Whenever I would read or hear someone compare Kobes playoff performances to Michael Jordans, I would roll my eyes. Cant remember which announcer said it last night, but they compared Dirks performance in these playoffs to the performances Jordan used to have. Didnt roll my eyes. Never felt one way or the other about Dirk, but I think Im a fan. Guy is amazing right now.
posted by forrestv at 03:15 PM on May 24
He's got talent, but he plays like he's afraid of getting hit.
posted by forrestv at 12:18 AM on June 10
I hate Saban for how he bailed on the Dolphins, but I was pulling for him and the Tide. Just got tired of hearing about Florida/Tebow all the time. I guess now I'll pull for Tebow/Florida and hope Saban loses the championship game.
posted by forrestv at 11:37 PM on December 05
If I was a coach, and my defense was gassed, or it needed some time to get it together, I'd tell my punter to aim for the TV. Multiple times, if necessary (I'd give the gunners a heads up.)
posted by forrestv at 05:23 PM on August 30
While I don't applaud James for what he did (or didn't do), I understand. If it really was a planned message, it's a pretty good one.
posted by forrestv at 07:43 PM on June 02
Now I can watch with the volume on again.
posted by forrestv at 03:02 PM on May 18
The Jerkface Smilers are down (trying to repeat in the H2H league.)
posted by forrestv at 02:42 PM on June 07
dviking, you don't want those leads. Trust me.
posted by forrestv at 11:42 PM on May 20
I'm not convinced that NHL or MLB players (other than Lastings Milledge) get in trouble less than those in the NFL or NBA. Or where a player grew up determines how they tick as an adult. Sometimes a prick is just a prick. It boils down to coverage. Scandal stories -- in light of Roger Goodell's new conduct policy -- are all the rage. If Nicholson was just an average joe, the only way this misdemeanor makes the wires is if the woman he's charged with assaulting was, say, a midget clown porn star, or something really odd.
posted by forrestv at 11:05 PM on May 20
That little tidbit seemed like it would be better in The Onion. Wow.
posted by forrestv at 02:10 AM on May 13
Mayweather played out his chicken shit game plan and won the only way he possibly could. There are quite a few of boxing's beloved figures who put together "chicken shit game plan"s to win titles. Remember Ali's Rope-A-Dope? Sugar Ray Leonard's jab and clinch? If you are the champion and clearly fight the more aggressive fight, the challenger needs to put in a spectacular performance, Mayweather didn't do that; most of his punches landed on De La Hoyas gloves or arms. I think De La Hoya has a right to feel aggrieved. It's not like Mayweather was some club boxer from Bumfuck, Montanta. He already had some titles of his own and is considered one of, if not the best, boxers in professional boxing.
posted by forrestv at 05:13 PM on May 06
I really miss boxing-as-legitimate-sport Boxing has always had corrupt guys in charge, but I remember when I was a kid, I wanted to be a boxer. Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield on cable had a lot to do with it. Boxing, in general, on network TV had even more to do with it. My friends and I bought every issue of Ring magazine. Even collected boxing cards. Those days were a long time ago. De La Hoya vs. Mayweather might be boxing's swan song (at least with white America.) To be honest, I didn't think it had even one last hurrah left. (As a side note, the fight kind of reminds me of Rocky Balboa vs. Clubber Lang -- the first time.)
posted by forrestv at 04:05 PM on May 03
Brain, QB ratings are a whole 'nother can of worms. I'm one of those Raiders fans who had no love for Walter, but he had a horrible line and no running game. So throw ratings out...
posted by forrestv at 02:37 AM on May 01
You're yanking my crank, right tieguy? Last summer Moss spent more time promoting his smoothie chain than getting ready for the season. Maybe he didn't like the west coast, maybe he didn't like Art Shell, but I find it hard to like a guy who dogs it as much as Moss did. At least T.O. hustles.
posted by forrestv at 04:53 PM on April 30
yerfatma, take into consideration that the Raiders tried to get the ball to Moss. At times they forced the ball to him in triple coverage. Most times he ran his routes like it was a practice walkthrough. As far as the loaded passing game, unless NE converts to the Run N Shoot, I don't see it being any more productive than last season (statwise, anyway.) Still, if any coach can get the most out of what he's got, it's Belichick.
posted by forrestv at 03:50 PM on April 30
I hear you. How did San Diego suddenly fall out of the equation?
posted by forrestv at 12:01 AM on April 30
I hate to link to CBS Sportsline, but couldn't find it anywhere else. Sorry.
