Archives for July 2005

July 31, 2005

Proposed Olympics Event: Nude Gymnastics: The Museum of Menstruation reveals something unusual about '70s U.S. Olympics gymnast (and StayFree Maxi-Pads spokeswoman) Cathy Rigby: She posed nude in a 1972 Sports Illustrated article, suggesting that two Olympics sports -- gymnastics and diving -- should be performed nude for aesthetic reasons.

posted by rcade to other at 02:18 PM - 14 comments

Make up your damned mind!: Now Manny says he wants to stay in Boston and help them win another World Series. He also says he's a "gangster". I know we just had a thread about this (look down there), but is this guy related to Larry Brown or what? And how can his teammates not just punch him in the nose?

posted by wfrazerjr to baseball at 01:26 PM - 42 comments

Daly Sues Sports Columnist for Defamation: Golfer John Daly has sued a Florida Times-Union sports columnist for libel. During the Player's Championship near Jacksonville, Daly opened the local paper to find a Mike Freeman column that ran down his "Thug Life" record: "Domestic violence accusations? Yup. Substance abuse issues? Unfortunately. Three different kids from three different moms, making him the Shawn Kemp of golf? Yes. A former wife indicted for laundering illegal drug profits? Roger that."

posted by rcade to golf at 09:24 AM - 13 comments

McNabb insists he has no issues with T.O.: Why not ? He should , matter of fact he should be pissed as hell . As leader of the Eagles offense he should take exception to having anyone on the team holding up the chances of fullfilling the objective of the squad , which is winning the Super Bowl . Although Owens did play a great game considering being out 6 weeks with a leg injury it was McNabb and the rest of the team who played every game getting into the championship game . Jumping on one player for being tired or sick at the end of the game was just childish and uncalled for . There are many plays during a game that if just one had come out differently then maybe the Eagles wouldnt have been behind at the end trying to catch up . A defensive play may have kept the Patriots from scoring and would never had been in that position , whos to say . Of course this is Owens we are talking about with a long history of immaturity . Grow up T.O. , the Eagles made it to the Super Bowl while you sat on the bench so maybe your not as important as you think ,now if the Eagles can just get themselves to believe it .

posted by evil empire to football at 09:20 AM - 9 comments

July 30, 2005

A few words from a class act: Darren McCarty says his Detroit goodbyes in public through the Free Press after the Red Wings bought out his contract. Too bad everyone can't be this gracious.

posted by wfrazerjr to hockey at 04:01 PM - 8 comments

3 Nights in June : Where were you when the Ripper went yard on Niedenfuer? It's a question any honest-to-God Redbirds fan can answer in an instant. With his team down three games to two, clinging to a 5-4 lead with runners on second and third in the top of the ninth inning of Game Six of the 1985 National League Championship Series, Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda could have had his closer, Tom Niedenfuer, intentionally walk Jack Clark, the Cardinals' cleanup hitter, with two out to set up a potential game-ending force out. Instead Lasorda had Niedenfuer pitch to Clark, who pulled the fireballer's first offering into the bleachers at Chavez Ravine. Left fielder Pedro Guerrero flung his glove in disgust, the Dodgers went down in order in the bottom of the ninth, and the Cardinals headed to the Fall Classic. The Riverfront Times catches up with Jack Clark, now the hitting coach for the Frontier League River City Rascals.

posted by Ufez Jones to baseball at 02:21 PM - 1 comment

July 29, 2005

The Sports Law Blog has broken down data on NBA players arrested with some interesting results in the age and education level variables. The education level was recently added, with the results showing that "though 41.1 percent of all NBA players went to college for 4 years, 57.1 percent of arrested NBA players went to college for 4 years. In contrast, though 14.8 percent of all NBA players either did not go to college or went for one year, only 9.6 of arrested NBA players share the same educational background." Interesting stuff.

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 08:16 PM - 13 comments

Larry Brown announces this will be his last coaching stop: No kidding ..... he's 64 now and missed time for health reasons last season, i'd be shocked if he made it through his new contract with Knicks with their potent line-up . Being a defensive minded coach handed a team that can't score if their life depended on it , I would think he like all Knicks fans should slip into a coma watching them "perform" .

posted by evil empire to basketball at 06:30 PM - 12 comments

Basketball History: 763 photos in a Flickr collection.

posted by billsaysthis to basketball at 06:02 PM - 1 comment

Seven cities to bid for 2014 Winter Olympics. :

And, from the perspective of an alpine skiing fan, let me say right now that there is only one, possibly two, of the candidate cities that would not completely suck ass. In fact, upon reading several of the names, I said to myself, "This is a joke, right?" Wrong.

posted by lil_brown_bat to other at 04:46 PM - 8 comments

Baseball Prospectus: is making all is content freely available until next Wednesday. There's some great stuff in there for the baseball stat-head types, as well as some good trade rumors columns and other more general interest stuff. Most of the content is typically subscription only.

posted by holden to baseball at 10:46 AM - 6 comments

And yet another CFB poll...: I wish D1 would go to a play-off system and drop all of the polls and BCS garbage. They could still generate big $$ by having sponsors. (ie: The Car Quest Western Semifinal Round).

posted by jlbelt to football at 05:58 AM - 6 comments

Hines Ward plans to hold out: and this, for me, is very disappointing. While many of the other wideouts, like TO, seem to be money grubbing, trash-talking idiots, Ward always came across as a "team man". News has the Steelers offering him a contract that would have made him the highest paid player in the history of the organization-and he turned it down!

posted by jlbelt to football at 05:32 AM - 33 comments

July 28, 2005

An illegal touch: causes controversy in the World Swimming Championships. There is a suggestion for video replays 'like in other sports'. Lets get the debate started.

posted by owlhouse to general at 11:13 PM - 11 comments

Update to "He wanted to win.": T-ball coach to be tried for paying player $25 to injure mentally disabled player to keep him out of game. Coach charged with two counts of criminal solicitation to commit aggravated assault and one count each of corruption of minors, criminal conspiracy and recklessly endangering another person. See prior discussion.

