Recent Comments by bobfoot

Tiger withdraws from tournament

JJ, how many times since 1997 has Tiger changed his swing? At least four, right?

posted by bobfoot at 12:39 AM on March 13, 2012

Texans Roll Over Bengals, Notch First Playoff Win

The RB you speak of is named Arian Foster. Learn his name, it'll be important in the future.

posted by bobfoot at 12:12 AM on January 09, 2012

Last-Second Goal Helps US Beat Brazil

I thought it was a pretty poorly played match on both sides. That final score by USA was awfully pretty though

posted by bobfoot at 12:13 AM on July 11, 2011

Derek Jeter Homers to Reach 3,000 Hits

Jeter did that in 2361 games - that's 1.27 hits per game - in 5th place behind Cobb (1.38), Nap Lajoie (1.31), Tris Speaker (1.29), and Tony Gwynn (1.29). On this list Pete Rose is 13th at 1.19. That's pretty damned good.

posted by bobfoot at 12:07 AM on July 11, 2011

MLB Considering Realignment

Not a fan of losing the divisions. And especially not a fan of Houston going AL - HATE the DH.

posted by bobfoot at 12:21 AM on June 14, 2011

Shaq Announces His Retirement

If he could just hit a damned free throw he'd probably rank among the best ever.

posted by bobfoot at 12:38 AM on June 02, 2011

Game Over

Then there's the 2005 Astros.

20-32 after 6/1/5 - made it to the World Series.

posted by bobfoot at 12:49 AM on May 24, 2011

McIlroy, 21, Leads Masters by 4 Strokes

Couldn't help but notice that the -10 logjam didn't end until Tiger finished 18. Might not mean anything, but interesting to me. I think he's back.

posted by bobfoot at 12:57 AM on April 11, 2011

Infamous Baseball Wife Swap May Become Film

I liked the Astros' stripes - and the A's green and yellow

posted by bobfoot at 12:11 AM on February 28, 2011

High School Girls Beat Opponent 108-3

The two teams shouldn't have played each other. To me, that's the end of it.

posted by bobfoot at 12:41 AM on January 26, 2011

Fan Fantasies


Runners use the bags as stops to help stand up to determine what to do next after a slide. If sunk in may well slide right by the bag... I'm not sure I like that idea.

posted by bobfoot at 11:34 PM on January 02, 2011

Texans Touchdown Revives Calvin Johnson Controversy

If the ball crosses the goalline in control of the ball carrier, who is in bounds, it is a touchdown. What happens after that point in time should be immaterial. Why would it be different for receivers than for backs? I don't care for the recent "complete the move" rulings.

posted by bobfoot at 12:57 AM on November 16, 2010

Jim McMahon Can't Remember 1985 Games

I don't remember more than a couple minutes of 1985 myself. That was a long damned time ago. And I don't think I was hit in the head once that year.

posted by bobfoot at 01:39 AM on November 13, 2010

Ichiro makes history, Jeter makes trouble in leading Gold Glove team

I was surprised to see Ichiro was already 37 years old. What an awesome hitter. I did a look vs Pete Rose:

First ten years: Rose 1.25 hits per game; Ichiro 1.41 hits per game.

But Ichiro didn't start MLB until he was 27, so Rose vs Ichiro from 27-37 years of age:

Rose 1.3 hits per game; Ichiro, again, 1.41 hits per game.

Beyond that, Rose got 2 Gold Gloves vs 10 in a row for Ichiro.

All for the same slow market team.

posted by bobfoot at 12:22 AM on November 10, 2010

The Hoser's NFL Picks 2010 -- Week Eight

Again, I don't get the Dallas games' odds. They're gonna lose.
And there's no way Detroit is favored over Washington - we'll see.

posted by bobfoot at 02:47 AM on October 31, 2010

Should We Watch Football?

Individuals abhore the results of dangerous sport and warfare and general life experiences. People, as a mob, love it with an unparalelled passion. The Romans, Rollerball, War Heroes, AFHVs and oglers of car wrecks and crime scenes confirm this. We feel better about ourselves by writing and signing rule books (Geneva Convention) but people will still congregate to see a public stoning.

posted by bobfoot at 11:54 PM on October 23, 2010

The Hoser's NFL Picks 2010 -- Week Seven

I don't see how Dallas can be favored over the Giants. I think they'll get their pants handed to them - we'll see.

posted by bobfoot at 11:36 PM on October 23, 2010

Tiger Woods 'Much Better, Much More Grounded'

merely, as I suspect you know, that to describe it as "unpleasantness" was to understate it somewhat.

