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Name: Mike Goetz
Location: Vancouver, BC
Gender: Male
Member since: May 19, 2009
Last visit: November 28, 2017

geneparmesan has posted 1 link and 25 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 0 comments to the Locker Room.

Sports Bio

I'm a Canadian who enjoys following hockey, Canadian football, and baseball. When I moved to England I started following British football and enjoyed a whole new experience of being a sports fan
Unlike my experience in Canada, where you feel you are there to be entertained and you applaud when the team performs to expectation, in football the supporters genuinely believe that they have an impact on the match; that their responsibility is to support the team and in doing so can influence the result. It is an amazing thing to see a team's performance improve as it coincides with the supporters raising their voice.
I'm back in Canada now and I follow the Vancouver Canucks, Seattle Mariners, Ipswich Town FC, BC Lions, and English cricket.

Recent Links

Sepp Blatter is at it again: The head of FIFA has sparked huge controversy (especially in England) with ill-judged comments that minimize the extent and impact of racism in soccer. With his previous gaffes about homosexuality and women's football, it's a wonder that anyone is surprised.

posted by geneparmesan to soccer at 10:51 AM on November 17 - 5 comments

Recent Comments

Leicester City One Step Closer to Immortality

As a fan of a lower-division English club (Ipswich), Leicester's Premiership win is the kind of dream that you thought died when the Premiership started in 1992. In a country where fans understand their lot in life and are seemingly satisfied with it, Leicester's success is all the more outrageous when you consider they did it with a relatively small squad and a relatively low spend.

And kudos to the culture of English football that "winning the league" is considered the pinnacle of achievement -- more significant than the FA Cup or other elimination-style tournaments. With the league and cup competitions running concurrently and culminating at the same time, Leicester don't have to trot out the weak line that "this is all well and good but what we really want to win is the Cup/Playoffs". They have shown they are the best team over the course of 10 months, playing everyone else home and away -- no fluke, no luck, just success richly deserved

posted by geneparmesan at 05:36 PM on May 02

James Fallows Learns Something about British Soccer and Sarcasm

I guess Fallows also hasn't heard of Poe's Law

posted by geneparmesan at 02:44 PM on January 27

The Beginning of the End for Pitch-Framing?

The possibility that umpires will start to develop bias against certain catchers who are known (and statistically proven) to be good framers lends more weight to the argument that baseball should consider using technology to call balls & strikes

posted by geneparmesan at 02:39 PM on January 27

Surprise military reunions at NFL games reach peak Bullsh*t

It does seem like the perfect marriage, each brand using the other to enhance their own image. On one hand you have the DoD paying the NFL for patriotic displays, and on the other hand you have the NFL donating big bucks (albeit not as many) to military charities. Following the money sure takes the altruism out of these ceremonies.

posted by geneparmesan at 02:07 AM on September 07

Ronnie O'Sullivan clears the table in the 2012 world snooker championships.

O'Sullivan is a snooker genius to be sure; only his personal demons have kept him from winning more world titles. He is the oddsmaker's clear favorite to win the upcoming world championships, even at the age of 39 when others would be fading away.

But my favorite O'Sullivan moment remains his outstanding maximum break in 1997 (in snooker, the most points you can score is 147, sinking only black balls after every red and then clearing the colors), completed in under 6 minutes. Contrast that with the first 147 of the World Championship's modern era, Cliff Thorburn's pensive 15+ minutes from 14 years earlier.

posted by geneparmesan at 11:00 AM on April 02

Giants Win World Series

Chevy pitchman Rikk Wilde was just the capper of a typically weird Series-winning festivities. It seemed reporters and players alike were on the verge of tears, and I'm sorry MLB, but presenting the trophy in a small closet to the team's owners in front of no one just looks bush league. Give me the Stanley Cup presentation any day. At least Bud Selig didn't try to steal Erin Andrews' mic this time.

posted by geneparmesan at 11:56 AM on October 30

Luis Suarez Bites Opponent at World Cup

I have thought about this, and I have come to the conclusion that Suarez is a vampire. Amazingly, tennis player Ernests Gulbis was ahead of the curve when he recently made comments about vampires in sports.

posted by geneparmesan at 03:09 PM on June 25

Don't Play Thailand

Regardless of the bad math, the principle remains. It strikes me as crazy that winning a match would reduce your average points total. Winning a match -- any match -- should at worst keep your average the same. I appreciate that it's difficult to devise a system to adequately rank the countries, but to be penalized for winning a game is a rather obvious flaw, it would seem.

