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Mike McD
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Name: Anthony
Location: Manhattan
Gender: Male
AIM: mikemcd03
Member since: May 29, 2003
Last visit: November 21, 2008

Mike McD has posted 18 links and 353 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 0 comments to the Locker Room.

Sports Bio

Most memorable sporting event I attended in person:

I was at the game where Ricky Williams broke Tony Dorsett's all time college rushing record. Just a phenomenal atmosphere. Not only did Ricky have a monster game he broke the record on a 60 yard touchdown run. To top it off, Texas was playing their arch rival Texas A&M (A&M was ranked #6) and Williams carried 44 times for 259 yards in an upset victory.

What teams do I follow:

In football I root for the Cowboys. Stupid childhood attachment, I used to think that the space fighter pilot on Battlestar Gallactica, Lt. Starbuck (played by the uncomparable Dirk Benedict who went on to star as Face Man on the A-Team) and Roger Staubach were one and the same. Plus I was a grumpy kid and being from D.C. I liked to root against the hometown Redskins.

In basketball I root for the Bullets (I refuse to call them the Wizards) an absolutely backwards franchise if there is one. I actually went to games when they used to play at the Cap Center in Landover. I saw some truly horrific games. Games where Ledell Eackles was their go-to guy. Ledell Eackles ... the dude was like 6-5 300lbs playing shooting guard. Easily the fatest shooting guard I've ever seen in the NBA. Just incomprehensible.

I also root for Iverson. Since Iverson went to G-Town and I went to G-Town baskeball camp when I was 8 I figure I get a free pass to root for his teams. I also expect big things from the Cavs this year.

Recent Links

Sean Taylor murder was a botched robbery: The Washington Post is a reporting that Sean Taylor's murder was simply a case of a robbery gone wrong. The suspects thought he was out of town and didn't expect anyone to be home.

posted by Mike McD to football at 09:07 AM on December 01 - 52 comments

A Spofi favorite ... Chris is back with his take on the draft: Wish he didn't go eight months between posts.

posted by Mike McD to basketball at 03:13 PM on June 29 - 7 comments

"if I see this guy Bill Simmons, oh, it's gonna be a problem with me and him" : LOL ... Isiah threatens the Sports Guy.

posted by Mike McD to basketball at 05:35 PM on January 18 - 12 comments

Iverson ... Greatest little man ever?: This may be the first Iverson hagiography.

posted by Mike McD to basketball at 04:20 PM on January 11 - 52 comments

Shaquille O'Neal: finds a way to make me feel bad for hating him (version 2.0)

posted by Mike McD to basketball at 08:16 AM on September 15 - 20 comments

Recent Comments

Vick Sentenced to 23 Months in Prison

Dog fighting is bad. No, it's not killing a person, or hurting a person, but it's pretty disgusting. I feel bad for the dogs. why don't you feel bad for dogs that get run over by cars?

posted by Mike McD at 06:30 AM on December 13

Vick Sentenced to 23 Months in Prison

they are outraged because of how the animals died. really, that's your answer. MV is evil because its that much worse for a dog to be killed in a dogfight than to be hit by a car? There is a huge difference morally between a dog that dies for some (alleged) humans amusement and one that dies due to accidentally being hit by a car now you seem to admit that its not the dogs they care about ... its the moral judgment that's important. so you agree with me?

posted by Mike McD at 10:48 PM on December 12

Vick Sentenced to 23 Months in Prison

A guy breaks into a house and murders the owner. He's caught and punished. People are happy. jeebus! your reading comprehension is abysmal. Maybe the 3rd time you'll understand (or you can just read the initial post where I anticipated this exact response). We punish people for murder as a deterrent. We want to discourage people from committing murder. MV didn't hurt anyone else. Just his own property. We could save many more lives by making cars that only go up to 55. It's doable, would save more lives, why not do it? I agree. I think its irrational that people think 1,000 people dying each year in Iraq is a tragedy buy 55,000 people dying each year in cars is a statistic. And I think its rational to fear cars more than guns or terrorists. Cars are more likely to kill you (or your children)

