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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Twenty-four more hours?
posted by Hugh Janus at 07:50 AM on November 07
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
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
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
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
Oh, I guess Michael Jordan would be a basketball/baseball crossover, too?
posted by Hugh Janus at 10:38 AM on October 24
Looks like Danny Ainge is a (or maybe the?) baseball-basketball fulcrum.
posted by Hugh Janus at 09:50 AM on October 24
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
Or if they could just go back to stealing signals.
posted by Hugh Janus at 09:30 PM on October 22
Oh, that Myles na gCopaleen. Brother Barnabas warned us about him.
posted by Hugh Janus at 10:32 AM on October 21
posted by Hugh Janus at 02:28 PM on October 20
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
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
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
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
If he hadn't, he might indeed have, yes.
posted by Hugh Janus at 01:20 PM on October 14
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
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
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
To hell with grammar! Resistance is futile.
posted by Hugh Janus at 09:55 AM on October 06
posted by Hugh Janus at 11:34 PM on September 30
Just leave me alone!
posted by Hugh Janus at 05:29 PM on September 27
Everybody's somebody's fool, it's human nature. After working day and night, for someone to say say say, "Ease on down the road?" Bad.
Come on, you know it.
posted by Hugh Janus at 12:27 PM on September 26
Helenius undressed by Vertonghen.
posted by Hugh Janus at 04:06 PM on September 24
Bring back the replacement officials!
posted by Hugh Janus at 04:39 PM on September 22
You could get arrested for impersonating a police officer just by wearing a Niners jersey.
posted by Hugh Janus at 07:00 PM on September 13
Of course an actual home crowd is preferable, but those big US stadiums packed with hostile fans have a silver lining. In Houston or LA the players get the experience of playing before an away crowd, but US soccer gets most of the proceeds.
That said, when it matters most, like for a WC qualifier, I'd definitely take Columbus.
posted by Hugh Janus at 10:53 PM on September 11
posted by Hugh Janus at 02:13 PM on September 11
What if he was great at selling cars - should he do that too because others say so?
He may not have any choice in the matter.
It's a sound career for a football has-been. People love buying cars from big-time ex-jocks, plus he'd corner the local born-again market. He could make a lot of money that way, and he'd have a better chance of living past 45 with his faculties intact than he would if he worked for the NFL.
posted by Hugh Janus at 04:17 PM on September 10
Speaking of MMA and borrowing tricks, I had a dream the other night that I was watching an MMA "Royal Rumble" event, where guys just kept piling into the ring and actually kicking the shit out of each other with very little referee supervision. It was pretty rough.
posted by Hugh Janus at 12:21 PM on September 09
It's a shame a guy can't spend a weekend relaxing with a little love boat without the morality police rolling up into his business. Just goes to show you, one man's backyard swimming party is another man's blood-soaked shoe.
posted by Hugh Janus at 07:51 PM on August 28
The mayor of Verona has advised Mario Balotelli to keep himself to himself in Saturday's Serie A opener between Hellas and AC Milan.
posted by Hugh Janus at 11:12 AM on August 23
Say, grampab, are you sure you're in the right thread?
posted by Hugh Janus at 05:00 PM on August 09
most Americans likely don't give a damn about the name
Most Americans likely aren't members of minority groups. But it behooves us to be sensitive to those who are, for civil rights reasons, mutual respect considerations, and the entirely reasonable sense that one should generally avoid being a dick.
I've weighed in previously on the Red Tails name, which I think would be a cool solution.
posted by Hugh Janus at 03:51 PM on August 08
"To the fucking rich man all poor people look the same"
So true, so true.
I was training the old microscope on race relations, especially as the might play out inside an NFL football team, but definitely, the larger picture is that the aristocracy has us all over a barrel, keeping us divided on visible lines so they can pull the invisible strings easier. The French did it right, la veuve was scientific. Of course periodically the monied class reestablishes itself as aristocracy, a sign that the tree of liberty's manuring is overdue.
posted by Hugh Janus at 06:46 PM on August 02
Thanks yerfatma, as you may be able to see I'm all keyed up over perceived false equivalences, likely more from people outside of Spofi than within. I should keep a little cooler head and yield the benefit of the doubt. This place is full of smart people, considered opinions, worthwhile discussion, and I would do better by not carrying into Spofi my frustration with the discourse at large.
Sorry for pushing people around. I think it was uncalled-for.
posted by Hugh Janus at 02:51 PM on August 02
Like a lot of ___ism, it has to do with power dynamics, so something like the N-word or homophobic slurs, words targeting minorities, sexist ranting (though I'm not sure how to class stuff like "bitch" when used among male players -- it is certainly reinforcing a sexist state of affairs when men's go-to insult against other men is to in essence call them women -- but it also trips around class, race and sociolinguistic markers in uncomfortable ways), basically if you're the guy in the proverbial driver's seat and your insult is aimed at those relegated to the back of the bus or the kitchen or the end of a rope, then it's problematic.
I could see how "cracker" could become a problem if a white guy felt truly threatened and was in a system that kept him down and silenced his attempts to be heard regarding such abuse, but that's just never the case, even in prison (which is another can of worms entirely... or maybe not). On an NFL team, it may feel like there's an even enough racial distribution that the power dynamics are also level, but that team exists within an organization, an institution, and a society that renders anti-white epithets laughably powerless.
