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tahoemoj has posted 12 links and 1999 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 - 19 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

Ray Rice Suspended for 2 Games

Do we know why the DA is letting him off? I think that bugs me more than the length of the NFL suspension

I think the contents of the videotape that has not been released to the public will answer your question. My guess would be that it will provide Rice with a self defense claim that the DA didn't think he could overcome. The law doesn't differentiate between male and female aggressors when it comes to striking someone in self defense. That means that the only question in a court room would be whether the force used by Rice was a reasonable response to the aggression he was responding to. And that's a tough sell for an overworked DA to make against a seasoned defense attorney, which Rice would no doubt have.

Now, as I mentioned in an earlier comment, concepts of honor and decency would lead me to believe that only the imminent use of a deadly weapon against Rice could justify him striking her in such a way to knock her out. But that's not the law.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:32 AM on July 28

Ray Rice Suspended for 2 Games

The NFL didn't really suspend Pryor for anything

That's a discussion for a different thread. If you don't like that example-- here. Take your pick.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:42 AM on July 25

Ray Rice Suspended for 2 Games

grum's answer was less depressing.

posted by tahoemoj at 05:57 PM on July 24

Ray Rice Suspended for 2 Games

I have to admit to posting this mostly so I could vent about it. Ray Rice, who knocked his fiance unconscious in an elevator, was suspended for 2 games. Josh Gordon, who failed a drug test after smoking pot (I understand that he is a repeat offender), was suspended fore the entire season. Terrell Pryor, who traded some OSU swag for a tattoo, was suspended for 5 games (thanks Deadspin commenter).

The Ginger (Nerf) Hammer apparently thought the punishment fit the crime after viewing more of the security tape than any of us has seen to date. What could possibly be on that tape that would justify a professional athlete striking a woman at all, let alone so hard that it knocked her out? Unless she pulled a gun on him, I can't see any justification for it; and if she did have a gun, he shouldn't be suspended at all. So how does the NFL justify the mentality that smoking pot is worse than beating on a woman?

posted by tahoemoj at 02:49 PM on July 24

Blackhawks Sign Toews, Kane Through 2023

Dynamic duos, all. And throw in Gretzky and Messier. First, I still think each one of those teams was pretty deep top to bottom. Second, with the exception of the tail end of the Yzerman/Lidstrom Wings, those were all duos that played in a different era.

The nature of today's game is such that to be a "cup contender," a team has to roll four balanced lines, or at the very least, three top lines and an "energy"or "grind" line. Look at the teams that have made the finals lately--LA, Boston, NYR, Chicago--they are all deep teams that roll 3 or 4. Maybe two or three all-stars with a supporting cast can get you to the playoffs, but that's not the same thing as a "cup contender." I point to the Crosby/Malkin Penguins as an example. And the whole point of this article is that with so much locked up in Kane and Toews, it might make it difficult to have the quality throughout the lineup that a Cup victory requires.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:48 PM on July 13

Blackhawks Sign Toews, Kane Through 2023

The article starts with this premise: likely ensuring the Hawks will be Stanley Cup contenders for the next decade or so....

...before spending the rest of its ink describing the problems the Hawks will have keeping their nucleus of talent together.

I don't necessarily think that these signings are a bad move, but I sure as hell don't think that having two players around, any two players, ensures that a team will be Cup contenders.

posted by tahoemoj at 06:06 PM on July 10

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

"Chad Johnson has fallen a long way upward since playing approximately 15 snaps for the Patriots back in 2011

posted by tahoemoj at 11:14 AM on July 09

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Probably in history.

That's a pretty high bar, but Sleepy McSlobberson has either approached it or narrowly cleared it.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:36 AM on July 08

U.S. Falls to Belgium Despite Epic Tim Howard Performance

Wondo misses a golden opportunity for US soccer sainthood.

Does Donovan calmly wait 1/2 more second and send that one home?

Backs slowly out of room

posted by tahoemoj at 06:36 PM on July 01

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Serena Williams had some sort of an episode in her doubles match at Wimbledon this morning, causing her and sister Venus to retire. Deadspin commenters are speculating that it was a bout with vertigo. Hope that's "all" it was.

posted by tahoemoj at 03:21 PM on July 01

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

a third would run up and smash the ball, (usually Into the stands)

As a proud American of Scottish heritage, this made me laugh hysterically.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:42 AM on July 01

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Gino, Gino, Gino.

That's some shit right there, Tommy.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:40 AM on June 27

LeBron Taking His Talents Out of South Beach

Yeah, seems like an obvious pressure move to get Miami to do something meaningful.

Partially that. But it also allows Miami the time to actually do something. He announced his decision a full week before he was required to on the 30th, which will allow Miami (and any other suitors) enough time to put together a "here's how we are going to build a championship team around you" presentation, and to negotiate that strategy with the rest of the pieces. If he had waited until the last minute, the scramble may have hindered any team's ability to give him what he actually wants, which is another championship (or 4).

posted by tahoemoj at 05:28 PM on June 24

World Cup Confidence Pool Leader

How the hell did Belgium and Portugal get into my top 4? FWIW, believe it or not, I quit smoking the reefer years ago.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:46 PM on June 18

Enter SportsFilter's World Cup 2014 Confidence Pool

I'm in. And anyone who finishes below me has brought shame on their family.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:56 PM on June 11