Archives for February 2003

February 28, 2003

Man, squealy was right.

When I was just a little boy
I asked my mother what sould I be
Should I be Arsenal, should I be Spurs?
Here's what she said to me:
Wash your mouth out son
And go get your father's gun
We'll shoot the Arsenal scum
Shoot the Arsenal scum !

That beats the bag out of "Here we go defense, here we go". Hundreds of soccer songs and chants can be found here.










posted by Samsonov14 to soccer at 12:52 PM - 16 comments

Worthington Cup Final: Liverpool v Manchester United (Sun 2pmGMT/9amEST).: The Worthington Cup (formerly known as the League Cup) final will be played this Sunday between traditional arch-rivals, Liverpool and Man Utd. Winners of England's second-best tourney (the FA Cup is the premier knockout championship) automatically qualify for next year's second-best Euro championship, the UEFA Cup (the Champions league is the "best"). Liverpool is hot off a UEFA Cup win over Auxerre yesterday, while Man Utd hopes to build on a thumping 3-0 Champions League win over Juventus in Turin just three days ago. Who will take it?

posted by worldcup2002 to soccer at 12:44 PM - 15 comments

Not exactly the people you want on your side...: The Klan is taking the side of Augusta in its stance on a fully male membership. Critics are saying it's just what they deserve, and the golf club is doing its best to keep away from the KKKrazies.

posted by bcb2k2 to golf at 07:55 AM - 8 comments

February 27, 2003

Bizarre tales that defy explanation: The Washington Times looks at unsolved sports mysteries, like Steve Nash's hair, seven seasons of the "magically unfunny" Arli$$, and why they're called strikes if you miss.

posted by kirkaracha to general at 09:48 PM - 8 comments

If Emmitt Smith extends his NFL-record 17,162 rushing yards, it won't be with the Dallas Cowboys. One of the last ties to the team that won three Super Bowls (safety Darren Woodson is the last), Smith was reportedly offered an NFL-minimum salary for a 14-year vet and turned it down.

posted by rcade to football at 01:50 PM - 12 comments

LIVE: Liverpool v Auxerre, UEFA Cup fourth round, 2nd leg (805pm GMT/305pm EST).: Liverpool host French team Auxerre, and carry a 1-0 advantage from the first leg. Winner moves into the quarterfinals, which could be Liverpool v Celtic, if Liverpool win today, and Celtic doesn't blow a 3-1 lead. If Liverpool get knocked out of the UEFA Cup tonight, they have a chance to qualify for next years tourney by beating Man Utd in the Worthington Cup final this Sunday.

posted by worldcup2002 to soccer at 12:48 PM - 26 comments

"As of this writing, 15 men in the history of organized baseball have ever thrown a perfect game. Only one of those men did it half-drunk, with bloodshot eyes, monster breath and a raging, skull-rattling hangover. That would be me." -- David Wells

posted by rcade to baseball at 11:08 AM - 16 comments

A bunch of guys who don't deserve to be in the Hall of Fame: were in fact not admitted to the Hall by the Veteran's Committee yesterday. Sorry Gil, Ron, Tony, Jim, and...Marvin Miller?!?! Would you make a case for any of these guys?

posted by vito90 to baseball at 08:02 AM - 7 comments

February 26, 2003

Don't give me this MTV generation crap. Give me a real Extreme Sport.

posted by tieguy to extreme at 02:13 PM - 9 comments

Senators Rattling the East with a Sabre!: Will this be enough to end the brand of regular season champs/post season chumps? They've been consistently at the top of the Conference for years now, only to fold like the toga-clad hob-nobbers their name suggests when it comes to a 7-gm series. I for one think its a step in the right direction, but far enough, I'm not sure. It may help them get past teams they would've beat anyway, but the Devils and Leafs will still come out on top if this is all the Sens do. I'm only noting definite playoff bound teams.....

posted by garfield to hockey at 02:11 PM - 12 comments

The Pittsburgh Steelers have slashed payroll by cutting Kordell Stewart. "No athletic figure in Pittsburgh history has been more controversial. Kordell was so big, in his way, that he didn't even need a last name," writes Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist Ron Cook. "For the life of me, I still can't figure out why."

