Archives for September 2008

September 30, 2008

Tony Mandarich Admits Steroid Abuse: Mandarich, the No. 2 overall draft pick in 1989 and "best offensive line prospect ever" according to an infamous Sports Illustrated cover, admitted on this week's Inside the NFL that he abused steroids at Michigan State and faked a drug test before the Rose Bowl. These days, Mandarich is a decade out of football and runs a photography studio in Scottsdale, Ariz.

posted by rcade to football at 05:46 PM - 8 comments

Raiders Coach Lane Kiffin has been told he'll be fired: Fresh off Sunday's loss to Buffalo in which the Raiders blew a 23-14 fourth-quarter lead, team officials have reportedly told Coach Lane Kiffin he will be fired as early as today, according to published media reports.

posted by BornIcon to football at 01:03 PM - 16 comments

Shooting Leaves Jaguars' Lineman Paralyzed, Leg Amputated: A month after he was shot 14 times outside an apartment complex in Jacksonville, Jaguars offensive lineman Richard Collier, 26, is paralyzed at the waist and his left leg has been amputated, a local surgeon said. "This is a smart kid and he's got a degree. He's got some goals and some things he wants to accomplish. He'll move on," said his agent Jeff Jankovich.

posted by rcade to football at 01:00 PM - 7 comments

Is William Shattner the new head of marketing for the Blues?: The St. Louis Blues have announced a "Name Your Price" ticket sale where, like Priceline or Hotwire, fans can make an offer for tickets. It's believed to be the first such offer made by a pro sports franchise, but not all fans are thrilled about it.

posted by wfrazerjr to hockey at 10:00 AM - 7 comments

September 29, 2008

MLB Post-Season Pick 'Em, Elimination Playoff Edition: It's technically the 163rd game of the regular season, but for SportsFilter's purposes the MLB post-season begins RIGHT NOW. Pick the winner of Tuesday's one-game playoff between Minnesota and Chicago, and get a leg up on the pick 'em competition.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 08:23 PM - 21 comments

Milwaukee Brewers return to the postseason after a 26 year absence.: The Milwaukee Brewers are headed to the postseason for the first time in 26 years after clinching the NL Wild Card spot yesterday.

posted by evixir to baseball at 12:51 PM - 17 comments

Spofi EPL pool 08-09 Week 6 update.: Bill finally has the team he must have thought he had. Yukon breaks into the top 10. Squealy extends his lead.

posted by gspm to fantasy at 10:43 AM - 4 comments

Landis sues in Federal Court: "Suspended cyclist Floyd Landis has taken the unusual step of challenging the decision to uphold his positive doping test, stepping outside the anti-doping adjudication system to try to prove in U.S. federal court that his case was not fairly heard by a sports arbitration panel."

posted by apoch to business and law at 09:58 AM - 4 comments

September 28, 2008

Yahoo H2H Fantasy Basketball: League ID is: 25642 Password is: spofi

posted by boknows to fantasy at 02:58 PM - 3 comments

Haile Gebrselassie Sets New Marathon Mark: Haile Gebrselassie clocks in at 2:03:59, breaking his own world record in the marathon in Berlin on Sunday.

posted by Spitztengle to other at 01:37 PM - 5 comments

September 27, 2008

Gridiron Guarantee.: If you feel you haven't received your "entertainment value" from your season ticket (average price: $130), Stanford will refund your money.

posted by BoKnows to general at 11:52 PM - 1 comment

Sazio 'never backed down': CFL Hall of Fame builder dead at 86: "Ralph Sazio was more than a CFL player, coach, executive and builder. He was more than a Hall of Famer," CFL commissioner Mark Cohon said. "He was a leader."

posted by tommytrump to football at 10:24 AM - 1 comment

September 26, 2008

The Hoser's NFL Picks, Week Four 2008: NFL picks that wonder if anyone in the States watches "Little Mosque On The Prairie".

posted by wfrazerjr to football at 10:14 AM - 6 comments

September 25, 2008

Spofi EPL Pool 08-09 Week 4 Update: As Squealy might say, natural order is restored. Meanwhile, billsaysthis wonders who is having a worst start - Tottenham, Newcastle or BillSaysThisScores.

