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Name: nate jansen
Location: Denver, CO
ZIP: 80209
Gender: Male
Member since: September 13, 2005
Last visit: December 18, 2014

tron7 has posted 5 links and 1506 comments to SportsFilter and 1 link and 168 comments to the Locker Room.

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Stop The Flop: The NBA officially adopts an anti-flopping policy, announcing a new rule that will fine repeat offenders this season.

posted by tron7 to basketball at 02:13 PM on October 03 - 10 comments

Gilbert Arenas suspended indefinitely.: Stern, not impressed by Arenas' gun play, busts out the banhammer.

posted by tron7 to basketball at 05:52 PM on January 06 - 9 comments

Chargers fine Cromartie $2,500.00 for tweeting: That's $17.86 per character.

posted by tron7 to football at 10:54 AM on August 05 - 16 comments

MMA Fantasy Draft: If every fighter in the world was suddenly declared a free agent, what order would they be selected in?

posted by tron7 to boxing at 12:56 PM on April 21 - 10 comments

Shawne Merriman suspended for steroids.: The four game suspension comes less than a week after the news of the Falcon's Matt Lehr and the Lion's Shaun Rogers receiving steroid suspensions.

posted by tron7 to football at 09:50 AM on October 23 - 33 comments

Recent Comments

Can True Sports Fans Switch to a New Favorite Team?

Still love this opening from FreeDarko (RIP) on liberated fandom:

I've heard that the worst thing you can do in the wide world of sport fandom is be a fair weather one. Okay, I can get with that. If your point of reference is the tribal sphere, and you dawdle on the margins until there's good reason to perk up, it's not just insincere. It implies that the team owes you something, that your devotion to them depends on their proving themselves devotion-worthy. If you live in a city low itching for chauvinistic rallying points, the machine of pride doesn't operate if some people have the right to stand to judgment. I'm not saying that hometown fans are always unthinking monoliths. But if the team becomes a take-it-or-leave-it proposition, then the circuits of faith are jammed up to their core.

I think it's well-known, though, that FreeDarko could give a fuck less about provincial forms of worship. We exist on a higher, or at least more time-consuming, plane known as "liberated fandom." Put simply, we like the teams that meet our vague and furry criteria, such that our sensibility can find a match worth its while. This is no more shocking than only reading books that get good reviews, or avoiding a shitty bar even though your friend works there. I don't mean to disparage all ye fine people who have home teams, or insist that the two are mutually exclusive. Hell, some of my proudest moments as a watcher of the game have come when I've been able to approximate some sort of Arenas-derived pull for the Wizards. Alas, I am a wanderer by trade and a malcontent by spirit, and thus must make my way without the comfort of community.

posted by tron7 at 06:43 PM on December 17

Can True Sports Fans Switch to a New Favorite Team?

I'm all over the map.

MLB: I've dabbled with the Twins when I was in school in the Twin Cities and the Rockies now that I live in Denver but I will always be a Brewers fan first and foremost. They were THE team of my childhood and I spent more hours listening to Uecker than I can count.

NFL: Despite living in Wisconsin I got roped in by Elway early and held dual fanship until Super Bowl XXXII when my hand was forced and I became a full fledged Broncos fan. I'm the only non-Packer fan in my entire extended family. I do find myself pulling for the Packers but it's mostly in hoping my dad doesn't have a heart attack.

NBA: I was a fan of KG's Wolves in college, rooted for the Bucks after I was out of school, and root for the Nuggets now that I'm in Denver. Though, with Shaw as coach, my eye has started to wander back to that sexy Bucks squad. I'm not really concerned if I'm seen as a True Sports Fan or not. I get as emotionally invested as anybody. The NBA seems to lend itself most to the idea of liberated fandom.

