Archives for October 2009

October 31, 2009

Hockey Hall of Fame ghost revealed at last: The Hockey Hall of Fame moved into the historic building that had been a Bank of Montreal branch for close to 100 years. For more than 50 years a ghost known only as "Dorothy" has haunted the Hockey Hall of Fame. In the early 1990s, Toronto musician Joanna Jordan saw a female ghost looking down on her from a second-floor ceiling. Jordan, who was playing the harp at an event being held in the building's Great Hall, was unaware at the time that a ghost purportedly haunted the space. "I remember it so vividly," she says, "because it's one of those things you'll never forget." Jordan refused to go up to the second floor by herself when she played at the Hall, which opened in 1993. "It was just too spooky up there."

posted by tommytrump to culture at 12:57 PM - 2 comments

Agassi: My Mullet Almost Fell Off at 1990 French Open: During the 1990 French Open finals, Andre Agassi's first trip to a Grand Slam final, the "Image is Everything" pitchman was paranoid about his hairweave mullet falling off during the match. "The evening before the match, I stood under the shower and felt my wig suddenly fall apart," he writes in his autobiography. "Probably I used the wrong hair rinse. ... During the warming-up training before play I prayed. Not for victory, but that my hairpiece would not fall off." Agassi lost the match to Andres Gomez -- the only Grand Slam title of the Ecuadorian's career.

posted by rcade to tennis at 11:18 AM - 6 comments

Publisher Drops NBA Ref Tim Donaghy's Tell-All: Random House, the publisher of former NBA referee Tim Donaghy's book Blowing the Whistle: The Culture of Fraud in the NBA, has dropped the book shortly before its November release, citing "a close legal review of the final manuscript ... and our independent evaluation of some of the author's sources and statements." Donaghy was convicted in 2008 of gambling-related charges including game-fixing and sentenced to 15 months in prison. On Wednesday, Deadspin ran excerpts of the book in which Donaghy claims that refs routinely manipulate games to benefit star players and get a desired outcome, most notably in game 6 of the 2002 Western Conference Finals between the Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Lakers. "As soon as the referees for the game were chosen, the rest of us knew immediately that there would be a Game 7," writes Donaghy. "[I]t was a shameful performance by [Dick] Bavetta's crew, one of the most poorly officiated games of all time."

posted by rcade to basketball at 10:58 AM - 6 comments

October 30, 2009

Behind The Back Pass: With the score 13-0, this high school quarterback threw a behind the back pass for a 2 point conversion. Was it hot dogging? Should his coach have sat the kid for showing up his rivals? Answer...Yes and Yes.

posted by Shotput to football at 06:01 PM - 15 comments

Aluminum Bat Maker Liable in Baseball Player's Death: The manufacturer of Louisville Slugger bats, Hillerich & Bradsby, has been ordered to pay $792,000 in a product liability lawsuit to the estate of Brandon Patch, an 18-year-old American Legion pitcher killed in 2006 when struck in the temple by a batted ball hit by an aluminum bat. The jury found that the company failed to warn users of the danger of its aluminum bats, which strike balls 8 mph faster than wooden ones, according to physicist Daniel A. Russell. The Patches believe aluminum bats should be banned. "We should go back to the way baseball is supposed to be played," said Debbie Patch.

posted by rcade to baseball at 10:59 AM - 56 comments

Yankees Even Series Behind Burnett, Rivera: A.J. Burnett gave up one run over seven innings and Mariano Rivera got a six-out save as the New York Yankees beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1 in game 2, evening the World Series at one game apiece. Rivera notched his 38th postseason save, 22 more than anyone else in Major League history. Pitchers from Arkansas represented by Darek Braunecker are 2-0 this Series.

posted by rcade to baseball at 08:46 AM - 28 comments

The Hoser's NFL Picks 2009, Week Eight -- Halloween Edition: NFL picks that would scare the pants off John Madden -- not that anyone really wants that.

posted by wfrazerjr to football at 07:51 AM - 8 comments

October 29, 2009

Suspension ends season for Oklahoma State's Dez Bryant: Bryant was suspended by Oklahoma State Oct. 7 after admittedly lying to NCAA officials about the details of a meeting with former NFL star Deion Sanders. The NCAA informed OSU that the suspension will last a calendar year and keep Bryant out through September 2010

posted by BornIcon to football at 11:25 AM - 25 comments

Tim McCarver Sings: "As Tim McCarver is fond of saying, 'A picture is worth a thousand words,' and in the process of listening to an entire great American songbook, your brain will take you away to anywhere between three and seven pictures, idylls and reveries that tap into the collective unconscious memory of what it meant to walk amidst Eden."-- a review of the new album, Tim McCarver Sings Selections from The Great American Songbook

posted by rcade to baseball at 10:37 AM - 12 comments

Cliff Lee Dominates as Phillies Take Game 1: Cliff Lee threw a complete-game six hitter as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Yankees 6-1 in game 1 of the World Series. Chase Utley had two solo homers off losing pitcher C.C. Sabathia, including the winning run -- becoming the first left-hander in the Series to hit two home runs off a left-handed pitcher since some guy named Babe Ruth. "You've got to go out there and think you're going to get everybody out, and think you can," Lee said. I think he can I think he can.

posted by rcade to baseball at 07:27 AM - 15 comments

October 28, 2009

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 18: With two weeks to go, we have a lead change in our battle for the pick 'em crown. Get your jabs in and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 11:45 PM - 20 comments

Antoine Walker broke, arrested for writing bad checks: Antoine Walker entered the NBA's maximum-contract financial elite in 1999, the year Boston signed him to a six-year, $71 million deal. As Rick Pitino, then the Celtics president and coach, put it, Walker "will never have to worry about money again in his life." Pitino's prediction, like so many things about his tenure with the Green, proved way off the mark.

