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UFC Fighter Knocked Out in Eight Seconds

I used to love boxing, now I never watch it because of Don King. I've seen too many boxing matches that went to a decision that made no sense. Or watched some circus of a match that ended very weirdly. I watch MMA (specifically UFC for the most part). It's exciting and for the most part (during the fight anyway) unscripted and just a blast to watch. I think I speak for a lot of men when I say, I just basically want to watch fights. After watching MMA for so long now, watching boxing is akin to watching bowling, except in the case of bowling, the match isn't fixed.

posted by patrickje at 12:26 PM on April 03, 2008

UFC 60

Wow, I can't wait to see this fight. Of course I will have to wait until it's released on DVD and on Netflix (which is how I've watched UFC 30-57). It'll be a good fight, Hughes is more than a bit of a freak physically. He is so strong compared to others at 170 it's a bit ridiculous. Of course if you've watched Hughes, you know he can be a little sloppy on the ground, because he does have that strength advantage. Which has led to his various losses by submission. But that assumes Gracie can get to that position. My call Hughes by TKO in the second round.

posted by patrickje at 12:07 PM on May 26, 2006

Tony Dungy's Son Found Dead


posted by patrickje at 11:35 AM on December 22, 2005

Owens leaves after verbal spat with Reid

Why on earth would Oakland need TO? They have Randy Moss, Jerry Porter, and a couple of really good #3 receivers, I agree Oakland does have a history of taking difficult players (See Romanowski, Moss, Sapp, et al), but at this point in time even if they could squeeze the money out of the cap, they don't have any need for a wide receiver.

posted by patrickje at 12:47 PM on August 11, 2005

Terry Bowden's NCAA top 16 predictions

North Texas???? WTF...they don't deserve any love. Last season's out of conference record at No. 8 Texas L 65-0 Fla Atlantic L 20-13 at Colorado L 52-21 at Baylor L 37-14 Southern Miss L 31-10 Come on! They got smoked by BAYLOR freakin' Baylor! I like Texas as well, but Stoops has always owned Texas and Mack Brown, I just don't see that changing. I also think that people aren't giving Bret Bielama in Wisconsin the benefit of the doubt, he completely changed the tone of a moribund Badger team last year, and now that Barry Alvarez is retiring and has named Bielama his successor, I look forward to many more years of backing the Badgers.

posted by patrickje at 12:35 PM on August 08, 2005

Officials Overturn Call; Redskins Trademark Might Be Sacked

I don't get the ire of the people who recommend keeping the name? It's a deprecated racist term, and as such probably should be removed. It's offensive, but because it's so pervasive, and Native Americans are so ignorable, I guess it's OK right? I'll avoid saying niggers, and recommend other team names, the Atlanta Slaves with a black-faced sambo as their mascot? The San Diego Wetbacks, with a Taco John-ish mascot? Unlike the Indians, Seminoles, Redskins has NO concomitant value. It's a VERY VERY racist term, but since you've heard it so much, you've inured yourself to it. People think it's OK to say it. In the end though, what does it matter? I'm Indian and grew up on an indian reservation in northern Montana, I'm fully aware that the white people have won. The BIA is a complete disaster, and most indian tribes (who aren't based in a populous area) still are living in poverty. The life expectancy for people living on the reservation is 48 for men, and 52 for women. Indians have the lowest life expectancy of any people in the Northern hemisphere. Walk around Pine Ridge reservation, or maybe my reservation Fort Belknap. So go ahead, tell yourself, it's OK to use the word redskin. Maybe you'll believe it.

posted by patrickje at 01:52 PM on July 18, 2005

More Than He Could Chew

I don't care one way or the other about Mike Tyson, but the fact always remains. For a period of years in the late 80s - early 90s, he WAS the baddest man on the planet. Michael Spinks was scared to go into the ring against him. I don't know if there will ever be a fighter that exciting again. If there is, it won't be Mike again.

posted by patrickje at 12:17 PM on June 12, 2005

"It's pretty disrespectful"

I wrestled for about 7 years all through junior high and high school. Wrestling girls is really awkward. I'm not saying it's wrong or anything, but for one, a male's mulsculature is just so much more developed, that the boy-girl matches usually devolve into either, the guy taking it easy, or the guy just physically bullying the girl around. From what I recall (and this was 15 years ago), most girls wrestled at the JV level. At varsity tournaments and duals, you never saw a girl even if she was on the team, because she would be competing in a side-JV event. As to the sexual aspect? I'm sure it happens, but it would seem to be more common, to have some kid, wrestle extra-hard against a girl to avoid losing to a 'girl'.

posted by patrickje at 01:49 PM on May 13, 2005

Thanks Dad!

