Olbermann: We Need A New Hall of Fame
posted by Joey Michaels at 04:21 PM on December 11
I've been down on the Patriots all season (as a fan) because I thought their record misleads you into thinking they're a stronger team than they actually are. Watching the first half of the game tonight, I was thinking "Well, see, I was right all along."
And then the second half happened and I said "OK, I have been pretty much completely wrong."
I wouldn't go so far as to say that they're the best team in the AFC, but they're damn better than I thought and they deserve to be first in the east. They might even win a playoff game or two.
posted by Joey Michaels at 05:01 AM on November 25
Ah, love Gronkowski as a player, but, today, fuck that guy.
posted by Joey Michaels at 08:40 PM on November 15
Even now, I much prefer a team that plays in the city.
Walking through Chicago for the first time and running into Wrigley Field while just taking a wrong turn up a street is one of my most romantic baseball memories. I literally gasped with joy and wonder.
posted by Joey Michaels at 06:09 PM on November 13
I can't speak for all states, but in my state we have hostile work environment laws that, in practice, can work in the following way.
Say a pair of like-minded people are sitting around making off-color jokes. A third person, who is not part of that conversation, overhears them. Now, the intent of the two people making the jokes might have just been to push each other's buttons or to amuse each other with how far they'd take some of the jokes. That intent doesn't matter at all if the third party takes offense to it. To whit, the intent of the speaker doesn't matter as much as the effect it has on the hearer.
The bigger issue is that if the third party reports this to the employer and no action is taken to address their concern, the third party has grounds for a lawsuit.
Also, once its been brought to somebody's attention that their behavior is making somebody else feel harassed on the job, the next time they do it, they're making a deliberate choice to ignore to do something that makes somebody feel harassed.
All of this business of the culture of the football locker room is besides the point - if the language or behavioral choices of the player are causing somebody employed by the team - be they player, staff, janitor, whomever - to feel like their workplace is hostile and that person bring it to the attention of management and nothing is done about it, they may be risking a lawsuit that they're very likely to lose.
It would, thus, be in the interest of the NFL and each of its teams to have some sort of basic workplace conduct training. Locker rooms are workplaces and, thus, are subject to workplace laws. Whether one agrees with the laws or not is immaterial to whether one is subject to those laws. (IANAL obviously)
posted by Joey Michaels at 06:56 PM on November 07
Heh. I was unaware of his time with the Rams. Yeah, if he's an average NFL player at best, who needs him?
Well, maybe Tampa Bay.
posted by Joey Michaels at 06:38 PM on November 04
Assuming the allegations are true (and its hard to believe that they're false), one hopes this will be a wake up moment for Incognito and for any other players engaging in this sort of behavior. You shouldn't behave in a way that would have gotten you expelled from middle school as a grown adult.
That said, I can understand the Dolphins not wanting to keep him after this season. I hope that he does get some counseling (some of the reports mention he's already had some anger management counseling over the years) and can continue to play, hopefully as a more humane teammate and a better person.
posted by Joey Michaels at 05:16 PM on November 04
But other than the white towels the fans wave at home I have a hard time finding something I don't like about the Cardinals
That's the thing about the Cardinals - Deadspin was doing their darndest to make them out to be monsters, but it comes across as comedy because the team is both talented and classy. I felt genuinely bad for them that they lost (and even though I would have been sorely disappointed, I would have been glad for them had they won).
In my Red Sox vs every-team-that-isn't-the-Red-Sox universe, the Cardinals may well be my favorite NL team. Basically, this was my ideal World Series for this particular decade.
posted by Joey Michaels at 07:17 PM on October 31
When they won in 2004, my grandfather (a lifelong Boston fan who'd literally waited his whole life to see them win) went ballistic with joy. He's gone now, but I wept a few happy tears tonight on his behalf because he would have been thrilled to see them win it at Fenway. Boston Strong indeed.
Also, the first five games of this series were weird and hard-fought. The Cardinals are a great team and could have won this. Hats off to their team and their fans - they're a pretty classy bunch.
Still, thrilled Boston won.
posted by Joey Michaels at 12:26 AM on October 31
Big Papi 3 for 4 tonight. What an amazing series this had been for him.
posted by Joey Michaels at 02:44 AM on October 29
I would like to Mention an unusual end game scenario my friend proposed that I call The Spaceman's Revenge: last out is a strike-out on three straight eephus pitches.
posted by Joey Michaels at 01:17 PM on October 28
if you're a Sox fan like me, this series has started off very well, and I don't think the Sox are facing anywhere the same level of pitching as they just squeaked by last week.
