Can anyone find the winners and more interestingly, votes for the last 4 or 5 decades? I have found references to Arnold Palmer as the 60s winner and Gretzky in the 80s. I would very confidently assume Jordan in the 90s and with a far less degree of certainty offer Ali in the 70s.
The voting for this year broke down:
Woods - 56, Armstrong - 33, Federer - 25, Phelps - 13, Brady - 6, Bolt -4, Manning - 1, Shaq - 1, Mannny Pacquaio - 1, Jimmie Johnson - 1, Pujols - 1.
posted by dales15 at 12:42 PM on December 17
Even if Gretzky is a horrible failure as a coach, it will not tarnish his legacy as a player. The previously cited Ted Williams is a perfect example of this. In my opinion, the only truly all-time great player who has tarnished his playing days after retirement is OJ Simpson.
posted by dales15 at 11:32 PM on August 08
Thank you for all the kind remarks. It was alot of fun. rcade--We did sign and initial an 18-page document which contained a paragraph concerning confidentiality, along with statements saying the producers say was final and the like. As one of my friends said though, for $1 million, they will investigate to see if you violated any such agreement, for $5000 it would probably cost them more than the prize to hire an investigator and prove their case. The show was filmed at a television studio in New York, so the only ESPN personalities I encountered were Stuart Scott and the Schwab. Stewart Scott was very nice and personable, he came over and introduced himself to the contestants before every show. For legal reasons, we couldn't communicate with the Schwab because we were in competition with him, but he was very nice after the competition ended.
posted by dales15 at 10:29 PM on May 02
No, he was on the Today Show.
posted by dales15 at 09:44 AM on May 02
Thanks rcade, hopefully I didn't embarrass myself on TV. Your performance is a tough one to live up to.
posted by dales15 at 08:42 AM on May 02
grum good call actually between 3:53 and 3:57--Rice, Bonds & Agassi all appear and that is Griffey robbing the home run the 6:39 bball players are Russell and Chamberlain
posted by dales15 at 03:45 PM on April 29
I am going to burn the video to DVD some time next week. If anyone is interested, I will burn four others (I only have 5 blank DVDs left) and send them out to the first 4 SpoFites who email me (address in profile) with their mailing addresses. Nothing needs to be sent to me, just drop a few dollars to the SportsFilter server funder (if that still exists) or to the charity rcade was promoting, Modest Needs.
posted by dales15 at 12:50 PM on April 29
I watched it again and need to correct some of the initial missing stars I included. Track--Carl Lewis Tennis--Andre Agassi Boxing--Joe Louis, Mike Tyson, Sugar Ray Leonard NBA--Dr. J, West (2 w/iconic shots), K. Malone, Olajuwon, Ewing NFL--Marino, LT, Rice MLB--Clemens, Bonds, Griffey, Mays (was the 54 catch in there), Williams Carl Lewis appears for a split second. I believe there is photo of Joe Louis. Tyson is shown in handcuffs. As Ricardo said, the Dr. J behind the backboard shot is there. The Mays catch is also there and a photo of Williams and Joe D.
posted by dales15 at 12:33 PM on April 29
Re: grum missing star athletes I only watched it once but I didn't see: Track--Carl Lewis Tennis--Andre Agassi Boxing--Joe Louis, Mike Tyson, Sugar Ray Leonard NBA--Dr. J, West (2 w/iconic shots), K. Malone, Olajuwon, Ewing NFL--Marino, LT, Rice MLB--Clemens, Bonds, Griffey, Mays (was the 54 catch in there), Williams
posted by dales15 at 05:52 PM on April 28
The use of his name alone in a way that does not indicate an endorsement of the product creates ambiguity. I agree that he has publicity rights, but I don't know how much protection is given to the use of his name alone in the way it is used in this advertisement.
posted by dales15 at 02:59 AM on February 02
I think the first comment (tokar) is probably the best part of the whole thing.
posted by dales15 at 10:45 PM on January 10
MLB may limit the license for the free game to only one provider. I read this in the SportsBusiness Journal (all stories are under subscriber protection) so I am not sure if the Yahoo-Sportsline debate will be moot.
posted by dales15 at 12:07 PM on January 09
that was my guess, but i haven't seen video yet
posted by dales15 at 02:21 PM on December 07
Does anyone know what he said?
posted by dales15 at 12:42 PM on December 07
Does anyone think this was a "racially insensitive remark"??
posted by dales15 at 11:42 PM on June 09
How natural did Randy Johnson look as a bowler? (save for being a foot taller than anyone around him)
posted by dales15 at 10:58 PM on February 25
This is absolutely ridiculous. The IOC should adopt the same policy as the U.S. federal prison system, that is, whatever it says on your birth certificate. This would be extremely unfair for female (real female) athletes.
