Recent Comments by NoMich

Martin Brodeur to Announce Retirement.

Well, it's still weird to me and none of your fancy pants ivy league facts and stats won't change that.

posted by NoMich at 10:17 AM on January 28

Martin Brodeur to Announce Retirement.

It's a shame that Brodeur's career ends the same way as other NHL HOFers like Salming and Modano, clinging to one more season of play wearing an unfamiliar jersey.

Bobby Orr in a 'Hawks uniform would like to have a word with you. Joe Namath in a Rams uniform wants to kiss you.

posted by NoMich at 08:46 AM on January 28

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Having grown up in Florida, I hate it when they frickin' name a storm in January. Hurricane season ends in late November. And it's even worse when they dip into Roman mythology. Winter Storm Juno? Really? Let's have a real live woman's name. OK, or man's name. I'll bet there are darned few babies in the South that have been named Camille since 1969.

The naming of blizzards is coming from the Weather Channel. The National Weather service has nothing to do with the namings and refuses to acknowledge them. Rest easy, my friend.

Oh, and I do have a friend named Camille because of the legendary hurricane, but funnily enough, she's from North Dakota. However, I know her from down here in North Carolina.

posted by NoMich at 02:14 PM on January 27

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Hey, those kids are pretty good. Some NHL teams should give them try-outs. Except that Crosby kid was travelling there at the beginning.

posted by NoMich at 04:47 PM on January 23

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Caption for the first photo in fatty's link:
Marshawn Lynch's $20,000 fine for grabbing his crotch after scoring a touchdown in the AFC Championship was too light, Phil Mushnick writes.

I can't believe that Mr. Lynch got off so lightly by the NFL. Shit, I can't even believe that security didn't apprehend him and toss him in jail. And how the eff did he get to the Boston area so quickly after the NFC Championship game?

posted by NoMich at 10:44 AM on January 23

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Badger running back, Melvin Gordon (no, not *that* Melvin Gordon), declared for the NFL draft and wrote a nice thank you letter to the fans of the school.

posted by NoMich at 09:55 AM on January 22

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle


posted by NoMich at 09:13 PM on January 20

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Looks like he was told to lay down.

posted by NoMich at 08:58 PM on January 20

Seahawks Advance to Super Bowl 0x31 with 16-Point Comeback

Soooo...has the shipped sailed on that punt, pass, and kick competition idea to settle the game?

posted by NoMich at 09:11 PM on January 19

Seahawks Advance to Super Bowl 0x31 with 16-Point Comeback

Punt, pass, and kick competition.

posted by NoMich at 11:14 AM on January 19

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest, Conference Championship Round

Seattle by 6

New England 13

Most points: New England

Most prolific passer: Brady

Most prolific runner: Lynch

Most prolific receiver: Gronks

posted by NoMich at 08:42 AM on January 17

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Denver gives ol' Foxy the ol' heave-ho.

posted by NoMich at 06:58 PM on January 12

Seahawks Bottle Up Panthers, Look Like Favorites to 'Re-Pete'

I was only kind of pissed that the Panthers lost to Seattle last night because, well, Russell.

posted by NoMich at 08:37 PM on January 11

Seahawks Bottle Up Panthers, Look Like Favorites to 'Re-Pete'

When Chancellor did that the second time, it seems like one of his teammates was grabbing a Panther by his mask and pulling him to the ground, allowing Chancellor to leap over him. Was I just seeing things?

posted by NoMich at 12:21 PM on January 11

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest, Divisional Round

Balmer by 5
Seattle by 9
Green Bay by 4
Denver by 12

Most points: Denver
Rushing: D Murray (DALLAS)
Sack: V Miller (DENVER)
Green Bay temperature: 264.817 Kelvin

posted by NoMich at 12:10 PM on January 10

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Stan van Gundy telling his Pistons to form a fucking wall. vine link

posted by NoMich at 01:10 PM on January 07

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest, Wild Card Round

That's cuz yr a noob

posted by NoMich at 10:52 AM on January 04

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest, Wild Card Round

Just now seeing this.

Cowboys by 6
Bengals by 12

Most points: Cowboys
Most yards: Romo
Interceptions: Reggie Nelson

posted by NoMich at 09:32 AM on January 04

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle


posted by NoMich at 09:38 AM on January 01

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The only prayer I ever offer up these days is a plea that Skip's brother isn't nearly the db that he is. I get a slight db vibe from Rick with his cooking show, but it's excusable as he has a real, tangible skill in life. Plus, he has his daughter on his show. Maybe one day I'll have my own TV show in which I work with my daughter.

posted by NoMich at 09:44 AM on December 30

New York Jets Fire Rex Ryan, GM John Idzik

I can see Chicago hiring Ryan and the Jets hiring the guy that just got fired in Atlanta.

posted by NoMich at 04:36 PM on December 29

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Two minutes in the penalty box!

posted by NoMich at 04:33 PM on December 29

How Boxing Day Became a Highlight of the Sports Year

The boxing day test match between Australia and India is happening right now, but I can't find a working stream. *sigh*

On edit: found one! There's also New Zealand v Sri Lanka.

posted by NoMich at 09:56 PM on December 25

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

*sigh* fire up chips *sigh*

posted by NoMich at 11:29 PM on December 24

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Y'all need to cease eating so many ghost pepper empanadas right before bedtime.

posted by NoMich at 10:18 AM on December 23

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