Archives for February 2005

February 28, 2005

The men in black: unloved and under pressure.: The Times has a fairly lengthy article regarding football referees and the pressures they are under. It focuses on Premiership referee Rob Styles and contains some interesting stuff on referee's training and how they are using modern technology. It also gives an insight into Styles' rather novel take on players directing offensive comments at refs.

posted by squealy to soccer at 01:22 PM - 13 comments

His Fastest Sprint was Out the Door: Maurice Clarett may have run himself out of the NFL draft at the scouting combine, clocking 4.82 and 4.7 times in the 40-yard-dash before he quit. Before you cheer, read Tom Friend's sympathetic, contrarian take from ESPN: The Poorly Named Magazine.

posted by rcade to football at 11:57 AM - 13 comments

February 27, 2005

Did the NHLPA lie to Mario?: Mario Lemieux says he was told the players would present a new deal with a cap of $45 million to the owners during last weekend's last-ditch effort to save the NHL season. He also thinks a deal must be done in the next couple of months of the league faces dire consequences. Is there a sense of urgency here, or are we out until 2006?

posted by wfrazerjr to hockey at 10:54 PM - 4 comments

The Ball Makes the Call: The governing organization for soccer will be testing a ball with a microchip that wirelessly alerts a referee when goals are scored, an experiment supported by FIFA President Sepp "Hot Pants" Blatter.

posted by rcade to soccer at 09:35 AM - 31 comments

February 26, 2005

No NHL, no Stanley Cup? How about beer and a t-shirt: The B-league team American Transmissions Rhinos are playing for just a championship t-shirt, but then, that sounds pretty good in Hockeytown these days. What NHL? And some guy named Bettman -- who cares about him?

posted by roberts to hockey at 09:04 PM - 3 comments

February 25, 2005

The Anaheim Mighty Ducks are to no longer be under Disney's wing.: Sold for $50-60 million - on par with the expansion fee paid in 1992. So, if Disney is no longer paying the bills, how about changing the name and logo!

posted by gspm to hockey at 10:24 PM - 27 comments

The Hall of Fame Rejection Committee: For reasons passing understanding, Buffalo sports-talk hosts Mike Schopp and the Bulldog have been eliminating three baseball players from the Hall of Fame each day, with the intent of eventually arriving at a single Hall of Famer. It's one of those sports-talk-radio things that makes sense while you're listening to the show, but when you're linking it on SportsFilter, you're hard-pressed to come up with a post explaining why it makes sense at all. Hmmmmm....

posted by Jaquandor to baseball at 07:57 PM - 5 comments

The Derek Jeter Center: "The arena is in downtown Boston, the heart of Red Sox Nation. There couldn't be a bigger insult than to name it after the captain of the hated New York Yankees." Follow up to the FleetCenter story. See also this Metafilter thread.

posted by Joey Michaels to general at 01:57 PM - 16 comments

February 24, 2005

Tying winning to player salaries -- could it work?: ESPN columnist Jason Whitlock says the NHL has a golden opportunity to fix the biggest disconnect between pro athletes and fans -- that we all think the players care more about getting paid than winning. Could this ever work, and what mechanisms would you use if you were grand poobah of a pro league?

posted by wfrazerjr to culture at 12:58 PM - 9 comments

Webber Traded to Philly: Petrie didn't just end an era Wednesday night when he agreed to trade away the face of the Sacramento Kings' rise from laughingstocks to NBA elitists. By sending Chris Webber to Philadelphia for three forwards with long-term contracts, one of the most respected minds in the game put himself in line for some rare criticism.

posted by mayerkyl to basketball at 11:15 AM - 13 comments

February 23, 2005

Moss to be traded to Oakland: "The Vikings and Oakland Raiders have agreed to a trade that will send Vikings receiver Randy Moss to the Raiders in exchange for the seventh overall pick in this year's draft, linebacker Napoleon Harris and a low-round draft pick this year, a person with knowledge of the situation said Wednesday."

posted by emoeby to football at 04:31 PM - 16 comments

Barry Bonds: Roid Rage: We thought he couldn't get any stranger. We thought he couldn't get any more arrogant. We thought he couldn't possibly get any tougher to love, or even like. It took a special Bonds performance up there on the podium Tuesday to make Jason Giambi look like a sympathetic figure. But Barry pulled it off.

