You certainly have tried to cover yourselves. If I give stats then I'm manipulating them, if I don't then they don't exist. Reference 1. NRA website has story after story of verifiable sources who have indeed protected themselves with firearms. 2. A book that was written and is currently available but would require you to read for yourselves is "More Guns, Less Crime". Now if you chose not to read these sources that is entirely up to you but they verify what I have stated on here. I will not continue to argue this any further. It is not sports related and there is no point when it is clear you would not be persuaded whatever I present to you.
posted by Familyman at 02:50 PM on February 08
cjets, so you want the government to regulate guns so you won't have one to aim at someone and pull the trigger? I wouldn't trust you with a taser either, should we legislate that as well? Hugh Janus, the statistics are available, they just aren't going to be found in the mainstream media. You'll have to rely on yourself to do some research rather than just watching the news and thinking you've got all the facts.
posted by Familyman at 12:28 PM on February 08
Study the facts before claiming something is imaginary. If you do any research you would find the truth about the statistical data. It's not hard to find if you actually look for the truth rather than look for what you want to be true. zddoodah, I'm not asserting anything baldly, I have a full head of hair.
posted by Familyman at 10:42 AM on February 08
This happened 2 years ago which was before the Vick incident occurred. I would think at this point whether it is legal or not, most pro athletes would be wise enough to steer clear of this type of publicity. If this had happened recently I would see the baseball community being upset, but not when it occurred 2 years ago. I don't think anyone should be doing this kind of thing.
posted by Familyman at 09:02 AM on February 08
All of you anti-gun activists should think about the fact that this guy was going to break the law and actually did break the law. What makes you think another law would have bothered him anymore than the law against murder. I have the right to bear arms and I exercise that right, what right do you have to infringe upon my rights? For every case of some psycho threatening to kill a bunch of people there are hundreds of cases of people who protected themselves with firearms that the media do not report because it doesn't suit their political bias. My guess is with the security at the Superbowl, this guy would not have even come close to carrying out his threat.
posted by Familyman at 07:59 AM on February 08
It's not an option to go down field if your QB keeps getting knocked down before the receivers get down field. How many plays did Brady get before getting knocked on his butt? Quick short passes force teams out of blitzing, long passes when the defence is blitzing will get the QB sacked.
posted by Familyman at 09:39 AM on February 05
Being a "genuine" jerk doesn't make someone a better person.
posted by Familyman at 09:30 AM on February 05
After all his years coaching, why quit in the middle of the season? What would he tell one of his players about having enough character to not quit at halftime? Well I'm tired coach. Seems hypocritical to me.
posted by Familyman at 08:02 AM on February 05
I don't think it is intended to effect the outcome of the game nor do I think it will. I believe the timing is to get the attention of the commissioner.
posted by Familyman at 07:19 AM on February 03
It is clear that none of those who have posted here are experts on anti-trust law as it applies to sports. Maybe there is an anti-trust lawyer reading this that can clear it up for the laymen? It seems to me a Senior Member of the Judiciary Committee would know if it was a possible violation of the anti-trust law or not.
posted by Familyman at 04:34 PM on February 02
jmd82, if you saw my post as me being a homer and all you commented on was the part in bold, then you missed comments in the post that were far more outrageous than that.
posted by Familyman at 04:19 PM on February 02
This was indeed a genius Laker plot to steal Pau out of Memphis. They knew the only way they could do that would be to trade away Shaq and just lay in wait for their moment. It took years, but nobody saw it coming. Now they have a dynasty unlike any other ever built. If they don't win the championship this year the world will be shocked!! Sure hope they can make the playoffs.
posted by Familyman at 07:26 AM on February 02
I guess it's just hard for me to see how it's the NBA who is doing something wrong here. An employer pays his employees millions of dollars over a short career and then when they are no longer employed the employer is now obligated to make sure that they don't lose all the money they were paid? Name another company that does that and I might see where the NBA is not doing enough and I'll know where to send my resume.
posted by Familyman at 08:32 PM on January 31
amigo59, the NBA is dealing with adult males that aren't listening, what do you want them to do, become parents to these men? You give most men the type of money these guys are getting and I'll bet none of them will ask the NBA what they should do with the money they gave them.
posted by Familyman at 05:45 PM on January 31
Wasn't it the great economist Patrick Ewing who said something like "We make a lot, but we spend a lot too" when trying to explain why they were on strike? Unfortunately, most of these athletes have been told they can do what they want as they are growing up in the sports world. They are not going to be very open to anyone giving them advice that they can't do something. You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink.
