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Mr Bismarck
Name: Aleksandr Bismarck
Location: England
Member since: October 21, 2004
Last visit: April 26, 2016

Mr Bismarck has posted 61 links and 2450 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

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

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Barcelona mostly just taking the piss now.


In the build up to that, Neymar did this and then eventually Messi did this before he did that.

Better yet, apparently the assist was meant to be for Neymar, but Luis was on a hattrick...

posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:04 PM on February 14

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle


posted by Mr Bismarck at 08:14 PM on February 09

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

It has been a year since we we received this gift...

Pressure's on, SUPERBOWLL half time show.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:32 PM on February 07

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50

"Instead Denver throw the ball on second and third down, if not all three downs"

"Three passing plays when you're trying to chew up clock? Isn't that how coaches get fired?"

"In your scenario, ("don't-get-fired-three-runs-and-a-punt")"

"I didn't suggest three straight rushes. I advocated against three straight passing plays. A<>B in this case."

You're not suggesting they run three times, or pass three times, and they actually did run twice. In real life. In the game that actually happened.

So your suggestion is they run only once instead? Because three passes gets you fired, but two are fine?

I understand the attraction of "what if!?" for sports fans and can happily go along with something like "what if Detroit remembered to defend the end zone against Green Bay!?" Because, (Detroit being a functioning football team aside), it's a reasonable question about a solitary event.

"What if my team kicked field goals while the other team completely ignored these new conditions" in game with six minutes, five timeouts and a two minute warning left clunked really loudly when I read it in the thread.

I'm sorry I picked it up and I would now like to get off this wild ride.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 02:56 PM on January 25

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50

Running up the middle twice, then throwing sideline and then punting gave the ball to New England at the 50 with one timeout and 1:52 left.

In your scenario, ("don't-get-fired-three-runs-and-a-punt"), even if you cause New England to use their final timeout, the Patriots now have to gain a whopping 17 yards in ~100 seconds to have a chance to win the game.

"Chewing up clock" at your own 20 with a two point lead and at least four clock stoppages to come doesn't involve running into the line three times with a completely ineffectual ground game, it involves getting a first down. Which, for Denver yesterday, means throwing*.

I'll concede that if New England score three more points yesterday, they win, because that's the way maths works, but the second New England make (or miss!) that first kick everything that follows changes.

*50% of Denver's rushing first downs yesterday came from Peyton ambling 12 yards at an amusingly glacial pace.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 02:11 PM on January 25

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50

"Denver's script after the first two drives (assuming no touchdown) would have probably been pretty much the same: chew up the clock, hold onto the ball, get a couple of first downs."

I don't agree.

Getting the ball back on your 20 with the two minute warning and three opponent timeouts to come doesn't lead to two straight runs up the middle and a sideline throw if you're only two points ahead.

Instead Denver throw the ball on second and third down, if not all three downs, convert for a first down, get to the two minute warning and then run into the line twice, cause New England to use its timeouts and Brady never has another serious chance.

Or, if you prefer, the reason the Pats have to go for two at the end is because Gostkwoski already missed from 32 in the game. So he also misses one of these three extra field goals we're giving him.

This fantasy football stuff is fun!

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:11 PM on January 25

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50

[Patriot Field Goal Speculation]

We're into butterfly wing territory here though. You can't rewrite the last six minutes of a football game and only change one team's script.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:12 AM on January 25

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50

When Marcus Cannon shook Von Miller's hand at the end it was the first time he touched Miller all day.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 08:37 AM on January 25

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Tom Brady in, The Manning.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 08:13 AM on January 21