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tahoemoj
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Member since: September 27, 2006
Last visit: April 20, 2015

tahoemoj has posted 13 links and 2067 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

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I don't know about anybody else here, but in my head, I am picturing this exchange as taking place between people who randomly pop out of a cornfield.

Hey Howard, did you hear my dog a-run oft last weekend...?

posted by tahoemoj at 01:37 PM on April 18

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Now

Habs in 6

Caps in 5

Hawks in 5

Flames in 6

Wings in 7

Wild in 7

Ducks in 5

Goals-Tavares

posted by tahoemoj at 06:20 PM on April 15

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Buffalo Sabres fire Ted Nolan

Todd McClellan, Mr. Wilson on line one for you in 3...2...

Mr. Wilson, Plattner managemet on line one for you in 3...2...

The Sharks second half was a travesty. The blow is softened by the fact that the Kings are also at the driving range as we speak.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:46 AM on April 13

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Please don't make me defend Duke.

I assume you've already taken 2 or 3 Silkwood showers to try to wash the first line of that post off of you.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:13 AM on April 08

Losing Wisconsin Coach Laments 'Rent-a-Player' Trend

A newspaper could require a college degree as a hiring requirement even though some applicants would be fully capable of doing the job without one.

That example isn't entirely anologous, either. Nobody here is arguing that an individual team shouldn't be able to have a policy of not drafting high school players. The issue is the collusion (for lack of a better word) among all teams that resulted in the "one and done" policy. In your example, the New York Times could require a college degree, but would do so at the risk of the next Bob Woodward joining the Washington Post at 18.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:09 AM on April 08

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

And then claim he's a "huge fan" of her and not sexist.

Yup. Just say "sorry, I fucked up." And then stop.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:14 AM on March 23

Can popularity ruin a sport?

Wow, thanks for that great post, both yerfatma and Guardian. Those 6 or 7 paragraphs were more thought provoking than half a years' worth of ESPN talking heads yelling at each other. As others have noted, the point of the piece transcends soccer, particularly, of course, in America. Personally, I think it is indicative of the general trend (for whatever reason) of people feeling less and less attached to their actual existence, and needing something like sports/politics/religion/music to be right about to validate their reality.

As a case in point, during the 2012 election cycle, I tired of all of the political sniping on facebook. For diversion, I started posting musical questions along the likes of "what bands/artists were the most ahead of their time?" and "best rock n' roll voice". The amount of virtriol spewed among my cyber-friends, all of whom have at least one common reason to be polite, was breathtaking.

posted by tahoemoj at 03:34 PM on March 19

Yahoo Tourney Pick'em Pool

The Annual Travesty begins. Gracias, senor grum.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:23 PM on March 17

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Man, what happened to Clarkson? I know the Leafs grossly overpaid for him, but he was a pretty damn good player for a couple of years in Jersey. It must be true what they say about how tough it is to play in Toronto.

posted by tahoemoj at 08:17 PM on February 26

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Has Tony the Tiger always worn underwear?!

posted by tahoemoj at 11:05 AM on February 26

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Two fonts, one which is horrific

The capital B was designed to look like a pregnant woman's torso, then?

posted by tahoemoj at 02:49 PM on February 25

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I would love to have been a part of the consulting team that got paid 6 figures to come up with that logo.

posted by tahoemoj at 02:03 PM on February 25

Igor Larionov reflects on playing for Red Army, and what is wrong with North American hockey

I'm all for that idea, too Howard. And like yerfatma, sadly think it's a pipe dream.

BTW--did anyone else watch ESPN's 30 for 30 on the Miracle on Ice? Thought it was brilliant in that it was told from the Soviet players' perspective, framed by Slava Fetisov's road trip to lake Placid with his 21 year old daughter.

posted by tahoemoj at 04:38 PM on February 23

Igor Larionov reflects on playing for Red Army, and what is wrong with North American hockey

Incredibly well-said. This piece sort of tracks the evolution of the NHL from the introduction of eastern Europeans to the game we see today. I absolutely love hockey, and appreciate the NHL for having the best players in the world. But I'm beginning to tire of the chip and chase game every team plays, typically out of a fear of being counterpunched off of a turnover.* Even the cycling-puck control game guys like Larionov brought with them has morphed into a throw it around the boards/deep behind the net and let the big wingers fight over it type of cycle, rather than the freewheeling style that used the entire ice surface.

* I also recognize the irony of being a Devils fan and saying that, when it was the 94-95 Devils who probably did the most to destroy the freewheeling play of the late 80s and early 90s.

posted by tahoemoj at 03:13 PM on February 23

McCutchen: Baseball No Longer a Sport Where Poor Kids Get Discovered

grum--the hockey story is pretty universal. When I was playing as a kid, we were on three teams: the house league, the house league all star team, and the travel team. The cost to play house league was already prohibitive, and equipment didn't grow on trees (even in the 70's and 80's). All star involved travel all over the midwest and portions of Canada for tournaments. Travel was a national affair, with games from New England to Kansas City. I played in house league with a couple of incredibly talented black kids from the wrong side of the tracks who were probably good enough to play in college. Sadly, even their house league play was augmented by the families of the other players. Nobody wanted to commit to financing their all-star play, and travel was out of the question (never mind the fact that 3 of my teammates' families now own major professional sports franchises).

The point being- McCutchen's article rings very true. Skill and drive are great, but without a wealthy family or a benefactor of some sort, these kids are going to peak at the local level. How many McCutchens are quitting the game because they can't afford to take it to the next level?

posted by tahoemoj at 01:18 PM on February 15