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Hugh Janus
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Name: Hugh Janus
Member since: August 19, 2005
Last visit: April 15, 2014

Hugh Janus has posted 22 links and 894 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 3 comments to the Locker Room.

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

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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

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

posted by Hugh Janus at 07:29 AM on April 15

Was Michael Pineda caught cheating

Sometimes the toilet paper just isn't wide enough.

posted by Hugh Janus at 09:42 AM on April 11

Oops: Atlanta Braves Set Fire to U.S. Flag

Though symbols often are what we ourselves make of them, the flag is constant in expressing beliefs Americans share, beliefs in law and peace and that freedom which sustains the human spirit. The case here today forces recognition of the costs to which those beliefs commit us. It is poignant but fundamental that the flag protects those who hold it in contempt.

posted by Hugh Janus at 02:01 PM on April 10

Barcelona Wins 7-Goal El Clasico Thriller

In case you were wondering:

"Ángel di María nearly fainted after his starring role in the wildest minutes of the first half. The Argentine dragged through a flu that prevented him from training last Wednesday and Thursday....

After the celebration [of Karim Benzema's first goal], his lungs said enough.

The man from Rosario lay on the field and needed medical assistance. He could not breathe through the mucus generated while suffering from the flu. He felt he was left without oxygen. In fact, he came close to fainting, but never thought to leave the team. It was crazy to return to the pitch.

However, being a hustler, Di María did return to the field...."

posted by Hugh Janus at 11:04 AM on March 25

Barcelona Wins 7-Goal El Clasico Thriller

Ronaldo said he was angry at the referees. Xavi said he was angry at Ronaldo for being angry at the referees.

Ronaldo should be angry at Tata for assigning Mascherano to shut him down. Masche was on him like a sock. Holding Ronaldo to just a few flashes of brilliance is a real feat.

Benzema and Bale were excellent. Neymar is wonderful.

I hope I never hear the word "magesterial" again.

posted by Hugh Janus at 08:58 AM on March 25

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

If I made up a T shirt that read "Harvard is the new Princeton" and hopped on the Red Line to Harvard Square, I wonder how that would go.

Ha! That's awesome. Do it!

posted by Hugh Janus at 09:19 AM on March 21

Enter the SportsFilter NCAA Bracket Contest

Oh, yeah. Hugh Janus Means Love. Mmmm hmmmmm.

posted by Hugh Janus at 03:15 PM on March 19

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

They are aren't required to play every facet of the game.

I think what Quint's saying is that LSMs and special teams players do indeed specialize -- certainly they don't play every facet of the game (I doubt he would argue that goalies aren't specialists as well) -- but that they play enough of the game to require some degree of skill at passing, catching, ground balls, checks, dodges, zones, plays: playing lacrosse. When it comes to FOGOs, however, he notes that they are uniquely not required to have much lacrosse ability at all, to the extent that they only need practice the draw and the dump and the sprint back to the sideline.

It kind of reminds me of baseball pitchers in the American League, who have a DH to hit for them. They don't have to play the whole game the way National League pitchers do. Some people love the DH rule because it adds an offensive threat to the lineup, or more precisely removes an offensive liability. Some hate it because it detracts from the purity of the game, and dealing with liabilities makes for more interesting management.

I don't know if I agree with Quint but I think he makes a decent case. I agree that addressing cheating is a bit of a reach. It really isn't material to the discussion of the FOGO. Nor is the mention of the shot clock to speed up the game, though I think he's right that a higher tempo leads to more shots, more scoring, and thus any given face-off is less important in the grand scheme of things.

I love the shot clock and the 2-point line in the pro game.

posted by Hugh Janus at 10:45 PM on March 07

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Quint Kessenich on (lacrosse) face-off men:

"I'd like to see a simple rule change: A face-off man cannot leave the field until there is a shot on goal or change of possession.


Make them run a real shift."

posted by Hugh Janus at 03:46 PM on March 07

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Andre Miller's shoelaces and socks.

posted by Hugh Janus at 08:35 AM on March 07

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I'm wearing unisex underpants.

posted by Hugh Janus at 12:14 PM on February 25

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Queensbridge represent!

posted by Hugh Janus at 09:13 PM on February 17

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

a coke induced style rage

Adrenaline's a hell of a drug.

posted by Hugh Janus at 09:35 AM on January 30

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Cocaine's a hell of a drug.

posted by Hugh Janus at 08:36 AM on January 28

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Be careful what you wish for.

posted by Hugh Janus at 09:10 PM on January 20