Recent Comments by Miles1996

John Kass: American Football Industry is on its Deathbed

My three sons play minor football and basketball, and community soccer. The oldest (11 yrs) loves football. He views basketball as something to do when its not football season, and soccer as a fun time out with friends. The other two boys enjoy it but don't love it like their brother does.

I guess I'm a flesh supplier?

posted by Miles1996 at 06:42 PM on April 24

Nascar Driver Calls Woman 'Dumb Bitch' on Twitter

Another example that Twitter is such an appropriate name.

posted by Miles1996 at 03:32 PM on December 31

Judge Tells NFL to End Lockout

Another harbinger of the decline and fall of the American empire.

And the irony is blinding:

"A lockout deprives those players of opportunities to shop their services that they would have enjoyed in a free market, Nelson said."

posted by Miles1996 at 09:25 PM on April 25

High School Running Back Penalized for Gesture to God

"I'm not ashamed of my relationship with God, I'll show it right here in front of thousands".

That's about the him, not God; by a score of 3-1.

posted by Miles1996 at 04:55 PM on December 02

Michigan High School Practices at Midnight for Ramadan

Lets assume that a coach is told one of his athletes that he will not be able to make it to the scheduled practice as he has a religious commitment at the same time. The coach will likely excuse that athlete for that practice. (This is the case with my kids who cannot practice on Wednesday evenings due to a bible study that we attend every week). Now lets assume numerous athletes present the same issue to the coach. At some point, the coach needs to aknowledge that having a practice at the scheduled time is not really effective. He would be inclined to reshedule the practice to a time when most of his athletes are available. Would he not? So if the only time that is available is after dark, does he still reschedule?

posted by Miles1996 at 07:07 PM on August 17

High School Player Dies After Hard Tackle

Stories like this one make me sick. My 7 yr. old son just started playing Atom (7-10 yr. olds) level football this year. He loves it. I like it too, as it is great watching him play. At this point, I don't think I would encourage him not to play at any age, but none the less, this story makes me queasy.

posted by Miles1996 at 11:59 PM on September 29

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Theo Fleury's comeback bid ends (with the Flames at least). I was almost certain that they would sign him, regardless of his ability, then allow him to retire a Flame after a game or two. They wouldn't have even had to dress him.

Maybe he's not ready to give up yet.

posted by Miles1996 at 07:37 PM on September 25

Arkansas player ends game with noble gesture

dviking at 07:18 PM

Once again, my point being more eloquently articulated.

posted by Miles1996 at 07:22 PM on September 25

Arkansas player ends game with noble gesture

The message, however, was clear, and it was appreciated. I believe that he had the best of intentions. The act in itself was simply a gesture of sympathy and compassion. I appreciate that. The young man had enough empathy to do something, which is certainly commendable. However, I'm still left with the feeling that it was all about him. "Look at me run. Look at me sacrificing this TD in honour of the other team." Maybe what makes me feel this way is the fact that the article was essentially about this player, not those he was trying to honour.

Give the honor to the other team, don't take it yourself. Exactly.

There are other options that would make sure that the message registered without choosing one that is this self-centered.

But then again, I realise that this is an easy position for me to take being so far removed from the actual situation. As such, I will say this again: He displayed empathy and that is commendable.

posted by Miles1996 at 07:18 PM on September 25

Arkansas player ends game with noble gesture

I don't get it. What is so noble about burning the whole team for 80 yards and then taking a knee. Maybe the intent was noble, but the execution seems a bit contrived. The score was already 34-16....what's another 6 or 7 points. He runs back 80 yards and then effectively says, "Yeah I can score at will, and I'll show you how I am good enough to run a kickoff back, but you folks deserve sympathy, so I'll take a knee just outside of the endzone." If I was a kid on the recieving end of that display, I would be pissed off.

posted by Miles1996 at 12:42 PM on September 25

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Favre is not the only one who won't stay retired. Following a six-year absence from the National Hockey League, Fleury is trying to crack Calgary's lineup at the age of 41. Fleury had a goal and an assist in Sunday night's preseason Flames win over the Florida Panthers.

posted by Miles1996 at 02:42 PM on September 21

Raiders Sent Ultimatum to No-Show Richard Seymour

Yea...cause if I had a family and my job tried sending me to Siberia, I'd willingly go.

I agree that you would too, because when you hired on you knew that the way your business works is that there is the possibility of being sent to Siberia. The second reason you would go, would be to get your paycheck of $3.7 million. Speaking of which, when the contract was first signed, part of the $3.7mm has to count as compensation for the risk of being sent to Siberia. Otherwise sign a contract for a lesser amount with a no-trade clause.

posted by Miles1996 at 01:04 PM on September 11

Craig MacTavish won't be coaching the Oilers next year

I have a buddy who is a die-hard Oiler's fan. He cheered every Oilers' loss over the last month of the season. I guess missing 4 or 5 playoff games was more appealing then having MacT coaching the team all of next season.

