Archives for January 2007

January 31, 2007

Are You Bidding Me? : The search for the perfect wife is now over. She has been found.

posted by danjel to football at 10:40 PM - 16 comments

Spofi EPL fantasy footie: Week 25 update. Some fruitful weeks on the books!

posted by gspm to fantasy at 09:17 PM - 24 comments

Asterisk 73 = $238.14.: Dave Doolin, a hardware engineer from San Jose, is a Giants fan. But he’s a little tired of the antics of a certain left fielder and his pursuit of certain baseball records. With’s unwitting help, he did something about it.

posted by mr_crash_davis to baseball at 04:08 PM - 25 comments

Is hockey on the horizon for Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage?: If Bettman's doesn't get a new contract, who do you think will fill his shoes and why?

posted by dbt302 to hockey at 02:54 PM - 3 comments

Michigan St. to retire Cleaves' No. 12: Cleaves wore No. 12 as he helped lead the Spartans to the 2000 National Championship, for which he earned MVP honors

posted by gradys_kitchen to basketball at 10:39 AM - 12 comments

The Legend of 'One-Hundred-Foot Wednesday': Six years ago, Shawn Alladio and J.C. Cahill, two Jet Ski riders working rescue duty at the Maverick's surf contest in San Francisco, were a quarter-mile out to sea when they saw a monster 100-foot wave bearing down on them and had to make a choice -- escape it or charge it. "The broad swath of aerated water that existed between them and shore could bog down their machines. A Jet Ski can't run on bubbles; it needs to pump solid water to move. Even if they turned and fled at top speed, there was no guarantee they could outrun this wave or that it would not catch them and gobble them into its hydraulic maw."

posted by rcade to extreme at 08:41 AM - 16 comments

Think twice before you try to pin these guys: Minnesota high school wrestling programs were suspended Tuesday because of a widespread herpes outbreak.

posted by louisville_slugger to other at 07:59 AM - 19 comments

January 30, 2007

Edgar Davids going back to Ajax- not to Dallas.: Too bad Dallas couldn't get the deal done. Looks like Ronaldo will not be coming our way either. Who should MLS target next?

posted by urall cloolis to soccer at 06:44 PM - 8 comments

Goodbye Basketball Jones.: The Memphis Grizzlies waive veteran guard Eddie Jones.

posted by lilnemo to basketball at 02:09 PM - 17 comments

Technology Touchdowns: A few examples of how the NFL embraces technology. Everything from removable grass fields to the thermometer pill to ZUES software.

posted by MrFrisby to football at 01:23 PM - 18 comments

Rewritting Ali's history: Better late than never: Is the legend surrounding Muhammad Ali being wilfully distorted by the Establishment?

In the eyes of a new generation, he is a Gandhi-esque caricature: non-controversial, utterly non-threatening and devoid of the contradictions that symbolised the deep divisions in postwar American consciousness.

posted by Fence to boxing at 07:44 AM - 15 comments

January 29, 2007

Thailand in Olympics-era Hockey Record.: An inspiring headline, until you read the article.

posted by mr_crash_davis to hockey at 07:25 PM - 17 comments

No more paper tickets.: While some major league baseball teams have introduced electronic ticketing, the Cavaliers have taken it a step further, providing a completely paperless transaction. Nearly a third of their season-ticket holders use Flash Seats, owner Dan Gilbert's online ticketing company. The firm is looking to sell other professional teams on the concept, allowing them to cash in on the lucrative secondary ticket market. ... "I hope to be in every league starting next fall," said Flash Seats chief executive officer Sam Gerace.

posted by worldcup2002 to other at 03:32 PM - 2 comments

Down with Bettman: Why the wee one must go.

posted by garfield to hockey at 03:18 PM - 21 comments

Fantasy Basketball H2H league: Week 14 update. Lots of movement in the top six, including a tie for first. The Knicks are now 39.5 games back, contemplating a new "three category strategy."

posted by dusted to fantasy at 12:04 PM - 31 comments

Barbaro Euthanized

posted by SummersEve to general at 12:01 PM - 48 comments

Matsuzaka order's the gyroball sandwhich or does he?: - The $51.1 million pitch is broken down on

posted by gradys_kitchen to baseball at 09:03 AM - 18 comments

The countdown begins here: It is less than a week until the 2007 Six Nations kicks off, and already the speculation is filling the newspapers. Wales have such talent in their backs, but do they have the forward play needed to win? Scotland are nowhere near favourites, but that won't stop them trying. Will it be the wooden spoon again for Italy? They haven't won a game in the competition since 2004 but they are looking more and more dangerous. France are rated second in the world and are last year's winner, but will they want to experiment before the World Cup? England have a new coach and a new outlook, and with Wilkinson declaring himself fit they can't be ignored. They are current World title holders after all. And then there is Ireland, the marginal favourites although Munster & Leinster's recent losses have raised questions about certain areas of their game. And let us not forget that Ireland are rarely happy with the favourites tag

posted by Fence to other at 04:00 AM - 3 comments

January 28, 2007

The Fresh Prince of Wales: Prince Charles shot a bit o' hoops in Harlem today. CNN video.

posted by NoMich to basketball at 09:02 PM - 4 comments

Tiger Does It Again!

posted by danjel to golf at 06:47 PM - 28 comments

Goodbye Gump: You were a big reason why I became a goalie. I tried never to miss a game when he came to town. Mask....Gump didn't need no stinkin' mask.