posted by dales15 at 10:21 AM on February 25
Let us not forget that these are only allegations and other high-profile college athletes have been hit with rape allegations in the last 2 months that have gone nowhere. Additionally, even assuming they did happen, willing women participating in student-run, student-organized "sex parties" is a far cry from rape or sexual assault. I think much more facts and real allegations need to be disclosed before the lynch mob lines up outside of Barnett's house.
posted by dales15 at 07:09 PM on February 23
Does anyone know the record for number of comments from a FPP?
posted by dales15 at 01:11 PM on February 17
If this is a tax that was crafted solely to get at athletes and entertainers and Cincinnati doesn't otherwise have a city tax, then it is unfair. Otherwise, I would say it it fair. Technically, you owe tax for money whereever you earned it. Many states go after doctors, surgeons who have high salaries and there time in the state can be easily documented. Athletes and entertainers are the easiest to document of all because of their scheduled public performances.
posted by dales15 at 12:59 PM on February 12
Its very interesting and controversial, and I don't really know how I feel about it. But does the theory just apply to basketball; Dungy, Edwards, Lewis all seem to have guys that love to play for them and totally respond to coaching.
posted by dales15 at 10:50 AM on February 11
Q-school is open to women. There is nothing in by-laws preventing women from entering.
posted by dales15 at 11:46 AM on February 03
Good point Jeff New Survey: Should all Indian-reference sports nicknames be changed and/or banned? Should only those that have a historic derrogatory meaning (ie Redskins) be changed and/or banned?
posted by dales15 at 04:33 PM on January 31
The Redskins are already won the case on appeal . The N.A. group has appealed that district court ruling though. This law will no way affect the Washington Redskins when they visit CA. Survey: Should all Indian-reference sports nicknames be banned? Should only those that have a historic derrogatory meaning (ie Redskins) be banned?
posted by dales15 at 01:05 PM on January 31
On PTI (and I just confirmed), they said 14 of the 15 East Conference teams have changed coaches since the end of last season. Unbelieavable
posted by dales15 at 05:20 PM on January 27
those are his only rings but his clinching of 86 Mets series is one of most indelible images of recent baseball lore
posted by dales15 at 10:03 AM on January 22
tieguy--if you remember the lineups from the other conferences and get a chance, please post them. thanks
posted by dales15 at 09:23 PM on January 21
That can't be serious. Larry, Magic, Michael, Shaq, Duncan......and Dumars. I can think of 15 basketball players that could be listed before Dumars and that doesn't even account for the other sports.
posted by dales15 at 09:11 PM on January 21
Cal Ripken---Are you serious??? Thats serious hometown bias. I picked Jordan, Gretzky 2....I fear the Gretzky may get undervalued overall in the poll though.
posted by dales15 at 03:05 PM on January 17
There are 6 women out of 35 and considering the content of the list, I would say that is about right.
posted by dales15 at 05:58 PM on January 16
3 coaches in 3 different sports fired in one day, too bad the Sox didn't wait another couple of months to can Grady
posted by dales15 at 08:45 PM on December 10
shouuldn't it have been MOAT Most Overrated of All Time???
posted by dales15 at 02:27 PM on December 09
I agree Weedy, most of the ones on the link aren't indicative of dumb quotes, just tongue in cheek or sarcastic comments. My all-time favorite announcer comment came in a college basketball game (I believe it was a first round NCAA game) about 10 years ago between Texas and Georgia. The announcer said something to the effect, "The star players for both of these teams not only excel on the court, but are both excellent studets. Alec Kessler (Georgia's star) will graduate with a 3.91 GPA in Microbiology and Travis Mayes (Texas star guard).... will graduate in 4 years."
posted by dales15 at 01:15 AM on October 29
I think Grambling came out of Brown's mouth and is logical cause he has been playing the race card in this fiasco (ie calling Geiger a "slave-master") and with Grambling being the most high profile traditionally black football school and with very high profile coach, it is logical fit. Other major schools, like USC or anywhere else, are out because then Clarett would still have to sit out a year, but that doesn't apply to a transfer to a 1-AA school. Challenging the rule is an option, but I doubt that Clarett has interest in seeing it through as Haywood did and the outcome is unclear (although he would likely win, would he win in time for the 2004 Draft). If Clarett is out this entire year at OSU, I can't really see him playing there next year. It should be interesting....
posted by dales15 at 11:04 PM on September 08
I think as of last season, there were only 4 active players who appeared in the original Tecmo Bowl. Brown Rice Green Landeta
posted by dales15 at 10:53 AM on August 17
What did I start???