Great link, thanks.

posted by patrickje at 12:26 PM on March 31, 2005

Thanks Dad!

Great link, thanks.

posted by patrickje at 12:26 PM on March 31, 2005

Runner's Magazine Has Race Problem

Been a runner for quite some time, a couple of marathons, many triathlons. Don't boycott Runner's World because they shun minorities, boycott them because their quality of writing and article selection sucks. It's well known in the running/triathlon community that Runner's World is aimed at the 'just-starting' to 'intermediate' level runners, that's why they keep running the same crappy '5 Steps to a good 5K' article over and over and over and over. From my experience running clubs are primarily white, while I tend to see a lot more diversity at races. I think their statement that 'our covers and photos do not represent the average, everyday runner' means more that they're not publishing photos of 43 year old men and women that are 10-20 lbs overweight, which if you are in the running community, that is the reality of the average runner. Runner's World does not really cover elite-level races, beyond a quick race summary. If you're looking for coverage of international level racing, then look at the USATF, IAAF, or Cool Running. Runner's World does not tend to cover these events. My brother is an elite level runner, and I know I will probably never see his name in Runner's World, and he's white. So in conclusion, boycott Runner's World because they suck, not because they're racist.

posted by patrickje at 11:53 AM on March 14, 2005

Isn't there anyone better than this guy?

NFL commissioner: Paul Tagliabue - 1989 - Present For the prior two decades, Tagliabue represented the NFL as an attorney in areas including television, expansion, legislative affairs, franchise moves, labor and antitrust cases. He was a partner at Covington & Burling, a Washington D.C. law firm, then the NFL's principal outside counsel. His involvement with the NFL began in 1969, during the merger of the NFL and the American Football League, when "Monday Night Football" was being launched. Before that, Tagliabue served in the office of the Secretary of Defense, U.S. Defense Department, as a policy analyst on European and North Atlantic affairs. On leaving the department, Tagliabue was awarded the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Medal, the department's highest award. MLB commissioner: Allan H. "Bud" Selig - 1992- Present Used car dealer from 1955 to 1970, when he bought the Seattle Pilots for 10.8 million and moved them to Milwaukee. hmm...I wonder why there is such a disparity between the leagues?

posted by patrickje at 12:11 PM on August 20, 2004

no kidding 86, how boring would this article be if it were about Vijay Singh.

posted by patrickje at 10:11 AM on March 12, 2004

The NHL is sinking.

Hockey is interesting, but I think for most people (if you already like hockey ignore this), it boils down to this. With 82 games, what the hell does it matter if I watch this one? Whether or not the team I'm watching wins or loses this one, it's ultimately largely irrevelant over the season.

posted by patrickje at 11:42 AM on February 11, 2004

Joe Horn dials up some controversy...

I don't know, I like the whole entertainment aspect of this. It was funny, original, and something to break up the horrid monotony of the Giants getting their asses handed to them. As to the Giants getting even or revenge? Why bother, really, they're the ones who've been phoning it in the past several games.

posted by patrickje at 11:52 AM on December 15, 2003

Oh please, if you're going to have a rivalry, might as well make it the oldest college football rivalry. Wisconsin vs. Minnesota for Paul Bunyan's Axe. Go Badgers!!

posted by patrickje at 12:55 PM on November 24, 2003

Six-man football, young people, and Montana dreams.

Great link, I grew up in north-central Montana, so I am very familiar with this. Unfortunately, the two schools I attended (Harlem Wildcats and Shelby Coyotes) combined for a record of 2-14 this year. Sad times indeed.

