Recent Comments by Joey Michaels

Cubs Win World Series

Congratulations to the Cubs and their fans. Also Theo Epstein? Put that dude in the HoF.

posted by Joey Michaels at 01:03 AM on November 03

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

A human can be an inspiring, giving figure to people they support and still be an asshole to everyone else. I admire Schilling as an athlete and still think he's a shit businessman and human being. Heck, most awful (and awfully) wealthy people have a few pet projects that they champion that serve the common good. That doesn't make them saints.

posted by Joey Michaels at 04:48 PM on October 23

Cubs Beat Dodgers, Head to the World Series for the First Time in 70 Years

Sincere congratulations to long suffering Cuba fans. Theo Epstein deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.

posted by Joey Michaels at 11:44 PM on October 22

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Except for Richie Incognito

That is wonderfully ironic.

posted by Joey Michaels at 08:58 PM on October 06

Marlins Pitcher Jose Fernandez Dies in Boating Accident

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posted by Joey Michaels at 09:08 PM on September 25

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I'm a little surprised that there hasn't been an ocean of "SEE BRADY WAS NEVER THAT GOOD" think pieces since the Patriots 3-0 start. They would be incorrect and based on BS, but that's the sort of sorry excuse for stories I've come to expect.

posted by Joey Michaels at 01:03 PM on September 23

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Japan's Risako Kawai demonstrates the proper way to celebrate Olympic wrestling gold.

posted by Joey Michaels at 04:44 PM on August 19

LeBron James Wants to Own an NBA Team

Good for James. I hope he does.

posted by Joey Michaels at 06:34 PM on August 18

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I came by specifically to share that picture. How badass is that? That is so badass.

posted by Joey Michaels at 04:41 PM on August 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I'm voting for Bolt G.O.A.T. track and field.

posted by Joey Michaels at 05:08 AM on August 15

Legendary University of Tennessee Basketball Coach Pat Summitt passes away at age 64.

She's one of the greatest basketball coaches of all time. I wasuspect very sorry to see her retire and am so sad for her family, friends and teams.

posted by Joey Michaels at 08:36 PM on June 28

Texas City Will Build $62.8 Million High School Football Stadium

At least it won't be like the Olympic facilities in Sarajevo.

That is some first class shade throwing there - that's like saying "at least it won't be like the Titanic" or "at least it won't be like Chernobyl."

The rest of your comment is also 100% accurate and true based on my experience with school boards, too.

posted by Joey Michaels at 06:52 PM on May 10

Baseball Hall of Fame adds "The Kid" and the catcher in 2016.

How I'll remember Mike Piazza.

posted by Joey Michaels at 08:46 PM on January 06

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Either Coughlin just has Belichek's number or Mr. Hoodie deliberately plays it close with the Giants (especially when they're having a bad season) to annoy the hapless Jets.

posted by Joey Michaels at 07:06 PM on November 16

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

This is Why NFL Star Greg Hardy Was Arrested For Assaulting His Ex-Girlfriend.

posted by Joey Michaels at 07:55 PM on November 06

New York Mets Back in the World Series

My Dad is a huge fan of the Mets and he's thrilled, so I'm thrilled. That said, wow I'd love to see a Cubs World Series.

posted by Joey Michaels at 06:09 PM on October 22

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I feel like I'm letting my father down unless I write "How about them Mets?"

posted by Joey Michaels at 08:46 PM on October 16

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Headline is NSFW, but check out these videos of Robert Lewandowski scoring 5 goals in 9 minutes for Bayern Munich. The last one in particular is gorgeous.

posted by Joey Michaels at 09:28 PM on September 22

Teammate Sucker Punches Geno Smith, Breaks His Jaw

This is maybe the most Jets story ever.

posted by Joey Michaels at 04:47 PM on August 11

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Cubs toss out personalized bricks from fans.

posted by Joey Michaels at 07:13 PM on May 19

NFL Announces Punishment for Patriots' Deflated Balls

I hope Greg Maddux never learns you compared him to The Patriots. The consequences could be dire for all of us.

posted by Joey Michaels at 08:36 PM on May 14

NFL Announces Punishment for Patriots' Deflated Balls

Fine the Patriots $1,000,000.

Cut Brady for four games. Brady makes $925,000 a game. Four games is $3,700,000.

Net Savings to Patriots: $2,700,000.

posted by Joey Michaels at 07:25 PM on May 12

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Oh I see the problem. Mayweather hits who he should hug and hugs who he should hit.

posted by Joey Michaels at 06:15 AM on May 03

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

No contemporary Yankees on the list. I would think there would be at least some top 4 love for Mariano Rivera or even maybe recent sentimental favorite Jetter. Rivera may have been the greatest relief pitcher ever (though I don't have the stats to prove that).

posted by Joey Michaels at 10:14 PM on April 23

Remaining conviction against Barry Bonds is overturned.