Oh, yes, this I agree with 100%.
posted by Joey Michaels at 07:50 PM on October 24
Red Sox fans (and players) know very, very well that the direction a series is going can change completely in one game (or one inning... or even one at-bat). People counting their chickens before they hatch right now are not choosing wisely.
posted by Joey Michaels at 04:49 PM on October 24
As a Patriots fan, I don't have an issue with the rule enforcement or the Jets trying to use rules to their advantage to win the game. If the Patriots had controlled the game like they should have, it would have been a non-issue.
The Patriots have gotten lucky this season, and I love to see them win, but they're not nearly as strong a team as their record suggests. No doubt Brady and Belochik will squeeze out a few more improbable victories this season and they'll probably even make it to the playoffs, but I have a hard time seeing them even winning a playoff game this year.
Prove me wrong, Patriots! I'll be cheering for you either way!
posted by Joey Michaels at 05:38 PM on October 22
The Pirates and Cubs have both been high on my list of teams to love when Boston isn't doing so hot, so, yeah, I was rooting for them, too.
Nothing against the Cardinals, though. They seem to be a decent bunch of players and a fine team.
posted by Joey Michaels at 05:59 PM on October 10
If you are going by historical and more recent sustained excellence and being a regular face in the post-season (at least in the divisional era), then yeah.
...In which case, ironically perhaps, the Red Sox are the Yankees of the American league.
posted by Joey Michaels at 04:28 PM on October 10
Ed Hochuli might qualify as "national treasure" by my definition.
posted by Joey Michaels at 10:14 PM on October 09
Onion: Washington Redskins Change Their Name to D.C. Redskins
posted by Joey Michaels at 03:36 PM on October 09
What a fascinating player! Thank you for the links, Howard_T.
posted by Joey Michaels at 07:00 PM on October 02
Jeez, watching Peyton Manning play this year is like watching an artist create a masterpiece.
posted by Joey Michaels at 10:02 PM on September 23
For the first time ever, I want something from the city of Pittsburgh:
New England fired Hernandez as soon as it was clear he was probably guilty. Should Steelers fans really be playing the "whose players are bigger criminals" game?
Get your t-shirt from Houston if they have one - they're still (I believe) the cleanest team in the NFL.
posted by Joey Michaels at 08:48 PM on September 03
Hey GrampaB! Welcome to Sportsfilter. I think you meant to post that comment here. Chances are, your comment (and this reply) will be moved to that thread soon.
We've had a regular discussion here about the Washington Football Team's nickname for several years. Since you're new, I won't respond with the traditional SpoFi level of snark.
The "PC gone amuck" argument regarding the name of the Washington Football Team has popped up before. I'll come back to that part in a minute, but I want to address the second part of your statement first:
The next thing will be the garment industry will be offended by the "RED SOX" or WHITE SOX. Then PETA will throw in their 2 cents about the "TIGERS, LIONS & BEARS Oh my! It's only a name. GET AHOLD OF YOURSEL & GET A LIFE!!
We make choices regarding what words we use and what we name products all the time based on whether they are appropriate or not. You'll note that there aren't any professional sports teams with names like The Duluth Bad Mother Fuckers or The Brisbane Pee-holes. We also don't give new teams and products names that are racially offensive - you can probably think of hundreds of racial slurs that would make lousy team names.
Furthermore, as a society, we've often seen offensive product names or designs changed to suit the changing beliefs of the times. Indeed, many teams have changed their names over the years for a wide variety of reasons of perceive offense - I'd point to the Washington Bullets changed their name to the Wizards.
So, the name of the Washington Football team is a word that is patently offensive to many people of native American descent. We wouldn't pick a racially charged name for a team in this century. Another Washington team has changed its name quite easily within living memory.
Regarding the idea of "PC run amuck," presumably you aren't somebody who strongly believes that walking up to people of various ethnic groups and shouting ethnic slurs at them would be a polite thing to do. Surely you, as a grandfather (I'm assuming from your user name), raised your children and grandchildren to be respectful of people of all ethnic backgrounds - just as you would ask for people to respect your ethnic background. This is not a "PC" issue - its an issue of basic human respect and dignity.
Anyhow, welcome to Sportsfilter.
posted by Joey Michaels at 07:39 PM on August 09
because this guarantees that their coverage is going to suck.
