Archive for the ‘Sports’ Category

Your loser update: week 12, 2014.

Friday, November 21st, 2014

You had one job, Kansas City. One job. And you blew it.

NFL teams that still have a chance to go 0-16 this season:

None.

With this, our hopes turn to the NBA: Philadelphia is now 0-11.

TMQ Watch: November 18, 2014.

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

This week’s TMQ, after the jump…

(more…)

Your loser update: week 11, 2014.

Monday, November 17th, 2014

NFL teams that still have a chance to go 0-16:

Oakland.

The Raiders play Kansas City at home on Thursday. I’m a little nervous about this one.

And in other news, Philadelphia is the only team that has a chance to finish the NBA season 0-82. (Currently, the 76ers are 0-9.)

For the record: Will Muschamp out as coach of the University of Florida Gators. The Miami Herald is representing this as a resignation; reading between the lines, it sounds like he jumped before he could be pushed.

“Think of the extreme FUN!”

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Clif Bar, the people who make Clif Bars, gives out sponsorships to various athletes. There are a whole bunch of sponsored athletes in various sports, including mountain climbing.

Recently, the Clif Bar folks decided they were going to stop sponsoring five of those athletes. Four of them are mountain climbers, and one is a BASE jumper. According to the company:

Over a year ago, we started having conversations internally about our concerns with B.A.S.E. jumping, highlining and free-soloing. We concluded that these forms of the sport are pushing boundaries and taking the element of risk to a place where we as a company are no longer willing to go. We understand that some climbers feel these forms of climbing are pushing the sport to new frontiers. But we no longer feel good about benefiting from the amount of risk certain athletes are taking in areas of the sport where there is no margin for error; where there is no safety net.

One of the funny things about this is that several of these climbers were recently featured in a documentary, “Valley Uprising”; Clif Bar was a major sponsor of the documentary.

The NYT has more coverage of this issue, including quotes from the athletes in question.

This is an interesting debate, at least to me: Clif Bar isn’t saying “don’t do this stuff”; they’re saying “we won’t sponsor you to do stuff that we think is too far out on the edge”. And you can sort of understand that they don’t want to be associated with some guy who reduces himself to a thin red smear while BASE jumping. On the other hand, it doesn’t seem (from what the NYT is saying) that there’s any shortage of companies that are willing to step in where Clif Bar left off. On the gripping hand, if everyone free-soloed a rock, would you? Does it matter that other sponsors are stepping in; isn’t Clif just taking a moral stance? But if it is a moral stance, what about this documentary? Should they still be attaching their name to it?

I’ve got no idea. I just think it is an interesting debate.

TMQ Watch: November 11, 2014.

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

This week’s TMQ, after the jump…

(more…)

Historical note, suitable for use in schools.

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

On this date in history, 40 years ago, the Minnesota Vikings beat the L.A. Rams 28-24 on Monday Night Football.

Of greater historical significance, my younger brother was born during halftime of this game.

Happy birthday, Doug.

Your loser update: week 10, 2014.

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Sorry this is late. Sunday was busy (but fun) and yesterday was a travel day.

Anyway, NFL teams that still have a chance to go 0-16:

Oakland.

And in other news, Philadelphia is the only team that has a chance to finish the NBA season 0-82. (Currently, the 76ers are 0-7.)

TMQ Watch: November 4, 2014.

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Authentic games. Voting. Space: not a frontier, at least for man. All this and more in this week’s TMQ, after the jump…

(more…)

Administrative and other notes: November 5, 2014.

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Happy Guy Fawkes Day. While you’re out and about, please remember poor Guido, the last man to enter the Houses of Parliament with honorable intentions.

It seems kind of fitting that that the holiday falls today. Beyond that, I don’t have much to say about the elections for reasons of time and inclination. Battleswarm is a good place to go if you’re looking for that.

I will be updating the contact pages on this site, but I’m going to wait until after the runoffs are over, everyone is sworn in, and they actually have pages to link to. If this does get past me for some reason, please yell at me until it gets done.

I’m going to avoid my usual “what China needs” snark here, because this is a little scary: Brittney Griner attacked in China by a man with a knife.

Griner sustained a small cut when she was attacked by a man while boarding a bus after practice Monday in Shenyang. The man, who followed the players onto the bus, also stabbed one of Griner’s teammates. She was wearing two jackets and wasn’t injured because the knife didn’t go through.

How did Peter Siebold (the other Virgin Galactic pilot) survive a bailout from 50,000 feet without a pressure suit? Bonus: quotes from Bob Hoover. The Bill Weaver story is also touched on briefly: a fuller account can be found here.

Things may be slow from Thursday until Monday. We will see.

Your loser update: week 9, 2014.

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

Didn’t pay much attention to today’s games because reasons.

NFL teams that still have a chance to go 0-16:

Oakland

TMQ Watch: October 28, 2014.

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Musical interlude that has nothing to do with this week’s TMQ. We just needed a musical interlude right about now, and we find this particular version of the song haunting. Yes, we’re in a mood.

This week’s column after the jump.

(more…)

Obit watch: October 28, 2014.

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Chivas USA.

“What?”

The other Major League Soccer franchise in LA.

Not to worry, though. In a fantastic example of “it’s not working, do it even harder!”:

On Thursday, the league is expected to announce the formation of a new club that will begin play in 2017. The ownership group of that franchise will be headed by Henry Nguyen, a Vietnamese American venture capitalist, and Mandalay Entertainment CEO Peter Guber, a co-owner of the Dodgers and the NBA’s Golden State Warriors.

Soccer. The next big thing. Any day now.