Recent Comments by Hugh Janus

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

posted by Hugh Janus at 07:29 AM on April 15

Was Michael Pineda caught cheating

Sometimes the toilet paper just isn't wide enough.

posted by Hugh Janus at 09:42 AM on April 11

Oops: Atlanta Braves Set Fire to U.S. Flag

Though symbols often are what we ourselves make of them, the flag is constant in expressing beliefs Americans share, beliefs in law and peace and that freedom which sustains the human spirit. The case here today forces recognition of the costs to which those beliefs commit us. It is poignant but fundamental that the flag protects those who hold it in contempt.

posted by Hugh Janus at 02:01 PM on April 10

Barcelona Wins 7-Goal El Clasico Thriller

In case you were wondering:

"Ángel di María nearly fainted after his starring role in the wildest minutes of the first half. The Argentine dragged through a flu that prevented him from training last Wednesday and Thursday....

After the celebration [of Karim Benzema's first goal], his lungs said enough.

The man from Rosario lay on the field and needed medical assistance. He could not breathe through the mucus generated while suffering from the flu. He felt he was left without oxygen. In fact, he came close to fainting, but never thought to leave the team. It was crazy to return to the pitch.

However, being a hustler, Di María did return to the field...."

posted by Hugh Janus at 11:04 AM on March 25

Barcelona Wins 7-Goal El Clasico Thriller

Ronaldo said he was angry at the referees. Xavi said he was angry at Ronaldo for being angry at the referees.

Ronaldo should be angry at Tata for assigning Mascherano to shut him down. Masche was on him like a sock. Holding Ronaldo to just a few flashes of brilliance is a real feat.

Benzema and Bale were excellent. Neymar is wonderful.

I hope I never hear the word "magesterial" again.

posted by Hugh Janus at 08:58 AM on March 25

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

If I made up a T shirt that read "Harvard is the new Princeton" and hopped on the Red Line to Harvard Square, I wonder how that would go.

Ha! That's awesome. Do it!

posted by Hugh Janus at 09:19 AM on March 21

Enter the SportsFilter NCAA Bracket Contest

Oh, yeah. Hugh Janus Means Love. Mmmm hmmmmm.

posted by Hugh Janus at 03:15 PM on March 19

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

They are aren't required to play every facet of the game.

I think what Quint's saying is that LSMs and special teams players do indeed specialize -- certainly they don't play every facet of the game (I doubt he would argue that goalies aren't specialists as well) -- but that they play enough of the game to require some degree of skill at passing, catching, ground balls, checks, dodges, zones, plays: playing lacrosse. When it comes to FOGOs, however, he notes that they are uniquely not required to have much lacrosse ability at all, to the extent that they only need practice the draw and the dump and the sprint back to the sideline.

It kind of reminds me of baseball pitchers in the American League, who have a DH to hit for them. They don't have to play the whole game the way National League pitchers do. Some people love the DH rule because it adds an offensive threat to the lineup, or more precisely removes an offensive liability. Some hate it because it detracts from the purity of the game, and dealing with liabilities makes for more interesting management.

I don't know if I agree with Quint but I think he makes a decent case. I agree that addressing cheating is a bit of a reach. It really isn't material to the discussion of the FOGO. Nor is the mention of the shot clock to speed up the game, though I think he's right that a higher tempo leads to more shots, more scoring, and thus any given face-off is less important in the grand scheme of things.

I love the shot clock and the 2-point line in the pro game.

posted by Hugh Janus at 10:45 PM on March 07

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Quint Kessenich on (lacrosse) face-off men:

"I'd like to see a simple rule change: A face-off man cannot leave the field until there is a shot on goal or change of possession.

Make them run a real shift."

posted by Hugh Janus at 03:46 PM on March 07

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Andre Miller's shoelaces and socks.

posted by Hugh Janus at 08:35 AM on March 07

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I'm wearing unisex underpants.

posted by Hugh Janus at 12:14 PM on February 25

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Queensbridge represent!

posted by Hugh Janus at 09:13 PM on February 17

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

a coke induced style rage

Adrenaline's a hell of a drug.

posted by Hugh Janus at 09:35 AM on January 30

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Cocaine's a hell of a drug.

posted by Hugh Janus at 08:36 AM on January 28

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Be careful what you wish for.

posted by Hugh Janus at 09:10 PM on January 20

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

That A-Rod is a winner is of utmost relevance. His PED use would not be an issue were he a in fact a loser.

