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Gary Bettman: Players locked out September 15th if no deal is reached: Would a second lockout in a decade be disastrous for hockey or for Bettman?

posted by dfleming to hockey at 03:23 PM on August 09 - 7 comments

According to Forbes' Fab 40: Tiger Woods still has the richest brand among athletes...and still by a very wide margin. The Yankees surpassed Man U as the richest team brand and the most valuable overall brand in sports is the Super Bowl. No word on whether the BAR (brand above replacement) advanced stats were used in this analysis.

posted by dfleming to golf at 06:38 AM on October 05 - 0 comments

'Thank God It Just Popped Back In': Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo gruesomely dislocated his elbow with 7 minutes left in the third quarter Saturday night against the Miami Heat and was taken to the locker room. He returned and one-armed the entire fourth quarter of the crucial 97-81 win, bringing the series to 2-1 Heat.

posted by dfleming to basketball at 01:44 PM on May 08 - 9 comments

Memphis come back from 16 down, win in OT: Zach Randolph's 21pt/21reb performance has the upstart Grizz up 2-1 over the Thunder.

posted by dfleming to basketball at 08:55 PM on May 07 - 3 comments

Mike Kelly: of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers was relieved of his duties as coach yesterday. It turns out, he's not very good on or off the field.

posted by dfleming to football at 08:54 AM on December 18 - 4 comments

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SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Robert Griffin III is out for at least a few weeks, but if he needs surgery may be done for the year.

If Kirk Cousins plays as well as he did in relief, it's going to put the Redskins in a real pickle - you don't want your franchise QB to lose his job due to injury, but if he is susceptible to the big injury and he's ineffective for long periods as he works his way back to health, maybe the Redskins will be better off with a steadier hand who can stay on the field.

posted by dfleming at 09:13 AM on September 15

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

I'm not suggesting if someone attacks you that you get to go medieval on their ass way beyond the point of deflecting/stopping the attack, but throwing a punch when someone comes at you is almost instinctual, and provided that's all it is- one punch- it's justifiable even if there's a huge disparity in size.

I am 31. I have, in my life, never thrown a punch. I have taken a couple (both at bars.) The instinct that people feel in this arena seems to congregate over, and over, and over with the same people. The vast, vast majority of the population seems entirely capable of controlling it.

By the way - this is exactly the line of reasoning abusers take with people they abuse. It's my natural instinct baby and I can't help it - you just need to stop doing X, so I don't end up hitting you. It's bullshit blaming the victim. People who can inflict major damage have a greater responsibility to avoid doing so. What they do escalates too quickly.

For example, we have Hope Solo arrested for attacking her sister and underage nephew back in June, and she's still on the playing field, setting records, while she awaits a November trial. So why is that not more of an outrage?

A.J. Jefferson (formerly of the Vikings) strangled a woman this time last year and there wasn't as much play either - suspension was lifted quickly after it was levied. There's a popularity multiplier effect here - the NFL is way more popular than women's soccer, and even within the NFL, players are more well known than others. Further - in this case, the video has been widely shared and it really resonates with a lot of people.

The way you analyze why this situation is so raw for people to me seems like you're trying to validate a foregone conclusion on how "sexism" is affecting men negatively. You want to focus on the minority, or the individual situations like Hope Solo in a vacuum - meanwhile, across the country, the vast, vast majority of assault (based on actual cite-able statistics, and not "studies" which you don't cite) is perpetrated by men. You seem to have very little to say about that - but in a post where the "heart" is about the NFL sticking to punishment in its own arena, you have a whole hell of a lot to say about women's actions and roles in gendered violence.

It doesn't seem like the moderators are censoring you at all, so quit martyring yourself on not getting civil discourse here. Part of civil discourse is ignoring or blocking people whose opinions you don't like, including this MRA bullshit.

posted by dfleming at 07:42 AM on September 11

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

Domestic abuse isn't solely a male on female problem As much as archaic and sexist people like to pretend otherwise, the apparent truth is that domestic abuse is fairly gender neutral, with each gender having roughly equal splits as offenders. I've seen studies suggesting a 40/60 female/male split, as well as ones that suggest more severe physical violence actually skews towards female perpetrators (indeed, apparently lesbian couples have the highest incidence of domestic abuse). It's certainly not unheard of for a woman to physically attack her mate, or to initiate violence, and I for one think the "but a MAN doesn't EVER hit a WOMAN" moral is old-fashioned and incredibly sexist.

