Recent Comments by NoMich

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Aaaand it's just gotten out of hand. I guess I won't be talking about this part of the match with my India co-workers tomorrow.

posted by NoMich at 11:02 PM on December 18

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Ugh. I still get the types of cricket confused. This is test. The innings isn't over until India gets those last two wickets. However, they should get them soon, right? Either way, exciting run by Australia.

posted by NoMich at 10:45 PM on December 18

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Make that, India needs only two wickets, but Australia only needs 10 runs. This is exciting.

posted by NoMich at 10:38 PM on December 18

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Make that, India needs only three wickets.

posted by NoMich at 10:32 PM on December 18

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Make that, Australia needs less than 20 runs.

posted by NoMich at 10:26 PM on December 18

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I'm trying to go to bed, but this India v Australia test match is at a good place. Australia needs less than 40 runs to end the first innings, but India needs only four wickets to end the first innings. Bonus points for Ishant Sharma looking like a black metal dude while bowling.

posted by NoMich at 10:03 PM on December 18

Can True Sports Fans Switch to a New Favorite Team?

That was a really bad time to switch from the Wings to the Hurricanes.

Tell me about it. Except for a few bright spots, and one blindingly bright spot, it's been a very bad time to switch from the Wings to the Hurricanes. But, there you have it. I love my 'Canes, even right now when I want them to blow the whole thing up and start over somehow.

posted by NoMich at 01:50 PM on December 18

Served up on a platter for SportsFilter

That is some wonderful writing, owly. Thanks for sharing. My favorite:

Smith and Marsh tuck their bats under their armpits and stride off the ground like they've just been excused from a trigonometry test.

This right here gives cricket the edge over a sport I grew up loving.

posted by NoMich at 08:17 AM on December 18

Can True Sports Fans Switch to a New Favorite Team?

We need more information to determine if your switch was acceptable.
Did you have local radio broadcasts of the Wings before you got cable TV?
Did you ever make liberal use of the term "we" to describe the successes of the team?

Never any local radio for Wings games up north during my youth. There might be now, but not back then.
I never use the royal "we" for any of my sports team.

For the other Michigan pro sports teams:
- I am a fan of the Panthers, but when they meet up with the Lions, it's the Lions all the way for me.
- I am a fan of the Cubs, but I'm a Tigers fan through and through. Ernie Harwell's voice *is* my childhood.
- The '90s Bulls pretty much killed my interest in the NBA. The only time I care about the NBA now is if the Pistons are relevant.

posted by NoMich at 08:23 PM on December 17

Can True Sports Fans Switch to a New Favorite Team?

I was able to do it with the Carolina Hurricanes:

- My part of the northern lower peninsula of Michigan does not really have a hockey tradition. When I was a wee lad, the only local organized team hockey was played in Traverse City, which is too far away from Crapholeville that is my hometown.
- You had to have cable TV to catch any Red Wings games. When I was a wee lad, not very many people had cable TV.
- No one north of (probably) Lansing gave a rat's ass about the Wings until they became a powerhouse in the '90s.
- There was no rink built in Crapholeville that is my hometown.

Once I got cable TV, I could watch the Wings, but it was only in passing and I couldn't really get into them until I got into college and my Fudgie roommates had to explain the game to me. Once I understood the game, I became a fan of the Wings, but because there wasn't a real tradition there for me there was nothing really concrete about that fandom and that allowed the Hurricanes to take root starting in '97.

Does that work for you guys? Is that acceptable?

posted by NoMich at 03:36 PM on December 17

Jon Lester Signs 6-Year, $155 Million Deal with Chicago Cubs

Reminder: The Cubs won the 2015 World Series in 'Back to the Future 2'

posted by NoMich at 08:23 PM on December 10

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

"Ice up son" was a Steve Smith thing.

posted by NoMich at 10:03 PM on December 09

538: 7 Other Schools That May Follow UAB Out of Football

Dumb Question Alert:
Why kill the program altogether? Why not just drop down to Division II or III?

posted by NoMich at 01:25 PM on December 07

College Football Fan Map

I find it pretty funny that North Carolina is covered in Tar Heel blue. Yeah, no. Down East should be ECU purple and there should be a lot more Wolfpack red throughout the state.

posted by NoMich at 11:07 AM on December 06

Texans' Andre Johnson Takes At-Risk Kids on Toys 'R Us Shopping Spree

This room must be really dusty! There's something in my eye!

