It's annoying hearing all the ESPN talking heads screaming about how LSU football will never shutdown because it's Religion. Nobody disputes that football is religion. But the issue isn't shutting down football just 'cause, but rather that classes would be cancelled for all students making all athletes ineligible. Everyone will be caught in the crossfire. But who needs nuance on talk TV?
posted by jmd82 at 12:28 PM on February 13
I love how his teammate runs up, "He merely hit him with the side of his foot. No biggie!"
posted by jmd82 at 11:23 AM on December 22
I haven't heard much from the media about LeBron can't win anymore - that seemed to dissipate somewhere around winning the 2nd championship. Now, I hear the talking heads talk about how it's a win/win for LBJ - A win is one of the greatest Finals victories ever, and nobody can blame him for loosing with a depleted cast. The idea of the media lambasting LBJ seems to be a carryover from before his Heat days.
posted by jmd82 at 08:56 AM on June 12
And that's what happens when Atlanta plays like the Cavs, only without a Lebron to play the part. Seems they forgot how to pass, and to make shots they were draining during the regular season. The offense needs a major tuneup before the next game to have a chance.
posted by jmd82 at 10:54 PM on May 22
Virtually all technologies are a waste of money in their infancy. It's called early adoption. And then you end up with the iPhone 6.
posted by jmd82 at 11:46 AM on March 15
Wilkins wasn't just victimized by Bird on the court that night. He also was the victim of a good-natured prank by teammates afterward. Ray Williams, a backup guard for the Celtics in 1985 (he died in 2013) recalled in the days after Bird's feat that some of the Hawks had gone to a club after the game. Cliff Levingston, a backup forward, summoned a waiter and had a bottle of champagne sent to Wilkins's table. The inscription: Thanks. From Larry.' When Wilkins, known as the Human Highlight Film during his prime, was recently honored with a 13 -foot tall, 18,500-pound statue outside of the Hawks' home, Philips Arena, Bird quipped, I'm pretty sure it's not made in a defensive stance.'
posted by jmd82 at 10:56 PM on March 14
If he's telling the truth, I'm pretty convinced that he's not an addict and made some very poor decisions that got him in big trouble. I also read it as he taking full responsibility for his actions.
posted by jmd82 at 12:35 PM on January 30
Tebow had a better game.
Look it up.
Statistically speaking, Wilson had a shit game, so ya?
posted by jmd82 at 08:11 PM on January 18
With 18 combined punts!!
posted by jmd82 at 09:49 PM on November 22
It's driving me bonkers!!!
posted by jmd82 at 12:26 PM on November 17
Ending of the Auburn-Ole Miss game was one of the more brutal endings I've seen. Looks like Ole Miss is going to score a TD to go ahead with 1:30 left. But not only is the ball fumbled on the 1 yard line and recovered by Auburn in the end zone, but the fumble is caused by Treadwell's injury, causing his fumble. Painful. You can see the GIF version here.
posted by jmd82 at 10:53 PM on November 01
From what I've read, the NFL can (and does) still have contracts explicitly stating there are blackouts. It's just that it's not a required part of contracts now.
posted by jmd82 at 09:21 PM on October 01
Contrast to Argentina, who had a number of similar opportunities near the box, but couldn't get the proper control for that final touch. Just that one magical touch for a goal to remember for a lifetime.
posted by jmd82 at 08:00 PM on July 13
The Red Wedding was a soccer match? No way!
posted by jmd82 at 08:32 PM on July 08
The mark of a true leader isn't just how many championships you've won, but leaving teams better off than you found them.
How many teams are really better than when a future HoF player leaves?
posted by jmd82 at 10:14 AM on June 25
In Mankato, most people take the side of Hoffner, calling the kids spoiled brats or entitles or something along those lines. Pretty much everyone likes Hoffner and thinks he deserves to get his life back together.
posted by jmd82 at 05:05 PM on April 17
Heh. Reminds me of Chuck Norris jokes. Only made in the 3rd person instead of my meme generators.
posted by jmd82 at 02:10 PM on March 17
That run reminds me of Vick in his Atlanta days.
posted by jmd82 at 09:54 AM on November 19
I especially love it when the network takes the time to make a slo-mo replay of it, like they did with Jim Harbaugh today at the end of the Saints game.
I thought he was just yelling for more Fudge.
posted by jmd82 at 09:32 AM on November 18
After being down by 20 to start the 4th quarter, UGA storms back to take the lead, with the defense managing to man up for the first time this season. Only to blow it by tipping a 4th & 18 Hail Mary straight into the fingertips of an Auburn receiver. It's kind if funny how it'll go down in Auburn lore, but it required a special bit of terrible from the UGA defense to make it happen. Probably the most madenning season of Georgia football in the last decade.
posted by jmd82 at 12:14 AM on November 17
But wasn't Olympic Stadium built precisely with the Braves taking over in mind?
posted by jmd82 at 02:07 PM on November 12
As talented as Clowney is, I can't help but wonder if he's the monster he has been made out to be if he doesn't make that huge hit versus Michigan in the Bowl game last season.
