Recent Comments by willthrill72

Blackhawks Force Game 7 Against Canucks

Also, Bickell leaves his feet while Torres glided into Seabrook.

Well, you have your reality and then there is what really happened.

posted by willthrill72 at 01:35 AM on April 26

Blackhawks Force Game 7 Against Canucks

Speaking of Bieksa, the hit on him by Bickell was a carbon copy of Torres on Seabrook

Yeah, but Bieksa was playing the puck and Seabrook wasn't. Torres got a penalty for interference, which was the right call.

posted by willthrill72 at 12:16 AM on April 26

Bears' Dave Duerson Commits Suicide

Just absolutely heartbreaking. He was one of my favorite '85 Bears. I just hope something positive can come out of this tragedy. RIP DD.

posted by willthrill72 at 07:33 PM on February 20

Cutler tore MCL vs. Packers

The example I point to most is the opinion Trent Dilfer delivered on camera

You have to take what Dilfer says about Cutler with a grain of salt. For whatever reason, Dilfer has been ripping the Bears and Cutler all season - to the point where one has to wonder if it was personal for some reason. He had said so many times that the Bears and Culter were so bad, that when they went on a 7-1 run after the bye, he still couldn't find anything good to say when confronted with his earlier critiques. He was on Chicago radio time and time again condemning the team and its quarterback, and when confronted with reason and logic from the hosts (some of who were former players), he would become more defensive and agitated. I don't know if Cutler hit on his wife or the Bears passed on him in free agency or draft, but he had become laughable with his obvious bias and vitriol. I am one to believe as your argument gets louder and louder, the less defensible your position is.

posted by willthrill72 at 03:28 PM on January 26

Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl

I don't know how anyone can say the Bears were overrated when they limited the juggernaut that is the Green Bay Packer Offense to a total of 24 points in the last two games.

posted by willthrill72 at 03:25 AM on January 26

Cutler tore MCL vs. Packers

Yeah, ok Dad. We are soo sorry we disappointed you.

You can make your point without being a sarcastic asshole. And until you can show me your degree in orthapedic medicine, making statements that Cutler could've kept playing is ignorant and uninformed. From everything I have read and heard, with this type of injury, his lateral movement was greatly impaired and there was a possibility of doing even further damage to his knee had he continued playing. So, yeah, I can deny that he could have continued. Your argument is meatballish. Or maybe just juvenile.

posted by willthrill72 at 03:10 AM on January 26

Cutler tore MCL vs. Packers

Can we please quit beating this goddamn horse to death. Cutler was injured, this much is true. It was a Grade 2 sprain - sounds pretty bad, especially for a mobile quarterback that hasn't had an O line for 2 years. This whole " he shoulda sucked it up and played" bullshit is just assinine, macho garbage spewed by either those who don't know any better, or those looking to satisfy their own sense of manhood. As much as a beating this guy has taken over the past two years, does anyone with half a brain really think he "whimped out" during the NFC Championship Game?

And I'm deeply embarrased that so much of this criticism has come from so-called Bears fans. The Bears haven't had a quarterback with the level of talent that Cutler possesses in at least my lifetime (38 years). I can only hope this criticism comes from bandwagoners just catching on, but my head tells me better.

posted by willthrill72 at 11:48 PM on January 25

Chicago man wears Packers tie to work, is promptly fired

I'm guessing that the dealership isn't north of town, closer to the Wisconsin line, where there are pockets of Packer zealots ready to rise to the occasion.

Actually, it's located in the south suburbs. And how exactly is Cutler not a good "cultural" fit? I'm not even sure what that means.

posted by willthrill72 at 11:29 PM on January 25

Blackhawks defeat Flyers 4 to 3, win Lord Stanley's Cup

Did the radio announcers have any idea, I wonder, or was their call just as awkward?

I later heard the Murray/Wiedeman call. Wiedeman knew it right away and went completely apeshit. One of the best calls I have ever heard. It helps that I'm a Hawks fan, though.

posted by willthrill72 at 10:41 PM on June 10

The Blackhawks are Back

The hawks are in serious cap trouble. They better do it this year because they will lose at least one big gun(I bet Kane) as just a cap move.

Kane isn't going anywhere. He, Toews, and Keith all signed multi-year extensions this season. They are the young core of the team. Bolland, Verstig, Sharp, Byfuglien. This is where the cap hit will come in. Not only that, but Niemi and Hjalmarsson are RFAs after this season and are grossly underpaid.