posted by dusted to basketball at 06:15 PM - 31 comments

Ole Miss Discourages 'South Will Rise Again' Cheer: The University of Mississippi has shortened one of its fight songs to discourage students from yelling "the South will rise again" at the end of it, a move that has inspired students to -- wait for it -- yell "the South will rise again" at the end of the shortened song. The school got rid of mascot Colonel Rebel six years ago and forbade the waving of the Confederate battle flag to distance itself from its past -- which includes the terrible 1962 riots over the admission of its first black student as well as the laudable election of a black football player to the team's highest honor seven years later. The shortened fight song, "From Dixie with Love," is a reconciliatory mixture of "Dixie" and "The Battle Hymn of the Republic."

posted by rcade to football at 01:21 PM - 8 comments

Titans Owner Wants Vince Young to Start at QB: Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams wants Vince Young to return to the starting lineup this Sunday when the 0-6 Titans host the Jacksonville Jaguars. "Vince has won a lot of games for us," Adams told The Tennessean. Definition of "a lot": 18.

posted by rcade to football at 01:06 PM - 14 comments

EPL Fantasy 09-10: Week 10 standings, in which I sneak back into 1st

posted by billsaysthis to fantasy at 11:51 AM - 6 comments

October 27, 2009

Agassi Admits Crystal Meth Use in New Book: Andre Agassi admits in his upcoming autobiography to using crystal meth in 1997, which -- probably not coincidentally -- was the year he fell to 141st in the world rankings.

posted by TheQatarian to tennis at 09:46 PM - 13 comments

Scranton Caught Between New York and Philly: The towns of Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, Pa., which are almost equidistant from New York City and Philadelphia, have another reason for their loyalties to be divided in the World Series. Known for Dunder-Mifflin and Archibald "Moonlight" Graham, the cities were a Phillies minor league affiliate from 1989 to 2006 and are now a Yankees affiliate. As many as 16 players in the series played for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons.

posted by rcade to baseball at 01:08 PM - 6 comments

Study: Civil War Makes Soccer Players More Violent: Soccer players from countries that had more recent exposure to civil wars are much more likely to get yellow and red cards, according to a paper by academics Edward Miguel, Sebastian Saiegh and Shanker Satyanath. "[T]he extent of a player's home country's recent record of civil conflict (our proxy for exposure) is strongly associated with violent behavior on the soccer pitch, as captured in yellow and red cards, but not other dimensions of play, such as goals scored," they report.

posted by rcade to soccer at 12:45 PM - 2 comments

Chiefs' Larry Johnson Flips Out on Twitter: Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson used Twitter to take shots at head coach Todd Haley after Sunday's game, writing that "my father got more creditentials than most of these head coaches" and "my father played for the coach from 'rememeber the titans''. our coach played golf." He then followed up by telling a fan he had a "fag pic" and was a "Christopher street boy," referring to an area of New York's Greenwich Village popular with gays. He then told reporters Monday, "Get your faggot ass out of here." Larry Johnson's dad is the defensive line coach at Penn State and a legendary high school coach in Maryland.

posted by rcade to football at 08:27 AM - 24 comments

Sam Bradford goes pro: Just days before Sam Bradford will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery, he ended his reign as Oklahoma's premier passer and entered the 2010 NFL draft. Now the only question remains is how much his decision to play one more year of college has cost him in in the draft and cash.

posted by irunfromclones to football at 02:54 AM - 16 comments

MLB Post-Season Pick 'Em, World Series Edition: An underdog-free year means lots of points for everyone, withe the possible exception of the L.A. faithful. But now it's time to fly east into the rain and snow of November, and wonder whether baseball actually got around to writing up a rule which would prevent last year's Game 5 fiasco. Crack open your rulebooks and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 01:40 AM - 22 comments

October 26, 2009

The Great Willie Mays could have been a New York Yankee: Sorry if this has been seen, but I just found this and thought it was interesting, especially given the Yankees advancing to the World Series this week. Also, though it was pretty historically significant. This is about a new book about Willie Mays, called Willie's Boys.

posted by jjdm to baseball at 08:57 PM - 1 comment

The Nation is Well Again - the Yankees are back in the World Series: Normally reliable and skilled NY Times writer Tyler Kepner loses his balance and goes over the hometown edge, stating that postseason baseball has been ordinary and without drama since the last time the Yankees were in the World Series, and suggesting that there is a direct correlation between the absence of the Yankees and the woefulness of the playoffs. In one fell swoop, A-Rod's childlike wonder at his first trip to the Series is brought back to earth by a return to arrogance. From the pages of the newspaper of record, no less.

posted by beaverboard to baseball at 07:18 PM - 14 comments

Croatian Striker Makes Incredible Shot: While playing yesterday for Dinamo Zagreb against HNK Cibalia, Croatian striker Ilija Sivonjic made a one-in-a-million shot on a ball -- but not in a good way. He missed teammate Pedro Morales' goal-bound ball at the line, keeping it out with the back of his leg. Multilingual fun fact: In Spanish, "la peor falla de la historia de futbol Croata" means "the worst failure in the history of Croatian football."

posted by rcade to soccer at 11:12 AM - 8 comments

Yankees, Phillies Meet Again in World Series: When the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies meet Wednesday in game one of the World Series, it will mark the second time the storied franchises have faced each other in the Fall Classic. In 1950, the Yankees were led by Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio and Whitey Ford, while the Phillies had Richie Ashburn, Robin Roberts and the "Whiz Kids." The Yanks won the first three games by one run and went on to sweep the series. One month before they played, Phillies' 17-game winner Curt Simmons was called up to military service in Korea.

posted by rcade to baseball at 10:53 AM - 8 comments

October 25, 2009

Mark McGwire to rejoin Cardinals?: "We're getting closer," La Russa told on Sunday. "But nothing has been decided yet. I can't tell you anything yet."

posted by BoKnows to baseball at 08:08 PM - 49 comments

Acta joins Indians: If anyone has Cleveland to win the AL Central next season, you may want to look again.

