Archives for September 2011

September 30, 2011

Rays Rout Rangers in Playoff Opener: The Tampa Bay Rays thumped the Texas Rangers 9-0 in the first game of their best-of-five American League Divisional Series Friday. Rookie Mike Moore, starting just the second game of his Major League career, held the Rangers to two hits and no runs. Catcher Kelly Shoppach hit three- and two-run homers. The highlight for the Rangers was the fan who caught Shoppach's 410-foot home run and threw it back so quickly it almost beat him to second base.

posted by rcade to baseball at 11:37 PM - 4 comments

The Hoser's NFL Picks, Week Four 2011: NFL picks that are spending far too much time wondering who killed Diane Collins on "The Young & The Restless."

posted by wfrazerjr to football at 06:15 PM - 4 comments

Viva Las Vegas: Grantland's Bill Barnwell is writing an ongoing series demystifying sports gambling for the newcomer. His first two subjects: how to bet the middle and teaser bets (via MetaFilter).

posted by rcade to general at 04:36 PM - 0 comments

Fox Sports: Francona 'Likely' Out in Boston: After leading the Boston Red Sox to World Series titles in 2004 and 2007, manager Terry Francona is likely going to be dumped today, Fox Sports is reporting. "While Francona’s departure is not certain, it is the likely outcome," writes Ken Rosenthal. This goes against general manager Theo Epstein's comment Thursday: "Nobody blames what happened in September on Tito."

posted by rcade to baseball at 09:35 AM - 30 comments

September 29, 2011

Former Indy 500 Champ Arrested for DWI: Al Unser, Jr., a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, was arrested in Albuquerque, N.M., early Thursday morning for reckless driving, aggravated DWI and racing upon a highway. Unser was clocked at 100 mph and his blood-alcohol content was .16. He allegedly told police he'd been racing another car. "You caught the slower driver," he said.

posted by rcade to auto racing at 04:10 PM - 17 comments

SpoFi Fantasy Baseball 2011 Results: Congratulations to SpoFi 11 Champion: Salty McGillicuddy's Juan Pierre Chang.

posted by ursus_comiter to fantasy at 03:33 PM - 6 comments

Art Howe Disgusted by 'Moneyball': How does former Oakland A's manager Art Howe feel about his portrayal by Philip Seymour Hoffman in the new movie Moneyball? "They couldn't have demeaned me more. It's disgusting. I'm hurt by it. My reputation is altered by it. People who don't know me are going to think that's the real Art Howe. I don't know how you can get away with saying it's a true movie."

posted by rcade to baseball at 12:35 PM - 3 comments

Jose Reyes Pulls Self from Game, Wins NL Batting Title: After getting a hit in his first at-bat Wednesday, New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes asked out of the game because his .337 batting average was in first by .002. Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun could have caught him with three hits but fell short at .332. "I said, 'If I go 1-for-1, take me out of the game,'" Reyes said. "And I did that. If I went 0-for-1, maybe I'm still in the game until I get a hit."

posted by rcade to baseball at 01:05 AM - 30 comments

Rays, Cardinals Win Wildest Wild Cards: The Tampa Bay Rays came back from a 7-0 deficit in the eighth inning to beat the New York Yankees 8-7 in the 12th as the Boston Red Sox lost in the bottom of the ninth to the Baltimore Orioles 4-3, giving the Rays the AL wild-card berth. After the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Houston Astros 8-0, the Atlanta Braves fell to the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 in the 13th inning, earning the Cardinals to the NL wild-card berth. The Red Sox and Braves become the first and second teams to lose eight-game leads for a playoff spot in September.

posted by rcade to baseball at 12:49 AM - 84 comments

September 28, 2011

Browns Fan Kicked Out for Excessive Standing: A Cleveland Browns fan with season tickets in the Dawg Pound section was kicked out of last Sunday's victory over the Miami Dolphins for standing up too much. Dan Stipe, 35, said he was warned and then removed during the third quarter. He's filed a complaint and wants a meeting with team president Mike Holmgren. "My mom always taught me to stand up for what I believe in," he said. (Later in the game, another fan was dragged off for standing in the end zone celebrating the go-ahead touchdown with players.)

