Archives for January 2014

January 31, 2014

Lawyer Reveals Martin's Texts to Incognito: The lawyer for Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito has released texts from teammate Jonathan Martin that are as rough as anything Incognito reportedly said to him. The texts show the players swapping insults and threats in what appears to be a joking manner, given that they exchange normal texts afterwards as if nothing had happened. One time Martin responds to Incognito's "f--- you!" by sending a photo that reads, "I will murder your whole f------ family."

posted by rcade to football at 12:30 PM - 10 comments

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Super Bowl-a-Geddon Edition: Pick the winners of the game and several other categories in the deciding round. The contest winner wins a Chimay Ale gift set (if over 21) or a $30 Amazon gift card (if under).

posted by rcade to football at 09:48 AM - 35 comments

January 30, 2014

Why Aren't More Americans Playing in Europe?: Though it seemed for a few years that the best American players would crash the top levels of soccer in Europe, these days the biggest signings are when they come home to the MLS, writes Roger Bennett of ESPNFC. The appeal of playing in Europe is dimming, said Herculez Gomez. "There are other places that are more lucrative from a financial perspective. As they say about the Premier League, it is glitz, glamour and 50 percent tax."

posted by rcade to soccer at 02:46 PM - 10 comments

January 29, 2014

January 28, 2014

"Right now the NCAA is like a dictatorship. No one represents us in negotiations.": The National College Players Association filed a petition in Chicago on behalf of football players at Northwestern University, submitting the form at the regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Backed by the United Steelworkers union, it also filed union cards signed by an undisclosed number of Northwestern players with the NLRB -- the federal statutory body that recognizes groups that seek collective bargaining rights.

posted by Mookieproof to general at 04:47 PM - 5 comments

January 27, 2014

Pete Carroll: NFL Should Consider Medical Marijuana: Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said that the NFL should consider allowing players to be treated with medical marijuana. "I would say that we have to explore and find ways to make our game a better game and take care of our players in whatever way possible," Carroll said at a Super Bowl news conference Monday. "Regardless of what other stigmas might be involved, we have to do this because the world of medicine is doing this."

posted by rcade to football at 05:24 PM - 7 comments

January 26, 2014

Richard Sherman, the Man Behind the Mouth: The New York Times profiles Richard Sherman, describing his rise from being a mouthy kid at Dominguez High School in Compton, Calif., to a mouthy scholarship athlete at Stanford to a mouthy NFL player with 20 interceptions since 2011, the most in the league. A story from his days at Dominguez: "At practice, he would aggravate less ambitious teammates by telling them, 'I'm going to love coming back to watch you play at Compton College.' Within days they would be knocking on [Coach] Donerson's door, asking him for academic help. 'All so they could shut Richard's mouth,' Donerson said."

posted by rcade to football at 10:29 AM - 7 comments

January 25, 2014

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January 21, 2014

Ex-Agent: Ryan Leaf Blew Chance to Go No. 1: Ryan Leaf intentionally skipped a meeting with Indianapolis Colts head coach Jim Mora so he wouldn't be drafted by the team as the No. 1 overall selection in 1998, his former agent Leigh Steinberg claims in a new book. Steinberg didn't think Colts owner Jim Irsay would be dissuaded by the snub, so he gave this advice to his client: "''If you go to the combine,' I told Ryan, 'but fail to show up for a meeting with Mora, that should do it. Jim is a real prideful person who has a tendency to explode. I am not recommending you do this, but if you are desperate to go to San Diego, this is the way.'" The Colts picked Peyton Manning.

posted by rcade to football at 03:20 PM - 13 comments

January 20, 2014

January 19, 2014

Seahawks Edge Niners: Seattle forced three fourth-quarter turnovers and Russell Wilson threw a 35-yard touchdown pass on fourth down for the winning points in a 23-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, sending the Seahawks into Super Bowl 0x30 against the Denver Broncos. The Seahawks are an early one-point favorite.

posted by rcade to football at 06:22 PM - 38 comments

Broncos Overwhelm Patriots: The Denver Broncos carved up the New England Patriots 26-16, with Peyton Manning throwing for 400 yards and two touchdowns, in the AFC Championship Game. Manning advances to his second Super Bowl and first since joining the Broncos as a free agent.

posted by rcade to football at 12:10 PM - 19 comments

January 18, 2014

Darren Sharper Arrested in Rape Investigation: Former NFL star defensive back Darren Sharper, of late an analyst for NFL Network, has been arrested on suspicion of rape in Los Angeles. Sharper, 38, played 14 seasons with the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints. He's been suspended from the TV gig.

