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Mack Twain
Name: Mack Twain
Location: Southern Oregon
Member since: February 07, 2002
Last visit: March 25, 2003

Mack Twain has posted 6 links and 13 comments to SportsFilter and 1 link and 0 comments to the Locker Room.

Sports Bio

It was Monday Night Football at the Kingdome, Seahawks vs The Raiders, Bo Jackson was something to see in person! I've always been a Raiders fan, but this was not the time or place for Raiders paraphernalia; a guy wearing a Raiders jacket was thrown to the field from the stands and got his leg broken.
I also enjoy College football (Go Ducks!), pro golf, horseracing, greyhounds, and boxing.

Recent Links

Next time read the fine print...: The BCS finally has an undisputed national championship game as Miami defends its title against Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. But it looks like the "gentlemens club" is starting to rear its ugly head as tradition takes a back seat to dollars as the Orange Bowl books Iowa State vs USC in a match that looks suspiciously like "Rose Bowl West". Pasadena's putting on their game face but they don't like it. But tradition vs Dollars? I believe everyone will lean toward the money.

posted by Mack Twain to football at 01:30 AM on December 10, 2002 - 3 comments

Little Chuckie...: Yea, I know it's still pre-season but I'm wondering: "The Bucs paid a hefty price (four high draft picks, $8 million) to pry Gruden -- at 38 the NFL's youngest coach -- from the Raiders in hopes of finally assembling an offense to complement a championship-caliber defense". Is this team simply cursed or can this 'man of a thousand (grimacing) faces' take them up a notch or two? And what is it about little Chuckie that endears him to so many fans? I mean the dude has a cult following!

posted by Mack Twain to football at 09:22 AM on August 13, 2002 - 2 comments

"I'm mad as Hell and i just can't take it any more".: He was accused in the British media of having sworn at a BBC radio reporter on friday and storming away after his disastrous Saturday round in appalling weather conditions. Citing press criticism, he has pulled out of his next two tournaments. "I would've spoken yesterday. Tiger Woods was here and you were more interested in him". Colin Montgomerie on how to win friends and influence people.

posted by Mack Twain to golf at 10:41 AM on July 21, 2002 - 2 comments

War Emblem on Verge of Triple Crown Glory.: With the death of the great Seattle Slew this is the first time there has not been a living triple crown winner. There have been 11 triple crown winners since 1919, and for the most part their roads to glory were just as unlikely as that of War Emblem. But Bob Baffert has been here before, in 1997 and 1998 with Silver Charm and Real Quiet, and failed to win the Belmont and the triple crown. War emblem has the speed, but does he have the bottom? Three times a charm?

posted by Mack Twain to other at 01:48 PM on May 19, 2002 - 1 comment

John Madden explores Monday Night Football Booth Job: Sources report FOX has released John from the last year of his contract, Dan Fouts and Dennis miller are history. It's been a long time since I have enjoyed MNF, but if this works out, I'm there.

posted by Mack Twain to football at 01:30 AM on February 28, 2002 - 16 comments

Recent Comments

Hell freezes over!

It was a great Superbowl, and I'm not saying that because I won $750... A new team went to the Superbowl, and a firsttime team won. There are still a lot of teams who havn't made it, plus those who have made it but lost, so this was in itself *good*. It was predictible in that in nine of the ten times the top defensive team has beaten the top offensive team, so to say the Raiders were a bunch of stumblebums takes a lot way from the Bucs; Tampa won the game more than the Raiders lost it. I personally like the Raiders because of their history of giving older players and outcasts a second chance, but I was immediatly struck by the seeming lack of enthusiam on the Raiders side of the field. Al Davis used to be a football genius but I hate his guts for the disrespect he showed Marcus Allen. I wonder: 1. Is Tampa's defense better than the Superbowl Ravens? 2. What happened to Tyrone Wheatly? 3. Why didn't the dude who ran back two intercepts for TDs get MVP? Someone said it was because the voting had already taken place 4. Is the salary cap problem going to hurt Tampa? 5. Why do people hate Bill Romanowski? Is it because of that time he spit in someone's face, because he went over to the enemy, or because he has four superbowl rings? Is Charles Haley the only guy with five rings?

posted by Mack Twain at 06:51 PM on January 27, 2003

Next time read the fine print...

