Recent Comments by ajaffe

Jose Altuve Asks to Play, Risks Batting Title

I had Altuve and won my league, too! All hail Altuve!

posted by ajaffe at 11:30 AM on September 29

Raul Ibanez Pinch Hits for A Rod, Hits Two Homers in Yankees Win

Separated at birth: Raul Ibanez and Lord Voldemort.

posted by ajaffe at 12:11 PM on October 11

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Here's a New York Times article:

http://fifthdown.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/20/r-c-owens-and-blocking-that-kick/

posted by ajaffe at 07:03 PM on September 10

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I think the 49ers tried to use RC Owens (he of the Alley-Oop) to try to block long field goals in the 1950s. I think he did manage to tip one away, and the league may have amended the rule after that, but I'd have to look it up.

posted by ajaffe at 07:00 PM on September 10

Tebow Traded to New York Jets

None of the three rings in the jets' circus will of the super bowl variety.

posted by ajaffe at 04:03 PM on March 21

Randy Moss Wants to Return to NFL

[insert sauerkraut on top of hot dog comment here]

posted by ajaffe at 06:16 PM on February 13

Suh Ejected for Stomping on Opponent

Agwaurora, Charles Martin was actually on the Packers...

posted by ajaffe at 11:19 AM on November 27

Jamaal Charles Tears ACL, Out for Season

With Charles out for the year, it seems unlikely that the Chiefs can rebuild their foundation on their quarterback, because, after all, Cassel's made of sand...

posted by ajaffe at 12:08 PM on September 19

Steelers Tie Record with Eighth Super Bowl Trip

Evidently, there was a problem with getting the plays in from the sidelines during that sequence. Congrats to the Steelers from this Jets fan.

posted by ajaffe at 11:56 AM on January 24

New York Jets Back Up Big Talk by Beating Patriots

It looked to me as if Greene thought about doing that for a moment...

posted by ajaffe at 02:24 PM on January 17

It's time to pitch the DH.

BoKnows, I believe that when the DH was introduced in 1973, it was on a three-year (or so) trial basis, but the league quickly (like, a month into the season) made it permanent.

posted by ajaffe at 01:36 PM on May 13

CFL Hall confirms class of 2008

thanks. i seem to recall that in 1987 or so, he had something like seven returns for touchdowns and for each one he claimed a peach-colored jacket from the CBC broadcast team. Some correct me on this if I'm completely deluded.

posted by ajaffe at 05:34 PM on April 05

CFL Hall confirms class of 2008

is henry "the gizmo" williams in the cfl hof?

posted by ajaffe at 06:54 PM on April 04

Bush Booed By Beltway Baseballers!

No post about any politician throwing out a first pitch is complete without this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVMiJdHTfUo

posted by ajaffe at 08:52 AM on April 01

Happy 25th, USFL!

[this is good]

posted by ajaffe at 08:40 PM on February 25

Giants Win Superbowl!

I'm not sure what time that was shot, but my wife was on her way into work near where the parade started and saw people all-but-passed out on the street in Giants garb at 9 a.m. or so. This gives you a good idea of the mood out there.

posted by ajaffe at 01:29 PM on February 07

Giants Win Superbowl!

duly noted, lbb. not really a comment on the super bowl by me, but rather an opportunity to get this out there...

posted by ajaffe at 12:24 PM on February 07

New leash on life: Raiders' Cooper dedicates himself to care of abused and mean dogs at animal shelter.

Check the comments with the story... That Live Wrong is a piece of work

posted by ajaffe at 10:10 AM on February 07

Giants Win Superbowl!

the definitive commentary on the big game? http://youtube.com/watch?v=2OR9sOID8_s

posted by ajaffe at 09:20 AM on February 07

Giants Win Superbowl!

Why did the clock continue to run after Brady threw the final incompletion? There were at least four seconds on the game clock and it ran down to one after the play was clearly over.

posted by ajaffe at 09:55 AM on February 04

Mets Get Santana

As a Mets fan, to me the best thing about this deal is that they now can abandon thoughts of Kyle Lohse and Livan Hernandez. The lineup still strikes me as a bit thin, especially at the corner outfield spots, the bench and the bullpen, if everyone's not healthy.

posted by ajaffe at 08:36 AM on January 30

The Joy of Six

Mason Dixon was also the name of a main character in "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes." It's come to this...

posted by ajaffe at 07:55 PM on January 26

Superbowl: Patriots vs. Giants 2.0

Pats fans -- how long do you think Bledsoe would have stayed on as the starter if Mo Lewis hadn't injured him? I doubt New England was grooming Brady as the starter before he was pressed into service and turned into Superman...

