Recent Posts by boredom_08

June 01, 2011

Erik Spoelstra is Batman?: Extensive profile from ESPN on the man who may be the least-hated man associated with the Miami Heat, head coach Erik Spoelstra. Tells the full story of Spoelstra's rise from the video room to the NBA Finals.

posted by boredom_08 to basketball at 03:02 PM - 0 comments

May 04, 2011

Lightning Sweep Capitals Out of Playoffs: For the fourth year in a row, the star-studded Washington Capitals have left the playoffs early, this time in a sweep at the hands of the under-heralded Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning won Game 4 5-3 on the strength of Dwayne Roloson's continued excellence in net and two goals from Sean Bergenheim, who has already scored half as many goals in the playoffs (7) as he did the entire regular season. This is the Lightning's first trip to the conference finals since their Stanley Cup win in 2004.

posted by boredom_08 to hockey at 11:18 PM - 12 comments

April 07, 2011

Taking His Talents To... Anfield?: LeBron James and the Fenway Sports Group struck a deal which makes FSG LeBron's representative around the world. In return, LeBron received a minority ownership stake of Liverpool FC. This connection is meant to expand both Liverpool and LeBron's brands across the globe.

posted by boredom_08 to soccer at 01:42 AM - 5 comments

April 04, 2011

No Double Dip for UConn: The 2 seed Notre Dame Fighting Irish women's basketball team defeated the two time defending national champion Connecticut Huskies 72-63 on Sunday night to receive a place in the national championship game, in an upset much bigger than the UConn men's basketball team making it to the national championship. UConn's 2004 basketball teams will remain the only teams to win both the men's and women's national championships in the same year.

posted by boredom_08 to basketball at 01:33 AM - 5 comments

March 02, 2011

Irish Cricket Team Defeats England in World Cup: In an upset of monumental proportions, the Ireland cricket team defeated the England cricket team by three wickets with five balls remaining in Bangalore today. A Test-playing nation being defeated by an associate nation is rare at best. England is ranked 3rd in the world among one-day international (ODI) playing squads, and had just managed a tie against India, one of the tournament favorites, on Sunday. The achievement is being hailed as a victory to lift the national spirit in Ireland, a country dealing with heavy financial problems and a bailout from the EU.

posted by boredom_08 to other at 02:24 PM - 7 comments

November 01, 2010

San Francisco Giants Win The World Series: five games over the Texas Rangers. They won Game 5 3-1 on the strength of eight innings of three hit, 10 K pitching from Tim Lincecum and a three-run homer in the seventh inning by Edgar Renteria.

posted by boredom_08 to baseball at 11:09 PM - 29 comments

October 17, 2010

Rooney to leave Manchester?: After losing his place in the team and a mystery/imaginary ankle injury, Wayne Rooney has informed Manchester United that he has no desire to sign a new contract and intends to leave Manchester for another club as soon as possible, likely during the January transfer window. The most interesting possible destination may involve him not even leaving Manchester: "Insane as it is . . #MCFC are very much in the melting pot #Rooney #MUFC #thingsIthoughtIwouldneverwrite" -via Daniel Taylor of the Guardian on Twitter

posted by boredom_08 to soccer at 05:40 PM - 13 comments

July 11, 2010

Spain win the World Cup: ...thanks to a goal in the second half of extra time from Andres Iniesta, after Holland had been reduced to ten men in an extremely ugly and foul-heavy game. In other news, Paul the Octopus finishes the World Cup 8-for-8.

posted by boredom_08 to soccer at 05:53 PM - 46 comments

June 14, 2010

Vuvuzelas: Post-July 11: Guests of the World Cup are being encouraged to bring the vuvuzelas back to their home leagues, and the Premier League has said it would "welcome" them in England, not just simply allow them.

posted by boredom_08 to soccer at 04:50 PM - 30 comments

May 10, 2010

Chelsea win the Premier League: ... in a bulldozing of Wigan Athletic on the last day of the season. The title could still have fallen to Manchester United had Chelsea drawn or lost against Wigan, who beat Chelsea 3-1 in September, but Chelsea allowed no questions in an 8-0 obliteration of Wigan, raising their total goals for the season to a stunning 103. Manchester United took second with a 4-0 victory against Stoke City, and Arsenal confirmed third place with a 4-0 win against Fulham, who are preparing for the Europa League final on Wednesday. Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal, and Tottenham Hotspur take England's four UEFA Champions League spots. On the bottom of the table, Hull City, Burnley, and Portsmouth go down to the Championship. The final table

posted by boredom_08 to soccer at 12:28 AM - 13 comments

April 29, 2010

Brothers in... Hoodies?: Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon and New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, both noted for dressing down on the field of play, are getting their friendship on. Belichick sent Maddon a personalized Patriots hoodie complete with "J.M." on the front, and Maddon plans to return the favor.

posted by boredom_08 to culture at 01:18 PM - 2 comments

April 03, 2010

Butler Advances to National Championship: The Bulldogs defeated Michigan State 52-50 on Saturday night, surviving a second half in which they only shot 24%. They move on to the national championship on Monday evening against the winner of the Duke-West Virginia game tonight. They'll get to play another game in the friendly confines of the Lucas Oil Stadium, a mere 6.4 miles and one turn from their home fieldhouse.

