Do you ever feel like the day is coming when two NFL players will run into each other at top speed and explode?
posted by rcade at 11:28 AM on February 26
In reprisal for Canada once again crushing our hockey dreams, the United States should nationalize Cobie Smulders.
posted by rcade at 06:36 PM on February 21
He's a legitimate competitor, among the back of the pack crowd. In the men's luge event he didn't make a fool of himself, and that's a sport where it would be easy to do that and get yourself seriously hurt. I wondered whether the naming gimmick was even necessary to get him into the Olympics.
posted by rcade at 09:18 AM on February 20
When I saw the headline "Russia Men's Hockey Team Eliminated," I thought "damn, Putin is harsh."
posted by rcade at 05:48 PM on February 19
The Buccaneers are getting new helmets. I don't know if these are possibilities, but the ones at lower left and upper left are the bee's knees.
posted by rcade at 05:12 PM on February 19
Incredible: Shiva Keshavan of India in training run falls off luge, gets back on.
posted by rcade at 10:09 PM on February 18
More coolness: an amazing Kansas City Royals billboard.
posted by rcade at 09:09 AM on February 17
A cool photo of the Nationals in spring training in Viera, taken from a GoPro on a drone.
posted by rcade at 09:06 AM on February 17
I like that, but Russia isn't seeing Weir aside from the times he is going around Sochi being fabulous. His TV work only is being seen in America.
posted by rcade at 04:56 PM on February 14
Even as he's saying a gay player being in the NFL bothers him, Sam Sr. says he hopes his son will play in the NFL. He isn't helping that cause by making personal family drama public.
posted by rcade at 08:15 AM on February 12
Michael Sam's dad isn't taking the news well. He told the New York Times that his son revealed he was gay in a text last week while dad was eating at Denny's. "I couldn't eat no more, so I went to Applebee's to have drinks," Sam Sr. said. "I don't want my grandkids raised in that kind of environment."
posted by rcade at 09:48 PM on February 11
From the SI article:
"I don't think football is ready for [an openly gay player] just yet," said an NFL player personnel assistant. "In the coming decade or two, it's going to be acceptable, but at this point in time it's still a man's-man game. To call somebody a [gay slur] is still so commonplace. It'd chemically imbalance an NFL locker room and meeting room."
I could see Sam going to a team with an experienced head coach who has a history of successfully bringing in players perceived as locker room concerns, like New England, or one with an owner or GM that likes the reputation of taking bold risks, like Dallas.
But I don't think Sam is going to be as big an issue to the players as the unnamed sources in that SI story believe. Gay marriage became an issue a decade ago. Gays are all over pop culture, TV and movies. Actors who come out are getting a lot more whatevers than OMGs. American society is getting past the collective freakout over the fact that gays exist and like to hug 'n kiss 'n stuff. A lot of pro football players are going to rally around their teammate after he's drafted.
posted by rcade at 08:28 AM on February 10
Wow. A player as good as Sam is going to make an NFL team and be expected to contribute in a prominent way. It will be extremely interesting to see whether his draft status moves based on his courageous and financially risky decision to come out.
posted by rcade at 08:40 PM on February 09
I don't think a nation is modern until I can flush toilet paper in it. On this point I'm a hardass.
posted by rcade at 10:05 AM on February 07
How many billions have cities smaller than Los Angeles spent on sweetheart deals because every owner would totally rather be in Los Angeles, a city that's already lost more NFL/AFL franchises than any other city has ever had?
Cities with no danger of moving to Los Angeles like Dallas also have forked over millions in taxpayer money to enrich their teams. I know the threat to move to LA has been worth a lot of money; I just dispute whether it's worth more than a team there.
How many cities had a realistic chance of moving? Jacksonville, St. Louis, Minnesota, San Diego and Oakland are the main ones. Of them, only Minnesota got a new stadium in recent years.
That kind of deal-or-we-move threat probably would've worked on those teams with another potential destination like Las Vegas.
posted by rcade at 06:57 AM on February 07
... I can see why the NFL and its owners would like to keep that market open for a lot longer.
