Received in my email yesterday (thanks, dad - forwarded from a friend of his)...
THE VATICAN RAG
The Conclave of Cardinals may sound like a nickname for the St. Louis bullpen but it's actually the voting body that elected a new Pope (Francis I) to head the Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday evening. The conclave met to elect a replacement after Pope Benedict XVI resigned at the end of last month. Strangely enough, it takes a smaller percentage of Cardinals to elect a Pope (66 percent or 77 of the 115 electors) than it does to elect a player to Baseball's Hall of Fame (75 percent of the 563 eligible members of the BBWAA). Benedict XVI was the 11th Pope to have led the Church since Major League Baseball was founded in 1876. During Benedict's tenure of seven years and 315 days (2005-2013), Albert Pujols led all major-leaguers with 312 home runs. Barry Bonds holds the record for most homers hit during one Pope's reign, having clubbed 703 while Pope John Paul II led the Catholic faithful from 1978 to 2005. Below are the major-league home run leaders during each of the tenures of the 11 Popes who preceded Francis I:
Pope (Reign) Player HRs
Pius IX (1846-1876) Charley Jones 6
Leo XIII (1878-1903) Roger Connor 138
Pius X (1903-1914) Frank Schulte 73
Benedict XV (1914-1922) Babe Ruth 162
Pius XI (1922-1939) Babe Ruth 552
Pius XII (1939-1958) Ted Williams 482
John XXIII (1958-1963) Hank Aaron 174
Harmon Killebrew 174
Paul VI (1963-1978) Hank Aaron 437
John Paul I (1978) Jim Rice 13
John Paul II (1978-2005) Barry Bonds 703
Benedict XVI (2005-2013) Albert Pujols 312
Copyright 2013, Sports Features Group
posted by kokaku at 11:07 AM on March 19
I feel like I need annotations to comprehend that comment
posted by kokaku at 08:43 AM on January 23
Strange that they didn't rise to a similar anger during the Bush admin.
posted by kokaku at 09:24 AM on January 17
posted by kokaku at 01:04 PM on January 10
Maybe they're figuring on reaching an agreement, skipping the season and having teams draw straws for the playoffs.
posted by kokaku at 12:24 PM on January 04
Also, HC Pat Schmurr and GM Tom Heckert of the Browns.
Maybe not official yet, but looks like HC Norv Turner and GM A.J. Smith of the Chargers are on their way out.
I cannot believe Rex Ryan keeps his job. Is that for lack of alternatives?
(though it seems there must be plenty of folks looking for jobs right now)
posted by kokaku at 12:33 PM on December 31
In NHL news, league makes new offer. Also, Long live the Kings.
posted by kokaku at 12:17 PM on December 28
1 year, $12m? It's good to be Youk.
posted by kokaku at 10:57 AM on December 12
NFL has lots of regional rivalries thanks to the scheduling. I'd vote Manning(s) v Brady.
posted by kokaku at 01:14 PM on December 10
So, as a Pats fan, I need to root for Denver based on the schoolyard logic that NE beat Denver beat Baltimore beat NE, thus is all cancels out? (since I'm expecting NE to drop at least one of the Houston-SF pair) I can live with that.
posted by kokaku at 08:08 PM on December 03
And yet head-to-head is first in all the tie breaking procedures. Is everyone using the same broken sorting algorithm? Unless this is because of a 3-way tie changing things.
posted by kokaku at 01:24 PM on December 03
Why is NE the #2 seed and Baltimore #3 when Baltimore beat NE in week 3?
posted by kokaku at 12:51 PM on December 03
This was a few days ago but I don't think it got posted
2007 v 2012 Patriots
posted by kokaku at 11:02 AM on November 26
That Sanchez fumble and the resulting TD return deserves Yakety Sax.
