Changed my post a little. We can't hold a university accountable for its students' actions. If we did, then it would never end. Soon enough we'd have people suing 30 years later because the school let some woman's husband go to bars as a freshman and led to his alcholism that made him an abusive spouse. And if someone starts learning subversive things at college, then should we sue the college for not censoring all writings that go through its doors? Yeah, both scenarios might sound really ridiculous...but then again, you know what else sounds ridiculous to me? A woman suing McDonald's because she can't hold a coffee cup between her legs.
posted by Masked at 11:58 AM on March 09
bdaddy, it's all about the size of the city. Just think about it this way...if every person in the entire city of Jacksonville bought one piece of Jaguars merchandise, only one in five people in Atlanta would need to buy Falcons' gear to match (and actually) pass their sales numbers. When you take that into account and include every aspect (TV, radio, etc.), then you can see why even if a small market team is beloved by their fans, they will normally never be as lucrative as a crappy team in an apathetic big city.
posted by Masked at 11:36 AM on March 09
"Told you so" never sounded so sweet.
posted by Masked at 01:11 PM on March 07
chico, please take a moment to see if Barry has ever made this kind of comment before. Go ahead, it won't take long. Done? OK, now take your head out of his ass. Thanks.
posted by Masked at 11:57 AM on February 20
Please note that the Winter Olympics are on NBC, the network Gumble hates, and March Madness is on CBS, the network he works for. Yeah, I BET its all about racism to Bryant...
posted by Masked at 11:15 AM on February 17
I agree with frazer here. Why not let Marv and Boomer take a shot or how about just keeping Patrick/Theisman/McGuire together? It seems like with MNF everyone feels the need to try and reinvent the wheel. Guys...the NFL is at the absolute pinnacle of its popularity. Just ride it and be happy with your #1 rating on Monday nights.
posted by Masked at 08:16 PM on February 08
"Once we got Jim Thome from the Phillies the "Big Skirt" was obsolete." Uh...Jim ain't exactly an iron man himself.
posted by Masked at 12:20 AM on January 26
Mario isn't the greatest player of all time, but he's likely in everyone's top 5. How can you not like Super Mario? I hope that, if anything, his retirement is the kind of kick in the pants that the city of Pittsburgh needs so they can git 'er done and keep the Penguins where they belong.
posted by Masked at 03:13 PM on January 24
"When Jordoan got Pippen and Kerr and Paxson and Rodman..he started to win titles but that is NOT because he made those palyers better because in fact they were already really good players!" Dude, look at some stats first. Once MJ left the game, did you hear ANYTHING out of any of the above-mentioned players? Rodman is the only one who did anything of note without MJ, and it should be noted that MJ won his first few titles WITHOUT Rodman. And he won a title because STEVE KERR WAS ADDED TO THE TEAM? Please. They put talent around him and he made them into basketball players. As soon as his court guidance left, none of these guys did a thing. Unless you count Pippen pulling over those sheets in anger when the Blazers went down in the playoffs again.
posted by Masked at 01:47 AM on January 23
This loss is on Dungy. They got away from the run early, they got out of their gameplan with plenty of 3 step drops instead of their normal 5, they let the Steeler's defense dictate the entire game up until the final few minutes of the 4th quarter. You can give the Steelers credit and rightly so...but how many years are Tony Dungy teams going to choke in the playoffs behind poor playcalling before someone blames Mr. Nice Guy for not getting it done and stops trying to shift the blame elsewhere? And I agree, Manning can win the big one, but much like Elway, he will need a COACH who can win the big one first.
posted by Masked at 04:03 PM on January 16
Ok for one thing, let's not forget that about a decade ago Cower got the good calls against Indy to send him to the Super Bowl, so I don't feel badly about the poor officiating, especially since they won anyway. And everyone is trying to stick this on Manning which is partially correct....HOWEVER, someone needs to step up here and mention the fact that Tony Dungy has yet to win a big playoff game as a head coach. His teams constantly choke in big games, Tampa had to send him packing before they could finally win it all. Will Indy have to do the same? I certainly feel bad for the whole situation he has been placed in now, but he continues to be paid to do his job and get this team all the way...there's no excuse for not making the Super Bowl this year.
posted by Masked at 09:27 PM on January 15
No no no no no, Shaq leaving is by no means a Ruth-level blunder. The babe still had many, MANY years of Hall of Fame-level play in him. In Shaq's case, he had last year left in him and even this season his minutes are heading south. Three good years tops out of Shaq...that is not a curse-level transaction. I'd say a much more comparable trade to Ruth would be the Dodgers dealing away Pedro for DeShields. Brrrrrrrr...
posted by Masked at 02:55 PM on January 06
A pioneer? Yeah, what I'll always remember him for is almost screwing up the NFL by destroying an age requirement that makes college and pro football soooo much better than the NBA and NCAAB. And why? So he wouldn't have to go to class (not that he did anyway) and he could start getting rich and spending tons of money ONE YEAR earlier. Or perhaps it was after he figured out he wasn't going to be able to play at any 1-A school? That's why I hate him, and I am realy enjoying watching karma come back to bite his sorry ass. And as for the racism stuff...people like RZA don't realize that as soon as they step on their soapbox all they do is bring more attention to the racist comments. It's like mentioning your major competitor in advertising...you do it and people say "so what is this other product that they keep mentioning?" You keep mentioning racism and you do it in such polarizing terms and all you're gonna do is get each side more pissed off and firmly entrenched in the belief that the other side is stupid/backwards/hippies/whatever and cannot see your argument. You sound holier-than-thou because you are.
