Recent Comments by apoch

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 10

BC by 4
Winnipeg by 5
Hamilton by 10
Edmonton by 7

posted by apoch at 07:28 PM on August 28

Greg LeMond smiles

Travis Tygart: "It is a sad day for all of us who love sport and our athletic heroes. This is a heartbreaking example of how the win-at-all-costs culture of sport, if left unchecked, will overtake fair, safe and honest competition, but for clean athletes, it is a reassuring reminder that there is hope for future generations to compete on a level playing field without the use of performance enhancing drugs."

It's pretty funny how you can replace "win-at-all-costs culture of sport" with "win-at-all-costs culture of anti-doping", this still mostly holds up with the guilty until proven innocent process currently in place. Except for the reassuring reminder part.

posted by apoch at 08:16 AM on August 24

Is there a racially motivated quarterback controversy brewing in Washington?

Skip Bayless still has a job at TWL so that there is at least one bigger douche bag on the air than Colin Cowherd. I've said it before and I'm sure I'll say it again, lock the two of them in a closet and let them troll each other to death.

posted by apoch at 01:22 AM on August 22

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 9

Montreal by 10
Winnipeg by 4
Saskatchewan by 10
Edmonton by 8

posted by apoch at 01:28 PM on August 21

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Tim Tebow, ballerina.

posted by apoch at 01:14 PM on August 14

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 8

Hamilton by 10
Montreal by 10
Calgary by 14
BC by 8

posted by apoch at 10:43 AM on August 11

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 7

Calgary by 10
Edmonton by 4

posted by apoch at 07:05 AM on August 08

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 6

Winnipeg by 8
BC by 4

posted by apoch at 04:46 PM on July 31

Twitter Suspends Journalist Critical of NBC

Hey, Corporations are people too! Insulting them makes them cry!

posted by apoch at 05:25 PM on July 30

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

NBC is the reason I'm not more interested in the Olympics, their coverage is terrible.

posted by apoch at 06:32 AM on July 30

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 5

Winnipeg by 4
Montreal by 7
Saskatchewan by 10
BC by 6

posted by apoch at 05:49 PM on July 24

Penn State Fined $60 Million, Paterno Wins Vacated Since 1998

etagloh, as long as he didn't work at that parking garage he could probably be on the jury to pass just that judgement.

posted by apoch at 11:56 AM on July 23

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Looks like the only one who has a chance to actually do damage to Wiggins is his teammate.

posted by apoch at 11:30 AM on July 18

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 4

Toronto by 8
Saskatchewan by 10
Edmonton by 8
Hamilton by 10

posted by apoch at 08:03 PM on July 16

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

It has been a pretty anticlimatic tour. The green jersey just took some intermediate points without anyone else even bothering to challenge him. If the TV guys are to be believed, that means everyone else has conceded. Wiggins has looked like he's locked up the yellow barring monumental disaster for at least several days now, and there is a week to go still.

posted by apoch at 10:15 AM on July 16

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 3

Folkways, you're digital 0fer football helmet stickers are in the mail. When it arrives just insert the envelope into your cd-rom drive. (This may or may not permanently damage your computer, use at your own risk). (Helmet sticker offer void in any one of the 51 continental United States and Canada or in the Democratic Theocracy of Northern New Old South Mexico.)

posted by apoch at 06:43 PM on July 11

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 3

Montreal by 7
Edmonton by 4
Saskatchewan by 10
Hamilton by 8

posted by apoch at 02:24 PM on July 11

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

XKCD answers the questions, what if you threw a baseball at 90% of the speed of light?

posted by apoch at 06:17 AM on July 10

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

This divorce comes after his wife learned about his children's involvement in bountygate, where Coach Payton paid his oldest daughter one hundred dollars for taking out the knee of a child bullying her younger brother.

posted by apoch at 08:33 AM on July 06

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

My TV has this new fangled feature called a "Mute" button. So if I really wanted to watch tennis without listening to shrieks or grunts or whatever, I'd just use that. Unfortunately, it sounds like your tvs aren't equipped with this. Hopefully when it comes time for you to replace it, your new model will have this feature if it's not tied up in patent laws and other nonsense.

posted by apoch at 08:12 AM on July 06

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 2

Montreal by 4
BC by 10
Toronto by 10
Edmonton by 7

posted by apoch at 12:24 PM on July 05

Tony Parker Sues Nightclub Over Posse Fight

if 100 people do the exact same thing to achieve a goal that basically by definition only 1 can achieve... then it kind of does come down to luck

Assuming they all do it equally well, then yes. But they don't.

