Archives for October 2007

October 31, 2007

Some consider them only another piece of equipment.: They don't understand that baseball gloves, like the game, are eternal.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia to baseball at 08:54 PM - 8 comments

American to lead Iran?: The Iran national men's soccer team, that is. Afshin Ghotbi, US citizen, and veteran of three World Cups, serving on the coaching staff for the US and Korea, is currently manager of table-topping Tehran team, Persepolis. With the World Cup 2010 qualifiers approaching, and Iran without a manager, it would seem Ghotbi's time has come.

posted by worldcup2002 to soccer at 10:56 AM - 0 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 19: Last week of the season + a mathematical clinch of a share of first place + a couple of non-meaningless games on the slate = make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 10:40 AM - 13 comments

The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: Wisconsin youth football coach threatens to kill one of his own players, then administers a helicopter slam, just to drive the message home. You know, maybe we should sign the kids up for the Debate Club instead.

posted by The_Black_Hand to football at 08:29 AM - 82 comments

Kobe Booed on Home Court, Lakers Win Opener For Houston: Los Angeles loses by two points, the margin provided when the Lakers' Kwame Brown and Luke Walton teamed up to tip a rebound into their own basket. The Jazz and the defending NBA Champion Spurs open with wins on Opening Night.

posted by The_Black_Hand to basketball at 08:24 AM - 11 comments

What was Kitna Thinking?: Kitna mocks assistant coach with Halloween costume (Photo Included.)

posted by Bill Lumbergh to football at 06:51 AM - 45 comments

Steve Nash Wants to Buy Spurs: No, not those Spurs -- Tottenham Hotspur in the Premiership. "I'd like to be an owner," he told the New York Times. "It's something I could do for the rest of my life after my little window of popularity dies." Nash, who played soccer in Canada as a youth and has a brother with Football Association experience, is a lifelong fan of the team like his London-born father.

posted by rcade to soccer at 06:22 AM - 7 comments

Smith Center, Kansas?: I don't know where it is, but they play some monster high school football there. 72 points in the first quarter on the way to an 86-0 win. The team has outscored their opponents this year 640-0.

posted by cybermac to football at 02:56 AM - 11 comments

October 30, 2007

Mitchell report to name names: According to those familar with the conference call, Tom Carlucci, a lawyer for MLB, told the team representatives on conference call that the report is going to be "salacious"

posted by brickman to baseball at 07:36 PM - 5 comments

Confidential files reveal fortunes of Leaf Empire: ... and then there's the story about about the water from melted ice shavings scraped up by an ice-resurfacing machine between periods during the last home game at Maple Leaf Gardens in 1999. The water was cleaned, purified, and poured into 2500 acrylic pucks, which were then sold for $50 each. The Empire made $125,000.

posted by tommytrump to culture at 05:49 PM - 9 comments

Raptors fan sues for front row seats: A disgruntled Toronto Raptors fan who last year paid $120,000 for front row seats "right next to the coach" has filed a million dollar lawsuit against the basketball team's parent company after it said it would install a new row of courtside seats in front of his.

posted by tommytrump to culture at 05:00 PM - 7 comments

This Just In: 'Alex Rodriguez is a Weasel': "Since forever, baseball has had one mandate for every team: No significant news announcements during the World Series," Scott Miller writes for CBS Sports. "Opting out in the middle of a World Series game is the height of arrogance. It is the Towering Inferno of arrogance. Arrogance doesn't reach higher peaks."

posted by rcade to baseball at 01:05 PM - 49 comments

Brazil Awarded 2014 World Cup: The World Cup tournament will be held for the first time since 1950 in Brazil, the country that has won a record five times and played in all 18. History was made in that tournament 57 years ago, as Reuters recounts: the largest crowd ever to see a soccer match, over 200,000 fans, witnessed Brazil lose to Uruguay.

posted by rcade to soccer at 10:43 AM - 15 comments

October 29, 2007

Report: Dodgers hire Torre as manager; Little fired : It seems pretty certain now that it is true. Don Mattingly, Tony Pena, Rob Thomson and Kevin Long will be coaches. The 2008 Los Angeles Dodgers look a whole more interesting now than they did this morning.

posted by SFValley_Dude to baseball at 11:06 PM - 31 comments

The Kick Is Up and It’s ... A Career Killer.: Michael Lewis explores the job of the NFL kicker (registration or Bugmenot req'd.):

A kicker in the N.F.L. can be one of two things: the bland technocrat who does what he's assigned to do but who, even when he's exceptionally good, must accept that the coach and the team will be credited for the victory. Or he can be the little choke artist who is very nearly entirely responsible for the loss. For a kicker in the N.F.L., . . . there is no upside.

posted by holden to football at 10:52 PM - 11 comments

Spofi EPL fantasy footie: Week 11 update. BillSaysThisScores!! scores back to back weeks topping the table.

posted by gspm to fantasy at 10:29 PM - 22 comments

World Series confidence pool final standings: The Red Sox put trox and tron7 over the top, ending my supremacy to my great dismay. apoch did a fine job securing the Costanza. Congratulations to everyone involved!

