The location where they found him is very poignant. It's possible he never really got over his granddaughter's death, and that combined with the health problems he was facing were just too much to deal with.
I'm not into NASCAR or car racing in general but as a Wisconsin native the name always resonated with me. Hope he has finally found peace.
posted by evixir at 11:29 AM on May 19
Insane how a seemingly simple injury like that -- something no doubt many of us have done -- could lacerate a spleen. Perforated by a rib perhaps?
posted by evixir at 01:54 PM on February 18
As a Brewers fan, this is very disappointing. Hard to believe he's clean at this point, though it was hard to believe after the initial reports a couple years ago. Any other explanation is just really reaching at this point.
posted by evixir at 01:51 PM on February 18
The article about the bike mechanic is what I always think of lately whenever Armstrong's in the news again. Sweet, sweet karma. But in general, fuck this guy. I hope he loses absolutely everything over this.
posted by evixir at 10:48 PM on January 18
I have a feeling the truth is going to surface on this pretty quickly. Either he was faking it for sympathy votes/publicity, or he was faking it to hide something about his lifestyle. Either way, it was a very stupid thing to do and will blow up for him even more than it already has.
posted by evixir at 06:17 PM on January 17
That was absolutely ridiculous of Shanahan. Put Cousins in and they may have had a chance. Everyone with half a brain who was watching that game could tell RG3 was nowhere near his usual self, and it cost them the game. Talk about a teachable moment for a rookie; I just hope he learned something from it, but it doesn't sound like anything sank in at this point. Sometimes maturity and professionalism means acknowledging and realizing when you are not at your best and are not helping your team by being out there when your backup is ready to go.
posted by evixir at 09:43 PM on January 07
I was shocked they let Lovie Smith go. Here's hoping someone good picks him up, because he seems like a really decent guy and a good coach. I'll miss seeing him in the NFC North, though.
posted by evixir at 05:19 PM on December 31
You may want to fix that title if you can. MD is much, much different from MS. I read the article thinking "How's he going to keep playing with MD?"
posted by evixir at 08:00 PM on November 29
The guy's also 38 years old. Granted, Vizquel was 45 when he finally retired, but still... I don't follow the Yankees but I hope they've started to build up their shortstop backlog. Can't bank on having Jeter forever.
posted by evixir at 06:48 PM on October 14
Thoughts are with the Neshek family. I can't imagine what they're going through right now.
posted by evixir at 04:06 PM on October 06
Un-fucking-believable. That Packers/Seahawks game was fucking bullshit.
posted by evixir at 11:59 PM on September 24
Replacement ref admits he didn't know the rules and gave Harbaugh two extra challenges he wasn't supposed to have in the SF-MN game.
I think this won't end until a player gets seriously, seriously hurt due to a blown call. Maybe then, we'll get the real refs back, but until that point we're stuck.
posted by evixir at 10:24 PM on September 23
Followup news reports indicated he never had a collapsed lung or a tracheotomy on the field. The team doctor is disputing the reports about the lung and tracheotomy.
Hope he recovers fully, but it's too early to know yet. Scary, scary stuff.
posted by evixir at 07:05 PM on September 09
I wondered that about Strasburg. It sounds like he's done for the year, and that's basically what Davey Johnson says too.
The Devon Walker news is horrible. None of the news reports have said if he had any feeling below the neck or not but man, you just hope to hell it's not that serious.
posted by evixir at 03:42 PM on September 08
The slo-mo replay of the hit and his reaction makes it clear something was not right, and it looked like he knew damn well something was not right while sitting up. Scary, scary hit. Hope he recovers completely with no ill effects.
posted by evixir at 12:13 PM on September 08
As someone who's never followed college sports, never participated in them, never gone to college sports games, and graduated from a Big Ten school, my bias is clear. I know college sports bring in a lot of money for schools, but goddamnit, education is the reason you're there. Not the fucking sports.
