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Dan Wheldon Dies in 15-Car Crash at Las Vegas

They're also going back to ground effects underneath the car (which was what CART/ChampCar used for their chassis) to lessen the dependence on the wings for downforce. instead of the flat bottomed cars they were racing in Indycars from the founding of the IRL up to this season. That should also decrease the tendency for cars to get airborne, especially if their wings get damaged.

It's such a shame. We were one race away from leaving these 8 year old cars for good. :(

posted by gyc at 12:38 AM on October 17

"You will never see a more dramatic conclusion to any motor race...

Well, remember that FIA gifted Massa 7 points (6 at Spa, the other 1 in his incident with Bourdais), so Hamilton would've wrapped up the championship in China with his win there.

posted by gyc at 01:19 PM on November 03

US MEN Win Curling Bronze 8-6 over Britain

On a related note, Canada won gold for the first time later that same day, thanks to the take-out heard around the world, yet you don't see any Canuck screaming GO CANADA!! on the front page. Weird. Well that's because they're *Canadians*, not to mention that isn't it pretty much a disappointment if the Canadians get anything less than the gold in curling? But man that triple takeout in the gold medal game by the Canadians was a thing of beauty.

posted by gyc at 11:12 PM on February 24

Ricky Williams Tests Positive for Fourth Time

Well, maybe not, chicobangs. As I understand it, at most (if not all) schools, the athletic department is a separate entity with it's own budget that comes from donations, ticket sales, TV revenue and such. Especially at UT, with its popular football program, it's probably earning more than enough money for the department to stay in the black and not need any additional money from the school itself to fund scholarships and other expenses.

posted by gyc at 01:54 AM on February 20

Slip Sliding Away: A quick and dirty preview of Olympic luge

I guess I'm immature, but I can't help but crack up when I see a two man luge go down the track.

posted by gyc at 09:11 PM on February 06

Steelers Won Super Bowl XL

Pittsburgh's MVP: Jeremy Stevens

posted by gyc at 09:42 PM on February 05

U.S. Hopes for Skeleton Gold Recede

Does steroids actually help in Skeleton? I know you need power for the start, but isn't the rest more about fine motor skills, fast reaction times, and smooth lines down the course?

posted by gyc at 12:35 AM on January 12

Just Another Halloween in Detroit?

Anyone else see the irony in the Sacramento Kings insulting another city?

posted by gyc at 05:21 PM on November 10

EARNHARDT INTO THE INTERNATIONAL MOTORSPORTS HALL OF FAME

Why is this Hall of Fame in freakin' Alabama? Indianapolis or Le Mans would seem more appropriate.

posted by gyc at 10:36 PM on November 02

Race turns into debacle after tire troubles

Maybe Goodyear hired some former Michelin engineers?

posted by gyc at 09:45 PM on October 16

Tigress Wie.

What the world of sports needs is a male sports also-ran who's a pointless dilettante, but very good looking. Then every time you homers start talking about Barry Bonds or Tom Brady or Roger Federer, I can say, "Yeah, but [blank] is better-looking." Jason Sehorn?

posted by gyc at 11:54 AM on October 05

Zanardi wins first race since losing legs

Awesome news. Er, what race did he win? According to the article, "Zanardi captured the seventh race of the world touring cars championships in his BMW 320i." More details...

posted by gyc at 05:24 PM on August 28

Move over, Danica!

I find NASCAR a lot more boring than F1 or ChampCars.

posted by gyc at 12:04 PM on July 19

Netball Under 21 World Cup is

I always had assumed that netball was just another name for handball. I guess not. I've never seen netball played anywhere and never even know such a game existed.

posted by gyc at 12:20 AM on July 19

Move over, Danica!

I don't think Danica needs to be moving over just because another woman won a race in a support race. If she had won in the Champ Car Series that would be a different story. Until she wins in the premier series, it doesn't mean much. Danica Patrick: 0 wins in 2 seasons of Toyota Atlantics Katherine Legge: 2 wins in less than 1 season of Toyota Atlantics

posted by gyc at 08:30 PM on July 18

Say it Ain't So Joe!

Woah I went to high school with the writer of the article.

posted by gyc at 04:42 PM on July 07

Takeru "Tsunami" Kobayashi is losing it.

And Sonya Thomas, the second place winner, is even smaller than Kobayashi. How do they not become fat bastards eating all that food? I'm assuming they train a lot in addition to the competitions. Maybe there's something about waxed eyebrows and being good at competitive eating.

posted by gyc at 01:43 AM on July 05

All-Bust Team

Well I guess when half of my fantasy team is mentioned somewhere on that page it's no wonder my team's in the gutter right now.

posted by gyc at 12:31 PM on July 01

Dallas Maverick's center Shawn Bradley to retire after 12 years in the game.

I remember reading articles about Bradley the year he was drafted talking about exactly why he wouldn't be a bist.

posted by gyc at 11:32 PM on June 24

"You know I've got one of those wonderful ideas ... women should be dressed in white like all the other domestic appliances."

