Recent Comments by tadley86

Why does every white basketball player get compared to Larry Legend?

Writers shouldn't feed into making the comparisons in the first place. When they write the stories, just be all-inclusive. And if coaches would be all-inclusive in their decisions to pick talent based on everything BUT race, then the comparisons would be more broadly based. John Riggins was one of the best running back in NFL history, and he ran, to me, like Jim Brown did: if he couldn't juke you, he ran you over. Lance Allworth was one of the best wide receivers ever, and he was white. Mentioning their race isn't necessary, though. They were just great.

posted by tadley86 at 02:56 PM on December 14, 2005

mutombo most generous athlete?

Have you seeen MC Hammer's church? It seats thousands, and has it's own TV and radio station. So reserve your tears; he ain't that broke. Anyone in any legitimate profession making that much money sohuld automatically have that amount taken from their salary. Unfortunately in the US our government is ass backwards; they make allowances for the rich and overtax the poor.

posted by tadley86 at 08:25 AM on December 09, 2005

Bruce Arena - Wanker.

US soccer has always sucked. They benefit from FIFA's generous rankings. And hardly anyone in the US really cares about soccer when they have the other 4 major sports and NASCAR. Regardless of where they get put in the draw or what Bruce Arena says or doesn't say, the US won't win a World Cup in anyone's lifetime on this board. They won't even come close.

posted by tadley86 at 07:53 AM on December 07, 2005

since ya'll needed a thread I'll now reiterate =D who was the best back of all time

Jim Brown, hands down. 9 years, no miseed games, in a 12-game season. No bye weeks. Bus travel, segreagated hotels in the 50's. He didn't run out of bounds, he ran you over. If he played for 13 or 14 years in a 16-game season, this isn't even a discussion.

posted by tadley86 at 01:17 PM on December 06, 2005

American No Promoter of Relegation

I think it would be good for the "grass roots" level of American soccer. True the league needs to get many more years of stability under its belt before it could happen, but the chance that some small club could slowly but surely be in the top flight is exciting.

posted by tadley86 at 03:24 PM on November 30, 2005

Arlen Specter takes T.O.'s side

Is Congress this BORED during wartime? Did Congress question baseball players during WWII? More opportunistic rabble. Congress should pass a law that stuff like this should be investigated when senators should have better things to do. I'm sure the people of the great state of Pennsylvania are not too pleased that he even bothered with this considering all of the other issues in the state.

posted by tadley86 at 10:22 AM on November 29, 2005

Michael Irvin Arrested

"Now, what we've got here is a failure to communicate. Some men you just can't reach. So you get what we had here last week, which is the way he wants it... well, he gets it. I don't like it any more than you men." -Strother Martin, Cool Hand Luke Remember the strippers, teammates and the cocaine in the hotel room years back?

posted by tadley86 at 01:30 PM on November 28, 2005

Eagles Complain Cowboys Tampered With T.O.

Broncos, he going to the Broncos! (Sorry Broncos fans.) (Go Giants?)

posted by tadley86 at 12:08 PM on November 28, 2005

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

The minors. Mutli-tier Major/minor league system: 1. MLB 2. Triple-A/Double A 3. Single A/Rookie league 4. Grass Roots/Semi-pro open league The English Premier League involves practically every soccer team on every level in the country (hundreds of soccer teams); it truly develops talent on every level there.

posted by tadley86 at 02:09 PM on November 23, 2005

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

And I don't like the idea of contraction(twins fan). Just wait till it's your team and you'll understand. I agree with you 100%, my apologies. Keep the Twins, use the promotion/relegation method to remove teams from MLB. You suck, you leave. When you're better, you come back. If management can't do the job financially, then MLB steps in and fixes or relegates them (like in the EPL), which relieves some of the financial burden from the fans. If it were up to me, though, all of the major 4 profesional sports would get the "reset button". And what is up with the Miami fan base? Two championships in ten years and nobodody goes to or watches the games? Cubs fans must be puking in their shoes right now. True, how many expansion teams win from the beginning and can't hold it down? There's something wrong with that. All of these problems stem from money. Money, money, money. And the fans are always the #1 target.

posted by tadley86 at 12:57 PM on November 23, 2005

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

Can't do Vegas: too much corruption and greed. Monterey may be out, too: immigration, travel and corruption issues, but the jobs would be great for the people. Nothing north of the border: no fan support. San Juan is a no: too small Sorry Portland: Pacific NW US already had enough teams. How about trying contraction again. The league is too watered down anyway. Twenty four teams in MLB, tops.

posted by tadley86 at 09:55 AM on November 23, 2005

Grannie Basketball

This is great: the original spirit of the game. You can't be a ball hog here.

posted by tadley86 at 08:07 AM on November 22, 2005

Muhammed Ali feels the love of Louisville

It's hard to pick a role model in sports today. There isn't a whole lot of perservering to be done in this day and age for top athletes at any level. Times are different than 40-50 years ago.