posted by forrestv at 02:19 AM on April 27
I'm not saying it's the kid's own fault, or that the parents were to blame, all I'm saying is I wish there was a slow motion recap (from what I can tell the kid was playing with some little girl in a white T-shirt, then she dances away -- from blame, no doubt -- when the refs come running.)
posted by forrestv at 04:53 PM on April 24
BornIcon, if Duncan couldn't figure out Crawford didn't mean he literally wanted to fight, Duncan needs to send his psychology degree back to Wake Forest.
posted by forrestv at 12:18 PM on April 20
I'm not agreeing with the protection part, but what's $25,000 to Duncan? A week's interest on his bank account?
posted by forrestv at 07:24 PM on April 17
Duncan knew who he was messing with. As some of you mentioned earlier, Crawford has a reputation for being a hot head. If we know that, the players know that too. So, the way I see it, he was intentionally trying to provoke Crawford, get inside his head -- and, yes, to show him up. If you know someone has a hot temper, why mess with them? Crawford comes from a time when refs were part of the show, so it's not hard to see why he still acts like they are. So, I sympathize with him. Not only is he done for the season, but Stern said he's probably done with the NBA (though he said it was Crawford's choice.) That's kinda shitty, considering the ejection came in a meaningless game.
posted by forrestv at 06:32 PM on April 17
That's a good take, SummersEve. Frankly, the moral outrage the people on TV and radio and in print were expressing seemed opportunistic to me ... but I guess that's what they are getting paid to do. Put out an opinion. I think the best possible thing that can happen next Tuesday is for those young women to meet with Imus, hear his apology, and tell no one what happened. Don't tell us they forgave him. Or told him off. Or even that it wasn't that big a deal. Just say nothing. It would be like taking oxygen away from a flame.
posted by forrestv at 06:05 AM on April 12
(Asshammer. I made that up. Try it on - tell me if it fits. Take your time. Maybe look in the mirror. Now decide.) Sounds like a character in a male on male porno. Mickey Spillane's Asshammer.
posted by forrestv at 06:31 PM on April 10
posted by forrestv at 09:43 PM on April 08
Does Hawkins coming out take us a step toward an openly gay pro athlete? Sort of. Hawkins openness might affect the Big 12, the other schools his team competes against, and his region, but it's still a largely a game for high school and college students (I don't think lacrosse at Mizzou is a sponsored sport). If there is an openly gay athlete in Major League Lacrosse I haven't heard about it, but then, it's pretty low on the totem pole of pro sports. There are already openly gay female pro athletes -- it's the men in the big three male sports that aren't open about it yet. I don't think Hawkins has the pull to affect athletes in the big three. Now, if it were Bob Stoops or Mack Brown or Bob Knight, it might be a step. An even bigger step would be a top college player coming out. But Hawkins ... I see it more as one bubble in a pot of warming water. Someday it'll get there, but not anywhere close just yet.
posted by forrestv at 11:36 PM on April 07
I see why the Television Bureau of Canada pulled the ad. I really do. Actually, I hear why they pulled it. When you hit people with pillows, it does not sound like a Bruce Lee movie. And the fact that it's a kid... (Also, why the hell is Thomas prancing? It's kind of disturbing.) But, no, I wouldn't have pulled it.
posted by forrestv at 11:21 PM on April 04
Doesn't Williams owe the Dolphins a few million dollars? I thought that's why he un-retired in the first place. If they cut him, they'll lose out on that money, no?
posted by forrestv at 10:02 PM on March 31
I don't see what becoming the world's first billionaire athlete would prove, but it's nice to have goals. I've read James considers Michael Jordan a role model while growing up. If that's true, he's familiar with the blueprint for financial success (outside of a player's contract.) Avoid major controversy, don't take any social stands, and smile for the camera. If he sticks to it, he just may get his billion.
posted by forrestv at 04:11 AM on March 29
I never hated Theisman -- but I never really liked him as an announcer either. His commentary was sincere and he believed what he was saying, but he was often incorrect. And the older he got, to me it seemed he took the game and his job too serious, like the way some religious people can't laugh at their religion. I won't miss him on Monday nights...but to be honest, I would have liked it if Kornheiser was canned too. I loved his radio show when it was syndicated and I like PTI, but I hate his football analysis. Or lack of it. It's like watching football with a sycophant who apologizes for not knowing the game...and would rather be a doofus than actually study the game. I guess that's what he's being paid to do, but it's annoying. Adding Jaws will lend credibility to the broadcast, but it'll also make the two extremes more apparent. And while he seems like a nice guy, Tirico doesn't appear to be the kind of person to bridge the gap.