posted by rcade to football at 03:32 PM - 13 comments

Book: Walter Payton Abused Painkillers, Laughing Gas: A new biography by former Sports Illustrated senior writer Jeff Pearlman claims that NFL Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton abused painkillers and laughing gas. Pearlman quotes Payton's agent Bud Holmes saying, "I'd see him walk out of the locker room with jars of painkillers, and he'd eat them like they were a snack. ... Walter was pounding his body with medication. I wish I knew how bad it was, but at the time I really didn't." The book claims he kept tanks of laughing gas (nitrous oxide) in an RV during training camp and shared it with players. Pearlman said that after writing a book about Roger Clemens, he chose Payton as a subject because he wanted to write a book about "someone decent; about someone caring." He said, "Walter Payton was insanely curious, and his interest in other people -- regular fans, folks on the street -- extended beyond the scope of nearly any athlete I've ever come across (Sean Casey the possible exception)."

posted by rcade to football at 01:23 PM - 6 comments

Catching Hell’ a Chilling Reminder of Bartman and the 2003 Chicago Cubs: Fan’s Take: This film chronicles the tragic 2003 Chicago Cubs postseason and Steve Bartman's unfortunate role in its downfall. 'Catching Hell' is a masterpiece which brought me back to a dark time as a Cubs fan.

posted by BornIcon to baseball at 08:10 AM - 4 comments

September 27, 2011

The Best Offence In the NFL: Spend an hour installing the West Coast Offence with the 1988 Cincinnati Bengals. The 88 Bengals ranked number one in scoring offence and won the AFC Championship.

posted by Mr Bismarck to football at 09:40 AM - 3 comments

Ozzie Guillen Done as White Sox Manager: The Chicago White Sox have granted manager Ozzie Guillen's request to be released from his contract, apparently so he can sign a four-year, $16 million deal to manage the Miami Marlins. Guillen, who in 2005 led the team to their first World Series title in 88 years, was unhappy he couldn't get a raise in Chicago. "Fuck more years," he said. "I want more money. I don't work here for years. No, I want more money. Years -- what, I'm going to die poor? Hell, no. Life is about money. "People don't believe that. People are happy after they make money. Fuck it."

posted by rcade to baseball at 08:59 AM - 8 comments

Simmonds Accused of Yelling Homophobic Slur: One week after a banana was thrown at him on the ice, Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds called New York Rangers winger Sean Avery a "fucking faggot" during a preseason game, as captured on video (video). "To be here now having to answer the questions about what he did is disappointing for me. I'm disappointed for him," said Avery, who appeared in a public service announcement in May supporting gay rights and marriage equality.

posted by rcade to hockey at 08:05 AM - 12 comments

September 26, 2011

TMZ: John Lackey Divorcing Cancer-Stricken Wife: The gossip website TMZ is reporting that Boston Red Sox pitcher John Lackey is divorcing his wife, Krista, while she's fighting breast cancer. Divorce papers were filed Aug. 30 to end the three-year marriage, the site claims. The story is likely the reason Lackey was enraged by an unspecified text message he received from someone in the media before Sunday's game.

posted by rcade to baseball at 05:31 PM - 37 comments

Michael Vick Breaks Hand in Eagles Loss: Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, who broke his non-throwing hand during the team's 29-16 loss Sunday to the New York Giants, complained that he's not getting late hit calls like other quarterbacks around the league. "Not to blame the refs or say that it was their fault," Vick said blamingly. "Every time I throw the ball I'm on the ground, getting hit in the head and I don't know why. I don't get the 15-yard flags like everybody else does but hey -- I'm not going to complain about it." He could miss three to four weeks.

posted by rcade to football at 11:04 AM - 13 comments

Bills Rally from 21 Down to Beat Patriots: The Buffalo Bills, down 21-0 six minutes into the second quarter, kicked a field goal as time expired to beat the New England Patriots 34-31. The win ends a 15-game losing streak against the Patriots and makes the Bills 3-0. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 369 yards and two touchdowns. Tom Brady threw four interceptions, equaling his 2010 season total in one game. The Detroit Lions also improved to 3-0 with a 26-23 win over the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans scored 23 fourth quarter points to overcome the Houston Texans 40-33.

posted by rcade to football at 09:16 AM - 13 comments

September 25, 2011

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 14: Last week featured blowouts so massive they'd make Pauly D go FPC. (Relevant!) Turn off MTV and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 11:00 PM - 17 comments

