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Chances are he was going fast. Chances are he had had a fair amount to drink by 11:30pm. It is unfortunate. I wish him well. Trying to stop a ski racer from going fast is a losing battle though. I wouldn't blame the parents. He'll likely be more careful from now on.
posted by edlwhite at 04:32 AM on July 17
Michelle is young yet. In all probability she will become a hall of fame golfer on the LPGA, possibly the best yet. Naturally she wants to challenge herself against the best competition. Few would argue that the best competition is on the PGA tour. So far she has just helped make some of the less touted events on the PGA tour more interesting for the fans. I don't see a problem with that. If the sponsors did not think she would be good for their advertising, they would not be giving her exemptions. It's good for her, if it is what she wants to do. It is good for the PGA because it creates more interest in the tour. Just let it play out. If she really fails at it, the sponsors will lose interest in giving her exemptions. If she succeeds, she will have competed with the best successfully. I'm sure the majority of female athletes (if not females in general) want her to succeed. That is creating a lot more female interest in golf, which can only be a good thing for golf in the long run.
posted by edlwhite at 05:24 PM on September 22
To Who Needs, It sounds like you're a fair weather fan. That's more a comment on your character than on Joe Thornton's. Without him the sharks would likely not have been in the playoffs in the first place. Jonathan Cheechoo would likely not have scored 50+ goals. The team would not have been as exciting to watch, etc. Count your blessings that the Sharks do have Joe Thornton.
posted by edlwhite at 11:43 AM on May 19
I think the Barry on steroids controversy has been blown way out of proportion. Let us not forget that players such as Mark MacGuire openly used steroids before the league or the federal government thought to ban them. No one seemed to get mad about his records then or now. Many players other than Barry have used steroids. Barry seems if anything to have used steroids very sparingly compared to most other big name homerun hitters of his era. Clearly he is not still using steroids. Get a life. Barry has clearly been one of the best players to ever play the game (steroids or no steroids). Are you people so small minded that you have to come up with an excuse for Barry being much better than you (or perhaps better than your favorite player). He is great, period. You will never be able to take that away from him, no matter how many insults you throw at him. Why don't you just let him enjoy his last year or years as a player? Cut the crap.
posted by edlwhite at 01:15 AM on March 05
It's really easy to attack Bode. However, I haven't seen anything that speaks badly of him at the Olympics. He has finished close to the top in two events. Tamara was great also, but she never won Olympic gold. Ben Raich had been a bust until the GS race, and he's leading the world cup. Sometimes it's just one or two little things. Possibly the Turin hills and courses have not exactly fit Bode's style. That happens too. Everyone has favorite hills and courses (or course setters/styles). I think the only big mistake Bode has made thus far in the Olympics is that he pretended to the media that winning a gold (or any medal) didn't matter to him. I'm sure it does. He should have said that. That being said. It is not the only important thing in a world cup ski racer's career. Not winning one does not make Bode a failure. That sentiment was probably what Bode was trying to convey (albeit badly).
posted by edlwhite at 07:30 PM on February 20
As a loyal Giants fan, I have to protest the Barry Bonds selection. I'm sure he comes off as egotistical, short with the press, or a pain in the ass sometimes. However, he is arguably the best player ever in baseball history, so he deserves to have some ego. I don't think his ego is over blown. Second he is the victim of more "yellow" journalism than anyone I have seen in some time. Who can blame him for being a occaisionally short tempered with the press. I know if I were in his place, I would have a hard time dealing with all of the negative comments directed his way. He is clean cut. He is hard working. He gives his best when he is on the field. He seems to try to be a good father to his kids. And best of all he is a loyal Giant fan and San Franciscan himself. Remember he turned down more money (perhaps almost double his salary) to stay in San Francisco. There are a lot of good traits about this guy.
posted by edlwhite at 04:45 AM on January 26
Cut Bode some slack! He made an ill advised comment in front of the press. That's it! If you are trying to win races, you ski on the very edge of control. This means you lose control sometimes. The fact that Bode DQ's a lot means that he is going all out to win all of the time. He is also taking a greater risk of injury by doing so. I think U.S. skiers and fans can be proud that they have such a talented and dedicated skier, even if he is a little foolish and brash occaisionally.
posted by edlwhite at 04:50 PM on January 13
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