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smithers
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Name: Sean Smith
Homepage URL: http://www.sportsbabel.net/
Location: Toronto
Member since: June 04, 2002
Last visit: April 30, 2012

smithers has posted 42 links and 543 comments to SportsFilter and 24 links and 371 comments to the Locker Room and 1 column.

Sports Bio



I'm (was) a baller, plain and simple. Loves: Bird and old-school Celtics; MJ; Reggie Miller; Coach K; Richard Hamilton; Ray Allen; Allen Iverson; Tracy McGrady; LeBron; Dwayne Wade; March Madness; Big Ben; Hoosiers--the movie; Pete Carril; Jason Kidd; Rasheed; my men's league and pickup runs; my fantasy team; HoopsTV.com; WNBA; "Throw it down big man, throw it down!"; the IBM commercials with Detlef Schrempf as Linux; coaches that are known as great teachers. Hates: Vince Carter (may you burn in basketball hell); Shaq; Jim Boeheim; Kobe; Steve Francis; Isiah Thomas as a coach, GM or anything besides a player; Dale Brown; Bob Huggins; every punk-ass kid who can't shoot a 15-footer or dribble with both hands but has a contract because he can jump all over the place or is 7ft. tall; coaches that are known as great recruiters.

My Blog

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Kind Words

"I nominate smithers the first SpoFi 'Salesjock of the Year'." -- worldcup2002 "Good find Smithers, you're our Salesman of the Month!" -- jerseygirl "Nice brain work Smithers." -- jacknose "You're the blog king, Smithers ... I don't care what Mark Cuban says ;)" -- Spitztengle "smithers is da bomb." -- worldcup2002

Collective Action

Hyperlink this: Fuck you Athens 2004...

Recent Links

Global Village Basketball: June 10, 2009: In 2002 I posted the beginnings of an idea to link together a bunch of pickup basketball games through the internet into one meta-game as my first (and only) column to SportsFilter. Though it looks much different today from that original concept, the event -- Global Village Basketball -- is finally here and it will be held for 24 hours this Wednesday, June 10.

posted by smithers to gametime at 10:18 PM on June 08 - 1 comment

Ask SpoFi: Pitcher-Catcher Signal Systems in Baseball: Had a few questions that my Google search didn't quite satisfy, and then realized I was asking in the wrong place....the collected baseball wits of SpoFi would know!

posted by smithers to navel gazing at 04:06 PM on September 10 - 6 comments

Pistorius makes strides: is his quest to compete in Beijing. The double-amputee won his appeal against the IOC in his hearing with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (previous SpoFi discussion on this topic here and here; note Amateur's graphic that suggests how far Oscar still has to go in competition).

posted by smithers to other at 08:56 AM on May 16 - 56 comments

Film Fest: For those in the Greater Toronto area, the inaugural Canadian Sport Film Festival runs from tomorrow through Saturday, screening a number of features and shorts ranging across a wide number of sports and cultures.

posted by smithers to gametime at 07:20 AM on May 13 - 2 comments

Dakar Rally cancelled: by the Amaury Sport Organisation due to security concerns after four French tourists were killed in Mauritania. Have other sporting events of this magnitude been cancelled before due to terrorist threats or other such security concerns?

posted by smithers to auto racing at 11:32 AM on January 04 - 6 comments

Recent Comments

Sun Bowl Players Ordered Not to Visit Mexico

thanks rcade!

posted by smithers at 11:10 AM on December 29

Sun Bowl Players Ordered Not to Visit Mexico

where does it say their passports were confiscated?

posted by smithers at 05:44 PM on December 28

Try 30 Olympic Sports for Charity

my thoughts as well, goddam.

posted by smithers at 12:35 PM on November 25

NCAA May Screen Athletes with Sickle Cell

thanks for this, rcade.

posted by smithers at 11:39 AM on April 13

Dallas Mavericks Acquire Shawn Marion in Four-Team Trade

I'm guessing a small group of contract lawyers are about to wake up with massive hangovers and blurry memories of celebrating getting paid for pushing this clusterfuck through the pipes.

still laughing ......

[/out of the woodwork]

posted by smithers at 01:35 PM on July 09

Olympic Swimmer Disqualified When Her Swimsuit Bursts Open

Does anyone know what rule she broke, exactly?

posted by smithers at 09:00 PM on July 02

Global Village Basketball: June 10, 2009

(a follow-up to a boknows posting a few months ago)

In 2002 I posted the beginnings of an idea to link together a bunch of pickup basketball games through the internet into one meta-game as my first (and only) column to SportsFilter.

Though it looks much different today from that original concept, the event -- Global Village Basketball -- is finally here and it will be held for 24 hours this Wednesday, June 10 (12:00pm UTC time) until June 11 (11:59am UTC time) [http://tinyurl.com/gvb2009timeconvert].

We already have responses from as far away (from here in Toronto) as Poland, Uruguay, Germany, China and Ghana.

The web site:

http://www.vsport.tv/gvb/

A YouTube video explaining a bit more:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wjk2sm9obyw

To register:

http://www.vsport.tv/gvb/wp-login.php?action=register

For anyone on Facebook, here are two more links:

Group: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2305999547 Event: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2305999547#/event.php?eid=109905140055

We hope you will be able to join us on June 10 by playing, opening a gym for someone, or passing on the message to anyone you know who likes pickup basketball. Thank you,

Sean (aka smithers aka sportsbabel)

posted by smithers at 10:20 PM on June 08

Congrats to jbou for defeating moi in the spofi basketball league.

(wallowing in mediocrity.......)

congrats jbou!!

now are any of you guys playing in this (gratuitous self-link)?

posted by smithers at 09:45 AM on May 23

Global Village Basketball : JUNE 10, 2009

thanks for posting, boknows.....this is actually me. i posted a column on this to sportsfilter a number of years ago, but can't seem to find it anywhere. anyways, was going to post more as we got closer, but thanks for beating me to the punch.

posted by smithers at 10:56 PM on January 12

NFL 3D anyone?

great question, boknows, and was hoping we'd get some spofi discussion....maybe when the nab all-star game comes to the big 3d screen?

posted by smithers at 10:21 AM on December 13

Spofi H2H Basketball Update - Week 3

cool shit yukon.....my team still sucks, but cool shit nonetheless

posted by smithers at 03:43 PM on November 20

2008 Fantasy Basketball Draft Results

Tolbert's Lovechild = smithers

spacemen looking good, though there's so many guys i don't like personally on that team ;)

i predict that dusted sets a record for man-games lost to injury....

posted by smithers at 05:21 PM on October 29

Yahoo H2H Fantasy Basketball

Tolbert's Lovechild is back for another year...

posted by smithers at 03:07 PM on October 02

Ask SpoFi: Pitcher-Catcher Signal Systems in Baseball

For those interested, I have since found a book called The Hidden Language Of Baseball by Paul Dickson. I'm very curious to learn more. Thanks for your feedback, gang.

posted by smithers at 10:13 AM on September 12

I needed to make this link dump, for this video I found that was not enough for a FPP. However, I needed to posted it!

I think this might have been available for a bit, but the NBA has a Google Earth visualization (.kml file) that shows a whole bunch of things NBA hoops-related. (via Google Earth Blog)

posted by smithers at 09:05 AM on May 07