posted by patrickje at 12:25 PM on November 18, 2003

Hmm, I'm not saying I disagree with a playoff, and who knows when the BCS re-evaluates itself in 2006, maybe a whole different type of system will be introduced. I'm just saying how current non-BCS teams can help themselves. Of course, it's hard since as pastepotpete mentioned, schedules are set years in advance. And a lot of name programs like K-State, Texas, and others won't agree to a home-and-home type arrangement (where one year they play at opponent and one year at home) with a no-name opponent. The two programs to really look at as a model for how to break into the BCS are: Marshall and Fresno State. If you remember Fresno State was red hot two years ago before losing out in the WAC to Hawaii and Boise State. And Marshall just keeps tripping itself up, either getting blown out by a strong non-conference opponent, or losing in the MAC. But these teams both possessed the momentum necessary to carry them into the BCS if they did complete a run. There are high level college programs that will play good non-BCS opponents. Wisconsin, Colorado, Purdue, Nebraska et al. The AD or coach or whoever runs the university athletic department, needs to figure out if they really want a good football program. Hire a good coach, and start learning the fine art of schmoozing, so they can start getting a good non-conferenece schedule. After you have a good coach, and play some name teams, recruiting becomes easier because the team will play some games on national TV (I ♥ ESPN), and maybe you get a little better, then you can try and upgrade your facilities and recruiting gets better again. I'm not saying it's easy, but universities need to commit if they want a good program. Teams in the BCS do have it much easier, because they will always play quality opponents. Non-BCS teams play in conferences with many crappy opponents. Sad but true, it will always be easier to run the table in the MWC, as compared to the SEC, Big-10 or Big 12.

posted by patrickje at 03:35 PM on November 06, 2003

There was a very interesting comment on yesterday, apparently, the Fiesta Bowl was taking a very definite interest in Northern Illinois before they lost. I don't think being outside the BCS is going to stop a good undefeated team. Bowls are concerned about prestige and traveling fans, and I think Northern Illinois had that with quality wins over Maryland, Alabama, and Iowa State. Plus Northern Illinois has a fairly large fan base being in the Chicago area. Now TCU on the other hand has a schedule that reads like a list of non-conference patsies for BCS conferences. Tulane, Navy, Army, Vanderbilt, Arizona, Houston, SMU. If TCU wants to be considered a player in the major bowls, it should seriously consider toughening up it's non-conference schedule, like the MAC. The MAC big teams played very high level programs like Ohio State, Oklahoma, Kansas State, Purdue. Kansas State can get away with playing patsies on it's non-conference schedule because it WILL at some point play quality opponents in the Big 12. Any non-BCS team that thinks it's man enough to step up it's game needs to do it in it's non-conference schedule because most of that teams games in-conference will be disregarded by pollsters because the level of play is so low. Given TCU's schedule this year, I have no problem if they end up in Nowhere bowl. Play some real teams, get your damn AD on it, and then when you win those games, and you're still out of a BCS bowl, come complain again.

posted by patrickje at 01:01 PM on November 06, 2003

College conference re-shuffling, explained.

Oh man, that sorry old broad has got to be the WAC.

posted by patrickje at 01:52 PM on October 31, 2003

I want to apologize for the last comment, I have a bit of chip on my shoulder, and Sportfilter is not the appropriate venue to unload.

posted by patrickje at 11:37 AM on October 07, 2003

It's just funny that most people think of Indians and casinos, when most tribes are buried in such backwater locations (montana, south dakota, new mexico, oklahoma), what does it matter if a casino is opened, it's not like anyone will come. There are tribes that are making money but they are the exception not the rule. Part of the blame has to go on the Indians as well, I'm guilty of this. Instead of staying to help, the ones who can usually scamble out of the reservation at the first opportunity, vowing never to return. But to think that it's not still happening is basically ignoring the problem. Really, look into how the government helps Indians, the rampant corruption and incompetence of the BIA (Bureau of Indian Affairs), the FBI's long history of messing in tribal affairs, especially where mineral rights are concerned. But don't mind the Indians, most of us live in flyover country not even near interstates, we're easy to ignore.

posted by patrickje at 05:54 PM on October 06, 2003

Ok, I'm going to weigh in here. I'm an Indian, a full member of the Assiniboine tribe. I grew up on an Indian reservation in nothern Montana. I hate the term redskin, I hate that fucking Cleveland Indian face. Why not the Cleveland Negroes with a mascot in that old blackface style, it's just as offensive. It's just indictive of how blind Americans are to what happened and is still happening to Native Americans. Diabetes, alcoholism, stark poverty, really, who the hell cares if some team is called the Redskins.

posted by patrickje at 11:57 AM on October 03, 2003

Hey, I'm just glad he's not on College Gameday, now that would be a tragedy.

posted by patrickje at 01:23 PM on October 01, 2003

Damn...ease up. His wife was asked a question, she answered honestly. And Kurt backed his wife up, because what she said was true.

