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Mr Bismarck
Name: Aleksandr Bismarck
Location: England
Member since: October 21, 2004
Last visit: April 18, 2015

Mr Bismarck has posted 61 links and 2313 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

U.S. Men Win 2-0 Over Mexico in San Antonio

the winning US goal came from a debutante

I'd pay to see that. But didn't Morris play in the 4-1 loss to Ireland?

Amusingly, Morris couldn't be given the Man of the Match award, because he's 20 and the award is sponsored by Budweiser.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 04:03 PM on April 16

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

In this week's example of how major companies don't understand the internet, Ferrari Formula 1 sponsor UPS asked the internet to provide pictures for an enormous collage that would be put together to make the UPS logo.

This logo would then be prominently pasted onto the Ferrari's sidepods for this weekends Chinese Grand Prix.

Of course, the internet is an enormous jerk, so they managed to sneak in a picture of famous internet celebrity, "dickbutt." Which is the internet's version of "guess what? ... chicken butt." With genitalia. Google at your own risk.

So... here's the logo UPS put on the Ferrari.

It turns out UPS are aware enough that once the story exploded in the darker corners of the web they removed said image from the collage, but the logo was already on the Ferrari.

Later, Sky's Formula 1 coverage picked up the story about how Ferrari have altered the logo of "the brown delivery company" with black marker pen.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:48 AM on April 11

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Richie Benaud has died.

Richie's last commentary in England was in 2005, after which he returned to Australia to work on TV there. Not bad for an Aus to be the voice of cricket in England.

He got a nice send off from the crowd at his final test.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:06 PM on April 09

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

This would be an acceptable alternative to all the arm folding in world sports.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:26 AM on April 06

Australia bowls out New Zealand on 183

Disappointed the list of sledges doesn't have the Eddo Brandes classic.

Outside of Jimmy Ormond's best moment international cricket, Mark Waugh also suffered another good one.

I don't remember who it was, but after a bowler beat Mark's outside edge with six straight deliveries, he turned to the Umpire at Square Leg and said, loud enough for Mark to hear, "Clearly he's the adopted one."

posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:23 AM on March 31

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

It's the fancy new sticks for this World Cup - the bails light up when they come off the stumps, (it looks cool in night games), and the stumps light up if they're hit by the ball.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:53 AM on March 24

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The first Cricket World Cup semi-final was played last night between New Zealand and South Africa and made for an exciting few hours.

A rain break in the middle of the South African innings meant the Duckworth-Lewis Method was invoked - something understood only by theoretical physicists and some members of Duckworth-Lewis.

New Zealand ended up chasing 298 to beat South Africa's 281 and the match went to the wire.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:08 AM on March 24

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

As a result, if England can get to +63 they will win the title because they have score more tries than the Irish. To do that, they have to beat France by 26 points.

England ended up winning 55-35 - thereby falling six points, (one converted try), short of the margin needed for the title.

As a result, the Irish defended their 2014 victory, while England finish second for the fourth Six Nations tournament in a row.

The full England-France match can be seen here, (starts at the anthems). Kick off is here.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:10 AM on March 22

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

The last round of the Six Nations is today, with three teams- Wales, Ireland and England - all tied at the top, meaning the destination of the title will be decided by points differential.

Before kick off, France could have won the title with a victory over England by at least eight points, combined with losses for Wales and Ireland, but both of those teams won.

Wales did their part early, by beating Italy 61-20, to end up with a +53 differential. Ireland then beat Scotland 40-10 to complete a Scottish whitewash, (they finish 0-5) and to move to the top of the table with a +63 differential.

As a result, if England can get to +63 they will win the title because they have score more tries than the Irish. To do that, they have to beat France by 26 points.

The score at halftime is England 27-15 France.

Heaven knows the French don't enjoy spoiling England's day...

posted by Mr Bismarck at 02:08 PM on March 21

Can popularity ruin a sport?

Really good article.

Rafa is one of those Germans who apologise that their English isn't so good.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:53 PM on March 19

Lewis Hamilton wins with ease in Australia as only 11 cars finish

Meanwhile, new Ferrari Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene is a breath of fresh air. While Renault have gone backwards, (which takes some doing), Ferrari's engine is clearly a step up over last year and his attitude has been really great.

Firstly, he's been open to a technical relationship with the new Manor Marussia team, even though Ferrari is still owed money by the old Marussia team, but his quote on the subject was gold - "I said to Graeme, no money, no honey."

Then, during the race when the left rear wheel man couldn't get the nut threaded and Kimi Raikkonen had to pull over and retire from the race, Arrivabene went and found the gunman, to find out what happened and then, when everyone expected an ass-kicking, he just told him "stay calm, keep doing your job, it's going to be fine."

Then after the race when Renault Principal Christian Horner suggested the FIA might want to step in and even up the engines because Mercedes are too good, (and Red Bull even threatened to take their ball home and pull out of the sport), Arrivabene said "Our job is to attack Mercedes on the track. Not change the rules."

Having lived through the Schumacher/Ferrari domination, I'm still not ready to see Ferrari win another title, but this guy has been fun so far.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:23 PM on March 15

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The Dolphins have traded Receiver Mike Wallace and a seventh round draft pick to the Minnesota Vikings for a fifth round draft pick.

This is a pure salary dump, as Wallace is due to get $12m next season. With Hartline and Gibson also released, the Dolphins don't have much for Tannehill to throw at next year, outside of 2014 draft pick Jarvis Landry and former Saint Kenny Stills who was acquired today for Danell Ellerbe and a draft pick, (another salary dump, this time of $6m).

Landry had a pretty good season, but isn't really #1 receiver material.

In vaguely-related news, I'm currently GMing the Dolphins in video game "Front Office Football 7" and life is copying me to a weird degree. Firstly, I franchised Charles Clay one night, then woke up the following morning to find the real Phins had done the same. Then I traded Wallace to the Vikings, straight up for a fourth rounder and then used the freed cap space to sign... Ndamukong Suh.

If Jeff Ireland was still in the role I'd suspect he was just copying me.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:52 AM on March 14

The NFL free-agency period begins with a slew of major moves

It was fun listening to this week's Grantland NFL podcast, as the Jimmy Graham and Sam Bradford trades were announced while they were taping.

This led Mays to say "I'm glad the thing I wrote today had a shelf life of 38 minutes."

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:25 AM on March 12

The NFL free-agency period begins with a slew of major moves

If Bradford doesn't work out they always have Sanchize.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 07:37 AM on March 11

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

"Who is going to be the first Herald scribe to dub Ndamukong "Miami Vice"?"

With Cameron Wake already being tabbed as "Earthwake", the correct names are clearly "Earthwake and Suhnami."

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:30 PM on March 09