posted by qbert72 to fantasy at 05:29 PM - 10 comments

Girardi succeeds Torre in the Bronx : The Steinbrenners have offered the job to Girardi, who will succeed a certain Hall of Famer.

posted by SFValley_Dude to baseball at 12:45 PM - 12 comments

MLB Post-Season Pick 'Em, Final Standings: Congratulations to Folkways and yerfatma, although not necessarily in that order.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 11:01 AM - 12 comments

October 28, 2007

Red Sox win World Series: Second title in four years for the Nation.

posted by SFValley_Dude to baseball at 11:12 PM - 72 comments

A-Rod Opts Out of Contract : He has taken off th pinstripes. I think he did this now to divorce himself from the managerial decision coming tomorrow. I also think that he knows something about Posada, Rivera, and Pettitte that others don't. Where's he going: nobody knows.

posted by SFValley_Dude to baseball at 10:08 PM - 116 comments

Hockey Sweater Showdown! #1 Montreal Canadians vs. #2 Chicago Blackhawks: The voting ends November 1st. In true Chicago tradition I urge you to vote early and vote often as these Finalist Square for NHL Bragging Rights. See how your squad's threads did in comparison to these Timeless Classics.

posted by skydivedad to hockey at 08:32 PM - 24 comments

Trinity University Beats Millsaps College with Final 14-Lateral Pass: The lateral-tastic maneuver was straight out of the Cal playbook. However, Trinity missed the part where you clobber a trombone player.

posted by gspm to football at 11:01 AM - 16 comments

October 27, 2007

Bruins' Patrice Bergeron Leaves Game on Stretcher: In tonight's game, the Boston forward was knocked out after being driven from behind into the glass by Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Randy Jones. "Patrice has regained consciousness and has been taken to Massachusetts General Hospital," said team physician Dr. Bertram Zarins. (See the video)

posted by rcade to hockey at 08:39 PM - 58 comments

Amazing goal by Rick Nash: Even if you're not a Columbus Blue Jackets fan, you have to be impressed by this goal from Rick Nash. Click on the video highlights link and skip forward to about 2:25 into the clip. The slow motion, reverse angle replay they show offers the best look at what is sure to be in the running for the best goal this season. I'm glad the Jackets have locked this kid up in a multi-year contract!

posted by gdvbranz to hockey at 09:30 AM - 10 comments

October 26, 2007

Chargers to play at Qualcomm as scheduled. : The game's date and time had been in doubt because Qualcomm has been used as a major evacuation center during the wildfires that swept San Diego County.

posted by SFValley_Dude to football at 03:18 PM - 10 comments

NBA Offers New Rules For Referees: NBA Commissioner David Stern revealed that over 50% of the league's officials violated league gambling rules, but maintained that Tim Donaghy is the only ref to have bet on basketball games. Stern said the league is introducing new rules and procedures for referees, such as not revealing the officials for a game until the morning of the game, and allowing referees to gamble in casinos during certain times of the year, and to play state lotteries. The Commissioner also pledged to be more forthcoming with the public regarding officials' mistakes, and said he'll take no action against Isiah Thomas and the Knicks until their appeal process is completed.

posted by The_Black_Hand to basketball at 09:30 AM - 7 comments

The Hoser's NFL Picks, Week Eight: NFL picks that went 10-4 ATS last week -- and won money at a freaking casino. Sportsfilter's own wfrazerjr is back with his latest NFL picks column.

posted by justgary to football at 01:32 AM - 17 comments

October 25, 2007

Martin Jol sacked by Tottenham! Sevilla's Juande Ramos to take over.: In other shocking news: The sun, reportedly, will rise tomorrow.

posted by lawn_wrangler to soccer at 10:26 PM - 16 comments

The Hoser's NFL Picks, Week Eight 2007: NFL picks that went 10-4 ATS last week -- and won money at a freaking casino.

posted by wfrazerjr to commentary at 09:56 PM - 0 comments

Anyone else for H2H Fantasy Basketball?: We're stuck on eleven teams and need an even number in order to do our draft, which is this Saturday at 9PM Central Time. We could really use one more team.

posted by Ufez Jones to fantasy at 06:37 PM - 13 comments

Belated birthday wishes: to football! Sheffield FC, the oldest club in the world celebrated its 150th birthday yesterday. Meanwhile, the muscular Christians responsible for starting many of our clubs also deserve a bit of recognition. Who would have thunk it, from a sport which was popularised as result of attempts to keep scraggy arsed working class males from marmalising one another in pubs David Beckham.

posted by Fat Buddha to soccer at 05:38 PM - 5 comments

Rudy Giuliani, Red Sox Fan: "I will be rooting for the Red Sox because I am an American League fan," former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani told a group of local reporters in New Hampshire Tuesday. "In this case, you won the division and we lost." On the other side, the Democratic frontrunner so famously switched teams that it was mocked in a book, I've Always Been a Yankees Fan: Hillary Clinton in Her Own Words.

posted by rcade to baseball at 02:27 PM - 49 comments

Leafs offer Tavares contract in effort to circumvent NHL draft: With the Toronto Sun calling for JFJ's head this morning, could this be a ploy to save his job, or might it actually work out?

