Archives for March 2008

March 31, 2008

24 Hours of LeMons: It's not a typo...

posted by bobfoot to auto racing at 11:51 PM - 4 comments

Third time is a charm: Losing twice to China was enough as Canada is crowned world curling champs. The 'Comeback Canucks' needed no miracle this time.

posted by tommytrump to other at 11:08 PM - 0 comments

2nd Annual MLB Disabled List Fantasy Pool: Where have you gone Carl Pavano? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you...

posted by holden to fantasy at 10:31 PM - 18 comments

Bush Booed By Beltway Baseballers! : The high heat shut 'em up a little bit, though.

posted by The_Black_Hand to baseball at 04:44 PM - 31 comments

Team Summaries Leading to Final 4: Committee gets it right as 4 number 1 seeds advance to the Final 4 for the first time in history.

posted by Tinman to basketball at 12:10 PM - 5 comments

The Cubs Own Chicago; The White Sox Just Rent There: One team finally brings a World Series championship to Chicago, a much-maligned, double-jeopardy Charlie Brown of major league baseball. The other team "celebrates" 100 years since their last championship. So why are the White Sox the city's second-class citizen?

posted by dyams to baseball at 11:49 AM - 12 comments

March 30, 2008

Doug Glanville: Baseball and the Plankton of Opportunity: "Since a baseball player has the memory of an elephant, my first spring training with the Chicago Cubs might as well have happened yesterday," nine-year Major Leaguer Doug Glanville writes in today's New York Times. "My first roommate was a sleepwalker. He woke up in the middle of the night yelling at shadows; once he crawled into my twin bed after a late-night rant. After that I slept with one eye open and a Pro Stock model M159 baseball bat nearby." More wordsmithing to mark opening night comes from George Will and William Ecenbarger.

posted by rcade to baseball at 10:07 AM - 5 comments

Iron City Blues: To protest more than a decade of ownership mismanagement, they launched a Web site,, and organized a "Fans for Change" walkout after the third inning of a home game. Unfortunately, only a few hundred fans who left their seats actually left the game; most just got up to get beer.

After 15 years, we Bucs fans aren't asking for miracles. We just want what came so easily to the pre-2004 Red Sox, the post-1908 Cubs, and the other great losing teams of all time: sympathy.

posted by justgary to baseball at 01:26 AM - 4 comments

March 28, 2008

Liverpool Co-Owner: Fans Hate Tom Hicks: American billionaire George Gillett is kicking himself for buying Liverpool FC with fellow Yank Tom Hicks. Since Hicks scuttled a deal by a Dubai group that wants to buy out Gillett's 50 percent, the owners have gotten an enormous amount of hate mail and calls from angry fans, according to his co-owner. "The thing that angers fans the most is the prospect I might sell even one share of my stock to my partner," Gillett said in a radio interview. "They do not want him to have any controlling interest in this club -- they do not even want him to have any ownership in the club. As a result of that -- and it's been very difficult for my wife with the amount that I travel -- we receive many phone calls in the middle of the night threatening our lives -- death threats."

posted by rcade to soccer at 06:43 PM - 14 comments

Numbers prove Nelson is still King of the Wild: Maybe this is the one way to figure out who is best no matter when they played.

posted by dbt302 to golf at 11:57 AM - 7 comments

Week 31 update for the Spofi EPL fantasy footie.: Squealy's lead at the top extends to a season high 64 points. Might be time to call this one.

posted by gspm to fantasy at 07:47 AM - 6 comments

Ultimate Fighting Robs The Cradle: Want to watch 6-year-olds in the Octagon? Welcome to Missouri, apparently the only state in the union that allows "youth fighting." Says one parent, "We're not training them for dog fighting...I'd rather have my kids here than out on the streets."

posted by The_Black_Hand to culture at 05:46 AM - 73 comments

March 27, 2008

Shakespearean Baseball, The Summer Classic: A dilema as to where to post this, baseball or culture. Alas, I chose culture.

