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  • Baseball rule question (please don't kill me!)

    04/05/2012 1:25:54 PM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 88 replies
    Self | 4/5/'12 | Zionist Conspirator
    I know the rules of baseball can be arcane and--dare I say it?--Talmudic. But I saw something in today's Braves/Mets opener that I simply don't understand. I've done a web search but come up blank. It's the bottom of the second. Ike Davis is at bat for the Mets; first base is open. He has two strikes on him. He swings and misses at the third strike, but it barely touches the ground before being caught. Now as I understand it, this entitled him to run for first base. But he didn't. Instead he informed the umpire that the ball...
  • Avezzano Passes

    04/05/2012 11:49:38 AM PDT · by re_nortex · 7 replies
    Dallas Cowboys ^ | April 5, 2012 | Staff
    Long-time former Cowboys special teams coach Joe Avezzano has died at age 68, reportedly of a heart attack while in Italy.
  • Ryan Seacrest to join NBC's Olympics coverage

    04/05/2012 8:27:48 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 4, 2012 | Patrick Kevin Day
    Ryan Seacrest's much-hyped big NBC announcement finally arrived on Wednesday morning, but those expecting a major changing of the guard in morning TV were disappointed. Instead, Seacrest added yet another job to his stuffed resume, announcing that he's joining NBC's prime-time coverage of the Olympics in London this summer.
  • Fight on State...In wake of scandal, power struggle spread from Penn State campus to state capital

    04/04/2012 5:45:17 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 10 replies
    ESPN The Magazine ^ | 4-4-12 | Don Van Natta Jr.
    The untold story, though, is about bare-knuckle Pennsylvania politics, old grudges and perceived slights. It involves a stagnated child sexual abuse investigation that, to some, took a backseat to higher-profile cases and a gubernatorial campaign. It involves a head football coach who knew too little and, still, failed to do enough. It includes a passive school board of trustees that for months ignored a lurking controversy and then, under pressure to preserve Penn State's reputation, quickly fired its legendary coach without ever talking with him. Through it all, the central character was Corbett. "Something not very good happened," he told...
  • PETA Pulls A Fast One On The Miami Marlins

    04/04/2012 3:58:59 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 11 replies
    WIOD ^ | April 4, 2012 | staff reporter
    The PETA people throw the Marlins a sneaky change-up at the new Stadium. Turns out one of the personalized bricks they bought has an anti-Marlins fishing message. The brick says "Florida Is Still Hosting Incredible Night Games. Help Us Reach The Stars. Cheer Our Marlins!" If you take the initial letter of each word you end up selling out "Fishinghurts.com." Peta says fish are intelligent and suffer pain and even released fish can die.
  • Dog eats man’s Masters tickets right before he leaves for Augusta

    04/04/2012 7:58:09 AM PDT · by rawhide · 56 replies
    devil ball golf ^ | 4-3-12 | By Jonathan Wall | Devil Ball Golf
    The photo you see to your right would be one of Russ Berkman's four tickets to Wednesday's Masters practice round. The Seattle resident hit the jackpot and was all set to enjoy some time golfing and hanging out with a couple of buddies before heading to Augusta to take in the course and the Par-3 Contest. It sounded like a perfect plan ... until Berkman came home to find his dog, Sierra, had eaten all four of his tickets. I guess his dog didn't appreciate being left out of the trip. As Berkman told sports radio station KJR in Seattle,...
  • Leipheimer: ‘I could be dead, for sure’ [Lousy healthcare in Spain]

    04/04/2012 4:51:37 AM PDT · by Third Person · 4 replies
    Velo News ^ | April 2nd, 2012 | Andrew Hood
    Levi Leipheimer is counting his blessings Monday after avoiding serious injury when a Spanish driver plowed into him during a Sunday-afternoon training ride in Spain’s Basque Country. The American star knows he’s lucky to be alive and to have otherwise avoided serious injuries in the high-speed accident. Leipheimer was on a two-hour training ride ahead of Monday’s start of the Vuelta al País Vasco when disaster struck: a car drove directly into him at full speed as he was riding on the right side of the shoulder on a Spanish road. Leipheimer recounted the accident to VeloNews in an exclusive...
  • Chief Jay Strongbow dies (professional wrestler)

