Amateur's profile

Location: Canada
Member since: May 19, 2005
Last visit: November 06, 2011

Amateur has posted 49 links and 562 comments to SportsFilter and 3 links and 149 comments to the Locker Room and 5 columns.

Sports Bio

I competed in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. I will be assistant chef de mission for team Canada at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

I give my strongest sporting loyalty to the Canadian ice hockey team (men, women, seniors, juniors, you name it).

My secret sports fan pleasure is curling.

Recent Links

Lance Armstrong to return to pro cycling: Armstrong, who will turn 37 on September 18, cited 41-year-old US swimmer Dara Torres's Olympic comeback in Beijing as proof that age was no barrier to an elite sports career.

posted by Amateur to other at 06:19 PM on September 09, 2008 - 17 comments

Everlasting Run: What makes a man run 100,000 miles without ever missing a day?

posted by Amateur to other at 03:50 AM on December 17, 2007 - 17 comments

Nate DiMeo's Plan to Save the NHL: The NHL should be more like pro soccer. No, I'm not crazy.

A nice fit with chico's column, too.

posted by Amateur to hockey at 08:34 AM on October 05, 2007 - 20 comments

Russia to Host 2014 Winter Olympics: Sochi, Russia was selected by IOC delegates on the second ballot. SportsFilter discussed the three finallists, and earlier the seven candidates.

posted by Amateur to other at 10:22 PM on July 04, 2007 - 2 comments

Rogge unveils plan for Olympic programme: At the 2005 IOC Congress, baseball and softball were voted off the Olympic island for 2012, leaving the summer Olympics with 26 sports. Yesterday Jacques Rogge announced his plan for the future: there will be 25 "largely untouchable" core sports, with the possibility of adding three more on a rotating basis for each edition of the Games.

posted by Amateur to other at 09:36 PM on June 24, 2007 - 33 comments

Recent Comments

Top 30 New Extreme Sports

More fun with "birdman" suits.

posted by Amateur at 05:25 PM on February 06, 2009

Tabloid Catches Michael Phelps Smoking a Bong

You'll notice that the offenses on the FINA list were for in-competition tests. I can't say specifically what out-of-competition rules Phelps might be subject to. However, in general out-of-competition testing only includes substances that are known to assist with out-of-competition training, e.g. steroids, hormones, etc. Cannabinoids would not be included, since their long-term use is not performance enhancing.

posted by Amateur at 04:52 PM on February 01, 2009

Lance Armstrong to return to pro cycling

I get that he's doing good work for cancer, lbb. I just don't see why that requires a cycling comeback. Really one has nothing to do with the other.

posted by Amateur at 09:00 PM on September 10, 2008

Lance Armstrong to return to pro cycling

I agree that the "I have decided to return to professional cycling in order to raise awareness of the global cancer burden" rings pretty hollow. There are surely other motivations as well.

posted by Amateur at 07:39 PM on September 09, 2008

Carlos Sastre wins Tour de France

Ricco confessed.

posted by Amateur at 10:12 AM on July 30, 2008

The LA84 Foundation Library

Great link, Fence.

posted by Amateur at 07:05 PM on May 30, 2008

Female ski jumpers taking VANOC to court

Hey, I'm all for women's ski jumping getting in. Sign me up for the petition to the IOC. I just don't see how suing VANOC -- who have no control whatsoever over the sporting programme -- is anything other than a publicity stunt. And lbb -- I do think that according to the charter as you've quoted it, the IOC has an obligation to put pressure on the FIS to develop women's ski jumping. I don't think they have to automatically have exactly the same events (or even the same number of events) for women as for men; but they should have policies that move sport in that direction. From where I sit, there is plenty of evidence that the IOC is putting exactly that kind of pressure on most of the Olympic sports.

posted by Amateur at 07:46 PM on May 22, 2008

Female ski jumpers taking VANOC to court

VANOC is being targeted despite the fact that local organizers have no decision-making authority over which events are on the Games agenda. I'm sure there is some lawyer out there who can explain this but it seems like they've chosen the wrong target. Ms. Corradini said VANOC is being sued because it is the B.C.-based representatives of the IOC. Hmmm. That's not how I understand it, but maybe the courts will agree.

posted by Amateur at 05:53 AM on May 22, 2008

NHL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Conference Finals round results.: Plus Finals round rules inside.

Wings in six. Zetterberg and Malkin. Osgood wins the Conn Smythe.

posted by Amateur at 07:52 PM on May 20, 2008

NHL Playoffs Pick 'Em, round 2 results.

I also want some second-round points because I would have got it all correct. Except for Philadelphia. And Dallas. And Franzen. And Morrow.

posted by Amateur at 08:37 PM on May 09, 2008

NHL Playoffs Pick 'Em, round 2 results.

OK, I think I've spotted you all enough of a lead. Detroit (Zetterberg) over Dallas (Morrow) in 5 games Philadelphia (Briere) over Pittsburgh (Malkin) in 7 games

posted by Amateur at 09:10 PM on May 05, 2008

New and Improved NHL Playoffs Pick 'Em Thread.

Alright, a decision has been made (by me): The goalie must have played 2 complete games for his GAA to be counted. Excellent decision, O fearless leader.

posted by Amateur at 11:27 PM on April 10, 2008

Olympic torch put out by protests.

grum, that Wikipedia article nowhere states that Smith and / or Carlos was "banned by the IOC for life." You exaggerate. However, your central point is correct -- an athlete making such a political statement today would almost certainly suffer the same fate as far as the IOC is concerned -- have their accreditation revoked and therefore be out of the Games. But this honestly seems reasonable to me. Would you treat it differently?

posted by Amateur at 11:24 PM on April 10, 2008

New and Improved NHL Playoffs Pick 'Em Thread.

Montreal (Plekanec) over Boston (Murray) in 5 Pittsburgh (Malkin) over Ottawa (Heatley) in 5 Philadelphia (Briere) over Washington (Ovechkin) in 7 New Jersey (Parise) over New York (Jagr) in 7 Detroit (Zetterburg) over Nashville (Dumont) in 4 San Jose (Cheechoo) over Calgary (Iginla) in 4 Colorado (Stastny) over Minnesota (Gaborik) in 6 Anaheim (Selanne) over Dallas (Morrow) in 7 Goalies: Price / Nabokov Does the "lowest GAA" category have a minimum number of minutes played requirement?

posted by Amateur at 10:08 PM on April 08, 2008

How to Tell When a College Basketball Game is Out of Reach

I think it's a bit confusing, but from the article: That doesn't mean a team with a 10-point lead and the ball with 10 minutes to go has only a 9 percent chance of winning. Rather, it means they're 9 percent of the way to having a completely insurmountable advantage. Although this is not quite a quantitative definition, we can imply that 73% safe = much higher percentage of winning.

posted by Amateur at 10:32 PM on March 20, 2008