posted by gspm to fantasy at 05:53 PM - 10 comments

Notes from a Day with NBA Referees: Henry Abbot of True Hoop spends a day watching film with NBA Referees and blogs about the points that struck him as most interesting.

posted by apoch to basketball at 08:59 AM - 2 comments

September 24, 2008

High School Hazing Rears its Ugly Head Again: In an era when bullying and initiation/hazing rituals have supposedly been all-but-eradicated in high schools, colleges, and sports teams in general, six sodomized New Mexico footballers remind us that a blind-eye is still turned on this stuff if we're not careful.

posted by Spitztengle to culture at 05:40 PM - 23 comments

12 Athletes Leaving Brains to Concussion Study: "I'm not being vindictive. I'm not trying to reach up from the grave and get the N.F.L. But any doctor who doesn't connect concussions with long-term effects should be ashamed of themselves."

posted by BoKnows to culture at 02:39 PM - 8 comments

Millen out as Lions president, GM: Detroit fans, your wish appears to have finally come true.

posted by BornIcon to football at 10:20 AM - 21 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 14: Old favourites are re-asserting themselves in the CFL's standings, while newcomers are becoming more and more entrenched in our standings' top spots. Make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 12:27 AM - 17 comments

September 23, 2008

100 Years ago, he "pulled a Merkle": September 23 is the 100th anniversary of what was, at the time, the biggest bonehead play in the history of baseball. Or, as Bob Ryan points out, maybe it wasn't such a dumb play.

posted by Howard_T to baseball at 05:11 PM - 0 comments

The Life And Death Of The English Football Song:: Popmatters explores, with examples, the history of the terrace chant, its sporadic forays into the recorded music world and the popular music charts, and its occasional (sometimes even successful) crossing into American culture, providing (among other high and low lights) the darkest moment in Walter Payton's storied career.

posted by chicobangs to culture at 11:20 AM - 9 comments

Seven years of Lion angst ought to end: Now that William Clay Ford has weighed in publicly on the ineptitude of Matt Millen, how long will it take for the Lions to actually do something about it?

posted by beaverboard to football at 09:04 AM - 13 comments

September 22, 2008

9 years of Ryder Cup angst ends: With a raucous crowd covering every inch of the grounds around the hole, U.S. captain Paul Azinger riding down the fairway in his cart pumping up the fans and "Boooo" cheers echoing throughout the golf course, the underdog Americans pulled it off.

posted by dyams to golf at 03:15 PM - 9 comments

Nigerian businessmen bid for Newcastle: A Nigerian consortium wants to become the first African owners of an EPL team. It is unclear if their bid was sent by email. Or if it required the opening of a local bank account.

posted by worldcup2002 to soccer at 02:47 PM - 3 comments

Miami Springs New Offense on New England in 38-13 Upset: The Fifth Down blog at the New York Times shows how the Miami Dolphins used the Wildcat offense -- a scheme new quarterbacks coach David Lee brought with him from college at Arkansas -- to end the 21-game regular season winning streak of the New England Patriots. The offense put running back Ronnie Brown as quarterback six times, resulting in three touchdown runs and one scoring pass.

posted by rcade to football at 11:06 AM - 17 comments

September 21, 2008

Alberto Contador Wins the Vuelta: In doing so he becomes the youngest rider (and fifth ever) to win all three Grand Tours.

posted by apoch to other at 02:39 PM - 0 comments

"Now that you, the American taxpayer, more or less own insurance giant AIG, : it turns out that you, the American taxpayer, are also the principal sponsor of Manchester United, thanks to a four-year, $100 million sponsorship deal signed in 2006. So this got me curious: how is our soccer football team doing?"