Shut down the program for a year, five years, whatever. The school won't close down because football isn't being played there anymore, and if it does? Then it shouldn't have stood as long as it has, resting solely on the laurels and good graces of collegiate sporting funds. Then it wasn't a college in the first place, just a figurehead for the ultimate commodity being provided: sports, under the guise/facade/what-have-you of higher education.
posted by evixir at 10:09 PM on July 18
I hope this doesn't sour the kid on baseball. She should be ashamed of herself. What a disgusting display of greed.
posted by evixir at 10:03 PM on June 22
That's a bummer, but glad the trainer and owner did what was best for the horse's health. Nobody wants to see another Barbaro situation, or anything like that filly who came in 2nd to Big Brown who was put down on the track a couple years ago -- forgot her name.
Like so many others, I too will probably forgo watching the race now, as the Triple Crown possibility was the only really interesting aspect of it for me. Such is the life of a bandwagon racing fan.
posted by evixir at 12:33 PM on June 09
Thanks for that, tommy. Ax is pretty awesome indeed, and not just because of the facial hair.
posted by evixir at 02:09 PM on May 12
This was shocking news; I'm not a Yankee fan but I've always been a fan of Rivera. Here's hoping he's able to come back from this and retake the mound again.
posted by evixir at 08:58 PM on May 06
Do they know why she died? It seems like there have been more stories lately about marathoners who die during the race or immediately thereafter. Undiagnosed heart conditions, perhaps?
posted by evixir at 10:32 PM on April 26
The booing is extremely obnoxious. This is a lifechanging event for these kids and those morons booing are just ruining the vibe.
posted by evixir at 10:29 PM on April 26
If it's established that they were the ones who jumped these kids, kick 'em off the team, kick 'em out of the school. Period. Then let the law deal with them for agg assault.
Orakpo will have to kibosh the Geico neanderthal Scrabble games for awhile and teach his little brother how to be a man, it seems.
posted by evixir at 10:37 PM on April 09
I love this. Thanks for sharing it.
posted by evixir at 09:36 PM on April 03
Extraordinarily pleased that things worked out this way. The chain-of-custody bit was the clincher, but I still believe the kid was never a doper.
And as someone posted earlier, none of this should ever have seen the light of day in the first place. MLB has some major problems on their hands, considering they can't maintain confidentiality worth a damn.
posted by evixir at 07:18 PM on February 26
Perhaps he was just more eager to start the race than the other sled dogs.
posted by evixir at 08:08 PM on February 16
As a Brewer fan who found Fielder a bit overrated and obnoxious, the fact that he's heading to his dad's former team (considering their well-publicized feud) is fairly amusing. That was the offer he accepted.
Unless, of course, his full intention is to completely overshadow his father forever, on any and every team he ever played for, but I don't think he's got the moxie for it.
posted by evixir at 09:30 PM on January 27
The confluence of events is surreal -- not to say that he didn't have an inkling he might have cancer prior to all this, or that nature didn't just take its course normally for an 85yo man, but damn. Sad ending, but it could have been a lot more peaceful for him if he'd done what he knew he should do, as a man in a position of great power to effect great change at the institution.
posted by evixir at 11:35 AM on January 22
Sounds weird to say but I'm glad you did, Drood, as I hadn't been following the story too closely. Awful news.
posted by evixir at 08:45 PM on January 20
beaverboard, excellently put.
Losing a child is losing a child. The Philbin family has my sympathies for their loss.
posted by evixir at 09:47 PM on January 10
Ordinarily I'd say the injuries excuse was bunk (Packers fan, thinking of last season) but Roethlisberger being injured just wrecked them last night. The Steelers just looked old, running around out there. Altitude messing them up a bit as well? Hard to say, but I don't know what the hell I watched last night. I saw it as a failing on the part of the Steelers much more than any excellent gamesmanship on the part of Tebow and crew.
