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Location: saint louie
Member since: July 27, 2006
Last visit: August 13, 2012

lawn_wrangler has posted 6 links and 37 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 6 comments to the Locker Room.

Sports Bio


NHL: Red Wings
Futbol: Arsenal
MLB: Cardinals
NCAA: Michigan
NFL: Dallas (family thing.)
NBA: ...

Recent Links

Why Baseball is the Best—And Least Exploitative—American Sport...: according to Georgetown University Professor Michael Kazin. "Compared to the dysfunction, scandal, and discontent commonplace in other professional sport, baseball is looking better than ever."

posted by lawn_wrangler to general at 04:55 PM on April 02, 2012 - 5 comments

Cesc Fabregas finalizes move to Barcelona: ending the protracted transfer saga and returning to his former club in a deal worth up to £34m.

posted by lawn_wrangler to soccer at 09:57 AM on August 15, 2011 - 11 comments

Steve Yzerman Duped.: How an 11-year-old (and his dirtbag father) fooled the Selke, Conn Smythe and treble Stanley Cup winner, and future Hall of Famer.

posted by lawn_wrangler to hockey at 11:31 AM on January 31, 2008 - 25 comments

NFL Meteorologists Concerned About Climate Change:

posted by lawn_wrangler to football at 05:03 PM on December 11, 2007 - 8 comments

Martin Jol sacked by Tottenham! Sevilla's Juande Ramos to take over.: In other shocking news: The sun, reportedly, will rise tomorrow.

posted by lawn_wrangler to soccer at 10:26 PM on October 25, 2007 - 16 comments

Recent Comments

Galarraga robbed of perfect game by blown call on last out.

MeatSaber...welcome to 25 comments ago:

But really, whats the deal with how easy it is to toss these things now?

posted by lawn_wrangler at 01:43 PM on June 03, 2010

Galarraga robbed of perfect game by blown call on last out.

Hey everyone, no worries. The Governor of Michigan is going to make it all better.

posted by lawn_wrangler at 01:32 PM on June 03, 2010

The end of the line for America's most hated soccer commentator?

Incidentally, I think that Derek Rae is a good announcer. Classy, well-prepared, knowledgeable and articulate.

posted by lawn_wrangler at 12:19 PM on April 16, 2009

The end of the line for America's most hated soccer commentator?

I would rather listen to Tommy Smyth read the entire Internal Revenue Code with sound effects than listen to ONE MINUTE of Marcelo Balboa's inane commentary. I watched large portions of the 2006 World Cup Finals on Univision to avoid listening to that d-bag.

posted by lawn_wrangler at 11:38 AM on April 16, 2009

EPL Fantasy 08-09 Open for business

Looking a little more closely at Guardian's scoring table, it seems like there are some key differences with the Premier League's. Clean sheets per half, crosses, clearances, blocked shots, etc. Many of these things were duly reflected in the Premier League's bonus system, but my impression is that it was heavily weighted in favor of the winning team. Of course, on Guardian your defense is getting docked for each there is some counterweight for performing well on a poor team.

posted by lawn_wrangler at 02:10 PM on July 23, 2008

EPL Fantasy 08-09 Open for business

Guardian has a free league as well. Setup is similar but player values, scoring, and a few other things are somewhat different. Anyone fielding a team in Guardian's league?

posted by lawn_wrangler at 11:07 AM on July 23, 2008

Arsenal's Eduardo Da Silva injured in outrageous tackle, possibly ending his career.

To compare a player guilty of a clumsy challenge to a murderer shows a complete lack of proportion, sensitivity and sense. In his retraction VVenger made it clear his comments were made in the heat of an emotional day. I think they were more than understandable in the circumstances: One of his rising stars had his leg split in half, and the whole team were in a state of shock and horror. I don't think he owes anyone an apology, he was just looking out for his boys. Now the dust is settling and he's had some time to reflect and clarify. Hardly a "disgrace[ful]" response, more like natural.

posted by lawn_wrangler at 12:08 PM on February 24, 2008

Arsenal's Eduardo Da Silva injured in outrageous tackle, possibly ending his career.

Thanks Trox, Grum and Blarp for the pics. I watched the game. The ghastly looks on the players' faces left me in a state of unease for most of the match, but by the end all I could think was that it was the end of Arsenal's campaign. The pictures remind me that it could well be the end of a career. So thanks for the perspective.

posted by lawn_wrangler at 10:22 PM on February 23, 2008

Asian Football Confederation joins growing backlash against EPL globalization plan.

What happens when Man U and Arsenal are tied (or close) after 38 games and Man U gets Derby while Arsenal draws Man City? Arsenal beat Man City, Man Utd beat Derby and goal difference decides the title. What's shocking there? Kidding, of course, because your point is valid--equally so at the bottom as at top of the table--and, well, any place in the table where something's at stake. The moaning would never end if Liverpool lost their Champions League spot to Everton (lovely though, eh?) or Newcastle got relegated (do they need any help getting relegated?) due to asymmetry in drawing overseas fixtures. Relegation could cost a team £30million; losing a Champions League spot (assuming the teams moves on from the group stage) could amount to losing out on £30-50million. Serious money. As much as I'd love to see them in the States (bearing in mind I have to drive 300 miles even to see MLS), I can see how it undermines the balance and simplicity of 38 games, home-and-home with each other team, best record (read: Arsenal) wins.

posted by lawn_wrangler at 10:11 AM on February 13, 2008

South Korean soccer players dislocate their shoulders to become draft dodgers

Adept, does that make you part of the problem or part of the solution (to channel the MC5)?

posted by lawn_wrangler at 07:41 PM on February 04, 2008

Steve Yzerman Duped.

holden's full of sh*t. we watched Stevie Y's final game together and holden stood up on the bar shouting "Oh captain my captain!!" whilst clutching his #19 sweater and bawling like a baby.

posted by lawn_wrangler at 12:54 PM on January 31, 2008

Fans make Liverpool takeover move

I wish them all the best (so long as they remain a safe distance behind Arsenal in the table). I don't completely understand these kinds of deals. Over time, don't shares trade hands and you eventually end up with a few major players with controlling shares and economic interests eventually displacing club loyalty? Greed (if that's what wanting to make a lot of money by owning a football club is) takes over and you're in much the same place as having one or two owners (witness the power struggles in Arsenal's board room).

posted by lawn_wrangler at 11:22 AM on January 31, 2008

Week 17 update for the Spofi EPL fantasy footie.

One week asleep at the wheel + one week too many depending on Blackburn's sh*tty defense = I continue to slide.

posted by lawn_wrangler at 12:01 PM on December 19, 2007

Simon suspended 30 games

He's close to becoming the first NHLer to test the league's 9 strikes and you're out rule. Thug.

posted by lawn_wrangler at 11:58 AM on December 19, 2007

Derby to become Mickey Mouse club?

Sounds like the makings of a Cinderella story.

posted by lawn_wrangler at 09:19 PM on December 18, 2007