Recent Comments by FonGu

Urban Meyer's Florida Gators Arrested Often

Is the problem of criminality due to the coaching staff, the types of recruits they are targeting, the region they historically recruit from, or all of the above. Funny how Florida, Florida State, and Miami U seem to have had a 30 year plus run on having thugs on their teams......

posted by FonGu at 07:22 AM on July 09

'Honey Badger,' 3 other former LSU players arrested

The kid just killed his chances of getting back to LSU or any other major program. Can anyone say Maurice Clarett?

posted by FonGu at 07:05 AM on October 28

"Worst. Uniforms. Ever."

I kind of like the helmets. The rest of the kit makes my eyes bleed....

posted by FonGu at 07:02 AM on October 28

Urban Meyer: I Wouldn't Let My Son Go to Florida

If there are character issues in the locker room, it his a result of his leadership. I wonder how long it will take for things to blow up at OSU?

posted by FonGu at 05:47 AM on April 11

Prep Soccer Team Punished for Doing the Bernie

Based on the info provided in the two articles, IMO the principal over-reacted. I say this as a practicing public school administrator. However, I am obviously not privy to the info the principal found during his investigation. I would also add, that if the celebration was so over the top, why were no yellow or red cards issued? The article made no mention of game enforced discipline. And before anyone decides to blast me - I have 24 seasons experience as a head soccer coach and I'm very familiar with rules regarding player celebration.

posted by FonGu at 09:31 AM on November 06

Browns Fan Kicked Out for Excessive Standing

If he wants to stand the entire game, then why did he purchase a SEAT? The Brownies' stadium has ample railing areas where he could stand to his heart's content. There is nothing wrong with standing to celbrate a big play or score, or to join in some team chants, but doing it the entire time is rude to those behind him.

posted by FonGu at 05:17 AM on September 29

US Hires Juergen Klinsmann to Coach Men's Soccer Team

Not that I'm disappointed to see Bob Bradley go, but why the change - Was he fired or was his contract up? I'm happy to see Klinsmann get the job, he was my pick when they gave it to Bradley in the first place. I also hope US Soccer gave him the authority to make changes in the developmental program.

posted by FonGu at 01:40 PM on August 01

FIFA Bans Top Official for Bribery

"Good. Now can we move the 2022 World Cup to a more reasonable location?"

Amen to that, I second the motion.

posted by FonGu at 05:59 AM on July 25

‘Life coach’ gives up on QB Russell

Life itself is a life coach. He is wasting himself if he is unwilling to learn from what has happened and move forward.

posted by FonGu at 08:55 AM on April 16

‘Get off my lawn!’ Bears TE Greg Olsen gets kicked off high school field

I am an admisistrator at a public school. Our track is open to the public when the track team and gym classes are not using it, w/o prior permission. However, no one is allowed on the game field or practice fields w/o permission from the school no matter what time of day. This is SOP for most schools.

posted by FonGu at 08:50 AM on April 16

Krzyzewski Passes Dean Smith in Wins

I am a Carolina alum and, therefore, hate Dook and Coach K. However, I tip my hat to an amazing feat and say 'Job well done'.

posted by FonGu at 06:57 AM on December 31

NCAA Suspends Pryor, 4 Others for Selling Memorabilia

Can anyone think of another incident where a player is caught for some violation during a season, only to be punished the next season? Seems to be ground-breaking precident on the NCAA's part....

posted by FonGu at 05:34 AM on December 26

Florida Man Uses BB Gun to Motivate Stepson

What a great mug shot! I love the farmers tan from his ball cap - lol!

posted by FonGu at 12:35 PM on September 17

Vince Young on Bush's Heisman: 'I Definitely Want It'

Would his new nickname be asterisk?

posted by FonGu at 12:08 PM on September 14

Colt McCoy May Be Cut in Cleveland

6 weeks of training camp for $1.07 million. I don't know too many people who wouldn't take that deal. Obviously not the kind of money he could earn in a career of pro ball, but still would represent many years of good salary for us regular working stiffs.

