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Last visit: November 19, 2007

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If you can't beat the drug test,: then sue to keep them from suspending you for it, says Travis Henry.

posted by olelefthander to football at 10:04 PM on October 04, 2007 - 8 comments

Dale Jr. docked 100 points and his crew chief suspended six races: for what NASCAR says was obviously intentional cheating.

posted by olelefthander to auto racing at 11:02 PM on May 15, 2007 - 17 comments

Mizzou's Hawkins becomes first openly gay coach in NCAA: Does this take us one step closer to an openly gay pro athlete?

posted by olelefthander to culture at 12:44 PM on April 07, 2007 - 22 comments

Is it the stick or not?: And if it is, is that OK?

posted by olelefthander to hockey at 08:38 PM on April 02, 2007 - 9 comments

“They ought to tell the girls that they are signing a death waiver.": New study shows cheerleading accounts for more catastrophic injuries than all other sports combined. And cheerleaders account for more insurance claims by NCAA member schools than all sports other than football.

posted by olelefthander to general at 05:37 PM on March 30, 2007 - 9 comments

Recent Comments

The old left-hander, rounding third and heading for home.

Obviously I'm a fan. As others have said already, he was truly a class act and I have countless fond memories of listening to him and Marty growing up. I like to say that Joe is the only guy I could remember doing an entire interview without ever asking a question. "So, Eric, 3-for-4 today with a homer and 4 RBIs." "That two-run double in the seventh was a big at-bat." "The bullpen really came through today." I'm glad he's finally scored. Thank you for the memories, Joe.

posted by olelefthander at 07:26 PM on November 18, 2007

Myth Of The Closer

AaronGNP, you've missed the point of the study. If they were looking merely at winning percentage, you'd be right. But whether both team has a closer or neither team has a closer, they were looking only at whether teams held leads after the eighth inning or not. If you're leading me 5-3 after eight innings and bring in your closer, it doesn't matter whether I have a closer, too, or not.

posted by olelefthander at 07:33 PM on November 05, 2007

The Last Real Race

I know everyone loves the wild card. But that's what we've lost. When everyone else was enthralled by the Red Sox-Yankees race down the stretch, I was watching the divisions, especially the NL Central, where it really mattered. I knew that no matter whether the Yankees caught the Red Sox or not, there was NO WAY the Tigers were going to catch the Red Sox. So both teams would make the playoffs. The Brewers and Cubs, on the other hand, were playing for their lives.

posted by olelefthander at 08:54 AM on October 06, 2007

If you can't beat the drug test,

I was wondering whether the nine mothers of Henry's kids could appeal that suspending him would only make him fall further behind on all his various child support delinquencies.

posted by olelefthander at 08:50 AM on October 06, 2007

Hope Solo Kicked Off Team for Consolation Game

Seemingly lost in all this is that Ryan isn't the only one who faulted her for her comments. Her teammates weren't pleased either, and they have said as much.

posted by olelefthander at 10:43 PM on September 29, 2007

Who's Now Pissed -- ESPN Viewers Hammer Network Over 'Buzz' Competition

I guess the irony I find enjoyable in all this debate is that ESPN wants to talk about their journalistic integrity and the excellent reporting they've done on the Michael Vick case. Just days before Vick was indicted, they reported he WOULD NOT be indicted. Then they tried to claim they got it right all along. And Chris Mortensen tried to pass it off on his sources. "I didn't say he wouldn't be indicted; my SOURCES said he wouldn't be indicted." But the thing is, Chris, people rely on YOU to decide if those sources are credible, and YOU decided to run with it. When you use them anonymously, we can't even judge what their level of involvement and/or bias might be. And if I'm not mistaken, the crawler and the anchors commonly say, "ESPN's Chris Mortensen is reporting that ..." You can't have it both ways. There are countless other examples of questionable news reporting and judgment from ESPN and their team of heavyweight journalists, such as Michael Irvin and Sean Salisbury. This is all pretty tangential, but suffice it to say that in a Who's Now competition among sports news agencies, I'd not be voting for ESPN these days.

posted by olelefthander at 10:49 AM on August 14, 2007

It's image, image, image Barry

An apology would mean nothing to me at this point. Too many apologies these days are not really apologies. An apology would be something like, "I did something wrong, and I am truly sorry I did that." Today's apologies are more like, "I have no regrets, but I am sorry some people are upset by what happened." Hank Aaron thanking him says more about Hank Aaron than it does Barry Bonds. The true tragedy here, to me, is that he would have gone down as one of the top few hitters in the history of the game WITHOUT using. The steroids/HR chase has taken attention away from the fact that he is a once-in-a-generation gifted hitter.

posted by olelefthander at 05:13 PM on August 12, 2007

Vick to still play.