The Shame of College Sports: A litany of scandals in recent years have made the corruption of college sports constant front-page news. We profess outrage each time we learn that yet another student-athlete has been taking money under the table. But the real scandal is the very structure of college sports, wherein student-athletes generate billions of dollars for universities and private companies while earning nothing for themselves. Here, a leading civil-rights historian makes the case for paying college athletesand reveals how a spate of lawsuits working their way through the courts could destroy the NCAA.

posted by Bonkers to culture at 09:13 PM - 39 comments

Blown Call on Missed PAT Costs Toledo: Big East officials have acknowledged that they wrongly counted a PAT that gave Syracuse a 30-27 lead near the end of their game against Toledo Saturday (video). Toledo sent the game into overtime with a tying field goal, then lost 33-30. "We have concluded that the ruling on the field that the kick passed between the uprights was incorrect, and that the replay official made an error in failing to reverse that ruling," said director of officials Terry McAuley. "In reviewing the video, we have determined that the angle from behind the kicking team shows conclusively that the ball passes outside the right upright."

posted by rcade to football at 01:41 PM - 11 comments

September 24, 2011

Texas Rangers Win AL West: For the second straight year, the Texas Rangers have won the AL West. The Los Angeles Angels, who won the West five times in six years from 2004 to 2009, are left with a limited shot at the wild card. "We have to win all of our games," manager Mike Scioscia said. Angels castoff Mike Napoli has fueled the Rangers with a .476 on-base percentage since the All-Star break, the highest in the AL for a player with at least 200 plate appearances since Jim Thome in 2002.

posted by rcade to baseball at 12:29 PM - 12 comments

September 23, 2011

The Hoser's NFL Picks, Week Three 2011: NFL picks that wonder when it became acceptable for Kathy Bates to say "balls" on CBS.

posted by wfrazerjr to football at 01:53 PM - 5 comments

Marlins Closer Leo Nunez Isn't Leo Nunez: Florida Marlins closer Leo Nunez isn't actually Leo Nunez -- he's been using an assumed name since reaching the Major Leagues in 2005. The player to be named later turns out to be Juan Carlos Oveido, according to an unnamed source, and he's also is a year older than the team believed. He returned to the Dominican Republic to deal with the situation and isn't expected to play again this season.

posted by rcade to baseball at 01:34 PM - 4 comments

Football Players Lose Minds Over New Uniforms: Ahead of Ohio University's rivalry game with Marshall last weekend, the Bobcats staff unveiled a surprise they'd been keeping since June -- new black uniforms designed by Russell Athletic -- and filmed the players' reactions. "Every week, someone is like ... maybe this is the week we get black jerseys," said tight end Jordan Thompson. The nattily attired Bobcats trampled the Thundering Herd 44-7, the school's first win over their Battle for the Bell rival in 11 years.

posted by rcade to football at 11:43 AM - 7 comments

Fan tosses banana peel at Flyers' Simmonds: Often as the only black player on his team, growing up in Ontario, Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds dealt with his fair share of racial slurs on the ice as he climbed the hockey ladder. Few experiences could have prepared him for what happened on Thursday night, as a fan in the John Labatt Centre threw a banana peel at Simmonds as he skated in alone on a shootout attempt during a 4-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings. According to a fan on Twitter at the game, it was not the only time Simmonds was targeted with a banana peel during the game. Another peel was thrown, presumably by the same person, when Simmonds scored late in the 3rd period to tie the game but the toss did not clear the boards to make it onto the ice.

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 09:44 AM - 13 comments

September 22, 2011

Mikey Mo hangs 'em up.: After 22 years in the NHL, all but one spent with the Stars franchise (both pre- and post-move), Mike Modano has signed a one-day contract with Dallas and will formally announce his retirement tomorrow. With career totals of 561 goals and 1,374 points, Modano retires as the most prolific US-born scorer in NHL history.

posted by Ufez Jones to hockey at 08:07 PM - 5 comments

Runner carries injured foe half mile to help in middle of race: "I didn't think about my race, I knew I needed to stop and help him," Ripley said in the school district release. "It was something I would expect my other teammates to do. I'm nothing special; I was just in the right place at the right time." In today's "Everyman For Himself" society, its nice to hear stories like this.

