I am willing to accept that Bolt is the greatest Olympic track athlete ever, but not the unchallenged greatest athletics athlete.
posted by Etrigan at 12:59 PM on August 19
grumble grumble single event grumble grumble
If there were slightly-heavier discus and throw-from-your-off-foot discus and relay discus of all of those permutations, Al Oerter would have more medals than Phelps and Bolt combined.
posted by Etrigan at 12:58 PM on August 19
grumble grumble Al Oerter grumble
posted by Etrigan at 03:55 AM on August 19
I'm sure it's Google-able, but can someone explain to me why it seems like all of the bronze medals in freestyle wrestling are ties?
Combat sports don't do bronze medal matches. Both semifinal... I don't want to say "losers", but the two people who don't win in the semifinals each get a bronze.
posted by Etrigan at 02:04 PM on August 18
Jordan started in AA ball, and he was actually good at his other sport. There's no way Tebow starts in AAA.
posted by Etrigan at 10:45 AM on August 10
Apparently you septics have college rodeo teams.
Oh, that's nothing. You know what Virginia Tech's only national championship is? Bass fishing.
posted by Etrigan at 10:00 AM on August 09
Katie Ledecky is on some kind of porpoise DNA regimen, right?
posted by Etrigan at 12:30 PM on August 08
Furyk's accomplishment would be meaningless if Pyongyang Golf Complex was on the PGA Tour.
Danger Mouse finished Gleneagles in 1.
posted by Etrigan at 12:28 PM on August 08
8/4 NEVER FORGET
posted by Etrigan at 02:24 PM on August 04
(Officials misplace keys to stadium, have to use bolt cutters to let people in for early Olympics women's soccer match.)
posted by Etrigan at 12:49 PM on August 04
Oh, man, that hop after. It's nice to be remembered that Mac was an asshole because he wanted to win every damn time.
posted by Etrigan at 09:26 AM on August 04
It's amazing how often one's best option isn't stabbing.
posted by Etrigan at 07:11 AM on July 25
I'm always glad for these threads and their way of showing me how tenuous our grasp on civilization really is.
posted by Etrigan at 06:09 PM on July 24
Kendra Harrison breaks 100m hurdles record, which is older than she is.
posted by Etrigan at 11:28 AM on July 23
the ESPYs are always on the day after the MLB All-Star Game...is that because it's the only day where absolutely nothing else is going on in the Big 4?
(The day before is the only other day of the year that no MLB, NBA, NFL, or NHL games are played, but the Home Run Derby etc. are typically held.)
posted by Etrigan at 11:58 AM on July 14
Cuban's take was for teams not to play someone who can't hit free throws, or for players learn to make free throws. My humble (well, maybe a little humble) opinion is that free throw shooting is an NBA skill. If you don't have it, your team should suffer the consequences.
Take fouls out of the game, then. There should be a very, very small number of times when "committing a foul" or "drawing a penalty" is in any way advantageous to the team/player that's doing it (I'm okay with the occasional intentional penalty in football to back a kick up a little, for instance). Not every damn game.
posted by Etrigan at 11:57 AM on July 14
The NBA's ineffectual anti-hacking rule will now be somewhat more effectual:
The current rule for away-from-the-play fouls applicable to the last two minutes of the fourth period (and last two minutes of any overtime) pursuant to which the fouled team is awarded one free throw and retains possession of the ball will be extended to the last two minutes of each period.
posted by Etrigan at 01:44 PM on July 13
Nine thousand playoff minutes. That's insane; what's more insane is that LeBron is within 1000.
posted by Etrigan at 12:06 PM on July 11
Bartolo Coln is going to the All-Star Game. So the entire world doesn't suck.
posted by Etrigan at 06:45 PM on July 08
There is no possible way that those two weren't "impaired" in some way.
I once woke up on the side of a highway, my car turned off, my seat belt off, the keys in the passenger seat. To this day, I have no idea why I'm not dead.
posted by Etrigan at 10:46 AM on July 07
A more recent wrestling storyline version.
posted by Etrigan at 09:29 AM on July 05
The latest episode of Malcolm Gladwell's podcast is about why so few basketball players shoot free throws underhanded. Pretty good.
posted by Etrigan at 10:07 AM on June 30
Florida State declares itself 2015 Florida state football champions and spends $62K on championship rings.
posted by Etrigan at 07:39 PM on June 28
She had one class (her last) that never went to a Final Four since the NCAA women's tournament started. One.And that class won three SEC championships.
posted by Etrigan at 07:33 PM on June 28
Why Lionel Messi's "Retirement" Is Probably Just A Threat
posted by Etrigan at 09:24 AM on June 27
This is a "Wait a minute, strike that, reverse it" thing, right?
posted by Etrigan at 06:54 AM on June 19
A couple of similar discussions from last year.
posted by Etrigan at 04:28 PM on June 17
Christ(ie), what an asshole.
posted by Etrigan at 07:09 AM on June 11
No, it was still Euro 2016.
posted by Etrigan at 07:08 AM on June 11
Possibly the platonic ideal of "shocked but unshocked." He lived a hell of a life, and I'm sorry he's gone.
posted by Etrigan at 06:26 AM on June 07
I would think it would be much easier. Is he even in the NFLPA at this point?