Joe Tacopina is also a winner. That's why he's one of the most hated lawyers in New York.

Whining? Sure.

posted by Hugh Janus at 12:25 PM on January 15

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Thank you, phaedon, that was wonderful.

posted by Hugh Janus at 08:28 PM on January 14

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

My dream player is so dreamy!

posted by Hugh Janus at 10:30 PM on January 13

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

My dream player is a quarterback who is also the punter and placekick holder. Then your opposition would have to take all sorts of complicated fake plays into account, knowing that the guy taking the fourth down snap is just as good at quarterbacking as the guy who handled the first three downs.

This would make extra point tries more exciting, too. My dream coach would kick for one point a third of the time, run for two points a third of the time, and fake the kick a third of the time. It would be exciting, and we would definitely average close to eight points per touchdown scored.

posted by Hugh Janus at 08:30 PM on January 13

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Round-a-Go-Go Edition

I'm so excited, this weekend was the first time in my life that all my predictions were right on the money!

posted by Hugh Janus at 08:54 PM on January 12

49ers Smother Panthers

...which brings me to a question. If an end zone pass interference call goes against the defense that puts the ball on the 1 yard line, and on the same play the offensive player is assessed a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, do the penalties offset each other, or does the line of scrimmage move to the 16-yard line?

posted by Hugh Janus at 02:53 PM on January 12

49ers Smother Panthers

Yeah, I think the pass interference penalty that put it on the one should have had an offsetting offensive unsportsmanlike penalty after Bouldin slapped the coverage guy's helmet. So soon after the headbutt, I mean the ref must have warned him, right?

posted by Hugh Janus at 02:42 PM on January 12

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Round-a-Go-Go Edition

1. Toucans by 8

2. Neutrinos by 0.04 eV

3. Pressure-treated Two by 4

4. No score; Chargers will take a surprise second playoff bye week.

5. Eric Dolphy

6. All scoring will be by field goals, interceptions, and safeties.

7. Richard Sherman will intercept a Drew Brees pass and attempt a lateral to Earl Thomas, which will in turn be picked off by Brees, who will run for a touchdown.

posted by Hugh Janus at 05:59 PM on January 10

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

To the Finland Station!

posted by Hugh Janus at 07:27 PM on January 07

MMA fighter Joe Torrez kills armed intruder Sal Garces in New Mexico

I'll bet a lot of people have thoughts or fantasies about what they would do if they were able to prevail if someone busted into their place and it was do or die.

Yeah, I talk them into turning around and leaving every time. Sometimes I pour them a drink or light them up a big fat doobie before sending them on their way, and occasionally I give them a job and a fat roll of cash for their troubles.

My break-in fantasies are categorically superior.

posted by Hugh Janus at 03:55 PM on January 06

MMA fighter Joe Torrez kills armed intruder Sal Garces in New Mexico

Yeah, good thing nobody's mentioned guns here.

It's the exception that proves the rule!

posted by Hugh Janus at 02:08 PM on January 06

49ers Edge Packers on Last-Second Field Goal

Indeed, maybe he wouldn't have.

posted by Hugh Janus at 09:51 AM on January 06

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

If I ever hear the phrase "hurtin' buckaroo" again I will tear my ears off.

posted by Hugh Janus at 12:05 AM on January 04

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I agree, if he hadn't done that, he wouldn't have been as badly injured. That said, it looks like a pretty natural reaction, to flinch when you see a freight train bearing down on you.

posted by Hugh Janus at 09:28 AM on December 19

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle


posted by Hugh Janus at 09:31 AM on December 18

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The worst part about Ray Hudson is Phil Schoen, who doesn't do his job. With Ray there providing neon outbursts, Phil fills in at the regular color position, and we're left with no play-by-play at all.

Plus Phil does that J. P. Dellacamera thing where every single play is of major portent, something huge is always about to happen, even if he never actually tells us who's involved. It's exhausting to listen to.

Truth is, all that's required is someone to tell us who just touched the ball. All the rest is dross. American broadcasts are invariably way too color-heavy.

Sometimes I watch a whole match on some mystery feed that gives me stadium noise but no announcers. That's heaven.

posted by Hugh Janus at 04:28 PM on December 12

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

It's amazing how different, different things are.

posted by Hugh Janus at 05:34 PM on December 09

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I've been around here long enough to get the benefit of the doubt on that one, I think. You can talk shit about whatever team you'd like, including all of those I cheer for, and I'll generally not take any offense.

