Archives for March 2005

March 31, 2005

Got a spare 3.5 bil?: More Offers to the NHL........

posted by Jimbob1077 to hockey at 08:11 PM - 9 comments

Spofi Fantasy NBA Update: One Month Left!: Playoffs have started in the head-to-head league, and the final standings pushes are being made in the rotisserie league. Updated tables and playoff bracket inside...

posted by dusted to fantasy at 05:50 PM - 29 comments

Complete tourney highlights.: Suffering from March Madness withdrawal waiting for the Final Four to start? You're not alone. Luckily, you can relive what has been a great tournament.

posted by panoptican to basketball at 05:37 PM - 1 comment

Steroidgate, Part II: Now it's the NFL's turn.

posted by Motown Mike to football at 05:16 PM - 7 comments

NBA All-Uglies Team: These dudes be havin' mad busted grills.

posted by garfield to basketball at 10:30 AM - 20 comments

March 30, 2005

Thanks Dad!: ESPN's Tom Farrey has his 1-year old son genetically tested in an article on gene research in sports. It's the lead in a new series by ESPN on youth sports.

posted by smithers to extreme at 02:14 PM - 7 comments

As Nats Fans Get Jitters,: their centerfielder comes up lame. A couple of WaPo stories (registration) before baseball in Washington starts anew.

posted by yerfatma to baseball at 12:14 PM - 14 comments

Title IX protection extended to whistleblowers. : The Supreme Court ruled that former girls' high school basketball coach Roderick Jackson can bring suit and attempt to prove in court that he was fired in an act of retalation because he complained about his team's inferior facilities.

posted by lil_brown_bat to culture at 06:50 AM - 3 comments

E-MD: Dr. Elliot J. Pellman, the medical adviser for Major League Baseball and a staunch defender of its steroid policy before Congress, has been caught exaggerating his medical credentials.

posted by rcade to baseball at 06:09 AM - 5 comments

Jaromir Jagr’s lucky hockey stick stolen in Moscow:
Russian Avangard Omsk forward Jaromir Jagr has revealed that two of his hockey sticks have been stolen ahead of a semi final play-off match against Dinamo in Moscow...

posted by Rodimus to hockey at 01:36 AM - 5 comments

March 29, 2005

The next big thing : could be Andrew Bogut. Well, he's big at least. But is he the male Lauren Jackson? Australia's media think so.

posted by owlhouse to basketball at 10:17 PM - 13 comments

Punting Under the Influence: 60 Minutes Wednesday will report that three members of the Carolina Panthers had steroid prescriptions filled shortly before the team's 2004 trip to the Super Bowl, including punter Todd Sauerbrun.

posted by rcade to football at 04:29 PM - 7 comments

Donovan's coming home again: Well, so much for trying to succeed in a European league. What does this mean for the most visible face in American soccer. A coming elevation of MLS, or the silly pouting of a mama's boy.

posted by trox to soccer at 03:50 PM - 13 comments

The Road to Hawaii Goes Through Atlanta: After interviewing at lowly Division II Northern State University, Jerry Glanville has gone to a much better place, the University of Hawaii, where he'll coach the defense for Head Coach (and fellow former Falcon) June Jones.

posted by rcade to football at 12:42 PM - 3 comments

Former Linebacker Obsessed with Defense: So far, the United States has spent $120 billion in pursuit of missile defense technology. Former 49er Riki Ellison has made it his life's work to see that we don't stop there.

posted by rcade to football at 06:54 AM - 32 comments

March 28, 2005

Hadda happen sometime: : Stanford knocks out UConn to advance to the Elite Eight.

posted by lil_brown_bat to basketball at 06:07 PM - 5 comments

Neigh, it can't be: Ireland has been stripped of its only medal at Athens 2004, as "Waterford Crystal tested positive for banned substances."

posted by garfield to other at 02:49 PM - 3 comments

Legendary Twins PA announcer Bob Casey died this weekend.: "Bob Casey the stadium voice of the Twins for all of the team's 44 years and whose signature style and verbal stumbles endeared him to baseball fans throughout the Upper Midwest, died early Sunday from complications of liver cancer. He was 79." Bob Casey was famous for two things, his no smoking rule - "Noooooooooooooooo smoking in the Metrodome! If you must smoke, go outside or QUIT!" (or "go to Wisconsin" or "go to a casino" or "go to Disneyland" or one of his other great variations), and also the way he announced Kirby Pucket back in the day - "Now batting for the Twins, number 34, the center fielder, KIRBYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY PUCKETT!". It's a sad day in Twins land.

