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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
I am mesmerized by Kobe's WTF face.
posted by jmd82 at 10:03 AM on November 28
Such a rule in my mind eliminates the possibility for a fake kick turned into a 2-point conversion play
In all my years of watching football, I don't think I've seen that happen in the NFL.
Someone on Da Bears has been reading this thread. Just successfully pulled off a fake kick for a 2-point conversion.
posted by jmd82 at 02:06 PM on November 25
I don't think Pitt would mind Sanchez as a backup right about now. I wouldn't want him as my starter, but a) he's been very durable and b) His skill players this year aren't exactly prolific. Would make a serviceable backup.
posted by jmd82 at 04:32 PM on November 23
Mandatory 2-point conversions is what I'd love to see. Or rumple's idea of a longer PAT making 2-pt more likely.
posted by jmd82 at 04:27 PM on November 23
UGA/GT - 52-42. UGA will smash GT's defense, but sometimes the D forgets to show up and will let GT hang around. Plus there's looking ahead to the SEC Championship Game.
Also one of the most important games of Mark Richt's tenure: It gives UGA the chance to play for the NCG and it's a game they should win against a hated rival. If UGA looses to GT, it's an epic failure. If UGA looses to 'Bama, it's business as usual.
posted by jmd82 at 11:55 AM on November 23
I understand player safety, but my issue with further penalizing that hit is that I see Sanders actually lowering his head into Reed. Reed's head was down and would have hit chest-high with the initial body positioning. It's when Sanders turns around and literally lowers his head to Reed's level on the final step that causes the helmet to helmet. This play is as much Sanders lowering his helmet into Reed as it is Reed leading with his helmet.
If Sanders had stayed down and not popped right up after the Ed Reed hit, would the suspension have been lifted. Think the NFL opened a can of worms on this one.
Hello? Is that NHL on line 2? Oh, NHL isn't in session so I guess NFL needs to take the place of trying to assess penalties based on injury.
posted by jmd82 at 11:00 AM on November 21
to claim either of those State games aren't scheduled as gimmies is completely delusional.
The Seminoles are #10, so that's not quite yer gimme; Ga Tech (not State, my bad, but you knew what I meant) perhaps qualifies, but rivalry games...
Apologies, I thought you meant the games from this past week.
posted by jmd82 at 02:52 PM on November 18
Or could we have 2012, part 2? Kiffin manages to actually coach & beats ND. UGA & Florida both with out. Does that put UGA vs UF in the national championship game? Can the game be moved to Jacksonville for the sake of consistency?
posted by jmd82 at 12:51 AM on November 18
I had no hope starting the day that any SEC team would make the national championship game.
Then I saw KS loosing and was like that's cool, but Oregon has been face stomping their opponents and USC is incredibly overrated so Oregon and ND it is in the game. And I was happy with that, as they'd earned it & I didn't think a 1-lose SEC team deserved to play over one of the 3 undefeated teams.
But then Stanford kept it close. Tied it with 1:30 left. Force a long & missed FG in OT. Even as they attempted a winning FG from only a little bit shorter than they missed a few minutes ago, I still wasn't letting myself have hope. Then.
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOF WOOF. UGA now controls their own destiny! And Mark Richt was almost out the door after 2 games last year.
but the vs. State games for Florida and Georgia aren't gimmes.
Obviously a UGA fan & I hate UF with the passion of a 1000 blazing suns. I want UF to loose every game even if it's detrimental to the SEC's success. But to claim either of those State games aren't scheduled as gimmies is completely delusional. Also, the only chance UF has of making the championship game: UGA looses to GT next week and then beats 'Bama in the championship game. A situation very possible. The irony is, UGA was in Florida's exact predicament about 5 years ago where things did fall in UGA's favor; the voters jumped other teams over UGA just to avoid a non-championship team from playing in the national championship (which I still feel was justified).
posted by jmd82 at 12:40 AM on November 18
Is there history of Trindon's letting go of the football being ruled a fumble upon booth review? I mean on obvious touchdowns, where the player stupidly lets go of the ball to show off.
posted by jmd82 at 10:10 AM on November 12
As to Georgia specifically, no offense jmd82, but the Bulldogs have had a very favorable conference schedule (especially compared to SC and Florida) -- no LSU, no Bama, no A&M.
Heh, I know- UGA's schedule's been middling the last 2 years. We some how missed out on both Bama & LSU last year, too. I was rooting for Bama to win, solely on the basis it would make a UGA vs Bama SEC Championship game that much more meaningful.
