Archive for November, 2012

“Sports In Perspective” For $100, Alex

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

Sports is/are this big, goofy, fun contrivance that (from the non-participant’s standpoint) exist(s) solely for our entertainment. It’s not a referendum on us as a people or a culture or a species if the fourth- and fifth-place teams play for the championship of something. We’re not going to get blown to bits by aliens or al-Qaida if a non-first-place team wins the playoffs, or even if there are playoffs at all. Paul Gardner can watch the freaking games and enjoy them for what they are – 22 guys kicking a frigging ball, sometimes entertainingly – or he can ascribe huge cosmic significance to the identities of the participants and the process used to determine them. He’s chosen the latter course. He has that right, just like I have the right to tell him – and the other fanboys who can’t handle it emotionally when their team doesn’t get to call themselves right and true and just champions – to get the hell over it.

No, Some Of My Best Friends Got Elected….

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Oh, no, you’re not a racist at all. Thanks for clearing that up. That’s just one of the missives from the enlightened coming out of last night.

Long, long way to go.

EDIT: Ms. Marks has apparently deleted her Twitter account. You know, the one that we all were just misunderstanding, because she’s not a racist.

I Only Watch The Grey Cup For The Commercials

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Final Canadian Football League attendance numbers for 2012:

Team G Total Average Median High Low
Edmonton 9 309,406 34,378 35,538 43,178 21,147
Saskatchewan 9 291,158 32,351 32,690 33,427 29,747
British Columbia 9 273,204 30,356 29,734 36,357 25,109
Calgary 9 257,984 28,665 28,246 32,228 26,387
Winnipeg 9 251,830 27,981 27,169 30,077 25,462
Hamilton 9 231,515 25,724 24,264 31,032 22,635
Toronto 9 213,207 23,690 23,061 27,283 20,682
Montreal 9 202,111 22,457 22,773 23,312 21,016
CFL TOTAL 72 2,030,415 28,200 28,107 43,178 20,682

H/T to Twelve Men On the Field.

Bucs Trade Aqib Talib to New England

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Old and Busted: Greg Schiano, October 16, 2012, after cornerback Aqib Talib was suspended for four games by the NFL: ”He’s going to be back with us. You’ve got to just trust us on this one.”

New Hotness: Yeah, he’s not going to be back with us.