Recent Comments by mikemacman

Rockies SS Jose Reyes receives 52-game suspension for domestic violence incident

Four Seasons hotel staff told 911 that she was visibly injured. This isn't a he-said/she-said

posted by mikemacman at 11:40 PM on May 14, 2016

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Bat flipping is a thing in Japan, too, and has been for quite a long time.

posted by mikemacman at 01:27 PM on October 15, 2015

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

MLB scoring rules (section 10.12) state:

The official scorer shall charge an outfielder with an error if such outfielder allows a fly ball to drop to the ground if, in the official scorer’s judgment, an outfielder at that position making ordinary effort would have caught such fly ball.

I think it would be hard to argue against an error, considering how much time he had to get to the ball.

posted by mikemacman at 09:49 PM on July 26, 2015

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Herrera was converted from an infielder to CF late in his minor-league career, and he makes it interesting out there from time to time. I think the wind at Wrigley was especially challenging for him. He's usually not quite that bad.

posted by mikemacman at 09:28 AM on July 26, 2015

Belgian Soccer Fans Lose Their Heads

That banner is enormous. I'd love to know how it was made, how much it cost, who paid for it, etc.

posted by mikemacman at 10:40 PM on February 17, 2015

Barkley: 'I Cannot Believe How Bad the NBA is Right Now'

Lincidentally, though, I lincerely hope that the US Olinpic team does well this summer in Lindon (too much?).

posted by mikemacman at 10:41 PM on February 22, 2012

Plummer to Tebow: A Little Less Jesus, Please

As an atheist and a Buckeye I don't particularly care for Tebow, but I think Plummer is out of line with these comments. By all accounts Tebow is a stand-up guy who handles himself well. While he might lay the 'Jesus' thing on a little thick, and it might be a little annoying to some, Tebow should be praised for how he conducts himself in front of the media, however idiosyncratic he may be. It's none of Plummer's business.

posted by mikemacman at 08:00 PM on November 22, 2011

Baseball's Most Expensive Beers

Citizens Bank Park has Victory on tap in the box seats behind home plate. You can find Sam Adams, Anchor Steam and some other larger craft brews around the ballpark.

posted by mikemacman at 09:07 PM on October 12, 2011

Dennis Rodman Joins Basketball Hall of Fame

rcade: well said, my man. I loved watching Dennis Rodman play, always suspected he was working out some issues on the court because he played like he had something to prove. Great to see actual redemption take place right before your eyes.

posted by mikemacman at 09:50 PM on August 13, 2011

Ralph Nader Forms Sports Fan Advocacy Group

lil_brown_bat, you can't ask someone else for a citation to back their opinion immediately after using "there are those who say" when talking about Ralph Nader.

posted by mikemacman at 10:57 AM on August 11, 2011

Giants Win Game 2 in a Laugher

Suddenly I don't feel so bad about my Phillies losing in 6 to these guys...

posted by mikemacman at 11:23 AM on October 29, 2010

Florida Player Texts Girlfriend 'Time to Die Bitch'

No, lampshade, you don't have to have daughters to abhor crimes against women. But it does make you appreciate the gravity of the crimes a bit more, I think. Everything is more real when it could happen to you or yours.

I think it's the lazy writing (and poor editing) that lampshade is objecting to. By using the word 'therefore', the writer suggests that the coach doesn't tolerate crimes against women because he has daughters.

posted by mikemacman at 10:40 AM on September 17, 2010

Robert Guerrero has returned to the boxing ring after helping care for his ailing wife

It seems almost quaint to hear a professional athlete talk about his high-school sweetheart with such obvious devotion. A really touching story.

posted by mikemacman at 09:10 PM on July 22, 2010

38. BFD.

Don't forget about Bowling for Dollars. And not to nitpick, but it's an abbreviation, not an acronym. I'll let the late George Carlin explain:

"An acronym is not just any set of initials. It applies only to those that are pronounced as words. MADD, DARE, NATO, and UNICEF are acronyms. FBI, CIA, and KGB are not. They're just pricks."

posted by mikemacman at 08:24 AM on June 17, 2010

LPGA Golfer Erica Blasberg Dies


posted by mikemacman at 11:11 PM on May 10, 2010

NCAA May Expand March Madness to 96 Teams

Great. Now I need to buy one of those large format printers to print this new gigantic bracket

posted by mikemacman at 09:03 PM on January 21, 2010

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Looks like Friday at 12pm EST...Does anyone know if the draw will be televised in the US?

posted by mikemacman at 10:14 AM on December 02, 2009

Anaheim Fans Brawl Over Hockey Stick

It looks to me like she's trying to defend the guy to her left (in the gray sweatshirt).

