Interesting. I really like the idea of sparking promotion/relegation in the US from the bottom up.
posted by Rock Steady at 04:20 PM on May 09
That's fantastic. I think it was Roger Clemens that thought his cabbie had dropped him off at a warehouse instead of Fenway Park on his first day with the Sox. Granted, Kenmore has improved a bit since then, but there are still areas around the park that similar to that shot in Cuba.
posted by Rock Steady at 02:48 PM on March 23
Also, even if they don't formally adopt the showing of cards (they won't), I hope broadcasters attach a little yellow card onto the player's name in any on-screen graphics, so we can keep track of who has been booked.
posted by Rock Steady at 01:56 PM on March 23
I think it is a good rule, but boy howdy, this is going to put a ton of scrutiny on every single personal foul call, as players will be (perceived or real) forced to play more cautiously after that first yellow card. Even if they don't end up ejected, fans will be furious that their player's hands were tied.
posted by Rock Steady at 01:54 PM on March 23
Fascinating. I'd love to see pictures of that LA Rams office.
posted by Rock Steady at 05:45 PM on February 11
He also owns a stake in a couple of Budweiser distributors.
posted by Rock Steady at 08:24 AM on February 08
In the darkest timeline, the St Louis Stallions are aiming for their 5th Super Bowl victory in the past 15 years, and the New England Rams are heading back to LA.
posted by Rock Steady at 08:44 AM on January 14
KC over Houston by 4Cincinnati over Pittsburgh by 10Seattle over Minnesota by 7 - Lock It InWashington over Green Bay by 3
posted by Rock Steady at 03:30 PM on January 07
or if Dombrowski's press conference included the line, "We know he will suck for the last 4 years relative to his pay, we just don't care, we're so stinking rich."
I feel like that is just taken as read in all megacontracts these days, especially from the super-rich teams.
posted by Rock Steady at 03:52 PM on December 02
Excellent. Fascinating to see that it works out in the end, when it could have become mired somewhere below what is now Division I or even expired by being held by a team that disbanded its football program. I wonder what team has had the most chances at the Belt without ever winning it?
posted by Rock Steady at 04:24 PM on November 25
I have a question about the ruling on the final play of MNF. My brain tells me that recently (within the last 5-10 years) the out of bounds rule was changed such that the ball carrier has to go out of bounds while attempting to make forward progress in order for the clock to stop. If they just run (or roll, as last night) sideways to get out of bounds, the clock keeps rolling. That makes the call on that final play correct, but neither Steratore nor Blandino explained it that way after the fact. Many people on Twitter last night and a random answers.com post seem to agree with me (and make me think I'm not totally insane), but other than that, I can't find any evidence of that interpretation of the rule. Does this sound familiar to anyone else?
posted by Rock Steady at 08:56 AM on November 24
Did they really Lane Kiffin him overseas? That's amazing.
posted by Rock Steady at 12:17 PM on October 05
Love the shiny shorts. I'd like to see that old-school style come back.
posted by Rock Steady at 11:39 AM on July 21
ESPN's Megacast of the College Football Playoffs Championship (do we have a short name for that yet? The Championship?) might be an instructive model.
posted by Rock Steady at 12:03 PM on February 03
Are you really trying to steal the NFL's incompetent thunder, MLB?
posted by Rock Steady at 02:03 PM on January 27
My understanding is that this sort of thing is like a spitball in baseball. Illegal if you get caught, but done often enough that it's not the sort of shocking scandal some seem to want to make it out to be. Aaron Rodgers said in an interview this week that he routinely asks his crew to overinflate the balls, for example.
posted by Rock Steady at 05:01 PM on January 21
I mean, I'm glad pitchers have this option for protection if they want it, but... Yeah, it's-a me, Mario!
posted by Rock Steady at 11:21 AM on June 22
That was amazing, but I never ever ever want to play Ghana again. We are going to need better possession going forward.
posted by Rock Steady at 08:54 PM on June 16
I'll never forget the time he charged at Pedro Martinez in the 2004 ALCS like a raging bull and Petey judoed him to the ground.
posted by Rock Steady at 08:26 AM on June 05
A dedicated soccer stadium in Somerville would be amazing.
