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Location: Seattle, WA
ZIP: 98101
Member since: September 11, 2002
Last visit: April 20, 2006

pitchblende has posted 3 links and 41 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 0 comments to the Locker Room.

Sports Bio

1999 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Western Conference Finals Game 7 in Reunion Arena, Stars vs. Avalanche. The game did not turn out to be close (4-1 Dallas), but the energy in that little old-school arena was unbelievable. Game 7 of the WCF the next year (same teams) was a more exciting game, but it wasn't quite the same as the first time the Dallas Stars launched themselves into the Stanley Cup Finals.

Duke Blue Devils
Redskins football
Stars hockey
Mariners baseball

Strange, huh? What can I say - I was born in the east and slowly moved west.

Recent Links

Jeremy Bloom pokes a sharp stick at the NCAA.: Last week, the NCAA rejected Colorado's request to restore wide receiver Jeremy Bloom's eligibility. Bloom, who also is a standout freestyle skier, has battled the NCAA for the past two years to allow him to play for the Buffaloes while also accepting endorsements to fund his ski training. Bloom left Colorado's camp earlier this month and currently is training with the U.S. Ski Team near Santiago, Chile, in hopes of making the 2006 Olympic Games in Turin, Italy. Colorado, which hoped to have Bloom aboard to add speed and needed experience at receiver, has appealed the decision. This opinion piece by Bloom will probably not help his appeal, but it's funny and on point.

posted by pitchblende to football at 11:30 AM on September 01, 2004 - 7 comments

"This is, in fact, the shameful story: of a small Indiana farming town where the "Hoosiers" ending got turned inside-out, where 800 locals turned into 800 coaches, where anger, however justified against an unpopular basketball coach, turned into a frightening brand of mob madness."

posted by pitchblende to basketball at 11:41 AM on March 05, 2004 - 9 comments

Homophobia on the recruiting trail.: Washington Post article on an issue that always seems to be lurking just beneath the surface in women's college basketball - gay coaches and players - and how colleges play upon the fears of recruits and their parents.

posted by pitchblende to basketball at 02:12 PM on January 24, 2003 - 3 comments

Recent Comments

Swing and a miss

Watching Sportscenter last night, even the anchors seemed to be getting sick of the overexposure their employer has given the Yankess-Red Sox rivalry. Steve Levy was getting pretty sarcastic about it.

posted by pitchblende at 12:18 PM on April 15, 2005

Jermaine O'Neal plays the race card.

Before everyone goes off on ill-informed rants (I guess it may be too late...) it might be good to know exactly what the "age-limit" proposal is or might be. An article here says the underage kids can still enter the draft and be drafted, still collect the same rookie pay scale salaries, but have to play in an expanded NBDL until they're 20 (so this does not seem to be a ploy to keep the NCAA as a minor league either, except for the kids who want to go to school or live in the spotlight of a big-time college program.) So the NBA would not be cheating any players, black, white, or whatever, out of salary money. They just would be pushed out of the limelight. I suppose if this had happened to LeBron he may have lost some endorsement money, but probably not all of it. Has anyone seen any other articles that detail the proposal?

posted by pitchblende at 08:06 PM on April 13, 2005

Spreadin the boos.

I would love it if we could ban the word "classy" or any variations thereof from all sports discussions.

posted by pitchblende at 11:35 AM on April 07, 2005

Quotes from Steve Francis regarding the trade: "I can't put it into words," he said. "Playing with a guy, living with a guy, just knowing that every day when I wake up that's something I can count on, that I'm going to be in practice or in a game with Cuttino. "Him not being here is going to be tough for me. I don't know what I'm going to wake up for." "They messed up something that started so good, man," said Francis, an All-Star the past three seasons. "I don't feel there was a need to break something up just because he was going to be a free agent and you don't want to pay him at the end of the season. "You should have known that when you traded for him, so you should have made that decision then." "You don't wait 30 minutes before a game to tell a guy he's traded," Francis said. "The way you handle relationships, for me, is going to change the way that I approach the game, more businesslike than anything." Have you ever heard a guy sound so upset for personal reasons over a teammate being traded?

posted by pitchblende at 02:28 PM on January 11, 2005

Innocent? Guilty? Off the hook, either way

The statement from Kobe is a little odd. After reading it, my conclusion is that they have already reached a financial settlement. Why else would he admit even a shred of guilt at this stage? "Although this year has been incredibly difficult for me personally, I can only imagine the pain she has had to endure." ...at the hands of my attorneys, fans, and enablers in the media.

posted by pitchblende at 01:29 AM on September 02, 2004

Big East to add 5 teams today,

Hey! Super! If you add enough teams of course you can become the best basketball conference. If the Big 12 joined the Big 10 then they'd be the best basketball conference. But wait then the SEC could join with the new ACC and have the bestest conference ever! What's the point of even having conferences anyway if you have this many teams in one? The ACC should have capped it at 10 with Miami.

posted by pitchblende at 12:42 AM on November 05, 2003

Another take on the Lott "analysis".

posted by pitchblende at 01:00 PM on October 14, 2003

Pedro Martinez beat up Don Zimmer,

I've gotta give credit to the Red Sox - I didn't think anything could make me root for the Yankees, but the behavior of Pedro with his headhunting and taunting antics and Ramirez with his hotheaded b.s. did it. But then Jeff Nelson and Karim "I just don't know how my hand got cut" Garcia went and made me hate the Yankees again. So...go Cubs!

posted by pitchblende at 05:50 PM on October 12, 2003

Jags Punter does a bad Gimli impersonation

In later news, Jack Del Rio had a pit filled with metal spikes installed in the locker room to use as a motivational tool with the slogan, "Stay Sharp!"

posted by pitchblende at 07:47 PM on October 09, 2003

And we thought Astros Field was a "Cruddy" pitcher's park.

Maybe this is the first sign of an Enron curse.

posted by pitchblende at 01:39 PM on October 04, 2003

NY Daily news claims Tom Jackson essentially forced Rush out.

posted by pitchblende at 03:20 PM on October 03, 2003

East German deja vu all over again.

In other steroid related news...

posted by pitchblende at 12:18 PM on September 24, 2003

"The guy [McGrady] was expressionless after I asked him something, or he was two seconds away from hitting me. I couldn't tell. I'm hoping Tracy takes it with a sense of humor."

Yeah, maybe Tracy witnessed a few teammates drinking mineral water.

posted by pitchblende at 06:37 PM on September 22, 2003

Play at the Plate.

Where is the line drawn for contact anyway? There must be some sort of rule addressing this. You can't do this type of thing at say, 2nd base can you? And you can't go throwing punches, even at the catcher.

posted by pitchblende at 11:48 AM on September 04, 2003

Rascally Varmint!

Ahh, the great convergence is finally upon us: NASCAR and pro wrestling.

posted by pitchblende at 02:20 PM on August 19, 2003