For the love of Goodell, why? How can it possibly make financial sense to keep a team out of the second-largest TV market in the country for 20 years, no matter how much is gained elsewhere? The luxury box rates on an LA team would be staggering, given the concentration of wealth there.
Khan bought the Jags for $760 million. If he moved them to LA they'd be worth $1.5 billion overnight.
posted by rcade at 08:16 PM on February 06
If St. Louis moved to Los Angeles, Jaguars fans could stop worrying about moving there and start worrying about moving to St. Louis. That's where Shad Khan wanted to be an NFL owner.
Supposedly, the Jags can't move without paying almost $100 million to get out of the lease, unless they open the books and show the team lost money two years in a row. Khan is putting $31 million into putting billboards larger than the one in Dallas in the end zones at Everbank Field, so that's another reason to hope the team stays.
posted by rcade at 06:45 PM on February 06
Champagne wishes and caviar dreams and expectations of not using my hand to wipe my ass.
posted by rcade at 04:28 PM on February 06
The must-have-cable deals are a salvo in the war against cord cutters.
posted by rcade at 02:51 PM on February 06
Wow. That sounds like something that would make the news.
I like to take sports far too seriously internally, but if I was yelling at other people because of a game's outcome I'd have to give them up.
posted by rcade at 09:08 PM on February 05
I hated the NFL encroaching on Thursday nights when it began, but now I'm completely addicted. Those two days off between weeks of the season are about as much as I can tolerate.
posted by rcade at 06:08 PM on February 05
Seeing Zlatan makes me sad he won't be at the World Cup. He agrees: "One thing is for sure, a World Cup without me is nothing to watch."
posted by rcade at 10:14 AM on February 05
I don't think America would freak out if a black NFL legend in a Huggy Bear coat suffered from premature randomization. Especially not on a night when we had a multilingual "America the Beautiful" threatening our estilos de vida estadounidenses.
posted by rcade at 07:54 PM on February 03
Nope, a little birdie.
43-8. First time that's ever happened, I'm told.
posted by rcade at 01:26 PM on February 03
The NYT's Fourth Down Bot would have gone for it when Denver had a 4th and 2 at its own 43 down by 5 with 8:45 remaining in the first quarter.
posted by rcade at 10:20 AM on February 03
Did you hear it from me?
posted by rcade at 08:57 AM on February 03
That was the first 43-8 score in NFL history.
posted by rcade at 08:20 AM on February 03
Was Malcolm Smith really more valuable than Russell Wilson?
Smith had 5 tackles, 4 tackle assists and 1 pick-6 interception.
Wilson was 18 of 23 for 206 yards, two touchdowns, no turnovers and a QBR of 123.1.
posted by rcade at 12:06 AM on February 03
Actually, I haven't sent an email because you don't have one on your account. My email address is my last name at gmail.com. Please contact me.
Dyams did a good job on the tiebreaker too, with a pick of 52.
posted by rcade at 12:00 AM on February 03
The standings have been updated and Dyams has won. This week was a bloodbath.
1. Winner of the game (and spread): Seattle by 35
2. Player with the most receiving yards: Demaryius Thomas (Den), 118 yards
3. Player with the most rushing yards: Percy Harvin (Sea), 45 yards
4. First player to score a touchdown: Marshawn Lynch (Sea)
5. Player chosen as the game's MVP: Malcolm Smith (Sea)
6. One defensive player who will get an interception: Kam Chancellor (Sea), Malcolm Smith (Sea)
7. One defensive player who will get a sack (or partial sack): Chris Clemons (Sea)
8. The brand/company that will win the USA Today Ad-Meter: Budweiser for "Puppy Love"
9. For tiebreaker purposes, the total points scored in the game (if two entrants are still tied after this tiebreaker, the entry submitted earlier wins): 51
Kudos to Dyams for the win and Bender for the coveted Costanza. I've sent an email to our winner about the prize.
posted by rcade at 11:58 PM on February 02
posted by rcade at 10:11 PM on February 02
Who's the MVP frontrunner at this point?
posted by rcade at 08:08 PM on February 02
Biggest Super Bowl comeback: 10 points.
posted by rcade at 07:52 PM on February 02
I can't believe Denver looks this bad. The curse of the orange lives.