posted by Mike McD at 10:41 PM on December 12

Vick Sentenced to 23 Months in Prison

I see ... you lost the argument at the first sentence. my conclusion is "those outraged by MV are outraged because they like feeling morally superior to MV; they are not outraged because dogs were killed" my evidence for that conclusion is that people aren't outraged by weak leash laws. If one cared about dogs one would be equally outraged by any dog being killed, dogfighting or car accident. Why is a preventable car accident more acceptable than dogfighting? from fido's perspective, you're indifferent to having your spine crushed by a car or having your throat ripped out in a dog fight. That distinction only matters to people making judgments of others. try and keep in mind my argument addressed people's motivation for criticizing MV. The rest was refuting the specious arguments that I knew would arise. Just as an aside, mv killing dogs is not the analog of a killer going into a school and killing random kids. The analog to your scenario would be going into a dog park and killing a bunch of other people's dogs. As I pointed out above mv didn't impair anyone else's life/property. I hesitate to even mention this because its irrelevant to my conclusion and is a distraction.

posted by Mike McD at 07:34 PM on December 12

Vick Sentenced to 23 Months in Prison

equate allegedly weak leash laws with the enjoyment of watching dogs tear each other to pieces at what point did you lose the argument? At no point did I equate the two. What I said is that is one loves dogs I would expect one to find both equally outrageous (actually weak leash laws a little more outrageous because they end up killing more dogs)

posted by Mike McD at 05:55 AM on December 12

Vick Sentenced to 23 Months in Prison

***it shows up on my computer but here it is again *** it seems irrational to me to be outraged about dog-fighting but not outraged about leash laws. undoubtedly more dogs are run over by cars than killed by dog fighting each year. hence, if one really cared about dogs and wanted to save dogs one would spend their time writing and campaigning for stronger leash laws until the number of dogs run over < the number of dogs killed by dogfighting (and please don't tell me its worse to be killed in a dog fight (a) the dog is dead either way and (b) i'm certain getting pancaked in the street is really painful). However, I doubt any of the aggrieved are campaigning for stronger leash laws so I have to assume another motive. The most likely motive that presents itself is that the aggrieved parties are self-righteous phonies and it makes them feel good to write about how superior they are to michael vick. I anticipate the first response will be: but intent! MV meant to kill those dogs and people who let their dogs out without a leash didn't. Of course the intent line of reasoning only proves my point. People who only care about the dogs are indifferent to how they are killed, they just want to save dogs from death. People who care about feeling superior to other people care a great deal about intent because that's why they feel superior. I anticipate that the subsequent line of reasoning will be "that's saying murder is the same as manslaughter". Of course I'm not saying that because the situations aren't analogous. It's obviously desirable to discourage people from impairing your life and property (e.g. murdering you), that's why we treat murder different from manslaughter. You can discourage murder, you can't discourage accidents. I believe we don't distinguish between intent when punishing murder. The evil man who lusts to kill people, spontaneously flips, and murders another human is treated more lightly than the hired killer who plans to kill someone (i.e. premeditated murder is punished more harshly). The MV situation isn't analogous to murder because he wasn't impairing anyone else's life or property. He was killing his own dogs.

posted by Mike McD at 09:17 PM on December 11

Vick Sentenced to 23 Months in Prison

it seems irrational to me to be outraged about dog-fighting but not outraged about leash laws. undoubtably more dogs are run over by cars than killed by dog fighting each year. hence, if one really cared about dogs and wanted to save dogs you would spend 100% of your time writing and campaining for stronger leash laws until the number of dogs run over = the number of dogs killed by dogfighting (and please don't tell me its worse to be killed in a dog fight (a) the dog is dead either way and (b) i'm certain getting pancaked in the street is really painful). However, I doubt any of the aggrieved are campaigning for stronger leash laws so I have to assume another motive. The most likely motive that presents itself is that the aggrieved parties are self-righteous phonies and it makes them feel good to write about how superior they are to michael vick. I anticipate the first response will be: but intent! MV meant to kill those dogs and people who let their dogs out without a leash didn't. Of course the intent line of reasoning only proves my point. People who only care about the dogs are indifferent to how they are killed, they just want to save dogs from death. People who care about feeling superior to other people care a great deal about intent because that's why they feel superior. I anticipate that the subsequent line of reasoning will be "that's saying murder is the same as manslaughter". Of course I'm not saying that because the situations aren't analagous. It's obviously desirable to discourage people from impairing your life and property (e.g. murdering you), that's why we treat murder different from manslaughter. You can discourage murder, you can't discourage accidents. Its also why I believe we don't distinguish between intent when punishing murder. The evil man who lusts to kill people, spontaneously flips, and murders another human is treated more lightly than the hired killer who plans to kill someone (i.e. premeditated murder). Hence the MV situation isn't analogous to murder because he wasn't impairing anyone else's life or property. He was killing his own dogs.