posted by forrestv at 05:09 PM on March 26
Bperk, not from what I've heard. But, c'mon, he's been the role model for Christian athletes/coaches for a while. It's like finding out Jenna Jameson was once a stripper. Are you really surprised?
posted by forrestv at 04:06 PM on March 23
Not a knock to you or Coach Dungy but yeah, real low key. The funny thing about that is that the "family values" stuff (right or wrong) is nothing new for Dungy. But now that he's a Super Bowl winning coach, everyone wants to decide what he should and shouldn't say (as if winning a Super Bowl is on par with being an elected official.) As for OJ, I don't like his attitude, no matter what his age, but I'm sure he could care less what I think one way or the other.
posted by forrestv at 03:21 PM on March 23
No one in here really knows his reasoning for anything. I'm betting on world peace.
posted by forrestv at 02:35 AM on March 23
TBH doesn't need to do that. He can have the spot he offered me (thanks, by the way.) Just started a new job and I'm the lucky guy who's going to work nights and weekends. Best of luck.
posted by forrestv at 06:19 PM on February 27
Should I be embarassed to say that I'm going to a Vince Neil and Quiet Riot show next month? Yes. Yes, you should. No. No you shouldn't. But, if you were Vince Neil or Quiet Riot, that would be a different story altogether.
posted by forrestv at 07:15 PM on February 22
I could be wrong, but I seem to remember Jay Mariotti get into squabble with Wikipedia over his page too. Me, I'm just glad I'm not famous (oh, the skeletons that can be found in my closet.)
posted by forrestv at 03:17 PM on February 22
Here's the list we have now. Without a better system I ordered the wait list by user number Ummm, how about whomever called dibs first?
posted by forrestv at 07:53 PM on February 21
I don't see how this a horrible move. Likely, it was the only move the Chargers could make. Much like the Raiders hiring or Art Shell. When no one dynamic or young is left, you go with the stop-gap guy. And that guy is Norv Turner. San Diego will use him to keep things afloat for one season, then promote Rivera or go after Lovie Smith (can't recall if he signed an extension) or Bill Cowher or whomever looks attractive next January. They've got a young enough team to sacrifice one season to get a top coach. No worries.
posted by forrestv at 03:55 PM on February 20
It's cool danjel; no one is going to poke or torch you. I don't suppose there is any good reason for the father to do what he did, but from the evidence, I don't see how there could be any other option (my black humor aside) but to condemn the father. When it's that bad, how can there be any discussion on the post? It will mostly be negativity and newbies trying to score humor points.
posted by forrestv at 12:03 AM on February 18
I don't care who gets offended: That is some funny shit. (On a side note, this is a weak link with little reporting. I expect everyone else to break out the torches and pitchforks.)
posted by forrestv at 11:28 PM on February 17
I'm tired of H2H fantasy baseball. Auction/keeper sounds more difficult. I'll take my place on the waiting list. Thank you, come again!
posted by forrestv at 09:47 PM on February 17
Your's and Tommy's exchange was deleted, Fraze. (I was with you, though.)
posted by forrestv at 04:30 PM on February 17
I'm a whore for fantasy baseball. Count me in.
posted by forrestv at 05:10 PM on February 16
I'm curious about the context of Pippen's comments. You know, if he called a press conference announcing his decision or if some reporter said "Hey, Scottie, the Heat won last year with has beens and Shaq usually doesn't show up till the end of season. How would you feel about doing something like that?" If he called a press conference, he's delusional. If it was just an answer to a fluff question, no prob. The coaching portion of his comments -- well, that's just nuts. He couldn't handle being a sidekick, then he couldn't handle being the man, then he wouldn't take the blame in Houston when it was his to take. I just don't see any team in the league that would benefit under his guidance.
posted by forrestv at 01:39 PM on February 16
For some reason, stable coaching reminds me of Barbaro. Ahh, Barabaro. How I miss mocking thee.
posted by forrestv at 06:12 PM on February 14
I just read an excerpt from Amaechi's book. Umm, I have to say, the words "asshole" and "bitchy" come to mind.
posted by forrestv at 10:42 PM on February 13
Atheist, I don't think anyone overrated the Bears this season after the game against Arizona. From that point on, we all heard how great the Bears weren't. (Personally, I blame Grossman. His reminds me a lot of Aaron Brooks. While both have similar skill sets to Brett Favre, they don't have his ability to fully bounce back mentality after a bad set of plays.) As for Spanos and Smith, I'll just go ahead and be a petty prick and say I wish semi-horrible things upon them. Severe lactose intolerance, perhaps.
