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
Yeah, I was thinking I'd wait a year (or at least a month) and see how much of it is available elsewhere in cut up form.
That's a good point. If it is all over the highlight shows, I don't really need my own feed. Too bad you can't get the All-22 for one team only.
I'm not sure I would buy it myself since it's only available post game
I would pay well north of $70 for live All-22, especially if I could switch back and forth to the default TV camera angle at will.
posted by Rock Steady at 05:01 PM on June 19
Wow. That is pretty cool. I might just buy that.
posted by Rock Steady at 02:59 PM on June 19
I liked the Dutch Future!Soccer uniforms. Too bad their play didn't live up to them.
posted by Rock Steady at 01:00 PM on June 18
You know how sometimes you are a fan of one team, and there is a player on another team who always seems to play well against your team, but you can't help but like him a little bit, and you hope that somehow he might end up on your team, but you know the odds of that are extremely low, given the intricacies of player transactions in major sports. Well, the Patriots are my team, and Junior was that player for me. I know he didn't exactly return to the performances of his prime when he signed with the Pats, but I always got a little extra pleasure when he would make a nice play.
I'm kind of with phaedon here. Wrap up this whole football thing now, or maybe try to play it without pads and with more frequent ejections for dangerous play, or something. This is too much.
posted by Rock Steady at 03:23 PM on May 02
Wow. I literally gasped when I saw that Google Maps view. Just a shame that the site is not respected or commemorated. I know Detroit has more serious problems, but damn.
posted by Rock Steady at 06:59 PM on April 23
Oh good. The coffin of my interest in the NBA needed another nail.
posted by Rock Steady at 12:26 AM on April 18
That is excellent news!
/Red Sox Fan
posted by Rock Steady at 01:13 PM on March 16
I loved Sean McDonough's "play-by-play" of the SkyCam being dragged off the field. "It's at the 42... Not great speed... Heading to the sideline, maybe to stop the clock..."
posted by Rock Steady at 12:25 PM on December 31
Excellent. I love things like this. Thanks for posting.
posted by Rock Steady at 03:13 PM on December 15
Tiger Woods, oh thank Glob. I thought you were talking about Favre for a minute.
posted by Rock Steady at 12:42 AM on December 05
The thing that bugs me about the MLB schedule is that teams are competing for the wild card(s) across divisions, putting teams in highly competitive divisions at a disadvantage.
posted by Rock Steady at 03:32 PM on November 16
Terrapin, I hope you had to google that to get that right.
I know that song better than I know The Star Spangled Banner.
posted by Rock Steady at 02:39 PM on October 19
It is a shameful practice. The Chargers were doing the same thing to the Patriots. At one point Tom Brady went and stood right over one of the Chargers as their medical staff were "treating" him.
I think we need a combination of Debo270's suggestion along with rcade's. I thought the exact same "If you cannot make it off the field in time for the next snap, you are out until the next possession change" rule, and I would expand rcade's idea to allow officials to call an Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalty on a player they know to be flopping. Obviously, you would only want to call that in extreme circumstances, but it would be good to give them that option.
posted by Rock Steady at 10:31 AM on September 22
Crappy dad, golddigging ex, whatever it may be, as a Red Sox fan, I've got to give this one a slow clap of respeck. Well played, Cabral.
posted by Rock Steady at 04:59 PM on September 21
So here is my hand-made attempt at reorganizing the NCAA into 4 super-conferences with no independents and 5 lesser conferences. I guess you don't really need a fifth super, but it's a shame to relegate teams like Boise St, TCU, Missouri and Louisville to the also-rans.
posted by Rock Steady at 12:38 PM on September 19
I was poking around a bit last night for something like an NBA Trade Machine for NCAA realignment but I couldn't find anything. It would be nice to have a little interactive listing of all the teams and the conferences that you could drag around and create your own version of the FBS. Ideally it would even rate your moves as something like "Likely", "Unlikely" and "Impossible" based on current rumors and agreements.
I say this because I feel like it should be more like five 16-team superconferences. If you limit it to just 64 teams, there are some worthy programs that get left out. I guess that makes any presumed playoff scenario unwieldy, but it seems more reasonable to me (I realize that reason has no place in college athletics).
posted by Rock Steady at 11:36 AM on September 19
It's really a shame the way offenses around the league were so off kilter due to the lockout.
posted by Rock Steady at 09:59 AM on September 13
He puts his pants on one leg at a time.