posted by jjzucal to baseball at 05:33 PM - 2 comments

Sean Salisbury Sues Deadspin for Defamation: Former NFL quarterback and ESPN broadcaster Sean Salisbury has sued the sports blog Deadspin for civil defamation, claiming the site has a "long-running smear campaign" against him that caused him to lose two jobs. "Unburdened by the truth or any pretense of journalistic standards, Deadspin ignored the facts and instead repeated the malicious lie that Mr. Salisbury 'allegedly' engaged in 'sexting,' which prompting his firing," the filing states. "Deadspin has continued to taunt Mr. Salisbury in emails from Deadspin contributors and has even mockingly asked Mr. Salisbury why he has not filed suit. Deadspin now has its answer."

posted by rcade to general at 03:07 PM - 14 comments

October 24, 2009

Six NFL Teams Targeted For Possible Move to LA : The effort to return an NFL team to LA appears to be well organized and seems to have some momentum.

posted by beaverboard to football at 05:52 PM - 20 comments

"...I realize that I did make a good choice. It's been worth it.": As the NFL takes its annual trip to Wembley, the New York Times heads up to Oxford to check on someone who chose not to enter the draft just yet: Myron Rolle, the Florida State safety who has just begun the Rhodes Scholarship he was awarded at the end of last season.

posted by etagloh to football at 04:58 PM - 6 comments

NFL Exec: Terrell Owens is Done: Buffalo Bills wide receiver Terrell Owens has little trade value outside of selling tickets, several front-office executives told Yahoo Sports under cover of anonymity. "He's hit the wall," an AFC executive said. "I think it's done or close to it. He'll have a couple of games here and there where he shows up, but big picture, long term, I think it's done."

posted by rcade to football at 10:41 AM - 23 comments

October 23, 2009

Jean Todt wins FIA presidency: Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.

posted by Drood to auto racing at 03:33 PM - 3 comments

Press box versus box score: Big league game stories are conventionally formulaic. So why not create them using an actual formula? Stats Monkey is a project aimed at automatically generating those staples of sports journalism by analyzing box scores and play-by-play feeds. Toronto Star writer Cathal Kelly fires back by revealing the secret process used by human journalists to come up with those precious 700 words, and breaking down a side-by-side comparison.

posted by DrJohnEvans to baseball at 10:56 AM - 7 comments

Basketball Player Attacks Fan in Stands: In the Philippine Basketball Association, Wynne Arboleda of the Burger King Whoppers went into the stands and punched a fan several times during Friday night's win over Smart Gilas. Fan Alain Katigbac said that he yelled "Arboleda, matanda ka na hindi mo na kayang abutan si Casio!" and "P--- bakit sinahod mo, p--- bakit sinahod mo!" -- which of course would make anyone mad -- and he's filed a criminal complaint against Arboleda. "I now endure not only physical suffering, but mental anguish, uncontrollable fright, serious anxiety, a besmirched reputation, wounded feelings, moral shock, social humiliation, and other similar emotional and psychological injuries," he said. That's not all. Katigbac's attorney told the Philippine Star, "His parents, who are both in their senior years, had elevated blood pressure after seeing the incident. His wife, who is six months pregnant, shook violently after seeing the incident on television and on the internet and continues to have chills as a result."

posted by rcade to basketball at 10:05 AM - 17 comments

The Hoser's NFL Picks 2009, Week Seven: NFL picks that wish they'd bring out the full run of Jabberjaw on DVD.

posted by wfrazerjr to football at 09:47 AM - 1 comment

October 22, 2009

Dodgers' Frank McCourt fires wife as CEO as couple seeks divorce: Dodgers owner Frank McCourt has fired his wife Jamie as CEO of the Dodgers, in what is certain to be a messy divorce. The question now being asked ... can Jamie McCourt be fired, if she is considered the co-owner of the team.

posted by cletus7777 to baseball at 10:30 PM - 6 comments

"I'm really hurt, and I really feel taken advantage of for all these years,'': is Isiah Thomas's reaction to multiple allegations in "When the Game Was Ours" a new book written by Larry Bird, Jackie MacMullen, and Magic Johnson. Surprisingly, the allegations in the book are made by Magic, Isiah's former friend.

posted by lilnemo to basketball at 01:24 PM - 13 comments

Phillies Move on to World Series: The defending champion Philadelphia Phillies downed the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games, winning 10-4 to advance to the World Series. They're attempting to become the first National League team to repeat as champs since the Cincinnati Reds in 1976. "We're looking at the best Philadelphia team of all time," writes Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Phil Sheridan. "Not just the best major-league baseball team, mind you, but the greatest Philadelphia team of any era, in any sport."

posted by rcade to baseball at 09:02 AM - 16 comments

Zorn Told to Give Up Offense or Get Fired: Washington head coach Jim Zorn was given an ultimatum to either relinquish play-calling duties or get fired, his former teammate Steve Largent told a Seattle radio station. "They went to the point of pulling out his contract and said, 'You have to do whatever the owner tells you to do,'" Largent said. "His choice was either to resign or to continue on under the current scenario." Sherm Lewis, hired two weeks ago as a consultant after being out of football since 2004, takes over play-calling.

posted by rcade to football at 08:50 AM - 13 comments

October 21, 2009

ESPN's Steve Phillips caught in affair with 22-year-old production assistant: Recently revealed that ESPN baseball analyst Steve Phillips had an affair with a 22-year-old production assistant, who then allegedly went all "Fatal Attraction" on him after the breakup. Phone calls, a graphic letter (with a vivid description of Phillips' crotch), and even a fake Facebook account to get family info from Phillips' kid. Weird stuff.

posted by cletus7777 to baseball at 12:57 PM - 76 comments

Can the Yankees Be Stopped?: The New York Yankees have begun to look unbeatable, Joe Posnanski writes for Sports Illustrated. Particularly in the final three innings where their slugging percentage has been .511 this year. "Pitcher after pitcher will talk about how it's just such a mental grind to face the Yankees because there are no breaks in the lineup, no easy outs, no hitters you can relax against. They all take pitches. They all have power. The Yankees are just constant pressure -- the ocean beating against the shore -- and like boxers working the body they feel confident that they will get you in the later rounds."