posted by mayerkyl to baseball at 01:41 PM - 59 comments

Who was your favorite player growing up?: Rich Lederer asks that question to a group of baseball writers, analysts, and executives at a new site called Baseball Analysts. 15 of the 38 people named a Hall of Famer, and the leading player was Yaz, who was named five times. Yesterday was part one, today is part two, and the last part is due tomorrow. Here's the Baseball Primer thread on the article. Me? I'll take the Wizard of Oz.

posted by mbd1 to baseball at 12:46 PM - 37 comments

Tennis court on a helipad in the desert.: Andre Agassi and Roger Federer had a friendly match on the highest tennis court in the world, the helipad of the hotel Burj Al Arab. Coach to Agassi: "Don't chase any lobs." (via

posted by worldcup2002 to tennis at 11:15 AM - 11 comments

EPL Fantasy League Week 27: "Born to lose" takes top spot this week.

posted by BigCalm to fantasy at 03:28 AM - 82 comments

February 22, 2005

'Just Another Game' as Carter, Nets host Raptors: After averaging 16 points in 20 games with the Raptors, Carter is scoring 26 points per game while hitting 45 percent of his shots for the Nets. Mourning never reported to Toronto and Eric Williams and Aaron Williams are averaging a combined five points per game for the Raptors.

posted by mayerkyl to basketball at 12:46 PM - 32 comments

Is Clemens The G.O.A.T.?: A new baseball blog gets up to speed with a terrific piece measuring pitchers across eras. Don't take it as a counter-point to what's going on in the more traditional coverage or anything.

posted by yerfatma to baseball at 12:22 PM - 19 comments

February 21, 2005

Highlights of the NHL season: A quick rundown, courtesy of McSweeneys.

posted by cobra! to hockey at 04:16 PM - 3 comments

'So long and Mahalo': In his final column for ESPN, the late Hunter S. Thompson touted shotgun golf, his newly invented sport, in a late-night call to Bill Murray. "I see it as the first truly violent leisure sport. Millions will crave it."

posted by rcade to other at 07:11 AM - 14 comments

February 19, 2005

I know Barkley and Magic said it 8 million times tonight,: but the slam dunk contest is back, baby. (Chris Andersen's MMV, of course)

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 11:58 PM - 24 comments

Steroid Club for Men: Jose Canseco's new book reads like an infomercial for steroids, according to Slate. One of the many touted benefits -- increased bat length: "Using growth hormone can make your penis bigger, and make you more easily aroused. So to the guys out there who are worried about their manhood, all I can say is: Growth hormone worked for me."

posted by rcade to baseball at 03:16 PM - 11 comments

Pitcher Relieved: Venezuelan police commandos have rescued Urgueth Urbina's mother, five months after she was kidnapped by crooks seeking ransom money from the major leaguer. They originally asked for $3 million, which is around what Urbina earns a season.

posted by rcade to baseball at 12:36 PM - 4 comments

Pudge No More: Ivan Rodriguez, who recently denied Jose Canseco's claim of being a steroid abuser, has entered spring training a full 22 pounds lighter than he was last season.

posted by rcade to baseball at 12:26 PM - 19 comments

Yahoo Fantasy Baseball League 2005: Registration is now open. (Who cares if Spring Training hasn't really started?) Reserve your spot, nominate a commissioner and vote for a draft date.

posted by dusted to fantasy at 11:22 AM - 52 comments

February 18, 2005

Caponomics, part 1: Deadline to use your franchise tag is Tuesday, deadline to be under the salary cap is a week from Monday. Can anyone start getting excited about NFL 2K6 yet or will you wait for the Draft in two months?

posted by billsaysthis to football at 11:46 PM - 3 comments

Closure. Err... I guess not.: I thought all of these stories I've been reading were just wishful thinking. Then Rogers Sportsnet becomes the first major broadcaster (and only one at this point) to confirm that talks will re-start this weekend. Is this for real? This lockout is like a monster in a bad horror movie that will... not... die.

posted by camcanuck to hockey at 04:56 PM - 35 comments

At 20, MJ was no LeBron: King James has succeded Kobe as the bearer of the next Jordan burden and perhaps the greatest tribute to that kid is that you don't hear that question anymore.

posted by LROD to basketball at 02:39 PM - 34 comments

Minor Leagues to Experiment With Rules Change: The experimental rule is designed to encourage an improved pace of play and requires a batter to keep one foot in the batter's box throughout an at-bat.

posted by UmpNews to baseball at 10:02 AM - 6 comments

Bruschi suffers stroke. : New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi was hospitalized Wednesday for persistent headaches, whose cause turned out to be a mild stroke.