EPL: Like rcade, I've been following since 2006 but I've yet to acquire any kind of fandom. I've cast my lot in with ManU, Everton, and Arsenal for stints but nothing has stuck.

posted by tron7 at 06:34 PM on December 17

Lure Banned from Competitive Fishing for Being 'Too Effective'

So, I guess the flasher up front draws their attention and then it looks like a school in the back? I've done a lot of fishing in my life but I'm still amused by the things you can make fish want to eat.

posted by tron7 at 03:14 PM on December 02

Searching for Balance: The NBA’s Lopsided Conference Problem

I don't want the league to reformat the playoffs or conferences. The East is bad, real bad, and there will be some lousy playoff teams in the East and some team out west is going to win 50 games and miss the playoffs and I'm fine with that. I don't need everything to be 100% fair. I can see why the West owners and even the fans can get riled up about how bad the East is but I don't think it helps the league that much to rearrange everything.

posted by tron7 at 03:11 PM on December 02

0-16 Philadelphia 76ers Two Games from Worst Start in NBA History

76ers regular season wins this season
Eagles regular season wins this season

posted by tron7 at 02:58 PM on December 01

0-16 Philadelphia 76ers Two Games from Worst Start in NBA History

It's the worst team I've ever seen. A lot of weird things happen in an 82 game schedule and they'll fall into some wins but it's hard to imagine this team getting to double digits.

Compare the 76ers roster to the 11-12 Bobcats who won only 7 games out of 66. I think the Bobcats probably win seven out of every ten games versus this 76ers squad.

posted by tron7 at 01:15 PM on December 01

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 12

Would have been better off following the Costanza Principle this week. 5/13 so far. I also pick against the spread for funsies and there I'm 3/13. Yikes.

posted by tron7 at 11:34 AM on November 17

Clif Bar Drops Sponsorship of 5 Climbers Over Risks They Take

Well I started drawing up a response but the statements from Clif Bar and Honnold are perfect as is.

"We have and always will support athletes in many adventure-based sports, including climbing," the company said. "And inherent in the idea of adventure is risk. We appreciate that assessing risk is a very personal decision. This isn't about drawing a line for the sport or limiting athletes from pursuing their passions. We're drawing a line for ourselves. We understand that this is a gray area, but we felt a need to start somewhere and start now."

And from Honnold:

"It's a general reflection on risk," Honnold said. "The risk decision that Clif is making is the same kind of decision that we all make as athletes. I think it's completely fair for them to draw a line. It's a very personal decision. If Clif thought about it and said that that's the line that they want to take, I can't begrudge that. That's the same kind of line I draw with risk."

posted by tron7 at 11:32 AM on November 17

Denver Broncos Fan Disappears During Game

Honestly, the green chile makes up for any lack of culture.

posted by tron7 at 11:34 AM on October 29

Denver Broncos Fan Disappears During Game

It makes sense if you think about it. The concessions at Invesco are average at best and there's only one reason to go to Pueblo.

On edit: Invesco? What year is it?

posted by tron7 at 11:06 AM on October 29

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

That assumes perfect umpiring, which we do not have.

Oh, I'm well aware of that truth. Robot umps, man. Can't wait.

posted by tron7 at 06:24 PM on October 15

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

What makes pitch framing joy-inducing while flopping/diving in other sports is roundly criticized? In both cases the player resorts to trying to fool the official instead of trying to win the play in honest competition. I think the sport would be better if there weren't important strategies revolving around trying to get calls you don't deserve.

posted by tron7 at 10:35 AM on October 14

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Just thinking about them has me giggling. How can you be against that?

I've played my whole life and I've been that batter too many times. There's no joy for me in missed calls, just the memory residue of how I felt after a thousand lost at bats. There's not many feelings better than squaring up a baseball and not many worse than getting the rug yanked from under you by an umpire.

posted by tron7 at 01:04 AM on October 09

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Huh? I'm not sure what you mean by "more human element".

Oh... damn, I thought it was a pretty good joke. They always get better when you have to explain them, right? Selig once said in reference to instant replay, "I think the human element is vital to baseball." I, for one, can not wait until baseball is umpired by robots.

posted by tron7 at 02:31 PM on October 08

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

In all honesty, they look like the exact same pitch with the pitcher, catcher, hitter, and umpire moving exactly the same way.

I definitely see more human element in the second gif.

posted by tron7 at 11:20 AM on October 08