Recent Posts by Mr Bismarck

June 24, 2014

LeBron Taking His Talents Out of South Beach: LeBron James will exercise his early termination option and become an unrestricted free agent, his agent Richie Paul has informed the Miami Heat. He was scheduled to make $20 million next season. In James' four seasons with the team, the Heat went to four straight NBA Finals and won two championships.

posted by Mr Bismarck to basketball at 09:46 AM - 18 comments

March 04, 2014

The Life And Death of Justin Fashanu: Roads and Kingdoms details the life of Justin Fashanu, the first black player in England to be transferred for £1,000,000 and the first openly gay English professional footballer.

posted by Mr Bismarck to soccer at 08:45 PM - 0 comments

December 30, 2013

Former Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher Fights For Life: The seven-time World Champion remains in a coma in a French hospital after falling and injuring his head while skiing.

posted by Mr Bismarck to auto racing at 09:29 AM - 3 comments

August 25, 2013

Mark Sanchez Hurt in Fourth Quarter of Preseason Game: Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News on what happened Saturday in the Jets/Giants preseason game: "Rex Ryan took ineptitude and incompetence to new heights with a boneheaded decision Saturday night that ultimately could seal his fate as the head coach of the Jets. Ryan, apparently consumed with winning a trophy of a Peanuts character, vaulted into the annals of dumb moves by putting Mark Sanchez into the fourth quarter of the Jets' meaningless preseason 24-21 overtime win over the Giants at MetLife Stadium. Sanchez promptly suffered a shoulder injury that clouds the Jets' quarterback situation."

posted by Mr Bismarck to football at 02:59 PM - 10 comments

July 12, 2013

Jacksonville Owner Buys Fulham FC: Shahid Khan, owner of the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars, has bought Fulham FC of the English Premier League.

posted by Mr Bismarck to soccer at 08:52 PM - 11 comments

September 28, 2012

Lewis Hamilton signs for Mercedes: - the 27 year old 2008 World Champion signed a three year deal with the German team, ending his 14 year association with McLaren F1. Hamilton will replace seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher, while up-and-comig Mexican driver Sergo Perez will take Hamilton's seat at McLaren.

posted by Mr Bismarck to auto racing at 12:38 PM - 1 comment

August 12, 2012

Dolphins Dump Chad Johnson After Arrest: The Miami Dolphins have terminated wide receiver Chad Johnson's contract 24 hours after he was arrested in a domestic battery case involving his wife. Johnson's wife Evelyn Lozada accused him of head-butting her during an argument in front of their home. He's been charged with misdemeanor simple domestic battery.

posted by Mr Bismarck to football at 11:45 PM - 24 comments

March 09, 2012

Rams Trade #2 Overall Pick to Washington: Washington is expected to use the pick to select Quarterback Robert Griffin III. The Rams receive three first-round picks, (2012, 2013, 2014), as well as this year’s second-round selection.

posted by Mr Bismarck to football at 11:30 PM - 10 comments

February 14, 2012

Glasgow Rangers Football Club Enter Administration: Winners of 54 Scottish Championships, 60 Scottish cup competitions and a European Cup Winners Cup, Rangers choose to enter administration on their own terms before HMRC could force the club to accept an Administrator of Her Majesty's choosing over tax debts.

They will almost certainly suffer a ten point penalty as a result, effectively handing the Scottish title to main rivals Celtic.

Glasgow clubs Rangers and Celtic dominate Scottish football to the extent that no one else has been crowned the country's champion since Aberdeen in 1984/85. Celtic claim they don't need Rangers despite the threat of the SPL becoming a one horse race.

posted by Mr Bismarck to soccer at 10:35 AM - 9 comments

February 08, 2012

Fabio Capello Resigns As England Manager: After publicly criticising The Football Association's decision to strip John Terry of England Captaincy, Capello quit at a meeting with the FA chairman and General Secretary.

posted by Mr Bismarck to soccer at 03:54 PM - 11 comments

December 13, 2011

One Team 25 Years On: Examining the physical impact of playing football, Sports Illustrated speak to members of the 1986 Cincinnati Bengals. "Of the 39 players surveyed ... 36 players said they are bothered by an NFL-related ailment from their years in the game."

