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February 2nd 2010, 16:11 CET by Trunks

Sports thread to replace the sports thread about to fall off the front page...wait, this topic title looks familiar.
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#36 by jjohnsen
2010-02-03 16:44:13
http://www.johnsenclan.com
#29 by Shadarr
I saw in the paper today that an official Team USA Olympic fleece jacket costs $875.  Seriously?  Are there really that many people who will pay a completely ridiculous price for the official logo when you can probably get a generic USA fleece free with an oil change?

When the games were in Salt Lake people lined up for hours to buy a stupid Team U.S.A. beanie for $25.

#37 by Shadarr
2010-02-03 17:11:26
shadarr@gmail.com http://digital-luddite.com
#33 by None-1a


Or your paper is full of it seeing that even the Ralph Lauren designed stuff doesn't come anywhere close to that.

I think they were talking about prices at the games, but hopefully it was a misprint.

"I hope you one day decide to smarten the fuck up so I can stand to look at your posts." - gaggle
#38 by Trunks
2010-02-04 01:11:27
NFL/NFLPA labor situation in a nutshell

We'll likely see an uncapped 2010 season, and if no new CBA is figured out before March 2011 a lockout is highly likely. At the very least, I do hope some sort of rookie salary cap system is agreed upon.

How did we get here?

The players got the upper hand on the owners in 2006, the last time they hashed out a CBA. The players were able to renegotiate what revenues were considered a part of the financial pie, from which they would receive about 60 percent.

The salary cap skyrocketed from $80 million per team in 2005 to $102 million the next year. In each subsequent season, the cap climbed to about $109 million, $116 million and $128 million for the 2009 season. The salary floor -- the amount of money teams are forced to spend -- was $112 million this season, or $32 million more than the highest ceiling under the previous CBA. By doing so, the owners froze the percentage of revenues dedicated to player costs at 57.5 percent.

In 2008, the owners voted unanimously to exercise a clause that allowed either side to opt out of the CBA one or two years early.

What does the league want?

The owners' objective is to retain more revenues, because they're assuming virtually all of the risk in this business venture. Their mission statement is that they want to provide long-term stability and growth opportunities, but their margins are thinning because of the U.S. economy. Sponsorship dollars are scarcer. There were 22 blackouts this season, up from nine in 2008. Money has been sunk into stadiums and practice facilities.

At the top of the league's wish list is an 18 percent rollback in salaries and a rookie salary cap that would redirect money to proven talent rather than players who might not have what it takes. Another way for the owners to grow the revenue pie would be expanding the regular season to 18 games.

What does the NFL Players Association want?

Maintaining the status quo would be just fine with the players.

What would an uncapped year mean in 2010?

It sounds like an uncapped year would favor the players, because it gives the impression that freewheeling owners would start throwing money around in their quest for a Super Bowl title. But the uncapped year is a bit of a misnomer. It's true there wouldn't be a salary cap. Deep-pocketed teams such as the Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins and New England Patriots could spend as much as they want. But in reality there would be no financial limitations at all. Teams would have no salary floor to maintain, although minimum individual player salaries still would need to be met. The salary floor for 2009 was about $108 million.

How would the uncapped year affect free agency for the upcoming season?

These changes would be unfavorable for the players. The requirement to be eligible for unrestricted free agency would jump from four years to six. Rather than being allowed to hit the open market, 212 players would be restricted free agents instead. Teams have the right of first refusal on restricted free agents and would receive draft compensation if they chose not to match the offer.

Some of the bigger names who would have been unrestricted but would not be in an uncapped year include Denver Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall and outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil, San Diego Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson and linebacker Shawne Merriman, Houston Texans linebacker DeMeco Ryans and Cowboys receiver Miles Austin.

How would an uncapped year affect franchise and transition tags?

Teams could further limit free agency because, in an uncapped season, they may place an extra transition tag on a player. Normally, a team can place one franchise tag or one transition tag on a player each offseason. In an uncapped year, they can place franchise and transition tags or two transition tags on players.

A franchise tag is a guaranteed one-year contract offer that pays a player a salary that averages the five highest-paid at his position, or 120 percent of the tagged player's previous salary. If the player is allowed to negotiate with other teams and reaches an agreement the original team declines to match, the player's new team must fork over two first-round draft choices as compensation.

A transition tag averages the 10 highest-paid at his position. Other teams can sign a transition player to an offer sheet. The original club has the right of first refusal, but if it declines to match, it receives no draft compensation.

What other changes would there be when it comes to player acquisitions?

An interesting quirk to the uncapped season is what's being called the "Final Eight Plan," which pertains only to the teams that reached the divisional playoffs. These teams would face added constraints for free agency, and the four teams that reached the conference title games would be even more limited.