    04/03/2012 6:43:03 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 18 replies
    CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - Wrestling ^ | April 3, 2012 | Greg Oliver
    Chief Jay Strongbow, the WWWF star who died today, was always a pretty matter of fact guy, someone who saw his role as a star wrestler as a job and never expressed a great love of the business.
  • Baylor poised to be first team to finish 40-0

    04/03/2012 12:09:17 PM PDT · by Perdogg
    In the midst of all the college hoops hysteria here in Kentucky there’s an interesting story brewing in Denver. It’s not getting a ton of attention around here because, first, it’s women’s basketball, and second, there are no local/state teams involved.
  • Michael Wilbon says the Colts are considering Robert Griffin III

    04/02/2012 6:16:30 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 29 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Monday, April 2, 2012 | Dan Steinberg
    There were two distinct parts of the Redskins conversation during Michael Wilbon’s appearance on Tony Kornheiser’s ESPN 980 show Monday morning. 1) The part where Wilbon mercilessly ripped the Redskins and compared them to the Wizards. 2) The part where Wilbon said insiders have told him that the Colts are still seriously considering drafting Robert Griffin III with the top overall pick in April’s draft. I suppose I’ll do the second part first, since that’s actually surprising. “By the way, I will tell you this,” Wilbon said, mid-rant. “It’s not like I’m following this closely, but I had the occasion...
  • On TCM Wednesday: Ronald Reagan in "Storm Warning" and "The Winning Team"

    04/02/2012 4:43:51 PM PDT · by opineapple · 4 replies
    "Storm Warning" April 4, 2012 at 10:00 pm Starring Ronald Reagan, Ginger Rogers, and Doris Day Drama/1951 A county prosecutor saves a model who knows her sister's brother is a Ku Klux Klan killer. tcm.com "The Winning Team" April 4, 2012 at 11:45 pm Starring Ronald Reagan, Doris Day, and Frank Lovejoy Biography/1952 Grover Cleveland Alexander becomes one of baseball's greatest pitchers, with his wife's support. tcm.com
  • [Vanity] USEFUL opinions wanted: Bushmaster AR15 O.R.C. M4 (Optics Ready Carbine) 16"

    04/02/2012 1:27:58 PM PDT · by Blueflag · 44 replies
    Bass Pro Shop ^ | 4/2/2012 | blueflag
    Bass Pro Shop advertising a Bushmaster AR15 O.R.C. M4 (Optics Ready Carbine) 16", 30-rd, collapsible stock. Curious about any FReeper experience with this carbine. Priced at $979.99 Out of stock at most of the usual places online, so I thought it might be a popular firearm. What is the FReeper opinion of this? This is a .223/5.56 NATO rifle. Not gonna debate .223 v .308 on this thread. That is a different purchase. Please provide your USEFUL opinions.
  • Kansas, Kentucky to meet in power-program final

    04/02/2012 9:41:50 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 8 replies
    yahoo sports ^ | 4/2/12 | EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer
    NEW ORLEANS (AP)—Kentucky has the best players. Kansas has the most heart. From the first practice in October to the final cutting of the nets in April, that’s how the two teams remaining in the NCAA tournament have made a name for themselves. They meet Monday to decide the national championship—a game between the Wildcats and their cadre of NBA-caliber talent and the Jayhawks and their unending supply of high-wire comebacks. Kentucky (37-2), in search of its eighth national title but its first since 1998, has five, maybe six, players who will be playing in the NBA soon. Most are...
  • Giorgio Chinaglia dies at 65 [Former New York Cosmo]

    04/01/2012 2:34:21 PM PDT · by dfwgator · 15 replies
    Former New York Cosmos star Giorgio Chinaglia died of complications from a heart attack Sunday. The Italian soccer great was 65. Chinaglia died at his home in Naples, Fla., his son, Anthony, said through family friend Charlie Stillitano, who was Chinaglia's co-host on a Sirius XM radio show.
  • Google's April Fools Joke is "Google Antonymous Driving in NASCAR"?

