March 25, 2011

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 16 comments

Question for SportFi's from the Great White North. Is there any truth to the rumor that after the shellacking that the Bruins put on the Montreal hockey team, in a game in which the Montreal team was supposed to be reassert their manhood, that people would like the Montreal Hockey Team to change their name so as to not bring further shame to Canadians?

posted by Demophon at 08:24 AM on March 25

Answer from up North:

Montreal is part of Quebec, a province that continually threatens to separate from Canada. The rest of Canada wishes they would as most of our tax dollars are spent rescuing their failed businesses and financing new ones.

Canadians have always wished the hockey team from Montreal used a different name. But because they are currently still a part of Canada we'll still root for them (at times).

posted by cixelsyd at 09:55 AM on March 25

Question for Bruins fans from the Great White North.
Is there any truth to the rumour that after the Bruins coughed up a 3-0 series lead and a 3-0 lead in the first period of the 7th game that anything they do in the regular season is meaningless until they reassert their lost manhood in the playoffs?

posted by grum@work at 10:51 AM on March 25

Grum, I am going to assume that the question is aimed at me (although as a Red Wings fan I take offense at being called a Bruins fan) and you are correct the B's are a team that did just that, plus did nothing but stand around and watch last season after Matt Cooke leveled their best offensive player. So yes, their manhoods are definitely still in question.

If nothing else I would assume that the B's lack of manhood only makes the whooping they put on Les Habitants last night that much worse. I mean the Canadiens did get their asses handed to them by a team that is a confirmed group of Girl Scouts....

posted by Demophon at 11:12 AM on March 25

"It's a fight between billionaires and millionaires," Lanci said Friday in a phone interview. "There isn't any sympathy for multi-millionaires. It's just not going to happen. And somebody has to stand up and say, Enough's enough.'" So says self-made millionaire and Cleveland Browns fan Ken Lanci.

Still, this is one lawsuit I can get behind.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:03 PM on March 25

Is there any truth to the rumour that after the Bruins coughed up a 3-0 series lead and a 3-0 lead in the first period of the 7th game that anything they do in the regular season is meaningless until they reassert their lost manhood in the playoffs?

Yes. I adopted a wait-and-see attitude toward the Bruins around 1995 and it's yet to be proven wrong. Even though they have roped me in a couple of times in the past 5 years.

posted by yerfatma at 12:10 PM on March 25

Air Force Pilots Disciplined For Kinnick Stadium Flyover

The crowd didn't seem to mind :-)

posted by lil_brown_bat at 01:02 PM on March 25

Anyone who has opportunity and inclination tomorrow could see possibly Murali's last efforts in International Cricket.

I actually wouldn't mind if they beat us, just to get him another game.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 01:08 PM on March 25

"It's a fight between billionaires and millionaires," Lanci said Friday in a phone interview. "There isn't any sympathy for multi-millionaires. It's just not going to happen. And somebody has to stand up and say, Enough's enough.'" So says self-made millionaire and Cleveland Browns fan Ken Lanci.

They can refund him for his tickets, but that doesn't help him with the PSL at all.

posted by bperk at 01:21 PM on March 25

posted by yerfatma at 03:45 PM on March 25

Air Force Pilots Disciplined For Kinnick Stadium Flyover

Somehow it's fitting that this happened at a stadium named for a pilot. Nile Kinnick was a Navy Pilot who was tragically killed when his F-4F Wildcat developed an oil leak during a routine training flight during WW2. Kinnick attempted a water landing, but was killed in the crash. Having worked for a lot of years with Navy and Marine Corps pilots, I would bet that they would have kicked in afterburners over the stadium and flown lower and faster than the Air Force guys.

posted by Howard_T at 04:58 PM on March 25

While the keyboard is still warm, today's (3/25) Eric Wilbur blog in the Boston Globe has a bit about the donation of a portrait of Pedro Martinez to the Smithsonian Museum by Mr. and Mrs. Peter Gammons. There's also a musical video tribute to Ernie Harwell done by (of all people) Joe West.

posted by Howard_T at 05:13 PM on March 25

Air Force Pilots Disciplined For Kinnick Stadium Flyover

Tons of people I know, including my dad, were at this game--they said it was AWESOME (and a little scary). And apparently the view from the press box was amazing.

Good catch on the Kinnick connection, Howard_T.

posted by Uncle Toby at 09:12 PM on March 25

Given that it didn't specify what the punishment was, I'm hoping the Air Force didn't take out too hard on the pilots. I love a good flyover!

posted by dviking at 10:59 AM on March 26

Good catch on the Kinnick connection, Howard_T.

I wwas assigned to USS Midway, homeported in Yokosuka, Japan, for a couple of years.. The DoD high school there was named after Kinnick, so I did a little research on him. He was quite a man.

posted by Howard_T at 02:58 PM on March 26

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