posted by garfield to hockey at 12:30 PM - 19 comments

The Curse Of Curtis Leskanic: Is this the year the Red Sox break the agonizing 36-month-long curse?

posted by TheQatarian to baseball at 10:23 AM - 13 comments

October 24, 2007

The Extortionist:: an interesting, lengthy profile of high-profile baseball agent Scott Boras.

posted by rumple to baseball at 07:03 PM - 10 comments

Another Walker era ends.: The Heat trade Antoine Walker, Michael Doleac, Wayne Simien, and a First Round draft pick to the Timberwolves for Ricky Davis and Mark Blount.

posted by lilnemo to basketball at 04:31 PM - 9 comments

Chargers May Play Texans in Dallas: The use of San Diego's Qualcomm stadium to house refugees of the wildfires may move Sunday's NFL game to either Houston, the home of the visiting Texans, or Texas Stadium in Dallas, where the Cowboys have a bye week. Four years ago, fires chased the Chargers to a home game against the Dolphins at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe.

posted by rcade to football at 02:16 PM - 15 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 18: Second-last week of the season! Will teams cruise into the playoffs, or fight to clinch their seeds this week? Will MrFrisby ever stop scoring points? Find out and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 01:38 PM - 9 comments

Week 10 update for the Spofi EPL fantasy footie.: Turnover at the top of the table triggers two points worth of tightness.

posted by gspm to fantasy at 07:22 AM - 28 comments

Manny Ramirez, as Himself: All right, then, be it resolved: Manny Ramirez knows more about baseball than you do.

posted by justgary to baseball at 02:43 AM - 39 comments

It's More Than 30 Years Ago: But the older I get, the better I was, even in a bar brawl. Legendary cricketers (Sir) Ian Botham and Ian Chappell still slugging it out.

posted by owlhouse to boxing at 12:32 AM - 1 comment

October 23, 2007

But Will It Be a Good Use of a Timeout : when ESPN has to sit Greg Easterbrook down again? Easterbrook was all over the Pats' camera scandal. Unlike the rest of mainstream sports media, he's still on about it, even accusing the NFL of covering up Superbowl cheating, all of which earned him a decent rebuke from ESPN's ombudsman. That didn't stop him from using this week's column to make an interesting comparison between the Pats and Colts before their Week 9 matchup. Even the less-than-serious quarters of Internet sports are taking notice.

posted by yerfatma to football at 06:22 PM - 70 comments

Hey, Leaf fans: Boo these guys, not Leafs.: The Toronto hockey public has known the two extremes of sports ownership. Both, in very different ways, created a sense of tyranny and helplessness for Maple Leaf fans. For the past 4 years, the Leafs have been controlled by a private corporate entity that is among the most nameless and faceless in pro sports.

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 03:25 PM - 5 comments

For The Love of Sport: The Fall Classic: A brief look at the Series ahead and some favorite memories of World Series past. The latest column in a weekly series by sportsfilter member Kyrilmitch_76.

posted by justgary to baseball at 12:55 PM - 1 comment

Rockies Place Their Faith in God, and One Another.: Players on the Colorado Rockies, once described as an organization that adhered to a "Christian-based code of conduct," say that faith is not a requirement for peer approval.

posted by tommytrump to culture at 11:09 AM - 24 comments

It's TV Time for the Chicago Blackhawks.: Chicago Blackhawks to Televise Home Games as they negotiate with Comcast SportsNet to add home games for this season. The Chicago Blackhawks finally move to join the 21st Century. Can phenom rookies Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane ignite new interest in the fading Fan Base?

posted by skydivedad to hockey at 09:26 AM - 10 comments

Greg Ryan Fired as U.S. Women's Soccer Coach: Ryan, who was 45-1-9 since taking over in 2005, led the U.S. team to a third-place finish in the World Cup, a tournament it was favored to win. Hope Solo did not comment on the move.

posted by rcade to soccer at 08:03 AM - 20 comments

October 22, 2007

For The Love of Sport: The Fall Classic : A brief look at the Series ahead and some favorite memories of World Series past.

posted by kyrilmitch_76 to commentary at 05:17 PM - 0 comments

World Series Pick 'Em: Lots of bunching and ties at either end mean that everyone is still in contention for something. See who nailed the double-or-nothing, and make your picks for the World Series inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 02:00 PM - 37 comments

October 21, 2007

Sox Will Face Rocks in World Series: The Boston Red Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 11-2, completing a comeback from 3-1 to win the American League Championship Series. They'll face the Colorado Rockies Wednesday in the World Series for Game 1 in Fenway Park.

posted by rcade to baseball at 11:15 PM - 69 comments

Tom Brady TD prediction contest: Tom Brady threw for his 27th touchdown in seven games today against the Dolphins. How many will he have when the regular season ends?

posted by apoch to fantasy at 08:07 PM - 29 comments

Raikkonen wins improbable F1 title.: All the hype was surrounding Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton. Kimi Raikkonen however, all but discounted from winning the title, quietly went about his job and won the race and the F1 World Championship by a solitary point. There have been eleven three way battles going into the final race in the history of the sport. This is the first one since 1986, and the first time the third place driver going in has won the title since Farina won in 1950. In the end in 2007, the top three were separated by just one point.