posted by tommytrump to culture at 08:36 PM - 1 comment

The San Francisco Giants have now removed prominent tributes in the stadium to Barry Bonds: The left-field wall no longer bears an image of Bonds chasing Hank Aaron for the home run crown, nor elsewhere is the number of Bonds' home runs in relation to Aaron posted. There are no "756" signs -- signifying the home run he hit to break Aaron's record -- anywhere in the park, in fact. A team spokeswoman said the Giants would put up a plaque to note where he had hit his last homer with the team.

posted by smithnyiu to baseball at 06:10 PM - 32 comments

New NHLPA head "the right guy to lead us": Some of the NHL's most powerful agents got their first real glimpse of the new executive director of the NHL Players' Association yesterday, and they liked what they saw.

posted by tommytrump to business and law at 01:57 PM - 13 comments

Cup blueprints uncovered at Hall of Fame: The Hockey Hall of Fame has recovered a half century-old treasure, the blueprint of today's Stanley Cup.

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 01:47 PM - 2 comments

Gibby’s 1.12 ERA: 40 years later.: Hold teams down he did, unlike any other modern pitcher before and since. This season is the 40th anniversary of Gibson's 1.12 earned-run average, a number that defied logic and led to a rule change that altered how the game is played.

posted by BoKnows to baseball at 10:17 AM - 9 comments

Critics Go Ape Over LeBron James Magazine Cover: A picture of NBA star LeBron James and the model Gisele on the cover of April's Vogue is attracting controversy over their pose. The shot taken by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz has been compared by some detractors to King Kong holding Fay Wray. ESPN.Com columnist Jemele Hill called it "memorable for all the wrong reasons." The photo is remarkably similar to "Destroy This Mad Brute," a famous World War I recruitment poster.

posted by rcade to basketball at 10:16 AM - 103 comments

A collection of Ballparks: Past and Present: In honor of the upcoming 2008 MLB Season, here's a video collection of sights and sounds from your favorite ballpark. Play Ball!

posted by BoKnows to baseball at 01:01 AM - 9 comments

March 26, 2008

A Short History of the Baseball Played in a (Small) Coliseum: With the Red Sox and Dodgers set to play three in LA, a little back-story to the field.

posted by yerfatma to baseball at 03:36 PM - 6 comments

Jose Canseco Has 'Stuff' on A-Rod: Throughout this whole somewhat tainted steroids era, Alex Rodriguez's name has never really been slung through the mud. He obviously has a lot of home runs for his age, but he's never hit an exorbitant amount of them in one season. The general perception is A-Rod is just really, really good at what he does.

posted by BornIcon to baseball at 10:40 AM - 55 comments

March 25, 2008

Lenny Dykstra, Financial Planner to the Stars?: The fascinating post-baseball career of a man called Nails.

posted by holden to business and law at 11:41 AM - 7 comments

An Innocent At Rinkside.: William Faulkner goes to a hockey game in 1955; hilarity ensues.

posted by NoMich to hockey at 08:21 AM - 4 comments

March 24, 2008

"Bull Durham": is 20 years old, a fact that should make people of a certain age check for the sudden onset of liver spots. To celebrate, a "Collector's Edition" DVD goes on sale Tuesday, the third release of the film on disc. It contains the usual commentaries and extras, but unfortunately, doesn't address how anachronistic the movie has become in the ensuing two decades. Here then, a plot for a new, more realistic "Bull Durham: 21st Century Edition."

posted by mr_crash_davis to baseball at 08:58 PM - 6 comments

The NFL in the year 2000: "Don't be shocked when the 21st century arrives and the NFL teams in Super Bowl XXXIV have women quarterbacks launching 135-yard touchdown passes with their power-assisted arms." Unintentional comedy gold from Sports Illustrated.

posted by Drood to football at 07:06 PM - 19 comments

QMJHL mulls sanctions against Roy after brawl: The son of legendary NHL goalie Patrick Roy could face discipline from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for his role in an ugly brawl during a first-round playoff game between the Quebec Remparts and the Chicoutimi Sagueneens. Roy coaches his son Jonathan on the Remparts and denies he encouraged the slugfest near the end of the second period in Saturday night's 10-1 thrashing from the Sagueneens.