In essence, none of the eight (Colts, Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, Chargers, Saints, Arizona Cardinals, Minnesota Vikings and Cowboys) would be able to sign an unrestricted free agent until they lost one, and the salaries of the incoming and outgoing players must be similar.

The four teams that lost in the divisional round (Ravens, Chargers, Cardinals and Cowboys) would be permitted to sign one unrestricted free agent for as much as $5.5 million in his first season and an unlimited number of unrestricted free agents who can make no more than $3.7 million in the first seasons of their contracts.


#39 by lwf
2010-02-04 01:23:19
What, just because rookies are a bunch of incompetent nincompoops?

Handsome like a coat hanger. Wii.
#40 by Greg
2010-02-04 16:17:53
Test

#41 by Squeaky
2010-02-05 02:19:10
fail

#42 by Trunks
2010-02-05 04:33:53
owned

#43 by BobJustBob
2010-02-05 20:31:38
My apartment complex is having a super bowl party at the clubhouse. They say they have a 16' by 9' TV and there will be free beer, hot wings, and pizza.

BUYBUYBUY
#44 by yotsuya
2010-02-05 20:44:50
Nice. You should go.

#45 by Trunks
2010-02-06 01:58:49
Patriots won't have any coordinators in 2010:

In a move straight out of the leather-helmet era, the New England Patriots have revealed they won't have any coordinators for 2010. No offensive, no defensive, no special teams.

The news came to light on the team's official Web site. The Patriots didn't have an offensive coordinator last year. They parted ways with defensive coordinator Dean Pees last month and apparently won't replace him, choosing to spread the duties with no designated helmsman.

"Titles are fine, nothing wrong with them, but the most important thing is each person's role, that we do everything we can to help the players succeed -- everyone collectively getting the job done," Belichick said in the Web story.


Quarterbacks coach Bill O'Brien handled most of the play-calling responsibilities last year after Josh McDaniels left to become head coach of the Denver Broncos. McDaniels, who had a similar combo role after Charlie Weis left for Notre Dame, was given the title of offensive coordinator after a year of calling plays. O'Brien apparently won't be elevated likewise.


#46 by lwf
2010-02-06 02:01:49
Makes it harder for other teams to figure out who to poach, I guess?

Handsome like a coat hanger. Wii.
#47 by Shadarr
2010-02-06 02:21:52
shadarr@gmail.com http://digital-luddite.com
Belichick is probably just getting more paranoid and controlling now that things are starting to unravel.

"I hope you one day decide to smarten the fuck up so I can stand to look at your posts." - gaggle
#48 by Matt Perkins
2010-02-06 03:50:09
wizardque@yahoo.com http://whatwouldmattdo.com/
Nine!

"Fucking Radio Shack. It's a wonder they even know how to use a bathroom and don't just walk around all day with shit in their pants." - smds
"the concept that a happy worker is a productive worker is hardly an entry from Matt's Big Book Of Things The Fairies Said." - Dum
#49 by yotsuya
2010-02-07 01:11:57
Congrats to former Arizona Cardinals Running Back Emmitt Smith, who was elected to the Hall of Fame today. He may have played for some other team as well.

#50 by yotsuya
2010-02-07 01:26:16
I've actually been trolling the Cowboys lovers I know by sending that message out along with a huge photo of Emmitt in his Cardinals jersey.

#51 by Shadarr
2010-02-07 06:11:53
shadarr@gmail.com http://digital-luddite.com
Heh, nice.

"I hope you one day decide to smarten the fuck up so I can stand to look at your posts." - gaggle
#52 by CheesyPoof
2010-02-07 17:37:46
Super Bowl hype level: Boring.

<Hugin_len> Basically, cheesy doesn't have awful taste in music, he's simply very white.
#53 by CheesyPoof
2010-02-07 17:37:58
I am not watching any of the 10 hours of pre-game.

<Hugin_len> Basically, cheesy doesn't have awful taste in music, he's simply very white.
#54 by Greg
2010-02-07 17:55:49
What does Peyton do on his days off? I can't wait to find out!

#55 by yotsuya
2010-02-07 21:27:29
ESPN is reporting that Brett Favre just wiped his ass.

#56 by CheesyPoof
2010-02-08 01:34:23
Boring.

<Hugin_len> Basically, cheesy doesn't have awful taste in music, he's simply very white.
#57 by CheesyPoof
2010-02-08 03:39:05
First half: sucked
Second half: pretty interesting

Kinda interesting that the Colts lost because of Manning. It's a good thing the rested their starters or else they would have been the second team to go undefeated in the playoffs and lose the Superbowl.

