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Member since: September 27, 2006
Last visit: February 20, 2020

tahoemoj has posted 17 links and 2,711 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 179 comments to the Locker Room.

Sports Bio

Fan of pro teams from Cincinnati, vividly remember the cold bowl against Fouts' Chargers, and hope I live to see some glory soon. Still haven't gotten over the Whale leaving Hartford. Jumped squarely onto the NJ Devils bandwagon at that point, but just love all things hockey.

Recent Links

Warrant issued for Patriots owner Robert Kraft for soliciting prostitution in Florida: Patriots owner Robert Kraft allegedly visited a massage parlor/human trafficking/prostitution establishment in Jupiter, Florida. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

posted by tahoemoj to football at 12:26 PM on February 22, 2019 - 18 comments

NHL Third Jerseys for 2018-19: Several teams unveiled new third jerseys for the upcoming NHL season. The Avs tip a cap to the old time Rockies, Flyers go two-tone (no word on the return of the Cooperall pants), the Devils bring back the Green and Red, and at the risk of offering an opinion on a FPP, the 'Canes win.

posted by tahoemoj to hockey at 03:13 PM on October 02, 2018 - 6 comments

So...About that Serena Cartoon: It sure feels like this is something that would have been discussed at length a few years back on SpoFi. What does the hive mind here think? Is it racist as hell, a cultural phenomenon, or a bit of both?

posted by tahoemoj to tennis at 05:10 PM on September 12, 2018 - 9 comments

Up to 175 Years: "Once a world-renowned sports physician treating America's foremost Olympic women gymnasts, Larry Nassar now will spend the rest of his life behind bars."

posted by tahoemoj to olympics at 02:52 PM on January 24, 2018 - 2 comments

Martin Brodeur to Announce Retirement.: One of the all-time greats, Brodeur finishes his 22-year NHL career with a 691-397-176 record, a 2.24 goals-against average and .912 save percentage in 1,266 appearances, all but seven coming with the New Jersey Devils. He holds regular-season NHL goaltending records for wins (621), shutouts (125), games played and minutes played (74,438), and in the history of the Stanley Cup Playoffs he ranks first in starts (204) and shutouts (24) and second in wins (113).

posted by tahoemoj to hockey at 05:37 PM on January 27, 2015 - 12 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

"Slugs"?! Are you kidding?!

For the love of god, man, nobody's going to buy that shit. At least come up with "I used the word. I didn't realize that it is considered racially loaded. That's not what I meant. Sorry"

posted by tahoemoj at 12:47 PM on February 20, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

does the math change if additional players (or teams) sue the Astros? Also, does it make a difference that he is not looking to be the recipient of the damages, but to punish the team with the money going to charity?

The math definitely changes depending on the quality of the player, the outcome of the action (did the player keep pitching? Can they prove it diminished the contract they got?). Bolsinger is unique in that he never pitched again and was no great shakes to begin with.

As far as the recipient of the damages--no change that I can see. The elements and burden of proof don't change. ALTHOUGH it might actually weaken his case in that it tends to disprove that he suffered compensable damages and is just seeking some sort of punishment in principle.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:36 PM on February 19, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Glad to see he is up and lucid; that shit is scary as hell. Back in high school, one of my teammates collapsed on the bench like that. Turns out he had a collapsed lung. Had there not been several doctors present at the rink (hockey parents tend to have money), he would have likely died on the bench (at 17).

posted by tahoemoj at 02:19 PM on February 12, 2020

MLB Ponders Radical Playoff Changes

My initial reaction was "ha ha ha...fuck no." But there are some elements that might be intriguing. To my knowledge, this would be the first "pick your opponent" format, which I have to admit I kind of like. How many times does a top seed come up against a team that has been essentially playing playoff baseball (or whatever other sport) for a month before entering the playoffs? And how often is that last seed firing on all cylinders at the right time? I think the option to play whoever you want serves as a great reward for finishing on top. But I also see managers getting fired for picking the wrong opponent and bowing out early.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:33 PM on February 11, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Unfair business practices--[California] law defines unfair business practices as business practices and advertising that are unlawful, unfair, fraudulent, deceptive, untrue, or misleading. The first hurdle they would have to overcome is demonstrating that the cheating system falls within a "business practice." I think that can be done--shit, just point to every single player who gets traded and/or released saying "this is a business." There is nothing "unlawful, fraudulent, deceptive, or untrue" about sign stealing, but I think it certainly qualifies as "unfair." So they might have a prima facie case for it. If I'm defending the suit, I say that there is no proximate cause between the sign stealing and the end of a mediocre-at-best pitcher's career (he would have been signed but for the cheating).

Negligence--someone owes a duty of care, breaches that duty, causing both in-fact and proximate harm to the victim, resulting in damages. One could argue that the Astros owed a duty to the rest of the league and its individual players to play within the rules, and that the duty was breached by the sign stealing practice. I think harm-in-fact can be shown (there is a linear progression from sign stealing--> release), but we go back to the proximate cause element again. If this had been a top-tier pitcher who would undoubtedly have been re-signed but for the sign stealing, it might hold up. Bolsinger...maybe not.

