Recent Comments by Andy1087

Ryan: Male Fans Devalue UConn Winning Streak

Like Howard said, the only thing I have a problem with is people who discredit the UConn women just because they play other women and couldn't beat UCLA head to head. When you talk about how impressive a certain feat is, you have to look at it relative to the league its played in (as long as the leagues are top level so you can't have a Div 1 caliber team dominating Div II teams and calling their records the best). Having the discussion is not disrespectful at all: just because UConn has the highest number doesn't automatically mean they are the most impressive.

posted by Andy1087 at 08:48 PM on December 23, 2010

Deadspin Links Rex Ryan, Wife to Foot Fetish Videos

Not a big deal at all. Makes for some good heckling material though. Just because I don't think this should even be a story in the first place doesn't mean I can't ridicule my Jets loving friends for it.

posted by Andy1087 at 02:20 AM on December 23, 2010

Inventor Creates Visible First-Down Laser

the game has been getting slower and slower with more niggling over inches

When so much money rides on the outcome of these games and each players performance, it really is hard to argue against getting the call right even if it slows the game down some. Its a game of inches, and everyone knows how terrible it feels to be on the wrong side of a bad call.

I wouldn't argue against a computer chip in the ball to tell the exact location of the football relative to the field to speed things up though. Main thing is that the calls made are the correct ones.

posted by Andy1087 at 07:47 PM on December 16, 2010

Inventor Creates Visible First-Down Laser

I don't see any problem with it as long as it is safe for all personnel on the field. Just because some people can get by without it, doesn't mean it wouldn't be an improvement. Sure, "true fans" don't need it, but how about people who are just getting into football, ones who dont know the complete rules but know the team needs to get to the first down line. They are just as deserving to have a fun game experience as the "true fans." Reminds me of some of my older relatives who think cell phones are useless because they got by without them their whole lives.

If you think that it benefits players who should know where they are on the field, however, then we have something to talk about.

posted by Andy1087 at 07:03 PM on December 16, 2010

Chad Pennington: The Day My Shoulder Fell Out

If he's definitely finished then I guess it's time to harvest his brain and put it in Henne. We might have something then.

Lets do this. I was excited to have a QB not making mistakes all day long when Pennington got the start :( I still can't believe he missed a wide open pass to a receiver who had 2+ steps on the corner with the safety nowhere in sight last game vs the Browns. Any pro QB should make that pass every time (or at least not throw it behind the receiver AND the corner).

posted by Andy1087 at 03:20 PM on December 11, 2010

Giants' Rolle: Booing Us at Home is Like Booing Soldiers

dviking, I specifically said I wasn't saying that to you. I was just explaining why I disagreed with your opinion that Rolle should go elsewhere for work if he wasn't happy with some aspects of his employmet (btw I disagree with the get out of the country statement if I wasn't clear).

Someone risks their life for their country. Someone else risks their well being for your entertainment. Its called a metaphor, and he used it to get his point across. He isn't saying he deserves the same honor that we give soldiers. He is simply asking for people not to boo the home team. Comparing two things does NOT mean they are same like so many people seem to think, it just points out similarities...

posted by Andy1087 at 02:51 AM on December 05, 2010

Giants' Rolle: Booing Us at Home is Like Booing Soldiers

He doesn't like the total package he's receiving he can go drive a truck for all I care.

Yeah, and if you don't agree with all the decisions our country makes you can move somewhere else for all I care.

Not saying this specifically to you, but if the quoted statement is valid so is mine. Living in the US has many upsides, but obviously it has downsides too so people still strive to make it better (well, mostly complain about it but thats besides the point). Playing in the NFL has upsides (money and fame), but also has downsides (injuries). I see nothing wrong with a player striving to make his career more enjoyable. If anyone disagrees with him saying something, then I don't want to hear them complaining about their job either. I don't see why he has to be content with the way it is now when no one else has to. Because he makes a lot of money? Remember, we are the reason he makes so much. If sports weren't so important to all of us he wouldn't be getting this salary.

posted by Andy1087 at 01:32 PM on December 04, 2010

Kevin Garnett Makes 'Cancer Patient' Dig at Opponent

Not a very classy comment, but like its been said already I would be surprised if things much worse weren't said during games. The point of trash talking is to get under the other guys skin, and obviously KG did that. Would I have said it? No, but such is life.

posted by Andy1087 at 09:43 PM on November 03, 2010

Transgender Man Plays on Women's College Team

There is nothing wrong with this situation at all, and I'm glad the team is so accepting of it. Its only when a man's body plays with an advantage in women's sports that there is an issue and vice versa (even though I know there is some sport where being a woman is advantageous, I couldn't think of one in the couple minutes I took to write this).

posted by Andy1087 at 01:51 PM on November 02, 2010

Cliff Lee's Wife Angry at Yankees Fans

What Cliff Lee did to the Yankees fans throughout the whole season was much worse than what those fans did to her.