posted by bo_fan to general at 02:02 PM - 4 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 13: Into the last third of the season and the races begin. Switch on the seat-belt sign and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 02:02 PM - 14 comments

Big 12 Picking Up The Pieces: Now that the PAC 12 has rejected Oklahoma and Texas, the Big 12 is scrambling to pick up the pieces and rebuild a conference that seemed doomed to history only a few days ago.

posted by Tinman to general at 12:14 PM - 8 comments

Ex-Player: Giants Coached to Fake Injuries: Linebacker Bryan Kehl, a former New York Giants player now with the St. Louis Rams, said that Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell coaches the team to fake injuries. Giants safety Deon Grant and linebacker Jacquian Williams faked injuries during Monday night's game to slow down the Rams' no-huddle offense. Rams quarterback Sam Bradford said he heard a Giants player say "someone go down, someone go down" before Grant and Williams flopped.

posted by rcade to football at 09:07 AM - 8 comments

September 21, 2011

Red Sox Pitcher Served with Papers by Yankees Fan: Before his start Tuesday, Boston Red Sox pitcher Erik Bedard was served with papers at Fenway Park in a child support case filed by his ex-girlfriend. Tom Cabral, a lifelong New York Yankees fan, posted on Facebook that the timing of the papers he served was intentional. "Should I wear a Yankees shirt?" he wrote. "Of course I will!" Bedard exited the game after 2.2 innings and the Red Sox lost 7-5 to the Baltimore Orioles.

posted by rcade to baseball at 03:09 PM - 16 comments

September 20, 2011

Fox Runs Fake Anti-Jay Cutler Headlines: Fox has acknowledged running fabricated newspaper headlines slamming Jay Cutler during the broadcast of the Chicago Bears' week 1 game against the Atlanta Falcons. After a graphic displayed the headlines "Cutler Leaves With Injury," "Cutler Lacks Courage" and "Cutler’s No Leader," announcer Daryl Johnston said, "These are the actual headlines from the local papers in Chicago." After the Chicago Tribune investigated, a Fox Sports spokesman said they weren't real. "It was misleading," Dan Bell said.

posted by rcade to football at 05:08 PM - 10 comments

Being convicted of attempted murder helped a former NHL player save a life: Former NHL player Mike Danton was sent to prison for plotting to take a life. In his return to professional hockey, the skills he learned while incarcerated may well have saved one.

posted by Demophon to hockey at 04:01 PM - 1 comment

Romo Played with Broken Rib, Collapsed Lung: After suffering a broken rib and collapsed lung, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo returned to the game against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, throwing for 201 yards in the fourth quarter and overtime in a 27-24 victory. "We never questioned his grit. We know he wants to win," said teammate Marcus Spears.

posted by rcade to football at 11:26 AM - 21 comments

September 19, 2011

NCAA Conference Death Watch - Big East gains on Big 12: Out of nowhere, Syracuse and Pitt jump from the increasingly wrongly named Big East to the Atlantic Coast Conference. Details haven't been ironed out, but this is seen by many as the latest step toward four 16-team superconferences (and a de facto football playoff of sorts), with the ACC trying to make a case for being the fourth.

Meanwhile, Texas and Oklahoma are looking more and more like the next members of the Pac-16 (with little brothers Texas Tech and Oklahoma State along for the ride).

posted by Etrigan to football at 11:14 AM - 11 comments

Jamaal Charles Tears ACL, Out for Season: Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles appears to have torn his ACL during the team's 48-3 loss to the Detroit Lions Sunday. After this loss and the 41-7 loss to Buffalo in week one, the Chiefs have the worst two-game point differential of a defending division champ in NFL history.

posted by rcade to football at 09:46 AM - 8 comments

Cowboys Fans Fill Candlestick Park: As much as 25 percent of the crowd in San Francisco was rooting for the Dallas Cowboys over the 49ers Sunday, much to the chagrin of the local players and media. Chants of "Let's Go Cowboys" and "De-Fense" during 49ers drives could be heard on the broadcast in the fourth quarter. "I don't know where I have been on a road game where the chants of defense we so loud," said Cowboys tight end Jason Witten. "It felt like kind of an away game," said 49ers left tackle Joe Staley.