posted by Etrigan at 12:37 PM on June 06
So, keeping it in a strictly sportsian context, will the NCAA have anything to say about this? They more or less abdicated their moral-arbiter-off-the-field role after Penn State, but could they twist this into "These players should have been eligible and therefore you lose X wins and suffer Y sanctions"?
posted by Etrigan at 01:27 PM on May 27
Kenneth Starr (yeah, that one) is reportedly about to be fired as President and Chancellor of Baylor University due to the ever-expanding scandal over sexual assaults by football players and cover-ups thereof. Ah, irony.
posted by Etrigan at 11:47 AM on May 24
It was Colon's own fault that his cover was blown. Because he briefly represented himself in the custody dispute, his name was listed as an attorney in the case, sabotaging the "anonymous" shield the former couple had been granted by a judge.
posted by Etrigan at 01:40 PM on May 19
I was actually watching the Golf Channel when this broke (the baby likes green and soft, soothing voices), and over the next hour or so, I was struck at how they seemed totally incapable of finding anyone who would publicly defend the restriction. Every time another middle-aged white guy popped up on the screen, I'd think, Okay, here we go..., but nope, the sonofabitch would talk about how it's 2016 and how are we still talking about this and look at how many women play golf and this makes golf look like a bunch of middle-aged white guys.
posted by Etrigan at 01:37 PM on May 19
"after which she was treated at a local hospital"
posted by Etrigan at 06:47 PM on May 14
It was a guinea pig (it's in the tags and some other story I can't find on my phone).
posted by Etrigan at 07:53 PM on May 12
Having problems with signing up new accounts. (I checked this and verified that it don't work at the moment.)
posted by Etrigan at 02:11 PM on May 09
Big Sexy, the Last Expo, the Dean of the Game, Bartolo Colon has hit his first home run.
posted by Etrigan at 09:47 PM on May 07
QB decommits from Texas A&M. Receivers coach subtweets. Several other A&M recruits say "Well, fuck you too."
posted by Etrigan at 10:59 AM on May 05
Skip Bayless has decided to leave ESPN when his contract expires at the end of August.
posted by Etrigan at 02:56 PM on April 26
I don't see Goodell (delenda est)) thinking that "backing down" in that way would be good for the shield.
posted by Etrigan at 02:05 PM on April 25
posted by Etrigan at 07:36 PM on April 24
Oh, god, Rembert Browne, never change.
posted by Etrigan at 03:15 PM on April 21
Specifically, say a team scores. They would then get the ball on their own 30-yard line and have one chance to gain 15 additional yards and keep the ball. If they failed to gain 15 yards, the ball would turn over on downs. Alternatively, the team could choose to punt instead of attempting to gain 15 yards.
(Fun fact: This rule changed was proposed by then-Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano.)
(Fun fact: This rule changed was proposed by then-Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano.)
posted by Etrigan at 02:12 PM on April 20
Conor McGregor: I have decided to retire young.
Thanks for the cheese.
Catch ya's later.
posted by Etrigan at 04:12 PM on April 19
Oh, Titans. Never stop Titansing.
posted by Etrigan at 12:43 PM on April 18
The Toronto Raptors have never won their first playoff game. They are now 0-8.
posted by Etrigan at 04:05 PM on April 16
Am I the only one who reads it as "La Rams" and thinks That really should be Los Rams... every so often?
posted by Etrigan at 01:20 PM on April 15
You could not have written a more fitting last game for Kobe.
posted by Etrigan at 09:13 AM on April 14
The collapse was so stunning and swift that I almost couldn't grasp what had happened.
The commentators noted that Spieth lost (I think) seven strokes to Willett in the span of 50 minutes.
posted by Etrigan at 04:10 PM on April 11
D'Brickashaw Ferguson retires after 10 years and 167 consecutive starts, having played every offensive snap for the Jets for the last decade (except for the final play of the 2008 season, where the entire offensive line was replaced by skill-position players (it didn't work)). He never so much as appeared on an injury report.
posted by Etrigan at 10:22 AM on April 08
PaddyPower refunded all Outright and 1st Round Leader bets on Els.
posted by Etrigan at 08:40 AM on April 08
15 Years Ago Today, Randy Johnson Exploded A Bird
posted by Etrigan at 02:41 PM on March 24
We're talking about the NFL. They barely recognize the existence of money in denominations less than $100 -- fractional dollars? No chance.
posted by Etrigan at 01:38 PM on March 24
It is also unclear why the omissions went unchallenged by league officials, by the epidemiologist whose job it was to ensure accurate data collection and by the editor of the medical journal that published the studies.
Really? Can't think of a $ingle rea$on that thi$ might have happened?
posted by Etrigan at 01:08 PM on March 24
For the record, holden, I wasn't offended, just surprised.
posted by Etrigan at 11:20 AM on March 24
Will this not put the ardent feminist into a bit of a quandary? I think I would like to watch the fireworks as this point is argued.
Bless your heart.
posted by Etrigan at 11:55 AM on March 23
Moore is out.
posted by Etrigan at 09:18 AM on March 22
Yeah, there's always a good argument for why a particular group doesn't really deserve equality.
posted by Etrigan at 05:25 AM on March 22
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