posted by graymatters to culture at 05:03 PM - 20 comments

"I can see clearly now the rain is gone...": The Pistons exercise their option on Darko. Will he still be collecting splinters in '07?

posted by lilnemo to basketball at 03:17 PM - 14 comments

Voices of the game: USA Today celebrates the timeless magic that is baseball on radio. With Fox and ESPN dragging the sport's network TV coverage to unprecedented depths of suckitude, such an appreciation has never been more timely.

posted by Motown Mike to baseball at 02:51 PM - 12 comments

I'm sorry, aren't you busy with a war or something?: House Government Reform Committee chairman Tom Davis and ranking Democrat Henry Waxman have blasted the NHL for "loopholes" in its new drug-testing policy. Like there aren't other pressing issues with which to deal ...

posted by wfrazerjr to hockey at 01:08 PM - 16 comments

Surprise, surprise...: Goodenow steps down before the NHL players get a chance to oust him.

posted by MeatSaber to hockey at 12:12 PM - 10 comments

Razor with an edge: is Dallas Stars broadcaster Daryl "Razor" Reaugh's new blog, hosted on the official Stars website. While it's still kind of nascent and there's not a whole lot of content, this is the first time I've seen a pro team host a blog of their own. Are there others out there?

posted by Ufez Jones to hockey at 09:49 AM - 7 comments

Back Pains Force Sharapova to Withdraw From San Diego: Russian-born tennis star Maria Sharapova will not take part in the Acura Classic championship at San Diego. Sharapova is suffering from pain in the small of the back. Recently she found herseft in the Forbes Top Celebs list.

posted by Rodimus to tennis at 07:49 AM - 10 comments

Fantasy Football?: Who wants to be commish? and Who wants to play?

posted by jbou to fantasy at 01:36 AM - 0 comments

July 27, 2005

Age before beauty: Mark Warnecke, a 35 year-old hospital trauma doctor from Germany, became the oldest world champion swimmer in history at the World Aquatic Championships in Montreal. He's a decade older than every other swimmer in the final. "People have been asking me for 15 years when am I going to quit... I don't know, maybe another 20 years. Why not?"

posted by dusted to other at 11:55 PM - 4 comments

Just how hard is the Tour de France?: Some guy and his doctor wired his bike up with some techno-gadget and rode the whole Tour. Find out how much power and work is needed for each stage, down to the last watt and kilojoule. (via this Wired article) Good grief.

posted by worldcup2002 to other at 11:48 PM - 9 comments

The Worst Team in Britain?: East Stirlingshire gear up for another season. A great article from the Guardian on football at the lower levels. Not the first writer to acknowledge the masochistic streak in football players and fans. Yes, they do have fans.

posted by owlhouse to soccer at 09:06 PM - 5 comments

Canada's national "Hide & Seek" team.: Am I the last guy in the world to hear about this awesome Olympic demonstration sport in beijing 2008??

posted by the red terror to other at 06:08 PM - 12 comments

Rosey Grier, immortalized in needlepoint: - and by my own hands to boot! If anyone would have told me that I would go from football to needlepoint, I would have laughed in their face. In fact, the whole thing started as a joke, but it's turned into one of the most enjoyable and satisfying things I've ever done. I try to turn other guys on to needlepoint wherever I go -- from the dude sitting next to me on a plane to the guy working behind the scenes on a movie set. 'Smile all you want,' I tell them, 'but if you try it once, you'll keep coming back for more', and that's the truth brother. (via waxy)

posted by Ufez Jones to football at 05:12 PM - 3 comments

Matt Clement takes a line drive to the skull: A frightening moment for not only Red Sox fans, but anyone who has even gotten close to getting drilled. Not bloody, but certainly not for the squeamish, either.

posted by wfrazerjr to baseball at 02:30 PM - 18 comments

There's no crying in, now that's another story.: Nick Saban makes a rookie cry on the first day of camp. Ricky's so scared he's digging his six-foot-kickstart-moto-bong out of storage.

posted by The_Black_Hand to football at 01:53 PM - 10 comments

Heath Miller: -is this guy going to be a starter as a rookie? Will the Steelers be able to use this kid to make up for Plexiglass?

posted by jlbelt to football at 01:34 PM - 11 comments

July 26, 2005

Top pick Smith agrees $49.5 million deal with 49ers: Top draft pick Alex Smith has agreed to a six-year, $49.5 million deal with the San Francisco 49ers, the richest contract ever for an NFL rookie. Let's hope he does better than Manning...

posted by smithnyiu to football at 03:23 PM - 21 comments

Frog legs before a game will help your fastball jump.: Fox Sports takes a look at some of sport's wackiest superstitions.

posted by Ufez Jones to general at 03:13 PM - 8 comments

Manny Ramirez wants to be traded: according to Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated. Citing a lack of privacy off the field, this is Manny's third trade request in four years. However, Manny is still one of the Major's best hitters and in in the end, probably won't be dealt.

posted by EmpireWF to baseball at 03:12 PM - 46 comments

To buy out or not buy out: The St. Louis Blues and Ottawa Senators say they aren't going the buy out route in the NHL's new fiscal landscape. The Red Wings have already said goodbye to Ray Whitney, Derian Hatcher and Darren McCarty. What's the right way to go about this, who needs to get the axe and who are you hoping your team lands?

posted by wfrazerjr to hockey at 01:18 PM - 27 comments

'Regretful' Ricky apologizes to fans, Dolphins : When asked why he decided to return to the NFL, Williams hesitated: "Why? Why? I don't know," he said, prompting snickers. "I've been away doing my own thing, studying a lot of alternate theories about life. To go into that answer - it can't be picked up in a sound byte or easily understood. So the best way I can think of to put it is that I'm back here to work." One word: MONEY.

