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Mr Bismarck
Name: Aleksandr Bismarck
Location: England
Member since: October 21, 2004
Last visit: August 03, 2015

Mr Bismarck has posted 61 links and 2366 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 Friday Huddle

England batting their second innings and their target is 121. They'll fuck it up, though.

Or not. Australia beaten in two and a half days, as everyone predicted after England lost the second Test by 405 runs.

James Anderson will be missing from the fourth test after he tore a muscle, so the pressure will be on for someone to step up and take Anderson's opening role alongside Stuart Broad. Finn looked great here, because it's rough to deal with a 6'6" bowler who can do 90mph, but he's had issues maintaining line and length before. If he can be consistent again, he'll take wickets just from speed and extra bounce... but we'll have to see it to believe it.

I'm ready for England to fall apart again in the next one and take it to a must-win fifth Test.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:59 AM on July 31

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I don't understand cricket any more.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 04:36 PM on July 29

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Typo, or not? YOU DECIDE.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:15 PM on July 26

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

How bad are the Mets?

posted by Mr Bismarck at 08:47 AM on July 22

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

England can't take 10 wickets in two innings and three days, but they can certainly lose 10. Literally without trying.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:57 AM on July 19

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Could be a good series.

I guess that depends on which of the two Tests thus far is the aberration. If it's the second Test, then it could be a good series. If it's the first then it could be a laugher.

This was the first Test since January 2010 that Anderson hasn't taken a wicket. So, well done to the people preparing these tracks.

The scores got so out of hand that Chris Rogers got dizzy trying to count that high.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 07:51 AM on July 19

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Minnesota Vikings might move team to new location.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:48 AM on July 17

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

By the way, if you're a fan of video games, then the upside down devs BigAnt have finally put their Don Bradman's Cricket 2014 on sale. It's a narrow field, but this is by far the best cricket game I've played on any platform.

Buying from there will get you a Steam key. If you don't know what that means, (or you don't know what Third Man means), you should probably pass, but this is really, very good.

Amusingly, the sale comes about because the devs said they'd slash the price if Shane Watson got out LBW again in the second innings in Cardiff. So, well done Shane.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:47 AM on July 16

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The big question is, will England tough it out to get close to the 500 Australia put up, or will it be the trademarked first inning collapse, follow on, some semblance of fight when it's already too late and all done in three days?

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:16 AM on July 16

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

With the pitches England are setting up for this series, winning the coin flip may mean that you can't lose the game. Australia won the toss today, elected to bat and the pitch is doing nothing.

I expect it will continue to do nothing for two more days and then it'll be a question of whether whoever has to bat fourth is close enough to chase, or close enough to time to bat out for the draw.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:59 AM on July 16

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

My favourite recent piece on Shane Watson.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 02:07 PM on July 14

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

More gold from Grantland - Mark Cuban's inbox.

My favourite sneaky part might be DeAndre's email address.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 05:47 PM on July 13

The Ashes. Explained.

Remember that it it is a five test series, and England were beaten in the first one in 2005!

You're right. There's not any bombast in my post, I know no one follows up a good performance with a laugher like the English cricket team. We'll see how Thursday goes.

I presume if Starc can't go, we'll see Siddle. Which is a test late, as he would have been the better choice in Cardiff, I think.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:46 AM on July 12

The Ashes. Explained.

Turns out we didn't need the pitch. Once they reached 97-1 the Aussies remembered they had somewhere to be tomorrow and fell apart.

The Mitchells did ok, which should embarrass the proper batsmen, but having to play defensively, Johnson had a face on like someone had punched his dog.

There has to be a question over whether Starc can go again, with his ankle, and can we just start printing "Watson lbw" on the scorecards to save time? Will he get picked again for the next one?

posted by Mr Bismarck at 05:16 PM on July 11

The Ashes. Explained.

Speaking as someone filled with bias, that documentary looking back on the 2005 series is great. I still remember the enormous heart attack I was having at the end of the second test.

Meanwhile, this first test has been very good, in spite of a pitch that has been roundly described as pretty terrible.

I thought the first day was probably a draw, that would be decided by how well the English tail batted through the morning of day two. The 80 runs they added was enough to tip the scales to England, especially when the Aussie tail couldn't match it at the start of day 3.

Mark Wood's cameo at the end of England's second innings was glorious, as the Aussies had worked so hard to get an opening. Mitchell Starc rolling in to bowl at 90mph on one good ankle was also impressive.

The straight six Wood hit out of the ground was great and it's a shame they found the ball, as I always like to see the box of balls come out and everyone argue about which replacement to agree on. Wood's 32 runs probably pushed the game beyond Australia. They have plenty of time, but the bounce is becoming increasingly inconsistent, so you have to think 412 is a very big target and two days to play means it's practically impossible to bat through.

Just don't let the Aussies sneak Lee and Warne out to bat at the end.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 02:13 PM on July 10