posted by mr_crash_davis to soccer at 01:01 AM - 17 comments

September 19, 2008

Pitcher battled back from near death: Dusty Baker used fisherman's terminology to describe left-hander Adam Pettyjohns slashing and sliding fastball. He waved his hand like a trout captured in a net. "Thats what he throws," Baker said. "In and out, cutting and tailing and sinking. Nothing straight." It took seven years of swimming upstream for Pettyjohn to complete an unlikely return to the major leagues. He pitched one scoreless inning Sunday for the Cincinnati Reds, his first appearance since 2001. His story is hard to believe, but this is no fisherman's tale.

posted by jjdm to baseball at 02:50 PM - 5 comments

The Hoser's NFL Picks, Week Three 2008: NFL picks that think everything goes better with backbacon.

posted by wfrazerjr to football at 01:05 PM - 10 comments

September 18, 2008

Distant Replay: Mark Bowden of The Atlantic sits down with Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid to go over some game film. Specifically, the film from the 1958 NFL championship game.

posted by DrJohnEvans to football at 03:15 PM - 2 comments

Saskatchewan Roughrider legend Ron Lancaster dead: Lancaster rewrote the CFL record book during an illustrious playing career which lasted from 1960 to 1978. The final 16 seasons were spent with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He retired as the league's all-time leader in passing yards (50,535), touchdown passes (333), pass attempts (6,223) and completions (3,384). The Little General also led Saskatchewan to 50 fourth-quarter come-from-behind victories.

posted by tommytrump to football at 01:21 PM - 7 comments

September 17, 2008

Josh Howard Disrespects National Anthem: "'The Star-Spangled Banner' is going on. I don't celebrate this [expletive]. I'm black." Video included.

posted by BoKnows to basketball at 05:20 PM - 102 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 13: Intriguing storylines continue to develop in the West, which is great, because the East couldn't be any more of a train wreck. Check the standings and find out whether you're more of a Western prairie dog or an Eastern city boy. And while you're at it, make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 01:47 PM - 19 comments

Physicists Measure Time Cost of Usian Bolt's Celebration: Four physicists have submitted a new research paper, "Velocity dispersions in a cluster of stars: How fast could Usain Bolt have run?", that attempts to determine how much faster he would have finished his world-record 100 meter sprint at the Olympics if he didn't showboat at the end. Their conclusion: 0.14 seconds.

posted by rcade to olympics at 11:18 AM - 11 comments

September 16, 2008

Still time left to play!: We have 6 teams now, it would be great to double that! 10 days left before draft.

posted by BoKnows to fantasy at 04:13 PM - 6 comments

Spofi EPL pool 08-09: Week 4 update....

posted by gspm to fantasy at 11:24 AM - 9 comments

September 15, 2008

Brewers Fire Ned Yost: With 12 games to go in the season, the Brewers attempt to stop their meltdown by firing the manager.

posted by TheQatarian to baseball at 10:50 PM - 12 comments

USA-halla?: "I don't want anybody feeling handcuffed well, I mean, I don't care if Europe feels handcuffed, but yeah, I don't want our guys to feel handcuffed," Azinger says.

posted by BoKnows to golf at 10:46 PM - 7 comments

Ohio State no match for Southern Cal: Southern Cal proved that they are the team to beat. Coach Tressel " i am pleased.....we fought hard"

posted by Beatchy to football at 01:11 PM - 18 comments

September 14, 2008

Zambrano fires no-hitter!: The Big Z was never bigger for the Cubs, returning to the mound 12 days after leaving a game because of shoulder discomfort to throw the Cubs' first-no-hitter since Milt Pappas in 1972.

posted by tommytrump to baseball at 10:54 PM - 10 comments

Questionable Call: Near the end of the Broncos-Chargers game today, there was a very curious call on the fumble/incompletion by Jay Cutler near the end of the game. The play was clearly a fumble by every replay, but because referee Ed Hochuli had blown the play dead, the ball returned to the Broncos at the spot of the fumble instead of going to the Chargers by way of recovering the fumble. The Broncoes went on to score a touchdown, a 2-point conversion, and win the game 39-38.

posted by boredom_08 to football at 09:39 PM - 22 comments

September 13, 2008

Reliant Stadium severely damaged by Hurricane Ike.: There are parts of the roof that are completely gone,--

posted by boknows to football at 07:42 PM - 7 comments

September 12, 2008

Giants & Jets Nix Stadium Naming Deal with Nazi-linked Insurance Firm: The NY Giants and NY Jets have ended talks with Allianz, a German insurance company with historical ties to the Nazis.

