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Monday, October 18th, 2010
9:56 am
Anarchist Fantasy Sports!
I just started an anarchist fantasy basketball league. Go join! We need people!

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
10:51 pm
British government seizing passports of soccer fans who are "known troublemakers"
Associated Press - British government to prevent 3,200 banned fans from travelling to South Africa for World Cup

LONDON — The British government will extend sanctions on about 3,200 fans banned from watching soccer matches in the country to prevent them from travelling to South Africa for the World Cup.

The troublemakers already have to surrender their passports to police before international matches but the Home Office says the government will impose what it calls a "control period" to lengthen the time they can be stopped from travelling.

The number of arrests by police at soccer matches in England and Wales fell two per cent last season.

About half of the 3,752 arrests were for disorder and about a third for alcohol-related offences. Ticket scalping and violence also featured in the list of reasons.
12:24 pm
All-white basketball league announced

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So now "fundamental" is the new euphemism for "racially pure"?

Sadly, I don't think this guy's outlook is as alien within this society as all the articles want to make it out to be. Nobody wants to cop to being racist, but I've had people in my immediate family say "Basketball's so worthless today! They're all just thugs! All a bunch of street thugs out there!" ggrrrrrrrrrr

Also, I did some checking. Even though they're talking about a potentially 12 team league, all in the old south, but no cities are confirmed yet. He seems dead set on starting one in Augusta GA, and has also dropped the names Albany GA and Chattanooga TN.
Thursday, December 10th, 2009
9:17 pm
Tuesday, December 1st, 2009
9:07 pm
Sunday, November 29th, 2009
11:53 pm
2010 Pro Football Hall of Fame candidates

The list of 25 finalists for 2010 induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame was released this weekend.

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So, folks. If you had to pick a class of five of these guys (or six, if you include one of the two "senior" candidates), what would your 2010 HoF class be?
Monday, November 2nd, 2009
10:29 pm
Evil wins again
So, last week I posted this really important thing about survival football, and about how everyone's future rested on my shoulders. (That should've been your first clue right there that we were fucked.)

Soooooo........... *siiiiigh* I picked Arizona over Carolina.

WHAT!? Don't look at me like that! Jake Delhomme has SUCKED all year! He leads the league in INTs while being the least blitzed QB in the league. HOW CAN ANYONE EVEN DO THAT!? And the Cards are ridiculous with talent, and way underappreciated. Nobody could've seen that coming!

*siiigh* Alright. No, you're right. I totally deserve that.

And that would've been bad enough! Evil triumphs. Heroes go away in chains. Fascism reigns supreme. But THEN, I got this victory lap e-mail from the league winner (who, of course, picked Chicago over Cleveland):

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Current Mood: pwn3d
Sunday, November 1st, 2009
5:47 pm
For the record:

I picked Arizona. :*(
Wednesday, October 28th, 2009
10:04 pm
BTW, Go Phillies!
Tuesday, October 27th, 2009
3:18 pm
Survival football - Good vs Evil
Okay folks, so here's the deal. I'm in this little five person survival football league on Yahoo. For those of you who don't know what this is, basically, every week you pick your one lock of the week, the one game you know who's going to win. And you keep going every week. Once you lose one, you're out for the whole year. Last one standing wins. Oh, and you can't pick the same team to win twice. (But luckily, you can pick the same team to lose as many times as you want.)

Well, we started with five players, and now we're down to two, and I'm one of them. And word on the street is, the last guy I'm fighting is an editor at The Olympian, the local corporate-owned rag of a yellow-journalist newspaper (which, incidentally, covers up when its reporters are assaulted by police). And I'm one of the coordinators of Works In Progress, the local grassroots all-volunteer community activist newspaper (the paper which, incidentally, has helped expose said coverups of police brutalities against reporters, corporate and otherwise).

So you see what's going on, right? This is more than just football and bragging rights, now. This is a contest between people power and corporate power! This is freedom versus fascism! This is a contest of GOOD VERSUS EVIL, played out on the cyberspace plane that is Yahoo sports!!

And because the outcome of this epic struggle may affect the future of us all and the generations to come, I'm soliciting your advice. You see, I don't like the Week 8 matchups at all. The games are:

Seattle @ Dallas
Houston @ Buffalo
St. Louis @ Detroit
Denver @ Baltimore
NY Giants @ Philadelphia
Miami @ NY Jets
Cleveland @ Chicago
San Francisco @ Indianapolis
Jacksonville @ Tennessee
Oakland @ San Diego
Minnesota @ Green Bay
Carolina @ Arizona
Atlanta @ New Orleans

You see the problem? It's almost all good team vs good team, shitty team vs shitty team, underappreciated team vs underappreciated team, crappy team that's been known to pop unsuspecting opponents in the jaw now and again vs crappy team that's been known to pop unsuspecting opponents in the jaw now and again. Thankfully, Mr. Corporate Press is up against this same wall, but dammit, I want an edge!

I'm leaning toward picking Arizona at home over Carolina. But soooomethin' about it. I just don't trust that it won't end up being the good Jake Del Homme against Week 3's Cardinals. Jets over the 'Fins is another possibility, but same problem. Plus, as gimmicky as it is, the "Wildcat" keeps throwing good defenses for a loop.

For the record, teams I've burned so far are, in order:

Seattle (28-0 over St. Lolis)
Minnesota (27-13 over Detroit)
Green Bay (36-17 over St. Lolis)
Houston (29-6 over Oakland)
Philadelphia (33-14 over Tampa Bay)
Pittsburgh (27-14 over Cleveland)
New England (35-7 over Tampa Bay)

Any insights are much appreciated. To love and victory!
Sunday, October 11th, 2009
1:45 pm
3:28 am
Monday, September 14th, 2009
8:32 pm
Bears and Packers lulz

Also, re: the Bears' punt fake in their own territory, you know you did something stupid when even the ref is laughing at you.

