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Last visit: January 25, 2015

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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

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

Eli Manning's Footballs Are Months in Making [nyt]

posted by phaedon at 11:33 PM on January 22

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

if this ends up being true, I'm fucking done as a Pats fan.

5 bucks says if they beat Seattle in February, you're back on board.

posted by phaedon at 11:31 PM on January 22

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

Mark Brunell hot taek

posted by phaedon at 07:09 PM on January 22

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

It really doesn't sound like there's a statement on earth that is going to make you believe anything other than what you already do.

It's unclear what position you are trying to carve out. Sorry if you already did. Would you have me believe that this was accidental? A coincidence?

Because you're making it out to sound like I'm unreasonable.

An account of why 11 of the 12 balls were underinflated would suffice.

posted by phaedon at 06:26 PM on January 22

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

Towards the end, Brady also talked about playing the game with integrity, and yet, what's interesting is the Patriots have shown a pattern of creating the illusion that they are playing the game with integrity, meanwhile behind the scenes they are pushing the limits and occasionally breaking the rules.

Say what you will about sports in general, but this is a big difference.

posted by phaedon at 05:26 PM on January 22

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

He said specifically he was comfortable saying nobody in the organization did anything to the balls.

That's not true, he later qualified that by saying "to his knowledge." Look, I'm not trying to crucify Brady in particular. The guy can play the, "I just throw the ball" card. But Patriots, come up with an organizational response.

Truth is not an opinion. It is fact.

"Whatever." The point I'm making is that by intentionally obfuscating the details, he is portraying journalistic inquiries as "crazy" and "you can't listen to everybody." The point is there's one accurate version of the what happened that is actually true, and he's not providing it.

posted by phaedon at 05:21 PM on January 22

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

How can you say that you jokingly "prefer" a ball being inflated a certain amount, and then not realize mid-game there was something wrong with the balls? How do such preferences exist if there isn't some acknowledgment?

He's also saying he didn't alter the balls, but he's not coming out and saying nobody in his organization did.

He's also saying Belicheck things like "you know there are a lot of opinions out there and we have to focus." But yeah, there's also the one opinion that matters, the fucking truth. And you guys have a limited roster. And the ability to hold a meeting, and publicly report with certainty whether or not this was intentional. So figure it out.

You'd have to be an idiot to think this wasn't intentional. To me, it's very disingenuous.

posted by phaedon at 04:49 PM on January 22

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

It's fucking nuts how disingenuous Tom Brady is in this interview.

posted by phaedon at 04:31 PM on January 22

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest, Conference Championship Round

First timer.

Seattle by 21
New England by 9

posted by phaedon at 12:21 AM on January 18

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle


posted by phaedon at 04:21 PM on January 16

Buckeyes Win College Football Playoff

Remember when Ohio State and Michigan was a rivalry lol

posted by phaedon at 03:16 PM on January 13

Cowboys Defeat Lions After Controversial Penalty Non-Call

Dez Bryant running onto field without helmet a worse no-call

posted by phaedon at 08:28 PM on January 05

Cowboys Defeat Lions After Controversial Penalty Non-Call

Did you just seriously quote Dean Blandino?

posted by phaedon at 03:46 PM on January 05

DeMarco Murray Ties Jim Brown Record

First round exit.

posted by phaedon at 12:54 PM on October 13

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

Ray Rice suspended indefinitely by the NFL

posted by phaedon at 02:51 PM on September 08