I stand corrected, and I apologize for my unnecessary and insulting screed.

As for being a "crybaby," I would invite you to take this opportunity to make sweet, sweet love to yourself.

How do you know I haven't been doing that all along? This is the internet, after all.

posted by Hugh Janus at 11:31 AM on December 03

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

It's all about the "The" thing for me. The Ohio State University, come on, give it a rest. That, and the surprisingly thin skin of the fans. You root for a perennial winner. There are other people out there rooting for other perennial winners. There are still more people out there who root for teams that don't win so often.

There is a rich strain in American life of rooting for the underdog. It has a corollary in rooting against the top dog. So even if we don't bleed blue and yellow, many of us would be happy to see the Buckeyes take a fall. It isn't hate. It isn't spite. It's part of our national psyche.

So when an OSU fan moans about pot-shots, as if there were anything wrong with making snide comments about any team we don't root for, as if it were so unfair that this juggernaut football program with major cheating scandals in its recent past should have detractors anywhere, as if there were some universal pact of mutual respect between fans of different teams that is violated whenever anyone wishes defeat on the undefeated, I think said OSU fan isn't merely being a crybaby. He's being downright unamerican.

And the "The" thing is incredibly pretentious.

posted by Hugh Janus at 04:55 PM on December 01

Did Mike Tomlin Do That on Purpose?

Oh, he definitely did it on purpose. Head coaches don't blithely look the other way in situations like that. He should be fined.

posted by Hugh Janus at 11:55 AM on November 29

Panthers Edge Patriots, Win Sixth in a Row

Abandoning the contingencies of the conditional mood and warping the concrete past into a simple present colors everything with a lazy haze of unreality, blurring our conclusions along with the line between fact and fantasy.

I agree, though. It's on Brady. If the throw had been catchable, the flag would have stuck.

posted by Hugh Janus at 10:46 PM on November 19

Panthers Edge Patriots, Win Sixth in a Row

I think it was that he was still running towards the back of the end zone and hadn't turned his hips toward the ball, which was thrown short. Sure, there was a defender draped over him, but he wasn't interfered with making a play on the pass that was thrown. He was making a play for a pass to the back of the end zone.

At least, I think that's how the officials saw it. I agree that the interference on Gronk was significant enough to merit a flag, but I can see how it would have been an unfair call the other way, because Gronk really never ran to catch a pass thrown low to the front of the end zone.

Maybe there was some make-up calling going on. Kind of an exposed spot for it, though.

posted by Hugh Janus at 11:07 AM on November 19

Panthers Edge Patriots, Win Sixth in a Row

It was like Cyberball 2072 at the end of the game when the Patriots players stopped in their tracks and exploded one by one.

posted by Hugh Janus at 10:15 AM on November 19


Even though Gronkowski and Hernandez both play/played for the Patriots, I think a better comparison would be the whole Riley Cooper affair over at the Eagles.

I'm not even sure Hernandez' activities were such an incredible aberration. Sure, he had major character problems that his teammates were willing to overlook, known associates that the team should have kept a closer watch on, postures and habits out of line with the league's image that team leadership overlooked because he was such a damn good player, but isn't that the way football is coached at all levels?

My small high school state championship-winning football team had letterman drug dealers (I witnessed the head coach watch our star running back selling dope to an underclassman; we were in the playoffs so the coach just shook his head and retreated to his office), rapists, two eventual murderers... but they were stud athletes so hush, hush everybody, let them play, maybe the sport will build their characters where everything else seems to be failing.

Teams employ high-profile quarterbacks who, encouraged by their wealth and legal muscle, coerce their rape victims to drop charges, then, with such proof of untouchability, commit the same crime again. Others are dark enough to go to jail for lesser crimes. That's what character's all about!

It isn't just any one team that is willing to let a hell of a lot slide in the interests of winning. It isn't just the league. It's the whole damn sport. That there are counterexamples here and there doesn't change the fact that most football programs excuse and even enable a great deal of harmful behavior, some of it illegal, and encourage players to feel invincible and above the law. Occasionally they discover that it's not the case, but a football player has to do a whole hell of a lot to get more than a slap on the wrist.