posted by rcade to baseball at 10:31 AM - 59 comments

October 20, 2009

The Fall and Rise of Theo Fleury: With a "tell-all" book hitting the shelves this week (Playing with Fire, HarperCollins Canada), Fleury goes on the record with the fifth estate and candidly discusses the dark issues that haunted him during the glory years, including the sexual abuse he experienced as a teenager at the hand of the now notorious junior hockey coach, Graham James. Behind the public bravado was a man struggling to shake off his demons. He found his release in increasingly erratic behaviour on and off the ice, fuelled by addictions to alcohol, drugs, sex. The fifth estate's Bob McKeown talks to those who know Fleury best -- both personally and professionally. We'll meet Sheldon Kennedy -- Fleury's childhood friend, Calgary Flames teammate, and a victim of the same junior hockey coach. And the fifth estate talks with Fleury's wife, Jennifer, who married Theo in September 2006, following a year of sobriety, and with whom he credits turning his life around.

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 10:51 PM - 3 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 17: Threes rule the day, so if you picked any spreads between two and four, crack open a can of '67 and wince your way to the top. Do what you gotta do and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 10:11 PM - 17 comments

Eating the Dinosaur: Chuck Klosterman breaks down (American) football.

posted by Ufez Jones to football at 09:57 PM - 6 comments

Manny's Grab, Clutch Hits Help Dodgers Tie NLCS: "Matt Kemp hit a go ahead homer, Casey Blake's first NLCS RBI stood as the decisive run and Manny Ramirez made a game-saving catch to give L.A. a series-tying 4-3 win over Philly." Or at least that's what the MLB.Com web site reported last night. The Phillies came back in the ninth inning to take a 3-1 series lead.

posted by rcade to baseball at 12:58 PM - 7 comments

Des Moines Marathon Delayed by Train: The final stretch of the Des Moines Marathon was delayed Sunday by a train. Leader Simon Sawe lost his 10-second lead as he waited nearly a minute for it to pass, and he and David Tuwei finished the 26.2-mile race as a 400 meter sprint. Sawe, a former 1,500-meter runner, won by five seconds. "It was a long train," he said.

posted by rcade to other at 12:48 PM - 2 comments

October 19, 2009

Sources: Shanahan turned down Redskins coaching job: According to a report on Fanhouse, the Washington Redskins tried to hire Mike Shanahan to replace Jim Zorn, but the former Broncos coach refused. However, the "sources" also said that Shanahan did not rule out reconsidering the offer in the offseason. Apparently Shanahan turned down the offer because he believes that there's very little he could do to reverse the Skins fortunes at this stage of the season, and that mid-season coaching changes rarely work. Why doesn't Dan Snyder just fire Zorn and get it over with.

posted by cletus7777 to football at 08:28 PM - 13 comments

LeBron James Discusses Cancer Scare: LeBron James had a cancer scare last season because of a potentially cancerous growth in his parotid gland over his right jaw. Testing revealed it was benign and he had it surgically removed. "It was a nerve-racking experience," James said in his first public comments on the matter. "I was on edge for those few days, I was lucky the season was going on and we were playing really well so I could concentrate on basketball."

posted by rcade to basketball at 11:49 AM - 0 comments

October 18, 2009

Three Runners Die During Detroit Marathon: Within a span of 16 minutes, three runners died running the 13.1 mile half-marathon during the Detroit Marathon Sunday. Daniel Langdon, 36 and Rick Brown, 65, collapsed between miles 11 and 12, while Jon Fenlon, 26, collapsed after finishing the half-marathon. They were the first fatalities at the event since 1994. Running studies have shown that one of every 50,000 to 88,000 marathon finishers die, the Detroit News reports.

posted by rcade to other at 08:32 PM - 11 comments

Dan Snyder's dream to come true in Elmira: It's been six years. Sunday, the Atlanta Thrashers honor their former player by skating at the new Dan Snyder Memorial Arena in his hometown 90 minutes west of Toronto, Graham Snyder will no doubt have a heavy heart, but he will also know that his son will be looking down with a big smile on his face.

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 08:20 PM - 1 comment

Jenson Button is the 2009 Formula One champion: A race that saw Kimi Raikkonen on fire, a huge opening lap accident, and action throughout the field, the title was sealed when Lewis Hamilton clipped Rubens Barrichello, causing the Brazilian to get a puncture. Jenson finished fifth in the race and won the championship with one race to go. Despite not winning a race since Turkey, Jenson has won one more race than Lewis did in 2008 to become champion. It's the first time since 1969 there has been back to back different British drivers as champion. (Then it was Graham Hill and Jackie Stewart.)

posted by Drood to auto racing at 02:22 PM - 11 comments

Vincent: Baseball Should Train Its Own Umpires: As this continues to be a postseason defined by blown calls, former baseball commissioner Fay Vincent writes in today's New York Times that the sport's umpires need an upgrade. "Major League Baseball does not train its own umpires, and therefore it has not established practices that would attract the best people," Vincent writes. "To attract the kind of young people any business would want, Major League Baseball should establish a thoroughly professional training system for umpires -- and ensure that every official it hires is up to the job."

posted by rcade to baseball at 10:29 AM - 15 comments

October 17, 2009

Balloon Scores for Sunderland: A large red balloon scored a goal for Sunderland in its historic 1-0 defeat of Liverpool Saturday. The balloon, which did not have a small child inside, deflected a hard Darren Bent shot past keeper Pepe Reina four minutes into the match. Sunderland hadn't beaten Liverpool at home for 50 years. See the shot and the live reaction on Sky Sports. "Pictures on Sky TV showed a young fan in the Liverpool section throwing the beach ball on the pitch and then looking particularly glum at halftime," the Times reported.

posted by rcade to soccer at 04:59 PM - 21 comments

Former Rams Running Back Cullen Bryant Dies: Cullen Bryant, the best running back in NFL history named for a poet, has died at age 58 in Colorado Springs, Colo. During his 11-year NFL career, Bryant gained 3,264 yards for the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks, scoring a touchdown in the 1980 Super Bowl.

