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In the context of LA's bid for an upcoming summer games, I've heard a lot of emphasis on making use of existing facilities. The mayor has been talking about the big investments being in mass transit rather than stadiums. I think it could potentially make a lot of sense for cities in these circumstances where the money can be used for something more than athletic facilities no one wants. Of course, with such a corrupt bidding process, it remains to be seen how that would bear out.
I understand the desire to keep moving these big events around, but building purpose-specific facilities is a waste of money. I think these big games should settle into a pattern of rotating through a set number of cities that are already pretty much ready to host as-is. You can create a new process to allow cities to qualify for the rotation, but the bidding process should be replaced with something that isn't an obvious magnet for corruption and doesn't cause participants to do things like build $>100MM stadiums in remote Amazonian cities which can only be reached by airplane and boat.
posted by feloniousmonk at 02:17 PM on October 03
It's been many, many years since I've been to a sprint car race and I never much cared for them beyond the spectacle even then, but I do know that they are set up to go fast on slippery dirt and don't handle anything like normal cars so expectations about behavior based on your experience in a normal car don't really apply. You hit the gas to corner in them.
posted by feloniousmonk at 02:05 PM on August 11
Wow, this story is going to get crazy if that's accurate. The local news just mentioned a possible arrest upcoming.
posted by feloniousmonk at 01:34 AM on August 10
This looks really embarrassing for him from the outside. It looks like he overplayed a weak hand in a power grab, lost the bet, and then only landed on his feet because a friend bailed him out via his newly acquired ownership stake in Milwaukee.
posted by feloniousmonk at 04:53 PM on June 30
Apparently no one bothered to tell Dan that fantasy season's over.
posted by feloniousmonk at 03:58 AM on January 12
Shanahan is thinking about benching RG3 for the season. Why not just resign now?
posted by feloniousmonk at 06:10 PM on December 09
Seems like the stage is being set for Shanahan to leave at the end of the year.
posted by feloniousmonk at 12:46 PM on December 08
NE doing a fantastic job of reminding me to go to bed early.
Expect it when you least expect it.
posted by feloniousmonk at 01:13 AM on November 25
My problem with the play is that there is no consistency between the way it was officiated and the way Arrington was penalized on the Panther's drive before. It seems Gronk was fouled before the ball arrived, making the question of whether it was catchable moot because he didn't have an opportunity to be in position in the first place. The NFL has crazy rules, though, and you can't really expect it to make sense.
That said, even as a Pats fan, it's hard to get too worked up over this stuff. Just like with the helmet catch, this is what people remember but it's not necessarily where the game was actually lost.
posted by feloniousmonk at 12:50 PM on November 19
The fact that the Pats briefly signed and played Austin Collie goes to show how unsuccessful they were at replacing Welker. My primary reaction to that was "wow, I really hope this isn't how the first NFL player dies on the field."
posted by feloniousmonk at 03:48 PM on November 16
I quit Pop Warner 2 years in after the 2nd consecutive coach turned out to be into doing stuff like making you complete your windsprints prior to drinking water in 100+ degree heat and having all of the small kids do one on one hitting/tackling drills with the one kid who was sized like a grown man already. I got the sense that this was pretty much the norm throughout all of the leagues I could've played in and was done with it. This was the 90s and it's hard for me to imagine the culture has changed much. It's not as if the hazards of not letting kids have water when it's hot were unknown until recently. I would advise against it at any opportunity at this point.
posted by feloniousmonk at 12:18 PM on November 14
As a Red Sox fan, I hope to see the Cardinals again next year, too, so they can lose a third time.
posted by feloniousmonk at 06:52 PM on November 05
Meriweather must be making up for all of the opportunities to make stupid comments that he missed while with the Patriots.
posted by feloniousmonk at 05:20 PM on October 28
I doubt many people really care about the constructors title, but I think that's the key here. His Red Bull car almost always has some sort of edge, whether it's KERS-based pseudo-traction control or it's something more prosaic. Vettel's clearly a great driver, and it takes nothing away from him, but there are numerous examples from this year where the car just turns differently from everyone else, even including Webber (when his car hasn't mysteriously broken down).
posted by feloniousmonk at 12:47 AM on October 28
Is the old gunslinger ready for one last battle?
posted by feloniousmonk at 12:46 PM on October 24
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