posted by tadley86 at 02:46 PM on November 21, 2005

Baseball owners approve new steroid policy

Tad: I am sorry that you don't know the literal deffinition of "liberal", it refers to thoughts and or action outside the norm. Glad to be of service. Yes, but is that how YOU meant it? I'm sure there was some political spin there. Funny, there are so many other meanings to the word liberal; you chose the least often used one (and the one most pointed to politics.): > broad: showing or characterized by broad-mindedness; "a broad political stance"; "generous and broad sympathies"; "a liberal newspaper"; "tolerant of his opponent's opinions" > having political or social views favoring reform and progress > tolerant of change; not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or tradition > a person who favors a political philosophy of progress and reform and the protection of civil liberties > big: given or giving freely; "was a big tipper"; "the bounteous goodness of God"; "bountiful compliments"; "a freehanded host"; "a handsome allowance"; "Saturday's child is loving and giving"; "a liberal backer of the arts"; "a munificent gift"; "her fond and openhanded grandfather" > a person who favors an economic theory of laissez-faire and self-regulating markets free: not literal; "a loose interpretation of what she had been told"; "a free translation of the poem" ...if that makes me liberal, then thank you, Joe. There have been salary disuptes as long as there has been pro baseball. True. But the beginning of the free agency era saw the biggest jump in salary disputes. Guys didn't have to work two jobs anymore after free agency. Dr. John Evans - very cool.

posted by tadley86 at 03:17 PM on November 18, 2005

Baseball owners approve new steroid policy

"Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching." -- Satchel Paige

posted by tadley86 at 01:57 PM on November 18, 2005

Baseball owners approve new steroid policy

So maybe I should've pointed out which era of baseball I speak of when I mentioned heroes. We all know that even though steriod use came into sports as early as the early 60's maybe even the late 50's (Olympic athletes in Eastern Eurpoe), the guys that played for the love of the game and didn't get paid what the guys now make are the heroes of baseball. I'd give more credit to a clean 47 year-old Rookie of the Year Satchel Page than a 7-time MVP Barry Bonds. By the old heroes of baseball standard, and old Satchel Paige: 1948 -- signed with Bill Veeck, owner of the Cleveland Indians on his 42nd birthday. A record crowd of 78,383 for a night game watched Paige make his first major league appearance. In his first starting role, he drew 72,434 fans in Cleveland's Municipal Stadium. As the oldest rookie in baseball, he won six times against one loss, helping the Indians to a pennant and a world series appearance against the Boston Braves. 1951 -- signed by the lowly St. Louis Browns in 1951, he promptly signed old Satchel again. Incredibly, the following year, 1952 -- enjoyed one of his finest major league seasons at the age of 46 with the St. Louis Browns. Won twelve games and was selected to the All-Star team, achieving another honor as baseball's oldest selection. 1953-1956 -- with the Miami Marlins, over 50 years old, only walked 54 batters in 340 innings 1971 (August 9) -- became the first player from the Negro Leagues elected to Cooperstown's National Baseball Hall of Fame. When he accepted his award, he told the admirers that in the Negro Leagues, "there were many Satchels and many Joshes." Name a pitcher that isn't suspect of steriod use that can or will come close at that age to do those things and get paid on the same level as him. Roger Clemens couldn't hold his jock. Too many all-time greats and Hall of Famers have considered him the GREATEST PITCHER ever. By many accounts, he might have thrown over 50 no-hitters and won over 2000 games. So when did the 'previous era' end? From free agency's start. Money got bigger, players had more at stake; players started to take more chances to make more money. So all of you "Liberals" forgot what happened to Leyel Alzedo (check spelling), the former Raider lineman? What the hell does your political persuasion have to do with this? I'm sure that there are plenty of conservatiobes willing to protect Mark McGuire's All-American ass.

posted by tadley86 at 01:25 PM on November 18, 2005

Baseball owners approve new steroid policy

Pete Rose got banned for less. Pete Rose got banned along the same lines as others who cheat. Pete Rose cheated. Period. He bet on baseball, and on his team while he managed them. And he probably had a few steriod heads on his team to boot. He's WORSE than the 'roid heads; he affected the complete outcome of the game by himself by manipulating his players, lineup and game situations to change results of many games. The problem with the 'roid heads is the lack of proof. While you really can't place an official asterisk on any of their records until they test positive, hopefully the "purists" and fans will shame their names (God knows those guys won't feel shame themselves!) forever so the asterisk won't be necessary. I know when I tell the story to my kids, they'll get how miserable those guys are for baseball and their records aren't worth anything. The guys below them from the previous era are the real heroes of baseball.

posted by tadley86 at 10:14 AM on November 18, 2005

Spike more bark than bite

You could take this example to anywhere you go in the world. Soccer fans in South America beat up refs on a regular. The same with hooligans wearing their "colors" in western Europe. Giants Stadium in December filled with snow is a hazard to ALL fans. It's the people, not the city.

posted by tadley86 at 09:40 AM on November 17, 2005

From National Hero to draft dodger.

willthrill72: Vlade's going to need a lawyer from somehwere. Some reporter will get paid for exclusives on this non-story. There will be money to be made somewhere; unfortunately it will mostly be Vlade's money.

posted by tadley86 at 02:25 PM on November 16, 2005

From National Hero to draft dodger.

