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Hugh Janus
Name: Hugh Janus
Location: Hiroshima, Japan
Gender: Go Nuts!
Member since: August 19, 2005
Last visit: January 26, 2015

Hugh Janus has posted 22 links and 930 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

The Gaming Obsession of the Green Bay Packers

This is pretty cool. Now, if they were playing Cosmic Encounter that would be really cool.

posted by Hugh Janus at 09:06 AM on January 17

Suggestions for SportsFilter Links

I dig The Swiss Ramble for stuff about the business of British and European football.

posted by Hugh Janus at 09:22 AM on January 02

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

That's hilarious. I will never again see Diego Costa without thinking of your dream. What an image.

posted by Hugh Janus at 08:46 AM on December 23

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Look, I know even putting this in the huddle is a big, big stretch, but see, it's sports related! And I woke up laughing, so here it is.

Last night I dreamt that I scored in my debut game for Barcelona. The game was a blur, and after some teammate backslapping and applauding the ultras, I headed for the tunnel to the locker room.

Only, the tunnel didn't lead to the locker room. It led across a public square to a sort of communal locker room shared by all the youth teams and their opponents of the day. Of course, the kids were excited to see me, but I was really tired of wearing my sweaty kit and cleats so I made a hasty exit through a side door...

...which led to the top of a cliff. Peering over the cliff I could just make out some sort of religious procession below. There were quite a few soccer fans on the cliff with me, and just to my left was a group of Norwegian soccer players, who were also wearing their uniforms. I said, "Boy am I glad to see you guys, do you happen to know where the players' entrance to the Bernabeu is?" And they shot me a look like shut the FUCK up do you even know where we ARE? and the crowd around us loomed in like a riot waiting to start.

So I loudly corrected myself, asking where the players' entrance to the Nou Camp was, and they said "Oh, it's under the pitch." I looked down again at the marchers below and wondered if I had mistaken Roman legion regalia for the monstrance and canopy of Catholic processional. No matter, I needed a shower, so back to the stadium!

At the stadium I finally made it to the sub-level and it was like a shopping mall. I happened to recognize the hostess of one of the chain restaurants, Francesca (or Rita, I was sleeping so I'm not sure) and asked her if she knew where the players' entrance was. She said sure, but she couldn't leave her post, so she called Sergio over and he agreed to take me.

We walked quite a distance until we turned a corner and Sergio beamed up at me, wide arms proudly gesturing toward our destination: a noisy sports bar with a bright neon sign naming it: THE PLAYERS' ENTRANCE.

posted by Hugh Janus at 07:36 AM on December 23

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Damn good piece of writing on Bernard Hopkins.

posted by Hugh Janus at 08:03 AM on November 02

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Flag 'em all and let God sort it out.

posted by Hugh Janus at 09:43 AM on September 30

Tackled Ohio State Student Was Wearing Secret Booze Panties

Too bad the kid didn't puke all over the strength coach. The price of vigilantism.

posted by Hugh Janus at 02:24 AM on September 30

Brady Hoke's Dangerous Incompetence So Bad ESPN Announcers Denounce It

Fire them all! Every last one of them!

posted by Hugh Janus at 02:13 AM on September 30

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Not really sports news exactly, but the balcony of my new apartment has a nice view of Mazda Stadium, home of the Hiroshima Toyo Carp baseball team. Plus bullet trains whizzing by.

We can sit on the tatami with the window open and listen to the crowd roar. The Carp have been winning of late so the stadium is packed for every game. We're getting married later today. I'm sure I'll post more here about NPB as I inevitably become a fan.

posted by Hugh Janus at 08:14 PM on July 30

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Canada vs USA in Denver tonight, televised.

I could only find TV listings for the lax World Cup semis and finals. I hope the Iroquois make it, because they're a team I'd really like to see.

posted by Hugh Janus at 11:10 AM on July 10

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I like the guy peeking through his fingers and then deciding to cover his face some more. So true.

posted by Hugh Janus at 08:51 AM on July 10

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I just wonder what gold is.

posted by Hugh Janus at 08:19 AM on July 10

Nate Silver Had Brazil at 65% to Win Today

Haha yes!

posted by Hugh Janus at 02:28 PM on July 09

Nate Silver Had Brazil at 65% to Win Today

I'm picturing a six-year-old in a nattily tailored suit with salt and pepper hair and a pensive expression.

He's more of a pint-sized Erwin Rommel:

mar-may 10 037

posted by Hugh Janus at 12:08 PM on July 09

Nate Silver Had Brazil at 65% to Win Today

My six-year old nephew says he saw it coming, "because without Thiago Silva they had no defense, and without Neymar they had no offense."

I told him he was pretty astute and he said, "I pay attention to Jose Mourinho."

posted by Hugh Janus at 09:19 AM on July 09