Patrick has still yet to win a professional auto race in a a car and her only win in cars coming in the pro division of the Toyota celebrity race, so I'm still skeptical of her talent, although I'll still be rooting for her. Basically I'm just cautioning that she might be a solid racer who picks up a win here and there, but she might not be the female auto racing Tiger Woods as some are hoping.

posted by gyc at 02:02 PM on June 21

"I'm an athlete, I can walk up the stairs"

Ditto, Ufez. Oh and I guess it also sucks for him.

posted by gyc at 11:02 PM on June 06

Rafael Nadal the new tennis king?

He might also be the new Michael Chang.

posted by gyc at 01:31 AM on June 06

That's a whole 'nother type of racing!

Who the hell is Danica Spencer?

posted by gyc at 08:48 PM on May 21

"It's pretty disrespectful"

And volfire, both law enforcement and the infantry have physical standards that eliminate people who can't hack it. There are men and women competing for both and if they're physically incapable of doing the job, they don't get it. There is no special treatment for women in these cases; how can you argue, therefore, that women do a worse job in both? Sorry to get off topic, but I thought that there were different standards for male and female officers and military personnel. I distinctly remember that the requirements for things such as number of situps or pushups in the military were different based on gender.

posted by gyc at 10:13 PM on May 13

Yahoo Fantasy Baseball: Week 1 Standings

I'm CMOS. My pitchers are absolutely horrible and can't seem to buy a win. Watch out once my pitchers finally show up to play... or not...

posted by gyc at 02:34 PM on April 14

What Would Morrie Think?

He's innocent. It was Karl Rove who did it.

posted by gyc at 02:10 PM on April 08

North Carolina Wins National Championship

Yeah it must have been the great UNC defense that made Illinois miss all those wide open 3's, especially in the last minute or so of the game. They got plenty of wide open looks if they just hit one the result might very well have been different.

posted by gyc at 05:24 PM on April 06

Are You Ready for Some Football?

NASCAR would probably claim that they're the 4th major sport.

posted by gyc at 08:13 PM on April 04

An Illini never forgets?

Perhaps because it was slimy to tape phone conversations with a teenager w/o his permission, or to continually harass a teenager with phone calls? Or that Illinois was cleared of the allegation. Or it might be because Illinois fans felt like the NCAA was very harsh in its penalties for the very minor violations they did uncover (what kind of penalties would Duke or Notre Dame have gotten for the same violations?) and felt that the penalties were payback for the university questioning the NCAA and the allegations. Illinois fans also feel like that Bruce Pearl took down a nice and decent man like Lou Henson and forced him into early retirement with his unfounded allegations.

posted by gyc at 02:20 PM on March 22

Bracket?

Oh my I hope no one picked Kansas to go deep in the tourney.

posted by gyc at 12:54 AM on March 19

Bracket?

I'm in (Fantasy Baller). Every year, I pick Illinois for the final four and this year it might actually not totally screw my chances of winning.

posted by gyc at 09:34 PM on March 16

Yahoo Fantasy Baseball League 2005

I'm in.

posted by gyc at 05:23 PM on February 20

The Oakland A's of college football.

I wonder how much of this is just covering his own butt for the lackluster (ranking-wise) recruiting class.

posted by gyc at 08:40 PM on February 04

What should be the top sports story of 2004?

Hikaru Nakamura winning the U.S. Chess Championship.

posted by gyc at 02:53 PM on December 29

A.pparently P.ulledOut of BCS

The other divisions already have playoffs, why not Division I-A? Plus the bulk of the games, if not all of them, would be played while the school's still on break. Even if they were played after schools are back in session, it's not like the first week or two of classes are that important anyway.

posted by gyc at 09:06 AM on December 22

It happens every year, in every sport.

I've been watching the CFL pretty regulatly for 3 years now on the CBC here in Michigan and I still don't quite understand the rule they have for kicking. That being said, I will say that I do enjoy the style of play a lot more than the NFL.

posted by gyc at 12:46 AM on November 02

This is it

So any ideas on how the Red Sox are gonna fuck this up?

posted by gyc at 08:24 PM on October 20

Boston. New York. Game 5

This fucking sucks. I can't find the Cardinals game on TV anywhere because of this stupid fucking game.

posted by gyc at 08:59 PM on October 18

BOS/NYY Game 2, and HOU/STL 1, thread post. Chat away

Amen rocketman, although after having my hopes dashed a couple of times in the NLCS in recent years I'm trying to be cautiously optimistic. Of course the Cardinals are off to a good start.

posted by gyc at 09:44 PM on October 13

Yahoo 2004 MLB Pool Final Results

I think I just might have to come back out of retirement after winning the 2002 SpoFi MLB fantasy league to show you guys how it's really done and put an end to this potential dynasty.

posted by gyc at 11:10 AM on October 11

Win one for the Gipper

Washington Filibusters

posted by gyc at 08:02 PM on October 07

"...because Angola is playing even worse than the Americans, they're in the quarterfinals in the Athens games."