posted by rcade to football at 11:57 AM - 1 comment

High School Ends 90-Year Losing Streak: The La Salle-Peru [Ill.] High Cavaliers have ended a 90-year losing streak against Geneseo High Maple Leafs, a team it played annually for many of those years. With the Leafs down by one, placekicker Jake Steele kicked a 25-yard field goal with seconds remaining for the victory. "I was telling people the day before that I hoped it came down to a field goal," he said. "I wanted that challenge."

posted by rcade to football at 10:53 AM - 1 comment

October 16, 2009

Guns 'R Us has a friend in Gainesville: Not wanting to be outdone by Florida State's recent NCAA-related news, the Gators have sprung a nifty surprise of their own. A University of Florida female gymnast has been arrested for harboring a weapons cache that any self-respecting sleeper cell commando would be proud to call his own.

posted by beaverboard to other at 08:18 PM - 9 comments

Yankees yank Ronan Tynan from lineup after anti-Semitic remark: First the Yankees told Challenger the Eagle to take a hike after almost divebombing Derek Jeter and Jason Giambi during the '03 World Series. Now the team is telling another Yankee Stadium postseason tradition that he'd be better off staying at home for Game 1 of the ALCS. ....the team has canceled the appearance of singer Ronan Tynan after the Irish tenor made an anti-Semitic remark to a Jewish doctor who was looking at an apartment in his building on Manhattan's East Side.
"The trouble started when Tynan, 49, bumped into a real estate agent showing an apartment in his East Side apartment building to a doctor from NYU Medical Center."The agent told Tynan, 'Don't worry, they are not Red Sox fans,' according to apartment-hunter Gabrielle Gold-von Simson. "I don't care about that, as long as they are not Jewish' was Tynan's reply."

posted by tommytrump to culture at 04:29 PM - 42 comments

The Hoser's NFL Pick 2009, Week Six: NFL picks that are still looking for a Dr. Zoidberg costume for Halloween.

posted by wfrazerjr to football at 01:40 PM - 6 comments

Opponent: Playing Raiders Was Like a Scrimmage: In an interview on Sirius XM radio, New York Giants middle linebacker Antonio Pierce said that the team's recent 31-7 win over the Oakland Raiders was more like a scrimmage than a game. "There was no vibe of trying or effort from the Raiders at all from a defensive standpoint against their offense," Pierce said. "We're getting three-and-outs. You don't hear nobody (saying), 'Hey, let's go!' trying to pick the guys up, rallying them, getting guys fired up. There was nothing."

posted by rcade to football at 12:43 PM - 13 comments

Can You Spell FSU?: If you're an athlete at Florida State University, probably not. The NCAA releases nearly 700 pages of its report detailing academic fraud at the university, and could take away 14 of Head Football Coach Bobby Bowden's career 384 wins. One FSU tutor testified that some players read at a second-grade level, and one student was so helpless, she had to read test questions for him...because he couldn't read.

posted by The_Black_Hand to football at 09:38 AM - 12 comments

October 15, 2009

LeBron and teammates being treated for swine flu: LeBron James and two of his Cavaliers teammates, Coby Karl and Darnell Jackson, are being treated as if they have the H1N1 virus, after testing positive for Influenza A. The H1N1 virus, or swine flu, is a strain of Influenza A. The Cavaliers are awaiting the test results for the virus while the trio receives treatment. What, King James couldn't heal himself?

posted by cletus7777 to basketball at 08:09 PM - 6 comments

Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and his wife Jamie, the team's chief executive, have separated: raising questions about the potential effect of their rift on the ownership of the franchise as the Dodgers prepare to start the National League Championship Series against the Philadelphia Phillies today at Dodger Stadium.

posted by cjets to baseball at 10:25 AM - 15 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 16: Three weeks to go and everyone has something to play for. Everyone, of course, except the Argos, and pretty much anyone with fewer than 50 points in our standings. Even if you're one of the unfortunate ones, suck it up and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 10:04 AM - 18 comments

Louisville Sets Sights on Gruden for Possible Opening: This rumor was posted on the blogs regarding the football head coaching job at the University of Louisville. Current head coach Steve Kragthorpe is on the hot seat, and it seems the school already has a high-profile coach on their radar -- Jon Gruden. If Kragthorpe gets canned, will Gruden leave the MNF booth to coach at a mid-level Big East program?

posted by cletus7777 to football at 09:29 AM - 11 comments

October 14, 2009

NASCAR reveals names of first Hall of Fame class: NASCAR on Wednesday announced the inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame that includes: Dale Earnhardt, Bill France Sr., Bill France Jr., Junior Johnson and Richard Petty. Noticeably absent was David Pearson. "When I seen the two Frances was in, I knew I didn't have a chance," Pearson said moments after the ceremony ended.

posted by Demophon to auto racing at 06:27 PM - 17 comments

The 2010 Tour de France route has been revealed.: Only one time trial outside of the prologue, no team time trial, and a harder time in the Pyrenees. An analysis by the numbers and top riders reactions.

posted by apoch to other at 01:40 PM - 5 comments

Wrestling Manager, Pop Icon Captain Lou Albano Dies: Captain Lou Albano, the wrestling icon who played Cyndi Lauper's dad in the video for "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" and Super Mario in a cartoon, has died at age 76. Albano began his pro wrestling career in 1953 and was inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame in 1996. At his 75th birthday last year, a wrestler in attendance smashed a beer bottle on a restaurant owner. See Lou in action.

posted by rcade to other at 01:40 PM - 4 comments

Crazy Finish in Michigan High School Football Game: In Michigan earlier this month, Westland John Glenn High defeated Canton Plymouth High for the first time in school history, 33-28. Though that achievement will live forever in southeastern Michigan prep sports history, the reason it's here is because of how they won. See the video.

posted by rcade to football at 01:25 PM - 10 comments

MLB Post-Season Pick 'Em, LCS Edition: One sweep short of a clean house, and we're onto that pennential part of the post-season. So squint like Phil Cuzzi and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 12:54 AM - 23 comments

