Archives for October 2008

October 31, 2008

2,250 boxy, 7-foot soldiers.: The best of the green ones, the 300 that can blend into the scenery as much as a portable toilet can, will be stationed near the Central Park finish line of Sunday's New York City Marathon.

posted by BoKnows to other at 08:02 PM - 0 comments

The Hoser's NFL Picks, 2008 Week Nine: NFL picks that are already gearing up for Week 10's all-haiku edition.

posted by wfrazerjr to football at 01:11 PM - 3 comments

Float Ball: Former Washington linebacker Ken Harvey and the future of SpaceSportilization.

posted by Hugh Janus to other at 09:20 AM - 3 comments

October 30, 2008

Plunging dollar gives sports leagues a currency conniption: The sudden nosedive of the loonie this month and its continuing volatility threaten to wreak havoc with the finances of Canadian sports businesses that face heavy expenses in U.S. dollars, compounding the inevitable woes stemming from any sustained weakness in the economy.

"We don't know where the bottom is," said Toronto Blue Jays president Paul Godfrey, who estimates that each one-cent drop costs the Jays about $760,000 on a payroll of $100-million. "It's like falling into a black hole."

posted by tommytrump to business and law at 08:27 PM - 3 comments

October 29, 2008

Fightin’ Phils are World Series champions: After 28 years, and two days of waiting for the rain to stop so that Game 5 of the World Series could resume, the wait is over.

The Phillies are the champions.

posted by tommytrump to baseball at 10:25 PM - 19 comments

October 28, 2008

Rain Game Enters World Series Lore: Players on both the Philadelphia Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays can't believe the conditions in the rain-suspended game 5 in the World Series, particularly in the sixth when the Rays drove home the tying run in the slop. "That was probably the worst conditions I've ever played under in my life," said Carlos Pena of the Rays. "When do you ever see a puddle at home plate?"

posted by rcade to baseball at 11:51 AM - 36 comments

Isiah Thomas, Media-Savvy As Always: Savvy politicians and public officials typically release bad news to the press on a Friday afternoon, assuming the press will be tired of the story by Monday and the public won't remember. Isiah Thomas was notoriously toxic toward the press as coach and general manager of the Knicks. But the guy sure knows the right time to overdose on sleeping pills

posted by BornIcon to basketball at 07:25 AM - 11 comments

October 27, 2008

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 19: Last week of the season! Time for that final push! The trophy is in the building. Well, it would be if we had a trophy. Or a building. Noted for next year. Make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 07:12 PM - 20 comments

October 25, 2008

Tottenham Hotspur Clean House, Dump Coach Juande Ramos: Spurs, with just two points after nine matches, have fired coach Juande Ramos, assistant coaches Gus Poyet and Marcos Alvarez, and sporting director Damien Comolli. No Premiership team has started this poorly and avoided relegation in 10 years.

posted by rcade to soccer at 07:04 PM - 16 comments

The Hoser's NFL Picks, Week Eight 2008: NFL picks that miss a good Waffle House smothered 'n' covered breakfast now and again.

posted by wfrazerjr to football at 04:20 PM - 56 comments

2008 Fantasy Basketball Draft Results: Lots of talent still left after twelve rounds and twelve teams.

posted by dusted to fantasy at 01:46 PM - 23 comments

October 24, 2008

Spofi EPL Pool 08-09 Week 8 Update: Link to week 7 update included. Only top 10 on the table since Spofi still hates the length of the post.

posted by gspm to fantasy at 12:36 PM - 4 comments

October 23, 2008

Memo to the NFL: London doesn’t care!: For the second year in a row the NFL is taking it's act to London, but lo and behold, no one seems to care!

posted by Folkways to football at 06:38 PM - 15 comments

Calgary's (Washington's) Cinderella Man: It's the tale of a 27-year-old career minor-leaguer who finally gets his shot in the NHL. Better yet, the hard-luck defenceman gets to debut in his home city against the team he grew up watching, with his mom, dad, older brother and some 40-plus friends in attendance hanging on his every shift. That's what transpired last night at the Pengrowth Saddledome, an underdog's tale of patience, perseverance and love for a sister who died eight years ago in a heart-wrenching accident on the Trans-Canada Highway.