Surely this...

posted by Joey Michaels at 06:23 PM on April 23

DeflateGate Accusations Mean It's Time For Coach and Owner To Be Banned From NFL

Well, he's making a rhetorical point more than literally calling for them to be banned, but let's all agree that its time for Roger Goodell to be banned.

posted by Joey Michaels at 07:22 PM on February 05

Patriots Win Super Bowl 0x31 After Epic Last-Second Interception

Have the goal posts been moved so far that now we're having a "whose better Montana or Brady" conversation instead of the "Manning or Brady" conversation? Did this win decisively lead our world to agree that Brady wins the latter conversation? Because I see almost no talk about Manning this week...

(which is a shame, because he's still one of the finest quarterbacks we'll see in our lifetimes)

posted by Joey Michaels at 05:13 PM on February 03

Patriots Win Super Bowl 0x31 After Epic Last-Second Interception

The third loss was in the Super bowl of the public's heart.

posted by Joey Michaels at 12:57 PM on February 02

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

If the NFL knew the Patriots were doing this months ago and didn't do anything about it, they were either fine with it or are (through inaction) encouraging it. Once again, it makes the entire organization look like its led by ham eating ass clowns.

I started this season ready to quit following the NFL and only started getting into the season because the Patriots looked like they were going to be contenders. I'm so disgusted with this ball situation that its made me regret not just giving up on the whole sport in September.

Not that my minor fan-ship matters to the NFL, but after the Superbowl this year, I'm going to really, seriously try and be done this time. A pox on all of them.

posted by Joey Michaels at 04:55 PM on January 22

Patriots crush Colts in the rain

Seattle is the face, New England is the heal. Football moves one step closer to pro wrestling.

posted by Joey Michaels at 12:55 PM on January 20

ESPN Anchor Stuart Scott Dies

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posted by Joey Michaels at 04:09 PM on January 06

Can True Sports Fans Switch to a New Favorite Team?

I grew up in New England but I live in Hawaii, so its really not necessary for me to change any team allegiances. There's not a "regional team" in any sport here.

That said, I love the Patriots because my grandfather loved the Patriots and I loved him. I love the Patriots because my dad loves the Jets and I love him.

I think you all can understand.

posted by Joey Michaels at 07:22 PM on December 18

Wage Lawsuit by Bills Cheerleaders Details Appalling Treatment

From the NYT article:

Cash-flow problems have nothing to do with it. Terry and Kim Pegula, who made their fortune in fracking, recently purchased the Bills for $1.4 billion. That is the highest price yet paid for a league franchise.

The Pegulas are big donors to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. New York State contributed tens of millions to rehabilitate the team's stadium before the Pegulas took over. Now there is pressure for the state to fork over for a new stadium. No doubt I am unfair to place these facts in the same paragraph.

Faced with the lawsuit, the Bills disbanded the Jills for this season. A team spokesman emailed me that the Bills appreciated this "ancillary service" provided by "third-party vendors." Its statement complained of "allegations" that "attempt to give the impression that our organization employs cheerleaders."

Impressions can be so unfair. The Bills, however, might not have helped their case much by keeping the Jills' calendar-release video on the team website. The case is now before Justice Timothy Drury of State Supreme Court, and no trial date has been set. But the judge has ruled that the team set the terms and approved contracts for the Jills. "These facts are further indication of the control the Bills exercised over the Jills," he wrote.

Christ, what a bunch of assholes. I'd ask how they sleep at night, but I'm afraid the answer would be "deeply and soundly as only genuine monsters can."

posted by Joey Michaels at 08:11 PM on December 11

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Of course, of course.

posted by Joey Michaels at 12:20 AM on November 17

Royals Advance to First World Series Since 1985

If it can't be the Red Sox, I'm happy to see a small market team that hasn't made it to WS for decades there. I agree, a Royals-Pirates match up would have let me relive my youth.

posted by Joey Michaels at 06:54 PM on October 16

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

That checkerboard indeed rocks.

posted by Joey Michaels at 03:32 PM on October 06

Keyon Dooling's Secret

Powerful article and worth reading.

posted by Joey Michaels at 03:17 AM on October 06

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

New Gatorade commercial for Derek Jeter's retirement.

Is it dusty in here or what? Something in my eye...

posted by Joey Michaels at 06:01 PM on September 18

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Arguably, the stupidest thing about the Winston situation is that he was participating in an artificially created meme. I mean, they're all artificially created, but this one is an attempt at creating a meme and forcing it to spread despite the fact that its totally stupid and nobody but idiots want to spread it.

posted by Joey Michaels at 03:26 PM on September 17

Vikings' Adrian Peterson Indicted for Child Injury

Basically never mind. Deleted this comment because I read a key element of the story wrong. I thought he'd beaten somebody else's kid.

posted by Joey Michaels at 06:02 PM on September 14

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

If you're interested in statistics from the U.S. Department of Justice, this PDF might be useful.

posted by Joey Michaels at 06:34 PM on September 11

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

hincandenza: You recognized you were a lone wolf, you stated that at least one of your opinions would be an unpopular opinion and then you're disappointed when people vociferously disagree with you?

