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Joey Michaels
Name: Joey Michaels
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Member since: February 02, 2003
Last visit: July 09, 2014

Joey Michaels has posted 42 links and 1372 comments to SportsFilter and 2 links and 6 comments to the Locker Room.

Recent Links

Football Scouting Reports on Superheroes.: How NFL Scouts might view Superman, Spiderman, The Hulk, The Flash, Wolverine and The Toad.

posted by Joey Michaels to football at 05:42 PM on May 08 - 1 comment

Red Sox win the World Series.: David Ortiz named series MVP.

posted by Joey Michaels to baseball at 12:22 AM on October 31 - 35 comments

UConn wins NCAA Women's Championship: A dominant UConn team wins its 8th national championship with a 33 point margin of victory. Coach Geno Auriemma tied legendary Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt for most titles. Freshman Breanna Stewart looks like a force to be reckoned with for years to come.

posted by Joey Michaels to basketball at 02:32 AM on April 10 - 0 comments

Would You Rather Win Silver Or Bronze? (Be Careful What You Wish For): "If you set aside the happy people who win gold and look only at the people who come in second and third, it's the men and women with bronze medals who invariably look happier than the athletes who won silver."

posted by Joey Michaels to olympics at 07:12 PM on August 03 - 3 comments

Yankees belt three grand slams in a single game: The first time this has ever happened. They blew out the hapless A's 22 to 9.

posted by Joey Michaels to baseball at 01:05 AM on August 26 - 7 comments

Recent Comments

New Zealand Wins Nude Rugby Match Over England

There's that whole sequence in The Incredibles where you learn why a superhero shouldn't wear a cape. I kept thinking about something like that while watching the video and cringing.

posted by Joey Michaels at 10:27 PM on June 19

USPTO Cancels Redskins Trademarks

Yeah, I would cheer for The Americans with no changes.

posted by Joey Michaels at 08:55 PM on June 19

Don Zimmer was truly a baseball man

I remember vividly having a Don Zimmer baseball card as a kid in the 70's and thinking "wow, you can be pretty old and still play baseball."

The concept of manager didn't really register with me until a few years later.

Anyhow, one of Baseball's icons. How wonderful to get to spend your whole life doing what you love. Well done, sir, well done.

posted by Joey Michaels at 06:43 PM on June 05

Yankees' Pineda Ejected for Pine Tar on Neck

I have no problem with him using pine tar even if its against the rules, but after the last time you'd think he'd be a little more careful about it. He deserves to be caught in this case.

I mean, yes yes, they always deserve to be caught if they're breaking the rules, but when they're lazy about it, they earn the ejection.

posted by Joey Michaels at 10:23 PM on April 23

Secret Service Once Threatened to Kill Mr. Met

Well, I mean, to be fair, who hasn't threatened to kill Mr. Met?

posted by Joey Michaels at 06:39 PM on April 17

Was Michael Pineda caught cheating

Agreed with yerfatma's agreement with Leitch. The only one making a big deal out of this is the media.

posted by Joey Michaels at 06:03 PM on April 11

UConn Wins National Championship

My fellow SpoFi members, since the turn of the century, my favorite teams have been doing very, very well. The Red Sox, the Patriots and the UConn men and (just now) women have won their championships several times each. I am never, ever allowed to complain about how any of my teams are doing again. I will, but I'm not allowed to do it and deserve whatever shit I get when I do.

Link me here the next time I whine.

posted by Joey Michaels at 10:52 PM on April 08

UConn Wins National Championship

That sounds like the kind of UCONN fan I know.

posted by Joey Michaels at 01:27 PM on April 08

UConn Wins National Championship

I'm a UConn basketball fan (father and brother are alumni and my college had no div 1 team) and we're all pretty thrilled and stunned. After the near loss to St. Josephs in the first round, I was just happy to see them make it to the sweet sixteen... And then the elite eight... And then... Well suffice to say they busted my Bracket in the best possible way. Just thrilled.

posted by Joey Michaels at 03:31 AM on April 08

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

While I humbly admit that both teams could lose in the finals, as a fan of University of Connecticut basketball, this was an excellent year. Hurray!

As somebody who picked completely different teams to advance in almost every NCAAM round and, thus, didn't win my local pool, this was a dreadful year. I didn't even do poorly enough to win the "most wrong" prize. Bah,

posted by Joey Michaels at 05:58 AM on April 07

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I'll be curious to see if anyone I know has a Brackett that survived to the final four, much less the National championship.

posted by Joey Michaels at 11:22 PM on April 05

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Wow, go UConn. What a totally unexpected run they've had this month.

posted by Joey Michaels at 09:50 PM on April 05

LPGA players frustrated by Golf Digest cover of Gretzky

Though if you're a male golfer, you don't have to look hot to be on the cover. Just successful.

posted by Joey Michaels at 03:55 PM on April 04

Some Indians Fans Are De-Chiefing Their Gear

Cleveland has such an obvious alternate team name that is so much more awesome than The Indians that I can't believe they don't just embrace it and sell out of all of their new gear immediately.

I'm just saying, change your name to The Cleveland Rocks and everyone will think you guys are the best forever.

posted by Joey Michaels at 05:54 PM on April 03

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Bunyan is what we around here call "Fakelore." From the Wikipedia entry:

Much of the Paul Bunyan legend, and specifically the idea of Bunyan as a giant lumberjack with a giant blue ox sidekick, was created in the 20th century for an advertising campaign. Although it is claimed in some sources that "there is no documentary evidence of any Paul Bunyan story being told before James MacGillivray's story 'The Round River Drive,' published in 1910," MacGillivray had published some stories in the Oscoda, Michigan, Press on August 10, 1906, and Governor of Michigan Jennifer M. Granholm proclaimed the centennial of that date as "Paul Bunyan Day".

MacGillivray's story does not suggest that Paul Bunyan was a giant and contains no mention of a blue ox companion. But J.E. Rockwell had written about lumberjack tales of Paul Bunyan, and mentioned the (unnamed) blue ox in the February 1910 issue of the magazine The Outer's Book. According to one tale noted by Rockwell, Bunyan was "eight feet tall and weighed 300 pounds." Historian Carleton C. Ames (whose son Aldrich Ames would later become a notorious spy) claimed in a 1940 article that Paul Bunyan was a 20th-century invention rather than a 19th-century lumber camp folk hero. William Laughead, an advertising copywriter who had once worked in lumber camps, took the stories of an old lumberjack and reworked them into the modern character. He sold his character to the Red River Lumber Company, which published "Introducing Mr. Paul Bunyan of Westwood, California" in 1916 as an advertising pamphlet. Among other things, Laughead gave the name "Babe" to the blue ox, originated the idea that Paul Bunyan and Babe were of enormous size, and created the first pictorial representation of Bunyan. Authors Richard Dorson and Marshall Fitwick cite Paul Bunyan as an example of "fakelore", or a modern story passed off as an older folktale.

So it would make just as much sense for them to use the Brawny dude or the Marlboro Man as a mascot.

posted by Joey Michaels at 02:44 PM on March 14