posted by Drood to auto racing at 02:24 PM - 13 comments

Max McGee unexpected hero of Super Bowl I dies in home accident.: McGee had caught only four passes for 91 yards during the 1966 regular season and, not expecting to play against the Chiefs, violated the team's curfew and spent the night before the game partying.

posted by kyrilmitch_76 to football at 01:42 PM - 8 comments

Indians Pitcher Byrd Ordered 1,000 Vials of Human Growth Hormone: From 2002 to 2005, Cleveland Indians starter Paul Byrd dropped $25,000 on human growth hormone and syringes from a Florida anti-aging clinic, Lance Williams and Mark Fainaru-Wada report in today's San Francisco Chronicle. He made his last order one week before Major League Baseball formally banned the drug on Jan. 13, 2005. An article in Slate from March explains why athletes take HGH, which doesn't have the severe side effects or muscle-mass enhancing traits of steroids.

posted by rcade to baseball at 10:21 AM - 33 comments

October 19, 2007

The Hoser's NFL Picks, Week Seven: NFL picks that wouldn't bet on us being right. Betting advice (for fun only) by sportsfilter's own wfrazerjr.

posted by justgary to football at 12:22 PM - 16 comments

The Hoser's NFL Picks, Week Seven 2007: NFL picks that wouldn't bet on us being right.

posted by wfrazerjr to commentary at 12:03 PM - 0 comments

Drogba vows to leave 'broken' Chelsea as soon as possible.: "My decision is taken," Drogba said. "Nothing could keep me here now. I know there's talk of Ronaldinho and Kaka coming here next season but that won't change my mind. I won't go back on this decision. No doubt because there's something broken with Chelsea." Is Roman's house of cards beginning to fall?

posted by lawn_wrangler to soccer at 06:33 AM - 5 comments

October 18, 2007

MLB Disabled List Competition Final Results: After some seriously antiquated stat checking and hand calculating, the results are in for the first (and last?) ever SpoFi MLB disabled list fantasy extravaganza.

posted by holden to fantasy at 07:40 PM - 7 comments

Torre Leaving New York After Turning Down Incentive-Linked Contract: New York Yankees manager Joe Torre rejected a contract that would cut his base salary from $7.5 million to $5 million and add $1 million for reaching the playoffs, $1 million for reaching the ALCS and $1 million for a World Series berth. "It's now time for the New York Yankees to move forward," said team president Randy Levine.

posted by rcade to baseball at 04:11 PM - 81 comments

Josh Beckett's Ex Sings Tonight's National Anthem in Cleveland: Jose Can You Believe It? Country singer Danielle Peck will sing the national anthem at tonight's Red Sox/Indians playoff game. She's the ex-girlfriend of Red Sox starter Josh Beckett. "It's an incredible coincidence," said Tribe spokesman Bob DiBiasio. "How are we supposed to know who Josh Beckett dates?"

posted by rcade to baseball at 03:26 PM - 35 comments

Post-game bodycheck: Green tea, golf, and just keeping busy are how retired NHL great Wendel Clark keeps his body healthy now that his skates and stick are off the ice.

posted by tommytrump to culture at 01:15 PM - 1 comment

A dark day as National Lacrosse League cancels 2008 season.: The NLL yesterday canceled the season after it failed to reach a new collective agreement with its players by its long-standing midnight Monday deadline..

posted by tommytrump to other at 12:44 PM - 26 comments

Super Hangover for Chicago Bears: Some players admit they may have lost their hunger after tough Super Bowl loss.

posted by justgary to football at 10:54 AM - 0 comments

Jimmy Kimmel Banned From Monday Night Football: Asked for his opinion on safe Monday Night guests, Kimmel suggested Carrot Top.

What Kimmel did during his appearance this week on ESPN's Monday Night Football, according to the show's producer Jay Rothman, was "classless" and "disappointing." Appearing in the third quarter of a moribund game between the Falcons and Giants, Kimmel took multiple swipes at the not-so-smooth departure of Theismann from the broadcast ("I'd also like to welcome Joe Theismann, watching from his living room with steam coming from his ears") and zinged sacred cows Tom Brady ("What impressed me most is that he could impregnate two models"), Kelly Ripa ("Listen if we can have a Mormon President, I can marry Kelly") and sports betting ("Are you allowed to bet legally on this game?"). "It was cheap," Rothman told Richard Sandomir of The New York Times. "The more he went on, the worse he got."

posted by justgary to football at 02:44 AM - 46 comments

October 17, 2007

Former Dallas Cowboy Ron Springs has "no hope" of surviving.: Last Saturday, during a routine operation to remove a cyst from one of his arms, Springs fell into a coma. This happened seven months after Ron received a kidney from former teammate Everson Walls.

posted by Ufez Jones to football at 07:50 PM - 10 comments

A Scientific Hitter in the Computer Age: David Ortiz of the Red Sox does not look like a computer nerd, but he is.

