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Hugh Janus
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Name: Hugh Janus
Location: Hiroshima, Japan
Gender: Go Nuts!
Member since: August 19, 2005
Last visit: September 30, 2016

Hugh Janus has posted 22 links and 949 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 4 comments to the Locker Room.

Sports Bio

I'm Hugh Janus here and on Metachat, and Ice Cream Socialist on Metafilter.

Recent Links

Český lakros: (Czech lacrosse) Before the [1989 Velvet] revolution, Czech Boy Scouts, inspired by illustrations of American Indians at play, fashioned their own sticks and rules of the game... "...It was created in the late sixties by people interested in the life of American Native people but they didn't have contact to international federation, to international lacrosse bodies. So they created their special own rules..." "...Played with very small sticks closely resembling the original Indian sticks. This had come about because a Professor at one of their colleges was very keen on the North American Indian way of life and had formed an association who emulated this way of life during the summer months, one of the activities being the Indian game of Lacrosse; this game was very popular among the young people and was often played in the country at weekends when the flat dwelling of Prague emigrated from the city."

posted by Hugh Janus to other at 10:55 AM on January 06 - 2 comments

Barrett Green sues: the Washington NFL team, Gregg Williams, and Robert Royal for fostering and participating in the bounty program that encouraged the "unusual, outrageous, and... obvious cheap shot" that ended his career.

posted by Hugh Janus to football at 10:12 AM on July 09 - 2 comments

Tom Sims, skate- and snowboard pioneer, died Sept. 12 of cardiac arrest. He was 61: As a young star in the 1970's SoCal skateboarding circuit, Sims was a tireless promoter of the sport, building the first longboards for skating and founding Sims Skateboards, who made the first lightweight laminated skateboards and managed the Sims skateboard team, sponsoring rising stars like Stacy Peralta, Tony Hawk, Christian Hosoi, Kevin Staab, and the late Jeff Philips (it's all a little complicated, hard feelings all around, as the above links hint). Sims' attention moved to the slopes and his company morphed into Sims Snowboards, making the first metal edged snowboard, the first snowboarding half pipe, the first freestyle snowboard, the first snowboards designed specifically for women riders, and the first pro-model snowboard. Here he is in the 1985 James Bond film A View to a Kill riding down the mountain on a snowmobile ski. Peers, friends, and former riders reflect.

posted by Hugh Janus to other at 11:09 AM on September 17 - 2 comments

Trail of stock deals led to DeCinces insider trading accusation: Link to ex-Oriole teammate Murray remains unclear.

posted by Hugh Janus to baseball at 08:44 AM on June 22 - 6 comments

Kisenosato promoted to ozeki: Sumo's rising star Kisenosato has been promoted to the elite rank of ozeki after a tremendous run of 60 wins in 90 bouts over the past 12 months. He seems to be the only rikishi who has Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho's number, having beaten the grand champion several times. Here's a 2006 interview with Kisenosato, and for a bonus, Hakuho vs. Asashoryu, splitting the world in half.

posted by Hugh Janus to other at 09:21 AM on December 01 - 4 comments

Recent Comments

Chris Christie: Hot Female Tennis Players Are Hot

Like I said, that's the spirit!

When you preemptively dismiss any disagreement as childish and frame it as PC Kulturkampf, pretending you're taking the high road frankly stinks. It's a reactionary tactic that snuffs any chance for a reasonable exchange of ideas.

But that's not what you're after.

posted by Hugh Janus at 08:44 PM on June 09

Chris Christie: Hot Female Tennis Players Are Hot

For chrissakes, can't even this tiny little site off the beaten path be free from this childish culture of virtue signaling and moral purity posturing that's taken over everywhere else on the web?

That's the spirit!

The answer is no, there's no reason to make even more room online for the boorish, troglodytic, and sadly average attitudes of yesterday's man and his little brothers who wail and pout when the grown-ups tell them it's rude to measure a sportswoman's achievement by the angle of their erections.

posted by Hugh Janus at 07:34 PM on June 09

Rockies SS Jose Reyes receives 52-game suspension for domestic violence incident

The hotel called 911 because her injuries needed treatment. During the call they told the dispatcher it looked like she'd been hit. That she eventually refused to testify is not an indication that nothing happened or that she made it all up. It is, in fact, prosecutors are frequently frustrated by such refusals. In some cases the evidence is clear enough that they can proceed without the victim's testimony.