And as far as Hossa is concerned, that guy has been an absolute beast. many nights he is the best forward on the ice...for either team. He hasn't scored a lot of goals in the playoffs (he's been a bit snakebitten) but if not for him, the Blackhawks wouldn't be playing for that big shiny thing.

posted by willthrill72 at 10:19 PM on June 03

Referee controversy ripples around NHL

No shit. I think I'll just shut up now.

posted by willthrill72 at 11:30 AM on January 14

Referee controversy ripples around NHL

It wasn't meant to be sexist. That was not the context of the comment. It was meant to emasculate an athlete who, in one particular incident - admittedly, acted in way that is common in little girls. That's not sexist toward women or females, that's demeaning toward one male individual. A fine line, maybe.

And I admit, it was juvenile. I just don't like Burrows. I typically like to keep the discourse civil, but every now and then I let my passion and lack of objectivity bleed through. I know this is not the typical fan board and I try to conduct myself accordingly. I apologize if I have offended anyone. That was not my intent (other than Burrows, of course).

posted by willthrill72 at 11:20 AM on January 14

Referee controversy ripples around NHL

Wow! Forgive me for not liking Alex Burrows. Next time I'll refrain from commenting on athletes I have a personal distaste for and we can all live in a happy place and get along swimmingly.

And I admitted that I hadn't seen the video. I was simply posing a query as to whether or not the calls were justified. Maybe some spofites had seen it and could enlighten me. But instead, I get grief for disliking Alex.

In reference to Alice vs. Alex, that just happened to be a popular jab at him in Chicago during the playoffs last year stemming from said hair pulling incident. You know, like little girls are often want to do when they fight one another.

And if you object to my use of the word nimrod in describing Alex Burrows, how about the word tool? Or are you going to refer to dictionary.com for the proper definition of that word as well? Oh wait...penis is actually listed there. So I must be referring to him as the male sexual organ used for intercourse and pissing.

In the future, I'll just keep my humble opinions to myself and attempt to only respond in a passionless, objective manor when discussing sports on a sports forum.

And if you have evidence of the fishhooking, I'd like to see it.

posted by willthrill72 at 10:51 AM on January 14

Referee controversy ripples around NHL

Every team in the NHL has at least a couple of Burrows style players so I don't buy any arguments that this is justified in the least.

They don't all pull hair like a little girl, though.

I admit I'm biased on this one. Alice is a dirty player and isn't deserving of much sympathy. That said, I haven't seen the video on the calls in question so I can't speak to the validity of the calls. But is there a possibilty the calls were justified?

Oh, and Alice, good luck getting any calls go your way in the future. What a nimrod.

posted by willthrill72 at 09:13 AM on January 14

Broncos Trade Jay Cutler to Bears for Two First Round Picks and Kyle Orton

Let's face it. The Bears giving up a couple of first round draft picks is really not that big of a deal. They are not exactly known for their early round draft picks, are they. Cedric Benson, anyone? Chris Williams? Michael Haynes, Marc Colombo, Cade McNown. The list goes on and on. Sure, they did well with Urlacher and Olsen, but that's it. The Bears still have a compensatory 3rd round pick this year and they got a 5th round pick from the Broncos. To get their hands on a franchise-type QB, I don't think they gave up too much.

And I'm with bender, before this McDaniels uproar, I never heard anyhting negative regarding Cutler's attitude. All the sudden, he feels like he's being wronged and voicing out, and he's a petulant crybaby. I'm sure blame lies at the feet of both Cutler and the Broncos.

posted by willthrill72 at 09:33 AM on April 03

Broncos Trade Jay Cutler to Bears for Two First Round Picks and Kyle Orton

1st & 3rd round picks 2009, 1st round pick 2010 and Kyle Orton. Bears get Cutler and a 5th round pick.

posted by willthrill72 at 05:28 PM on April 02

Broncos Trade Jay Cutler to Bears for Two First Round Picks and Kyle Orton

I just heard that on Chicago radio that Cutler has been traded to the Bears. I thought they were just goofing around but then I heard a news break that confirmed it. Details to follow.

posted by willthrill72 at 05:24 PM on April 02

Yahoo Fantasy Hockey H2H

Respect the Indian is in. And thanks to Ying Yang Mafia for the e-mail. I haven't spent much time on Sportsfilter lately but I promise to be an active manager.