posted by budman13 to hockey at 10:07 AM - 9 comments

Federer Beats Gonzalez, Wins Aussie Open: Take a look at these numbers: 3 Grand Slams in a row, 36 matches in a row, and the first player to win a Grand Slam without losing a set since 1980. Oh yeah, he's 25 and only 4 Grand Slam titles behind Sampras's 14. Greatest. Player. Ever.

posted by antwan to tennis at 07:16 AM - 30 comments

January 27, 2007

Long-shot Serena Williams annihilates #1 Maria Sharapova to win Australian Open.: She started as a 34-1 longshot to win this event, coincidentally the last title she won on Tour (AO '05). Out of shape and will less than five events in the last 12 months, no one expected Serena Williams to compete for this Slam -- much less beat the newly-minted World #1 and US Open queen Maria Sharapova in straight sets. Does this win merely continue the tradition of "wacky" wins, or does it say something about the state of women's tennis today?

posted by somethingotherthan to tennis at 12:23 AM - 22 comments

January 26, 2007

Michael Lewis on the Hidden Economics of Baseball and Football.: (MP3, 17MB, 1hr+) Listened to this podcast on the drive home tonight. "Michael Lewis talks about the economics of sports--the financial and decision-making side of baseball and football--using the insights from his bestselling books on baseball and football: Moneyball and The Blind Side. Along the way he discusses the implications of Moneyball for the movie business and other industries, the peculiar ways that Moneyball influenced the strategies of baseball teams, the corruption of college football, and the challenge and tragedy of kids who live on the streets with little education or prospects for success."

posted by worldcup2002 to culture at 10:05 PM - 6 comments

Champions League on ice?: Well, it may not be quite as illustrious as the futbol version, but International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) president Rene Fasel proposes a club championship game between the Stanley Cup winner and the European Champions Cup winner. Should the game get played, I'm guessing that the trustees will deny any challenge for the Cup. [via MrFrisby in the spofi campfire]

posted by goddam to hockey at 09:18 PM - 18 comments

ACC admits to 'timing error' in final seconds in Duke win over Clemson. : Using the video supplied by ESPN on the page, it is clear that the winning basket would not have been made in time, and the game should have gone into overtime. Everyone always complains how the referees 'play favorites' for Duke...this is an example.

posted by BigTallChris to basketball at 06:43 PM - 39 comments

After getting spanked by Federer, Roddick lights up the post-game news conference: But the only thing that can help Roddick save face is if the red-hot Gonzalez goes down in straight sets as well.

posted by antwan to tennis at 07:01 AM - 27 comments

January 25, 2007

The Saints come home to a heart warming party: and hang out with grateful, while a little tipsy, fans of the city's historically maligned, now proud franchise. If this doesn't bring a tear to your eye, you dont like football. It brought a couple to mine, and I am a Philadelphia phan.

posted by GoBirds to football at 09:44 PM - 11 comments

Andrew Raycroft got votes for that?!?: ESPN received responses from 20% of the NHL in answer to questions such as, "Starting from scratch today, who is the first player you pick for your team?" and, "Game 7 of the Cup Finals ... which current goalie would you want in net for your team?" Players were not allowed to give a nod to fellow teammates or staff members.

posted by wfrazerjr to hockey at 09:19 PM - 15 comments

Maybe they could name it after Vlade: the Divac Decree.: The NBA is looking at making "flopping" a technical foul.

posted by lilnemo to basketball at 05:31 PM - 15 comments

Yankees sending delegation to China: Yankees president Randy Levine and general manager Brian Cashman will head a delegation that travels to Beijing next week for meetings that could lead to Major League Baseball establishing an academy in China. Levine said they hope to see the Great Wall during the trip.

posted by irunfromclones to baseball at 03:55 PM - 5 comments

Mascot's antics nearly cost D-League team a victory. : "Da Bull was suspended for two games and assigned by the team to 50 hours of community service. A replacement mascot will perform in his absence." Replacement mascot? This just seems like an all-around weird story.

posted by mr_crash_davis to basketball at 02:27 PM - 16 comments

Tennis hooligans: : Serbian and Croatian fans mix it up and promise more at the Australian Open.

posted by lil_brown_bat to tennis at 08:56 AM - 20 comments

Quite a Concept: “You’re sitting on a machine, rowing to exhaustion, going nowhere. Most people understand there’s something deeply nonsensical about the whole enterprise.” … Luanne Mills, who will take home a hammer for lightweight women, says, “I’ve met so many wonderful people from all over the world. I like everything about erging except doing it.”

[Perhaps our own Ultimate Olympian will give this a try this cold and windy winter.]

posted by Amateur to other at 07:57 AM - 13 comments

January 24, 2007

Dallas Cowboys interview Jason Garrett for offensive coordinator: Must have been one helluva meeting. Now the Jones boys are considering him as....head coach. It's been said Garrett is intelligent, but head coach?