posted by Rock Steady at 02:39 PM on March 27
How do you say "Wellington Stanwick" in Czech?
posted by Rock Steady at 11:19 AM on January 06
Also, if you have a "signature political salute," you should probably be barred from any sort of political office forever.
posted by Rock Steady at 10:48 AM on December 30
If you have a buddy who is an anti-Semitic comedian about to be banned in your homeland for anti-Semitism, you may not want to make his signature political salute in front of a worldwide audience if you do not want to be considered anti-Semitic.
posted by Rock Steady at 10:47 AM on December 30
The floodgates are going to open on this, for better or worse.
posted by Rock Steady at 09:32 AM on November 21
Deadspin has a pretty good take on this, including a telling map of Braves' season ticket holders.
posted by Rock Steady at 10:14 AM on November 11
Ye Gods this series is not good for my heart. If there is a Game 7, I may watch it in the waiting room of a nearby ER, just in case.
posted by Rock Steady at 10:56 AM on October 29
They committed a penalty, the penalty was called, end of story.
Yup, just a routine, never-before-called penalty that resulted in an overtime defeat. Can't imagine why anyone would want to discuss that.
posted by Rock Steady at 12:43 PM on October 23
A couple things I think about this:
posted by Rock Steady at 01:18 PM on October 22
My friend at work who is a Yankees fan is really pessimistic, though it reminds me of my attitude going into this season as a Red Sox fan, so maybe they will come up with some surprises.
posted by Rock Steady at 05:00 PM on September 26
Before the 2016 Games, wrestling's makeover will include a few tricks borrowed from the MMA world (perhaps no more singlets, the addition of music, lighting, visual effects) to make the sport more entertaining.
It seems silly, but I do think losing the singlet would be a big help. It really makes the sport look dated. Also visual effects? Like a green screen mat, and then you can make it look like they are wrestling on the surface of Mars or in an ancient amphitheater? Awesome.
posted by Rock Steady at 11:59 AM on September 09
He and his band sure do seem to put on a hell of a show. Interesting to see them go with a younger, more relevant act as opposed to a "Lifetime Achievement Award" type choice. My daughter (12 years old) was watching football with me yesterday for a little bit, and she was very excited about this news.
posted by Rock Steady at 11:46 AM on September 09
Elway throws seven touchdown passes
posted by Rock Steady at 09:41 AM on September 06
That game was a fun experiment testing the immoveable wall of my hatred of the Baltimore Ravens against the irresistible force of my hatred for Peyton Manning.
posted by Rock Steady at 08:26 AM on September 06
I was struck by how bad he looked at merely throwing the ball. I guess I've never really watched his mechanics that closely, but he looked like an amateur out there last night. Some of his throws were so far off the target it was inexplicable.
posted by Rock Steady at 02:09 PM on August 30
Wow. That's an incredible bargain for the NFL. I guess that is a lot of money for most of those guys, but it just seems so pitiful when compared to the massive behemoth that is the NFL these days.
posted by Rock Steady at 02:25 PM on August 29
That's terrible. I'm not a NASCAR fan, so I really only know him thanks to Patrick and Olbermann, but he seemed to be a likeable guy with a good sense of humor.
posted by Rock Steady at 11:29 AM on May 17
In the NHL's never-ending quest to kill the geese that lay its golden eggs, they will turn one of the most unique events on the sports calendar into a regular occurrence.
posted by Rock Steady at 11:27 AM on April 17
Oh no, there's a man down.
posted by Rock Steady at 11:23 AM on April 17
I swear there is a market out there for Vintage Golf, a la Vintage Base Ball. Let people rent knickers and caps and Spoons and Mashie Niblicks and sell them a bucket of repro gutta percha balls and send them out for an afternoon.
posted by Rock Steady at 09:01 AM on April 15
The Bruins are now the team to beat in NHL '94.
posted by Rock Steady at 04:27 PM on April 02
It looks so bland and corporate. Like an airline or shipping company logo.
posted by Rock Steady at 11:29 AM on March 28
Ugh. I'm not a huge hockey fan, so I didn't hear the rumors about him going to Boston until yesterday, but I was really excited to watch him play for the Bruins. I guess it's good that he's going to a good hockey town like Pittsburgh, but it's a shame he had to leave at all.
posted by Rock Steady at 09:47 AM on March 28
Still think whoever scheduled Friday's game in Denver ought to be fired, that was a terrible decision. Dick's is a great venue, not complaining about them getting a game, but not in March.
