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"Tech doping"? How Speedo's LZR suit breaks swim records

You can tell the Olympics are coming when the local papers start having their baseball/football guys write columns on swimming. Our paper had one where the guy questioned even the possibility of suits making you go faster, and suggested the recent records were "because they worked harder".

posted by Smackfu at 02:50 PM on April 15

Vivian Stringer reaches 800 wins

Should be a good game tonight vs UConn. #1 vs #4, and #4 Rutgers won the other meeting this season. Of course, they'll probably play again in the Big Est tourney, and then possibly in the NCAAs.

posted by Smackfu at 06:48 PM on March 03

"Your all-star game logo, for the final, wonderful year of Yankee Stadium, sucks."

The 2007 one is very nice. The 2005 one linked in the comments is hideous. The Detroit Tigers font shouldn't be mixed with anything.

posted by Smackfu at 07:01 PM on September 06

The Smoking Gun Reveals Steelers Secrets!

I thought that was a lot more interesting than the average Smoking Gun rider. Not weird or wacky, but intersting. But then I love the arcana of organization.

posted by Smackfu at 11:01 PM on August 14

Police: Teen Posed as a Reporter at Shea.

I can't imagine they were thinking of sports writers when they drafted that law.

posted by Smackfu at 10:52 PM on August 21

US Stumbles Out of the Gates

The Japan Australia game was thrilling Yeah, and I'm kind of glad that the US wasn't on the bottom in that one.

posted by Smackfu at 09:07 PM on June 12

Steelers: Big Ben Injured In Motorcycle Accident

I'm surprised he doesn't have some kind of clause that prohibits riding without a helmet, considering how much risk it transfers to the Steelers. I've seen interviews with Ewan McGregor where he's said that while he's filming movies, he's banned from riding his bike entirely.

posted by Smackfu at 01:58 PM on June 12

Brackets trashed around the country.

Someone told me this morning that there are actually 4 people on the ESPN brackets that picked the final four. I want to know what kind of drugs they were using. I read a story about that somewhere, so it should be on Google News. The best part was that one of the guys thought he was picking George Washington instead of George Mason... he put in another bracket when he realized his mistake.

posted by Smackfu at 05:21 PM on March 29

Why skating is not a sport

Yawn. Wake me when some other hack writes this article again four years from now. You know it. Even the debate is unbearably boring now, it's been repeated so many times.

posted by Smackfu at 08:20 PM on February 21

Ice Dancing Results

The acrobatic ski thing was just prelims, so they're not going to focus on it. And they did show two other different downhill skiing events.

posted by Smackfu at 11:33 PM on February 20

Bode's a bust

It was silly to predict golds at all. You win the World Cup by finishing consistently good, not by winning every race.

posted by Smackfu at 03:38 PM on February 20

Bode's a bust

That one legged save in slo-mo was the highlight of the Olympics for me. Like an acrobat. I suppose I just can't get all worked up about a guy (and a sport) that I didn't care about last month and that I'll forget about by next month.

posted by Smackfu at 09:43 AM on February 20

The Agony of Defeat.

So in the end, this post is complaining about NBC censoring something they actually showed in primetime? Personally, I thought the ice skating fall by the Chinese girl looked way more painful. And that got a couple of slow-mo replays.

posted by Smackfu at 09:54 AM on February 14

Stewart Rips NASCAR For 'Dangerous' Racing

We don't need cars flying into the grand stands. One of these days someone is going to have a flipping roll that happens in the wrong place.

posted by Smackfu at 09:51 AM on February 14

True Grit in the Pairs Figure Skating Finals

The new scoring system doesn't deduct points for a fall, it just adds less for that element (as long as you complete the revolutions before falling). This isn't nearly as bad for the overall score.

posted by Smackfu at 09:47 AM on February 14

Stewart Rips NASCAR For 'Dangerous' Racing

Can they really do 200+ MPH safely? I seem to recall a lot of complaints about Atlanta, which is the fastest non-restrictor plate race.

posted by Smackfu at 09:22 AM on February 13

Kwan In Pain

She's won five world championships. That's pretty good.

posted by Smackfu at 04:50 PM on February 12

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

I like the concept of luge but can't actually stand to watch it on TV.

posted by Smackfu at 12:47 PM on February 07

Flagging support for the Olypmic opening ceremonies?

