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Name: Steve
Member since: January 08, 2004
Last visit: October 29, 2009

rocket88 has posted 1 link and 45 comments to SportsFilter and 1 link and 28 comments to the Locker Room.

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One 'shake' that shook up baseball.: Nobody gives it a second thought when it happens now, but 60 years ago today, organized baseball had its first black-white home-run handshake.

posted by rocket88 to baseball at 12:49 PM on April 18, 2006 - 9 comments

Just 'cause the Leafs are out doesn't mean hockey's over.
Round 3 (Conference Finals) Predictions?

posted by rocket88 to navel gazing at 12:18 PM on May 07, 2004 - 24 comments

Recent Comments

Gretzky leaving the Coyotes: 99 Done in Desert

The Coyotes just got $8.6M more profitable less unprofitable.

posted by rocket88 at 04:15 PM on September 24, 2009

Photos from the American Section at Azteca Stadium

Reminds me of Labour Day in Ivor Wynne Stadium.

posted by rocket88 at 02:29 PM on August 16, 2009

Reindorf future Coyotes' owner?

This is no surprise at all. The other owners don't want to see struggling teams move, so of course they prefer the offer that keeps the Coyotes in Phoenix.

The Rule 35 garbage about Balsillie not being of "good character and integrity" is laughable when you look at the character and integrity of some of the other past and present NHL owners.

The next step is up to Judge Baum, but I don't think this looks good for Jim or for Hamilton.

posted by rocket88 at 11:47 AM on July 30, 2009

Blue Bombers scout caught spying at Ticat practice

I wonder which plays he saw. "The one yard run"? "The incomplete pass"? "The punt"? They don't have much more than that in the playbook. </frustrated ticats fan>

posted by rocket88 at 10:17 AM on July 16, 2009

I fight because it's my job, not because I like it.

OK, pansy-assed was merely a relative term compared to the players of old (before enforcers were necessary). Obviously they're all tougher than anyone in this thread, myself included. The argument that fighting is needed to prevent cheap shots is just plain wrong. As I said above, every other sport manages to keep dirty play to a minimum without having a player dedicated to fighting. Hockey can do the same if it wants to. I don't think any true hockey fan would find the game less interesting or enjoyable if the goons or the fighting went away. If repeat fighters (say >3 per season) were given long suspensions, and teams were prevented from filling those roster positions during the suspensions (i.e. one fewer dressed player on the bench), every goon would lose his job overnight. Hockey would be just as much fun to watch and play, and there would be one more NHL job per team for players who actually deserve to be there.

posted by rocket88 at 06:49 PM on January 09, 2009

I fight because it's my job, not because I like it.

Hockey is a rough sport, and one where emotions run very high. I played it for years so I know what I'm talking about. Fights in tense situations will always happen, and no rule short of long suspensions for first offences will take it from the game. The idea of a planned, tactical fight where a coach purposely sends a goon out to instigate one has no place in hockey, however. The sport will be better when the whole concept is gone forever from our game. Cheap shots exist in all sports, and yet they all have developed ways of dealing with them without resorting to the goon payback system hockey has. If fact, in practice, most goon-instigated fights are payback for perfectly clean hits against "star" players, as if there's an unwritten rule that body checks aren't allowed against the stars. Well Gordie Howe and Rocket Richard never needed enforcers to protect their backs, so what does that say about the pansy-ass stars of today that they all need bodyguards just to step out on the ice?

posted by rocket88 at 12:13 PM on January 09, 2009

Raymond van Barneveld comes up with a 9-darter

I'm just amazed that there seems to be more people in that crowd than at the last CFL game I went to.

posted by rocket88 at 02:04 PM on January 06, 2009

Stanley Cup Pick 'Em Results

Damn...missed a share of glory by 0.1 GPG. Congrats apoch & 86!

posted by rocket88 at 10:50 AM on June 07, 2007

NHL Stanley Cup Finals Pick 'Em

Anaheim in 6 Giguere 5.5 I don't think I could live with an Ottawa win...

posted by rocket88 at 09:46 AM on May 25, 2007

NHL Conference Finals Pick 'Em

Buffalo in 6 Anaheim in 6 Numminen Kalinen Redden

posted by rocket88 at 02:33 PM on May 08, 2007

NHL Conference Semis Pick 'Em

BUF in 6 OTT in 5 SJ in 7 ANA in 6 Bonus: ANA, 91%

posted by rocket88 at 03:44 PM on April 25, 2007

NHL Conference Quarters Pick 'Em

BUF in 6 NJD in 5 NYR in 7 PIT in 7 DET in 5 ANA in 5 VAN in 7 NSH in 6 GAA: Brodeur, Giguere OTs: 18

posted by rocket88 at 11:31 AM on April 09, 2007

NHL Playoffs Pick'em Final Round

oilers in 7

posted by rocket88 at 09:13 AM on June 05, 2006

NHL Playoffs Round 3 pick 'em

Ducks in 7 Sabres in 6 Get me out of last place!!!

posted by rocket88 at 08:47 AM on May 19, 2006

NHL Playoffs Pick'em Round 2

Ottawa in 5 Jersey in 6 SJ in 6 Colorado in 7

posted by rocket88 at 02:11 PM on May 04, 2006