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY to football at 10:32 PM - 19 comments

The Ultimate Super Rankings.: ESPN's Page 2 ranks every team from every Super Bowl.

posted by kirkaracha to football at 03:25 PM - 11 comments

The Quatable Sir Charles:: "The NBA's in disarray - a white guy won the slam-dunk competition. We need to have another Million Man March." Responding to L.A. Clippers rookie Brent Barry winning the slam dunk competition.

posted by mick to basketball at 02:14 PM - 17 comments

Former Portland Timbers star accused of scamming retired couple: A former Portland Timbers soccer star is accused of stealing more than $100,000 from a retired couple, police said.

posted by lex2000 to soccer at 12:51 PM - 4 comments

Love, Baseball, and the Joy of Sox!: A new reality TV show on the way will take place at Boston's Fenway Park, and will combine elements of speed dating and baseball games. What, there wasn't enough angst happening within the confines of Fenway already?

posted by The_Black_Hand to baseball at 09:49 AM - 37 comments

Spofi EPL fantasy footie: Week 24 Update. Trox back on top.

posted by gspm to fantasy at 08:27 AM - 22 comments

Fantasy Six nations: There seems to be fantasy leagues for everything else, so why not rugby's Six Nations. Pick your team of 15 (or use the lucky dip option) and enter the following PIN to join the SpoFi private league: 1367

posted by Fence to fantasy at 03:35 AM - 18 comments

January 23, 2007

Making a new life through soccer: Luma Mufleh coaches the Fugees, a soccer team in Clarkston Georgia, and she is an example of the good that sport can do, because the Fugees are exactly that, refugees from all over the world, children with terrible pasts trying to make a new like for themselves. (via Metafiler)

posted by Fence to soccer at 05:36 PM - 7 comments

Orange you glad he works out?: University of Tennessee men's basketball head coach Bruce Pearl stripped to the waist and painted himself orange before sitting in the student section during the Lady Vols' 74-70 loss to Duke on Monday.

posted by wfrazerjr to basketball at 04:49 PM - 16 comments

Timberwolves Fire Coach Dwane Casey.: The Wolves are currently 20-20, and have a tenuous hold on the 8th and final playoff spot. Assistant Randy Wittman will take over as interim coach.

posted by lilnemo to basketball at 04:44 PM - 9 comments

Donovan McNabb unhappy?: After being prevented from travelling with the team to their playoff game to New Orleans (The team's rule is players on injured reserve don't travel; a policy not disputed previously) and subject to the talk about Jeff Garcia's unexpected drive to the playoffs, it looks like Donovan's not pleased with the situation in Philidelphia.

posted by dfleming to football at 12:21 PM - 34 comments

Constructive Criticism: "When you burn the village to save it once, people come back. When you take out part of the village, rebuild it, and then napalm it over the course of a bitterly public, year-long firefight, people leave...With all due respect to the NHL’s more fan-friendly policies, Chairman Mao seems to forget that you can’t make a Great Leap Forward when your foundation’s sagging."

posted by garfield to hockey at 11:31 AM - 16 comments

NFL Pick 'em - Superbowl!: Standings from the Conference Edition here.

posted by apoch to fantasy at 07:22 AM - 97 comments

Will Tank make the trip?: Cook County Judge John J Moran will determine today if he will suspend Johnson's house arrest allowing him to travel to the Super Bowl.

posted by kyrilmitch_76 to football at 06:05 AM - 17 comments

Dungy's true impact: Truly a great man and a great coach.

posted by livewire to football at 05:52 AM - 20 comments

Worse than Cantona? : European Rugby Cup officials are to open an investigation into reports that Toulouse forward Trevor Brennan assaulted an Ulster fan during the Heineken match in France over the weekend. There are conflicting reports over what exactly was said to provoke the attack, but the pictures clearly show Brennan entering the stands and punching an Ulster supporter.

posted by Fence to other at 03:56 AM - 17 comments

January 22, 2007

Oakland Raiders hire USC Offensive Coordinator lane Kiffin to replace Art Shell.: Kiffin accepted a five-year deal to be Art Shell's replacement.

posted by hawkguy to football at 09:56 PM - 20 comments

Number 9, Number 9, Number 9: The ninth Cincinnati player arrested in the last nine months, Johnathon Joseph started 9 games in 2006, his rookie year. Oh, he was busted for weed possession. Turn me on, dead man; turn me on, dead man; turn me on, dead man...

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY to football at 09:20 PM - 19 comments

Fantasy Basketball H2H league: Week 13 update. The Black Hand grabs first place with the week's only dominating performance. With just more than half the season gone, almost everyone still has a shot at the playoffs.

posted by dusted to fantasy at 03:26 PM - 25 comments

Tuna Melts: Bill Parcells retired from coaching Monday, leaving the Dallas Cowboys after four seasons and ending a stellar career that featured three Super Bowl appearances and two championships.

posted by irunfromclones to football at 12:13 PM - 38 comments

Steelers Aren't So Grimm after all: The Steelers hire Mike Tomlin as their new head coach, instead of media darling and heir apparent Russ Grimm.

posted by SummersEve to football at 08:01 AM - 21 comments

January 21, 2007

Liverpool Canadiens?: American George Gillett Jr., owner of the Montreal ice hockey team and former owner of the Harlem Globetrotters (?!), has reportedly made a bid for the Reds that tops the Dubai royal family's earlier offer.

posted by worldcup2002 to soccer at 09:56 PM - 6 comments

Lovie Smith becomes the first black head coach ......: to make it to the title game in its 41 years. One of the most maligned 13-3 teams ever romps past the Saints 39-14 in the NFC championship game.

posted by skydivedad to football at 06:08 PM - 88 comments

Legend, legacies at stake: Brady has championships that Manning is chasing.