posted by Familyman at 03:00 PM on January 31
Who is Jim Brown to tell Tiger what he should or shouldn't do, isn't he FREE to respond anyway he wants to?
posted by Familyman at 04:38 PM on January 24
Congratulations to the Chargers, they showed up and got it done.
posted by Familyman at 07:08 PM on January 13
Yea, with only 82 games to play in a season this 52 seconds should be replayed. Come this post season we'll all look back on this as the pivotal point in the season.
posted by Familyman at 07:20 PM on January 11
elijahin, by your logic, you believe cheating is OK as long as the cheating team wins. Give the team credit as I said, but why honor cheating? slackerman, the Pats did cheat this year.
posted by Familyman at 09:26 PM on January 03
a $500,000 personal fine, $250,000 fine for the team and the loss of a first-round pick in the upcoming draft after the Patriots were caught videotaping New York Jets coaches during the season opener. Sounds like Coach Of The Year material to me. Give the team credit for what they've done but why honor this?
posted by Familyman at 08:30 PM on January 03
I don't see any "inside" information other than he always found the time to look me squarely in the eye and say, "C'mon Ross, me and you, let's get a great snap first."Otherwise it's nothing anyone else hasn't already written.
posted by Familyman at 02:09 PM on January 03
Explain to me how budman13's comment was racist but yerfatma's wasn't. Not that I think either comment was appropriate, how can one be considered a joke and the other not? Oh, and congrats to the Pats regular season. I hope they lose their next game in the post season.
posted by Familyman at 02:14 PM on December 31
Had the cheating not occurred in the same year as they set the record it would be forgotten. Unfortunately for the Pats, the record and the cheating will forever be linked in the minds of most football fans. The record is not deserving of an asterisk (whatever that is suppose to do anyway) nor will it have any big impact on Tom or Bill. People will remember the season as the one with the cheating and the record.
posted by Familyman at 05:13 PM on December 26
Comment icon posted by B10 at 11:02 AM CST on December 26 I am not a Patriot fan. B10ís profile Favorite teams: Lions, Wings, Pistons, U of M, B10 Football, Miami Hurricanes football, Cleveland Browns, New Englad Patriots
posted by Familyman at 11:14 AM on December 26
dreams do sometimes come true, newenglander.
posted by Familyman at 12:22 PM on December 25
As a Colts fan, I have always given the Pats their due. They were a good rival and while you root against them you have to respect them for what they have accomplished. They have had a great year and they deserve credit for it. Assuming (as we should) that they can complete the perfect season, do they really deserve the respect of a team that didn't cheat to achieve the same accomplishment? The Pats lost my respect when they got caught cheating. They lost it even more when they took the attitude of "how dare anyone question us" even though they were caught. It shows a lack of character when someone gets caught cheating and then takes a holier than thou attitude. How about showing SOME remorse for what you've done. This perfect record will be tainted in most peoples mind, like it or not. Now the truly perfect season will be the Pats getting run out of the playoffs in the first round because they're tanked from running up the scores all year against weaker opponents. I doubt it but I don't think they will walk through the playoffs just because of the perfect regular season record.
posted by Familyman at 06:46 AM on December 25
Good commentary on the issue. I think these players should have stepped up and spoken out against this long ago but at least now that the elephant has been acknowledged, maybe they'll actually clean up baseball from all sides. Players, managers, owners and the commissioner. Those who have not been using do need to be acknowledged for their accomplishments while they were competing against cheaters. Whether records are taken away or not, fans should recognize the great accomplishment of those who didn't cheat and still were able to rise to the top.
posted by Familyman at 07:23 AM on December 20
Vick admitted to killing 6-8 dogs himself, he plead guilty to the CRIMES he was charged with, he was sentenced. The sentence is in line with the crime. Those who want to argue about how it compares to murdering someone, what do you think the sentence would have been if some no name off the street would have murdered someone? Probably more than 23 months don't ya' think? Also I'm willing to bet there will be people "rotting in hell" for lesser transgressions than what Vick did so the same logic should apply there, right? justgary didn't want to list the difference between hunting and what Vick did, I will give anyone a chance to educate themselves so here are the biggest ones; hunters don't electrocute, drown, nor torture the animals they hunt. The whole argument that there are worst things happening in the world is irrelevant and weak. Should burglars be free from punishment and ridicule because they didn't kill anything (like the families pet dog)? I bet there are people who would want them to "rot in hell" too. Using Vicks "roots" or "culture" as an excuse is also weak. Part of the "culture" of "da hood" is gang bangers killing each other, would that make it excusable if he was out doing drive bys?