I might sound like a fuddy-duddy for saying this, but hockey's glorification of fighting has always horrified me, and so I find it deliciously ironic to see fans dropping the gloves to fight over a souvenir.

posted by mikemacman at 10:21 PM on November 22, 2009

AP Columnist: 'Soccer Players Can't Be Trusted'

What's the difference between Henry handing the ball, and Chase Utley fouling one off his body but still running hard to first? In both cases, the umpire/referee missed the call. In both cases, the player could have admitted to the offense. Why would we call Henry unsportsmanlike, while Chase Utley 'plays the game the right way'?

(I'm a Phillies fan, by the way, and buy Utley's argument that he's been on the wrong end of that one many times before).

If you expect Henry to admit to the referees when he's handed a ball, then to be fair, you have to expect the same of every other player on the field. Is anyone suggesting that every player gives himself up when he's committed a foul that the ref missed?

posted by mikemacman at 01:05 PM on November 20, 2009

Yankees Win World Series

Makes me wonder how they won all of those championships before TV, free agency and revenue sharing played such a big role.

Between 1903 and 1968, the postseason consisted of a single round (the World Series), so the Yankees 'only' had to win the Pennant (win their division), and then best their opponent in a best of 7 (or 9!) series.

posted by mikemacman at 01:01 PM on November 05, 2009

CNBC Reporter: Marathon Champ Isn't Real American


Would you feel more proud if you learned that he has been here since he was 12, and had never run prior to coming to the US? He's a home-grown runner in my book.

posted by mikemacman at 02:18 PM on November 03, 2009

CNBC Reporter: Marathon Champ Isn't Real American

It's hard for me to interpret this as anything other than a jingoistic rant. From the article:

The positive sign was that some American-born runners did extremely well in yesterday's men's race.

If any of them stand on the top step of the podium in Central Park one day, that's when I'll break out my red, white and blue.

posted by mikemacman at 01:36 PM on November 03, 2009

Cliff Lee Dominates as Phillies Take Game 1

Cliff Lee is like the Chuck Norris of baseball. Somebody should start a site.

posted by mikemacman at 11:29 AM on October 29, 2009

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

At one point, Tim McCarver said something like, "If the Yankees find themselves with CC Sabathia on the mound in Game 1, they will know that they had won this Game 6."

posted by mikemacman at 10:56 AM on October 26, 2009

Jays' pitcher makes "brain freeze" error

Watching the video replay, I was struck by how the announcers are just blathering on and on while the event unfolds, instead of paying attention to the game and calling the action as they see it. (Nationwide telecasts are the worst offenders.)

It's almost as if they feel like their clever stories are being interrupted by the game.

"....and Eric Bruntlett just made an unassisted triple play to end the game..Now where was I? Oh right. It was Christmas Eve in 1979 and I was driving to my parents' lodge outside of Poughkeepsie when- you should have seen this moose!"

posted by mikemacman at 08:31 AM on August 24, 2009

American League Wins All-Star Game and World Series Home Field Advantage

Not to get all Tommy Bahama on the guy, but what was up with Obama's jeans? They looked like cheapo ill-fitting Wrangler jeans or something. Doesn't Michelle dress him?

posted by mikemacman at 12:14 PM on July 16, 2009

Baseball's LeBron

Ho Hum.

Forgive me for being skeptical, but he's in high school. That record home run he hit in the dome was with a metal bat. Wake me up when he's tearing the cover off the ball in AA.

posted by mikemacman at 02:54 PM on June 05, 2009

Yanks Error Free for MLB record 18 straight games

I was really impressed with Texiera's glove work in the series against the Phils last week. I'm glad he's over there in the AL now.

posted by mikemacman at 12:33 PM on June 02, 2009

Mailman coming back for one more delivery:

Son of a ...! This one got me good.

posted by mikemacman at 06:27 PM on April 01, 2007

A little fine dining, a little cloak and dagger, and a whole lotta yen.

Let's just hope that this isn't Hideki Irabu version 2.0 Matsuzaka did have DUI a few seasons back....

posted by mikemacman at 10:39 AM on December 19, 2006

Red Sox brass meeting with Matsuzaka's agent

"In Japan, he's known as the national treasure," Boras told some three dozen media representatives" Sorry, Scott Boras. No, he's not. He's just a very good pitcher.

posted by mikemacman at 04:03 PM on December 12, 2006