posted by rcade to football at 08:06 PM - 0 comments

January 17, 2014

Kellen Winslow Flagged for Illegal Use of Hands: When New York Jets tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. was arrested for possession of synthetic marijuana in November in his car outside a Target store, a woman who parked next to him told police he was pleasuring himself. Police did not charge him with lewdness. Winslow said through his publicist that he was changing clothes so he wouldn't smell like smoke when he got home.

posted by rcade to football at 01:26 PM - 2 comments

MLB approves expanded instant replay. : Beginning this season, each manager will start a game with one challenge. If it is upheld, he retains his challenge but can never have more than two in a game. If the manager exhausts his challenges before the start of the seventh inning, he is out of luck, adding a new element of strategy to the game. Beginning in the top of the seventh, the crew chief is empowered to institute a review.

posted by Whizbang to baseball at 12:29 PM - 4 comments

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Championship Games-a-Ganza Edition: Pick the winners of Patriots at Broncos and 49ers at Seahawks along with four other categories. The contest winner for the entire playoffs wins a Chimay Ale gift set (if over 21) or a $30 Amazon gift card (if under).

posted by rcade to football at 09:17 AM - 31 comments

January 16, 2014

The Best Football (Soccer) Writing 2013: It was a good year for the long form piece, judging by this list.

posted by owlhouse to soccer at 01:39 AM - 0 comments

January 15, 2014

Dodgers Drive Money Truck to Kershaw's House: The Los Angeles Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw have agreed on a seven-year, $215 million deal, the largest in baseball ever given to a pitcher. Kershaw, 25, won two of the last three National League Cy Young Awards. He has an out clause after five years.

posted by rcade to baseball at 06:08 PM - 14 comments

January 14, 2014

January 13, 2014

Cristiano Ronaldo wins the Ballon D'Or: Rob Smyth with an eloquent, measured assessment of Ronaldo's career. Sports writing at its finest.

posted by rumple to soccer at 11:01 PM - 3 comments

Taro Tsujimoto's story: years before Hideo Nomo and Dice-K, Tsujimoto was a hockey wunderkind who promised to improve the Buffalo Sabres. But he never arrived because he never existed: he was one of the many pranks the Sabres' long-time PR man Paul Wielan invented.

posted by yerfatma to hockey at 03:18 PM - 5 comments

January 12, 2014

Broncos Hold Off Chargers: The Denver Broncos narrowly avoided a repeat of last year's playoff debacle, advancing to the AFC championship game with a 24-17 win over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. After taking a 17-0 lead into the fourth quarter, Denver saw San Diego pull to within 24-17. Peyton Manning completed 25 of 36 passes for 230 yards and two TDs, ending a three-game postseason skid dating back to 2010.

posted by rcade to football at 04:44 PM - 24 comments

49ers Smother Panthers: Colin Kaepernick threw one touchdown pass and ran for another score as the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Carolina Panthers 23-10 to advance to the NFC title game for the third straight season. The 49ers held the Panthers scoreless in the second half of the extremely chippy game. Kaepenick celebrated his rushing touchdown by mocking Cam Newton's touchdown gesture and said after the game that he "'will never forget" being selected 35 spots behind Newton, the 2011 draft's top selection.

posted by rcade to football at 01:06 PM - 19 comments

Rangers' Holland Tears Knee on Stairs: Texas Rangers pitcher Derek Holland blames his dog Wrigley on the knee injury he suffered on stairs Tuesday, which tore cartilage and required surgery Friday that will keep him out until midseason. "He was running up the stairs and clipped me," Holland said.

posted by rcade to baseball at 11:20 AM - 6 comments

January 11, 2014

Patriots Run Over Colts: LeGarrette Blount scored four touchdowns, including a fourth quarter 73-yard scamper, and Stevan Ridley added two more to carry the New England Patriots to their third straight AFC championship game with a 43-22 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday night. Andrew Luck threw four interceptions.

posted by rcade to football at 08:25 PM - 37 comments

Seahawks Stymie Saints: Marshawn Lynch carried 28 times for 140 yards and two touchdowns and Seattle's defense flustered Drew Brees and New Orleans in a 23-15 victory Saturday in the NFC divisional playoff game. "I don't run to get tackled," Lynch said.

posted by rcade to football at 04:13 PM - 21 comments

January 10, 2014

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Round-a-Go-Go Edition: Pick the winners of Saints at Seahawks, Colts at Patriots, 49ers at Panthers and Chargers at Broncos along with three other categories. The contest winner for the entire playoffs wins a Chimay Ale gift set (if over 21) or a $30 Amazon gift card (if under).

posted by rcade to football at 04:03 PM - 51 comments

Baseline Cherrypicker: lets you find out who led what stat for which time period in baseball history, so you can win those very important internet arguments. For example: Greg Maddux led all pitchers in wins between 1947 and 2013.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 10:52 AM - 6 comments

