Recent Comments by molafson

Second cyclist dead at Dakar, stage cancelled

Of the two dozen killed I wonder what the breakdown is for motorcycle vs. car vs. truck drivers. I seem to remember some car drivers getting shot or something a few years ago.

posted by molafson at 03:52 PM on January 12

It's MY ball, dammit!

If the Sox want it, why doesn't the team just buy it from him? Oh wait, I forgot how every baseball franchise is magically losing money.

posted by molafson at 04:50 PM on January 07

Makes Me Want to La La La La

I know the networks like to cross-promote their record label's musical acts during sporting events. But seriously, aside from the obvious economic considerations, who the fuck is programming these half time shows? Do they understand the TV audience for a college bowl game is probably not the kind of audience that will be receptive to these pop princesses? I don't see why they don't show Dave Matthews or The Roots (or whatever big acts they have signed that might actually appeal to their audience demographic). At least they had their token country singer for the redneck dollar.

posted by molafson at 02:20 PM on January 06

Half-Brained

To the people who have a problem with this flag thing...Don't like it? Don't look at it...Don't think about it. That's retard logic. We have this thing called "society" where everyone's actions affect everyone else.

posted by molafson at 07:33 AM on December 30

"Giants Stadium, on this afternoon of Eli Manning's debut, is Plato's Cave. The millions of people watching the game are inside the cave, staring at shadows on the wall.

How so? His use seems to match my understanding. It's been a while... however, in Plato's metaphor the shadows on the wall are reality (as humans experience it), whereas the things creating the shadows/reality are the universal forms or ideals. I don't see WTF that has to do with football though.

posted by molafson at 05:11 PM on December 20

"Giants Stadium, on this afternoon of Eli Manning's debut, is Plato's Cave. The millions of people watching the game are inside the cave, staring at shadows on the wall.

Ha ha, I don't think that guy understands Plato's metaphor.

posted by molafson at 08:04 PM on December 19

Air Swamp?

Awesome. Don't let the door hit your ass on the way out, Vince.

posted by molafson at 06:31 PM on December 17

Is American Soccer catching the NHL's flu?

Weird. It never occurred to me that players got paid for representing their country in international competition.

posted by molafson at 09:56 PM on December 15

S.S. Lazio

I think sometimes Americans mistakenly believe that European nations are tolerant, pluralistic societies. However, that does not seem to be the case. What do you think would happen if the fans threw bananas at the players during a major league baseball game? Would that be tolerated?

posted by molafson at 09:22 PM on December 10

G8 hurts back imitating Torvill and Dean, blames Jimmie Five Bellies. David Seaman to the rescue.

My memories of Gazza ever being a decent footballer have all been replaced by memories of him being a lazy, stupid, drunk buffoon

posted by molafson at 02:30 AM on December 09

Giambi admits steroid use.

Maybe it's me but I don't care. You still have to hit the damn ball. More strength produces greater bat-speed, which enables you to wait fractionally longer before swinging. And the longer you wait before swinging, the better you "see" the ball. So steroids can give you an edge in overall batting average. At least that is what I've read.

posted by molafson at 11:53 AM on December 02

Red Sox win again.

I don't get it. Were the Marlins or the Angels named the "sportsman of the year" when they won it? What's the big deal -- just the stupid sentiment attached to the myth of a curse, or the team's patently false "lovable losers" image?

posted by molafson at 11:48 PM on November 28

FoxSportsWorld Fox Soccer Channel

The soccer offerings on FSW Canada are mostly B-list (French, German, South American, etc.) with some Premiership and Serie A stuff on weekly tape delay.

posted by molafson at 08:10 PM on November 27

"All it takes to own an ABA franchise is $10,000 and a business plan. About the same as it is to open a McDonald's franchise."

The ABA, in alot of people's eyes are being really reckless in thier expansion. Going from 7 to 56 teams isn't reckless, it's a ponzi scheme.

posted by molafson at 10:20 PM on November 18

Follow Up

Sheldon Keefe being the older brother of Adam Keefe, the player who attacked Mike Danton's younger brother on the ice last week... WTF is with this guy Frost? Does he have the power of hypnosis? He's like a parasite, and someone really ought to do something.

posted by molafson at 04:36 PM on November 16

Frost protege take a run at Mike Danton's younger brother

Sorry if this incident has already been covered. I just heard it on the radio and it was too bizarre to pass up. I mean, WTF?

posted by molafson at 05:36 PM on November 12

Robinho's mother kidnapped

saying the reports that it was an act of revenge or extortion were not true I can't really think of any other reason to kidnap someone, though.

posted by molafson at 12:41 PM on November 09

The Sox have a big party, and Pedro gets beaned.

Creepy resentful little midget detained for questioning.

posted by molafson at 01:25 AM on October 31

It happens every year, in every sport.