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 04:42 PM - 1 comment

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 18: Second-last week! Keep up that jostling! Nothing is settled yet! At least, nothing west of Brandon, MB. Make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 02:58 PM - 19 comments

October 22, 2008

Swedish hockey fans delay match with dildo downpour: "We'd also heard mention of it, but we decided that it would only be worse if we went out and told the fans they were absolutely not allowed to throw dildos on the ice," said AIK club head Mats Hedenstrm to the newspaper.

posted by Hugh Janus to hockey at 04:25 PM - 31 comments

Five Reasons to Watch the World Series: So it's not Manny being Manny and shots of Ben Affleck sitting in the stands. It is still going to be a great series for all the right reasons.

posted by Debo270 to baseball at 09:08 AM - 13 comments

October 21, 2008

Best High School Football Stadiums: Check out the photo gallery of the stadiums described, including, of course, Stadium Bowl, the cool stadium in Tacoma, Washington, which was seen in the Heath Ledger movie, "10 Things I Hate About You." Also look at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans, flooded by Hurricane Katrina.

posted by dyams to football at 08:24 PM - 9 comments

Down for the Count: Less than three weeks after its marquee fighter Kimbo Slice was knocked out in 14 seconds by a journeyman replacement, MMA company Elite XC has closed its doors for good.

posted by Mr Bismarck to other at 10:02 AM - 9 comments

October 20, 2008

MLB Post-Season Pick 'Em, World Series Edition: This is it. There are a bunch of marbles on the table, and the winner gets all of them. Make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 07:02 PM - 26 comments

Favre Accused of Helping Packers Opponent: Brett Favre phoned officials of the Detroit Lions prior to their game with the Green Bay Packers and gave an hour-long tutorial on the Packers offense, Fox Sports' Jay Glazer claimed today. If true, it didn't help -- the Pack won 45-28.

posted by rcade to football at 01:24 PM - 26 comments

October 19, 2008

Hello World! Rays beat Bosox in Game 7, Advance to World Series : The young Rays completed a stunning run to their first pennant,...behind Matt Garza's masterful pitching in Game 7 of the AL championship series. When rookie David Price struck out J.D. Drew with the bases loaded to end the eighth inning, Tampa Bay showed it had plenty of resolve.

posted by tommytrump to baseball at 11:57 PM - 16 comments

The Hoser's NFL Picks, Week Seven 2008: NFL picks that are too busy to even fake being funny this week.

posted by wfrazerjr to football at 11:33 AM - 15 comments

October 18, 2008

Gimme a High Four!: On the football field, a place where Trevor Wikre says "time slows down", he felt something like "wet popcorn" in his right lineman's glove.

posted by BoKnows to football at 04:35 PM - 8 comments

October 17, 2008

Beyond 12,000: Sachin Tendulkar of India is now the highest scoring batsman in Test cricket.

posted by owlhouse to other at 06:03 PM - 2 comments

The Strange Saga of David Frost: A look at the story of David Frost, former coach and agent and current defendent.

posted by apoch to hockey at 07:13 AM - 4 comments

Magic Hands: "He had the kind of crazed smile plastered across his face that black eyes and two-day hangovers are made of."

posted by BoKnows to extreme at 04:15 AM - 0 comments

October 16, 2008

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 17: Drama! Suspense! Our race for first is suddenly just as tight as the West division's. Make your picks inside!

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 05:14 PM - 23 comments

October 14, 2008

Cowboys Acquire Roy Williams in Trade with Lions: The Dallas Cowboys traded next year's first-, third- and sixth-round draft picks to the Detroit Lions for wide receiver Roy Williams. The trade deadline move adds a receiver who has a career 262 catches for 3,884 yards and 29 touchdowns.

posted by rcade to football at 06:34 PM - 47 comments

October 13, 2008

Top Rangers' Draft Pick Dies During Game: Alexei Cherepanov, 19, the first-round pick of the New York Rangers in 2007 and one of the top prospects in the franchise, died today after collapsing on the bench during a game in Chekhov, Russia. The cause of death was cardiac arrest. "To be so young and put up the kind of numbers he was putting up at the top level in Russia was just amazing," said his agent Jay Grossman. “He was on track to being a star."

