur or Tibet (oh yeah, they can't). That is offensive to most of the world, not just China.
Your turn...rip me for having an opinion...
posted by knowsalittle at 01:18 AM on August 15
And my Cardinals, only 5 games out and contending for a wild card, do nothing to bolster the hitting lineup or the bullpen. Then, in a gruff voice, the Cardinals always say, "Welcome back to the gutter boys, we'll take over from here." Right? It is undeniable that the Cardinal franchise has frequently been the team that captures the division/NL title when another team fades. However, that was during the August Busch/Walt Jockety era. Now I expect nothing but demise under the new ownership and GM John Mo (as in Mo, Curly and Larry)/Moreuselessziak/Moronziak.
posted by knowsalittle at 07:45 PM on August 01
I truly hate quoting 'Family Guy' in my posts and comments, BUT "nobody does it better" (Ian Flemming)..... Stewie: Good God man, don't they know someone is watching?
posted by knowsalittle at 05:33 PM on August 01
And my Cardinals, only 5 games out and contending for a wild card, do nothing to bolster the hitting lineup or the bullpen. I know they just got Carpenter back (although for how long is unknown) and that Wainwright is due back soon to help with the pitching, but with Ankiel possibly hurt, can any Cardinal fan believe that a team starting only Glaus, Ludwick and Pujols having more than 40 RBI and 6 HR at this point has a chance? I knew when StL let GM 'Walt the Man' go, we were in for a stagnant future under Mozeliak. Thanks for nothing JM.
posted by knowsalittle at 11:26 PM on July 31
Houston, we have a problem (child). Yet another NBA franchise that is going to have to learn the hard way what a cancer Ron Artest is. Did anyone else see the episode of Outside The Lines that featured the 'oft misunderstood' Artest? Although it was meant for us to understand his actions on and off the court, what I got from it was that Artest, an undeniably great physical BB player, has some sort of serious mental condition that detatches him from reality. How long will it take before he alienates the ownership and fan base in Houston with his public and behind-the-scenes tirades, whining, and plain stupidity? My call is one year. Historically, teams with Artest on the roster go nowhere in playoffs, if they even make it (in a league where sub .500 teams do). If this trade goes through, a collective sigh of relief in Sacremento will be heard very similiar to the one in Indiana not too long ago.
posted by knowsalittle at 10:43 PM on July 29
Sastre won clean. I did not intend to imply otherwise if that was your perception of my comment. What I was talking about were headlines and stories like this one: Sastre wins doping-scarred Tour Much like the Brickyard 400 today, the story was barely about the winner.
posted by knowsalittle at 08:06 PM on July 27
...and yet another winner of the TdF will quickly fall into obscurity because the story could not be told without mentioning cheating and doping.
posted by knowsalittle at 06:34 PM on July 27
You gotta be kidding, Blues. No one would think of Tinker Air Force Base if the team was named the Bombers. Ditto. When my bud Mike brought up the Bombers name, I didn't think "Hmmm, I wonder if there is an AFB near OKC..". I immediately thought of a picture of a guant faced psycho mass murderer in an orange jumpsuit, and I have to believe almost everyone would.
posted by knowsalittle at 06:23 PM on July 27
(edit)....as drivers feared going full speed and crew chiefs were forced to gamble on tire strategy. No one was certain when NASCAR would call a caution, or if the sanctioning body would eventually decide to let the drivers go as long as they wanted. Imagine a race at the Brickyard with a caution with 10 laps to go, 36 cars on the lead lap, and only two cars not on the track at the checkered flag. Sound exciting? Hardly. The lack of technology and track testing from Goodyear with the COT, and the indecisiveness of NASCAR combined to virtually ruin the 'watchability' of one of the so-called "gems" of the NASCAR crown. I can't ever recall tuning in to a televised race to root for the pit crew. Boring. Regularly scheduled competition yellows left little racing The COT has been running for more than a year now and Goodyear's response was "We came with the best tire we had for the conditions and we fell short. We'll try to get it right," Really? When? I guess you needed some egg on your face to get in the labs and out on the Indy track.