Get well soon, Cold Beer!

posted by lil_brown_bat to football at 09:43 AM - 13 comments

There are 17 different things a guy can do when he lies to give himself away: Compare and contrast two clips of Jose Canseco being interviewed on 60 Minutes.

posted by kirkaracha to baseball at 09:28 AM - 3 comments

Ladies could enter the Open: - we've discussed it before, and last time I seem to remember the arguments hinging around the wording of the entry forms for both the Open and the US Open. That wording has been (or is being) changed.

posted by JJ to golf at 04:37 AM - 13 comments

February 17, 2005

I'm ready for the long run: He is the only person to win the MVP in both leagues. He won the Triple Crown. He's #5 on the home run list. He was the first black manager in the majors. He's in the Hall of Fame. Now Frank Robinson (managerial record), who managed the struggling Expos, is getting the Nationals ready for their first season. He's looking forward to it.

posted by kirkaracha to baseball at 07:01 PM - 5 comments

February 16, 2005


posted by DrJohnEvans to hockey at 12:26 PM - 127 comments

Armstrong to go for a 7th consecutive Tour in 2005.: There had been much speculation that he would give this year's event a miss, choosing to focus on the Spring Classics and a possible attempt at the hour record instead -- but perhaps unsurprisingly, come July, Lance will be in Fromentine attempting to break yet more records.

posted by afx237vi to other at 08:58 AM - 30 comments Don't know if this has been posted before. Neat site with user-contributed video clips, including soccer-related commercials, not just matches. A bit of a mess but worthwhile content. What's your favorite clip or section from this site?

posted by worldcup2002 to soccer at 01:07 AM - 13 comments

February 15, 2005

Rest of World 6 Europe 3.: Tsunami benefit match starring top pro players from around the world. Anybody saw it? Got a video?

posted by worldcup2002 to soccer at 07:41 PM - 6 comments

ESPN: is declaring that "baseball's winter of discontent ends today," while reports surface that the FBI gave MLB a heads up about 'roids over a decade ago. Of course, "...Baseball officials denied they were told of steroid use."

posted by garfield to baseball at 01:25 PM - 9 comments

Blame the players?: Former players, that is. [a rehashing of the 'blame the owners' stance]

posted by garfield to hockey at 10:02 AM - 9 comments

February 14, 2005

Browns release Jeff Garcia: One year into a four-year contract, Garcia gets a pink slip. His girlfriend's karate-kick trial, discussed here, may have influenced the move.

posted by dusted to football at 06:27 PM - 9 comments

This Mailman no longers delivers: Karl Malone has decided to call it quits after considering one more run with the San Antonio Spurs. What's your favorite memory of the Mailman, and where does he rank in the annals of the NBA?

posted by wfrazerjr to basketball at 09:44 AM - 30 comments

February 13, 2005

The Age of the Résumé Gods: (no reg link) Is David Brooks, who I love to hate, just whining or does he have a point about economic privilege and, if so, is it just here in the US or generally accepted practice around the globe? "We are endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights - though, of course, V.I.P.'s must be taken care of, as they are in any other circumstance."

posted by billsaysthis to culture at 01:01 AM - 9 comments

February 12, 2005

McHale give Flip Saunders his walking papers.: After 9 years on the bench, Flip will be "reassigned". McHale will take over as head coach.

posted by lilnemo to basketball at 06:14 PM - 16 comments

February 11, 2005

Tonight, at the SportsFilter Center...: Boston's FleetCenter offers single-day naming rights.

posted by smithers to general at 01:14 PM - 11 comments

Jason Giambi: I'm sorry... for that thing... that happpened: [NY Times link] "I feel I let down the fans, I feel I let down the media, I feel I let down the Yankees, and not only the Yankees, but my teammates," Giambi said, and he turned to look into the eyes of Manager Joe Torre, who was sitting on a folding chair next to him.

