Recent Comments by boredom_08

Greece, Czech Republic Advance in Group A

If Germany win or draw tomorrow, they will win Group B and face the runners-up of Group A in the quarterfinals. Said runners-up just so happen to be Greece.

I would enjoy seeing the discussions around that match.

posted by boredom_08 at 09:19 PM on June 16

Manchester City Wins Premier League

Pretty amazing to watch everything unfold. It was one of those time where I could have used at least five TVs, and maybe up to nine (not ten, I would not have wanted to watch the dross that was Liverpool-Swansea). Awesome, awesome day, even if I'm now the biggest Bayern Munich fan in the world.

posted by boredom_08 at 08:38 PM on May 13

MLB prediction thread!

I think that the Cardinals will defend their World Series title*.

*: rampant homerism possible, but game 1 looked good!

posted by boredom_08 at 01:05 AM on April 06

Fabrice Muamba collapses on pitch during FA Cup match

I was reading the Guardian's live blog of the match when I started seeing these updates instead of the state-of-play updates. Many prayers.

posted by boredom_08 at 12:32 AM on March 19

North Texas Coach Dan McCarney Suffers Stroke

Did great things in his years at Iowa State and is well remembered there. Current ISU women's basketball coach Bill Fennelly tweeted about the stroke before news had been released confirming it was a stroke. Hope he recovers well!

posted by boredom_08 at 11:46 PM on February 14

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I think this needs reposting re: Scott Gomez.

posted by boredom_08 at 03:19 PM on February 10

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The Heat just did terrible, terrible things to the Spurs. Down 14 at half turned into a 22 point win. Key stat: Mike Miller on his first game of the season was 6-of-6 from 3-point range.

posted by boredom_08 at 10:02 PM on January 17

NFL Playoff Pick'em, Championship Round

Ravens by 14, 49ers by 6

Tom Brady, -3.5 yards
Torrey Smith, 80 yards
49ers, 56%
Ravens, 100%

posted by boredom_08 at 04:25 PM on January 17

Ravens Hold Off Texans 20-13

First time in Ravens franchise history that they had a turnover and penalty free game. Good time for it.

posted by boredom_08 at 10:39 PM on January 16

NFL Playoff Pick 'em, Divisional Round

Saints by 6, Pats by 13, Ravens by 14, Pack by 4.

Receiver: Torrey Smith (BAL)
Quick Score: Saints
Punter: Morstead (NO)

posted by boredom_08 at 10:41 PM on January 11

NFL Playoff Pick 'em

Bengals by 3
Lions by 7
Broncos by 1
Falcons by 4

Kicker: Prater, DEN
RB: K. Smith DET
TO: Lions

posted by boredom_08 at 10:13 PM on January 06

Blown Call Helps Lions Defeat Vikings

Speaking of the Texans, even if the Bengals blew that game, they still won, and it should be noted that they secured the franchise's first playoff birth yesterday and are still sitting in the AFC's top seed with T.J. Yates at starting quarterback. Good on them.

posted by boredom_08 at 01:22 PM on December 12

Pujols Going to Angels for 10 Years, $250 Million

Well, I'll be cheering for an Angels-Cards WS in the years to come, that's for darn sure. Too bad to see him go, but the Cardinals could do some great things with the money they were going to spend on him. I'll be rooting for him the rest of his career for what he did in St. Louis.

posted by boredom_08 at 02:43 PM on December 08

Green Bay Packers Climb to 12-0

The latest QB to comment on Tebow's Christianity? Aaron Rodgers. Love his take on things.

posted by boredom_08 at 09:31 PM on December 05

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Strangest play I've ever seen at a football game. The touchdown resulting was the difference in the game. And that kick returner is never, ever going to see the end of this highlight.

posted by boredom_08 at 11:11 PM on December 03

Third-String QB Leads Texans to Win

The wildest thing for me about the Houston Texans right now: after 11 games, they're your 1 seed in the AFC playoff picture.

posted by boredom_08 at 01:22 PM on November 28

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Want to watch a soccer match from your favorite team's dugout? All you need is a tracksuit and a lot of balls.

posted by boredom_08 at 01:56 PM on November 17

Freese wins it for Cards in 11th

One of the most ridiculous games of baseball I've ever seen. Said that after Rays-Yankees in game 162, but this tops it, and only partially for the setting. My goodness.

posted by boredom_08 at 01:25 AM on October 28

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Today's winner of stupidest Friday evening activity by a Man City player. Hey look, it's not Carlos Tevez!

posted by boredom_08 at 08:22 PM on October 22

Brewers Beat D-Backs in 10 Innings, Advance to NLCS

Biased as I may be being a Cards fan, I'd love to see Nyjer's happy ass sat down for the winter to watch the team he told in August to enjoy watching the playoffs at home play in the WS. I would LOVE that. And even if he did play for my team, I'm not sure I could grow to love a dude who refers to himself by his self-imposed nickname while speaking in the third person.