posted by Masked at 01:41 PM on January 02
chicobangs I'll apply to be World Champion. Now I only weigh 165 lbs., BUT, if accepted for the position of Champion of the World, I will eat a LOT of food and get up to speed in no time. Also, I'll be holding a lot of press conferences bashing my opponent, then drop out of fights due to knee injuries until the title is stripped from me. Then I'll go on ESPN and claim that the title was robbed from me and I will no longer partake in an unjust system, thus finishing my career undefeated.
posted by Masked at 10:31 PM on December 23
Also Hater, if you're lower class and not racist that's just plain wonderful. But unfortunately, because you are not racist doesn't mean the vast majority of lower class people aren't either.
posted by Masked at 02:14 PM on December 15
Garfield I agree, I think the wealthy are just as racist underneath if not moreso. However, the wealthy tend to realize that airing comments like this in a public forum is only going to keep the cycle going, thus it shouldn't be done. Look, I'm not saying just ignoring the problem will make it disappear, thats not the case. But for the people who argue that even MORE awareness should be raised...you're just not connected with reality. Every time the race issue comes up on a Yahoo message board, just read the posts that are brought on because of it. And hey, this guy mentioned race and now we're in a racial discussion on a sports message board. Talking...and talking...and TALKING about the problem simply isn't going to fix it. What would you suggest be taught in schools about the race issue? Telling white high school kids that its the white man's fault just doesn't work very well when your audience is a bunch of rebellious kids that don't like to listen in the first place. That's why history books have been sterilized to not give the bad side of things...its playing to an audience. And yes, I'm aware of the bitter irony of writing about why an issue should not be written about.
posted by Masked at 02:11 PM on December 15
"Is it me, or do some african americans do alot to keep racism alive themselves" Now there's a psychological spin on things for you...it seems to me that there's a common thread here between races. Higher class (economically) blacks and whites tend to shy away from talking about racist issues while the lower class don't. And I don't mean talk about them intelligently, either. Lower class whites tend to use racist jokes much more often and lower class blacks tend to discredit rich blacks as being out of touch with them, thus not "truly" black. At least from 20 years of living in the south, this is what I see. WHat makes this NAACP fellow's comments surprising, then, is that he is from the higher class that should be smart enough to be setting an example by not publicly talking about things like this because they know it just shouldn't be mentioned in today's society...trying to get racism out of the media, especially the sports media and the newspaper that the lower class reads, is a big step toward getting rid of the problem. This guy just set that back a few steps. Obviously whoever mentioned ESPN as being a culprit for always talking about McNabb in terms of black quarterbacks is absolutely right. I'd like to see a QB of ANY COLOR put up the numbers McNabb did and take a team to the NFC Title game with Fred Ex and Todd Pinkston. Wow for some reason that post sounded really communist to me. I better take a shower
posted by Masked at 11:36 AM on December 15
Tear down Wrigley? Are you people really sports fans?
posted by Masked at 12:21 PM on December 13
This team isn't getting by the Pistons, period. Shaq can't do anything against Detroit, he had 3 hall of famers around him a couple years back and got shut down by the Pistons, what makes you think Dwayne Wade and TWAN are gonna do any better with Shaq being a couple years older? Doesn't matter who coaches them.
posted by Masked at 12:18 PM on December 13
I would just like to note that Bobby Ross won a National Championship in college and went to the Super Bowl in the NFL, that is far from a "middling" performance in the pros.
posted by Masked at 12:13 PM on December 13
The Cubs aren't always destined to be last, they just need a pitcher who is (A) consistently healthy AND (B) Halfway decent. Unfortunately Chicago management has yet to figure out that one must have A AND B to be successful, not just one or the other.
posted by Masked at 09:54 PM on December 07
Yeah, no one is asking them to get A's, they're just asking them to get C's in classes like "Football Theory." Honestly, that isn't asking for much. All most of these kids would have to do is just show up for class and pay attention 80% of the time and they would get A's in these fluff classes anyway. I'm sorry but I don't have a lot of patience for these "student atheletes," especially since I come from a school where no scholarships were awarded to sports players...
posted by Masked at 12:02 AM on December 06
Furcal is so overrated, anyone who watched him hack away in Atlanta would know this...guys with great speed and a decent average come along so often anyway (Carl Crawford and Chone Figgins and Willie Tavarez to name a few who have emerged in the past couple seasons), why pay so much for a leadoff man?
posted by Masked at 11:59 PM on December 05
Can someone here please blame the ACC braintrust for this whole debacle? They worked so hard to juryrig the divisions so FSU and Miami would match up every year that they ended up getting a horrible representative. Had they just made a north and south division based on geographic lines (like everyone ELSE), they would have got a VaTech/Miami game...between the two best teams in the conference. This is the ACC's fault and it is a slap in the face to Paterno to get his team shafted like this. But hey, it's not like he isn't used to getting the shaft from the NCAA, is it? ;)
posted by Masked at 12:47 AM on December 05
I find it surprising that no one has mentioned that there is indeed a LOT of praying at these games by the fans AND the players. So what if some Muslims were praying too? The fact is they were in a suspicious place. This is much ado about nothing. I mean, what's the problem here? Some cops saw something suspicious and followed up on it. Look people, EVERYBODY profiles. White people drive through the ghetto and they're profiling everyone they see. Native Americans on a reservation see a white guy buy a trinket at a gift shop and profile. Working class folks see a 16 year old in a Camaro pass them and profile. NYC residents see Muslims praying under an air duct and profile. As long as there was a reason for what they did (which the cops gave one), what the problem is? Sigh...this subject just HAD to get me to subscribe to this place, now I'll probably never leave these boards...
posted by Masked at 06:25 PM on November 03
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