posted by kokaku at 01:11 AM on November 23
From Peter King
Coaches have 45 active players each game. They don't have a "second team'' of the point-after-try unit. The PAT is one of the most risk-free plays in football. Rodney Harrison, the former Patriots safety now in the NBC studio with me on Sunday nights, didn't get taken off the kickoff team in routs. And Tony Dungy, who coached the Colts and Bucs, told me: "Jeff Saturday was my right guard on the PAT team, and I'd never think of taking him off. All my years in football, I never heard anyone, never heard Chuck Noll saying, 'Well, we better get Jack Ham off the PAT team.' It's not something I'd question.
posted by kokaku at 01:15 PM on November 19
@Etrigan - since they'd switched to the Browns/Cowboys after the Jets/Rams game had ended (the NYC early game), I figured they weren't committed to sticking with it - apparently they were (or just made a strange choice as to what fans might want to watch).
posted by kokaku at 06:49 PM on November 18
I'd like to thank the CBS for sticking with the playoff irrelevant Browns/Cowboys OT rather than switching to the Patriots/Colts game that was shifted to the afternoon for wider national coverage (on the East coast at least).
posted by kokaku at 04:47 PM on November 18
Apprently, ESPN is simulating the NHL season. Problem solved - give Bettman a vacation.
posted by kokaku at 07:59 PM on November 17
Hockey won't die for sure (college hockey and international hockey should step in to fill the gap) but the NHL is really misunderstanding the world if they think people aren't going to give their time and money to other entertainments rather than return to the NHL.
posted by kokaku at 03:48 PM on November 16
Looking grim for the NHL - hope the owners realize that they're likely to kill the league with this one
posted by kokaku at 11:38 AM on November 16
On Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs
posted by kokaku at 03:42 PM on November 02
Yellow bracelets are really popular (did they spawn the whole rubber bracelet thing?) and Livestrong is a big mover and shaker in the cancer fund-raising world. Having the face of Livestrong step down is fairly big deal to the non-sports audience for that reason, no?
posted by kokaku at 05:20 PM on October 17
Armstrong dropped by Nike, quits Livestrong
posted by kokaku at 09:23 AM on October 17
In yerfatma's defense, I did name the link a little cryptically.
posted by kokaku at 06:21 PM on October 09
How to hurry-up
posted by kokaku at 09:22 AM on October 09
Pats were surprisingly dominant on D. For example, the fumbles were definitely forced more than dropped - like this beautiful pass/catch/punch-out.
posted by kokaku at 10:14 AM on October 08
Lucchino should go too
posted by kokaku at 09:43 AM on October 05
Perfect end to the Sox season: give hope for just a teeny bit of joy, add to the hope with another run in the top of the 9th, snatch the hope away but not completely - they could still win in extra innings, nail the coffin shut. There's going to be some long years of rebuilding for that lot.
posted by kokaku at 03:55 AM on October 03
From the NYT
Under the terms of the deal, pensions will remain in place for current officials through the 2016 season. New officials will get a 401(k) instead. The average official's salary will rise to $173,000 in 2013 from 149,000 in 2011.
posted by kokaku at 04:50 PM on September 27
And another union sells out future members for present gains. No more pensions after 2016, 401(k)s instead. This is something the NFL can easily afford and clearly makes a marked difference in the games. And yet, they nickle and dime. Fuck all of them.
posted by kokaku at 09:50 AM on September 27
They can't settle over $3 million???
posted by kokaku at 10:33 AM on September 26
And the lockout begins (doesn't seem fair to call it a work stoppage when it's the owners doing the stopping - technically correct but with conceptually false implications)
Thank you NHL owners for reminding me that I do indeed have better things to do with my time (a lesson I thought I learned last time until I found myself pulled back in).
posted by kokaku at 06:34 AM on September 16
There's always the chance that Kluwe might change other people's minds about that particular congresscritter.
posted by kokaku at 08:55 PM on September 07
Chris Kluwe on lustful cockmonsters
posted by kokaku at 05:16 PM on September 07
Wow cixelsyd - that's a great site - thanks!