posted by justgary to baseball at 03:05 PM - 12 comments

24-Hour-A-Day Drama With #24: As Kobe Bryant sits out his third straight practice with allegedly tired legs, the trade speculation is off the charts in LA. Ironically, the holder of the league's only full no-trade clause asked for a trade a few months back; recently, owner Jerry Buss suggested he'd be amenable to trading Kobe. Is there any chance that the Lakers will actually trade their most popular player since Magic? Moreover, is there an end in sight for the staggering variety of Kobe melodramas that seem to consume every Laker season?

posted by Venicemenace to basketball at 02:53 PM - 10 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 16: MrFrisby continues to run away with the top spot. Fortunately, Costanza competition is heating up. Make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 12:50 PM - 11 comments

Sammy Lee bolts off from Bolton.: Second EPL manager to bite the dust this season. (Jose Mourinho was the most notable first.) I must say Bolton's performance and results have been nothing short of disappointing so far. With star players like Anelka saying they're "waiting for a big club" (immediately after signing a four-year Bolton contract no less) and Speed dropping his coaching role to focus on playing (just last week), who's going to want to take Sammy Lee's place?

posted by worldcup2002 to soccer at 11:51 AM - 10 comments

Top 50 Sporting Injuries: - a list from the Times.

posted by JJ to general at 04:13 AM - 36 comments

They're lining up on his side: The body that made open-field tackles on legendary running back Jim Brown now struggles to get out of bed. The sure hands that snared 48 interceptions during a 12-year career fumble a Styrofoam cup. The sharp mind that got him into the NFL Hall of Fame now tricks him into believing that he is back in training camp for another season with Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers. Willie Wood, 70, is paying the steep price for being a football hero.

posted by justgary to football at 12:35 AM - 1 comment

October 16, 2007

Assistant Coach Pisses Off Baylor University: Eric Schnupp, an offensive line/tight ends coach in his first year at the Baptist school, has been suspended for urinating on the bar at Scruffy Murphy's tavern in Waco after closing time Sunday. "Schnupp apparently thought no one was watching him as employees were moving patrons out of the building," the Waco Tribune-Herald reported.

posted by rcade to football at 04:33 PM - 12 comments

Is Jeff Gordon on his way to a 5th Title? Is He The Best of The Best ?: He's passed Earnhardt for sixth on the career wins list, has 81 career victories, and will soon pass Cale Yarborough for fifth, and four victories will slide him past Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip. Check out his stats inside.

posted by texasred to auto racing at 06:36 AM - 23 comments

Sport is killing the planet: and Gary Player hates monks. Or so George Monbiot would have us believe.

posted by JJ to general at 05:10 AM - 14 comments

Rockies Going to World Series: With the 4-0 sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Colorado Rockies' winning streak now stands at 20-1. Only two other teams in Major League history had a run that compares -- the 2001 Oakland A's and 1977 Kansas City Royals went 23-1 -- but neither extended it into the postseason. .

posted by justgary to baseball at 02:27 AM - 30 comments

October 15, 2007

Nebraska Fires Athletic Director Steve Pederson : The Cornhuskers' worst home loss since 1958 was the last straw. The AD since 2002, Pederson was fired only three months after the school extended his contract through June 2013. "You make the best decision you can with the information you have," Chancellor Harvey Perlman said. How did Dan Cook, a 72-year-old booster whose name is on the team's practice field, take the news? "The Huskers are off the will," he told Huskerpedia.

posted by rcade to football at 05:59 PM - 20 comments

Tony Gonzalez breaks tight end touchdown record.: Gonzalez caught number 63 on a three yard catch in the first quarter, and then caught 64 in the fourth on a 26-yard pass, both from QB Damon Huard.

posted by hawkguy to baseball at 09:14 AM - 14 comments

England beat France: and South Africa beat Argentina, lining up a final in the Rugby World Cup between two teams who met in the pool stages a month ago. South Africa won that game 36-0 and England looked like they might be lucky to escape their group, but somehow, everything has changed. Maybe it's the broccoli Martin Corry eats for breakfast, or maybe rugby is a game that values will over skill. They have struggled with the title of World Champions, but could England do the unthinkable and become the first team to ever retain the RWC on Saturday night? The bookies think not, but England have already proved them wrong twice.

posted by JJ to other at 08:37 AM - 16 comments

High School Glory: If you were looking for in-depth analysis of the LCS you probably weren’t looking to me anyway. On Thursday October 18th at 8pm I will be watching a high school football game between Cy-Fair, Texas and Cypress Falls, Texas. The latest column in an ongoing series by sportsfilter member kyrilmitch_76.

posted by justgary to general at 06:30 AM - 7 comments

October 14, 2007

Video Surfaces of Joey Porter-Levi Jones Fight: Fox Sports has obtained video of the brawl between the Dolphins linebacker and Bengals tackle that took place at the The Palms casino in Las Vegas last March. The video shows, as Jones said at the time, that it was a group attack. Jones' agent tells the network, "Levi has retained a Las Vegas attorney right after the fight but we just recently obtained the tape. He is now weighing his legal options." See the video.

posted by rcade to football at 02:15 PM - 91 comments

Tartan Army takes the high road: Beating Ukraine 3-1 at Hampden to continue their unexpected Euro qualifiers group-topping run was probably more than enough to make Scotland supporters feel good about themselves. But they've gone a bit better; their half-time rendition of Loch Lomond [Amateur video] will be made into a single with uber-folksters Runrig, proceeds to charity Children in Need.