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 03:10 PM - 29 comments

March 23, 2008

NCAA Hockey Brackets Revealed: The field of 16 is set for the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship, with a field determined by the six conference tournament champions and the PairWise rankings.

posted by TheQatarian to hockey at 07:01 PM - 19 comments

How to Celebrate Easter Like a Sports Fanatic.: Dye the eggs; hide the eggs; find the eggs; eat some candy—ho hum. Isn't it time to break the tired traditions of Easter Sunday as only a true sports nut can?

posted by BoKnows to culture at 01:13 PM - 4 comments

March 22, 2008

SI: The Vault: Sports Illustrated has opened up its archives. For free.

posted by lilnemo to culture at 04:38 PM - 13 comments

March 21, 2008

Tiger beats God in friendly golf match: Is Tiger that good?

posted by dbt302 to golf at 08:06 AM - 9 comments

March 20, 2008

How to Tell When a College Basketball Game is Out of Reach: Take the number of points one team is ahead. Subtract three. Add a half-point if the team that is ahead has the ball, and subtract a half-point if the other team has the ball. (Numbers less than zero become zero.) Square that. If the result is greater than the number of seconds left in the game, the lead is safe.

Or you could just use the handy Bill James Lead Calculator.

posted by justgary to basketball at 04:56 PM - 7 comments

Week 30 update for the Spofi EPL fantasy footie.: Lots of smiles to go around this week. Unless you are trying to pass somebody who is also smiling.

posted by gspm to fantasy at 09:34 AM - 9 comments

March 19, 2008

The Red Sox and Oakland open the season in Japan with Dice-K returning home to start.: Usually these trips result in a lot of grousing by the players (most famously, Mike Mussina), but there's not a lot of sympathy when you're getting $40,000 for your troubles. Except if you're not: the MLB has announced that while players and managers will receive the stipend, coaches will not. Red Sox players are threatening to walk off the field today if the MLB does not reverse its reversal of its original stance.

posted by yerfatma to baseball at 09:03 AM - 50 comments

Stars and Pinstripes: No runs, two hits but plenty of thrills for the Virginia Tech baseball team and community as the Yankees visit to fulfill a pledge by George Steinbrenner to aid the universitys healing.

posted by dyams to baseball at 07:20 AM - 16 comments

March 18, 2008

Rotisserie baseball draft Saturday : 1PM EDT -- 2 spots still open.

posted by YukonGold to fantasy at 07:23 PM - 13 comments

"KG tanked it."

posted by lilnemo to basketball at 05:27 PM - 21 comments

Union to examine why Bonds has no offers: The lack of offers to Barry Bonds will be examined by the baseball players' association as part of its annual review of the free-agent market. Less than two weeks before opening day, the 43-year-old home run king remains unsigned.

posted by Tinman to baseball at 04:21 PM - 60 comments

March 17, 2008

Irish Power Rankings: Celebrating the top active Irish sports personalties.

posted by justgary to general at 10:32 PM - 14 comments

NCAA tourney is the best, but it could be even better.: The NCAA tournament is the best three-plus weeks of hoops, maybe of anything, on the planet. But that doesn't mean it's perfect. It isn't.

posted by BoKnows to basketball at 10:55 AM - 26 comments

US claims the crystal globe: : US skiers Lindsay Vonn and Bode Miller took the women's and men's overall World Cup Sunday, claiming the highest honors in one of the world's most challenging athletic competitions. Miller and Vonn each also claimed a discipline World Cup, in super combi and downhill respectively. The US total of five crystal globes (Ted Ligety of the US won the men's GS World Cup) was the most of any competing nation.

posted by lil_brown_bat to other at 08:27 AM - 6 comments

Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden:
Every material on earth is, at the initial level, constructed from b-balls. Carbon is b-balls. The blood flowing through our b-ball veins is made of b-balls. Every star in our cosmos is b-ball in origin. Understand this, and you may begin to understand Barkley, Shut Up And Jam: Gaiden. Once you've digested that, download the game. [via]

posted by yerfatma to basketball at 06:51 AM - 7 comments

March 16, 2008

Right on the button!: Kevin Martin won his third career Brier on his final stone against defending champ Glenn Howard, capping an impressive week at 13-0.