posted by rcade to football at 08:25 AM - 8 comments

Falcons KO Vick, Come Back to Beat Eagles: Matt Ryan threw four touchdown passes and Michael Vick exited with a concussion and a bloody tongue as the Atlanta Falcons erased a 31-21 deficit to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 35-31 Sunday night. Comeback victories also were achieved by Buffalo over Oakland, Dallas over San Francisco and Tampa over Minnesota in week 2.

posted by rcade to football at 08:17 AM - 16 comments

September 18, 2011

1961 Larry Merchant Would Kick Floyd Mayweather's Ass: After Floyd Mayweather's controversial sucker-punch knockout of Victor Ortiz in their welterweight title fight Saturday night, Mayweather went off on ring announcer Larry Merchant during a live interview (video). Merchant responded to Mayweather's insults by telling the enraged boxer, "I wish I was 50 years younger and I'd kick your ass."

posted by Mr Bismarck to boxing at 01:31 PM - 58 comments

September 17, 2011

The Hoser's NFL Picks, Week Two 2011: NFL picks that are wondering why doctors seem to think their time is more valuable than everyone else's.

posted by wfrazerjr to football at 05:38 PM - 5 comments

Detroit Tigers Win AL Central: The Detroit Tigers clinched the American League Central on Friday with a 3-1 win over the Oakland Athletics, the franchise's first division title since 1987 and first trip to the postseason since 2006. "We were seven games behind the Cleveland Indians at one point," said an almost weepy Tigers manager Jim Leyland. "There are special moments you can't put a price tag on and you just enjoy them."

posted by rcade to baseball at 01:32 PM - 13 comments

September 16, 2011

Coach: If Ravens Chop, Titans Will 'Hurt Them': Several Pittsburgh Steelers players accused the Baltimore Ravens of using chop blocks and cut blocks during their game last weekend. Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray said that if the Ravens do that this week against them, the Titans will "hurt them." "You've got to make sure you're doing something that's hopefully going to hurt them, too. You can't just be the recipient of everything. You've got to start doing something that's going to get you back on track and hopefully they'll tone that stuff down when you do something else."

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

September 15, 2011

Arkansas High School Coach Never Punts: Kevin Kelley, the head football coach of Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, Ark., has a data-driven approach to the game that includes never punting, trying for onside kicks on most kickoffs and telling the punt returner not to run. Against Cabot, one of the state's best teams with five times as many students, Pulaski began with four straight touchdowns and three successful onside kicks. Cabot trailed 29-0 on its first play from scrimmage.

posted by rcade to football at 07:15 PM - 7 comments

Giants Put CEO Bill Neukom on Waivers: Less than a year after leading the franchise to its first World Series championship since 1958, San Francisco Giants managing general partner and CEO Bill Neukom is being pushed out by the team's executive board. The Giants trail the Arizona Diamondbacks by 7.5 games in the NL West and are close to playoff elimination.

posted by rcade to baseball at 12:04 PM - 3 comments

NBA Player Sues Exercise Ball Maker: Francisco Garcia of the Sacramento Kings has sued the maker of an exercise ball he blames for a 2009 weightlifting accident that broke his arm. Garcia was balancing himself on the Stability Ball Gymnic Plus while lifting dumbbells when the ball exploded. The balls were previously marketed with the claim "Gymnic Plus Stability Balls are safe! They will not explode! If punctured, the ball deflates slowly."

posted by rcade to basketball at 11:43 AM - 4 comments

The Shame of College Sports: The Atlantic on some of the legal problems with the NCAA's amateurism rules.

posted by Bonkers to other at 11:04 AM - 1 comment

Cristiano Ronaldo says jeering fans are jealous: Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo says opposing fans jeer him out of envy because of his looks, his money and his talent.

posted by BornIcon to soccer at 10:58 AM - 8 comments

Sapp: Pittsburgh Steelers 'Old, Slow and Over': After the Pittsburgh Steelers lost 35-7 to the Baltimore Ravens in the season opener, former NFL player Warren Sapp called the Steelers "old, slow and over" on this week's Inside the NFL. "James Harrison told us that he was 70 to 75 percent. It looked more like 40 percent to me if you are looking at the ballgame I was looking at. And Hines Ward, Mercedes Sapp can cover Hines Ward right now. You have to be kidding me ... Mercedes is my 13-year-old daughter. She will cover Hines Ward in a heartbeat. And Troy Polamalu, Ed Dixon runs this crossing route. Troy Polamalu is trying to grab him to have a pass interference and he can't even get close enough to grab him. Looked like he was dragging a wagon behind him. Touchdown Baltimore. Pittsburgh Steelers done."