Of course it did - it was a litotes, as exemplified by Dorothy L. Sayers here:

"Jerry" is slang for the Germans and a reference to the recent unpleasantness of 1914-1918, otherwise known as World War I."

This year's rhetoric lesson is here ended...

posted by bobfoot at 11:11 PM on October 23, 2010

Tiger Woods 'Much Better, Much More Grounded'

I don't think he ever gets over the recent "unpleasantness" (seriously?). He can't regain the air of invincibility he once had.

What, you don't think it was unpleasant? If Tiger is able to come anywhere close to his earlier form he'll still dominate. As you'll recall, for a fairly long period his points standing was more than the those of the 2nd and 3rd place players combined. As you'll further recall, when he was on the top of the game he chose to change his swing, lowering his threat for a period of time, but emerging stronger. I dunno, I was never a contender for anything, but as a fan I don't think writing him off as a serious threat in any competition is a good idea.

posted by bobfoot at 01:56 AM on October 23, 2010

Tiger Woods 'Much Better, Much More Grounded'

Tiger was, and may become again, the best golfer the sport has seen. His spin, his way of speaking to microphones, has always been professional and, therefor, somewhat sheltered. It's not, and should not be about what he says. Why would we care about his words (or off course actions, for that matter.) If he feels he's over the recent unpleasantness emotionally, then god help the rest of the field.

posted by bobfoot at 12:26 AM on October 22, 2010

A-Rod Makes RBI History

Well, I said I wasn't aware, not that it didn't happen. I can see the increased recovery time and increased power once the ball is hit - but I still need a little convincing that increased strength helps one get to the sweet spot. Seems to me that that's more about hand-eye coordination and good eyesight.

posted by bobfoot at 12:22 AM on September 10, 2010

A-Rod Makes RBI History

"Epic Strunzes" = good name for a rock band.

Also - I'm not aware of how steroids might help one hit a ball.

Great achievement for A-Rod.

posted by bobfoot at 12:10 AM on September 09, 2010

Usain Bolt Wants to Play Soccer

an example in any sport of someone from the upper echelons of one game taking up another with any degree of success?

Jim Thorpe - pentathlon and decathlon gold medalist, NFL, MLB and some basketball.

posted by bobfoot at 12:25 AM on September 07, 2010

I really should workout more

Point being, of course, that tennis is hot

posted by bobfoot at 01:11 AM on August 26, 2010

What happened to losing?

Good article, good points. I notice everyone pointing out about what it look like the kids are feeling - doesn't anyone remember being a kid? We knew when adults were trying to coddle us. We talked amongst ourselves and knew the score and knew when a fake trophy was handed out. Adults need to let the kids play, win or lose. They know the difference

posted by bobfoot at 12:20 AM on August 23, 2010

49ers Running Back Quits NFL for Christ

Jesus has a Fantasy League team

posted by bobfoot at 12:35 AM on August 16, 2010

Shawn Marion's Botched Tattoo

demon | bird

moth | balls

All we need to do is define the x and y axes.

posted by bobfoot at 12:32 AM on August 16, 2010

The Greatest Ultimate Frisbee Catch You've Ever Seen

Great catch - I wish I could see some Ultimate on telly - that was my fave sport in college

posted by bobfoot at 12:50 AM on July 29, 2010

Super-Heavyweight Boxer Pretty in Pink

That's nice.

posted by bobfoot at 12:04 AM on July 19, 2010

Teen Sailor Defends Round-the-World Attempt

I'm saying that if I'm doing something stupid and it goes wrong, don't rescue me unless you feel compelled. I have already, theoretically, anticipated the threat analysis. If you feel the need to come and help, thanks. If not, it was my decision to risk myself. Any compensation (read "reward") for saving my ass is between me and my saviours, and should not be legislated.

posted by bobfoot at 01:19 AM on June 30, 2010

FIFA Responds Quickly to Glaring Officiating Errors

If they can't, for some idiot reason, utilize 21st century technology, they should at least place a couple extra refs at each goal. It's stupid.