posted by Spitztengle to other at 10:35 PM - 6 comments

March 15, 2008

March 14, 2008

Anatomy of a trade.:
via Truehoop. Again.

posted by lilnemo to basketball at 12:47 PM - 3 comments

March 13, 2008

Bonds’ homer No. 762 a bizarre mystery: After Bonds connected on No. 756 to move past Hank Aaron, each of his home runs became the new final home run. Every fan who snagged one became an instant celebrity and, at least until the next one was hit, a potential millionaire. When the season ended on Sept. 30, every home run ball that Bonds had hit after 756 had been accounted for, except one: No. 762.

posted by BoKnows to baseball at 08:28 PM - 15 comments

John Daly disqualified at Bay Hill: One day after swing coach Butch Harmon fires him, Daly misses his tee time and is disqualified from Arnold Palmers Invitational. Said Harmon, "My whole goal for him was he's got to show me golf is the most important thing in his life," Harmon said. "And the most important thing in his life is getting drunk."

posted by hawkguy to golf at 10:45 AM - 48 comments

March 12, 2008

The Sad tale of Maurice Stokes.: On the 50th anniversary of the accident, Steve Aschburner recounts the night that Maurice Stokes career ended.
via TrueHoop

posted by lilnemo to basketball at 04:38 PM - 13 comments

What Part Of "Spring Training" Don't You Guys Get?: Spikes go high and benches clear between the Yanks and Rays. To paraphrase, Man, we talkin' practice here! With nifty spikes-to-crotch photo action!

posted by The_Black_Hand to baseball at 04:00 PM - 39 comments

2008 Formula One Season Preview: The biggest change? No more traction control! Now we'll see who the best really are. Take a drive with me as we take a peek at the upcoming season and what we can perhaps expect. Brought to you by sportsfilter's own Drood.

posted by justgary to auto racing at 02:07 PM - 4 comments

Top 10: Hardcore Fans: The following 10 groups of hardcore fans, on the other hand, perform their rituals in stadiums, while the game is being played. Each group has been judged based on its longevity, the size and scope of the organization and the lunacy and originality of their behavior. Hooliganism will, of course, factor into this, since Italian and Spanish clubs have done little to curb the radical elements of their fan bases.

posted by BoKnows to culture at 09:05 AM - 23 comments

March 11, 2008

The Rockets Imitate Deke: When the Houston Rockets aren't busy working on their 19-game winning streak, they're working on their impersonations of teammate Dikembe Mutombo. Of course, nothing beats the real thing.

posted by aupa_athletic to basketball at 11:38 PM - 4 comments

Get a Vasectomy, Enjoy More Roundball: "Research shows four out of five guys want to schedule their vasectomy before a major sports event," the Oregon Urology Institute declares in new radio ads. "It's Snip City, and we have the ticket for 24 lucky guys to get their premium vasectomy appointment on the day before the tournament." (Via Rebel Dad.)

posted by rcade to basketball at 02:00 PM - 11 comments

Back In The Swing:: In February 1962, Sports Illustrated sent the illustrator Robert Weaver to cover spring training in Florida. He then created a series of paintings that appeared in the March 5, 1962, issue of the magazine.

The drawings that follow are from his sketchbook.

posted by chicobangs to baseball at 12:51 PM - 6 comments

Mark Cuban asks: When will US pro sports get its Abramovich?: (I know, it looks like Mark Cuban day.) For a while there, it looked like North American sports teams owners were going to take over European Soccer. The biggest Premiere (sic) League names were getting bought up. Then a funny thing happened. The US Dollar turned upside down against major currencies making deals that once looked tenable, all of the sudden seem very, very expensive. Which US pro league and team, and which foreign owner is most likely to be the first? Why?