posted by Familyman at 06:31 AM on December 11
yerfatma, why don't you answer the question and explain why they cheated? Ricardo, Reread what I posted. Either they needed to cheat or it is a habit. Unless someone else has other ideas as to why they cheated? Also, as I said, weak schedule is not the same as cheating. The Dolphins did finish their season beating teams in the playoffs with a combined 35-13 record which I wouldn't call weak. However, weak schedule is subjective, cheating is not. LionIndex, It was his habit to be dishonest.
posted by Familyman at 03:15 PM on November 07
Ying Yang Mafia, I saw your previous comments, just thought you might figure out your flawed logic on your own. So let me help you through this. If the Patriots didn't need to cheat then why did they? They evidently didn't think they could beat the Jets without cheating or they just cheat so much that it was a habit that they use all the time. If you have other explanations as to why they cheated then please make them clear.
posted by Familyman at 02:49 PM on November 07
This is what is so wrong about this situation. The Patriots cheated and it was proven, yet if it gets pointed out then the one pointing it out is the bad guy. If the Patriots are so good, why did they feel they had to cheat? A weak schedule is not the same as cheating! For those of us who are old enough to remember, the Dolphins didn't have an easy schedule.
posted by Familyman at 01:57 PM on November 07
Look at the records of the teams they have played. Also if you cheat in a game and you win that game you cheated to win that game, which is part of this undefeated record. Hence, Cheated to be Undefeated.
posted by Familyman at 02:43 PM on November 04
I know there are a lot out there that want to give New England the Championship and an undefeated season but let's go ahead and play the games. Just for fun!! Let's also be honest in saying that the majority of New Englands numbers have come against teams that aren't at the top of the league. This is really the first team that New England is playing that will show if they're really good or if they've just been able to beat up really bad on bad teams. This should be a close game either way. If either team blows the other one out, then go ahead and start talking about undefeated Super Bowl Champs. If it is a close game then enjoy the game but it is just a regular season game. Yes, I'm a Colts fan so there is bias on my part. However, I don't think this game will catapult the Colts to an undefeated season, they have a tuff schedule. I do think if they win this game they will build towards being the Super Bowl Champs again. The Colts didn't cheat to win their 1st game this year either. Had to throw that in just in case people were starting to forget that NE cheated to be undefeated to this point. That was one of the games where they beat the point spread!
posted by Familyman at 07:17 AM on November 04
What are the Reids supposed to do with their grown sons? Strip search them every time they come into the house to make sure they don't have anything on them? Search their rooms regularly? Throw them out on the streets? Yes!! All of the above in the order listed!! blame them for the presence of drugs and weapons in their house seems counter-productive. I have children and if they brought drugs and weapons into my house then I would expect to be blamed for it since it is my house.
posted by Familyman at 02:21 PM on November 02
The fans may have just been applying simple psychology to Kobe. Booing bad behavior (being a jerk and malcontent) and chanting good things for good behavior (scoring points). That's a pretty simple message but I bet he doesn't get it either.
posted by Familyman at 03:07 PM on October 31
I don't care if the ref's go to casinos or bet on the lottery but this response by the commissioner makes no sense. A ref was caught betting on games, so they investigate all the ref's and find out 50% are breaking the current rules, so the commissioner laxes the rules on gambling by ref's? Man, could you imagine working for someone like that!! Someone doesn't come in to work and so the boss investigates and finds out 50% of the employees are only working half the day so he decides everyone should only work half days and that will keep them from not coming in to work.
posted by Familyman at 05:07 PM on October 26
I'm thinking that congress ought to pass an amendment to the constitution that requires all politicians to declare publicly what team they will be rooting for prior to the start of the season or they can't make any public statements about the sport. If they make a public statement about a sport they have not declared an allegiance in then they should immediately be impeached and removed from office. They should also dedicate 1 of the debates to sports. At least then we would have some useful information on who to vote for in upcoming elections.