posted by patrickje at 12:54 PM on September 30, 2003

New ESPN College Gameday site: much as I love College Gameday (and I do), this is just promotional text directly from the website.

posted by patrickje at 12:18 PM on September 19, 2003

I run about 30-40 miles a week, and chafed nipples are a reality. I used to have nipple stains from vaseline, but lately I have been using BodyGlide which is water-based so it doesn't stain.

posted by patrickje at 07:39 PM on June 26, 2003

MNF's New Sideline Reporter

She's a sideline reported fer' christsakes. What does it matter? She looks good, and tells me that Kurt Warner hurt his pinky and that's why he's thrown 12 interceptions tonight.

posted by patrickje at 03:36 PM on June 26, 2003

Screw Augusta, Martha, we need the publicity.

Damn, I am so waiting until april when I can start disc golfing regularly again. The only bad thing about disc golf is that the hippies and dope aren't stereotypes.

posted by patrickje at 02:23 PM on March 27, 2003

Roy Jones Jr. makes boxing history

Very interesting match. I've always liked Roy Jones, although he is a bit of a shameless showboater when fighting lesser opposition. He's also been accused at times of taking easy fights. It's nice to see that he stepping up. Could he take a heavy puncher like Tyson, Lewis, or even Foreman? I don't know, he is one of the fastest boxers ever.

posted by patrickje at 12:32 PM on March 03, 2003

"Well, OK. I think today's ass-whipping was definitive enough"

I don't know about the Titans, because in my opinion, the Steelers were one of the weak sister teams in the playoffs (Green Bay, Indianapolis the others). So either the Steelers are better than I though, or the Titans are worse. I can't believe most analysts are picking the Titans. Of course Vegas is always right, and they have Oakland by 7.

posted by patrickje at 04:20 PM on January 13, 2003

Why College Football stinks.

I love college football. I like the NFL and watch it if it's on, but I'm passionate about college football. I love having 5 games going on, and watching the BYU-Hawaii games until 2 in the morning. I love College Gameday. So someone doesn't like college football. Big deal! I don't watch NASCAR, but I don't write articles about it. College football captures the energy of the moment so much better than the NFL. I mean did anyone watch the Florida State - Louisville game, Louisville getting a great win during monsoon conditions. And there are lots of games like that EVERY SINGLE WEEK! Most college players do not move on to the NFL, so this is their moment in the sun. The fact that a team like Oklahoma St. can upset a juggernaut like Oklahoma, and Rutgers can lose to West Virginia 80-7 explains that most of these guys are not professionals and never will be. But it sure does make for exciting football.

posted by patrickje at 01:06 PM on October 17, 2002

Wide Receivers: Jerks.

Nice article, thanks...

posted by patrickje at 05:13 PM on October 11, 2002

Sorry I didn't provide confirming links, I know because my brother is a professional road-racer (mid-distance 5-10k), and my boss is really into triathalons, and I usually check on their results on the web. Just a summary check on some results (1, 2, 3) Race 1: (10K) Winner: 28:49 - 4:41/M Top woman: 35:45 - 5:46/M Race 2: (4 Mile) Winner: 18:43.6 - 4:41/M Top woman: 24:54.7 - 6:14/M Race 3: (1 Mile) Winner: 4:01.6 Top woman: 4:29.9 In terms of the distance run, those are some STEEP differences. I agree women are very competitive, but the difference between the best men runners and best women runners is very wide. The quote from above was women can match men in long-distance running when it's obvious they can't. The quote wasn't women are competitive with men.

posted by patrickje at 04:11 PM on October 07, 2002

Sorry, didn't mean to be snarky, but when people make off the cuff, completely wrong statements as fact, I tend to ignore anything else they have to say.

posted by patrickje at 03:08 PM on October 07, 2002

And women can match men in long-distance running... Don't kid yourself, men still dominate women significantly in long distance running.

posted by patrickje at 12:58 PM on October 07, 2002

With their victory last night, the 3rd game of a 3 game sweep,

There's a lot more than 5 of us, now 5 of us that care about the Mets might be a stretch...

posted by patrickje at 04:05 PM on September 20, 2002

Obsess much?

Wow... I'm surprised his parents let him use their internet connection this much while he stays in their basement.

posted by patrickje at 01:43 PM on September 18, 2002

Loss leaves Cowboys in state of shock.

