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tahoemoj
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Member since: September 27, 2006
Last visit: February 09, 2016

tahoemoj has posted 13 links and 2187 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

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 - 12 comments

Ray Rice Suspended for 2 Games: the Baltimore Ravens running back will be suspended for the first two games of the regular season under the NFL's personal conduct policy and fined a third game check. The ban comes in response to Rice allegedly striking his then-fiancée and now wife, Janay, unconscious in February in Atlantic City. Rice was able to avoid prosecution after being accepted into a pre-trial intervention program.

posted by tahoemoj to football at 02:42 PM on July 24 - 21 comments

NHL Re-Alignment:: The NHL announced the new alignment today, with two conferences of two divisions each. The Detroit Red Wings will now play in the Eastern Conference in the Atlantic Division, and the Winnipeg Jets will be in the Western Conference in the Central Division. Let the natural rivalries (Tampa-Toronto?) begin to take shape!

posted by tahoemoj to hockey at 02:22 PM on July 19 - 10 comments

Is there a racially motivated quarterback controversy brewing in Washington?: Skip Bayless thinks so. Bayless claims that it is human nature for white fans to cheer for white athletes; therefore, fellow rookie Kirk Cousins will be the fans' choice over #2 overall pick Robert Griffin for the starting job.

posted by tahoemoj to football at 04:02 PM on August 21 - 36 comments

Sports Artist Leroy Neiman Dies: Legendary sports artist Leroy Neiman died Wednesday at 91. "I've zeroed in on what you would call action and excellence. ... Everybody who does anything to try to succeed has to give the best of themselves," Neiman said in a 2008 interview.

posted by tahoemoj to culture at 02:14 PM on June 22 - 4 comments

Recent Comments

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest Winner: Tron7

Well done, tron, and kudos Ufez. And echoing thanks to rcade for the work throughout the season.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:50 AM on February 09

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x32 Edition

Carolina by 24 LOCK

Total score - 44

First field goal - Gano

First touchdown - Ginn

Most passing yards - Superman

Most rushing yards - Anderson

Most receiving yards - Olsen

Sack or partial sack - C. Johnson

Interception - Coleman

First turnover-so a bad snap will get blamed on the QB? Peyton, AGAIN on the first play

Pick the game's MVP - Superman

tahoemoj FTW!

posted by tahoemoj at 04:13 PM on February 05

Toronto Maple Leafs Adopt New Logo

I've always like the Leafs' unis (and nothing else about them). I really like the more retro, fluid logo than the simple, modern design they've sported for the last 30 or so years.

posted by tahoemoj at 08:16 PM on February 03

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Championship Round

Denver by 6 - lock
Carolina by 10 - lock

Bonus Categories

Pick the team with the most total yards. Arizona
Pick the team with the most turnovers (no bonus if there are no turnovers). Given away or taken away? Arizona gives the most, Carolina takes the most.
Pick the quarterback with the most passing yards. Brady
Pick the player with the most rushing yards. Stewart
Pick the player with the most receiving yards. Gronkowski
Pick a player who will get a sack or partial sack. Ware (Den)
Pick a player who will get an interception. Coleman (Car)

posted by tahoemoj at 03:37 PM on January 22

NFL Divisional Round Produces Predictable Results

The hit on Brown was brutal. Took an MVP candidate out of the playoffs, and also wasted what may be Cincy's only decent playoff opportunity in the past 20 years and for many years to come...Worse yet took 2 solid teams out of contention for the AFC title.

And for that, you get an Amen, brother.

posted by tahoemoj at 10:54 AM on January 20

NFL Divisional Round Produces Predictable Results

it's hard to argue with the video evidence Etrigan presents above

Roethlisberger did.

posted by tahoemoj at 05:24 PM on January 19

NFL Divisional Round Produces Predictable Results

it was definitely more than was warranted.

I completely disagree with that. That was nothing but a concerted effort to get a player, with the football, to the ground. Roethlisberger is a 250+ pound man who is very well known for his ability to escape would-be tacklers and extend plays. I'm not sure that Burfict could have done anything less than he did to get him to the ground. And what if he lets up and Roethlisberger escapes? Ben put his arm out to break his fall, and it resulted in a shoulder injury.

There was some in-game discussion by the commentators about whether it was against the QB-protection rules

I don't remember that discussion at all. The play wasn't flagged. Nor do I remember any mention of the league reviewing the play post-game. And most importantly, based on the fact that the Steelers players themselves whine and cry over every borderline hit, and did not say one word about that sack, I think they agree that it was a clean tackle. To the extent that there may have been discussion among announcers that I don't remember, see my previous post about what happens when a narrative gets started.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:15 PM on January 19

NFL Divisional Round Produces Predictable Results

the Burfict assaults

Plural? Was there something dirty about the tackle that hurt Roethlisberger? Yeesh, get a narrative started and all of a sudden the guy hasn't played a proper down in his career.

posted by tahoemoj at 10:59 AM on January 19

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Week 2: Divisional Round

Kansas City by 6
Arizona by 3
Carolina by 8
Denver by 17

Bonus Categories

Manning
Stewart (CAR)
Fitzgerald
Talib

posted by tahoemoj at 05:16 PM on January 15

Steelers Coach Should've Been Flagged for Being on Field

a penalty flag would be undeserved, and is just irrational sour grapes... 9 penalties on the Bengals right there. Nine!

Seems like you're completely missing the point of the argument being made. If Porter walks out to 'his' player (Brown isn't a linebacker, outside or otherwise, if I recall) to check on his well-being, assist him off the field, etc., nobody makes the argument that his actions warrant a flag. But he did not do that; instead, he purposefully engaged Bengals players while on the field.