posted by curlyelk to football at 11:58 AM - 19 comments

Knauss sues supplement company over positive test. : After the Court for Arbitration in Sport upheld his 18-month ban for testing positive for nandrolone, Austrian ski team member Hans Knauss played the Austrian card and announced his intention to sue the company that sold him the supplements.

posted by lil_brown_bat to other at 10:14 AM - 8 comments

Oakland, the best in the west?: After a mere 14 games since the All Star break, the A's have the best record in the majors. Barry Zito translates that into "the A's will win the AL west". I don't think so...

posted by tommysands to baseball at 06:35 AM - 31 comments

Lava-rock sledding.: (via Boing Boing) Tom "Pohaku" Stone is reviving the 2,000-year Hawaiian tradition of he'e holua. "You can't even imagine what it's like to be head first, four inches off the ground, doing 30, 40, 50 miles an hour on rock," Stone said. "It looks like you are riding just fluid lava. It's death-defying ... but it's a lot of fun."

posted by worldcup2002 to extreme at 12:16 AM - 8 comments

July 25, 2005

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six: A crazy upset and a nutty blowout stirred the pot a bit this week, but all eyes are on the doubleheader next week. Make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 11:03 AM - 0 comments

Sports Editor Drowns: The sport of kayaking lost an impassioned advocate with Sunday's death of John Francis Mullen, 37, a Washington Post sports copy editor who drowned in a kayaking accident on a West Virginia river Sunday.

posted by rcade to other at 09:47 AM - 22 comments

Doug Maclean:: "It just seems to be an easy name to throw in that mix. Itís out of ignorance is what it is. Itís a lack of knowledge of whatís really going on in our market." So don't be talking contraction possibility and the BJs in the same breath. Great work dispelling commonly held misconceptions by Mirtle.

posted by garfield to hockey at 09:43 AM - 21 comments

July 24, 2005

SOUTH.: "In October 2006 ... Setting out from Scott's wooden hut on the edge of Antarctica, we will manhaul 400lb sledges across 1,800 miles of the most hostile terrain on earth, to the Pole and back." For $100, you can sponsor a mile, see your name printed on the expedition sledge, and have your name posted on the site when they have reached your sponsored mile. And you might win prizes too.

posted by worldcup2002 to extreme at 11:12 AM - 22 comments

Forrest Lump.: 39-year-old, 350-pounder Steve Vaught aka The Fat Man Walking, is walking from San Diego to NYC to lose weight and get his life back.

posted by worldcup2002 to extreme at 11:01 AM - 21 comments

July 23, 2005

Fore - or maybe side?: Errant golf balls ruled trespass on nearby homes. And exactly why did they buy homes next to the country club?

posted by graymatters to golf at 11:46 AM - 32 comments

Inter Milan cancel England tour due to safety concerns: Wow. Needless to say, people aren't happy, and the old chestnut about "giving in to the terrorists" is already bouncing around. Is this just good, safe policy or total overreaction?

posted by sakana to soccer at 09:22 AM - 13 comments

International Auctioneer Championships being held it Pittsburgh: Forget TO and the NFL, forget MLB, the NBA and the NHL here is a competetion as " down home" as NASCAR. They even get a ring if they win!

posted by daddisamm to other at 08:39 AM - 2 comments

July 22, 2005

The Agony of the Face: American diver Chelsea Davis hit her head on the diving board during prelims for the World Swimming Championships Friday.

posted by rcade to other at 06:02 PM - 16 comments

The Pittsburgh Penguins win the Sidney Crosby sweepstakes: The NHL got around to setting the draft order today, and in the process, blowing a few tinfoil hats off of quite a few heads. Good for the Pens as they could really use the shot in the arm that someone like Sidney Crosby could give them.

posted by NoMich to hockey at 03:37 PM - 12 comments

Cursed by the Casual Fan?: The Washington Nationals lead in the National League East is gone as they are currently tied with the Atlanta Braves. So why did the Nationals suffer a July swoon? Well, it's the people who come to the game but aren't as big of fans as the ones who post on Internet message boards complaining about the casual fans, of course. The solution? Cutting off the head of a rubber chicken apparently.

posted by scully to baseball at 01:38 PM - 12 comments

According to Slate, men don't wear jock straps any more: And football players don't wear cups! Good lord, people-- is this true? What about the flopping, and the helmet impacts, and the things I can't even imagine? What are you thinking?

posted by sakana to general at 11:50 AM - 14 comments

Terrell Owens pays Jesus the ultimate compliment...: of course, the Son of God never tried to get an already mammoth contract restructured for his monetary benefit, or threatened to bolt town after one year of a seven year deal. So, I guess T.O. isn't God, just God-like.

posted by The_Black_Hand to football at 08:56 AM - 28 comments

This set of "triplets" to be placed in the Cowboy "Ring Of Honor": Smith, Aikman, and Irvan are to be honored this year by being placed into the teams "Ring of Honor" This has sparked a lot of discussion on the "talk shows" as to who is/was the best trio (QB, RB, andWR) in the NFL. The Trio of Montana, Rice, and Craig were mentioned as being better. Other sets of triplets were brought up as well from the Bills, Steelers, Packers, Dolphins and so on.....It would be interesting to see who everybody thinks is the best "trio!???

posted by daddisamm to football at 08:48 AM - 45 comments

LPGA denies 15 year old's attempt to join the tour: From the parents of the girl who was turned down by the LPGA commissioner, Ty Votaw, due to a lack of playing experience: "You are sending the wrong message to young golfers and their families,'' the Bandeas wrote in a letter to Votaw. We strongly believe that this policy is wrong and unfair to the young golfers who would rather spend more time at home with their families than being on the road for months at a time.'' Should the correct message be to exploit the crap out of your 15 year old kid so the parent can profit? This story smacks of greed.

posted by panteeze to golf at 05:38 AM - 11 comments

July 21, 2005

Les domestiques: are the riders that ensure stars like Lance Armstrong win. Slate explains how cycling team tactics work. By the way, how do I get Kraftwerk's 'Tour de France, Tour de France' out of my head?