October 13, 2009

Brady Quinn's House Up For Sale: Pro Football Talk is reporting that Brady Quinn's house in Cleveland is on the market. Newsworthy? Maybe, considering that a) he's lost the job to Derek Anderson despite D.A.'s 2 for 17, 15 yard performance against the Bills, and b) the NFL trade deadline is October 20th. Many experts don't think Quinn will be moved, but those same experts said the same thing when Jay Cutler's house in Denver went up for sale--just days before his trade to Chicago. So, is Quinn gone or what?

posted by cletus7777 to football at 10:18 PM - 23 comments

Bad: Your NFL Season Is Ended By A Hit. Worse: From A Teammate.: Cleveland Browns backup running back James Davis is on Injured Reserve, and will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery after being hit after practice by an unnamed teammate. The teammate, a linebacker, was wearing pads; Davis was not. Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini says he's "comfortable" with the situation. The NFL, apparently not so comfortable, is investigating the incident.

posted by The_Black_Hand to football at 06:16 PM - 6 comments

US Striker Charlie Davies Injured, Woman Killed in Car Accident: Charlie Davies, a striker for the U.S. Men's soccer team, was injured at 3:15 a.m. Tuesday in a DC-area car accident in which one woman was killed and another person was injured. Davies has undergone surgery for "non-life threatening" injuries, according to the Washington Post. Ashley J. Roberta, 22, died at the scene.

posted by holden to soccer at 05:43 PM - 5 comments

Mike Tyson Gets Emotional During Oprah Interview -- Talks Career, Controversies and More: During his first appearance on Oprah's daytime talkshow, the former heavyweight champ got emotional, as he spoke about the controversies that plagued him throughout his career.

posted by BornIcon to boxing at 07:08 AM - 2 comments

October 12, 2009

Malcom Gladwell compares and contrasts dog fighting with the NFL: "A dog that keeps charging at its opponent is said to possess 'gameness,' and game dogs are revered. In one way or another, plenty of organizations select for gameness. [.....] This is why Michael Vick's dogs weren't euthanized. The betrayal of loyalty requires an act of social reparation. Professional football players, too, are selected for gameness".

posted by rumple to football at 01:15 PM - 2 comments

Washington's NFL Team Orders Newspaper to Remove Negative Photos: Washington's NFL team has found a new way to deal with negative publicity. The Washington Post removed photographs of disgruntled fans at FedEx Field posted by Dan Steinberg, a blogger for the paper, after the team said it was a violation of its stadium policies. "The R------- said he was in violation of his credentials for taking the photographs," sports editor Matt Vita told Washington City Paper. "We honored that request, because at the end of the day, they control access to their facility."

posted by rcade to football at 10:59 AM - 20 comments

Nadal and Roddick speak out against the 11 month tennis season.: After injuries force Nadal, Roddick, Federer and Andy Murray out this season, some of the top players are outwardly expressing their distaste for a lack of offseason. "It's ridiculous to think that you have a professional sport that doesn't have a legitimate off-season to rest, get healthy, and then train," Roddick said. "I just feel sooner or later that common sense has to prevail."

posted by dfleming to tennis at 10:58 AM - 10 comments

October 11, 2009

Seahawks' Owen Schmitt Beats Himself Bloody with Helmet: During the pregame ceremonies at the Seattle Seahawks game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, fullback Owen Schmitt hit himself in the head twice with his helmet, opening up a bloody gash that required stitches. And it wasn't the first time, either.

posted by rcade to football at 06:46 PM - 13 comments

Angels Sweep Red Sox, Head to ALCS: Dave Henderson's first pitch mojo wasn't enough. Boston Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon, who had never allowed a run in 26 postseason innings, blew a ninth-inning save Sunday as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim came back and won 7-6, completing a 3-0 sweep of their series.

posted by rcade to baseball at 06:38 PM - 26 comments

FlipFlopFlyball: is designer Craig Robinson's collection of the sports graphics he does for fun. Mostly about baseball, these range from whimsical to silly to interesting to simple. He also has a baseball flickr set.

posted by rumple to culture at 02:10 PM - 3 comments

US Books Spot in World Cup with 3-2 Win in Honduras: In a World Cup match only available for (legal) viewing on closed-circuit television, the U.S. defeated Honduras 3-2 with Conor Casey's first two goals for the squad and Landon Donovan's free kick. The match would have been tied by a late penalty kick, but Honduran striker Carlos Pavon missed the goal.

posted by rcade to soccer at 12:14 PM - 9 comments

October 10, 2009

Another call for instant replay: "The human element. That's the best argument purists muster against widespread instant replay in Major League Baseball," writes Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. "Let's see how that works: Umpires make mistakes because they're human, and -- that makes it OK! Somehow, it's difficult to believe such reasoning would stand up in a court of law or, say, anywhere in the world not populated by baseball's dopey decision makers who don't understand that a huge integrity problem is about to smack them in the face."

posted by jemikeos to baseball at 11:59 PM - 16 comments

Dodgers Sweep Cardinals, Advance to NLCS: The Los Angeles Dodgers won 5-1 over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night, sweeping their three-game playoff series to reach the National League Championship Series for the second straight year. The Cards went 1-9 after wrapping up the NL Central.

posted by rcade to baseball at 10:57 PM - 18 comments

October 09, 2009

Seats of Gold: Yankee Stadium's Legends Suite Was Sparsely Populated At Times This Season - A Sign Of What Greed Does To Loyalty.

posted by justgary to baseball at 04:24 PM - 6 comments

Umpire Billy Evans: In all probability when the 1919 series is over, a diagnosis of it will show that the final result was brought about by some unusual situation or freak happening that was given no consideration when the relative strength of the two clubs was considered.

posted by justgary to baseball at 02:54 PM - 4 comments

The Hoser's NFL Pick 2009, Week Five: NFL picks that hope they cast Samuel L. Jackson as Michael Vick in that eight-part miniseries.

