It's not looking good for Gonk. At this point, I wonder about his future with the Patriots.
posted by feloniousmonk at 04:35 PM on May 17
The "Tiger lied" story is getting pretty embarrassing. I think that there are a lot of people who never liked him but kept their mouths shut prior to the scandal who now feel like they can say whatever they want about him.
posted by feloniousmonk at 03:31 PM on May 15
This sounds like a manufactured story. This is the actual exchange.
Wyche: Quickly, a Tim Tebow question: With all of the attention this guy gets -- be it good, bad or indifferent -- is it good to have Tim Tebow in the NFL?
Goodell: Well, he's a great young man. And I try to stay out of the decisions about who should be playing in the NFL and on what team. But as a young man, he's just a super young guy, and I sure hope he's part of the NFL going forward. He's just a terrific young man and represents all of the values that I think all of our players do. I'm very proud of our players. I think, as a group, they're extraordinary young men, and I love to see the things they're doing in the community. They're obviously great athletes on the field, but these are great young men, and Tim's a good example of that.
What else would he say? That is the PR 101 answer to a question like that. It says nothing about whether Goodell thinks Tebow is a good player or deserves to be on a team.
posted by feloniousmonk at 08:32 PM on May 12
As a former resident of Ft Myers and a current resident of Los Angeles, I can only imagine that this has made him and his family the happiest they've ever been.
posted by feloniousmonk at 02:47 PM on April 02
There needs to be some sort of standards body responsible for regulating safety for anything advertised as a sports event. Basically, OSHA for sports. I think that before operating a professional sport (maybe college, too) management should undergo a certification process of some kind, which would emphasize potential types of injuries, their dangers, and the protocols required to clear players before releasing them from care after an injury with a focus on the brain/other at-risk areas.
The danger is unlikely to decrease but higher treatment standards could save lives. (Who knows if it would've in this case.)
posted by feloniousmonk at 02:53 PM on February 01
Fine him? I heard Goodell loves the song.
posted by feloniousmonk at 08:08 PM on January 28
I really hope ESPN decides they don't care about this story.
posted by feloniousmonk at 01:26 PM on January 25
I wonder if the NCAA or some other body is going to bother to come up with rules to protect the recruits in these circumstances. If a coach is going to go out on the road to influence a student athlete's (I know) decision about their education shouldn't that come with some responsibility to the job?
posted by feloniousmonk at 01:35 PM on January 16
Eagles fire Andy Reid.
posted by feloniousmonk at 05:55 PM on December 30
Age is all the Red Sox need to fix their bullpen.
posted by feloniousmonk at 01:44 PM on December 27
Bad day to be the NFL Commissioner.
posted by feloniousmonk at 02:32 PM on December 11
Greg McElroy winning that game is so perfect.
posted by feloniousmonk at 07:01 PM on December 02
It feels like a bad idea to remove such a good opportunity for doing something clever from the game. I understand that no one does it, but that speaks more to the coaching mindset than the game itself. I'd love to see a coach come in and do all of those Madden style trick plays and pull it off just for the ensuing meltdown by the former players and other Serious Men who commentate. It'll probably never happen, but why remove something that has the potential to produce moments like New Oreans' second-half-opener onside kick in the Super Bowl?
posted by feloniousmonk at 01:35 PM on November 23
And somehow, Mark Cuban will never get a team.
posted by feloniousmonk at 06:09 PM on November 20
The headless chicken consensus on ESPN was that if SF beat Verlander they're a shoe-in.
posted by feloniousmonk at 01:24 PM on October 25
To be clear, by "try something like this" I mean to try not giving their opponents an entire season to come up with a way to defend the crazy new idea they put in place. I'm happy in general that they are winning by focusing on a more fundamental offense (albeit one with crazy pieces), which is reminiscent of the glory years, where you never quite knew how they'd pull it out at the last second (back then, you knew they would) but it also seems like there might be something more to it as they gain confidence with the new system.
posted by feloniousmonk at 02:12 AM on October 22
My pet theory is that they may be waiting to roll out the high impact stuff until after the bye week, which would hopefully result in pushing the peak back enough so that it occurs during the post season, rather than the 80% mark.
