Recent Comments by sandman

Timing of Wiretap Backs Gretzky

cybermac, I think you need to reread my post. I did not come close to inferring I had viewed their returns, nor did I say anything about the 2006 superbowl earnings, nor did I mention anything about which years tax return the income should be reported. I thought my post was very general using the words may or if and in no way was it an allegation. You have every right to disagree with my comment and that is what is great about this forum but please critique what I actually wrote. You shot at me was about as accurate as Dick Cheney's shot.

posted by sandman at 11:24 AM on February 13, 2006

Timing of Wiretap Backs Gretzky

IRS will be the ones who drop the hammer on the Gretzky's. All gambling wins are suppose to be reported as other income on the front of the tax return and an equal amount of losses can be claimed as an itemized deduction. The gross number that should have been reported may be very large. The $500k number being thrown around is only the net. If substantial the IRS has a potential tax fraud/evasion case. Maybe Janet can get Martha's old cell.

posted by sandman at 08:49 AM on February 13, 2006

The next Derrek Lee?

Brian Anderson of the White Sox will be next year's AL Rookie of the year. Has good power so meets the RBI spec but it will take a couple of years before he hits for .300+

posted by sandman at 06:27 AM on February 12, 2006

Fans win battle with NHL over Stanley Cup.

Janet Gretzky has it at 6:1 that an AHL will ever be awarded the cup.

posted by sandman at 11:24 PM on February 07, 2006

A glove affair: New methods shed light on evaluating defense

This news is 2 1/2 years old. Interesting that these part time stats men steal each others quotes and theories. Argument validity test : 0 Jeter Gold Gloves before the stat men's claim 2 Jeter Gold Gloves (both years) since the argument was proposed.

posted by sandman at 03:36 AM on February 06, 2006

AT&T: Yet another name for Giants ballpark: Delivered.

Does anyone know if the water channel in right field (McCovey's Cove?) is considered part of the stadium? If so, do the kayakers need tickets? If its open to the public, I can only imagine watching the hand to hand combat when Baroid launches one to pass Ruth & Aaron. There will be 50,000 UFC type of characters tearing each other to pieces.

posted by sandman at 09:43 AM on February 04, 2006

Seattle SuperSeahawks

I hope the Seahawks do a successful trick FG play in the Super Bowl in memory of us fans who suffered (but laughed) through the Jim Zorn, Efren Herrera days. I guess I will finally publicly recognize that Holmgren is a better coach than Jack Patera.

posted by sandman at 12:28 AM on January 23, 2006

No suds in the Meadowlands

No suds in Jersey? Springsteen would roll over in his grave if he found out. Yes, I know.......but his music died long ago.

posted by sandman at 05:16 AM on December 21, 2005

I'm sorry, did you say contract? What contract?

I would hope these multi year contract holders would have an appreciation for their predecessors, but I haven't heard about a single current player supporting their lawsuit. It is a shame that the great game of baseball cannot take care of their own. They are not asking for much.

posted by sandman at 12:51 AM on December 18, 2005

Now security is taking fans brown paper bags away from them in Detriot so fans can't protest the games by being unknown fans.

Somebody should make plastic doormats with the Lions Logo in the center with the words "Goodbye Matt" emblazoned under the logo. The fans could tell security they were seat cushions, 50,000 doormat/cushions could be simultaneously hurled at Millen's skybox.

posted by sandman at 02:21 AM on December 17, 2005

Milton Bradley traded to A's

Dodgers get a star playing in AA while the A's get a guy who should be attending AA.

posted by sandman at 11:15 AM on December 14, 2005


I would have trouble voting for a starter who won 20 games once in his 22 year career. Granted he was on some lame teams. I would vote for Bruce Sutter before Bert. Sutter helped revolutionize the position with Fingers, Eckersley, etc. He was more than a one inning relief man but thoroughly dominated for 10 years. Also pioneered the use of the split fingered fastball which became a significant influence on the game. Bert's curveball revolutionized the development of geometric measurement software used to measure home run distance.