posted by FonGu at 02:16 PM on August 27

Colt McCoy May Be Cut in Cleveland

I think he signed a 4 yr, $5M contract. I wonder how much of that is guaranteed?

posted by FonGu at 12:56 PM on August 27

Federal Judge: Cheerleading Not A Sport

Cheering, particularly competitive cheering, requires the girls to be very athletic. This does not necessarily constitute a sport. I have seen stat books for volleyball, softball, women's track, women's swimming, etc., but never one for cheering. Also, all of the above could take place without spectators, except for cheering. Cheerleaders lead the crowd in cheers, they are not competing against the girls on the other sideline to determine the outcome of the contest. Again, this does not mean they are not dedicated, or athletic. It requires extreme strength and skill to perform the filps, handstands, etc. that they do. One more bit to throw into the argument - at the college level, cheering is co-ed. Can anyone name another activity that would normally be called a sport that is mixed gender? There are squads made up of both sexes - cross country for example. But in those cases, the men compete against the men, and the women against the women.

posted by FonGu at 04:24 AM on July 23

US rule could keep Iroquois from lacrosse tourney

Just one more example of beurocratic red tape where some paper-pusher is insisting on dotting his "I"s and crossing his "T"s. It is insane that these players were able to travel on tribal documents just a few months ago and suddenly can not. The insanity is compounded by the fact that we are seeing more and more relaxation of post 9/11 travel rules.

posted by FonGu at 06:15 AM on July 13

Jesse Jackson: Gilbert Thinks LeBron Was His Slave

Only Jackson and his ilk could turn this into a race issue. The sooner people with this mentality are gone, the sooner we will move toward racial harmony.

posted by FonGu at 06:09 AM on July 13

France's Manager Won't Shake Counterpart's Hand

He's French Are you a unfunny xenophobic dipshit because all Americans are, or are you just a special case?

because all Americans are

Talk about the pot calling the kettle black....

posted by FonGu at 05:44 AM on June 23

Investigators withdraw Roethlisberger DNA request

Or..... it could mean there was semen present and he has admitted it is his. A Pittsburgh area news report quoted him as saying he did not engage in intercourse with the girl. However, he did not deny having any form of contact with her. This is starting to sound like a Clinton Oval Office joke....

posted by FonGu at 02:52 PM on March 24

BCS under scrutiny from Capitol Hill

The point is not can they multitask, the point is should they multitask in this arena. It is not the purpose of the Federal government to delve into such matters. I agree with you on one point one you made - if they're not going their job, vote them out. I play my part, having voted in every local, state, and national election for the past 30 years. IMHO, one should vote if they want to complain about the system! lol.

posted by FonGu at 01:16 PM on January 30

Kurt Warner Announces Retirement

Good man, he should get into the Hall shortly after he becomes eligible.

posted by FonGu at 07:41 AM on January 30

BCS under scrutiny from Capitol Hill

Repbulican, Democrat, or Independent party aside, I don't think it's the job of the politicos to be messing with sports. The economy sucks and we are in a two front war, yet they have time to debate sports?!?!?!?! **sigh** Leave sports to the schools and/or owners to work out.

posted by FonGu at 07:40 AM on January 30

Bettis: Bill Cowher "Holding Out" for Giants Head Coaching Gig

I think he is waiting for Carolina to give Fox the ax. He lives in Raleigh, his youngest daughter is a student in Raleigh, and he is an NC State alum. Charlotte is just a short drive from the Triangle Area. Additionally, he built a HUGE home there. When stepping down from Pittsburgh he commented he would be very happy to stay in NC for the rest of his life.

posted by FonGu at 05:20 AM on January 15

Texas High School Beats Opponent 170-35

Maybe, just maybe, the winning coach felt he was trying new things. He was teaching his 2nd and 3rd string how to run a full press durning a game situation (not practice) - and before anyone blasts me, no I'm not defending the guy! In addition, many coaches feel that it is the responsibilty of their offense to score and for the opposing defense to stop the score. This line of reasoning has been used by coaches of all sports at all levels; and by coaches on both ends of a blow out.

