Recent Comments by jmd82

Lights On

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

Germany Wins World Cup

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

Brazil Faces Germany for Spot in World Cup Final

The Red Wedding was a soccer match? No way!

posted by jmd82 at 08:32 PM on July 08

LeBron Taking His Talents Out of South Beach

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

Minnesota State players refuse to practice as coach Todd Hoffner returns

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

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

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

Panthers Edge Patriots, Win Sixth in a Row

That run reminds me of Vick in his Atlanta days.

posted by jmd82 at 09:54 AM on November 19

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

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

Atlanta Braves plan to build new stadium in Cobb County

But wasn't Olympic Stadium built precisely with the Braves taking over in mind?

posted by jmd82 at 02:07 PM on November 12

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

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

Is Roger Federer Done?

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

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

What does Tuck & Run even mean? Is GTA now in my Madden?

posted by jmd82 at 10:57 AM on July 03

Whitlock: Gangster Culture Has Corrupted Sports

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

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

And the proud tradition of booing Bettman continues.

posted by jmd82 at 11:02 PM on June 24

Spurs One Game from Title

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

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Every teacher as the bell rings one last time. YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

posted by jmd82 at 10:47 AM on May 29

Innocent Coach's Career Ruined by False Abuse Allegation

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

NFL Players Knew Teammate Was Gay, Didn't Care

Meanwhile in the WNBA

posted by jmd82 at 04:08 PM on April 18

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I can hear it through the GIF.

posted by jmd82 at 01:03 PM on April 14

Tiger Woods Assessed 2-Stroke Penalty for Illegal Drop

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

Money & March Madness

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

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Mankato, MN

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

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

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

Idaho Lets Man Sue Over Foul Ball Injury

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

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

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

Danica Patrick wins the pole position at Daytona 500.

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

Flacco Wanted to Cheat on Super Bowl's Final Play

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

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Seems like the picture would be better suited for The Onion.

posted by jmd82 at 08:26 PM on February 03

NFL Pick 'Em, Super Bowl Edition

1. ravens

2. under

3. Flaco

4. Rice

5. Pitta

6. Pitta

7. Lewis

8. Reed

9. Alden Smith

10. Budweiser

11: 31.42

12: 45

posted by jmd82 at 02:02 PM on February 03

The NFL Pick 'Em, Pro Bowl Edition

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!

posted by jmd82 at 01:47 PM on January 28

The NFL Pick 'Em, Pro Bowl Edition

1) NFC

2) under

3) Manning

4) Peterson

5) Fitzgerald

6) Colquitt

posted by jmd82 at 06:55 PM on January 26

NFL Pick 'Em, Championship Round

Atlanta

New England

Ryan

Gore

Reed

Atlanta

posted by jmd82 at 12:53 AM on January 20

Lance Armstrong Admits Using PEDs, Destroying People

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.

posted by jmd82 at 10:46 AM on January 19

NFL Pick 'Em, Divisional Round

Denver

Green Bay

Atlanta

New England

Matty Ice

Lynch

Houston's kicker

Atlanta

posted by jmd82 at 11:26 AM on January 12

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

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

Clowney's monster hit sparks Gamecocks' Outback Bowl win

Not looking forward to facing Clowney next year. Dude is a beast.

posted by jmd82 at 11:25 AM on January 02

Tony Hawk Ruffles Feathers with Family Photo

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

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

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

The New England Patriots are regularly accused of being poor sports

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

Alabama Defeats Georgia

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

Alabama Defeats Georgia

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

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I am mesmerized by Kobe's WTF face.

posted by jmd82 at 10:03 AM on November 28

Cole: Football Should Eliminate the PAT

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

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

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

Cole: Football Should Eliminate the PAT

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

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

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