posted by Familyman at 07:52 AM on October 26
I don't like the timeout after the kick either. The coaches are calling the timeout at a time when they know the ball will already be kicked by the kicker. I don't think they should get a timeout if the ball gets snapped before the refs stop the play. I know it's not against the rules but it seems like it shouldn't be allowed if the kick is going to be away before anyone but the coach and one ref know there was a timeout.
posted by Familyman at 09:08 AM on October 09
That has to be one of the most ignorant articles written by a Bonds apologist that I have ever seen. Has something change about the DiMaggio record since back in the 40's to make this story newsworthy? Is there some new information that would cause this story to come to the surface? No and No. So why was this record that was set over 65 years age suddenly a story on Oct. 7th 2007? *The only asterisk needs to go next to the article and not count it as a story.*
posted by Familyman at 06:20 AM on October 08
now celebrate him as a patriotic icon who smashes the stereotype of the weak and diminutive Chinese and shows how China can compete against the best in the world... He wasn't all that when he came into the league, he got that way by showing up to practice so he could compete with the best in the world. He's a basketball player 1st, a celebrity 2nd, take care of basketball 1st then do the celebrity thing. I'm sure the Rockets will let him set up a payment plan so he can afford that huge fine on his little salary. He'll have to skimp a bit but he chose to make the sacrifice. I wonder if the company I work for would get hammered for bad PR if I told them I won't be in for a few days cause I'm going to China for the Special Olympics Opening Ceremony and they told me that I wouldn't get paid while I was gone.
posted by Familyman at 11:14 AM on October 04
I was glad to see Isiah leave Indy when he did. Now maybe some of the people who thought it was a mistake to let such a great guy go will see more clearly. Although, he may have fit in well with the Pacers, considering the last couple of years with their thug behavior. The most telling thing about this lawsuit though is that the organization tried to sweep this under the rug rather than take the opportunity to get rid of him. Was Isiah really so valuable to them that they had to cover for him? I look at what he's done for (to) the Knicks and think they should be looking for any reason they can find to send him packing. Instead they sign an $11.6 million check for him. Can the NBA slip any lower? Unfortunately they probably will!!
posted by Familyman at 06:24 AM on October 03
among 2,392 U.S. adults, of whom 1,182 follow professional football. Less than half the people in the poll even follow football so what does the poll really mean. The teams are being ranked by who markets more effectively or more often.
posted by Familyman at 11:38 PM on October 02
Cycling is killing itself with these processes. Yes people are using illegal substances. There's just no way with the current system to know who is and who isn't. They sabotage the results so much that you have to wonder if they are framing the guilty. There's just no way to know if they are planting the evidence, or if it was really there, or if it was really there and they are planting it. They have zero credibility.
posted by Familyman at 09:31 AM on September 21
What kind of sports fan is not out to exploit these overpaid spoiled athletes when they get a chance? It's actually kind of sad that this is the exception and not the standard. Real class, good for this guy, the player and the organization.
posted by Familyman at 06:00 AM on September 17
Familyman post from May 23rd, Being from Indiana, I saw a lot of Oden playing. He is already prone to injury and fatigues easily, No one should be surprised. I think he's a good kid but I don't think his body is durable enough for the NBA. Because of his height and skills he hasn't had to be in great shape and unless he decides to make conditioning a priority he will keep having these injuries cause he is going to be getting knocked around by guys that are stronger than he is every night for 82 games. Knee problems this early in his career are not a good sign for a big man.
posted by Familyman at 02:12 PM on September 13
I would think the first thing the NFL should do is have NE forfeit the game they cheated to win. The next thing should be to kick everyone out of the league that was involved. That may seem harsh to some but think about how much thought and effort was put into cheating like this. A whole group of people had to participate w/o anyone having enough ethics to say "Hey, isn't this cheating?"
posted by Familyman at 09:51 AM on September 12
tahoemoj, I think the steroid problem is a national issue because we are going to start seeing kids needing to use them to keep up with their competition. For years steroids have been getting a nod and a wink from all the sports. While some have done better at controlling it than others, the fact remains it is widespread in the sporting world. If they would clean it up themselves then it wouldn't be a problem. Think about the business side of sports. NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB and "WWE", how much money do you think those sports control. Each one of them is a major corporation by themselves. When you combine them and then see how they influence society then you can see the need for intervention. This industry is "asking" it's employees to use illegal drugs to increase productivity (Higher ratings and revenue). What if this was the factory down the street, would that still seem unimportant?