posted by kokaku at 02:38 PM on September 05
What's the team-v-team record in that time?
posted by kokaku at 01:25 PM on September 05
Instead Bill Belichick, in a tuxedo (with black, double-breasted hoodie jacket), is going to do an hour long dance marathon on the 50 yard line of Gillette Stadium.
posted by kokaku at 09:45 AM on August 27
I figure the Pats can win the division with a 9-6 record, barring Buffalo finally keeping it together (start strong, finish weak, seems to be their motto).
posted by kokaku at 07:40 AM on August 27
Is there a single person on the planet (outside of Valentine and Red Sox management) who thought that Valentine would be a good fit for the Red Sox?
posted by kokaku at 06:15 PM on August 14
I've been reading Bob Ryan since I was old enough to start reading the Sports section of the Globe. Raising a glass to his long and entertaining career.
posted by kokaku at 06:41 PM on August 12
1) I didn't know John Goodman was an Olympian
posted by kokaku at 07:29 AM on August 12
If you scroll all the way down, they have similar analysis for the long jump and 100m freestyle swimming. I'm surprised that Bob Beamon's 1968 long jump record still holds, what with the way other track + field records have been broken over the years.
Too busy to look right now, but is that the oldest standing (jumping, really) track + field record?
posted by kokaku at 11:21 AM on August 06
No sense of humor
posted by kokaku at 02:49 PM on August 02
Does anyone know why China wasn't in the Olympics for Women's Soccer?
posted by kokaku at 06:24 PM on July 31
Shrink wrapped...that's an even better way to fly than first class
posted by kokaku at 04:09 PM on July 28
To add to lbb's link, Navritalova won her's in 1990, really pointing up the youth advantage in the women's game.
posted by kokaku at 09:58 PM on July 08
It's a shame Italy only had 10 men for the final 40 minutes - what horrible luck to have your last substitution pull a hamstring (though apparently, it was a known risk).
posted by kokaku at 07:14 AM on July 02
Don't hurt yourself rcade
posted by kokaku at 06:41 PM on June 23
Nothing says 'we come in peace' like an man, grinning like a lunatic, carrying a sword and shield.
posted by kokaku at 07:13 PM on June 12
So, the steak knives - we split them, Meat, or we each get our own set?
posted by kokaku at 01:42 PM on June 12
EA Sports predicts Stanley Cup winner
posted by kokaku at 02:49 PM on May 30
Back! Back, you 18 and 17 pt wolves!
Kings in 5
Quick for the Conn Smythe
posted by kokaku at 02:24 PM on May 27
One other thing to note - his body does not move - his glove moves quickly and minimally, but the rest of his body is still. It's like watching those nature films of a lizard nabbing a fly. I'm guessing if the umpire relies on the catcher's position to help determine the call (most likely subconsciously), then the lack of body movement and the quickness of the glove movement helps sell the final glove position.
posted by kokaku at 05:26 PM on May 17
See no prob w Totorella's interview - he's clearly, and rightfully, pissed at his players after the way they played. Why should he throw them under the bus for the press?
posted by kokaku at 04:27 PM on May 17
Rangers in 7
Kings in 6
(for the symmetry of #1 v #8 in the finals)
posted by kokaku at 06:57 AM on May 13
NFLPA continues giving unions a bad name
posted by kokaku at 09:58 AM on May 04
According to Wikipedia, there are 207 sovereign states. Wonder where the 212 number comes from. Either way, someone in every country in the world tuned in?
posted by kokaku at 07:36 PM on April 30
Rangers in 5
Devils in 7 (another OT winner - this year's Bruins?)
Blues in 5
Predators in 6
posted by kokaku at 09:07 AM on April 27
@grum - i'm telling myself 'look at all the free time i'll have now' (it only helps a little)
posted by kokaku at 05:53 AM on April 26
Even glass panes are being suspended
posted by kokaku at 09:33 PM on April 18
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