Recent Comments by kire

Let's Make NFL Extra Points Interesting

The kicker should take a shot of Jack for every 1st down that his team makes. This will put everyone on the edge of their seats in the 4th quarter when the PAT really matters, and it will increase the amount of 60 yard touchdowns. And if the kicker whiffs the ball entirely, he's forced to call his ex-girlfriend on the jumbo-tron and ramble on about how good things used to be and maybe they should give it another shot.

posted by kire at 01:55 PM on December 23

The Best Homerun Story Ever

chicks.... I KID!!! I KID!!! I disagree with Holtman though, I think it takes a strong and thoughtful person to cross that sports barrier and offer help to the opposing team. Great article to start the week. Thanks.

posted by kire at 11:42 AM on April 29

Why don't you (bleeping) block somebody, Gonzalez.

"Why don't you fucking block somebody." Wait - I don't get it. Oh right - He's a genius. My god, the intricacy. The intricacy is in everything that happened after that blunt statement and how he handled the compliment. If he had screamed "Nice Block!!! That's what I'm talking about!!!" and slapped him on the ass, then I doubt the same effect would have been achieved. Also, all those coaches could win with this team, but I think the point is only Belichick and his style of coaching could keep them competitive week in and week out to go undefeated (hopefully).

posted by kire at 11:19 AM on December 28

Bo Knows Best

That's actually the first time I've thought about the possibility of Bo using steroids. I do think that the "disdain" that Weedy brought up sort of goes against the idea of steroids. Using steroids is what people do when they want to be the best at something despite all the warnings. Bo actually walked away from the NFL, which on a much lesser level, reminds me of Ricky Williams. Blessed with a freak of nature body and talent, he almost HAD to play football. Although maybe I just don't want to tarnish my childlike memories of Bo. He was superhuman (hopefully naturally).

posted by kire at 01:10 PM on November 29

New England By the Numbers

I wouldn't put it past ESPN to do that for MNF. I'm also a fan of the other "football" and there have been plenty of international games where you hear Premier League specific chants during an Italy/France game, or Whistles (equal to boos) during a throw in. I guess it's may be easier to get away with if all you do is play generic cheering, but I'd love to see them screw up and have "J E T S Jets Jets Jets" during a Steelers/Pats game. Oh, and all the cheating comments are getting boring. Even Chris Collinsworth is on the bandwagon now. With those yellow teeth of his.

posted by kire at 12:51 PM on November 05

Patriots Caught Taping Jets Defensive Signals, May Lose Draft Picks

I never said there was a justification. I am saying it's not as big a deal as people here are making it out to be. Forfit the game, re-evaluate the last five years, etc.... Give them the punishment, most likely draft picks, and move on. People are acting like the patriots are going to go 1-15 now that they don't have their precious video tapes. It's a small blip on the season and it will be forgoten about by the end. And I was giving an unintelligent response to your unintelligent comparison. Sorry that was lost on you.

posted by kire at 02:33 PM on September 12

Patriots Caught Taping Jets Defensive Signals, May Lose Draft Picks

He got a standing O, didn't he? And how is cheating to break the all time HR record relevant to breaking a video taping rule in the first game of the season?

posted by kire at 02:09 PM on September 12

Patriots Caught Taping Jets Defensive Signals, May Lose Draft Picks

I'm also a Pats fan, and I'll see you guys at the Superbowl when no one remembers this. Didn't Shawn Merriman almost win defensive player of the year? I'm sure LT doesn't remember what happened earlier in that season either.

posted by kire at 01:45 PM on September 12

Is ESPN Killing the National Hockey League by Influencing Public Attitudes?