I think the exact borders where the line is drawn would be difficult to police, but most of these cases aren't borderline at all. Certainly not in Cooper's case. What he said wasn't merely stupid, it was racist and the fact that it's as verboten as it is, the fact that it unleashes such consequences as it does, is in my mind a good thing.
It's hope for the future, ours and Cooper's alike.
posted by Hugh Janus at 02:03 PM on August 02
Sorry, I was confused by the question that came right before that one:
That zero-tolerance approach would set a pretty dangerous precedent, wouldn't it?
It led me to believe that the examples were tied to that approach, meant to underline why Cooper should probably not be released. I see that I misunderstood, and I apologize for my mistake.
posted by Hugh Janus at 01:35 PM on August 02
I think you have a good point, in amongst the false equivalencies.
What is happening and will continue to happen in Riley Cooper's near future is hard to say. He -- and anyone else who drops racial epithets in that manner -- has a poison inside that he needs to rid himself of, or never again allow to leak out.
Aside from the internal fixing, I think you're right, he's done all he can by apologizing and enrolling in sensitivity therapy. The screaming for his head is a sideshow. But what Cooper will have to deal with now are the consequences of his poison.
Most top football players and most white racists have something in common. They live in a society that's likely to give them a pass for any but the most severe transgressions, because they're either too valuable to the team in the case of football stars, or because punishing them causes the majority an uncomfortable level of self-reflection in the case of racists.
I think it would be healthier in the long run for those affected by this -- Cooper, the Eagles, the security team at the Kenny Chesney concert, NFL fans, internet pundits, etc. -- if in fact there were inevitable consequences headed Cooper's way. Acknowledgement does not a lesson make. Perhaps Cooper's contrition is heartfelt and he is on the way to expunging the poison of racism from his heart. But the institutions involved must also react: not just from the Eagles or the NFL, but from the fans and from the pundits, there must be consequences for racist displays if we are to ever eradicate racism from the larger society.
It's also good for other racists to see that when their poison leaks out like that, no matter how elite or celebrated they may be, they become a liability to the people around them, and they too will be subjected to real consequences.
Maybe then we can get more than three steps away from Bull Connor, firehoses, and attack dogs.
posted by Hugh Janus at 01:18 PM on August 02
Is it possible for me to agree with the "glass houses" assessment yet simultaneously recoil at the false equivalency between "the N-word" and "redneck racist clowns" that such an assessment seems to posit?
posted by Hugh Janus at 06:58 PM on August 01
posted by Hugh Janus at 04:52 PM on July 28
From Joey Votto's reaction, a singularity: "Not many players are very honest, usually they give catch phrases, similar to what I'm doing right now."
posted by Hugh Janus at 05:07 PM on July 23
Also, Kovalchuk probably figures the KHL is less likely than the NHL to lock him out of a job for the first half of every season. Can't blame a guy for wanting to be a professional hockey player.
posted by Hugh Janus at 01:53 PM on July 12
Anyway, it seemed interesting to see a player taking legal recourse in response to systematic, premeditated rule-breaking with intent to injure. Reminds me of local police authorities going after NHL players who commit grievous penalties that end other players' seasons and careers.
For what it's worth, I hope he wins. I'm certainly appalled that Gregg Williams has a job in the NFL.
posted by Hugh Janus at 06:56 PM on July 09
...everyone was all kinds of wrong.
And later that season, everyone was all kinds of right.
posted by Hugh Janus at 09:04 AM on June 28
With the right coach, he could become great.
posted by Hugh Janus at 12:01 PM on June 27
Yeah, there were a couple of tackles near the end that seemed rather flagrant, but that's the home playoff game plan: commit the hard intentional foul and assume the refs remember their instructions and swallow their whistles.
posted by Hugh Janus at 10:48 AM on June 19
It beats my idea of transparent jerseys, pads, and helmets, with the team renamed the Skins, their home scoreboard referring to the visitors as "SHIRTS." Because aside from the obvious reality problem with invisible shoulderpads, very few of us want to see the offensive line chugging around in transparent jerseys.
But Shirts vs. Skins is a fun pipe dream.
posted by Hugh Janus at 10:36 AM on June 14
I like the idea of calling them the Red Tails. You could have a bad-ass red-tailed hawk for the mascot and also make the uniform/colors match the Tuskegee Airmen's airplanes, with WWII-era Army Air Force insignia. Plus you get to have P-40 flyovers at the end of the national anthem.
Shit, the helmets could be painted with eyes and teeth like the nose of a fighter plane.
Most importantly, it would immediately transform them from the most racist franchise to the least. And the bigots would have to shut the fuck up because we're honoring the Armed Forces, which may be slightly inappropriate for the seat of a civilian government but we all know red-blooded Americans love to get their war on.
All problems solved.
posted by Hugh Janus at 10:12 AM on June 14
Well damn, I'll be able to walk to games!
posted by Hugh Janus at 06:58 PM on May 21
They were embarrassed to be seen shirtless in public with fewer than five bellies.
posted by Hugh Janus at 05:52 PM on April 17
The way the woman in the stands with the leonine hair and the young pitch steward by the dugout stare at Di Canio is just perfect.
posted by Hugh Janus at 05:32 PM on April 14
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