(Then again, I'm pretty biased since the Packers have one of the two or three best quarterbacks playing the game right now, and yet Tebow's getting all the press -- and isn't anywhere near the caliber of Rodgers, Brees, or Brady.)
posted by evixir at 10:36 PM on January 09
Disclaimer: I didn't see the play, I don't follow the Browns, and I don't follow McCoy. But if what you're saying is true, that McCoy's on shaky footing (no pun intended) with regards to his status as the starting QB for the team, you're damn right he's not going to speak up about his concussion concerns.
But fuck, somebody's got to. Especially if even a shred of what Brad McCoy said is true about Colt's overall mental status thereafter.
And yes, it's a little embarrassing that it's his dad, but if the kid himself doesn't feel he can speak up because he doesn't want to be seen as a 'problem QB' or not a team player (which likely also played into him going back into the game -- "I'm alright, guys" even though he's dazed and confused on the sidelines) then I say it's good that someone spoke up on his behalf.
People should be talking about not only why the coach and medical staff screwed up and let him go out and continue to play after that hit, but why Colt perhaps didn't feel he could be forthcoming with coaches and staff about how badly he was injured. Earlier commenters pointed out the whistleblowing aspect of it all, and it's a great metaphor; how often do you hear about shit happening at a loved one's workplace that they themselves are powerless to address (look to the economy for reasons why)... how frustrated does that leave you, how much do you wish you could stand up for that loved one's shitty situation?
posted by evixir at 10:32 PM on December 11
This is heartbreaking to all Brewers fans. He was supposed to be the team leader going into the future, a shining example of humility and talent and confidence and sportsmanship, wrapped up in a charismatic package. If it's true, and if he loses the appeal, it's just such a disillusioning moment.
posted by evixir at 10:14 PM on December 11
Thanks for sharing that. It reminds me a bit of the stories you hear (fables?) of people who have been hit by lightning and go blind, get hit again and get their sight back.
(Okay, maybe it was just one story like that.)
posted by evixir at 09:16 PM on December 08
What the hell did the Lions do to themselves in that game last night? Penalty after penalty after penalty. Schwartz has some real problem children on his hands and they're self-imploding like crazy.
Also, that Packers game was a nailbiter for a die-hard fan like me. I like the streak, but the pressure is nuts. I suppose they vastly prefer this route to the Superbowl than the route they had to take last year, but I hope they're able to maintain. They're already losing some key guys like Quarless and Starks to what could be season-ending injuries (knee sprain, ankle sprain). I'm petrified to think of who could be next.
posted by evixir at 07:26 PM on December 05
Meanwhile, Donovan McNabb has been released and the world continues to turn.
posted by evixir at 11:08 PM on December 01
Suh gets 2-game suspension from NFL, and naturally appeals.
If he loses the appeal, can they tack on another two game suspension for being a compounded dumbass?
posted by evixir at 09:43 PM on November 30
Huzzah for Braun on this one -- kid worked hard and played well all season. Very richly deserved.
posted by evixir at 10:02 AM on November 24
I didn't even watch the game but it sounds like at least Cassel has the excuse of an injury to explain his day. Perhaps Tebow's completion rate is directly related to how often he takes a knee?
posted by evixir at 06:56 PM on November 14
I think they should spend all that airtime just showing Packer victories over the years. A very nice way to recognize a fine, upstanding football team.
posted by evixir at 06:52 PM on November 14
Aside from a complete housecleaning of the entire athletics department, I think the president of Penn State should follow Paterno out, frankly. He was made aware of it as well, and did nothing.
It all served to remind everybody involved how much more valued Sandusky and Penn State's rep were than the safety of the children involved.
This comes from someone who's never been a fan of college sports and how much more they're valued over the actual scholarly institution and education within. My alma mater was busted for academic fraud and hit with NCAA sanctions, so I was able to see some of that firsthand (though of course academic fraud pales in comparison to the Sandusky matter). Still, far too many were eager to keep quiet and protect the athletics department at all costs. This happens all the time and it makes you wonder how many more Sandusky-esque scandals have been hushed up to avoid precisely this sort of media freefall.