The issue I am having with your posts (and yes I read them all) is that it seems like you are saying that success comes down solely to luck. It doesn't. You can keep arguing that it's a logical fallacy to assume that anything we do matters in success, but I guess it's just your bad luck that I am not going to believe you.

posted by apoch at 10:07 PM on June 26

The 8th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Roughriders by 8
Lions by 10
Eskimos by 5
Alouettes by 9

posted by apoch at 11:37 AM on June 26

Tony Parker Sues Nightclub Over Posse Fight

Well, since we seem to be arguing about a definition, let's go to the dictionary!

adjective 1. shining brightly; sparkling; glittering; lustrous: the brilliant lights of the city.

Hm, well, this is more physical properties, so we'll ignore this one.

2. distinguished; illustrious: a brilliant performance by a young pianist.

Well, anyone who follows hip hop would be hard pressed to argue that Jay-Z wasn't distinguised or illustrious.

3. having or showing great intelligence, talent, quality, etc.: a brilliant technician.

A lot of people would argue that Jay-Z is very talented, so yeah, we got that one too.

4. strong and clear in tone; vivid; bright: brilliant blues and greens; the brilliant sound of the trumpets.

I've never had a hard time understanding Jay-Z's voice, it's pretty strong and clear in tone.

5. splendid or magnificent: a brilliant social event.

This one is pretty subjective, but I'd give it to him, but if you don't want to, fine. So that's at least three out of five possible meanings, and one of those describes physical properties that have nothing to do with his abilities as a rapper or businessman.

posted by apoch at 08:40 AM on June 26

Some guy led his team to win some championship in some sport.

grum, this is how: 7 More To Go.

posted by apoch at 05:06 AM on June 22

Rangers Broadcaster Has On-Air Medical Crisis

When it comes to tumors, naming them malignant or benign has nothing to do with their lethality. Benign tumors (especially in the brain) can easily kill you. Benign tumors grow and grow and grown and can crush the surrounding tissue. Malignant tumors can grow, but unlike benign they can spread and invade adjacent tissue. Cells can also break off and spread throughout the body, causing metastatic sites. So benign can be deadly based on location, and malignant, well, fuck cancer.

posted by apoch at 08:49 PM on June 20

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Why no one should care if Lance Armstrong doped.

posted by apoch at 01:39 PM on June 19

Heat Even Series in Game 2 Squeaker

I really dislike the 2-3-2 format.

posted by apoch at 11:30 AM on June 15

Matt Cain pitches first-ever perfect game for the Giants

It's only happened 23 times, everyone keeps saying 22, but it's 23.

posted by apoch at 02:23 PM on June 14

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

David Stern to Jim Rome, "Have you stopped beating your wife yet?"

posted by apoch at 03:33 PM on June 13

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I just figured he was boycotting the Bruins since they visited the White House.

posted by apoch at 12:25 PM on June 04

Rockies Eject Visiting Fan for Throwing Homer Back

That article is terrible. It repeats itself with even less detail at the end. Can't believe he was thrown out for tossing a ball back, that's messed up.

posted by apoch at 09:44 AM on May 18

Surviving life after the NFL

rcade, did you read the article? Koonce actually addresses that point, claiming that life in the NFL is different than in any other sport.

posted by apoch at 01:07 PM on May 17

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Charles Pierce has some pretty strong opinions about that ridiculous school that wouldn't play a girl in baseball.

posted by apoch at 10:05 AM on May 15

Nebraska Assistant Under Fire for Anti-Gay Beliefs

While the irony of it is initially amusing, the violation of a person's rights, whether they be gay, straight, or bigot is not a good thing. Whether or not the University of Nebraska has to respect his rights or not is a legal question I'm not qualified to answer.

posted by apoch at 08:48 AM on May 14

Nebraska Assistant Under Fire for Anti-Gay Beliefs

You could almost take look at it as a case where one person trying to deny a minority rights ends up having their own rights violated.

posted by apoch at 06:05 AM on May 14

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

A girl wins the baseball championship for her high school boys baseball team, without even having to step on the field.

posted by apoch at 09:39 AM on May 11

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

According to Wikipedia, his high school team won the Division AAA Virginia State Championships in Football and Basketball and at Georgetown they won the Big East Championship.

posted by apoch at 10:07 AM on May 07

How to go 0-8 and still win the ballgame

"According to Elias, he is the first player to go 0-for-8 at the plate and wind up as the winning pitcher since Rube Waddell on July 4, 1905."

