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Name: Steve
Location: Canada
Member since: July 22, 2002
Last visit: November 27, 2014

Steve-o has posted 9 links and 49 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 0 comments to the Locker Room.

Recent Links

Simon Kuper thinks hockey is starting to slip as Canada's number one sport, as Canadians fall for soccer: It's a ridiculous assertion, but still worth reading for an outsider's perspective.

posted by Steve-o to hockey at 04:09 PM on February 10, 2010 - 8 comments

Why sports documentaries are no longer one-dimensional fan-fests.: A new breed of sports documentaries are receiving critical acclaim. Following in the footsteps of Hoop Dreams are films like Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait and now, Tyson.

posted by Steve-o to culture at 02:30 AM on June 09, 2008 - 4 comments

The Globalization of Sport.: David Stern has made efforts to grow the NBA into a global league. The British Empire exported soccer so well that it is often called The World's Game. Simon Kuper contrasts the ways the British and American empires have exported their sports.

posted by Steve-o to soccer at 03:26 PM on February 02, 2008 - 15 comments

Is the English Premiership the best in the world?: With two teams in the Champions League semi-finals, Oliver Holt thinks so. The EuroFootsie rankings seem to tell a different story. With 12 Spanish teams in their top 22, their model shows Spain to be the best.

Does England deserve a fifth Champions League place if Liverpool can't finish fourth in the EPL, but win the European Cup?

posted by Steve-o to soccer at 09:57 PM on May 01, 2005 - 16 comments

Paula Radcliffe takes a dump on the streets of London: and still wins the London marathon by more than five minutes, with the third fastest women's marathon time ever. "I didn't really want to resort to that in front of hundreds of thousands of people."

posted by Steve-o to other at 12:10 PM on April 20, 2005 - 24 comments

Recent Comments

New Fox Channel Takes on ESPN

Is it replacing one of their current channels? Speed, Fuel, Fox Soccer?

posted by Steve-o at 07:55 PM on March 06, 2013

2014 World Cup Will Use Goal-Line Tech

A third company's system is also being considered. CAIROS has been working on this for a long time and was the subject of this SportsFilter post from 2002.

posted by Steve-o at 03:10 AM on February 26, 2013

Olympics drop wrestling for 2020

Inline roller skating isn't in the Olympics. It is on the list to be considered for 2020.

posted by Steve-o at 09:59 PM on February 13, 2013

Olympics drop wrestling for 2020

There is a group that is trying to bring pankration back to the Olympics.

So they will decide what sport to add in September. It's hard to see how squash or baseball/softball will get in ahead of wrestling.

posted by Steve-o at 07:21 PM on February 12, 2013

Moguls Win Gives Canada Long-Coveted Gold

Silver is close. Brian Orser came up short in the "Battle of the Brians" and unheralded Elizabeth Manley won the womens' long program, ahead of Katarina Witt, but Witt held on to the gold.

Australian officials are saying that they thought Begg-Smith won.

posted by Steve-o at 04:46 PM on February 16, 2010

Japanese-Born Skater Can't Continue Russian Dynasty

I thought that was a draw.

Not really. The Canadians skated a clean free program. The Russians did not. After the judges ranked the Russian's performance ahead of the Canadian's and awarded them the gold, the French judge revealed some of the corruption involved in the judging. To defuse the controversy the IOC awarded another set of gold medals.

P.S. It was Kawaguchi.

posted by Steve-o at 04:21 PM on February 16, 2010

Douglas' knockout of Tyson still resonates 20 years later

Tyson's life had already started to go downhill. If it wasn't Douglas, eventually, it would have been someone else. Not to take anything away from Buster Douglas: He was a very good boxer and fought an almost perfect fight. The loss did destroy Tyson's aura of invincibility and it gave other fighters a blueprint for how to beat him.

Don King claimed that Douglas had a long count when he was knocked down in the 8th and whichever one of the sanctioning bodies King had the most control over went along with him, until it became obvious that they couldn't maintain any credibility if they didn't recognize Douglas as champion.

posted by Steve-o at 10:05 PM on February 11, 2010

Simon Kuper thinks hockey is starting to slip as Canada's number one sport, as Canadians fall for soccer

TFC sells out every game too. The biggest problem with that comparison is that ticket prices are much higher for the Leafs. Comparing their TV ratings gives a better indication of their popularity.

posted by Steve-o at 09:46 PM on February 11, 2010

Simon Kuper thinks hockey is starting to slip as Canada's number one sport, as Canadians fall for soccer

The Olympic team isn't lily-white. You forgot about Jarome Iginla. You're right, the diversity continues to grow with players like Nazem Kadri, Manny Malhotra, etc.

posted by Steve-o at 02:06 AM on February 11, 2010

Hal McRae Thought Racism Cost Him 1976 Batting Title

That was a hell of an accusation. McRae was a bit nuts, so I don't know how seriously to take it.

What was the score in the game when Brett came to the plate?

posted by Steve-o at 05:10 PM on February 10, 2010

Sports announcers already know it, and now Elan Fuld has proven it: clutch hitters really do exist.

I did chuckle at the reference to his being a "life long baseball fan", the kid is 21. - posted by dviking He'd be 24 now. That press release was written in May 2005. The author did write up his study. You can read it here: Clutch and Choke Hitters in Major League Baseball: Romantic Myth or Empirical Fact. Since only Bill Buckner and Eddie Murray show up as 'clutch' at the .001 significance level, I think that practically shows that 'clutch' doesn't exist. There are a bunch of other clutch articles on Cyril Morong's site.

posted by Steve-o at 05:33 PM on July 10, 2008

Russia Is Luring Back NHL Stars:

Howard, you are half-right. Didn't you read the article? Gazprom, Rosoboronexport, Russian Railroads and others are pumping money into Russian teams with sponsorships. Russian hockey fans don't pay NHL ticket prices and can't afford to. That could change. The prices for the upcoming UEFA Champions League soccer final in Moscow range from 80 to 200 euros ($295).

posted by Steve-o at 03:17 AM on March 03, 2008

The Globalization of Sport.

Could the editor who wrote the headline for this story have been more lazy? Lost in translation? How cliché.

posted by Steve-o at 03:33 PM on February 02, 2008

Champions League on ice?

It won't really be like a Champions League for hockey because all of the best teams are in the NHL. Same situation with basketball. It sounds more like the World Series champs vs. the Japan Series champs, series that happend back in the 70's and 80's. It wasn't taken very seriously in the USA.

posted by Steve-o at 12:52 PM on January 27, 2007

Gatlin breaks world record held by Powell

What is the biological limit that a human can run unaided by steriods or wind? About 9.84.

posted by Steve-o at 02:36 AM on May 15, 2006