posted by willthrill72 at 08:43 PM on September 16

More Bad Noose for Pro Golf

First, let me say that I am not excusing what Tilghman said, but perhaps the use of the word "lynch" and all its connotations are truly regional. As Joey said, where he came from the term was exclusive to the historical context. Growing up in the Midwest, we used the word to reference any kind of rumble, mob action, etc. Hell, there was a group of morons in my high school that called themselves the Lynchmob. Now I went to a very racially and ethnically diverse school and no one ever though twice about it. They were all bark and no bite. Honestly, when the story first broke and I heard the audio clip, I thought "big deal". It took a few minutes for the severity of the comment to sink in. I am not a mind reader nor do I personally know Ms. Tilghman, but I truly do not believe there was malice in her comment and she didn't realize what she had said at the time. I find the cover far more egregious and flamatory than anything Tilghman said.

posted by willthrill72 at 04:39 PM on January 18

Patriots to Honor Booed Teenager

As much as I detest the Patriots (my wife, unfortunately, is a HUGE Pats fan), I think this is one helluva classy move by Kraft. I really don't think his intent was to "one-up" Irsay or the Colts, but as rcade said, it was a nice benefit.

posted by willthrill72 at 11:13 AM on January 16

Mark Cuban Applies to Buy Chicago Cubs

I agree with those who say Cuban irritates them. But, his savvy, passion, and willingness to spend a shit load of dough, appeal to the side of me who would love to see the Cubs finally contend for the WS. Hopefully, Cuban would be smart enough not to piss off and alienate the umpiring crew each and every series. Oh well, it's all for nought. Selig will never let Cuban into the MLB owners club and Reinsdorf, Selig's buddy, hates Cuban, too.

posted by willthrill72 at 04:41 PM on July 13

Blackhawks win lottery.

Too bad the Hawks can't draft a new owner. My frustration and contempt for the Blaakhawks organization has trickled down to the entire league. For the first time that I can remember I am completely apathetic towards the NHL and it's just killing me. I'm unsure if I will even tune into the playoffs. Sorry. Self pity party has ceased. Carry on. On preview: what wdminott said.

posted by willthrill72 at 09:17 AM on April 11

March Madness Bracket Challenge

Man, I love this time of year. I'm in with Bracketology Debunked.

posted by willthrill72 at 10:04 PM on March 11

Chris Simon cheap shot

Typical, despicable, Simon play. The league has to something and it has to be harsh. I would like to see Simon prosecuted to the full extent of the law, as well.

posted by willthrill72 at 09:46 AM on March 09

Constructive Criticism

For the record, and just to be sure we're clear: I'm not advocating murdering anyone. Of course not...we just need it to look like an accident.

posted by willthrill72 at 09:03 PM on January 24

NFL Pick 'em - Superbowl!

Bless you, BPP. Bless you.

posted by willthrill72 at 01:11 PM on January 24

NFL Pick 'em - Superbowl!

BTW, there's a diff between "Bear hater" and "think the Colts will win". posted by lil_brown_bat at 10:04 AM CST on January 24 Point is I want the Colts to win so im picking Da Bears, even though I really do not like them. Dates back to that SuperBowl shuffel shit in '85. posted by Folkways at 6:19 PM CST on January 23 I hate the Bears. I hate the Colts. I really, really don't want either person to win. As much as I hate Peyton Manning, I also don't want the Bears to win so I can come on to SpoFi and read a 1000 word comment by skydivedad. These are not easy picks. posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 7:52 PM CST on January 23 P.S. I hate the Bears. I Really, really hate the Bears. posted by wingnut4life at 12:34 AM CST on January 24 I dunno, LBB, that sounds like hate to me. How do you propose they live it down when the current Bears have absolutely nothing in common with the '85 Bears other than they are still under the same ownership? I say again...it was 21 years ago.

posted by willthrill72 at 11:54 AM on January 24

NFL Pick 'em - Superbowl!

My goodness, we have a shitload of Bear haters! I guess people don't have the Pats to bash this year (just the coach), so unload on the Bears. Is this really stemming from the Super Bowl Shuffle from 21 years ago? If so, let it go, people. Let it go.

posted by willthrill72 at 08:45 AM on January 24

Lovie Smith becomes the first black head coach ......

Fraze, I was wondering the same thing. The only thing I could think ofi s that they were playing from behind the whole game, granted not by much, and felt they had to throw the ball to climb back into it. And that was exactly what they did from two minutes left in the first half and well into the third quarter. I thought for sure once they pulled within two, the Bears were going to get a steady dose of McAllister and Bush. Guess not. (Thank god)

posted by willthrill72 at 08:39 AM on January 24

NFL Pick 'em - Superbowl!