<Hugin_len> Basically, cheesy doesn't have awful taste in music, he's simply very white.
#58 by lwf
2010-02-08 03:59:05
They might have won if they hadn't rested. At least the Saints tried to win every game.

Handsome like a coat hanger. Wii.
#59 by yotsuya
2010-02-08 04:05:41
I blame Caldwell for running the ball three straight times right before the half after they had stuffed the Saints on 4th and 1, allowing the Saints to get the ball back and still get 3 points anyway.

#60 by Matt Perkins
2010-02-08 07:24:04
wizardque@yahoo.com http://whatwouldmattdo.com/
That was the Saints. They went for it on fourth and goal and when they didn't make it, Manning really didn't have much room to throw or room for a mistake.

The second half...The Colts just looked a bit off on offense. Fun game though. The Saints definitely took it.

"Fucking Radio Shack. It's a wonder they even know how to use a bathroom and don't just walk around all day with shit in their pants." - smds
"the concept that a happy worker is a productive worker is hardly an entry from Matt's Big Book Of Things The Fairies Said." - Dum
#61 by yotsuya
2010-02-08 14:47:10
Matt-

Did you see that 98 yard touchdown drive earlier. There was plenty of room for Manning to throw. Caldwell just tightened up.

I'm glad for the Saints, though.

#62 by Matt Perkins
2010-02-08 14:53:54
wizardque@yahoo.com http://whatwouldmattdo.com/
Yot

It's a tough call on the 2 with only two minutes left in the half. If they had given the ball up there, it would have been a guaranteed 7 instead of 3 they ended up holding them to.

That said, yeah, could have been bolder.

I loved the unexpected onside kick too. Good time to call that and they managed to snag it.

"Fucking Radio Shack. It's a wonder they even know how to use a bathroom and don't just walk around all day with shit in their pants." - smds
"the concept that a happy worker is a productive worker is hardly an entry from Matt's Big Book Of Things The Fairies Said." - Dum
#63 by yotsuya
2010-02-08 17:19:24
Posted by an friend on Facebook:

A team that threw away a chance at perfection and immortality out of fear of injury does not deserve a championship. Justice was served in Miami tonight.

#64 by Shadarr
2010-02-08 18:58:49
shadarr@gmail.com http://digital-luddite.com
I was rooting for the Saints, but I had to go play hockey when it was 10-0 Indy so I didn't get to see a single Saints score.  Glad they won though, good for the city and good for Drew Brees.

"I hope you one day decide to smarten the fuck up so I can stand to look at your posts." - gaggle
#65 by Trunks
2010-02-09 23:45:44
Six NHL teams to open in Europe next season:

NEW YORK -- A record six teams will open their 2010-11 regular seasons in Europe, the NHL and the players' association announced Tuesday.

The Carolina Hurricanes and Minnesota Wild will be headed for Finland, where they will play two regular-season games Oct. 7-8 in Helsinki. The Columbus Blue Jackets and San Jose Sharks will begin their seasons with two games Oct. 8-9 in Stockholm, Sweden. The Boston Bruins and Phoenix Coyotes will be based in Prague, Czech Republic, for two games Oct. 9-10.

It is the fourth year in a row that the NHL will begin the season in Europe. Each of the teams has players who will be playing in their homelands.

Tuomo Ruutu, Joni Pitkanen and Jussi Jokinen of the Hurricanes, and Mikko Koivu, Niklas Backstrom and Antti Miettinen of the Wild are from Finland. Four Blue Jackets -- Fredrik Modin, Sammy Pahlsson, Anton Stralman and Kristian Huselius -- will be returning to their homeland, as will Douglas Murray and Niclas Wallin of the Sharks. The Czech Republic is the original home of Bruins David Krejci and Vladimir Sobotka, along with Zbynek Michalek, Petr Prucha, Martin Hanzal, Robert Lang and Radim Vrbata of the Coyotes.


#66 by yotsuya
2010-02-10 02:35:25
I just heard about this today. Pretty nice. Can't wait for this year's Stanley Cup playoffs.

#67 by CheesyPoof
2010-02-10 02:37:00
Fuck the cup, it's Olympic hockey!

<Hugin_len> Basically, cheesy doesn't have awful taste in music, he's simply very white.
#68 by Matt Perkins
2010-02-10 03:00:38
wizardque@yahoo.com http://whatwouldmattdo.com/
The NHL is still around?

"Fucking Radio Shack. It's a wonder they even know how to use a bathroom and don't just walk around all day with shit in their pants." - smds
"the concept that a happy worker is a productive worker is hardly an entry from Matt's Big Book Of Things The Fairies Said." - Dum
#69 by Trolly McTroll
2010-02-12 20:58:44
Bababooey

#70 by Trunks
2010-02-12 23:02:18
Opening ceremonies tonight.