So pity the fans of the Netherlands, Italy, and England, but indeed all fans lose here, because we may very well get two 'groups of death' when the tournament draw is made. And while it can make for some interesting group matches, it's never a good thing when strong teams get knocked out early because of poor seeding.

posted by geneparmesan at 12:45 AM on November 30

Attending Your First Premier League Game

There's one element that was glaringly missing in this piece: the role of the fan. In English football it is the responsibility of the fan (actually "supporter") to support the team. You have a role to play. The players respond to your cheering and singing.

In America, it is the team's responsibility to entertain the fans. The fans cheer when the team does something good, and boo when they do something bad.

In English football booing is considered nearly a heinous act -- reserved for only the most abject of displays. Many supporters will say that one should never boo; that it destroys a player's confidence and undermines the team.

Sadly, I think this notion of supporters is gradually disappearing from the English game. Fans aren't as vocal as they used to be (piped in music before the match and at halftime is a great example -- the club tries to create a fake atmosphere instead of letting the supporters naturally create it themselves). The loss of terracing, while adding to safety measures, has also negatively impacted the atmosphere in the ground.

posted by geneparmesan at 11:00 PM on May 27

Infield Fly Call Helps Cards Oust Braves

I agree with rcade and most others commentating at the time -- it was a terrible call. When you consider the situation that an infield fly is normally called, this case was extraordinary. You could also argue that the left-field/right-field umpire should *never* make an infield fly call -- there are three infield umpires there to do just that.

What frustrated me most about the situation was that baseball has no culture to get the call right. You have six umpires and one guy makes a judgment call which I suspect the other five would have disagreed with. In other sports, officials can change their mind or change a bad judgment call (soccer is an example). Surely the primary aim of officiating is to get the call right, even if it means making someone (Holbrook, in this case) look bad in the process. I don't know why the crew chief can't get them all together, discuss the play, and determine the correct call.

posted by geneparmesan at 06:06 PM on October 06

Ryder Cup 2012: Medinah miracle comes to pass for Europe

What I found equally as interesting was how the commentators were so stunned by the outcome, they were hardly able to adequately describe what they had just witnessed. Throughout the whole day it looked like Europe might start to make a bit of a game of it, but until Rose made the incredible birdie on 17, I don't think anyone actually thought Europe could pull it off.

posted by geneparmesan at 02:03 AM on October 02

Perfect! Mariners' Felix Hernandez

For me, the most telling moment was during the postgame interview, when Hernandez said something like "When Phil Hughes... erm Phil whatshisname? ... when he threw the perfect game earlier this season, I knew I had to do it too".

What does it say about baseball (about the Mariners, perhaps?) when the unknown Phil Humber throws a perfect game, is quickly forgotten, and is eventually dropped from the starting rotation? It is strange, and I think a bit of a shame, that the luster of no-hitters and perfect games is now being tainted by their proliferation.

posted by geneparmesan at 12:16 AM on August 16

Premier League season starts Saturday

I've often found it interesting how the culture of European football effectively has no off-season. This year more than any other, we had the Premiership end in May, the European Championships in June, Olympic football in July, and now the new season is already upon us.

I am a believer that having off-seasons is a key component to ensuring the longevity of a sport and preventing fan fatigue. And yet, all those European leagues that have been around for over a hundred years are doing a fine job of debunking that argument.

posted by geneparmesan at 02:14 PM on August 14

Trying their best to win at losing

It would seem that they've all been disqualified for not disguising their attempts to lose well enough

posted by geneparmesan at 02:52 PM on August 01

Philip Humber Throws Baseball's 21st Perfect Game

Having watched the final thee innings of this game live, I couldn't help but feel the Brian Runge (home plate umpire) was at the very least giving Humber the benefit of the doubt on a few occasions.

I'll grant you that the final out was close but probably the right call. But consider the strike 1 call on Saunders' 3-0 count leading off the 9th inning, or watch the ump clap his hands trying to get Ryan back in the batters box when he was taking just a little bit longer to settle in the batters box and putting Humber off his rhythm. Nothing criminal I know, but it just brought Jim Joyce back to mind.

It certainly seemed like Runge was rooting for Humber just a little bit, and I imagine it would be hard not to, if I were in his shoes.

posted by geneparmesan at 04:54 AM on April 22