Yes, but his pants complete a 12 yard pass to Aaron Hernandez in the process.
posted by Rock Steady at 09:33 AM on September 13
That is a great story and an amazing gesture. Nicely played, Juve.
posted by Rock Steady at 09:47 AM on September 09
Now I feel bad about naming my fantasy team "Peyton's Stiff Neck".
Not really. Go Patriots.
posted by Rock Steady at 04:50 PM on September 08
Needs more Maryland flag.
posted by Rock Steady at 08:52 PM on September 06
Wow. I'm not being a homer here, but I really thought the Red Sox would be the number one American franchise, what with the geographic and social reach of Red Sox Nation. But well behind the Celtics even? Weird.
posted by Rock Steady at 12:19 AM on August 13
This guy is hoping he refuses to give up the number, thus giving Paul Lukas and others the pleasure of seeing OCHOCINCO above an 86 on the back of the jersey next year.
I think the Patriots' next acquisition will be Los Angeles Stallions running back Billy Cole.
posted by Rock Steady at 08:30 PM on July 28
Heh. What's the equivalent NBA benchmark? MJ considering a comeback?
posted by Rock Steady at 10:02 AM on July 25
In the coming era of bionic athletes, he will be their Jackie Robinson. Not saying he is worthy of the comparison, but I predict that's how he will be viewed.
posted by Rock Steady at 02:35 PM on July 20
Yeah, it was fun to have him on the Celtics. Sorry to see him go.
You should check out Shaq's reality show, Shaq Vs., in which he competes with superstars in various (mostly athletic) disciplines to see if, with a little training and a decent handicap, he can compete with them. Apparently he stole the idea from Steve Nash, but it's still great TV. Best to watch it DVR'ed, as there is about 15 minutes of actual content in each 30 minute show.
posted by Rock Steady at 10:15 AM on June 02
Is that a promise? Even more reason to unseat him. I say "blow up" FIFA and rebuild a new international governing body.
posted by Rock Steady at 03:07 PM on May 13
There's a chance for a buzzer beater...
posted by Rock Steady at 04:04 PM on May 06
That's a travesty. Honestly, though, he'll catch on somewhere, and whatever sport it is will be the better for it. I do think there was a natural affinity between Gus's incredible energy levels and the high-stakes, one-and-done nature of the NCAAs, but it's not like other sports don't have their own drama. He'd be great at calling an overtime hockey playoff game, for example.
posted by Rock Steady at 09:59 AM on May 06
the chances of this being a serious answer to an open-ended question are very slim
Do you think he is lying? That this is a joke answer? They are not making stuff up throughout the interview. They are telling funny stories (They are a very funny family, I must admit. Peyton\'s SNL appearance was head and shoulders above Brady\'s), but not, it seems, creating stuff out of whole cloth (aside from the obvious punchline about their Mom in the CFL). Frankly, the fact that this comes to mind when Peyton is sitting around shooting the shit seems somehow worse than if it were part of a serious interview.
posted by Rock Steady at 04:16 PM on April 27
Stay classy, Peyton. Setting another great example for the kids. I'm also a Pats fan, but it's so fascinating to me to watch the differences between Manning and Brady. Both are insanely competitive and successful, but Peyton does it by being a whiny control freak and Brady does it by being an almost robotic, ice-in-his-veins professional. I know which one I'd prefer to watch, even if I wasn't already biased.
posted by Rock Steady at 02:39 PM on April 27
That's going to be the grittiest, scrappiest, hard-workingest, shortest kidney anyone ever got. Seriously, though, that's a pretty amazing story. It's amazing that he would do such a thing with his career still potentially a going thing. Good for him.
posted by Rock Steady at 12:31 PM on March 29
That is goddamn hilarious. He can't even be bothered to look up? Wow.
posted by Rock Steady at 04:30 PM on March 24
Interesting. It's been said for years that the only reason the US does not compete internationally in soccer is that our best athletes are driven to other sports for financial reasons. If Ochocinco can make it in MLS after not playing the game for years it might lend credibility to that theory. Also, "Ochocinco" would make a great mononym, like Pele and Kaka.
posted by Rock Steady at 11:47 AM on March 18
Very cool. The Rays keep managing to do things that keep this Red Sox fan from hating them as much as maybe I should (Manny! I've missed you!).
posted by Rock Steady at 12:26 PM on March 10
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