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Name: munger
Location: Toledo, OH
Member since: February 02, 2002
Last visit: February 03, 2005

munger has posted 1 link and 8 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 0 comments to the Locker Room and 1 column.

Sports Bio

A SpoFi column about an old former favorite: baseball.

Recent Links

Phil Mickelson wants to pitch for the Mud Hens: "Mickelson is scheduled to have a tryout Friday with Toledo, the Triple-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, with hopes of pitching for the Mud Hens this weekend." Maybe he should just pitch for the Tigers. Definition of a mudhen.

posted by munger to baseball at 11:50 PM on August 28, 2003 - 13 comments

I want to be a baseball fan again: The reasons why I'm not interested in the game I loved as a kid.

posted by munger to commentary at 03:48 PM on June 04, 2003 - 0 comments

Recent Comments

The Ball Coach Quit... or did he? Bum, Bum, Bum!

I'm not surprised Steve failed. Dennis Green plans to talk with the Skins, but he seems a bit interested in the Arizona Cardinals job for some reason. If I was an owner looking for a head coach, I'd select Dennis Green. I wish the Lions would have selected Green instead of Tom Izzo's best friend. Some believe Washington's problem is the owner. "Snyder is the real problem with the Washington Redskins, and it's a problem no coaching change or roster move will fix. For the Redskins to become a better team, Snyder has to become a better owner."

posted by munger at 10:21 PM on December 31, 2003

Anti-Rush, pro-Rush, tree-huggin, liberal. All labels. In my earlier comments, I'm guilty of this too. Do we need them? I don't know why we need the race question on the forms we complete. Consistency in how people are treated for their opinions -- Rush's or Dusty's -- would be nice, but probably not possible. My comments weren't meant to support or oppose Rush. With or without Rush, my life is no different. I question the fanaticism that exists in support of and against Rush. Same for entertainers and athletes. I've got better things to do with my time. "Weedy", I'm blaming who for what? "garfield", cleaning our local rivers means using garbage bags and rubber boots to gather trash that's mainly from individuals. Same for cleaning our beaches and roadsides. These local places I frequent, it's nice to see them clean. Participating in my church's feed-the-hungry program, helping the local bird observatory with their avian research, and volunteering with the Nature Conservancy are not lefty-righty issues. They are local issues that seem good. They don't require tons of time. The best, however, is teaching someone to read. After that, issues like this Rush-thing become insignificant. Don't ignore the local community.

posted by munger at 12:16 AM on October 03, 2003

I disagree with Rush's football analysis on Donovan. It's certainly an angle I haven't come close to thinking of. Since the Lions won't sniff a Super Bowl any time soon, I rooted for the Eagles in the playoffs last season because of Donovan. But the backlash over Rush's comments is absurd. Democratic Presidential candidates have commented about this? It goes to show how desperate they are. Let me guess, the blogging community, I mean, the sensitivity police will take credit for bringing down Rush. Freedom of speech is selective. Where was the furor when mental midget Dusty Baker made his archaic, asinine comments about how minorities are better suited to play in the heat? I suppose that means Sosa will not play in the next playoff game, since it will be chilly in Chicago. This isn't about Donovan or race. This is about a bunch of people with a corncob-shaped agenda up their ass that despises Rush. I bet these people are dancing in the streets over this. These people's lives must be so disturbingly empty that "victories" like this give them a reason to get up in the morning. I wonder what the country would be like if these people directed their anti-Rush passion toward improving their local community by helping adults learn to read, feeding the hungry, cleaning rivers and streams, and so on? But that would require these clowns to get off their ass and away from their computer and TV for a few hours a month. A hardship. Instead, they would rather sit around and drink a $4 latte and dilute themselves into thinking they have made a difference in the world.

posted by munger at 08:54 AM on October 02, 2003

Maurice Clarett to Grambling?

I cannot locate the story, but I heard this morning that Clarett and his law team will not challenge the NFL's ruling. If he decides on a 1AA school, Youngstown State makes more sense if he likes being close to his family. Going to the CFL makes no sense to me. First, isn't the current CFL season about half over? Second, doesn't the CFL feature quarterbacks, not running backs? I haven't seen much of the CFL, but what I have seen it appeared the CFL QBs either threw it or ran it themselves. With only three downs and a bigger field, I don't think a running game is a big strategy in the CFL. I guess Maurice could practice his pass-catching.

posted by munger at 05:15 PM on September 09, 2003

I guess my plan is to wait until the game starts to turn the TV on. This is where that old device the radio comes in handy. Who needs or has the time for pre-game crap?

posted by munger at 10:11 AM on September 04, 2003

The targeted demographic for NFL football, that's a good question. I don't think it's limited to 18-34 year olds. There are a lot of football media and fans over 34. I think ESPN is attempting to attract as many viewers as possible regardless of the method. I try to keep my politics and sports separate. Politics doesn't determine who I watch, read, or listen to in sports. There's no need for ESPN to attract "wacko right-wing" fans, since most football fans are already wacko. I saw a lot of wild stuff in the old Dawg Pound of Cleveland Stadium. The Raider Nation doesn't look like a wine-tasting group. And how about the Philadelphia Eagle fans?

posted by munger at 07:21 PM on July 15, 2003

For those who don't like this ESPN experiment, there's the radical option of not watching the show. I envy those who have the time to watch pre-game shows and the games. There are sports idiots all over TV, radio, and print. Why should this be any different? Words like big, fat, old, mean describe at least 50% of the sports media. If Bob Ryan can get on TV, anyone should have a chance. See this for what it really is: an attempt by ESPN to boost ratings. It's all about money. Simple.

posted by munger at 05:18 PM on July 15, 2003

Stop the holy showboating

"It is impossible to watch a sporting event these days without some spiritual revival meeting breaking out." Then don't watch it. Listen to the games on the radio. This article was a lot of words about nothing. If religous acts, whether fake or real, are to be eliminated, then so should every other emotional act in sports. Eliminate the flexing of muscles, the dancing in the end-zone, the facial expressions after a slam-dunk, and tell Tiger Woods he can no longer pump his fist and arm into the air after making a long putt. I'm sure there's a person somewhere who is offended by these actions. I want my sports teams to win. I don't care how they act on the field. Their actions do not influence me. Lighten up.

posted by munger at 10:28 AM on September 30, 2002