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Mr Bismarck
Name: Aleksandr Bismarck
Location: England
Member since: October 21, 2004
Last visit: July 20, 2017

Mr Bismarck has posted 61 links and 2511 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 Thursday Huddle

Colombia Day today and the Colombians were a little excited on the Tour.

Eventually, one of the moto riders had had enough.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:09 PM on July 20

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Three years ago today was that Brazil 1-7 Germany world cup semi final.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:35 PM on July 08

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Sorry about the space. To quote Douglas Adams, space is really big.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 04:13 PM on June 05

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

So this is a thing that happened.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:52 PM on February 10

The Greatest Comeback in NFL History

beaverboard, your prediction wasn't crazy enough.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:31 PM on February 05

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Pronger's in trouble with the league again.

They can't work out if they should fine him or give him a car.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:27 PM on January 30

Surprising almost no one, the Chargers decide to move to LA.

I'm not sure the league and owners care about fans in the building too much any more.

I'm sure they'll say they do, as the minimum effort required to get some people through the door because it looks good in the back of the TV shots and because tickets and beer is extra gravy poured on top of a giant pile of money, but I'm pretty sure the meal tastes fine without it.

Hence mention of the team going to the 30,000 capacity StubHub for two years.

I presume having teams in LA, (and Las Vegas), allows the league to ask for much more in the TV deals when those contracts come up again. If it lets the league throw a dollar onto the per-potential-viewer fee for the LA market then the teams could play in empty stadiums and still make everyone more money.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:08 PM on January 12

It's the end of the World Cup as we know it

Penalties are amazing. Whenever a game I'm neutral about gets near to 90 minutes I fervently hope for an evenly-spread number of goals in extra time so I can watch people crack under pressure on live television.

Yes, I'm looking at you, Zaza, (among very illustrious others).

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:56 PM on January 12

It's the end of the World Cup as we know it

In the 1990 world cup the Irish and Dutch ended up dead level with three draws from three games and two goals for and against, so they drew lots.

The luck of the Irish won which sent the Dutch into the second round against arch-rivals Germany.

At the time, various European countries limited the number of foreign players on domestic teams to three. As a result, Inter Milan had three Germans, (Matthaus, Brehme and Klinsmann) and AC Milan had three Dutch players (Gullit, van Basten and Rijkaard) and the game was in the San Siro in Milan, which added some extra spice.

This is the game where German forward Rudi Voller and Rijkaard were both red carded for, among other things, repeatedly spitting on each other. Germany ended up winning 2-1.

The Irish ended up facing Romania which was a big deal for our family as most of them are from Cork and this was Ireland's first world cup. The game was pretty good despite ending up 0-0 and then 0-0 at the end of extra time.

Then came the penalty shootout.

The deep V on the Romanian shirts is really something.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:00 PM on January 10

It's the end of the World Cup as we know it

""This football promotion, in many parts of the world where today they have no chance to play [at the World Cup], was at the top of our thoughts."

According to Fifa research, revenue is predicted to increase to 5.29bn for a 48-team tournament, giving a potential profit rise of 521m."

Those sentences are back-to-back in the story on the BBC, who aren't saying, they're just saying...

posted by Mr Bismarck at 04:22 PM on January 10

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

In other Americans-being-fired news, 85 days after he became the first American Manager in English Premier League history, Bob Bradley becomes the first American manager fired from the English Premier League.

A familiar refrain of American soccer detractors is that the sport doesn't feature enough scoring. Bradley attempted to fix that as his Swansea side allowed 29 goals in his 11 games.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 08:50 PM on December 27

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

So the Buccaneers can still make the playoffs this year, provided all the following happens:

Bucs win versus Panthers
Colts win versus Jags
Cowboys win versus Eagles
Lions win versus Packers
Titans win versus Texans
Niners win versus Seahawks

Washington and NY Giants tie


posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:24 PM on December 27

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Rex wanted feet, but just got the boot.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:04 PM on December 27

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Anyone buying lifelike dolls would not get a Ryan Tannehill doll if there were Lauren Tannehill dolls available.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:05 AM on December 27

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Tannehill, Mariota and Carr all injured.

How do we blame the Patriots for this?

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:44 PM on December 25