posted by Abiezer to soccer at 11:32 AM - 6 comments

Hapless U. of T. loses 48th in a row: It's a program that has won 4 Grey Cup championships, two Vanier Cup titles, 25 Yates Cup crowns and is steeped in tradition over its 130 year existence. But now, the University of Toronto Blues own one of the most dubious of Canadian univeristy football records.

posted by tommytrump to football at 09:19 AM - 4 comments

October 13, 2007

Morality and soccer 2: Catholic church takes over Italian pro team AC Ancona.: "Our aim is not to save football, but to give a valid witness. We hope that witness gets picked up by other clubs and used as a sort of template. What is needed is to bring the true values of sport back into the professional game."

posted by worldcup2002 to soccer at 05:55 PM - 20 comments

Morality and soccer 1: Thai prosecutors in London to discuss extradition of Thai PM and Man City owner Thaksin : The visit to see British officials about Thaksin's corruption charges is the latest move in a campaign by the military junta that deposed Mr Thaksin in September last year in a bloodless coup while he was in New York at the UN general assembly.

posted by worldcup2002 to soccer at 05:43 PM - 4 comments

High School Glory : If you were looking for in-depth analysis of the LCS you probably weren’t looking to me anyway. On Thursday October 18th at 8pm I will be watching a high school football game between Cy-Fair, Texas and Cypress Falls, Texas.

posted by kyrilmitch_76 to commentary at 09:12 AM - 0 comments

October 12, 2007

The Hoser's NFL Picks, Week Six: NFL picks wearing just a kimono, thank you. Sportsfilter member wfrazerjr is back with his weekly NFL picks.

posted by justgary to football at 05:36 PM - 12 comments

The Cardboard Conversation, vol. 1: In the following interview, the first edition of the Cardboard Conversation, I ask Akim Reinhardt, author of the critically acclaimed study of the political history of the Lakota reservation, Ruling Pine Ridge, about Yankees, Indians, and the possible spiritual implications of a plague of midges. The Bronx-born Reinhardt, currently associate professor of history at Towson University, grew up playing little league baseball in Van Cortlandt Park and going to Yankees games with his father.

posted by justgary to baseball at 03:05 PM - 19 comments

The Hoser's NFL Picks, Week Six 2007: NFL picks wearing just a kimono, thank you.

posted by wfrazerjr to commentary at 12:33 PM - 0 comments

Week 9 update for the Spofi EPL fantasy footie.: Three of the top five highest week scores so far were set this week.

posted by gspm to fantasy at 08:08 AM - 9 comments

The answer to the only obvious question is.: The man has two ex-wives, eleven children (thats right 11), and the IRS to take care of. However, those could be the least of his concerns.

posted by jojomfd1 to boxing at 02:18 AM - 38 comments

October 11, 2007

George Gipp Exhumed from Michigan Cemetery: The body of George Gipp, the Notre Dame football player whose death in 1920 became a rallying cry for a team and an American president, was exhumed recently from Laurium, Mich. The AP didn't find the reason, but I suspect it's related to a message board post on a Gipp family genealogy forum. "All my life I heard the story that my mother's mother Eva Bright, South Bend had dated George while he was at Notre Dame," writes Ellen Weeks Easton, who suspects Gipp is her grandfather. "My mother was born Dec. 19, 4 days after Geo. died. My mom was born out of wedlock, obviously, and back in 1920 it was hush-hush."

posted by rcade to football at 02:17 PM - 33 comments

Liverpool inconsistency not caused by Rafa's rotation but by Gerrard's lack thereof.: I've blamed the former. Scott Murray of the Guardian makes a compelling case for the latter. He points to recent results, Gerrard's swashbuckling but undisciplined performances (a la Beckham) and the resulting observations that you can't build your team around Gerrard and, as much as Stevie wants to be the midfield dynamo, he really can't. With the quality of players we've bought and the results where Stevie didn't feature this season, I'd have to say it's hard to argue against.

posted by worldcup2002 to soccer at 01:35 PM - 18 comments

New Panthers QB: Vinny Testaverde.: The 1986 Heisman Trophy winner joins his seventh team. At 43, he will be the oldest QB currently playing, though not the oldest QB ever. That honor goes to the legendary George Blanda who played until he was 48.

posted by Joey Michaels to football at 01:52 AM - 34 comments

October 10, 2007

The jobs you don't see on your TV.: Sports work isn't all million-dollar paydays and first-class conditions.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia to other at 07:41 PM - 5 comments

Landis appeals: his doping case to the Court of Arbitration of Sport

posted by apoch to other at 04:38 PM - 30 comments

Globetrotters end 20 year road trip with game in Harlem: Eke out rare home victory.

posted by tommytrump to culture at 04:30 PM - 16 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 16: It's time for Wendy's Kick for a Million! There are also games this week. Make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 03:54 PM - 14 comments

October 09, 2007

MLB Post-Season Pick 'Em, LCS Edition: with the results and rankings so far. Also, some hot double-or-nothing bonus action. Make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 09:14 PM - 34 comments