posted by livewire to football at 10:47 AM - 12 comments

At it again in Chicoutimi: Police are investigating a formal complaint against Quebec Remparts head coach and owner Patrick Roy after he allegedly struck the owner of the Chicoutimi Sague-neens several times. The incident occured after a mob of Sague-neens fans prevented Rempart players from boarding the team bus. This also isn't the first time Chicoutimi's fans have made the news.

posted by wfrazerjr to hockey at 09:42 AM - 7 comments

'Football is a Great Game Until You Turn 45': Remember The Catch? Twenty five years later, the San Francisco Chronicle covers The Cost. "Montana's left knee is essentially shredded. His right eye occasionally sags from nerve damage. His neck is so stiff, he could not turn his head ... Clark, also 50, endures sharp pain every time he lifts his arms above his head ... because of a bent screw in his left shoulder and arthritis in his right shoulder."

posted by rcade to football at 09:34 AM - 22 comments

January 20, 2007

The Hoser's NFL Picks, Postseason Week Three: NFL picks that like the Saints, but pray for Tom Benson to stay the hell off the field.

posted by justgary to football at 08:41 PM - 42 comments

Grassroots campaigns, ballot stuffing, and 100,000 lost votes:: The curious case of this year's NHL's All-Star voting. (Follow-up to this thread.)

posted by holden to hockey at 08:10 AM - 9 comments

January 19, 2007

Samardzija chooses baseball.: The All-American WR signed a five-year, 10.5 million dollar contract with the Chicago Cubs, thus putting an end to his storied football career. Was this the right choice? Only time will tell.

posted by erkno11 to baseball at 03:01 PM - 28 comments

When franchises go bad.: The Raiders, Knicks, Blues, and Orioles are the SportingNews' choices for the worst franchises in pro sports.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia to general at 01:41 PM - 30 comments

The Hoser's NFL Picks, Postseason Week Three: NFL picks that like the Saints, but pray for Tom Benson to stay the hell off the field.

posted by wfrazerjr to commentary at 01:14 PM - 0 comments

Heineken Cup rugby beginning to crack: The French rugby clubs have voted to boycott next year's Heineken Cup (wikipedia) and are pointing the finger at England. There is still the possibility that this will be worked out, but there is also a chance that the English clubs will follow suit, meaning that this competition, which means as much to some players as international matches faces an uncertain future.

posted by Fence to other at 05:42 AM - 10 comments

January 18, 2007

At Last the Ashes Update: A final wrap up. Unlike the real thing, the trophy stays in Australia, but the Costanza goes elsewhere.

posted by owlhouse to fantasy at 11:31 PM - 18 comments

Brad Maynard, on being voted 'Hottest Chicago Bear':: "I don't know what's sexy about being 32, married with three kids and balding."

posted by mr_crash_davis to football at 01:21 PM - 20 comments

One Toke Over The Line, Ron Mexico...: Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick "reluctantly" turned over a water bottle to TSA agents at the Miami-Dade International Airport yesterday. Upon closer inspection, the bottle had a hidden compartment containing "a dark particulate" and emanating "a pungent aroma closely associated with marijuana." Considering that Ron Mexico's had at least one TSA problem before, why would you even try to get something through security?

posted by The_Black_Hand to football at 12:34 PM - 149 comments

Hawaii QB says no to NFL.: After statistically producing one of the finest seasons for a QB in NCAA history, Colt Brennan has withdrawn his application for the NFL draft and elected to return to Hawaii for his senior season.

posted by FonGu to football at 11:27 AM - 14 comments

Signs of Sanity from WADA?: "WADA's code is currently undergoing the first major revision since its inception in 2003 … The latest revision was the result of more than six months of comments solicited from a list of thousands of 'stakeholders' - governments, sporting organizations, anti-doping authorities and athletes alike … the biggest changes relate to sanctions: they received many comments calling for the flexibility to impose bigger sanctions for more serious doping offenses and lighter sentences for less egregious ones."

posted by Amateur to other at 10:10 AM - 5 comments

Lindros Over - Under Update: Following up on this thread, where we wager on the misery of another human being. Skydivedad and 2bnamedl8r (who, in fact, was never named) are completely eliminated, while goddam is out of contention for games played, and Weedy and Folkways underestimated the great man's scoring output. I don't know tables, so good luck reading this stuff.

posted by The_Black_Hand to fantasy at 07:28 AM - 15 comments

Spofi EPL fantasy footie: Week 23 update. Thar still be life in the deeps!

posted by gspm to fantasy at 07:22 AM - 18 comments

Blake has the Penguins Spear-ited: Jason Blake seems to spear Sidney Crosby in the belly (Melrose video) but Crosby ends up in the box.

posted by SummersEve to hockey at 06:19 AM - 21 comments

Australian Open: No tennis thunder down under: In comparison to the other three Grand Slams, the Australian Open is pretty pathetic.

posted by antwan to tennis at 06:18 AM - 24 comments

January 17, 2007

Holy 5hit! Ditka has yet another marketing assignment.: Ditka takes on the "Great Halftime Flush".

posted by danjel to football at 05:08 PM - 13 comments

Jackson, others shoot their way out of Indiana: The Pacers have traded Stephen Jackson, Al Harrington, Josh Powell, and fan favorite Sarunas Jasikevicius to the Golden State Warriors for Mike Dunleavy, Troy Murphy, Ike Diogu, and Kieth McLeod.