I'm looking forward to the potential of an Oregon-KState game this year though. Should make for an entertaining game.
posted by jmd82 at 01:31 PM on November 11
I know we have a Southern education and all, but we are also pretty clear on the difference between KS & Oregon's win versus ND's win they had absolutely no business winning. I really don't see people on the whole having an issue with KS and Oregon, even with SEC prejudice. I could see rumblings if one of those two loose and ND wins out though.
posted by jmd82 at 12:36 AM on November 11
SEC homer here and I'm not hearing that. We all agree this year, the undefeated teams go ahead of 1-loss Bama/UGA, though some do balk at ND with their terrible win over Pitt. I still see a win-is-a-win, so any combination of an undefeated KS/OR/ND deserve to go.
That said, as a UGA alum, I'm rooting for 2 out of the 3 to loose and to play & beat Bama in the SEC championship game which mean BCS title opportunity. Certainly not banking on it, though.
posted by jmd82 at 12:04 AM on November 11
UGA fan so obviously I dislike SC, but damn that sucks and wish him the best. Nobody deserves that.
I have a little twinge in my heart when a player of Lattimore's talent, on the road to making millions, has that earning potential possibly ripped away in an instant.
posted by jmd82 at 09:02 PM on October 27
Apologies in advance for my weekly "Bitch about Sportscenter" post, but today's comparison of Andrew Luck and RG3 was ridiculous.
That segment is based off a NYT article that was published yesterday, which analyzed, among other statistics, the QBR rating to see why it rated Luck > RG3. Of course ESPN's going to say something about it.
posted by jmd82 at 07:20 PM on October 24
Didn't watch the game- did the Pats really dominate with a 10-spot, or did the Broncos receivers drop the ball that much?
posted by jmd82 at 09:54 AM on October 08
Didn't watch the game (local Vikings game!)- did the Pats really dominate with a 10-spot, or did the Broncos receivers drop the ball that much?
I got into watching PTI during the Referee Lockout, waiting for Wilbon to have a heart attack as he rants and raves about the GREED AND EGOTISM OF THE NFL OWNERS. HEAR ME RARW!! I AM WILBON!!!
posted by jmd82 at 10:56 PM on October 01
Watching PTI and Kornheiser mentions the Lions are 6-10 over the last 16 games. Wilbon's response is they're worse than that, loosing something like 10 out of the last 16 or so games. *facepalm*
posted by jmd82 at 06:25 PM on October 01
I prefer to relax in the asylum.
posted by jmd82 at 10:38 PM on September 12
You're the one who brings up a conference other than the ACC and you mock me?
posted by jmd82 at 02:18 PM on September 12
That they're enjoying their cupcake conference schedule? (as an SEC fanboi, I somewhat kid)
posted by jmd82 at 11:14 AM on September 12
Thanks for the explanation, that makes sense.
I'm not in disfavor of booth reviews per se, but they've got out of hand in the NFL. Every single scoring drive is now reviewed. I think it's just a ploy to create more TV timeouts to get ad money. Football games were already being drawn out with breaks. Seems worse now with so many reviews.
posted by jmd82 at 09:04 AM on September 10
Is it really faster to dive into first base than just run thru the bag? Why do players do it sometimes not? I get why for other bases where you need to get tagged, but not sure about first.
posted by jmd82 at 11:55 PM on September 09
I could see him more as a deep-threat WR, "Hey, just run as fast as you can and I'll throw the ball as hard as I can!"
Or baseball pinch runner.
posted by jmd82 at 03:34 PM on August 08
That explains a lot- I was wondering who those other people were!
posted by jmd82 at 02:10 PM on July 08
The point was to free up cap space for Atlanta since JJ was never worth max salary money.
posted by jmd82 at 10:21 PM on July 02
Same hedge managers who's destroyed pensions and entire companies with their impeccable foresight?
posted by jmd82 at 10:40 AM on June 03
That one should have been a flagrant two as well.
I completely agree, but I also think it was knee-jerk "oh crap, we need to even out the calls" thing.
posted by jmd82 at 01:17 PM on May 24
They didn't call a flagrant two on Haslem because it was to "even out" Hansbrough's flagrant one on Wade, which the arena and Heat bench thought should be a flagrant two.
The Pittman foul, I have no idea.
posted by jmd82 at 08:48 AM on May 24
I'd be a fan of pitch time limits. As it stands, it is not the length of a baseball game that bothers me. It's all the theatrics between each pitch and shuffling about, readjusting, etc, between every pitch that I loose any attention for a MLB game.
posted by jmd82 at 10:31 AM on May 23
As a Vikings fan, I like it but don't get it- I'm pretty sure they weren't planning on picking Richardson anyways, so what was the point in the Browns moving up when Richardson should still be available at #4?
posted by jmd82 at 07:36 PM on April 26
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