Nominee, Best Comment of All Time at Spofi.
posted by Joey Michaels at 08:19 PM on July 26
Yeah, man, mob based gambling totally wrecked the Chicago White Sox back in the 10's.
posted by Joey Michaels at 10:11 PM on July 02
They should become the Washington Redcoats and cultivate a rivalry with the Patriots.
... or take a tip Montreal's hockey team and call themselves the Washington Americans.
posted by Joey Michaels at 07:44 PM on June 14
Well played, sir.
posted by Joey Michaels at 09:33 PM on June 10
Etrigan, I am always a little disappointed when your comments don't rhyme. ;)
posted by Joey Michaels at 08:38 PM on June 10
Part of me feels like the Patriots signing Tebow is a big "F You" to Rex Ryan. Part of me thinks Belichick knows something I don't know (which is almost always true in any circumstance). And part of me is humming this song.
Edit: I originally wrote 'Rex Reed' not 'Rex Ryan.' Clearly, the Tony Awards are still on my brain.
posted by Joey Michaels at 06:51 PM on June 10
More details on what players might be suspended.
posted by Joey Michaels at 09:58 PM on June 04
I couldn't watch that the whole way through because the tears of laughter quite literally became too much to see through. Will return to it later and save it for when I need a pick-me-up. Hopefully, YouTube will never improve their tech support for their auto-translate feature.
posted by Joey Michaels at 02:39 PM on May 03
I am still angry that Monica Seles' attacker more or less seemed to get away with it.
posted by Joey Michaels at 06:08 PM on April 30
He doesn't have the personnel evaluation skills to build an team. It's a shame he doesn't find some other part of his empire to ruin for a while.
This is actually exactly how incompetence works. The same skills you need to be good at something are the same skills you need in order to judge if somebody else is good at that thing. Jones is a good businessman and the boss of the Cowboys so he figures he must be good at football as he is at business and nobody can tell him otherwise. So, he sucks at football, he can't tell he sucks at football, and yet he believes he's good at football and is surrounded by sycophants that tell him he's good at football. Its a cycle only death can break.
posted by Joey Michaels at 09:58 PM on April 26
Just came here to share that same link. It is, indeed, the coolest baseball gif of all time.
posted by Joey Michaels at 11:36 PM on April 25
An example of Metafilter doing sports well, in reference to Segura.
posted by Joey Michaels at 05:25 AM on April 21
Fowl Ball Catching: God Level.
posted by Joey Michaels at 08:56 PM on April 11
This is ludicrous. Goats don't even like baseball. They prefer parkour.
Though they make great hecklers too.
posted by Joey Michaels at 05:09 PM on April 11
No, it will only be fucking hilarious if thousands of innocent people in South Korea are destroyed and the US finds themselves involved in another conflict it can't afford to be in.
For what its worth, this would be a huge tactical mistake for N. Korea just based on how many Chinese nationals are in S. Korea. I can't imagine China would watch thousands of their citizens get murdered without some sort of swift and horrible retribution. Just out of enlightened self-interest, N. Korea should probably avoid invoking the wrath of their enormous neighbor.
I'm living out here in Hawaii and, if N. Korea has nukes, surely they are trained directly on me. The reason we don't worry about that out here is because N. Korea has demonstrated, time and again, that they are not serious about following through on their threats. It would be national suicide for them to attack S. Korea, Honolulu, Austin or especially Foxboro because, very frankly, the bombs that Tom Brady throws are infinitely more powerful than the bombs N. Korea possesses.
posted by Joey Michaels at 08:49 PM on April 05
Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you The American Athletic Conference.
posted by Joey Michaels at 07:16 PM on April 03
Presumably the uproar isn't what got him fired so much as the whole physical and verbal abuse thing? I mean, on paper at least.
posted by Joey Michaels at 05:05 PM on April 03
So it was a bad landing combined with forward momentum. Holy cats. I am stunned that a human can leap with more force than his bones can handle. I suspect this is something that somebody who wasn't in peak athletic shape would have to ever worry about. Amazing. Thank you for the analysis!
posted by Joey Michaels at 03:50 PM on April 01
Reading the description of Mr. Ware's injury makes me cringe. I don't think there is anything that would make me watch the video. Can anyone explain how this injury was possible? Just a bad landing or a combined twist and landing? It reads like a freak accident.
Best thought to this unfortunate young man and sincere hope that he beats the odds and recovers 100%.
posted by Joey Michaels at 01:26 PM on April 01
We all laugh at this, but if somebody had asked Greg Maddux how he felt about girls (or just people in general) before he joined MLB, think of how many lives would have been spared.
posted by Joey Michaels at 03:09 PM on March 01
Obligatory link to facts about McDonalds Coffee Case. Obligatory statement about know the facts. That's all I got.