posted by boredom_08 at 11:03 PM on October 08

Rays, Cardinals Win Wildest Wild Cards

Just an incredible night of baseball all around. The HR to tie the Rays game was special from a guy who hadn't homered since sometime in April and was hitting .108 or something like that, I've heard. Now, how well do these hot streaks carry into the postseason?

posted by boredom_08 at 02:41 AM on September 29

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Both AL and NL wild card races features a team slumping in September one game ahead of a smoking hot team going into the last three games of the season. Good times!

posted by boredom_08 at 12:31 AM on September 26

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Article from the Guardian about the cool story of the first Irish side to reach the group stages of any European competition.

posted by boredom_08 at 06:23 PM on August 26

Cesc Fabregas finalizes move to Barcelona

Sid Lowe at the Guardian with some history of this deal from eight years ago in Spain.

posted by boredom_08 at 12:52 AM on August 16

American Wins Golf Major

Holes 15-18 were pretty can't-tear-your-eyes-off-the-TV, as much so as I've seen golf in a good while. Each shot could make or break a player's chances, and many did. What a recovery from Bradley.

posted by boredom_08 at 08:41 PM on August 14

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Holy Keegan Bradley.

posted by boredom_08 at 08:21 PM on August 14

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

What did everyone think of Joey Barton being Joey Barton today? Should have had Song sent off for stomping on him, then got into a disagreement with Gervinho which ended in Gervinho being sent off and Barton only receiving a yellow.

posted by boredom_08 at 06:20 PM on August 13

Football's Back!

Hoping for an early exit from the Europa League for Spurs so we might actually stand a chance getting back into the top four.

posted by boredom_08 at 09:04 PM on August 12

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Yanks-Sox in a good game tonight. A good, long game. Somewhere Joe West is shaking his fist at a blank wall and muttering "I told you so..." over and over to no one in particular.

posted by boredom_08 at 10:48 PM on August 07

Summing up the Colby Rasmus trade

I can't believe the Cards gave him up when they might be losing Pujols at the end of this year, unfulfilled talent or not. Ugh.

posted by boredom_08 at 08:26 PM on July 28

Got Stamkos?

Thank goodness.

posted by boredom_08 at 12:35 AM on July 20

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

That gallery plus Cubes' commentary is delightful.

posted by boredom_08 at 05:16 AM on July 08

Conservapedia: Soccer is Socialism

Not that I agree with Conservapedia, but Valeriy Lobanovskyi's managerial style as told in Jonathan Wilson's excellent book Inverting the Pyramid rather resembles socialism in football. If you have any interest in how football came to be what it is today, that's your book.

posted by boredom_08 at 07:07 PM on July 06

So, Cricket, Maybe?

I watched a great deal of IPL this year as well, really got me hooked. I also have quite enjoyed watching Tests since the Ashes this year, but T20 has different appeals. Wish I could get it on my TV, but that's not going to happen in suburban Iowa without paying hundreds for a good while yet.

posted by boredom_08 at 01:16 PM on June 20

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The way I see it, the weekend goes one of two ways for Rory: 1: see Rory McIlroy, Masters 2011. 2: see Tiger Woods, US Open 2000.

My gut says number two.

posted by boredom_08 at 06:11 AM on June 18

Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks are taking the NBA Championship to Dallas

Good for the Mavs, well deserved, and a convincing win tonight. However, with some of the sparks that the Heat showed throughout the playoffs, I am looking forward to seeing what they can do next year.

Also, two things: Chris Bosh played really, really well in this game, and the series in general; The Heat were -24 while LeBron was on the floor tonight.

posted by boredom_08 at 01:45 AM on June 13

Bosh Bucket Puts Heat Past Mavs

re: LeBron: article by J.A. Adande about how no matter how the series goes, LeBron doesn't win.

posted by boredom_08 at 03:04 AM on June 07

Final EPL Fantasy standings

Wow, I successfully finished off the bottom of the table without remembering that I was even in this. Hooray!

posted by boredom_08 at 12:36 PM on June 02

Dwight Howard Treats Fans to Barbecue

He's taking his talents to South Beach.

posted by boredom_08 at 03:28 AM on June 01

2011 Stanley Cup Pickem: The Final Chapter

Boston in 6. Tim Thomas.

posted by boredom_08 at 04:54 PM on May 28

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

On the back end of the table, I think dfleming may have clinched his Costanza, as the 'Nucks gain him three points on me, but either East team results in gains for me. Now, if the Lightning could just win their next six games, I could end up mid-table!

posted by boredom_08 at 05:03 PM on May 25

Heat One Win From NBA Finals

The Heat D was the most impressive aspect of that performance, especially at the close with Wade's blocks and LeBron's airtight work on Rose, which clearly frustrated him. I didn't hear many people talking about the defensive aspect of the Heat in July, but it's looking like the key to their playoff run.

posted by boredom_08 at 04:59 PM on May 25

The Tampa Bay Lighting Have Fans!

