Archives for October 2005

October 31, 2005

Theo Epstein walks away: The boy genius GM of the Boston Red Sox has turned down a three-year, $4.5M contract. This comes despite reports yesterday in the Boston Globe (a paper that owns a 17% stake in the Red Sox) that a deal was done.

posted by wfrazerjr to baseball at 04:54 PM - 74 comments

Formula Ferrari: After Bridgestone's inability to provide decent tyres to Ferrari for the 2005 season, Max Mosely decides to revoke the rule change that left them unable to compete with Michelin. 50% of the F1 revenue stream isn't enough of an advantage?

posted by rodgerd to auto racing at 04:22 PM - 5 comments

Brett Favre turns one over ... to a fan: Cincy fan Greg Gill came out of the stands Sunday and ended up rumbling, bumbling, stumbling about 50 yards before getting drilled into the turf. Now there are questions about the security at Paul Brown Stadium. Ya think?

posted by wfrazerjr to football at 04:14 PM - 65 comments

Arab players break fast because of their love of soccer: Because I love the slightly off topic articles. Islamic players of the worlds most popular game had to violate their beliefes and play on Saturday afternoon during Ramadan.

posted by HATER 187 to soccer at 12:34 PM - 9 comments

The NBA's ugliest Uniforms: A listing of the NBA's worst uniforms. Pretty funny actually

posted by koolmo to basketball at 11:32 AM - 26 comments

UConn players punished by university for laptop thefts: You may remember our previous discussion, now UConn has handed down the punishment to Marcus Williams and AJ Price. Williams appears to have received a lesser penalty because of his involvement in primarily an off-campus role.

posted by YukonGold to basketball at 09:49 AM - 12 comments

Aston O'Villa?: First Chelski (that's worked out well), then Manchester Buccaneers (that hasn't, so far), now ... strugglers Aston Villa to be purchased for GBP64mil majority stake by Irish-based billion-pound real estate company, Corner Homes Group. A new era for the Villa? New manager? New players? Whaddayasay, BigCalmy?

posted by worldcup2002 to soccer at 12:13 AM - 12 comments

While the New Orleans Saints: played their first game of the season in Louisiana on Sunday, state officials scrambled to make sure it wouldn't be one of the last. Meanwhile, saints owner Tom Benson is fighting mad.

posted by justgary to football at 12:09 AM - 18 comments

October 30, 2005

Monday Morning CEO : It is kind of a creepy blog.

posted by scully to football at 07:37 PM - 10 comments

October 29, 2005

OLN, Cablevision reach deal.: An update to garfield's post.

posted by goddam to hockey at 09:45 PM - 7 comments

CFL player arrested for sexual assault, also HIV positive: Trevis Smith, a linebacker for the Saskatchewan Rough Riders, has been under investigation for several months after a British Columbia woman accused him. After his arrest, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police revealed his medical condition out of concern for others Smith may have infected.

posted by wfrazerjr to football at 05:27 PM - 14 comments

October 28, 2005

The Hoser Picks, NFL Week 8: NFL predictions for those who would prefer ritual disembowelment to listening to Michael Irvin. By sportsfilter's own wfrazerjr.

posted by justgary to football at 03:58 PM - 16 comments

You fell, you fat pig. Have another doughnut. Have another doughnut: Scroll down to the bottom of the page to hear Jim Schoenfeld rock out like he was fightin' with Donut Don Koharski (again with the scrolling in a downward direction). (RAM files - Real Alternative download) There are some other goodies there for you Buffalo Sabres fans.

posted by NoMich to hockey at 02:42 PM - 5 comments

The Hoser Picks, NFL Week 8: NFL predictions for those who would prefer ritual disembowelment to listening to Michael Irvin.

posted by wfrazerjr to commentary at 02:34 PM - 0 comments

Reminder - Fantasy NBA head-to-head draft Sunday evening: Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. PST. It should go pretty quick, since there are only six teams. We still have room for 4 more. League ID is 89851, password is spofi.

posted by dusted to fantasy at 12:10 PM - 0 comments

FIFA against video-assisted referee testing: ...unless, of course, it is doing the testing.

posted by garfield to soccer at 11:41 AM - 7 comments

WS Ratings suck! Thank you, FOX!: Ouch! Was FOX partly to blame for the abyssmal ratings or the two teams competing? You would think the Series would be more compelling considering the history of the two teams, but I guess not.

posted by willthrill72 to baseball at 10:01 AM - 99 comments

The Million Dollar Kick:
As part of a CFL contest, one fan had a chance to make 4 field goals: 20, 30 and 40 yards for smaller prizes, and a 50 yard field goal to win $1,000,000 Cdn. ($854,920.06 US). He misses the first 3 kicks and nails the last one.

posted by grum@work to football at 08:09 AM - 32 comments

Nine Men In: The writer and longtime Chicago icon Studs Terkel marks the end of the Black Sox curse, which began when he was 7. "If there had been real justice after the scandal of 1919, Charlie Comiskey, the Sox owner, would have been the one kicked out of the game."

posted by rcade to baseball at 07:08 AM - 6 comments

October 27, 2005

Cashman stays with Yanks: The Yankees agreed to terms with GM Brian Cashman.

posted by redsoxrgay to baseball at 08:48 PM - 13 comments

Jean Van De Velde goes for Ladies British Open.: Honestly, with girls crossing over to the men's tour, is there a viable argument to prevent men from doing the same thing? Sexism goes both ways on this one, I would think, and a gender only policy in the Ladies Golf Union is just as exclusionary as one in the Men's tour.

posted by dfleming to golf at 06:39 PM - 17 comments

Is it too early to discuss Le Tour? : of course not. The itinerary for next year was announced today. I can't wait. It's going to be tough.

posted by Fat Buddha to extreme at 05:55 PM - 3 comments

PGA Tour poised to try its own 'chase' finish in '07: The PGA Tour's plan to revamp its 2007 schedule includes ending the season in September and creating a NASCAR-style points chase. Will bump-drafting golf carts with restrictor plates be allowed?

posted by Team SkidMark to golf at 05:08 PM - 2 comments

Broncos' Carswell badly injured in car crash.: Currently in serious but stable condition in the intensive care ward of a Denver hospital.

posted by The_Black_Hand to football at 04:39 PM - 3 comments

Saints to LA?: Let's see. Rams, Raiders. I don't know why a city the size of LA can't keep a football team. They've had two chances. Maybe San Antonio should get the chance.

posted by drevl to football at 03:08 PM - 15 comments

2 Eagles players condemed because they love the Lord: Tra Thomas comes in to a public school talking 'bout Jebus and says he ain't preaching! How does he sleep at night?

posted by HATER 187 to football at 01:49 PM - 103 comments

The Taste of Defeat: A comprehensive list of relievers who blew big games and how they fared afterwards. Where's Brad Lidge going to fit in?

posted by DrJohnEvans to baseball at 10:43 AM - 12 comments

Scoring - Guy Lafleur: Scroll down to #266 -- Sept. 23.: From the anals of music history comes Montreal Canadians' skater Guy Lafleur's disastrous foray into hockey-instruction disco.

posted by fabulon7 to hockey at 09:12 AM - 22 comments

Still a hero in hometown: Was Jackson guilty? Greenville says it ain't so.