posted by chmurray to basketball at 02:04 PM - 23 comments

January 16, 2007

Former Nittany Lion faces murder charges.: Former defensive lineman Lavon Chisley, turns himself in to face first- and third-degree murder charges in the death of a student who was stabbed 93 times.

posted by SummersEve to football at 07:20 PM - 16 comments

Lefty Yearns To Make It Right. : Phil The Thrill has new equipment, has shedded pounds and added muscle, and has lessons learned.

posted by danjel to golf at 06:58 PM - 24 comments

Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez!: Don't hate them because they're beautiful. Even if they do win the NFC Championship, even if, wonder of wonders, they win the Super Bowl, you shouldn't hate the New Orleans Saints. Sportsfilter's own The_Black_Hand explains why he's giving some love to the Saints, and why you should, too.

posted by justgary to football at 05:12 PM - 29 comments

Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez!: Don't hate them because they're beautiful. Even if they do win the NFC Championship, even if, wonder of wonders, they win the Super Bowl, you shouldn't hate the New Orleans Saints. Sportsfilter's own The_Black_Hand explains why he's giving some love to the Saints, and why you should, too.

posted by The_Black_Hand to commentary at 05:05 PM - 0 comments

NHL#s > NBA #s. So says Dallas Mavericks' owner Mark Cuban: "I would be doing the same thing if I was the NHL. And suddenly your numbers are bigger than basketball's."

posted by garfield to hockey at 12:28 PM - 21 comments

Benny Parsons dies from Lung Cancer: What a shock. A Great Driver, Announcer but also One Heck of Guy.

posted by texasred to auto racing at 11:37 AM - 9 comments

Observer Sport Monthly: has its archives online (as I discovered when we talked about this last week). Inside, I've linked to my favourite articles from each month of last year.

posted by JJ to general at 05:23 AM - 2 comments

Final 3.: The Steelers announce a list with the final 3 candidates to replace Cowher.

posted by FonGu to football at 04:44 AM - 8 comments

January 15, 2007

Evolution of the NHL: Goaltenders were the first to benefit from a major rule change. Prior to the 1917-18 season, the rules were changed to allow goaltenders to fall to the ice to make a save. Previously they had been penalized for such action. Since then, most rule changes were implemented to increase scoring.

posted by MrFrisby to hockey at 02:53 PM - 17 comments

Why Beckham is not Pele.: A really excellent post on why MLS and NASL are in very different situations when they signed their aging superstars. (Related: why LA isn't getting an NFL team any time soon.)

posted by tieguy to soccer at 09:48 AM - 49 comments

Who Showed Up? Was it Really Clutch Rex? Bears Move On.: Was this a gutsy performance by Rex Grossman?

posted by danjel to football at 07:01 AM - 27 comments

January 14, 2007

NFL Playoff Confidence Pool: Standings. With only three games left, I'm pretty sure I'm stuck near the bottom.

posted by apoch to fantasy at 08:20 PM - 12 comments

NFL Pick 'em - Conference Championships: Division round Standings

posted by apoch to fantasy at 08:15 PM - 80 comments

Chargers flushed, Peyton vs. Brady again : Plus, LT got in a fight at the end of the tight game, it apparently had something to do with Shawne Merriman.

posted by LA_Dude to football at 07:49 PM - 244 comments

January 13, 2007

Roller-coaster ride for men's: and women's #1 teams. College basketball season is here in earnest, and I couldn't be happier.

posted by tieguy to basketball at 05:15 PM - 4 comments

Youngest Player in 49 Years Makes PGA Cut: Four days after his 16th birthday, Tadd Fujikawa became the youngest person to make a PGA cut in a half century, finishing two rounds of the Sony Open at 3-under, one ahead of previous winner Vijay Singh. "I'm probably not going to win this tournament," said Fujikawa, who finished third in last year's Hawaii high school state golf championship.

posted by rcade to golf at 12:21 PM - 12 comments

The 85 Bears Are Dominating Marketing Like The Defense Dominated The Field: Still brings a smile to my face when I think or hear about that great team.

posted by danjel to football at 11:58 AM - 6 comments

Floyd Makes Dick a Little Testy: In an unjustly overlooked interview last Sunday, World Anti-Doping Agency chairman Dick Pound had this to say about Floyd Landis' testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio level after Stage 17 of last year's Tour de Farce. "It was 11 to 1! You'd think he'd be violating every virgin within 100 miles. How does he even get on his bicycle?"

posted by rcade to other at 10:07 AM - 11 comments

Michelle Wie Hits the Green: Golf's sixth-highest earner in 2006, Michelle Wie made $19.5 million in endorsements and $800,000 at tournaments. Though she drew less fanfare as she made her fourth failed attempt at the cut in this weekend's Sony Open, the 17-year-old continues to chase success outside women's golf. She earned more in 2006 than the event earnings of the top 20 LPGA golfers combined.

posted by rcade to golf at 09:48 AM - 24 comments

January 12, 2007

The Hoser's NFL Picks, Postseason Week Two: NFL picks that still think Judith Light is the hottest woman ever.

posted by justgary to football at 02:26 PM - 23 comments

The Hoser's NFL Picks, Postseason Week Two: NFL picks that still think Judith Light is the hottest woman ever.