posted by sandman at 08:01 AM on December 05, 2005

NFL tries to sell to women

Chico, Does this mean Mrs. Dick Pound watches football?

posted by sandman at 02:22 AM on November 27, 2005

George Best dies, aged 59

I don't know the state of the waiting list for liver transplants in the UK but I hope nobody died waiting for 1 three years ago while George got his and proceeded to pickle it.

posted by sandman at 07:48 AM on November 26, 2005

Marlin owner may relocate team if they unable to get a stadium deal..

They should put a Major League team in Kansas City

posted by sandman at 03:01 AM on November 23, 2005

And now tell us how you feel about Kirk Herbstreit

I have ignored Lee Corso every since his thrice weekly proclamations that Gino Toretta was more worthy to win the Heisman than Marshall Faulk. Herbstreit on the other hand has good insights and is always prepared no matter how obscure the team he's covering.

posted by sandman at 11:36 PM on November 08, 2005

Panthers Cheerleaders Arrested after Sex at Bar.

Check Angela's nose. It's almost a faux sex toy on its own. Maybe that's why she was at Banana Joe's.

posted by sandman at 06:23 AM on November 07, 2005

Theo Epstein walks away

I was a season ticket holder in San Diego when Tom Werner & Crew invaded from LA. They traded 4 allstars in their first two years and all the fans felt they made no honest attempt to win. To determine Werner's credibility, one only needs to remember that Werner made his cash producing the Roseanne TV show. Who can forget his effort at creating synergy - having his star Rosie sing the national anthem. The Red Sox woes from Werner's ineptitude are just surfacing now.

posted by sandman at 01:44 AM on November 01, 2005

CFL player arrested for sexual assault, also HIV positive

If guilty, lock him in a cell with Lawrence Phillips and let them play touch football. If not guilty, I hope he wins a multimillion $$ lawsuit against the authorities for publicly disclosing his condition.

posted by sandman at 02:18 AM on October 30, 2005

Twins Radio broadcaster is back for his 51th season.

I think my favorite was Scooters backup in NY during the early 50's. Mr Jerry Coleman....Here are some of Mr Padre's misspeaks

posted by sandman at 03:07 AM on October 19, 2005

Former NFL Star Received Steroids from BALCO

Billy: This things gonna kill us all Dutch: You ain't afraid of no man Billy. Billy: This ain't no man Predator 1

posted by sandman at 05:18 AM on October 15, 2005

I can't cover this guy!

Access to the video was blocked by my resident country's moral police as it was labeled by them as "tasteless".

posted by sandman at 03:47 AM on October 09, 2005

The Viagra Comeback Players

I agree with JoJO that Wickman was stiffed.

posted by sandman at 03:02 PM on October 08, 2005

Playoffs don't need Berman's embellishments

Maybe Boomer will come full circle before his fade out. I envision him someday on ESPN 16 doing commentary on billiard matches, dart tourneys and JUCO basketball games just like he did before he became the 10 second sound bite that we are forced to listen to for three hours. Oh yea, I was 1 of the 5 Dennis Miller fans.

posted by sandman at 02:34 PM on October 08, 2005

Home Runs and Steroids: Some Perspective, Please

Amateur, I believe the large increase in 1991-1992 can be attributed to the fact Bert Blyleven did not pitch in 1991 and he did in 1992. He had more effect on HR stats than steroids.

posted by sandman at 08:15 AM on October 06, 2005

Peyton and Kenny ... did they break Renee's heart?

Peyton is just Kenny's beard so he can help country music crossover.

posted by sandman at 01:54 AM on October 04, 2005

This seems to be a problem with ring side care in Las Vegas maybe?

