Recent Comments by NoMich

NBA Rookies Predict the Rookie of the Year

That would NC State's Dennis Smith, Jr!

posted by NoMich at 06:35 PM on August 22

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Oh god, Don Cherry will be leading the crowd in Take Me Out to the Ballgame in Wrigley Field today.

posted by NoMich at 04:25 PM on August 19

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

fatty beat you to this post by 24 hours. However! It's so good, it's worth watching again. And probably again again.

posted by NoMich at 08:42 AM on August 09

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

MLS rejected $4 billion media rights deal requiring promotion/relegation (warning: autoplaying video)

posted by NoMich at 10:31 PM on August 01

Cubs Give Steve Bartman a World Series Ring

Good for the Cubs for doing this and excellent for Bartman for receiving it and it making him happy.

posted by NoMich at 03:31 PM on July 31

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Being a man of science, rcade will most assuredly choose Crystal Palace as the right and proper 11 to root for.

We hate the Brighton and Millwall scum,
We are South London's number one

See? Science!

posted by NoMich at 10:26 PM on July 26


That looks great.

posted by NoMich at 10:29 PM on July 23

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

My ear to the ground updates* on the local professional sporting franchises in Raleigh:

- the deal to sell the Hurricanes has been signed by both sides and is merely awaiting the okilly dokilly from the NHL.

- Steve Malik, the guy that owns North Carolina Football Club (NCFC) threw a big meet 'n greet for the head honchos of the MLS last week and presented his downtown stadium plan. By all reports, it was a smashing success as lots of people showed, got drunk, and got rowdy. I know a few people that went and they had lots of fun and were generally impressed by the whole thing and are excited to get an MLS team in town. NOT SO FAST, MY FRIENDS! I don't think the stadium plan has even gone through a preliminary process by the city/state/whoever needs to sign off on such things. Also, a *downtown* stadium? I don't see how the downtown area can handle game night traffic. It can barely handle the traffic that is has now. The main issue being the awful state of public transportation in the city. It's just a bus system that is, at best, a complete joke, and at worst, an actual disservice to the communities that could benefit from a good public transportation system. But I digress, and it may not even be an issue since the present version of NCFC can't draw even 5000 fans per game. Compare that to FC Cincinnati (that is also looking to upgrade to the MLS) who draw almost 20,000 per game.

* - no proof on anything here, just my opinion with updates from friends that have connections to the power base in the city.

posted by NoMich at 10:02 AM on July 23

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The bid for an MLS team in Raleigh escalated with the reveal of a stadium plan. (The Raleigh News & Observer tempts Betteridge's Law of Headlines here)

posted by NoMich at 01:37 PM on July 19

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Sure, but only if you set the field on fire

posted by NoMich at 10:08 AM on July 16

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Well, obviously, as a rookie in the bigs, I would have to go with John Fogerty's Centerfield or his other big hit, Who Let the Dogs Out, but as my jersey sales went up, I go ease into Ornette's magnum opus by using a short clip starting at 55", but as I got better and better at the plate and became a bigger and bigger star, I would eventually insist on the playing the entire song before before stepping into the batter's box.

posted by NoMich at 12:36 PM on July 15

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I have finally found my walk up song. I would be a .500 hitter, no question.

posted by NoMich at 11:39 PM on July 14

University Rochester football player kidnapped and tortured for 40 hours

This story gave me nightmares last night. Those poor guys, I don't know how one can come back from that.

