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Dennis Rodman, Winner: Why Dennis Rodman should be the 1st pick in your all-time fantasy draft. Overview at the primary WSJ link, the concluding argument for Rodman, and the Rodman series index for the hoops fanatic.

posted by offsides to basketball at 06:10 PM on May 30, 2011 - 0 comments

Mackovic made me stop loving football: - an example of what's wrong with college football. Found via FanBlogs.

posted by offsides to football at 12:21 PM on November 07, 2003 - 0 comments

Sorenstam may force rewrite of PGA policy: ? Tom Pernice Jr., a member of the Tour's Policy Board, [said] that player unhappiness over Sorenstam's sponsor's exemption into Thursday's Bank of America Colonial is so strong that he anticipates a movement to change the written bylaws of the Tour.

Where is Happy Gilmore when you need him?

posted by offsides to golf at 11:11 AM on May 22, 2003 - 10 comments

Recent Comments

U.S. Wins Women's World Cup

The shadows were unfortunate, but which goal looked like it was caused by the keeper's visibility?

The first defender subbed out for Japan had the misfortune to figure in the first three goals.

On the first goal, she didn't pick Lloyd up early/closely enough and gave Lloyd an easy path to the ball. In the replay she can be seen to raise her hand before the kick as if to shield her eyes from the sun. And I believe that Lloyd's run started from the shade. So I can believe that the sun was a factor there.

On the second goal, she got delayed by the scrum and let Lloyd get to the ball first. I don't see the sun as a factor at all there.

On the third goal, her attempted clearance went up not out. That mistake could have easily been caused by the sun.

posted by offsides at 12:58 PM on July 06, 2015

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

If the NFL wants blows to the head stop, then they need to take each blow to the head personally. As Michael Corleone would say:

Tom, don't let anybody kid you. It's all personal, every bit of business. Every piece of shit every man has to eat every day of his life is personal. They call it business. OK. But it's personal as hell. You know where I learned that from? The Don. My old man. The Godfather. If a bolt of lightning hit a friend of his the old man would take it personal. He took my going into the Marines personal. That's what makes him great. The Great Don. He takes everything personal Like God. He knows every feather that falls from the tail of a sparrow or however the hell it goes? Right? And you know something? Accidents don't happen to people who take accidents as a personal insult.

posted by offsides at 12:36 PM on December 18, 2013

Reds Fire Manager Dusty Baker

Joe Posnanski's take in Getting Dusty in here is that he is the guy to make your bad team a contender. You just want somebody else to take you to the finish line once Dusty has done that.

posted by offsides at 04:08 PM on October 07, 2013

Danica Patrick wins the pole position at Daytona 500.

I do give her credit for that, but I also believe that she's on the level of Anna Kournikova.

You also need to account for Patrick competing in the Open division against all comers. Even the greatest Women tennis players of all time would have been very hard pressed to squeeze out a single win on the men's tour. Patrick is competitive against the very best and that's a major accomplishment in itself.

posted by offsides at 05:47 PM on February 19, 2013

SpoFi Holiday Giving Project: One World Futbal

Count me in as well.

posted by offsides at 01:07 PM on November 14, 2012

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

You can see the head of the fifth official looking directly along the line and he still screwed it up.

Shouldn't the official line up with the outside boundary of the line rather than the inside? It appears that the ball would need to be about 1/2 the width of the line inside before the official would see separation between the goal post and the ball (depending upon whether he's right or left eye dominant).

posted by offsides at 12:37 PM on June 20, 2012

Not your business

The garment is said to have passed the permeability restriction (supposedly insures that the skier's skin can breathe properly). I believe that this fabric is rejected for being too plasticky.

posted by offsides at 01:58 PM on January 19, 2012

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I think Chara should have been suspended.

I don't think that he foresaw the actual results. But I believe that he knew (or should have known) where he was on the ice. And I believe that he knew (or should have known) there was a very good likelyhood of Pacioretty running into the glass wall. We expect players to know when they're too close to the boards. We should expect them to also know when they're too close to the glass wall between the benches.

I'd like to believe that no one wants to seriously injure the opposition. But hit them hard enough to lower their game - absolutely. Blown ACL bad, ankle sprain good. That's a pretty fine line. We should make it clear that some things are automatically over the line.

posted by offsides at 01:01 PM on March 11, 2011

Mangini wonders if Lions faked injuries

Has Belichick made the playoffs with[out] Brady?

As a Denver fan, I have to say that the perception of Shanahan changed dramatically when Elway retired and Davis went down with injury. He went from the "Mastermind" to the guy who couldn't get it done in the post-season.

If Belichick continues to win post-Brady, then he solidifies his credentials as a legend. If he fails, then we'll always wonder how big a role Brady played.

posted by offsides at 01:15 PM on November 25, 2009

NFL Changes Rules for Player Safety

The problem with that is nothing is stopping the O-lineman from going full speed. You have a D player having to let up and he can still get hit full speed while he is on the ground.

I partially agree with scottypup. I'm not so worried about the D player being hammered on the ground as much as I'm worried about someone "blocking" him in the knees as he's getting up. If the D player has to get up before he can continue to play Football, then maybe he should get the equivalent of chop block protection while he's doing it

posted by offsides at 01:24 PM on March 27, 2009


Here's what .01 seconds at the wall looks like.

In the previous photo from this sequence you can see how Phelps' fingers are pushed back from contact with the wall and in this blowup you can see that Cavic isn't quite there yet.

posted by offsides at 11:31 AM on August 18, 2008

Son of the Great One Kid just looking to have fun playing hockey

Try this link from the RSS feed. I think that it doesn't require registration.

posted by offsides at 04:22 PM on December 15, 2006

Almost 49 years since the Munich air crash, Manchester United and England icon Sir Bobby Charlton is still haunted

But has anything like this happened in another sport? There was also Sabena Flight 548. All 72 people on board died, including the entire 1961 US Figure Skating team. The 1961 World Championships were cancelled as a result.

posted by offsides at 08:52 AM on December 13, 2006

Bertuzzi argues for reinstatement.

Without weighing in on Bertuzzi's penalty or lack there of, I'd just like to point out this is yet another area where the NHL needs to learn from the NFL. You may disagree with the NFL's definition of dangerous play (chop block anyone), but the NFL does a much better job of policing the act rather than the consequences. Hockey's problem is that they police the consequences rather than the act. If Moore had just bounced back up, I suspect that the NHL would have just slapped Bertuzzi on the wrist and let things go. Compare this to the NFL's practice of escalating fines leading up to suspension.

posted by offsides at 10:56 AM on April 28, 2005

Not this infernal debate, again.

For what it's worth, I sent an email to a friend who played shortstop for a NCAA Division III team the next day. He concluded that given the situation Jeter should have been there.

posted by offsides at 09:50 AM on August 29, 2004