Most people think people shouldn't ever hit people - and there's a bigger onus on people with significant height, weight, and strength advantage to tread lightly. Provocation doesn't excuse everything that comes afterwards. You can't kill someone of ANY gender, for example, because they slapped you. Our court system takes a number of things into consideration when it levies a charge, including the broader context.

Look at the size difference between these two. Do you really think Ray Rice couldn't have held her off in any way without knocking her out?

I don't know where the statistics and "studies" you cite come from, but most conventional sources such as the Bureau of Justice Statistics Crime Data Brief suggest that 85% of domestic violence (reported and unreported) is against women. Statistics on sexual violence are overwhelmingly with males as the perpetrators (either against women, or other males.)

Rather than focusing on who the victim is, focus on who the perpetrators are - violence of all kinds skews heavily to male-on-someone crime. That a small percentage of this is women-perpetrated is such a perverse place to put your focus - focusing on 1 out of every 6.5 people who are subject to domestic violence and claiming sexism in the process? Good grief. Here's a tissue. When we've solved ANY of the majority's sexism and violence issues, perhaps we'll give you a call.

And yes, in many instances women recant or withdraw their complaints, for a whole host of reasons - people being battered has huge psychological implications in addition to the physical ones. It doesn't negate the fact that it happened, nor does it reflect any less on Ray Rice's public image being an incredibly important part of his job.

Finally, what he does with the ball is only part of his job - considering where revenue comes from in the NFL, it's about being an attraction. The NFL didn't suspend him because they are a court - they suspended him because, as a representative of the NFL (who receives millions of dollars as a result of the NFL's reputation and marketability), he has tarnished their image. People do not want to be associated with a league who willfully employs people who commit violence against women. People don't mind being associated with a league who willfully employs people who commit DUI. The court of public opinion does matter, because the NFL ceases to exist and prosper without it.

You can't separate Ray Rice, the millionaire who profited from the public's opinion on the NFL for decades before he got there, from Ray Rice, the guy who runs with the football today. Thus, the NFL has a duty to keep up with the public's morality because without them, they have absolutely jack shit.

posted by dfleming at 08:21 AM on September 10

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

Apparently the NFL went only to law enforcement to request the video, not to the Casino, who say they would've gladly shown them the tape.

posted by dfleming at 07:24 AM on September 09

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

The last couple of years have made me feel bad about loving it - like I'm supporting brain damage, spousal abuse, animal abuse, etc when I'm watching. This two game suspension to indefinite ban thing has knocked the last bit of wind out of me. Yesterday was not a bad opening day, but I think I might take the next few Sundays off. I don't imagine I'm the only person feeling this way.

You're not. I've been there since the initial lacklustre response. Entertaining as it is, there is a tipping point where the bullshit you have to accept gets to be too much. I passed it with Ray Rice.

posted by dfleming at 06:25 PM on September 08

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

The really shitty side notion out of this is that the NFL needed video evidence to corroborate that spousal abuse really was bad enough to warrant an indefinite suspension. He hit her hard enough to knock her out. Regardless whether she hit him back, he's bigger, stronger and trained for violence.

This should be Goodell's time to get the fuck out. The disciplinary system in the NFL is completely void of any attachment to reality or morality. You set the culture, you deal with the fact the culture is one building bullies on and off the field. You're failing, commish.

posted by dfleming at 04:57 PM on September 08

Dangerous Experiment : A Roster of 25 Adam Dunns

I really enjoy that series - the content is interesting enough, but the enthusiasm of the writing sells it.

posted by dfleming at 08:39 AM on August 14

Tony Stewart Kills Driver in Dirt-Track Race

You can see Stewart's car fishtail and take a more direct route towards Ward than the previous driver did. It's tough at those speeds to know if it's intentional or not, or just the result of the previous corner.

On the surface, it looks like he throttled up, which given how long he's been driving for would not be a surprise that the car did what it did. It even looks a little like Ward is moving away from the car when he gets hit. But it's so quick it's tough to tell.

There's a lot going on here (i.e., Ward angrily wandering out into a tiny track and getting aggressive with a speeding vehicle), and the tape isn't great, but it kinda looks like Stewart might've done a couple of things to avoid this. I doubt he wanted to hit him, but a hot head leading to someone getting a little too close for comfort and it going awry? Not necessarily out of the question.

I really doubt unless an interview (or the Go Pro that's in all their cars) produces something really substantial that there will be criminal charges stemming from this, but man this just sucks.

posted by dfleming at 12:28 PM on August 10

Ray Rice Suspended for 2 Games

Are you going to stop watching football because of this?