This is like if the guy that made Saw remade a Hitchcock film.

posted by NoMich at 09:14 AM on July 02

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Wow, that guy is hauling ass on that little thing. If you know what you're doing, that looks like a blast.

posted by NoMich at 06:31 AM on June 28

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Anthony Rizzo can beat your silly shift.

posted by NoMich at 01:17 PM on June 21

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Pakistan pummeled India by 180 runs to win the ICC Champions Trophy.

posted by NoMich at 09:05 PM on June 18

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Huh. Eric Staal is on Minnesota's unprotected list.

posted by NoMich at 09:02 PM on June 18

SportsFilter NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: rcade

Good job, rcade. Now, don't forget to get yourself a subscription to The Hockey News.

posted by NoMich at 03:26 PM on June 14

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

How deep does the rivalry run between your favorite team vs your team's archenemy? If you're a Michigan fan and Ohio State delivers a crushing loss to your side in football, do you hold a mock funeral for your team? In Pakistan, if they get hammered by India, you betcha they hold a funeral for their team.

posted by NoMich at 10:49 PM on June 07

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I think LeBron deserves *some* credit. He didn't lose Curry until after Curry reappeared.

posted by NoMich at 05:50 PM on June 07

Rock Climber Scales El Capitan with No Gear

Good for him? I'm glad he made it without harm because all I could think about was the poor schmucks at the base of El Capitan who would have experienced a horror show if he had not been successful. Or the poor park rangers that would have had to clean up what was left of his body had he not been successful. I say this out of personal experience of seeing/hearing some poor tortured soul throw himself from high atop a high rise in Illinois one Christmas season a long time ago. It took a very long time to get that sound of the impact out of my head.

posted by NoMich at 10:31 PM on June 04

The 35th America's Cup

...and how mind bendingly fast those foiling cats go.

The guys calling the action on NCBSN were talking about g forces that the sailors were experiencing in their turns.

I was so shocked because the last time I payed attention to the America's Cup was when the boats looked liked boats.

posted by NoMich at 12:47 PM on June 03

The 35th America's Cup

If you're in the US of A and have cable/satellite TV, you can watch the races on the NBC Sport channel.

posted by NoMich at 01:56 PM on June 02

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Although, if you're going to grant a franchise to Duluth, you may as well give it to Thunder Bay since they are in Canada. Has Thunder Bay ever had a CFL team?

posted by NoMich at 12:58 PM on May 31

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I vote for giving Duluth, MN a team.

posted by NoMich at 09:51 AM on May 31

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I'm not a doctor or a pharmacologist or a scientician of any stripe, but Tiger looks high as hell on opioids in his latest mugshot. Makes sense given the string of back surgeries he's gone through over the past few years. To hell with golf for the time being, here's hoping he gets the help he obviously needs.

posted by NoMich at 09:42 PM on May 29

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Stanley Cup Final

Ummmm...I already picked for you, rumple.

posted by NoMich at 07:55 PM on May 29

Legendary Sportswriter Frank Deford Dies

Yep, late period crankiness aside, I always looked forward to his NPR segments and loved running into a piece by him online.

And, boy, The National, what a great publication that was.

posted by NoMich at 07:54 PM on May 29

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Stanley Cup Final

I'll pick for rumple:

Anaheim in 13
5 OTs
Bobby Hull
Alexandre Daigle
Bobby Orr
Pavel Brendl
Bobby Ore
Mark Howe
Rick DiPietro
3 goals

posted by NoMich at 07:51 PM on May 29

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Stanley Cup Final

Oops, missed the tie breaker:

Total Goals Scored in the Series: 35

posted by NoMich at 09:23 PM on May 28

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Stanley Cup Final

Winner: Pittsburgh +4

Number of Games: 7 games

Longest Game: 1 OT

First Goal By: .P. Kessel (PIT)

Conn Smythe Winner: E. Malkin (PIT)

Player With Most Goals: P. Kessel (PIT)

Player With Most Assists: E. Malkin (PIT)

Player With Best +/-: E. Malkin (PIT)

Player With Most Penalty Minutes: C. McLeod (NSH)

Goalie With Best Save %: M-A Fleury (PIT)

posted by NoMich at 04:13 PM on May 28

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Looks like we got us a Preds/Pens Stanley Cup Final. Game 1 is Monday night. Go Preds!

posted by NoMich at 09:54 AM on May 26

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Oh gods, I'm sure that a Sens/Preds Finals will be a ratings nightmare for NBC/NHL.

posted by NoMich at 08:50 AM on May 25

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Sens/Pens game 7 tonight, mothertruckers! Go Sens go! Then it will be go Preds go!

posted by NoMich at 08:01 AM on May 25

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Nice glove flip and barehanded grab.

posted by NoMich at 07:17 AM on May 18

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Please to explain your joke, sir, thank you.