ESPN being the powerhouse that they are obviously have the influence that this article is talking about, but many of the talking heads (Dan Patrick especially) at ESPN have spent years putting down Soccer (I believe there may be a "soccer sucks" article by Gene Wojciechowski on Page 2 right now!) , and it is still doing considerably well in this country. I think this speaks to the loyalty of the game to the fans, not the otherway around. Watching a soccer game today is the same as watching a soccer game 20 years ago, no matter what part of the world you're in. There may be a few rule changes, but the essense of the game is intact. I think that by maintaining the integrity of the game, the league here has won over many fans. (I think the UFC could also be put into this category with it's growth in spite of the recent "Is it too violent to be a sport?" barage from ESPN) I watch the game of hockey today and it has very little resemblance to the game back in it's prime when it was considered the 4th major sport. I don't know what it is, lack of fighting, the speed of the game, the lack of physical play, the players are too large for the ice....it goes on....but the die hard hockey fans have moved away from the pro game (AHL, college and highschool were mentioned above) , not because they don't love the sport, but because this league is no longer "the sport" and the true essence is found elsewhere. If the relationship of the sport and fans is maintained, than ESPN can say all the negative things they want, and the sport will live on. Nascar was made fun of for years by mainstream sports media, then it got huge, then ESPN jumped on the band wagon and blew it up even more. ESPN did not make Nascar huge. The fans and the "sport" made Nascar huge.

posted by kire at 02:43 PM on July 09

Asante to Pats: See you midseason

I'm going to ignore the larger picture of franchise tag, owners vs. players, and out of touch athletes. Asante had a high number of interceptions which everyone brings up, but the Patriots see the amount of plays he botched as well. To cross sports, he's closer to an Allen Iverson (of whom I'm a huge fan) looking at his steals per game and declaring that he's a great defender. Asante gambles way too much and gives up big yards at bad times. He doesn't shut down opposing WR like Champ Bailey. Listening to him talk, he thinks he's Champ Bailey, but he has a long way to go to get to that level. Asante should be happy he got a 1000% raise, and not flat out cut.

posted by kire at 03:29 PM on June 05

A Toss of the Dice, and History at Fenway. . .

Joe Buck and McCarver are much, MUCH worse. The two most completely ignorant comments were, "There's been a lot of noise from the boston fans to replace Veritek and give Mirabelli a chance." and "Boston is probably excited about the opportunity of stealing A-rod from the Yankees this off season." I get so worked up I can't even focus on the game, I have to turn the TV off and listen to it on the radio. I wonder if this happens because it is national coverage and they are trying to entertain the casual fan, or if it's just because they both contain high levels of douche. In my house, the world stops when it's the 9th and Papelbon comes out to close. My newborn even stops crying for those three outs. Is this what Rivera is to NY or is it at a whole other level here?

posted by kire at 09:13 AM on April 23

2006 NFL TV distribution maps.

I didn't know about the "Can't compete against the home team" scenario but I guess it makes sense. Anyone want to clarify why they can't televise a fantatstic ending (like Cincinatti and San Diego last week) if it goes past 4:15pm, but we can get replays of every single play 3 seconds after it happens?

posted by kire at 11:09 AM on November 17

The Red Sox Worst Nightmare

I don't know if it's still the case but before 2004, there seemed to be a sort of connection with the cubs. In 2003 everyone was talking about a cubs/red sox world series, but I'm not sure how many people would want to see that happen. They were both good guys in my book and who would want to see one beat the other. It's much better to beat a bad guy (YANKEES!!!). This year is over for us, which is sad, but I'll stop feeling sorry for myself until the cubs win it all. You guys deserve to be next.

posted by kire at 02:20 PM on August 29

The Red Sox Worst Nightmare

Are you kidding me? List of those not playing, Ortiz, Manny, Veritek, Trot, Willy Mo, Lester, Gonzo, Clement, Wakefield. Mirabelli has been in and out, Youklis has been sick. Even back up pitchers have been getting hurt or sick. Is there a comparison for this type of player loss anywhere else??? We went from 1st place to AAA in one month.

posted by kire at 10:58 AM on August 29

Penguins reject Cuban-Marino Group's Bid

Obviously this Fingold guy is not from Hartford originally because if he was he would return hockey to the "Rising star of New England/Insurance capitla of the world" and all remaining Whaler fans, myself included, could die happy. GO WHALE!!!

posted by kire at 06:25 AM on July 24

Prefer a language you don't understand over Dave O'Brien?