posted by justgary to baseball at 04:49 AM - 7 comments

October 26, 2005

For the second time in 87 years, the two Sox franchises won back-to-back championships in the same number of games:
In 1917, the Chicago White Sox defeated the NY Giants 4 games to 2; in 1918 the Red Sox defeated the Chicago Cubs 4 games to 2. Both teams then endured nearly 9 decades of futility... until tonight, when the Chicago White Sox rode great pitching to a Series Sweep of the Houston Astros, one year after the Red Sox did the same to the St. Louis Cardinals.

posted by hincandenza to baseball at 11:13 PM - 52 comments

Latin Legends team announced.: You can catch them being presented prior to Game 4 of the World Series (which is happening right now if it is in fact, right now).

posted by panoptican to baseball at 07:27 PM - 14 comments

It Ain't Easy Being Green.: First Tony Allen gets charged with aggravated assault. Now Mark Blount is being accused of cheating on his SAT, taking cash in college, and taking steroids. No word on his involvement in JFK's assassination

posted by lilnemo to basketball at 05:24 PM - 3 comments

White Sox Manager Stirs Pride in Venezuela: "We love Ozzie," Simon Lopez said in one packed nightspot. "He plays a different baseball: Caribbean style."

posted by zippinglou to baseball at 04:47 PM - 17 comments

There's a Mr. Martz for you on line one, he says he works here...: Mike Martz calls Rams, asks, "Can you hear me now?" The answer, of course, is "No."

posted by The_Black_Hand to football at 03:20 PM - 3 comments

Would you rather run laps or ... ?: Nottingham Forest manager Gary Megson came up with a novel way of punishing his under-performing soccer players over the weekend when he made them face disgruntled fans in the changing rooms.

posted by littleLebowski to general at 03:11 PM - 11 comments

Pats' Bruschi on Bills game: 'I'd like to get out there': I'm not a huge fan of Bruschi, but good luck to him. I have a brother-in-law who had a more severe stroke and it was painful watching a young man (35 at the time) in incredible shape crapping his pants and talking like a child.

posted by willthrill72 to football at 02:46 PM - 8 comments

"I'm sorry Weedy, it just wasn't meant to be...": Jamaal Magloire has been traded to the Bucks for Desmond Mason, an '06 1st round pick, and the much loved "cash considerations".

posted by lilnemo to basketball at 02:44 PM - 6 comments

Different season, different results: Here's hoping Roger gets healthy and spins a beauty in Game 5. Just don't count on it.

posted by justgary to baseball at 01:20 PM - 11 comments

Air Force Football Team sucks because they have no black kids: Maybe all their african-american student-athletes are playing baseball

posted by HATER 187 to culture at 11:50 AM - 59 comments

EPL Fantasy Premier League update, through Week 10: Now with Premier League spelled correctly!

posted by gspm to fantasy at 11:20 AM - 0 comments

Hard-Core Cubs Fan Dies After Sox Win Pennant: Two weeks ago, 68-year old Irene Egan conceded to her son that she knew the Sox were doing well. "She's like, 'If them damn Sox go to the World Series, it will be the death of me,'" Allen Grove said. One week later, the Sox did, indeed, seal their first trip to baseball's Fall classic in 46 years. Two days after that, the 68-year-old lifelong Cub fan died.

(via There's Your Karma, Ripe As Peaches)

posted by Amateur to culture at 08:37 AM - 18 comments

"Sexuality and gender don't change anyone's performance on the court.": NJCAA Player of the Year, NCAA champion, Final Four's Most Outstanding Player, National player of the year, Goodwill Games Gold medal winner, Three time Olympic gold medal winner, Four time WNBA champion, Three time regular-season MVP, Five-time All-WNBA First Team honoree, first female athlete to have a shoe named after her. The very talented Sheryl Swoopes announced she is gay.

posted by scully to basketball at 07:45 AM - 60 comments

Kobe-Phil pairing won't amount to much: Superstar, coach back together, but Lakers simply aren't very good.

posted by justgary to basketball at 04:15 AM - 21 comments

Game Over: The White Sox win the longest game in World Series history to take a 3-0 lead over the Astros.

posted by kirkaracha to baseball at 01:22 AM - 59 comments

October 25, 2005

Say It Ain't So, Jackie: An AP story that just moved on the wire notes that the Houston Astros are the first World Series team since 1953 with a roster that doesn't include a black player. "I think it's a huge, huge problem for baseball," Astros general manager Tim Purpura said. "The pool of African-American players just isn't there."

posted by rcade to baseball at 06:09 PM - 29 comments

Wellington Mara, 1916-2005: New York Giants co-owner Wellington Mara, one of the last links to the era when the National Football League was a struggling sport played by teams like the Pottsville Maroons and Decatur Staleys, has died at age 89.

posted by rcade to football at 02:34 PM - 5 comments

When Fists are Frozen: The Statue of Tommie Smith and John Carlos.: Perhaps the main reason the statue is so good, so different, from things like Martin Luther King, Jr. shot glasses and Mohandas Ghandi mouse pads, is that it was the inspiration not of the school's Board of Trustees but a group of students who pushed and fought for the school to pay proper respect to two forgotten former students that epitomized the defiance of a generation.

posted by the red terror to other at 12:31 PM - 18 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 19: Because it's better then watching the Astros come up with a different uniform set for each freaking game. Also, we're nearly done, as are the Ottawa Renegades.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 10:35 AM - 0 comments

Move Over, Steve Bartman: An as-yet-unnamed fan harassed Craig Biggio's wife Patty during the White Sox/Astros game at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago Sunday night, pulling her hair and slapping her in the face, then fleeing before he was chased down by her brother. "I wish she would have grabbed something and broken his head," said White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen.

posted by rcade to baseball at 09:59 AM - 55 comments

October 24, 2005

MLB May Not Let the Astros Raise the Roof:

"The Astros were 36-17 at home when it was closed during the regular season, 15-11 when it was rolled back and 2-0 in games that began indoors and finished in fresh air."

"During the regular season, the Astros pick their environment. But during the postseason, the commissioner's office makes that call."

Frankly, MLB should not decide what the Astros's should do! It's intrusive to tell them not to raise their own roof! -What's next? Will they demand that the fans remain quiet and not cheer for their team?

I personally want to see how the White Sox play in such a hostile environment, where the crowds cheer echoes all over one's bones... where the ball carries a bit further when the roof is raised.... where Houston would really have a home field advantage! I'm rooting for the Sox, but I want to see a great game first and foremost.... This decision by MLB is bordering in ridiculous!

posted by zippinglou to baseball at 09:24 PM - 83 comments

Martz Out For Season: Its offical - Mike Martz is now out for the full season due to health complications.

posted by redsoxrgay to football at 07:10 PM - 11 comments

Parcells explains shove to assistant: A day after the Cowboys' 13-10 loss to the Seahawks, a lot of the talk in the locker room centered on coach Bill Parcells shoving receivers coach Todd Haley on the sideline.

posted by Team SkidMark to football at 05:06 PM - 25 comments

Reminder - Fantasy Basketball Head to Head draft tomorrow night!: We've got a full league now (14 teams). Draft begins at 9 EST, 6 PST.

posted by Ufez Jones to fantasy at 08:47 AM - 0 comments

October 23, 2005

Podsednik's shot sinks Astros in Game 2: Podsednik's home run off Brad Lidge in the ninth inning gave Chicago a thrilling 7-6 victory over the Houston Astros on Sunday night and put the White Sox halfway home to their first World Series title in 88 years.

posted by justgary to baseball at 11:18 PM - 74 comments

Over the Hill: Is this even a story anymore? Another MRI on Grant Hill's knee? Really, Dr., something's messed up in there? Huh, go figure.