posted by emoeby to baseball at 09:29 AM - 3 comments

Buy Now Before It Spikes: As reported in the subscriber-only Sports Business Journal, the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball league has gone public, selling shares over the counter as AVPN. The league's 200 players have 16-cents-a-share options valued at around $1 million.

posted by rcade to other at 08:07 AM - 0 comments

March 25, 2005

A1GP: "At least 23 countries will take part, each represented by a seat holder for each territory or country...." Founded by His Highness Sheikh Maktoum. Check it out. Starts 09/23-25/05 at Brands Hatch, UK.

posted by garfield to other at 02:38 PM - 8 comments

Is The Hall Of Fame Out Of The Question For Mark McGwire?: Because of all this talk of steroids and McGwire's bad showing in court, Mark McGwire could very well be out of the Hall of Fame forever. Some people think that the Hall of Fame is for players with the best numbers. Some people think that the Hall of Fame is for players who are good role models. And other people think that the Hall of Fame is for both players with the best numbers, and for players with good morals and don't cheat. Until someone can prove, or McGwire personally anounces, that he used steroids, it's going to be hard to keep him off the ballots. And if he's on the ballot, it's going to be hard for people not to vote for him.

posted by Pickles84 to baseball at 12:34 PM - 44 comments

Paul Shirley blogs: Who the heck is Paul Shirley? Iowa State 2001, career NBA scoring high is 6 points, averaged 10 points and 6.9 rebounds his senior year in college. But he can write.

posted by Bryant to basketball at 08:42 AM - 12 comments

March 24, 2005

NHL Cancels Draft Because of Lockout: The future of the NHL is in trouble. After all of the meetings, after all of the hours of talks, nothing has been done. Not only is the integrity of the NHL in trouble, but the NHL as a hockey league is in trouble.

posted by Pickles84 to hockey at 02:49 PM - 12 comments

Haslett admits steroid use: It looks like it might be time to recall some Super Bowl rings as the Saints coach admits to using steroids as a player and calls the Steelers steroid pioneers in the NFL.

posted by bperk to football at 02:32 PM - 11 comments

Let's See a Show of Hands: A group of grade-schoolers in Acton, Mass., is pushing for the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox to break a Major League rule and shake hands before their game April 11. "After children's sports games, we shake hands with the team we're playing," they wrote in a letter to Commissioner Bud Selig. "If kids can show good sportsmanship, then professionals can too."

posted by rcade to baseball at 11:30 AM - 29 comments

March 23, 2005

Poland vs Mexico!!: In an international friendly, Mexico will "host" Poland, April 27th at, you guessed it...Soldier Field in Chicago! With huge populations of both Mexicans and Poles, everyone is already saying its going to be one of the biggest soccer matches in the US. It will sell out for sure. And I'm gonna be there! I just hope there isn't a riot!

posted by StarFucker to soccer at 08:49 PM - 27 comments

Welcome to the Summitt: The University of Tennessee's Pat Summitt gets her 880th career win, passing Dean Smith as the all-time winningest basketball coach in NCAA Division I history. (Her current .837 winning percentage tops Smith's .776 percentage.) The university renamed the court after her.

posted by kirkaracha to basketball at 01:29 PM - 14 comments

"I promise I never tried to maim Keith Galloway.": Disgraced NRL bully John "Fingers" Hopoate pens a letter to his fans and retires after a turbulent career that included what some called"the most vile act ever". The writing was on the wall following a 17-week ban that made Hopoate the premiership's most suspended player of the modern era. Last week his team, the Manly Sea Eagles, washed their hands and sacked the 31-year old veteran.

posted by the red terror to other at 11:48 AM - 11 comments

Play-by-Play with Pat O'Brien: "I don't know why I'm like this," says the former CBS Sports host in a series of sexually explicit voicemail messages making their way around the Internet. "I don't do this for a living. This is like new to me. But I want to [town in Austria] make you crazy. Bye"

posted by rcade to general at 09:38 AM - 16 comments

March 22, 2005

Miracle shot: This is one of the most amazing shots I've ever seen in an actual basketball game, and the shot forced double overtime, which makes it that much cooler. Any SpoFites have other links to video of amazing shots in actual games they'd like to share in this thread, i.e. Roberto Carlos's free kick?

