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Rutgers' coach Mike Rice Berates Players at Practice: In several dozen hours of video of Rutgers men's basketball practices obtained by "Outside the Lines," coach Mike Rice is seen hurling basketballs from close range at his players' heads, legs and feet; shoving and grabbing his players; feigning punching them; kicking them; and screaming obscenities and homophobic slurs.

posted by phaedon to basketball at 04:57 PM on April 02 - 16 comments

Money & March Madness: In 2011, PBS Frontline asked, "If everyone else is profiting from the multibillion dollar college sports business, why shouldn't the athletes?"

posted by phaedon to basketball at 10:11 PM on March 31 - 14 comments

Tony Romo stays in Dallas: 6-year extension worth $108 million. $55 guaranteed - 3 more than Flacco.

posted by phaedon to football at 04:35 PM on March 29 - 16 comments

The New Orleans Hornets are changing their names to the Pelicans: Look at the Pelican fly, come on Pelican!

posted by phaedon to basketball at 07:56 PM on December 04 - 13 comments

Torture or training? : Inside the brutal Chinese gymnasium where the country's future Olympic stars are beaten into shape.

posted by phaedon to olympics at 04:02 AM on August 25 - 2 comments

Recent Comments

Tony Stewart Kills Driver in Dirt-Track Race

I'm not sure how this will play out in the media but apparently Stewart caused a 15-car pileup at Canandaigua just last year. Stewart took responsibility for going 3-wide and his car making contact with another and triggering the accident, leaving fellow racer Alysha Ruggles, a friend of Kevin Ward's, with a compression fracture in her back.

posted by phaedon at 12:38 AM on August 12

Tony Stewart Kills Driver in Dirt-Track Race

I agree this was as far as I know a complete accident, but you can tell in the video that Stewart's line was too high, he was going too fast, and he saw Ward and revved it either to kick up dirt in Ward's face or create the illusion of coming really close to him without hitting him.

This is in no way a total indictment of Stewart, as Ward was out of his car.

posted by phaedon at 12:25 PM on August 11

Tony Stewart Kills Driver in Dirt-Track Race

Also, think what would happen to NASCAR on the off chance Tony Stewart did something like this again. You don't just let a guy like this back on the track.

posted by phaedon at 02:09 PM on August 10

Tony Stewart Kills Driver in Dirt-Track Race

It's like Tony Stewart killed his brother.

The fact that Kevin Ward was out of his car and relatively defenseless, and 20 years old, and Tony Stewart is both a legend, and a legendary hothead, obviously makes things a lot worse from a publicity standpoint and it will take some time to parse who is to blame for what happened.

It does matter if it's an accident or not, it does matter whether he lost his cool, but it also doesn't matter. He killed his brother.

I honestly can't believe Stewart almost raced today. I think NASCAR should and will suspend him pending a thorough investigation.

posted by phaedon at 01:55 PM on August 10

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Tony Stewart has apparently killed another driver that was on-foot at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.

On preview: Whoops, sorry about that.

posted by phaedon at 03:18 AM on August 10

Ray Rice Suspended for 2 Games

So the working theory here is that if Ray Rice smoked a joint or did a line and chilled out instead of beating his wife, he'd be in more trouble. Amen, NFL!

posted by phaedon at 12:09 PM on July 25

Ray Rice Suspended for 2 Games

Keith Olbermann's take.

posted by phaedon at 09:33 AM on July 25

LeBron James Returning to Cleveland

LeBron is bulletproof while he stays in Cleveland trying to bring a ring to the ringless.

Cleveland's going to destroy LeBron.

I don't understand why it's always been beyond him to sit down in front of a camera, surrounded by friends, teammates and/or family, with a team logo behind him, and announce his intentions. And to inform these people ahead of time.

Instead you have "internet silence" in the playoffs followed by a "penned letter" in Sports Illustrated. The guy's never been able to handle his own greatness. Sad. Honestly, maybe the game's changed and it's just not going to be as pretty as it used to be (CBA). You look at a well-informed individual like Phil Jackson talking about Melo, and you're like, are you serious? Do you even have a clue what's going on?

posted by phaedon at 06:03 PM on July 11

LeBron James Returning to Cleveland

tale of rebirth and redemption

LeBron is and always has been bigger than the Cavs organization, so let's just be clear, LeBron is not really even the prodigal son, this is more like the redemption of a deadbeat father coming back home to the ugly wife and kids, right? After spending a not even remotely regrettable couple of years snorting coke and banging strippers down in the Magic City? As in, maybe not all of us are so comfortable that daddy's back in the picture? I mean, that's the "narrative" I see.

I'm not trying to paint anyone in a corner, I'm just a little surprised all these sports analysts so eager to do right by him. I don't remember this story really developing during the season. Didn't the Cavs take LeBron to the Finals? Didn't he then leave for Miami to win two titles only to flatline a year later? The missing piece for "the greatest player of all time" is to "play for the right team?" And he figured this out when and how? Did the two titles in Miami make this really clear to him? At the very least, there should be a lot of trepidation about him coming back. There's going to be a ton of coverage and scrutiny. Such a strange decision. I'm actually talking myself into feeling bad for him for the ass-handing he'll get should things go sideways.

posted by phaedon at 04:19 PM on July 11

LeBron James Returning to Cleveland

posted by phaedon at 03:45 PM on July 11

LeBron James Returning to Cleveland

Has this ever happened in a major American sport? I just don't understand why this resonates with so many people. I still think LeBron is a bitch. And Cleveland still sucks, and Gilbert is still there.

I'm absolutely certain there is a behind the scenes play that will lead to conflict or disappointment down the road. This seems to be LeBron's legacy. Surprising people. Having enough individual leverage to leave a trail of destroyed teams in his wake. He just quit a team that went to the NBA Finals to "go home," whatever the fuck that populist drivel means. Oh my, I am so touched that the LeBron product has changed jerseys. The LeBron product is maturing. I am touched by the meaning it infuses in my otherwise meaningless life.

I really don't enjoy watching players orchestrate championships with off-the-court schemes. You just got owned by the Spurs, on the court. You're a loser. Go back home and cramp up there, you bitch. The Cleveland Cramp. Running around in circles. I assume at the very least he'll make a killing in endorsements. Good for him.

posted by phaedon at 02:55 PM on July 11

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

No comment on why Beckerman wasn't in that game. I think he helps build the offense and should've been put in. And at this point you can count on Bradley not making the play. Also Jermaine Jones was totally out of gas for much of the game. He's got the touch, though.

posted by phaedon at 06:39 PM on July 01

Jason Kidd joins Bucks as head coach

posted by phaedon at 09:37 PM on June 30

Luis Suarez Banned 9 Games for Biting Opponent

Agreed on the former - Liverpool doesn't stand to gain anything via international play, so why should teams take on the risk of injury AND suspension if there's no reward?

That's an interesting point. Newbie questions, could Liverpool keep Suarez from playing in the World Cup? How can FIFA suspend Suarez from playing in the Premier League? What's the relationship between UEFA/FIFA?

posted by phaedon at 03:21 PM on June 26

Luis Suarez Bites Opponent at World Cup

I had mixed feelings about that Marchisio red card but after watching it a million times on replay I think it was a good call. He lost his dribble and planted his spikes right into Arevalo's leg.

If the ref wasn't standing right there, that might've been a common foul.

posted by phaedon at 04:45 PM on June 24