posted by knowsalittle at 05:53 PM on July 27
BTW that crap about "OKC Mad Bombers". Not funny asshole. Not even close. Have a little respect. Personally, I think the worst name option is the OC (Mad) Bombers. Both tasteless and offensive. My friend and I were discussing how unimportant a team's name is in the long run. When I mentioned the Tornados, he said why not go one step further and suggest the Bombers. I was the one who found it offensive. I thought I made that clear above. If I was to pick from the six listed in the article,I would pick the Marshals
posted by knowsalittle at 09:25 AM on July 27
Citing the United States Trademark and Patent Office, the newspaper said that the league filed for a trademark on Barons, Bison, Energy, Marshalls, Thunder and Wind. and they are 6 of the worst names I've ever heard. Personally, I think the worst name option is the OC (Mad) Bombers. Both tasteless and offensive - but it shows there are lots of worse options than the ones in the article. Instead of the Wind or Thunder, what about the Tornado(s) or the Drought? I think most OC residents could relate to these two. I remember when the St Louis area was considering the name Purple Stallions when the Rams relocated. How pathetic is that?
posted by knowsalittle at 06:48 PM on July 26
WOW. Adult banter and timey conversations. Good job SpoFi.
posted by knowsalittle at 02:59 PM on July 22
I did not intend to show any animosity toward anyone who may have an opposing point of view, nor did I perceive anyone calling me an idiot (that was my vernacular of choce). Nevermind. I withdraw my comments on this issue. Whatever TO did was OK.
posted by knowsalittle at 01:39 PM on July 22
Sorry, but I do pull over to help out every chance I get. I guess I am the idiot for expecting the best from humanity on a regular basis instead of lame excuses and lowered expectations. Please excuse me for caring enough to expect other to do so.
posted by knowsalittle at 12:55 PM on July 22
Beer outsells wine in every stadium except Candlestick by a 20 to 1 margin. This is meant to be a simply silly comment. Where is Candlestick? Do they play football there? Sorry, irunfromclones.
posted by knowsalittle at 12:48 PM on July 22
...and maybe we won't be the 'Aints again this year. If you are counting on Shockey to have even the least minor effect, read the general concenus of the comments above. I have been, and am still, at a loss as to when and why the media (or anyone for that matter) ordained Shockey as a 'difference maker'. Sure, he caught a few touchdowns and important first downs over his career in NY. In a primarily passing league that is your job as a TE. Is he even close to a Newsome or Gonzalez? I think not. I am not saying he was poor, just that NY won't miss him, and NO didn't land any real prize either. Go JS, prove me wrong.
posted by knowsalittle at 12:05 PM on July 22
I will preface this comment with a disclaimer: I have no real feelings, either negative or positive, about TO. I do recognize his skill, and I am aware of his past supposed transgressions and documented altercations with teammates and the media. I think he just reacted like anyone else would who was closest/first on the scene. So he gets a check mark in the good column in the big book of life. I can't help but be reminded of the Chris Rock stand-up routine where he rips on men who are so freaking proud of doing something you are supposed to do. "I take care of my kids." ; "I ain't never been in jail" just to name a few. I do not wish to take anything away from TO and his actions in the moment. Instead I applaud him for leaving the scene after determining the person was not seriously injured before media could slide him under their 'microscope'. I just hope that this occurence doesn't canonize him. He, along with everyone else, is supposed to help in the face of adversity.
posted by knowsalittle at 11:45 AM on July 22
According to Forbes magazine, Molson-Coors Brewing Co is the 'official' beer sponsor of the NFL through 2010. The article stated that AB and SABMiller were in contention, but that Coors was selected "after intense competition". I cannot fathom how the NFL could be any more obtuse on this issue. Hypocracy; sure. Downright stupidity; absolutely. I can't find the hard data at any link to back this statement up currently, but I could swear I remember reading somewhere (I think it was the Sporting News but I can't find it) that more than 12% of the advertising revenue for the networks during NFL broadcasts in 2007/08 came from alcohol producing companies. Although this revenue is for the networks, not the league, if the NFL was serious about protecting our youth from the perils of alcohol advertising, it seems as though they would have some issue with the networks. Nearly 1/8 of the ads during NFL broadcasts hawk booze if this number is true. Physician, heal thyself.
posted by knowsalittle at 11:05 AM on July 22
There's a difference between uniting against oppression and throwing a fit because people booed you That is true, but there is also a difference between whining and running away, and using one's exposure a professional athlete to bring to light an issue that some may have missed, forgotten or ignored. Based on the number of comments, her 'boycott' has brought an unsettled debate back into discusion. I must say that when I posted this story I was concerned that it would degrade into name calling and other racist crap, but I am very happy to see that the decorum of the individuals in SpoFi is intelligent and articulate, and that the monitoring of the site is timely and fair.
posted by knowsalittle at 10:00 PM on July 19
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