posted by jpageua to basketball at 09:45 PM - 14 comments

Texas gains two more top votes in ap poll: No 2 texas may not be no 2 for long,after dispatching previously unbeaten Texas Tech 52-17, the longhorns seem to be changing peoples minds as to who should be no 1.

posted by to football at 04:20 PM - 30 comments

NBA Unveils Official "2005-06 All-NBA First Team - Fantasy" Award: It's not like the recognition you get at SpoFi, but the NBA plans to be the first professional sports league to recognize its fantasy best.

posted by smithers to basketball at 01:37 PM - 2 comments

Saints Go Marching Out: The New Orleans Saints have likely played their last game in the city, sources told ESPN's Chris Mortensen. The plan is to spend 2006 in San Antonio and possibly Los Angeles as a permanent home.

posted by rcade to football at 12:26 PM - 26 comments

Just another sad story about a death at a sporting event!: There isnt much more to day than this! UMM is a D3 school in Minnesota.

posted by daddisamm to football at 10:30 AM - 13 comments

October 22, 2005

Sox 5, Astros 3: Though some questioned manager Ozzie Guillen's decision to field a bullpen in the World Series, they came up huge in the eighth inning of Game 1, striking out the side with runners at first and third to preserve a narrow White Sox victory on Chicago's South Side.

posted by rcade to baseball at 10:40 PM - 101 comments

Henry responsible for Pires's piss-poor penalty.: So, your team, EPL champions just two seasons ago, now struggling mid-table, is ahead in a match because of the penalty you scored. You've just earned another penalty that could put your team firmly in the driver's seat. You have a special plan worked out with your club's record-breaking top scorer where, instead of you kicking the ball into goal, you'll fake it and pass it so that your top scorer can kick it into goal. What do you do? You mess up so bad it looks like you touched the ball twice, and the ref gives the ball to the other side. You get lucky because your first goal is the only one that stands at the end of the match (the other team has one very close-call goal disallowed), your manager backs you up, and your top scorer says the whole screw-up was his idea. What the hell were you thinking?

posted by worldcup2002 to soccer at 10:13 PM - 8 comments

Piazza likely done playing for mets: pizza man done in pizza town? could Piazza be an DH next year? my opinion is thats probably his best bet.

posted by to baseball at 06:14 PM - 14 comments

another stupid trade idea from our friend sam: It looks like Sam Smith of the Chicago Tribune is at it again. Every year, at least once, Minnesota Timberwolves fans must endure another stupid trade scenario. For the past two years it has been Garnett for the starting five of the baby-bulls, minus a player or two, and with draft considerations. It seems he can't stop there. his new idea has Garnett going to Dallas for Nowitzki. Does this trade make any sense in any way beside it being two big names? Why would Minnesota want this? Garnett is every bit the player Dirk is, but he can play defense. He rebounds better, shoots better from inside 20 feet, passes much better, and can bring the ball up the court. The only thing Dirk has that Kevin doesn't is a reliable three. How in the world does that fit in with the new Dwayne Casey coached T wolves? He first ran this story in May (22nd) as a real trade,being thought about by Cuban, but since has recycled the story as merely a thought. Sam Smith should have his press ID and decoder ring taken away until he learns to write an article that has some merit.

posted by jpageua to basketball at 06:10 PM - 8 comments

Wells Prefers West: Imagine that. Players wanting to be traded for reasons other than MO MONEY. Praise the Lord, I didn't think it was possible. Could there be trouble in River City (Charlstown River, that is)?

posted by drevl to baseball at 09:10 AM - 21 comments

The Hoser Picks, NFL Week 7: NFL predictions that wish Britney's husband would just take a damned bath already.

posted by justgary to football at 12:05 AM - 8 comments

October 21, 2005

The Hoser Picks, NFL Week 7: NFL predictions that wish Britney's husband would just take a damned bath already.

posted by wfrazerjr to commentary at 05:39 PM - 0 comments

F1 to consider qualifying change : F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone wants to replace one-lap qualifying with three separate Saturday sessions, but some of the teams do not back the proposal.

posted by Team SkidMark to auto racing at 04:25 PM - 5 comments

Leo Mazzone is heading to the Baltimore Orioles.: Looks like starting in 2006 we may finally get to see whether Mazzone's greatness as a coach transcends a particular team and system and whether the Braves can keep their ridiculous streak of division titles alive with the Cox-Mazzone-Schuerholz triumvirate being reduced to a duo.

posted by holden to baseball at 01:36 PM - 20 comments

CommonCensus Sports Map Project: produces "maps that show exactly where the fans for each team are located, based on the geographic votes of Internet users," including NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, and NCAA Football.

posted by kirkaracha to culture at 12:40 PM - 30 comments

Fire Joe Morgan: Censuring Sports Commentary Since 1931.

posted by jasonspaceman to baseball at 08:58 AM - 25 comments

October 20, 2005

Paul Shirley returns. Again.: Discussed before. The difference of course is that he is now being paid to write about the fact that he isn't being paid to play basketball. Or he could write about something else I guess.

posted by panoptican to basketball at 07:59 PM - 5 comments

If nobody gets crippled, it'll be a miracle...: and probably a ratings failure. Jerry Rice, Bo Jackson, Karl Malone, Xavier McDaniel, Jim McMahon, Bill Goldberg and others will challenge "regular Joes" to contests of physical prowess on a new show on Spike TV. In other news, Spike TV is still on the air.

posted by The_Black_Hand to culture at 04:04 PM - 37 comments

The 1917 World Series: The unheralded 1917 White Sox won 100 games, hit 18 home runs all year (it was the dead-ball era), had nine players that stole 10 or more bases during the season, and wore silly uniforms. They beat the New York Giants (play-by-play accounts) 4 games to 2, winning a snazzy championship pin. It was the Giants' fourth straight World Series defeat. [more inside]

posted by kirkaracha to baseball at 03:31 PM - 8 comments

Friday Night Football: With Hurricane Wilma bearing down on Miami, Sunday's scheduled Chiefs-Dolphins game has been moved ahead to tomorrow night at 7 ET. Perhaps somebody with a more extensive knowledge of NFL history than I possess can tell us: is this the first Friday night NFL game ever?

posted by Motown Mike to football at 02:21 PM - 20 comments

Friday Night Football: For those of you in the variety of fantasy football leagues, check your lineups as the Dolphins/Chiefs game is being played tomorrow, Friday, at 7pm.

posted by jasonspaceman to fantasy at 01:51 PM - 0 comments

Serving Larry Bird: too bad he wasn't number 15.

posted by Hugh Janus to basketball at 11:50 AM - 17 comments

"'ve fallen victim to an anti-fan policy that boggles the mind...": I guess the old NHL is still alive and kicking. Or is it just Bettman's stink? [via]

posted by garfield to hockey at 09:53 AM - 18 comments

Cheerleading is Not a Sport: Cheerleading is not a non-sport because itís typically for neurotic blondes with disorders of both the eating and attention deficit variety (although it is); itís a nonsport because thereís no on-the-fly competition.

posted by Bill Lumbergh to culture at 08:45 AM - 48 comments

October 19, 2005

The Astros Win the Pennant: Houston's going to the World Series for the first time, thanks to a great performance by Roy Oswalt and an error-prone opponent. (Three wild pitches?)

posted by kirkaracha to baseball at 11:42 PM - 38 comments

World Series pick 'em: I figured I should at least start the thread. I'll try to figure out the rankings later. My heart's just not in it right now.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 10:24 PM - 0 comments