Seriously, what reaction were you hoping for?

posted by Joey Michaels at 08:57 PM on September 10

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

I love football. I love watching it, I love pouring over stupid stats, I love reading expansive and florid description of great games past and present. The last couple of years have made me feel bad about loving it - like I'm supporting brain damage, spousal abuse, animal abuse, etc when I'm watching. This two game suspension to indefinite ban thing has knocked the last bit of wind out of me. Yesterday was not a bad opening day, but I think I might take the next few Sundays off. I don't imagine I'm the only person feeling this way.

That's going to be Goodell's legacy, I think. Fans walking away - maybe not forever, but for a while.

posted by Joey Michaels at 05:52 PM on September 08

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

"Mr. Rice, we saw the video and what you did was terrible, but as long a it doesn't go public, we'll only suspend you for two games because the crime of knocking out your girlfriend is pretty bad, but not that bad. If it does go public, we'll have to suspend you indefinitely for the much more heinous crime of generating bad PR for Football."

I imagine it went down something like that.

posted by Joey Michaels at 03:58 PM on September 08

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Bengals Bring Back Still To Help Him Pay For Daughter's Cancer Treatment

posted by Joey Michaels at 06:03 PM on September 05

Dallas Cowboys to Sign Michael Sam After Physical

I've hated Dallas since the 70's. But in the spirit of dropping old prejudices, I'll do my best to just hate Jerry Jones.

posted by Joey Michaels at 08:50 PM on September 02

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I love the vine NoMich shared.

posted by Joey Michaels at 06:49 PM on September 02

St. Louis Rams Release Michael Sam

Dallas...

posted by Joey Michaels at 06:48 PM on September 02

Dallas Cowboys to Sign Michael Sam After Physical

You don't have to like them, but its ok to begrudgingly admit you're happy Sam gets to be on a practice squad.

posted by Joey Michaels at 06:47 PM on September 02

St. Louis Rams Release Michael Sam

I was sorry to see him cut because I like his story, but I don't think this was a bad cut on St. Louis' part. He's a very strong player, but not necessarily stronger than anyone they kept.

posted by Joey Michaels at 06:03 PM on September 02

University of Minnesota Not Thrilled to Host Slurskins

Eventually, a breaking point will be hit and the name will be changed. I'm going to predict in two years, the team will have a different name.

posted by Joey Michaels at 06:02 PM on September 02

Yours Truly, Dr. Z.

A powerful, moving portrait of a man who doesn't want your pity, but deserves your respect.

Dr. Z was my favorite sports journalist, hands down. Far from feeling pity, I feel nothing but admiration for how he's handling this dreadful thing.

posted by Joey Michaels at 07:01 PM on August 17

New Zealand Wins Nude Rugby Match Over England

There's that whole sequence in The Incredibles where you learn why a superhero shouldn't wear a cape. I kept thinking about something like that while watching the video and cringing.

posted by Joey Michaels at 10:27 PM on June 19

USPTO Cancels Redskins Trademarks

Yeah, I would cheer for The Americans with no changes.

posted by Joey Michaels at 08:55 PM on June 19

Don Zimmer was truly a baseball man

I remember vividly having a Don Zimmer baseball card as a kid in the 70's and thinking "wow, you can be pretty old and still play baseball."

The concept of manager didn't really register with me until a few years later.

Anyhow, one of Baseball's icons. How wonderful to get to spend your whole life doing what you love. Well done, sir, well done.

posted by Joey Michaels at 06:43 PM on June 05

Yankees' Pineda Ejected for Pine Tar on Neck

I have no problem with him using pine tar even if its against the rules, but after the last time you'd think he'd be a little more careful about it. He deserves to be caught in this case.

I mean, yes yes, they always deserve to be caught if they're breaking the rules, but when they're lazy about it, they earn the ejection.

posted by Joey Michaels at 10:23 PM on April 23

Secret Service Once Threatened to Kill Mr. Met

Well, I mean, to be fair, who hasn't threatened to kill Mr. Met?

posted by Joey Michaels at 06:39 PM on April 17

Was Michael Pineda caught cheating

Agreed with yerfatma's agreement with Leitch. The only one making a big deal out of this is the media.

posted by Joey Michaels at 06:03 PM on April 11

UConn Wins National Championship

My fellow SpoFi members, since the turn of the century, my favorite teams have been doing very, very well. The Red Sox, the Patriots and the UConn men and (just now) women have won their championships several times each. I am never, ever allowed to complain about how any of my teams are doing again. I will, but I'm not allowed to do it and deserve whatever shit I get when I do.

Link me here the next time I whine.

posted by Joey Michaels at 10:52 PM on April 08

UConn Wins National Championship

That sounds like the kind of UCONN fan I know.

posted by Joey Michaels at 01:27 PM on April 08