It's this kind of thing that always amazes me at baseball. As improbable as this is, it's already happened at least once.

posted by apoch at 06:40 AM on May 07

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

After the season is over, every athlete should be wrapped up in bubble wrap and left in a warehouse until its time to break them out again for my entertainment.

posted by apoch at 12:00 PM on May 03

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

So how does that work Bismarck? Does the batter get to advance to first or is it just a free shot from the catcher?

posted by apoch at 11:04 AM on May 02

Tigers Fans Owe Inge Better

Fans are irrational rcade. Yes, in a logical world, the boos should be aimed at Dombrowski for keeping Inge around, except that if Dombrowski was actually on the field they'd probably be cheering for the signing of Fielder.

posted by apoch at 05:54 AM on April 30

Tigers Fans Owe Inge Better

Yeah, this is a good time to be a Tigers fan. It's also a good time to not have Inge on the roster. Yes, the article is correct, he did contribute and did play through lean years. So what? The dude's been held around longer than his performance ever dictated.

Basically, I can appreciate what he had done for the team, but I can also feel his play has been more than fairly compensated and be glad he's gone.

posted by apoch at 07:38 AM on April 29

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

A first round draft grade based on consensus value or something.

posted by apoch at 01:22 PM on April 27

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs Pickem, Round 2

Mr Frisby is a witch, burn him.

Rangers in 6
New Jersey in 6
Los Angeles in 7
Nashville in 6

posted by apoch at 05:16 AM on April 27

Panthers President Too Important for Twitter Critic

Dear The_Black_Hand,

I'm writing to you today to apologize if you were offended by anything I said or did. I deeply regret my words if they indeed caused you harm. Due to litigation that may or may not be pending now, in the near future, or the far distant past, I cannot get into more details but you should know that, at this time, I am not actually admitting to or accepting responsibility to the things you may or may not be able to prove I've said or done that caused you harm, but I do wish you didn't feel whatever emotions were or were not causing you distress.

Insincerely yours, apoch

posted by apoch at 06:59 AM on April 26

Panthers President Too Important for Twitter Critic

Nuff ced!

posted by apoch at 04:32 PM on April 25

Working for the clampdown

This only makes the Weber fine look more ridiculous.

posted by apoch at 09:52 AM on April 18

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I knew I picked the wrong week to stop crossing my eyes.

and dotting your t's.

posted by apoch at 03:06 PM on April 17

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

See, the problem with ESPN is that hockey gets them so excited they can't help but finish in less than a minute.

posted by apoch at 09:47 AM on April 17

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Saw this tweet. "@felixpotvin
Shea Weber fined 0.03% of his annual income. If you earn $40k the fine equivalent would be $13."

I wish I could get away with paying 13 bucks to bash someone's head in.

posted by apoch at 01:30 PM on April 12

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I think the Wings should resign McCarty to a one game contract so he can get in a fight to start game 2.

posted by apoch at 11:02 AM on April 12

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Saw someone claiming that Weber got elbowed to the head just before playing knock knock with the boards.

posted by apoch at 09:45 AM on April 12

Arkansas Lays Down Petrino

Oedipus!

posted by apoch at 05:03 PM on April 11

Skip Bayless' athletic history is a little less impressive than he claims.

I thought he was ESPN's Village Idiot.

posted by apoch at 09:22 AM on April 10

Skip Bayless' athletic history is a little less impressive than he claims.

At an average of 1.4 points per game, I'm sure Skip is telling the truth about the coach thinking he shot too much.

posted by apoch at 08:40 AM on April 10

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs Pickem

NY Rangers in 5
Boston in 7
New Jersey in 6
Philadelphia in 7

Vancouver in 6
St. Louis in 7
Chicago in 6
Detroit in 7

posted by apoch at 06:40 AM on April 09

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I wasn't right about Tiger missing the cut, but he didn't do so very good.

posted by apoch at 10:59 PM on April 08

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Any "Conduct Unbecoming a Football Coach" clause is a joke.

posted by apoch at 09:15 AM on April 06

Williams Told Saints to Injure 49ers

This... is unacceptable.

posted by apoch at 09:41 AM on April 05