Recent Comments by Mack Twain

Hell freezes over!

It was a great Superbowl, and I'm not saying that because I won $750... A new team went to the Superbowl, and a firsttime team won. There are still a lot of teams who havn't made it, plus those who have made it but lost, so this was in itself *good*. It was predictible in that in nine of the ten times the top defensive team has beaten the top offensive team, so to say the Raiders were a bunch of stumblebums takes a lot way from the Bucs; Tampa won the game more than the Raiders lost it. I personally like the Raiders because of their history of giving older players and outcasts a second chance, but I was immediatly struck by the seeming lack of enthusiam on the Raiders side of the field. Al Davis used to be a football genius but I hate his guts for the disrespect he showed Marcus Allen. I wonder: 1. Is Tampa's defense better than the Superbowl Ravens? 2. What happened to Tyrone Wheatly? 3. Why didn't the dude who ran back two intercepts for TDs get MVP? Someone said it was because the voting had already taken place 4. Is the salary cap problem going to hurt Tampa? 5. Why do people hate Bill Romanowski? Is it because of that time he spit in someone's face, because he went over to the enemy, or because he has four superbowl rings? Is Charles Haley the only guy with five rings?

posted by Mack Twain at 06:51 PM on January 27

Next time read the fine print...

What in the hell? This dropped off somehow: Unraveling BCS' confusing selection process And of course I meant "Rose Bowl East" for Gods sake. I misplaced another link where Rose Bowl officials said they would review all this when the contract with BCS expires (four more years I believe) but it looks like this will happen to at least one bowl every year and I believe if the money keeps pouring in they'll learn to live with it and steal good teams for their own bowl game when they get a chance. Or not.

posted by Mack Twain at 01:42 AM on December 10

The World According To Daniel Snyder

I think to be a 'good' proactive owner it really helps to know a lot about the game. Jerry Jones and Daniel Snyder will never amount to a pimple on the ass of Al Davis.

posted by Mack Twain at 10:30 AM on September 16

Oh. My. God.

"In the end the NRL Judiciary had little trouble differentiating between a "wedgie", a "finger up the arse" and the area between the "arse and the nuts" before finding Hopoate guilty". *In the end*...gotta love it!

posted by Mack Twain at 01:54 PM on May 19

A tradition unlike any other...The Masters.

I'm thinking Retief Goosen/Tiger, but the news here is the booting out of three past winners, Billy Casper, Doug Ford and Gay Brewer due to their non-competitiveness, while Arnold Palmer, who hasn't made a cut since the 1970s is left in. I personally agree with the culling process but only if it's across the board, otherwise it isn't about the level of play, it's a popularity contest. Instead of a lifetime exemption maybe it should be five years or something.

posted by Mack Twain at 01:04 PM on April 11

Critera: Sanctions, Win-loss record, and Graduation rate are certainly valid, but the Gender equity and Number of sports offered are mixing apples & oranges as far as I'm concerned. The top 20 list is about what I expected: a great school with lots of average or better sports programs satisfies the critera better than an average school with a few great sports programs. That's what college is supposed to be about, but I don't think that's what college sports are about.

posted by Mack Twain at 11:22 PM on March 15

I like the idea, especially because bowling has that 'everyman' tag to it, probably the #1 participation sport, in the western world at least. Sure, it's not as real as synchronized swimming or as practical as the biathalon, but it is a world sport. If the lobbying effort is anything like the effort Salt Lake City put out, bring lots of money.

posted by Mack Twain at 12:31 AM on February 28

My Own Private Dan Marino

Dan Marino is the wrong analogy. Compare the greatness in everything but the ability to win an Olympic Gold Medal with one of the greatest womens runners of all time, Mary Decker Slaney...lots of parallels between the two, but I hope Miss Kwan will know when to hang it up.

posted by Mack Twain at 11:04 PM on February 22

Monday is the expansion draft

owillis: When someone is picked up in an expansion draft, is a new contract negotiated or is their current contract just being picked up by the new team? I would like to see a column/post explaining salary cap also; I just can't seem to get it, specially when it comes to trades, defered salary, etc. thanks

posted by Mack Twain at 11:54 AM on February 13

The role of subjectivity in sport

Folks, there HAS to be some controversy, just to keep the buzz going. But it has to be of a 'decent' sort such as this, because NBC doesn't want their viewers so mad they tune out; otherwise they would remind us every five minutes about the bribery involved in a city being 'awarded' the Olympics. This Olympics has the disadvantage of not having a Tanya Harding type incident, so the pot wasn't already boiling, so to speak. BTW, last time I was in Vancouver, Washington I ran into Tanya; she's as cute as ever.

posted by Mack Twain at 11:24 AM on February 13

White like Me

Like Jeffrey Dahmer always said: "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but a meat cleaver will cut your head off".

posted by Mack Twain at 01:13 AM on February 13

The Russian Pairs Skating Dynasty lives on in 2002.

Frankly, I don't know who deserved to win, and I don't really care. All this whinging sticks in my craw.I havn't seen any whinging here, only opinions. This supposed north american bias is silly: the russian winners live and train in Hackensack, N.J, so in reality, the US won more Gold. This sort of thing reminds me of many fights I've seen that have went to a decision: The expert eye of the professional judge is often different than that of fans.

posted by Mack Twain at 11:56 AM on February 12

Lewis must fight Tyson

I was under the impression that license suspension/denial in Nevada was honored elsewhere, but apparently not. However, Nevada does have a regulation that prevents promoters from dealing with someone whose license has been suspended or revoked. 'A newly enacted (1997) federal law encourages states to recognize another state's suspensions but does not mandate it in all cases'. The above quotes from Tysons 1997 suspension. Bad news for boxing.

posted by Mack Twain at 11:05 PM on February 07