Why would they go after Vlade when they can't even catch ALL of their war criminals running around Eastern and western Europe? What do you think is more important: getting all the men that killed about 8,000 men women and children in one month, or getting Vlade Divac to serve in the Serbian Army? Obviously, this is about opportunists trying to make news and a buck.

posted by tadley86 at 01:55 PM on November 16, 2005

Iron Mike: Celebrity Advisor

Mike Tyson's only chance at normality and fitting in with society died with Cus D'Amato. It's unfortunate because it was actually working. I also blame guys like Don King, Rory Holloway & John Horne for using him. He didn't pick the life he was born into, living in the one of the worst parts of Brooklyn, and not having parents to guide him during his impressionable years. Boxing and Cus were his only real chances at discipline. Without them now, what is he, really?

posted by tadley86 at 09:17 AM on November 16, 2005

Pujols takes home the NL MVP hardware

I'll never understand how a guy who produces immediately like him slips so low in the draft. Can they just not see it? Those hidden gems in the draft... Congrats to Pujols. One day he'll take the Cards to the promised land himself. As for Andruw Jones, I can't believe that he's been in the league 10 years either. Unfortuntely he doesn't have the world titles he should have with the Braves. He might have to play elsewhere to get them.

posted by tadley86 at 03:10 PM on November 15, 2005

Kurt Busch,

mr_crash_davis: Thanks for the explanation. Looks as if not having a union has worked for them so far. bugsy_duke: You are absolutely correct; unions that uphold illicit and illegal actions for their members are reprehensible. I think it happens all the time, though. How many times have you seen a ballplayer take their punishment and NOT call on the union. Rarely. And most players are allowed to play while fighting their suspensions rather than the other way around. (I think all leagues should have a fast track for suspensions and expulsions so that when a league hands down the suspensions it's up to the player and the union to fight for playing time.)

posted by tadley86 at 02:11 PM on November 14, 2005

Jesse Jackson meets with T.O.

TO's trouble started when he got rid of his old agent for Drew Rosenhaus. Probably because he's the only agent willing to take TO's money to do EXACTLY what TO wants rather to protect TO from himself. Two peas in a pod. As for the rest of his career, SOMEONE will be willing to deal with his nonsense for the receptions and YAC. Any predictions? I say Denver (I give condolences ahead of time to those Broncos fans here.)

posted by tadley86 at 01:07 PM on November 14, 2005

Jesse Jackson meets with T.O.

Can you say "Opportunists"? I knew you could. While Jesse Jackson has done some REALLY brave things we should NOT forget (helping to release the hostages in Iran after 444 days in captivity, brokering peace negotiations between several heads of state in the Middle East, representing or speaking for 5 different presidents during heated relations between the US and other countries, standing next to Martin Luther King, Jr., period.) he's still a politician. And almost ALL politicians are opportunists.

posted by tadley86 at 11:39 AM on November 14, 2005

Kurt Busch,

I'm not quite sure myself...! I was trying to type in the middle of something... I'm sure NASCAR, considering the type of sport (high-speed car racing) has to be more disciplined when it comes to dealing with illicit behavior. The amount of actual competitors and teams probably makes it a little easier as well. Does NASCAR have a union? The fact that the union of the major 4 sports sticks up for some the the unsavory types doesn't help their league's image either. I know you can't pick and choose once the player pays his union dues, but common sense has to kick in sometime. I'm not a NASCAR fan, but seeing the amazing growth in the sport over the last decade or so is intriguing.

posted by tadley86 at 11:24 AM on November 14, 2005

Kurt Busch,

I am asking this honestly and without any sarcasm: I would like to know how NASCAR is not considered a "redneck" sport. Also, how could these actions make NASCAR overall a better disciplined sport than the NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB? Were the actions handed down by the officials at MASCAR? It sounds as if there are those that think that NASCAR holds a "higher standard" of responsibility that other sports and that it's the "type" of people in that sport that makes for the incident when it's much more complicated than that.

posted by tadley86 at 08:07 AM on November 14, 2005

Urbina throwing heaters in the off season?

Venezuela's a screwed up place in some areas. Some drug lords kidnapped his mom last year. I bet there some crazy twists in this story no one even knows yet. He probably has a group of guys specifically picked to protect his mom's house that may be a little "suspect" and they went way overboard.

posted by tadley86 at 07:23 AM on November 09, 2005

"This court finds that fighting is an integral part of hockey,"

grabofsky74: You need ESPN-U. They show college hockey on a semi-regular schedule. As far as hockey and TV, there should be more slots devoted to 1/2 hour or 1 hour shows, besides ESPN.

posted by tadley86 at 03:24 PM on November 04, 2005