posted by wfrazerjr to commentary at 09:22 AM - 0 comments

Scoring With A Heavy Heart.: After learning that a friend's lung cancer had spread to his brain, Anaheim's Teemu Selanne scores his first hat trick in six years, powered by emotion and his promise to save the puck for his friend if he scored three goals. Said Selanne, "I don't think he has much time to is not fair sometimes."

posted by The_Black_Hand to hockey at 05:31 AM - 10 comments

January 11, 2007

Davids to bank it like Beckham?: Edgar Davids, 33-year-old Spurs midfielder (formerly of Inter Milan and Holland) with the cool sports glasses, is reportedly in talks with FC Dallas. I wonder which other aging stars will be next to join Becks on the MLS Old-Timers Gravy Express? (C'mon, Zizou!)

posted by worldcup2002 to soccer at 11:03 PM - 30 comments

Beckham makes it official.: He'll move from Real Madrid to the LA Galaxy this summer. What impact will this have on MLS and the state of the game in America? Can Becks conquer even a disinterested America?

posted by trox to soccer at 10:15 AM - 74 comments

Barry Bonds Throws Teammate Under "Speeding" Bus.: Ubiquitous San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds, already under investigation for, well, just about everything he does, failed a drug test in 2006. Major League Baseball won't identify the drug, but "sources" classsify it as a "serious stimulant." Bonds blames the test result on teammate Mark Sweeney, saying he got the substance from Sweeney's locker.

posted by The_Black_Hand to baseball at 06:23 AM - 126 comments

Bill Cowher: may end up with the Dolphins. "Cowher won't coach anywhere in 2007, but he's not precluded from taking a consultant's job with a team this year, maybe with an eye on coaching in the future," Peter King said on NBC's pre-game show.

posted by FonGu to football at 04:49 AM - 12 comments

January 10, 2007

Out With the Old ...: Eventually, everyone's time on the Stanley Cup runs out. Before the start of this NHL season, thirteen past champions from the "Original Six" era had their names removed and archived in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

posted by Amateur to hockey at 09:00 PM - 26 comments

Goodbye Dandy: Hallo Dandy, who was the longest surviving Grand National (wiki) winner was put down earlier this week, at the age of 33. Apart from winning that most famous of races the gelding also came to prominence in highlighting the neglect in the horse-racing industry as he ended up in the Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre after being found in a distressing state. After that publicity the industry woke up a little and now 50p for every horse run in every race goes to the Rehabilitation of Racehorses charity.

posted by Fence to other at 02:44 PM - 1 comment

Chargers shut out Pats fans: The San Diego Chargers have restricted the sale of tickets to Southern California residents only. The Bears are reportedly employing the same tactics for their game against Seattle. Bad sportsmanship or cunning strategem?

posted by Venicemenace to football at 02:44 PM - 65 comments

Barbaro Suffers Significant Setback.: Barbaro's co-owner Gretchen Jackson said. "We've been there before with him. He's a horse that wants to live."

posted by commander cody to other at 11:58 AM - 34 comments

Carswell Bombers: Champs of a Forgotten Football Era: Fifty years ago, military bases and other installations had their own football teams. None was better than the Carswell Bombers, a Fort Worth-based team that won national championships in 1951 and 1952. The team was built by offering Southwest Conference college players about to graduate a chance to join the reserve and avoid the Korean War. "The general was our buddy," said one player. "He was a big sports fan."

posted by rcade to football at 11:06 AM - 8 comments

Clint Dempsey going the other way: The American midfielder's work permit has gone through and he signs for Fulham. Can Deuce bring some flash to a team in need of a little sparkle?

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY to soccer at 10:53 AM - 8 comments

David Beckham's contract will not be renewed by Real Madrid: Does this open the door for Becks to come to MLS? What impact will he make if he arrives stateside?

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY to soccer at 10:22 AM - 29 comments

January 09, 2007

Ripken, check. Gwynn, check. McGwire, not so much.: A landmark Hall of Fame election, with a message for the steroid era but no real surprises.

posted by BullpenPro to baseball at 01:15 PM - 91 comments

50 Heartbreaking Moments in Sport...: along with the rest of the always excellent Observer Sport Monthly [note also the archive on the left of the page - well worth a trawl].

posted by JJ to general at 11:34 AM - 42 comments

January 08, 2007

Florida 41, Ohio State 14: The team that many felt should not be there wins in convincing fashion. A bad game by the Buckeyes or an excellent effort from the Gators?

posted by PublicUrinal to football at 11:13 PM - 121 comments

Ownership group buys DC United for $33 million.: This group includes former Duke basketball players Brian Davis and Christian Laettner. The group becomes the third ownership group to own the club.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia to soccer at 05:46 PM - 6 comments

Part one of a comprehensive preview of the 2007 ATP campaign: A, interesting look at the introduction of round-robin play, the complete dominance of Roger Federer, and the cloudy future of Rafael Nadal.

posted by antwan to tennis at 02:29 PM - 3 comments

Fantasy Basketball H2H league: Week 11 update. Major reshuffling, except at the top and bottom. The Knicks are now 35+ games out of first.

posted by dusted to fantasy at 01:14 PM - 29 comments

Bobby Hamilton, 49, dies after battle with neck cancer: Bobby Hamilton found Victory Lane in all three of NASCAR's top series, but couldn't outrace cancer.

posted by wingnut4life to auto racing at 11:08 AM - 10 comments

Louisville's Petrino leaves to coach the Atlanta Falcons: Another story of a coach bolting after signing an extension and making tearful speeches about his commitment to stay in Louisville for the long haul.