posted by rcade at 07:43 PM on February 02
The kick has offed.
posted by rcade at 06:34 PM on February 02
1. Denver by 10
2. Eric Decker
3. Marshawn Lynch
4. Julius Thomas
5. Peyton Manning
6. Earl Thomas
7. Shaun Phillips
8. Budweiser +1
posted by rcade at 02:50 PM on February 02
ESPN says the kickoff time is 6:25 p.m., not 6:30 p.m. So make sure to get your entries in before the actual kick.
posted by rcade at 02:39 PM on February 02
Baumgartner's jump is one of the greatest things I've ever seen. When I was watching it live I couldn't believe him stepping off the platform and plummeting out of sight.
posted by rcade at 08:06 PM on February 01
New HD footage of Felix Baumgartner's jump from space.
posted by rcade at 03:02 PM on February 01
One thing's for sure, I don't think it makes his behavior any more permissible.
To me, it depends on whether his behavior was accepted by both parties at the time it was going on. If Martin was dishing it out as good as he was taking it, that's not bullying. It's bonding.
A lot of the stuff Incognito was doing seems like a genuine attempt to bring Martin out of his shell and turn him into a tougher person. I'll bet there's plenty of people doing that in locker rooms in ways that are a notch or two below what Incognito did, and it would seem acceptable to most fans (and the media).
posted by rcade at 08:46 PM on January 31
It seems pretty obvious to me that stories like this one from November came from a very one-sided release of information related to how Martin and Incognito interacted with each other.
The information looks like it was calculated to make Incognito look as bad as possible, so the most logical culprit is Martin himself. Here's a voicemail transcript of an Incognito call from that link:
"Hey, wassup, you half (expletive) piece of (expletive). I saw you on Twitter, you been training 10 weeks. I'll (expletive) in your (expletive) mouth. I'm gonna slap your (expletive) mouth, I'm gonna slap your real mother across the face (laughter). (Expletive) you, you're still a rookie. I'll kill you."
That makes Incognito look like a monster. But the public was manipulated, because it was not revealed that Martin himself texted Incognito, "I will murder your whole f------ family."
Martin or his representatives could have corrected that. It might have calmed the situation down, and caused people to view the situation as two athletes taking the piss out of each other instead of bullying.
posted by rcade at 04:20 PM on January 31
I don't have any concerns over caring about this.
Martin is entitled to his feelings, but he shouldn't get a pass for manipulating the situation the way he appears to have done. A reasonable person would look at his texts and Incognito's texts and concluded that either both sides of the conversations should be revealed or none.
To me, the most damning text is the one sent after Martin left the team. He wasn't facing peer pressure or bullying when he told Incognito, "I don't blame you guys at all its just the culture around football and the locker room got to me a little Btw never check yourself into a mental hospital."
I heard from someone with a really good inside source about this situation very early on in the scandal, and it was sympathetic to Incognito and skeptical of Martin. These texts further that view.
posted by rcade at 02:31 PM on January 31
"Just how good is Richard Sherman?" asked Richard Sherman as he woke up this morning, as he'd asked himself every morning for as long as he coud remember.
posted by rcade at 11:01 AM on January 31
The complete rules are in the first week's post.
For Super Bowl week, pick the following:
1. Winner of the game (and spread)
2. Player with the most receiving yards
3. Player with the most rushing yards
4. First player to score a touchdown
5. Player chosen as the game's MVP
6. One defensive player who will get an interception
7. One defensive player who will get a sack (or partial sack)
8. The brand/company that will win the USA Today Ad-Meter
9. For tiebreaker purposes, the total points scored in the game (if two entrants are still tied after this tiebreaker, the entry submitted earlier wins)
Entries must be posted here by 6:30 p.m. Eastern Sunday.
posted by rcade at 10:13 AM on January 31
The final standings:
posted by rcade at 09:48 AM on January 31
This tells me that state governments in the U.S. could get a lot of money by soaking pro athletes. A pity all the soaking is going in the other direction.
Regarding Gomez' comments, he's talking about the kinds of players who would get the top MLS contracts. Any American capable of making a big splash in Europe would get a star salary back home. Clint Dempsey wasn't weighing a Premiership deal vs. a $150,000 salary in the U.S.