I watch a lot of SEC football, and I definitely saw Clowney as being as dominant as reported. While that Michigan hit certainly helped pushed him into the stratosphere, he had dominant games during the regular season and was in the running for SEC defensive player of the year for a reason. Regardless, I've always had a hard time believing he'd go overall #1 in the draft.
posted by jmd82 at 06:21 PM on October 06
And he got $4.5 Million to not play. I feel like there's a lesson about the government shutdown somewhere in there.
posted by jmd82 at 10:49 AM on October 01
He obviously isn't the player he used to be, and the competition has stepped up, but of 2004-2007 peak will always be some of my favorite tennis years. I loved watching Federer when he was nearly unstoppable (except on clay) with the grace and knowledge that he could beat anybody.
posted by jmd82 at 09:26 AM on August 21
What does Tuck & Run even mean? Is GTA now in my Madden?
posted by jmd82 at 10:57 AM on July 03
Reminds me of the lunchroom table's weekly discussion, "Those damn kids, they just ain't like the previous generation!" Repeated since kids have been around.
posted by jmd82 at 09:56 PM on July 02
And the proud tradition of booing Bettman continues.
posted by jmd82 at 11:02 PM on June 24
Though it looked like the Spurs were ready to run away with the game at any given moment, the Heat, unlike game 3, did not simply mail this game in and really wanted it. Every time the Heat made a run, I thought, "This is it, when they turn the tide and take the series by the balls," but the Spurs just kept on fighting back. Entertaining basketball game.
posted by jmd82 at 12:22 PM on June 17
Except wasn't Braun's offense overturned, meaning it's not double-jeopardy to serve out the full suspension length based on new/different evidence?
posted by jmd82 at 11:52 AM on June 05
I wanted the Red Wings to win, but after that disallowed goal, I can't feel too bad about Chicago winning in the end. My heart is still fill of (sports) hate for Hossa, though. Something about him just annoys me.
posted by jmd82 at 11:23 PM on May 29
Every teacher as the bell rings one last time. YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
posted by jmd82 at 10:47 AM on May 29
I live in Mankato and get that same feeling, TheQatarian. I think most people recognize that a) child abuse bad but b) this was not a case a child abuse. After the facts came out, pretty all the local newspaper news has been pro-Hoffner saying that he's getting a raw deal, but MSU obviously doesn't want another Sandusky so they took the easy route and fired him.
posted by jmd82 at 04:46 PM on May 27
Meanwhile in the WNBA
posted by jmd82 at 04:08 PM on April 18
As someone who knows little (really nothing) about European soccer, does that include any teams outside of Britain? I also hear big things about Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Bayern Munich, and I'm sure other teams. Are we missing out on key soccer players of they're not part of this NBC bananza?
posted by jmd82 at 11:38 PM on April 16
I can hear it through the GIF.
posted by jmd82 at 01:03 PM on April 14
Just imagine the wailing & gnashing of teeth if the old rules were still in effect and Tiger got DQd. Sportscenter would go into hyper-outrage mode and my Facebook wall would look like Obama just got elected to a 3rd term.
posted by jmd82 at 01:58 PM on April 13
Nobody makes money off of regular students - the difference is the athletes generate a ton of revenue for their performances and get none of it back.
Senior year science students were all required to work in a lab for a year, alongside grad students and post-docs. We were doing research that brings money back into the school via grants & potentially patents. I went from paying tuition to be able to work in a lab to getting paid for doing the same exact work upon graduation. I'd say that Universities can make money off students, though not in the same way as athletics.
Might sound like I have a problem with this structure, but I don't.
Also consider that student athletes are significantly constricted by the NCAA in how much money they can earn via jobs, a constraint not put on other students.
posted by jmd82 at 09:23 PM on April 01
Representing! People here are super excited (though it's Minnesota, what else would ya expect?). We even beat Minnesota this year, which doesn't exactly happen on a regular basis.
posted by jmd82 at 12:28 AM on March 25
And would the Vikings then have 2 first round picks if they wanted to trade up and try to get a QB early?
None of the QBs in this draft inspire any confidence that they'll be an upgrade over Ponder. Speaking, who is the Minnesota QB going to throw to this year anyways? They were 31 out of 32 in the league passing last year, and can you really expect AP carry the team to the playoffs again? He's a freak, but that's a tall order for a RB with zero passing game. Even though Harvin missed a chunk of the season, he was still easily first in receiving on the team. Your 2nd receiver next year for the Vikings? Michael Jenkins. Yikes.
I'd expect the Vikes to pick up a WR or two during the draft, but they seem so hit or miss and tend to take a season or two to really develop (not unlike other positions I suppose).
posted by jmd82 at 07:29 PM on March 11
Chris Kluwe is an Internet legend because he tries really, really, really hard to be an Internet legend.