That's really neither here nor there. To me what's interesting about what Gronkowski said versus what Cooper said -- both incidents were captured and displayed in the media in similar circumstances -- is that Cooper's racism was dangerous to his team, threatened locker room peace and endangered team cohesion. Gronkowski's most likely did not.

posted by Hugh Janus at 01:29 PM on November 17

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Maybe Big Ben will station a few Big Buddies outside the locker room door and force the team to do things his way.

posted by Hugh Janus at 01:13 PM on November 10

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Twenty-four more hours?

posted by Hugh Janus at 07:50 AM on November 07

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

That was the best run I've seen all year, just great. He also had a couple runs up the middle where he seemed to warp space-time and appear at the other side of a mass of tacklers for a ten-yard gain. Amazing performance.

posted by Hugh Janus at 10:48 AM on November 01

Brandon Meriweather Calls Out Brandon Marshall's Domestic Abuse

I thought Marshall's BPD was a pretty well-known thing. But really that's just from hearing commentators during a game a few weeks ago talking about his bright yellow(?) shoes when everybody else was wearing pink. Marshall said that he planned to match the fine he anticipated from the NFL in donations to a foundation for mental health research.

I can't believe I was paying such close attention.

posted by Hugh Janus at 06:29 PM on October 28

Brandon Meriweather Calls Out Brandon Marshall's Domestic Abuse

As if I needed more reasons to be embarrassed to be a Washington fan. I think I might be done with football.

posted by Hugh Janus at 04:06 PM on October 28

Six Degrees of Kevin Garnett

Michael Jordan never made it to the majors in baseball.

Ah right, I thought with all the hype he must have played for the good guys in at least one game.

posted by Hugh Janus at 12:13 PM on October 24

Six Degrees of Kevin Garnett

Oh, I guess Michael Jordan would be a basketball/baseball crossover, too?

posted by Hugh Janus at 10:38 AM on October 24

Six Degrees of Kevin Garnett

Looks like Danny Ainge is a (or maybe the?) baseball-basketball fulcrum.

posted by Hugh Janus at 09:50 AM on October 24

Six Degrees of Kevin Garnett

That's amazing.

HONUS WAGNER played on the 1907 Pittsburgh Pirates with ...
Babe Adams, who played on the 1926 Pittsburgh Pirates with ...
Paul Waner, who played on the 1942 Boston Braves with ...
Warren Spahn, who played on the 1963 Milwaukee Braves with ...
Rico Carty, who played on the 1979 Toronto Blue Jays with ...
Danny Ainge, who played on the 1988-89 Boston Celtics with ...
Ed Pinckney, who played on the 1996-97 Miami Heat with ...
Kurt Thomas, who played on the 2007-08 Seattle SuperSonics with ...

Eight degrees of separation.

posted by Hugh Janus at 09:48 AM on October 24

Jets Told Refs to Look for Patriots' Push

Or if they could just go back to stealing signals.

posted by Hugh Janus at 09:30 PM on October 22

Red Sox Advance to Face Cardinals in World Series

Oh, that Myles na gCopaleen. Brother Barnabas warned us about him.

posted by Hugh Janus at 10:32 AM on October 21

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

posted by Hugh Janus at 02:28 PM on October 20

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I watched that gif while listening to LaVern Baker and you know, try it for yourself, it's pretty good.

posted by Hugh Janus at 11:58 PM on October 19

Cal Ripken's Mom Thwarts Carjacking

If Greg Maddux and Violet Ripken met in a dark alley, who would be left standing?

posted by Hugh Janus at 06:59 AM on October 17

Steve Bartman, 10 Years Later

You're right. If Alou hadn't acted the way he did, no one would have said anything.

posted by Hugh Janus at 09:45 PM on October 14

Steve Bartman, 10 Years Later

I'd ride my brief moment of infamy harder than a Palin spawn.

This leads me to wonder how hard you would ride a Palin spawn.

posted by Hugh Janus at 04:11 PM on October 14

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

If he hadn't, he might indeed have, yes.

posted by Hugh Janus at 01:20 PM on October 14

Broncos Mock Jaguars on Twitter

Maybe he just preferred empire to democracy. Hey, he could have moved to Jacksonville and had a little of both!

posted by Hugh Janus at 06:54 PM on October 09

Broncos Mock Jaguars on Twitter

Mercury, huh? The team must have put Hermes on waivers so they could try something new, I suppose.

posted by Hugh Janus at 06:27 PM on October 08

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

That's hilarious. It's like a sitcom plot, a puppet show storyline, or a parable from some kind of bible.

posted by Hugh Janus at 03:17 PM on October 08

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

To hell with grammar! Resistance is futile.

posted by Hugh Janus at 09:55 AM on October 06