Kidding aside, some people just go too far. Heckling is one thing but spitting and throwing beer is another. I really do hate it when a whole fanbase is thrown under the train for what a much smaller group of people did though.

posted by Andy1087 at 12:42 PM on October 29, 2010

Tony Romo out with a broken collarbone

Always happy to see the Boys lose, but would rather watch it happen with Romo on the field. Good news is, he should be back in time for the play...oh, right. Better luck next year.

posted by Andy1087 at 02:40 PM on October 26, 2010

Want to help a charity? Think again.

After reading through everything, it appears as if the commissioner heard about it before it happened, said they didn't follow procedure and warned them if they followed through they would be banned.

After that statement, I agree that the refs do need to be suspended. The commissioner made it black and white.

However, are you kidding me? Instead of the warning given, would it have killed them to make an exception for the game so that the refs weren't in defiance, and then sent a memo out being very clear of how to go about doing this type of thing in the future? Eh, its hard to argue against the rules as they are there for a reason and they need to be respected, but sometimes it can get pretty frustrating.

posted by Andy1087 at 01:30 AM on October 25, 2010

Why Can't Stars Be Hit in the NHL?

You protect the guys that give you the best shot at winning, simple as that. Doesn't matter if the hit is clean or dirty, its common sense that you would rather not subject your star player to any hits. I don't know what McKenzie is saying when he disagrees with the "rule." He disagrees giving your team an advantage? Sorry, I'll take whatever I can get. Would you rather play against a team that doesn't hit back in those situations or one that does?

posted by Andy1087 at 08:24 PM on October 20, 2010

Transgender female sues to play on LPGA

I'm really not sure what to think about this.

On one hand, it seems the whole point of seperating any sport into mens leagues and womens leagues is to take into consideration the obvious physiological differences between the two genders. Just think if Floyd Mayweather had gotten a gender reassignment operation. Would it be fair for him to fight with women afterwards?

Now I'm not saying anyone has done this for the sole purpose of getting an advantage in sports. I know that these people go through hell living in a body they don't think they belong in, but when leagues make rules they need to be black and white and try to cover any possible scenario.

On the other hand, she went under a huge procedure to become a woman and I can only imagine how offensive it would be for her to be called a man still.

Maybe they should change the names to the XY-PGA and the XX-PGA, and have people take test to determine who goes where...

posted by Andy1087 at 09:15 PM on October 14, 2010

Cliff Lee Leads Rangers to ALCS

I was really hoping for the Rays to win so I we could see another Yankees-Rays series (not to mention I would rather not have Lee destroy the Yankees lineup again).

On top of the fact that liking Bush or not should have no impact on liking the Rangers...actually, I'm not going to get in on the argument and leave it at that. Grow up and lets watch should be a great series.

posted by Andy1087 at 11:20 PM on October 13, 2010

Yankees' Bleacher Creatures Sing 'Why Are You Gay?'

Well I was assuming that since there was such a big deal being made about it right now that it was most peoples first time hearing about it. Sorry bout that.

posted by Andy1087 at 01:28 AM on October 12, 2010

Yankees' Bleacher Creatures Sing 'Why Are You Gay?'

For people saying you don't hear about this happening at any other stadiums: Just because you haven't heard of it doesn't mean it doesn't happen. I mean, this started at least 3 years ago, but you didn't hear about it until now. I've been to plenty of Yankees games and I never knew this went on. I guess you have just been lucky to not be around any of these fools as its happening.

However, when I said it happens everywhere, I was NOT justifying what they were doing with the fact that others do it. I was saying that all stadiums have assholes who ruin the game for others, so personally I wouldn't use this as a reason to root against NY. Just use one of the many others.

Just to be clear, these guys singing should be given a warning and then kicked out if there's any more trouble from them during the game whatsoever. I do not condone what they said.

posted by Andy1087 at 12:32 AM on October 12, 2010

Yankees' Bleacher Creatures Sing 'Why Are You Gay?'

"This makes me appreciate a Yankees loss even more. Go Rangers Rays."

You do realize this goes on anywhere right? Not defending the song, but if you go to any other stadium, there's a good chance you will hear something just as bad. Just go to Boston wearing a Yankees jersey :)

I would hate to say that its part of the game since I really don't think its an appropriate song to sing, but what else would you expect to happen if you wear a rivals jersey in the middle of a group of drunken fans? At least they didn't puke on him...