posted by rcade to football at 09:30 AM - 10 comments

September 14, 2011

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 12: It's grudge match week as each team fights their evil twin. Put the comic book down and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 11:02 PM - 13 comments

Rivera Notches 600th Save: Mariano Rivera saved his 600th game Tuesday night in a New York Yankees victory over the Seattle Mariners, putting him one short of Trevor Hoffman's career record. Another pitching milestone was hit when Boston Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield won his 200th game.

posted by rcade to baseball at 10:07 AM - 12 comments

September 13, 2011

Brady Throws for 517 Yards, 4 Touchdowns: Tom Brady threw for a career and franchise record 517 yards as the New England Patriots defeated the Miami Dolphins 38-24 Monday. He's the eleventh quarterback to throw for 500 yarda and the third quarterback in NFL history to do it with four touchdowns, following Y.A. Tittle and Norm Van Brocklin. Comments by Dolphins pass rusher Cameron Wake before the game: "He's human, right? He has two eyes and red blood? If you cut him, will he bleed? He puts his pants on one leg at a time."

posted by rcade to football at 09:14 AM - 21 comments

September 12, 2011

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posted by flannelenigma to fantasy at 11:45 AM - 1 comment

Colts Lose 34-7 to Texans: The Indianapolis Colts marked the end of Peyton Manning's consecutive-start streak by losing 34-7 to the Houston Texans. Replacement Kerry Collins fumbled twice leading to first quarter Texans touchdowns. "Epic in its awfulness," observed Indy Star's Bob Kravitz. In other opening NFL Sunday games, Baltimore stomped Pittsburgh, the New York Jets came back against Dallas and Philadelphia rolled over St. Louis.

posted by rcade to football at 08:15 AM - 11 comments

September 11, 2011

Djokovic Over Federer in Epic U.S. Open Comeback: Novak Djovokic fell down by two sets to Roger Federer in the U.S. Open semifinals Saturday but came back to win 6-7, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5. Down 5-3 in the final set, Djokovic survived two match points and won over a loud pro-Federer crowd, then celebrated with a post-match victory dance.

posted by rcade to tennis at 10:53 AM - 2 comments

September 10, 2011

Burress Miffed at Coughlin, Manning, Giants Fans: New New York Jets wide receiver Plaxico Burress is unhappy with his former coach Tom Coughlin, former teammate Eli Manning and New York Giants fans for the way they responded when he was sent to prison on a gun charge, he told Men's Journal. Manning never visited him in the joint. "I thought he would come see me, but nothing, not a letter, in two years," he said. "I don't want to say it was a slap in the face, but I thought our relationship was better than that." But he's happy now. "It's like I'm more popular now for shooting myself than winning a Super Bowl!" he said. "Maybe they see a guy who made a mistake, but didn't hurt no one but himself."

posted by rcade to football at 12:53 PM - 15 comments

Cats Cause Coastal Carolina Coach Consternation: Coastal Carolina Chanticleers coach Dave Bennett said in a press conference this week that his players should be dogs instead of cats. "Be a dog," he said. "We don't need no meows. We don't need no cats. We need more dogs."

posted by rcade to football at 10:49 AM - 5 comments

September 09, 2011

Vin Scully Remembers His Greatest Calls: During 62 seasons with the Dodgers, Scully has witnessed firsthand an unfathomable enormity of baseball. But even if we eschew the taken-for-granted superlatives, it's still remarkable to plumb the depths of that enormity, and draw to the surface the moments that defined his career...

posted by tommytrump to baseball at 11:38 PM - 2 comments

Dan Snyder Never Read Article He's Suing Over: Washington NFL owner Dan Snyder has never read the Washington City Paper article that prompted him to sue the paper for libel. "I heard all the details," he told the New York Times. "But the entire piece? I'm not going to read that."

