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You got Rondo'd.: In just his 2nd year in the NBA, Boston Celtic Rajon Rondo has won the hearts of many. He is featured on the homepage of Reebok with this latest campaign. Yet the national announcers on Thursday often refered to the struggles of Rajon and that the fans are up and down on his play. So what do the fans really think about Rajon in general and in the playoffs?

posted by endorfin to basketball at 07:29 AM on June 07, 2008 - 19 comments

Undersized Pat's story raises interesting question...: who is the most unlikely player to be starting in the Super Bowl given their background? On one level it could be Tom Brady - college backup / 6th rounder. But this article shows at least one other to consider - Stephen Neal, the Pat's offensive linemen didn't play college football (he was an NCAA championship wrestler and NFL "walk-on"). Who do you suggest? Doesn't need to be this year.

posted by endorfin to football at 08:05 AM on February 02, 2008 - 1 comment

Chris Berman provides good case for destroying video tape: as he asks the question, "hasn't anyone here worked in TV before?"
He - could - go - all - the - way....

posted by endorfin to general at 08:40 PM on February 01, 2008 - 13 comments

Is Branch worth a number 1 pick?: Just a week ago the talk was that Pats won't get anything better than a 2nd round for Branch. And now we hear why this is good for Seattle and bad for Patriots: "This is a known commodity," Ruskell said. "The first round can be a crap shoot, from top to bottom." "Fifty percent were busts," Ruskell said. Who were the Pats #1 picks this century? 2005 Laurance Maroney, 2004 Logan Mankins, 2003 Ty Warren, 2002 Daniel Graham, 2001 Richard Seymour, 2000 none (Klemm 2nd rounder) Umm, crap shoot? They are all starting for the Patriots this year! Thanks Seattle!

posted by endorfin to football at 12:36 AM on September 12, 2006 - 27 comments

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Upon further review, He's out!!!

I agree wtih Howard T on the slippery slope / "what comes next?". But on face value, the proposal is to use video to verify fair / foul, over the fence. Why not simply make it available to the umpires if they want to double check before continuing the game on a call they are not sure about? It doesn't need to be a coaches challenge like football. It would level the playing field for what we have already seen happening. 1. clearly wrong call against home team 2. home team shows video on jumbo tron over and over while umps confer 3. one of the umps notices the video even though they aren't supposed to 4. play gets overturned If play / call was in favor of home team, it is never shown on the jumbotron creating an advantage.

posted by endorfin at 05:00 PM on June 14, 2008

An Instant Classic

Can someone please tell what Boston has done to earn all this amazing sports karma? A group of new owners who live by the words of Vince Lombardi, "first we will be best, then we will be first". Crafts bought Patriots, made winning it all a priority Werner, Henry, etc. bought Sox, made winning it all a priority Grosbek bought Celtics, made winning it all a priority Bruins? Umm, no. Same reasoning.

posted by endorfin at 10:41 PM on June 13, 2008

An Instant Classic

In the article Kobe said: "They were determined not to let me beat them tonight," he said. "I saw three, four bodies every time I touched the ball." Was he thinking about the half they were ahead? Looked to me that in the 2nd half, it was pretty much 1 on 1 with temporary help on picks and screens.

posted by endorfin at 06:52 AM on June 13, 2008

You got Rondo'd.

"Let's see how he plays when he doesn't have KG, Ray-Ray, and Pierce." You mean like this, this (both before Allen and KG) or this (rookie all star game - 18 Minutes 6 Points, 3 Rebounds 6 Assists 3 Steals). Looks pretty good to me. Which would laker fans rather see in the game, Rondo or Cassell?

posted by endorfin at 11:14 AM on June 09, 2008

You got Rondo'd.

shredder... maybe there was a premature coronation on some of the posts but it is interesting the contrast between Celtic fans and non-celtic fans(looks like from your postings you may be a Laker fan?). My original post was in response to the announcers saying that Celtics fans are up and down on Rondo which I don't think is true. Celtics fans would rather have Rondo over Telfair or Delonte West. Most of us were happy he was not included in the Allen or Garnett trades. He is just a pup - played just 2 years in college and then only 24 minutes per game last year. As for playoffs... Rondo: PPG 10.7 RPG 4.20 APG 6.6 Fisher: PPG 10.3 RPG 2.60 APG 2.4

posted by endorfin at 01:28 PM on June 07, 2008

NFL Owners Vote Unanimously to End Collective Bargaining Agreement

JMD beat me to it. Not being on top of this, why would the owners opt out? If the owners opt out, then the salary cap / threshold goes away. I would think most team gross salaries go up in this case. Plus it would be disruptive to league parity - the strong (rich) will get stronger. Why would the owners prefer going uncapped and why would the players oppose it? IMO - of all major pro sports leagues in the US, labor relations (owners vs. players), football seems to be more balanced than other sports.

posted by endorfin at 11:41 AM on May 20, 2008

Chris Berman provides good case for destroying video tape

By the way, the video is from 8 years ago. You can see in the backdrop it mentions 30 years from 1970 - 2000. But I still thought it was worth posting since it just recently surfaced. I think Arlen Specter is going to look into the cover up and why it took so long for the public to "be enlightened".