A perfect example of Obrien's complete lack of understanding or appreciation of the game. Can't remember which game but it was in group play. There was ten minutes of fantastic passing by both teams in the middle of the field where you could see plays building up and how this organism of a soccer team was building up to something amazing and then crushed by fantastic defense. The same would happen in the other direction and back and forth. The vision, control, and touch of the players was absolutely amazing. All I kept thinking was that if one of these waves breaks through the defense and gets a shot on goal the stadium is going to errupt. Back and forth from one 18 to another. Obrien: "Well....it looks like the action has completely vanished from the game for now." That one ignorant comment because there hadn't been a shot on goal or a yellow card, completely destroyed the mood for me. What an ass. Univision here I come.

posted by kire at 09:13 AM on June 28

Beckham spills guts for England;

While the refs poor calls and the diving/acting of the players are painful to watch, nothing compares to listening to Marcelo Balboa commentate on these matches. If he isn't comparing the game to himself (who never did anything excepet a scissor kick) or the U.S. team (who never did anything period) he's saying things like "Is there anyone better than Beckham at set plays? He's absolutely phenomonal. But for me, he doesn't deserve to be on the field." WTF??? Move over Bill Walton, you've got some serious competition.

posted by kire at 09:13 AM on June 26

Johnny Damon to sign with Yanks.

As a sox fan, it hurts to see him go to the yankees. On the other hand, I don't think he was worth the money he was asking and definitely not for that long. Either way I can't wait to see the home crowd reaction when he returns to fenway.

posted by kire at 10:38 PM on December 20

WHY???

Sorry. 3 seconds too late.

posted by kire at 10:34 PM on December 20

IRL to probe Danica incident

Hi, I just did a search for "real beef fucking pussy" and found this site. So what's this thread about? Trade pics for pics. I'm going to go play "sports" now so I get home in time for dinner.

posted by kire at 04:31 PM on October 18

The NBA Draft.

The only problem with draft night is that once they're drafted I'm like "GO!!! PLAY RIGHT NOW!!! how many months until they play???" I think they should just have a court set up right there and pick teams. Oh, what's with Dunleavy going so high? I just don't see it.

posted by kire at 02:33 PM on June 27

Tony Kornheiser brings out the bandwagon again!

If you've ever seen his show (Pardon the Interuption) you would understand that what he says is mostly tongue in cheek, but also trying to get a rise out of the viewer/reader. After you read through the exagerations, generalizations, and little insults, I think you get a good idea at the mass media american idea of soccer. "Why pay attention if we're not the best and if it's different from what I already know."

posted by kire at 02:50 PM on June 20

England v Brazil

Who I'm rooting for. 1)England - lived there for six months but love them like my own. (I'm from the US) 2)Brazil - Put Ronaldo and R. Carlos on any team together and it's going to be an exciting game. 3)US- The US may one day be my #1 choice but first they're going to have to get rid of their lingering 1st generation of players. (Kobe, I'm looking in your general direction. And Agoos? I'm farting in your general direction.) 4)Korea - Underdog host countries just make for a huge celebration. 5)The rest - I don't know any of ya, and I don't want to.

posted by kire at 12:10 PM on June 19

World Cup a 'disaster', apparently.

Maybe tickets sales have something to do with the insane prices of airline tickets and that fact that the world cup is on the other side of the planet from most competing countries. The fact that I haven't gotten a full night's sleep in almost a month tells me that this World Cup is anything from flat. Infact, it's probably the most exciting one I can remember. BEAT BRAZIL!!!

posted by kire at 11:56 AM on June 19