What in the hell? This dropped off somehow: Unraveling BCS' confusing selection process And of course I meant "Rose Bowl East" for Gods sake. I misplaced another link where Rose Bowl officials said they would review all this when the contract with BCS expires (four more years I believe) but it looks like this will happen to at least one bowl every year and I believe if the money keeps pouring in they'll learn to live with it and steal good teams for their own bowl game when they get a chance. Or not.

posted by Mack Twain at 01:42 AM on December 10, 2002

The World According To Daniel Snyder

I think to be a 'good' proactive owner it really helps to know a lot about the game. Jerry Jones and Daniel Snyder will never amount to a pimple on the ass of Al Davis.

posted by Mack Twain at 10:30 AM on September 16, 2002

Oh. My. God.

"In the end the NRL Judiciary had little trouble differentiating between a "wedgie", a "finger up the arse" and the area between the "arse and the nuts" before finding Hopoate guilty". *In the end*...gotta love it!

posted by Mack Twain at 01:54 PM on May 19, 2002

A tradition unlike any other...The Masters.

I'm thinking Retief Goosen/Tiger, but the news here is the booting out of three past winners, Billy Casper, Doug Ford and Gay Brewer due to their non-competitiveness, while Arnold Palmer, who hasn't made a cut since the 1970s is left in. I personally agree with the culling process but only if it's across the board, otherwise it isn't about the level of play, it's a popularity contest. Instead of a lifetime exemption maybe it should be five years or something.

posted by Mack Twain at 01:04 PM on April 11, 2002

Critera: Sanctions, Win-loss record, and Graduation rate are certainly valid, but the Gender equity and Number of sports offered are mixing apples & oranges as far as I'm concerned. The top 20 list is about what I expected: a great school with lots of average or better sports programs satisfies the critera better than an average school with a few great sports programs. That's what college is supposed to be about, but I don't think that's what college sports are about.

posted by Mack Twain at 11:22 PM on March 15, 2002

I like the idea, especially because bowling has that 'everyman' tag to it, probably the #1 participation sport, in the western world at least. Sure, it's not as real as synchronized swimming or as practical as the biathalon, but it is a world sport. If the lobbying effort is anything like the effort Salt Lake City put out, bring lots of money.

posted by Mack Twain at 12:31 AM on February 28, 2002

My Own Private Dan Marino

Dan Marino is the wrong analogy. Compare the greatness in everything but the ability to win an Olympic Gold Medal with one of the greatest womens runners of all time, Mary Decker Slaney...lots of parallels between the two, but I hope Miss Kwan will know when to hang it up.

posted by Mack Twain at 11:04 PM on February 22, 2002

Monday is the expansion draft

owillis: When someone is picked up in an expansion draft, is a new contract negotiated or is their current contract just being picked up by the new team? I would like to see a column/post explaining salary cap also; I just can't seem to get it, specially when it comes to trades, defered salary, etc. thanks

posted by Mack Twain at 11:54 AM on February 13, 2002

The role of subjectivity in sport

Folks, there HAS to be some controversy, just to keep the buzz going. But it has to be of a 'decent' sort such as this, because NBC doesn't want their viewers so mad they tune out; otherwise they would remind us every five minutes about the bribery involved in a city being 'awarded' the Olympics. This Olympics has the disadvantage of not having a Tanya Harding type incident, so the pot wasn't already boiling, so to speak. BTW, last time I was in Vancouver, Washington I ran into Tanya; she's as cute as ever.

posted by Mack Twain at 11:24 AM on February 13, 2002

White like Me

Like Jeffrey Dahmer always said: "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but a meat cleaver will cut your head off".

posted by Mack Twain at 01:13 AM on February 13, 2002

The Russian Pairs Skating Dynasty lives on in 2002.

Frankly, I don't know who deserved to win, and I don't really care. All this whinging sticks in my craw.I havn't seen any whinging here, only opinions. This supposed north american bias is silly: the russian winners live and train in Hackensack, N.J, so in reality, the US won more Gold. This sort of thing reminds me of many fights I've seen that have went to a decision: The expert eye of the professional judge is often different than that of fans.

posted by Mack Twain at 11:56 AM on February 12, 2002

Lewis must fight Tyson

I was under the impression that license suspension/denial in Nevada was honored elsewhere, but apparently not. However, Nevada does have a regulation that prevents promoters from dealing with someone whose license has been suspended or revoked. 'A newly enacted (1997) federal law encourages states to recognize another state's suspensions but does not mandate it in all cases'. The above quotes from Tysons 1997 suspension. Bad news for boxing.

posted by Mack Twain at 11:05 PM on February 07, 2002