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Mr Bismarck
Name: Aleksandr Bismarck
Location: England
Member since: October 21, 2004
Last visit: July 02, 2015

Mr Bismarck has posted 61 links and 2345 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 Wednesday Huddle

The last time the English were in a semi-final Paul Parker charged down a free kick which spooned up about a mile into the air off his foot and looped in over Peter Shilton.

I hope Laura Bassett doesn't take that too hard. She had to make a play because of the Japanese striker right behind her. The shame is that she's 31, so she probably won't get a chance to come back to another World Cup.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 08:26 AM on July 02

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Pablo Sandoval hit a pitch last night that was a little over five feet off the ground.

Good work to ground out on that pitch.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:07 PM on June 30

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The Norwegians who don't know how to play football met England today in the World Cup and ran the show for the first half hour. England then started to come back into it and were looking the better side in the second half. So of course, Norway scored.

A while later England equalised Norway's goal from a corner with one of their own and then on 75 minutes Lucy Bronze won the game with what the boys from the Guardian would call "a thunder bastard."

It's the first World Cup knockout game the English ladies have ever won.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:53 PM on June 22

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

That's good stuff. I have to hope Norway lose their next game, but if they don't, I can root for them now.

Especially as I don't have to worry I might accidentally fall in love with Cathrine Dekkerhus.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:00 AM on June 19

St. Louis Cardinals Investigated by F.B.I. for Hacking Astros

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:22 PM on June 16

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Don't give up your day job, Tom.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:52 AM on June 16

Warriors Win Game 5, Need One More for NBA Championship


posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:56 AM on June 15

Warriors Win Game 5, Need One More for NBA Championship

That face.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:25 AM on June 15

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

After his excellent piece in advance of the World Cup last year, John Oliver returned to the subject of FIFA last night...

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:39 PM on June 01

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

This weekend's Formula 3 race at Monza was called off after the governing body determined the competitors weren't able to drive to an acceptable standard.

After a somewhat calamitous second race on Saturday afternoon, the drivers were gathered at an emergency evening meeting and warned about the way they were driving. They were told that any accident on Sunday caused by driving standards would bring out a Safety Car to run to 75% distance, when full points could be issued.

When Sunday's race featured two safety cars in the first nine laps, it meant that the race could not get to 75% distance inside the 35 minute time limit. So the race officials decided to just bring out the red flag and go home.

I'd quite like to see this idea extend to other sports. Have the refs come out halfway through the second quarter of a Jacksonville-Oakland game and tell everyone to just stop and go home because no one knows how to football.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:30 PM on May 31

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

"Mr Bismarck's link doesn't work for me,"

I fixed it. It should work now. I had originally embedded the html5, but it was large, (in screen size).

I presume rcade edited it by changing the height and width parameters, but this meant that half the time only the top half was showing, which consisted of a few players standing around watching an off-screen Messi do his thing.

I like watching Rakitic fill in behind to give Messi an outlet pass and then realise "oh... right... it's Messi" and just stop to watch..

posted by Mr Bismarck at 03:28 PM on May 31

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Messi back on cheat mode again.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:58 AM on May 31

Henchmen arrested, but the Joker is still at large

Vox attempts to sum up what happened today and why.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 04:09 PM on May 27

Henchmen arrested, but the Joker is still at large

Also, from the NY Times comments:

Aslak Oslo, Norway 7 hours ago

On behalf of the rest of the world I can safely say that we're absolutely delighted that you're using your power for good. If Bush had invaded FIFA instead of Iraq he'd have a street named after him in every European capital.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:14 PM on May 27

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Houston Rocket Scientists.

If you can watch that without shouting at your screen, you're a better person than I.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 08:44 AM on May 26