posted by rcade to football at 04:50 PM - 4 comments

Juventus have a new stadium.: In 1903, Notts County answered the call of a Juventus member to send a set of the club's black and white striped shirts to replace the pink ones worn by the players of the Italian club since their founding. So to return the favour, Juve invited Notts County - currently 12th in the third tier of English football - to come and play in the stadium's inaugural game.

posted by JJ to soccer at 08:06 AM - 6 comments

September 08, 2011

'Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders' (1979): Your NFL team probably has cheerleaders. But this team's cheerleaders had a movie made about them. And because they're from a place where they like to do things big, when that movie was broadcast, it was viewed on 60% of the televisions in use at the time. The second* most watched made-for-TV movie in history was a production of the American Broadcasting Company. At the time, it was the most successful television network in the country -- thanks to "jiggle" programming like Three's Company, Charlie's Angels, and Battle of the Network Stars (via MetaFilter).

posted by rcade to football at 06:09 PM - 7 comments

Coach Surprises 5-Foot-4 Guard with Scholarship: During practice Tuesday, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay guard Eric Valentin caught some hell from coach Brian Wardle for spending so much time working at a job over the summer instead of focusing on basketball -- then he revealed Valentin had earned a full scholarship. "I'm playing the wrong sport," Valentin said. "It's amazing to see the hard work pay off." He set a world record by making eight half-court shots in a minute.

posted by rcade to basketball at 05:08 PM - 4 comments

Peyton Manning underwent surgery today: and there's no timetable for his return. The surgery was the third on Manning's neck in a little more than a year and a half and his recovery could take months, the Indianapolis Star reports.

posted by yerfatma to football at 04:12 PM - 14 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 11: It's the second half of the Labour Day home-and-home, and you'd better hope that you do better than last week. The first step, as they say, is to make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 12:33 PM - 14 comments

The Hoser's NFL Picks, Week One 2011: NFL picks that will not rest until David Garrard has a job again.

posted by wfrazerjr to football at 11:39 AM - 9 comments

Could Rugby Take Off in the US?: The fastest growing team sport in the United States is rugby, according to the Sporting Goods Manufacturers' Association. The number of players for full-contact rugby in the country grew from 750,000 to 1.13 million in 2010. Four of the U.S. matches in the Rugby World Cup, which begins Sept. 9, will be broadcast in the U.S. "There are huge opportunities for rugby in America," said Nigel Melville, the chief executive of U.S. Rugby.

posted by rcade to other at 09:56 AM - 21 comments

September 07, 2011

Plane crash kills ‘majority’ of KHL team Lokomotiv: Among the NHL alumni on Lokomotiv's roster as of Aug. 31: Josef Vasicek, Pavol Demitra, Karel Rachunek, Ruslan Salei, Karlis Skrastins and Red Wings goalie prospect Stefan Liv. Former Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Brad McCrimmon was listed as their head coach.

posted by NoMich to hockey at 10:23 AM - 20 comments

September 06, 2011

Winnipeg Jets unveil official new jerseys: The Winnipeg Jets unveiled their new jerseys this morning at 17 Wing Winnipeg, the local Canadian Air Force base.

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 06:02 PM - 10 comments

College Football Players Save Child in Car: Jack Long and Shane Simpson, two defensive backs for the Missouri Western State University football team, helped free a child who'd been locked in a car in 95 degree weather on Aug. 23. "We were hitting the glass as hard as we could and nothing," grandmother Teresa Gall said. "All I could think was 'God please send somebody.'" Long and Simpson saw her while driving by and Long broke the window with one swing of a hammer so the boy could be freed.

posted by rcade to football at 05:10 PM - 2 comments

Jaguars Releasing David Garrard: The Jacksonville Jaguars are releasing quarterback David Garrard and will reportedly start Luke McCown in the season opener. McCown hasn't started an NFL game since 2007 and is 1-6 career with 9 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Two days ago, Florida Times-Union Jaguars beat reporter Vito Stellino had no idea this was coming. "In the best of all possible worlds for the Jaguars, rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert will not start any games this season," he wrote. Garrard started 76 games for the team, peaking with a wild-card playoff victory in 2007.