In the CFL when they send the scrubs on how can you tell?

posted by molafson at 12:00 AM on October 30

Do you miss hockey?

I will miss hockey when there's no MLB, NFL, NBA, or Premier League on television.

posted by molafson at 09:17 PM on October 23

Just shoe it

Who the hell wears baseball shoes?

posted by molafson at 05:27 PM on October 21

Win one for the Gipper

Call them the Washington Presidents then. Unless you're a partisan hack who's just looking to constantly slob the knob of the GOP.

posted by molafson at 12:05 PM on October 07

Meet Neve and Gliz.

I think Neve & Gliz are cool (get it?)

posted by molafson at 11:04 PM on October 02

258!

This is a far better achievement than the steroid, er I mean, home run record.

posted by molafson at 12:42 AM on October 02

US sports hooliganism vs British sports hooliganism

What a pointless editorial.

posted by molafson at 09:13 PM on September 29

G4TechTv to run video game NHL season

Not to mention that it's probably a pretty poor simulation.

posted by molafson at 04:32 PM on September 23

G4TechTv to run video game NHL season

This is a pretty stupid idea. The CPU vs. CPU simulation is deterministic, unlike real life which is not (hence the excitement of sports).

posted by molafson at 04:31 PM on September 23

New Olympic Sports being considered for 2012

Delete all events that are scored by judges.

posted by molafson at 10:54 AM on September 23

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And gall darn it, just another black eye for cycling. Ban all dopers... for life Banning cyclists for doping is like banning hockey players for skating.

posted by molafson at 04:53 PM on September 21

Football Fans For Truth

"Every country gets the circus it deserves."

posted by molafson at 11:08 AM on September 19

Vince Carter demands to be traded

Not that they probably will (get a good trade), given Carter's putting himself out like that.

posted by molafson at 11:41 PM on September 16

It's not yet 2:30 pm EST,

It would be pretty good if this causes 6 or 8 of the pointless expansion teams to go bankrupt and tightens up the league a bit.

posted by molafson at 03:24 PM on September 15

Well, that will put the taint on an otherwise pretty enjoyable season.

Don't be so melodramatic. It's not like he took out a rifle and started shooting people.

posted by molafson at 04:35 AM on September 14

No Gold = $125,000

Yeah, behavior like this has no place in the Olympics. The Olympics are all about international cooperation, brotherly competition, and placing sportsmanship above petty concerns like money and business. (Laugh-o-rama!)

posted by molafson at 09:00 PM on September 07

Everton sells wunderkid Rooney to Man U.

For the last decade or so, Man United has been a revolving door for strikers. They have a higher turnover rate than the Yankees pitching staff.

posted by molafson at 09:55 PM on August 31

Yeah, Canada should really take policy advice from the I-O-frickin'-C

I'm of the opinion that the Olympics are a waste of money, and further I don't care if Canada (my country) wins medals or not. Let them have their dog and pony show in Vancouver... so what?

posted by molafson at 01:24 AM on August 31

Warner chosen over Manning

Didn't I just see Warner throw like 4 interceptions and get sacked even more?

posted by molafson at 05:13 PM on August 29

Radcliffe was a sore loser

Sometimes it is wiser to quit and to cut your losses. That may be cynical but it's the way life works sometimes. Also, this isn't like the Australian rower, since Radcliffe's failure/quitting really only affects herself.

posted by molafson at 03:01 PM on August 25

Movable Feat

The Atlanta games used venues all throughout Georgia Oh sorry I forgot that Georgia was a country... and Utah too. I wasn't talking about the physical size of the place. More like the diffusion throughout an entire population base. E.g. when the USA hosted the World Cup in 1994, I believe they played in NY, Chicago, LA, Florida, Texas, DC, etc.

posted by molafson at 03:16 AM on August 24

They said they'd throw me off the boat

Yes, like in any other job, if you puss out on your group and leave them twisting in the wind, they'll be rather angry.

posted by molafson at 09:40 PM on August 23

Movable Feat

One big difference between the World Cup and the Olympics is the World Cup is staged in a whole country (or two) rather than a single city. Surely this lessens the problems of traffic, construction, crowd control, etc. However, I think the major difference is that FIFA is better organized and employs better consultants than the IOC and its national counterparts.

posted by molafson at 04:31 PM on August 23

Movable Feat

The FIFA World Cup changes location every four years, and you don't see tons of problems with that.

posted by molafson at 02:49 PM on August 23

Prime Time again?

Whatever happens, it'll be better than his broadcasting career.

posted by molafson at 12:45 AM on August 17

Plot to shake up Manchester United board

The profitability of a team (what the shareholders care about) does not necessarily relate to the team's winning or losing. Harold Ballard could tell you that.

posted by molafson at 09:41 PM on August 16

Americans told how to fly the flag...

