Recent Comments by Drood

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I love how the laws of physics seem to stop existing halfway to the plate.

posted by Drood at 07:29 PM on May 12, 2014

Outlook Poor for Comatose Schumacher

Honestly, if it was ANY other driver from my almost 30 years of following the sport, I'd probably be very upset, concerned, and feel something. He was skiing in an area he'd been explicitly warned not to very shortly before his accident, and given how he acted in his professional life... I feel very bad for his wife and kids. My wife and kids went through something similar with me in 2010. But the man himself? I nothing him.

posted by Drood at 08:37 PM on February 28, 2014

MMA fighter Joe Torrez kills armed intruder Sal Garces in New Mexico

2-5 now I'd say...

posted by Drood at 11:28 PM on January 06, 2014

Former Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher Fights For Life

If I see one more "journalist" use a racing metaphor to describe him fighting for his life...

posted by Drood at 05:03 PM on December 30, 2013

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Yes, Merry Christmas to all! Been a member here 11 years now! Blimey!

posted by Drood at 10:30 AM on December 25, 2013

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle


Merry Christmas!

posted by Drood at 03:44 PM on December 24, 2013

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle


posted by Drood at 09:27 PM on November 20, 2013

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

All I can think when I watch that gif is "WHEEEEEE!"

posted by Drood at 04:46 PM on November 18, 2013

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Vettel wins another shitty Grand Prix....

posted by Drood at 06:21 PM on November 17, 2013

Sebastian Vettel becomes youngest driver to win four F1 World Championships

There's been some weird traction stuff in corners. Like when there was the blown diffuser, at Singapore there was footage of all the cars and Vettel's sounded weird, the rest, including Webber, sounded normal.

I don't think they're cheating. Newey has always been an amazing designer, and building a car that can get pole is half the battle won, and the RBR car is immense in that regard.

Vettel is a great driver when it goes his way. I'm still suspect of how he'll cope in a car which is less than optimal. I'd like to see how he'd have handled this years Ferrari.

Next year will see the cat among the pigeons when the engine rules change.

posted by Drood at 12:15 AM on October 29, 2013

Steve Bartman, 10 Years Later

Always felt so bad for him. A split second mistake on his part will haunt him for the rest of his days.

posted by Drood at 03:23 PM on October 14, 2013

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Wow! That's really cool. Nice work Grum. For reasons unknown I've always been fascinated by baseball, but especially the late 20's period. (Ironically I've not watched a single game this year.)

posted by Drood at 03:47 PM on September 12, 2013

Marion Batoli Wins First Wimbledon Title

Seen a lot of stuff about her being ugly, not a looker etc... I'd never seen her so went and looked her up.

Sure she's not the most beautiful tennis player ever, but she's on a par with Steffi Graf and nobody ever said shit like that about her.

And who gives a shit anyway, she's a professional tennis player.

Once again gender bullshit. Doubt anyone tweeted about Murray not being much of a looker.

posted by Drood at 01:20 AM on July 08, 2013

Marion Batoli Wins First Wimbledon Title

There's been some truly vile shit posted on Twitter after she won. Won't even repeat it, but it's absolutely fucking shameful.

posted by Drood at 12:32 AM on July 07, 2013

Aston Martin driver Allan Simonsen killed.

Never seen so many problems with barriers in the 30 years I've been a racing fan. Safety car was out for a total of 6 hours! And a lot of that was so barriers could be repaired. Clearly something went very badly wrong this year as there was at least 3 crashes that required barrier repairs.

Was a bad Le Mans this year. Battle at the front wasn't especially exciting, the Simonsen accident put a dark cloud over the event, and the endless safety cars...

And yes you are correct. Large part of the circuit is made up of public roads.

posted by Drood at 04:29 PM on June 25, 2013

As part of the cover vote for NHL14, the NHL remembers its history

What a bell end. (The second link)

posted by Drood at 07:43 PM on May 31, 2013

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Owlhouse: You make an interesting point, but I guess maybe they had to mess with the accent a bit. Really becomes noticeable at the end of the trailer.

Movie looks so freakin' good! Though that trailer shows so much I feel like I've seen the film.