posted by owlhouse to general at 09:16 PM - 10 comments

At long last, let's drop the puck?: Hockey players approve labor deal; 90% for.

posted by graymatters to hockey at 04:08 PM - 31 comments

USA Can Keep 2000 Track Gold: The Court of Arbitration for Sport has ruled that the 2000 Olympic Champions in the 4x100m relay can keep their gold medals ... well, except for Jerome Young, who's a dirty rotten cheater. Also dirty rotten cheaters: the USOC, who caught Young doping in 1999 but covered it up; and relay team members Alvin and Calvin Harrison, who are currently serving suspensions for post-2000 doping offenses. Hurrah for the champs!

posted by Amateur to other at 10:10 AM - 14 comments

Saunders to become the new Coach for the Pistons: Flip takes over for Larry in the Motor City. Some Say its a good fit.

posted by daddisamm to basketball at 07:07 AM - 7 comments

July 20, 2005

USA better than England.: USA #6, England #8. That's what the FIFA Coca-Cola world rankings say. Discuss.

posted by worldcup2002 to soccer at 10:38 AM - 57 comments

The Homeless World Cup is set to begin today in Scotland : I'm fully aware that by posting this I've punched my Ticket To Ride the Highway To Hell.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY to soccer at 10:22 AM - 9 comments

Barry Bonds an Angel?: At the end of his column today, Randy Youngman helps spread the rumor that Barry Bonds could become an Angel next season. I think I'll move!

posted by tommysands to baseball at 09:28 AM - 24 comments

Good for Vino: After seeing Vino be the strongest member of team T Mobile, and witnessing his teammates chase him down numerous times, I'm glad to see Vinokourov move on. But the article's "bombshell" characterization is way off, if not for the obvious jersey color choice; he didn't seem like part of the team.

posted by garfield to other at 09:21 AM - 25 comments

The complexities of Human Sport: by McSweeney's. I especially liked the Hockey one.

posted by BigCalm to general at 09:01 AM - 13 comments

Rafael Palmeiro and the Keltner Test: What is Rafeal Palmeiro's chances of making the Hall of Fame? SportsFilter columnist Grum@work uses the Keltner Test to find out.

posted by justgary to baseball at 02:04 AM - 12 comments

2005 NBA WEST Free Agency: SportsFilter columnist lilnemo takes a look at prospective signings for the NBA's Western Conference.

posted by justgary to basketball at 01:59 AM - 3 comments

July 19, 2005

Rafael Palmeiro and the Keltner Test: What is Rafeal Palmeiro's chances of making the Hall of Fame? Let's use the Keltner Test to find out.

posted by grum@work to commentary at 09:16 PM - 0 comments

2005 NBA WEST Free Agency: lilnemo takes a look at prospective signings for the NBA's Western Conference.

posted by lilnemo to commentary at 07:14 PM - 0 comments

Mavs owner Mark Cuban to buy the Pittsburgh Pirates?: Local writer John Perrotto, citing Cuban as a "lifelong Pirates fan" says: "To have a risk taker own the Pirates would be a refreshing change of pace from people who run their business like most newspaper people do, cut everything to the barebones and try to bleed as much profit as possible. Just as important, Cuban would bring some personality to a franchise in desperate need of some revitalization." However, he adds "Alas, Cuban buying the Pirates is likely nothing more than a fantasy. While McClatchy has said he might consider stepping down as CEO after next year's All-Star Game at PNC Park, the Nuttings provide the money behind the operation and are said to be in it for the long haul, particularly as long as the Pirates are profitable. Thus, the chances of seeing Cuban sitting in McClatchy's seat are slim, even if it is great fun to speculate on what might be."

posted by Ufez Jones to baseball at 06:23 PM - 16 comments

If you can't ignore them, then join them?: NCAA wants to work with odds makers to monitor betting lines for college games, as part of antigambling efforts.

posted by graymatters to general at 05:03 PM - 2 comments

Diminuitive urn continuing to capture imagination: You can keep the return of the Premiership, the Tour de France and Wimbledon, this is the sporting event of the summer. The Ashes have it all, five matches that will determine that world's best cricket team. If you don't know anything about cricket this is the time to find out. If you want to go, you can't. It's easier to buy dodo's eggs than to pick up Ashes tickets at face value (and I've got my tickets - I'm so excited I could wee!)

posted by Pete to other at 12:38 PM - 23 comments

Kewell to miss EPL openers: Someone's favorite winger has got yet another injury, this time requiring a hernia operation, and will miss at least the first two-three weeks of the season as well as all the Champions League matches in the span.

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 10:51 AM - 16 comments

The Kenny Rogers Saga continues: Rogers has "words" with cameraman as he turns himself into police.

posted by daddisamm to baseball at 06:30 AM - 35 comments

Newly licensed driver crashes into Australian women's cycling team: An Australian team cyclist has been killed and two others are in a critical condition after six cyclists were involved in a head-on crash with a teenage driver in Germany.

posted by Joey Michaels to other at 01:22 AM - 30 comments

July 18, 2005

Netball Under 21 World Cup is: in Florida this month! Last Friday I went to the farewell ceremony for the Samoa team (ranked 4th in the World). According to this site, interest in netball is now at 'fever pitch' in the USA. Is this tournament really registering on the sports psyche of America?

posted by owlhouse to other at 08:13 PM - 8 comments

Move over, Danica!: Katherine Legge gets second win of season in Toyota Atlantic series.

posted by graymatters to auto racing at 03:11 PM - 19 comments

"I'm an animal? You're an animal Larry!": Well, now we know why Larry and Joe Dumars kept meeting without coming to a decision. They were negotiating a buyout. Larry Brown is no longer coach of the Pistons.

posted by lilnemo to basketball at 03:01 PM - 13 comments

Draft Lottery is none of your business: says the NHL...An unbiased opinion would be dumbfounded by this rejection of much needed media attention. My biased opinion sees this move as a solid assurance Crosby will be a Ranger. [via]

posted by garfield to hockey at 12:17 PM - 38 comments

Figo and Samuel to Inter?: Adriano to Real Madrid? SWP signs with Chelsea? Is the closed season finally getting interesting? Are we about to see a flurry of meaningful transfers in the next few weeks?