SpoFi UEFA Champions League poolness: Matchday 3 update-osity.

posted by gspm to fantasy at 09:07 PM - 0 comments

New Baseball Teams for New York and Boston?: In one of the most simple-minded articles I've ever seen written, BusinessWeekOnline's Michael Mandel argues that the reason that the Yankees and BoSox can afford such astronomical paychecks is due to the relative size of the local economies versus the number of teams in the relative area. The SportsBiz blog and Hardball Times offer up two of the myriad reasons that this thinking is not just oversimplistic, but unrealistic under the current set of MLB rules. (via The Sports Economist)

posted by Ufez Jones to baseball at 07:17 PM - 24 comments

Noelle Pikus-Pace, ranked number 1 in the world in the skeleton event, had her leg crushed in an accident at the Calgary Olympic Park.: The first American woman to ever win the overall world cup skeleton title suffered a compound fracture of her lower left leg when an American four-man bobsled manned by a rookie driver and rookie brakeman overran their stop area and plowed into Pikus-Pace and two other sliders at about 60 mph.

posted by mr_crash_davis to other at 06:08 PM - 4 comments

"I don't do this s--- for any external reason, but I'm sure Sunday I'll be thinking about some things that have happened.": Going into the opening race of the 2005-2006 World Cup ski season on Sunday in Austria, there is no skier with more hanging over him (or her) than last year's overall men's champion, Bode Miller. Besides the weight of expectations based on his history of amazing performances, the intensity of public and media scrutiny, and the pressures of the upcoming Olympic year, Miller is currently dealing with the recent injury of his younger brother Chelone, who received a severe head injury in a motorcycling accident on October 6. Chelone Miller, a sponsored competitive snowboarder who appears in Warren Miller's soon-to-be-released film Higher Ground.

posted by lil_brown_bat to other at 02:57 PM - 7 comments

McGill University (Montreal) scraps the rest of the football season: Citing a hazing incident, McGill University has cancelled the rest of its men's football season. School officials announced Tuesday that a four-week investigation uncovered hazing rituals performed during "rookie night" on Aug. 27. Although the investigation report will not be made public because "it contains confidential information," Masi confirmed that "despite the fact that all athletes signed commitments that they would not engage in hazing and despite warnings from the coach that inappropriate behaviour would not be tolerated, activities were planned and carried out, in clear violation of the rules."

posted by jc to football at 11:35 AM - 12 comments

The Agony of Defeat: In a story that will not become an inspirational ESPN movie starring Gene Hackman, a Florida high school has dropped its football program midseason after losing its first six games by a combined score of 299-0. The Doral Academy Firebirds, who returned 13 starters from last year's 0-11 team, still had the toughest part of the schedule to come. During the first six games of this season, they lost 29 out of 45 players with season-ending injuries to their pride.

posted by rcade to football at 11:20 AM - 17 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 18: Two games with huge playoffs implications this week. Also, the Lions try to shake their funk against the worst kind of opponent: one already eliminated from the playoffs.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 10:05 AM - 0 comments

Meet Yuta Fukuda,: a placekicker for the North Alabama Lions. Once, he was a soccer player with dreams of attending college in Utah. Now, he's kicks field goals in Florence, Alabama. (NY Times link).

posted by 86 to football at 09:55 AM - 10 comments

"Yeah, Stephen, Iím Will from Deadspin, I wanted ó"

"From where?" Stephen spat.

"Oh, Deadspin. Itís a Web site."

"Oh, OK. Yaíll should have come up with a better name than that."

Will from Deadspin sits in the audience of Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith.

posted by Ufez Jones to culture at 09:41 AM - 10 comments

Kids: Please make sure you get a parent or adult to help you with this activity:
To put you in the holiday mood, pumpkin stencils of your favorite Detroit Pistons. [via]

posted by yerfatma to basketball at 06:58 AM - 13 comments

DRAWING PITCHERS: Witteís scientific theory, the specifics of which he refuses to divulge, has something to do with how successful pitchers keep their gloves elevated at the start of their windups, let their back shoulders drop, and lift their front legs high.

posted by justgary to baseball at 02:21 AM - 6 comments

October 18, 2005

EPL Fantasy League: Managers vote: Should we boot "Unknowns"?: Do we boot the managers/teams that don't identify clearly by SpoFi ID? I'm looking for >50% of all EPL fantasy league managers (i.e., at least 14 out of 27 managers) indicating YES in the comments within this post by this Sunday or I won't do anything. Detailed rules and list of "Unknown" players inside. (For the history on this vote, see this Locker Room post.)

posted by worldcup2002 to fantasy at 08:37 PM - 0 comments

Victor Conte (Balco) gets sentenced 8 months: Its official- Victor Conte is guility. Conte sevres a total of 8 months, but will recieve only 4 in prision.

posted by redsoxrgay to general at 02:23 PM - 31 comments

Twins Radio broadcaster is back for his 51th season.: Often over-looked, Hall of a Fame broadscaster with be back for his 51st season with the Twins. I grew up listening to Herb. He is one of the rare breed that paints a picture of the game. His voice isnt what it once was and he has "lost a step" in his form, but he is still fun to listen too. No, he is not the best of all time--but Herb is in the team picture!

posted by daddisamm to baseball at 02:06 PM - 4 comments

IRL to probe Danica incident: If she said she hit me on the temple with her fingers, that's fine. It doesn't matter. My son hits harder than she does."

Lazier's son is 4 years old

posted by justgary to auto racing at 01:49 PM - 48 comments

He's disgracing my family name!: Joey Harrington might be on his last legs as the Lions' starter. Jeff Garcia's close to returning, and Dan Orlovsky, although an untested rookie, was the only QB able to get the Lions into the endzone in the preseason. Is Joey Matt Millen's version of Joe Dumars' Darko? Previously discussed here.

posted by MeatSaber to football at 12:55 PM - 27 comments

EPL Fantasy Premierleauge update, through Week 9: Whathisname continues to lead. And the table goes on a diet.

posted by gspm to fantasy at 11:34 AM - 0 comments

No Adidas.: Arkansas State's leading returning scorer, Jerry Nichols, is sitting out because he refuses to wear Adidas shoes, which Indians players are obligated to wear because of a school contract. Nichols was wearing Adidas shoes when he suffered a knee injury in 2001 while playing for Walters State Community College.

posted by jasonspaceman to basketball at 11:05 AM - 21 comments

Fantasy NBA Roto Experts league: This is a roto league to complement the head-to-head league. 10 team limit, no waiting periods for trades, no waivers (dropped players are instantly available), basically no restrictions. More info, league settings, roster positions and draft time inside...

posted by dusted to fantasy at 10:56 AM - 0 comments

Showing some class - finally?: Looks like the NBA is trying to finally (at least it's a start) clean up it's act and make the thugs at least a little bit presentable.

posted by Stealth_72 to basketball at 10:10 AM - 35 comments

Hal Lebovitz passes away: A Cleveland sportswriter for over 60 years.

posted by roycedawg to baseball at 10:10 AM - 2 comments

Tom Boonen won cycling's world championship, and now he's selling his jersey: Original sweat included... While you're at it, you might want to pick up the jersey in which Serge Baguet won the Belgian championship to.