posted by Familyman at 08:27 AM on September 01
robi8259, I don't think it will BITE him when it comes to ballet time for HOF since he was not even close to getting there in the first place.
posted by Familyman at 07:38 AM on August 21
The numbers in the article don't really show a glaring problem. What I assume will start coming out of the investigation is the stats about the games that Donaghy and his co-conspirators bet on. I also think there is a bigger problem when Stern knows about an investigation into a ref fixing games and he allows that ref to keep officiating games. How do you justify that? David Stern said in a statement: "... to take the necessary steps to protect against this ever happening again." What steps were taken in January to keep this from ever happening again?
posted by Familyman at 10:46 AM on July 24
The NBA has slowly been slipping more into the entertainment realm than the sports realm. They just took a giant leap in that direction. I guess the best spin the NBA can put on it, is that it's an isolated incident. That's a little bit of a hard sell when the guy has been a ref. for 13 seasons and 700 plus games. We now have to give the conspiracy theorist a little bit of credibility, they may have a proven case.
posted by Familyman at 05:06 PM on July 20
Let's clear some things up. 1. Innocent until proven guilty only applies to our justice system, not sportsboards. I think he's guilty of some horrendous crimes. Before he was indicted, there were people posting "he hasn't even been indicted yet." Now he has, some of us are just ahead of the curve. 2. Torturing a dog and then killing it, is not euthanizing it. 3. It's not about a race conspiracy. If you don't own houses where there are illegal activities going on then you make it a lot harder for the government to form this "conspiracy" against you. If you're black when you commit a crime then they will be indicting a black man when they prosecute the criminal.
posted by Familyman at 08:06 AM on July 18
Leaked testimony, legal or illegal, is still testimony. Everyone knows that "I can neither confirm or deny" is code for confirming something. I just wish Bonds would hit the home runs needed to confirm he has the record so he can become irrelevant.
posted by Familyman at 04:02 PM on July 17
Barry Bonds is black? He's taking steroids? He's going to break the home run record? People don't like him? Are there anymore breaking stories?
posted by Familyman at 07:42 AM on July 17
bdaddy, thank you for clarify the point that I seemed unable to communicate, even though it seems you understood it perfectly, so maybe it wasn't my ability to communicate at all? Although I've been exonerated from the charge of "bigot-sounding" and ignorant redneckedness I still do not believe I will be fully rehabilitated until I join a soccer riot. PC Disclaimer, not all soccer fans are to be grouped with the above soccer riot comment, any similarity is strictly coincidental.
posted by Familyman at 05:16 PM on July 05
Typical ignorant redneck ranting! Comment icon posted by acelp99 at 12:31 PM CDT on July 5 It's good to see if all else fails we can still fall back on name calling. Maybe you meant to address this to acelp99? Before you make such bigot-sounding remarks, Comment icon posted by PublicUrinal at 1:11 PM CDT on July 5
posted by Familyman at 01:28 PM on July 05
PublicUrinal, exactly my point. South America has not even put together a team worthy of even being invited so should the U.S. feel even more disrespected? At least the U.S. put together a team worthy of being invited. But let's not forget my main point, nobody in the U.S. is going to lose sleep over this supposed embarrassment.
posted by Familyman at 11:21 AM on July 05
I must have missed something in the story. Where is the part about the U.S. embarrassing itself off the field? A bunch of whining about something nobody cares about. I guess the U.S. should feel disrespected because no South American team showed up for the NFL, MLB or NBA playoffs.
posted by Familyman at 09:32 AM on July 05
Maybe, in a story that is about both the Magic and Sonics, they should have said "former Center for the Magic and the Sonics, Patrick Ewing, who also had once played for the Knicks has joined the Orlando coaching staff."
posted by Familyman at 02:01 PM on July 03
By the way I never made the argument that the average worker had to stick with a company for a number of years in order to receive benefits.
posted by Familyman at 07:10 PM on June 27
Again, a socialistic view. Medicaid another governmental agency is the only other viable alternative? How about they get their own health insurance and that covers it. No, that would put responsibility on the people who should be responsible for their own decisions. Why is the owners enrichment "unjust" but the players enrichment is an entitlement? Best solution yet. Why don't all the sports fans who are the driving force behind this carnage just pay enough for their tickets to cover the cost of supporting these guys for life. Then see just how sympathetic everyone is towards these former players.
posted by Familyman at 07:07 PM on June 27
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