And let's assume that we have no knowledge of Porter's antics throughout his career, and assume that he was saying to Burfict and/or Jones or anyone else, "boy, this has sure been a dandy of a game, hasn't it?" That is still engaging the other players. At the end of a heated game full of bad blood, anyone who has ever played or watched a sporting event might see that there is potential for - dare I say even the likelihood of - a reaction from the people spoken to.

Now, turning to your Zapruder-like discovery of the Bengals coaches on that grassy knoll...if you look at the 1,2,3,4...9 (gasp! what a find!) Bengals coaches mulling about near the sidelines, what are NONE of them doing? Hint--none are in the Steelers huddle, and none are engaging with Steelers players. It's almost completely different, huh?

Finally, nobody in their right mind is disputing that Burfict's hit was stupid and the call was warranted. The argument is that this was a fucking NFL playoff game, and it was decided when the officials, with the potential to call multiple personal fouls on both teams, arbitrarily decided to call a lone personal foul on one player reacting to an unsportsmanlike action by an opposing coach.

Is there a rule in the NFL that allows for alleged trash-talking to be met directly with violence? I wasn't aware of that rule.

And we circle back to the fact that there IS a rule in the NFL that allows trash talking by coaches on the field to be met with a personal foul flag. I assume you've read the post and are, by now, aware of it.

posted by tahoemoj at 10:08 AM on January 12

Steelers Coach Should've Been Flagged for Being on Field

Especially Andy Dalton.

Win or lose, Bengals fans really wanted Dalton to have the chance to get that monkey off his back this year. I know that I was extremely excited (for about 5 minutes) for him to go into New England and show that the playoffs were no longer his Waterloo.

They can't count on Burfict and Jones in big moments.

Jones is a solid corner, but there are plenty out there who can do what he does. Burfict, on the other hand, is a tough call. Before he self-immolated on the final play, he showed that he could be a transcendent player, a linebacker who can take over the game singlehandedly and carry his team to a (near) victory. He was all over the field, sacking the quarterback, intercepting passes, and generally disrupting anything Pittsburgh tried to do. He was pissed off and his aggression was properly channeled against his opponent. But then the aggression got to be too much for him and he unraveled everything he had done right by taking a cheap shot that was both dirty and unnecessary under the circumstances. (Say what you will about Shazier's cheap helmet hit on Bernard-at least he was making a tackle on a ball carrier, and not just trying to injure.) So if you're Marvin, what do you do? The Bengals would not have been in a position to win that game without Burfict, but then he ultimately cost them the game.

By mid next season Cincy will be paying $15M avg per season to their backup QB for the next 4 seasons.

Slow that roll a bit. McCarron played well in the 4th quarter, but let's not forget how ineffective he was for the first three. He is certainly turning into a backup that Bengals fans are happy to have around, but he's no [regular season] Andy Dalton.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:41 AM on January 11

Steelers Coach Should've Been Flagged for Being on Field

You paint with a pretty broad brush there, Johnny. Burfict's hit was dirty as hell. Why are the Bengals all "gangsters"? And 'their fans are no better' is horseshit. You mean to tell me that Cincy fans are the only fans in the league who would have cheered a big hit on an archrival quarterback that completely changed the momentum of the game?. Bullshit.

You ever been to Cincinnati? It's a hell hole why?Final call of bullshit. Where in SoCal are you? Plenty of hell holes there that make Cincinnati look like a paradise.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:00 AM on January 11

Steelers Coach Should've Been Flagged for Being on Field

But given Porter's presence, it seemed like a situation tailor made for offsetting penalties.

At most. Porter is the outside linebackers coach. What was he doing on the field checking on an injured wide receiver, rather than the wide receiver coach? He was plainly trying to incite the Bengals players, which he had done as a player for a decade. He stood at midfield before every fucking game those two teams played throughout his career jawing at the Bengals. Now he does it as a coach in a playoff game and is expressly rewarded for the behavior by receiving the winning field goal on a platter?

posted by tahoemoj at 02:35 PM on January 10

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

their own misunderstanding of the ideal gas law

You're going to hang your hat on that? Really? I assume that you also believe the equipment assistant was called "the deflator" because he lost a substantial amount of weight, too.

I wasn't one who was standing in Foxboro with a torch and pitchfork, calling for Brady to get banned and have championships stripped, and don't feel the need to rehash 1,000 arguments over deflategate. That said, the balls used were non-compliant, whether intentional or mistakenly, and the NFL was right to address the situation. I would have gone with a strict liability approach, [generously] call it a first offense, and levy a fine against the organization. How the NFL and Goodell addressed it was a shit show, and that is what made it so ridiculous, but you're fooling yourself if you think that the Pats were completely exonerated of wrongdoing just because Brady's suspension didn't stand.

Why is no one here commenting on this Manning story like they did the Brady one, when there's both more proof of wrongdoing and a clearer punishment that is not being applied?

If Manning broke the rules, he should serve a suspension. I have not read or watched the entire Al Jazeera story, so I don't know how much proof there is that he took the HGH. It seems like he got caught, and you're right, the lack of cries for punishment seems strange. Maybe ol' Payton's just a more likable guy than Tommy boy.

Where are the outraged pearl-clutching dearies

We're waiting for the Pats to fuck up again, because the entire country hates Boston. It must be exhausting to constantly be the victim.

posted by tahoemoj at 06:34 PM on January 09

Play SportsFilter's NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest

Nice to know what the prize is. How the fuck do I enter the damn contest?

First head on over to espn.com...

posted by tahoemoj at 03:41 PM on January 08