I lay the blame of this squarely on Quincy Carter. Watching the game: 1st Down) Emmitt Smith stuffed for 2 yard gain. 2nd Down) Quincy Carter wildely over/underthrows his receivers 3rd Down) Quincy Carter sacked or mis-throws again. His throws were horrible, he often times would not check off his receivers, and refuse to look at the #3 and #4 receivers. Sad, Dallas has some decent receivers, but without the ability to throw, teams can just put eight men in the box and let Quincy Carter lose the game for Dallas. Also Emmitt has lost a step, admit this and put in Hambrick and Wiley now and then.

posted by patrickje at 02:55 PM on September 09, 2002

"'So, is it true that if a woman puts K-Y jelly in her vagina, it'll, like, burn up a condom?''

Najeh Davenport ''It's comfortable. That's what this generation is about. Kris Kross did it, and we do it.'' Kriss Kross pooped in a laundry basket?

posted by patrickje at 11:06 AM on August 20, 2002

CBS Sports' Jill Arrington posed for FHM

I'm holding out for the *hot* John Madden spread that's coming out.

posted by patrickje at 11:55 AM on August 15, 2002

How many HRs would Ted Williams have hit

You know I can...

posted by patrickje at 08:00 PM on August 14, 2002

How many HRs would Ted Williams have hit

What if I had decided to play baseball, instead of programming? 700, 800? I mean that's as realistic as asking this question.

posted by patrickje at 01:35 PM on August 14, 2002

Nice little presentation. I agree that Wuerffel should go.

posted by patrickje at 12:16 PM on July 29, 2002

The birth of North American football.

Great article. Vito90 pointed out correctly, that Pete Rozelle more than anyone, is responsible for the current success enjoyed by football. He got two exemptions from Congress to free the NFL from the Sherman anti-trust act. He was one of the first people to realize that sports can be a business There is an excellent summary of his accomplishments, here, at the Time 100 list

posted by patrickje at 01:35 PM on July 17, 2002

Curt Schilling

I would care, but now? I have always been slightly apathetic about baseball. Then the last strike happened, and I gave up. Now I almost gleefully await the self-destruction of baseball. I mean, the NFL season is starting soon anyway...

posted by patrickje at 07:06 PM on July 08, 2002


Official sites never have the "good" pictures :(

posted by patrickje at 01:40 AM on June 27, 2002


the webmaster of said his server went bankrupt just a few days ago. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

posted by patrickje at 05:28 PM on June 26, 2002

Germany v Korea is semifinal 1.

I'm pulling for Korea, otherwise the guys I play raquetball with would kill me. I should root for Germany since I lived there for several years, aber Ich will leider nicht. Korea vs. Turkey, my prediction, given the way the Turks demolished Senegal.

posted by patrickje at 06:17 PM on June 24, 2002


Hmmmm.... Daniela Hantuchova...., sorry slipped into boyzone there.

posted by patrickje at 06:12 PM on June 24, 2002

Football tackle leads to an assault charge

Reading the article, it appears that he is being charged with assault, not for tackling, but for getting up afterwords and stomping on the quarterback's arm (breaking both bones). 10 witnesses have come forward to corroborate this.

posted by patrickje at 07:56 PM on June 21, 2002

Realigning college leagues.

At least Wisconsin stayed in the Big Ten :)

posted by patrickje at 06:39 PM on June 12, 2002

Tyson fit as a butchers dog,

I'm so looking forward to this fight. I say that, but I am not going to watch it, I'll be at MeFiSea. I don't know, Tyson may be insane, dangerously unstable, whatever, he is still an exciting boxer to watch, just from a pure power standpoint.

posted by patrickje at 01:15 PM on June 07, 2002

Choking at the bowl.

When I heard 'choking at the bowl', I assume you meant K-State, of course.

posted by patrickje at 05:31 PM on May 14, 2002

Who's Going to Canton?

owillis, the LT comment reminded me a of jack-in-the-box commercial that is showing. Setup: Three guys in a boat, LT, Jack Mascot, and John Q Nobody. They all see a dollar floating in the water. JohnQ: "Hey look a dollar!" LT: "Yeah, but what can you get with a dollar anymore?" JohnQ: "Your autograph..." I always laugh at that commercial. But then I think LT's commentary for ToughMan is pretty funny.

posted by patrickje at 08:30 PM on February 01, 2002