posted by FonGu at 05:26 AM on January 07

New Jersey High School Girl Nearly Seven Feet Tall

I'm an adminsitrator of a Junior High School. One of my female students is 6'4" as a 7th grader. She plays both volleyball and basketball for us; and she is a darn good athlete at this level. She has none of the akwardness one associates with a long, lanky frame at this age. I agree with Spitz, the human body is an amazing thing.

posted by FonGu at 10:42 AM on December 23

Brady Quinn's House Up For Sale

Hard to see any QB being successful on a team with second rate wideouts, a poor line, a banged up #1 tailback, and a banged up kicker....I'll bet Quinn lands in Miami.

posted by FonGu at 05:37 AM on October 14

Sox-Fan Teacher Makes Student Wear Yankees Shirt Inside Out

yerfatma,

It is a 1st Amend. issues. I am not a lawyer, but I am a public school administrator - and I would say that does make me an expert in this area. And, given that I have had to testify in our local courts seveal times as an 'expert witness', I feel that claim is justified. Tinker v. Des Moines Board of Ed. clearly ruled that a students right to free speech does not end at the school doors. This is concidered a landmark case in the area of free speech. A school does have the right to curtail free speech in publication, such as a yearbook or student newspaper. The school also has the right to limit student expression through clothing if it is in poor taste by the standards of the community or if it interfers with the education process - both admittedly are grey areas. Personally, I see this as a teacher who went to far in an on-going joke with a student, or parents, who fail to see the humor - thus the claim the student was humiliated by his peers due to teasing at lunchtime. I still stand by my claim: in today's society, he, or the school, will be lucky if they are not sued.

posted by FonGu at 05:41 AM on September 28

Sox-Fan Teacher Makes Student Wear Yankees Shirt Inside Out

This is a 1st Amend. issue. In today's society, the school and teacher will be fortunate if they are not sued.

posted by FonGu at 06:15 AM on September 27

Mark Teixeira is a Yankee.

Amazing - they have that kind of money to throw around for players, yet have the brass to seek public funding for a new stadium...

posted by FonGu at 03:11 PM on December 25

"Now that you, the American taxpayer, more or less own insurance giant AIG,

BoKnows, I'll take your credit card. How about Washington Mutual? I hear they're a stable company...

posted by FonGu at 05:06 AM on September 22

"Now that you, the American taxpayer, more or less own insurance giant AIG,

I would like to sell my portion of the shares. Any takers?

posted by FonGu at 07:02 AM on September 21

McCarthy: marketing deal good for Favre

Favre said he wants to play. Now he's considering this "marketing deal" not to play valued at $20 mill. It makes him seem like a money grubbing asshole. What I can't understand is that Favre claims he asked GB about a coaching position and they turned him down. If that is true, why would GB not jump at the chance of making one of the best QBs in the modern era a QB coach? Surely he has value in passing on his knowlege to the new players.

posted by FonGu at 04:54 AM on August 02

What's a coach really worth?

Lefty.....overpaid? Please. Every doctor, lawyer, politician, or any other professional got to where they are with the aid of a teacher. Teachers are surrogate parents, oftentimes seeing the child more than the biological parents. Ask yourself, what attracts young families to a community? Answer: effective schools. What makes a school effective? The teachers, not the admin., and not the sports program. Schools effectivness is measured by accademic performance, not success on the grid iron.

posted by FonGu at 05:20 AM on January 16

First documented US MMA death.

Many sports have resulted in the death of participants. Boxing has probably had some of the most famous of these. I am fearful that, since MMA is thought by some to be a hyper-violent sport, this death could result in some lame knee-jerk reaction. Can you say mandatory head gear?

posted by FonGu at 04:32 AM on December 03

A-Rod Opts Out of Contract

A-Rod is going to land at Pittsburgh. Oh, wait a minute...that would require they actually HAVE a checkbook to open up first...sorry, please continue the discussion.

posted by FonGu at 04:31 AM on October 29

Hope Solo Kicked Off Team for Consolation Game

There is a saying 'down South': "Don't air your dirty laundry in the front yard." In other words, Solo had the right to say what she did, but not in a public forum. That lacked class. If she wants to air a grievance against Ryan, do so in his office, locker room, to his bosses, etc.; not in front of the world press.

posted by FonGu at 05:15 AM on September 30

Women's World Cup 2007.