posted by rcade to football at 12:18 PM - 11 comments

Urban Sports Legends : This was at the bottom of an earlier link, but I think it warranted a separate post. Are there more sites with stories like this related to sports? I thought this was fascinating, and I'd be curious to see if anyone knows of other collections out there on the Web. What are the weirdest sports stories you've ever heard? My best is the supposed torrid affair between a Blues' hockey star and his babysitter, which apparently got him run out of town. The guy went on to play a LONG time in the league, but I don't think he ever quite got over those rumors.

posted by wfrazerjr to culture at 11:36 AM - 11 comments

ESPN upgrades - and adds shelfball!: ESPN has finally had their msn hosted website upgraded, and their photos have come to life on the main page. They're adding a little bit of video to their title page and making it all seamless. But while they work on that, you can work on playing some shelfball - from their latest tv spots...

posted by djspicerack to culture at 10:09 AM - 0 comments

Bechler's widow's attorney targets supplement maker.: We all knew the lawsuit was inevitable. Any legal experts out there that can testify to any precedents where an individual was harmed by an over-the-counter supplement when he did not follow the instructions on the label?

posted by vito90 to baseball at 08:42 AM - 4 comments

February 25, 2003

The Phoniest Records in Sports: "Yes, there's more to life than just winning and losing -- there's also manipulating the game for selfish reasons. And we don't like it."

posted by kirkaracha to general at 09:36 PM - 9 comments

Retrosheet : "was founded in 1989 for the purpose of computerizing play-by-play accounts of as many pre-1984 major league games as possible." The site has basic data for every major league game since 1900, and box scores for every major league game between 1974 and 2001. (See the site overview for details.)

posted by kirkaracha to baseball at 12:27 PM - 2 comments

Gaining ground and breaking it. : The New York Times surveys "women taking on men in sports traditionally separated by gender," including professional hockey, college football, drag racing, and baseball. "The question is no longer, 'Can women play?' The critical question is, 'At what level?' That's the 21st-century question."

posted by kirkaracha to culture at 01:14 AM - 15 comments

February 24, 2003

Fish On!: It's Charlie's Angels meets Bass Fishing. One guy and three bikini babes (a corporate attorney, an ex-BMX champ, and a "Scorpion King" starlet) go fishing all over the world. All brought to you by ESPN2. [link via boingboing.net] What other title would you have given this show?

posted by worldcup2002 to other at 12:34 PM - 6 comments

Meet the "the nation's best player in the high school class of 2009.": Kendall Marshall, all 5-foot-2 and 95 pounds of him, has been tabbed as the top sixth-grade basketball player in the nation by one recruiting analyst. He starts for his private school's varsity team and averages a team-high 12.8 points. Is this, as some folks say, cruel or just a result of a competitive recruiting industry? Or both?

posted by thescoop to basketball at 09:31 AM - 3 comments

Div III basketball player protests,: and seems to piss everyone off in the process. Is her act of defiance good for a team concept? Is this the proper venue for protesting? [more inside]

posted by bcb2k2 to basketball at 08:16 AM - 12 comments

February 23, 2003

EPL REPORT WEEK 28: Arsenal's five-goal blast takes them five points clear at the top. (more links inside!)

posted by worldcup2002 to soccer at 05:55 PM - 4 comments

February 22, 2003

Sandy Koufax has cut ties with the Dodgers because the New York Post, owned by the same company as the team, reported in December that he's gay. The paper retracted the item yesterday. "He has now made it a national story," writes Outsports. "People everywhere are hearing 'Sandy Koufax and gay' in the same sentence, a connection 99.9% of sports fans would not have made before. "

posted by rcade to baseball at 12:54 PM - 4 comments

The new sports weblog Skip's Hog Opinon covers Arkansas athletics, the war on Iraq, and race. "You are welcome to read it, but here you opinion doesn't mean squat. It's mine that matters," writes Skip. "So if you disagree, screw off, I don't care."

posted by rcade to general at 07:18 AM - 1 comment

February 21, 2003

Bend it like Beckham.: I don't know what to make of this movie. Is this like "Monsoon Wedding" meets "Shaolin Soccer"? Any one of our English Spo-Fiers seen this? Any good football in here? Is Beckham in it? Any all-out Bollywood dancing?

posted by worldcup2002 to culture at 06:11 PM - 7 comments

Guardian starts a section devoted to women's football.: And begins with a stinging criticism of the the paternalistic approach to women's football in England. Seems that on this point, England has much more to overcome than the US. "When the England squad were out in La Manga we played against Farnborough and matched them for skill and ball control, but they beat us for pace. It's noticeable that that women's football is at it's most popular where there is no male precedent, such as China and the US."

posted by worldcup2002 to soccer at 01:09 PM - 11 comments

In a league of their own.: They didn't know, and that is surely a part of the charm. Marques Haynes and his Harlem Globetrotter teammates knew they were headed into a terrific contest against the mighty Minneapolis Lakers on that day 55 years ago. Haynes certainly understood the mathematics in play, an all all-black team facing an all-white team. -- Mark Kreidler looks back at a game that led to integration and changed the NBA forever.