posted by forrestv at 06:04 PM on February 13
All are trustworthy here at SpoFi. Even pansexuals.
posted by forrestv at 01:22 AM on February 08
Camels are slackers compared to Artest's dogs.
posted by forrestv at 01:12 AM on February 08
Come on. How do you get spin out of that statement? It's the truth and the club is being honest. It's pretty much saying it's not going anywhere anytime soon, but the money Bonds will generate is too good to pass up. Now, if it issued statements saying it felt strongly that Bonds exploits could help propel the club to a championship, that would be spin.
posted by forrestv at 05:43 PM on February 03
Ummm, did I click on MetaFilter or SportsFilter? Damn this wacky mouse.
posted by forrestv at 05:15 PM on February 03
Bears by 4 under Bears special teams 4:40 into the first quarter (and I think...yes...I must be smoking crack)
posted by forrestv at 04:40 PM on February 02
I've never had a problem with Nantz, he's boring, but comfortable. But I still get a little pissed whenever I think of the rant Buck went on when Moss faux mooned the fans. I'll agree with the article that Buck is a bit of a shill, but I think it wasn't all fear for his employers getting fined. He is, simply, a tool. (For a few chuckles, check out these two links. One is a list of Super Bowl predictions, the other a spoof of ESPN. For the record, I swear I am not affiliated in any way with the site, nor am I a shill.)
posted by forrestv at 06:08 PM on February 01
Geez, Cameron, that's pretty fatalistic. Like I said, I believe Shell was just doing Davis a favor. I think maybe in the pre-season he had hope, but once the losing began, he checked out. I'm not predicting the Raiders will make it to the Super Bowl next season or the playoffs or even win more than four games. But at least they will have a new coach...and he can't be any worse than Shell or Norv Turner. I don't know if he is "the answer", but he is an answer.
posted by forrestv at 07:40 PM on January 23
TBH, I honestly believe Shell took the job out of loyalty to the organization. No one wanted the job, so he stepped up -- knowing he would not be back the next season (and while he was at it, he figured he'd give Tom Walsh one last shot at the NFL.) I, too, thought Shell might bring some of that old mystique back, but the offensive players on last season's team were just in it for the paycheck. It doesn't seem fair, but I think he knew what he was getting into. As far as Kiffin, he's got a clean slate right now. Let's see what he can do before we say he's not the answer.
posted by forrestv at 04:31 PM on January 23
Who knows what it takes? All I know is, I am a homer Fresno State alumnus, so the hiring works for me.
posted by forrestv at 10:26 PM on January 22
My peeps already have Tom Flores, so I guess I can't argue.
posted by forrestv at 10:09 PM on January 21
Sorry skydivedad, probably did misread it. Still, not that it matters because they won, but Grossman had little to do with the win. I think Orton or Griese could have done the same (my family are Bears fans and even they don't think Grossman will win a game for them, but lose a game.)
posted by forrestv at 07:27 PM on January 21
His trust in Rex is better than a Super Bowl Birth? I like the Bears, but I don't like Rex. That might as well have been Kyle Orton out on the field today. The defense and the running game, those were what put the Bears in the Super Bowl (I am pulling for them though, regardless who wins the AFC Championship.) Should be a good game in Miami, though.
posted by forrestv at 06:36 PM on January 21
Tommy, I'm just going by what the others have posted. Please don't take my slight personally (I've been alive to see the Raiders rise and fall, the "great" Lions were decades before my time.)
posted by forrestv at 10:55 PM on January 19
Yeah, I can't see how the Raiders made this list and the Lions did not. It seems silly to argue about which team is worse, but as a Raiders fan, I think the article got it right. The Lions have suffered under Millen, but they are only a smart QB and one or two offensive lineman away from being Wild Card contenders. The Raiders aren't going back to the playoffs until Al Davis gives up control of the team -- and who knows when that will happen (or who would it be)? I think what sells it for me is how far and how hard the Raiders have fallen in the last few years. The Lions have never been great. The Raiders were. And as far as I can tell, Matt Millen is the "joke" in Detroit. In Oakland, everyone is a joker. The Lions can be compared to journeymen boxers waiting for their big shot. The Raiders of old were the Iron Mike Tysons of the league. Now they are just the guys who want to eat hearts, children and ears.
posted by forrestv at 10:38 PM on January 19
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