That obligation out of the way, there are lawsuits that sound frivolous and lawsuits that actually are frivolous and sometimes those two sets of lawsuits overlap. I will be very curious to see what the court system does with this case. Based on what I've read in the articles (which may or may not be 100% accurate), it seems pretty clear that this event falls under the "damn shame that it happened, but not really anybody's fault" category.
posted by Joey Michaels at 02:11 PM on March 01
Well said, Hugh. Proving once again that Washington fans are pretty classy, even if the team owner is not.
posted by Joey Michaels at 02:02 AM on February 16
I think any sport where an Olympic gold is considered the pinnacle achievement in that sport should stay right where it is.
Oh, holy cats, that is exactly it on the head. That's the best way I've heard this stated, but you're absolutely right.
posted by Joey Michaels at 06:45 PM on February 12
Times change, the popularity of events waxes and wanes, but, come on, olympic wrestling is on vases that are like more than two millennium old. There's a reason the sport has lasted as long as it has and that's because its kind of the quintessential perfect competition between two people. Nothing is required except a pair of people and the ground.
I mean, I'm glad that pankration and chariot racing aren't current events, but most of the other classic events survive in some form to this day because they're elemental. I'm not saying their better or worse than, say, gymnastics or basketball, but they (including wrestling) are essential elements of athletics.
posted by Joey Michaels at 05:19 PM on February 12
So my mythical wing of the baseball HoF that would house exhibits on outstanding baseball players who happened to be total assholes was going to be called the "Ty Cobb Wing."
Who would we name the football HoF asshole wing after? Simpson?
If Flacco continues to play well (I wouldn't say he's elite yet, but he has the potential to get there), maybe that wing is where he'd end up.
Don't ask me what kind of player gets into the Greg Maddux wing of the HoF, but I will tell you that only 1 out of 3 fans lives to describe it.
posted by Joey Michaels at 05:28 PM on February 08
The happier news for us is that after our old kitties died, we got involved with a program that fosters kitties for other families. Within six months, we'd adopted three and weren't allowed to be foster parents anymore. We have three lovely adult cats now - one of whom will very patiently sit with me while I watch football.
Yeah, they don't replace the old cats, but love is not a finite thing.
posted by Joey Michaels at 05:21 PM on February 08
They shouldn't have encouraged him to take PED's (if they did) and Cowherd also shouldn't have encouraged him to open his mouth in public again (which he did).
Schilling gets to got to the new Ty Cobb wing of the HoF, reserved for great players who absolutely deserve to be there for their game play, but who are total assholes.
posted by Joey Michaels at 03:31 PM on February 07
I lost both of my old cats this past year - an 18 year old and a 19 year old. Never cried so much in my life. Among the songs that wreck me when I hear them now is "Landslide." So, yeah, story of loving an animal + "Landslide" pretty much ruins me for the rest of the day.
posted by Joey Michaels at 02:41 PM on February 06
I don't mind Randy Moss being in the conversation for greatest receiver ever, provided the conversation is "Randy Moss is not the greatest received ever."
posted by Joey Michaels at 07:39 PM on January 30
"I never thought I'd admit that I believed a letter in Penthouse Forum was true and then admit to it in public, but..."
posted by Joey Michaels at 09:08 PM on January 18
FWIW, Bleacher Report's coverage of that Barkley moment.
posted by Joey Michaels at 09:08 PM on January 11
That is a sex act. I would describe it in detail, but this is a family website.
posted by Joey Michaels at 07:23 PM on January 09
Heh. The Dallas Stars owned that exchange so hard.
posted by Joey Michaels at 07:22 PM on January 09
You would think that the R*****s would have a great field. They hired an expert groundskeeper from a local golf course.
posted by Joey Michaels at 06:11 PM on January 09
I'm just going to make the joke about referring to Notre Dame as Deacon Blues right here,
posted by Joey Michaels at 09:53 PM on January 07
Brown is classless. That he did this at all shows that he is a lousy human being. That he would brag about it shows that he is also a stupid and cruel human being.
posted by Joey Michaels at 03:40 PM on December 27
...the temporary delay with the Mayan Apocalypse
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posted by Joey Michaels at 10:51 PM on December 22
rcade wins for comment of the year.
posted by Joey Michaels at 11:19 PM on December 20
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