As far as expectations of firing go, that organization is known to give players from their dynasty years the benefit of the doubt. While MacT leaving was certainly the expectation, it was not a certainty.

posted by Miles1996 at 02:10 PM on April 16

Boston Bruins' Mascot is a Badass

That's a fish slap? I thought the bear just knocked his mullet off.

posted by Miles1996 at 02:04 PM on April 16

Jamaica's Champs

Sounds comparable to the fanaticism of Texas HS football. Based on recent history, Jamaica does seem to have a leg up on the rest of the world when it comes to speed. This article mentions Shelley-Ann Fraser who won the 100m gold in Beijing, but doesn't point out that Jamaicans also won two silvers in that race, which is amazing. The feat that is, not the omission.

posted by Miles1996 at 10:16 AM on April 07

With Nine Mouths to Feed, Travis Henry Says He’s Broke

Howard, I was visiting San Diego last month and took the USS Midway tour. It was great and I recommend it to anyone.

posted by Miles1996 at 05:57 PM on March 13

Tampa Bay no longer Melrose's place.

Nice one tt. And with that, I'll put my money on April 3rd 2009.

posted by Miles1996 at 06:19 PM on November 14

A Prayer for the Tampa Bay Rays

Okay, okay. Maybe Sacramento would have been more appropriate city to pick on, but did you just defend St. Louis by mentioning both the Rams and the Blues?

Anyways....back to the topic at hand....Go Rays.

posted by Miles1996 at 02:58 AM on October 10

A Prayer for the Tampa Bay Rays

Furthermore, as a huge sports fan living in a large city with no professional sports teams at all,....

Joey, do you happen to live in St. Louis? (Sorry, couldn't resist.)

posted by Miles1996 at 02:18 PM on October 09

Raiders Coach Lane Kiffin has been told he'll be fired

"I refuse to comment on Al Davis. He is not worthy of comment."

Uhhmmm, Doehead, you just did.

posted by Miles1996 at 02:23 PM on October 01

Christian News Site Turns Athlete Homosexual

So, Miles, why aren't they assholes? Depends on why you are calling them assholes. You argue that they are assholes because you believe that they are trying to denigrate others. The argument you make is based on your interpretation of the intent of their actions. However, if I read between the lines, I get the feeling that you think that they are assholes because of their beliefs. So why aren't they assholes? First of all, I don't think you can call someone an asshole because of what they believe. Misguided perhaps, but I think asshole is a bit strong. I think the term asshole pertains to someone whose actions are contemptible (possibly due to some misguided beliefs). So the question remains: were they trying to denigrate and belittle gays? If so, I would agree that they were being mean which would qualify them for the status of "asshole". However, when I consider that this story comes from a conservative Christian website whose audience is likeminded, I don't see how that is an attempt to be mean. They are not forcing it on anyone nor are they getting in anyone’s face with this. My guess at their intent is that they do not want to allow the issue of homosexuality to become mainstream or acceptable in their circle, so they insist on calling it by what it is instead of by a more redeeming word. If they were truly trying to denigrate anyone, there are certainly many slurs available for their use. On preview: cjets, my comment is based on this posting. I am not defending AFA in their entirety. My point is that I don't think that this story qualifies them as assholes. And….this may simply be a difference of opinion on their intent. Then again it may be a difference of opinion on what qualifies someone as an asshole.

posted by Miles1996 at 02:16 AM on July 02

Christian News Site Turns Athlete Homosexual

Personally? I'd like a auto-replace funtion that replaces American Family Association with bigoted assholes. Bigoted....maybe. And assholes? Really? Why cjets? They have just put their thesaurus to use. They have not changed any meaning or added any connontation that did not previously exist. Gay = Homosexual? Yes? Well actually.....they have totally changed some peoples' last names, but that is besides the point since I don't believe that is what you were referring to.

posted by Miles1996 at 12:41 PM on July 01

CBC fumbles negotiations on Hockey Night theme

And a better symphony version at Hockey Night in Canada - Kanata Symphony.

posted by Miles1996 at 09:58 PM on June 06

CBC fumbles negotiations on Hockey Night theme

Try this one instead. It is from the 70's but still has the recognizable “dunt-da-DUNT-da-dunt”. Old version of HNIC theme HNIC Theme by some high school band

posted by Miles1996 at 09:53 PM on June 06

Olympic torch put out by protests.

The idea that all we need to do is stop bying products from China is certainly one way of sending a message, however not a viable one as long as the free market is allowed to reign. If goverments were to legislate consumers away from Chinese manufacturing things might change. For now though, China has the bulk of cheap manufacturing and Adam Smith's "invisible hand" will keep handing money to China. If western consumers were to shun the cheap manufacturing, our standard of living would drop. Is western society as a whole willing for that? I doubt it. In fact, China potentially has more leverage here than the western world. Today's edition of Tank McNamara says it much better than I ever could.

posted by Miles1996 at 09:24 AM on April 08

The NBA's ugliest Uniforms

The numbers on the Portland Trailblazers 1984 uni look a little odd to me. It looks like a reversed "22", sort of "ss." As if the gent is wearing it inside out or the photo was reversed. You are correctt, the photo is reversed. The stripes go down the left leg, not the right. See what I mean here.

posted by Miles1996 at 03:48 PM on October 31

Say It Ain't So, Jackie

Why are kids choosing to play football over baseball when careers in baseball tend to be longer and pay better? Well maybe because basketball and football are much more fun than baseball. Sounds illogical, I know, but you know how kids can be.

posted by Miles1996 at 09:12 AM on October 26

Game Over

Why are kids choosing to play football over baseball when careers in baseball tend to be longer and pay better? Well maybe because basketball and football are much more fun than baseball. Sounds illogical, I know, but you know how kids can be.

posted by Miles1996 at 09:10 AM on October 26