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 10:19 AM - 4 comments

February 20, 2003

NBA trade deadline can't pass without a big one, and this one is pretty big. Gary Payton and Desmond Mason of the Supersonics go to Milwaukee for Ray Allen, Joel Pryzbilla, and Kevin Ollie. Does this make Milwaukee major contenders now?

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 04:29 PM - 8 comments

Name That Team...: Slate looks at sports team names in general, and Charlotte's struggle to come up with a name for its new NBA franchise. What are your rules for naming a sports team?

posted by kirkaracha to culture at 03:54 PM - 17 comments

Game on!: This isn't anything to argue about, but I do think any hockey game scheduled to last 72 hours is pretty damn cool. I plan to send 'em a little something, and maybe you can do the same. The information about the locker rooms stinking to high heaven is priceless.

posted by wfrazerjr to hockey at 03:04 PM - 0 comments

LEGO is getting into the sports collectible business with tiny interlocking NBA pros. See what your favorite players would look like with jug-shaped heads and missing noses. The injection-molded hair on Dirk Nowitzki and stubbly beard on Predrag Stojakovic are particularly flattering. (Via The Shifted Librarian)

posted by rcade to basketball at 09:15 AM - 10 comments

Bigmouth strikes again. : Fat, pompous Uefa president Lennart Johansson has entered the club v country debate by insisting international football must take priority over the club scene.

posted by squealy to football at 06:57 AM - 21 comments

February 19, 2003

Okay, so this was inevitable. Where's Martha Burk when you need her?

posted by kloeprich to general at 06:56 PM - 12 comments

BBC Sports redesigned.: None of the ESPN crazy zowieee stuff. More plain, yet brighter and more colorful. And it seems to load more quickly. The lower level (three levels and below) still look the same but, I think, overall it's a good change. The original site was starting too look old and clumpy.

posted by worldcup2002 to general at 06:24 PM - 1 comment

Oh No! The poor Orioles seem snakebit. This kid is going to be okay, but if these things come in threes, then what could possibly happen next?

posted by vito90 to baseball at 02:39 PM - 4 comments

February 18, 2003

The terrorists have won.: War or no war, Japan's soccer team is cancelling two friendlies -- the start their 2003 schedule -- to be played in the US next March.

posted by worldcup2002 to soccer at 03:22 PM - 7 comments

February 17, 2003

New ESPN site, now. I'm not sure if I like it, but I sure do like ESPN Motion, EI, and the new polls.

posted by Bag Man to other at 08:42 PM - 24 comments

Alex Ferguson admits to kicking cleat that injured David Beckham.: Alex Ferguson acknowledged kicking a soccer shoe in an angry tirade, which struck David Beckham and left a gash above his left eye that needed several stitches to close. The incident occurred Saturday after United's 2-0 loss to Arsenal in the fifth round of the FA Cup. Ferguson stormed into the dressing room and kicked the cleated shoe, which struck the England captain. (ed note: heh heh heh).

posted by Ufez Jones to soccer at 02:24 PM - 20 comments

Another heat-related sports fatality.:
You would think that teams would perform these training runs indoors in an air-conditioned track/area. While the temperature wasn't stifling (81F), the humidity was definitely high (71%). And why do overweight pitchers need to do these runs? They barely meander off the mound even to field a ground ball.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 10:50 AM - 21 comments

"Felt better over every shot": Tiger serves notice in his first tournament of the year, Mickelson once again wilts in the final round pressure. It's "only" the Buick Invitational, but any predictions on if this is an indication of the kind of year Tiger will have?

posted by vito90 to golf at 07:53 AM - 8 comments

February 14, 2003

Bringing on the heartbreak.: It's on ESPN so everyone will have seen it, but their Most Painful Heartbreakers of All Time list is lame. Where is Joe Pisarcik? Where are Francisco Cabrera and Sid Bream? What about the England-Argentina shootout in '98, or the Hand of God, or Baggio choking, or practically any World Cup moment? I think we can do better.