Las Vegas has the strictest commission and the most safety precautions of any boxing jurisdiction. Maybe that isn't saying much however. Nobody has discussed that the person responsible for throwing in the towel was his trainer who also happens to be his father. I assume his father has been with him from day 1 and would be the best judge of his son's condition. I do not know his fathers qualifications but maybe they need better qualified trainers as well. It's impossible to prove if 1 punch, 1 fight or the 100,000+ career punches did the damage. I hope he recovers to live a normal life.

posted by sandman at 08:24 AM on September 19, 2005

Swans into AFL Grand Final

I remember TBS used to broadcast the AFL 20 years ago. Collingwood Ravens were on every week. A very exciting rough game back then. I have watched a few Adelaide matches the last few years but it seems pedestrian compared to the good ol head bustin days. Good Luck to your Swans. I'll watch if Kylie does the halftime show.

posted by sandman at 07:12 AM on September 17, 2005

MLB 2005 Salary vs Performance.

Nice work Grum. I think these payroll numbers might be the 40 man roster and also the disabled list may skew your minimum wage calc. I agree that the salaries need a common benchmark to be measured but how about using the teams Gross Revenues (if they could be obtained). Salaries as a percentage of the teams gross revenues may work as a benchmark. It would be an eye opener if fans could compare the percentage of sales to salaries expense. Maybe the Yankees take in 5 times the revenue Cleveland does. If true then their win cost would be comparable.

posted by sandman at 04:36 AM on September 12, 2005

NL Cy Young: Carpenter may have tipped the scale

I agree roberts that the ERA is a good measure of pitching performance. That's what good about the Cy Young, many opinions and theories. I just wish they would publish who voted for whom to stop the sometimes bogus & biased vote outcomes. Other items to note - Carpenter also outdueled Clemons on 7/17, He has five shutouts, pitches about 1 more inning a game, if you threw out Carpenters 4/10 start the ERA's would be a lot closer. I wonder if anyone has ever won it with such a low win total and 8-9 wins less than the league leaders?

posted by sandman at 07:57 AM on September 04, 2005

NL Cy Young: Carpenter may have tipped the scale

Carpenter should easily win the voting with Dontrell Willis far back in second. Carpenter has been dominating down the stretch which should carry far more weight than Clemens season long hard luck story.

posted by sandman at 03:09 AM on September 04, 2005

Wells Suspended for six games

Rocketman, Do you think anyone who has 90% of his net worth in an investment can make decisions impartially or that sometimes are adverse to the economic interests of himself or fellow partners who appointed him? Here's some issues he has championed: Cancelled 1994 Series without bargaining in good faith, tried to use scabs in 1995 spring training until fan revolt, tried to put spiderman logo on bases, impartial - kept office at Brewers ballpark until 1999 and only moved out when stadium renovated, said 25 of 30 teams lost money but refused to open their books for scruntiny, waffled on steroids issue until congress got him by the short hairs, lost a $300 mil collusion case to players, owners paid for it with expansion fees so it cost them nothing, two years later he was calling for contraction by eliminating two teams and one of those was the Twins which would have provided him an geographical economic benefit- also pie split 30 ways instead of 32, his shady dealings of Expos move caused former Montreal owners owners to sue MLB under the RICO act, sold his interest in Brewers in 2004 - a mere 12 years after he took job, tried to advertise on players uniforms, bullies city and states to build new ballparks on taxpayers back or will support moving team, allowed Marlins to sell all their players from World Championship team after fans voted to finance new ballpark. Same question Ronald Reagan kicked Carter's ass with- Is baseball better off today than it was in 1992 when he took over? I'm off to BALCO and pick something up to calm down

posted by sandman at 08:03 AM on August 30, 2005

Wells Suspended for six games

I agree with dusted's comments regarding MLB's frontman. MLB needs to upgrade it's image and should start by sending this repo man back to the car lot. Can you think of any commissioner candidate who would not be an upgrade from this clown? (excluding Steve Howe)

posted by sandman at 02:50 AM on August 30, 2005