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Name: Gary Elrod
Location: Royal Oak, MI
Gender: Masculine
Member since: July 12, 2005
Last visit: February 07, 2010

gradys_kitchen has posted 25 links and 197 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 0 comments to the Locker Room.

Sports Bio

All things Detroit and the MSU Spartans.

This is also why I weep.

Recent Links

The "Why" behind Team USA's recent international woes. : However, the article fails to tackle the biggest question, does anyone in the States really care anymore?

posted by gradys_kitchen to basketball at 03:46 PM on August 20, 2007 - 7 comments

Dogfighting, point-shaving, blood doping. It couldn't get any worse, could it?: Slate envisions how a bad sports week could get worse.

posted by gradys_kitchen to general at 12:54 PM on July 26, 2007 - 51 comments

'Roid rage on the 9th tee: - Gary Player said Wednesday he knows of at least one golfer who has used steroids, and he urged golf organizations to move quickly toward a random drug-testing plan .. then he put his fist through the wall and screamed "why is no one listening to me!!"

posted by gradys_kitchen to golf at 04:22 PM on July 18, 2007 - 17 comments

Which NBA lottery team built up the most positive karma during the season,: thereby earning them a shot at Oden or Durant?

posted by gradys_kitchen to basketball at 02:32 PM on May 22, 2007 - 105 comments

Rigid rules devastating quality of NBA.: Suspensions, synthetic balls and mixed signals - the declining state of NBA gameplay as opinioned by veteran NBA writer Mike Kahn

posted by gradys_kitchen to basketball at 03:51 PM on May 16, 2007 - 26 comments

Recent Comments

Keith Hernandez rips ex-mate Gary Carter on air

This really boils down to a long standing pissing match over whether or not a porn stache can pull more chicks then a man-perm circa 1986.

posted by gradys_kitchen at 04:19 PM on May 27, 2008

Rockets fine Yao Ming for attending Special Olympics opening ceremony

I guess I'm as RETARED as wfrazerjr since I agree. But BOLTING2BELIEVE .. I must ask .. many strippers are single mothers just trying to get by, so if Yao dialed up Stephen Jackson and skipped off to the gentlemen's club for 2 days, would it still be about the kids? Thankfuly Yao earned his fine by being a good citizen. Should be a non-story.

posted by gradys_kitchen at 09:49 AM on October 04, 2007

The top 10 worst sports team names

If all teams were to adopt the LA Angels of Anaheim model the author forgot to mention my beloved Detroit Pistons of Auburn Hills. While I understand the logic behind moving stadiums to adjoining cities from a gate revenue standpoint, even if it is 24.7 miles from the northern border of Detroit as in the Palace of Auburn Hills, it has always seemed silly to retain the originating city name. Of course playing against the Auburn Hills Pistons just doesn't have the same ring as Detroit - you know, the Detroit full of unruly, out-of-work auto employees who beat Indiana players mercilessly - to warrant TV dollars or the respect of teams who are so huge that they represent entire states or nicknames of states. Anyhow thats my somewhat related to the topic rant. As for worst nicknames - and I assume this is tongue in cheek given it comes from a prominent design school - are the Nads and Balls of the Rhode Island School of Design. Then again, maybe those are the best ever.

posted by gradys_kitchen at 11:45 AM on September 13, 2007

Bills' Everett Injures Spine Making Tackle

Mike Utley Foundation - Finding a Cure for Paralysis.

posted by gradys_kitchen at 01:42 PM on September 10, 2007

Newspaper: Rick Ankiel Received Human Growth Hormone Shipments

I also heard that while rehabbing Ankiel may have participated in dog fighting and wrote a book about being gay in the NBA.

posted by gradys_kitchen at 02:31 PM on September 07, 2007


Theo Ratliff will make $12 million this year .. its enough to make a 9 to 5 office captive find the tallest structure available to throw oneself off of.

posted by gradys_kitchen at 09:02 AM on September 04, 2007

Jaguars Will Dump Leftwich, Rely on Garrard to Start

For a change the Lions probably won't be calling. That says something. What that is, I am unsure. Could be the highlight of his resume ... "Lions not interested'.

posted by gradys_kitchen at 12:33 AM on September 01, 2007

Third footballer dies from heart problems in 10 days.