This may well be wishful thinking, but how many times do they need to lose to the Giants before they try something like this? We'll see. I am definitely starting to worry about age though. There are not so many years left for Brady in New England.
posted by feloniousmonk at 02:08 AM on October 22
I really hope the Patriots are making a concerted effort to not peak too early this year and that's why they have been so uninspiring so far. It may just be the beginning of the end.
posted by feloniousmonk at 01:07 AM on October 22
I don't understand what the F1 telecast directors are thinking. They cut away from what looked like a really close finish for 3rd to show 2nd place sail in unchallenged.
posted by feloniousmonk at 06:12 AM on October 07
Maybe they really are thinking about selling the team. Apparently the "turning point" happened before the season even started.
posted by feloniousmonk at 07:00 PM on October 04
Toronto's manager is John Farrell. He left Boston for Toronto not long ago and was one of the front runners for the job before they gave it to Valentine. It's not as random as it might seem.
posted by feloniousmonk at 04:26 PM on October 04
Good thing they got rid of that bum Francona, right? What a joke.
posted by feloniousmonk at 01:38 PM on October 04
Bobby V keeps up the good work in Boston. They'll bring home the pennant next year for sure.
posted by feloniousmonk at 05:52 PM on October 03
Way to go, Coach.
This story is so nuts that it wouldn't shock me if it turned out to be some evil genius smear campaign by someone with a grudge. Sadly, it's probably just true.
posted by feloniousmonk at 04:18 AM on September 29
You know it's a bad call when the guy who coached the Raiders in the tuck rule game says it's the worst end of game call he's ever seen.
posted by feloniousmonk at 12:03 AM on September 25
In Pats/Ravens there were 11 first downs via penalty. What a farce.
posted by feloniousmonk at 05:08 PM on September 24
They just said during halftime on SNF that talks had taken place today and broken down again, so it's not looking good on that front.
posted by feloniousmonk at 10:24 PM on September 23
Is it just me or does it seem like the commercials during the NFL games have changed? It seems to be fewer breaks with longer ads.
posted by feloniousmonk at 09:41 PM on September 23
Wow, the Darius Heyward-Bey injury was super scary. I don't think I can recall seeing something as unnerving as that moment where his hand had to be lifted up by the medic.
posted by feloniousmonk at 07:30 PM on September 23
I sort of worry the NFL is going to view all of this ridiculous controversy over the renta refs as a positive thing.
posted by feloniousmonk at 07:21 PM on September 23
Bobby Valentine is doing his best to end the season on a positive note.
posted by feloniousmonk at 07:36 PM on September 14
I thought he was coming back for the resets-his-HOF-clock of it.
posted by feloniousmonk at 10:55 PM on September 11
That's like guaranteeing that water is wet.
posted by feloniousmonk at 04:38 PM on September 10
But Jeff Ireland has been groomed his whole life for the job!
posted by feloniousmonk at 01:49 PM on September 10
I am pretty sure I heard Collinsworth say something that was maybe a centimeter this side of cringeworthy about it, so it did get at least passing mention at some point during the SNF festivities last night.
posted by feloniousmonk at 01:45 PM on September 10
It's DC, so now that the Natinals have shown a spark of competitiveness, everything they do will be a PR nightmare.
posted by feloniousmonk at 03:58 PM on September 09
To be clear, I am not defending him. I pretty much agree with what Bonkers said.
Edit: Absolutely. In the race to zero credibility, Lance won fair and square.
posted by feloniousmonk at 04:22 PM on September 04
Absolutely no one involved in this story is credible in any way whatsoever and anyone who reads this book and is left feeling doubt-free ought to evaluate their trust criteria.
posted by feloniousmonk at 03:12 PM on September 04
This has a certain "so crazy it just might work" appeal to it, but since this is real life rather than a Jimmy Fallon movie, I'm not too optimistic.
posted by feloniousmonk at 07:36 PM on August 24
Where's that Skip Bayless is a douchebag gif? That seems timely.
I think he makes ESPN a fortune as long as he stays on the inoffensive line of stupid and this is an example of him overstepping the line.