The auction is hosted by Belgian cycling legend Johan Museeuw and the money is meant for a childrens cancer foundation. It is in Dutch, but you should(!) recognize the pictures.

posted by Pundonor to other at 03:18 AM - 0 comments

October 17, 2005

Albert Pujols.

posted by mbd1 to baseball at 10:54 PM - 85 comments

Seahawks secondary takes a hit.: Starting FS Ken Hamlin has a skull fracture & broken hand after a street brawl.

posted by catfish to football at 06:17 PM - 14 comments

"I did everything I possibly could to get back and finish my career the way I would have liked to, my injuries just wouldn't let me do it." Allan Houston announces his retirement today. Maybe this explains why the Knicks used their exception on the Junkyard Dog instead of AH.

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 04:23 PM - 14 comments

Havlat goes five-hole: Ottawa Senators star Martin Havlat responded to being knocked down by towering Boston Bruins tough guy Hal Gill by kicking Gill in the groin. At least one columnist is siding with Havlat, but he'll likely receive a fine, a suspension or both. Cheap shot or natural reaction?

posted by wfrazerjr to hockey at 10:27 AM - 22 comments

How bad are the Raptors?: Well, lessee ... for the first time in 17 years, an NBA team dropped an exhibition game to an international squad. Maccabi Tel Aviv of the Israeli league dumped Toronto 105-103, leading Raptors head coach Sam Mitchell to say, "If it kills me, we're going to try to get better. If I have to die trying, then that's what's going to happen. I'll die in the gym."

posted by wfrazerjr to basketball at 09:23 AM - 23 comments

The Cards flip as the Astros squeak by again: Tony LaRussa and Jim Edmonds get tossed and Albert Pujols makes a ninth-inning baserunning goof, but the cooler heads of Houston take a 3-1 lead in the NLCS.

posted by wfrazerjr to baseball at 09:15 AM - 18 comments

LaVarmageddon: The LaVar Arrington situation is becoming a distraction for the a team hoping to become something more than mediocre. What role did the Devil play in the burgundy and gold benching their highest paid player?

posted by danostuporstar to football at 08:51 AM - 14 comments

A-Rod's mom: Uncle's death affected performance: Alex Rodriguez played poorly in the Yankees' American League Division Series loss in part because he was saddened by the death of the uncle who raised him, the slugger's mother said in an interview published in a local newspaper Sunday.

posted by justgary to baseball at 02:30 AM - 53 comments

October 16, 2005

Michelle Wie DQ'd in professional debut: after a Sports Illustrated reporter flagged a possible rules violation the day after it occurred. The reporter's friendly intervention cost Wie fourth place -- and a $53,126 paycheque.

posted by smithers to golf at 10:54 PM - 51 comments

The White Sox Win the Pennant: The Chicago White Sox beat the Angels to advance to the World Series for the first time since 1959 on another complete game by a starting pitcher.

posted by kirkaracha to baseball at 10:40 PM - 28 comments

Race turns into debacle after tire troubles: Charlotte event sets record with 15 cautions, mostly for blowouts. Stewart said it was one of the most bizarre things he had seen NASCAR do in his career. This is the biggest joke in racing Iíve ever seen," said Harvick.

posted by markmathes to auto racing at 05:59 PM - 15 comments

Pinella to kick hat from booth in '06?: Lou Pinella's ongoing stint in the broadcast booth during the ALCS is being called a success. Many have expected the former Devil Rays manager to catch on with another team, but he has yet to make plans for next season. Asked if he would make the move upstairs, Lou responded, "It's not for sure -- nothing's for sure. I like it. I'm enjoying this."

posted by cl to baseball at 10:48 AM - 8 comments

Football for Jihadists: "Hell awaits those who die playing soccer according to rules established by heretical countries, at the head of which is America." -- part of a fatwa issued against soccer, translated from Arabic

posted by rcade to soccer at 09:10 AM - 23 comments

Manager Mike Scioscia makes a costly mistake!:

"With Konerko batting and first base open, Manager Mike Scioscia could have had Santana walk the cleanup hitter and face Carl Everett with the bases loaded. But Scioscia allowed Santana to pitch to Konerko, who had a two-run homer in the first in Game 3. Scioscia thought Santana could make good pitches to Konerko, a decision he probably regretted."

Ozzie Guillen's team, on the other hand, is playing good fundamental baseball :"Ozzie Ball" they call it. The players have the right attitude, and want this pennant more than their counterparts. They hustle 110%, they don't sulk about umpiring calls, they run the plays through and then wait for the umpires' calls, unlike the Angels, who "expect" to get the calls and do not finish the plays, either by not tagging the runner or not running at 100% when they expect an interfirience call, etc. In both cases, The Angels' players could have ended the controversial plays to their favor if they had followed some major sports principals - finish the play; do not assume anything; give 100%; and don't take anything for a given!

The White Sox have had an amazing year, it is all very clear as to why: "Ozzie Ball"

posted by zippinglou to baseball at 05:24 AM - 29 comments

The Hoser Picks NFL Week 6:
Wfrazerjrís NFL picks for those who are still holding Netscape stock.

posted by justgary to football at 12:41 AM - 7 comments

October 15, 2005

A network-based ranking system for American college football: Some professors devise a better way than the AP Poll: "We introduce a one-parameter ranking method that satisfies all of these requirements and is based on a network representation of college football schedules.... Applying our method to the seven years during which the BCS ranking scheme has existed, we find excellent agreement between the method and the official rankings but with some deviations, particularly in well-known controversial cases. We believe that the combination of sound and believable results with a strong common-sense foundation makes our method an attractive ranking scheme for college football." [full PDF]

posted by billsaysthis to football at 11:41 PM - 3 comments

Chicago is One Win Away With 8-2 Win Over "L.A.": "At long last, the Chicago White Sox seem to have figured out how to make it back to the World Series: great pitching and big home runs, with lucky breaks from the umps sprinkled in."

posted by kirkaracha to baseball at 10:35 PM - 9 comments

Brett Hull calls it quits: Facing dwindling ice time and feeling that his skills have eroded during the year-plus layoff, the #3 all-time goal scorer in NHL history decides to call it a career.

I guess they can re-retire his old man's number, and it wasn't like he had a lot of years left, but still.

posted by chicobangs to hockey at 05:15 PM - 17 comments

Did I say next year? I meant this year: New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi will attempt to return to play in week 8, following the Patriots' bye week.

Hope you know what you're doing, Cold Beer...I'll be as happy as anyone to see you back, but man, I hope you know what you're doing.

posted by lil_brown_bat to football at 04:40 PM - 13 comments

R&A votes to allow women at British Open: Whats the world coming to when the stiff brits cave in?

posted by tdheiland to golf at 01:59 PM - 6 comments

The Hoser Picks NFL Week 6: NFL picks for those who are still holding Netscape stock.

posted by wfrazerjr to commentary at 01:25 PM - 0 comments

Atlanta Hawks' Jason Collier Dies: The 7-foot, 260-pound five-year pro collapsed at 2 a.m. this morning after suffering chest pain and died in the ambulance en route to a hospital. Drafted 15th by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2000, Collier was signed by the Hawks to a 10-day contract in 2004 and played his way into a starting job last season. More details on HawksBlog. While Eddy Curry decides to play through, this off-season has already seen Fred Hoiberg and Ronny Turiaf elect to have heart surgery. I imagine more players are likely to initiate tests despite the costs, (between $300 and $1,000), that prohibit most teams from testing. After losing Reggie Lewis the Celtics now screen all their players annually.

