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Mr Bismarck
Name: Aleksandr Bismarck
Location: England
Member since: October 21, 2004
Last visit: March 01, 2015

Mr Bismarck has posted 61 links and 2293 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 Tuesday Huddle

"helmets all the way down"

I've run into a few "NFL concept helmet" stories in the past couple weeks and my reaction to both has been "if you touch the Bengals helmet, I will cut you."

I actually didn't mind what they did with the background idea here :

The guy who did this series of concepts should probably stop.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:02 PM on February 25

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Best thing about that match was the Umpires taking everyone off for a 45 minute lunch break when the Kiwi's were about five minutes away from winning.

England really are dreadful at the one day game.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:49 AM on February 20

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

For further Calvinball, the full second round Six Nations match between Wales and Scotland is available on youtube here.

Anthems start here (always worth watching "Flower of Scotland" in Scotland).

Game starts here.

The game features an excellent beard-off, between Jake Ball and Geoff Cross.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:04 AM on February 18

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

You're right about the runner in the "end zone." Where you touch the ball down is where the kick has to be taken from, so if you score in the corner, then the kicker has to take the kick from way out on the sideline. The kicker can choose to move the ball back as far as he wants, to open the angle.

As a result, runners will get across the try line and then attempt to run under the posts before touching the ball down to make the conversion as easy as possible.

Unlike a touchdown a try actually has to be touched down, so if a defender can tackle you to the ground and keep you pinned and up so you can't down the ball then that isn't a score. It's quite rare and usually happens when an attacker is diving for the try line, rather than already over it, but the defenders will trot over anyway, just to keep you honest.

As for the penalty on the ground, (that mess of people is called a "Ruck"), there are several and can be called on both sides. Firstly, when you're tackled down you have to release the ball. When Wales screw up that throw in and the England forward intercepts he gets isolated and when tackled there's no one around to take the ball, so he holds it a fraction too long, hoping for his backs to catch up and gets penalised.

Later, one of the Welsh players gets called for reaching into a ruck and picking up the ball with a knee on the ground, because you aren't allowed to touch the ball unless you're supporting your own weight.

Rucks have a thousand rules around how you're allowed to join in, who's allowed to touch the ball and when and the offside rules in Rugby are labyrinthine to say the least.

I also really like how the officiating is done in Rugby Union. The Referee is in constant communication about what he's seeing and what he wants cleaned up. He clearly tells teams to keep their hands clear, or where they're not allowed to stand and he'll communicate infractions he has seen through a team's Captain... warning a Captain that he needs to have his player stop twisting the scrum or stop joining the ruck from the wrong angle, or stop this or that behaviour or it'll lead to a penalty.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 05:29 PM on February 07

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Full coverage of the opening Six Nations game between Wales and England is (currently) available on youtube, featuring an opening sequence by someone who's watched Game of Thrones.

[jokes about a red wedding goes here]

Anthems are at ~36 minutes, with the game starting at ~40 minutes.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:54 AM on February 07

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The Six Nations starts tomorrow.

Last year, a decent England side beat Ireland, Wales and Scotland to claim the Triple Crown, but a fantastic performance in Paris took the title for Ireland. This year, the bookies have Ireland, England and Wales practically inseparable, even if partly because England have three home games.

Here's some footage of the 2014 championship.

Musical Montage Time.

Coverage is available on BeIn Sports in the US, or ESPN in Spanish in Central America, or your usual nefarious Other Sources'.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:40 PM on February 06

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Very large image of all Formula 1 cars 1950 to 2004.

That Cooper T66 was the first F1 car my Dad worked on, as an engineer for Phil Hill.

Here's some highlights from the British Grand Prix that year. Sadly they cut off way too early, as that was the only race Hill scored a point at in '64.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:30 PM on February 03

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

'Arry has resigned from QPR. Apparently because he needs a knee operation and not because his side are second bottom with the worst away record in the league since 1954.

If QPR are relegated back to the Football League at the end of the season, they're expected to face a fine of up to £40,000,000 for failing the League's football fair play rules during their one season there.

If they don't pay or renegotiate the fine they could be refused entry to the league and become the first club to be relegated from the Premier League all the way down into the Conference.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:09 AM on February 03

Patriots Win Super Bowl 0x31 After Epic Last-Second Interception

posted by Mr Bismarck at 08:58 AM on February 02

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

On the one yard line with Marshawn on your team...

Pete Carroll finally won a Superbowl for the Patriots.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:02 PM on February 01

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Full set.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:00 AM on February 01

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

"Rob Gronkowski is not afraid of making a buck off the situation."

Unrelatedly, I saw another Gronk shirt that said:

"Gronk know only three things :
Touchdowns and fucking."

Even as a Dolphins fan I almost bought that.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 08:25 AM on January 22

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

Bill is furious to hear 11 of the 12 balls were underinflated.

He wants to know who didn't do their job with the 12th ball. That guy is fired.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 05:22 PM on January 21

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Yep, he gets the Bills' $4m for doing nothing. Or being an Offensive coach for Jacksonville. Whichever takes less work.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 04:21 PM on January 20

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Doug Marrone used his option to escape the Head Coach role in Buffalo, enabling him to take up an exciting new opportunity... as Offensive Line Coach in Jacksonville.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 02:29 PM on January 20