Sunday, July 30, 2006

Bartcopsportseast Closing

Thanks to and everyone who visited.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Some politics

Is there a better gubernatorial candidate in Alabama?

Working the campaign tail, I mean trail.

He has something in common with Tom Delay.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

The week in review

I know this has been on everyone's mind -- Operation Kris from Key West has failed; the soccer-loving, Packer-loving gigolo continues to elude us. There were some highlights of the trip -- Patriotsy2k speaking Spanish to Swedish girls, Patriotsy2k finding the love of his life from Belarus, whose only words of English are "yes" and the names of each drink on the menu, and the Godfather becoming the Kobayashi of ice cream eaters.

With those shenanigans now in the past, back the world of sports. Here's what I missed (you may have missed it too if this site is your sole source for sports information - screw ESPN!)

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Special Report: the search for Kris from Key West

Reporting from a secret location in Boca Raton

Day 1 of the search for Kris from Key West yielded no results. For new visitors of the site, Kris from Key West was a self proclaimed ladies man and legendary poster who vehemently defended the virtues of soccer while constantly predicting the demise of the Patriots.

The Godfather and I first joined Patriotsy2k at the Davie Ale House. We found some good drink specials, but no Kris from Key West.

Next we went to Dolphins Stadium. We found a mildly entertaining minor league game. This one team, the Houston Astros, had a clean-up hitter with six homeruns. This other team, the Marlins, really tried hard but they just couldn't get an out near the end of the game. The left fielder should have at least made one out, but he was too busy chasing butterflies in the outfield. Hopefully the coach took them out for ice cream after the game.

In Dolphin Stadium we also found plenty of empty seats and some interesting Spanish speaking hecklers, but no Kris from Key West.

After the game, we decided to search another Ale House, this time in Boca. More good priced drinks (for MA residents, like the Godfather and me, cheap drinks at a bar is a big deal), but no Kris from Key West.

Finally, the Godfather and I inspected Patriotsy2k's domicile for foul play. We had suspected Patriotsy2k may have had something to do with Kris from Key West's disappearance after Kris criticized the Patriots one too many times, but Patriotsy2k appears to be innocent.

Tomorrow the search will continue out of Miami, through the Keys, and into Mexico.

Again, don't expect many posts until August unless we find a certain soccer zealot.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Dave Matthews, Wonder Woman, John Henry, Nadal, Federer, Zindane, and Sweet Caroline

I did survive the second night of DMB in Fenway. I had better seats than Wonder Woman and talked business with John Henry (his seats were slightly better than mine).

Sunday was a perfect day to recover in front of a television. Nadal and Federer played spectacular tennis in the morning -- it looks like we're at the beginning of a great sports rivalry. The World Cup finals were interesting but disappointing -- if Zindane hits that header into the net near the end of the game his career would have ended with an explanation point. Now, his legacy is forever tarnished by a selfish stupid act. Finally, I got to watch the 19 inning Red Sox, White Sox game -- a painful game, but a very positive first half of a season for the Red Sox.

Now I'm off for a little break. The Godfather and Patriotsy2k are joining me to search the Florida Keys for Kris from Key West. I'll be posting again in August -- maybe earlier if something big happens.

Did I mention Dave played "Sweet Caroline?"

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Saturday, July 08, 2006

World Cup Finals




Zindane and the French will win 1-0.

I finally got onto the Fenway outfield!

If the cameraman turned a little to his right, I'd be the drunk guy in the 16th row.

Answer to Guess the Athlete!

Patriotsy2k got it right -- it's Joe Mauer of the Twins, currently batting .388.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

From guest poster, TJeffersonY1776

...We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness...


Germany vs. Italy

I KNOW NOTHING! about soccer, but Sergeant Shultz, Colonel Klink and the boys will beat those Italian plumbers 3-2.

But can he hit a left handed layup?

720 Dunk

Monday, July 03, 2006

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Now it's just ignorance

Being misinformed helps too. I don't know enough to complain about the
announcers. I don't know enough to dislike any players, teams, or coaches. So
I'm stupidly enjoying some good soccer without my usual cynicism.
-me, 6/13/2006

Those were the good old days. I didn't dislike any players or teams and I didn't even complain about officials. Ignorance was bliss, but now the bliss is gone. Here's some complaints:
  • The biggest story of the World Cup has become yellow and red cards. They're such severe penalties, but refs are handing them out like AOL handing out Free Trial Discs.
  • The overhyping of England. I watched England's games because I actually heard of some of their players and supposedly they had world class players. Wayne Rooney was supposed to be some super sniper. The only thing he accomplished all tournament was intentionally stepping on someone's groin.
  • Then there's David Beckham. Does he do anything else well besides corner and free kicks? Every kick he made was celebrated as a miracle, but I didn't see how his kicks were so much better than other players' kicks.
  • Players taking dives and faking injuries is disgraceful. You fake an injury, you should be forced to sit for at least 15 minutes. If instant replay shows that you blatantly dived, you should be suspended.
  • Portugal. The Portugal, Netherlands game was the ugliest dirtiest game I'd ever seen (I've seen about 12 games in my life). Italy rightly has the reputation of diving, but Portugal seems to do it just as much. Also, their players look just like Coach K when they whine to the refs.
  • Why did ABC keep showing fans drinking in British pub instead of showing the game? I can watch people drink in bars anytime I want, especially if I'm hanging out with Patriotsy2k.

Now that the complaints are out of the way, there have been some good things I've seen in the tournament.

  • Former Guess the Athlete! Zinedine Zidane zipped and zoomed zpectacularly around the field against Brazil. Brazil supposedly have the best players in the world, but Zindane was the best player on the field today.
  • Ronaldinho's great with free kicks. Unlike Beckham though, he can do other things on the field like making multiple defenders look foolish.
  • Argentina's passing was fun to watch. The chest trap and great shot before the ball hit the ground to win a game was a beautiful goal. It's a shame they lost.
  • Germany's header to header goal was impressive.
  • No commercials!
  • The crowd singing songs during the game. When will they sing Neil Diamond's Sweet Caroline?

An expert's prediction: France beat Germany in the finals one, nil.

A real NBA trade

No draft picks, no cash considerations, no salary dumps -- here's a simple trade of two talented players, T.J. Ford for Charlie Villanueva. Both players exceeded expectations last year and both should help their new teams. Toronto gets a speedy point guard and opens up playing time for newly drafted Andrea while the Bucks get a young power forward to play next to Bogut. A simple talent-for-talent trade, I'm so excited.

More Bulls second guessing: could they have traded Chris Duhon and/or Ben Gordon for Villanueva? If so, what would Bulls fans rather have: Tyrus Thomas and Gordon/Duhon or Villanueva and Brandon Roy?