I thought the US was lucky to draw with N. Korea. Their off-ball movement was not well timed and passing was shabby. They really turned it around for game 2 against Sweden.

posted by FonGu at 04:30 AM on September 18

Browns Trade Newly Benched QB Frye to Seahawks

Prediction - Quinn will be the starter no later than week 7.

posted by FonGu at 04:19 AM on September 12

Mike Nolan scores one for the suit.

I like the suit idea. It harkens back to the days of Tom Landry, a head coach who could teach a thing or two about class.

posted by FonGu at 06:03 PM on September 09

Division I-AA Appalachian State Upsets Michigan, 34-32

It wasn't that many years ago that Marshall made the jump to Div. I and they're doing alright.

posted by FonGu at 06:17 AM on September 03

Division I-AA Appalachian State Upsets Michigan, 34-32

As an ND fan, I am sick that I had to wait 8 mnths. to watch that display. However, I will agree with jc, watching "Big Blue" go down does take the sting out of it! I wonder if ASU is now toying with the idea of a jump to Div. I. Back-to-back national titles at I-AA, plus beating the #5 Div. I team makes for a strong argument...

posted by FonGu at 05:18 AM on September 02

A story for the ages or the aged- the oldest player in college football debuts this September.

irunfromclones, good post. I read this story this a.m. and you beat me to post it. I think its great that this guy has kept himself in good enough shape to make the roster. But, to play the devil's advocate, could this be a publicity stunt by the university to bring media attention to a small school? Or...could the team be so bad that it has to accept 59 year old players?

posted by FonGu at 06:24 AM on August 23

Michael Vick Admits to Dogfighting, Will Plead Guilty

The question is, does Goodell have the balls to enforce his own policy? I've long said that athletes get away with crap that would get an average-joe employee sacked (ie: Spreewell attacking his coach). Goodell has painted hisself into a corner with harsh penalties to second tier players. Now he's faced with a more serious incident with a superstar who pulls in tons of money for the NFL. In my opinion, he has no choice but to issue a ban to Vick.

posted by FonGu at 06:23 PM on August 20

"I prefer the whore that is your sister"

Calling Zidane's sister a whore is pretty low. However, Zidane should have been too much of a seasoned pro to let name calling get inside is head. Trash talking is part of the game.

posted by FonGu at 02:50 PM on August 18

755.

apoch, I got an error message off of your link.

posted by FonGu at 06:14 AM on August 05

9 year old sign with manchester united

I wish the U.S. would be more proactive in developing a serious youth league with developmental ties to the MLS clubs.

posted by FonGu at 06:05 AM on August 04

Iraqi Soccer Fans Killed.

Thanks justgary - I just saw that. SpoFi Gods, please kill this.

posted by FonGu at 05:46 PM on July 25

Iraqi Soccer Fans Killed.

I really don't give a crap who is a Bush hater or a Bush lover, or who is for or against the war. This isn't posted for political rants. I put this up as a tribute to some human beings who lost their lives while celebrating a sport they, and many or us, love. It's a sensless waste of life - God speed good people.

posted by FonGu at 05:44 PM on July 25

Vick to still play.

Props to THX-1138, first to mention this. ..."In what has quickly evolved into a collaborative effort that includes input of officials from the NFL, NFL Players Association and Atlanta Falcons, embattled quarterback Michael Vick could be urged to take a voluntary leave of absence to focus his energy on the legal challenges from a federal dogfighting indictment confronting him, sources said. " The hypocracy grows. Pacman's lawyer is going to have a field day with this crap.

posted by FonGu at 04:15 PM on July 20

Vick to still play.