Jiri Fischer

posted by gradys_kitchen at 03:37 PM on August 30, 2007

Third footballer dies from heart problems in 10 days.

the grouping of these occurrences is strictly random. If these were spread out over an entire year, no one would be trying to make a connection (and most people wouldn't notice). Grum, I disagree about the notion that these type of occurences would go unoticed. The sudden death of athletes, whether cardiac related or not, always draw a great deal of attention due to the perception that athletes are in peak or near-peak physical condition. The assumption would be that they are less susceptible to such health events. Good info from the American Heart Association for those who are interested: "Although SCD occurs rarely in athletes, when it does happen, it often affects us with shock and disbelief. Cause: Most cases of SCD are related to undetected cardiovascular disease. In the younger population, it is often due to congenital heart defects, while in older athletes (35 years and older), the cause is more often related to coronary artery disease. Prevalence: SCD in athletes occurs rarely; however media coverage often makes it seem like it happens more often. In the younger population, most cases of SCD occur while playing team sports; in about one in 100,000 to one in 300,000 athletes, and more often in males. In older athletes, SCD occurs more often during running or jogging and in approximately one in 15,000 joggers and one in 50,000 marathon runners. Screening: The American Heart Association recommends cardiovascular screening for high school and collegiate athletes."

posted by gradys_kitchen at 01:30 PM on August 30, 2007

A story for the ages or the aged- the oldest player in college football debuts this September.

Hmm .. where have I seen this before?

posted by gradys_kitchen at 10:00 AM on August 23, 2007

Drew Colors

So where would you put how Barry Sanders retired in all of this? Lions related burnout. Its amazing the whole team doesn't retire each and every year before season's end. The only entry on their exit interview: "Demoralization" or "Looked unfavorably upon by the Fates".

posted by gradys_kitchen at 09:58 AM on August 23, 2007

Michael Vick Admits to Dogfighting, Will Plead Guilty

Weedy - you understand then why I used 'broadly'. Its tough to drop the Hitler bomb but it is one of the strongest examples to bing forth when trying to implicate the leadership. In this case Vick. I see your points though.

posted by gradys_kitchen at 12:13 PM on August 22, 2007

Michael Vick Admits to Dogfighting, Will Plead Guilty

JJ - you got me. Also, I was hoping to score with the girls by throwing in that moral relativism bit. Had my cardigan on, pipe in hand and everything.

posted by gradys_kitchen at 11:32 AM on August 22, 2007

Michael Vick Admits to Dogfighting, Will Plead Guilty

The fallibility of humankind is quite well documented. We could also throw in a discussion of moral relativism if we wanted to escalate the debate to a different plane. However, in any era there are basic holes in some of the arguments here. No matter if you're the President of the United States, people make mistakes, we're human. Pointing to the actions of others is a poor way to vindicate oneself even if those actions are committed by 'stand up' folks like the President. Mom said it best when she asked, if all of your friends jumped off a bridge, would you follow? Mankind should be held accountable for all mistakes with the opportunity to earn forgiveness, not passively dismissing errors, or crimes in this instance, as just part of human nature. Did Vick drown the dogs himself? Was he actually doing any of the actual literal horrible shit? Or was he paying for it all and other sociopaths doing it? I think there's a bit of a difference in light of such outrage. He's a dick, for sure, but he's hardly the anti-christ. He's the money, from what I can tell. In this case, if broadly applied to history, the Gestapo is at more fault then the Nazi leadership. Did Hitler shove humans into giant furnaces? Was he actually doing any of the actual literal horrible shit? Or was he just directing others to do it? A less sinister comparison would be determining who is ultimately responsible in organized crime (boss or foot soldier) 'cause one hates to play the Hitler card on a sports message board.

posted by gradys_kitchen at 11:10 AM on August 22, 2007

Michael Vick Admits to Dogfighting, Will Plead Guilty

Oh yeah! A Mike Vick thread I somehow missed. Without reading the comments I will predict that all of the following have taken place: a) It has been suggested that Vick's genetalia be chewed off by a dog b) Someone has bizzarely eluded to horse racing as being as cruel as dog fighting c) Racial epitaphs have been traded, knowingly or unknowingly d) "You just don't understand thug life" e) Someone other than Vick is at fault, most notably society, Roger Goodell and the media f) Atlanta fans reminded about how screwed they are with the injury to DJ Shockley Now to start reading in reverse to see if my career change to TV Psychic is not too far fetched.

posted by gradys_kitchen at 03:19 PM on August 21, 2007