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cabuki
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Location: Schiplaken, Belgium
Gender: I'm all man, lady!!!
Member since: April 24, 2006
Last visit: May 29, 2013

cabuki has posted 5 links and 56 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 44 comments to the Locker Room.

Sports Bio

I've been playing sports since I was 5 years old when my mom signed my brothers and I up for soccer to get us out of the house and give her some peace and quiet. Since then, I've played tons of different sports: football, tennis, baseball, golf, ice hockey, volleyball, track & field, skiing... well, you get the picture. I managed to be good enough at some of them to win some awards in high school and compete as a decathlete in college.

Shortly after college, I tore my ACL and followed that up with a back injury which put me on the sidelines for about 3 years and ended my beer-league hockey career. I'm now living in Belgium and playing baseball in my spare time.

I'll never forget the first football game I went to as a student at Ohio State. It was against Notre Dame and the atmosphere was electric. I couldn't believe the number of people tailgating and partying outside the stadium. And then when I got inside, I was stunned. A sea of Scarlet and Gray packed into the Horseshoe. Awesome.

Recent Links

Bet I can. Bet you can't.: This past Saturday, a friendly bar wager between me, my twin brother and my former baseball teammate came to life.

posted by cabuki to fantasy at 02:03 PM on September 20 - 9 comments

Nadal wins 4th straight French Open in a rout.: Rafael Nadal put on a clinic against World #1 Roger Federer to match Bjorn Borg's record for consecutive victories at Roland Garros. He was so dominant, he felt he had to apologize to Federer for the result.

posted by cabuki to tennis at 02:02 PM on June 08 - 21 comments

Firecracker tragedy halts Malha match:: During the match, with a minute and a half remaining in the contest, a fan standing above the Amir section in Malha threw the fire cracker onto the floor, prompting the guard to run, scoop up the explosive and jump on it to absorb the blast in front of the Holon bench.

posted by cabuki to basketball at 03:36 AM on November 14 - 19 comments

McLaren lose 2007 points, fined $100m : but Alonso and Hamilton keep their driver's points. They are, however, barred from appearing on the podium the rest of the season. More news here.

posted by cabuki to auto racing at 02:04 PM on September 13 - 13 comments

Argentine match postponed after fans block buses.: Violence, death threats and reports of attempted match fixing have forced the AFA to ban fans from attending away matches to try to bring the situation under control.

posted by cabuki to soccer at 04:45 PM on November 19 - 4 comments

Recent Comments

Report: Peyton Manning Has Picked Broncos

Whoever gets Tebow would be better served trying to convert him into a fullback or tight end. He's a hell of an athlete, just not a quarterback.

posted by cabuki at 06:54 AM on March 20

Jose Reyes Pulls Self from Game, Wins NL Batting Title

Is this a troll? He was at .3995, so he would have finished at .400 and his manager offered to keep him out of the two meaningless games.

yerfatmama, I was not trolling. I know he was below .400 but it would have rounded up and he could have not played and gotten the mark. It was a question about what he would have done if his average was above .400 and he was given the option to sit out. I was not aware he played a double header on the last day of the season and could have sat out the second game to keep his average intact.

posted by cabuki at 05:51 AM on October 03

Jose Reyes Pulls Self from Game, Wins NL Batting Title

cixelsyd, he did not win "an award for quitting." He won the batting title, which if I'm not mistaken, is given to the player with the highest batting average for the entire season. He had enough at bats to qualify and it was a meaningless game, so why should he have done anything different? Had the Mets needed a win to get into the playoffs and he did that, then I could understand the bitching, but otherwise, it's just hand-wringing over nothing.

If Ted Williams was hitting .40001 heading into the final (meaningless) game, would he have played knowing it could possibly mean he wasn't going to finish with a .400 average?

posted by cabuki at 11:32 AM on September 29

Former Met Is First Player to Test Positive for H.G.H.

I was going to question the need to point out he's a former Met and then I saw it was the NY Times and figured they needed to tie it to NY in order for their local readers to care about it.