However, this is still Washington, so if they are in last place 6 games into the season, the QB could be so white he has an endorsement deal with Ghost Hunters and there would be a controversy.
posted by feloniousmonk at 12:00 AM on August 22
Yeah, that's the one. It's definitely a fun league. I usually have no idea how the scoring is going to turn out.
posted by feloniousmonk at 10:15 PM on August 16
Is the SpoFi NFL fantasy league going on again this year? If there's some better place to ask, please point me there.
posted by feloniousmonk at 12:43 PM on August 16
It's hard not to think they overpaid, but it's probably good for the market for future sports/news startups that these sorts of acquisitions are happening, even if they look like desperation moves.
posted by feloniousmonk at 03:33 PM on August 06
Nothing happens to the judges here?
posted by feloniousmonk at 08:51 PM on August 02
I had the same problem with that Discovery Channel show Gold Rush. They just wanted some glory hole!
posted by feloniousmonk at 03:45 PM on July 31
The argument that Penn State should be allowed to keep playing football because of the players who have already committed, etc., seems to rest on the implicit premise that this organization, which was so fatally and irretrievably flawed in its leadership that it sheltered a known pedophile for on the order of 10 years, potentially longer, is somehow capable of exercising good judgement in its other arenas of responsibility. That's a hell of a question to beg, in my view.
In my opinion the question shouldn't be whether or not they deserve to have their program axed, but rather whether they have done enough to deserve it being spared that fate.
posted by feloniousmonk at 03:10 PM on July 18
"Friends don't let friends drive drunk" is the slogan for a reason.
I seem to remember ESPN talking about this signing as if it was a big win because now they finally have a mentor at the position. This is probably not the sort of mentorship the Knicks were looking for.
posted by feloniousmonk at 02:18 PM on July 16
This was very confusing at first, but turned out to be pretty interesting. They would certainly have one of the better logos in MLS. It's remarkable that they are already in a position to expand in that way.
posted by feloniousmonk at 01:34 AM on July 14
Not that it's necessary, but is there any reason for tormenting him other than the hat? I haven't heard the story, if there is one.
posted by feloniousmonk at 12:13 AM on June 04
So he choked a kid for accusing him of choking? Seems like the adult move.
posted by feloniousmonk at 02:46 AM on May 26
This is a great story and I don't mean to diminish the cool thing that is taking on that likely terrible job, but this also seems like a pretty predictable outcome from having that job so the story seems a little too congratulatory. How many lives are saved by non-famous 9/11 operators? Slow news day in delmarva I guess.
posted by feloniousmonk at 11:40 AM on May 22
They're supporting the best interests of their members by upholding their legal obligations under their agreements with the league. I don't think this is a value judgement about the morality of bounty programs. The union is saying that the NFL doesn't have the authority under the CBA to do this, and if they don't defend their interpretation of the CBA, from their perspective they're failing their entire membership. Management and labor are in an inherently adversarial relationship and this just seems like the logical outgrowth of the scenario.
posted by feloniousmonk at 12:44 PM on May 04
The NFLPA would be a better union if they just immediately rolled over and did whatever the NFL recommends out of a twisted sense of propriety.
posted by feloniousmonk at 11:35 AM on May 04
In other news, the Red Sox are not pitching a perfect game.
posted by feloniousmonk at 07:27 PM on April 21
I was watching a replay of the Long Beach Indy race on NBC Sports yesterday and was about 15 minutes into the 90 minute broadcast when the ticker told me who won the race. It's nice to see that NBC Sports and ESPN have that level of quality in common.
posted by feloniousmonk at 12:56 PM on April 17
As if a Bernie Ecclestone-run organization is going to be some sort of paragon of virtue.
posted by feloniousmonk at 10:33 AM on April 16
Oh, she got a speaking to? Great, case closed.
I can't believe that they are still pushing back on this issue, even when they have the new IBM CEO, who is traditionally given a membership, being a woman and presenting them with a convenient fait accompli to end the policy on a positive note.
posted by feloniousmonk at 10:33 PM on April 06
Maybe Rachel Nichols can go camp out on Tiger's lawn until he reacts.
posted by feloniousmonk at 03:22 PM on April 04
That Marlins uniform thing must be some remnant of 4/1 because I think you could probably make the same case for similarity between any two given MLB uniforms if you are willing to discard both the content of the text on it and the presence of pinstripes.
posted by feloniousmonk at 03:47 PM on April 03
Maybe with all of the money pouring into sports medicine lately, they'll have invented some sort of new liniment to help speed his recovery.
posted by feloniousmonk at 08:27 PM on March 31
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