posted by rcade to hockey at 06:47 PM - 5 comments

Clemson Fires Tommy Bowden: In a season where some Clemson fans saw their "sky-high expectations" vanish in a 3-3 start the school fired Head Coach Tommy Bowden after 10 years. Just last December, Bowden got a $500,000 raise to a yearly salary of $1.8 million. He has a $4 million buyout. "It's what he deserved," senior quarterback Cullen Harper told ESPN.

posted by rcade to football at 02:47 PM - 9 comments

October 12, 2008

UFC's Dana White shares his thoughts on EliteXC and Seth Petruzelli.: After the Seth Petruzelli controversy (also covered below), here's UFC's Dana White with a few thoughts on it. Dana is his usual, eloquent, restrained self. (Single link YouTube Post. Contains bad words and amusing invective.)

posted by Drood to other at 01:45 AM - 1 comment

October 11, 2008

The Hoser's NFL Picks, Week Six 2008: NFL picks that would let Sarah Palin make them a moosemeat sammich any day.

posted by wfrazerjr to football at 06:25 PM - 1 comment

October 10, 2008

Defy the Odds: "Playing with Cody, you don't see it everyday," says teammate Zach Appner. "It's sort of like a dream, you get to work with Cody and it gives you a lot of hope, you don't want to give up."

posted by BoKnows to football at 06:33 PM - 0 comments

Clint Malarchuk accidentally shoots self in the chin with a rifle: Best for having his throat slashed by a skate, he is recovering in hospital despite refusing help from paramedics. This man must be unbreakable.

posted by mkn to hockey at 04:29 PM - 4 comments

Allegations taking a slice out of ProElite's credibility: Mixed martial arts promotion ProElite is defending itself against fixing allegations after last-minute replacement Seth Petruzelli knocked out Kimbo Slice in a highly-rated bout on national television last weekend. "The promoters kind of hinted to me and they gave me the money to stand and trade with him," Petruzelli said on "The Monsters in Orlando" show. "They didn't want me to take him down, let's just put it that way. It was worth my while to try to stand up and punch with him."

posted by wfrazerjr to other at 12:20 PM - 11 comments

October 09, 2008

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 16: A slate of upsets means some belt-tightening for us. But with no clear favourites in the Thanksgiving matchups, take nothing for granted. Make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 11:13 AM - 14 comments

October 08, 2008

NFL Union Screwing Players?: The folks over at ArsTechnica have focused on an interesting story: claims that the NFLPA and Players Inc. unilaterally made a decision to take $8 million dollars of the gross licensing revenue that should have been shared with retired players and reallocate it to the administration of the NFLPA and Players Inc.", while negotiating ridiculous royalities for older players.

posted by rodgerd to football at 11:04 PM - 9 comments

A Prayer for the Tampa Bay Rays: While the Cubs fan has the pity of national baseball writers and the consolation of a fraternity of similarly deluded millions, Rays fans are seen as a possibly spectral phenomenon. Dick Vitale is the team's only celebrity fan; a great proportion of the typical Rays crowd shows up wearing a Manny Ramirez or Derek Jeter shirt. In enemy territory, even at home in Floridathat's the life of a Rays fan.

posted by justgary to baseball at 07:49 PM - 18 comments

October 07, 2008

Baseball versus Cricket: While the NLCS and ALCS occupy our minds, over in England they took a pub table debate and put it into practice. What if a team of professional cricketers took on a baseball team on the diamond? Who would win?

posted by owlhouse to baseball at 05:20 PM - 9 comments

Canadian Grand Prix dropped: In a stunning move that caught the event's organizers off guard, the Canadian Grand Prix was dropped from the 2009 Formula One calendar on Tuesday.

