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tahoemoj
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Member since: September 27, 2006
Last visit: December 19, 2014

tahoemoj has posted 12 links and 2034 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

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

Should athletic scholarships come with a 4-year guarantee?: If you buy that star athletes are compensated with a valuable education, consider this complicating fact: An athletic scholarship is not a four-year educational guarantee. What few college sports fans—and not enough college recruits—realize is that a university can yank that scholarship after one, two, or three years without cause. Coach doesn’t like you? He’s free to cut you loose. Sitting the bench? You could lose your free ride to a new recruit. From Slate.com

posted by tahoemoj to culture at 03:13 PM on May 18 - 4 comments

Recent Comments

Can True Sports Fans Switch to a New Favorite Team?

In Reno in the '80s

To completely digress, have you seen Reno lately? With approximately 400,000 people in the Washoe/Storey County areas, there may have been one or two changes. And now the Aces, the local AAA baseball team who play in a gorgeous replica of AT&T Park, are affiliated with the Diamondbacks.

posted by tahoemoj at 02:43 PM on December 18

Panthers Win in NHL Record 20-Round Shootout

I knew something special must have happened, because ESPN gave the NHL 35 seconds of coverage on yesterday morning's SportCenter.

If I recall, it was sandwiched in between 7 minutes relating to what Lebron James had for lunch and 24 minutes of Steven A. Smith and Skip Bayless arguing about whether that lunch was appropriate.

posted by tahoemoj at 02:35 PM on December 18

Can True Sports Fans Switch to a New Favorite Team?

I was able to do it with the Carolina Hurricanes: Does that work for you guys? Is that acceptable?

Grew up in Hartford, so yes. I'm not sure if the emotion I felt when the Whale moved to basketball country was sadness and anger at their leaving or relief that I was now free to choose whatever team I wanted to to cheer for--even a winner! (Chose Devils, btw, and have been thrice rewarded)

But team relocation is one of the few acceptable reasons. As far as football and baseball for me, it will always be Cincinnati, my hometown from '79-'94, when my allegiances outside of hockey developed. I left in '94 and have lived on the west coast ever since--NorCal/Reno/Tahoe for 20 years, now Central Coast. I've had plenty of time to adopt the Niners, Raiders, Giants, or A's as my team, and I don't think it would be bandwagoning to do so at this point. But I'm worse than Jake Gyllenhall and Heath Ledger when it comes to quittin' a team I've been cheering for for so long. And if I can survive the Bengals of the 90's, there are few excuses for abandoning your team.

Did you ever make liberal use of the term "we" to describe the successes of the team?

The worst offending bandwagon fans I know are the most prone to that, ironically.

posted by tahoemoj at 05:54 PM on December 17

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

That was sick.

posted by tahoemoj at 02:11 PM on December 12

Tide-Buckeyes, Ducks-Noles

Wow, you must really like the Buckeyes to build such a strong case.

Not glancing upthread

posted by tahoemoj at 09:48 PM on December 10

Tide-Buckeyes, Ducks-Noles

Thanks for the info rcade. To expand on what Etrigan said, it seems kind of like both TCU and Baylor get an awful lot of credit for beating a very mediocre Oklahoma team by virtue of an inflated preseason ranking. The Big 12 was pretty weak this year top to bottom, in my opinion, and having two of the top 10 teams, neither of whom played a significant out of conference game, was the result of that top to bottom weakness. But everyone around here knows that I'm an Ohio State apologist, so granis of salt are not unwarranted.

posted by tahoemoj at 06:02 PM on December 08

Tide-Buckeyes, Ducks-Noles

Where did each of those teams finish? As in, TCU beat #4, 15, 20, and 7 at the time.

I only ask beause I am far too lazy to look this up and for that, I semi-sincerely apologize.

posted by tahoemoj at 03:06 PM on December 08

Tide-Buckeyes, Ducks-Noles

It's a naked sham, and driven by dollars, lets not kid ourselves.

I think your view lacks nuance. There were 5 (maybe 6) teams that deserved consideration for the 4-team playoff. I think it is very difficult to make a case that Ohio State flat-out didn't deserve to be in the final 4. They lost 1 game, early in the season, playing with a new quarterback who matured over the season to the extent that he became an anticipated Heisman finalist. When he went down, they put a true freshman in to start his first game and he led the team to a 59-0 victory over the 13th ranked team in the country. And you say it is a "naked sham" that the Buckeyes made the cut? I'll even concede that dollars may have been the final consideration that set one team apart from the other, but there was a lot more than dollars at play on Sunday.

I feel bad for TCU, and they had every right to be in the mix. But their own conference alignment shot them in the foot by not having a conference title game for them to make their case. Baylor, too. Shit, if TCU and Baylor played each other for the conference championship on saturday, the winner is in--no question.

The bottom line is that at least one deserving team was going to get hosed, but calling it a naked sham fails to give credit to the Buckeyes where it is due.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:04 PM on December 08

Former NHL player, coach and executive Pat Quinn dies at age 71

Fairly vague as to the illness he was battling, is there more information I wonder?

Anyway, the game has lost one of the more influential hockey minds/personalities to have lived in my lifetime.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:40 PM on November 24

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Boone's was pretty common in my college days

Mine, too (I think we're contemporaries), but only with the ladies. Us gentlemen of distinction only toasted with M/D 20-20.

posted by tahoemoj at 08:30 PM on November 21

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Not a professor of sarcasm, apparently.

posted by tahoemoj at 04:04 PM on November 12

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 10

I'm almost positive that the cornhole was Caligula, if the Penthouse Films production was accurate.

posted by tahoemoj at 10:23 AM on November 07

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 10

C-I-N-C-I-N-N-A-T-I

So named in honor of the Roman emperor Cincinnatus, who I believe was the emperor famous for spreading a spicy mediterranean meat sauce on top of his hot dogs and sprinkling them with a generous amount of cheddar cheese. Or was that Caligula?

posted by tahoemoj at 08:02 PM on November 06

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I mean, shit, they're the second-most-liked team in places as far away as Colorado

Yeah, they made the top 3 here in Washoe County, Nevada as well. But I thought that Miami would crack the top 3 in its home county. I mean shit, they won a game not more than 2 years ago.

posted by tahoemoj at 05:12 PM on October 03

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

And somehow, I didn't even see UNC in there.

I'm dubious, as well. In Hamilton County, Ohio, home of the City of Cincinnati, the University of Cincinnati Bearcats weren't even in the top 3. And in Butler County, Ohio, Miami University wasn't listed, either, despite the fact that there isn't much in Butler County, Ohio, besides Miami U.

posted by tahoemoj at 02:21 PM on October 03