posted by bobfoot at 01:08 AM on June 29, 2010

Teen Sailor Defends Round-the-World Attempt

It's ridiculous, in my opinion, that one should be made to pay for a rescue. If I and my compatriots happen upon a person in peril and successfully extricate them from their situation, I would expect no fiduciary gain. The difference is only in degree. People help people. That's why we call it "society".

posted by bobfoot at 01:01 AM on June 29, 2010

Isner Defeats Mahut in Longest Match in Tennis History

This is amazing - and what I think should be available in both American football and futbol, and every other sport. A match shouldn't be won in special "sudden death" rules. It should be won by the team who can outlast, not to the sudden death, but to the long, painful death.

posted by bobfoot at 12:39 AM on June 24, 2010

NBA star Manute Bol dies


posted by bobfoot at 02:59 AM on June 20, 2010

Wheelchair Athlete Excels at 'Hardcore Sitting'

Oh, good. I'm with Weedy.

(if I had a nickel...)

posted by bobfoot at 09:50 PM on June 16, 2010

Wheelchair Athlete Excels at 'Hardcore Sitting'

Yeah, Weedy, I do believe the same for sailors. And I'm in a wheelchair. Hunt elsewhere.

posted by bobfoot at 01:16 AM on June 16, 2010

Vuvuzelas: Post-July 11

I'm a fan of the vulvazelas.

posted by bobfoot at 01:06 AM on June 15, 2010

Wheelchair Athlete Excels at 'Hardcore Sitting'

Good for him, and his parents. Every extreme athlete "could be killed out there in search of this "glory". " He shouldn't be refused his search for glory just because he's handicapped. If he wants it, he should chase it.

posted by bobfoot at 01:02 AM on June 15, 2010

The greatest 45 minutes in sports

grum, I don't see that happening.

posted by bobfoot at 01:19 AM on May 25, 2010

Golfer's honorable loss.

I was raised to be nice and respect others' feelings. I was also raised to win. I would never respect someone who threw a game to allow me to win. On the face of it, this is a nice story, but I just can't put my arms around it.

posted by bobfoot at 12:35 AM on May 06, 2010

White Draft Prospect Asked About Race

What decade is this, that a player can be asked race-based questions?

posted by bobfoot at 02:03 AM on April 23, 2010

Phil Mickelson Wins Third Masters

Well put JJ

posted by bobfoot at 12:44 AM on April 14, 2010

Phil Mickelson Wins Third Masters

Tiger said he was going to control his outbursts on the course and conduct himself better. If the rest of the field can handle the occasional bad shot with composure while the cameras are on, why can't he?

A) He is the only player on the field toward whom the cameras are always set. The man can't fart in Florida without it being broadcast in Perth. B) The error here is his statement (that I never heard, but I trust you) that he would control his outbursts, not that he would break that promise. C) It is an unfair demand that an athlete must consciously mind his/her explosive emotional expletives upon unfortunate errors in execution. Shall we put a mike on Peyton Manning and then demand that he not explode in heated exasperation after an interception?

The fix here is to turn off the media's microphones, or to include radio's 7 second delay, not to demand PG-13 rules on top athletes.

posted by bobfoot at 02:28 AM on April 13, 2010

Phil Mickelson Wins Third Masters

Solid play by everybody on a beautiful day at Augusta. Freddy had a good tournament but for a few bad holes, Anthony Kim had a brilliant last day. KJ Choi was terrific all week. Lefty and Westwood were better than fine. Tiger played poorly and still came up in fourth place. It was a good Masters in my book.

posted by bobfoot at 02:13 AM on April 12, 2010

Profile of Usain Bolt

9.69 at the Olympics and 9.58 in the Worlds from a man who A) doesn't run all-out B) doesn't like training C) has scoliosis. Amazing. Could it be about a 6'5" man running like a smaller man?

posted by bobfoot at 02:52 AM on April 11, 2010

Yup, That's Some Blackface At A Hockey Game

why would you think that I need to defend my position about anything? I didn't say that. I said I would be interested in hearing you defend your position.

I am a minority...(etc...) Not a part of the discussion. As regards this discussion, you don't need to know my race, I don't need to know yours. The only reason we have to bring this up is to attempt to acquire emotional rhetorical high ground.