    03/31/2012 11:26:53 PM PDT · by Drago · 6 replies
    Google ^ | 04-01-2012 | Google
    If you go to Google.com right now, you see a "Driving change: get up to speed on our winning new partnership" link under the Google search box...if you click it you go here: http://www.google.com/racing/ April Fools I would guess!!
  • Kansas 64 Ohio St. 62

    03/31/2012 8:43:17 PM PDT · by Huskrrrr · 24 replies
    NEW ORLEANS -- Tyshawn Taylor made two big free throws and Thomas Robinson finished with 19 points and eight rebounds Saturday night to rally the Jayhawks past Ohio State 64-62 in the Final Four.
  • Linsanity Is Officially Over As Jeremy Lin Will Have Season-Ending Knee Surgery

    03/31/2012 6:46:20 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/31/2012 | Cork Gaines
    Jeremy Lin's remarkable breakout season may now be over as he will have surgery that will in all likelihood sideline him for the remainder of the season. According to an Associated Press report (via SI.com), Lin will have knee surgery and will be out six weeks. There are only four weeks left in the regular season. So unless the Knicks, who are clinging to the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, pull a huge upset in the first round of the playoffs, it is unlikely that Lin will see the court again before the 2012-13 season. Since his first big...
  • Pro Stock legend Bill 'Grumpy' Jenkins dies

    03/31/2012 4:52:47 PM PDT · by Doogle · 24 replies
    NHRA ^ | 03/29/12 | John Jodauga
    NHRA Pro Stock icon Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins, a master of the internal combustion engine and a legend among the Chevrolet faithful, died March 29. He was 81. Jenkins, voted No. 8 among NHRA Drag Racing's greatest racers in a 2001 experts poll, scored just 13 NHRA national event wins but earned his well-deserved spot in drag racing's top 10 because no other individual has contributed more to the advancement of normally aspirated engines for drag racing competition than the legendary "Grump." “Everyone at NHRA is saddened by the passing of Bill ‘Grumpy’ Jenkins, not only a pioneer in the sport,...
  • Baffert Released From Dubai Hospital

    03/29/2012 5:44:14 PM PDT · by Holen1 · 7 replies
    Thebloodhorse ^ | March 29, 2012 5:55 PM | Blood-Horse Staff
    Trainer Bob Baffert was released from a Dubai Hospital March 29, three days after suffering a heart attack following his arrival in the United Arab Emirates to manage his horses for the World Cup. Baffert, 59, is expected to attend the races March 31 at Meydan Racecourse. He has two starters on the program, Game On Dude in the $10 million World Cup (UAE-I) and The Factor in the $2 million Golden Shaheen (UAE-I). At 1:39 p.m. in Dubai, Baffert put out a statement on Twitter: "Just released from hospital. Going to my hotel and relax with my family. Glad...
  • Twenty years later, Kentucky still feeling effects of loss to Duke

    03/28/2012 4:20:13 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 21 replies
    If you were to survey all the sporting events in which nobody died or was paralyzed, you'd be hard-pressed to come up with a better example of mass post-traumatic stress disorder than Big Blue Nation in the aftermath of Kentucky's 1992 NCAA East Regional final loss to Duke. Even today, 20 years after what's widely considered the greatest college game ever played, Kentucky loyalists regard the Blue Devils' 104-103 overtime victory, which ended with Christian Laettner's last-second fallaway, as having touched off a collective psychotic break.