Trivia: First F1 race I ever watched was the '76 Fuji race.

posted by Drood at 11:05 AM on May 21, 2013

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

24 Hours of the Nurburgring is on right now. Here's a legal live stream for you, should you be interested.

Almost 180 cars running this year.

posted by Drood at 04:44 PM on May 19, 2013

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I'm type 1. Secondary. (Meaning I don't have diabetes the usual way. I have it because of surgery to remove my pancreas. I discovered it's the bodies surliest organ and will try and kill you the first chance it finds).

My Dad is type 2.

All I can say is I'd rather face needles every few hours and be able to eat what I want than deal with the type 2 bullshit. Holy crap that's tiresome and my Dad's diet was basically misery on a plate.

posted by Drood at 12:18 AM on May 17, 2013

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Another lovely F1 race saw Seb turn a 3rd place start into a 4th place finish, and Fernando turn a 5th place start into a win.


posted by Drood at 02:17 PM on May 12, 2013

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I like giving people balls if you know what I mean... Nudge nudge, wink wink.

posted by Drood at 05:17 PM on May 04, 2013

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Only thing I can think looking at that gif Gary is a voice going "MULTIBALL!"

posted by Drood at 07:53 PM on April 28, 2013

John Kass: American Football Industry is on its Deathbed

True Cixel, but it's the only sport, hockey aside, where outright piling into your opponent as hard as you can is encouraged.

Yes there's injuries, but they're not to the degree of football which is essentially like being in a car crash every play. (Okay, a stretch, but still...)

posted by Drood at 09:04 PM on April 24, 2013

John Kass: American Football Industry is on its Deathbed

This has been predicted as coming for years now. Ten years from now football will be a vastly different sport.

Now here's an interesting thought: Will football still have enough "flesh" to continue? I would imagine it will. But will there be a quality drop off in the talent pool? With less players, weaker players stand a better chance of making it. Will the quality of the game deteriorate?

I don't really care as I don't watch football, but it's going to be interesting.

posted by Drood at 06:50 PM on April 24, 2013

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Wow that was a nothing piece. I'm sure if they tried they could find someone who walked past him on the street once.

posted by Drood at 04:39 PM on April 20, 2013

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Ridiculous. They could at least make it an event and still have more outside games, like have, say, the first playoff games outside or something.

posted by Drood at 02:48 PM on April 17, 2013

Female Bullfighter Patricia McCormick Dies

Bull fighting is no more a sport than dog fighting IMO.

posted by Drood at 03:48 PM on April 15, 2013

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

That was so weird, and I was only thinking about it the other day. I love how there was no medical explanation. Given my experience with something similar 20 years ago and doctors going "Fucked if we know!" I'm not remotely surprised.

Too bad they shitcanned him. Poor guy:(

posted by Drood at 04:16 PM on April 05, 2013

Cyclist Gropes Woman's Butt on Race Podium

I'm tired of this sort of BS in F1. No we don't need fucking grid girls standing there where the cars park. No we don't need a line of women for the drivers to walk past on their way to the podium.

It's fucking Mad Men style bullshit and I'd be very happy to see it gone.

posted by Drood at 04:06 PM on April 01, 2013

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

So Sebastian Vettel showed, once again, he's a giant dick. Told to hold station he pressed and passed Mark Webber against team orders.

Post race stuff was a joy to watch, and it seems the team are genuinely pissed off with Seb not listening.

posted by Drood at 01:22 AM on March 25, 2013

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I don't think it's uncool at all. All these broadcasters are about 10 years behind where they should be for access.

I mean I have money burning a hole in my pocket to pay for blanket, quality Formula One coverage online. Nobody wants my money though, leaving me to have to deal with torrents if I want anything approaching acceptable coverage. (In other words something other than TSN's fucking horseshit, which yes, I do also pay for.)

posted by Drood at 06:43 PM on March 23, 2013

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I like the second bit. Holographic football games. I hope that tech exists one day. Being able to sit in my local stadium here in Canada and watch the the World Cup played out in front of me!

posted by Drood at 02:17 PM on March 13, 2013

New Fox Channel Takes on ESPN

Fox Sports World, which shared a lot of content with Fox Soccer, has been shut down here for a year or so.