posted by Mookieproof to general at 01:02 PM - 21 comments

The date has finally arrived! In just a few hours, early Saturday afternoon New Zealand time, the first race of the 31st match of the oldest trophy in sports, will begin. Will the defenders keep the Cup? Will the Swiss challengers, stocked with traitorous Kiwis, take the Cup, and the right to defend it, to Europe? Will anyone watch? Are you pumped for the America's Cup? (tap, tap) Is this thing on?

posted by msacheson to other at 12:59 PM - 8 comments

ESPN.com to redesign, : featuring video clips on the home page. Could be kind of like their EXPN: Action Sports on Demand.

posted by kirkaracha to culture at 12:57 AM - 17 comments

February 13, 2003

Colorado State's Sonny Lubick says,: "From our standpoint, if the NCAA took football scholarship limits down to 75, it would be better. If we could get it down 10 more scholarships, it would help us at CSU. If scholarship limits were reduced even more, it would put us all on even terms. If you gave Nebraska the first 18 players to recruit in this region every year, and Colorado State the next 18 players, there wouldn't be that much difference between us."

Generally, Lubick has always seemed to me a straight-shooter who managed to do a lot with a little, but I can't help wondering what he'd be saying if he actually coached at Nebraska, or Miami, or Florida.

posted by kloeprich to football at 12:40 PM - 8 comments

February 12, 2003

LIVE! England v Australia (8pm GMT/3pm EST).: It's a friendly, but will be notable for several reasons: (1) Sven plans to play the England first-stringers in the first half, then completely switch to the young stars in the second; (2) Wayne Rooney of Everton will become the youngest to play for England; (3) Harry Kewell, who's supposed to be injured at Leeds, has declared himself fit to play for Australia. And you can also get the Aussie version of the commentary.

posted by worldcup2002 to soccer at 02:06 AM - 43 comments

Sorenstam in the Colonial?:
Sounds good to me. I'd prefer her over the woman who will play the Greater Hartford by qualifying on the shorter women's tees.

posted by shackbar to golf at 01:45 AM - 14 comments

February 11, 2003

Smells like "bullcrap" to me. The SF 49ers announced the hiring of Dennis Erickson as their next head coach. Were interviews with Ted Cottrell and Greg Blache purely ploys by the Niners to satisfy the NFL's minority hiring initiative? I sure think Cottrell has the right to think so...just another bullcrap session. A white coach gets picked over a black coach, AGAIN. (more ranting inside)

posted by msacheson to football at 04:31 PM - 10 comments

Nebraska lawmaker pushing pay for college football players.: Sure it's a familiar refrain, but I found it interesting that the chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, who appeared before a state legislative committee holding a hearing on the proposal, said he couldn't testify in support of the bill because doing so "would put Nebraska in violation of NCAA rules." Why can't college officials talk about this in a public forum?

posted by thescoop to football at 11:30 AM - 6 comments

February 10, 2003

Calumny: Jon Heyman v Pete Rose: "Pitchers and catchers report," may be the best four words in the world, but "Pete Rose not in Hall," might be five of the most controversial. Turns out the Hit King has been spotted at the Bellagio, among other places, visiting the sports book. Also the IRS is after Rose again in a big way. After the January lovefest, looks like Ole' Petey's on the outside looking in again.

Revised predictions on when/if Rose gets into the hall now being accepted.

Warning: Tribune Company registration may be required to view link

posted by The Crossjammer to baseball at 11:43 PM - 4 comments

The University of Connecticut Huskies (Women) : won their 61st straight game on Feb. 8. They still have the longest winning streak in Division I Women's College Basketball and now have the second longest Division I winning streak in College Basketball period - the longest streak, of course, was by the amazing 1971-74 UCLA Bruins.

posted by Joey Michaels to basketball at 04:24 PM - 13 comments

NHL Intermittent beat report

Inside: Officials get a site of their own and the state of the once sort of mighty Hurricanes

posted by Samsonov14 to hockey at 01:41 PM - 17 comments

February 09, 2003

EPL REPORT WEEK 26: Arsenal held by ten-man Newcastle, Man Utd pursuit blocked by City. (Bring your links inside!)

posted by worldcup2002 to soccer at 04:08 PM - 13 comments

Uh, about those playoff rules...we've changed them.: David Stern announced that the NBA has decided to expand its first round of playoffs from a best-of-five to a best-of-seven series starting this season. Doesn't it seem odd for a league to change the format for determining its champion in the middle of the season?