posted by wfrazerjr to football at 01:37 PM - 4 comments

Golf Added as Olympic Sport: Tiger Woods now has a chance to do something that Walter Hagen, Ben Hogan, Bobby Jones, Byron Nelson, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Sam Snead never did -- win an Olympic gold medal. The International Olympic Committee has voted to add golf to the 2016 Olympics, the first time it has been played at the event since 1904 -- thus ending George Seymour Lyon's reign as the longest Olympic champion.

posted by rcade to golf at 12:24 PM - 20 comments

United Football League Begins Play in Las Vegas: The Las Vegas Locomotives defeated the visiting California Redwoods 30-17 in the first game of the United Football League Thursday night. The pro football league, which enters a market littered with the corpses of the USFL, WLAF and XFL, has a $20 million salary cap, "almost unlimited TV access" during games, and a fall schedule designed to attract NFL vets looking for a playing opportunity. "If you're a player, what's not to like about the UFL besides the $35,000 base salary?" asks David Whitley of FanHouse. "They can stay in game shape, get exposure and sign with NFL teams after the season ends on Thanksgiving."

posted by rcade to football at 07:55 AM - 14 comments

October 08, 2009

Babe Ruth the way you've never seen him before: MLB productions releases film of Babe Ruth never publicly seen.

posted by cjets to baseball at 08:27 PM - 7 comments

Young Fan Gets Back Ryan Howard's 200th Career Home Run Ball: Back in July, when the Phillies' Ryan Howard hit his 200th career home run, it was noteworthy because he achieved the milestone in fewer games than anyone in major league history.

posted by BornIcon to baseball at 01:34 PM - 26 comments

Marathon Champ Disqualified for Using iPod: The first- and second-place finishers in the women's Lakefront Marathon have been disqualified, one for accepting water outside the stations and the other for listening to an Apple iPod. A USA Track and Field rule barred elite runners in the marathon from using electronic devices -- a policy that has been criticized. "If you're bored, it pumps you up a little bit," said runner Jennifer Goebel. Sometimes, on a long training run, I'll bring it along for the last half hour."

posted by rcade to other at 12:59 PM - 19 comments

October 07, 2009

Pontiac Silverdome Up for Auction: The city of Pontiac, Mich., is auctioning off the Silverdome, the 80,000-seat stadium that hosted Super Bowl XVI in 1982, the first-ever indoor World Cup match in 1994 and was home to the Detroit Lions and Detroit Pistons. When it was built 34 years ago, the Silverdome was the biggest stadium in the NFL and cost $55.7 million.

posted by rcade to football at 08:58 PM - 15 comments

OSU wideout Dez Bryant ineligible: Oklahoma State Big XII title hopes takes a huge hit today as the Cowboys lose star receiver Dez Bryant. Bryant is in the top 10 on Kiper's big board.

posted by sgtcookzane to football at 08:51 PM - 21 comments

Browns agree to send Edwards to Jets: The Cleveland Browns have agreed to trade Braylon Edwards to the New York Jets on Wednesday morning, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

posted by BornIcon to football at 08:45 AM - 28 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 15: It's Thanksgiving, and our standings are stuffed with as many surprises as this turkey is with bad metaphors. Ignore the cranberry stains and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 01:25 AM - 20 comments

October 06, 2009

MLB Post-Season Pick 'Em, LDS Edition: I'm still writing up the standings table from the One-Game Playoff Edition, but given our tight turnaround, y'all should go ahead and get your picks in.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 11:09 PM - 27 comments

The Tormentor: Does every major sports city have another city that exists simply to torment them?

posted by TheQatarian to general at 10:24 PM - 4 comments

Limbaugh, Blues Owner Make Bid to Buy St. Louis Rams: Rush Limbaugh has teamed up with St. Louis Blues owner Dave Checketts to make a bid to purchase the St. Louis Rams and keep them from moving. "Dave and I are part of a bid to buy the Rams, and we are continuing the process," said Limbaugh. "But I can say no more because of a confidentiality clause in our agreement with Goldman Sachs."

posted by rcade to football at 03:02 PM - 44 comments

Bears Ball Boy Runs 40 Yards in Under 5 Seconds: As Chicago Bears wide receiver Johnny Knox returned a kickoff for 102 yards Sunday against the Detroit Lions, the Fox broadcast caught a ball boy running from the Bears' 40 to the Lions' 20 in under five seconds with two footballs in his hands. See the video.

posted by rcade to football at 11:58 AM - 17 comments

Favre takes it to the Packers: Vikings win 30-23: Brett Favre proved to the Green Bay Packers he has plenty of fire left inside, and in his right arm. Favre's first game against his former team was all fun for the Minnesota Vikings and all frustration for the Packers, as the graying quarterback kept his cool and connected for three touchdown passes and 271 yards in a 30-23 victory on Monday night

posted by dviking to football at 01:05 AM - 36 comments

October 05, 2009

FSU Trustee: Time for Bobby Bowden to Go: Jim Smith, the chairman of Florida State University's Board of Trustees and one of the school's most influential alumni, said that this season should be Bobby Bowden's last as head coach. "My hope is frankly that we'll go ahead, and if we have to, let the world know that this year will be the end of the Bowden Era," Smith told the Tallahassee Democrat. "We have been in a decline not for a year or two or three but I think we're coming up on seven or eight. I think enough is enough." Bowden's wife Ann responded with a rare public comment on football-related matters, telling the Orlando Sentinel, "It's disrespectful to who he is, what he's done and I think it's very disrespectful of Jim Smith."

posted by rcade to football at 05:06 PM - 24 comments

Twins, Tigers Will Decide AL Central in Playoff: For the third straight year -- a new record -- the Major League Baseball season has been extended by a day to break a divisional tie. The Detroit Tigers (86-76) will travel to Minnesota to face the Twins (86-76) at 5:07 p.m. Eastern Tuesday. Unlike past years there was no coin flip: Minnesota won the season series 11-7 between the teams, earning the right to host this game in a rule change. In a sad milestone for indoor baseball purists, this could be the last baseball game at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.