Come on. The modern games have never been anything but jingoistic nonsense coupled with egotistical grandstanding.

posted by molafson at 12:01 AM on August 11

The defense calls... Shaquille O'Neal to the stand?

"Counsel objects to Mr. O'Neal's testimony, on the grounds that his monotone voice is impossible to understand."

posted by molafson at 01:30 AM on August 04

Why America hates football

In Canada all the Euro 2004 games were shown on TV. In general, we get more soccer on regular TV than the US. However, for some reason the Old Firm matches (yawn) are shown only in pubs. And off the top of my head, I don't think Spanish Premiera Liga matches are available.

posted by molafson at 03:03 PM on August 02

Why America hates football

I agree. Who cares if professional soccer never flourishes in the United States? In fact, if MLS is any indication of the character of US soccer, I hope it never succeeds. As long as they keep showing top UK/European matches on American TV, most of us will be happy.

posted by molafson at 04:10 AM on August 02

Famous anus:

Then I thought of the time I was at the gym and overheard three of the regulars (2 men, 1 woman)loudly discussing their oral herpes. FYI, around 80-90% of American adults are infected with HSV-1, the virus that causes oral herpes. So it's not like the folks at your gym are a bunch of dirty perverts or something... Genital herpes is caused mostly by HSV-2. Only 25% of American adults are infected with HSV-2 (which is still a lot if you think about it).

posted by molafson at 11:14 PM on July 26

Ricky isn't running anymore.

Well the Dolphins weren't poised on the brink of Super Bowl glory anyway.

posted by molafson at 02:33 AM on July 25

Armstrong punishes a personal enemy

This seems to be a case of "the man doth protest too much." He's all freaked out by the drugs scandal because he's probably on drugs. Likely all the top riders are. Why can't people accept that? So Lance is all riled up because of this drug investigation so he gets all pissy and decides that winning the Tour isn't enough -- no, he also has to ruin someone else's race for no good reason.

posted by molafson at 01:04 AM on July 24

Why bullfighting sucks

The only thing I know about bullfighting is that lots of people get angry about bullfighting, and some macho man always references Hemingway.

posted by molafson at 11:32 PM on July 17

Frost was target,

CBC comes to its senses and retains Cherry I hope that crusty old fart-bag dies live on the air. More likely he'll spontaneously turn into dust and disintegrate like an Egyptian mummy. Hockey fans wondering when Frost will be arrested for being creepy as hell. Agreed.

posted by molafson at 12:37 PM on July 16

Le Monde

Don't be naive. Every cyclist in the Tour is probably doing something tricky with supplements or blood doping. It's just a matter of who's being smart about it versus those who are careless enough to get caught (where I suppose the expertise of the team doctors plays a role). Cycling has always been dirty (from cocaine to amphetamines to EPO to god-knows-what). But this doesn't reduce my enjoyment of watching the Tour, for some reason.

posted by molafson at 02:33 AM on July 16

The Premiership kicks off in one month.

Can someone more knowledgable explain how Crespo, bought for GBP16M only a year ago, is simply lent to Inter for a year? You'll notice from the news recently that Russian oil billionaires are not know for being careful with money.

posted by molafson at 06:14 PM on July 15

Edwards' positive test means that the every athlete on the podium in [the 2003] World 200m has now failed a dope test

I have been developing a no-fail strategy to sweep the gold medals in athletics: finish dead last in every event, then wait until everyone else is eliminated for drug use. The winner by default - me! See you on the Wheaties box, chumps.

posted by molafson at 01:34 PM on July 15

Rolling... in my 5.0 with my rag-top down, so my hair can blow.

Shaq is my favorite player. But I'm still not gonna watch Eastern conference ball.

posted by molafson at 02:11 AM on July 12

And Jason Giambi's numbers are down.

posted by molafson at 01:53 AM on July 12

Mutant muscle-boy found; sports career and sponsorhips beckon.

He's "super-strong" because he can lift 7 lbs at 5 years old? I was carrying gallons of milk at that age, and they're heavier than that...sounds like they're just comparing him to a bunch of pansies... You are my new hero. Those German scientists are clearly fawning over the wrong ubermensch. Hey eggheads, the real tough guy is over here on SportsFilter.

posted by molafson at 11:54 PM on June 24

Phil Jackson steps down as Lakers coach

Here's a pretty good take on the situation. More from that piece: "In the short term, he'll at least offer Kobe a quasi-general manager job, meaning Kobe can help pick the new coach, and, ostensibly, Shaq's replacement." Excuse me while I vomit... This is a bad thing for the Lakers, and it's a bad thing for Kobe.

posted by molafson at 12:32 AM on June 19