posted by ajaffe at 11:42 AM on January 22

1988, Year of the Card

The snarky, yet wistful tone, is just right...

posted by ajaffe at 07:30 AM on January 17

1988, Year of the Card

Seconding dyams on the baseball-card book -- one of the best sports books ever written. One quibble: It came out in the early to mid '70s, cos' I had a copy when I was in grade school. It was reissued in updated form in the early '90s. Years ago, I wrote a piece for a baseball Web site where I went back and found out that Charley Maxwell really didn't do all that well on Sundays in 1956...

posted by ajaffe at 10:28 PM on January 16

The Meat In An Ineptitude Sandwich

"Granted, it was Northwestern" Ahhh, times never change!

posted by ajaffe at 11:47 PM on January 09

Ice Bowl is one for the ages

While it did look like a pretty cool event (well, frigid, it being January in Buffalo), I'd be concerned about the added potential for injury to players like Crosby due to falling snow or hail. Dyams, since you've played in these conditions, can you address what impact the precipitation might have had on the ice conditions?

posted by ajaffe at 01:07 PM on January 02

Patriots are perfect 16-0

Chico, Do you mean to say that, by your reasoning, I should stop reading the Lotto column in my local paper just because the numbers being picked in the next drawing have nothing to do with any of the numbers picked previously? If that's the case, MR. BANGS, then Mr. Lotto wouldn't be the mogul he is. He'd be writing a crappy syndicated column appealing to weak-minded idiots... wait, never mind...

posted by ajaffe at 02:15 PM on December 30

Patriots are perfect 16-0

I hate the Patriots, but hats off to running the table. Still, it seemed to me that the calls were really going New England's way, especially in the first half (the play clock had hit zero before Brady took the snap on that early 4th-and-2 call; the defensive back foul that negated a 3rd-and-14 giants sack). Teams know how to beat the Pats -- it's just a matter of whether they can stay poised enough to do it. If the Giants had held on, I was going to make the comparison between this year's Pats and the '97 Vikings. I guess I still am -- I predict they won't go 19-0, but I'm hard-pressed to say who'll knock them off. I'd like to see Brett Favre do it.

posted by ajaffe at 08:11 AM on December 30

Last minute rally moves Patriots to 12-0

Did Billick call the time out that negated the 4th-down stop at the end? It looked as if much of the Ravens' defense wanted to kill the Baltimore coaching staff...

posted by ajaffe at 11:00 AM on December 04

A dark day as National Lacrosse League cancels 2008 season.

I went to a Titans match at Madison Square Garden early this year and it was great fun -- fast-paced, hard-hitting and down to the wire. Plus, everyone was invited on to the field after it was over to meet the players. Still, there were 1,500 spectators, tops, and that was disappointing. I would have gone back.

posted by ajaffe at 08:12 PM on October 18

New Panthers QB: Vinny Testaverde.

What happened to (Northwestern's own) Brett Basanez?

posted by ajaffe at 11:18 AM on October 11

Karma is the key for Rockies play-in to playoffs

it counts as a regular-season game

posted by ajaffe at 01:55 PM on October 02

Lions Stun Bears With Record 4th Quarter

Yale Lary (one r) is correct... Les Bingaman!

posted by ajaffe at 07:35 AM on October 01

Washington Nationals Say Goodbye to RFK Stadium

MSG wasn't great...

posted by ajaffe at 10:46 AM on September 24

Yanks' Shelley Duncan Crushes Poor Child's Hopes, Dreams, Future, Then Laughs And Sacrifices A Black Goat To The Dark Lords

A Louvin Brothers fan, THX? http://www.dustygroove.com/prip/7/6/20067i.htm

posted by ajaffe at 01:09 PM on September 18

The Juice is back

Well, I'm Aaron, and I often feel nullified. This story keeps getting better and better. Why did his "friend" feel a need to record the whole thing?

posted by ajaffe at 09:05 AM on September 18

"I prefer the whore that is your sister"

My apologies to anyone who thought my comment was directed at them -- it was, in fact, directed at the troll, and I regret taking the bait. In any event, I thought my comment was deleted...

posted by ajaffe at 07:32 AM on August 22

Michael Vick Admits to Dogfighting, Will Plead Guilty

bperk, I think Master P only did his first contract with the Saints -- wasn't it renegotiated at some point before Williams got to Miami? Meanwhile, as far as football penalties to Vick go, Goodell doesn't have to do a thing until Vick's out of prison -- he will probably wait to suspend him until then...

posted by ajaffe at 11:07 AM on August 21

"I prefer the whore that is your sister"

You've learned the cut-and-paste function! Lovely! Now go away, please.

posted by ajaffe at 07:57 AM on August 21

Ballplayer

I spent my childhood wishing that just once there could've been a way to pair him up with Ralph Kiner in the booth, perhaps for a Mayor's Trophy Game. R.I.P. -- to Phil and another chunk of my youth.

posted by ajaffe at 07:33 AM on August 15

Ichiro takes round-trip to All-Star history.

