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Last visit: January 28, 2011

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Tiger May Have More to Apologize For: The story actually began last September, before the walls came tumbling down, when the doctor who helped Woods recover from his 2008 knee surgery came under suspicion for possessing performance enhancing drugs.

posted by bluesdog to golf at 06:24 PM on March 01, 2010 - 36 comments

Change Citi Field to Citi/Taxpayer Field? : Two New York City Council members say that Citigroup should show its thanks for a federal bailout by sharing the naming rights to the new Mets ballpark in Queens.

posted by bluesdog to baseball at 02:55 AM on November 26, 2008 - 10 comments

Kerry Wood and Cubs Parting Ways: The Cubs all but said goodbye to their closer Thursday, announcing they wouldn't give him a multiyear contract and wishing him well in his free agency endeavors. He's about to become a much richer man.

posted by bluesdog to baseball at 01:30 AM on November 14, 2008 - 6 comments

Giants & Jets Nix Stadium Naming Deal with Nazi-linked Insurance Firm: The NY Giants and NY Jets have ended talks with Allianz, a German insurance company with historical ties to the Nazis.

The New Meadowlands Stadium, LLC is no longer in discussions with Allianz for a naming rights partnership,-- Lampings statement said. We are continuing discussions with other potential partners for the new stadium and look forward to the summer 2010 opening of this new icon for our region.--

posted by bluesdog to football at 02:44 PM on September 12, 2008 - 28 comments

Nick Saban to leave Dolphins for Alabama: Nick Saban is 'Bama bound. Ending five weeks of speculation and two days of deliberation, Saban accepted the Alabama coaching job and abandoned his bid to rebuild the Miami Dolphins after only two seasons.

posted by bluesdog to football at 11:25 AM on January 03, 2007 - 47 comments

Recent Comments

Cutler tore MCL vs. Packers

I love the city of Chicago and most every person I've met who lives there, so it pains me to write "Stay classy, Chicago."

I am also from Chicago and I agree. If people want to rag on Cutler, they should get on him for being ineffective while he was healthy. Everyone wants their QB to be Brett Favre and play with one arm on one leg. I agree with kokaku -- Cutler would have been even more worthless. He wasn't getting the job done. At least Caleb Hanie played with some energy and purpose.

posted by bluesdog at 02:34 PM on January 24, 2011

Tom Jackson Should Stop Talking Now

Why should Jackson care what Bart Scott thinks of his prediction? I thought his radio interview comments were kind of an ironic joke while admitting that he guessed wrong about the score. Why make an excuse for your comments, man?

posted by bluesdog at 08:09 AM on January 21, 2011

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant defies rookie tradition, refuses to carry Roy Williams' shoulder pads

There's a difference between asking a rookie to carry your pads and making his life miserable, which I think is stupid. (Read here for examples)

Maybe Dez Bryant is all business and it seems like nonsense to him. Maybe, as Skip Bayless said on ESPN today, he just doesn't want to carry Williams' pads in particular. But doing a little dirty work shows vets you're a team guy. If he did it without making a stink, he could probably avoid step 2. Which Williams should have nothing to do with if he's smart.

posted by bluesdog at 03:51 PM on July 26, 2010

Tiger May Have More to Apologize For

There's no athlete who is bigger than the game.

It depends on how you define "the game."

As sport itself, I would agree. But the game for many people is what the media feeds us. Since 1996, Tiger Woods has been the only reason the vast majority of Americans follow golf. If Tiger never returned, some die-hard golf fans may not care. The sport of golf would go on. But who would notice? Tournament viewership would drop off the map.

Until someone else stepped up. And where is that guy?

posted by bluesdog at 11:11 AM on March 03, 2010

Tiger May Have More to Apologize For

I'm fed up with members of the sports media who forget that Tiger is their steady meal ticket. The asinine griping that Tiger apologized on his own terms is the worst. On whose terms should he apologize? Perhaps he should have requested a nationwide ESPN poll on the correct way to apologize. I don't care that he read from a script. He doesn't do improv, he swings a stick for a living.

Tiger owes his wife, his sponsors (the remaining ones), and his inner circle but owes NOTHING to the media or golf fans. They didn't make him. They just flocked to him.

Rcade, as you seem to be the SportsFilter go-to guy for reliable information, can you recommend any articles that have an objective handle on the Tiger story?

posted by bluesdog at 09:00 PM on March 01, 2010

Tiger May Have More to Apologize For

I posted this article mainly to point out the weak logic applied to the argument that Tiger's been playing dirty.