Giambi could have been a child finally summoning the courage to tell the truth to his father. But he kept his composure, and continued. "I accept full responsibility for that, and I'm sorry," he said.

What he did not fully say, however, was what he was sorry for.

posted by psmealey to baseball at 06:51 AM - 31 comments

February 10, 2005

Bill's World Cup on the Cheap Blog: One man in Seattle vowed after the 2002 World Cup Finals that he would attend the 2006 German event. This is his blog. One reason for the blog: "3. Document my heroic efforts for posterity!" What a memory for his three little kids when they grow up, eh?

posted by billsaysthis to culture at 06:25 PM - 9 comments

Gary Bettman: walks into a luxury car dealership.....

posted by garfield to hockey at 02:49 PM - 13 comments

Scoreboard, Freddie...Scoreboard: 22 catches and 2 TD on the season...1 catch in the SB...imagine what he would have to say if he was any good??

posted by stofer71 to football at 11:48 AM - 21 comments

February 09, 2005

"It's like one big soap opera": Rafer Alston, the Raptor's point guard and a former streetballer, left the arena midway through last night's game after being benched. Some reports had he and coach Sam Mitchell coming to blows, which Mitchell denies. This is not the first episode.

posted by dusted to basketball at 12:17 PM - 41 comments

Dude runs like a lady: His excuse "...a witchdoctor, gave him "female status" but the spell didn't work properly..."

posted by garfield to other at 09:40 AM - 5 comments

Tibbetts: "I've been labeled a child rapist in jail, a rapist on the street and a bad person in the hockey world — none of which is even remotely true..." The 30-year-old forward played 82 games in the NHL over three seasons, but also spent 39 months in prison. He admitted to a 1992 sexual encounter with a 15-year-old girl when he was 17, a crime under Massachusetts law, and received probation. He went to prison in 1996 after he was found guilty of assault in a BB gun shooting, thus violating his probation.

posted by garfield to hockey at 08:59 AM - 10 comments

February 08, 2005

Homemade Chunky Soup: Donovan McNabb got sick during the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl, according to several players. "He didn't get a play call in one time," said center Hank Fraley. "He mumbled and Freddie Mitchell yelled out the play we were trying to bring in. He was puking at the same time trying to hold it in."

posted by rcade to football at 08:36 PM - 13 comments

Homesick Harmison's winter blues : For those who don't know who Steve Harmison is, he's a cricketer and is/was England's best bowler last year - he ripped apart New Zealand and the West Indies and became the best bowler in the world according to the stats.

People wanted him to do well on the current tour to South Africa to cement his position as number one, he seems like a genuinely nice guy. However on England's current tour of South Africa he has been nothing short of appalling.

It's always been known that he's a home body and would prefer to spend time at home rather than tour overseas but this seems to have crippled him now. It's almost painful to watch him bowl.

Is it reasonable to criticise him for giving in to home sickness? Is it a natural response to being away from home for a young father? Should he just grow up and do what he's paid (extremely well) to do?

Reading between lines you could have seen it a mile off before the tour but still it happened. Are the critics being overly harsh or has he let his team mates down?

posted by Pete to other at 02:35 PM - 3 comments

"American football is, in short, a made-up sport.": Steven Wells vs the Super Bowl

posted by gspm to football at 01:01 PM - 37 comments

Associate Manager Proprietary Programming: Are you interested in deciding what sports fanatics will see on TV? ESPN is hiring! The linked job came across in one of my mailing lists this morning and it made me wonder if any of us have ever worked at ESPN or auditioned for Dream Job.

posted by billsaysthis to culture at 12:10 PM - 5 comments

Canseco disputes news story on book: "I don't know where all that came from," Canseco said. "They may or may not be true. Yeah right Canseco like you didn't mention Rafael Palmeiro, Ivan Rodriguez and Juan Gonzalez already.

posted by LROD to baseball at 10:00 AM - 15 comments

The Agony of Victory: A Welsh rugby fan cut off his testicles to celebrate Wales beating England at rugby.