Note that they requested not to be nominated. It doesn't sound like they actually were offered and turned it down.

posted by Smackfu at 12:38 PM on January 19

Great Leap Forward

(There is nothing more boring than gas price discussions.) Wouldn't it REALLY hurt to go that high up over the ramp and then not land the trick?

posted by Smackfu at 12:51 PM on July 12

Blog For Sports

I think I'm missing the point, but a fake signed 8x10 for $15 seems like a better deal than a real one for $50.

posted by Smackfu at 03:00 PM on December 08

World Cup Germany 2006

Goleo VI rhymes with scoliosis.

posted by Smackfu at 02:55 PM on December 08

Kurt Busch

It's not a good idea to directly compare the new system's results to what the old results would have been. People would have been in different positions and raced differently. You definitely can't say Gordon was robbed with any real confidence.

posted by Smackfu at 10:48 AM on November 22

Why America hates football

Was Euro 2004 big in the parts of the world that worship football but aren't in Europe?

posted by Smackfu at 12:39 PM on August 02

Barefoot Long Jump

vito90, I just saw a review of the new Athens 2004 video game. You still have to pound buttons to run fast. Times never change.

posted by Smackfu at 12:34 PM on August 02

Why bullfighting sucks

When I was in Spain, I thought it was interesting that bullfight ticket prices are determined by whether your seat is in the shade or in the sun. Practical, eh? (Also, 6 bullfights are really boring, and they give you dirty looks if you leave early. And the arena was a deathtrap. They lock the entrance doors!)

posted by Smackfu at 11:18 PM on July 18

It was interesting mainly because it was like watching a trainwreck. He thought the sentence through, realized there was an objectionable word in their standard terminology, and the response was to apologize badly in advance, and then use it anyway! Wouldn't a sane man just use "sneak attack plays" instead?

posted by Smackfu at 02:28 PM on June 12

Wow, this is a confusing story. It made a lot more sense before she admitted to making it up. Now it's not clear what the basketball players did that was wrong. Legally nothing I guess, since not paying for prostitution isn't a crime. Though the Catholic-ness of the school lets them be punished by the school for pretty much anything that's sufficiently sinlike. (Like an orgy.) Can they expel you from the school for violating sports team rules? That sounds a bit transparent.

posted by Smackfu at 12:21 AM on February 07

He was on NPR today.

posted by Smackfu at 06:19 PM on November 05

Big East to add 5 teams today,

Poor Temple. Big East loses three schools that they have to replace... and still kicks them out. Where are they going now?

posted by Smackfu at 11:54 AM on November 04

Like sport so much you could watch two at once?

So does Ireland have football and Gaelic football? Or do they call football something else and call Gaelic football just football? Australia just calls football soccer, right?

posted by Smackfu at 08:50 PM on October 24

Is this the worst field ever assembled?

I went to the Greater Hartford Open this year. The biggest and virtually only "name" was Phil Mickelson. That was a weak field.

posted by Smackfu at 07:04 PM on October 17

USA! USA! USA! Not quite, but oh so close.

Fox Sports World actually. With the football and the cricket.

posted by Smackfu at 10:18 PM on October 16

USA! USA! USA! Not quite, but oh so close.

Let me be clarify that I'm not personally upset, because of course I'm an American, and don't care about rugby.

posted by Smackfu at 02:44 PM on October 16

USA! USA! USA! Not quite, but oh so close.