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY to soccer at 12:17 PM - 17 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five: A near-upset, a non-upset, a sure-I-guess-that's-an-upset, and a definitely-not-an-upset do their part to upset the standings this week. I don't know what's going on anymore, but maybe you do, which is why you should make your picks for this week.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 10:22 AM - 0 comments

July 17, 2005

The Designated Hitter harming MLB: "...whether Selig realizes it or not, the dearth of pitching in baseball, especially in the AL, is threatening to make a travesty of his game." Look at these numbers, 38% of qualifying pitchers (this season) in the AL have an ERA below 4.00, while 62% of NL pitchers are below the mark. With every passing season, it's becoming more clear how much of a joke pitching in the AL has become and with the exception of a select few, teams will continue to struggle. Hopefully, sooner than later the DH will become a thing of the past in the AL.

posted by EmpireWF to baseball at 06:11 PM - 27 comments

Officials Overturn Call; Redskins Trademark Might Be Sacked: The lawsuit to strip the Washington Redskins of their trademarks has been revived on appeal. "No Native person who has been called the R-word has ever said: 'Wow, they must think I'm a football player or a sport mascot or a person covered in red paint for war,'" argues plaintiff Suzan Shown Harjo. "It has always been a fighting word and has never been a compliment."

posted by rcade to football at 10:21 AM - 151 comments

July 16, 2005

SpoFi EPL Fantasy League 05-06 (on Starts Aug 13!

Here's what you need to do:

  1. Sign up. It's only one page.
    • Old players: Login using your old username and password as usual. You will go through sign-in with most of your info already filled in.
    • New players: Register yourself
  2. Create your team (yes, old players have to do this again, including naming your team, picking your kit, and selecting players.)
  3. Join the SpoFi league by entering this code: 2664-643
Here's the list of improvements they've made for this season. Less than a month to go! Good luck!

posted by worldcup2002 to fantasy at 09:12 PM - 0 comments

The Selling of a Red Sox Nation : "Now that the World Series hangover has lifted, the Boston Red Sox are not quite the same team. This is the team with the second highest payroll in baseball, ...There is little, in the way of advantages, that separates the Red Sox from the hated rivals. This is not "America's team," as a bandwagoning Tom Hanks called them during the World Series. Although most Red Sox fans are knowledgeable and respectful (though almost obsessively passionate), a select percentage have managed gained the reputation in the media as among the most boorish and offensive in the sport"

posted by Marla Singer to baseball at 07:49 PM - 36 comments

Man impersonated Roethlisberger, St. Pierre to get dates : OK, this is pretty bad but how about the reverse? Would any of you guys date a woman who claims she's Anna Kournikova?

posted by tommysands to football at 09:33 AM - 12 comments

Back to NY: Al Leiter, 39, had a 3-7 record with a 6.64 ERA in 2005. He walked 60 batters in 80 innings, while giving up 88 hits before he was DFAd by the Marlins. And now, he's a Yankee. I know they needed something but I don't know if it was this guy.

posted by jerseygirl to baseball at 08:42 AM - 19 comments

Liverpool consider deal to bring unhappy Owen home : The EPL is only a month away (if it ever really went away) and there's quite a bit of movement on the transfer front. Liverpool fans, would you welcome Owen back? Is Peter Crouch the answer? (IMO, only if the question is who is the most overrated, one-season wonder currently playing?) Surely no one would be silly enough to blow bucks on Luis Figo? I thought the Premiership had moved on from the days when it was a pension-fund for over the hill continental stars. By the way, no one has mentioned the departure of Vieira from Arsenal, do you think Arsene knows what he's doing? Is PV a spent force? Wasn't he Tony Adamson's appointed successor? What's gone wrong? Is Jermaine Jenas really being considered as his replacement? Say it ain't so!

posted by Pete to soccer at 05:51 AM - 6 comments

July 15, 2005

Palmeiro reaches 3000-500 club: The story is in the title. Rafael Palmeiro hit his 3000th hit tonight in the 5th inning off of Seattle Mariners starter Joel Piniero.

posted by The_Intern to baseball at 11:57 PM - 14 comments

The Golden Bear Bows Out...: One more birdie on the 18th at St. Andrews. Nice.

posted by The_Black_Hand to golf at 11:31 PM - 3 comments

Red Sox Hang Record Number on Yanks Again...: for the second time in the last month and a half, the BoSox hang a record beatdown on the Yanks, this time with former Yankee, former Padre, former everybody, David Wells on the mound.

posted by The_Black_Hand to baseball at 11:07 PM - 6 comments

"He wanted to win.": Kid coach pays player $25 to injure teammate before game so coach would not have to play him.

posted by graymatters to culture at 05:18 PM - 18 comments

Far right and football gangs plot 'revenge': Plans by an alliance of rightwing extremists and football hooligans to exact "revenge" on Muslims after last week's bomb attacks are being monitored by police. ... Football hooligans communicating over the internet have spoken of the need to put aside partisan support for teams and unite against Muslims. Hooligans from West Ham, Millwall, Crystal Palace and Arsenal are among those seeking to establish common cause.

posted by the red terror to soccer at 04:06 PM - 3 comments

Michelin has started refunding 120,000 disgruntled fans: who saw only six cars participate in June's US Grand Prix. In a bid to restore its US reputation, Michelin vowed to refund ticket holders and buy 20,000 tickets for next year's race - to be handed out free of charge.

posted by mr_crash_davis to auto racing at 03:47 PM - 0 comments

500 homeruns: and 3,000 hits, what does Rafael Palmeiro need to do to get his call to The Hall? Mark Starr of Newsweek says he needs to do more.