Sorry - stepped away for a few days - and yes, I'm going to watch less football because of this. I'm not at no football level yet, but this is another step in that direction.

posted by dfleming at 02:02 PM on August 01

Ray Rice Suspended for 2 Games

You're moving the goalposts a bit by talking about whether men are doing enough about it. Where we started was whether men care.

I consider sitting idle, or not changing your behaviour because you find out a man beats women, as an attribute of a "meh" attitude. You don't care enough to do anything about it. If your definition of caring about things is the words we use, then we've got different definitions of what constitutes caring about something.

The goalposts were that people wouldn't change the channel because Ray Rice has beaten a woman - and that's the only morality the NFL knows. If when Rice comes back, and nothing changes in terms of Ravens viewership - then it's clear a predominantly male audience accepts a person who beats a woman so long as they play football. We can wax poetic about our beliefs, but it's our actions that are more than just smoke.

The suspensions would be longer if there were more $$ consequences for the NFL for employing people who commit domestic violence.

posted by dfleming at 05:39 PM on July 26

Ray Rice Suspended for 2 Games

All I'm saying is that I question the idea men have a "meh" attitude about this. I don't think you give most men enough credit.

Credit for what? Being aware it's a problem?

posted by dfleming at 09:41 AM on July 26

Ray Rice Suspended for 2 Games

I don't know any men who'd take a "meh" attitude about domestic violence, going back through my entire adulthood.

1 in 4 women report being the victim of domestic violence in their lifetime. Nearly 1 in 5 women report being the victim on sexual violence in their lifetime. And yet, in protests and organizations working to get those numbers down, the vast, vast majority of people standing up are women.

You don't have to be vocal to show you don't care - not showing up or doing anything about it is enough, particularly when these numbers mean with any kind of social circle you know people who've been a victim - whether you're aware or not.

posted by dfleming at 07:32 PM on July 25

Ray Rice Suspended for 2 Games

So how does the NFL justify the mentality that smoking pot is worse than beating on a woman?

They're a self-policing entity, for which the majority of fans either embrace or shrug off a massively cultivated violence culture.

The viewership is predominantly male and based on most research I've read, males as a whole tend towards a more 'meh' attitude towards physical and sexual violence towards women. We are perhaps getting to be more enlightened, but there are a metric fuckton of male viewership out there who won't change the channel because a woman-beater is playing.

Why are drugs so unfairly scrutinized? A largely Republican ownership group, surrounded by largely wealthy Republican friends, and the Maud Flanders' of the world who believe that athlete drug activity leads to kid drug activity, and thus smoking pot in your free time is worse than hitting a woman in your free time because ol' Whitey might not buy ad time next year.

There are no morals on what's worse or better - it's all about what brings in viewership and revenue. I find it more challenging every year getting geared up to cheer for a sport so fundamentally morally bankrupt.

posted by dfleming at 04:07 PM on July 24

Germany Wins World Cup

I was ranting to my wife about the same thing: sometimes soccer players fall to the ground without bracing themselves, but that's because they threw their arms up to indicate sniper fire. Arms down, no brace = unconscious. FIFA needs to offer either a stoppage or some kind of substitution rule for concussions. This World Cup had too many of them to ignore.

I agree. I've thought a third-party doctor running concussion protocol on any player who hits the deck claiming a head injury would do two good things - one, it would get players out of the game who need to be, but two, it might curb the dangerous embellishments to get a foul that lead to these kinds of injuries if they need to sit out 5+ minutes for an assessment.

posted by dfleming at 11:00 AM on July 14

LeBron James Returning to Cleveland

LeBron was well liked until the Decision. His letter admits his mistakes in how that was handled and in his boastful predictions of championships, but it's not like he was breaking a promise by leaving. He didn't owe Cleveland his entire career.

Well, the the thing about words like you are using - loyalty - is that it's about sticking it out through the tough times. It's about promises. Nobody owes anybody anything in the sports business, but if you're going to use hero and loyalty and all these big words - they mean transcending the ego and the business of sport. Otherwise they're meaningless fluff words.

I liked LeBron before the decision, and I think I can go back to liking him, but I and am further away than a one-year with a player option from talking about loyalty and forgetting the last four years. A week ago he was in Vegas with Pat Riley and talking to other teams. If it was such a no-brainer, loyalty-based decision, those meetings were completely pointless and wouldn't have happened.

He's owned up to his mistakes, and I'll give him credit for that, but let's see what happens if Cleveland goes 41-41 this year.

posted by dfleming at 11:27 AM on July 13