posted by worldcup2002 to business and law at 11:56 AM - 6 comments

Billy Crystal joins the Yankees.: The 59-year-old comedian will sign a one-day, minor league contract with the New York Yankees and play in Thursday’s exhibition game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, wearing #60, a day before his 60th birthday. Crystal said, “I’ve been waiting 50 years for this call ... I know this’ll be tougher than the Broadway Softball League, but I’m looking forward to helping the younger players, which by the way is all of them."

posted by worldcup2002 to baseball at 11:38 AM - 70 comments

Mark Cuban's policy: bans blogger(s) from Dallas Mavericks locker room. Interesting take from the blogger himself.

posted by curlyelk to basketball at 10:33 AM - 4 comments

2008 Formula One Season Preview: 2008 is upon us. The biggest change? No more traction control! Now we'll see who the best really are. Take a drive with me as we take a peek at the upcoming season and what we can perhaps expect.

posted by Drood to commentary at 01:24 AM - 0 comments

March 10, 2008

"That,": Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said, "was officially heartbreaking." Backstrom knocks in winning goal for wrong team.

posted by qbert72 to hockey at 07:53 PM - 8 comments

Sports Club Stats.: I calculate your team's odds of making the playoffs and how upcoming games will impact those odds, so you can see at a glance which of today's games matter most. Every team, division, conference and league has its own page in the tabs above.
It covers MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, NCAA Basketball, Soccer and Auto Racing.

posted by NoMich to culture at 05:21 PM - 12 comments

8 OTs fail to decide hockey final.: When Tim Hooker scored the tying goal late in the third period of the Division I state high school championship game, little did the Orchard Lake St. Mary's forward realize he was setting the stage for the longest prep hockey game in Michigan history.

posted by BoKnows to hockey at 10:12 AM - 11 comments

March 09, 2008

You can take the dog out of the track: but you can't take the track out of the dog.

posted by mr_crash_davis to other at 08:06 PM - 6 comments

A big man with a bigger story: Ten years after losing his father in a Russian parking garage and only seven years after first picking up a basketball, Jayhawk forward Sasha Kaun will leave the University of Kansas with a degree in computer science and a chance to be drafted by the NBA.

posted by wfrazerjr to basketball at 07:35 PM - 8 comments

March 08, 2008

RePost: March Madness Fantasy League:: Yahoo SportsFilter group!

posted by BoKnows to fantasy at 07:24 PM - 11 comments

Minnow's harpoon on target again: 19th place in the Championship hosting No. 3 in the Prem and for the second round in a row the Tykes do the business. 96 years since they were last in the semi-finals and they won the trophy that year. With Harry Redknapp's Pompey taking down the Red Devils, the last four will include at least two second division or lower clubs. And possibly a third depending on if Middlesbrough or Cardiff play to recent form tomorrow. Cliche or not, this is the beauty of the FA Cup.

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 02:12 PM - 18 comments

March 07, 2008

March 06, 2008

Canadian university offers a life-saving escape from the 'hood: "In a million years, I never thought I'd have a white guy as a good friend", Edison said of Morrison. "But I've got friends for life from playing basketball, and these kids, Kiraan and Warren, have the same opportunity."

posted by tommytrump to culture at 11:28 PM - 5 comments

PGA Tour player Tripp Isenhour faces criminal charges for killing hawk : It wasn't an accident, but it was with a hit golf ball. How many strokes off for killing a migratory bird?

posted by irunfromclones to golf at 07:15 PM - 77 comments

I tried out for the Tigers: I have declined the opportunity for extra sleep in order to try out for a baseball team that I have no shot of making.

posted by justgary to baseball at 01:45 PM - 2 comments

Bob Ryan on the Rebirth of the Regular Season:

"Do not listen to people who say it's only about championships and only about the playoffs. It can't be if there is to be any meaning to this whole thing known as fandom. The fact is that the playoff dynamic is quirky. Luck and circumstance play a large role. If you invest in a sports team for the sole purpose of seeing it through to a championship, and for no other reason, the overwhelming odds are that you will be disappointed."

