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Name: Stephen Boisvert
Member since: February 05, 2002
Last visit: January 28, 2004

srboisvert has posted 18 links and 36 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 0 comments to the Locker Room.

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The Foreign Invasion of the American Game.: Does that mean the NBA is favoring the foreign and white player? Depends on who you ask. "The brothers talk about this all the time," says Robert "Scoop" Jackson, editor at large for Slam and a contributing editor for the NBA's own Inside Stuff magazine. "The black cultural perspective is different on this one. From our perspective, the NBA is getting whiter, and not too many of the brothers like it." Jackson, choosing his words carefully, adds, "It's about comfort levels. The stockholders, the ticket buyers, the corporate sponsors are all white. You have to do something to appease the financial backers of the sport. It's deeper than blatantly getting the brothers out of the game. It's about money."

posted by srboisvert to basketball at 08:50 PM on May 27, 2003 - 18 comments

MLBP orders a Mets fansite to shut down: for copyright violation and cybersquatting. Next all fans will be sued for copyright violation for wearing team shirts and hats. It is getting easier and easier to turn my back on Major League baseball.

posted by srboisvert to baseball at 11:00 AM on July 30, 2002 - 3 comments

My most memorable baseball moments By Allen Barra: Major League Baseball has asked me to pick my 30 most memorable moments. I decided to hell with the "Major League Baseball" part. I'm going to pick my 30 most memorable baseball moments, period. Major League Baseball is welcome to keep the ones they like. This week, the first 10 off the top of my head: 30) Oct. 21, 2000, at Yankee Stadium. Bernie Williams catches a fly ball hit by somebody on the Mets. The play wasn't memorable; what's memorable is that Williams is Puerto Rican, and the catch caused Jennifer Lopez, who was seated about six rows in front of me, dressed in a bare midriff halter top, to stand up and yell something in Spanish. Trust me, no one who was there will ever forget it.

posted by srboisvert to baseball at 12:48 PM on July 27, 2002 - 9 comments

Ted Williams was baseball's greatest hitter: Ted Williams, the last major league player to hit .400 for an entire season, who was also Joe DiMaggio's arch rival, John Glenn's wing man, and Boston's preeminent athlete of the 20th century, died Friday in Crystal River, Fla. He was 83.

posted by srboisvert to baseball at 12:19 PM on July 05, 2002 - 10 comments

DiMaggio's streak a fraud?: Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak is said to be the mountain nobody can climb, the river nobody can swim, the door forever locked. And now come sad words for those who believe what DiMaggio did in 1941 is baseball's Holy Grail. C. David Stephan says the record is a fraud.

posted by srboisvert to baseball at 01:31 PM on June 24, 2002 - 3 comments

Recent Comments

The Foreign Invasion of the American Game.

he NBA has chosen to market itself in a certain way and they got the results they were aiming for. The problem? They lost white guys like me (25-35 years old) in the process...Call it what you want, but I don't drive a Hummer H2, have my teeth capped and have outfits that revolve around my baseball hat Funny, I watched the allstar game and thought "Why the hell are they marketing to old farts?" Did you see any big name hip hop artists perform during the game or the dunk contest? Nope. Gloria Gaynor, Meatloaf, Mariah Carey got the prime slots. The hip hoppers you complain about all got the side stage slots - read to acheive and the nba party spots.

posted by srboisvert at 09:04 PM on May 28, 2003

There's no baggy in baseball!

This should solve all of baseball's problems.

posted by srboisvert at 07:01 AM on September 22, 2002

Lance Armstrong wins his fourth straight Tour de France.

These guys blow my mind. I bust my gut daily mountain biking on a gravel trail riding 27k at about 25km/h in and out of the Credit River valley (hills but not very big at all) then I tune into the tour and see guys doubling my speed going up mountains! Also what is up with the lack of crowd control? Several times in the last few stages fans were interfering and once actually threw stuff at the peloton. I found it gripping and look forward to seeing a more produced version of the race in the future (something more like NFL films?).

posted by srboisvert at 12:00 PM on July 28, 2002

My most memorable baseball moments By Allen Barra

Some of my favorite memories: -Stampeding for seats in the bleachers at the old Exhibition Stadium in Toronto. Tickets were $1! -Joe Carter's home run off of the Wild Thing. -Playing third base and catching a line drive that was hit right at my chest with my throwing hand. Then not being able to use the hand for much for the rest of that week. -Playing catcher and having my pants split right up the crotch seam when I squated down. The ump's laugh is now what I hear in my head everytime I do something foolish.

posted by srboisvert at 12:54 PM on July 27, 2002

DiMaggio's streak a fraud?