That right there makes me embarrassed to be a Lightning fan. Those are hilarious and well thought up, and clearly have had the desired effect.

Also, in my defense, I was a bandwagon fan in 2004, but have remained a fan since.

posted by boredom_08 at 01:17 PM on May 19

The Tampa Bay Lightning make it eight straight with 5-1 win over the Boston Bruins

Don't remember them having any problems with soft ice when the Lightning won the Cup in 2004.

posted by boredom_08 at 01:02 AM on May 16

2011 Stanley Cup Pickem, Conference Finals Edition

Bolts in 6, Canucks in 7

posted by boredom_08 at 03:56 PM on May 14

RB Mendenhall offers questionable bin Laden tweets

Seconding YYM. I was also in 6th grade on September 11, 2001, and have pretty vivid memories of that day. Don't stereotype our generation and accuse us of merely wanting an excuse to party. We remember, and it was a pretty significant event in the childhood of every current college student who grew up in the United States.

posted by boredom_08 at 02:23 AM on May 04

Francisco Liriano no-hits White Sox

Congrats to him. For someone who had never thrown either a shutout or a complete game before, this was a bit of a step into new waters. Let alone the fact that he started this game with an ERA over 9 and with rumblings of being pulled from the rotation if he didn't have a good start.

posted by boredom_08 at 02:20 AM on May 04

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Lightning win Game 2 of their series against the Caps 3-2 in overtime. Goals in the game for Tampa from Lecavelier and St. Louis. This is starting to get some major shades of 2004 going in my head, but this time with extra Stamkos. Lightning take a 2-0 series lead home to Florida.

posted by boredom_08 at 01:50 AM on May 02

2011 Stanley Cup Pickem: Part Deux!

Bolts in 6, Sharks in 7, Preds in 7, Flyers in 6

posted by boredom_08 at 08:43 PM on April 28

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

There has been some awesome hockey today. My goodness. The stretch that just happened in Boston was sweet. Best save of the game in the early going made by Michael Ryder, a forward.

posted by boredom_08 at 07:29 PM on April 23

NBC, Versus win NHL TV rights in bidding war vs. ESPN

If more games like Kings-Sharks tonight happen, ESPN will be kicking themselves for the next decade.

posted by boredom_08 at 02:39 AM on April 20

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Daly's was at the Bay Hill, don't remember the year, but remember seeing it on ESPN last night. Someone else also scored a 16, so by strokes, Na is third.

posted by boredom_08 at 03:39 PM on April 15

2011 SpoFi NHL Playoofs Confidence Pool

In-tastic. This will be either hilariously awesome, or more awful than anyone could understand (and also hilarious).

posted by boredom_08 at 02:20 AM on April 13

The 2011 Stanley Cup Playoff Pickem is here!

Caps in 7
Flyers in 5
Bruins in 5
Bolts in 6
Hawks in 6
Sharks in 4 (worst pick ever?)
Coyotes in 6
Preds in 7

posted by boredom_08 at 07:22 PM on April 11

Taking His Talents To... Anfield?

To be fair, the word used was devout, in the story I read. And I can certainly hope that if he switches baseball allegiances, it won't require an hour-long special. Although ESPN would probably do it.

posted by boredom_08 at 03:45 AM on April 08

Taking His Talents To... Anfield?

Not to mention that LeBron, the diehard Yankees fan, is now quite chummy with the owners of the Boston Red Sox.

posted by boredom_08 at 04:20 PM on April 07

No Double Dip for UConn

*revision: '04 UConn men/women first D1 to win both titles, second overall.

posted by boredom_08 at 03:48 AM on April 04

Opening Day in Baseball

You said it, YYM. Captain Chin Puff already with his first blown save of the year, and Albert 0 for 5 with 5 LOB? Goodness. Unacceptable.

posted by boredom_08 at 04:13 AM on April 01

More Than Cricket

The 9 is the number of wickets lost for the amount of runs scored. An innings consists of ten wickets, so India had one more to lose before they were "all out". 5-46 is the short version of a bowler's score, showing the same thing that 260-9 shows. Riaz got five wickets for the loss of forty-six runs.

(The long version of Riaz's score for the match is 10-0-46-5: 10 overs bowled, 0 maidens (overs with no runs scored), 46 runs allowed, 5 wickets.)

posted by boredom_08 at 03:01 AM on March 31

More Than Cricket

Wahab Riaz has been the game-changer so far. And Tendulkar is at least half feline.

posted by boredom_08 at 08:03 AM on March 30