Recent Comments by stockman

Tillman to Be Honored Sunday

A nice gesture and a great move but I wish they named the stadium after him instead.

posted by stockman at 11:49 AM on November 09

Buck O'Neil leads off

Hmmm, seems to me there should be a place for him in the Hall as it is now. Consider a "few" of his acomplishments; Sent the likes of: Ernie Banks, George Altman, Gene Baker, Francisco Herrera, Elston Howard, J.C. Hartman, Connie Johnson, Sweet Lou Johnson, Satchel Paige, Hank Thompson and Bob Thurman, to the Major Leagues. In 1942, O'Neil led the Monarchs to a Negro American League title and faced the Homestead Grays in the Negro World Series. Buck hit a robust .353, as the Monarchs swept the Grays in four games. O'Neil won batting titles in 1940 and 1946, blasting out averages of .345 and .350, respectively. After winning the 1946 batting title, O'Neil and the Monarchs met the Newark Eagles of the National League in the world championship. Buck hit .333 against the Eagles, along with two home runs (one a grandslam), but his Monarchs fell in seven games. His achievements also included being named to the East-West All-Star Classic in 1942, 1943 and 1949. Buck also had the honor of managing the West squad in 1950, 1953, 1954 and 1955. The West was victorious in all four contests. Buck's career also included playing for the 1946 Satchel Paige AllStars, who toured the nation against Bob Feller's All-Stars in a 14 game series. O'Neil succeeded Frank Duncan, in 1948, as manager of the Kansas City Monarchs. He continued to manage the Monarchs until 1955. Buck led the Monarchs to league titles in 1948, 1950, 1951 and 1953. In 1956, O'Neil was hired by the Chicago Cubs as a scout. Perhaps his greatest achievement came in 1962, when he became the first African-American coach in the Major Leagues with the Cubs. Today, Buck O'Neil chairs the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum Board of the Directors, and serves on the Veterans' Committee of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Although a member of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, he would CERTAINLY, IMHO, feel at home in Cooperstown, New York

posted by stockman at 07:38 AM on July 19

Promises kept.

Excellent story. Good on Ms. Oppenheimer.

posted by stockman at 07:13 PM on June 28

Johnson Waxes Off:

Hmmm, let me see, I am a lilly white, successful businessman that lives in the south. Can I be a member of Augusta National? No. One of the statements above said something to the effect of "it's a private club, they can allow whomever they see fit", Augusta National has that RIGHT, whether it's a good thing or a bad thing is a completely different debate.

posted by stockman at 06:04 PM on May 06

Former Packer Chmura rips Favre, calls him 'selfish'

Holy Cow!! More Packer homers here than I've seen in a long time. Brett should make up his mind and stop holding the Pack hostage. B.F. knows if he will play this upcoming year already I'm sure, stop the drama already. Mark Chmura is not even worth commenting on.

posted by stockman at 11:28 AM on April 04

Kyle Busch becoming a problem?

Aye, the stories on nascar.com are usually pretty bad. Look where the stories come from though, and you see why they're rather generic. NASCAR only wants to show the fans bits and pieces of the drivers, nothing in-depth or riveting. The whole site is basically just an advertisement with some (usually) feel good reporting. Before you flame me...I am a huge NASCAR fan.

posted by stockman at 10:42 PM on March 11

Kyle Busch becoming a problem?

That fact that Kurt Busch, was the interviewee in the story makes it laughable in itself. For Kurt to try and give anyone advice on how to act is ridiculous. To me it seems like a total family affair of arrogance.

posted by stockman at 07:10 PM on March 11

Baseball's Best Burger

Geez, ruining Krispy Kreme doughnuts...now that's a crime.

posted by stockman at 07:33 AM on March 11

Canadian Men Triumphantly Capture Curling Gold at Torino

Hoohaa, just about the only "sport" of these Olympic Games shown live.

posted by stockman at 11:36 AM on February 25

The Olympics We Missed

The article, aside from it's left slanted jabs, is not too far off.

posted by stockman at 11:34 AM on February 25

First Ever Womans Golf Rankings

The PGA Tour uses 40 tournaments to decide their rankings. Michelle Wie played in 15 tournaments. The Women's Golf Rankings didn't just pick that number out of their hat. Wie may BE the 3rd best women's golfer, however this ranking is, IMO, cash driven. Michelle herself said she was "flabbergasted" by the rank. Nuff said.

posted by stockman at 06:22 PM on February 21

Bode's a bust

I don't mind the fact Bode hasn't won any medals. What troubles me the most is his matter-of-fact attitude afterwards. Unfortunately this attitude has been repeating itself over and over again with many members of Team USA. Win, lose or draw, at least "ACT" like it matters, even if it really doesn't. I remember a time when athletes would look like they were actually going to die because they had lost their event in the Olympics. Maybe my view has been jaded a bit, but I just don't see that kind of emotion from the American athletes these days.

posted by stockman at 07:33 PM on February 20

Curt Gowdy dies

Definitely loved him on "American Sportsman" as a kid. One of the voices of my youth. A sad day for sports fans everywhere.

posted by stockman at 07:17 PM on February 20

Son of colts coach commited suicide

Mmmkay, can someone delete this now?

posted by stockman at 07:57 PM on February 17

Bryant Gumbel Torches Olympics

What if Jim Nantz said, while speaking of the Summer Olympics, "These aren't the world's greatest athletes, and it feels like a rap concert". Just wondering.

posted by stockman at 10:13 AM on February 17

The Agony of Defeat.

I think NBC, like most networks, were waiting to find out the extent of injuries before putting the crashes on TV. Just my .02c

posted by stockman at 07:00 AM on February 14

Test Your (Winter) Olympic Knowledge

35% for me.....PU that stinks!

posted by stockman at 05:21 PM on February 07

AT&T: Yet another name for Giants ballpark: Delivered.