I've followed Kluwe for a while, and get the impression he really, really, really happens to truly enjoy the video game culture who happens to be an NFL player.
posted by jmd82 at 07:01 PM on March 10
I have an uncle who's a big-time McD exec and we are under strict orders not to ever bring up the coffee case, or even the topic of "frivolous lawsuits" in general, lest you want to subject yourself to a lengthy colorful array of expletives and see a man drive himself into heart attack mode.
posted by jmd82 at 02:59 PM on March 01
Part of the problem is Tim Tebow's in a no-win situation here. If he backs out, people cast stones like above. If he doesn't back, people cast stones like Gregg Doyel. No matter what Tebow does, somebody will find fault with how he acts out his faith.
posted by jmd82 at 09:33 PM on February 21
Patrick won a race at the highest level (Indy Car Japan 300). Kournikova never won an WTA event in her career.
She did win the Australian Doubles twice. Sure, not a singles even, but that should count for something.
posted by jmd82 at 08:42 AM on February 19
Joe Flacco, working hard to annihilate any goodwill he may have ever built up
Eh, I see it as a heat of the moment, WE ARE SO PSYCHED UP AND GOING TO WIN THE ULTIMATE PRIZE NO MATTER WHAT, BITCHESSSSSSSSSS!!! I saw this whole segment and just chuckled. I'm guessing he's not the first person with the brilliant idea, even if it almost never going to fruition.
posted by jmd82 at 10:03 AM on February 08
Seems like the picture would be better suited for The Onion.
posted by jmd82 at 08:26 PM on February 03
9. Alden Smith
posted by jmd82 at 02:02 PM on February 03
Perhaps the Pro Bowl ought to be an ideal for regular-season games to strive for with the lack of head hunting and hard hits!
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posted by jmd82 at 12:53 AM on January 20
I just want to go up to LeBron James and give him a huge hug and tell him he can sit down with Jim Gray anytime...
Do basketball players use PEDs or have drug testing? I don't recall hearing too much about that.
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posted by jmd82 at 11:26 AM on January 12
Glad I didn't get a chance to pick The Vikings. I thought they might be better off without Ponder... Reckon I was wrong!!
posted by jmd82 at 12:21 AM on January 06
Not looking forward to facing Clowney next year. Dude is a beast.
posted by jmd82 at 11:25 AM on January 02
I'd assume Mr Hawk can afford to spring for the good stuff, dollar be damned.
posted by jmd82 at 08:37 AM on December 21
I'm waiting for a Bill Summons column, only this team describing anti-clutch QBs utilizing sports movie quotes with the most mistcast actors of all time.
I have no idea if Sanchez can produce given different circumstances (as Young was adamant about postgame). But his play clearly shows he can't perform in the current system.
posted by jmd82 at 08:44 AM on December 18
I'm partial to NFL: Pittsburgh vs Baltimore, but maybe that's more a product of Talking Head Speak.
posted by jmd82 at 12:40 PM on December 10
I was worried this was an Onion link. Running up the score, I can see annoyance at. But running the same play to both gain yardage and run the clock- in a close game, no less- is not disrespectful. It's calling playing to win the game. I cannot see the angle for disrespect on this one.
posted by jmd82 at 11:07 AM on December 08
Ya, it looked like the throw was intended to be a back-shoulder throw in the endzone but was indeed tipped. Story is the play was called as Murray was running up to the line. If that's true, I don't find fault with not spiking the ball. Just another great defensive play by Bama when it mattered most.
posted by jmd82 at 04:44 PM on December 02
Wow. That was one of the most heart-wrenching losses I can remember. As the ball is caught by Conley, it slowly starts to click... Oh shit... Can he make it out of bounds? Not a chance in hell. Amazing that getting the ball with 1:30 left. Making 2 long passes to give hope that a comeback isn't just some foreign hope, but a reality right in front of my eyes. A moment in history that all Bulldog fans will be able to look back on and remember when Georgia brought down the mighty Bama. Murray's inability to win The Big One forgotten. No recollection that one of the most talented defenses around couldn't stop the run. An underthrown ball at the end of the first half resulting in potentially lost points and an opposing field goal, no longer remembered. Gurshall made reality instead of a maybe as they head to the NCG. And then. With a deafening thud, the game is over. A moment of "Wait, was that it? All that work and the game ends on that play?!?" That moment when legends a are made, a legacy cemented in action, the chance to erase memories of seasons with uber-talented teams not living up to their potential. As the game clock ticking to zero sinks in.
I'm glad the Dawgs stuck in there and made it a game. But damn was that some porous run defense. Run. Run. Run. Run. Play action. That as much as anything else let Bama stay in the game and then take over in the 2nd half.
posted by jmd82 at 11:05 PM on December 01
To have a tolerance like that indicates some form of alcoholism, rather than just piss poor judgment.
I know plenty of kids in college who probably had a BAC of .30 at one time or another. I'm guessing I did. None of us ended up alcoholics (as far as I know). However, we also weren't stupid enough to get behind the wheel. We could stand upright, sure, just not for very long.
posted by jmd82 at 01:38 PM on November 28
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