The whole thing with Penn State leaves me so angry and disgusted -- reading the grand jury report was illuminating in a completely horrific fashion.
posted by evixir at 09:57 PM on November 08
That's heartbreaking. Diagnosed so recently and already in hospice care... that is not good. Hope they are able to keep him comfortable, at the very least.
posted by evixir at 02:16 PM on November 06
What would Andrews have to gain by maligning him with a false accusation? I'm annoyed she didn't take it to HR, though, especially considering what she'd been through recently. I was trying to figure out why he didn't just go to the bathroom to take care of his business, but anybody who masturbates in public gets off on the thrill of getting caught doing it. He just didn't care for her negative reaction, which is why he pulled the hierarchy card once he realized she wasn't into it. Fucking disgusting.
I hope this blows up all over the place (no pun intended) and that it follows Clinkscales wherever he goes from here on out.
posted by evixir at 10:03 PM on November 02
He was way too kind to the Bears and the Raiders.
posted by evixir at 05:43 PM on October 31
holden makes an excellent point. If Greinke had gotten more K's on the board, the errors wouldn't have had an opportunity to occur in the first place. He should have spiked the ball with frustration at himself after failing to throw strikeouts.
posted by evixir at 11:43 PM on October 15
Greinke may be a great pitcher, but I don't know how thrilled I am to have him on the Crew. Some might argue that his arm's the one that got us where we are now, but I wasn't impressed with the way he left the Royals. And this nugget doesn't help matters. I like Hairston a lot and clearly he's been clutch for the team, so Greinke's just an ass for making his frustration with the bloop so obvious. Ugh.
posted by evixir at 10:51 AM on October 15
And Roenicke didn't want us handing out walks to Pujols. I hope to god they walk him the rest of the series, at this rate. I guess this was a nice rejoinder to T. Plush's trash-talking of 'Alberta' earlier in the season.
posted by evixir at 10:05 PM on October 11
That was a stressful, stressful game. Kudos to the DBacks for fighting til the end, but damn, we deserve to advance after a 29-year drought.
posted by evixir at 09:15 PM on October 07
Lifelong Packer fan, former die-hard Favre fan, presently have absolutely no use for the guy or his words or his presence in any facet of the game whatsoever anymore ever again the end.
You've got my goddamned vote.
posted by evixir at 06:34 PM on October 05
rcade, I'm sorry to inform you that specific flip his leonine hair back in a spray of water droplets move is patented by Clay Matthews. Ryan will have to come up with something else.
Perhaps a wag head back and forth like a shaggy dog spritzing crowd with droplets motion would suffice.
posted by evixir at 10:38 AM on October 03
Man, that was a hell of a 6th inning in the Brewers/Dbacks game. Ziegler couldn't get a strike to save his life. And boy, did we take advantage.
posted by evixir at 10:35 AM on October 03
Evixir: How do you know Braun would not have sat down in the same situation?
Frankly, it's not his style. And I'm pretty sure Roenicke and several other teammates wouldn't let him get away with that sort of thing. It's fair to note that the Brewers actually have a postseason to look forward to this year, unlike the Mets, so it matters more than Braun puts forth all his best efforts to get runs as opposed to chasing batting titles and then sitting out when they're accomplished, watching his teammates try to maintain the lead without his help.
Five years from now, no one will give a crap about what Reyes did and he'll still have his name listed as the batting champ.
Brewers fans will remember!
It may be a common thing to do, but that doesn't mean I have to respect it or any of the players who do it. Reyes gets added to that list. And evidently Jeter too.
posted by evixir at 12:48 PM on October 01
As a lifelong Brewer fan and a big fan of Ryan Braun's moxie, I think this is pure and total bullshit on Reyes' part and I hope he knows that he only goes down in history as someone who cared more about the damn title than playing the game to the best of his abilities.
A real player (well, fielder, anyway) stays in when needed, goes up to bat when called, and plays the whole game unless injured. You don't pull yourself out to hang onto a fucking title.