posted by louisville_slugger to football at 05:12 AM - 26 comments

January 07, 2007

NFL Pick'em - Division Round Edition: Herm Edwards and Eric Mangini were cursing on their planes home tonight, but not because of their loses. They curse because they forgot to join our pick'em.

posted by apoch to fantasy at 08:42 PM - 99 comments

Ripken and Gwynn guaranteed to receive less than 100% of HOF vote.:
"If no one else can find meaningful fault with Gwynn or Baltimore's iron shortstop, Cal Ripken Jr., count on Paul Ladewski to act as designated killjoy. The columnist for Chicago's Daily Southtown vowed in 2005 not to vote for anyone who played during baseball's steroid era, and confirmed Thursday that he had submitted a blank ballot this year."

posted by grum@work to baseball at 04:54 PM - 46 comments

January 06, 2007

USC Kicker Found Dead at Bottom of Cliff.: Almost no other word on cause or if foul play involved.

posted by commander cody to football at 11:34 PM - 23 comments

Seattle edges Dallas in a wild, wild 4th quarter:
One of the most nail-biting fourth quarters I've ever seen! Dallas looked poised to waltz into the end zone for an easy 2 or 6 point win in the final two minutes of the game, until an incredible goal line stop by Tatupu and an improbable drop of a FG snap led to a wild finish to Saturday's football action.

posted by hincandenza to football at 10:28 PM - 75 comments

Colts advance, thanks to... their D?: A defense that hasn't held anyone below 100 on the year holds one of the best backs in the league to 32 yards on 13 carries, and the whole team to 151.

posted by Bernreuther to football at 08:28 PM - 21 comments

Players want BCS cut: "Playing in a bowl is no longer reward enough for some players." With rising revenues for schools, conferences, and seemingly anybody not wearing a jersey on the field, are the claims legitimate or are some student-athletes losing perspective?

posted by PublicUrinal to football at 01:22 PM - 16 comments

The 9,168 greatest fantasy basketball seasons: since 1979, courtesy Give Me The Rock.

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 01:04 PM - 2 comments

Snoop Youth Football League dogged.: The rapper's youth football league was sued last week by a New York-based media company, which claims that Snoop's foundation entered into a bogus reality show deal with them when it was already under contract with 20th Century Fox.

posted by worldcup2002 to culture at 12:33 PM - 0 comments

January 05, 2007

Vince Carter To The Clippers?: New York Daily News - Nets president Rod Thorn traded for backup swingman Bernard Robinson on Wednesday. But that could be only the first deal for the Nets before the Feb.22 trading deadline. According to one Western Conference executive, "The Nets are trying to do everything they can" to make a move that will jumpstart their season."

posted by msusportsguy to basketball at 11:20 PM - 10 comments

Canadian Juniors win again!: Canada's Junior hockey team has won its 3rd straight IIHF U20 World Championship. Russia was second, and the US won the bronze medal game earlier today over Sweden.

posted by mikelbyl to hockey at 04:11 PM - 6 comments

Cowher resigns, Steelers begin coach search: The link says it all.

posted by usroute17 to football at 03:26 PM - 26 comments

I'll just ice this one and... oooaugh!: Patrik Stefan of the Dallas Stars was on a breakaway towards an open net in the absolute dying moments of a game with his team up by one... only the puck took a bad hop... and he missed the net... and the puck went back up the ice... and the Oilers tied the game with only two seconds left in one of the craziest endings* to a hockey game you will ever see. *of course, the game didn't end there but went into OT and a shootout wherein Stefan's teammates bailed him out and got the win.

posted by gspm to hockey at 11:53 AM - 27 comments

Ready for a shocker?: In a stunning development that nobody saw coming, San Diego's Ladainian Tomlinson runs away with the NFL MVP, receiving 44 of 50 votes. Also, Miami's Jason Taylor takes home the Defensive Player of the Year Award, and Chad Pennington of the New York Jets is your Comeback Player of the Year. Congrats!

posted by The_Black_Hand to football at 07:58 AM - 34 comments

Australia complete their 5-0 Ashes whitewash, described over-by-over:: "Any Australians out there I pity you, because you will never experience the true euphoria of one who has hit rock bottom discovering that bottom is merely a door to another purer world. I am zen. I am cricket. I am the ball. I am love." A perfect description of how most England fans feel after seeing the Aussies take revenge for 2005 in ruthless, comprehensive fashion.

posted by etagloh to other at 01:01 AM - 7 comments

January 04, 2007

NFL Playoff Confidence Pool.: Because sometimes, a Pick 'em just isn't enough.

posted by apoch to fantasy at 05:43 PM - 30 comments

Notre Dame makes history: and LSU comes away with a big Sugar Bowl win. LSU defeated Notre Dame 41-14 in the Sugar Bowl's return to the Superdome, and handed Notre Dame its ninth straight bowl loss which is the most in NCAA history.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia to football at 04:53 PM - 54 comments

January 03, 2007

A Man’s Place at a Woman’s Practice Faces Limits: The idea is that the men are bigger, stronger and faster than the women and can provide more rigorous opposition. But if the N.C.A.A.’s committee on women’s athletics has its way, the use of men in practices will soon end.