Acting in blackface in any capacity is racist. The intent is unimportant. Kids making a mistake - I'll buy that - and hope they learn from their mistake.

posted by bobfoot at 03:36 AM on March 20, 2010

Yup, That's Some Blackface At A Hockey Game

I'm interested in seeing BornIcon and Debo defend their positions. I'm even willing to spot them thirty-five years to pretend they're living in the middle of the relatively progressive seventies as a starting point.

posted by bobfoot at 03:04 AM on March 19, 2010

Yup, That's Some Blackface At A Hockey Game

Absolutely racist. But the main problem with the article is the author, "Kyle", contnually apologizing for his thoughts. He should grow a ball or two and stand by his initial inclinations that the situation he was reporting was just wrong.

posted by bobfoot at 03:32 AM on March 18, 2010

Tiger May Have More to Apologize For

rcade, I stand by my statement. If Ali had been driven out after declining the draft, we wouldn't have been party to some of the classic boxing matches in history. I couldn't care less if one likes or dislikes the attributes of an individual, in this venue it is the sport that counts. If irunfromclones had said something like "I dislike Tiger Woods", that would be different, and we wouldn't be having this conversation. But the inference was that Tiger, because of his infidelities, was unworthy of continuing his sport. This is analogous to Clinton's impeachment due to his inability to control his zipper. Has absolutely nought to do with the subject at hand (as it were).

posted by bobfoot at 03:28 AM on March 04, 2010

Tiger May Have More to Apologize For

And, rcade, you're correct, I won't respond to anything Drood says.

posted by bobfoot at 04:25 AM on March 03, 2010

Tiger May Have More to Apologize For

You know, I don't really care if Woods ever plays golf again. irunfromclones

How does disregard for Tiger Woods equate to disregard for the entire sport? rcade

Disregard for the sport's greatest active practitioner, and arguably the greatest ever, is disregard for the sport, unless that disregard involves something that actively involves the practice of the sport, eg cheating, betting, etc. . Woods' infidelities in no way affect his play on the course. The only reasons irunfromclones could make that statement, that I can make out, involve the aforesaid infidelities or a disregard for the sport. If the former, the statement has no basis in a sports discussion, if the latter, ditto.

posted by bobfoot at 04:24 AM on March 03, 2010

Tiger May Have More to Apologize For

You know, I don't really care if Woods ever plays golf again.

You know, I don't really need to hear about your disregard for the sport within a sports lovers blog. If you have something intelligent or humorous to add, go for it. If not, move on.

You typically add good insights here, but that just really rubs me wrong.

posted by bobfoot at 03:43 AM on March 02, 2010

National Enquirer: Tiger Woods Now in Drug Rehab

I find it hard to believe that this site is discussing information found in the National Enquirer. Come on.

posted by bobfoot at 02:37 AM on February 28, 2010

Tiger Woods sorry, admits all: 'I had affairs. I cheated'

Couldn't care less. His infidelities are between him and his wife. Why should I, or you, give a damn? All I care about is if he'll make the putt. The rest is soap opera shit.

posted by bobfoot at 12:16 AM on February 20, 2010

Knick get McGrady, more cap space in 3-team deal.

"Who cares about the" isn't the best beginning of a sentence within a sports enthusiasts' blog.

posted by bobfoot at 12:08 AM on February 20, 2010

Has Human Athletic Achievement Peaked?

Well, nobody's gonna run a 3 second mile - so the peak's gotta be coming up

posted by bobfoot at 11:50 PM on February 19, 2010

Might It Possibly Be OK If We Kick Some Ass?

What in Hell is wrong with national pride in sports teams? Most people's favorite teams are based on geographic proximity. What's more proximal than one's nation or country? Is there a better way, in a multi-sport event, to gauge a nation's athletes vis a vis the competition? This doesn't mean I can't root for the Jamaican bobsled team in a particular competition, but the medal count, perhaps weighted by color and divided by total population, seems a good judgement. Has anyone done that last bit?

posted by bobfoot at 02:14 AM on February 18, 2010

The New Orleans Saints win the Super Bowl

Not if you go back to the Oilers.

Can't. Oilers moved to Tennessee. Texans are brand new.

posted by bobfoot at 03:05 AM on February 08, 2010

BCS under scrutiny from Capitol Hill

Pickin nits - but Obama et al aren't part of Capitol Hill

posted by bobfoot at 04:07 AM on January 31, 2010

The Guardian's Sport Quiz of the Year

What Dude said - what of those questions - with the possible exception of the Picture Round - is not British-centric?

posted by bobfoot at 05:49 AM on December 29, 2009