How infuriating to know this is the sort of player who walks away with the batting title for the season.
posted by evixir at 07:14 PM on September 29
I'm bummed we're linking to TMZ-driven melodramatic news now. I don't know jack about Lackey and clearly am not a member of the Red Sox Nation, but as a baseball fan in general, I just hate this sort of crap getting in the way of the game. The texting-before-the-game bit is absolutely deplorable and I think whoever did so should be held accountable -- it's no different than the reporters who stick a microphone in the face of a family member who lost a loved one less than an hour prior and demanding some sort of soundbite. Horrible, horrible journalism.
posted by evixir at 08:17 PM on September 27
That's terribly sad. Wish he could have gotten help for his demons and been able to enjoy his successes.
posted by evixir at 05:21 PM on July 27
I'm with graymatters on this one. Not quite sure how to feel about it.
posted by evixir at 07:40 PM on June 08
Maybe I haven't been watching enough baseball lately, but when did it suddenly become acceptable, tolerated, or encouraged to lower your shoulder and drive it into the catcher at full ramming speed? What has this sport become where this is acceptable behavior?
posted by evixir at 10:06 PM on June 03
Ahhh, that was lovely.
I remember a couple years back when he hit an inside-the-park home run he wasn't expecting, and he chugged around those bases like a freight train.
What was with the heavy breathing or coughing in the dugout afterwards, though?
He might have exercise-induced asthma or something, no idea. But he's not known as the sprinter on the team either, so that might have something to do with it. The Onion has poked some fun at him over the years.
posted by evixir at 10:50 PM on May 22
It's interesting how several commenters have remarked that he appeared self-pitying; I didn't pick up on that at all. If anything, he just seems in complete and total denial of the fallibility of his body, of the punishment he's delivering to his system through alcohol and not taking care of himself properly. He seems avowedly lazy, uninterested in improving his lot, and frankly considering his lot not that bad at all. Then again, the article sure paints a very pointed picture at what he's become.
Altogether very depressing, though I probably wouldn't have been all that surprised if I'd known anything about his career other than his celebrity back when I was 10. This would have been a sad tale no matter who the guy was or what he'd done with his life.
His siblings can't get through to him, his wife can't get through to him, his coach can't get through to him... and he's going to die this way, at this rate. It's not her business anymore and she put up with it for a long time, but you do have to idly wonder if his first wife would hold any sway, or his kids. They don't mention his kids being involved in any of this whatsoever, or maybe I missed it -- perhaps his first wife is protecting them from watching their father commit slow suicide. :/
posted by evixir at 10:29 PM on February 08
Amusing how much discussion has been devoted to the halftime show. Ask any die-hard Packer fan what they thought of halftime and I would guess their answer would be the same: What goddamned halftime show? I for one was too busy trying to let my heart rate settle down, praying that Woodson and Driver would miraculously come back to play, hoping the guys didn't let their nerves get to them, wondering fearfully if the Steelers might actually come back from the deficit. Did I mention praying?
As a displaced Wisconsinite and lifelong Packer fan, I can't begin to describe how emotional this game was for me and so many others like me. Talking to my equally-far-flung family members reassured me that I was not alone, that their stomachs had been in knots all weekend too, that they could barely enjoy the game because it was so nervewracking and tense. After Woodson and Driver went out with injuries, I proceeded to spend the entire second half on my feet pacing with my hands clasped in prayer. I wanted it so badly for those guys, for Rodgers, for the team that came together when nobody thought they had a chance in hell at the playoffs, to show the world what they could do when the monkey of Brent was off their backs for good and the future was ahead of them.
And holy everliving fuck, did they deliver.
I still tear up thinking about it. It has been an emotional season for Packer fans, and a testament to the resilience of the team and the drive and passion to give it all they've got. I knew Rodgers was good when he stepped in for an injured Favre a few years back, but I didn't think he'd be able to take us so far so quickly. And next year, with Ryan Grant and Jermichael Finley healthy again, among so many others... the new Packer dynasty is just beginning, folks.
posted by evixir at 10:14 PM on February 08
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