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herc
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Name: Michael Bornhorst
Location: Los Angeles
ZIP: 90048
Gender: XY
Member since: June 28, 2002
Last visit: October 09, 2005

herc has posted 4 links and 45 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 0 comments to the Locker Room.

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Uh, about those playoff rules...we've changed them.: David Stern announced that the NBA has decided to expand its first round of playoffs from a best-of-five to a best-of-seven series starting this season. Doesn't it seem odd for a league to change the format for determining its champion in the middle of the season?

posted by herc to basketball at 01:51 PM on February 09 - 15 comments

Cubs Fans, Dash Any And All Hope Now...: Someone please explain this deal. Why would the Cubs do this? For years there's been talk of a loaded farm system is for the Northsiders. Now, they go and block HeeSop Choi and Bobby Hill. Turning one overpaid black-hole in the line up into two is not the stuff of baseball championships. If this is Dusy's idea of building a team, I say bring back Baylor!

posted by herc to baseball at 02:09 AM on December 04 - 4 comments

Gonzo's Gone.: The link about says it all. Randy and Curt can only put up 0s for so long--the Snakes must score if they're going to win the game. Without Luis, can they?

posted by herc to baseball at 06:37 PM on September 24 - 3 comments

Amazing! Bud Selig can't even cook the books propery.: Just as corporate America was fudging the numbers to manufacture fictional profits, it's now alleged that Bud did the same in reverse -- to magnify losses . Does this guy do anything correctly?

posted by herc to baseball at 05:49 PM on August 06 - 2 comments

Recent Comments

"I got stabbed in the back."

Alexander deserved to carry the ball, as he's been pretty much the lone bright spot in that Seahawk attack. Good luck resigning him at the end of his contract, Seattle. Personally, I think it's bush-league when coaches pull stuff like this -- it was wrong when Mike Ditka called William Perry's number insead of Walter Peyton's in the Super Bowl, and was wrong when Holmgren did it on Sunday.

posted by herc at 10:29 AM on January 04

Georgia on his mind.

Great move by Atlanta. Wasn't Giles supposed to be included in this deal? That was the rumor. Holding on to Marcus makes this a solid pick-up by Atlanta. However, Cruz has always had solid stuff, and Meyer was one of Atlanta's better prospects, so its not like Oakland got nothing, but I thought Moneyball could do better. Hudson, Smoltz, Rameriez (sp?), Hampton, and Thompson. Not a bad staff. Some question marks, that could be enough to win the NL East before losing in the wildcard series. Atlanta should offer Millwood a low-ball one-year deal to see if he'd be willing to eat up innings, with the chance that St. Leo increases Millwood's market value (seems to be awfully low right now).

posted by herc at 07:23 PM on December 16

Smoltz back in starting rotation

You can add Odalis Perez to the (short) list of pitchers to flourish *after* leaving ATL.

posted by herc at 07:03 PM on December 15

Is anyone else sick of Curt Schilling?

Let Schilling ham it up. It's the World Series (though for my money, I'd rather Jack Morris or John Smoltz in their primes on the bump for a must-win game). If Schilling deserves any criticism, it's in the way he acted in the dugout while a Phillie. Sure, Mitch Williams was reliable, but covering your face 'cause you can't bear to watch a teammate pitch is bushleague, IMO. But that was then, this is now...

posted by herc at 03:21 PM on October 25

Red Sox trade Garciaparra at the deadline.

While the Cubs get all the attention, it's the Dodgers who did the best work during the deadline. Nomar helps the cubbies for the next 2 months. Penny & Choi (as well as freeing themseleves of Encarnacion and Martin's salaries) will help the Dodgers compete this year, as well as in the 2005 season. For all the hype around LoDuca, his production isn't that different than Lieberthal's, or LaRue's, or Estrada's.

posted by herc at 09:52 PM on August 01

A-Rod willing to consider a trade.

Pujols - in all lieklyhood will be the next benchmark contract What about Vlad's? Isn't he a free agent in about two months? That'll be a good test of the market.

posted by herc at 04:04 PM on July 31

Kobe gets charged.

I find it hard to believe that someone who had consentual sex, then regretted doing so, would trump up sexual assault charges. What am I missing here? Seems to me that if someone regretted having sex, they would prefer to keep it quiet rather than call attention to it. By going to the authorities she'll only have to revisit the experience again and again and again. When was the last time you did something you regretted and chose to relive it repeatedly? I'm with wfrazerjr here, in that I hope this thing goes to trial so we can eliminate the speculation; but I do find it disturbing that there seems to be a predisposition to blame the woman in the situation. Professional athletes have literally gotten away with murder in the past; why then is a charge of sexual assault so hard to believe?

posted by herc at 12:59 AM on July 20

Kobe gets charged.

I tend to agree with corpse on this. If Kobe was going to settle this, wouldn't he have done so before the public humiliation? From Kobe's side, wouldn't a settlement imply guilt? And why would the woman settle, as to do so now would paint her as someone "in it for the money"? This one's going to be ugly -- 'cause not only will there be the whole "he said, she said" issue to contend with, but I think the girl's white (every "friend" they've interviewed here for the LA newscasts has been white so far. Looks to be a white neighborhood), so a whole racial-can-of-worms is about to be opened. Didn't A Man In Full start with a similar premise?

posted by herc at 02:04 AM on July 19

Columnist critical of Dusty Baker's comments

Reggie White's Comments. John Rocker's Comments should you care to compare them to Dusty's. Dusty's got some catching up to do. No, the comments themselves aren't newsworthy. And nothing will come from this. But I've a feeling that if, say, Jack McKeon said something similar -- that white players were better suited for the colder months than their latin and black counterparts due to their geneitc make up and cultural roots -- MLB probably would take some sort of action.

posted by herc at 01:10 AM on July 08

Declare Williams'Contract Null and Void

I seem to remember the Braves voiding Ron Gant's contract between the 1993-1994 season after he shattered his leg in a similar motocycle accident. Gant missed the entire season but went on to a somewhat productive comeback in CIN and STL; while ATL kept on keepin' on, and the fans didn't seem to miss him much. Unless, of course, it was Gant who drew fans to those postseason games in the early 90s. Maybe that's why there are so many blue seats at Turner Field come Octobter...

posted by herc at 02:24 PM on June 25

The curse of Duke

Also, until recently, UNC encouraged kids to go pro, whereas it seemed to be tradition for Dukies to stick around through graduation. No telling how many more titles UNC would have if Jordan, Wallace, Stack, et. all played all four years the way Hurly, Hill, Laetner and company did.

posted by herc at 09:59 PM on June 23

The curse of Duke

If my kid had pro potential, why would I allow him to go to college?

posted by herc at 12:57 PM on June 21

Clemens threatens Hall of Fame boycott if he doesn't get his way.

9 seasons in Oakland. 4 seasons in New York. And still, Reggie Jackson was allowed to go in as a Yankee. Why not The Rocket?

posted by herc at 02:06 AM on June 17

ACC expansion is now official.

Can a conference jump the shark? Cause the ACC's about to.

posted by herc at 02:18 AM on May 14

Yea Alabama, without Mike Price...

I wonder if the recent stink w/ Iowa State basketball had anything to do with it. I grew up in Alabama during 80s, and that place is football crazy, shutting things down for a year or two just might do everyone some good down in Bama. **Idle speculation** $1,000 on "room service" charges? That seems awfully fishy -- could that have been a way to disguise payment for another "service?"

posted by herc at 08:37 PM on May 03