I am going to get into the MLS more, now that it has come to Orlando. But I am disappointed to see the top Americans playing here (aside from goalies). I loved it when Dempsey was in England.
posted by rcade at 09:03 AM on January 31
I was stunned to hear that Ronaldo's new contract stipulates the team covers all the tax; is that common for superstars?
How is that even possible? Wouldn't the team's payment of his tax be taxable compensation? It's taxes all the way down.
posted by rcade at 08:14 AM on January 31
The last Media Day I cared about was when the Super Bowl came to Jacksonville.
posted by rcade at 05:06 PM on January 30
The NFL may fine Marshawn Lynch $50K for not talking to reporters.
He showed up on Media Day and did six minutes and a brief Deion Sanders interview.
If he doesn't want to talk but is willing to do the bare minimum, the NFL has no room to complain.
posted by rcade at 10:05 AM on January 30
If there's credible evidence a rape occurred, why isn't the response to charge him?
Instead, the university is making him look like a rapist while he never gets an opportunity to defend himself in court and seek exoneration.
That seems like a less than ideal solution as far as justice is concerned.
posted by rcade at 07:31 PM on January 29
The baseball season begins tonight at 11 p.m. Eastern, when Keith Olbermann opens the first pack of Topps 2014 Baseball cards on his ESPN2 show. The cards hit stores tomorrow.
posted by rcade at 07:51 PM on January 28
Ugly crash at Daytona Rolex 24.
posted by rcade at 04:03 PM on January 26
Halftime shows...who actually watches them?
Me. I watch the commercials too, so I get no breaks for all 17 hours of the broadcast. I need to wear one of those bags in my pants like members of Congress do during filibusters.
posted by rcade at 10:12 PM on January 23
I was looking for people who mocked that draft and found this gem from Dr. Z of Sports Illustrated: "I'm really sure -- that [Randy] Moss will be a bust -- but I'm too polite to say it. I have yet to see him do one tough thing on the field." Z also wrote on a list of the top 5 wide receiver picks of the year: "If you're looking for Marshall's all-world Randy Moss, you won't find him in this list, even if it went 20 deep. Will get downfield in a hurry if they give him room, but he'll get buried by NFL-style bump and run."
posted by rcade at 05:08 PM on January 21
I'm loving rcade's timeline. Got that Dealey Plaza feel to it.
Erin Andrews' head went back and to the left.
posted by rcade at 03:21 PM on January 21
posted by rcade at 09:43 PM on January 20
... and/or players who haven't come directly off a big play.
It wasn't directly off the play. The interception happened with :22 seconds left in the game. There were three kneel-downs and two timeouts to stop the clock, then 18 more seconds were run off. Sherman's interview was four minutes after the interception.
posted by rcade at 09:42 PM on January 20
Richard Sherman writes a column for MMQB about last night's game. Some of it presumes the reader is an idiot -- "I ran over to Crabtree to shake his hand but he ignored me" is followed later by "A lot of what I said to Andrews was adrenaline talking, and some of that was Crabtree. I just don't like him. " -- but most of it makes him sound like one of the more interesting players to reach the Super Bowl stage in a while.
posted by rcade at 02:22 PM on January 20
Here are the standings after week three.
Most passing yards: Peyton Manning (Den), 400
Most receiving yards: Demaryius Thomas (Den), 130
Most rushing yards: Colin Kaepernick (SF), 130
Sacks: Knighton, Ayers (Den), Bowman, A. Smith, Skuta (SF); Bennett, Avril (Sea).
Fumble recoveries: A. Smith (SF), Bennett, Avril (Sea)
Interceptions: Chancellor, M. Smith (Sea)
posted by rcade at 12:47 PM on January 20
Early in the game, Phil Simms was praising Tom Brady's passing skills as he badly missed a receiver for what would have been a first down. Simms responded: "And Tom Brady, sometimes you throw it so well, the football travels a few more yards farther than you expect it to go."
Blaine Gabbert was a better passer than I realized.
posted by rcade at 12:27 PM on January 20
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