posted by Bag Man to baseball at 10:21 AM - 30 comments

July 14, 2005

Michelle Wie advances to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur Public Links.: The winner of this matchplay tourney traditionally gets an invite to the Masters, which, given Augusta National's No gIrlZ aLloud policy makes this a potentially very interesting story.

posted by Ufez Jones to golf at 07:40 PM - 25 comments

Kwame Brown for Caron Butler and (likely) Chucky Atkins: A number of sources are reporting that the Washington Wizards have traded Kwame Brown to the Los Angeles Lakers.

posted by scully to basketball at 01:32 PM - 13 comments

July 13, 2005

A-Rod decides to play for Dominican Republic in World Classic: "I am going to make the Dominicans feel proud. I want to say it out loud: I am Dominican." -- Alex Rodriguez, dual citizen of the D.R. and U.S., at the All-Star Game

posted by jtrainhoopster to baseball at 01:51 PM - 34 comments

Now, that's a sport?: Any disagreement?

posted by graymatters to other at 12:42 PM - 47 comments

Mr. Nash? I Have the Phoenix Suns on Line 1 and Your Agent on Line 2: Did Steve Nash play in a pickup game in Hudson River Park this week? More importantly, do the 600 assists count toward my fantasy team in anyway?

posted by yerfatma to basketball at 11:57 AM - 15 comments

Deal In Principal: Although the deal must still be ratified by both sides (there are some rumours saying the players may actually turn it down) it looks like the longest lockout in pro sports may finally be over.

posted by camcanuck to hockey at 11:44 AM - 52 comments

Phil Roof resigns as RedWing manager: Twin's Triple A manager leaves the game to be with ill wife.

posted by daddisamm to baseball at 11:34 AM - 2 comments

Real, the movie.: Real Madrid officially launched a "shamelessly self-promoting feature film" about the club yesterday. Despite recent on-pitch disappointments (ha ha, that's an understatement), club president Florentino Perez says he's proud that Real Madrid is "breaking new ground by becoming the first football club that has inspired a film of this type."

posted by the red terror to soccer at 11:30 AM - 4 comments

Remember Nadia?: Jack Marx of the Sydney Morning Herald certainly does, and she was (for a while) his Olympic inspiration. For anyone who's dreamt. Personally I preferred Nelli Kim....

posted by owlhouse to other at 02:34 AM - 13 comments

July 12, 2005

London's cabal?: "Tony Blair and other people from the London committee did some unfair steps like getting some special meetings with some IOC members and organizing everything just to lobby again. That's against the rules of the IOC," he said.

posted by luckygirl9 to other at 11:06 PM - 6 comments

Dirtsurfing.: From Sunday's SF Chronicle Magazine: "Invented in Australia about six years ago, the dirtsurfer is a 64-inch-long contraption with two BMX wheels and no handlebars that can reach speeds up to 70 mph." These things aren't exactly street-legal in the US, but you can get yours from Aussie inventor Graeme Attey's company, dirtsurf, which, as it turns out, sends you to (which isn't very useful).

posted by worldcup2002 to extreme at 10:57 PM - 1 comment

ESPN announces its first ombudsdperson, George Solomon: I'm curious as to what everyone thinks about this move ... something to make it look like ESPN cares, or will it really improve the network?

posted by smithers to culture at 02:55 PM - 9 comments

Legend or loser? : Sir Clive Woodward was knighted after winning the World Cup with England but his reputation is in tatters following his stewardship of the Lions tour of New Zealand.

posted by the red terror to other at 11:26 AM - 13 comments

Least in the East: SportsFilter columnist Lilnemo runs down the free agent situation for all of the teams in the NBA's Eastern Conference, finding no team more run down than the New York Knicks. "There really isn't much that can be done with this roster, unless a GM of equal or greater incompetence really wants one of these albatross deals."

posted by rcade to basketball at 09:02 AM - 20 comments

Chris Chelios, : a possible future Hall of Famer, just made the worst blunder of his career, and it wasn't even on the ice. According to TSN, Chelios said that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman (who is Jewish) should "get the gas" for his treatment of the players. Poor choice of words? Taken out of context? Just being a jackass? No matter what, Chelios just F-ed himself in the B.

posted by Samsonov14 to hockey at 04:41 AM - 28 comments

July 11, 2005

2005 NBA Eastern Conference Free Agent Preview: lilnemo's take on Free Agency in the Eastern Conference.

posted by lilnemo to commentary at 08:34 PM - 0 comments

Another player goes down by MLB's testing program.: Now the third major leaguer to go down from the testing program, but the players are saying its just a mistake.....Should the MLB up it to a 50 game ban for one positive test?

posted by gregy606 to baseball at 01:40 PM - 51 comments

Detroit is the best sports town in America: I get the feeling some folks may take issue with Jason Whitlock's evaluation. Like maybe folks in that little New England town with both the Super Bowl and World Series champions...

posted by dzot to general at 01:38 PM - 55 comments

Fantasy Baseball League All-Star Break Update: Standings, trash talk and predictions inside...

posted by dusted to fantasy at 12:56 PM - 0 comments

Ouch!!!: Is this supposed to be a sport?

posted by graymatters to other at 12:39 PM - 13 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four: Big plays this past week delight and disappoint, with bitter rematches on the table for next week. Make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 11:08 AM - 0 comments

Gary Player interviewed in the Guardian: As the Open Championship enters its practice days ahead of Thursday's start, golf's answer to Johnny Cash once again blows his own trumpet like only he can. Fair enough, he won the Open in the 50's, 60's and 70's (sometimes, he didn't even have to cheat!) and he still looks in pretty good shape for someone pushing 70, but am I the only one who finds him exceptionally irritating?

