US Advances to Women's Hockey Hey, Get The Fuck Back Here.
posted by Joey Michaels at 08:32 PM on February 18
I'm working on a joke where Greg Maddux is The Joker to Derek Jetter's Batman but it might take a while.
posted by Joey Michaels at 05:47 AM on February 13
Hate the Yankees, love Jeter. Its been a conundrum for years. I felt the same way about Joe Torre. The Yankees are going to need to find a new "classiest dude in baseball" so I can continue this internal struggle for another decade.
posted by Joey Michaels at 04:17 PM on February 12
Basically Kroenke is this guy.
posted by Joey Michaels at 07:59 PM on February 06
Here's hoping St. Louis collectively says "Fuck that guy - let him move to L.A."
posted by Joey Michaels at 07:57 PM on February 06
My friend who was melting down over the Broncos managed to get himself kicked out of a college class by picking a verbal Superbowl related fight that quickly escalated to terroristic threatening of his professor. Amazing.
I love my teams, but I don't know that I've ever gotten so upset with them that I've yelled at other people about it.
posted by Joey Michaels at 09:01 PM on February 05
I thought Joe Namath looked more like an old-timey 1910's college freshman. Get that man a cone that says "state" on the side for him to shout into and he's ready for the 1918 Rose Bowl.
posted by Joey Michaels at 08:10 PM on February 03
Continuing the saga of my crushed friend - he's taken to referring to them as the Cheathawks, insisting they all use PEDs and demanding jail time for "that thug" Richard Sherman.
I've been reading a ton of stuff about the Superbowl and the Seahawks this week and I'm not finding anything that supports the idea that they've been cheats. Am I missing something or is this just the sourest of grapes?
posted by Joey Michaels at 05:05 PM on February 03
Ask him what he thought of the Coke commercial.
He is offended that patriotism and multiculturalism were used as tools to sell corn-syrup. All right, maybe he's only partially around the bend.
posted by Joey Michaels at 03:33 PM on February 03
I've been witnessing a Broncos fan friend of mine go through what I can only term an epic Facebook flame out over the loss. He went from being furious at Peyton, to the whole team, to the city of Denver, to the state of Colorado, to the NFL, to all sports, and is now hoping all of his happily married friends get divorced so he doesn't have to see updates about happy couples, babies and love. In that same recent update, he's talking about quitting Facebook forever because its brought him nothing but pain and anguish ("like being a Denver fan") and is arguing that people getting married leads both to the loss of their ability to dream and, specifically, the inability of the Broncos to win yesterday.
Yes, I've already sent him a message suggesting he take a break from Facebook and, perhaps, seek some sort of therapy.
posted by Joey Michaels at 02:19 PM on February 03
Karl Rove is on FOX saying that the Broncos can still win.
posted by Joey Michaels at 05:04 AM on February 03
The Curse of the Bam-Tebow.
posted by Joey Michaels at 09:01 PM on February 02
I didn't think the Pats would get this far. Its funny, the Pats fan areas online that I frequent had a congratulatory air even after the loss - most of the chatter seemed to be "wow, great job getting as far a you did, guys."
Don't get me wrong, I was disappointed they lost, but I also felt like they lost to the better team. That salves the pain a bit.
posted by Joey Michaels at 06:49 PM on January 21
A-Rod's lawyer hints at Ortiz' PED use
Every time I start to sympathize with A-Rod even a little, shit like this happens and makes me feel like an asshole for sympathizing with him.
That said, despite my eternal dislike for the guy and belief that he probably did use PEDs, I still think he was railroaded by MLB. Fuck MLB for making me side with A-Rod on anything.
posted by Joey Michaels at 02:59 PM on January 15
Yeah, the figure skating thing has been blowing up on my FB feed for a week. Total BS that Nagasu wasn't selected here.
posted by Joey Michaels at 08:23 PM on January 14
I am more and more of the belief that Belichick and Brady could win games with a team held together by spit and rubber bands.
posted by Joey Michaels at 01:38 AM on January 12
Maddux receives 555 votes... just 111 votes off from... well, you can add.
111, of course, being the documented number of victims.
posted by Joey Michaels at 06:57 PM on January 08
Good for Gurnick. We all know the only reason that most HOF voters are making Maddux a first ballot pick is because they know what will happen to them if they don't.
posted by Joey Michaels at 03:02 PM on January 07
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
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