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Mr Bismarck
Name: Aleksandr Bismarck
Location: England
Member since: October 21, 2004
Last visit: November 22, 2014

Mr Bismarck has posted 61 links and 2262 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

FIFA Goal of the Year nominees

As the sole Ipswich fan around here, I'm honour bound to point out Mariner went the other way - south - to Arsenal. Our biggest deal with Liverpool was for Johnny Wark.

Of course, Wark's biggest deal was when he signed for a German Prison Camp to star in the movie Escape To Victory, with some lesser known footballers like Sylvester Stallone. And Pele.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:49 AM on November 16

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Minnows San Marino scored their first ever point in European Nations Cup Qualifying today, as they held Estonia to a 0-0 draw.

The result snapped San Marino's sixty-one game losing streak.

This put the cap on something of a good week for minnows, as Liechtenstein beat Moldova 1-0 and on Friday the Faroe Islands won 1-0 in Greece.

In the moral victory column you can find Gibraltar, who held reigning world champions Germany to "only" a 4-0 scoreline. Meaning Gibraltar are better than Brazil, right?

posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:39 AM on November 16

FIFA Goal of the Year nominees

Of course, we all know the real goal of the year was scored by Ipswich Town's Under 14 academy team.

Or, to give them their proper name, Bluecelona.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 04:09 PM on November 14

FIFA Goal of the Year nominees

That Zlatan goal, (and most of his others), should always be shown with commentary, simply because it's great to hear other people react to unbelievable things.

This guy laughing is my favourite one for that goal.


posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:04 PM on November 14

World Cup inquiry clears Qatar but criticises English FA

The English are to blame for everything. I'm surprised we had time to ruin the World Cup bidding process while we were also setting up our grand international conspiracy to push Italians into Luis Suarez's mouth.

This is why we don't have an empire any more. Too busy.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 06:57 PM on November 13

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

For people who enjoy playing with silly nicknames, here's Optimus Grimes versus Megatron from yesterday's Detroit-Miami tilt.

There was one offensive pass interference call on Calvin Johnson in the first half where he bumped Grimes and Grimes bounced off him like a small child, but he went on to have about as good a game on Calvin as you can expect from someone giving up seven inches and 46 lbs.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:26 AM on November 10

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

This game would be closer if the Packers were playing against actual bears.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:38 PM on November 09

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

After today's games, the English Premier League's Top Five features Southampton, West Ham and Swansea.

Arsenal, Man United, Liverpool and Spurs are all closer in points to last placed Burnley than first placed Chelsea.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:57 PM on November 09

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The Washington Football Team have started doing their own jokes now - on the way to the game yesterday their two team buses crashed. Into each other.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:59 AM on November 03

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

There's a lot of automation in those and sometimes it goes wrong. Today on a long incompletion from Matt Moore, Mike Wallace was credited with a catch for minus 41 yards.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:08 PM on November 02

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Knowing they were facing a rookie Quarterback, the Buccaneers threw some defensive looks at the Vikings that Bridgewater had not seen before.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:32 AM on October 29

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The part of the academy that agreed deals for Enner Valencia and Sakho for the same amount that Liverpool paid for Balotelli.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:50 PM on October 26

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

When you sack the backup Quarterback while losing by 25 points, you probably shouldn't celebrate.

Especially if you then injure yourself doing so.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 04:17 PM on October 26

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The Out Of The Park Baseball developers used the 2015 version of their game to run the upcoming World Series five times.

The first series went six games. All the others went seven.

I won't spoil the projected winner, but I will say they posted the stats generated by the five series in a big google doc. If only we knew anyone who liked that sort of thing.

Interestingly, the overall losing team scored more runs across the five series and had a better ERA from the starters and the bullpen.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:35 AM on October 21

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

So the Dolphins beat the Patriots and folks said they were clearly in decline. The Dolphins beat the Raiders and they fired their coach. The Dolphins beat the Bears and there was apparently a fight in the Bears locker room.

I'm not sure how to feel about this.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:40 PM on October 19