posted by rcade to baseball at 09:47 AM - 14 comments

October 04, 2009

MLB Post-Season Pick 'Em, One-Game Playoff Edition: Get a jump on your postseason prognostication with a portentous playoff puzzle. The Tigers and Twins have seen fit to offer an extra three points to sacrifice on the altar of the SpoFi pick 'em gods. Pause your TiVo, pull out your stat sheets, and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 06:41 PM - 25 comments

October 03, 2009

4-year-old performs Miracle speech: Josh Sacco has seen the movie Miracle nearly 150 times. Apparently, the movie has made quite an impression on the young fan.

posted by BoKnows to general at 10:58 PM - 0 comments

Top 7 Underrated Baseball Moments since 1990: A short summary of baseball moments since 1990 that have kind of slid under the radar and really should have gotten or should continue to get some pub as some of the greatest performances and records of this era.

posted by BoKnows to baseball at 03:34 PM - 2 comments

Congress to look at NFL head injuries: Judiciary Committee chair plans hearings on impact of injuries, how to limit them, and compensation. Because it's not like they have anything else to do.

posted by graymatters to football at 01:22 PM - 15 comments

Axe comes down on Ricciardi : The Toronto Blue Jays fired general manager J.P. Ricciardi on Saturday, ending an eventful eight-year reign marked by frequent controversy and mediocre teams never good enough to reach the postseason. Many fans will wonder what took so long as Ricciardi, along with centre-fielder Vernon Wells, had become the lightning rod for those most frustrated with the team's playoff drought, which dates back to 1993 when the Blue Jays won their second consecutive World Series. Wells has five years remaining on his $127-million, seven-year deal, an albatross contract that will handcuff the club for many seasons to come. The team managed to escape the $60-million remaining on Rios's deal when he was claimed off waivers by the White Sox, but Ricciardi got nothing in return. Ricciardi twice caused spats by publicly wondering if former pitcher A.J. Burnett's injuries were simply in his head.

He had countless memorable quotes over the years, perhaps the definitive one coming during a radio show while taking calls from fans.

"It's not a lie if we know the truth," he said about the back injury story concocted for B.J. Ryan when the left-hander was actually having elbow issues in 2007.

posted by tommytrump to baseball at 12:48 PM - 13 comments

Arrest Made in Erin Andrews Stalking Case: The FBI has arrested a Chicago man on charges of surreptitiously filming ESPN reporter Erin Andrews in her hotel room and attempting to sell the videos to TMZ. Michael David Barrett, 48, faces federal charges of interstate stalking. FBI agents believe Barrett called many hotels to find out where she was staying and requested a hotel room next to hers, then filmed her through a modified door peephole with a cellphone camera.

posted by rcade to general at 09:42 AM - 11 comments

October 02, 2009

Book: Cryogenics Workers Batted Around Ted Williams' Head: As if the story of Ted Williams' death wasn't sad enough already, his head was abused by workers at the Alcor cryogenics facility where it was stored, former Alcor executive Larry Johnson alleges in a new book. A worker played batting practice with his head to get it unstuck from a tunafish can, Johnson claims. "Nothing in the book is as gruesome as Johnson's descriptions of what happened to Williams' body," the New York Post reports.

posted by rcade to baseball at 03:26 PM - 9 comments

Rio De Janeiro Awarded 2016 Olympics: The 2016 Summer Olympics have been awarded to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil -- the first time the games will be held in South America. The other cities in the running were Chicago, Madrid and Tokyo.

posted by rcade to olympics at 01:09 PM - 48 comments

The Hoser's NFL Picks 2009, Week Four: NFL picks that wish John Cusack would have skipped 2012 and made Better Off Dead 2.

posted by wfrazerjr to football at 09:59 AM - 10 comments

Celtics Hang Blank Championship Banner: The Boston Celtics have hung a blank banner in the rafters of the team's practice facility alongside the one that reads "2008 World Champions." The Celtics added Rasheed Wallace and Marquis Daniels in the off-season. "Blame it on Red," Doc Rivers told the Boston Herald about the banner.

posted by rcade to basketball at 09:39 AM - 21 comments

One-legged golfer Manuel De Los Santos : Playing in the Dunhill Links in Scotland this week, he managed a remarkable individual score of 76 (+4) round Kingsbarns yesterday (combining with his professional partner Richard Bland for an opening pro-am score of 66). The fact that he plays off a 3 handicap is even more impressive when you realise that he is doesn't use a prosthetic leg when he plays golf. Refusing to take a golf buggy, he also insists on walking the full 18 holes using a set of crutches. [video 1] [video 2]

posted by JJ to golf at 08:46 AM - 6 comments

The Profound Stupidity of Football: A review of the new book, Why England Lose and Other Curious Football Phenomena Explained. [psst: they mean "soccer"]

posted by yerfatma to soccer at 08:09 AM - 16 comments

LeGarrette Blount to return to the college gridiron?: An ESPN source claims that University of Oregon RB LeGarrette Blount will be given the chance to return to the team.

posted by Goyoucolts to football at 02:40 AM - 27 comments

October 01, 2009

A Moving Tribute: Angels Celebrate Playoff Berth with Nick Adenhart: Traditionally, when a Major League Baseball team secures a playoff spot, they have a party in the clubhouse where they spray champagne and beer all over the place. On Monday night, the Angels won the American League West and clinched a playoff berth. While celebrating in the clubhouse, the Angels grabbed the jersey of the late Nick Adenhart and began pouring champagne on it.

posted by BornIcon to baseball at 01:04 PM - 16 comments

Yankees Stadium Will Host Bowl Game: The Big 12 has dropped its affiliation with Shreveport's Independence Bowl and will play a new bowl game at Yankees Stadium that pits its No. 7 team against the Big East's No. 4 team unless Notre Dame takes one of the spots. As if that wasn't exciting enough, the bowl configuration offers what could be the worst 50-yard-line seat in the history of the sport.

posted by rcade to football at 09:00 AM - 22 comments