posted by platocave to basketball at 09:51 PM - 25 comments

NYR-East: bounced in first round. Stephane & David Canseco. What is being lost. And isn't this guy's site like the theory that you can never reach point A from point B, but only infinitely cut the distance by half. (worst explanation in the history of explanations)

posted by garfield to hockey at 04:00 PM - 4 comments

Bonds May Miss 2005 Season: It could be a result of his knee surgery: "Right now I'm just going to try to rehab myself to get back to, I don't know, hopefully next season, hopefully the middle of the season. I don't know. Right now I'm just going to take things slow." Or it could be the media's fault: "You wanted me to jump off a bridge, I finally did," Bonds said. "You finally brought me and my family down. ... So now go pick a different person." I, for one, will miss this travelling circus sideshow.

posted by NoMich to baseball at 02:46 PM - 83 comments

American Cyclist Must Save Face: After professional bicyclist David Clinger showed up at training camp with the face-covering tattoos of a Maori warrior, he agreed to remove some to placate his sponsoring team.

posted by rcade to other at 10:28 AM - 18 comments

March 21, 2005

An Illini never forgets?: While many were looking forward to a matchup between Kansas and Illinois because of the coaching carousel which will now never occur, bigger fireworks may be in store between Illinois and cinderella UW-M. While coaches and players for Illinois consider it old history, fans, former players, and even reporters are not so ready to forgive and forget Bruce Pearl's actions in regard to an investigation by the NCAA.

posted by joehyuk to basketball at 04:29 PM - 7 comments

C U Later: Paul Silas was fired by the slumping Cleveland Cavaliers today, less than a week after he made an anatomically specific insult about Carlos Boozer. His son was fired too.

posted by rcade to basketball at 11:54 AM - 24 comments

Equipment Problem: If I understand the rules of football, Lee Carsley of Everton is dangerously close to drawing a misconduct penalty for deliberate handling of the ball in this action sequence. (Warning: Viewer discretion is advised).

posted by rcade to soccer at 11:20 AM - 12 comments

March 20, 2005

Wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist : is now at the peak of his powers. Almost all experts now put Gilchrist in the Greatest XI of all time. He also plays the game like he actually enjoys it - and turns Test Matches around in the blink of an eye. I know it's hard to start a cricket thread on this site, but...

posted by owlhouse to other at 03:55 PM - 8 comments

Abracadabra, you're screwed:
As if the Magic weren't having enough problems, there goes Steve Francis for what's likely to be most of the rest of the season for kicking a photographer.
Between Stacey's lotion chuckin', the less than acrimonious parting of Johnny Davis and a sub .500 season in which the best they can hope for is to back into the playoffs and get murdered by the Heat, things are not going too well in Orlando.
Having already drastically retooled by dealing a franchise player yet AGAIN, what can the Magic hope to do in THIS off-season to prevent another creaky year for this constantly teetering team?

posted by forksclovetofu to basketball at 12:14 PM - 7 comments

Barry's Ex Takes a Swing: The former mistress of Barry Bonds, future tell-all author Kimberly Bell, has testified before the BALCO grand jury, claiming that he told her five years ago he was using steroids "to compete because they were so widely used in the game" and experienced physical changes such as baldness, acne, and temper.

posted by rcade to baseball at 09:40 AM - 12 comments

March 19, 2005

Roberto Alomar retires: after making two errors in a spring training inning. "I had a long career, but I can't play at the level I want to play, so it's time to retire."

posted by DrJohnEvans to baseball at 03:47 PM - 18 comments

Little General, Head Coach.: Second all time winningest (but championshipless) coach Don Nelson is releasing the reigns of the Mavericks to Avery Johnson, citing "family and other reasons". Avery will take over immediately, beginning with tonight's game against the Charlotte Bobcats.