I know we beat this topic up a few days back. However, in light of Pac Man, et.al., doesn't this make Goodell a hypocrite? Show me the money baby!!

posted by FonGu at 06:28 AM on July 20

Beckham Comes to the Colonies

Chicago has the Fire of the MLS, Pittsburgh has the Riverhounds of the A League. Fire play in a soccer specific stadium, Riverhounds play on a high school football field. I coached soccer in NC for many years and now live in a soccer wasteland. Columbus Crew is my closest club, and, outside of the box scores, there is no coverage of that. I stay on top of things thrugh the FIFA site, US Soccer, and a couple of RSS feeds, but nothing one would concider a major news outlet. I just don't see the "news" sites pushing soccer like they ram the NBA down our throats. Once the newness of Beckham rubs off, no major coverage will come from his presence. Only we "oddball" followers of "that communist sport" will follow and know what is happening on the pitch.

posted by FonGu at 07:16 PM on July 14

Beckham Comes to the Colonies

I don't get Telefutura and I'm in the Pittsburgh market, not some backwater. In fact, none of the U-20 games were broadcast in this area, nor were they mentioned on any tv station or newspaper that I saw. I did watch Copa, but that was on GolTV, not exactly mainstream being that it is a Spanish network (the games were broadcast in English though). Rabi, I agree there is a market for soccer in the US, but mainstream media is not responding. Outside of the World Cup, when was the last time ABC/CBS/NBC did any serious soccer coverage? Even the full hiring of Bradley was buried in the backs of the newspapers, if covered at all. That wasn't the case in the hiring of the Pittsburgh Steelers new coach. I've seen several reports that sets youth soccer as the fastest growing team sport in the US. I have even read some to opine that it is already the largest team sport in the US. If this is so, where is the coverage?

posted by FonGu at 05:03 PM on July 14

Beckham Comes to the Colonies

This brings me to an earlier discussion on SpoFi, where we discussed if ESPN is killing hockey. I heard a talking head on ESPN say on the 7/13 airing of Rome is Burning that he would rather cover a rock, paper, scissors tournament than cover soccer. So, as a similar question, is the media, in particular ESPN, hampering the development of soccer in the USA?

posted by FonGu at 04:11 PM on July 14

Is ESPN Killing the National Hockey League by Influencing Public Attitudes?

For me, the NHL bagged it for the fans with the 2005 lock-out. I have watched a total of 2 periods of hockey in the past 2 seasons. I live very close to Pittsburgh and still follow the Pens, but it is an afterthought thru the net and local paper. The article does present an interesting premise of ESPN driving the sports interest of the U.S. I'm probably one of the few born and raised Southerners who don't give a damn about NASCAR, and the growth of that "sport" has been nothing short of amazing. I'm sure that growth is due, in part, to ESPN.

posted by FonGu at 05:54 PM on July 07

CONMEBOL not pleased with U.S.

Typical ignorant redneck ranting! posted by acelp99 at 12:31 PM CDT on July 5 acelp99, maybe you should try to add some substance to your input instead of hurling insults at people.

posted by FonGu at 01:41 PM on July 05

CONMEBOL not pleased with U.S.

It seems to me that the rationale of bringing Keller with such a young team is to put a voice of reason and experience in the leadership position. Keller has vast experience at many different levels and, in theory, should be able to direct the backfield and provide insight that only experience can bring. I also agree that Howard is a better keeper at this point in time. However, the question remains, would he be able to hold together a solid line (made up mainly of inexperienced players) during a route? I think a stablizing force during this meaningless tourney would do more for player development. Howard will learn to communicate with the youngsters as the slowly work their way into the first line.

posted by FonGu at 01:38 PM on July 05

CONMEBOL not pleased with U.S.

This is a tourney that doesn't count, so why not give the younger players a shot at getting a cap and some experience? A tourney atmosphere will generate more pressure on the youngsters than a simple international friendly. The only thing truely embarrassing has been their inability to finish. At times, they have done a nice job of maintianing possesion, switching, and building the attack out of the opposing third. Bradley did the important job two weeks ago - he got the boys to win the Gold Cup and qualify for the Confederations Cup.

posted by FonGu at 11:01 AM on July 05

Down Goes Kobayashi! Down Goes Kobayashi!

ESPN followed the hot dog contest with coverage of the spelling bee. Neither are sports.

posted by FonGu at 01:07 PM on July 04