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Member since: March 24, 2003
Last visit: March 01, 2006

bitstop has posted 4 links and 4 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 0 comments to the Locker Room.

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Great boxer, greater tragedy.: Wilfred Benitez, a world champion at 17 and participant in epic bouts with Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran, now sits addled-brained and destitute in a Puerto Rican private hospital. Yet another sad victim of boxing (although, as the article points out, his dad shares some of the blame).

posted by bitstop to boxing at 01:51 PM on August 12, 2003 - 1 comment

The year no one won the Stanley Cup: Nicely done historical piece on an event that I never knew about. "Long before SARS, professional sports was faced with the challenge of carrying on business during an epidemic. The Spanish influenza pandemic of 1918-19 caused the only instance of a major North American sports championship being cancelled because of illness: the Stanley Cup."

posted by bitstop to hockey at 02:07 PM on May 02, 2003 - 1 comment

Columnist chooses not to call Dilfer: -- Bob Linneman, assistant sports editor at the Santa Cruz (Calif.) Sentinel, just can't bring himself to call Trent Dilfer on the tragic death of the QB's 5-year-old son. "It’s an unfortunate, but often essential, part of a journalist’s job to deal with death; in this case, to tackle the Dilfer story like it’s Super Bowl Sunday. Sorry. Not this time. Count me out."

posted by bitstop to football at 11:05 AM on May 01, 2003 - 17 comments

Major league ballparks ranked top to bottom: Wrigley gets top marks (what did you expect from a Chicago sportswriter?); Shea squats at the bottom ("When they eventually blow this place up, Ron Santo should get to push the button.") Kudos for consideration to parks that best serve kids.

posted by bitstop to baseball at 01:37 PM on April 23, 2003 - 18 comments

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From last Sunday's Daily Oklahoman: Johnson, who turns 29 on July 16, is one of the friendliest players in Oklahoma City’s baseball history. Last year, after the likeable lefty was briefly sent down to Double-A El Paso, he had a day game in Tulsa, so he drove to The Brick (Oklahoma City's ballpark) that night. As RedHawk teammates, J.J. and pitcher R.A. Dickey founded a non-profit organization, Honoring the Father Ministries. J.J. was scheduled to be the RedHawks’ starting pitcher in their first game at The Brick, but a back injury ruined those plans in April 1998. This year, Johnson was 5-4 with a 3.92 ERA in 13 starts for New Orleans. He earned a promotion to the major leagues in late May, going 0-1 with a 5.87 ERA in three starts for Houston. Johnson said retiring from baseball had been on his mind since last season, when he was 1-6 for four different teams and bothered about being away from his wife Kristin and their two sons, Tucker, 5, and McKade, 21 months. “It was a real roller-coaster year,” Johnson said. “It’s really how my whole career has been.” J.J. was a first-team All-American with a 34-5 career record at Florida State. One of those wins was over Oklahoma at the 1995 College World Series. He was the Rangers’ first choice, the seventh player picked overall, in the ’95 amateur draft. Johnson’s first game for the old 89ers was a two-hit shutout over Louisville on July 23, 1996. It would be his only complete-game shutout in pro ball. J.J. had a 20-25 record in 90 games for Oklahoma City teams. Overall, he was 2-4 in the major leagues and 48-55 in the minors. “It’s a very frustrating and humbling game,” Zephyrs pitching coach Jim Hickey told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “When you’re used to performing at a certain level and you’re unable to perform at that level, and you really can’t figure out why, things can really go haywire.”

posted by bitstop at 11:37 AM on July 11, 2003

Draft Busts,

I'm a bit late to this slam-fest, but I must rise to the defense of Bryant Reeves. Big Country didn't look like much of a ballplayer, but he wasn't a stiff. In his rookie year, he put up 13.3 pts, 7.4 rb with 46 pct FG pct. Year two: 16.2 pts, 8.1 rbs, 49 pct. Year three: 16.3, 7.9, 52 pct. Then he got hurt and was out of the league three years later. And I would also mention Danny Ferry as a can't-miss pick who really missed (and who had a great seat at the NBA finals).

posted by bitstop at 01:46 PM on June 18, 2003

Good sports cartoons at The Sporting Press with an emphasis on Dallas-area teams.

posted by bitstop at 04:10 PM on May 07, 2003

Sports Movies.

Favorite baseball movie -- and I'm surprised no one has mentioned it yet -- "Bang the Drum Slowly." A very young Robert DeNiro plays a dull-witted, dying journeyman catcher for a professional New York baseball team. It also includes an introduction to the card game TEGWAR (the exciting game without any rules).

posted by bitstop at 05:07 PM on March 24, 2003