posted by rcade to other at 09:08 AM - 29 comments

Roy Keane, the musical

posted by BigCalm to soccer at 06:17 AM - 2 comments

February 07, 2005

V Can Count From I To XXXIX: Game reports from four of the five print journalists who have covered all 39 Super Bowls: Jerry Green, Jerry Izenberg, Bob Oates, and Edwin Pope. The Jacksonville paper devoted a front page last week to all five, interviewing each about their unique club, which lost Will McDonough and John Steadman in recent years: Green, Izenberg, Dave Klein, Oates, and Pope. The most striking comment on XXXIX comes from Oates: "This was a game in which a member of the losing team, wide receiver Terrell Owens, earned the most-valuable-player trophy even though he didn't get it."

posted by rcade to football at 02:36 PM - 13 comments

Korean baseball cartoons.: It looks as if the artists is doing a comic for each team. Some translations here and here.

posted by jasonspaceman to baseball at 11:45 AM - 5 comments

Awesome, baby!: The Super Bowl is over; the NHL isn't playing, and the NBA playoffs don't start for another 6 months or so. That means it's college hoops time! The stories so far: Illinois and Boston College are undefeated while traditional powers Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, and Duke are all having excellent seasons. Coaches are on the hot seat at Virginia and Indiana. Some resources: Jeff Sagarin's ratings; Ken Pomeroy's site, The Mid-Majority, and Yoni Cohen's excellent College Basketball Blog. And it's never too early for Bracketology. Oh yeah....this is Rivalry Week on ESPN.

posted by mbd1 to basketball at 11:17 AM - 13 comments

February 06, 2005

Game on!: Might as well be the one to throw down: Pats will win!

posted by billsaysthis to football at 05:38 PM - 92 comments

You go girl--At least some folks with NHL ties: have something on the ball. The NHL and the player's union could take a lesson in how to scale tough problems. Maybe the answer is to put Bettman and Goodenow on a mountain and don't let them come down until they've agreed on something.

posted by roberts to hockey at 09:59 AM - 1 comment

February 05, 2005

You Eagles get off my legacy or I'll call the cops!: Legendary Eagle tough guy turned curmudgeon Chuck Bednarik, best known for knocking off Frank Gifford's block in a 1960 NFL game, isn't rooting for his former squad this weekend. Bednarik also thinks Deion Sanders couldn't tackle his wife.

posted by wfrazerjr to football at 02:33 PM - 7 comments

Pollard, Young, Marino, Friedman: Your NFL Hall of Fame Class of 2005. The stain that was the absence of Fritz Pollard, the NFL's first black player and head coach, is finally cleansed. He's joined by three QBs, my personal favorite Steve Young, Dan "No Ring" Marino and Bennie Friedman (the other Veteran's Committee selection). The one person left out who I'd put in, in an instant, is George Young while Harry Carson. one of Young's great players, was a rejected finalist for the sixth year despite requesting he not be considered.

posted by billsaysthis to football at 01:32 PM - 18 comments

February 04, 2005

Welcome to Jocksonville: Northeast Florida is rotten with current and former NFL athletes, as this star-watching piece in the Florida Times-Union illustrates. One vet, Paul Salata, has attended 35. Why has the NFL become the only pro league with a championship that draws hundreds of players who aren't on either team?

posted by rcade to football at 05:40 PM - 2 comments

Local Columnist Runs Down Emmitt: Emmitt Smith's retirement press conference included a weird attack on the media, and it appears the animosity was mutual. Remembering Smith calling himself a diamond surrounded by trash after his final year in Dallas, sports columnist Gil LeBreton of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram waved 22 goodbye: "Maybe there were some Super Bowl media members in the packed conference room who, too, had to swallow back a tear. I wasn't one of them."

posted by rcade to football at 04:41 PM - 7 comments

Max Schmeling has died, aged 99.: Schmeling, one of the greatest boxers of his era, defeated Jack Sharkey in 1930 to become World Heavyweight champion, but he is probably best known for the legendary bouts with Joe Louis and his uncomfortable closeness to the Nazi Party.