posted by geekyguy to basketball at 12:59 PM - 5 comments

Boomtime for French rugby: Two of French rugby's most famous clubs, Stade FranÁais and Stade Toulousain, will today break a record when they play. The match has been moved to the Stade de France and every ticket has been sold. This means that the 80,000 or so who will watch will be the largest crowd ever for a regular-season match in France, in any sport. The previous record was 57,603 for Olympique Marseille against Paris St. Germain.

posted by salmacis to other at 04:11 AM - 8 comments

October 14, 2005

Home Runs and Steroids: This guy's no Amateur: Art De Vany puts my recent column on the topic to shame and makes an even stronger conclusion: "Forty years of home run hitting in nearly 12,000 major league hitter years of chances have produced no change in annual home run production. The statistical law of home runs that held forty years ago still holds today. It follows that steroid use either is not wide-spread among MLB players or it is ineffective in increasing home run power." (via Transition Game)

Disclaimer: lots and lots of stats. You've been warned!

posted by Amateur to baseball at 08:26 PM - 7 comments

A's Rehire Macha Afterall:
Nothing like a nice call to your former boss to thank him for the opportunity and having it turn into another opportunity to manage the team you just left.
Quite a different sequence of events from this one, eh?

posted by fenriq to baseball at 05:14 PM - 4 comments

Sounds of the Sox!: "Fight Songs & other favorite audio clips for Sox Fans!" I post because I love. (via Coudal Partners: Fresh Signals)

posted by worldcup2002 to baseball at 01:15 PM - 2 comments

Jaguars Cheerleader Escaped Murder Plot: Three men in Jacksonville allegedly plotted to kidnap, rape and murder Robyn Russell, a cheerleader for the Jaguars. After she caught them attempting to break in through a window, one man was shot and killed by police after fleeing into the ocean and aiming a gun at an officer.

posted by rcade to football at 12:54 PM - 24 comments

Former NFL Star Received Steroids from BALCO: One of the dirtiest players in NFL history, four-time Super Bowl linebacker Bill Romanowski, will tell 60 Minutes this weekend that he used steroids received from Victor Conte. Here's a line from his upcoming memoir, which can be filed with Jose Canseco's book in either the sports or pharmacology section of Barnes & Noble: "My rage was the orgasm of my fear."

posted by rcade to football at 08:21 AM - 42 comments

Roy Oswalt dominates, Brad Lidge turns out the lights as Astros beat Cards: It's not a series until you win on the other guy's patch and now in both the LCS', it game on. More timely hitting from platoon player Chris Burke helps Houston even things up. If you're not watching this series, you're missing some good, tense playoff baseball. Or maybe it's just tense in the vicinity of my couch, who knows.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY to baseball at 07:50 AM - 23 comments

October 13, 2005

World kayak champion tests positive (twice): Three-time world champion and Olympic double silver medallist Nathan Baggaley of Australia has tested positive for two banned substances, one the infamous stanazolol. I know this is going to generate a big "who cares" but I found a nice quote in his Athens training diary and I just had to share it: "[on the pros and cons of being an elite athlete] Con: Having to train four times a day in some of the most boring locations in the world to try to get fit and to feel good about myself. Surely there's an easier way!" Guess he found one.

posted by Amateur to other at 12:21 PM - 22 comments

Moore suit tossed out of CO court: "British Columbia bears the most significant relationship to Moore's claims"...."It is highly likely that Colorado law will not apply to most, if not all, of Moore's claims."

posted by garfield to hockey at 12:17 PM - 11 comments

October 12, 2005

Buerhle throws a gem of a game, : but but the only thing that saves it for him is a gift from the home plate umpire, Doug Eddings, in the bottom of the ninth. With two outs, A.J. Pierzynski whiffs on the third strike, but runs to first base as the Angels were headed for the dugout. Eddings calls him safe as the ball short-hopped into Paul's catcher's mitt. The slo-mo replays told a different tale though. The Sox take that gift and score on a double to tie the series at one apiece.

posted by NoMich to baseball at 10:41 PM - 95 comments

This is why the Yankees keep losing. : Its Stienbrenners own fault. He doesn't know anything about sports and should stop knocking his staff that does. They don't make the team, they inherit them. I have to side with Mel.

posted by nyfan to baseball at 05:04 PM - 73 comments

NHL inks TV deal: with NASN - Could this help the NHL attain previous revenue levels?

posted by garfield to hockey at 12:18 PM - 21 comments

Coach resigns after high school bans pregame prayer: A spokeswoman for the district, Trish LaDuca, said students have the right to pray on school property during school events, but the prayer must be initiated by the students; otherwise it violates the law. "I'm not out preaching, I'm not a preacher," said Borden, who has led the football program for 23 years. He has a 116-100-1 career record, and his team won the Central Jersey Group IV championship in 2004.

posted by smithnyiu to culture at 11:15 AM - 156 comments

Nike marketing soccer outside the 'burbs: Short but cool video attempting to take the great game away from moms with vans and to the "trailer homes in Texas." Heh. I like the idea behind the project but dislike the "this American game" reference. My head tells me Americanizing the world game is the only way to sell it to our inner city youths but damn, do we always have to take the inventions of others and make them our own?

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY to soccer at 10:00 AM - 17 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 17: Winnipeg surges into near-contention as B.C. ponders a possible four-game losing streak. Make your picks for this fourth-last week inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 09:47 AM - 0 comments

Love....exciting and new.: Seventeen Minnesota Vikings fingered in a chartered cruise ship tryst on Lake Minnetonka that included "lap dances and sexual acts". (More inside - bugmenot for article -, password: juvie211).

posted by Ufez Jones to football at 09:17 AM - 36 comments

Fans BEWARE, Ron Artest vows to play "out of control"!!!!: He says that he "will continue to play hard and out of control, like a wild animal that needs to be caged in" Also, when about whether he would react the same way he did the night of the attack he said, "I don't think anybody's going to throw anything at me, and I don't see me reacting how I reacted."

posted by mcstan13 to basketball at 08:26 AM - 27 comments

Nomar: 2 Postseason Saves: Garciaparra saves 2 from drowning.

posted by Bill Lumbergh to culture at 06:54 AM - 24 comments

Jay-Z gunning for the Gunners?: Yes, rapper Jay-Z, boyfriend of Beyonce, president of Island Def Jam Records, is looking to buy a share of the Arsenal. Heard this on my local station, KMEL. My favorite quote from this article: "Jay-Z loves football - he thinks the whole scene is very bling." Hahahaha. Man, this is ripe for some jokin'.

posted by worldcup2002 to soccer at 01:18 AM - 30 comments

Cheapshot: (3.9 mb wmv) - Brad Butler, offensive tackle for UVA was suspended for one game for chop blocking ACC preseason player of the year Mathias Kiwanuka on his injured right ankle from behind and after the whistle on a third quarter play of a 28-17 Cavaliers loss. He was not ejected during the game, however. Al Washington of BC was, after jumping on top of Butler.

posted by puke & cry to football at 12:41 AM - 14 comments

October 11, 2005

This is going to be an awesome series!: This is written before the game tonight but I wanted to comment on how the Angels traveled so far and played 3 games in 3 days in 3 different cities. I think tonights game was great and we should be in for some great playoff baseball.

posted by skydivemom to baseball at 10:23 PM - 11 comments

Amare out for up to four months.: Amare Stoudemire's 'diagnostic' surgery became joint repair on the twenty-two year old's knee, meaning it will likely be February before he's able to return. This comes one week after the Suns and Amare signed a 5 year $73 million contract extension.

