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Go Jays. Go Sens. Go
GOAT. Go rouge.
(Lose Leafs Lose.)
In our hearts forever:
Andy Peters vs. Rob Ray
. Okay, so it turns out that you can't watch that video anymore. Damn. In its place, I present to you Aaron Downey vs Brad Norton
the fight that changed the NHL forever.
Sara Orlesky is cute, but Patricia Boal is always in the right place at the right time.
Coming real soon.
There are certain inalienable truths in sports, at least according to me.
- "Intangibles" do not exist in any meaningful form. If a player brings something "intangible" to his team, that should be reflected in either his individual stats or the team's stats. If not, then his "intangibles" have no value and are not worth discussing.
- The NHL's regular season standings will remain inherently unfair until all games are worth the same number of points.
- The pitch-out is the best play ever conceived in any sport.
- You are not a unique snowflake: everybody here is a fan of a team. Referring to said team in the first-person possessive does nothing to strengthen your argument or make you stand out. Indeed, a comment beginning with "My Brewers" taints the comment's value by informing me that you're arguing through the blue-and-gold-tinted glasses of a Brewers fan, and not objectively as a sports fan. Be proud, but be reasonable.
- Winning breeds relaxation, losing breeds frustration. It is infinitely easier to get along with your teammates when you're winning lots of games. Let's stop gazing at .600 teams and talking about how they're all bosom buddies. (Feel free to do the same with .400 teams, though.)
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Like most discriminating SpoFites, I'm really picky about the commentators and analysts that I have to watch and listen to. Fortunately, there are a few shining stars which pop up on my television. Included with your basic Rogers Cable package up here is a scrappy small-market sports channel, The Score. Their programming's centred around their near-constant highlight/update reels. They're my favourite in terms of sports news and entertainment: they just have fun with the stuff.
Tell it like it is
Sunday afternoons feature The Score on the NFL
, which keeps track of the millions of games going on at once. December 19, they were doing their usual mid-afternoon round-up. The game was Minnesota at Detroit:
[highlight reel running]
"Minnesota gets one late in the fourth quarter to go up by seven, but it doesn't matter, because Detroit marches right back to score the major with eight seconds left in the game."
[boxscore screen comes up]
"It's still 28-27 as we're just waiting for the extra point, I'm just watching it now... and THEY MUFFED THE SNAP! They muffed the snap! Amazing. Amazing. Eight seconds left, the touchdown, and they muffed the snap. Okay, hang on, we gotta get you this picture. Amazing. Amazing."
[highlight comes up]
"Okay, here is it. This JUST HAPPENED, folks. Detroit scores to nearly tie it up, and they muff the snap. Amazing. Amazing. Man. Lions suck."
I love good sports journalism.
How to call a Tampa Bay home run
From MLB highlights on The Score Tonight, Summer 2006:
TIM: Fifth inning, Johnny Gomes at the dish. Now he's a model, if you know what I mean, 'cause he does his little thing on the catwalk.
SID: On the catwalk?
TIM: On the catwalk, yeah.
SID: He does his little thing on the catwalk?
TIM: That's correct.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week 10: The Pick 'Em is hitting the halfway mark of the season in full stride: three games were nailed last week as the lead changes again. But perhaps our valiant players will finally be challenged by the traditional Week 10 grudge matches of the Labour Day Classic. Grab your extra vowels and make your picks inside.
posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 10:22 PM on August 25 - 15 comments
CFL Pick 'Em, Week 9: The marathon week ends with points for everyone. More games means more chances to nail 'em, which you guys did in spades. But it's going to get tougher now, as Toronto may just be not-so-terrible and the West teams start playing each other. Grab your flippin' coin and make your picks inside.
posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 09:23 AM on August 20 - 13 comments
CFL Pick 'Em, Week 8: Here come the points! Big weeks for many of you shake up the standings. And with a bonus game this week, things are just starting to get interesting. That's right, it's a doubleheader week for the Argos. Note that the first game is on Tuesday, so get a move on and make your picks inside!
posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 11:40 AM on August 10 - 17 comments
CFL Pick 'Em, Week 7: If you were lured to the CFL Pick 'Em with promises of points galore, hoo boy were you misinformed. Either the league is super wacky this season, or we're all just terrible at this, but man alive have points been tough to come by so far. But maybe this is the week that your luck turns around, so polish your lucky penny and make your picks inside.
posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 10:04 AM on August 04 - 14 comments
CFL Pick 'Em, Week 6: The underdogs win three of four, which makes for entertaining viewing, but doesn't help out much in the pick 'em scoring department. Pick yourself up, appreciate the one or two points that Saskatchewan generously threw your way, and make your picks inside.
posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 09:44 AM on July 30 - 13 comments