Bears by 6 and I'll take the over. Thomas Jones for the Bears will score the 1st TD by punching it in 8:37 into the 1st Qtr.

posted by willthrill72 at 08:34 AM on January 23

The Hoser's NFL Picks, Postseason Week Three

Actually, TBH, the Bears have been maligned by the local media in Chicago for the latter half of the season, and it certainly spread to the national media. Hell, a fair number of local sports talking heads picked the Saints. Grossman has been under a microscope all season, and only recently have the experts seem to have picked up that the defense has been playing like shit. It has been at times painful to watch the media skewer Grossman and he certainly didn't help his situation by some of the things he said, but I firmly believe that if he stays healthy and works out his mental and physical mechanics, he could be a great quarterback. For now, I am simply basking in the glow of a serious whoopin' on the media darlings and can't wait to see Manning in the big one.

posted by willthrill72 at 09:03 AM on January 22

Samardzija chooses baseball.

I have to agree with several other posters that the guaranteed money and less wear and tear on his body were the keys to his decision. And as a Cubs fan, my enthusiasm is somewhat tempered. I have not seem him play baseball, but from what I have heard, he doesn't really do anything special. He has a 95+ mph fastball and is developing a decent slider. That kind of sounds like most righties in the majors.

posted by willthrill72 at 12:18 PM on January 20

One Toke Over The Line, Ron Mexico...

BTW, if I use my middle name it becomes John Mullet Namibia. I had no idea Barry Melrose and I were related.

posted by willthrill72 at 03:55 PM on January 19

One Toke Over The Line, Ron Mexico...

You know, I have really tried liking this guy but he continues to do such stupid shit. Hey, I have absolutely nothing against him wanting to burn some now and again. But seriously...an airplane? Alfred Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

posted by willthrill72 at 02:24 PM on January 18

Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez!

Great article, TBH. For obvious reasons I can't say that I share your affinity with the Saints this weekend. Had it been any other year, or opponent for that matter, then hell yes I'd be pulling for them. I don' think there is anyone who can debate that the Saints haven't been a great story this year but it's been 21 years since I last saw my Bears in the Superbowl, and I was just a wee lad at the time. Oh, and I hate. I hate Charles Martin, I hate Mike Holmgren, Forrest Gregg (sp?), I HATE the Pistons. Bartman! Well, let's just say I have a lot of hate.

posted by willthrill72 at 11:09 AM on January 17

NFL Pick 'em - Conference Championships

Bears by 4 Pats by 3 Gould 10 pts.

posted by willthrill72 at 04:14 PM on January 15

Scoring With A Heavy Heart.

I concur. Great post, TBH. And you're right, Teemu...life sucks sometimes. Godspeed to your friend.

posted by willthrill72 at 11:14 AM on January 12

SpoFi Bowl Game Pick'em

Costanza winner Dean Wormer to thread. Shit! Did I win another Costanza? I don't know if I should feel honored or embarassed. Scratch that...definitely embarassed.

posted by willthrill72 at 02:32 PM on January 09

NFL Pick'em - Division Round Edition

Saints by 5 Bears by 3 Ravens by 4 Chargers by 7 LT 147 Yards.

posted by willthrill72 at 02:26 PM on January 09

NFL Playoff Pick'em

Did willthrill72 pick? I want the opposite of his choices throughout the playoffs. :) Ah, I see that he and grum have indeed picked... but I agree with some of their choices! :o What to do, what to do... Hal, that cuts deep,man. But not a bad strategy.

posted by willthrill72 at 02:02 PM on January 04

The Hoser's NFL Picks, Postseason Week One

It pains me that my NFL picks seem to garner responses from some of the most uneducated, illiterate people on Earth. Fraze, I think the rest of us just like to sit back and watch the car wreck. Good as always.

posted by willthrill72 at 01:59 PM on January 04

NFL Playoff Pick'em

KC by 4 Seattle by 6 Pats by 10 Philly by 9 Thanks, apoch.

posted by willthrill72 at 11:01 AM on January 03

forrestv 2006 SpoFi Fantasy Football champ

Congrats, forrestv. Already looking forward to next fantasy season.

posted by willthrill72 at 02:35 PM on January 02

Let's hear it for the boys!

There's another pool? Of course I'm in. It's a hockey pool, you say? Even better!

posted by willthrill72 at 08:44 AM on December 21

Son of the Great One Kid just looking to have fun playing hockey

I was able to read it no problem.

posted by willthrill72 at 03:37 PM on December 15

The Hoser's NFL Picks, Week Fourteen.