Yankees Broadcaster Suzyn Waldman Cries on the Air: There's no crying in baseball? The Yankees radio broadcaster fought through tears during the postgame show after the series- and potentially era-ending loss. "This is rough," said Waldman, describing Manager Joe Torre's press conference. "I was OK actually 'til I went into the clubhouse -- and the coaches are sitting in Torre's office and they are watching this. The tears you hear in my voice are coming down the faces of the coaches." Hear the audio.

posted by rcade to baseball at 02:28 PM - 74 comments

Nick of Time: Folk's 53-Yard Field Goal Caps Dramatic Comeback : While there seems to be different versions of the story, there is a theory that Wade Phillips was eventually fired in Buffalo because of the Music City Miracle some seven years ago. So it was only fitting that is in his first trip back to Buffalo as a head coach, Phillips and the Cowboys pulled out a miracle of their own

posted by BornIcon to football at 08:22 AM - 42 comments

October 08, 2007

Bombed: New York Yankees Make Another Early Exit from Playoffs: Yankees who might no longer be in pinstripes after the team's elimination from the AL playoffs by the Cleveland Indians Monday night: Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera, Alex Rodriguez, Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte and Manager Joe Torre.

posted by rcade to baseball at 11:20 PM - 104 comments

Ajax coach Henk ten Cate joins Chelsea.: The Guardian has aggressively reported that Ajax has released ten Cate to join Chelsea's coaching staff, reporting to Avram Grant. BBC is more conservative, saying that Chelsea is being "allowed to talk to Ten Cate." Soccernet reports that Chelsea ain't talking. Looks like a done deal. The bigger question is: How long before Avram is pushed out and Henk takes over?

posted by worldcup2002 to soccer at 01:38 PM - 8 comments

October 07, 2007

The Sky's Not the Limit: For the near-term, the tracks will remain in the atmosphere, but it’s not inconceivable that the race eventually will go higher. “The goal is that, in 10 years, we’ll race into suborbital space,” Bridenstine says. “And in 20 years, we’d want to be racing in orbits around the Earth. Very exciting to think about.”

posted by bobfoot to other at 07:43 PM - 1 comment

56*?: Does Joe DiMaggio's streak deserve an asterisk?

posted by mr_crash_davis to baseball at 06:49 PM - 41 comments

For The Love of Sport: Like Sports Only Colder.: A brief look at the Boston Bruins and the new NHL season. The newest installment in a weekly column by Kyrilmitch_76.

posted by justgary to hockey at 10:25 AM - 7 comments

Stanford Knocks Off No. 2 USC: Coming back from a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter, the 41-point underdog Stanford Cardinal went into Los Angeles and ended a 35-game home winning streak at USC, ranked No. 1 in the USA Today coaches poll and No. 2 by AP. Quarterback Tavita Pritchard, making his first collegiate start, threw a 10-yard touchdown pass on fourth and goal with 49 seconds remaining.

posted by rcade to football at 08:30 AM - 31 comments

October 06, 2007

New World Order?: Hot favourites the All Blacks as well as Australia out, France and England advance at the Rugby World Cup.

posted by owlhouse to other at 05:09 PM - 10 comments

For The Love of Sport: Like Sports Only Colder.: a brief look at the Boston Bruins and the new NHL season.

posted by kyrilmitch_76 to commentary at 01:15 PM - 0 comments

October 05, 2007

The Hoser's NFL Picks, Week Five: NFL picks that watch poker just for Jennifer Tilly. More betting advice from sportsfilter's own wfrazerjr.

posted by justgary to football at 11:19 PM - 11 comments

The Hoser's NFL Picks, Week Five 2007: NFL picks that watch poker just for Jennifer Tilly.

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

Nate DiMeo's Plan to Save the NHL: The NHL should be more like pro soccer. No, I'm not crazy.

A nice fit with chico's column, too.

posted by Amateur to hockey at 08:34 AM - 20 comments

The Playoffs, As We Know Them, Are Bunk: My (quixotic, admittedly) proposal for overhauling the playoff and regular season system for all of American sports. A sportsfilter column by our own chicobangs.

posted by justgary to general at 07:14 AM - 56 comments

The Last Real Race: The story of the '93 Giants, and how a 103 win team missed the playoffs.

posted by apoch to baseball at 05:49 AM - 7 comments

The Playoffs, As We Know Them, Are Bunk: My (quixotic, admittedly) proposal for overhauling the playoff and regular season system for all of American sports.

posted by chicobangs to commentary at 04:07 AM - 0 comments

October 04, 2007

If you can't beat the drug test,: then sue to keep them from suspending you for it, says Travis Henry.

posted by olelefthander to football at 10:04 PM - 8 comments

Had Enough Steroids Yet? Marion Jones, You're Next!: Multiple Olympic medalist Marion Jones has admitted using the steroid known as "the clear" for two years beginning in 1999. Jones, once considered the best female athlete in the world, says her former coach Trevor Graham gave her the steroid, telling her it was flaxseed oil.

posted by The_Black_Hand to other at 05:41 PM - 80 comments

Rockies Vote Playoff Share for Coolbaugh: Adding to the good karma surrounding the team, the Colorado Rockies' players have voted for a share of their playoff earnings to be contributed to the widow of deceased minor league coach Mike Coolbaugh, killed earlier this year by a batted ball.

