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Last visit: December 29, 2018

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Joe Mauer retires from baseball.: Joe Mauer, the 2009 American League MVP who has spent all 15 seasons of his major league career with the Minnesota Twins, announced his retirement Friday.

posted by jjohn24680 to baseball at 07:11 PM on November 09, 2018 - 2 comments

Rypien suspended indefinitely by NHL: Vancouver Canucks forward Rick Rypien has been suspended indefinitely for grabbing a fan on Tuesday night. The incident happened while Rypien was on the way to the visiting dressing room in Minnesota after being assessed a double minor for roughing, and a 10-minute misconduct.

posted by jjohn24680 to hockey at 02:19 PM on October 20, 2010 - 12 comments

WR/KR Harvin is top offensive rookie: The Little Phenom is the NFL's top offensive rookie. Percy Harvin used his versatility and intelligence to win The Associated Press 2009 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award.

posted by jjohn24680 to football at 10:48 AM on January 06, 2010 - 5 comments

Recent Comments

It's finally happened! Emergency back-up goalie (Blackhawks' Scott Foster) plays in an NHL game.

Not to nitpick, but he's not the first emergency backup to play.

From nhl.com:
Foster played 55 games for Western Michigan from 2002-06. He is the first emergency goaltender to play in an NHL game since Jorge Alves, an equipment manager for the Carolina Hurricanes, played eight seconds in a 3-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Dec. 31, 2016.

I'm not sure you can celebrate 8 seconds of ice time like they did last night.

And, since teams now need to have an emergency goalie available for all games, I'm sure we're more likely to see this happen again in the future.

posted by jjohn24680 at 04:27 PM on March 30, 2018

Saints Trade Adrian Peterson to Cardinals

You thought the Saints were the worst style fit for AP? He's now on the team with the highest pass attempts in the NFL this year. And AP is very well known for his inability to catch the ball out of the backfield. He will see just as much playing time going forward as he saw before.

AP is done. As much as he may have the desire to keep playing, it is clear his body and the game have both moved on. Few teams have a place for a back with his style of running, not being a receiver and his little skill as a blocking back. He should retire while he still has some respectability. If he tries to play the whole year and finds himself seeing so little time on the field (as I would expect in both NO and Arizona), he will be embarrassed.

He had a great career in MN on a team that was built around him. He should leave it at that and move on. Hell, even MN has moved on already. They've replaced their O line with guys that block well for Dalvin Cook. They even cut a guy from their O line, being paid a lot of money, because he was a blocker for AP.

AP, it's time to retire.

posted by jjohn24680 at 12:41 AM on October 11, 2017

United States Eliminated from World Cup Qualification

Tonight I watched a bunch of adult men act like entitled little children who appeared to be thinking to themselves "Why am I out here playing on this shitty field against this shitty team. We're too good for this and we deserve to be in the World Cup. How dare they try to beat us."

No, you don't deserve to be in the World Cup. That was proven tonight. All I can hope for now is that the whole thing gets blown up and someone new takes the lead to build a team that deserves to be there but plays like they still need to earn it.

There is a lot of talent making its way up the ranks. Pulisic is just the beginning. If all goes well, 4 years from now very few of the players you saw on the field tonight will still be playing for the MNT. They will have been replaced by players who can play the international game and also beat the teams they should beat (all of the ones in CONCACAF). I just hope the federation gets the "old guard" out of the way and lets the new generation move up. It certainly can't be any worse than what we saw tonight.

posted by jjohn24680 at 12:25 AM on October 11, 2017

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

UEFA considers change to way penalty shootouts are staged: http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/39798344

The idea is to allow each team to go first in alternating rounds. They refer to it as "ABBA".

I have an interesting variation of my own to add: After the first 5 rounds, each subsequent 2 rounds are kicked 1 meter back from the spot. After rounds 6 & 7, go back 2 meters for 8 & 9. Keep going back every 2 rounds until there is a winner. The referee sets the new location when it is moved back from the spot.

posted by jjohn24680 at 02:58 PM on May 03, 2017

MLB *Play of the Year* is pretty much locked up by Chris Coghlan after this bit of insanity.

The catcher should have turned and thanked him for not turning him into a human bowling pin. That encounter had "blown up" written all over it. And the roll at the end makes me wonder if that's not the first time he's tried to imitate Superman.