posted by herc to basketball at 01:51 PM - 15 comments

The curse of the Bambino.: Does a piano, in a pond, in Massachusetts, have anything to do with a Boston Red Sox World Series championship?

posted by rl55z to baseball at 12:09 PM - 1 comment

February 08, 2003

It's time again for four of the best words in the English language: pitchers and catchers report.

posted by rcade to baseball at 05:51 PM - 6 comments

February 07, 2003

Calumny: Jeff Schultz v Georgia Force: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Jeff Schultz lights up Atlanta for its lack of enthusiasm regarding the local Arena Football League team. I'm not sure what's more amusing though. That nobody in Atlanta cares (sound familiar?), or that enough people watched nationally to get better ratings than the NHL All-Star Game. NHL, what.. was.. that?

Choice quote (completely unrelated): Tonya Harding reportedly will fight on the undercard of Mike Tyson's next train wreck in Memphis in two weeks. You know, some setups just don't need a punch line.

Meanwhile, this AFL stuff looks like it might actually have traction. Are any of you football junkies actually watching this stuff?

posted by The Crossjammer to football at 11:54 PM - 4 comments

Martina Hingis retires at 22?: "At the moment my priority in life is no longer tennis but studying," Hingis says. "I want to get my English to such a high standard that I can get a job in, perhaps, marketing."

posted by worldcup2002 to tennis at 09:38 AM - 16 comments

That's unpossible!: With his first fighting major since 1987,(I think that's what I heard on ESPN news), Mario Van Crybaby unleashed the rage of a pretty boy who isn't getting his way. And all this days after sportswriters discussed his MVP eligibility. I for one love to see this type of thing. Well, actually I just like to see Mario whine. And it started with a little insignificant, every-other-play type of cross-check. Apparently, the GMs forgot to discuss the 'Mario Rules' over All-Star weekend. And could the rest of his team have anymore BROWN on their faces? McKenna should've been arrested for the mugging he laid on anonymous Panther defenseman. Whoever it was, that's not the point here. The point is that its Friday, and Mario Lemieux isn't enjoying his.

posted by garfield to hockey at 08:26 AM - 13 comments

Phil Mickelson, what are you smoking? : You haven't earned the right to diss my golf game, let alone Tiger's. If you're scoring at home, Tiger has won 34 titles and 8 majors, Phil 12 and zero, zilch, nada.

posted by vito90 to golf at 07:59 AM - 14 comments

February 05, 2003

NASCAR Walmart Cup?: RJR may end its 32 year old sponsoring relationship at the end of the year. Already nixed for 2003, the "No Bull 5" program that gave out million dollar bonus payouts to qualified winning drivers and a lucky fan.

posted by machaus to other at 10:45 PM - 5 comments

Lots of posts today... here's another one that surprises noone but disappoints many: Bron's back. I don't like it. Let's just keep giving these athletes the message that they're above the rules, that's healthy...

posted by Bernreuther to basketball at 04:06 PM - 11 comments

It's Signing Day!: College football fans, mostly slumbering for the past month, will take note of the high school seniors and junior college transfers that signed with their favorite teams today. More than 200 folks showed up at Georgia to see coaches tape the names of players who signed to a board, while other schools and players had less to celebrate: a WashPost story tells about Mike Hull, a Pitt signee who was involved in a car accident that killed another man and left Hull injured. The family of the man killed is suing Hull, and he could still face criminal charges. Pitt said it would honor his scholarship offer even if he cannot play.

posted by thescoop to football at 12:51 PM - 0 comments

What's the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of the Indiana Pacers? If it's "Bad Boys II" then you're victim of the media. At least that's what Isaiah and Conrad think. If you seen the Pacers play or have followed their games and post-game interviews, you might agree. Almost every opposing coach and player, with the exception of Don Nelson, have applauded the Pacers for their hard play and unselfishness. So what gives? Why this perception? Before you answer, read what Isaiah has to say about his recent suspension. There is one writer in Indy who feels that the Pacers should not shy away from the Bad Boy image.

posted by jacknose to basketball at 10:11 AM - 2 comments

Smooch!: The Indianapolis Colts' Peyton Manning and Mike Vanderjagt kiss and make up. Hopefully the last entry in this saga.

posted by internal to football at 10:08 AM - 5 comments

It's funny because it's true.: Or does it just feel that way? (Disclaimer: I am a fan, not a pained enemy.)

posted by werty to baseball at 08:32 AM - 3 comments

Johhnie Cochran lashes out : at Lion's for Mooch hiring. From the article:

"The Lions' ownership breached an agreement made to the other 31 owners of the NFL," Mehri and Cochran said in a joint statement. "On Dec. 20, the 32 owners of the NFL 'strongly agreed' to interview at least one minority candidate prior to selecting a head coach." The Lions tried to interview several minority candidates but were turned down because the candidates did not want to have "token" interviews. Team president Matt Millen has insisted he had not decided on Mariucci before he fired Marty Mornhinweg, but that insistence has been met with skepticism.