The Raiders will fold faster than Tim Krumrie’s leg in the Super Bowl. Man, that's mean...but I like it.

posted by willthrill72 at 04:21 PM on December 09

SpoFi Bowl Game Pick'em

I'm totally setting up a pool which allows you to pick which SpoFites will enter the most pools. I'm in!

posted by willthrill72 at 11:56 AM on December 08

SpoFi Bowl Game Pick'em

I fortunately had no problems. Very cool.

posted by willthrill72 at 09:55 AM on December 07

SpoFi NHL Fantasy League (FFS).

I was doing so well for awhile, but then injuries and a pitiful defense have caused my recent ruin. Best Pick (other than Hossa)- Slava Kozlov in the 7th round. He's having a damn fine season so far. Worst Pick-Marek Malick in the 3rd round. WTF was I thinking? Best waiver p/u-Yet to happen Worst waiver drop-Probably Damond Langkow. I've had issues at center all season. Had I kept Langkow he would be my fourth highest scorer with 23 points.

posted by willthrill72 at 09:37 AM on December 07

Fantasy Football update

I should have known my team name would be a self-fulfilling prophecy.

posted by willthrill72 at 09:19 AM on December 07

H2H SportsFilter2a Hockey League Update

By the way wirtz, it helps to set your lineup once in a while. YYM, I don't know if I should admit this or not but I set my lineup almost everyday. I was ill last week and may have let it slide a little, but I am actively managing my team. Both teams for that matter.

posted by willthrill72 at 09:13 AM on December 07

Knight: I didn't do anything wrong, would do it again

Bobby Knight is a rather polarizing figure. This just might spark an interesting discourse, Texan.

posted by willthrill72 at 06:14 PM on November 14

Knight: I didn't do anything wrong, would do it again

This has been WAY overblown by the media. Had this involved another coach and not Knight, this would have been little more than a footnote at the rear of the sports section, if mentioned at all. I'm no Bobby Knight apologist by any means but this is BS.

posted by willthrill72 at 06:05 PM on November 14

Stern Rebuke Puts Mark Cuban in His Place -- the Stands

Stern is an iron-fisted ass. I don't understand what harm Cuban causes by being in the huddle. Is it an unfair advantage to have your team owner, who obviously cares about his team and people, in team huddles due to his business prowess? Or is he drawing up plays and defensive schemes. Or maybe Cuban is packing heat and this is how Stern penalizes him. Just leave it at home, Mark. Just leave it at home.

posted by willthrill72 at 09:44 AM on November 03

SpoFi NHL Fantasy League (FFS)

Look out! Grum's breakin' out the shit talk.

posted by willthrill72 at 08:31 AM on November 02

Dishwashing, ironing, and hashing?

I've never heard of hashing before but it sounds like fun. Wait...what do you mean there is no hashish involved? Nevermind.

posted by willthrill72 at 08:27 AM on November 02

NBA Doesn't Monkey Around with Racial Heckler

I just read this story on the Everybody Sucks Penis Network website. What the hell was this guy thinking? I SO love he apology his PR (attorney) person wrote for him. On the side, are there certain guidlines when it comes to heckling. Obviously you can't use racial or familial insults, but what else is taboo? Do the different sports leagues set guidlelines or is it up to the individual venue? Just wondering. BTW-nice headline, Rcade. On preview: I agree with Chico. He deserved punishment but it does seem a but harsh to ban him from EVERY NBA game.

posted by willthrill72 at 09:11 AM on October 31

NHL '94 Online.

It's settled. Bleeding head only in '93. Why, in god's name, would they ever take it out? Put my violence back!

posted by willthrill72 at 08:57 AM on October 31

NHL '94 Online.

Was this the game they played during Swingers on the Sega Genesis? Absolutely. I can recall MANY spent days of my youth battling my best friend for hours on end. My spin-o-rama was my best move. Gretzky was the bomb!

posted by willthrill72 at 08:27 PM on October 27

The NFL to play two regular season games overseas.

Football (gridiron) has been played in Canada longer than in the U.S.A., so, I'm thinking football is a Canadian sport exported to the States. From the Wikipedia article regarding football- Modern American football grew out of a match between McGill University of Montreal, and Harvard University in 1874. At the time, Harvard students are reported to have played the Boston Game — a running code — rather than the FA-based kicking games favored by US universities. From the entry regarding the invention of "American Football" on about.com- Derived from the English game of rugby, American football was started in 1879 with rules instituted by Walter Camp, player and coach at Yale University. I guess all I'm trying to say is that "American Football" is a North American sport in origin. Whether it originated in Canada or USA is up for debate in my mind. Regardless, it actually derived from rugby, so I guess we have the Brits to thank for it.

posted by willthrill72 at 07:05 PM on October 26