posted by Mr Bismarck to football at 12:53 PM - 1 comment

November 27, 2011

Wales Manager Gary Speed Found Dead: Cheshire police confirm that Speed, who was the first player to make 500 appearances in England's Premier League and added 85 appearances for his country, was found dead in his home. The Football Association of Wales have stated that Speed took his own life.

posted by Mr Bismarck to soccer at 09:06 AM - 4 comments

October 19, 2011

Tony Sparano Is Overmatched: Mike Tanier looks at what it takes to be "the CEO of a multi-billion dollar operation" and how just hiring the hot coordinator may be missing the point.

posted by Mr Bismarck to football at 10:45 AM - 2 comments

October 12, 2011

Al Davis' Strategic Legacy: Chris Brown of smartfootball looks at the vertical stretch concepts of the Al Davis offence.

posted by Mr Bismarck to football at 09:23 AM - 4 comments

October 10, 2011

The Best Passing Quarterback Ever: Today Anthony Calvillo of the Montreal Alouettes became professional football's passing yardage leader with 72,429 yards.

posted by Mr Bismarck to football at 05:14 PM - 3 comments

September 27, 2011

The Best Offence In the NFL: Spend an hour installing the West Coast Offence with the 1988 Cincinnati Bengals. The 88 Bengals ranked number one in scoring offence and won the AFC Championship.

posted by Mr Bismarck to football at 09:40 AM - 3 comments

September 18, 2011

1961 Larry Merchant Would Kick Floyd Mayweather's Ass: After Floyd Mayweather's controversial sucker-punch knockout of Victor Ortiz in their welterweight title fight Saturday night, Mayweather went off on ring announcer Larry Merchant during a live interview (video). Merchant responded to Mayweather's insults by telling the enraged boxer, "I wish I was 50 years younger and I'd kick your ass."

posted by Mr Bismarck to boxing at 01:31 PM - 58 comments

July 20, 2011

Dave Duerson And The Brain Bank: Before the former American football player Dave Duerson killed himself, he asked that his brain be left to researchers studying head injuries among athletes. What it revealed shocked the scientists.

posted by Mr Bismarck to football at 08:26 AM - 8 comments

April 10, 2011

American Buys Gunners: Stan Kroenke, owner of the Rams, Nuggets, Avalanche and Rapids is set to raise his stake in Arsenal Football Club to 62% - a move that would require him to make an offer for all remaining shares.

posted by Mr Bismarck to soccer at 04:48 PM - 4 comments

March 07, 2011

Save Me From Myself: Daniel Geey of European law firm Field Fisher Waterhouse with a long-form essay about the impact of UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules on Liverpool Football Club.

posted by Mr Bismarck to soccer at 11:36 AM - 4 comments

Parity vs. Greatness: "Winning a title in European soccer, like having fox-hunting experience or standing near Charlotte Casiraghi, is largely a matter of pedigree." - Brian Phillips of Run of Play looks at "the most important debate in sports."

posted by Mr Bismarck to soccer at 11:13 AM - 4 comments

A New Home for Football Writing: the Blizzard is a new quarterly publication for journalists and authors to write the football stories that matter to them. Issue Zero is available for free pay-what-you-like.

posted by Mr Bismarck to soccer at 09:12 AM - 5 comments

March 02, 2011

Lucky Black Cats: Swiss Ramble looks at the money required to be a middling Premiership team.

posted by Mr Bismarck to soccer at 09:43 AM - 1 comment

February 14, 2011

World's Second Best Ronaldo Retires : After a disappointing career featuring only two World Cups and three World Player of the Year awards, Ronaldo Luís Nazario de Lima has announced his retirement.

posted by Mr Bismarck to soccer at 03:08 PM - 9 comments

December 30, 2010

England Win Freaking Cricket Match: Victory in Melbourne saw England retain the Ashes for the first time in 24 years and hand Australia their first ever home series with two innings defeats. Despite no clear successor, there are calls for Australian Captain Ricky Ponting to step aside.

posted by Mr Bismarck to other at 08:36 AM - 5 comments