BTW, in the US, the games are delayed 72 hours. Fiji-USA isn't being shown until 10/18. So by putting the result in the post, you may have pissed off any of the rugby fans the US does have.

posted by Smackfu at 09:45 AM on October 16

Marlins advance to World Series.

Who was that sad looking guy they kept showing in the front row?

posted by Smackfu at 11:23 PM on October 15

Please God, make Sosa hit another.

Clearly God is not rooting for the Cubs.

posted by Smackfu at 10:08 PM on October 14

Oh Canada!

In grum@work's picture, he actually looks a bit like Tiger Wood. Check out this side-by-side comparison at Yahoo. Same hairline, same eyebrows. Different skin color.

posted by Smackfu at 03:27 PM on April 15

The stunning thing was that they didn't have a Conn. franchise in the first place. This is a state with no top-level pro sports. Just a bunch of minor league hockey and baseball teams (and arena football). So people are obsessed with college basketball, especially UConn women. What better market for the WNBA is there?

posted by Smackfu at 07:33 PM on April 08

The University of California Berkeley rugby team dominates the sport.

I guess I don't really understand why the other teams would schedule Cal. They're club teams, they can do what they want. It's not like the conference is forcing them to play.

posted by Smackfu at 07:30 PM on April 08

Nowadays the Daytona 500 qualifying is around 185 mph. In 1987, the last year before they tried to restrict it, it was 210 mph. That's quite a difference.

posted by Smackfu at 09:54 AM on April 07

We forfeit.

The sum total of remaining games is... two. The last one is on Saturday.

posted by Smackfu at 02:33 PM on March 05

My eyes! New windows everywhere!

posted by Smackfu at 10:47 PM on December 13

Jury to decide who owns Bonds' record No. 73 baseball.

There was an extensive article about this in SI one week. Can't find it online, but it went into much more detail then you'd think anyone would care about.

posted by Smackfu at 07:49 PM on September 13

If you don't want to give it to pitchers, that's fine, but then you have to change the name. Maybe MVNP? (most valuable non-pitcher)

posted by Smackfu at 01:20 PM on September 08

Thanks for the spoiler.

posted by Smackfu at 12:01 PM on August 21

Kissing your sister.

If you allow ties, then you're forced to introduce a points system to measure rankings, and what's the fun in that?

posted by Smackfu at 11:19 PM on July 10

US v Mexico

The Guardian's minute-by-minute match report of the US-Mexico game is very, um, amusing.

posted by Smackfu at 09:10 AM on June 17

Realigning college leagues.

All that stuff about "closest big market", and they dump Rutgers from the East? I guess the #1 market isn't THAT important. Sure Rutgers sucks, but still, if they're making that argument... And also, Wow! on some of those attendance numbers. 110,000 average attendance? Are they kidding?

posted by Smackfu at 12:02 AM on June 14

The funny part is that they do hire an accountant, they're really just bitching about having to sign so many forms and checks.

posted by Smackfu at 09:53 AM on April 10

Russia threatens to pull out of the Olympics

But it is based almost entirely on the long program, since it's worth twice as much as the short. And the math seems pretty simple to me. Hughes was 4th in short and 1st in long, which gives her a combined score of 4 * 0.5 + 1 = 3.0. Slutsakaya was 2nd and 2nd, for a combined score of 2 * 0.5 + 2 = 3.0. Kwan was 3rd and first, for a combined score of 3 * 0.5 + 1 = 3.5. Lowest score wins, ties go to who had better rank in long program.

posted by Smackfu at 10:22 AM on February 22

It does seem like the fix is in, though why they bother is anyone's guess. Newspapers in Norway and Germany and Sweden and Switzerland order it by Golds. All the US sites order it by total medals (ESPN, CBS Sportsline, Olympics.com). Even Yahoo! US and Yahoo! Germany do it different from each other. All told, it just moves the US from 2nd to 3rd. Interesting that if the US wins another Gold, they could be on top of the table used everywhere else, but not the table used here.

posted by Smackfu at 09:30 AM on February 21