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 01:55 PM - 13 comments

Go directly to jail. Do not pass Go, do not receive an Olympic medal. : IOC president Jacques Rogge is trying to get Italy to suspend its anti-doping laws for the duration of the Torino Olympics. Unlike IOC regs, which call for disqualifications and suspensions from sports, the Italian laws apparently include possible jail time for violators.

posted by lil_brown_bat to other at 10:02 AM - 7 comments

Drop the Puck: I'm in a rotisserie Fantasy Hockey League drafting tomorrow evening on ESPN that needs four additional members. Teams cost $29.95 and should exhibit juvenile wordplay in your choice of a name.

posted by rcade to fantasy at 08:53 AM - 0 comments

ALCS and NLCS Pick 'Em: No rest for the weary. ALDS wrapped up last night, ALCS begins tonight. Get yer peanuts picks in.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 07:31 AM - 0 comments

SpoFi fantasy basketball...Head to Head.: League #80500 , password: spofi. Settings (which are up for debate) inside:

posted by Ufez Jones to fantasy at 12:53 AM - 0 comments

Angels down yankees: 5-3, who will now take on White Sox for the American League Championship.

posted by justgary to baseball at 12:19 AM - 140 comments

October 10, 2005

The Toronto Star Hockey Blog: The Toronto Star now has a Typepad powered blog for all of it's hockey writers to talk about, hockey. When will some other major papers follow suit?

posted by jc to hockey at 05:44 PM - 4 comments

Martz Leaves Rams- : Due to a bacterial infection near his heart. Do the Rams have any shot at making the playoffs?

posted by redsoxrgay to football at 05:40 PM - 11 comments

Catching a home run ball is great, but what about two!!!: Shaun Dean caught Lance Berkman's home run in the eighth inning as well as the game winner from Chris Burke in the eighteenth in what turned out to be the longest playoff game in MLB history.

posted by mcstan13 to baseball at 01:20 PM - 14 comments

"When I finally made it to the summit of Mount Washington ... it was an incredible feeling of accomplishment." : Hardly the first person to climb it -- but, it seems, the first to climb it in a wheelchair-- on August 1st Cameron Shaw-Doran summited Mount Washington, the highest of New Hampshire's Presidential Range and the site of some of the most extreme weather on the planet's surface.

posted by lil_brown_bat to extreme at 12:46 PM - 9 comments

Is Daly back?! Hopefully, for the game's sake, but his putter and Tiger weigh in - : In the midst of mediocre football and incredible baseball, the two most arguably polarizing PGA pros provided high drama. Plus, interested in agreement or disgust with the notion that Tirico, Faldo, Azinger make the most genuine, insightful, and quality golf broadcast team in recent memory.

posted by littleLebowski to golf at 12:27 PM - 10 comments

ChiSox Nation Pretty Small: Bring back Bill Veeck. He sure could promote a team. Remember the Disco Record burning night when he was with Cleveland? I think he was behind the 10 cent beer night too.

posted by drevl to baseball at 09:28 AM - 12 comments

Ravens Play a Game of Flag Football: The Baltimore Ravens tied a 51-year-old NFL record with 21 penalties in a 35-17 loss to the Detroit Lions Sunday, including one ejection for fighting and another for roughing the referee. "He bumped me with malice in his heart and he was gone," official Mike Carey said of Terrell Suggs.

posted by rcade to football at 08:05 AM - 17 comments

October 09, 2005

Yankees stay alive: with 3-2 victory over angels.

posted by justgary to baseball at 10:37 PM - 72 comments

Astros win 18-inning epic battle in breathless fashion,to advance to the NLCS.: If you missed this one- sweet jesus, what you missed! The longest post season game in history, 18 innings and nearly 6 hours in length. One of the great games I've ever seen: the Braves lead early, holding a 6-1 lead going into the bottom of the 8th at Houston and appearing to be cruising to a deciding game 5. A Berkmann grand slam brought the Astros to 6-5 in the bottom 8th, and a two-out solo shot in the bottom of the 9th by Ausmus sent this roller coaster ride into extra innings.
     A whole second game ensued, 9 more innings of two depleted teams throwing every player they could to pull this one out. Relievers put up 0's across the board for 8 1/2 innings, as we stayed knotted 6-6 until the bottom of the 18th. The Astros had used 23 players, a record (only the absent Pettite and last night's starter, Oswalt, didn't appear), forced to use Clemens- the only pitcher left- for a 3 inning stint to get the win. Chris Burke, a pinch runner used much earlier in the game, was the hero today by smacking a 338 foot homerun to finally put an end to it all.

posted by hincandenza to baseball at 06:35 PM - 38 comments

October 08, 2005

"I was suspended two years ago and would never do anything like that again.": : Mariano Puerta denies reports by French sports newspaper L'Equipe that he tested positive for etilefrine following the French Open.

posted by lil_brown_bat to tennis at 10:37 PM - 1 comment

I can't cover this guy!: (video)

posted by dusted to basketball at 04:52 PM - 9 comments

Empty the Brewery!: As fans of Togo, Ghana and the Ivory Coast celebrate getting to the World Cup finals for the first time.

posted by owlhouse to soccer at 04:03 PM - 13 comments

Playoffs don't need Berman's embellishments: Couldn't agree more. Berman is good on Sportscenter, but not in the booth.

posted by drevl to baseball at 09:25 AM - 33 comments

October 07, 2005

Done.: Chicago overcomes Boston to move on to the ALCS.

posted by jerseygirl to baseball at 06:43 PM - 83 comments

That's "Sundin" ... with one eye: Toronto Maple Leaf captain Mats Sundin is out for at least 4-6 weeks with a fractured orbital bone after taking a puck in the face just seven minutes into the season opener. Should the NHL force players to wear at least a visor?

posted by wfrazerjr to hockey at 10:22 AM - 28 comments

Pat Tillman, Our Hero. : "I don't believe it," seethed Ann Coulter. Her contempt was directed at a September 25 San Francisco Chronicle story reporting that former NFL star and Army Ranger war hero Pat Tillman, who was killed in Afghanistan last year, believed the US war on Iraq was "f***ing illegal" and counted Noam Chomsky among his favorite authors. It must have been quite a moment for Coulter, who upon Tillman's death described him in her inimitably creepy fashion as "an American original--virtuous, pure and masculine like only an American male can be." She tried to discredit the story as San Francisco agitprop, but this approach ran into a slight problem: The article's source was Pat Tillman's mother, Mary.

posted by the red terror to culture at 09:01 AM - 48 comments

Atlanta pulls even: with Houston while St. Louis goes up 2-0 on San Diego.

posted by justgary to baseball at 12:18 AM - 37 comments

October 06, 2005

The Viagra Comeback Players: of the year are ... (hint: not Rafael Palmeiro)

posted by mr_crash_davis to baseball at 07:36 PM - 25 comments

Red Sox: on brink of elimination, the braves bullpen has been exposed, and yankee gloves take the night off.

posted by justgary to baseball at 01:58 AM - 76 comments

October 05, 2005

Chess Boxing: Does what it says on the tin.

posted by owlhouse to extreme at 05:43 PM - 26 comments

NHL Academy: (via Coudal's Fresh Signals). Become an NHL star at home, at your own pace.

posted by worldcup2002 to hockey at 05:39 PM - 12 comments

Home Runs and Steroids: Some Perspective, Please: Home runs were down in 2005. Was it because of steroid testing? Amateur breaks it down.

posted by justgary to baseball at 04:32 PM - 12 comments

Home Runs and Steroids: Some Perspective, Please: Home runs were down in 2005. Was it because of steroid testing?