I personally like "Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field". The ultimate homer. :) For all of the uninitiated masses here, I guess it would be, Lambeau Field, Arrowhead and unfortunately..Yankee Stadium.

posted by stockman at 04:10 PM on February 03

NFL Network To Air 8 Regular Season Games

We already have commercials on our "pay" (cable) television. Hopefully this will fail miserably, unfortunately it probably won't. When Monday Night Football was moved from ABC Sports to ESPN, the reason ABC wasn't "willing to put up a fight" as rcade stated is because both networks are owned by Disney, why fight yourself? Tagliabue and the NFL are smart, very smart. The NFL would not be doing this if they didn't see a profitable future in it. I think this is a trend that will only spiral into full on pay-per-view in the future. Sad really.

posted by stockman at 03:29 PM on January 29

Seahawks Soar Over Washington

Terrapin, i see zero correlation in "black face actors" and "lynchings" to sports mascots and/or nicknames. Perhaps I'm not as insightful or as deep as you in these matters. I'm just a poor honky that likes football.

posted by stockman at 12:47 PM on January 15

Broncos Drop Patriots

The game was good and the Broncos won rather handily with the 5 turnovers given them. I think the Bronc's have been overlooked a bit all year, and man are they tough at home. As for Bruschi and comeback player of the year, I'll give him that easy. I am, however, glad the Pats are out, so the homers at ESPN can stop saying "Bruschi", "inspiration", and "phenomenal" 150,000 times per ANY football show they have on the air. disclaimer...I am neither a Broncos nor Patriots fan. I just love football.

posted by stockman at 08:53 AM on January 15

Seahawks Soar Over Washington

Good game played in abysmal conditions. The Hawks showed some intestinal fortitude after the loss of Alexander, as Morris and Mack Strong really stepped up. D. Jackson also had a brilliant game with 143 yds and a TD. The NFC title game should be a good one no matter who wins between Carolina and Chicago. p.s. If the NCAA and others are successful in replacing any Native American references in sports with benign substitutes, they will further push that culture and its rich history from the national consciousness. It may sound absurd to some that a man dressed in war paint and feathers running along the sidelines at a football or basketball game will raise awareness and interest in our nation’s past. But if you look at it as a tribute rather than a slam — and I believe most people do — then yes, it will. And just think about the alternative: When there are no such cultural reminders, that segment of society is in greater danger of being forgotten.

posted by stockman at 08:40 AM on January 15

Miller DQ'd near finish line of Swiss race.

Last time I checked this was a Sports Blog, not a national news publication. The incinuation that someone is irresponsible while posting to a blog is ludicrous. It's a shame Bode got DQ'd at all, when he wins or does well it tends to piss the rest of the skiing world off.

posted by stockman at 11:41 AM on January 13

'They want it to be a thinking game instead of a football game'

Wonder if that article is pinned up and highlighted in the Colts locker room yet? Just wondering.

posted by stockman at 04:29 PM on January 12

Alexander Runs Away With MVP

Alexander has been a great player ever since he came out of The University of Alabama. Playing on the West coast, IMO, he has been overlooked for way too long. A well deserved MVP winner.

posted by stockman at 05:53 PM on January 05

Venezuela rebuffs veto on Cuba's World Classic Participation

Interesting story I'm sure....wish I could read it.

posted by stockman at 01:27 PM on December 28

Colorado Coach Gary Barnett Steps Down

BTW...just kiddin' about Mike Bohn...they should add an "er" after his name.

posted by stockman at 11:27 PM on December 08

Colorado Coach Gary Barnett Steps Down

Watched the whole press conference tonight , and Barnett emphatically stated he "Did not resign". IMHO he also didn't seem very upset about getting the axe either. Perhaps that is one of the reasons other than the most glaring that he was canned. His stoicism and lack of emotion probably cost the ice-man. The new (8mos) AD Mike Bohn seemed full of energy and fire, which was a breath of fresh air after Barnett. Hopefully their "search committee" will find a coach that will take CU to the next level. Perhaps Dan Hawkins from Boise State, or Pat Hill from Fresno St. would be a good fit.

posted by stockman at 08:36 PM on December 08

Deion Defends PlayMaker and T.O.

The epitome of money whores backing up each other...it makes me sick. These professional athletes have completely removed the word class from sports now. It really is disgraceful to even compare an ordinary man working a 9-5 job to anything these overpaid prima-donnas do.

posted by stockman at 04:20 PM on December 01

Lions fire Steve Mariucci.

Concur with most of above..i.e. Mariucci is an ok coach at best and Millen should be fired immediately. I never saw the reason for Millen getting the GM job in the first place. What exactly, if any, are Millen's qualifications anyway? Detroit professional football has been mired in mediocrity since I've been alive...and I'm 40. Quite a shame.

posted by stockman at 05:02 PM on November 28

Larry Brown announces this will be his last coaching stop

Larry has always had the wanderlust. Maybe he can settle down in the Big Apple. I do find that notion rather hard to believe, with what looks like a below average team and salary cap problems, it certainly won't be the instant gratification he usually gets. I would be VERY surprised if he lasts more than a year before retiring or skipping town...again.

posted by stockman at 07:28 PM on July 29

Reflecting on 10 years of ESPN.com

ESPN is most definitely the biggest thing to EVER happen to sports, and for that I say "Thanks". That being said, it's self-promoting agenda has become increasingly intolerable, and in my opinion ESPN has definitely gone downhill since the Big Mouse became head honcho.

posted by stockman at 03:43 PM on April 01