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Mr Bismarck
Name: Aleksandr Bismarck
Location: England
Member since: October 21, 2004
Last visit: May 27, 2016

Mr Bismarck has posted 61 links and 2459 comments to SportsFilter and 1 link and 300 comments to the Locker Room.

Sports Bio

A life-long Ipswich Town fan, I'm used to dim and distant triumphs, backed up with more recent disappointment. So you'll not be surprised to hear I follow the Dolphins, (0-2 in Superbowls in my time).

For a trivial aside, I have a career record of one catch for nine yards from future Hall of Fame Quarterbacks, when Dan Marino visited the UK in 1986.

He looked quite useful.

Recent Links

LeBron Taking His Talents Out of South Beach: LeBron James will exercise his early termination option and become an unrestricted free agent, his agent Richie Paul has informed the Miami Heat. He was scheduled to make $20 million next season. In James' four seasons with the team, the Heat went to four straight NBA Finals and won two championships.

posted by Mr Bismarck to basketball at 09:46 AM on June 24 - 18 comments

The Life And Death of Justin Fashanu: Roads and Kingdoms details the life of Justin Fashanu, the first black player in England to be transferred for 1,000,000 and the first openly gay English professional footballer.

posted by Mr Bismarck to soccer at 08:45 PM on March 04 - 0 comments

Former Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher Fights For Life: The seven-time World Champion remains in a coma in a French hospital after falling and injuring his head while skiing.

posted by Mr Bismarck to auto racing at 09:29 AM on December 30 - 3 comments

Mark Sanchez Hurt in Fourth Quarter of Preseason Game: Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News on what happened Saturday in the Jets/Giants preseason game: "Rex Ryan took ineptitude and incompetence to new heights with a boneheaded decision Saturday night that ultimately could seal his fate as the head coach of the Jets. Ryan, apparently consumed with winning a trophy of a Peanuts character, vaulted into the annals of dumb moves by putting Mark Sanchez into the fourth quarter of the Jets' meaningless preseason 24-21 overtime win over the Giants at MetLife Stadium. Sanchez promptly suffered a shoulder injury that clouds the Jets' quarterback situation."

posted by Mr Bismarck to football at 02:59 PM on August 25 - 10 comments

Jacksonville Owner Buys Fulham FC: Shahid Khan, owner of the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars, has bought Fulham FC of the English Premier League.

posted by Mr Bismarck to soccer at 08:52 PM on July 12 - 11 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Portland Timbers "welcomed" Vancouver this weekend in MLS...

If you zoom in, everyone in the crowd has tinfoil hats on.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:34 AM on May 23

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Hopefully I don't jinx the second half just by tuning in like I did yesterday.

It's not much of a superpower, but it's what I got.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 04:44 PM on May 17

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Derby County lost their Championship playoff semi final first leg 3-0 to Hull City. No team in Championship playoff history has ever come back losing the first leg 2-0 to win, but Derby are trying to go even better, as they lead Hull 2-0 at half time in the second leg.

Away goals don't count double in the playoffs until the end of extra time, so if Hull manage to grab one on the break the game wouldn't automatically be over.

Hopefully I don't jinx the second half just by tuning in like I did yesterday.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 03:48 PM on May 17

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Listened to the Brighton-Sheffield Wednesday Playoff Semi-Final 2nd Leg tonight and after a frantic first half both the commentators and text commentary on the BBC said "there's no way there won't be goals in this one in the second half!"

So I found a way to watch the second half and, of course... no goals.

Congrats to rcade's Wednesday side though for making the final. The playoffs are a funny thing - Wednesday probably had the worst form of the four sides going in and they've gone through, meanwhile Derby did the double over Hull during the season but they lost the first leg of the other semi-final 3-0.

If Wednesday do manage to go up they'll be the second Thai-owned Premiership team, joining Leicester City who just about avoided relegation this season.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 04:52 PM on May 16

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The Guardian's Premier League 2015-2016 Best and Worst has an exquisite quote about how much ground is covered by Leicester City's N'Golo Kante.

"No matter who we're playing, we play three in midfield - Drinkwater in the middle and Kant either side."

posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:06 PM on May 16

Leicester City One Step Closer to Immortality

Chelsea and Tottenham have been charged by the Football Association with three offences of failing to control their players and officials both during and after Monday's match.

As expected, there's also a charge of violent conduct against Dembele for his attempted eye-gouge on Diego Costa

posted by Mr Bismarck at 08:49 PM on May 04

Leicester City One Step Closer to Immortality

Aw, I was like Ranieri ... I had a doctor's appointment so I didn't see the match! Guess I'll have to stumble upon some videos.

Dembele will probably get a retroactive suspension, (to join Dele Alli from last week), and Eric Dier should almost certainly have gone for his late tackle that was very worthy of a second yellow card.

Chelsea fans were singing "Leicester! Champions!" and the Spurs players lost control. Pochettino had to run onto the field twice to pull his players out of confrontations, Guus Hiddink got shoved to the ground after the match and there was the usual handbags-at-dawn style fight around the tunnel area immediately after the final whistle.

It was great.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:24 PM on May 03

Leicester City One Step Closer to Immortality

As a fan of a lower-division English club (Ipswich)

There are dozens of us!

I'm also delighted for Leicester for that reason and because it means we've still won the title more recently than Spurs.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 05:39 PM on May 02

Leicester City One Step Closer to Immortality

I hope whoever it was that kidnapped Eden Hazard for seven months wasn't a Spurs fan. If so, they let him out a week too early.

Spurs did win the yellow card battle 9-3 though. And probably should have won that 11-3 with two red cards. They completely lost control as the championship slipped away.

The fight around the tunnel after the final whistle was a nice touch too.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 05:05 PM on May 02

Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension Reinstated for DeflateGate

Same as last year, the Patriots can go 3-1 with Janeane Garofalo at Quarterback.

They could probably win the division if Brady took 16 games off.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:31 PM on April 25

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Spanish third division striker Javi Gomez dared to Zlatan.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 07:01 PM on April 24

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Cheltenham Town really deceived everyone with this free kick routine...

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:53 AM on February 22

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Suarez does have his foot in the D and it would have been almost as funny if Suarez's greed had caused a re-take, considering the pass wasn't even for him, but I'd still put my money on Messi for that re-take.

I'm also prepared to overlook one foot in the D to a degree, considering Celta's Josep Sene had done a tap-dance in the D and was all the way into the area before Messi took the kick.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:02 PM on February 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I can't take Hudson for a full game, but to move from Isaac Newton to Facebook to Twitter to King Lear in three minutes of commentary is solid work.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:50 AM on February 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Apologies, I forgot to tag it with "WARNING: RAY HUDSON"

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:32 AM on February 15