posted by JJ to golf at 11:01 AM - 7 comments

July 10, 2005

Tracking down the Cubs most infamous fan.: Whatever happened to Bartman? What became of the man whose bare hands got in the way of the most notorious foul ball in baseball history? Some said he'd moved to London or Florida. Others murmured that he'd undergone plastic surgery, hair replacement, name changes. Was any of it true? (via waxy links)

posted by Ufez Jones to baseball at 01:13 PM - 8 comments

A cathedral of baseball dies: The slow decline of a historic baseball landmark. Are Fenway and Wrigley next?

posted by roberts to baseball at 10:20 AM - 12 comments

Great Leap Forward: With the Chinese minister of extreme sports in attendance, American skateboarder Danny Way cleared a 61-foot gap at nearly 50 mph, crossing the Great Wall of China. "I'm not a fan of heights," said Way, 31, who made five successive jumps. "The sooner I can get down from the top in one piece, the better." Daredevil sports have taken off in China, where Flying Over the Wall events began 10 years ago, but this was the first skateboarder to make an attempt. In 2002, a Chinese bicyclist died attempting to jump the wall when he landed outside the safety area.

posted by rcade to extreme at 08:57 AM - 15 comments

July 09, 2005

"Let me go out on a limb and say that if I had played during that era I would have taken steroids"
: Which Hall of Fame slugger said this? None other than Mike Schmidt. However, a fellow Hall of Fame member had a much different view on the matter.
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posted by grum@work to baseball at 09:58 PM - 1 comment

South Africa defeats Mexico in opening round Gold Cup play: Even though Mexico is fielding close to its best XI, South Africa were organized in defense and hit the Tri Colores on the counter. The result is harsh on Mexico's performance and they probably deserved a draw. Also in yesterday's Group C action Jamaica, playing with 10 men for 75 minutes, beat Guatemala 4-3. On today's menu...USA-Canada at 4:30 e.t..

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY to soccer at 08:49 AM - 8 comments

July 08, 2005

Is the Shilling/Damon beef all about neck scarves?: "The Inside Track today speculates as to where the turmoil between Schilling and Damon might stem from: a fight over scarves between Michelle Damon and Shonda Schilling last October. " (scroll down)

posted by Marla Singer to baseball at 12:30 PM - 31 comments

Cavs finally succeed.: After being burned by Michael Redd, the Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly signed Larry Hughes to a 5 year deal for around $65 million.

posted by The_Intern to basketball at 12:17 PM - 18 comments

Hunter's battiness breaks the ice.: Twin's Torii Hunter "bares" all to liven up locker room.

posted by daddisamm to baseball at 07:04 AM - 11 comments

You're out!: Baseball and softball bite the dust and will be played as Olympic sports for the last time in Beijing. They were not replaced by anything new as the IOC reduced the number of Olympic sports to 26 for London 2012.

posted by JJ to other at 06:11 AM - 40 comments

July 07, 2005

Youngest person in Cooperstown?: A little leaguer pitching 6 innings of no-hit ball is probably not all that newsworthy. But what if this player struck out all 18 batters? And what if the player never even got to a full count against any of the batters? Oh, and what if she was an 11-year-old girl? Way to go, Katie!

posted by scully to baseball at 03:35 PM - 27 comments

Much Adu about Lalas' mouth: I like the big red one but I think he should have used his BrainFilter before stirring up DC United. Does he not remember Freddy is just 16?

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY to soccer at 01:48 PM - 6 comments

Hafner AL player of the month: I just had to get one of my favorite guys some face time for winning player of the month, seeing that he's been carrying his team for a month now.

posted by gregy606 to baseball at 01:12 PM - 15 comments

Read this kids story: Unlikely return to action for a three sport athlete.

posted by HOE.O.K. to general at 12:51 PM - 3 comments

Chelsea offers GBP54.5M for Ronaldinho?: Agent denies it, then says, "But don't be surprised if it happens." 54.5M? We'd need to sell two Steve Gerrards to afford that! Oh. Never mind.

posted by worldcup2002 to soccer at 12:22 PM - 9 comments

Santana is in a Rut: Johan Santana is in a rut right now. His last 5 starts have been a little shakey. However, are things really as bad as they seem? Some interesting stats to ponder.

posted by daddisamm to baseball at 11:18 AM - 7 comments

Tim Brown retiring with the Oakland Raiders: makes my day. Possibly the second best wide reciever of all-time decides to retire with the team he played 16 of his 17 NFL seasons with.

posted by rockin_the_suburbs to football at 01:22 AM - 7 comments

July 06, 2005

Say it Ain't So Joe!:
Three words.
Joe. Freaking. Morgan.
More inside.

posted by lilnemo to baseball at 07:10 PM - 37 comments

A Hockey Player's Apology: At least one hockey player has the guts to admit he was wrong and lay the blame where it belongs, on the all too powerful union. Now, the test will be how long it will take for hockey to recapture its lost fans.

posted by tommysands to hockey at 10:41 AM - 46 comments

Some Things are Sacred: Lifelong (and beyond) Pittsburgh Steelers fan James Henry Smith was laid out in a recliner for his memorial service this week, a remote in his hand and the team playing on a high-definition television.

posted by rcade to football at 09:54 AM - 11 comments

Timewaster du Tour: : Tour de France game for your mobile phone.

posted by lil_brown_bat to other at 08:14 AM - 3 comments

London calling: : the IOC selects London as the host city for the 2012 Olympic Summer Games.