posted by Mike McD at 07:59 PM on December 11

Vick Sentenced to 23 Months in Prison

What's your point? The dogs that Vick killed "sank" and it sucked to be them? Thanks for the insight. my point is that I find it odd that people can show such compassion for dogs on one hand and such little compassion for human beings on the other hand. Granted, but irrelevant. very relevant in understanding where MV came from and the range of outcomes ... my point being he wasn't one of those kids walking up behind strangers and shooting them in the head. Which do you think is worse?

posted by Mike McD at 05:37 AM on December 11

Vick Sentenced to 23 Months in Prison

i agree. spare me the self-righteous indignation. this country doesn't care about human beings much less animals ... sink or swim ... you're on your own ... and I'm no better ... i'm not doing anything to ensure that kids have health care or that MV stops killing dogs ... i'm just wasting time on spofi p.s. true story ... hampton, VA is rough ... my best friend from high school went to college in VA beach ... some complete stranger gang banger walked up behind him while he was talking out cash from an ATM and shot him in the neck as gang initiation. Dog fighting isn't problem #1.

posted by Mike McD at 08:59 PM on December 10

Sean Taylor murder was a botched robbery

I struggle to see how the below is "hanging out with the wrong people" FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor and his half-sister Sasha Johnson grew up on different coasts of Florida but Taylor wanted to be closer to her and bring a broken family together, according to friends and family members. Taylor bought a $900,000 house in his home town of Miami for his mother, Donna Junor. He invited Sasha Johnson, who grew up in Fort Myers, and her brother to live in it, the friends and family members said... But over the past few days it has become increasingly clear that investigators working on Taylor's killing believe Sasha Johnson, apparently unwittingly, provided a direct link between Taylor and the four Fort Myers men charged with killing him in a bungled burglary attempt of that same home. Previously, it was reported the house belonged exclusively to Taylor, but in interviews Saturday, friends and family members said Taylor bought the house with the intent of his mother living there...After buying the house for Junor, Taylor invited his half-brother Jamal Johnson, 18, and Sasha Johnson to stay there. They all had bedrooms in the house. Family friend Donald Walker said the trio were the house's "primary residents" since Taylor rarely was in town. Neither Junor, Jamal Johnson nor Sasha Johnson was in the house the night of the shooting.

posted by Mike McD at 10:46 AM on December 02

Sean Taylor murder was a botched robbery

You're so clever. I see it now. Clearly he should have have run a criminal background check on the lawnmower to make sure he wasn't around "bad" people Try this thought experiment. Say Tony Romo had a girlfriend and an 18 month old baby. Tony finds out that his house back in Wisconsin has been broken into and that his girlfriend is scared. So he goes home to stay with her and make her feel safe. The night he's home his house is broken into and Tony is murdered. It turns out that the murderer was a teenager that Tony had mowing his lawn and some people that came to a party that Tony's stepsister threw while he was in Dallas that Tony didn't know about. Would you be saying that's fishy or would you be saying that's the worst tragedy you'd ever heard?

posted by Mike McD at 12:41 PM on December 01

Sean Taylor murder was a botched robbery

Here's a nice espn profile of Sean Taylor I'll leave it at this. The people who theorized that there was something fishy, or that he was a thug and it was related to that ... it looks like you were very very wrong.

posted by Mike McD at 09:11 AM on December 01

Redskins' Taylor Shot by Intruder

reports are that he was hit in the femoral artery and is in a coma. that's a dreadful injury. he would have bled a lot with the corollary loss of oxygen to brain. i hope he's okay. sounds like his teammates really care about him and he's grown up a lot.

posted by Mike McD at 06:40 PM on November 26

Redskins' Taylor Shot by Intruder

allow me to retort: Antoine Walker Dunta Robinson Eddy Curry see a pattern?

posted by Mike McD at 03:54 PM on November 26