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 12:54 PM - 6 comments

Toughest Position on the Team: Coach's Son: Tom Blackwood coached a California high school's basketball team to more than 600 wins in 37 years, winning a statewide coach of the year award in 2002. But he made one decision that started out well but eventually turned parents and players against him, leading to his resignation: He played his son as a freshman.

posted by rcade to basketball at 09:54 AM - 5 comments

March 18, 2005

See You Next Tuesday:
Cleveland coach Paul Silas calls Carlos Boozer a c**t.
From a player; well, alright. But from a coach? Yikes.
It's even sillier in the verbatim.

posted by forksclovetofu to basketball at 08:36 PM - 4 comments

Texas politician battles sexy cheerleading: "Under the bill proposed by Edwards, any school district that permits a 'suggestive' performance by cheerleaders would have their state funds reduced by the Texas Education Commissioner. "

posted by Joey Michaels to culture at 08:15 PM - 11 comments

EPL Fantasy League Week 29. : Magnificent scoring, thanks to Henry and Lampard.

posted by BigCalm to fantasy at 02:05 PM - 63 comments

Jose Canseco, Hero: A fascinating op-ed piece by Michael Chabon, who finds much more to appreciate than one would superficially expect.

posted by werty to baseball at 08:41 AM - 13 comments

Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been a Steroid Abuser?: Before Congress Thursday, Mark McGwire refused repeatedly to answer questions about steroid use by himself or other players, a decision he knew would cast a cloud over his Hall of Fame career: "Asking me, or any other player, to answer questions about who took steroids in front of television cameras will not solve this problem. If a player answers no, he simply will not be believed. If he answers yes, he risks public scorn and endless government investigations. My lawyers have advised me that I cannot answer these questions without jeopardizing my friends, my family or myself."

posted by rcade to baseball at 08:27 AM - 36 comments

March 17, 2005

Guilty of Stupidity on All Counts: Charlie Haddad, 21, was sentenced today to two years probation, 10 weekends of supervised community service, 100 hours of additional community service, substance abuse and anger management classes, and $1,040 in fines. His crime? Confronting athletes on the court during the Pistons-Pacers basketbrawl, which got his face punched by both Ron Artest and Jermaine O'Neal. Haddad has filed a civil suit alleging injuries to his head, neck, and back.

posted by rcade to basketball at 09:58 AM - 15 comments

In Bud We Trust.: As Congressional hearings begin today, news breaks that MLB and the Players Association misrepresented the recent changes in their steroid testing policy. It turns out when they said, "A first positive test for steroids results in a 10-day suspension..." they forgot to add the rest of the sentence. The agreement actually included an add-on which read, "OR a $10,000 fine." The fine would be levied instead of the suspension at the discretion of the commissioner. And a public disclosure of the reason for the suspension (or fine) will not be made.

Should be an interesting day.

posted by 86 to baseball at 08:16 AM - 30 comments

Think you're Eddy O'Sullivan?: Think you're Irish? Think you're a rugby player? Think you know anything about kicking anything other than a keg, you dirty micks? If so, try Patrick O' Something's Kicking a Thing across another Thing Game.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

posted by Samsonov14 to other at 12:46 AM - 3 comments

March 16, 2005

Drunk Sharks fan's penis shot.: "He pulled the trigger, but it was jammed," said Nayagar. "It was too late because the policeman returned the fire and the bullet penetrated his penis and came out of his buttocks."

posted by jasonspaceman to culture at 04:19 PM - 8 comments

There is this thing.: That happens in March. You may have heard of it. You probably break the law for it. You almost definitely work less because of it. Now we have our very own thread to talk about it.

posted by tieguy to basketball at 01:58 PM - 9 comments

Real Madreadful.: The best talent in the world. The most expensive team. Rocketing revenues. But two years of sucking ass on the field -- this season, out of the Champs League, knocked out of the domestic cup by a 2nd division team, and likely to finish a poor second to Barcelona in La Liga -- finally takes its toll. Players will be sold off. According to NPR (which is where I first heard this news) and this article, older galacticos (inner circle) players like Figo, 32, and Roberto Carlos, 31, will be sold. But Beckham probably won't, even tho he has been less than great on the field; he just sells too many shirts. Where will the sold players go? They could probably still walk into the first team in any league. Also, Owen back to the EPL?

posted by worldcup2002 to soccer at 12:38 AM - 9 comments

March 15, 2005


posted by mr_crash_davis to basketball at 09:09 PM - 9 comments

The search for integrity : Here's the latest column from Steven Wells - I know we have a number fans amongst us. It's a bit different to his usual postings...

posted by Pete to culture at 12:49 PM - 10 comments

New league, or will NHL replacements work?: Russ Conway talks about the new re-vamped WHA and other "alternative" league proposals. Lots of questions...