posted by afx237vi to boxing at 04:05 PM - 2 comments

UEFA to implement a home-quota rule?: The Telegraph is reporting that UEFA have ruled that by the 2008 season, clubs playing in European competitions must field at least eight home-grown players in their 25-man squad, 4 of which must have come from each team's own training/development squad. Of the 32 sides in last season's Champions League, five clubs would not have had enough home-grown players to satisfy UEFA's new rule. They were Arsenal, Chelsea, Celtic, Rangers and Ajax. (via the Sports Economist - which has some additional links and commentary)

posted by Ufez Jones to soccer at 03:44 PM - 8 comments

The Oakland A's of college football.: I have previously said here at spofi that recruiting at a championship level at Notre Dame is impossible, but Charlie Weis may make me eat my words. He doesn't want to recruit better, he wants to recruit smarter- Moneyball for college football, though he doesn't say it.

posted by tieguy to football at 01:25 PM - 9 comments

Superbowl Previews: : By the Numbers (for fellow stat fans)

posted by yerfatma to football at 12:12 PM - 1 comment

It's over.: Dany Heatley pleads guilty to four of his six charges and works out a deal. He'll be on probation for three years, and has to give 150 speeches on the dangers of speeding.

posted by DrJohnEvans to hockey at 11:47 AM - 9 comments

Sportswriter Fired for Plagiarism: The Worcester Telegram & Gazette fired sportswriter Ken Powers late yesterday for plagiarizing elements of an online Sports Illustrated story in his column published last Sunday. Boston Herald: Powers copied substantial portions of Peter King's column almost verbatim. Boston Sports Media Watch: King intervened on Powers' behalf. NYT: "At least half a dozen" other instances of plagiarism found in Powers' past work. Boston Globe: "Terrible injustice," claims Powers

posted by psmealey to football at 09:03 AM - 8 comments

February 03, 2005

Will Phil Jackson come back to the Lakers?: "It's unfinished business," says Lakers executive VP Jeanie Buss. "Kobe has a throne to take. Phil has something to prove. There's more to their story."

posted by LROD to basketball at 03:50 PM - 23 comments

Interview with Malcolm Gladwell: regarding the applicability of ideas in his book Blink to the world of sports. Some interesting thoughts regarding the Super Bowl, Moneyball and Isiah Thomas and his Warren Harding problem.

posted by holden to general at 01:36 PM - 5 comments

In field hockey, do they call them "war mommies?": "War daddy" is the rare bit of football jargon that somehow manages to be both ubiquitous and obscure. A die-hard fan who can parse the differences between a mike linebacker and a will linebacker probably hasn't heard of a war daddy. Well, count me among the uninformed. I'd somehow never heard this term before reading the article, even though I've watched scores and scores of football games. I'm sure that I'm going to hear it constantly now, and that it'll get irritating. Still, an interesting article.

posted by Uncle Toby to football at 01:04 PM - 5 comments

'He didn't know how to put his pads on': When Stephen Neal told an agent in 2001 he wanted to become an NFL player, he was a former college wrestler who hadn't played football since high school. On Sunday, he'll be starting on the offensive line for the New England Patriots.

posted by rcade to football at 12:49 PM - 9 comments

Mean Joe Greene, Meet Mean Daunte Culpepper: In Jacksonville, the Minnesota Vikings quarterback spontaneously gave a paralyzed high school athlete two diamond necklaces worth about $75,000 during an NFL awards ceremony Wednesday, then subsequently took them back.

posted by rcade to football at 12:23 PM - 20 comments

K1: is a new martial arts sport from Japan, and may be coming soon to a tv set near you. Even Tyson is getting involved.

posted by BigCalm to boxing at 08:19 AM - 18 comments

EPL Fantasy League Week 25: Well, looks like Chelsea have the Premiership all wrapped up already, but our league is still fairly competitive with anyone from the top ten still in with a shout of winning the league.

posted by BigCalm to fantasy at 06:29 AM - 62 comments

February 02, 2005

He Shoots, He Scores: Jordan Snipes of NCAA Div III's Guilford College shoots an 87 foot game winner with .6 seconds on the game clock. " It was Snipes’ most eventful moment in life since he suffered a collapsed lung in a Jordan-Matthews High School football game."