I do agree the song should be banned, for reasons completely unrelated to any of its offensive variations.

posted by Andy1087 at 05:06 PM on October 11, 2010

Dutch Drop De Jong After Leg Break

Considering how many people people are being suspended in the NFL for things less than murder, I wouldn't quite agree with that statement about North American sports, but I do see what you're saying.

Its the right move though. Some action had to be taken since this obviously wasn't just a one time occurrence.

posted by Andy1087 at 07:59 PM on October 04, 2010

In Golf, Cheating is Still Cheating

If he realized it himself at his house, do you think he would have returned it? Its a lot easier to to the right thing when there's someone else who knows what you did, especially the golf pro he probably looks up to.

I do believe that golf is a much "cleaner" sport than others, but the way everyone talks about how it is the only sport where no one cheats is a little ridiculous. Just think about it, for every time someone turns themselves in when no on else would have known, who knows how many times people have made the other decision. The thing is, no one knows so golf still gets to have its pristine image.

posted by Andy1087 at 12:56 PM on September 28, 2010

Derek Jeter Admits Faking Hit-By-Pitch

Gotta love all the Yankee/Jeter hating here. Sure, I agree he shouldn't have said what he did after the game, but come on. If that was cheating then so is:

Framing pitches: EVERY single catcher does it on ANY pitch thats on the edge. How is faking the final location of the pitch different than what Jeter faked?

Runner/Base Coach making the safe sign and yelling, "SAFE!" if the play is close to hopefully influence the ump.

Scuffing up the back line of the batters box so its hard to tell how far back their foot is.

Theres millions of little things almost every player does, and sometimes it happens during a big game and a camera catches it (not that Jeter didn't help that at all). Big deal.

posted by Andy1087 at 02:22 AM on September 17, 2010

Sources: Reggie Bush Will Lose Heisman

In my mind, Reggie Bush won the 2005 Heisman regardless if they take it away or not. Should it be taken away from him? Technically, yes. Does it really matter? Not really. The only thing that will change is that Bush's story to his grandkids about winning a Super Bowl won't be preceded by the story how he won the Heisman. Instead it will be replaced by the story of how he was the best player on the football field in 2005.

posted by Andy1087 at 01:19 AM on September 08, 2010

Gators Cap Costs Razorbacks Reporter Her Job

To people saying "Its just a hat, how can you get fired over just a hat," you have to look at the big picture. You shouldn't think of it as the hat got her fired, but that her unprofessionalism got her fired. As a reporter, you must be really daft if you don't think wearing the hat was a big deal. For God's sake, you work at Hog Sports Radio, how do you think the station is going to react when the person they choose to represent themselves wears the rivals logos? Happy? I don't think so. Disrespected? 100%.

I would say she got fired for disrespecting the radio stations loyalty to Arkansas more than she did for disrespecting Petrino.

BTW, I do feel bad that she lost a job over this when it sounds like she is very remorseful, but you would've hoped she had the common sense to avoid this in the first place.

posted by Andy1087 at 02:49 PM on August 18, 2010

Brian Cushing blames positive test on medical condition.

Maybe I'm an optimist, but I'll wait to pass judgment on how lame of an attempt this is after I hear more about the evidence he has to back it up. I don't think its right to not give him a chance at all without knowing anything about the proof he has thats apparently backed up by multiple doctors.

posted by Andy1087 at 10:26 AM on August 10, 2010

World Sauna Championships End with Death of Finalist

This is one of those things best left to friendly competitions that spontaneously happen between a couple friends, not a planned competition that people take seriously. I'm not saying either is a great idea, but an annual competition just has deadly written all over it. Kudos for them for putting a stop to it though, regardless if it should never have happened or not.

And yes, I was involved in such a friendly competition last time I was staying at a hotel. I came in 2nd as I couldn't stand the boredom of sitting doing nothing...

posted by Andy1087 at 06:05 PM on August 09, 2010

Rick Reilly: Tiger Woods Should Calm the Bleep Down

Sure, it would be nice if Tiger would tone it down a bit, but it seems to me that it is being made a bigger deal than it should be. Most other sport's stars can show anger and people will say emotion is part of the game (God knows how many times I heard that on MNF and such last year), or will just ignore it.

ARod slams the bat while running to first after popping up while up 3-0? Fine.

Tiger slams his club after shanking one into the tall grass and knowing you're likely going to miss the cut at a major? Inexcusable.

Just because golf is a "gentleman's game" doesn't mean that someone can't vent their frustration. Disrespecting the game and former players? Give me a break.

posted by Andy1087 at 12:30 AM on July 23, 2009