September 07, 2012

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 16 comments

Sex, drinking detailed in report on Boston University hockey

posted by tommytrump at 09:48 AM on September 07

News to me: Vladimir Putin pocketed Bob Kraft's Super Bowl ring in 2005.

posted by rcade at 11:14 AM on September 07

I'd be cautious asking for it back from this guy.

posted by dfleming at 11:57 AM on September 07

Will a Mr. Dick Cheney please proceed to the courtesy phone...

posted by beaverboard at 12:07 PM on September 07

Sex, drinking detailed in report on Boston University hockey

For any number of reasons, best left unstated, this has my hackles in the full erect position. (For the dirty-minded among us, hackles are the neck feathers of birds.) If Jack Parker is not asked to leave the university, it completely exposes a lack of institutional oversight. Parker initially denied any knowledge of problems, then admitted he had heard of "a couple of guys drinking in the locker room". The program is under his control. He and his assistants were given complete charge over the conduct of his players on and off the ice. If he is not aware of allegations of misconduct, then higher-ups in the school administration are guilty of a cover-up. I will note that BU did indeed make an investigation and released the report, which at least is something in mitigation of the university. Parker has been stripped of his title as Executive Athletic Director (whatever that means), but only a full overhaul of the BU hockey program and the termination of Coach Parker's services will begin to set things right. One might also ask, "Where is the NCAA in all of this?". Allegations of sexual misconduct began to come to light nearly a year ago, but until BU's own report, little notice other than local news items had been paid to the situation. Is it not time for some sanctioning?

posted by Howard_T at 02:54 PM on September 07

Sex, drinking detailed in report on Boston University hockey

I say strip them of the 2009 title and give it to the runner up!

Disclaimer: Former Miami University hockey player

posted by tahoemoj at 03:25 PM on September 07

Whoa: appeals panel overturns Saints' player suspensions.

posted by yerfatma at 03:33 PM on September 07

Whoa indeed. More details. It applies only to the players, so Payton et al are still out.

posted by Etrigan at 04:41 PM on September 07

Chris Kluwe on lustful cockmonsters

posted by kokaku at 05:16 PM on September 07

I don't think Kluwe is going to change that particular congresscritter's mind, but I do think its a positive thing when NFL players come out in support of civil rights.

posted by Joey Michaels at 05:52 PM on September 07

There's always the chance that Kluwe might change other people's minds about that particular congresscritter.

posted by kokaku at 08:55 PM on September 07

He's definitely changed my mind about Chris Kluwe.
That's an awesome letter.

Also, I've just changed my team name in the SpoFi NFL Picks league.
(But I don't want to get booted from Yahoo! for an inappropriate name...)

posted by grum@work at 09:43 PM on September 07

Kluwe's an amusing guy who drops obscure League of Legends references into interviews.

He's been answering some questions about his letter on Reddit - when asked if he thought he'd be hearing from the league about his letter he answered:

"I suspect that if they were to come after me on this the backlash would be quite intense. Don't let the naughty language fool you, I always make sure when I write something like this there's logic and ethics behind it"

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:03 PM on September 07

Meanwhile, BeIn Sports just showed me the USA lose to Jamaica in World Cup Qualifying. Wasn't expecting that.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:04 PM on September 07

Annnnnnd, to complete the Hattrick of consecutive posts, Grantland has alternative logos for all teams.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:10 PM on September 07

Oh, man. The whole alternative logos article is gold.

The Rams and the Washington one are my favourites.

posted by grum@work at 01:48 AM on September 08

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