posted by the red terror to hockey at 11:44 AM - 16 comments

"I don't think there's any other profession in the world whereby two ambulances are in attendance for everything you do.": Two jockeys died in separate race fatalities this past weekend, bringing the sport's death toll to 300 in Australia. Last night 23-year-old apprentice jockey Gavin Lisk died of head injuries he suffered in a fall at the Moe races on Monday. On Sunday, 25-year-old Adrian Ledger crashed to the turf when his horse, Daring Movement, fell over near the home turn at the Corowa races. Ledger, who was riding for his father, trainer John Ledger, was flown to Canberra hospital but did not recover consciousness. On Monday afternoon, his family decided to turn off his life support. Ledger's wife Amy is expecting their first child.

posted by the red terror to extreme at 10:43 AM - 7 comments

Trainer quoted as saying that anyone who bets on horses is "an addict or an idiot": Members of the Santa Anita board of stewards said Thursday that they would speak to trainer Jeff Mullins regarding controversial remarks attributed to him in a newspaper article last weekend and that one of Mullins's clients would be sanctioned for a heckling incident related to the comments.

posted by the red terror to other at 10:23 AM - 12 comments

Peeling Grapes: An excellent profile of Don Cherry from Saturday Night Magazine. [via Jes Gőlbez].

posted by Succa to hockey at 09:33 AM - 6 comments

What's next ... televised bingo?: With the NHL season cancelled, sports TV in Canada hits rock bottom.

posted by the red terror to culture at 09:00 AM - 25 comments

March 14, 2005

'I like the smell of my grape ball': Professional bowlers are showing more interest in how their balls smell, thanks to the new line offered by Storm Products.

posted by rcade to other at 09:10 AM - 9 comments

March 13, 2005

Bracket?: Will we have a bracket again this year? [And who will be energetic enough to actually do a front page post about the tourney? NOT IT. (touches finger to nose.)]

posted by tieguy to fantasy at 10:16 PM - 71 comments

Runner's Magazine Has Race Problem: The lack of coverage of non-white athletes prompts a boycott call: "From road racing to track, some of the most important and highest achieving athletes are Asian, Latino, Afro-Caribbean and African, yet their stories and images are nearly non-existent in Runner's World magazine." (Via mathowie)

posted by rcade to other at 06:17 PM - 26 comments

Blame it on Runner's High: Bud Badyna ran Jacksonville's 15-kilometer Gate River Run in a SpongeBob SquarePants costume, finishing in 1:38:34 for 4,810th place. He doesn't normally race in odd attire; he runs backwards.

posted by rcade to other at 09:26 AM - 2 comments

March 12, 2005

Best in the world. : With a 2nd place finish in today's World Cup giant slalom final, the US Ski Team's Bode Miller clinched this year's overall World Cup title. The last time the World Cup was won by an American was 22 years ago, when it was won by the USA's Phil Mahre.

And you heard it here first.

posted by lil_brown_bat to other at 07:44 PM - 10 comments

Little League, Big Expectations: "I'm sacrificing a lot, but I do it because I want to play in the major leagues." -- Josh Anderson, 12, whose family spends as much as $10,000 a year on his baseball travel and tutelage

posted by rcade to baseball at 06:35 PM - 13 comments

'Photoshop Phil Mickelson in disbelief': Fark issued this order in response to Mickelson and his caddy's Ford Championship agony (via Attaboy).

posted by rcade to golf at 10:24 AM - 12 comments

March 11, 2005

"Holding a hearing on steroids in baseball without Bonds would be like an inquiry into the Titanic sinking without mentioning the iceberg.": Dave Zirin on the Congressional Hearings being conducted to cope with the problem of Steroids in baseball. He discusses why Bonds was not subpoenaed, and why Dennis Kuchinich is not to be trusted.

posted by LostInDaJungle to baseball at 12:59 PM - 18 comments

The Real Deal.: Just a humorous little spring training story. For your Friday fill of funny, take a look.

posted by 86 to baseball at 11:32 AM - 4 comments

Nobody cares enough to teach you the craft.: The strangeness of women's boxing: "I've been to more than a dozen women's fights since that first one, and nearly all were just like it, 45-second bloodfests. It's hard to figure what appeals to the girls who fight: You get thrown in the ring with some cretin who is trying to rip your head off, you have no idea how to defend yourself, and all the while a thousand sweaty men are shouting at you, trying to be clever about your rear end." (via aldaily)

posted by Uncle Toby to boxing at 12:20 AM - 2 comments

March 10, 2005

Not done yet. : Favre to return in '05-'06.