Mars, I agree with a small part of what you say. Mere accusations should not sink someone. But this is different than taking the word of a drug-addicted stripper against him. This is a federal indictment. And the point many people here have made is that Goodell did not let Pacman Jones have the benefit of waiting for the legal process to play out. As for your last "argument," are you now saying that even if Vick did it, the dogs had it coming? Surely you aren't that depraved and illogical. You might want to stop and consider that the reason there are so many pit bull attacks on people is that people like the ones who ran the disgusting operation on Vick's property intentionally breed the dogs to be that way. If the dog doesn't seem violent enough, they kill it. So whether the dogs deserve what they got or not, many of these attacks you decry are on the heads of the fighting-dog breeders.

posted by olelefthander at 09:19 PM on July 20, 2007

Charter member of the 2000/2000 club

I remember thinking the Braves were insane for firing him.

posted by olelefthander at 06:28 PM on June 09, 2007

Clinton Portis says folks should mind their business

Sorry on two counts. I posted this before, and it was removed. I never figured out why, but I'm speculating that it was because I posted straight to a video of the Portis interview. Also, I meant to include this link with it in one post. But I've messed up and don't know how to add the link now. It's a story about a police informant saying he has personally seen Vick make large bets at dog fights, calling him one of the "heavyweights" of dog fighting and saying several other pro athletes are involved, too.

posted by olelefthander at 11:19 AM on May 28, 2007

Hooray for the 'stache!

How much historical perspective do you really need to vote for the All-Star team in any one given year? I'm all in favor of people knowing their baseball history and appreciating players who excelled in eras whose stats don't look as impressive today. But can't we pretty much look at the stats this season and see who's best for this year's team? Also, players have their own biases and make their own mistakes too. They were handing out Gold Glove Awards based on historical reputation and popularity for years in their own right.

posted by olelefthander at 07:35 PM on May 19, 2007

Casey steps in, connects: Goes to bat to help feed hungry

I just want to echo the little Dude's comment. Reds fans have known Casey was awesome for a very long time. Didn't he play in the World Series last year? I wish my career was that dead.

posted by olelefthander at 01:32 PM on May 18, 2007

Top ten sports brawls in sports history.

Isn't it interesting that in the earlier days of baseball nobody came out at pitchers like Cy Young, Glover Cleveland Alexander, Lefty Grove, Bob Feller, Babe Ruth and then later Koufax, Gibson, Drysdale , Ryan Duran, Ryan, Lee Smith and many others in the 60's and 70's. Actually, Robin Ventura's misfortune is that someone HAD charged Ryan before, when he was still on the Mets. I can't remember who anymore, but I remember the coverage of the beatdown he gave Ventura and their account of it. Ryan just stood there and got tackled and afterward swore he'd never take a beating like that again, that if anyone wanted to charge the mound, they'd have to actually fight him. I'd have liked to have seen the brawl between the Mets and Reds in '86 make the list. It started with Ray Knight cheap-shotting Eric Davis after a play at third and ended up with mayhem, including a group of Reds players dragging Vince Coleman off away from the crowd so they could have their way with him. Plus John Denny kicking people with martial arts moves.

posted by olelefthander at 11:04 AM on May 18, 2007

Griffey Jr. to fan: You couldn't touch the threads on my jock!

You go, Junior! I can't stand people like that. And if Grum is right, that guy is just the lowest of the low. I'm sure he thinks he is really cool.

posted by olelefthander at 10:08 PM on May 14, 2007

Dear Senator Brownback:

He was one of three candidates at one Republican debate to raise his hand when asked which don't believe in evolution.

posted by olelefthander at 07:32 PM on May 14, 2007