Curious what happens to Speed here now. With F1 gone to NBC my reasons for keeping it are pretty much non-existent now as the channel is utter shit.

posted by Drood at 09:57 PM on March 08, 2013

New Fox Channel Takes on ESPN

Speed has had "Fox Sports" on the logo for a few months now and I've been led to believe that Speed is becoming a sports channel.

posted by Drood at 08:15 PM on March 06, 2013

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

If I was a gambling man my money would be on the one from Ghana. I just have a good feeling about him.

posted by Drood at 03:52 PM on February 27, 2013

28 Fans Injured at Daytona by Crash Debris

Saw the accident. Very nasty. Though from reading reports from racing journalists it appears it's been rather overplayed. Like the mainstream media that I saw reported the engine flew into the crowd when it actually didn't, it landed in front, and mostly it was small debris caused the injuries, and it was just bloody bad luck as the car happened to hit a gate in the fence, not the fence itself. Way I've seen it reported you'd imagine it was akin to the 1955 Le Mans disaster.

No idea if NASCAR tickets say it but I know the old caveat "Motor racing is dangerous" warning to spectators used to be on racing tickets.

Hopefully all will recover, though really there's not much you can do about these horrible fluke accidents. Like Dan Wheldon's death. Just sheer shitty bad luck that he just happened to hit his head on the fence post.

posted by Drood at 02:31 PM on February 25, 2013

Danica Patrick wins the pole position at Daytona 500.

I have no time for Danica AT ALL, mainly due to her association with those Go Daddy scumbags and the way she's given so much TV time at the expense of so many others. (Which is more a condemnation of the fucking broadcasters than Danica herself...)

However I'm legit impressed by her achievement here. Of course it means the coverage of Daytona will be utterly unwatchable now, but well done her for getting the car up there. (I am trying to avoid all innuendo regarding poles...)

posted by Drood at 05:58 PM on February 18, 2013

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Was reading something the other day saying that in 20 years soccer will have surpassed football as the number one sport in America. I doubt the veracity of that statistic but then there is the case that more parents are going that route because of the physical issues coming to light in football.

Regardless of what you think of the future of soccer, it'll be interesting to see just where this current growing trend of kids playing it puts the US in 10-20 years.

posted by Drood at 02:27 PM on February 17, 2013

Fantasy Baseball 2013 is here!

Given the recent fantasy hockey league here was my induction and I'm enjoying it I'm very tempted to sign up for this.

Edit: In. Bound for AAA is me.

posted by Drood at 12:47 AM on February 09, 2013

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I'm sure when Lewis went out last night, to celebrate he downed a couple...

posted by Drood at 09:12 PM on February 04, 2013

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Cracked would be a great site if A) it didn't insist on splitting articles over multiple pages to boost ad views, and B) was actually funny.

posted by Drood at 09:21 PM on February 03, 2013

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

At age 24 you should be smart enough to keep your mouth shut on controversial issues when in front of a microphone, at a keyboard on Twitter etc...

posted by Drood at 07:04 PM on February 01, 2013

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I so rarely get moments of glory that I must speak here.

I'm currently leading the Spofi Fantasy Hockey league. And this is my first fantasy league. And I'm finding it very exciting.

I am so screwed once baseball season arrives...

posted by Drood at 06:50 PM on February 01, 2013

X Games Snowmobile Rider in Critical Condition

Sounds a lot like Natasha Richardson's death. She suffered a head injury skiing and was walking around fine. Then collapsed later. I read at the time that in the medical profession the doctors call them "the walking dead" as they're dying and don't even realise it.

Can't bring myself to watch the crash.

From my own perspective I had internal bleeding in 2010 that crushed my internal organs ultimately causing multiple organ failure, and yet, for about three weeks, there was nothing outwardly wrong with me. I ultimately collapsed from the blood loss.

Human body can be very weird.

posted by Drood at 03:34 PM on January 30, 2013

Two NASCAR Drivers Are Dating

As I read somewhere the other day, if she were male, she'd be, at best, in the trucks. She's achieved very little to warrant where she is now if you look at her results.

However, because of the fact she's attractive and willing to wear a bikini and slap a Go Daddy logo on anything that moves, she brings a TON of sponsorship money.

It's sad to think of other female drivers who actually just buckled down and raced who haven't made it. Always figured Sarah Fisher would be the one to achieve great things. At least she has a team, albeit in the joke that is Indycar.

