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JKidd says he won't stay with the Nets ... unless they dump coach Byron Scott. : Sounds like he wants to stay in Jersey, though. Maybe he doesn't give San Antonio much of a shot against the retooled Lakers, either...

posted by ajax to basketball at 09:33 AM on July 10 - 12 comments

Yankee dominance is not what's hurting baseball. : In fact, having the Yankees on top has traditionally been good for baseball. Allen Barra explains why the Bronx Bombers, ballooning payroll and all, aren't to blame for baseball's woes after all.

posted by ajax to baseball at 09:33 PM on August 06 - 8 comments

Recent Comments

USA Today ranks the Ten Hardest Things to do in Sports.

These are all completely meaningless comparisons -- it doesn't mean anything to say one of these is "harder" than the others. The fact is, in order to do any of them, you need to have exceptional physical ability, and you need to train like hell. The only way you could have a meaningful comparison is if you could somehow define a norm for athletic ability, and see how much a person with "normal" athletic ability had to train to do any of them. But you can't. Athletic ability tends to be specialized -- a world-class [sport1ist] is likely to be an average at best [sport2ist], no matter how hard he/she trains. So, whatever -- you can pick whichever one you want, and say it's the hardest; you'll be just as right no matter which one it is.

posted by ajax at 07:14 PM on March 10

Uh, about those playoff rules...we've changed them.

It's basically just greedy -- they all want the money from the extra games. I'm not sure the playoffs aren't too long already; you can almost always count on each team to get blown out in at least one game of each series, because it's basically impossible to maintain that much-vaunted "playoff intensity" the whole way through. Take out those blowouts and you basically have a 5-game series anyway -- just with a smaller take at the gate. In other words, the fans lose out, in the long run, from longer series. We're the ones that have to pay to watch the crappy play that results, while the owners and players get pretty much the same take no matter how poor the games are (in the playoffs, at least).

posted by ajax at 12:11 AM on February 10

Heart-stopping entertainment.

i suppose you would take away everyone's freedom to do ANYTHING remotely dangerous... Starfucker, can you read? Here, for example. What I said was:

I'm not talking about banning anything or protecting anyone. I'm talking about deciding what's the right thing to do.
The various soccer organizations are free to decide what they think is best. That doesn't mean that whatever they happen to decide is necessarily the best thing to do, however.

posted by ajax at 10:27 AM on December 24

Heart-stopping entertainment.

Oh, great, the all-caps argument. I tremble before your mighty display of incontrevertible genius and cutting wit, StarFucked. I'm not talking about banning anything or protecting anyone. I'm talking about deciding what's the right thing to do. On the one hand you have an entertainment, an activity people are paid to do so the people who pay them can make money. On the other hand you have the people they make the money off of. Now what you all are saying is, the fucks who make the money shouldn't care if it so happens they're going to kill some of the fucks whose money they take, because... because those other poor fucks just don't know better? Brilliant. You obviously have a profound and subtle understanding of morality.

posted by ajax at 03:07 PM on December 20

Heart-stopping entertainment.

So y'all are saying that whether or not people will die because of them should have no bearing on what the rules of an activity should be? I don't get it. If it were up to me, and I knew shootouts were going to kill people, I'd change the rule as soon as I could come up with a better alternative. What's there to think about? Do you actually believe that because other people will fail to take care of themselves you're somehow excused from considering that your decisions might harm them?

posted by ajax at 02:08 PM on December 20

"We choked, just flat-out choked."

I happened to catch this (couldn't sleep), and it was pretty ridiculous. The Lakers were hitting their shots -- but, aside from a couple crazy plays by Kobe, they were wide open. The Mavs just stopped playing defense. And, so many of their points earlier in the game having come off of missed shots on the other end, their offense dried up at the same time.

posted by ajax at 10:29 PM on December 07

Completely Snookered.

Career decisions are a thing you just have to be greedy about -- i.e., you have to think of yourself first. It's the only way to make them; you can't live your life to make other people happy instead of yourself. But there's no excuse for lying to the community that's supported you and helped you succeed. And leaving without facing -- and acknowledging, not to mention thanking -- the people you've abandoned is cowardly, and disgusting. Fucking prick.

posted by ajax at 11:01 PM on December 05

Area Man Thinking Up Funny Things To Say For Next Football Game

Popular Humor Publication Wrings Out Yet More Tired Prose Derived From Mildly Witty Headline "It's not that we don't try to invent anything original," said Shrumlinger. "Well, actually, maybe it is that. I mean, if everybody loves you for mimicking newspaper prose over and over again, why shouldn't you mimick newspaper prose over and over again? We want to be loved, too, you know."

posted by ajax at 05:16 PM on December 05

“We’re attempting to find skates and equipment to fit him.”

(More on Bol here. The interview gets interesting about halfway down, when Bol himself speaks, describing the situation in the Sudan, and also why he did that boxing match. ("That money is not going to my pocket. If it was going to my pocket, I would say yeah, you know, it's bad to do that, you know."))

posted by ajax at 02:03 PM on November 13

“We’re attempting to find skates and equipment to fit him.”

This says it all about the guy:

Bol recently took part in Fox TV's Celebrity Boxing show and beat former football player William "The Refrigerator'' Perry in a bout. Bol agreed to take part, so long as Fox agreed to air a toll-free number for the Ring True Foundation, a West Hartford-based charity he set up to benefit southern Sudanese children. He donated his $35,000 purse from the boxing match to the group.
He's got his priorities -- and his heart -- in the right place. Who the fuck cares what other people think, when you're doing good things.

posted by ajax at 10:31 AM on November 13

Yao-ch!

He was outed by ABC I believe you mean ousted. Marv's the one what dresses funny.

posted by ajax at 03:50 PM on October 31

Congratulations, Anaheim Angels, 2002 World Champions!

I wonder if it was a good idea to bring the little kids into the dugout for the World Series -- they probably felt a lot of pressure. There was that whole thing about the Giants being undefeated (until game 6, at least) when Baker's kid was a bat boy; I wonder if, when they did lose, he felt like it was because of him. Baseball players are superstitious and all, but maybe they should keep their kids out of it.

posted by ajax at 10:34 AM on October 28

Ripken's streak is the most memorable moment in baseball history?

The moment for me was when Ripken hit the home run in his first at bat in the game he broke the record. I'm with you there. (Though, obviously, I'd forgot about that home run. Must've been blinded by my rage against MLB....) Gibson's homer is also my strongest memory. That was just absurd -- the cripple coming back to save the day for the underdog, in the most dramatic of all possible plays. Crazy stuff.

posted by ajax at 10:58 AM on October 24

Ripken's streak is the most memorable moment in baseball history?

I saw that. I was like, Wait a second -- that's a "moment"? And it's "memorable"? I don't think I can remember a single hit Ripken got.

posted by ajax at 10:19 PM on October 23

I know. I mean, there's no other possible explanation for how the Skins could lose!

posted by ajax at 10:29 PM on October 22