Disclaimer: I know who the Hardy Boys are, the rasslers included.

posted by NoMich at 11:07 AM on May 15

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

Cool, you got this up before I hit the road:

Nashville in 6 +2
Top Points Scorer: R. Getzlaf (ANA)
Best Save Percentage: P. Rinne (NASH)

Pittsburgh in 5 +1
Top Points Scorer: E. Malkin (PIT) +1
Best Save Percentage: MA Fleury (PIT)

posted by NoMich at 12:50 PM on May 12

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I'll be out on Harkers Island doing some fishing and carpentry work this weekend, so here's some NHL picks:

Nashville in 6
Pittsburgh in 6

[placeholder for the prop bets]

posted by NoMich at 10:38 PM on May 11

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I watched that 3rd period last night and I saw an NHL team vs the Keystone Kops. The Caps could not get out of their own way and I lost count of the turnovers that they committed. They looked worse than the late-era Hurricanes on their worst nights.

posted by NoMich at 10:26 AM on May 11

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I admit it, I clicked the heart for that response. I also did the same for the Roman Josi/PK Subban photo. I am now wondering if Mike Milbury has had his old-man-yelling-at-cloud moment over that photo yet.

posted by NoMich at 06:45 AM on May 09


I don't know about the weight limit - that just means that potentially, I have a team full of Steve Atwaters and Ronnie Lotts. It's not the same thing as the constant car crash of the current linemen, but velocity is the other half of the momentum equation.

Besides, there's this bit of reality.

posted by NoMich at 06:31 AM on May 04


Yeah, that was a standout line for me as well.

I also liked the idea of a total weight limit that a team can have on the field at any one time. Not a limit on the amount of players, but a limit on the total weight of those players. The article linked to this short blog post that introduces the idea. You can have a couple of giant dudes on the field or a bunch of small dudes. Hell, this may be the way you can get women in the game.

posted by NoMich at 06:51 AM on May 03

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Aaron Judge is a very strong young man.

He should be fined for the cost of that TV.

posted by NoMich at 09:17 PM on May 02

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I just don't think a private establishment can FINE someone on their premises for being racist...

But there's the rub. This patron wasn't just being a racist, he was yelling words that were meant to provoke the player into some sort of reaction and he was throwing stuff at the player. The patron was actively being a racist.

Maybe I'm misreading exactly what you're trying to say, but when I think of someone being racist, I think of an old white man who grew up in the Jim Crow South telling me how there was no racial problems back then; he and all of the "colored boys" got along fine. Then there's someone like this goon, actively engaging another person and trying to provoke some sort of reaction from that other person.

But I guess that doesn't really address the topic of fining patrons when they do things like this. I guess you can't just because, where do you draw the line? But I stand by my earlier statement that in the 21st century, it should hurt if you are a racist goon. I would like to fine them and have all of the money come to me.

posted by NoMich at 09:16 PM on May 02

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Fining someone for saying racist slurs is just ASKING for the ACLU to come down on you hard.

This isn't "shouting fire in a theatre". This is just expressing abhorrent ideas out loud, and I'm pretty sure the best you could hope for would be to toss someone from the ballpark (like you could do with any person you don't want in there for any reason).

The racist slurs were yelled in conjunction with stuff being thrown at him. Yeah I know, it was peanuts that were being thrown, but still, I think we've ventured out of 1st Amendment protections here.

Plus, Fenway Park is private property, yes? If so, then I don't think the racist goons are covered by the 1st Amendment in this case.