posted by v3rity to culture at 07:42 PM - 24 comments

The Hoser's NFL Picks, Postseason Week One: NFL picks that fully expect a Boise State University jersey from some ardent admirer.

posted by justgary to football at 06:16 PM - 32 comments

The Hoser's NFL Picks, Postseason Week One: NFL picks that fully expect a Boise State University jersey from some ardent admirer.

posted by wfrazerjr to commentary at 04:49 PM - 0 comments

Rollie Fingers: Handlebar-Mustachioed Deadbeat?: Hall of Fame reliever Rollie Fingers named by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue as owing over $1.4 million in back income taxes, interest, penalties, fees, and assorted other costs. As it turns out, Fingers might be back in Wisconsin this summer (last paragraph).

posted by The_Black_Hand to baseball at 04:40 PM - 6 comments

Nick Saban to leave Dolphins for Alabama: Nick Saban is 'Bama bound. Ending five weeks of speculation and two days of deliberation, Saban accepted the Alabama coaching job and abandoned his bid to rebuild the Miami Dolphins after only two seasons.

posted by bluesdog to football at 11:25 AM - 47 comments

Some say it isn't a sport: but darts seems to be making a come back in popularity. It may even be an Olympic event in 2012. But was the PDC world final really 'the most gripping and compelling' sports action of last year?

posted by Fence to other at 09:16 AM - 25 comments

Long-Time Steelers Coach Retires: but not the one that has been rumored to leave. After 34 years as running backs coach—and 45 years total with the Steelers' organization—former Penn State and Steelers' running back, Dick Hoak, has retired. The man who coached all those great backs (Franco Harris, Rocky Bleier, Barry Foster, Merril Hoge, Bam Morris, and Jerome Bettis come to mind) has decided to take a well-deserved break. Heck, the guy took hand offs from Bobby Lane.

posted by scully to football at 08:02 AM - 5 comments

NFL Playoff Pick'em: Well, it's that time of year. The only football most of the NFL is playing is Madden '07 and the Spofi Playoff Pick'em.

posted by apoch to fantasy at 07:54 AM - 98 comments

Lemieux meeting today with K.C. officials. : Kansas City officials, eager to find an anchor tenant for a new arena, will get their first opportunity to lure the Penguins there today. Lemieux has also agreed to meet with Pittsburgh city officials tomorrow to discuss "Plan B" to keep the Pens in the 'Burgh.

posted by FonGu to hockey at 06:39 AM - 41 comments

January 02, 2007

Spofi EPL fantasy footie: Week 22 Update. New leader! Parachuting in to land at the top of the table, mind.

posted by gspm to fantasy at 09:49 PM - 26 comments

It is what it is: ... And it is the Trite Trophy, the annual "Cliche of the Year" award.

posted by SummersEve to general at 03:39 PM - 16 comments

Boise State Wins Fiesta in Unforgettable Fashion: After a wild finish that defies description, the Boise State Broncos knocked off the favored Oklahoma Sooners 43-42 in overtime at the Fiesta Bowl, using a hook-and-lateral touchdown with seven seconds left, wide receiver option pass for a touchdown, and statue of liberty play for a winning two-point conversion in overtime when they could have tied the game with a kick. To cap off the storybook ending, Ian Johnson, the star running back who scored on the play, ran off the field, dropped to a knee, and proposed to a Boise State cheerleader on live television.

posted by rcade to football at 08:26 AM - 62 comments

forrestv 2006 SpoFi Fantasy Football champ: Propelled by Larry Johnson's amazing week 17 performance and an unexpectedly dominant Houston D, forrestv defeated yours truly in the finals. Excellent work champ!

posted by YukonGold to fantasy at 07:17 AM - 7 comments

NFL playoff pick 'em? : Anyone interested? Anyone want to run it? I'll volunteer if nobody else steps up, but I'm not the best candidate because a)I've never done it before and b)I'll be traveling during the conference semis and finals.

posted by lil_brown_bat to fantasy at 06:56 AM - 18 comments

Free Stories!: Better late than never, The Barcelona Review is a fairly high faluting literary website which I visit occasionally. I hadn't realised how long it has been since my last visit, or I would found these three football soccer related stories 6 months ago!

posted by Fat Buddha to culture at 04:56 AM - 0 comments

January 01, 2007

USC's John David Rips Booty in 93rd Rose Bowl: And in the process, dispels a popular notion that Michigan may have been the #1 team in the land.

posted by mjkredliner to football at 08:22 PM - 48 comments

Green gone at Arizona: With Green gone at Arizona and Mora gone in Atlanta, who will be the choices for those two positions and who, if anyone else, will get the boot?

posted by usroute17 to football at 05:20 PM - 14 comments

Knight gets win No. 880, passing Smith: The greatest coach in mens B-Ball history.

posted by livewire to basketball at 01:10 PM - 17 comments

Michael Vick Passes the Buck: The Atlanta Falcons quarterback's 2006 season: 2,474 passing yards, 1,039 rushing yards, 20 touchdown passes, 2 touchdown runs, and one provocative comment after Sunday's season-ending loss: "I don't see how people can point the finger at me. I think I had a great season. ... I can't do it all by myself. I call myself Superman, but I really don't have the cape on my back."

posted by rcade to football at 10:30 AM - 41 comments

Broncos' Darrent Williams Is Shot Dead: Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting in downtown Denver early Monday morning

posted by texasred to football at 07:47 AM - 81 comments