From DiMaggio: An Illustrated Life, by Dick Johnson and Glenn Stout Daniel's role in extending the streak in games 30 and 31 has since been the subject of much criticism. While it is true that Daniel was DiMaggio's friend and that both hits could have gone either way, had DiMaggio not run his streak to the eventual 56 games, Daniel's calls would never have been questioned. Only DiMaggio's later accomplishments brought the calls under scrutiny

posted by srboisvert at 01:34 PM on June 24, 2002

Staying in College Hurts NBA Prospects

It's because GM's are mainlining the drug known as 'potential'. I am just waiting for them to get to the point where they start drafting guys who have never played organized basketball. Then I'm declaring.

posted by srboisvert at 09:04 AM on June 23, 2002

Tyson gets knocked the fug out.

I can think of about 17.5 million reasons not to feel sorry for him.

posted by srboisvert at 10:31 AM on June 09, 2002

Hockey ratings are up, for now

The only problem with 'letting them play' is that the better cheater ends up winning. I actually think hockey needs to really tighten up its rule enforcement. The kind of stick work that is routine today, slashing the wrists and legs and rampent hooking, were all penalties 15 years ago. The game had speed and grace then that is completely lacking now. Enforce the actual rules and start at the beginning of the season. The teams will adapt and the fans will be happy (unless they have a team of plodding slash and grab players).

posted by srboisvert at 10:28 AM on June 09, 2002

Jose Canseco admits to using steroids.

I for one, would love to the read the book. Particularly if it had some how to sections. I could use a quick 10-15lbs of muscle. I suspect that the majority of the guys in MLB are juiced. In fact, I think about half the guys at my gym are pin-cushions as well. I am curious if the negatives of steroid use outweight the benifits. With obesity and heart disease being a major health problem I suspect judicious use of a muscle building steroid programs could far outweigh the harm.

posted by srboisvert at 10:25 AM on June 09, 2002

I wouldn't write of the Eastern Conference so quickly. Before the season people had already given the Lakers a trophy. Now it's OT in game 7 of the Western Conference Championship. So they might not even make the finals. If it is the Kings they had a one point win and a 34 point loss to the Nets.

posted by srboisvert at 09:29 PM on June 02, 2002

Baseball has been signing players out of high school -- or even younger -- for years. I don't think it's any worse now that the NBA is doing it, especially if the league has CBA teams or other places where the young player can develop for a few years. The problem is that the NBA has nowhere to put these kids so they can develop. If a team wants to keep a drafted players rights he has to be on their roster. The NBDL isn't even a farm league since the NBDL players can't be signed to a NBA team. If there is one thing that recent sports history, with its Doug Fluties and Kurt Warners, has taught the sports world is that is better to play in any league than to rot on a bench. An NBA Europe developmental farm league would be a huge help and probably a financial winner as well IMHO.

posted by srboisvert at 09:40 AM on March 10, 2002

Nolan Richardson's contract has been bought out

Who cares that Nolan had a zero percent graduation rate? At least none of his players were truely evil and traded a car in or went to the NBA all-star game with gift tickets. Lets all try and keep things in perspective!

posted by srboisvert at 02:13 PM on March 03, 2002

NBA Coach of the Month.

Zeke is a freak. As a huge Raptor fan I have followed his post NBA career fairly closely and I can't say that I have ever found anything redeeming about his conduct. When the going gets tough you will see his vapid smile and then his backside as he hightails it out of there. He bankrupted the CBA, ripped-off people he worked with left-right-and center and could have been a motivational speaker for Enron. He couldn't find a way to work with Jalen Rose. Left a big mess in Toronto and is still trying to take credit for the Raptors improvement. He can't even figure out a starting lineup for the Pacers. The only thing you can count on with Isaiah is that he will see himself in any semi-talented PG that comes along and then in a fit of self-love he will make them the focal point of the team regardless of whether they have the tools (see ..Damon Stoudomire and Tinsley). That said, I would be more than willing to do a straight up trade of Lenny Wilkens for Zeke. Ten straight losses and counting by the Raptors. What channel is the figure skating?

posted by srboisvert at 02:21 PM on March 02, 2002

Samsonov14 said: srboisvert, I don't think his nationality matters here. The fact is, he used the regular season as a chance to get into the Olympics, and then just abandoned his team immediately afterward. At least an American would have had the decency to lie about it.

Of course you think nationality has nothing to do with it. He didn't play for your country!

Every player in the Olympics, whatever country they played for, made essentially the same choice as Lemieux did.

The only difference is that he went in somewhat hurt.

Lindros also played despite the fact that his career could end at any moment. Any player can go down at any time.

Besides, if the Olympics were enough to take him out of action, how long would he have lasted in the remainder of the NHL season? Would the Pens have made the playoffs anyway?

Probably not.

posted by srboisvert at 08:44 PM on March 01, 2002

Would your statements be different if Mario was an American playing for, and owning, an American team? My guess is yes.

posted by srboisvert at 10:35 AM on March 01, 2002