posted by boredom_08 to basketball at 09:01 PM - 4 comments

February 15, 2010

The Playoff for Fourth?: It was revealed today that the English Premier League is considering introducing a playoff for the last Champions League position from England to break the hegemony of the Big Four (Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, and Arsenal) on the Champions League spots. Teams that would have been eligible for the last spot in 2008-09 were Aston Villa, Everton, and Fulham (who would have joined Arsenal in the playoff).

posted by boredom_08 to soccer at 01:59 AM - 8 comments

February 11, 2010

Are teams getting better at playing with ten men?: Really interesting article from the Guardian today peering a little bit into how teams fare after they receive a red card after some results from this weekend where teams improved after being reduced to 10 men: Almeria 3-1 Sporting Gijon, Barcelona 2-1 Getafe, and Liverpool 1-0 Everton. There was also yesterday's match at Villa Park, where Manchester United held Aston Villa for more than an hour and sometimes looked like the better side with ten men. Match report: Aston Villa 1-1 Manchester United.

posted by boredom_08 to soccer at 12:31 PM - 5 comments

January 05, 2010

Holliday remains a Cardinal: Matt Holliday signs a 7-year, $120 million, full no-trade deal with the St. Louis Cardinals. Holliday was instrumental in the Cards' run to the postseason last year.

posted by boredom_08 to baseball at 07:01 PM - 35 comments

May 07, 2009

Manny Ramirez suspended for substance abuse: Of all the stars that had been linked to substance abuse, Manny Ramirez had not been one, until he was suspended for fifty games today for violating baseball's substance abuse policy.

posted by boredom_08 to baseball at 11:49 AM - 104 comments

April 08, 2009

Dominating: The UConn Huskies (of the female variety) finished off their unstoppable run to the national championship last night with a 76-54 dismantling of Louisville. According the the linked article (from, this team is the first team in the history of college basketball to win every single game in their season by double digits. They did this in a conference that got seven teams into the NCAA field, with four making it to the second weekend and two to the Final Four. So now, is this team the best women's college basketball team ever?

posted by boredom_08 to basketball at 09:25 AM - 7 comments

March 24, 2009

Diplomacy by sport?: Two of Iran's top club soccer teams, Persepolis and Esteghlal Tehran may be traveling to the United States for a tour culminating in a match between the two clubs. The tour is still to be approved by the Iranian government, but should it occur, it could mean a large step towards peace between the two countries.

posted by boredom_08 to soccer at 06:21 PM - 5 comments

March 13, 2009

Six.: - overtimes, before the Big East tournament game between Syracuse and Connecticut could be decided. Not quite the longest game in NCAA history (seven OTs), but certainly close.

posted by boredom_08 to basketball at 01:56 AM - 6 comments

February 09, 2009

Sacking Day: Two more Premier League managers have bitten the dust, with Big Phil Scolari getting sacked at Chelsea and Tony Adams losing his job at Portsmouth. Is it surprising that these two lost their jobs, or surprising that it's taken this long for the management to do the deed?

posted by boredom_08 to soccer at 11:38 AM - 18 comments

February 02, 2009

Arshavin, finally, joins the Gunners: After two weeks of negotiations, deals falling apart and being remade, and one big snowstorm, Andrei Arshavin has actually left Zenit St. Petersburg to join Arsenal. In other news from the closing of the transfer window, Robbie Keane rejoins Tottenham from Liverpool (and Harry Redknapp is excited), and Charles N'Zogbia leaves Newcastle for Wigan.

posted by boredom_08 to soccer at 11:05 PM - 27 comments

December 20, 2008

Holyfield, in a shocker.... loses?:'s Graham scored the fight at 118-110 to Holyfield, but the judges speak otherwise, giving the win to Valuev by majority decision.

posted by boredom_08 to boxing at 05:57 PM - 5 comments

September 14, 2008

Questionable Call: Near the end of the Broncos-Chargers game today, there was a very curious call on the fumble/incompletion by Jay Cutler near the end of the game. The play was clearly a fumble by every replay, but because referee Ed Hochuli had blown the play dead, the ball returned to the Broncos at the spot of the fumble instead of going to the Chargers by way of recovering the fumble. The Broncoes went on to score a touchdown, a 2-point conversion, and win the game 39-38.

posted by boredom_08 to football at 09:39 PM - 22 comments

August 18, 2008

Olympic Traitor?: Chris Kaman of the Clippers, a US citizen, obtained German citizenship and plays basketball for the German Olympic team in these Olympics. He is three generations removed from his great-grandparents who came here from the motherland. There's some dispute about whether a US citizen playing for another national team is kosher. Opinions?

posted by boredom_08 to basketball at 01:00 PM - 29 comments

May 23, 2008

Sidney Crosby = the new Larry Bird?: "Some even suggest that having Crosby in the Cup finals could give the NHL the same enormous boost in popularity the NBA received way back in 1984, when Magic Johnson of the Los Angeles Lakers and Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics met in that league's championship series." Well then.

posted by boredom_08 to hockey at 06:43 PM - 26 comments