I have to say it's surprising he admitted to doing it. He could have tied it up in the appeals process for a long time and only have to deal with the "alleged HGH user" tag. It doesn't make it right for using HGH, but at least he didn't try to hind behind a bullshit excuse.

posted by cabuki at 08:55 AM on August 20

Bad Blood in Epic Verlander/Weaver Pitching Duel

This isn't the first time someone's gotten mad about a bunt in a no-hit situation. In 2001 against the Diamondbacks, San Diego's Ben Davis blooped a bunt for a single killing Curt Schilling's perfect game bid in the 8th inning.

I also find it funny that Detroit is complaining about this now. In 2009, Detroit's Gerald Laird tried bunting against Josh Beckett in the 6th inning to break up a no-no. Laird ultimately failed, but he was hit by a pitch in his next at bat.

I think any arguments against trying to bunt for a hit are bunk. If the game's close, I'm doing whatever I can to help my team win. If I see the opposing defense playing back, I'll drop a bunt down and hope I reach safely - either by hit or error.

posted by cabuki at 03:25 PM on August 01

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

It didn't look like he made contact with the glove on Lugo, but I still don't think I would have called safe in that situation.

posted by cabuki at 05:47 PM on July 27

What Is Rickey Henderson Doing In Newark?

I started reading the article and thought, "Rickey is still playing? Isn't he in his 50s by now?" Then I saw the article was from 2003. Fun read, nonetheless.

posted by cabuki at 04:19 PM on February 26

Illegal Swimmer Breaks Backstroke World Record

They put that rule in a while ago when a couple guys figured out they could dolphin kick most of the race and win:

From Wikipedia:

Breaking the water surface reduces the speed in swimming. The swimmers Daichi Suzuki (Japan) and David Berkoff (America) used this for the 100 m backstroke at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. Berkoff swam 33 m of the first lane completely underwater using only a dolphin kick, far ahead of his competition. A sports commentator called this a Berkoff Blastoff. Suzuki, having practiced the underwater technique for 10 years, surfaced only a little bit earlier, winning the race in 55.05. At that time, this was not restricted by FINA backstroke rules. The backstroke rules were quickly changed in the same year by the FINA to ensure the health and safety of the swimmers, limiting the underwater phase after the start to ten meters, which was expanded to 15 m in 1991.

posted by cabuki at 05:40 AM on February 15

What If NFL Teams Wore Soccer Uniforms?

If the guy is smart, he'll at least apply for an NFL license. The worst they can say is no. But he might get lucky and get approved. If that happens, he'd make quite a pretty penny from these.

posted by cabuki at 06:43 PM on February 05

New overtime rules for playoffs start this weekend

I still think they should abandon the sudden death format of overtime. Play an extra quarter. If it's still tied, play another. If it's still tied after that, let the kickers decide it by starting at the 30 and moving back 5 yards until someone misses. If they both miss at the same spot, they both kick again from the same place. If they both miss again, move forward 5 yards. These wouldn't just be kicker and holder situations, either. It'd be a regulation play, the defense can try to block the kick. I'd even be open for the offense to run a fake, but they'd have to score a TD for it to count.

posted by cabuki at 05:37 AM on January 06

Bet I can. Bet you can't.

It was a ton of fun and made me miss playing. Until the next morning when my knees and back reminded me why I retired.

posted by cabuki at 03:41 PM on September 22

NHL team names, and how they got them.

@BoKnows, I was attending tOSU when they were awarded the team. A lot of people I knew really liked Explorers but obviously not enough of them liked it for it to win.

posted by cabuki at 02:13 PM on September 20

Bet I can. Bet you can't.

The Challenge: 30 swings each to hit a home run.

The field has a very short left field power alley (270 feet) and we were allowed to swing aluminum. (When I played with the club, we were in the top division and used wood.) I haven't hit a homerun since I was 12 years old and it was an accident. Did I mention this was a bar bet?

My swings

My brother's swings

posted by cabuki at 02:07 PM on September 20

Martin Kaymer Wins Wild P.G.A.

What was odd was there were spectators standing in it as he was trying to play. I'm not sure I would have thought it was a hazard if I was playing in those conditions, either.

posted by cabuki at 05:27 AM on August 16

Fantasy World Cup Round Up

I was lucky to get any points in the quarters. Fortunately for me, I picked Spain to win it all.

posted by cabuki at 02:54 PM on July 14