posted by dales15 at 10:31 AM on August 17
Don't know how to link a pic and inserting links doesn't seem to be working on this computer, but I would take Jenny Finch http://espn.go.com/page2/s/hottest/female/finals.html Heather Mitts and Dana Torres http://espn.go.com/page2/s/hottest/female.html http://espn.go.com/page2/s/bachelorettes.html Anna has just always had the hype
posted by dales15 at 04:28 PM on August 13
The biggest injustice has to Rocky IV behind such The Sandlot, Prefontaine, Love and Basketball, etc. While far from a great movie, it is a "great bad movie" and is definitely among the fifteen most entertaining on the list. It is also probably the most important Rocky (besides the first one) for pop culture references and not to mention, its influential role (some might say monumental role) in predicting the end of the Cold War. If I can change and you can change....
posted by dales15 at 05:53 PM on July 29
Well I was just referring to the U.S. BTW, was that the first, professional or otherwise, lacrosse post in the history of SportsFilter?
posted by dales15 at 03:58 PM on July 25
The link didn't work for CNN Stadium Sponsors Index but it is accessible at http://money.cnn.com/markets/snapshots/Stadium_sponsors.html
posted by dales15 at 11:46 AM on July 24
The Ravens have picked up M & T Bank as the naming rights sponsor after PSINet went under. CMGI was the orignal naming rights owner of the Patriots new stadium but there stock had such a fall that they got out of the deal (and Gillette moved in) before the stadium opened. CNNMoney maintains Stadium Sponsors Index
posted by dales15 at 11:45 AM on July 24
This is the list of unscathed I could come up with off the top of my head, I know I am probably missing a few MLB-Fenway, Yankee, Shea, Jacobs (although technically is a naming rights deal--owner paid fee to have name on it), Busch, Wrigley, Kaufman, Ballpark at Arlington, Dodger, Turner Field NFL-Paul Brown, Seahawks, Giants, Georgia Dome, Candlestick (3Com is no longer rights holder), Texas, Soldier, Lambeau NBA/NHL--MSG, Gund (although technically it is--same as Jacobs), Bradley, Joe Louis, Palace at Auburn Hills
posted by dales15 at 10:25 AM on July 24
Correction--I had meant to right first foreign car company to get in major sports naming rights business. GM has Vancouver arena and Nissan has small music venues as naming rights sponsorships.
posted by dales15 at 08:49 AM on July 24
I think it is a means to promote these videos and probably a porn site as many Girls Gone Wild imitators have come about and may not have the funds to advertise on Stern TV show on E! It has been a great means of getting free national publicity. I had previously seen a video clip where the creator was asked if he was worried about the liability of being sued, he responded by saying, "I hope I get sued. It will be great for publicity. I hope Disney sues me for using the name Bambi."
posted by dales15 at 01:19 PM on July 16
posted by dales15 at 11:12 PM on July 07
does anyone know any good general sports trivia sites or contests on the net?
posted by dales15 at 10:35 PM on July 07
grum--I totally agree with your point that Ali transcended sport and was one of the best known individuals, not just athletes, on the planet but most of such lists are very ethnocentric and athletes such as Pele don't rank (because specifically limited to American athletes) or rank far below where they would on a global list.
posted by dales15 at 01:05 PM on July 02
This morning on the Mike & Mike show on ESPN Radio, they were discussing Merron's list and compiling their own based on listener submissions. If anyone heard the final list (I had to leave car), please post it. Since overrated can mean a variety of things, ie Ryan a great pitcher but overrated for being included in top 3, top 5 of all-time, I submit that Muhammad Ali is the most overrated athlete of all-time. Ali was a great heavyweight, one of the best known individuals on the planet and deserves much acclaim for his accomplishments. However, when most of the all-century lists and greatest athletes of all-time discussions come about, Ali is almost always in the top 3. While Ali was an influential black leader and Vietnam war lightning rod, yet his social importance is not even in the same realm as Jackie Robinson. Ali was a product and relfection of the time he lived in, Robinson defied the norms of the time during which he lived. While Ali was a great boxer and repeatedly won the heavyweight title, he was not overly dominant nor that much superior to his peers at the time. He is not widely regarded as the greatest pound-for-pound boxer of all-time, nor is even universally accepted as the greatest heavyweight of all-time. Nearly every list of individual sports has Jordan, Ruth, Gretzky, Nicklaus in top 3, but I have seen many boxing lists where Ali does not rank that high and Sugar Ray Robinson is far more widely regarded as greatest pound-for-pound boxer of all-time with Dempsey, Louis, Johnson, Marciano also strongly competing with Ali. Furthermore, Ali did not demonstrated physical ability far superior to his peers like Jim Thorpe, Jim Brown, or Wilt Chamberlain. Finally, unlike athletes such as Ruth, Palmer, Nicklaus, Bird, Magic, Jordan---Ali's sport has greatly declined in popularity in the last 20 years and not rode his coattails to new heights. Ali--great boxer, important social figure, very popular and controversial--but top 3 of all-time--No Way.
posted by dales15 at 10:28 AM on July 02
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