One, pretty much every high-profile athlete who has issued similar denials under similar circumstances over the past few years has been proven to be lying. Period.

Two, and this would be the game-changer, we now know that Woods has been lying for years about matters of tremendous import on a personal level. He told us himself: He has lied habitually, repeatedly, with a complete understanding of the nature of his actions and without regard to the consequences.

Which is to suggest: 1) Others have lied about using performance enhancing drugs, therefore Tiger Woods -- albeit an entirely different person -- must be lying as well; and 2) Tiger has knowingly lied about one aspect of his life therefore Tiger must consistently lie about other aspects of his life.

I have no idea if he is dirty. But I've grown weary of all the "what if" articles floating theories for the sake of riding the Tiger Woods gravy train. Prove something!

posted by bluesdog at 06:45 PM on March 01, 2010

Walking His Way to Cooperstown.

Great post, Holden! Nice to see some less obvious articles on Sportsfilter, as it was intended.

posted by bluesdog at 01:34 AM on December 13, 2008

Greg Maddux to retire on Monday

As a lifelong Cub fan I am only sorry to see him go into the HOF as a Brave, which he definitely will and probably should. If there were ever a player who deserved unanimous election, it's Maddux.

posted by bluesdog at 09:47 PM on December 07, 2008

Greg Maddux to retire on Monday

You guys are total A-HOLES! I don't where this rumor started.

Greg Maddux has been nothing but a model citizen and a shining example to other would-be prostitute slayers across the nation. All this nasty talk about his "pitching career" is totally unfounded. He's been murdering prostitutes his entire life and has had no time for anything else.

posted by bluesdog at 02:49 AM on December 06, 2008

Giants' Receiver Burress Shoots Leg in Gun Accident

Can someone get Jerry Jones on the phone? He hasn't signed a troubled castoff from another team in nearly 7 weeks.

posted by bluesdog at 02:12 AM on December 01, 2008

Change Citi Field to Citi/Taxpayer Field?

Beltran Backpay Ballpark

posted by bluesdog at 12:28 PM on November 26, 2008

MLB MVPs Announced

MVP is a bad name for the award in any sports league. Every year the "valuable" topic comes up -- just change the name already. It can mean anything you want to justify your rooting interest in a player. Valuable to what -- the team, the league, the fans, the game of baseball?

A more fitting title would be Outstanding Player, Most Productive or just Player of the Year. There would still be bias toward guys on the best teams but hopefully it would encourage voters to look at individual production.

posted by bluesdog at 11:35 AM on November 19, 2008

MLB MVPs Announced

The right guys got it this year. Pujols's numbers are superior to everyone in the NL. Ryan Howard struck out 199 times and bat .251 and that doesn't cut it. You can't say he totally carried his team on his back. Pujols. Easy.

Pedroia is trickier because Mauer and Morneau had comparable numbers. In that case, tie goes to the guy whose team DOES get in the playoffs (although Twins almost did). Anyway, those two guys cancelled each other out. And with that competition Josh Hamilton didn't have a chance playing on a bad team. Pedroia really did carry the Sox though when the going got tough.

posted by bluesdog at 12:56 AM on November 19, 2008

Kerry Wood and Cubs Parting Ways

It's great when your team signs an ironman who stays healthy throughout his career but it says a lot when a guy goes through the kind of injuries Wood had and comes back to produce in a totally different role. Wdminott, have you pitched pro ball? Do you know what it's like to throw in the mid 90s with a blister on your throwing hand? He would have been a total liability if they put him back on the mound before it was healed.

Wood is a consummate pro. Read this...

"I just don't think it was the right time for the team and the things they need to address," Wood said. "Obviously, the first choice was to stay here, and I would've done just about anything to stay here. They have other issues and a very capable guy to get the job done."

That's class.

posted by bluesdog at 05:41 PM on November 14, 2008

Cowboys Acquire Roy Williams in Trade with Lions

Am I crazy or does Jerry Jones only pick up guys with baggage? Dallas is like the final resting place for extremely talented misfit players.

T.O. and Williams are buddies now. But do you think T.O. will be happy if he only has 7-8 pass targets per game?

Charlatan, how did you end up drafting Romo 4 times? The odds of that are crazy. Unless you only have auction drafts and you went on a Romo binge. Btw, sorry for your loss.

posted by bluesdog at 12:37 AM on October 15, 2008