The New Meadowlands Stadium, LLC is no longer in discussions with Allianz for a naming rights partnership,-- Lampings statement said. We are continuing discussions with other potential partners for the new stadium and look forward to the summer 2010 opening of this new icon for our region.--

posted by bluesdog to football at 02:44 PM - 28 comments

The Hoser's NFL Picks, Week Two 2008: NFL picks that don't understand what Gene Upshaw did that was worth commemorating.

posted by wfrazerjr to football at 02:39 PM - 10 comments

September 10, 2008

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 12: The favourites stayed true to form and would've made us a lot of money had we actually bet on this week. Something to think about in future, for sure. But not this week: big spreads give way to coin tosses. Make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 10:32 AM - 17 comments

September 09, 2008

The Don returns to coach Toronto Argonauts: Don Matthews is returning to the Toronto Argonauts for a third time....... replacing Rich Stubler after a 4-6 start to the season.......Matthews, 69, is the CFL leader in regular-season wins (231) and tied for the most Grey Cup wins (five). He won five more Grey Cup rings as an assistant coach with the Edmonton Eskimos.

posted by tommytrump to football at 07:57 PM - 2 comments

TIGER-CATS fire Head Coach Charlie Taaffe: "This has not been an easy situation for me," said Tiger-Cats general manager Bob O'Billovich. "I'm not in favour of making a coaching change in the middle of the season but the more I looked at it, Charlie was not the right guy for the situation as it stands now." At 2-8, the Tiger-Cats are tied with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for the worst record in the CFL. During Taaffe's tenure in Hamilton, the Tiger-Cats have won just five times in 28 contests.

posted by tommytrump to football at 07:50 PM - 2 comments

Lance Armstrong to return to pro cycling: Armstrong, who will turn 37 on September 18, cited 41-year-old US swimmer Dara Torres's Olympic comeback in Beijing as proof that age was no barrier to an elite sports career.

posted by Amateur to other at 06:19 PM - 17 comments

NFL Pick Em' League?: Does anyone want to setup a NFL pick em' league? We had one last season, and I enjoyed it. If anyone is interested, post it here. Although week 1 already passed, we can probably set this up quickly.. ok thanks.

posted by Kendall to fantasy at 12:55 PM - 10 comments

Former UFC Champion Found Dead: Former UFC Middleweight Champion Evan Tanner has passed away at age 37. He was found by an Imperial County Sheriffs Department Deputy on Monday. Tanner was found while on a trip to the California desert. Perhaps foreshadowing, Tanner reassured fans on his web blog that this trip was not going to be another version on "Into The Wild". The cause of death is not yet known. R.I.P. Evan Tanner, a free spirit and a great sportsman!

posted by JohnnyBallsack to extreme at 12:52 PM - 1 comment

Concern for Titans' Young prompts police search: Nashville police were asked to search for Vince Young on Monday evening after family members placed a call to the Tennessee Titans informing them of their concern for the quarterback's state of mind.

posted by BornIcon to football at 12:11 PM - 12 comments

September 08, 2008

Don Haskins, Hall of Fame Basketball Coach, Dies at 78 : ''Don got more out of his teams and players than any coach who has ever coached college basketball,'' Knight said.

Haskins, the Hall of Fame coach credited with helping break color barriers in college sports in 1966 when he used five black starters to win a national basketball title for Texas Western, died Sunday. He was 78.

posted by tommytrump to culture at 06:07 PM - 5 comments

Big money teams, COT & no Dodges in NASCAR chase: A glance at the 12 drivers competing in NASCARs Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, in order of seeding after Sundays Chevrolet 400 at Richmond International Raceway:

posted by m8nsman to auto racing at 11:51 AM - 5 comments

September 07, 2008

Yahoo Fantasy Hockey H2H: League ID is: 19718 Password is: spofi

posted by BoKnows to fantasy at 09:04 PM - 8 comments

Report: Brady's Injury Torn ACL: Tom Brady's injury is a torn anterior cruciate ligament, according to Michael Silver of Yahoo Sports. Brady was knocked out in the first quarter of Sunday's season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs after a hit by Chiefs safety Bernard Pollard.