posted by rcade to football at 03:48 PM - 19 comments

New Maryland Uniforms Shock and Awe: The Maryland Terrapins debuted new uniforms during their victory over the Miami Hurricanes Monday night that have to be seen to be believed -- one of multiple looks they'll be sporting this year. "This is our pride uniform -- Maryland pride," said new coach Randy Edsall. "We want to incorporate the state colors and let everyone know we are playing for everyone in the state." Paul Lukas, the Mr. Blackwell of sports attire, had this take: "Just because some idiot in a trenchcoat flashes you, that doesn't mean you have to react. Just keep walking."

posted by rcade to football at 08:15 AM - 26 comments

September 05, 2011

Peyton Manning's Consecutive Streak in Jeopardy: Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning will be listed as doubtful for Sunday's season opener, a sign that his consecutive-game streak may end at 227. Manning began training camp in rehab after May neck surgery and wasn't activated to practice until last Monday. "As of now, Peyton continues to deal with a complicated neurological recovery, the end date of which is unpredictable," the team announced.

posted by rcade to football at 02:29 PM - 6 comments

September 04, 2011

The Rugby World Cup 2011: starts this Friday. Held in New Zealand for the first time since 1987, the home side are hoping they can repeat that victory. Because it's been pretty lean since. And like all other kinds of World Cup, there's the obligatory hoax prostitution story.

posted by owlhouse to other at 03:09 AM - 2 comments

September 03, 2011

Hall of Famer Lee Roy Selmon Suffers Stroke: Officials say former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Lee Roy Selmon, the first overall pick in the 1976 NFL draft and first pick in franchise history, has been hospitalized and remains in "extremely critical condition" after suffering a stroke. On Wednesday, Selmon said he was wrongly included in a lawsuit against the NFL and helmet manufacturers. The suit claims he suffers from "multiple past traumatic brain injuries with various symptoms, including, but not limited to, memory loss, headaches, and sleeplessness."

posted by rcade to football at 09:06 PM - 3 comments

Just like the Lottery...: you can't win if you don't play. However, it's different because Uncle Sam can't take half of your winnings. So sign up and stick it to the man. Details inside.

posted by MrFrisby to fantasy at 07:48 PM - 9 comments

Dodger Red: China Part of Bid to Buy Dodgers: Embattled owner Frank McCourt has received a $1.2 billion offer for the Los Angeles Dodgers that includes some money from the government of China. Businessman Bill Burke's offer does not specify how much would come from "certain state-owned investment institutions of the People's Republic of China," according to a letter he sent McCourt's ownership group. "Imagine rooting for a team owned by an authoritarian government that jails its citizens for organizing unions or worshiping the wrong gods, and depresses its currency to decimate what remains of American manufacturing," writes Harold Meyerson.

posted by rcade to baseball at 12:52 PM - 1 comment

September 02, 2011

Football Ref Attacked by Players, Coaches: After he made a personal foul call, a referee at a youth football game for 13- and 14-year-olds in Sarasota, Fl., was attacked during the game last weekend by players and several coaches -- including some who kicked him while he was on the ground. "It was unbelievable," said parent Debbie Ismail. "Very bad, poor sportsmanship." Battery on a referee is a felony under Florida law punishable by four years in prison.

posted by rcade to football at 11:45 AM - 68 comments

61-year-old Vietnam vet makes the cut as a small-college kicker: What a great story. Be nice to know his stats/skill level at that age.

posted by bo_fan to general at 09:44 AM - 6 comments

September 01, 2011

De La Hoya Admits Posing in Fishnets, Heels, Panties: Former boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya has admitted that four-year-old photos that show him in boxing gloves, fishnet stockings, women's undergarments and high heels are real. For years De La Hoya associates have attacked the reputation of 23-year-old stripper Milana Dravnel, who posed with him in some photos as they trysted in a Philadelphia hotel. "Let me tell you, yes, it was me," said De La Hoya in an interview with Univision. "I'm tired of lying, lying to people, lying to myself."

posted by rcade to boxing at 04:07 PM - 9 comments

Chris Johnson Lashes Out at 'Fake Titan Fans': Less than two weeks from the start of the NFL season, Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson is still holding out and not too happy with what he's hearing from some fans. "Can these fake Titan fans STFU on my timeline," he tweeted. "I don't have a regular job so don't compare me to you and I can care less if uthink I'm greedy."

posted by rcade to football at 10:51 AM - 9 comments