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Calvin Peete: who taught himself how to play golf at 24[!!] and became the most successful black player on the PGA Tour before the arrival of Tiger Woods, died Wednesday morning, the PGA Tour said. He was 71.

posted by rumple to golf at 02:02 PM on April 29 - 3 comments

The gym on the Titanic, and other early 19th century ocean liners.: "I was up early before breakfast and met the professional racquet player in a half hour's warming up for a swim in the six foot deep tank of saltwater heated to a refreshing temperature." -- Colonel Archibald Gracie, Titanic Survivor.

posted by rumple to general at 04:56 PM on March 20 - 2 comments

Igor Larionov reflects on playing for Red Army, and what is wrong with North American hockey: "If you look at the coaches in Juniors and minor league hockey, many of them were not skill players. It’s a lot of former enforcers and grinders who take these coaching jobs. Naturally, they tell their players to be just like them. Their players are 17, 18 years old — younger than I was when I joined the Red Army team. Say what you want about the Whiplash mentality (or the Soviet mentality), but if coaches are going to push kids at that age, why are they pushing them to play a simple game? Why aren’t coaches pushing them to create a masterpiece? We lose a lot of Pavel Datsyuks to the closed-minded nature of the AHL and NHL."

posted by rumple to hockey at 02:21 PM on February 23 - 8 comments

Annotated list: the 25 best photos of Muhammad Ali, inside and outside the ring.

posted by rumple to boxing at 11:27 PM on November 01 - 5 comments

Over the Hill: The late career decline of Steve Nash, a review essay covering The Finish Line and 7 Seconds or Less. “If you ever see a child move,” [Nash] says in the first episode of the series, “they’re totally uninhibited. They just move freely, they don’t think about it, they’re not straining or protecting, they just are. You know, at my best, I am childlike out there.” It may be the most tragic line in the whole series; in capturing precisely what he once had, we also understand what he’s lost.

posted by rumple to basketball at 12:46 PM on July 15 - 1 comment

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CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

Winnipeg by 7

Montreal by 5

BC by 4

Toronto by 12

posted by rumple at 08:09 PM on June 29

The 11th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Montreal by 3

Calgary by 15

Edmonton by 10

Winnipeg by 5

posted by rumple at 03:07 PM on June 23

Ex-Met Darryl Hamilton found dead in murder-suicide

Oh yeah, forgot about McNair. Didn't know about Hartman. Still, without anything to back it up, it seems like the murder-suicide is almost quintessentially a male crime.

posted by rumple at 01:49 AM on June 23

Pete Rose bet on MLB games while an active player in those games.

It's fairly hypocritical of baseball, a sport that has seen it's share of cheating scandals and overall bad behaviour, to decide that there is one single kind of misbehaviour that will get you a life sentence. I mean, wasn't it like way back last week that the Cardinals were found to have hacked another team's intellectual/commercial property? Baseball has this holier than thou thing going on which is frankly ludicrous and a figleaf on what is a cut-throat business.

It's like the NCAA, full of some terrible shenanigans, but OMG if an athlete gets a free pen then pin his ass to the wall. Obviously what Rose did was not right, and obviously he's kind of a jackass which doesn't help his case, but enough is enough.

posted by rumple at 01:46 AM on June 23

Tokyo 2020 Committee Releases Short List of New Sports

Skateboard would be cool too. Amazing skills and it would attract a good demographic which always seems to matter in these things.

I'd watch downhill longboard races!

posted by rumple at 01:39 AM on June 23

Ex-Met Darryl Hamilton found dead in murder-suicide

Was not expecting him to be the murdered one. I can't think of another woman-instigated murder suicide. Very sad all around. And the poor baby.

posted by rumple at 09:57 PM on June 22

Tokyo 2020 Committee Releases Short List of New Sports

Squash seems like a no brainer. Very widely played and demanding high athleticism.

I'd live to see some climbing events too. Such great athletes.

posted by rumple at 09:53 PM on June 22

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Comparing pitstops across motorsports.

posted by rumple at 01:53 PM on June 21

Max Scherzer Has Perfect Game Through 8 2/3, But Hits Tabata

What's up with the chocolate sauce thing?

posted by rumple at 02:21 AM on June 21

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

It seems like these top flight athletes should be able to, tired or not, just metronomically drain 95% of free throws. I mean, look what those biathlon athletes can do when completely maxxed out.

But basketball has never been my thing mainly because I never grew past the knee high stage, so who knows. I was more of a low centre of gravity rugby player wherein finesse under stress was actually maladaptive.

posted by rumple at 05:55 PM on June 15

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Speaking of basketball (which I don't really follow) but not the current series, I thought this image of a recent LA Lakers team free throw percentage in practice vs free throw percentage in games was pretty interesting, to see who drops off the most under pressure.

(Not sure how to do inline images that aren't the wrong size)

posted by rumple at 12:48 PM on June 15

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Players from the losing team have won MVP (Conn Smythe) in the NHL a few times. Always a goalie who's dragged his team to the finals IIRC.

posted by rumple at 12:46 PM on June 15

American Pharoah vs. Secretariat

The 2015 announcer sure sounds like a robot compared to the 1973 one, who sounds like a deranged fan in the best way.

posted by rumple at 01:46 PM on June 12

Corey Crawford Comes Up Big as Blackhawks Even Stanley Cup at 2

I think Duncan Keith is ahead right now, since Toews and Kane have dried up a little.

Tampa is pretty wide open, could be Johnson if he scores a few more, could be Bishop if he is great down the stretch, could be Hedman.

posted by rumple at 01:17 AM on June 12

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Lawrence Phillips: letters home from prison

posted by rumple at 03:15 PM on June 07