My question...is the "requirement" that teams interview one non-white candidate for vacancies hurting more than it helps? In this situation, when a known commodity like Mooch was availale, it seems that it might. Me, I'll be skeptical when Rich Kotite gets hired over a qualified black coach.



posted by vito90 to football at 08:17 AM - 11 comments

EPL REPORT WEEK 25: Man Utd close the gap. (more inside)

posted by worldcup2002 to soccer at 12:56 AM - 10 comments

February 04, 2003

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution covers some of the best high school football players who don't exist, including Montego Powers and Arthur McDuffy. "I phoned Rodney Jones, the former coach at Mount Pleasant during what was purported to be the McDuffy era," sportswriter Mike Bianchi wrote last year. "He received hundreds of letters about McDuffy from colleges around the country. There was one recruiter who made a 500-mile trek to Mount Pleasant to visit this 6-foot-6 mountain of make-believe."

posted by rcade to football at 05:20 PM - 0 comments

Bengals sued for sucking.: County commissioner Todd Portune has sued the Cincinnati Bengals (and all NFL franchises) for violating the terms of their stadium lease by "failing to be competitive." Over in England, the BBC suggests West Ham fans should do the same.

posted by worldcup2002 to football at 12:01 PM - 10 comments

February 03, 2003

Sports Frog is an outspoken new four-person weblog devoted to "dissecting sports and media while battling a dirty gambling habit." Recent items offer interesting tidbits on the Redskins ("Washington was the last NFL team to integrate") and ESPN's exploitation of prep sports ("Ron Jaworski was on the network this weekend breaking down the plays of a recent big-time high school football game").

posted by rcade to general at 03:30 PM - 6 comments

Perhaps Peyton Manning isn't so mild-mannered after all: "I'm out at my third Pro Bowl, I'm about to go in and throw a touchdown to Jerry Rice, we're honoring the Hall of Fame, and we're talking about our idiot kicker who got liquored up and ran his mouth off. When I get home, I'll deal with it. If he is still a teammate, we'll deal with it. That remains to be seen."

posted by rcade to football at 11:58 AM - 14 comments

February 02, 2003

The FIS Alpine Skiing World Championships: started this weekend in St. Moritz. On Sunday, Austrian Stephan Eberharter beat out the Hermannator (Hermann Maier) and American Bode Miller in the Men's Super G. The races will continue over the next two weeks. Unfortunately, TV coverage here in the US will be pathetically minimal.

posted by andrewraff to other at 11:07 PM - 1 comment

45 at 39: At age 39, Michael Jordan scores 45 points in 44 minutes to help the Wizards beat the New Orleans Hornets.

posted by kirkaracha to basketball at 07:34 PM - 5 comments

February 01, 2003

The NHL's financial disarray.: Blame is doled out to over-ambitious expansion, the recession, the weaker Canadian dollar, soaring (by North American professional sports standards) labour costs, and the mirage of television money. All the reasons why there will be a lockout in September 2004 can be seen right here. WashPost, minor registration required

posted by Mookieproof to hockey at 03:03 PM - 2 comments

Calumny: Sam Smith v NBA: Under the guise of power ranking the NBA, the legendary (noteworthy? heard of?) reporter gets off a few good ones at The Association's expense. A choice quote:

24. Toronto Raptors. Vince Carter returns after missing six weeks with a paper cut. But says he's not sure whether he can play because he has to attend rehearsal for his graduation from ceramics class.

Ouch!! No team is safe and plenty more hilarity ensues. Take a gander before the local media giant pushes it into the for pay archive.

By the by, I've got a pretty decent roster of comedic sports columnists, but I'm always looking for quality cheap shot artists. Got any suggestions? Please, no ESPN types, I'm trying to keep it real.

posted by The Crossjammer to basketball at 12:11 AM - 6 comments