I wonder if Team USA's problems this year will start to appear for other international teams as the NBA gets more and more international. If the other basketball federations aren't careful, it's possible that in 4 or 8 years many of them will do the same thing as Team USA and throw together a group of players merely because they're in the NBA without regard to team chemistry and the specific needs of a team.

posted by gyc at 05:54 PM on August 22

Think the Olympics Look Better in HD? Think Again.

It shows how ignorant and inexperienced they are Well, their Fox Sports Net regional networks have experience covering a wide variety of events. OK, so they might be covering college gymnastics or track and field meets, but they could draw on that experience. It's not like they could be much worse than NBC. it's times like these that i wish i lived closer to our northern neighbors. Damn. I go to school in Michigan and get the CBC, but unfortunately I'm stuck in California till the end of the Olympics and will miss out on their coverage of the games.

posted by gyc at 01:19 AM on August 17

Dallas Burns!

So what does FC mean? Football Club?

posted by gyc at 12:23 AM on August 13

Masters of the Mic

I would've put Jack Buck as one of the top baseball play-by-play announcers and replaced his Kirk Gibson call with the 1985 NLCS call "Go crazy folks, go crazy!"

posted by gyc at 02:18 PM on July 26

Ricky isn't running anymore.

I think he's very smart. RBs get beat up very quickly in the NFL. If he's been careful with his finances he should be set for life. Why not quit now while he still has the health to fully enjoy it?

posted by gyc at 04:50 AM on July 25

Some NBA rules regarding Free Agents, rookies, trades and signings

I'll definitely do that.

posted by gyc at 10:41 PM on July 14

Some NBA rules regarding Free Agents, rookies, trades and signings

Mark Cuban is great and I've become a huge Mavericks fan, not just because of him but because of the exciting brand of basketball they play. I'll have to be sure to catch a game next time I'm in Dallas.

posted by gyc at 09:11 PM on July 14

"We're all just guys."

You all that say Ford is the frontrunner to be the first black President don't know that Obama has a primetime speaking slot at this year's dem national convention, it's his coming out party. Ford does not have the resume that Obama has, and Obama is the strongest public speaker the Dems have other then Slick Willie. Maybe so, but based on what I know, Ford is much more of a moderate, is from the south, and is also very charismatic, all essential qualities of a Presidential candidate. Plus, do you really think someone with a name like Barak Obama (which is to say, doesn't sound "American") really has a serious chance of winning a national election in the near future?

posted by gyc at 01:13 PM on July 14

"We're all just guys."

Ditka is the sacraficial lamb, the GOP in Illinois is a god awful mess. Well, if Ditka runs, I think the Illinois GOP would actually try to win the thing. IMHO, only him and possibly Jim Edgar have any chance of winning the race for GOP entering at such a late stage, simply due to name recognition. Obama is the Dem running for Senate in Illinois, he is well funded, well liked, and is the best prospect the Dems have to be the first black President. I think Harold Ford, Jr. would have something to say about that.

posted by gyc at 01:35 PM on July 13

Myskina wins French Open

I think it's all about Ashley Harkleroad.

posted by gyc at 02:23 AM on June 07

But, what about the fundamentals?

Am I watching the same women's basketball as you people? When I watch a WNBA or women's NCAA game, I see lots of bad shot selection, wild shots, and a lot of out of control play. I don't see the emphasis on fundamentals that you guys see. In fact, I think the phrase "good fundamentals" have somehow become codeword for unathletic slow players (see it being applied to Princeton and other predominantly-white men's teams and now being applied to women's basketball).

posted by gyc at 12:06 PM on March 31

Dear Maryland: Hello from the Sweet 16. Hope you enjoyed your bus ride back home. Sincerely, Illinois

posted by gyc at 05:18 PM on March 24

Maryland so did not deserve a 4 seed Signed, A Pissed Off Big 10 Fan

posted by gyc at 07:21 PM on March 14

Did Colorado use sex parties to lure recruits?

posted by gyc at 07:43 PM on January 29

FIFA head calls foul over international scouting and recruiting.

I don't see how it's "neo-colonialist" to pay people hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars to play a game, especially in poor developing countries.

posted by gyc at 03:24 PM on December 17

Joe Horn dials up some controversy...

There are a lot of wacky celebrations in soccer. I wonder if any of them compare with the celebrations we see in American football.

posted by gyc at 12:05 PM on December 16

USC gets ripped off

USC played a weak schedule. They couldn't help it, but I can see why Oklahoma and LSU are ahead of them. They both played much tougher schedules.

posted by gyc at 07:54 PM on December 07

American hockey fans! Get ready to watch the most widely-awaited game in years... oh. Perhaps not.

It's lucky for me that I can get CBC here in Michigan. That begs the question though, why doesn't the CBC try to market themselves to cable/satellite systems in the U.S.? It's great being able to watch more hockey and canadian football.

posted by gyc at 04:43 PM on November 22

What about the Toronto Bluejays? Since they're in Canada they're not subjected to the U.S. trade embargo. Perhaps they could make an arrangement themselves with the Cuban government and force the U.S. owners to lobby the government for changes. I wonder how much political clout team owners have considering one of their own is now POTUS.

posted by gyc at 11:12 AM on November 01