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Name: Dusty Davis
Homepage URL: http://www.dustydavis.com
Location: Southern California
ZIP: 93401
Gender: nuts
AIM: Dusty Davis
Member since: February 20, 2003
Last visit: July 20, 2011
Status: signup

dusted has posted 85 links and 1534 comments to SportsFilter and 44 links and 873 comments to the Locker Room.

Sports Bio

Used to swim a lot, until I finally figured out I have a total lack of talent. Now I run instead (still swim for cross-training), and I've steadily improved over the last few years.

Current PRs:
10K: 37:14
Half Marathon: 1:21:04
Marathon: 2:59:00

My TV broke a few years ago and as an experiment, I decided to not replace it. Best thing I ever did. I still watch a few things, all online now:

World Superbike / Supersport
Formula One
Marathons and other races (usually on Universal Sports)

Every once in a while I'll watch WRC, the Dakar Rally, GP2, Australian Supercars, etc. I love watching motorsports.

I ride motorcycles all over. I've ridden across North America and into Mexico and Central America. Photos and stories from those trips are on my blog.

Recent Links

He...could...go...all...the...way...to DirecTV: ESPN analyst personality Chris Berman's contract is set to expire in three months. Both DirecTV and the NFL Network are trying to lure the stumblin', bumblin' Swami (NSFW) away. Not everyone understands the appeal.

posted by dusted to football at 07:48 PM on February 10 - 10 comments

Brett Favre Mic'd Up: Damn Steven, what they got you in for?

posted by dusted to football at 04:29 PM on November 20 - 15 comments

Antoine Walker broke, arrested for writing bad checks: Antoine Walker entered the NBA's maximum-contract financial elite in 1999, the year Boston signed him to a six-year, $71 million deal. As Rick Pitino, then the Celtics president and coach, put it, Walker "will never have to worry about money again in his life." Pitino's prediction, like so many things about his tenure with the Green, proved way off the mark.

posted by dusted to basketball at 06:15 PM on October 28 - 31 comments

Brian Cashman: The Bad Lieutenant: Matt Taibbi rips Cashman as only Taibbi can: They all made a show of preferring some other situation before quietly, somberly almost, taking the big money and going to New York. Basically, Brian Cashman hired a team full of Brian Cashmans, i.e., guys who passed up the girl they really liked to marry the Boss's bucktoothed, cross-eyed daughter.

posted by dusted to baseball at 11:54 PM on April 28 - 16 comments

Casino Host and Wingman to the All-Stars: Mr. Jones generally travels with a large group of friends as well as the athletes, and it frequently expands to 20 strong. Mr. Jones always elects one local friend to be his "chief of staff," charged with making sure everyone in the group is trustworthy and preventing stragglers from glomming on.

posted by dusted to culture at 11:37 PM on February 16 - 1 comment

Recent Comments

Men's Luger Killed in Training Crash at Winter Olympics Track

grum: The problem with "blaming" the course design is that a person won't normally be able to pop out of the course at that point. It was a fluke.

But this course wasn't normal, was it? The designers, safety officials and various international bodies deserve all the blame for designing a course to be the fastest ever, placing steel girders right next to the track, then ignoring safety concerns.

Key figures in F1 hit out at Olympic luge track design

"The International Luge Federation [FIL] is where Formula One was 40 years ago the whole mindset is wrong," he said.

Echoing his views, Sir Jackie Stewart, the three-time Formula One world champion, said that the sport of luge had been lucky not to have lost more athletes, given the lack of attention to basic safety precautions. "I think the sport has, fortunately, got off for years without too many fatalities or very serious injuries," Stewart said.

The Scot, who has been a tireless campaigner for improvements in safety in motor sport, said that he was very surprised that the track designers in Canada had clearly not considered the possibility of a luger leaving the track, out of control. "It was clear to me that whoever designed the track hadn't seen the potential of either an athlete or a sled getting out of the race track, because at 90mph the dynamics of it are incredible, never mind the human factor," Stewart said. "Clearly it was almost impossible for the luger to miss hitting one of the metal girders on the edge of the racing line because of the angle at which he came off."

Stewart was amazed to see that alongside the Whistler track were unprotected girders on to which the Georgian luger was flung, causing fatal head injuries.