With the new rules regarding interference at the plate, would he have been safe had he just bowled over the catcher? Not saying that would have been a good idea, but it seems to me that the catcher was in the lane long before he caught the ball.

posted by jjohn24680 at 10:51 AM on April 26, 2017

Yahoo Tourney Pick'em Pool

Thank you for the pool. As for the picks, your guess is as good as mine.

posted by jjohn24680 at 11:39 PM on March 16, 2015

Brazil Faces Germany for Spot in World Cup Final

Someone's gotta say it...

Germany is up by a touchdown in the 85th minute.

Wow. Just, wow.

posted by jjohn24680 at 06:00 PM on July 08, 2014

It's Official

Then again, the Sugar Bowl doesn't look to select the best teams, only what teams present the "most profitable matchup".

There. Fixed it for you.

posted by jjohn24680 at 11:21 AM on December 05, 2011

Oilers' Fedun Breaks Leg on Icing Play

I guess a broken femur every 3 years or so is acceptable to the NHL. Oddly enough, the last one was also related the the MN Wild. Kurtis Foster's broken Femur -- video . The second paragraph of the article is most telling... "NHL officials could spend that long debating whether to enact 'no-touch icing' to eliminate the possibility of catastrophic injuries on races for the puck." Is three years too long to debate? Just put the rule in and move on.

posted by jjohn24680 at 05:36 PM on October 01, 2011

Fan's Knee Proves Asdrubal Cabrera Hit Homer

I've heard the joke so many times "Wow! That's going to leave a mark!" and now I've seen it happen. With the distance the ball flew after it hit her knee, and the mark it left, I'm surprised that her kneecap wasn't broken, or at least cracked.

posted by jjohn24680 at 04:21 PM on August 02, 2011

Dan Snyder, Innovator

They only have to respond with one thing: S.L.A.P.P.

New York (the paper's primary owner's state) has a SLAPP law on the books according to WikiPedia. So, this is a non-story until they file suit. I can't imagine he'd be dumb enough to do so. But who knows, maybe he is considering all the stuff he's done so far.

As dyams quoted, Snyder has never sued a media organization. Maybe it's because he knows he'd get his ass handed back to him and a large legal bill to pay on top of it. Maybe he's hoping that this "little fish" might be too scared to even try and fight it.

And as far as I'm concerned, he's done more than enough to earn that spot in the dictionary. Maybe it's just the dictionary company being scared to put his picture next to the word. He might try to sue them.

posted by jjohn24680 at 11:51 AM on February 02, 2011

High School Uses Trick Play to Win State

That was good execution. But, the entire defense wasn't napping. The corner did try to cover the receiver but the receiver was too much for him by himself. He did give it a good shot.

posted by jjohn24680 at 06:04 PM on December 21, 2010

Bobby Ryan Scores Goal with Opponent's Stick

I was watching the game. The announcers were having fun with the whole situation and they replayed the stick grab a few times. They never replayed far enough back to show why Mikko Koivu lost his stick in the first place. I wonder if maybe Bobby Ryan knocked it out or pulled it out of his hands. That might explain why he grabbed Bobby's stick. It was just dumb luck that Bobby scored.

It's funny how karma works like that. The night before, Mikko scored a goal (video) when the goalie inadvertently passed him the puck in front of their goal . The next night someone scores a goal on his team using his stick.

posted by jjohn24680 at 03:11 PM on December 14, 2010

"Turn Out The Lights, The Party's Over"


posted by jjohn24680 at 12:25 PM on December 06, 2010

Vikings Fire Brad Childress

As a hometown fan, I've had to endure Childress for several years. I'm glad he's gone. I never believed that he was a good NFL head coach. He has football smarts, but that didn't make him a head coach.

I've always believed that the best head coaches aren't the ones that put the best lines on the blackboard. They're the ones who get all of their guys working together for the same goals. Some use their willpower and demand respect (which they've earned) or they work to build mutual respect amongst the players and coaches and get them working together. Childress did neither.

The Vikings are a team that has a lot of veteran talent on both sides of the ball. Not just Favre. Steve Hutchinson has been around for a long time, for example. The defense has several veterans as well. A smart coach will work with these guys and let them help build the team. He'll get their feedback and make it a part of the game plan, or explain why they'll go in a different direction sometimes.

I feel bad for the Redskins this weekend. A bunch of guys got what they wanted, and now they have something to prove. Just like Dallas, the Vikings are going to show up for the rest of the season and they may surprise a bunch of people. Whether they make the playoffs will depend on whether the right things happen to help them, but I won't count them out.

posted by jjohn24680 at 05:05 PM on November 22, 2010