#71 by LPMiller
2010-02-12 23:13:51
lpmiller@gotapex.com http://www.gotapex.com
- 1

"Testiculos habet et bene pendentes" - "He has testicles, and they dangle nicely."

"LP, your big balls are a religion." - Jibble
#72 by Shadarr
2010-02-12 23:20:16
shadarr@gmail.com http://digital-luddite.com
I plan to not watch any of it, and maybe not even watch TV to avoid it.  I can't imagine much that would be more boring, maybe the opening ceremony for a political convention.

"I hope you one day decide to smarten the fuck up so I can stand to look at your posts." - gaggle
#73 by LPMiller
2010-02-13 05:33:02
lpmiller@gotapex.com http://www.gotapex.com
Well, it was a pretty opening ceremony, but compared to the Beijing one, kinda on the dull side. Except for the punk tap dancing fiddlers.  But you can't have Sarah, KD, and an opera singer in the same 3 hour space and not expect me to fall asleep.

"Testiculos habet et bene pendentes" - "He has testicles, and they dangle nicely."

"LP, your big balls are a religion." - Jibble
#74 by Squeaky
2010-02-27 23:42:44
Yesterday, I decided it was probably a good idea to check out the shenanigans happening downtown. After all, it's not like the Olympics happen in your city every year. Me and some friends all went down with our cameras to take some pictures. Linkage. I thought they turned out (mostly) well, considering I don't know the first thing about photography.

#75 by Squeaky
2010-02-27 23:46:17
This conversation happened about 50 times yesterday, random person would ask us: "So where are you guys from?" We'd reply: "Coquitlam. You?" them:"<somewhere in the lower mainland>". Seems like everyone there was from Vancouver.

#76 by Gunp01nt
2010-03-01 08:56:30
supersimon33@hotmail.com
This one's pretty awesome.

She's probably had sex with like 4 different guys by now and has no idea who he is anymore, his face lost in a memory sea of dicks.
#77 by deadlock
2010-03-01 09:22:50
http://www.deadlocked.org/
Yay! Someone else who shoots with a Pentax! What model, Squeaky?

#78 by Squeaky
2010-03-02 03:40:44
#77 by deadlock

Yay! Someone else who shoots with a Pentax! What model, Squeaky?

I have an older K100D. I got it real cheap through work ($400CAD for the body plus an 18-55 lens). My buddies were both using the K7 something-or-other. The nice thing about all of us using Pentax is we were swapping around lenses all afternoon.
#76 by Gunp01nt

This one's pretty awesome.

Yeah, that's my favourite of the bunch. They did a really great job with the cauldron. Stunk like kerosene, though. I also like this one. I was using my friends lens (don't remember which one) for it, and for a quick snapshot, turned out pretty well.

#79 by TreeFrog
2010-03-02 22:04:14
*ist Ds in the motherfucking hooooouse

"One part disembowels me while another slowly eats its way through the gas line. As I bleed out on the floor, it reminds me that I need to buy milk." - Jibble
#80 by yotsuya
2010-03-08 18:20:03
David Carr?

#81 by Trolly McTroll
2010-03-08 19:34:00
@Shadarr "Glad they won though, good for the city and good for Drew Brees."

Explain to me if you could, how winning a football game is good for New Orleans?   I'm just curious how it works.

#82 by Shadarr
2010-03-08 19:52:07
shadarr@gmail.com http://digital-luddite.com
yotsuya (#80):
David Carr?

He's a definite upgrade over Hill and might be an upgrade over Smith, if the OL can protect him.  The Niner front office has said they're not going after any of the big fish this offseason, and this move fits that.  I expect the big holes on the OL and DL will be filled in the draft.

"I hope you one day decide to smarten the fuck up so I can stand to look at your posts." - gaggle
#83 by yotsuya
2010-03-08 22:36:46
I don't think Carr is an upgrade over Hill. It seems like an odd pickup.

#84 by Matt Perkins
2010-03-09 01:57:29
wizardque@yahoo.com http://whatwouldmattdo.com/
They expect the OL to continue to be a problem and brought in Carr for whenever the other two guys can't get up anymore.

"Fucking Radio Shack. It's a wonder they even know how to use a bathroom and don't just walk around all day with shit in their pants." - smds
"the concept that a happy worker is a productive worker is hardly an entry from Matt's Big Book Of Things The Fairies Said." - Dum
#85 by yotsuya
2010-03-09 17:06:41
Heh. I hope the Niners cut Hill. I'd pick him up as a backup to Leinart. Remember, he went 10-6 as a starter. Sure, he was 3-3 as a starter this year, but Smith was only 5-5 this year.

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