posted by Amateur to commentary at 02:42 PM - 0 comments

AFL to Kansas City via New Orleans: The AFL approved an expansion team for Kansas City starting the 2006 season. This expansion team will take 15 players from the current New Orleans Voodoo. The plan was designed so that the Voodoo players can continue to play together and not have to sit out until the team has a new stadium. The article does not say what the Voodoo will do about players when they are up and running again.

posted by mcstan13 to football at 01:07 PM - 5 comments

October 04, 2005

Yankees waste no time taking control: Cano's offense, Mussina's finesse propel Yankees.

posted by justgary to baseball at 11:36 PM - 32 comments

Is this in the best interests of all of baseball?: I mean really, Fox loves it, I think Selig does too. But come on, this guy has a point. I'm not from other parts of the nation, but are they as into the Yankees and Sox as much as we are in the Northeast? After all, I just want the Yankees to win, I dont care who the opponent is, as long as they lose. And I'm sure the same goes for fans of all teams.

posted by nyfan to baseball at 09:35 PM - 81 comments

For Most of the League, the Offseason Starts Now,: which means firings and changes throughout the league. While Motor City residents may be pleased with the firing of Alan Trammel, not everyone's happy about the old boy replacement system. Detroit Tiger pitching prospects, say goodbye to your arms.

posted by yerfatma to baseball at 08:40 PM - 6 comments

Ding-dong the witch is gone: After my three and a half year boycott of my favorite baseball team I can finally buy a new cap and take my wife to a game again.

posted by texoma-slim to baseball at 07:25 PM - 10 comments

First round knockouts: The Padres showed some life in an expected drubbing, but who could have predicted the White Sox would crush Boston 14-2? Division series day one banter inside with one more game to go.

posted by dusted to baseball at 06:47 PM - 23 comments

Tigress Wie.: Michelle Wie will announce her entry into pro golf tomorrow in Hawaii. According to an NPR report last night, she'll be the richest woman golfer (hello Annika), and third richest woman athlete (behind Serena Williams and that Russian tennis player erm I forgot her name), based on a possible $13million per year in contracts w/ companies such as Nike, Sony and Casio. All this without the a single major win. Will she turn into the Anna K of golf? btw, Tiger Woods approves.

posted by worldcup2002 to golf at 05:39 PM - 18 comments

"I'm sad to see him go.":
The Chicago Bulls wanted Eddy Curry to submit to a DNA test to determine whether or not he is genetically predisposed to developing a fatal heart problem (i.e. Hank Gathers, and Reggie Lewis). While testing could potentially save his life, it could also cost him millions of dollars in free agent negotiations. Commissioner Stern is for testing, but the union is against it because of the privacy issues involved, and the fact it could be used as a precedent for DNA testing being used as a bargaining "tool". Curry decided to forego the testing, and opted for a sign and trade with the Knicks.

posted by lilnemo to basketball at 02:24 PM - 12 comments

EPL Fantasy Premierleauge update, through Week 8: StarFucker rockets upward!

posted by gspm to fantasy at 12:05 PM - 0 comments

Finally! Game on, eh? : "Canadians get their beloved hockey back tomorrow." In honour of the return, NHL Power Rankings and Stanley Cup win odds, for all argumentation and (legal!) betting needs.

posted by mkn to hockey at 12:02 PM - 35 comments

Reinventing Harding Park.: In honor of the PGA returning to the Harding tomorrow (in the form of the AMEX), I'm posting this SF Chronicle Sunday magazine article on the rise, decline and rebirth of this muni course. More history, and an article on how locals play it. I'm not much of a golf fan but I've been driving by the lake next to the course for years without realizing there was a golf course there!

posted by worldcup2002 to golf at 12:11 AM - 1 comment

October 03, 2005

Being good or being hot?:
In the MLB playoffs, what matters most in determining who is going to win the whole thing? Overall record? September momentum?

Warning: An article with statistics. Reading discretion is advised.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 06:42 PM - 25 comments

Rocket Racing!: "Rocket planes called X-Racers will compete on a sky "track" in the design of a Grand Prix race, with long straightaways and the added dimenson of vertical ascents and deep banks. The race will run perpendicular to spectators and be about two miles long, one mile wide and 5,000 feet in the air. The X-Racers will be staggered upon takeoff and fly their own "tunnel" of space, each separated by a few hundred feet. Pilots will be guided by differential GPS (Global Positioning System) technology to help them avoid collisions." I sure hope so.

posted by worldcup2002 to extreme at 04:23 PM - 7 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Sixteen: The Week of the Field Goal awards even points to everyone as Edmonton and B.C. are both upset. We head into the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend with many (3) intriguing matchups. Make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 03:57 PM - 0 comments

Monday Night Football's pigskin poet.: Those custom intro songs sung by Tim McGraw? Well some guy's gotta write them.

posted by gspm to football at 03:09 PM - 7 comments

Peyton and Kenny ... did they break Renee's heart?: Sorry, I just HAD to post this. It's too crazy not to.

posted by wfrazerjr to other at 01:58 PM - 22 comments

ALDS and NLDS Pick 'Em: Since nobody else has started the thread, and somebody's gotta keep track of this stuff. Make your picks for the post-season inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 11:48 AM - 0 comments

Yanks angry at Showalter for pulling stars vs. Angels: "There's a code of honor when so much is on the line," Rodriguez told the New York Daily News. "You hope people do the right thing. But you can't control what people do."

posted by justgary to baseball at 11:20 AM - 62 comments

October 02, 2005

"There is no room for emotion or panic in the bowels of a dark hole.": This heart pounding account of extreme deep diving in the world's biggest underwater cave is the first I'd heard of the attempted recovery of the body of a young diver that had disappeared into the depths ten years ago.

posted by gspm to extreme at 09:41 PM - 15 comments

"Who dey? Who dey? Who dey think gonna beat dem Bengals?: The terms "Who dey" and "Who dat" are forms of traditional southern Appalachian dialect, "It is right out of the coal-mining region of southeastern Kentucky, from which a large percentage of Cincinnati's population can trace (its) ancestry," said Tankersley, an anthropologist and professor at Northern Kentucky University.

posted by mick to football at 08:18 AM - 20 comments

October 01, 2005

Eight division titles in a row for the Bronx Bombers.: If Boston loses on Sunday and Cleveland wins, they will meet at Fenway Park on Monday to decide the AL's last playoff berth. If Cleveland loses on Sunday, the Red Sox get the wild-card berth no matter what they do.

posted by mr_crash_davis to baseball at 05:50 PM - 77 comments

O.J. Signs Autographs at Horror Convention : How appropriate! I bet slasher movies are his favorite.

posted by willthrill72 to football at 09:32 AM - 62 comments

Thirteen of 14 NFL games will require attendees to be patted down: The Bengals/Texans game is the lone exception. "These are illegal searches, the last thing we intend to do is pay for them," Hamilton County Commissioner Phil Heimlich said. "It's bad enough they're trying to subject people to pat-downs. This adds insult to injury."

posted by mick to football at 09:16 AM - 18 comments

Reese to Robinson to History: A new statue that will stand at the Coney Island Cyclones stadium commemorates a historic moment in baseball: The 1947 afternoon at Cincinnati's Crosley Field when Pee Wee Reese of the Brooklyn Dodgers walked across the infield and draped his arm across the shoulder of Jackie Robinson, his new teammate and the subject of widespread racial abuse.

posted by rcade to baseball at 09:01 AM - 18 comments