"Had it been motor sport, there would have been a debris fence [chain-link fencing], to stop a sled or a rider from coming into contact with those sort of structures," he said. "If that was in place the luger would have suffered serious injuries because of the speed of the impact, but the elasticity in the fencing would have enabled him to survive."

posted by dusted at 08:21 PM on February 17

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Does the Daytona Motorsports Group run NASCAR, or am I mixing it up? DMG is running motorcycle racing in the U.S. after buying the rights, and they have been shockingly incompetent.

posted by dusted at 10:46 AM on February 15

Men's Luger Killed in Training Crash at Winter Olympics Track

You're right. Sorry grum, I reacted in anger after misreading your comment.

posted by dusted at 06:08 PM on February 12

Men's Luger Killed in Training Crash at Winter Olympics Track

Ah yes, grum, because the most important thing right now is national pride and reputation, yes? What did you expect - that an accident like this is going to end in accolades? People screwed up, badly, and there will be a lot of hell to pay for that.

Over on Metafilter comes word that the course designers called the corner "50/50," meaning only half the competitors would make the corner.

posted by dusted at 05:59 PM on February 12

Christopher Hitchens: Sports Bring Out the Worst in Humanity

Oh man, now I LOVE the Polish pole vaulter photo. From Wikipedia:

In Poland, the Bras d'honneur became known as the "Kozakiewicz's gesture" (gest Kozakiewicza). Kozakiewicz made the gesture on July 30, 1980 to Russian spectators in the stadium during the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. The crowd supporting Soviet jumper Konstantin Volkov booed, hissed, jeered, and whistled during Kozakiewicz's spectacular performance. Having just secured his gold medal position, Kozakiewicz made the gesture in defiance to the Soviet crowd. He later confirmed his dominance over the competition by breaking the world record, clearing at 5.78 meters.

The photos of this incident circled the globe, with the exception of the Soviet Union and its satellites. While international observers varied in their reaction to the incident, Kozakiewicz's act received much support in Polish society, which resented Soviet control over Eastern Europe. After the 1980 Olympics ended, the Soviet ambassador to Poland demanded that Kozakiewicz be stripped of his medal over his "insult to the Soviet people". The official response of the Polish government was that the gesture had been an involuntary muscle spasm caused by his exertion.

posted by dusted at 06:54 PM on February 08

Christopher Hitchens: Sports Bring Out the Worst in Humanity

The article is an instant classic on the basis of that lead photo alone:

It's also hard to dislike this shot, particularly after reading the caption:

At the 1980 summer Games, Polish pole vaulter Wladyslaw Kozakiewicz made a rude gesture to the Moscow crowd after setting a new world record. The image shot around the world and to many, signified Polish resentment of Russia's control over Eastern Europe.

Moral of the story: I only look at the pictures.

posted by dusted at 06:35 PM on February 08

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Only two boats in the America's Cup - seriously?

posted by dusted at 12:53 PM on February 05

The Path Less Traveled

He was lucky to get a QB like Manning, who puts in all that work with his WRs, but it looks like Garcon makes his own luck.

That was my thought exactly. I wonder how common it is for a top-flight QB to put in so much work with rookie receivers?

posted by dusted at 11:23 AM on February 04

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

MotoGP bikes on the track in Sepang for the first testing of the year (albeit with test riders). Tomorrow the series regulars will get their first rides after the winter test ban.

posted by dusted at 06:27 PM on February 03

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I pity the fellow who can fit his pecker into such a tiny hole.

posted by Hugh Janus...

posted by dusted at 03:43 PM on February 03

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

F1 testing under way.

I love the way manufacturer names are so permeable in Formula One... lots of attention paid to the "first Mercedes F1 car" in decades, but all I can think is "that's a Brawn, aka Honda, aka...."

posted by dusted at 08:01 PM on February 01

Greg Oden Apologizes for Nude Photos

Ya think, holden?

posted by dusted at 03:12 PM on January 27

Hope You're Not Waiting on Paul Shirley's Next ESPN Post

Damn, that's disappointing. I thought I recognized the name when I read the quotes this morning.

posted by dusted at 01:37 PM on January 27

Greg Oden Apologizes for Nude Photos

I saw three before closing the window... why in God's name did I click that link?

Reminds me of the scene in Whip It where Juno makes Maeby barf: "Have you ever thought about your parents making love? Your dad's naked body... his balls jiggling... sweaty..."

posted by dusted at 01:28 PM on January 27

SportsFilter Turns 8

Wow, I've been here for seven years? Incredible. Thanks to all of the pantheon, admins and fellow spofites... you've made this into a fantastic place.

posted by dusted at 02:31 AM on January 26