posted by Joey Michaels to basketball at 05:48 PM - 4 comments

The cereal has spoken!

posted by gspm to football at 03:13 PM - 22 comments

Interview with the Umpire Information System Operator: So that's how it's done.

posted by UmpNews to baseball at 03:12 PM - 7 comments

Ken Powers Under Investigation For Blatant King Rip Off: I'll let the words speak for themselves. [via Sports Law Blog]

posted by smithers to general at 01:29 PM - 2 comments

City of Brotherly Shove: Last year, Steve Erban lived to tell the tale: What it's like to attend an Eagles game in Philadelphia dressed in the opposing team's gear. "Thoughts ran through my head: Do I physically react? Do I walk away? Do I want to live? Do I want to see the rest of the game?"

posted by rcade to football at 11:51 AM - 24 comments

DMT: a new designer steroid identified

posted by garfield to culture at 09:54 AM - 3 comments

Move Over Dan Snyder: Sally Anthony, the American Basketball Association team owner who tried to fire her Nashville Rhythm coach mid-game, followed it by attempting suicide with pills, alcohol, and scissors, according to a 911 call.

posted by rcade to basketball at 09:11 AM - 8 comments

The Unkindest Cut of All: After the AFC Championship, Bill Belichick waived defensive back Antwan Harris, costing him a bonus of at least $36,000 and a chance for a ring. He hasn't even replaced him, leaving a roster spot open.

posted by rcade to football at 08:54 AM - 13 comments

February 01, 2005

An error-filled exercise in selective memory: Cold Hard Football Facts issues a point-by-point deconstruction of last week's Skip Bayless column on s Page 2, which refuted the ida that Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are the greatest coach and quarterback in NFL history. "Quite frankly, we pissed our pants laughing when we looked at Bayless’s limp, flaccid and impotent arguments." And they agree with Bayless's conclusions. [via King Kaufman]

posted by kirkaracha to football at 07:01 PM - 18 comments

I just lost alot of respect: for Yogi Berra. A $10 million dollar suit for that...friviolous.

posted by dales15 to baseball at 06:13 PM - 17 comments

Rudy T stepping down?: Ric Bucher is reporting that Rudy T will step down as coach of the Lakers after tonights Lakers/Blazers game.

posted by lilnemo to basketball at 03:21 PM - 9 comments

"He doesn't care about material stuff too much. He doesn't go home and hold his trophies and cherish them." : Bode Miller nearly loses his 2005 super G World Championship gold medal -- literally -- and, apparently, did lose the gold he won in the combined in St. Moritz in 2003.

This totally fits with my Bode Miller profile.

posted by lil_brown_bat to other at 02:53 PM - 2 comments

Turfcam: "...there's a 100 to 1 chance of getting something useful." w00t!!!!

posted by garfield to football at 01:55 PM - 1 comment

Ref sends himself off.: Andy Wain had to abandon the Sunday league match between Peterborough North End and a Royal Mail side in the 63rd minute after throwing down his whistle and marching up to confront North End's keeper. Hahahahahahahahaha.

posted by worldcup2002 to soccer at 01:19 PM - 6 comments

Construction worker to play in Super Bowl.: Jeff Thomason, 35, assistant project manager in construction, retired from the NFL two years ago and ... will don a Philadelphia Eagles helmet one more time. ... Thomason was plucked from obscurity by the Eagles after starting tight end Chad Lewis sustained a serious foot injury. I remember a post about some college kid who got a callup to be a NHL goalie because he was fourth choice and the others were injured or indisposed. But this has got to take the cake. Wow, has this happened in any major pro championship final?

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

hockey stories: from the heart, sent into Eklund's rumor blog, the anonymous Philly hockey reporter, which should become part of a story you'll be seeing soon

posted by garfield to hockey at 11:13 AM - 6 comments

Emmitt Smith will be retiring today: to join an investment group trying to buy the Minnesota Vikings, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. To put his 18,355 yards in perspective, Curtis Martin must gain another 4,989 yards to catch 22.

posted by rcade to football at 09:37 AM - 51 comments

A trade doesn't just involve personnel.: Sometimes, there are unintended consequences.

posted by mr_crash_davis to basketball at 08:39 AM - 3 comments