posted by lil_brown_bat to football at 07:52 PM - 11 comments

Ginga - the Brazilian secret ingredient to the world’s most beautiful game: Presented by RES. Executive produced by Fernando Meirelles, the director of the incredible film City of God. Check it out, if you can. And when you do, post how you found it.

posted by garfield to soccer at 11:00 AM - 13 comments

Title 9 Versus Titus 2: The Bible tells us that women should not play competitive sports, according to Scott Jonas of Jesus-is-Savior.Com: "The effort expended on sports will hinder the development of wifely duties around the home. ... The masculine uniforms and sweaty bodies aren't very attractive, either."

posted by rcade to general at 08:17 AM - 35 comments

March 09, 2005

Embedded journalism in a foreign unit: SI writer Tom Verducci spent five days in uniform at the Blue Jays' training camp. What did he learn? How to avoid getting caught by the ol'-hidden-ball trick, for starters.

posted by DrJohnEvans to baseball at 04:39 PM - 13 comments

Welcome to the outfield?: Former can't-miss St. Louis Cardinals pitching prospect Rick Ankiel will now try to make the move to the outfield. Ankiel has been a designated hitter in the minors in the past and hit .250 in his only significant season at the major-league level. He also used to bomb tape-measure shots into the Busch Stadium atmosphere during batting practice. Hey, if Brooks Kieschnick can do it in reverse, why not Rick?

posted by wfrazerjr to baseball at 02:21 PM - 6 comments

Sports and IP Law: PHOSITA, a law blog that focuses on intellectual property law from members of Dunlap, Codding & Rogers, highlight a couple of interesting articles on recent developments in this area. From, Pro Sports: Technology Changes Rules of the Game, and (PDF warning) Cardozo Law Review, Who Owns the Back of a Baseball Card?.

posted by billsaysthis to culture at 01:25 PM - 3 comments

Women's basketball: meets boxing men's basketball. (Video link) via Offwing

posted by 86 to basketball at 09:52 AM - 17 comments

March 08, 2005

Mike Tice Probed.: An investigation by the NFL for Super Bowl ticket scalping. Wonderful news for the Vikes no doubt, amongst the recent Moss trade and the pending (?) ownership change.

posted by chris2sy to football at 10:53 PM - 19 comments

Jim Rome Can Kiss His Chass: "The worst development in sports is talk radio." -- New York Times baseball writer Murray Chass

posted by rcade to baseball at 06:34 PM - 4 comments

WRC on tequila: - Mexico Rally this weekend

posted by garfield to other at 12:55 PM - 6 comments

March 07, 2005

Dan Snyder is Taking the WaPo's Season Tickets and Going Home: Indignant over the current tone of the Washington Post's coverage (, the Redskins have cut the paper's season ticket allotment from 279 to 12, citing scalping concerns. Dan Snyder has never seen a little guy too small to take his anger out on.

posted by yerfatma to football at 04:08 PM - 32 comments

He's back: And now he has company. Tiger Woods trumped Phil Mickelson as the two went head-to-head in the final pairing at Doral. We've seen this result before, but on Sunday things were definitely different. Tiger didn't win with intimidation and Phil didn't train wreck his way through the final 18. Instead, we were treated to a terrific duel with dramatic changes in momentum. I'd love to see a rematch in about one month.

posted by 86 to golf at 10:49 AM - 16 comments

March 06, 2005

Chuck Thompson: long-time voice of the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Senators has left us. "Ain't the beer cold!" will never be heard again on a hot summer night.

posted by The Mania to baseball at 01:31 PM - 2 comments

The end of a good innings: for former England cricket captain and Bishop of Liverpool David Sheppard. His life after cricket was not that of your average sportsman, or your average bishop. Among many other distinctions, he was the first prominent member of the English cricket establishment to advocate a boycott of apartheid South Africa.

posted by liam to other at 11:06 AM - 0 comments

The Albert G. Spalding Collection of Early Baseball Photographs: From The New York Library Digital Gallery: 594 photographs, prints, drawings, caricatures, and printed illustrations from the personal collection of materials related to baseball and other sports gathered by the early baseball player and sporting-goods tycoon A. G. Spalding. This collection includes 19th-century studio portraits of players and teams of the day, rare images, photographs, and original drawings.