Saturday, September 5th, 2009
5:54 pm
Fantasy Football Pics
Draft is tomorrow, I need help! Who would you pick? Who are you going to pick?
Thursday, August 13th, 2009
6:01 pm
Michael Vick signs with the Philadelphia Eagles
Touchdown, Vick!


The details aren't out yet, but it's for two years. I'm totally on Mike Vick's side, and I'm glad for him. I also knew he was gonna be a steal for any team that takes him.

This totally makes me laugh, though. There wasn't a team I really thought would take him. I knew that, since everyone hates Vick, whoever signed him was gonna end up with a pissed off and disgruntled fan base. I just forgot that, for some fan bases, pissed off and disgruntled would be an improvement. HAR HAR PHILLY SUX!!
Thursday, August 6th, 2009
10:37 am
Thursday, July 23rd, 2009
1:12 pm
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger accused of sexual assault
A woman in Nevada, who worked as a supervisor at Harrah's in Lake Tahoe, just filed a civil suit against Pittsbugh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, charging him with raping her there.

There's lots of news articles out there about it, the vast majority of which tell it from Roethlisberger's perspective (with titles like "Ben Roethlisberger fights back against allegations and such"), and making a big deal about how pro athletes are oh so susceptible to rape allegations. You can find that sort of news through Google:

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I haven't found one article that really tells it from the victim's perspective, but I did find an interesting piece, written with input from the Washoe County's Sexual Assault Support Services, that uses this incident as a jumping off point to examine the phenomenon of rape - how most instances are far different from these high-profile cases, how these high profile cases affect standard cases, and explains some idiosyncracies of how these things play out.


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Sunday, July 5th, 2009
12:21 am
Steve McNair 1973-2009
Oh, and if you didn't hear, former Oilers / Titans QB and likely future Hall of Famer Steve McNair was killed this afternoon. Apparently, he was having an affair with a 20 year old woman, who today shot him multiple times before killing herself. No word yet on further details.

The whole thing is hella weak. It's reminiscent of the Shawn Taylor killing, except that involved someone defending his family and this involves the sordid circumstance of him having an affair behind his wife's back. Regardless though, I don't know if we have any Titans fans here, but condolences to Titans nation and all that.
Friday, June 19th, 2009
1:57 pm
US Open ticket fiasco
I heard about this, and it just made me LOL. So I'll share it with you.

The US Open (that's golf, BTW - If you're wondering why the Hell I'm talking about golf, it'll become clear in a moment) started on Thursday in the New York area. The way the event works is they're supposed to play 12 hours of golf for two days. And fans - golf fans - pay like $100 or more for tickets for a whole day.

Well, on Thursday, apparently NYC got a torrential downpour. They played three and a half hours before play was suspended, and everyone waited around for another four hours before they called it off for the day and told everyone to come back tomorrow. The fans who paid for 12 hours got only three and a half. Tiger Woods only teed off six times, and some of the big players never teed off at all.

Here's the catch. After waiting out there in the downpour for four hours, waiting for play to resume, suffering the elements for the sport they love, the fans who showed up were told that, according to the rules, they had watched a "sufficient amount of play" (or something like that) and that they were not getting any refund for the rained-out portion, and their tickets would not be honored on any of the following days.

If this were a baseball or football franchise doing this, I'd be angrier. But, truly, some part of me says, "Well, they're golf fans. Fuck 'em." To be sure, not all of them are upper crust wealthy so-and-sos. Some of them are actual working people who enjoy watching golf. But the words of George Carlin will always ring in my ear. "Shame on you for engaging in an arrogant and elitist pasttime." It's not that I want the US Golf Association to get away with ripping off fans, but hey, you get what you pay for.

The USGA did backtrack a little, just a couple hours ago. After all the hullabaloo over this in the last 24 hours, the USGA decided they would honor those tickets on Monday, the rain-makeup day. (If, in the highly unlikely event they get done early and don't play on Monday, then and only then they'll refund 50% of the ticket price.) This, of course, is a pretty weak half-measure. Some people who paid for last Thursday can't make it on Monday.

This wouldn't fly at all in baseball or football (etc). They reimburse and exchange tickets like crazy if anything like this happens. Hell, apparently, during the downpour yesterday, fans at Yankee Stadium were offered good seats to a future game just for suffering through a rain delay (a 5 hour rain delay, but still).

I do have to say, watching the USGA do battle with its fans just makes me LOL and LOL and LOL.
Wednesday, May 27th, 2009
6:13 pm
Howdy y'all!
Hey, what's up here? I haven't given up here. I'm gonna polish up the place some time between now and the NFL pre-season. But I just happened to have written up my NFL predictions for the next season, so what the Hell, I'll share 'em with you. :)

NFC West

My Seahawks are gonna win the Super Bowl Mwahahaha!!! But really, no reason to believe we're gonna have the same problems from last year re: injuries and such. Hasselbeck's awesome, great Offensive Line. We've ramped up in W/R and Linebacker. We don't have the running game, but Hell, that just puts us at the same level as '06 and '07, where we were only two games away from the big one(one being overtime at Soldier Field, and one being a snow-in at Lambeau). Very confident in our chances.

49ers will win the Wild Card. As someone for whom the 49ers are my most hated in-division rival, you can make fun of Mike Singletary all you want, but what he's doing there is worrisome. Mark my words, that's his team now, and he won't accept losing. He will make them a contender again.

The Cards will do alright, and will be in the Wild Card hunt, but they'll fall short. But they will establish themselves as a respectable franchise beyond the one season.

The Rams will suck.

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