FIA, the governing body of auto racing, ratified its calendar for the coming season and omitted the Canadian race, which was first held in 1967. It's the first time since 1987 that the Canadian Grand Prix won't be on the F1 schedule.

posted by tommytrump to auto racing at 02:08 PM - 3 comments

MLB Post-Season Pick 'Em, LCS Edition: The cute little five-game exhibition is done, and now we're into real seven-game baseball series. Not a lot of bonus action in the charts from the LDS, but you all have a big chance to turn that around with this round's bonus questions. Make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 12:31 PM - 23 comments

October 06, 2008

Video Shows Coach Shoving Young Player.: He(coach) says that action viewed on videotape was justified by some of the events that happened during the game.

posted by BoKnows to culture at 07:51 PM - 26 comments

October 05, 2008

Dodgers win their first playoff series in 20 years.: After dispatching the Cubs in 3 straight games, the Dodgers will face the Phillies in the NLCS.

posted by lilnemo to baseball at 05:42 PM - 10 comments

The Price is Right!: "That's the save of the year, and it's not even the year yet!" - (Video included)

posted by BoKnows to hockey at 12:27 PM - 6 comments

The Hoser's NFL Picks, Week Five 2008: NFL picks that wonder if Americans even knew there was a Canadian Prime Ministerial debate this week.

posted by wfrazerjr to football at 10:27 AM - 1 comment

October 04, 2008

Nebraska Starts Four Walk-Ons in Tradition's Revival: Nebraska Coach Bo Pelini has revived the school's tradition of seeking out and playing walk-ons, athletes who arrive without a scholarship and earn their way aboard. "Sometimes you get hit by a scout team player, and you're like: 'Chill out, Rudy,'" said wide receiver Todd Peterson. "Then you remember, hey, that was me a couple years ago."

posted by rcade to football at 02:40 PM - 0 comments

October 03, 2008

Golden State Warriors give Thunder his walking papers: The Oklahoma City people, who in selecting the nickname Thunder showed the same gift for imagination and creativity one finds in a copying machine, usurped the rights to Thunder, the dim steroidal Warrior mascot who fit the franchise like a kidney stone. He did all the standard mascot tricks - the trampoline dunk, the posing like Usain Bolt on a four-day bender, and the throwing out of T-shirts and other bric-a-brac to the customers...sticking Don Nelson's head and upper torso, cigar in his teeth and vodka tonic in his hand, through the bridge cables would be...better.

posted by tommytrump to basketball at 06:34 PM - 0 comments

The comedy club of Newcastle Utd F.C: Continues to have us all rolling in the aisles. When he was at Wimbledon, Joe Kinnear, Newcastles caretaker manager used to come across as quite avuncular and jovial, as soon as he turned up at Newcastle though, he looked old, sad, lost and bewildered. Time (a full week) in the job seems to have taken its toll, if this transcript of a press conference is anything to go by. You need to read right until the end for the full belly laugh.

posted by Fat Buddha to soccer at 02:58 PM - 8 comments

Travis Henry under arrest following alleged cocaine deal: Former Denver Broncos running back Travis Henry has been arrested following an alleged cocaine deal, the Drug Enforcement Administration said Wednesday.

Henry and James Mack were arrested a day earlier after the two met to buy cocaine from a person who was cooperating with authorities, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

posted by BornIcon to football at 09:04 AM - 3 comments

October 02, 2008

Spanish Soccer Player To Play For Free Next Season: Joseba Etxeberria of Athletic Bilbao has agreed to a one-year deal that will see him get paid exactly $0 for the 2009-10 season. The veteran has described the move as a gesture of good will towards the team and its fans. Team President Fernando Garca Macua has described the deal has unprecedented in Spain's Liga Primera.

posted by aupa_athletic to soccer at 02:52 PM - 3 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 15: Big favourites plus big blowouts means big points for everybody. How did you fare? I'm not telling you. At least, not until you click "read more". I'm tricky like that. Make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 01:12 PM - 18 comments

How Football Explains America.: Or doesn't. Patriots with high blood pressure please avoid.

posted by owlhouse to football at 03:50 AM - 16 comments

October 01, 2008

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posted by worldcup2002 to business and law at 10:01 AM - 4 comments

MLB Post-Season Pick 'Em, LDS Edition: We're operating on a pretty tight turnaround here. I'll be posting the results of the Elimination One-Game Playoff Pick 'Em in the morning, but in the meantime please c'mon inside and made your picks for the League Division Series.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 01:06 AM - 21 comments