Danica is unbearable. A relentless self promoter, who broadcasters absolutely fawn over to the cost of everyone else in it.

I'm fighting the urge to make bump drafting jokes here about this relationship.

posted by Drood at 12:59 PM on January 26, 2013

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I don't know the full details of this Manti story, just fragments picked up from all over, and at this point I don't think I WANT to know, simply because what I've pieced together in my head is quite ridiculous enough.

posted by Drood at 03:32 PM on January 24, 2013

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Awesome. Curious where that guy got that from. I bought a set of CD's years ago with classic baseball radio broadcasts on it and have that actual game but the quality of that guys version is SO much higher!

posted by Drood at 05:44 PM on January 21, 2013

SpoFi Puckathon 6.5 - Half a League is Better Than None


posted by Drood at 11:10 PM on January 08, 2013

SpoFi Puckathon 6.5 - Half a League is Better Than None

He's the fantasy hockey player Spofi deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we'll beat him. Because he can take it. Because he's not our hero. He's a silent player, a watchful team owner. A dark knight.

(Okay, that gag worked far better in my head. Ah well.)

posted by Drood at 09:31 PM on January 08, 2013

SpoFi Puckathon 6.5 - Half a League is Better Than None

So hockey's the sport with the bat, right?

posted by Drood at 08:03 PM on January 08, 2013

SpoFi Puckathon 6.5 - Half a League is Better Than None

Despite knowing very little about current players... What the hell, why not.

Team name: Pucking Hell

Now I need to read up on what hockey actually is!!!

(I kid. Though I do know very little regarding current players.)

posted by Drood at 08:35 PM on January 07, 2013

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Grum: So would I! Except I'd put duct tape over the Rogers logo because they're scum.:)

posted by Drood at 03:39 PM on January 04, 2013

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Somebody mentioned hockey to me yesterday and I said "Hockey? Hockey? OH, I remember that!"

Bunch of fucking crybabies. I swear it's like "Hey, we've shot ourselves in the foot. Know what'd be fun? DOING IT SOME MORE!" *BLAM*

posted by Drood at 03:29 PM on January 04, 2013

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Wow... I guess the laws of physics don't apply to him.

posted by Drood at 07:06 PM on December 21, 2012

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

"Toronto Blue Jays have 72 hours to extend Dickey"

Does it take Viagra that long?

posted by Drood at 12:54 AM on December 17, 2012

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Edmonton vs Calgary... (CFL or NHL. Sadly not in baseball anymore)

posted by Drood at 06:07 PM on December 10, 2012

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The thing with Bernie is the teams basically gave him the rights to F1 despite him not actually owning them. There was a great quote from Patrick Head that I read a few years ago about this and how they did it. Twice.

Bernie is in a LOT of trouble in various places around the globe, and at this point I imagine he's largely assuming he'll be long in the grave before it comes to anything.

The "no line of succession" thing is rather worrying. I would expect if Bernie dropped tomorrow, unless there's some secret will bequeathing F1 to his cat or something, then we will see political shenanigans and powerplays far FAR in excess of what we've seen before, and I fully expect Ferrari to make a play to claim the sport for themselves. (Since the other teams already have to pay Ferrari a fee due to their historical significance. No I am not joking.)

posted by Drood at 06:17 PM on December 07, 2012

Justin Kievit, Middle School Wrestler, Lets Boy With Cerebral Palsy Win Match

I see stories and think "That's cute, but is it a good idea?"

Then I read the last line of BoKnows comment and realised that yes, yes it is. They deserve a checkmark in the good column to counteract fucknuts like that.

posted by Drood at 01:00 AM on December 06, 2012

Could the Yankees Be Sold?

Actually Speed is being rebranded into their first national sports channel. If you watch now the "Fox Sports" logo has been added. Apparently that's the first step toward a total rebranding and expansion of content on the network.

NASCAR is signed up through 2016 I believe. Not sure what else is happening, but it largely sounds like Speed as it is now is dead come next year.

posted by Drood at 03:44 PM on November 24, 2012

Could the Yankees Be Sold?

That piece of shit Murdoch is trying to buying Formula One currently as well.

posted by Drood at 07:19 PM on November 21, 2012