In this case they clearly could not. But Reyes' employer could, after examining the public record and the results of their own investigation, punish him not for giving his wife a black eye, but for giving one to the Rockies and MLB.

That you see yourself as a victim of a vengeful ex-wife has no bearing whatsoever on the Reyes case. In fact, the comparison sounds like apples and oranges. Katherine Reyes refused to testify against her husband after treatment at a hospital, while the person in your story apparently faked injuries in order to gain an edge in divorce proceedings.

Having personal involvement in a vaguely similar situation probably makes your judgment of the Reyes story more heartfelt, but less reliable.

posted by Hugh Janus at 11:59 PM on May 14

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

When I was a kid I went to a Washington Diplomats summer soccer camp where Johan Cruyff was a coach. Well, it was more like an extended meet-n-greet than real coaching. But still, I met him, and later when I made Dutch friends I'd tell them about my having been coached by Cruyff. None of them ever really took it very well. I guess because I'm a Yank, not a very good soccer player, and because Cruyff was a legitimate national treasure.

Also my friends probably didn't like being reminded that, like all the other greats of his era, Cruyff was a big star in the NASL.

posted by Hugh Janus at 10:01 AM on March 25

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Seriously, where are they?

Why would they bother, when you're around to do it for them?

It must be exhausting to constantly be the victim.

Exhausting for everybody when the constant victim's a perennial winner as well.

posted by Hugh Janus at 04:21 AM on January 10

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Meadowlark Lemon taught me the difference between latitude and longitude in "Meadowlark Lemon Presents the World," sadly unavailable on the internet, but written about here.

This knowledge is quite useful. Thank you, Mr. Lemon.

posted by Hugh Janus at 02:22 AM on December 29

Steve Williams: Tiger Woods Treated Me Like a Slave

White guy says working for African-American man made him feel like a slave OH NO HE DIDN'T

posted by Hugh Janus at 09:39 PM on November 02

Coke, Bud, McDonald's and Visa Demand Sepp Blatter Quit Immediately

I'd love to see Blatter in jail and out of power, but major advertisers using financial pressure to oust an organization's leadership in the name of "a truly independent approach" is rich.

posted by Hugh Janus at 07:48 AM on October 04

Federal Judge Tosses Brady's 4-Game NFL Suspension

You're right, hincandenza. I was lying. The Patriots didn't actually fuck my sister's dog. In fact, I don't even have a sister.

I do have a brother, however, and let me tell you what the Patriots did to his puppy....

posted by Hugh Janus at 12:37 AM on September 06

Pete Rose bet on MLB games while an active player in those games.

I think it would be for the best if he is promised reinstatement the day after he dies. Then he can be inducted posthumously to the Hall. No reward in this life for cheating, but his legacy is eventually honored. Problem solved.

That way if he really wants to be reinstated sooner rather than later, he has options.

posted by Hugh Janus at 08:58 AM on June 24

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

roll it all up into a large anal probe.

Aw, not again!

posted by Hugh Janus at 06:48 AM on May 02

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Good movie.

posted by Hugh Janus at 02:54 AM on May 01

Losing Wisconsin Coach Laments 'Rent-a-Player' Trend

Shit, if an 8-year old had the stuff to take the NBA to school, I'd be like, damn girl. Just do it.

Age requirements are just there to protect the mortals. Slamdunk Godlet is on her way.

posted by Hugh Janus at 09:56 AM on April 10

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

However, that cheap shot and calculated no-call probably galvanized Wisconsin and united any neutral spectators in their outrage. It was nice to see the cosmos step in after the refs took a pass.

posted by Hugh Janus at 08:40 PM on April 05

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

My dad refers to Raftery's schtick as "non-stop basketball blather" from a "sound-effects man."

Some kisses... are s-s-sweeter than wine!

posted by Hugh Janus at 08:18 PM on April 04