posted by UmpNews to baseball at 10:22 AM - 6 comments

Kobe gets rid of his rape case ordeal: with a check. Another pro athlete buys his way out of a legal mess. So what's new?

posted by roberts to basketball at 09:08 AM - 38 comments

March 04, 2005

Breaking Records, Breaking Barriers: a new Smithsonian exhibit that "portrays athletes, focusing on their participation in significant events and the social contexts that influenced them." Including Abe Lincoln's handball and the participants' medal from the 1896 Olympics. It's a traveling exhibition. (Washington Post editorial review.)

posted by kirkaracha to culture at 02:20 AM - 1 comment

March 03, 2005

The Philosophy of Basketball (and its Relation to Capitalism, Democracy and Socialism): A Marxist explains how basketball is a lens for bringing sociopolitical realities and ideals into focus: "Unfortunately, few of the people who love teamwork in basketball, which hides their desire for more cooperation in life, which in turn calls for the spread of democracy throughout society, are likely to admit that what they really want - and need - is socialism." A coffeehouse riff he actually wrote down, maybe.

posted by Uncle Toby to culture at 08:04 PM - 7 comments

Marilyn Monroe, Jack Nicholson, Elvis Presley, Alfred Hitchock...Jim Gray???: America's favorite TV sports personality gets his long-deserved place along with the greatest of entertainment icons with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

posted by dales15 to culture at 12:00 PM - 10 comments

Bryant Settles Lawsuit Filed by Rape Accuser: for an unknown amount. The settlement bars Bryant and Katelyn Faber from discussing it, but The Smoking Gun's transcript of his initial police interview provides his uncensored version of their sexual encounter. "When I asked if I could [non-procreative sex act], she said no," Bryant told police after originally lying to them that no sex took place. "I stopped. ... She was like, um, can I have a couple autographs?"

posted by rcade to basketball at 08:12 AM - 12 comments

$3.5 Billion Offer For Entire NHL?: Is this as unexpected a turn of events for everyone else as it is for me? Do you think it has any substance?

posted by smithers to hockey at 07:54 AM - 29 comments

FLOGGIN THE DOLPHIN: and 1,120 other naughty words you can't get on your jersey from the NFL shop. ("Gay" is OK.) [via Wonkette]

posted by kirkaracha to culture at 02:14 AM - 16 comments

March 02, 2005

With All Thy Dirt, Get Confirmation: : this summer, The Boston Globe (a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Grey Lady) bought a Red Sox fan site, BostonDirtDogs. BDD was, and is, an electronic broadsheet with questionable ethics, but why would the NYT worry about poorly sourced stories when the rest of the media is only too happy to feed off the Internet crap they are so quick to warn us about? If's editor thinks "It's a blog, for God's sake," who are we to judge, especially when our sites might not be free from mud-slinging. Guess you need a print version before you can ask for reasonable behavior in others. Don't mind me: I'm just pissed Dime Magazine was wrong about Gary Payton playing for the Celtics tonight.

posted by yerfatma to culture at 08:07 PM - 3 comments

The inmates are running the asylum: Portland Trailblazers coach Mo Cheeks fired.

posted by dusted to basketball at 03:33 PM - 8 comments

There is no hiding place behind bars for the footballers relegated to serving time.: In the wake of Jermaine Pennant being sent down for three months for drink driving, The Independent examines life in prison for previous football players who have suffered a similar fate.

posted by squealy to soccer at 01:24 PM - 5 comments

March 01, 2005

The year of the un-trade?: Gary Payton might do it and Alan Henderson already has. How do trades get made with no intention of the players reporting or with them being released by the team they get traded to only to go back to the team that traded them? See also Dale Davis, Glenn Robinson.

posted by geekyguy to basketball at 11:03 PM - 13 comments

Enough, already. : Yet another Massachusetts youth hockey dad arraigned in yet another assault.

Is this happening in other states, or is there something especially toxic about youth hockey here in the Bay State?

posted by lil_brown_bat to culture at 06:20 PM - 2 comments

Chaney's Suspends Himself for Goon Attack: Chaney extended his own suspension by banning himself from the Temple sidelines for the Atlantic 10 tournament.

posted by mayerkyl to basketball at 08:35 AM - 19 comments