(Linked article also provides links to the candidate cities' presentations, and -- one of my favorite Eurosport features -- live comments of the balloting.)

posted by lil_brown_bat to other at 07:04 AM - 22 comments

Allen goes on green, leaving the Cavs with code Redd.: Looks like the LeBron, Ray Allen fiasco is over, according to's Chad Ford. Allen reportedly agreed to a 5-year $80 million dollar contract, leaving one option left for the rebuilding Cavs. Michael Redd. Unfortunately, the Milwaukee Bucks have already offered Redd a $80 million dollar contract also.

posted by The_Intern to basketball at 01:03 AM - 5 comments

Lance or Team USA?: Lance Armstrong is a great athlete. He's won 6 straight Tour de France titles. He's a cancer surviver. And he's cycling for the United States of America. These are all obvious facts about Lance Armstrong, but I would much rather see a Team USA win than a Lance Armstrong blowout. Dave Zabriskie, Armstrong's teammate crashed today to give Lance the lead, but from what I understand, fans are more excited about Zabriskies' crash, than concerned. Don't get me wrong, I think Lance Armstrong is the Best Male athlete in the world of sports. But I think we should give his teammates some respect also.

posted by The_Intern to other at 12:51 AM - 10 comments

Is it me or should Andrew Bogut: get a few good NBA seasons under his belt BEFORE he disrespects the players who helped pave the way for a big Australian to play ball.

posted by rockin_the_suburbs to basketball at 12:24 AM - 10 comments

July 04, 2005

This time it counts: That's Bud Selig's story, and he's stickin' to it. 2005 MLB All Star rosters announced, with Carlos Lee of the Cubs leading all NL players, and Boston's "Big Papi" David Ortiz leading all players with over 4 million votes. Ortiz was also named as a participant in the home run derby at Comerica Park in Detroit. More good news for the Red Sox as Johnny Damon bum-rushed Ichiro Suzuki for an AL outfield spot, making himself and Manny Ramirez the first pair of Sox outfielders to start an All-Star game since Fred Lynn and Jim Rice in 1979. Jason Varitek also becomes the first Red Sox catcher to start the Midsummer Classic since Carlton Fisk.

posted by The_Black_Hand to baseball at 10:47 PM - 34 comments

Gerrard to leave Liverpool (finally)?: Latest contract talks have broken down, with the player's agent claiming they won't resume. I'm getting tired of the old off and on, the waiting, the conflicting statements. I'm more interested in who we'll be able to buy with the money from selling Stevie. Chelsea have offered GBP 32m. Wonder if Madrid can top that.

posted by worldcup2002 to soccer at 09:03 PM - 28 comments

Takeru "Tsunami" Kobayashi is losing it.: Only 49 hot dogs in the 12 minute tube steak hoover fest that was the 90th Nathanís Famous hot dog eating contest 2005.

posted by gspm to other at 07:04 PM - 10 comments

The Angels Could Take It All: At the half way mark, it looks like the Angels could take it all this year. What other team can claim the following statistics: "The Angels rank third in the major leagues with a 3.55 earned-run average, third in the league with a .275 batting average and lead the major leagues with a .318 average with runners in scoring position. They've gone 13 games without committing an error and rank second in the league with a .986 fielding percentage."

posted by tommysands to baseball at 11:46 AM - 44 comments

Apparently, there is crying in baseball: Chronic bat flipper Bret Boone lets the waterworks flow while talking about being designated for assignment by the Mariners, effectively ending his career in Seattle.

posted by Marla Singer to baseball at 11:40 AM - 6 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three.: The holiday weekend sees a big upset, but not the one that everybody wanted. Meanwhile, the new scoring system spreads the love. Far too much detail inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 11:30 AM - 0 comments

Quick, get Isiah Thomas on the phone!: ESPN's Bill Simmons lays out the Top 40 trade values in the NBA offseason. Spoiler: The Raptors will NOT be attempting to reacquire Vince Carter, not even for an air pump and Mo Pete's smelly jock.

posted by wfrazerjr to basketball at 08:42 AM - 4 comments

Flawless Federer: Perfection comes in many guises and yesterday afternoon perfection was Roger Federer.

posted by justgary to tennis at 01:44 AM - 11 comments

July 03, 2005

The American Edition: The always excellent Observer Sports Monthly has dedicated the current issue to US sports (which typically get little or no coverage in the UK press). Lots of excellent articles, as a starter, check out the the ten greatest moments in US sport and My Team

posted by Pete to general at 03:14 AM - 3 comments

July 02, 2005

Queen of the green. : In the thriller that anyone with eyes could have predicted, Venus Williams defeats Lindsay Davenport, 4-6, 7-6, 9-7 to win her third Wimbledon singles championship.

That'll really shut 'em up.

posted by lil_brown_bat to tennis at 12:16 PM - 30 comments

July 01, 2005

"I would have been better off beating a kid, because those teachers always seem to keep their jobs,": Matthew Kaye was fired from his job as a high school social studies teacher after he took 11 sick days so that he could break open a couple of cans of whoop-ass.

posted by lilnemo to other at 05:04 PM - 11 comments

Protection. For his pleasure.: "Over time, blood flow can be significantly reduced and nerves may be bruised, causing numbness and tingling, reduced sensitivity to cold and bluish-colored skin."

Absolutely SFW. A study by Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center has found that catcher's gloves do not provide adequate protection.
via boing boing

posted by lilnemo to baseball at 04:25 PM - 3 comments

2005 Tour de France: The Tour starts tomorrow, and Armstrong says he feels "better than I've ever felt." None of the 189 entrants failed the race organization's blood tests Thursday, but Friday the French government random doping control re-tested one rider: Lance Armstrong.

posted by dusted to other at 03:55 PM - 24 comments

Pedro thining of playing the the All Star Game?!?! What the Heck is that about: This is just another example of a stuckup cocky athlete calling the shots. "Maybe I will play, I have nothing the prove" How about proving that your not an ass. And he wonders why people don't like him. this game is for the fans and he has just lost all kinds of points with Mets fans. MLB should make him play. If he is not injured, get out that and say thanks to the people who support you and pay yout over-inflated salary!!

posted by jtrainhoopster to baseball at 01:47 PM - 13 comments

All-Bust Team: It's the All-Disappointment team. These players might be able to run, but they can't hide from the truth of a poor first half.

posted by justgary to baseball at 11:33 AM - 19 comments

Andrew Has 1894 Friends: "What do you want to be when you Grow Up: NBA BALLA/ENTRAPENOUR." -- a quote from the MySpace profile of Los Angeles Lakers first-round draft pick Andrew Bynum

posted by rcade to basketball at 11:08 AM - 15 comments