January 09, 2014

January 08, 2014

Hall of Fame Admits Maddux, Glavine, Frank Thomas: Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas have been chosen by the Baseball Writers' Association of America to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, each by large margins. Craig Biggio fell two votes short of the 75 percent required to get in. Joining the three from the managerial ranks are Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and Tony La Russa.

posted by rcade to baseball at 05:10 PM - 22 comments

January 07, 2014

Will Robert Griffin III help or hurt the next Washington Redskins coach?: Previous Washington Redskins coaches only had to deal with one divisive influence at the top of the franchise. Now there are two.

posted by BornIcon to football at 01:23 PM - 14 comments

Florida State Wins BCS Championship: The Florida State Seminoles rallied from a 21-3 deficit with a last-second touchdown pass from Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston to defeat the Auburn Tigers 34-31 in the BCS National Championship. The Noles finish the season 14-0 and end a seven-year streak of SEC teams atop college football's highest division.

posted by rcade to football at 12:31 AM - 5 comments

January 06, 2014

MMA fighter Joe Torrez kills armed intruder Sal Garces in New Mexico: Torrez may be charged after he fended off four home intruders, killing one and severely injuring another.

posted by BornIcon to other at 11:27 AM - 17 comments

Český lakros: (Czech lacrosse) Before the [1989 Velvet] revolution, Czech Boy Scouts, inspired by illustrations of American Indians at play, fashioned their own sticks and rules of the game... "...It was created in the late sixties by people interested in the life of American Native people but they didn't have contact to international federation, to international lacrosse bodies. So they created their special own rules..." "...Played with very small sticks closely resembling the original Indian sticks. This had come about because a Professor at one of their colleges was very keen on the North American Indian way of life and had formed an association who emulated this way of life during the summer months, one of the activities being the Indian game of Lacrosse; this game was very popular among the young people and was often played in the country at weekends when the flat dwelling of Prague emigrated from the city."

posted by Hugh Janus to other at 10:55 AM - 2 comments

January 05, 2014

49ers Edge Packers on Last-Second Field Goal: Phil Dawson, signed by the San Francisco 49ers this season, kicked a 33-yard field goal on the final play Sunday in a 23-20 wild card win over the Green Bay Packers. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who is now 3-0 against the Packers, ran for an 11-yard first down on third down to the Packers' 27 with 1:13 left, keeping the final drive alive.

posted by rcade to football at 08:21 PM - 13 comments

Chargers Upset Bengals, 27-10: San Diego took advantage of Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton's three turnovers in the second half, pulling away to a 27-10 road victory in an AFC wild card game. The Bengals haven't won a playoff game since 1990 when Boomer Esiason was the quarterback and Sam Wyche the head coach.

posted by rcade to football at 05:14 PM - 10 comments

January 04, 2014

Saints Edge Eagles on Last-Second Field Goal: Shayne Graham, signed by the New Orleans Saints two weeks ago, kicked a 32-yard field goal on the final play Saturday night in a 26-24 wild card win over the Philadelphia Eagles. The victory is the first road playoff win in the 46-year history of the Saints franchise.

posted by rcade to football at 11:48 PM - 5 comments

Down 38-10, Colts Beat Chiefs 45-44: Andrew Luck threw three touchdown passes after halftime, including a 64-yarder to T.Y. Hilton for the go-ahead score with 4:22 left, to lead the Indianapolis Colts from a four-TD deficit to a 45-44 comeback victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in an AFC wild-card game Saturday.

posted by rcade to football at 09:19 PM - 8 comments

January 03, 2014

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Wild-Card-a-Palooza Edition: Pick the winners of Chiefs at Colts, Saints at Eagles, Chargers at Bengals and 49ers at Packers along with three other categories.

posted by rcade to football at 05:38 PM - 33 comments

January 02, 2014

Chris Kluwe Knows His NFL Career is Over: Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe has written a tell-all for Deadspin about his final season with the team, including allegations that Kluwe's outspoken support for gay marriage caused special-teams coach Mike Priefer to make highly bigoted remarks about gays at player meetings. Priefer, who is reportedly being considered to succeed fired head coach Leslie Frazier, allegedly said, "We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows" (via Bender).

posted by rcade to football at 04:49 PM - 4 comments

January 01, 2014

Houston Texans Hire Bill O'Brien as Head Coach: Bill O'Brien has been chosen as the Houston Texans' third head coach in franchise history, moving on from the top job at Penn State University after two seasons. O'Brien was an offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots before being hired by the scandal-rocked Nittany Lions. He was 15-9 in that job. The Texans have the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

posted by rcade to football at 12:50 PM - 7 comments