Recent Posts by Mookieproof

October 30, 2019

Piffle, or not piffle?: Perhaps through the use of the Sports Machine, George F. Will references English common law, epidemiology, and the plays of Alan Bennett while sadly entreating the kids to put their bats down and get off his lawn. At least they weren't wearing denim.

posted by Mookieproof to baseball at 05:51 PM - 5 comments

January 25, 2017

Total eclipse of the park: On Monday, August 21, 2017, the United States will experience its first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in nearly 100 years. The path of totality (not the Korn album) will curve from Oregon to South Carolina and encompass the ballparks of seven minor league teams -- six of which happen to have home games that day. In Oregon, the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes have already announced plans for a 9:35am start with a 15-minute delay for the eclipse, which is to begin at 10:17am. In South Carolina, the Columbia Fireflies have similar plans later in the day. Other parks with penumbral potential include Nashville, Bowling Green (KY) and Charleston (SC).

posted by Mookieproof to baseball at 05:09 PM - 2 comments

January 16, 2015

Mets charging their own minor leaguers to attend : "It's not uncommon at all for teams to open up spring training early, and say you can work out here," said attorney and former minor leaguer Garrett Broshuis. "It's also not uncommon to make players pay for accommodations. I know a lot of guys who sleep on someone's couch." But what about charging players $1000 for the privilege? "This seems a lot more uncommon," Broshuis replied, saying he'd never heard of something like this. "'Deplorable' is the word I'd use."

posted by Mookieproof to baseball at 04:15 PM - 1 comment

November 22, 2014

Josh Lueke and the Ways of Anger: Josh Lueke committed a terrible crime. Nevertheless, Josh Lueke is still here and still playing baseball.

posted by Mookieproof to baseball at 10:08 PM - 1 comment

January 28, 2014

"Right now the NCAA is like a dictatorship. No one represents us in negotiations.": The National College Players Association filed a petition in Chicago on behalf of football players at Northwestern University, submitting the form at the regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Backed by the United Steelworkers union, it also filed union cards signed by an undisclosed number of Northwestern players with the NLRB -- the federal statutory body that recognizes groups that seek collective bargaining rights.

posted by Mookieproof to general at 04:47 PM - 5 comments

October 24, 2012

Islanders head west: by 21 miles. The New York Islanders, winners of four consecutive Stanley Cups in the early '80s but no playoff series since 1993, have signed a 25-year lease with Brooklyn's new Barclays Center, home of the NBA's Nets. They have two more years at the moribund Nassau Coliseum.

Though originally planned to be NHL-compatible, Barclays Center was built as an NBA arena. It holds 14,500 for hockey -- fewest in the NHL (Winnipeg's MTS Centre holds 15,004; Hartford's XL Center, formerly the Civic Center, holds 15,365) and 1,750 fewer than the Nassau Coliseum. The proposed seating layout is that of a horseshoe, with no seats behind one goal.

The team is to keep its name (Brooklyn is, after all, part of Long Island), thus avoiding such possible travesties as this.

posted by Mookieproof to hockey at 09:43 PM - 4 comments

January 11, 2012

Potvin Sucks Forever: For 33 years -- and nearly a quarter-century since he retired -- Madison Square Garden faithful have chanted "[Denis] Potvin Sucks." Though Potvin's Islanders have won just two postseason series (both in 1993) since his retirement, the sentiment remains for Rangers fans. While this sort of historical memory is a feature of European (and perhaps collegiate) sports, what are some other examples in North American professional sports?

posted by Mookieproof to hockey at 10:33 PM - 7 comments

January 30, 2011

NHL players rate best and worst of the game in poll: For the first time, a majority supports maintaining the instigator rule. Other highlights: no one wants to play for the Islanders, the Capitals are overrated and a fair bit of Sidney Crosby. Full results here.

posted by Mookieproof to hockey at 06:52 PM - 5 comments

January 27, 2011

The N.F.L. and the concussion crisis: "In the past, it was a style of ball that was three yards and a cloud of dust, so you didn't see too many of these big hits, because there wasn't so much space between players," Steelers All-Pro safety Troy Polamalu said. "I mean, with the passing game now, you get four-wide-receiver sets, sometimes five-wide-receiver sets. You get guys coming across the middle, you get zone coverages. You know, there's more space between these big hits, so there's more opportunity for these big hits."

posted by Mookieproof to football at 06:58 PM - 3 comments

July 07, 2007

Is ESPN Killing the National Hockey League by Influencing Public Attitudes?: By creating and reinforcing an expectation of failure regarding the NHL, ESPN is shaping public perception and contributing to the “death” of the NHL in the United States.

posted by Mookieproof to hockey at 03:15 PM - 48 comments

January 31, 2006

Steeler fan has over 200 hours' worth of tattoos: This guy was my Little League baseball coach--though he didn't have the tattoos back then. Bonus fun fact: he named his son after Mel Blount. More pics here.

posted by Mookieproof to football at 10:04 AM - 7 comments

October 20, 2004

December 10, 2003

Caps fire Bruce Cassidy.: The Washington Capitals, limping to the second worst record in the NHL and hemorrhaging money, canned their 38-year old coach today. He'd struggled communicating with his veteran players (an assistant coach had to separate him and defenseman Brendan Witt earlier this year), but the final straw appears to have been ill-advised comments about players being distracted by family matters.

posted by Mookieproof to hockey at 12:33 PM - 4 comments

August 23, 2003

Empty Handed.: Former Negro League players and their families face difficult times without an MLB pension or royalties from sales of Negro League apparel. (long, minor WashPost registration required)

posted by Mookieproof to baseball at 11:53 AM - 5 comments

June 24, 2003

"Bears football presented by Bank One.": Today's sign of the apocalypse.

posted by Mookieproof to football at 09:45 AM - 3 comments

June 18, 2003

June 17, 2003

Why are women's pro leagues struggling in the US? Because men don't care. No, because women don't care (NYT).

posted by Mookieproof to culture at 12:10 PM - 9 comments

May 19, 2003

May 07, 2003

ROLL TIDE!: It's rolling, baby!

posted by Mookieproof to football at 01:09 PM - 6 comments

May 01, 2003

Man U's Perfect Pitch.: Long Washington Post article (minor registration req'd) on the worldwide draw of the Manchester United brand.

posted by Mookieproof to soccer at 08:31 AM - 8 comments

March 18, 2003

What's Opera, Dom?:
I hope there's an aria about what Marc Crawford was thinking when he sent Joe Nieuwendyk out for the shootout instead of Gretzky.

posted by Mookieproof to hockey at 06:23 PM - 2 comments

March 16, 2003

Who is Texas paying? And who did Kentucky, Arizona and Kansas forget to pay?: and other complaints about the brackets.
I know it's not really a link, but let's discuss.

posted by Mookieproof to basketball at 08:40 PM - 16 comments

February 14, 2003

Bringing on the heartbreak.: It's on ESPN so everyone will have seen it, but their Most Painful Heartbreakers of All Time list is lame. Where is Joe Pisarcik? Where are Francisco Cabrera and Sid Bream? What about the England-Argentina shootout in '98, or the Hand of God, or Baggio choking, or practically any World Cup moment? I think we can do better.

posted by Mookieproof to general at 01:02 PM - 21 comments

February 01, 2003

The NHL's financial disarray.: Blame is doled out to over-ambitious expansion, the recession, the weaker Canadian dollar, soaring (by North American professional sports standards) labour costs, and the mirage of television money. All the reasons why there will be a lockout in September 2004 can be seen right here. WashPost, minor registration required

posted by Mookieproof to hockey at 03:03 PM - 2 comments