posted by yerfatma to basketball at 12:38 PM - 9 comments

March 05, 2008

Riders trade QB Joseph to Argonauts: Kerry Joseph, the Canadian Football League's regular season MVP for 2007 and a 3rd round draft pick head to Toronto in exchange for O.T. Glenn January, D.L. Ronald Flemons, a 1st round pick, and a 2nd round pick.

posted by tommytrump to football at 07:42 PM - 6 comments

The Feel Good Hit of the Season.: Absolutely beautiful.

posted by lilnemo to culture at 07:02 PM - 8 comments

The Other side of the tracks.: High school athletic departments are getting contentious enough to propose that private schools compete in a separate league.

posted by lilnemo to culture at 03:35 PM - 13 comments

Andrew Symonds escapes punishment after tackling streaker: Ogilvie had been drinking when he decided to strip and run on to the field.

posted by justgary to other at 01:17 PM - 19 comments

Top 10: Sports Superstitions.: Sports are a competitive business, and athletes face a tremendous amount of pressure to always be at their best. Sometimes it’s not enough to just practice and train for hours on end, as players also need to have a mental edge, which often manifests in some strange and nonsensical behaviors and beliefs. Maybe performing the following rituals don’t make an athlete play better, but not adhering to them will certainly make them worse, if only in their own mind.

posted by BoKnows to culture at 09:54 AM - 12 comments

How QPR Will Conquer the World: and drape it in cashmere. A profile of new Rangers' co-owner Flavio Briatore. That jersey I picked up on clearance last year is looking like a brilliant investment.

posted by yerfatma to soccer at 12:00 AM - 6 comments

March 04, 2008

Lanzinger stable after leg amputation: Austrian skier Mattias Lanzinger was in stable condition on Tuesday after undergoing an emergency amputation of his lower left leg. "An immediate operation was necessary due to an extreme deterioration in his general situation and and the threat of a fatality," Austrian vascular specialist Dr. Thomas Hoelzenbein said after the operation carried out in Oslo.

posted by tommytrump to other at 07:39 PM - 6 comments

The Buck Stops Here: For the first time since 1960, there won't be a Buck in a Cardinals broadcast booth this year.

posted by justgary to baseball at 12:02 PM - 9 comments

Any Baseball is Beautiful: Same goes for wooden tennis racquets. Be sure to click through the slideshow.

posted by Uncle Toby to baseball at 09:22 AM - 5 comments

Brett Favre Retires: Brett Favre has told the Packers and coach Mike McCarthy Tuesday morning he's planning on retiring after 17 seasons.

posted by NerfballPro to football at 09:07 AM - 58 comments

March 03, 2008

Randy Moss Re-Signs with the Patriots: Moss and the Patriots agree to a three year, $27 million deal. Meanwhile the Falcons release Warrick Dunn one day after signing Michael Turner to a six year deal. However, the week's biggest winner is Ben Roethlisberger who agreed to a $102 million deal with the Steelers.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia to football at 08:07 PM - 51 comments

After 20 years, Ted Simmons suits up one more time.: "Whether I wanted to do it or not, I (decided) I'd better do it," Simmons said. "Because if I tell them no — and it's been 20 years since anybody's asked — it probably will be the last time I'm ever asked. Four or five years from now, I don't want to look back and wonder."

posted by BoKnows to baseball at 10:27 AM - 7 comments

Hot dogs at halftime, and other bizarre athlete food and drink tales.: During an interview, here's what former Yankee Jeff Nelson said. Oh, I’d say, on a typical road trip, east coast to west coast, say a road game to Seattle……Wade would drink anywhere between 50 and 60 beers.

posted by BoKnows to culture at 09:58 AM - 16 comments

March 02, 2008

Week 27 update for the Spofi EPL fantasy footie.: Late again, but a pretty good week all around.

posted by gspm to fantasy at 08:59 AM - 24 comments

Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss?: This NYT profile of the Brothers Steinbrenner by the author of The Bronx is Burning includes Hank's insistence that "Red Sox Nation" is a media creation. Login info for the NYT

posted by yerfatma to baseball at 08:29 AM - 71 comments