Intentional interference with contractual and economic relations--[Massachusetts law] says a defendant is liable to pay damages in tort for actions intended to interfere with the plaintiff's contractual relations with a third party. The burden is on the plaintiff to prove the following four elements: (1) that a valid contract existed (easy), (2) that defendant had knowledge of the contract (easy), (3) that defendant acted intentionally and improperly (easy), and (4) that plaintiff was injured by the defendant's actions (well...here we are again at "but for"). This sounds like the strongest cause of action, but it will be an uphill battle.

On all of the above claims, I think a court would be very careful about setting precedent. Where does "gamesmanship" end and "unfair" begin? Do we really want every professional athlete who loses a game because of a breach of the rules to have legal recourse against the perpetrator? An uncalled pass interference? Sue the team? The DB? The keeper moves a split second early on a penalty kick? A hockey player gets hooked or interfered with on a breakout? I don't see it happening.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:25 PM on February 11, 2020

Keep your freaking head up

**Man, it sure seems like the dinosaurs were still in charge as late as 2011. "Keep your head up" isn't a panacea when it comes to blind-side runs like the one Beaucheman took at Fischer. Sometimes a pass comes from behind you, like that pass to Fischer. He wasn't skating while staring at the puck, he was looking back toward the passer. The game has definitely become better as players lean that they can field those passes without getting their heads charged at.

**I say all of this as a Scott Stevens fan. He played within the rules--I'm glad the rules have changed.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:08 PM on February 10, 2020

Blockbuster Trade between the Dodgers and Red Sox (and the Twins)

This probably explains why the Reds will be really good this upcoming season

Don't tease me; I'm fragile. And I was reared on the east side of Hartford (Manchester), solidly Sox country. Not like those Westchester County Yankee snobs. We used to head over to Bristol for a game or two every summer, as well.

posted by tahoemoj at 02:13 PM on February 07, 2020

Blockbuster Trade between the Dodgers and Red Sox (and the Twins)

I thought the Sox might follow the Nationals model--get absolutely fuckall for a generational talent, and then bring home a championship. Looks like they blew it by getting something in return.

If the Sox go into an extended period of futility after this, I'm going to take some responsibility (is it solipsistic in here, or is it just me?). I've been an avid Sox hater for the better part of 20 years, largely because I'm one of those idiots who tends to cheer for small market underdogs. So of course they've been winning. I finally went to a game at Fenway a few summers back and started to come around to the charms of the Sox (again-I grew up a Sox fan in the 70's in CT before moving to Cincinnati). So, sorry Boston fans, I kinda like the Sox now, which means they will win jackshit.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:04 PM on February 07, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

He also said he didn't like Skyline chili.

Lucky for him, there's generally a Gold Star Chili right across the street from every Skyline.

posted by tahoemoj at 05:59 PM on February 06, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

OK, so how do we get this place crack-a-lackin' again? i still like to pop open SpoFi every morning when I fire up my browser, but the norm lately is just an empty huddle (or a huddle with one or two beaverboard zingers). I miss the discussions, arguments, and even the pissing contests. Maybe not to the degree of the mid-oughts, but something close to that.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:27 PM on February 06, 2020

SportsFilter NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x36 Edition

San Francisco by 3 LOCK

First field goal - Butker

First touchdown - Deebo

Most passing yards - Maholmes

Most rushing yards - Mostert

Most receiving yards - Kelce

Sack or partial sack - Dee Ford

Interception - Sherman

First turnover - Garoppolo

MVP - Garoppolo (no point learning how to spell his name if I'm only going to use it once)

USA Today Ad-Meter - Man, I wanna say Pringles (Szechwan Sauce flavor?) because of Rick and Morty. But Budweiser always finds a way to tug at the ol' heartstrings. Bud, for the 'Typical American' spot.

Tiebreaker: 73 (38-35 49ers)

posted by tahoemoj at 04:20 PM on January 31, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

BIG GUB'MINT would never allow such a thing.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:29 PM on January 30, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Unnamed Temporary Sports Blog

Ley, Magary, Kalaf, Petchesky? Those are just the names I saw. Looking forward to the next 3 days. But not so much the agonizing withdrawal afterward.

posted by tahoemoj at 07:11 PM on January 30, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Large sea creature with green team colors...does this mean they'll eventually relocate to North Carolina?

TOO SOON. Love, a Whalers fan.

posted by tahoemoj at 06:52 PM on January 30, 2020

Kobe Bryant Dies in Helicopter Crash


Stunning news when I heard it. I don't follow the NBA, but Bryant was one of those athletes who you were aware of if you were paying attention at all, even before the accusation of sexual assault. May his family find some peace without their loved ones.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:37 PM on January 27, 2020