I was more impressed by his dinky single earlier in the game -- looked like a cricket batsman expertly placing an errant throw. I'm sorry he's off the market -- was hoping the Mets would make a run at him...

posted by ajaffe at 07:23 AM on July 12

Remember when he played for them?

dviking, as Terry Pluto's great ABA book points out, Wilt played four preseason games with the Q's, averaging 18 points. During the season, he just sort of disappear for days on end and let Stan Albeck coach...

posted by ajaffe at 02:25 PM on May 13

Remember when he played for them?

How about the single game that Rasheed Wallace played with Atlanta a few years back?

posted by ajaffe at 08:45 AM on May 13

Former 49er's LB Kevin Mitchell dead at 36.

I think Grum was being ironic...

posted by ajaffe at 12:54 PM on May 01

A Toss of the Dice, and History at Fenway. . .

The older Frank Thomas evidently had the talent for catching hard-thrown baseballs barehanded without flinching. The story I read had Willie Mays walking away rubbing his arm in pain after testing thomas before a game. Oh, and he had the ability to get into fistfights with Richie (later Dick) Allen...

posted by ajaffe at 01:34 PM on April 23

Hernandez outshines Dice-K at Fenway

Felix certainly is a different breed of cat. And I drafted him in the 10th round!

posted by ajaffe at 04:44 PM on April 12

Dirk Gent(leman)ly

Chico, Are you forgetting Jiri Crha, not-so-very-good Leafs goalie of our youth? As for Kuyt, good on him.

posted by ajaffe at 08:42 AM on April 09

"The guy said, 'Hit the net like any Negro would.'"

I do like the use of "assclown," though. Very evocative -- of what, exactly, I'm not sure.

posted by ajaffe at 12:29 PM on March 29

"The guy said, 'Hit the net like any Negro would.'"

BornIcon, as far as I know, asshat is an Internet construct -- a phrase that isn't quite swearing that takes the place of stronger words in online forums that screen for language. ESPN reported this morning that the guy's been identified and admits yelling a bunch of stuff but denies the N-word.

posted by ajaffe at 11:54 AM on March 29

O.J. Mayo: Don't call him, he'll call you

I just read something that compared Mayo to Stephon Marbury. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

posted by ajaffe at 10:21 AM on March 22

Daughter of Olympian turns in skis for activism

Weedy, Are you planning to do those in that precise order?

posted by ajaffe at 01:41 PM on March 20

SlapShot Part II

"Trade me right fucking now!" ("Now hang up.")

posted by ajaffe at 07:08 AM on February 23

"Go play intramurals, brother!"

Even with this, he has a way to go to reach the asshole level of Bill McCartney and Gary Barnett...

posted by ajaffe at 08:40 AM on February 15

Tim Hardaway, the yin to Jon Amaechi's yang:

Winston1984, Welcome to the site. Now please learn to read -- no one is saying Timmy didn't have the right to say what he did. It's just that we (well, most of us, anyway) have the right to call him out for it.

posted by ajaffe at 08:39 AM on February 15

Tim Hardaway, the yin to Jon Amaechi's yang:

Just another reason to despise the guy. Playing under Riley for the Heat in the late '90s was another.

posted by ajaffe at 07:24 AM on February 15

Tiki Barber joins NBC.

And the millions Tiki would be filling the hot tub with -- Tiny bubbles? Soap suds? Spongy balls like they have in the bins at kiddie playgrounds? Out with it man -- what are you trying to tell us???

posted by ajaffe at 07:20 AM on February 15

Peyton Manning's Monkey Has Died

We watched a lot of Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet, but saw quite a lot of Prince -- a good halftime show for a change. For the first time in a while, I wasn't rooting against either team. The first half was one of the more entertaining Super Bowl halves I've ever seen -- and I won the 4th quarter box, so all good. Kudos to the Colts. Who has the biggest monkey now? McNabb? Owens? Moss?

posted by ajaffe at 08:17 AM on February 05

Matsuzaka order's the gyroball sandwhich or does he?

and hopefully a world series share for you, eric!

posted by ajaffe at 03:06 PM on January 29

Suspensions Handed Out

Can it be arranged to have the rest of the Knicks suspended as well?

posted by ajaffe at 02:39 PM on December 18