I assumed it was to get the team used to playing at altitude for Azteca.
posted by Rock Steady at 09:40 AM on March 28
That was intense. I agree with you about the non-call, but it's shocking Mexico didn't get the benefit of the doubt on that one at home. I was not too worried about the lack of offense. It seemed clear that they were going with a very conservative game plan, largely eschewing counter-attacks to prevent getting caught out by a quick counter-counter-attack, especially with the concerns about the fullbacks going into the match. The US did have some sustained periods of good possession on the Mexican side of the field, especially in the second half.
posted by Rock Steady at 09:10 AM on March 27
I can't find the tweet now, but my favorite was one that was bemoaning the state of their busted brackets by noting that "FGCU is actually how most students at Florida Gulf Coast spell Fuck You" or something to that effect.
posted by Rock Steady at 11:54 AM on March 25
posted by Rock Steady at 09:48 AM on February 14
Huh. I kind of got into Modern Pentathlon at the London Games (#JJGo) so I'm glad to see it's still around, but for me there is not a more Olympic-y sport than wrestling. Maybe the IOC didn't like any of the other sports applying for bids ("baseball and softball, karate, squash, roller sports, sport climbing, wakeboarding and wushu") so they figured they dump a sure thing into that pool? I guess I need to stop assuming the decisions of international sports governing bodies are going to make any kind of sense.
posted by Rock Steady at 01:31 PM on February 12
It's almost inconceivably tone deaf of them to have even considered making a mock-up of that hat. I thought it might have been a hoax when I first saw it on Uni Watch.
posted by Rock Steady at 10:01 AM on February 12
Dick Vitale and the play-by-play guy (Mike Patrick?) were genuinely concerned, first about their own safety as the fans gathered at courtside, and then were horrified when they saw the guy in the wheelchair being pushed onto the court. Good to know someone was looking after him.
posted by Rock Steady at 11:00 AM on January 15
So this is basically an anti-Tebow move, then? At this point I'd be surprised if they don't Photoshop Tebow out of the team photos.
posted by Rock Steady at 11:11 PM on December 31
At this point in time, were I of colour or gay, and had the mad skills to play that level I wouldn't even consider Zenit St. Pete...
Yeah, I feel like the fans have probably achieved their goal at this point by making it a completely unpleasant place to play.
posted by Rock Steady at 04:40 PM on December 17
Love Charles Pierce. This lockout is just so unbelievable. You literally would not believe it if it were in a work of fiction.
posted by Rock Steady at 09:51 PM on December 11
Duncan, T. -- DNP (Commissioner's Decision)
posted by Rock Steady at 12:00 PM on November 30
James Loney is also ineligible, because he was included in a mid-season trade, and is bad. Bad players are not literally ineligible, but they are effectively ineligible.
posted by Rock Steady at 03:22 PM on October 31
*sniff, sniff* Mmmmm, that's the sweet sweet smell of schadenfreude. Time for chicken and beer in the clubhouse, guys!
posted by Rock Steady at 09:32 AM on October 16
What a fucking weasel move. He knows they would only send him out against a non-contender, so he says he only wants to pitch against a contender. That way it seems like they just couldn't get the schedule to work out, not that he sucks. If he knew they'd only start him against a contender, he'd say "I don't want to ruin anyone's season, so I only want to pitch when it won't affect the pennant race." Weaselly bastard.
posted by Rock Steady at 11:47 PM on September 11
My brother has a cat named Johnny Pesky.
posted by Rock Steady at 05:29 PM on August 13
I think Jesse Thorn said it best. It's like your favorite uncle becoming a Scientologist.
posted by Rock Steady at 09:21 AM on July 24
And as everyone knows, you can't allow people who dislike each other into the same physical space without being legally responsible for all of their actions.
posted by Rock Steady at 01:16 PM on June 25
Baseball needs more henchmen, I've always said.
posted by Rock Steady at 12:07 PM on June 20
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