posted by rcade to football at 08:44 PM - 69 comments

September 04, 2008

The Hoser's NFL Picks, Week One 2008: Welcome back to another season of the NFL's most misguided and useless handicapping sheet. At least the price is right.

posted by wfrazerjr to football at 07:18 PM - 16 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 11: Labour Day is gone and so is half the CFL season. Nothing has been settled, neither in the CFL standings nor in ours, so you're strongly encouraged to make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 04:33 PM - 20 comments

Drainage luge? Wrestle ball? Freestyle snowshoe boulder jumping? : The results of the 2008 Horny Toad Invent-A-Sport contest are in, and there are some beauties.

posted by lil_brown_bat to extreme at 02:50 PM - 6 comments

A-Rod's homer in ninth passes instant replay test: It almost seems fitting. The first use of instant replay in Major League Baseball was to confirm a long home run hit by Alex Rodriguez - the man who one day could hold the all-time home run record and who knows a thing or two about being surrounded by controversy.

posted by BornIcon to baseball at 08:29 AM - 7 comments

September 03, 2008

Take your bags, sir?: Recently signed Detroit Lions running back Rudi Johnson said Wednesday that the player who was waived to make room for him on the Lions' roster -- Tatum Bell -- took his luggage from team headquarters. Bell claims it was a misunderstanding and said, "They said they got me on film taking the bags. I said, 'If you look on film, I wasn't in no hurry or nothing.' I was just going about my day."

posted by wfrazerjr to football at 05:51 PM - 19 comments

NFL TV Distribution Maps: uses Google Maps to show you what NFL game will be broadcast in your corner of the US. Nifty. (via)

posted by BitterOldPunk to football at 04:19 PM - 5 comments

Fan Ejected From Yankee Stadium For Bathroom Break During 'God Bless America': The no movement rule has been in place since 9/11, much like the playing of the song.

posted by AaronGNP to baseball at 12:20 AM - 25 comments

September 02, 2008

University of Toronto Varsity Blues kick losing ways: An 18-17 win over the University of Waterloo Warriors ended the skid at 49 games last night......But a streak this long couldn't end so easily. Waterloo had 21 ticks on the clock left and drove the ball over midfield. With six seconds left on the clock, the Warriors punted and for a few seconds all 2,565 on hand had their hearts in their throats as the ball bounced off return man Matt Morris' hands and fell to the ground on the U of T one-yard line.

posted by tommytrump to football at 05:16 PM - 3 comments

Spofi Fantasy EPL 08-09 Week 3 Update: The top two are unchanged while the typical early season shuffling occurs lower in the table.

posted by gspm to fantasy at 04:45 PM - 4 comments

Jacksonville Jaguars OT in critical condition after early-morning shooting: Richard Collier was shot outside an apartment building early Tuesday as he and a former Jacksonville teammate waited for two women they had met at a nightclub, authorities said.

posted by wfrazerjr to football at 01:52 PM - 3 comments

September 01, 2008

A September call-up deserving of a hand: 29-year-old Koyie Hill is in the bigs and back behind the plate this fall for the Chicago Cubs. Unremarkable -- except Hill cut off three fingers and a thumb with a table saw less than a year ago.

posted by wfrazerjr to baseball at 10:12 PM - 8 comments

Manchester City make it the Big Five.: The final day of the EPL's season-opener transfer window turns out to be a historic day for the blue side of Manchester.

posted by worldcup2002 to soccer at 08:32 PM - 10 comments

Killer Kowalski dead at age 81: Walter "Killer" Kowalski dies less than one month after suffering a heart attack. Know as one of Pro Wrestlings greatest villains, Kowalski also gain notoriety for training Paul Levesque (better known as Triple H) and Joan Laurer (also known as Chyna)

posted by HATER 187 to other at 01:59 AM - 6 comments