posted by endorfin at 12:06 AM on February 02, 2008

The Official Line vs. The Betting Line

knowssome, what do you expect them to do? You can disagree, but here is what the article said about your two points: “Bert Bell realized that gambling on football was not going to go away but he also understood the league had to be as transparent as possible in protecting the integrity of the game — that there could not be any rumor or innuendo that the fix was in, or it could kill the sport.” The next season, Bell announced that the league would publish before each game a report of the injuries of all players and their likelihood of participating. It evolved into the detailed midweek report that a remains a staple of the N.F.L. “It was intended to provide information that assured the public that the game was played honestly,” MacCambridge said. “But paradoxically, it gave bettors more information and greater confidence that they were betting on an honest game.”

posted by endorfin at 07:16 AM on February 01, 2008

Soccer Is As American As Apple Pie

for those who were saying it is just too boring to watch, I have a challenges. If you get the Fox Soccer Channel, check out the indoor soccer games on Friday nights Indoor Schedule. To the soccer purists, this may be the equivalent of arena football but at least maybe it will give you a chance to see the game in a more action oriented manner. The indoor game has more similarities to hockey - 6v6, boards and sub on the fly - all lead to more action and scoring. It took me a while before I really got into watching 11v11 on TV. It is definitely a sport that is better live where you can get the bigger picture. Plus I find the MLS teams play at a much more physical level in the playoffs (and unlike other sports, I can actually afford and find MLS playoff tickets). As far as overall popularity of soccer, we have an over-the-hill league in MA . There are literally hundreds of teams and there is even an Over 60 division. There are many indoor soccer options allowing us to play year round. I played American football in high school and college, and then touch football for 10 years after that. Soccer is a great froum for aerobic excercise and fun. I also find it much more physical than touch football and basketball.

posted by endorfin at 02:01 PM on January 19, 2008

New England By the Numbers

In one corner... Superbowl champs, 7-0 this season. Playing at home. 8-2 against the spread in their last 10 games. 5.5 point underdog. vs. what kyrilmitch said. All adds up to... watch for an important announcement from A-rod during the 4th quarter

posted by endorfin at 07:05 AM on November 04, 2007

Bruins' Patrice Bergeron Leaves Game on Stretcher

Big over reaction here. Take a look at the video and also see Jones' response (comments) on the Flyers website. Even Bruin fans are saying they know it was unintentional. Flyer Fan As a Bruins fan (who was watching the game), my thoughts were: Hope he wakes up Hope he isn't paralyzed Hope he plays again Jones' statement on the website was released at the game before the second intermission. It was preemptive and I'm glad he released it. However, I don't believe the video supports it was unintentional. Sure, maybe it was out of character and a poor choice, ok. But it sure looks more like an intentional hit from behind into the boards of a defenseless player. At least to me, this looks like a better description than "he was checking up and it was accidental".

posted by endorfin at 07:07 AM on October 28, 2007

Top 50 Sporting Injuries

How about Drew Bledsoe's injury from Mo Lewis' hit. Led to 3 super bowls so far. Very big impact injury.

posted by endorfin at 07:17 AM on October 17, 2007

Most Popular NFL Teams (in Order): Cowboys, Colts, Steelers, Packers

Here is the correct link for 2007: click here Another part of the poll was who will win the superbowl this year: Indianapolis Colts 25 New England Patriots 23 San Diego Chargers 8 Dallas Cowboys 7 Pittsburgh Steelers 6 Texan_in_NY, the question was who are your favorite 2 (not rank them all best to worst). rcade, you must be happy to know the Jags were middle of the pack for the superbowl question.

posted by endorfin at 08:17 PM on October 02, 2007

And now come the lawyers ...

Hey, that's great! Probably the only thing that can make the rest of the country actually rally round the Pats. Patriots vs. the Sharks. What's the spread? I wonder if this is an undercover ploy by Patriots PR department to rehabilitate their public image?

posted by endorfin at 10:30 PM on September 30, 2007

Belichick's cheating could lead to dark days for NFL.

Couple of points... Other shoe to drop - I believe people are misinterpreting and spinning what Goodall said on TV Monday night. He said that there could be additional sanctions if Belichik did not come clean. Goodall said that he asked for the prior tapes and notes and expected Belichik to comply. Why on earth would he say this if there was no admission to prior tapes and notes existing? Yes, BB has prior tapes and notes and never denied it. Watergate comparison - give me a break. No laws were broken, only rules within the game. The cameraman was in plain sight, not breaking into a hotel after hours. I prefer to think this more like Bill Clinton getting a Lewinski. Extremely stupid, embarrassing and for marginal gain. Stonewalling - Belichik said pretty much the same thing after every victory or loss in the last 5 years - "we're putting that behind us and moving on to our opponent this week." Nothing new here - no stonewalling - just Bill being boring Bill. By the way, what credible source has come forward regarding the microphone in the pads theory that seems to be repeated with no basis? Does anyone think the Jets would not have had the pads confiscated if they suspected this was happening? Belichik violated the rules. And he is being penalized for it. It was stupid. Now the Pats are becoming just as hated as the old Steelers, Raiders, Cowboys and 49ers. Not because they are cheaters but because they are winners.

posted by endorfin at 08:27 PM on September 18, 2007