We took our little girl to a Toys R Us last night and had her pick out a toy for a toy drive. She actually did really good and found two toys that she really wanted to share. She didn't even give us any shit for not buying her anything as well. Not bad for a four year old.

posted by NoMich at 08:49 PM on December 03

ESPN Gets Ready to Launch Its First Web Video Subscription Service — For Cricket’s World Cup

In a somewhat related Reuters news article from this past April (just before the T20 World Cup final), the mentioned:
After learning that the 10 most highly viewed Internet streams on its Internet-only network ESPN3, were of cricket matches, regularly beating out college football and basketball, executives considered putting it on TV.

posted by NoMich at 10:44 AM on November 28

Cricketer Fighting for Life After Ball to Head

Tributes from Kolkata and Islamabad.

posted by NoMich at 10:55 AM on November 27

Cricketer Fighting for Life After Ball to Head


posted by NoMich at 09:57 AM on November 27

Richard Sherman uses cardboard cutout to send NFL a message

Besides, Bose > Beats any day of the week.

There's a guy on my team at work that was so pumped about getting a pair of Beats, he was having all of us check them out. Like a dick, I swapped out the Beats with my Klipsch headphones and he got very sad, especially since he paid more for his headphones.

posted by NoMich at 09:50 PM on November 26

Former NHL player, coach and executive Pat Quinn dies at age 71


posted by NoMich at 01:09 PM on November 24

Blind-sided: Blue Jackets’ Jack Johnson is bankrupt; who led him there is biggest shocker

From the article:
One day after the home loan was signed, on March 10, 2011, the Johnsons borrowed $2 million at an interest rate of 12 percent from a software developer in Iowa named Rodney L. Blum, who this month won a seat in the U.S. House.

Blum's office did not respond to interview requests left with Blum's spokesman by The Dispatch. It's unclear how Johnson's family came to know him or why he was making a personal loan at a high interest rate.

What the eff? Why? I just don't get why you would get a high-interest loan from some shmoe on the street. And of course this shmoe is now a House Rep.

posted by NoMich at 05:51 PM on November 21

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The Jack Johnson story is sad. How could parents do that to their kid?

Owly: don't tell us, you're in Buffalo right now. Are you going to be home in time for the World Cup? Speaking of which: can any of our resident billionaires spot me a few bucks so I can spend a few months in Australia and New Zealand for said World Cup?

posted by NoMich at 09:32 PM on November 20

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Who dat steals from who dey. History repeats.

posted by NoMich at 10:45 PM on November 18

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Dont' look now, but my beloved Hurricanes have just won five of their last six, scoring in all six of those games. Time to give 'em the Stanley Cup!

posted by NoMich at 10:09 PM on November 10

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I do not see it. What kind of sorcery is this?!

posted by NoMich at 11:28 AM on November 08

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

But the page that you linked to didn't mention anything about lettuce walls. I'm so confused. I'm going to move to Finland. That's how confused I am.

posted by NoMich at 08:42 PM on November 07

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I think yerfatma meant to link here. Maybe not, though? I never found anything about lettuce walls on the Wikipedia page.

It sounds like he would do well at one of those build-your-own plates Mongolian grills.

posted by NoMich at 09:58 AM on November 07

Bucks Player Almost Shoots in Wrong Basket

Hey now!

posted by NoMich at 04:20 PM on November 01

Giants Win World Series

If, you're like me, you wonder to yourself.... "What was Barry Bonds doing after SF won the World Series?" Well, here is your answer.

That's pretty cool.

posted by NoMich at 08:48 AM on October 30

Giants Win World Series

Pfft! Beginner's luck.

posted by NoMich at 07:02 AM on October 30

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

There's a local Sunday morning football TV talk show here in the Triangle that is hosted by former ECU head coach Steve Logan and he said during yesterday's show to watch out for Carolina and Cincinnati and how awful they'll be since they had to play a full five periods last week. Sure enough, both teams were awful yesterday. Good thing for you gamblers to take note of.

posted by NoMich at 09:48 PM on October 20

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I remember some time at the beginning of the season, someone mentioned that if Kirk Cousins was really good and ready to lead a team as a starting QB, Kyle Shanahan probably would've had the Browns trade for him during this year's draft as they really didn't have a QB then. If anyone in the NFL knew how good Cousins really was, it would've been K. Shanahan.

posted by NoMich at 05:11 PM on October 19

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I think attendance is going to take a nosedive in Raleigh as well. Unless the 'Canes can actually start winning, that is.

posted by NoMich at 01:54 PM on October 14

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

That was a really nice heads-up play on Smith's part. Steve Smith has really been making a name for himself in this series.