Do we have a Constitutional lawyer in the house?

posted by NoMich at 06:03 PM on May 02

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I'm going to fine *you*, grum.

posted by NoMich at 03:50 PM on May 02

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I think he's got the right idea, though. Make the fine something ridiculously high, something that will bring pain for years to come. It should hurt really friggin' hard to be a racist goon in the 21st century.

posted by NoMich at 02:18 PM on May 02

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I will miss my first Celtics home playoff game in 3 years tomorrow. Church stuff has me tied up. My son will use the tickets. Nonetheless, I remain faithful to the Green. Boston in 7, John Wall There will be blood.

Dude, do you go to the Church of Seeing the Future or something?

I was running around town this afternoon, listening to the game and at that point, Boston was down 20 - 5., how did this game end up like it did?

posted by NoMich at 06:10 PM on April 30

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Oh! Oh dear. Yeah, that's not something you want to see.

I thought you meant that they showed all seven games, but just omitted the "if necessary" starting with game five.

posted by NoMich at 09:50 AM on April 29

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I don't see "if necessary" anywhere on that page, grum. With what you were seeing, I believe that the NBA was saying that the Cavs/Raptors series was going to go the full seven, but the Rockets/Spurs series probably was not.

posted by NoMich at 09:02 AM on April 29

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Someone please educate me on Patrick Mahomes. Honestly, I've never heard of the guy and KC gives up *two* first round picks to take him at #10. I know everyone is losing their minds over what the Bears did, but at least they didn't give up any first rounders to draft a guy who couldn't beat NC State and Duke with the title on the line.

posted by NoMich at 08:45 AM on April 28

ESPN laying off 100, including on-air personalities

If PBS is de-funded, wonder if we'll see Oscar the Grouch courtside with Dick Vitale at Duke home games.

I hate to say this, but I think my li'l baby is aging out of PBS Kids. Except for "Odd Squad." That shit is legit hilarious.

NoMich, do you know where BronyCon 2017 is being held? Asking for a friend.

It's a good show, it really is. I keep teasing my Tarheel born 'n bred wife that she is Applejack.

posted by NoMich at 10:14 PM on April 26

ESPN laying off 100, including on-air personalities

Young people don't watch cable. I could cancel my entire cable package today and my sons wouldn't notice. They only watch TV on the Internet and it's on-demand stuff on Youtube, Twitch, Netflix and Hulu.

We cut cable when our daughter was born and we really haven't missed it since then. That was 7 years ago. When she watches TV, it's nothing but PBS Kids and My Little Pony (that one is on Netflix).

I do miss watching the Hurricanes games live on TV, but I'm happy to pay for MLB.TV every year. There's enough free college and NFL football on broadcast TV that I don't miss that. Though, I do have to admit that my interest in football is waning.

posted by NoMich at 02:34 PM on April 26

ESPN laying off 100, including on-air personalities

It doesn't look as if Bucci is actually gone.

posted by NoMich at 02:31 PM on April 26

ESPN laying off 100, including on-air personalities

Are profits down to only $20 kajillion now? Down from a high of $21 kajillion?

posted by NoMich at 01:32 PM on April 26

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Second Round

Nashville in 7 - R. Johansen +1
Edmonton in 6 - C. McDavid
Ottawa in 6 - B. Ryan +2
Pittsburgh in 7 - E. Malkin +2

posted by NoMich at 01:54 PM on April 25

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The skater with the puck is fair game. Any other skaters are off limits.

According to this site, fighting is way down. Why is that? Because teams need to roll four competitive lines now. Since you need skilled skaters, the time of the barely-able-to-skate goon is done.

I believe that checking is allowed in the international game. The penalties for egregious hits, though, are much harsher than in the NHL game. And since the international game's rink is so much bigger, the play is much more spread out.

posted by NoMich at 03:50 PM on April 22

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Whoah! Viktor, watch where you're going!

posted by NoMich at 07:56 AM on April 21

Brighton and Hove Albion promote to EPL

Geez, I may have to replace Crystal Palace with Brighton as my team to root for in the EPL.

posted by NoMich at 10:07 PM on April 18