posted by holden to baseball at 05:31 PM - 7 comments

Barry Bonds' ex-mistress details star's steroid use, temper.: In exchange for a pictorial in this November's Playboy, Bond's former lover Kimberly Bell confirms his steroid use and describes the consequences.

posted by worldcup2002 to baseball at 11:02 AM - 38 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 15: Chaos on the general sports front make this post a little late (hockey? baseball? wtf?), but the CFL plays on. Make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 09:28 AM - 14 comments

Rockets fine Yao Ming for attending Special Olympics opening ceremony: Doesn't strike me as the wisest of PR moves.

posted by Abiezer to basketball at 05:36 AM - 33 comments

October 03, 2007

Fantasy Football (NFL) Helpline: For those of us who have serious questions regarding this week's starting rosters or waiver wire pick ups. How about we help each other out!

posted by tselson to fantasy at 10:13 PM - 23 comments

Week 8 update for the Spofi EPL fantasy footie.: I says ouch. Others say YAY!

posted by gspm to fantasy at 10:07 PM - 25 comments

"I just wanted to give the fireworks guy a rest.": Good Sporting News profile of Sox manager Terry Francona.

posted by yerfatma to baseball at 03:04 PM - 11 comments

Leave Steve Bartman Alone!: Now that the Chicago Cubs have returned to the playoffs, Sun-Times columnist Jay Mariotti thinks the scorn heaped on Steve Bartman for the foul ball grab has made the infamous fan darker, sadder and lonelier. "I'm sorry," Mariotti writes. "And, really, Cubdom should be sorry, too. Without knowing his identity, I scolded him in print for acting like a dummy fan who should have known better. Next thing you knew, crazy message boards on Major League Baseball's Web site were outing his name, turning an ugly scene at Wrigley -- who can forget Bartman burying his head in his jacket while beer and obscenities were hurled? -- into the beginning of his new, unfortunate life."

posted by rcade to baseball at 01:42 PM - 32 comments

For The Love of Sport: Sooners Stake a Claim: Make no mistake, the bellwether game for Oklahoma this year is this Texas game. The latest column in a continuing series by sportsfilter's own kyrilmitch_76.

posted by justgary to football at 09:08 AM - 17 comments

Isiah Thomas found guilty in sexual harrassment case: Anucha Browne Sanders has been awarded US$11.6 million in a sexual harassment lawsuit involving Isiah Thomas

posted by HATER 187 to basketball at 12:15 AM - 9 comments

October 02, 2007

Most Popular NFL Teams (in Order): Cowboys, Colts, Steelers, Packers: This year's Harris poll of NFL team popularity has the Dallas Cowboys passing the Pittsburgh Steelers to claim the top spot, ahead of the fast-climbing Indianapolis Colts and the Green Bay Packers. The least popular team for the third straight year: My Jacksonville Jaguars.

posted by rcade to football at 06:34 PM - 73 comments

Karma is the key for Rockies play-in to playoffs: The gods smiled on this one. The Rockies had to win 13 out of 14 just to get to this game. They won it in the bottom of the 13th by scoring three runs against the most successful closer in the history of the game. The winning run came on a controversial play at the plate. Of course it was scored by Matt Holliday, who just moments before got RBI #137, allowing him to claim the RBI title from Ryan Howard. Some think he's the MVP, and if he wasn't in that game (and the whole month of September), when the team needed him most, then the term has no meaning. Holliday could've been the goat after misplaying a fly ball that allowed the Pads to tie it up in the 8th. Pads fans no doubt are unhappy with how the play at the plate was called, but maybe it makes up the for home-run-no-it's-a-double that was taken from Brad Hawpe, the third time THIS MONTH(!) the Rox were robbed of a home run by a bad call.

posted by drumdance to baseball at 11:30 AM - 64 comments

MLB Post-Season Pick 'Em, LDS Edition: Colorado rules the night in extras and we have a post-season. Make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 12:21 AM - 51 comments

October 01, 2007

World Series Confidence Pool!: Help me kick the tires on my new super-speedy server and show off your mad prediction skillz by entering a good old-fashioned confidence pool for this year's MLB post season. You have until 6:30PM on Wednesday to enter your picks. If you're not familiar with this type of pool, please read DrJohnEvans' primer.

posted by qbert72 to fantasy at 11:40 PM - 29 comments

MLB Post-Season Pick 'Em, Elimination Playoff Edition: It'll be a quick turnaround, but c'mon, how often do we get a one-game playoff to play with? Get a leg up on your pick 'em competition before the real games start! Post your pick before the first pitch tonight.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 09:20 AM - 32 comments

Final '07 Fantasy Baseball Standings: Jerseygirl wins it wire to wire (by my account) and takes home her 4th championship in 5 years. Amazing!

posted by YukonGold to fantasy at 08:45 AM - 23 comments

40 games down: With the pool stages of the RWC over it is time for the remaining 8 nations to look ahead. For some of thos going home there are high points to reflect upon; for others the hatchets are waiting.

posted by Fence to other at 04:25 AM - 20 comments