Aside: is there any reason I should feel bad for liking Danny Morrison's announcing? He cracks me up. He's not a neo-nazi or anything is he? He doesn't dine on the livers of the young or anything like that, right?

posted by NoMich at 10:03 PM on October 13

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Why did the Rams ever give up this great blue and yellow color scheme? The replacement colors were so...meh.

posted by NoMich at 08:59 PM on October 13

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Here it is. I like how the USC guy wearing #10 was just waiting for the pass to come down as if it were a punt. Dude! Just knock the ball to the ground. *Someone's* doing laps on Monday.

posted by NoMich at 09:28 AM on October 05

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Whoah! The ending to that Arizona State v USC game was great.

posted by NoMich at 11:14 PM on October 04

Why no one wants to host the 2022 Olympics

In other news: Kazakhstan is the world's largest landlocked nation. Huh. I did not know that.

posted by NoMich at 09:22 AM on October 03

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Wear your MS Dhoni Super Kings jersey with pride, grummy. Bad day for the Kings XI side today.

posted by NoMich at 02:25 PM on October 02

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Uh-oh grum, our teams are facing off tomorrow morning in the Champions League T20 semifinal. It will be on at 10:30 Eastern time.

posted by NoMich at 03:03 PM on October 01

Lights On

Because I'm too lazy to actually read the article right now, does this ruling affect the other sports as well?

posted by NoMich at 01:51 PM on October 01

SportsFilter Fantasy Hockey Needs 4 Owners

Alright, the Carolina Booze Panties are in.

posted by NoMich at 08:09 AM on September 30

SportsFilter Fantasy Hockey Needs 4 Owners

You still need someone?

posted by NoMich at 06:12 PM on September 28

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 4

You can still make this week's picks, grum. Obviously you won't be able to pick last night's game, but the rest of the games are still open.

posted by NoMich at 10:14 AM on September 26

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Incredible save by Super King (by way of New Zealand) Brendon McCullum in today's Champions League T20 match. Thanks in part to McCullum's bat, the Chennai Super Kings scored almost 250 runs in a twenty20 match.

posted by NoMich at 09:32 PM on September 22

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Stephen Tulloch tore his ACL celebrating a sack yesterday and is lost for the season.

That was the most Lions thing to happen since the no-win season.

posted by NoMich at 05:55 PM on September 22

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 3

I can't believe I was tempted to pick Tampa. Yeesh!

posted by NoMich at 09:22 PM on September 18

Vikings' Adrian Peterson Indicted for Child Injury

But do you think it is unusual for a dad to give a four-year-old a spanking because he was physically violent with another kid?

I'm not a believer in using violence to teach a toddler to not be violent, and I don't think a mere spanking will lacerate someone. Unless Mr. Peterson has razor fingers. He doesn't, does he? That's frightening. Fucking Freddie Kreuger over here.

posted by NoMich at 03:54 PM on September 17

Vikings' Adrian Peterson Indicted for Child Injury

/looks at the photos, immediately regrets it.

I don't understand, man. The kid is just four years old. What exactly was Peterson trying to get his kid to learn by doing this to him? Other than being scared shitless of his old man, that is.

Now Reggie Bush is saying this:
"I discipline her. Obviously every person is different, and I definitely will use my best judgement to discipline her depending on the situation. I definitely will obviously not leave bruises or anything like that on her. But I definitely will discipline her, harshly, depending on what the situation is."

His daughter is one. But hey, he tries really, really hard to not leave bruises on her.

posted by NoMich at 02:08 PM on September 17

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

That's pretty cool. A friend of mine play college ball at Yale and has since collected a rather sizable collection of rejection letters from NFL teams. Don't know if the New York Football Giants are among them. I should ask.

posted by NoMich at 09:26 PM on September 15

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

To review: women with black eyes--2 games. Leagues with black eyes--indefinite. Does it add up now?

Sums it up for sure!

To quote dfleming from above: The court of public opinion does matter, because the NFL ceases to exist and prosper without it.

posted by NoMich at 03:08 PM on September 11

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle


posted by NoMich at 01:18 PM on September 08

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Hell of an exciting ending to the India v England twenty20 match yesterday. I love it when a match comes down to the final over and you have a batsman like MS Dhoni swinging away.

posted by NoMich at 12:17 PM on September 08

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

And it's not like Geno needs to do any actual recruiting of young Ms. Davis as she already has announced that she would love to play basketball for UConn.

posted by NoMich at 11:30 AM on September 05

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em, 2014 Edition

Whoah! The administrator for MySpace is a part of our group?


Psych! It's just me!

posted by NoMich at 10:02 PM on September 03

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

So that's why we haven't heard from Danny Darwin in 28 years.

posted by NoMich at 10:53 AM on September 02

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Funny Vine alert: South Africa cricketer Quinton de Kock thought he had pissed off teammate Dale Steyn (who is a rather intense sort of fellow).

posted by NoMich at 09:26 AM on September 02

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Australia's Mitchell Johnson has something against the Fox Sports commentary guys. (autoplaying video on the page, but it's the video you want to watch)

posted by NoMich at 07:57 AM on August 25

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

That was great and by some weird coincidence, my room got all dusty or something.

posted by NoMich at 06:58 AM on August 20

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

posted by NoMich at 06:58 PM on August 13